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!

Now visit Watercooler Wednesday and see what occasions have inspired the other members of the team.


  1. The bow is from Pretty Pines thinlits, Gail Nice card!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! It's hard to remember what I used when things pile up like that.

  2. Wow, Gail, what a wonderful Christmas card. This is probably the best use of that fun Santa Paws stamp set that I've seen. Love the way you've made all those fun images come to life. Separating and staggering the sentiment like that was a great idea.

    1. Thanks Heidi. I got that set on my first order from the Holiday catalogue, then just couldn't get motivated to use it in a finished project. This was inspired by a lot of samples on Pinterest.


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