Thursday, August 17, 2017

Muse Christmas Card No. 3

After a brief hiatus to participate in real life, I had a chance to make a third card for the current Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge. There are four cards to be inspired by, and I still have high hopes of completing my own versions of all four. 

This time I'm being inspired by the wreath card on the bottom left. I liked the more-than-just-evergreen look. I thought about tracing a circle and creating my own, but then remembered a stamp that would do the job for me. 😉

I have kept the general design of Cornelia's card, as well as the wreath and its colours as the main image, but from there I went off on my own. I started with a sponged background panel, splatted with some DUI perfect pearls mist for sparkle and shine. From there I coloured my embossed image with Twinkling H2Os — more sparkle and shine! The bow is painted with champagne paint. Finally, the sentiment is embossed with the same powder as the wreath. 

I just have the penguin card left to CASE! And I like penguins...

Supplies: Bazzill marshmallow, Neenah white & Recollections green metallic cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Essentials by Ellen Homespun Holiday stamp & die, Simon Says Stamp Big Holiday Wishes stamp, Versamark & tumbled glass distress inks, Stampendous moonstone embossing powder, white confetti Perfect Pearls mist, Twinkling H2Os, Tsukineko champagne all-purpose ink, Winnie & Walter Katharine frame die, pop-dot tape

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Anything Goes at Seize the Birthday


I'm playing along at the Seize the Birthday party again! And this week is a straight up Anything Goes challenge... any birthday-themed card will do! (Actually, that's always true! But there's not even an optional topping this week.) 

My mother-in-law's 95th birthday is in just a few days! So I used the challenge to make a birthday card that will go to her. 

My mother-in-law is a cryptic crossword pro, still works on them regularly, and taught me the arcane art of solving them as well. So I bought this crossword sentiment set a couple of years ago with her in mind. About time I used it! While I totally understand why, it's unfortunate the "happy" is so low on the grid, so I emphasized it by stamping it again on my mauve cardstock and paper-piecing it. I thought my embossing folder was suitably grid-like. The flower is not my usual style of embellishment, but it seemed just the right way to finish this. 
CAS on Friday (which used to be CAS on Sunday) is having a birthday challenge at the moment, so I will enter this there. And since it's definitely front and centre, I'll also play along with the "Add a Sentiment" Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp
You can always use a birthday card or two, so why not come and join the party! 

Supplies: white & mauve cardstock, Stampin' Up Cross My Heart & Unity Giving It All Meaning stamps, Versafine onyx black & Altenew lavender fields inks, Ranger clear & Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powders, Spellbinders grid embossing folder, Maya Road velvet flower, fun foam

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

On the Move Reminder

Mid-month (wait, what?) means it's Naughty or Nice Challenges reminder time! This month we are ON THE MOVE with an optional colour challenge. I didn't manage the colours this time, but at least the theme is there! 

I missed out on the "naughty" aspect this time, as well. Oops. As I was deciding what to make to fit the theme, I remembered this origami map stamp, and had a thought... watercolour powder! The other times I'd used this stamp, powders had not yet become a THING. After stamping and embossing in white on watercolour paper, I wet the continents one or two at a time before carefully sprinkling green powder on. I like the mottled mappy look using the powder gives! I decided that trying to do the same with the oceans might be a mess in the making, so I used distress ink (salty ocean, of course) to watercolour instead. Shockingly, I found some patterned paper that worked with the green. That, an accent of black, and an embossed sentiment finished the card. 
Why not come and join us with your naughty or nice creation? You have until August 25th to join us. 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Basic Grey Oxford patterned paper, Neat & Tangled Origami Map stamps, Versamark & salty ocean distress ink, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Magenta Nuance green watercolour powder, fun foam

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Christmas Card No. 2!

Once I start making Christmas cards, I can find it hard to stop. :P So I went back to this month's Muse: ChristmasVisions for more inspiration. 

This time I'm using Cornelia's upper-left card as my inspiration. The easy part of the inspiration.. I have a very similar sentiment! And while my initial thought was to also go with cookie-themed images, I just didn't seem to have anything that worked for me. So thematically, my images went in an entirely different direction: 

This bear seemed to have just the right "huh, how did THAT happen" look on his face to go with the sentiment. Please ignore my very rudimentary Copic colouring, I'm new to these markers, and have few colours and little skill. :D What I did have was patterned paper that matched his sweater to complete this clean and simple card. 
I'm also entering this into the current CAS Mix Up challenge, since I've used alcohol markers, stamping, patterned paper, glitter markers and Stickles. 

Supplies: white cardstock, Doodlebug Frosty Friends patterned paper, MFT Cool Day & Riley & Co. Funnybones stamps, MFT black licorice & Stampin' Up real red inks, Copic markers, frosted lace Stickles, clear & black Wink of Stella markers, fun foam

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Musing and Shopping My Christmas Stash

It's an August long weekend here (with the exciting name of Civic Holiday) and I had time to play today! I decided I would let this month's Muse: ChristmasVisions kickstart my holiday cardmaking. There are four cards to be inspired by! 

And coincidentally, Shopping Our Stash decided to bypass the Christmas in July challenge frenzy and have a Countdown to Christmas challenge this week. Inspired by the top right card, I went deep into my stash and came up with this:

I've had this stamp set for years, but have never used the big head before. Instead of ornaments hanging from his antlers, I gave him a fuzzy red nose — and those teeny pompoms have been around since my teaching days, which is a while ago. I echoed Cornelia's striped side panel with some thin washi tape. 
My plan is to CASE all four Muse cards this month... we'll see what happens. ;) 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, Simon Says Stamp/Kelly Purkey Oh Dear & WPlus9 Simply Sentiments 6 stamps, Colorbox frost white & Versamark inks, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Little B thin silver stripes washi tape, (?) small pompom

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