SC243 WT 234 A Merry Season

cardSept6of2009a

  • Stamps: A Beautiful Season, Linen, Woodcut Holly wheel
  • Paper: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, cream
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red
  • Accessories: brown check ribbon, gold Sharpie, dots embossing template, Big Shot, Sizzlits letters
  • Technique: sanding, embossing

cardSept6of2009bToday I am bringing you another “double challenge” card. The first challenge was from last week’s Sketch Challenge at SplitCoast (SC243). It was a nifty sketch and I printed it out on time last week but never got a chance to work with it. I had it in my stack of such sketches and pulled it out this afternoon and decided to have a go of it! The second challenge was for this week’s Ways To Use It challenge: WT234 “Sand It.” Stampin’ Up cardstock isn’t really the best cardstock to use this technique with because they dye their paper all the way through, where some of the lesser-quality papers don’t and when you sand it you’ll actually reveal some of the white underneath the dyed portion. However, I like the effect on the Old OlivecardSept6of2009c panel here where it just roughs up the perfect circles that I had embossed with our Big Shot and helps them blend into the design of the rest of the card a little better.

I decided to test out our previously-untouched alphabet Sizzlits templates for this card and I had fun doing it! I originally cut them out in the same cream-colored cardstock as I stamped the snowman image on but it just wasn’t quite right. I determined that with the help of a gold marker I could make it work and I think it did! Not quite the “fancy” sort of font that would fit the theme of this card the best, but close enough!

THANK YOU for stopping by and I truly hope that you will take a minute to let me know what you think of this card!

Blessings to you and yours,

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WT191 Cutting Corners Christmas

  • Stamps:  Stampabilities PR1007 Vintage Lamp Post and D1003 Peace on Earth; Woodcut Holly jumbo SU wheel 

    WT191 Cutting Corners Christmas

    WT191 Cutting Corners Christmas

  • Paper: White, Read Red, Garden Green
  • Ink: Versamark, pigment Gold; Watercolored with Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Going Gray and Sahara Sand; Sponged with Basic Black and Garden Green
  • Accessories: black embossing powder, liquid applique, glitter gels (clear, gold, and red), red ribbon, ticket corner punch, holly leaf punch, white gel pen
  • Technique: embossing, watercoloring, sponging

I whipped this one up last night for Thursday’s Ways To Use It: Cutting Corners Challenge (WT191).  We found this “Vintage Lamp Post” stamp from Stampabilities in the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby last Saturday and I thought it would make a perfect Christmas card stamp!  I embossed the image with black embossing powder and then colored it with my ink pads and my aquapainter.  Added liquid applique to snowy areas and put a little bit of clear glitter gel on top of that to mimic the sparkle in genuine snow.  Also added glitter to lamp light portion and as berries on the wreath.  Used a white gel pen to add dots to the wreath (which I think may have taken the look a little too far… oh well!).  Note:  Instead of just putting plain garden green leaf punch-outs on the wreath (which I thought would look much too simple for the realistic scene) I sponged garden green on the leaves to give them added dimension.

Thanks for looking (and be sure to let me know what you think!)

“Live Life” Triple Challenge card (CC189, SC199, WT189)

"Live Life" Triple Challenge (CC189, SC199, WT189)

  • Stamps: Live Like You Mean It (hostess)
  • Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Glossy White
  • Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip, SU Markers ( Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip)
  • Accessories: Clear embossing powder, brad, flower embellishment, brown check ribbon, sponge
  • Technique: embossing, sponging, direct-to-paper distressing

Ok, so I’m a little late on this one. These challenges were actually from last week (Oct 21-23), and I had a good idea to combine all three challenges at that time, but I was more in the mood to make Christmas cards so I put it off. So, it’s over a week late, but here it is!

For this card I combined Color Challenge 189: Pink Chocolate Kisses (CC189), Sketch Challenge 199 (SC199), and Ways To Use It Challenge 189: Just One(WT189). Pink Chocolate Kisses specified using pixie pink (or pretty in pink), kiwi kiss (or old olive), and chocolate chip. WT189: Just One specified using just one word in the card design. Right away I thought of using the new hostess set we recently earned, called “Live Like You Mean It.”

On the old olive back panel, I stamped the flower outline image in versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder. On the chocolate chip panel, I used my chocolate chip ink pad for some direct-to-paper distressing. The flowers were stamped on a piece of *glossy* white cardstock – I felt this would compliment the “shiney-ness” of the embossed areas. On the pretty in pink panel, “Life” was inked first with Versamark and then with Chocolate Chip ink, stamped, and embossed with clear embossing powder. Old Olive & Pretty in Pink panels sponged with Old Olive ink for added texture. I also sponged the little green flower with Old Olive ink to correct the color as it was a little too “spring green” to go with Old Olive.

Thanks for looking!

WT190 – Grateful for You

  • Stamps: Dotted Autumn, Antique Cracking
  • Paper: White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie

    WT190 Grateful for You

    WT190 Grateful for You

  • Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: brads

Here is my submission for yesterday’s Ways To Use It Challenge: Get Cracking (WT190).  I didn’t start this card until 9 pm, and I try to be in bed as close to 10 as possible (in order to function the next day) so I made this a simple card.  I don’t like doing simple cards unless I like they way they turn out (and they don’t look “too simple”).  I think this one turned out pretty good.  I’ll likely include this in the batch of cards I send to Splitcoast’s Stamp Your Heart Out Campaign, which gives cards to the troops for their use.  I sure welcome a cause like that which can make use of my odds ‘n’ ends cards, as it seems we usually really only use Christmas, Birthday, and Sympathy cards ourselves, and I don’t always want to just make one of those types!

For a little extra dimension, both the pumpkin stem and the leaf on the pumpkin were stamped in old olive, cut out, and glued into position.  To balance the antique cracking background on the old olive panel, I rubbed a chocolate chip ink pad over the chocolate chip panel.

Thanks for looking!

Season of Christmas Joy (WT189)

  • Stamps: Season of Friendship, Small Script
  • Paper: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, White

    Season of Christmas Joy (WT189)

    Season of Christmas Joy (WT189)

  • Ink: Close to Cocoa (tree), Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Real Red, generic pigment White
  • Accessories: ribbon, brad, coluzzle, edge distresser, slot punch, glitter, large & small corner rounder punches
  • Technique: sponging

Woohoo!  Our Stampin’ Up order arrived this week and I was eager to start using some of it (it was a rather large order! haha!).  I wanted to combine the color, sketch, and ways to use it challenge into one card but I also really wanted to use the new “Season of Friendship” stamp set so I put the idea I had for the triple-challenge in the back of my mind and got to work on a Christmas-like card using this stamp set for Thursdays Ways to Use It Challenge: “One Word” (WT189).  (I’ll make that other card either tonight or sometime this weekend as I’m also eager to try combining those three challenges all into one!)  I was also REALLY eager to use my new Coluzzle!  What a timesaver this will be! :0)

This card measures 5″x5″ so I’ll have to custom make an envelope to fit it.  I also rounded a few of the corners for added interest and put some glitter “snow” in the tree and at the base of the trunk to add some winter-y feel.  I’m not 100% in love with how it turned out… I think it still needs “something” – maybe more glitter?  Maybe not…  The good news is, however, that we’ve now got over 50 Christmas cards made and that’s a pretty darn good chunk of the 100+ we send out, so in all honesty we don’t “have” to make any more Christmas cards if we don’t want to because we have enough now to easily cover anybody who would really treasure receiving a handmade card (the rest can get boughten ones!).  Although I can’t imagine being done with making Christmas cards yet – I’ll for sure be making more, I just probably won’t be making fifteen of one design again like I did earlier this week.  :0)

Have a GREAT Friday!

SC198 WT188 Mad for Plaid Christmas

SC198 WT188 Mad for Plaid Christmas

SC198 WT188 Mad for Plaid Christmas

Stamps: Cold Play, Perfect Plaids

Paper: Certainly Celery, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Real Red, Bliss Blue, Pumpkin Pie (for carrot nose)

Accessories: brads, matting tape, large corner rounder punch

Technique: edge distressing

I combined Wednesday’s Sketch Challenge 198 (SC198) and Thursday’s Ways To Use It: Mad for Plaid (WT188) for this card. Like I said yesterday, at first I didn’t know what to do with this sketch challenge but by bedtime Wednesday night I had an idea and was eager to get started last night. I was super excited to see that I could make use of the “Ways To Use It” challenge in this card as well by creating the plaid background to go with it.

This card was sort of touch and go, however. I added more color to both plaid backgrounds several times as it seemed like there was just too much white space. I added dimension by using matting tape to raise up the little snowman and his hat and scarf. I also roughed up the edges of some panels and the rounded corners of the card to add some more texture. Not sure if I’m completely happy with the finished product as it seems like something is still missing but overall I don’t think it turned out too bad.