Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Retro Rubber 67 - DT Card

Well, there's lot of ways you can go with this week's challenge at Retro Rubber - Rainbows.

As always, the rules are simple: use a stamp that's at least a year old, tell us how old it is (approximately) and don't link up to more that ten challenges in total.

Playful Backgrounds and Thoughtful Banners came out during in the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue and Crazy About You came out in the 2015 Occasions catalogue. Thoughtful Banners was a set I always thought I'd use a lot but really haven't, so it was good to get it out and use the words for this card.

So, please join in our Rainbow Challenge - we'd love to see what you do.

Card: Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Whisper White,  Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant
Stamps: Thoughtful Banners, Playful Backgrounds, Crazy About You
Inks: Rose Red, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Tuxedo Black
Other: Stitched circle framelits, Elegant Eggplant twine, Hello You thinlits, dimensionals, Calypso Coral star enamel shape

Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Paper Players 353 - DT card

Welcome to Claire's CAS Summer Fun in the Water challenge at The Paper Players. I have to tell you that this challenge has special significance to me because as this post goes live, my husband and I will be enjoying the fun and sun in Tahiti, where we've gone for a winter get-away.

As gloom and winter ills have surrounded us for the last few weeks, the prospect of a warm beach and sunshine seemed very attractive so I was drawn to my new Colourful Seasons set and the deckchairs in it. I hope I'm sitting on one right now! I gave them a masked and sponged background: sand, sea and sky. I made the sponging a bit rougher than usual to add to the sense of ocean movement and sandiness.

The chairs are a two-step stamp so I stamped the base on to the sand but I paper-pieced the seat using papers from the Colour Theory paper stack. To get the shape right, I stamped the seat using versamark and clear embossed it before fussy cutting it. Then I shaded under the seat to give some solidity to the chairs. 

The drinks are popped up on dimensionals. I hope I've got some of those on the beach with me too!

I cut one of the snowflakes in Crushed Curry to be a stylised sun to ground the sentiment, which is from Clearly Besotted's Say it in Style. And I added in some starfish from By the Shore for some more marine life. 

I do hope you'll join us for this fun CAS challenge. Here's a reminder of our few rules.
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL. Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
Card: Bermuda Bay, Watercolour paper, Colour Theory DSP
Stamps: Colourful Seasons, By the shore, Clearly Besotted Say it in Style.
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, versamark
Other: Seasonal Layers thinlits, dimensionals, clear embossing powder, glitter enamel dots, sponges

Saturday, 15 July 2017

As You See It 154 - DT Card

Welcome to another As You See It Challenge. Today we've got a sketch for you and I can't wait to see how you see it. I found the asymmetry of the panel a bit tricky to get looking right, so much so that I wished I'd ignored it and done a curve!

I did enjoy getting out Happy Birthday Gorgeous from the new annual catalogue. It's got some great birthday greetings and some lovely balloons that I've used a few times but I'd largely ignored the many little floral bits and bobs that come with it.

So I used the little stylised flowers, stamping the outline in Fresh Fig and stamping the filler in Powder Pink. Then I had a choice of four different leaves but settled for these simple little ones in Garden Green for the base layer.

Then to decorate the top panel, I used the larger of two roses and a pair of other leaves. The rose was originally Fresh Fig on white but when I got out the Wink of Stella, the ink smeared a bit to give this very pale pink.

It doesn't really show up in the picture but there are a pair of score lines across the very top of the pink panel, just to add a bit of interest. I'd originally intended to use the 'Happy Birthday' on the inside but I've actually left it blank because it seemed to me that 'It's Your Day' could cover many things.

You have two weeks to show us how you see this sketch and we'd love to see what you do!
Please join us.

Card: Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Whisper White
Stamps: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Ink: Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Garden Green
Other: dimensional, clear Wink of Stella, scoring blade

Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Paper Players 352 - DT card

Welcome back to a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week we have an opulent colour challenge from LeAnne.

I had such a lot of fun with these colours. I started by sponging Rich Razzleberry to Berry Burst to Sweet Sugarplum, bottom to top, onto a piece of watercolour paper. I flicked it with water to lift the colour in spots and flicked it with clear Wink of Stella to add some shine. Sadly, these bits of glimmer haven't shown up so well in the photo.

Then I stamped the flowers from Awesomely Artistic in Razzleberry in the bottom zone and then in Berry Burst towards the centre. The dragonflies are also in Berry Burst. Finally, I used a rectangular mask and sponged on a layer of Berry Burst along the bottom and left side of the panel to create the illusion of depth.

The finishing touches were the frame stamped in Berry Burst, which I fussy cut. The greeting is from Sunshine Wishes. The greeting is grounded on some twists of  gold metallic thread. The sponged panel is matted onto Sweet Sugarplum and is on a Basic Black card base.

There are a few rules to keep in mind.
  1. Create a NEW paper-craft project specifically for this challenge.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.Entries linked to more than 4 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
I'd love to see what you do with these glorious colours. You have until noon on Friday 14 July, PST, to join in.

Global Design Project 94

Today is a rainy, cold wintry day; the kind where you don't feel bad about being in your craft room with the heater on. I unpacked and put away all the gear from yesterday, when I was part of a local Stampin' Up Extravaganza, then looked at a huge backlog of feeds from various challenges. I was pleased to discover that there was still time to enter at Global Design Project -  as long as I got my skates on.

I don't often use DSP, but I had this piece of bold black and white stripes left from last year's Pop of Pink and thought it would look well against some of the bolder and brighter of this year's In-Colours.

I've only just started to play with the my newly acquired Beautiful Bouquet stamp and die combination but I can see it's going to be fabulous.

I also discovered that the new mini-dimensionals are just perfect for cut out letters from Labeller Alphabet, which means I'll probably be using that set more now.

Simple, bright and cheerful: a perfect hello.

Card: Lemon-Lime Twist, Berry Burst, scrap of Whisper White, Pop of Pink DSP
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Labeller Alphabet
Inks: Berry Burst, Tuxedo Black
Other: Bouquet Bunch thinlits, Sparkle embossing folder, mini-dimensionals, rhinestone.
All products Stampin' Up.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Retro Rubber 66 - DT Card

So much fun in this week's challenge at Retro Rubber - it's wedding time! That's right - get out your old stamps and create a wedding card. Just use at least one stamp older than a year and don't forget to tell us how old it is.

There's a lot of old stuff in this wedding card. The embossing folder and the dies are both older than a year as well. The stamp is from SU's Floral Phrases, new in the 2016-17 catalogue. That's where the stamp on the inside, and on the envelope, came from too.

Please join us in the challenge - we love to see what you do. Apart from the rule about an old stamp and telling us how old it is, the only other thing to remember is not to link up to more than ten challenges in total.

Card: Very Vanilla, Acetate window sheet, Early Espresso. Gold foil
Stamps: Floral Phrases
Ink: Early Espresso (inside and envelope), versamark
Other: Gold embossing powder, Sunshine Wishes thinlits, dimensionals, Hearts embossing folder.
All products Stampin' Up.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Global Design Project 93

The colours at Global Design Project were so bright and cheery that I made time to play with them today and I might even scrape in before the deadline!

I did go back to an old, old favourite, Awesomely Artistic as a base for this card but added in some newer products, Dragonfly Dreams (certainly destined to be a future long time favourite) and Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

The colours were so vibrant, airy and delicious, they directed the direction of this card no matter quite what I'd thought at the outset. I started by using an acrylic block to stamp the background, then built up some detail with a mix of stamping and embossing.

The dragonfly has a soft shimmer from a coat of clear Wink of Stella and has a Lemon-Lime Twist underling that peeks out from certain angles.

The butterfly is also stamped in Pool Party to give him some detailing.

Thanks for such a fun challenge!

Card: Pool Party, Berry Burst, Lemon-Lime Twist, watercolour paper
Stamps: Awesomely Artistic, Dragonfly Dreams, Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Inks: Pool Party, Berry Burst, Lemon-Lime Twist, Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Other: Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, Stitched Shapes framelits, White embossing powder, clear Wink of Stella, Berry Burst finely woven ribbon, rhinestones, mini-dimensionals, dimensionals.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The Paper Players 351 - DT Card

I can't tell you how delighted I am to be joining The Paper Players as a guest designer for the next few months! I feel as though I've won a lottery! This is a challenge that I've loved to play along with ever since I first discovered challenges in 2014. In fact, it was the first challenge I was ever brave enough to enter and the first I ever made the prize list.  So I feel very humbled and very privileged to be joining them for a while. Thank you all, for having me.

This week, we have a theme challenge for you.

For this card, I stuck to some tried and tested Black Tie event colours: Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Gold. I've had this little Simon Says Stamp Confetti die for a few years now and I don't use it enough. I love the way it looks a bit like an exploding firework or a sunburst - certainly it looks like fun and a celebration.

The 'congrats' is layered up to give some height and heft to it.

The bottom layer is in gold foil, off-set to give a liquid gold shadow to the 'congrats'.

We'd love to see what kind of education related congratulations or thanks you dream up. Join us and show us!

Card: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Gold Glimmer, Gold Foil
Stamps: Sunshine Sayings
Inks: Tuxedo Black
Other: SSS Circle Confetti die, Sunshine Wishes thinlits

Freshly Made Sketches 294

I've been very busy of late, trying to get ahead on design team commitments before going on holiday so it was with pleasure that I realised that I had some time to just play with some of my new stuff. I took inspiration from the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches as I wanted some time to experiment with Floral Statements, a set new and fresh from the 2017-8 Annual Catalogue.

I thought of several ways to colour this lovely image but, in the end, opted for watercolour pencils as they go on so smoothly and blend so well.

Also new from the box is this fabulous new embossing folder, Garden Trellis. Even though I've only had it a couple of weeks, it's cost per use rate is already right down!

Card: Rich Razzleberry, Shimmery White cardstock, Foil acetate, Old Olive.
Stamps: Floral Statements
Inks: Jet Black Stazon, SU Watercolour pencils, blender pen
Other: Garden Trellis embossing folder, metallic shapes, clear Wink of Stella (flower centres)

Saturday, 1 July 2017

As You See It 153 - DT Card

Welcome to another As You See It Challenge! This week, we have another sketch for you.

The background is sponged through a stencil, from last year's Holiday Occasions catalogue. I thought the pattern looked like clouds and wind, a perfect backdrop for this hot air balloon.

The balloon is backed with a mix of Marina Mist, Silver Glimmer paper and Dapper Denim behind the basket.

You have two weeks to join us. We'd love to see what you make of this sketch. All the details are here.

Card: Marina Mist, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Silver Glimmer paper, Dapper Denim
Stamps: Lift Me Up
Inks: Marina Mist, Night of Navy
Other: Seasonal Masks, Up and Away framelits, sponges, dimensionals,