Saturday, April 19, 2014

Embellish It!

Happy Saturday! I hope you are enjoying a spring-like long weekend. Saturday means it is time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

Continuing with our alphabet soup theme, this week is E is for Embellishment. Two or more embellishments, please, whether they are the same or different. I don't tend to do a lot of card embellishment, so mine is, no surprise, subtle...

This card will be for my husband's aunt, who turns 92 next week, and is the youngest senior I've ever known. Since she both five-pin and lawn bowls, this image from The Graphics Fairy seemed made for a card for her. None of my woodgrain papers seemed right, but the gold striped paper gives the suggestion of a bowling lane. And the black pearls in opposite corners worked to tie the entire scene together. 
Check out the rest of the Snarky Sisters' embellished offerings, including this week's guest designer, Princess Judy! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. :)

Supplies: white and tan textured DCWV cardstock, Basic Grey Hey You!, Creative Imaginations Signature Collection Dots and Stripes Warm & My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose Hattie patterned papers, A Muse Studio Birthday Greetings, Graphics Fairy digital image, Versamark & broken china distress inks, clear embossing powder, distress markers, Wink of Stella clear glitter marker, Glossy Accents, Recollections black half-pearls, pop-dot tape 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Significant Numbers

The latest challenge theme at Shopping our Stash (where a bunch of my Snarky Sisters are on the DT) is Tax Man: use numbers on your project. Since I needed a birthday card, this seemed a perfect opportunity to join in. 

Lots of numbers here, on both the patterned paper and the clock stamp that I embossed in gold before sponging the background with distress inks. I didn't have quite the sentiment I wanted in stamp form, so turned to the computer to make my own. And it all seems very pleasant until you get to the inside sentiment...

I was nice enough not to specify the actual number. ;) To limit the number of layers on the inside, I edged the patterned paper with marker instead of matting it with black, as I did on the front.

Did you notice how I mentioned The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers back at the beginning of this post? The current challenge, Q is for Queen, ends tomorrow at midnight -- why not join us? All you need is a project that has a crown or bling. Our next challenge starts bright and early on Saturday!

Supplies: white, black & Stampin' Up Naturals ivory cardstock, Echo Park Lime Twist Fly a Kite patterned paper, Hero Arts Time to Stamp, Versamark, bundled sage & peeled paint inks, pirate's gold embossing powder, Spellbinders Page Maps Potpourri die, black Sharpie, pop dot tape

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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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