Monday, January 15, 2018

More Celebrating!

Let us pause for a moment in the face of being halfway through January... already! Time flies when you lose a week of it to a stomach bug and then a bad headache. ๐Ÿ˜” Anyway, the first two weeks of January have disappeared, and I'm here to remind you about January's Naughty or Nice challenge! 

If you are celebrating something through crafting, then it qualifies for our challenge. I went ridiculously nice for the beginning of the month, so I felt I should try to redeem myself today: 

As always, there was a crazy animal with an expression suited to the sentiment. My pooch is coloured with markers, the congrats is an inlaid die cut, and the rest of the sentiment stamped and embossed. Easy and fun! 
It's easy and fun to join us, too! You have until January 25th to link up your celebratory creation. 

Supplies: white & teal DCWV silky smooth cardstock, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Crazy Dogs & Cats stamp & die, Technique Tuesday Sassy Birthday stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers, Little B blockout die, foam tape

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Muse... But Not Christmas

I hope that being on the Muse: ChristmasVisions design team doesn't bar me from playing in the other Muse challenge! Anita Bowden has a beautiful inspiration card, and there's a prize this week, too! Here's Anita's card: 

When I first saw this, I was reminded of pretty patterned paper with gorgeous florals in the corners and beautiful colours. So I decided I wanted to CASE Anita's card using patterned paper. Here's my version:

Along with the corner florals, I was also inspired by the rich colours and embossed central sentiment. I was surprised at how much of my patterned paper I had to look through to find one that would work! Then there was all the fussy-cutting. I tried some solid colours for the background panel, but ultimately liked this coordinating patterned paper best. I could have made the central panel the full size of the card, but like the way the pale yellow card base pulled the colour of the floral and blue backgrounds out. The embossing is done in moonstone powder, which is somewhere between gold and silver, and one of my favourite metallics. The sentiment combines two Simon Says Stamp sets... and their current Wednesday challenge is to use patterned paper, so I am linking up there as well. 

Supplies: American Crafts textured pale yellow cardstock, gold pearl paper, Prima Introspection patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp Essential Greetings & Happy stamps, Versamark ink, Stampendous moonstone embossing powder

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Trying a New Technique

Happy New Year to all the snarkers out there! The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is back with our first challenge of 2018, T is for Technique. There are SO many stamping/inking/colouring techniques out there, how to narrow the choice? Luckily for me, the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge this month gave me the perfect one: cling wrap. There are a number of different ways to do this, and I used this version from the different links offered on the CAS Mix Up post. I thought it would be fun to see what happened if I used Twinkling H2Os as my watercolour base, and the results are fun! The plastic wrap (as I usually call it) seems to help concentrate the shimmer in areas. I used three colours and here's what I got: 

Isn't it fun? I can see this technique becoming a regular habit. I trimmed it to size and turned it into a card: 

To keep my crazy cat from disappearing, I left him mostly white and just added some shading. The bright yellow balloon doesn't fade into the background, either. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 
I highly recommend checking out what my sisters in snark have come up with for this challenge, not to mention that of our current Queen of Snark, Toni! Join us — you have until January 26th to play along! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Crazy Cats & Crazy Things stamps & dies, Technique Tuesday Sassy Birthday stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, Twinkling H2Os, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, yellow Divine Twine, foam tape

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Muse Christmas Inspiration

It's not my turn yet to be a *muse* at Muse: ChristmasVisions, but I'm excited enough about my newest design team that I'm playing along! Here is the inspiration card from the current muse, Kimberly Wiener:  

So cute! Somehow I don't think my small town will ever end up as part of a sentiment, so I couldn't really be inspired by that, apart from size. Instead I looked at Kimberly's overall card design, her colourful main image, and use of a coloured card base. Here's what I ended up with: 

I have a giant collection of Unity Christmas stamps, and not nearly enough of them saw ink for this past Christmas, so I pulled this one out for my main image. He's stamped in black and embossed, then coloured in with markers. Like Kimberly, I matted my main panel on black, then (in my case) a green card base. The size of my snow guy meant I couldn't show as much of it! 
Look at that! First Christmas card of 2018 is done! If you come and play along, you can get a head start on your Christmas card stash, too. 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Craft Smith green card base, Unity Gifts Galore (Snowpeep Nicholas) & Paper Smooches All Yule Need stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, MFT diagonal stitched rectangle die, Tsukineko frost white all purpose ink, clear glitter Gelli Roll pen, Nuvo white blizzard glitter drops

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mixing It Up with a Valentine

There's a new(ish) Mix It Up Challenge at Ellen Hutson right now! This month they are looking for participants to combine Essentials by Ellen stamps with Concord & 9th. I looked through my sets and came up with this: 

Initially, I thought I might combine this All Inside bear with a birch tree background using Tree Hugs from Concord & 9th. Once I started playing around, I decided that a clean and simple card with a C&9th sentiment would look better. The bear is stamped in grey ink, embossed and coloured with Spectrum Noir markers. The sentiment is embossed in white on a deep red panel. Since I hadn't used any black, I matted the panel on white and then on a grey card base. 
With my bear hugging his hearts, I'm entering this in the current CASology challenge, where the cue word is HUG. 

Supplies: white cardstock & Bazzill red patterned cardstock, Memory Box grey card base, Essentials by Ellen All Inside stamps & dies, Concord & 9th Tree Hugs & Perfectly Penned stamps, Versamark & Memento Luxe grey flannel & Love Letter inks, Ranger clear & Hero Arts white & sparkle embossing powders, Spectrum Noir markers, foam tape

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