Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #141 - Heidi's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge
Our challenge this week, hosted by Heidi, is one that really does challenge me - the Masculine Challenge.
For my project for this challenge, I used a background I had made using some non-Stampin' Up inks that are really fun to work with.
The colours reminded me of a fall sunset. And make me reach for my Sheltering Tree stamp set. In keeping with a fall theme, I stamped the leaves by inking the leaf stamp with Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke. The trunk and branches are Early Espresso.

I did not use all those colours on the stamp at the same time. Instead, I used my MISTI and applied one colour at a time in random spots and stamped. Then repeated the process with each colour. The beauty of the MISTI is that the cardstock and stamp stay in exactly the same position so it is easy to restamp.

To finish off, I used a strip of DSP from Painted Autumn and a piece of the Copper Trim, stretched out a bit. The card base is Always Artichoke and the sentiment is Early Espresso.

To link up your project, go to Watercooler Wednesday. While you're there, check out the awesome projects from the rest of the team!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #140 - Libby's All About Birthdays

This week's challenge, brought to us by Libby, is All About Birthdays.
Sometimes, you need a card in a hurry. As did I this week! I was merrily going along thinking I had my card already to upload on Monday to our challenge group. Wasn't until I went to actually upload it that I realized I had done a totally different theme.

What's a cardmaker to do? Well, Stampin' Up's Specialty Designer Paper to the rescue!
The Foil Frenzy is pretty spectacular IRL (in real life). I simply cut strips of varying widths and lengths, and glued them to the Basic Black card base.

Next, I stamped a greeting from Birthday Blast on Whisper White  and flagged the ends. It's popped up with dimensionals and two black rhinestones finish it off.

That's it - done! Sometimes a card doesn't have to be a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. This Foil Frenzy is the perfect DSP to be the star.

Now off you go to visit Watercooler Wednesday and check out what the other Watercooler Artists have done. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #139 - Kath's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
For this week's challenge, Kath has given us a Feminine Anything Goes Challenge.
When a new catalogue comes out, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of new stuff. The Holiday Catalogue has a lot of great new stuff, and much of it would certainly work for a feminine theme.

But, as I was looking through my stamp sets, my eye fell on Rose Wonder, which has a beautifully large image of a rose with a couple of leaves. It's all that is needed to make a big impact on a feminine card.
I stamped the image on Whisper White cardstock with Archival Basic Black ink, then coloured it with Peek-a-boo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron and Cucumber Crush.

That could have stood on its own very nicely, but this stamp set has a co-ordinating set of framelits. So I used the new Champagne Foil to cut the image outline. I think it sets things off beautifully.

The sentiment, from Picture Perfect, is stamped with Tranquil Tide to match the card base. And that's all there is to it.

To see how the other Watercooler Artists have interpreted this challenge, visit Watercooler Wednesday. You have until Monday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time to link up your project.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #138 - Marsha's All About Christmas Challenge
It's Christmas again at the Watercooler! This week, Marsha is hosting an All About Christmas Challenge.
I was lucky to be able to earn the special, bonus stamp set that is available only until Oct. 31 - Merry Patterns. And it arrived just in time for me to use it for this challenge.
I love this 2-step candle image, and used Fresh Fig and Berry Burst for the patterns and Archival Basic Black for the outlines. The flames are Crushed Curry.

Half of a silver Metallic Snowflake provides a base for the candles, and I set it off with some Black Lace ribbon.

The banners are from Merry Music DSP. A piece of Black cardstock sets everything off. The card base is Thick Whisper White.

It looks like there is a lot going on with this design, but it did come together quite quickly. I'm thinking I make more and just change up the colours in the candles. I really like the black & white with just a pop of colour.

Now it's time to visit Watercooler Wednesday and check out the awesome Christmas creations from the rest of the team. It's easy to link up your entry.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #137 - Penny's Masculine Challenge
This week's challenge, brought to us by Penny, is all about the men in your life.
It just so happened that I was making a sympathy card for my brother-in-law whose brother has just passed away. Sympathy cards are tough to make at any time.

While I didn't want to use really bright colours, I don't always want to use somber, dull colours either. So I started with playing around with a piece of the new Champagne Foil and the Woodland Embossing Folder. And here is what happened:

To make the trees show up more, I dragged my black StazOn ink pad across them. The Carols of Christmas framelits and Smoky Slate make the perfect frame for the embossed piece, and shows up nicely against the Basic Black card base.

The sentiment is from Rose Wonder, stamped with Archival Basic Black on Smoky Slate, then cut out with a Stitched Framelits oval.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #136 - Gail's All About Birthdays Challenge
This week is my turn to host and I picked an All About Birthdays theme. Birthday cards are probably the most needed type of cards for all of us.
 Since birthdays are festive occasions, I thought this is the perfect opportunity to use a new stamp set I received recently - Half Full. It's a special set, as it was designed by a demo who reached a remarkable milestone - one million dollars in sales. And, it's all about wine!

My card was inspired a package of napkins I spotted in London Drugs, a local pharmacy. That's what I used as the background. It was really easy to adhere to the Sahara Sand cardstock base by using the Adhesive Sheets. A gift card was used to smooth out the very thin layer of tissue.

The colours on the napkin matched perfectly with Sahara Sand and Fresh Fig. So I stamped the tag with Fresh Fig on Very Vanilla and fussy cut. A small piece of Jute Twine is threaded through a hole punched in the tag, and I tied a piece of Copper Trim around that. A few dimensionals pop it up.

The row of wine glasses were stamped on Fresh Fig cardstock with Fresh Fig ink. For the sentiment, I used the 'happy birthday' from Teeny Tiny Wishes. And, of course, I had to use a trio of my favourite embellishment of the moment - Black rhinestones.

To do the wine bottle, I used Always Artichoke ink on Very Vanilla. The colouring was done by picking up some Always Artichoke ink from the lid of the stamp pad with a blender pen. I wanted it to look streaky, like it is a very old, some-what dusty bottle that was hidden in the back corner of the wine cellar.

For the top of the bottle, I wanted it to look like it had a foil wrap around the cork. I stamped just the top of the bottle on the back side of a piece of Champagne Foil that had a piece of the Adhesive Sheet adhered to it. After fussy cutting, it was easy to place it on the bottle.

The final touches on the bottle, the white highlights, are done with a white Posca paint pen.

While it looks like there is a lot to this card, it went together very quickly. And I still have a lot of napkins left to make more cards!

Now go visit Watercooler Wednesday and see what the other Watercooler Artists have created.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #135 - Judy's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
Judy brings us a Feminine Anything Goes Challenge this week.
For my card this week, I used a hostess set from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue. All the hostess sets in this current catalogue are outstanding, but the Tranquil Tulips really caught my eye, and I was finally able to get it. Just in time for this challenge!
This set is a two-step set - my favourite kind! - and it has a watercolour look to it - my favourite technique!

I started by stamping the tulips with Melon Mambo, then stamped the leaves with Wild Wasabi on watercolour paper. Next I used a small watercolour paint brush, wet but not saturated, and just painted over the stamped images to smooth them out.

When that was dry, I went in with the same brush, again wet but not saturated, dipped into drops of Soft Sky ink and did a wash across the piece.

To give a bit of detail to everything, again using the paint brush, I mixed some water with a drop of Tranquil Tide ink and splattered it across everything.

Now, have a closer look at the dragonfly.
It is cut with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, from a brand new product you will find in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue - Champagne Foil. Isn't it stunning? Because I haven't been able to stop using the Black Rhinestones, also from the Holiday Catalogue, I went all out and used all three sizes on the body of the dragonfly.

A thin border of Basic Black cardstock is the perfect accent for the watercolour piece, and it's all mounted on a Tranquil Tide cardbase.

Now, go create your own Feminine Anything Goes! Visit Watercooler Wednesday to be inspired by the rest of the Watercooler Artists - and a special Guest Artist as a bonus.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #141 - Heidi's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

Our challenge this week, hosted by Heidi, is one that really does challenge me - the Masculine Challenge. For my project for this chall...