Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #420

Are you getting the Christmas spirit? I love listening to Christmas carols - both the "old-fashioned" ones and the current ones. There is something special about sitting at my craft table listening to Christmas carols. In fact, I may have snuck a few onto my playlist and listen to them year round! 

We have a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!


Here's my card


OK - how about a non-traditional Christmas colored Christmas tree - why not? For this card, I started with STAMPlorations ARTplorations Christmas trees stencil and a white A2 card panel. I added distress inks in rainbow order with an ink blending tool. I did mask the areas where the color was to go using scrap paper, in order to have "ribbons" of color. I used distress inks - barn door, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, mowed lawn, peacock feathers, salty ocean, seedless preserves. I added a simple sentiment using Clearly Besotted's Many Mini Messages stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I trimmed the panel slightly and matted with a bright blue A2 card panel. I adhered it to a white A2 card base to complete the card.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

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sue

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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #536

Hi Crafty Friends! Welcome to our last challenge of 2021 at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. We have a sketch challenge for you


Here's my card


When I saw the stripes on the sketch, I thought of watercolored stripes. So I started with an A2 panel of 140 lb Strathmore watercolor paper. I chose a bright blue shade using Michael's Artist's Loft Watercolor Pan Set and made three bold stripes. To make the tag, I started with a just under 2" wide by 3.5" piece of natural cardstock. I used Stampin' Up's Ornate Tag Topper punch to make the top of the tag. I looked through my collection of patterned papers for something that had the same bright blue color and cut a piece 1.75" x 2.75" and adhered it to the tag. For the sentiment strip, I stamped using Your Next Stamp's Sweet Little Greetings stamp set and Hero Arts Summer Sky ink on a 0.75" natural strip. I stapled (I think for the first time on one of my cards) a piece of black grosgrain ribbon to the top of the tag. I adhred the watercolor panel to a white A2 card base to complete the card.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by this week's sketch. This challenge will last a bit longer than usual to give us a bit of a Christmas break. 

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sue

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Monday, 6 December 2021

Happy Little Stampers ~ December Stencil Challenge

Who loves crafting with stencils? I do! I love that they are affordable and are easy to use. It's so easy to change the look just with the colors you choose. Well, time to get out some stencils because we have a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Stencil Challenge


Here's my card


I love how bright and cheerful this card is - especially welcomed here in the rainy Pacific Northwest! For this card, I started with Simon Says STAMP's Winter Floral stencil and a white A2 card panel. I added ink, in rainbow order with an ink blending tool. I used distress inks - barn door, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, mowed lawn, peacock feathers, salty ocean, seedless preserves. I wanted to add a sentiment but didn't want to cover up all the color. So, I decided to use a vellum strip to "hold" my sentiment which was die cut using Simon Says STAMP's Deco Tree die set and silver cardstock. 

Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas. If you have time, we'd love for you to join our challenge.

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sue

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Saturday, 4 December 2021

Happy Little Stampers ~ December Christmas Challenge

It's three weeks today that the big guy comes in his sleigh. How are your Christmas preparations coming along. Hoping you have some time to spend at your craft desk. We'd love for you to join our new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Christmas Challenge



Here's my card


I'm pleased with myself. I made a card that followed the optional theme of toys. I remember being so excited receiving toys for Christmas. Clothing? Not so much - LOL! For this card, I used Lawn Fawn's Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum stamp set. For the background, I started with a green A2 card panel. I stamped the various images using Versamark ink. Versamark gives a lovely tone-on-tone look. For the horizontal banner, I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set on a strip of natural cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I stamped the little bear on a scrap of white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copics - E25, E33, E50. I attached the strip to the green panel and then adhered the green panel to a white A2 card base.

We'd love to see your Christmas cards - with or without toys!

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sue

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Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Rainbow Card Challenge ~ December Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends! It's exciting for the last challenge of 2021 at Rainbow Card Challenge. However, it's a sad day also because it's our last challenge. After this challenge, we will stop posting challenges. Our challenge for this month is


Here's my card


I was inspired by Virginia Lu and her card below. Of course, I had to order the Altenew Mid-Century Festivities stamp and die set. 


I stamped the two different ornaments with Hero Arts inks - Cornflower, Pale Tomato, Tide Pool, Lemon Yellow, Tangerine, Bubble Gum and Simon Says STAMP's Fern ink and die cut them. For the tops of the ornaments, I heat embossed with silver embossing powder and fussy cut them. I adhered one to each of the ornaments. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink on a white A2 card panel. I arranged the ornaments on the card panel and drew a string to each of the ornaments with a fine black marker. I adhered the ornaments and popped up a few for dimension. To complete the card like Virginia, I added some sequins to add a bit of shine and sparkle. 

We'd love for you to join our last challenge.

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sue

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STAMPlorations CAS December Challenge

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Phew! Made it to December. It's been quite the interesting year, eh? Last year at this time, I would have thought the pandemic would be over but oh no, we're still in the middle of it. Anyway, being an introvert, I'm enjoying all the quiet time at home at my craft table. I guess, I just wish I could travel. 

Talking about crafting, we have a new challenge at STAMPlorations CAS. This month, the challenge will be


Here's my card

 

This card was a bit of an experiment to do the optional color twist - to use metallics and a color (black) and I think that it turned out fine. I started with STAMPlorations ARTplorations Christmas Trees stencil and a black A2 card panel. I smeared on Tombow Mono Multi Glue through the stencil with my finger. I removed the stencil and quickly washed off the glue. I then covered the tacky glue area with Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes - Egyptian Gold. I covered the panel with copy paper to help to burnish the gilding flakes. For the sentiment, I heat embossed using STAMPlorations Christmas Bell Medley stamp set and silver embossing powder. I attached the black panel to a white A2 card panel to complete the card. 

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sue

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Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Happy Little Stampers ~ December Watercolour Challenge

WOW! It's December. How are you Christmas preparations going? I make a calendar about six weeks before Christmas and fill in each day with things I need to do in order for everything to be ready for Christmas. I write things in pencil because, well, you know, sometimes I get distracted by my craft table and "forget" to do other errands and tasks!

It's time for our December challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Watercolour Challenge.


Here's my card


I participated in the Crop and Create Delivered Cardmaking Event in October. As part of the event, we received Lawn Fawn products and had a class given by Jenn Shurkus. This card was inspired by one card we made with her. I started with some Strathmore 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. I made a watercolor puddle in the center of the panel with Lawn Fawn Peacock ink and lots of water. I set it aside to dry. On a white A2 card panel, I ink blended the edges with Lawn Fawn Sugarplum ink. I then stamped using the small three snowflake stamp from Lawn Fawn Frosties stamp set with LF Sugarplum ink. I trimmed the watercolor panel to 3.75" x 5". Then, I used LF's Snowflake stencil and ink blending with both LF Peacock and Sugarplum inks over the watercolor puddle. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with Peacock ink on the watercolor panel. I adhered the watercolor panel to the ink blended panel and then adhered it all to a white A2 card base to complete the card. 

We'd love to see your Watercolor projects this month.

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sue

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