Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #111 - Marsha's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

It's time for another Masculine Challenge, hosted this time by Marsha.
I've been trying to get away from what seems to be an accepted  practice when creating masculine-themed cards - that is an instinct to use dark colours. Now, sometimes dark colours work. But, men like other colours too.

Since it is now offically Spring - yay! - I went to the Serene  Scenery DSP Paper Stack for that very spring-y pattern of lovely green leaves. And I paired it with an image from the Moon Lake stamp set.
I stamped the image with Archival Basic Black ink on watercolour paper. The colouring was done with an Aqua-Painter and ink. The sentiment is from Hey, Chick.

Then, using the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut out the coloured image and the Old Olive layer. A piece of Burlap Ribbon sets the image off from the background DSP. The card base is Tip Top Taupe.

Now, go to Watercooler Wednesday and check out the fabulous samples from the other Watercooler Artists! We are eagerly awaiting your creations.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #110

Easter is just around the corner and Heather has chosen an Easter Bunny theme for her Clean and Simple Challenge.
I could only find one stamp set among my collection with a bunny image in it. And it wasn't an Easter stamp set. But I had to go with it.
The bunny is from Thankful Forest Friends (retired). I inked the stamp with Crumb Cake and then added a bit of darker colour with a Soft Suede marker. the ears and nose  are colored  with Blushing Bride.

For the tree and grass, I went to Sheltering Tree, stamped in Soft Suede. Love all the branches on that tree - perfect for placing the eggs that are from a long-retired stamp set, Nature Walk. I used markers to colour the eggs using Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach.

The sentiment is from a classic Stampin' Up! set - Teeny Tiny Wishes. This is a set I use constantly. It has a greeting for every occasion you could imagine!

My cardstock choices are Whisper White and Old Olive.

Check out Watercooler Wednesday to see what the other Watercooler Artists have done. Have fun with this Easter Bunny challenge and show us what you come up with!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Think outside the box!

Last weekend my upline, who is in Alberta where I used to live, put together a weekend long on-line stamp-a-thon for all of her downline. She did some Facebook Live videos and had challenges throughout the weekend.

It was a lot of fun!

One of the challenges was to think outside the box. That is, to use a Stampin' Up product in a different way to what it was intended. I had an inspiration to use a stamp set I had just used to create my design team project for this week's Watercooler Wednesday Challenge:
To create the background, I used the 3-part image from the Tie Dyed stamp set from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue. This set is designed to stamp all three parts, in different colours, or different shades of the same colour, one on top of the other. For my challenge card, because it is a colour challenge, I inked the largest stamp in full strength Island Indigo, the middle stamp in Island Indigo - stamped off once, and the smallest stamp in Pool Party - full strength.

As I was working on this, I kept thinking that the design reminded me of ammonites, which are the fossilized, hard shells of extinct mollusks. See what they look like here.

Now, back to the challenge. I was thinking about trying to use the stamp to create an ammonite. But, it wasn't coming together in my brain. But, then I had a lightbulb moment!

You know those big, big lollypops that are different colours, in a spiral? Here's what I came up with:
I stamped the image on Whisper White cardstock using Tangerine Tango, Peekaboo Peach and So Saffron. Then I embossed it using clear embossing powder. I did three coats of embossing to make it really glossy. After that, I cut it out using one of the circles in the Layering Circles Framelits.

The stick is a bamboo skewer, cut to length, and tied with a bit off Emerald Envy ribbon. The littles squiggles, stamped in the same colours as the lollypop, is a stamp from the Bithday Blast set and the sentiment is from So In Love.

What kinds of things can you come up with when thinking outside the box? It's fun to do!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge 109

Colour challenges are fun! This week at Watercooler Wednesday, Heidi  has given us a pallette I find very soothing with just two shades of blue and two neutrals.
For this one, I went to the Tie Dyed stamp set, which has images in three parts. By stamping off the Island Indigo on one of the parts, I was able to get three shades of blue to create a fun background that was very quick and easy to do.
The background is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock, matted on Basic Black and mounted on an Island Indigo base.

For my focal point, I  used the image from Bella & Friends, stamped it in Memento Black ink and coloured with the new Watercolour Pencils and a blender pen. The balloon has a bit of sparkle thanks to Wink of Stella.

Now let's see what you do with Heidi's Colour Challenge! Check out what the rest of the Watercooler Artists have done by going to Watercooler Wednesday.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge 108 - Gail's Sketch Challenge

It's my turn to host the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week, and I've chosen this Sketch Challenge:
I think it is a very simple sketch, but has a lot of possibilities to make it as intricate as you want. Remember, the sketch can be flipped upside down, or turned on its side - whatever inspires you. As long as it is still recognizable as the basic sketch.

However, I decided to use it just as is:
I'm trying to channel spring - the first colour that popped into my mind was Cucumber Crush. Mostly because it is a lovely, spring-y shade of green. But also, because it is part of the 2015-2017 In-Color Collection that will be retiring at the end of May.

This may make some people sad, but I like to think that it is making way for a whole new, exciting set of trendy shades!

For the diagonal bottom part, I stamped every one of the designs from the Sale-a-Bration set, Delicate Details, using Crumb Cake ink on Whisper White cardstock. I really love the look of Crumb Cake on the white!

The image panel is cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelit. No, the collection doesn't have a rectangle, but a quick search on YouTube brings up a lot of tutorials on how to use the square framelits to create a rectangle. I followed a tutorial by Bibi Cameron.

I have to confess, however, that it took me three tries to get it right. And she makes it look so easy!! Really - it's not that difficult. Guess I'm just a slow learner.

The leaf image is from Kinda Eclectic and the sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set - both stamped with Cucumber Crush.

And that's it! Check out Watercooler Wednesday and take a look at what the other Watercooler Artists have done. Link yours up - we love to see your projects!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge 107 - Penny's Masculine Challenge

It's time for another Masculine Challenge, this time hosted by Penny.
I recently read a thread on a demo-only Facebook page, where the discussion was about using colours on masculine themed cards instead of using the darker, earth-toned  colours.

Well, my card uses Crumbcake, primarily. Not because I think I have to use it because I was doing a masculine card. Rather, I used it because it is a colour I love to use for all kinds of projects.

But, I did also use Very Vanilla cardstock, Copper Embossing Powder and Rich Razzleberry ink.

First, on the Crumbcake card base, I sponged the edges with Crumbcake ink, then used a little texture stamp from the High Tide stamp set, inked with Rich Razzleberry, and stamped all along the edges. Kind of looks like red wine, I thought after I had done it!

The first layer, I stamped with the grapes, corks and jugs from Tuscan Vineyard, the brick image from Ghoulish Grunge, and one of the splatter stamps from Gorgeous Grunge - all in Crumbcake ink.

The image panel is the vintage card from Guy Greetings, done in Copper Embossing Powder. I used Rich Razzleberry ink to stamp the word 'enjoy' from the So In Love stamp set. Then I stamped over it with the same texture stamp from High Tide using Rich Razzleberry ink, stamped off once.

I think this card could accompany a gift of a nice bottle of wine for that wine-loving man in your life!

Want to how the other Watercooler Artists have done this challenge? Just visit Watercooler Wednesday. After you are inspired, share your project with us!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Wacky Watercooler Spring Fever February Blog Hop
Spring is just around the corner! Although, I'm sure it doesn't feel like it in those areas that are still being hit by storms.

Welcome to our Spring Fever Blog Hop! If you are a regular follower, you know that our Hops are circular. For those who are new to Blog Hops, you can either work your way down  the list by visiting the Wacky Watercooler Stamping blog, or if you join in at any point, just keep clicking on the 'Next' button at the bottom to go to the next blog.

If you are following the line-up in order, you have just come from Deborah's blog. Weren't her projects wonderful! 

For my first project, I was all set to jump on the succulent bandwagon. It seems the paper-crafting world has been taken by storm and everyone is making such cute assortments of succulents. So, I got out my Oh So Succulent Bundle - stamp set and matching Framelits, grabbed some Always Artichoke cardstock and my Big Shot, and started cutting out succulent parts.

I got to this point - and everything went off the rails!
As I looked at this, all I could see was a stencil! So I grabbed some Whisper White cardstock, a piece of Stampin' Sponge and a So Saffron ink pad.
Because I had placed the dies as close together as possible in order to maximize cardstock use, I used Post-it Notes to cover up areas I didn't want the ink to spread into. I liked how it was going, so I covered the whole piece, using So Saffron and Bermuda Bay inks. Then filled in the spaces with some of the smaller images from the stamp set using Peekaboo Peach and Emerald Envy inks. Here's what I ended up with:
After it was trimmed down, I mounted it onto a Bermuda Bay card base. A sentiment from Tin of Cards was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock with Emerald Envy ink, then cut out with Lots of Labels Framelits, with a Bermuda Bay mat behind and two little So Saffron enamel dots. Here is the finished card:
And, umm, I still haven't made the succulents. But I will!

Next up is a card using Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper and the Watercolour Pencils. This DSP is so much fun for anyone who likes to colour!
Colours used are: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pacific Point. I used a Blender Pen to smooth out the pigment. The sentiment is from Rose Wonder, stamped in Archival Black ink, and the cardbase is Old Olive.

Up until two days ago I was still pondering what to do for my third project, when up popped a video on my Facebook newsfeed that grabbed my attention. It was shared by LeeAnn Greff, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. She has inspired my on many occasions. Thank you, LeeAnn!

Her project uses the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Metallic Thread to do Paper Embroidery. Here's a close-up:
I used Thick Whisper White cardstock (recommended for this technique) to cut the Stitched Shapes circle. For the embroidery part I used the Copper Metallic Thread. The bigger circle is Sweet Sugarplum, and the flower is from Touches of Texture, stamped with Sweet Sugarplum for the focal image, and So Saffron in the background. Here is the full card:
The sentiment is from the Window Shopping stamp set.

And now it's time for you to carry on and enjoy the amazing projects Sheri has for you! Just click on the 'Next' button below. Thanks for stopping by!

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #111 - Marsha's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

It's time for another Masculine Challenge, hosted this time by Marsha. I've been trying to get away from what seems to be an acce...