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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

embossed die cut Christmas adventures

Stephanie and Lauren, with their special guest Steph C, have been looking for embossed Christmas cards for the past two weeks at Jingle Belles; I'm a little late, but when I saw the Dies to Die 4 challenge at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long, I finally got a clue:
stamp set - Cheerful Christmas; ink - Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - Silver; card stock - Wild Wasabi, Brushed Silver, Pistachio Pudding; Big Shot with Filigree Frame embossing folder and Labels Collection framelits

Then, I got another clue and remembered that the CASE-ing Christmas card would also be perfect for embossing and a die cut!
stamp sets - Very Merry Tags, Festive Flurry; ink - Perfect Plum, Versamark; Stampin' emboss powder - Gold; card stock - Whisper White, Soft Sky, Brushed Gold, Perfect Plum; punches - Confetti Stars border, 7/8" Scallop; seam binding ribbon - Soft Sky; Big Shot with Festive Flurry framelits 

While I'm out linking up to challenges, I'll join in at Christmas Card Challenges, where the theme this week is Anything Goes. Although I'm sliding in at Jingle Belles with less than 24 hours, I have plenty of time until Christmas, and happily I'm two more cards ahead for that challenge!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

background adventure

A couple of weeks ago I watched Jennifer McGuire's Ink Layering video and I thought it was such a great idea that I left the page open - I don't remember whether I pinned it or not, I just left it open so I would see it frequently.  Monday Use Your Stuff posted a challenge to create your own background; yesterday Shopping Our Stash posted a challenge to make your own background.  OK, blogiverse, I got the message!
stamp set - Lots of Thanks; ink - Whisper White Craft, Calypso Coral; card stock - Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral; tools - stencil from Dots & Stripes, sponge daubers, Big Shot with Ovals Collection framelits;

I didn't exactly follow Jennifer's directions, though.  I could have used a stencil from Hearts & Stars but I was still thinking of one more card for the Card Buffets, and I thought no one would want to daub so many little hearts or stars - stripes seemed easier.  So I sponged the white stripes, stamped and cut the sentiment, cleaned the stencil, and finally gave up on the patience bit and used the heat tool to finish drying the ink.  I moved the stencil, sponged the coral stripes, and studied my results.  I didn't think I liked it, so I cleaned the stencil again and tried to talk myself into liking it.  I considered turning the card stock over and sponging many little hearts or stars, but I thought I'd try adding a perpendicular set of coral stripes, first.  Now, I like it; I almost wish I'd used Real Red so it would look like an old-fashioned picnic blanket or Italian restaurant tablecloth.  

Red or coral, I think it's masculine and clean and simple enough to qualify at Cardz 4 Guyz this week.

I may have to try the technique again, with one of the other stencils, just to see if  they would be as tedious as I imagined.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

a remotivated adventure

What are you trying to tell me, spell check - remotivated isn't a real word?
I was feeling unmotivated last week, and used my favorite technique for a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) of a card from the Occasions catalog.  It worked, I've been feeling much more motivated this week!  Of course, it's always motivating to plan for a Card Buffet, and I'll be hosting them this week.  Even more motivating, my CASEd card was chosen as a Top 3 for Challenge #61 at Cardz 4 Guyz - a challenge I just discovered this year.  Thank you so much, Caz!

While my motivation is holding steady, I tried my hand at Leslie's Crooked Stamper CSSC#2 sketch (turned on its side):
stamp sets - Moon Lake, Simply Wonderful; ink - Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo; Stampin' Write markers - Mossy Meadow, Chocolate Chip, blender pen; punches - 1-1/4" circle, extra-large oval; Stampin' sponges

I was thinking I needed one more card for the buffet, but this one is a little too fussy.  I started with just a mask for the moon, but ended up cutting two masks for the goose (one with a straight edge for the lake and another for the sky.  Hmm, maybe I could have just cut the goose once and laid a straight-edge mask on top of it...

Monday, March 16, 2015

a bright birthday adventure

Kylie and the team at Addicted to Stamps offered a fun party treats station as an inspirational photo this week; I was inspired by the rainbow of bright colors to make a birthday card:
stamp set - Perfect Pennants; ink - Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight; Stampin' Write markers - Real Red, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie; punch - Chevron border

The only requirement at Seize the Birthday is a birthday card, but the "toppings" option this time around is to make the sentiment the focal point, so I'll be linking up there, too.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

a Sunday challenge adventure

There are several challenges I enjoy that have Sunday deadlines.  For some reason, Sunday deadlines are a challenge for me, even though they don't all open on the same day. It doesn't seem to matter how many days are available, I have trouble completing the cards and posting about them before Sunday slips away.  I'm coming in at the last minute for Use Your Stuff this week with a monochromatic card that I think also works for the Clean and Simple floral challenge at the Paper Players:
stamp sets - Endless Wishes, Papillon Potpourri; card stock - Wisteria Wonder; ink - Elegant Eggplant; punch - Bitty Butterfly; Big Shot with Spring Flowers embossing folder

I had the hardest time getting that soft purple/lavender color to photograph. When I was using my usual white background, the camera kept turning it yellow and making the card look white. The purple background at least gives you some indication that the color scheme is all purple.