Saturday, September 20, 2014

Jingle Bells

It's Saturday! Time for a new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge... and Edna echoes exactly how I feel about this week's theme: 

Yes, distressing makes me distressed. It's good to be challenged once in a while, though, right? And so while I could have opted for the easy way out and merely sponged the edges of a card stock panel, I did try to distress a bit more than that.

If you look closely, yes, I did distress the edges of both the Jingle Bells panel and the ticket image. I don't own a fancy distressing tool, of course, so a scissors blade did the work instead. I did also sponge the edges of both those panels, as well, with DISTRESS ink, of course. :D With Jingles Bells as my main stamp, it only made sense to use papers from a pad called "Sleigh Ride". 
There is lots of distressing inspiration to be found on the Snarky blog today, both from my sisters in snark and from our latest guest designer, Sandra. And then we would love to see you join us! 
P.S. Realized I could add this to Darnell's fun NBUS challenge, since my Jingle Bells music stamp got inky for the first time! I am pretty sure it's the first time I have used this paper pad, as well. 

Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla & Recollections green metallic card stock, Crate Paper Sleigh Ride patterned papers, Viva Las VegasStamps Jingle Bells & Unity Ticket to Christmas stamps, Versafine onyx black & evergreen bough distress inks, Zing clear embossing powder, hole punch, pop-dot tape

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Joyful Wine

Please don't read anything into the fact that I'm joining Unity's Friends with Flair blog hop two weeks in a row with a wine-related project. ;) It just so happens I wanted a wine tag to add to a bottle of wine we plan to take to dinner with friends tomorrow. 

Great sentiment, don't you think? (I just noticed, it's on sale this weekend...) The patterned paper isn't exactly like rings left by wine glasses, but close enough for me.
Simon Says Stamp has a Wednesday "Tag It" challenge this week, so this is heading there, too. 
I'm back tomorrow with the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge... it was definitely a challenge for me! Hope you will come back and find out why ;) 

Supplies: blue & Stampin' Up Naturals ivory card stock, Prima Introspection patterned paper, Unity Drink with a Joyful Heart stamp, Brilliance Mediterranean blue ink, Zing clear embossing powder, WPlus9 cheers die 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Wine and Salad

The current Quirky Crafts Challenge is a fun one -- it's called Red Red Wine. (If you're at all familiar with 80s music, we can also thank them for the earworm. And if you're not? The video for the song is helpfully provided on their blog. :D) Red wine and I don't actually get along very well -- headaches tend to ensue -- so instead of drinking it and suffering the consequences, I made a card. 

I love that sentiment. :) And I thought it was fun use it with an otherwise minimalist and classy-looking card. Not positive I would want to look for long at that one patterned paper after a glass or two... 
Being Friday and all, I'm also linking this card Unity's Friends with Flair. Now... perhaps some white wine? ;)

Supplies: white & black card stock, Basic Grey PB&J patterned papers, Unity Alcohol & Salads & Paper Smooches Free Spirits stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, clear embossing powder

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

O is for Colour?

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is at it again! We wouldn't want our alphabet challenges to be too obvious, so our latest challenge is O is for One... as in one colour!  

Our mascot, Edna, is obviously feeling blue, and I went with the colour blue for my monochromatic card, as well. 

I started by embossing a snowflake background on some watercolour paper, then swiped some blue paint over it with a wide brush. While that dried, I stamped and embossed the snowman and sentiment and cut them out. I used holographic embossing powder for some fun shine. Once the base was dry, I die cut it, layered it on blue card stock and then onto the white card. All that was left was to pop up the snowman and sentiment!
Notice the curve in my card? I photographed this on a day that felt like there was 400% humidity -- all my papers seemed as though they'd been dropped in a warm bath. :( Happy to say that once the humidity dropped, my card went back to normal. 
For more one-colour cards, check out the designs of my sisters in snark! We are also welcoming our latest guest designer, Anne. Hope you will join us! 

Supplies: white & blue cardstock, Strathmore 140 lb watercolour paper, Hero Arts Snow Much Joy & Holiday Conversation & Local King Rubber Stamp Snowflakes stamps, Brilliance Mediterranean blue ink, holographic embossing powder, Koh-in-oor watercolours, Simon Says Stamp postage stamp edge frame die, pop-dot tape 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Joy

And just like that, it's Friday! And for many, the start of the last long weekend of the summer. I thought I would start the weekend by playing along with Unity's Friends with Flair with a card I made inspired by the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class. 

Jennifer Rzasa made a beautiful card using an outline floral stamp, debossing, and distress inks. I decided to try her technique with the poppy from Wishing You Joy. I started by stamping the poppy on some cardboard, cutting it out, adhering it to more cardboard and cutting that out. This created a thick enough layer to deboss my white panel in the Cuttlebug. The pic below shows the debossing a bit more, but it's more obvious in real life. 

Instead of ink pads, I used distress markers to colour the poppies before stamping. Then with a damp paintbrush, I pulled some of the colour into the poppies from the outlines, and brushed over the stems as well for more of a watercolour look. I embossed the sentiment and layered the panel on matching pearl paper. 
I'll add this to Simon Says Stamp's current Anything Goes challenge, too. And now it's time for the weekend to start! 

Supplies: Neenah solar white cardstock, pale gold pearl paper, Unity Wishing You Joy stamps, Versamark ink, pale gold pearl embossing powder, distress markers, pop-dot tape

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