Friday, April 21, 2017

Springtime Pin-Sights

There's a new Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge, and it's full of spring colours and blossoms. 

Lots of pastel pinks and purples, floral images... here's where it took me:

The Bold Blossom die cuts are thoroughly coated in sparkle shimmer mist, which of course doesn't want to show in the photo. I sponged pink, lilac and green inks in the spots where I wanted the blooms. The sentiment is stamped in grey and embossed with sparkly embossing powder to go with the flowers. I'm thinking this will be either a wedding card (there's one we're going to next month) or perhaps a Mother's Day card. 
I'm also adding this to the Happy Little Stampers April Anything Goes with Dies challenge. 

Supplies: Neenah solar white & Stampin' Up almost amethyst cardstock, Essentials by Ellen All Inside stamp, Versafine smoky grey & spun sugar, shaded lilac & bundled sage distress inks, Hero Arts csparkle clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir clear overlay sparkle marker, Tsukineko sheer sparkle spritz

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pastel Tulips

I had a little time to get out the stamps and inks on this cool, rainy day and make a card to fit three coordinating challenges. My starting point was the pastel colour palette at the current Just Us Girls challenge: 

Then I added the Curtain Call challenge... well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, Showers and/or Flowers. When I mixed them all together, this is what I got: 

To be honest, I started with a set of tulip layering stamps, but after three attempts realized that some days I am not meant to try to line up stamps that precisely. I blame the overcast day. πŸ˜‰ So instead I pulled out this tulip stamp, embossing it in sparkly embossing powder, before sponging the three colours of ink to match the challenge palette. I didn't want to cover up too much of the panel, so used some twine to add a small tag with a simple sentiment. If I hadn't used sparkly embossing powder, I might have considered making this a sympathy card for the stash... but I've also discovered seasonal ones aren't as versatile if you are suddenly in need of a sympathy card. 
I'm hoping tomorrow is a play-with-ink day, too, before a busy weekend! 

Supplies: white & Hero Arts layering cardstock, Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips & Mama Elephant Party Kit stamps, Versamark, Memento cantaloupe & dandelion & spun sugar distress inks, Wow white & Hero Arts sparkle clear embossing powders, Winnie & Walter Katharine & Sizzix traditional tag dies, yellow Divine Twine, fun foam

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Roses and Muse

This week I decided I'd like to play in some card challenges... and look, it's already Wednesday, sigh. At least I have a card that purposely fits two challenges! Monday, the latest Muse challenge began, with this card by Jenni Murray

Right away, I had an idea of what I wanted to do. Then yesterday, Shopping Our Stash came out with its new challenge, A Rose By Any Other Name. A perfect fit! Here's my card:

Obviously, I focused on Jenni's overall floral panel in white on a coloured background, with a sentiment across the lower third. While I really liked the blue Jenni used, I decided to go with purple for mine. I embossed a rose background stamp in white — I really liked the effect when I used it for my Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers card. Instead of overlaying a sentiment, I cut my panel and embossed the sentiment on the background panel. I also kept my panels larger than Jenni's with less of the card base showing around the edges. 
I've started another two-in-one challenge card... will it be done in time? We'll see. πŸ˜‚

Supplies: purple & Bazzill marshmallow cardstock, Impression Obsession Roses & Altenew Tulip stamps, Versamark ink, Wow white embossing powder, fun foam 

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lots of Threes

My second post of the day! 
The new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers post
is right here

Hard to believe, but we're halfway through April! The Troublemakers want to remind you that our current challenge is going strong:

I managed many threes for my latest card!

-three dress images
-three patterned papers
-three inks
-three embossing powders
-two sets of three gems! 

I'm adding this to the Current Seize the Birthday link-up with the option of using two patterned papers — yes, I used two (plus one πŸ˜‰). This does say "happy birthday" on the inside, and will be going to my niece. 
You have until April 25th to come and play along with us! Join us here

Supplies: white cardstock, American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray patterned paper, Unity Undeniably You stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & Memento Luxe love letter inks, Ranger clear, Wow white & Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powders, MFT wonky stitching die, Hero Arts clear gems, fun foam 

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Elegant Edna!

Happy Saturday! For the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, Edna has gone formal... 

E is for Elegant! Show us your most elegant creations, snark optional but always welcome. Mine is *almost* completely snark-free today: 

The centrepiece of my card is this oh-so-elegant panel from Graphic 45. To echo the pretty lace detail, I embossed a rose background stamp in white on black. A sentiment seemed superfluous. 
You may be wondering... the snark? Take a closer look at the model's hand. Creepy or what? So I say that's my hidden snark on the card. It may end up in my dreams tonight. 😱
Remember to check the elegance on display by my sisters in snark, as well as this week's Queen and guest designer, Josefine! I hope you'll join us. 

Supplies: black & cream cardstock, Graphic 45 Couture Beautiful patterned paper, Impression Obsession roses stamp, Versamark ink, Wow white embossing powder, fun foam 

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