Saturday, 31 January 2015

A flood of Valentines

Sometimes it's about Challenges.  Sometimes it's about Valentines.  Sometimes it's about a little six-year-old girl named Daphne who is going through chemo right now and wishes she could be flooded with Valentines.  This will be in the mail to you on Monday, honey.  Stay strong!

Stamp sets:   Zoo Babies, You Plus Me, Confetti (retired)

Papers:  Real Red, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Red Glimmer Paper,          Stacked With Love

Inks:  Real Red, Old Olive, Pistachio Pudding

For more projects created with a Love/Valentine's theme, check out Stampin' Royalty.

To share a card with Daphne or send her greetings, check out her page on Facebook.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Guy Greetings meets Stacked With Love

The countdown has begun for Valentine's Day.  It's time to make those Valentine cards again.  This year there are some great "guy" themes in the stamps and papers of the new Occasions Catalogue.  I decided to make a tag with the muscle-man from Guy Greetings and then used a piece from the Stacked With Love Designer Series paper stack for my background.

I threw in some white, some Calypso Coral, a bit of Real Red some black and touches of gold.  I love the effect!  That gilded pocket watch was such fun to heat emboss using the retired Clockworks stamp set.  The scalloped polka dot Black ribbon is also retired but works beautifully for the top of the tag.  My sentiment is from the Good Greetings stamp set.

I've entered my card into three challenges.  It's perfect for the sketch in the Just Add Ink Challenge.

I've also entered my card into the SUO Challenge which is all about Valentine wishes this week.

And finally I've entered my card into the Stampin' Celebration Challenge which is all about love this week.

I hope you'll check out these challenges to see what others have submitted.

Monday, 26 January 2015

So Sweet --- FM194

I love the Friday Mashup because it mixes things up.  This week, for example, they are challenging people to create a project that combines baby with the colours tangerine, aqua and brown (plus a neutral).  Well, my neutral was easy enough.  White is one of my go-to colours, especially where baby cards are concerned.  The tangerine gave me a few second thoughts until I decided that, for baby especially, Crisp Cantaloupe is a washed-out tangerine.  The rest, Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar were easier to choose.

For my stamping I used the adorable little bunny from the Baby, We've Grown set as my image and the Hello Life set for my sentiment.  As an added mix-up I also entered the "Less is More" challenge for my sketch.


My base is Whisper White with my next layer being the wonderfully versatile Irresistibly Yours Designer Paper available through Sale-a-bration.  I sponged the edges with alternating Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana to showcase the stars.

I decided to use a long strip of Vellum cardstock for my sentiment and first stamped it with the "so sweet" stamp using Baked Brown Sugar and then stamped right over it using my Versamark.  That way I was able to heat emboss the sentiment with my Clear embossing powder.  The Photopolymer stamps make exact stamping over an image as easy as can be.

For more cards using the baby theme and/or the colour scheme, check out the Friday Mashup.

For more cards using this sketch, check out "Less is More".

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Amazing --- FM192

Have you tried stamping with your embossing folder?  If you haven't yet, you've missed out on some great background opportunities.  I've used the Lovely Lace embossing folder and my brayer to "stamp" a piece of Whisper White with the design rather than embossing it.  I love the wonderful background that it gives me, especially inked in Strawberry Slush.

For a fun play with shapes, I stamped the "scalloped" flower from the Crazy About You stamp set using Strawberry Slush Ink, off-stamped once, and then cut it out using my 1 3/4" Scallop Punch.  Then I used my retired Blossom Party originals Bigz die to cut another flower from Strawberry Slush cardstock.  My final floral layer was the little flower from the retired Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, cut from Hello Honey cardstock.  The centre of the flower just called for a Rhinestone.

I added leaves cut from Pistachio Pudding cardstock using my retired Secret Garden framelits, placing them over the "stamped" leaves of the background design.  For my sentiment I used the Painted Petals stamp set and Strawberry Slush ink on Whisper White.  After cutting it out using my Apothecary Accents framelit, I cut a Pistachio mat to complete it.

A heart cut from the Silver Glimmer paper topped by the bow from the Wonderful Wreath framelits, cut from Strawberry Slush cardstock, centred with a large Rhinestone, finished off my card.

My card perfectly follows the parameters of the Friday Mashup into which I'm entering it.  It uses the embossing folder stamping technique as well as having a mixture of shapes.

I'm also entering my card into the Paper Plunge challenge since it is almost entirely dependent on a variety of dies.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Just be happy! --- SUO #113

There are some great designs and products in the Project Life line.  Did you know that you don't just have to save them for your Project Life albums?  Those products are great for making a quick card.  Just check out the one I've put together here:

I used the large diagonal journalling cards, cut them and then flipped one over and glued them together to get that "chevron" look.  My base is Naturals White, then a layer of Basic Black, then the "chevron" piece, then a layer of Strawberry Slush and finally pieces of two smaller journalling cards.  I love what they say together and the rainbow effect of the colours makes me smile.

For a bit of fun I added the retired Googly Eyes, a bow in Strawberry Slush and an arrow from the Project Life embellishments.

I hope you'll try making something that isn't scrapbooking with your Project Life products.

For more cards made from Project Life products, check out the SUO Challenges.