Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Merry Christmas Challenge #15

There's a new weekly challenge at The Merry Christmas Challenge. The challenge is

Anything Goes + Christmas (optional: trees)



Here's my card



I started by heat embossing this row of trees from Winnie & Walter's Scenery: Holiday Trimmings stamp set with silver embossing powder on bright green cardstock. I wanted to use a non-traditional Christmas color, dark blue for the cardbase. To make the focal strip pop a bit more, I matted it with silver cardstock. The sentiment is from The Ton's Holiday Flourish stamp set and more silver embossing powder which was heat set.

We'd love to see what you create.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

STAMPlorations CUTplorations Phrase Dies Release

So excited to part of a release of new products at STAMPlorations. Click here to see the new CUTplorations dies. Also, click here to see how my teammates used these new dies.

I've made three cards. Here's the first one.



For this card, I used STAMPlorations Caffeinated Zen 2, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added colour with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I didn't add any water as I was looking for the bright colors. I masked the coffee cup and added ink splatters by scribbing on an acrylic block, adding a bit of water and flicking the ink onto the card front. For the sentiment, I scribbled some lines, using some of the same markers as I used to add color to the coffee cup and blended the ink with a water brush. I used this panel to die cut the sentiment from the new CUTplorations Phrase Art Happens die.

Here's my second card.



For this card, I used the ARTplorations Clouds stencil, actually the sun from that stencil and added distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade). I then die cut the card panel and some yellow cardstock using the new CUTplorations You are My Sunshine die. I carefully inlaid the yellow die cut onto the card panel. I added some Wink of Stella to the die cut.

Here's my third and last card



For this card, I started with STAMPlorations In Bloom: Radiant Roses stamp, stamped onto 96 lb bristol with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added colors with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. Using the bloom colors, I scribbled onto a scrap of bristol and blended the ink with a water brush. I then die cut using the new CUTplorations Life is Good die. To add some dimension and a bit of a shadow, I also die cut the sentiment from some black fun foam, which I adhered to the back of the die cut sentiment. 

Hoping you're loving the new CUTplorations dies at STAMPlorations. Can't wait to see what some of the STAMPlorations girls have created with them.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Monday, 9 April 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #259

There's a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's the sketch to inspire you. You can substitute your country, if it's not Canada.

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Here's my card




I interpreted the challenge as creating something "national" &/or "patriotic". In my case, something Canadian. I thought about "what is Canadian" - poutine, moose, beaver, ice hockey? I decided to focus on our flag, the red maple leaf. I started with Altenew's With Gratitude stamp set. I chose a maple leaf and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I was thinking about how proud I was to be Canadian after the 2018 Winter Olympics and felt that the maple leaf needed to be gold, on a red background. I added the two red strips on either side to re-create our flag. I looked around for a sentiment - finally settling on this sentiment from Clearly Besotted Life and Laughter stamp set. I feel being Canadian that we have the freedom to truly follow our dreams. O Canada!

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sue

Thursday, 5 April 2018

STAMPlorations April Challenge - Focus on the Sentiments

Wow - new month, new challenge at STAMPlorations

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Here's my card




I focused on the sentiment. Actually, all I used was a sentiment stamp and of course, my MISTI to help me align the stamp. The sentiment stamp I chose is from STAMPlorations Notworthy 2 stamp set. I stamped it multiple times, occasionally off the panel using Hero Arts Charcoal ink. For the main focus, I stamped using Hero Arts Pale Tomato ink. For a bit of interest, I matted the stamped panel on some red/pinkish cardstock.

We'd love for you to join us at our challenge.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

a2z Scrapbooking - April 5th post

It's my turn to share a card over at a2z Scrapbooking. I used a couple of digital files to create my card. I'm starting to get more familiar with using digital files. The current challenge at a2z Scrapbooking is 

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We'd love for you to join us.

Here's my card



I started with Hero Arts PT003 Bright Blossoms digital kit printed onto 80 lb cardstock. I chose the sunflower. I added color with Copics, because I find that they don't make the inkjet printer ink bleed. I fussy cut the blossom. For the background, I chose 96 lb bristol, scribbled several blue/teal Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and blended the inks with a water brush. I added more scribbles with the markers until I achieved the look I was hoping for. I printed out the sentiment using Hero Arts DK113 Chalkboard Frames and Messages digital kit. I trimmed it down and matted with black cardstock. 

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sue

Sunday, 1 April 2018

My Favorite Things Card Challenge: Sketch Challenge #378

Loving the sketch at My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge




Here's my card




I started by stamping the gift and ribbon from MFT's Celebrate You stamp set with Hero Arts Cornflower and Butter Bar inks. I stamped the sentiment from MFT's LJD Birthday Greetings stamp set with Hero Arts Charcoal ink. I trimmed the panel to 2.5" x 2.5" and matted with dark gray cardstock. I popped the panel up with some fun foam for added dimension.

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sue

Muse Challenge #259

Another gorgeous card to inspire at Muse. This card was created by Barb Ghig.




I was inspired by:

  • the layout/sketch
  • the orangy/pink blooms
  • the yellow/green leaves
  • the scripty shiny main sentiment
  • the simple print style of the rest of the sentiment

Here's my card



I started by making a couple of 96 lb bristol panels with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers using the required colors. I blended the colors with a water brush. I die cut using Paper Smooches Roses dies for the bloom and Paper Smooches Foliage 1 die for the leaves. For the sentiment, I used Memory Box's Paintbrush Happy die with shiny silver cardstock. The rest of the sentiment uses Your Next Stamp's Happy Everything stamp set. For the scalloped edge, I used Simon Says STAMP's Scallop Stitches die. I used some white/gray polka dot printed paper to complete the card.

Thanks for stopping by
sue