Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #132 - Marsha's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

This week's Watercooler Wednesday challenge is hosted by Marsha Reed.  It's a fun Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge and is coming in so handy for me.  I had to make a masculine card and so I was all ready for this challenge.

I decided to use the new Pocketful of Sunshine bundle.  This is perfect for both feminine and masculine cards, especially if you're intending to slip a gift card or money into the card.  Since I was making this for a young man, a nice denim pocket against a woodgrain background seemed perfect.  I decided that the stitching would show up better if I heat embossed it in white.  Since I sponged around the Marine Mist pocket to give it dimension and make parts darker, the white really "popped".  I really liked the look of the Copper Ribbon on the tag as well.

The pocket on the front of the card isn't open.  I used it to hold props such as the birthday tag and the "cool" sunglasses.  On the inside, however, I made sure the pocket was open and ready to receive the gift card on which I had planned.

This was such a fun card to create.  I hope you've enjoyed it and will check out the wonderful cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #131 - Kath's "All About Birthdays" Challenge

*Chosen for Top Three in the SUO Challenge----Yay!*

I love celebrating birthdays, don't you?  And making a card for someone's birthday is such a pleasure.  Naturally I'm happy that this week's challenge, hosted by Kath Ricks, is "All About Birthdays".

When I first looked through the new Annual Catalogue, I was drawn to the fun new Birthday Memories Suite.  The stamp set with its matching framelits and that colourful Designer Paper were hard to pass up, especially since there was also some beautiful Stitched Edge Ribbon and Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments.

I decided to make my card in the popular Double Z fold.  I think it shows off the paper and the characters in this set wonderfully well.  To begin, I used a base of Heavy Whisper White.  I followed up with a layer of Lemon Lime Twist and some of the beautiful Designer Paper.

The Fox was the easiest.  There was a framelit that cut him out from the Designer Paper with all the characters.  I didn't even have to stamp him or colour him.  The rest of the gang?  I fussy-cut them all.  By the end I had to take a break.  Using the hand-cut characters, however, really made the wonderful "animal parade" possible.

You can see that I've sponged some grass on a layer of Whisper White in order to give the characters a background to anchor them.  The inks used were a combination of Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.

Doesn't that "animal parade" look great?  To finish off I added two of the Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments over the two cut-out balloons.  Can't you imagine a child's face when he or she opens this card?

I hope you'll check out the terrific cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I've also included my card in the SUO Challenge since it  is also all about birthdays--how handy is that!

Monday, 7 August 2017

PCC254 - Live Life with Zest!

It's been a while since I played along with the Paper Craft Crew.  But then that's why I left the Design Team.  I had so many things going on in my life.  Well, time to have fun and "live life with zest".

When I think of fun in the backyard, I usually think about having some fresh lemonade.  (Spiked or not depends on the occasion).  With this new catalogue's great stamps, creating something that really looks like a glass of lemonade was super easy.  I simply reached for the Lemon Zest set and the Coffee Cafe bundle.  On their own or combined, these are such fun to use.

I had found, among the piles of papers I've gone through lately, some DSP which really caught my eye.  Imagine how thrilled I was to be able to use it with this card.  First, however, I reached for my new Tim Holtz Oxide Inks and played with that DSP a bit.  Using the Fossilized Amber and the Vintage Photo, I managed to make the DSP even better.  How great is that!

I used Heavy Whisper White for my base and then a skinny layer of Basic Grey.  My glass has some shine because I simply had to cover it with some Crystal Effects.

And there you have it, my fun drink for my summer BBQ.  I hope you'll take time to check out the other cards at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Santa Claus is Coming on the "Jingle Belles Challenge"

I love Santa Claus images and all they represent.  For me he is the "spirit of giving" and no matter how he is dressed or shown in the various countries that have his image around the Christmas season, he makes me feel good.

In last year's Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue a stunning die was offered but I sat on the fence and hemmed and hawed until too late in the season and wound up buying it right around Christmas.  That bundle has been sitting there, waiting to be used.  As luck would have it, the die set made it into the new Annual Catalogue so all is not lost.  With the challenge over at the Jingle Belles, I finally had an opportunity to take the set out of the package and use it for a card.

I used the Heavy Whisper White for my base.  Then I added a layer of Dapper Denim cardstock so that the die-cut Santa image would "pop".  I love how well he shows up, don't you?  Of course Santa wouldn't be the Santa with whom we have all grown up without that famous list.  I stamped that and, after fussy cutting it, added it to the card along with a heat embossed, stamped sentiment.

I hope you'll check out the other terrific cards over at the Jingle Belles Challenge.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #130 - Gail's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Do you know what really makes my heart race and my stress levels rise?  Realising that it's half past midnight and that I haven't written my post for the morning's challenge.  I'm still hyper-ventilating.

This week's challenge is hosted by Gail Allen and is an awesome Femining "Anything Goes" Challenge.  As luck would have it, I needed a sweet and funny and absolutely awesome card for a friend's birthday.

This fun and talented lady love pink and lots of "bling".  She also loves greys and blacks and, as luck would have it, flying pigs.  Can you guess which set I used for the card?  If you didn't guess the new This Little Piggy set then you haven't checked out the Annual Catalogue too closely.  Not only is this set all about pigs, it also includes a flying pig!  

I began with a base of Basic Black so that all the other layers I added to the front of the card would "pop".  Of course, besides the requisite colours, I added several layers of Glimmer paper and also some nice and shiny pink Glimmer Paper hearts.  On top of all these layers and details, I added the image square which I cut from Smoky Slate cardstock using a square stitched die.  I needed something to indicate that this pig didn't just have wings but was flying way up in the sky and so I turned to the new cloud masks and added some to the die-cut square using the new Modelling Paste.  Once those dried, they really looked like puffy clouds.  Love that paste!  I had stamped, coloured and fussy cut the little flying pig image already and was able attach her using Dimensionals.  Doesn't she look as if she's happily flying high up in the clouds?

With a showy front of the card, I needed something inside that was a bit more than just a greeting.  And so I added a special fold and another flying pig.  (One can never have too many flying pigs!)  And, of course, I added some more "bling".

Because the inside of the card was a layer of Smoky Slate on top of the Basic Black base, I added some Whisper White stitched squares over Basic Black mattes for the sentiment as well as for the written greeting.

I hope you've liked my creation and hope you'll check out the cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I've also entered my card into the "Just Us Girls" Challenge since I've used a mixture of new products and old.