Wednesday, December 19, 2018

WWC201 - Marsha's Special Two-Week Year End Anything Goes Challenge
This is our last challenge for the year 2018! Can you believe it?  Because it's a busy time of year for everyone, we make this a two-week challenge.

For this challenge, I'm sharing a really over-the-top project. Well, it's over the top for me. I made two pop-up cards for customer who has ordered Christmas cards from me for about seven years now. Two of the cards are for her granddaughters, and these are what I made.
I have a lot of photos this week, so let's get right to them! The first photo shows the outside of both cards:
I used a long-retired Bigz die for the stocking and some retired Christmas Designer Series Paper. The cuff of the stockings is cut from White Velvet Paper and the snowflakes, using the Snowfall Thinlits, are from Shimmer White cardstock. Red Dazzling Details, the bows from Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, and pinecones from Pretty Pines finish off the cardfronts.

Inside each stocking is a tag made using the Scallop Tag Topper punch and some black glitter ribbon.

And now for the big reveal! Here is what's inside:
I used so many stamp sets, dies, markers, glimmer papers and DSPs that I don't think I can remember them all. Of course I didn't write them down. Also, I had no real plan when I started and just kind of winged it as I went.

Here's some side views:
I find these challenging to photograph, so I hope you are able to see some of the detail.

And that's it till next year! Make a visit to Watercooler Wednesday to see what they rest of the design team came up with as we say goodbye to 2018.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

WWC200 - Helen's All About Occasions Challenge
Wow! This week we reach our 200th challenge with Helen hosting an All About Occasions Challenge. Seems like only yesterday this challenge was born from a  group of Stampin' Up demonstrators chatting in a forum.

The occasion I've picked is that of a male-themed birthday  card.
Crumb Cake is one of my favourite neutral colours and I love stamping on it with a strong colour. I went with Blueberry Bushel for the truck image from Countryside, a retired stamp set.

The band across the middle is Very Vanilla, stamped with the Buffalo Check background stamp and Blueberry Bushel, which I also used for the sentiment from Window Shopping, also a retired set.

Using the Tag Topper punch to punch out the sentiment, and a bit of Thick Black Baker's Twine, gives just enough detail to finish off this card.

Now visit Watercooler Wednesday for more great ideas for your occasions creations. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

WWC199 - Tristan's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge

Taking a break from Christmas cards? Check out this week's challenge hosted by Tristan.
I don't think I'm the only crafter who has supplies that sometimes get pushed to the back burner. While perusing Pinterest the other day, I came across a stunning card created by Karen Dunbrook. She used Brushos and I realized I hadn't used mine in a while.

They are so easy to use and I'm always surprised at the results. I wanted to use the resist technique as Karen had done on her card.
First step was to stamp some images and a sentiment from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set on watercolour paper with Versamark Ink, then emboss with white embossing powder.

Next, I sprinkled some Brushos - Prussian Blue, Yellow and Gamboge (orange) in different areas. Obviously, I went a little heavy on the blue. Then spritz liberally with water.

I did use a small paint brush to move some of the colour around. After it dried, I wanted some areas of the blue to be darker. In an empty embellishment container, I mixed a few grains of Brushos with some water and used the paint brush to get in the areas where I wanted it darker.

When it was totally dry, I mounted the piece onto Whisper White cardstock and then mounted that to the Tranquil Tide card base.

Lastly, I randomly placed some Glitter Epoxy Shapes. They are a little hard to see as they are clear, but I love how they look on the darker areas. Here's a closeup:
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