Sunday, January 15, 2017

FOUR Challenges!

If I didn't know for certain that my BFF loved me, I'd swear she was trying to drive me crazy! It was her turn to choose the challenges, and she thought it would be great fun for us to make a card that fit these four challenge criteria:
  1. Forest theme (CASology)
  2. Winter birthday (Simon Says Wednesday Challenge)
  3. Using Stickles (Shopping Our Stash)
  4. And use this sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:

Smiley from Millan.Net

I have to be honest with you, this one WAS a challenge! I first thought of using cute little forest critters, and had even stamped, colored, and fussy-cut them. But I just couldn't get them to work with the sketch. (They are now residing in my Box o' Useful Bits, to be used another day.)

Sooo, anyway, this was the final result, after spending way too much time overthinking it. I think I have a brain cramp.

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Happy Birthday Tag

Quick post today! This was the other card for the demo swap. The That's the Tag bundle jumped out at me when I first saw it because of the sweet little flower and leaves combo.....and it had a DIE to match!!! I was sold. (Hello, my name is Cindy and I'm addicted to Stampin' Up!)

I used the leafy die-cut tag upside down on purpose. The hole lined up with the plain tag hole, and I thought it looked like a leafy arbor, or something. Anyhoo, some Calypso Coral was sponged on the Very Vanilla satin ribbon, so I could make it the color I wanted. It really looks a lot prettier in person!

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

You Are Amazing

This was one of the cards I made for a swap with some Stampin' Up! demo friends. I love getting happy mail back when we swap. It's like Christmas every time I open the envelope! We swap two designs, and I had one done, but was stumped for the second. Well, I could put "works better under pressure" on my résumé, because when a deadline is looming, I get all kinds of creative! And so, this card was the result.

I haven't used the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate (pg. 175 AC) much, despite my big plans to use it for holiday cards, which came to nada. Maybe next year. (Oh wait, that's THIS year! haha) It really pops against the black background, and the gold heat embossing and acetate work perfectly with the bit of Crushed Curry on the card base.

Here's the "How To"
 Flowers: Whisper White 2-3/4" x 4-1/4"
 Leaves: Pear Pizzazz 1-1/2" x 3"
 Acetate: Fabulous Foil 2" x 5-3/8"
 Embossed background: Basic Black 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
 Card base: Crushed Curry 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Rub Embossing Buddy over Basic Black cardstock and stamp greeting on lower right with VersaMark ink. Cover with gold embossing powder, tap off excess, and heat until melted. Hint: I use a tiny paint brush to brush off the bits of embossing powder that are stuck where I don't want them.

  2. Attach acetate using three glue dots, leaving about 1/8" margin on left. (You can see where they are place in the photo below.) Adhere all to card base.

  3. Ink the small and large flowers with Daffodil Delight ink, and use a sponge dauber to lightly tap Calypso Coral ink around the tips of the petals on the stamp. Stamp on Whisper White. (If you look closely, you can see the darker ink on the very tips.) After stamping, use the edge of the dauber to add ink to the center of the blossom.

  4. Ink large leaf with Old Olive ink and stamp (x 2) on Pear Pizzazz cardstock. Die cut both flowers and a leaf in first pass through Big Shot, then die cut second leaf. (Yes, I know my cutting plates are well-loved, LOL!)

  5. Using a glue dot under each, attach both leaves and the small flower to the acetate. Use dimensionals to attach the large flower.
So, if you've read all the way to here, I just want to say that you are amazing! Yes, you.....I'm talking to you; quit looking over your shoulder!

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