Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Paper Players 354 - DT card

Welcome back to another exciting challenge at The Paper Players. This time, Jaydee has given us a fantastic sketch to work with. Aren't the possibilities just endless?


I've used an old, but still current, set called Best Birds. A couple of weekends ago, I was part of a local Stampin' Up Extravaganza and I got to thinking about one of the projects I taught there last year, which was an acetate window card front with an aquarium scene in behind. From that idea came this card for Jaydee's sketch.


The bird, the branch and leaves, and flowers were stamped onto watercolour paper, painted and cut using the matching dies. The bird is layered to give him more depth.



The 'congratulations' and the  cross-hatching on the inside are both embossed using copper embossing powder and there's a twist of copper metallic thread in behind the greeting too.


I used the ever-faithful Softly Falling embossing folder for the front.

I like the clean finish of this card. I think it would work well for a baby girl, or an engagement or even a wedding. A useful one for my stash!

Please join us in the wonderful sketch challenge. There are a few simple 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!
You have until Friday 8 p.m. EST to join us and I'd love to see what you do with it.

If you live in New Zealand, I'd love to be your demonstrator. You can reach by through my Facebook Page - just click in the sidebar.

Ingredients
Card: Whisper White, watercolour paper, acetate window sheet.
Stamps: Best Birds
Inks: Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, versamark
Other: Birds and Blooms thinlits, Copper embossing powder, copper metallic thread, Softly Falling Embossing folder, glue dots, aquapainter, pearls.
All products Stampin' Up.


Colour Inkspiration 13

Our lovely winter holiday to somewhere warm is sadly now over and it's back to school tomorrow.
Tahiti must have been a good location for a holiday because never once did I hanker for my craft room! With the laundry mountain under control and the bags unpacked, I did cheer myself up at the return to winter with a retreat into my room to play with the gorgeous colours on offer at Colour INKspiration.


I really wanted to explore the possibilities of Beautiful Bouquet, a set I've owned since June but haven't really had much of a chance to play with. So, this is how it turned out ....


The tulip buds are stamped in either Sweet Sugarplum or Fresh Fig, while the tulip flowers I've inked up in Sweet Sugarplum and then daubed near the bottom with Fresh Fig. The sentiment was inked the same way. The leaves are inked in Lemon-Lime Twist with the lower part daubed with Wild Wasabi. The stems are a mixture of Lemon-Lime Twist and Wild Wasabi.


I stamped a few leaves and flowers and die-cut them to add depth and perspective to the garden scene.


I like how this turned out and I think that Beautiful Bouquet is going to be one wonderful stamp set.

Ingredients
Card: Fresh Fig, Lemon-Lime Twist, Whisper White
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, One Big Meaning
Inks: Fresh Fig, Sweet Sugarplum, Wild Wasabi, Lemon-Lime Twist
Other: Fresh Fig woven ribbon, Bouquet Bunch framelits, dimensionals (Mini and standard), Fresh Fig marker to colour edge of sentiment strip.








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.

Ingredients
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!
Ingredients
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.

Ingredients
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.

Ingredients
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.