Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #132 - Marsha's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

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It's time for another masculine challenge hosted by Marsha.
I still struggle with doing masculine themed cards. Mostly because a large number of my stamp sets are floral. This week, while tidying up my crafting space, I thought I should go through "the pile".

Most cardmakers, I think, have such a pile. Mine consits of projects not done, projects that weren't working out, projects I got bored with ... you get the idea.

While going through my pile, I came across a card that only needed a sentiment to call it finished. But - it ended up in my pile because I had not liked how bright the colours ended up being.

So I grabbed a sponge dauber and my Whisper White craft ink pad and toned everything down by giving it a soft, hazy look. I never thought about taking a before picture, but here is the after:
I used the Work of Art stamp set to create hints of hills, a grassy foreground, and a sunset sky. The lone pine tree is from Lovely as a Tree. Colours used are Always Artichoke, Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango.

After sponging with the white craft ink, I stamped the birds from High Tide with Archival Black ink. To create some more interest in the foreground, I stamped a leafy stem from Jar of Love using Old Olive.

The sentiment is done in Cajun Craze, stamped onto a piece of the Colour Theory DSP, punched with the Decorative Label punch, and sponged around the edges with Old Olive.

The main panel is matted on Lost Lagoon and the card base is Smoky Slate.

When weather permits, I like to take my photos on my deck. When I went out to shoot this card, there were several leaves on the table. Since the colours in the card look somewhat autumnal, I posed a couple of the leaves as well.

Now go visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and check out the wonderful samples done by the other Watercooler Artists.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #131 - Kath's All About Birthdays Challenge

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This week's challenge, courtesy of Kath, is All About Birthdays. Birthday cards are something we all need and it's nice to have a stash on hand, ready to grab when you need one.
 However - I frequently find myself scrambling at the last minute to make a card. My design for this week couldn't be easier - or faster - a stamp, a piece of Designer Series Paper, some strips of Copper Ribbon.
I started with a Tranquil Tide card base and stamped around the edges with the lacey-looking image from Touches of Texture and Tranquil Tide ink for a tone-on-tone look.

The DSP is from Wood Textures DSP stack, with a strip of Copper Ribbon across the top and bottom.

For the image panel of Whisper White Cardstock, I chose this lovely, large leafy branch from Remarkable You and stamped it in Archival Black ink. It's coloured with a light wash of Lemon Lime Twist, applied with a Blender Pen.

I  stamped the greeting from Butterfly Basics in Tranquil Tide. And that's it! One birthday card ready to go.

Now go visit Watercooler Wednesday and check out what the other Watercooler Artists have created, then link up your project.

I'm also linking this project to the SUO Challenge #180 - Happy Birthday.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #130 - Gail's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge

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It's my turn to host this week's challenge and I picked a theme  I haven't picked very often.
Not sure why I haven't picked a  feminine challenge more often,  as most of my stamp sets fall into that  category. At least as far as flowers can be considered a feminine theme.

So, flowers is what I went with. And pink.
Pink is probably the colour I use the least. But this year, I'm really liking the way three of the new 2017-2019 In Colors work together: Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig.

My design is inspired by a video I watched, done by Kylie Bertucci, a Stampin' Up demonstrator from Australia. Her card had multiple layers, but I pared my version down to just one.

The images are from Touches of Texture and Jar of Love stamp sets. I just stamped randomly - one of my favourite things to do! on the Whisper White cardstock. The sentiment was stamp first in the middle and then all the other images around it.

Using a framelit from the Layering Ovals set, I cut out the sentiment and layered it onto a Berry Burst scalloped oval from the same set. That was then popped up with dimensionals over a strip of Copper Ribbon. For some reason, I love the look of the copper with the pink tones.

Want to see what the other Watercooler Artists have done? It's easy! Just visit Watercooler Wednesday, then show us your feminine side.  


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #129 - Libby's All About Christmas Challenge

It's time for another All About Christmas Challenge, presented this week by Libby.
I'm really liking having a Christmas Challenge as part of our regular rotation. How about you? By the time Christmas comes along, I should have a nice collection.

This week, I had the added incentive of receiving my order of a sneak peek bundle from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue! While it's only available to demonstrators until the end off July, the good news is that in August, it is available to everyone.

And believe me, you are going to want it! Here is my very first creation done with the Carols of Christmas stamp set and co-ordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits.
 
This is a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) of a design by Carol Payne that stopped me in my tracks when I saw it on Pinterest.

The main panel is a piece of Basic Black cardstock, embossed with the Woodlands Embossing Folder. After running it through the Big Shot, I took my Craft Whisper White ink pad and just dragged it from top to bottom on the de-bossed side. Then I used one of the Card Builder Thinlits at the top to cut out the moon and stars.

I cut the trees from the middle of the piece of silver glimmer paper that is under the embossed piece, and the deer are cut from Copper Foil.

The sentiment is embossed with Copper Embossing Powder on the Whisper White cardstock, then cut with a Stitched Shapes Framelit and popped up with Dimensionals.

For more Christmas inspiration, visit Watercooler Wednesday to see what the other artists have come up with.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #128 - Heidi's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

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Welcome to this week's Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. Heidi is our host and has chosen a Masculine Theme for this challenge.
This theme was a real struggle for me this week, for some reason. I had one idea that just did not work for me, and instead of tossing it, decided to try to salvage it. Here is what I came up with - eventually! I'm calling it more "gender-neutral", rather than masculine.
I've used Embossing Paste. Again! Apparently I can't make a card these days without it. The clearly visible images are from Tuscan Vinyard; the sentiment is from Dragonfly Dreams; the less visible images are from Guy Greetings.

If you are thinking this is a strange combination of stamp sets - you would be right! This came about because my original plan  was to  try doing the Retiform Technique. And here is that attempt:
It just was not speaking to me. So, Embossing Paste to the rescue!

Have you ever had this experience?

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #127 - Judy's All About Birthdays Challenge

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One type of card everyone needs from time to time is birthday cards. Judy's All About Birthdays Challenge is a perfect time to build up your card stash.
I've had a background piece sitting on my table for weeks - just waiting to be used. And this was the perfect opportunity.
The background was one I had done when I was playing around with various colours of ink pads and swiping them across glossy cardstock. Colours I used on this are Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig.

It turned out a lot darker than I had planned, and I just set it aside as it didn't inspire me at the time.

A few days after, I stamped the daisies, leaves, dots and circles with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. To try to lighten it up a bit, I used my Posca white paint pen to trace the daisies and make the little white dots on top of the black dots.

The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder set, stamped with Fresh Fig on a piece of Wood Textures DSP, then die cut with Lots of Labels. I cut another label, the same size, from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. I cut that in half, then glued it onto either end to frame the sentiment. The card base is Fresh Fig.

I think this could be a gender-neutral birthday card.

Now head on over to Watercooler Wednesday for more birthday inspiration from  the Watercooler Artist Team.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #126 - Fiona's Feminine Challenge

Welcome to a new week, a new challenge - and a new look! This week, we have a Feminine Challenge, hosted by Fiona - all the way from the United Kingdom.
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I had just received my order of products from the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue and just had to play with them  - especially the embossing paste and new masks.
The brick pattern on the Whisper White cardstockk is done with one of the new masks and some embossing paste I coloured with a drop of Fresh Fig ink.

Once it was dry - which doesn't take long at all! - I stamped the ferns from Butterfly Basics using Lemon Lime Twist. The sentiment is from Wood Words, and stamped with Fresh Fig.

The multi-coloured butterfly is cut from a piece of Glossy White cardstock which I swiped colour onto with Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig ink pads.

For the head and antenna, I cut a piece of the new black mini-sequin trim, tied a knot in it, and attached with a glue dot. Here's a closeup:
 
The whole image panel is mounted on a cardstock base of Fresh Fig.

To see what the other Watercooler Artists have created, visit Watercooler Wednesday. Then show us your best feminine project.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #132 - Marsha's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

It's time for another masculine challenge hosted by Marsha. I still struggle with doing masculine themed cards. Mostly because a la...