Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WWC180 - Marsha's All About Holidays Challenge
If it's Wednesday - that mean's it's Challenge Day! This week Marsha brings us All About Holidays.
You can see by the above graphic that many different holidays are covered by this challenge.  My card is a Christmas card - just because I'm still featuring cards I made when I went through piles of bits on my work table and decided to  use them up.

This is the last one I made during that session. I promise. But, it's almost time to do another clean-up!
I started by brayering several shades of blue onto a piece of Whisper White card stock. From what I can remember, there is Pool Party, Tranquil Tide and Night of Navy. The pine tree from Lovely as a Tree is stamped multiple times using the stamping off technique in Memento Tuxedo Black.

The sentiment is from Carols of Christmas, stamped with Tranquil Tide and highlighted with a white Posca paint pen. Next I ran it through the Big Shot with the Card Front Builder Thinlits.

The sparkly trees were cut from glimmer paper with the Card Front Builder Thinlits. This piece was layered on Champagne Foil and then onto a Tranquil Tide card base.

Thanks to our challenges, I have a really good stack of Christmas cards ready to send out. How is your stash coming along?

Off you go now to visit Watercooler Wednesday for more inspiration.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WWC179 - Heidi's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge
This Wednesday we come again to a masculine challenge, hosted by Heidi.
I love making backgrounds and Stampin' Up has so many products that can be used for that. One of the easiest things to make backgrounds with is Brushos colour crystals. Just shake, spritz and done!

That's how I did the background on this:
I used the Prussian Blue Brushos as I thought it looked a lot like one of the new InColors - Blueberry Bushel. To add a little texture, I did a partial stamp on the right hand side with the Postscript background stamp, inked with Gray Granite.

The sentiment, also in Blueberry Bushel, is from Animal Outing. I cut the two ovals with the Stitched Shapes dies. The leaves peeking out from behind are also from Animal Outing, stamped in Call Me Clover.

And - that's it! Very easy to do - very quick to do. I sometimes forget that cards don't have to be complicated and have a lot of elements. Although, those are fun to do, too!

Visit Watercooler Wednesday and have a look at the awesome samples from the rest of the team.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WWC178 - Crystal's All About Occasions Challenge
This week our newest design team member, Crystal, hosts her first challenge at the Watercooler.
Throughout the year there are a lot of occasions in our lives that are card-worthy. A congratulations card could cover many of those occasions - such as a new house.

My Mom had asked me to make a card she could give to a friend's daughter after she bought a house on a lake. Naturally, I pulled out my Waterfront stamp set.
I started by stamping the trees randomly on the Crumb Cake card  base with Crumb Cake ink. For the image panel, I used watercolour paper and just did a very simple mountain range with Crumb Cake, stamped off. The little houses are done in Soft Suede and the trees are Always Artichoke, stamped off, with just the tips of the trees inked up.

For the colour variations in the water, I used the stamp from High Tide with Pool Party and Bermuda Bay inks. The birds are also from High Tide. To create a frame for the scene, I used the doodle-like stamp from the retired Tin of Cards stamp set in Tranquil Tide. The panel is mounted on Tranquil Tide.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

WWC177 - Charlotte's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
A new challenge and a new  team member! This week, the Watercooler Artists welcome Crystal Komara to the lineup.
Charlotte is this week's host and brings us a Feminine Challenge.
In my continuing series featuring cards I've created when I went through piles of bits and pieces that had accumulated on my craft table, here is what I did for this challenge.
You've heard of The Flight of the Bumblebee? (If you haven't, check it out here as performed by Canadian Brass.) I'm calling this The Flight of the Butterfly.

In my desk clean-up I came across a little envelope with all these die-cut butterflies. They were cut with a long-retired Embosslit that I have forgotten the name of. An embosslit not only cut out a shape, but also embossed a pattern, which you can see if you look closely.

I thought I would pair them with a piece of Soft Sky cardstock embossed with the Layered Leaves embossing folder. The butterflies are Calypso Coral,  Island Indigo, Old Olive and Whisper White. For the card base, I used Island Indigo.

The ribbon was saved from some gift wrapping and has a bit of sparkle to it. For added texture (sometimes I don't know when to stop!) I used the Handwritten background stamp and Island Indigo ink and just stamped randomly all over.

I thought this design was busy enough so I didn't add a sentiment, but it could be a birthday card, thinking of you - or just a note card to say hello.

Visit Watercooler Wednesday to check out the creations from the rest of team - and say a hello and welcome to our new Design Team Artist, Crystal.

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