Monday, September 4, 2017

Lavender Christmas

Sylvia Durocher's monthly Christmas Card Challenge continues with September where we are to feature a Scalloped Oval and the colour lavender. 

This is a one layer card (the oval is the only layer on the white card). I stamped the stocking (Heather's Stamping Haven by the Stamp Barn) directly onto the lavender oval and coloured with Zig Clean Color brush markers. I used a white gel pen to accent the snowflake and the berries, and grey and purple markers to create a bit of shadow. I traced around the stocking with a stylus, then flipped the oval over and "puffed out" the stocking on a mouse pad with a large ball stylus to give it a bit of 3D effect.

I used a sketch for this from the Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge blog

I stamped Hero Arts flourishes for borders and a Waltzingmouse Stamps sentiment. A few clear rhinestones here and there finished this off. Another Christmas card done!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Copper Christmas for August

Here is my Christmas card for the August challenge at Sylvia Durocher's blog. This month the inspiration prompts are copper and square. I have a roll of 36 gauge copper metal sheet, so I decided to get literal. This is a 5 inch square card.

I used a Dreamweaver's Stencil to emboss the wreath in my Cuttlebug, then used ball and cup metalworking tools to further enhance the relief. I sanded across the top to get a bit of contrast on the berries and bow.

The stencil includes a script Season's Greetings saying and I sponged Celestial Copper Delicata ink through the stencil to create a bit of a background, which I promptly covered up with layers of matting. The copper square mat is actually tan cardstock that I coated with the same Copper Delicata stamp pad to coordinate. The ink is rich and radiant - just like its label says! I had some brass corners to cover the sharp corners of the metal square and I antiqued them with Black StazOn ink. Thanks for visiting!

Parachuting Panda

How is your day going? Today is BC Day, so a statutory holiday for me. Yay! And I found time to make a birthday card using the My Favorite Things Happy Pandas stamp set.

This is a Clean And Simple (CAS) card that was inspired by the Splitcoastampers CAS challenge "Head in the Clouds." I started with a pale blue cardstock and created the clouds by sponging Distress Inks over the edge of Memory Box cloud die cuts. The banners and balloons are part of the set and I thought it might look like he is parachuting if I set him on the cloud background. I coloured things in with Copic Markers.
I will enter this happy little fellow over at Seize the Birthday Challenge Blog, as well. The challenge is to Tie One On and I made sure Panda's parachute is securely fastened!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Rinse and Repeat!

I did the same Zig Scribble technique as my post from yesterday to make a sympathy card today. I used a pink and purple colour scheme, and white pearl embossing powder. The florals are Altenew's Peony Bouquet.

My uncle passed away recently and he was a gifted pianist. After masking the flowers, I heat embossed sheet music on the card front. On the inside, I stamped piano keys and this calligraphy stamp from Quietfire Design:

Here you can see the heat embossed sheet music a bit better:

I am happy I was able to create a card that reflected a bit of my uncle's gift for music with stamps I had on hand. These cards are always difficult to make, but this watercolour-ish technique makes it more enjoyable. The YouTube video where I learned this technique is here.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Color Throwdown #453

The Color Throwdown 463 challenge was this photo, which features some amazing yummy Mason jar drinks that inspired my color pallette.

I needed a farewell card for one of my staff and over at Splitcoaststampers, the Way To Use It Challenge was to heat things up. So I heat embossed these Altenew Peony Bouquet stamps with Silver Pearl Embossing Powder, masking as needed to add in leaves.

I worked on Bristol Smooth cardstock and used the "Zig Scribble" technique with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers that I learned from "Cards by Regina."  This was So. Much. Fun! See her You Tube video here.

The Quietfire Design sentiment is stamped in Black Versafine ink and clear embossed. The fancy piecing on the right side of the card was necessitated by my cutting too much off. Decided to make it a design element!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

CCT14 Christmas Rainbow

The Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge No. 14 is:

It was a challenge. I don't usually think of rainbow colours and Christmas going together other than red and green. Here is my card:

I recently picked up a stamp set from Stamp-it Australia at a garage sale and this ornament intrigued me. It does not have an outline, so I had to create a mortise mask to enable me to sponge Distress Ink through the hole to colour just the balls. I tried to leave the centers paler as though that is where the light would hit them. The branches are from a Flourishes set.

I put some Nuvo White Blizzard Crystal Drops on the snowflakes here and there to add some shine. This card is 4 X 8.5 inches. Still time to play in the challenge if you want to tackle a toughie!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Welcome Card

This week I have a new staff member joining my team and as is my tradition, I have made a card.  Unlike the orientation manual I put together for her, this card came together quickly, using scraps of metal in my Ten Seconds Studio scrap box.
I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background panel and the flower is cut with the T!m Holtz Tattered Floral dies and embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder . A soft white velvet flower brad provided a different texture, and I added a purple Swarovski crystal gem to the center.
The sentiment is a Waltzingmouse Stamp and I used my new Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags One set to create the tag frame. The leaves and ferns were punched out of metal, as well. The thin white mat and burgundy card are the only paper used in this almost all metal card.

I am so excited to have this gal joining our department so that I can go back to doing one job instead of two!