Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WWC175 - Marsha's Masuline Anything Goes Challenge
This week's challenge theme, hosted by Marsha, is a theme I still struggle with. As do some of you.
For some reason, I was thinking about graffiti and thought I would see where that went, since I had no plan. Here's what happened.
First, I needed a brick wall. Out came the Brick Wall embossing folder and a piece of Gray Granite cardstock.  wanted to emphasize the grout lines, so I applied Silver Embossing Paste with the tip of a skewer between each brick.

When that dried, I stenciled some "graffiti" using some blue acrylic paint. Some sponging with Gray Granite ink added to the grunge look.

For a pop of colour, I diecut the bench from Pretty Park Framelits from retired DSP. Then, the bench needed that cute dog from Sitting Pretty. He is stamped with Gray Granite and Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

The tops of the potted plant in the Sitting Pretty stamp set, in Call Me Clover, make the foliage under the bench.

To finish it off, I stamped the banner and the word 'chill' from Pick A Pennant, with Pineapple Punch and Gray Granite.

If you struggle with making cards for the men in your life, visit Watercooler Wednesday for more inspiration.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WWC174 - Gail's All About Occasions Challenge
We have another challenge for you this week that covers any cardmaking occasion throughout the year.
As many crafters know, there comes a time when you look at your work area and you know you just have to tackle the mess. I had one of those moments the other day. After I had put away the piles of stamp sets and ink pads, the next thing to tackle was some piles of cardstock and DSP.

Some of the pieces had been cut for card bases and never used. Others had images stamped on them and never used. Pieces of DSP had been cut to card-front size, or were pieces left over from trimming bigger pieces.

Since I was tired of tidying, I decided to sift through all the bits and see if I could combine some of this into finished cards. Two hours later, I had 6 finished cards! And it was fun to do!

This is one of the projects I came up with.
This fun image is from Santa Paws. It may or may not have been on my table since Christmas. Ooops!

The image had been stamped with black ink (I don't remember if it was Archival Black or Memento), on Crumb Cake cardstock that had been embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder, but never coloured.

First, I toned down the Crumb Cake by lightly running my Craft Whisper White ink pad over it to give it a white-washed effect. Then I coloured it with Stampin' Write Markers.

Next, I stamped the holly image from the Father Christmas stamp set all around the edges to create a frame, using Always Artichoke ink.

There just happened to be a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock laying on the table, as well as a piece of Cherry Cobbler to use for the cardbase. The Cherry Cobbler die-cut bow I found is from, I think, the Santa's Sleigh thinlits.

I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla cardstock in Always Artichoke, cut it apart and sponged each piece with the Always Artichoke ink.

I have to say, I quite enjoyed doing this. It was a challenge, at first, when sorting through everything, but in a way it was much easier to finish cards as I had no pre-conceived ideas in mind.

Give it a try!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

WWC173 - Tenia's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
Welcome to a new Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. This week's host is Tenia, with a Feminine Anything Goes theme.
My card for this challenge would surely win the prize for the most stamp sets and ink colours used on one card!
I made this for a friend who is taking a much-needed, long over-due break from work and gave it to her with a bottle of wine. So I was going for a relaxing scene with soothing, soft colours.

My starting point was the mountains, sky, water and grassy areas. These were done with the Waterfront stamp set. Some interest was added to the water area with the ripple image from High Tide.

Colours used for these areas: Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive and  Soft Sea Foam.

Next, I went to the Colourful Seasons stamp set and stamped the frame for the chair with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. For the  seat, I used Lovely Lipstick on Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut it.

Of course, there had to be a glass of wine and the Half Full stamp set had the perfect size! It is stamped with Gray Granite and the wine is  coloured with Merry Merlot (of course!) and a blender pen.

The glass of wine needed a table. So I searched through my stamp sets, looking for something that would work. When I looked at my stack of retired sets, I spotted Sprinkles of Life and had an ah-ha! moment when I looked at the image for the ice cream cone. Stamped with Crumb Cake on Whisper White CS, fussy cut and turned upside down, it made the perfect little table.

I thought it needed some colour in the upper left hand corner to balance out the bright red of the chair. For this, I cut the tree branch from a piece of Wood Textures DSP using the Seasonal Layers thinlits and stamped the flowers from Colourful Seasons with Grapefruit Grove.

This kind of stamping is something I really enjoy. It's fun to look at various stamp sets and combine them to create a scene. Give it a try!

To see what the rest of the team has done, just visit Watercooler Wednesday and be inspired.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WWC172 - Anything Goes Challenge

After a bit of a break, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things with our weekly challenge. This week's theme is Anything Goes.
I've been playing around with dots. Dot painting, that is. YouTube has thousands of videos of really talented people demonstrating the technique. It's easy to get lost watching all those dots appear, but I finally had to give it a try myself.

Dot painting typically used acrylic paint and can be done on many surfaces and mostly I've seen people paint on rocks and canvases. I wanted to use Stampin' Up products. So I mixed various ink refill colours, mixed into white acrylic paint so that it had the thickness. For my "canvas", I used cardstock.

Take a look:
I cut a circle of the black cardstock with my second largest circle framelit. Starting in the middle, I just started dotting, varying the sizes and colours of the dots. Then I cut a bigger circle from Tempting Turquoise cardstock - a retiring colour.

The circles then went onto a square of black and the whole thing then onto more Tempting Turquoise. I put a large gold faceted gem in the middle, and used rhinestones around the edge.

After all the layers were put on the card base, I thought it still needed something, so I inked a new background stamp, called Handwritten, with Tempting Turquoise, stamped off once, and stamped it randomly in each corner.

This is a lot of fun to do and I have more ideas to keep dotting.

To see what the rest of the team has for you, visit Watercooler Wednesday, then show us your "Anything Goes" project.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WWC169 - Charlotte's All About Occasions Challenge
It's time for another Occasions Challenge, hosted by Charlotte.
My Mom recently celebrated her 91st birthday so I'm sharing the card I made for her.
The retired DSP is Year of Cheer from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue. I think it's festive enough for almost any occasion.

I stamped the image from You've Got Style and coloured with Stampin' Blends. Her earrings are blinged-up with Gold Wink of Stella. For more bling, I coloured some Clear Faceted Gems with Rich Razzleberry Blends to match the Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

Show us your favourite occasions creation! Just visit Watercooler Wednesday for more inspiration and to link up your project.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

WWC#168 - Helen's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
Wednesday always brings a new challenge. This week Helen is hosting the Feminine Anything Goes Challenge.
I know there are men who like flowers and are avid gardners, but when I think of a feminine theme, I always think flowers first. In this year's Sale-a-Bration offerings, there was a great stamp set and an embossing folder that are a perfect pair. Unfortunately, the stamp set is no longer available. But - the Basket Weave 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder will be available in the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue that launches June 1.
The stamp set is called Blooming Basket. I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it with Stampin' Blends: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bronze, and Crumb Cake.

For the embossed layer, I smeared Crumb Cake ink on the embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot with Very Vanilla Cardstock. Love the look of an aged basket.

The card base, matting for the focal image, and the butterfly are all Bermuda Bay. The butterfly got the Wink of Stella treatment for some shimmer.

This could make a great birthday card, thank you card, or Mother's Day card.

Check out the truly fabulous creations from the rest of the design team at Watercooler Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WWC167 - Gail's All About Christmas Challenge
How is your Christmas card stash coming along? Here's another chance for you to add to it!
I love doing monochromatic cards and think they work well for any occasion - even Christmas. Back in December, I was doing "research" on Pinterest for ideas when I came across a card done by Debbie Henderson of Debbie's Designs. It was gorgeous and I had to CASE (copy and share everything) it.
Using the Santa's Sleigh stamp set, I stamped the trees randomly with Whisper White Craft Ink and Soft Suede on Crumb Cake cardstock. The snowflakes are also stamped with the Whisper White Craft Ink, but for the life of me, I can't remember what stamp set they are from. Anything similar would work. The sentiment, from Merry Little Labels, is also stamped with Soft Suede.

The sleigh, packages and wreath are cut with the co-ordinating Santa's Sleigh Thinlits using Very Vanilla, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler cardstocks. I used a Gold Wink of Stella pen to add a little sparkle to the packages.

All that was left to do was sponge around the edges with Crumb Cake ink then I popped the panel up with dimensionals. The card base is also Crumb Cake and I sponged the edges with the Whisper White ink.

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WWC175 - Marsha's Masuline Anything Goes Challenge

This week's challenge theme, hosted by Marsha, is a theme I still struggle with. As do some of you. For some reason, I was thinking...