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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tea with the Queen?

The Snarky Sisters and I are back for our latest challenge! 


Q is for Queen! We are looking for a crown or bling on your project. I managed to use one of each:


I had so much fun with this card! I started with a Mad Hatter graphic from The Graphics Fairy. I reduced it in size, recoloured it, copied and then hit paste repeatedly until I had my background pattern. I stamped and embossed the teacups on top. The washi tape is homemade -- if I ever find Union Jack washi, I'm buying it! This is the second time I've made my own. Both the blue and the red elements are from tea boxes -- and fit perfectly with the challenge theme. To finish off, I stamped and embossed the sentiment and popped a rhinestone on top of the crown. Fit for a queen, don't you think? 
My sisters of snark have come up with some majestic ideas as always -- as has this week's guest designer, Katie Melhus! Be sure to check them out, then make sure your tiara is on and join us! 

Supplies: white and royal blue cardstock, tissue paper, Unity The Little things teacups and Viva Las VegaStamps sentiment stamps, Brilliance Mediterranean blue & Versamark inks, clear and Ranger real red embossing powder, Spellbinders labels four die, Stampin' Up basic rhinestone, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Sisterhood Gets Fancy

It's Saturday, and time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! And this week, we are challenging you to get fancy... at least with your folding.



We don't generally go for a lot of complicated instructions in the Sisterhood, so I'd say this can be interpreted as a fancily folded card, a fancy fold ON your card... or some fancy folding that creates something entirely different! And while I briefly thought about making an origami fortune-teller, I did end up going the card route. I wandered around on Splitcoast Stampers for quite a while, and decided to try a spring card.



Just by coincidence, my spring card is... for spring! Well, Easter. I think it might be spring here by then. The bunnies and grass are die cut, the sentiment is computer generated (must add at least one Easter sentiment to my collection, I suppose) and I used a couple of different scraps of patterned paper to help decorate it, too. 
Meanwhile, as I was putting the finishing details on this card, Julie Ebersole decided she would go all fancy fold in a tutorial at The CLASSroom. Lucky Julie had a die to help her make hers, but I wasn't going to let a lack of modern technology stop me from trying something similar! The front:



Open the flaps, and get...


Open again, and:


(The plaid is the only part of the card seen twice.) Open yet again...


And the final side appears. Phew!
(Should you wish to try your hand at this, Googling "never ending card" will give you lots of instructions to peruse.) 
And then, for whatever reason, I decided to make another spring card. Obviously I was possessed. 


I'm going to add this guy to the current Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge. 
And there you have it! If my fancy folds haven't inspired you, wait until you see what my sisters in snarkdom have dreamed up. As always, we would love to have you join us! 




Supplies: (happy Easter) blue & white cardstock, Stampin' Up and Echo Park A Boy's Life patterned papers, My Favorite Things grass die, Impression Obsession bunny dies, Fiskars glue dots; (never-ending card) mauve & Stampin' Up whisper white cardstock, Glitz Designs, Simple Stories & Basic Grey patterned paper, Paper smooches & Rubber Stampede stamps, Memories black & Brilliance pearlescent purple inks, watercolour pencils, Stampin' Up pastels, Echo Park Life is Good letter stickers, My Favorite Things grass die, Paper Smooches cloud die, Sizzlits dies, Glossy Accents, rock candy distress Stickles; (bunny) white & American Crafts textured yellow cardstock, Stampin' Up patterned paper, Paper Smooches A Little Lovin' stamps, Memento tuxedo black ink, Sharpies, watercolour pencils, ancient googly eyes, pop-dot tape

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

On This, the First Day of Spring


I made this card back in January. If I was feeling that way about winter then, imagine how I feel about it snowing today... 

Supplies: white cardstock and photo paper, unbranded patterned paper, dusty concord distress ink, digital image from The Graphics Fairy, computer-generated sentiment

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

P is for...

Paddy! With St. Patrick's Day on its way, the new challenge at the Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers is all about the excuse to drink celebration of all things Irish. Here is my contribution:



Ireland and Guinness, a hard to beat pairing! And I have long loved these classic Guinness advertisements. The little shamrocks I stamped on the green panel are a bit... abstract, but I hope in context they get the idea across. To add a little subtle snark, the inside sentiment reads "Isn't every day?" 
Confession: I don't even drink beer. Leaves more for everyone else, and more wine for me! :D
Now it's your turn. Check out what my sisters in snark have created, including our first Queen of Snark winner and this week's guest designer Donna! Then enter your project for a chance to earn our fabulous winner badge and a guest designer spot! 



Supplies: white & Stampin' Up pear pizzazz cardstock, white photo paper, Creative Imaginations Signature Collection dots and stripes warm patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp Big Holiday Wishes heart stamp, Guinness clipart, Versamark ink, pop-dot tape

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thanks? Yes. Spring? I Wish.

This week the Paper Players has a double challenge of a thank you card with a spring theme. Since I needed a thank you card anyway...



To me, green means spring. And green also complements a calico's colours so nicely, don't you think? I don't even like to think how long I've had this cute set, so if I wasn't on the design team I'd be totally entering this in the current Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers unused challenge. Which is open till tomorrow, I'll just mention. ;)


Supplies: white & Bazzill green cardstock, My Mind's Eye Life of the Party Fly a Kite patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp Dreaming of You stamps, Memento tuxedo black & bamboo shoot inks, watercolour pencils, My Minds Eye Lost and Found Christmas enamel dots, pop-dot tape 

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