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Friday, April 29, 2016

adventures that were more work than expected

I've been working on custom thank you cards for a friend who organizes and flies in kite events.  I was really excited when I received this stamp set for attending OnStage Local last year - it's perfect! The request was to include a beach scene, if possible, and Amanda did all the thinking for me with her card.  My watercoloring skills, even with an Aquapainter, are not strong, so I decided on sponging.  That meant masking, including the little kite flier.  That was a bit more work, but much better results for my skill level.

I didn't want a square card, since those require extra postage, so I borrowed Peg's framed layout.  I planned to emboss the frame, but couldn't decide where to put a sentiment, so instead used several stamp sets.  That was a bit more work, too, but I think it was worth it:
stamp sets - Happy Home, Another Thank You, An Open Heart, Crazy About You, Petite Pairs, So Very Happy (retired); ink - Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Marina Mist; Stampin' Write markers - Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit (retired), Gumball Green (retired); card stock - Naturals White (retired), Gumball Green (retired); Big Shot with Ovals Collection framelits

Since kite-theme thank you cards took most of my crafting time this week, I'd like to submit these at the Watercooler, where Anything Goes this week.

When I finished six sets of four kite cards, I had an evening left to work on a card for Jingle Belles' Washi Wonderland.  Some time ago I learned that washi tapes fit the wider stripe of our Stylish Stripes embossing folder, so I decided to try that.  Since I hadn't put away the Circle Card Thinlit that a friend borrowed and recently returned, I decided to try that, too.  One of my favorite bloggers used to say that she "stamped without a net" and that's exactly what was going on here. Narrow washi tapes fit that stripe, but one of my two Christmas design tapes is wide, so I needed to do a bit more work.  I put strips of the tape on an empty Stampin' Dimensionals backing sheet and trimmed it.  Then I applied it to the card and trimmed the edges.  Trimming the edges on a straight piece isn't difficult, but I hadn't really thought through the process of trimming the edges inside a curve in the middle of the card - that turned out to be a bit more work.  To match the stamp to the washi tapes, I decided the stamp needed to be multi-colored, and therefore done with markers.  Yes, a bit more work, but again, worth it.  After all that was done, I didn't like the plain white right side, so I found a coordinating piece of paper.  It needed to be retro fit around that cut curve in the middle of the card, so, I'm sure you've guessed, I needed to to bit more work.  (whew)  At least, I found places for the trimmed-off narrow strips of washi tape, and you almost can't see the seam:

stamp set - Wishing You (retired); ink - Cucumber Crush; Stampin' Write markers - Cucumber Crush, Real Red, Garden Green; card stock - Whisper White thick; specialty designer series paper - In Color envelope; Big Shot with Circle Card thinlits die and Stylish Stripes embossing folder; washi tape - unknown

Thursday, April 21, 2016

ThinkBack Thursday adventure

I was thinking back (I like ThinkBack Thursday better than Throwback Thursday, just sayin') about when I first started blogging.  I had been posting Jingle Belles challenge cards on Flickr and I wanted to play along at the new Less is More challenge.  They didn’t have a Flickr option, so I decided to be brave (it will be an adventure, I told myself) and start a blog.  For many months I followed several other bloggers but only those two challenges, and I played along most weeks.  I learned so much!  Of course, being new, I had a lot to learn, but there’s always a lot to learn.  One of the things I learned was that I’m not particularly good at Clean and Simple. I was feeling a bit discouraged about my submissions at Less is More, so I checked out some other challenges, and joined in, and learned a lot more! 

Fast forward to now – if you peeked at my feed reader you’d see 66 card-making bloggers and 98 challenge sites.  Well, no wonder I don’t play along more regularly at any one site – whew!  But what I was thinking about all this was, if I only play along with challenges that “inspire” me, am I learning as much as if I play along with possibly less “inspiring”, probably more “challenging” prompts?  So, maybe I’ll try playing along more often at a limited number of challenges (I won’t say every week, because I have this “day job” thing, and grandchildren, and kite festivals, and <bleh> housekeeping), and at other challenges just when I can fit them in.  For now, I’ve decided on Jingle Belles and the Watercooler, because I have sentimental ties to both.  Wouldn’t you know, after all that thinking (and remember, it included thinking that I’m not particularly good at Clean and Simple), the challenge for Watercooler Wednesday is Clean and Simple to celebrate spring!  

I needed some colors - Color Throwdown has a bright spring selection - and a sketch that will work for CAS, like Amy's at Freshly Made Sketches:
stamp set - Kinda Eclectic; ink - Tangelo Twist; Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder; card stock - Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Tangelo Twist; punch - Bitty Butterfly

OK, maybe I'm challenge-addicted - this "fits in" at Stampin' Royalty, and The Paper Players, too (except they only allow entries linked to 4 challenges or fewer).  My name is Kathe...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

baker's twine adventures

I needed another card for my display tree and specifically wanted to highlight this stamp set since I've only used it once - if you don't see it you may not know that you want it, right?  I browsed through some challenges for inspiration and direction, and found the perfect color palette at Paper Craft Crew and exactly the right sketch at Try Stampin' On Tuesday:
stamp set - Apple of My Eye; ink - Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush; card stock - Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White; baker's twine - Whisper White; Big Shot with Arrows embossing folder

One of my Card Buffet regulars likes to start early with Christmas cards; this month I wanted to offer one as an option.  White Christmas won't be available to purchase much longer, so it seemed like the best choice. This time I found the perfect sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches and exactly the right color palette at Merry Monday:

stamp set - White Christmas; ink - Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum; card stock - Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplang

I decided to post these cards together, and the only thing they have in common is baker's twine, which is a little unusual since I seldom think to use it, but it just seemed perfect for both cards.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

pop-up Watercooler color challenge

I would never come up with this color combination myself, but it's fabulous - and I shouldn't be surprised at all, since I always love Kath's work.  She chose the colors for this weeks Watercooler Wednesday.  I chose to use both dies from the Party Pop-up set, but only the inside one pops up:

stamp set - Remembering Your Birthday; ink - Watermelon Wonder; card stock - Blushing Bide, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White; Big Shot with Party Pop-up thinlits and Confetti embossing folder

How fun is that?  It still needs something else on the inside, but I haven't decide what.  Or, I use it for a card from a group, and there will be plenty of room for notes and signatures...

Friday, April 15, 2016

another Earth Day adventure with Jingle Belles

Don't you just hate it when an easy-going, no-pressure schedule suddenly gets jammed full of emergencies?  My credit card was compromised yesterday, so I had to call the fraud department, cancel the card and request a reissue in the middle of an unexpected major issue at work that must be corrected in less than  seven days; meanwhile, at home, my PC stopped connecting to the internet.

I made this card and photographed it a week ago, then immediately uploaded the photo to my PC and deleted it from the camera.  Yes, the PC that wouldn't connect to the internet.  aargh   Everything seems to be under control for now, so maybe you'd like to see the card:
stamp set: Wondrous Wreath; ink - Mint Macaron, Versamark; Stampin' emboss powder - silver; card stock - Mint Macaron, Silver Foil; designer series paper (not really) - wrapper from 2015 Occasions Catalog; Big Shot with Wonderful Wreath framelits

This is my second card for Peace on Earth (Day) at Jingle Belles.  Speaking of Earth Day, I noticed this evening that all my Trivia Crack questions are Earth Day related.  Is that ever cool!  Another really cool thing is that the background paper (not really designer series paper) on this card was the inside of the paper wrapper on the 2015 Occasions Catalog.  I liked the design and the color, so I saved it, but it didn't really match anything, so I stored it in one of my boxes of miscellaneous papers that don't really match anything but can probably be used for something, sometime.  I found it when I was looking for something to recycle for this prompt.  I looked again at the color and decided it matches the 2015-2017 In Color, Mint Macaron, that was released the month the Occasions Catalog expired.  Well, isn't that tricky!

The wreath is a two-step stamp, and I stamped the first layer in Mint Macaron.  I brushed the whole thing with my Embossing Buddy, but evidently not well enough, before stamping the highlight leaves with Versamark and pouring on Silver Stampin' Emboss powder.  The mint leaves have an unintended sprinkling of embossing powder.  I really like it, and just wish I could do it again, intentionally, but I don't think I want to press my luck this week.