Our challenge this week is to use Black & White only on our cards as well as going by the sketch. Usually I don’t have a problem with this sort of thing, but for the life of me, hard a hard time. Thanks Kris!
Measurements – Base Card – Basic Black – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half Layer 1 – Whisper White – 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ or 14cm x 9.5cm Layer 2 – Basic Black – 5 3/8″ x 2 1/4″ or 13.5cm x 5.5cm
My piece of Whisper White was run through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder prior to adhering to the Base Card – Basic Black.
Prior to adhering the piece of Basic Black to the card, I applied the Faux Leather Technique to it, punched along one of the edges with the Scallop Trim Border Punch & adhered to the Card with Tombow Glue.
For my Rosette, I cut a 12″ strip of DSP at 1 1/4″ wide, scored with my Simply Scoring Tool, punched along one edge with the Scallop Trim Border Punch & put together with Sticky Strip prior to adhering to the Base Card.
I stamped my sentiment twice onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock, punched 1 with the Scallop Circle & the middle of the 2nd one with the 1″ Circle Punch. I adhered the smaller piece to the large piece with a Stampin’ Dimensional prior to adhering to the Rosette with Tombow Multi Purpose Glue.
A very easy & simple card but a couple of different techniques to complete my card.
It was my turn to bring you the challenge & along with the sketch we have to use a Christmas Theme. Seeing as though Christmas is just around the corner, this is the perfect time to make a start on your cards.
Measurements – Base Card – Always Artichoke – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 10.5cm Layer 1 – Cherry Cobbler – 4 7/8″ x 5 5/8″ or 14cm x 10cm Layer 2 – Whisper White – 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ or 13.5cm x 9.5cm Layer 3 – Cherry Cobbler – 1 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ or 3cm x 9.5cm Layer 4 – Always Artichoke – 1 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ x 2cm x 9.5cm Layer 5 – Cherry Cobbler – 5″ x 2″ or 5cm x 13cm Layer 6 – Whisper White – 4 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 4.5cm x 12.5cm
Supplies – Stamp Set – Tree Trimings, Short & Sweet Ink – Cherry Cobbler Cardstock – Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Whisper White Punches – Word Window, Modern Label, Scallop Trim Border Embossing Folders – Perfect Polka Dots, Elegant Lines Accessories – Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive
I embossed the large piece of Whisper White with the Perfect Polka Dots prior to adhering to the piece of Cherry Cobbler & then to the Base Card – Always Artichoke.
The smaller piece of Cherry Cobbler was punched along one long side with the Scallop Trim Border Punch, adhered to the embossed Whisper White with Snail Adhesive & the piece of Always Artichoke adhered to the top of the punched piece.
I embossed the longer piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (I must confess that this is not a folder I have used that much, but when I do, I can’t understand why), adhered 2 pieces of Linen Thread to the back prior to adhering to the long piece of Cherry Cobbler & finally to the Base Card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I stamped 2 of the images from Tree Trimmings with Cherry Cobbler onto a scrap of Whisper White, cut them out & adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I tied 2 bows from the Linen Thread & adhered them to the tops of the images.
The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock, punched with the Word Window Punch, & adhered to a piece of Always Artichoke which had been punch with the Modern Label Punch. The whole lot was then adhered to the card with Snail Adhesive & Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I’m not usually one for the tradional Christmas Colours, but I picked colours that I don’t usually play with. I also opted to go for Whisper White rather than Very Vanilla & I think it gives the whole card a very modern, yet old look about it. I also think the Linen Thread helps the feel of the card too!
Where does the time go? I couldn’t believe it when I looked & found that the last time I had posted was last Sunday with the last challenge. I have just scheduled a couple of posts for this week, so hopefully that will make up for lost time. Things have been pretty hetic here ……
Anyhow, our challenge this week as been set by Kris & what a challenge. The sketch is fairly open, but that a good thing when you have a technique like Magical Masking as the 2nd part of your challenge.
Magical Masking is a is technique where you are going to get your fingers very dirty – ink dirty ie! It is fun & you will be either cursing or laughing while playing with this technique.
To start with – grab some Glossy Card & Masking Tape. Take lengths of the tape, place the sticky side down on the Ink Pad & rub. Position the sticky, inky side onto your Glossy Card & rub. Now, think leg waxing & quickly pull the tape off the card……. Magic happens – the ink is transferred to the Glossy Card…..
Measurements – Base Card – Night of Navy – 11 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 29cm x 10.5cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half Layer 1 – Glossy Card – 5 3/8″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm Layer 2 – Glossy Card – 1 1/2″ x 4″ or 4cm x 10cm
Supplies – Stamp Set – Forever Young Ink – Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Black Staz-On Cardstock – Night of Navy, Glossy Card Embossing Folder – Square Lattice Punch – Scallop Edge Border Ribbon – 1/4″ Grosgrain – Night of Navy Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Big Shot Non-SU – Masking Tape
For my technique, I used Night of Navy & Daffodil Delight Inks.
The image was stamped straight onto the Glossy Card & over my technique using Black Staz-On Ink.
I embossed a piece of the same Glossy Card using my Big Shot & Square Lattice Embossing Folder, tied a piece of ribbon across the top, tied a bow, tucked the ends under & adhered to the top of the large piece of Glossy Card prior to adhering to the Base Card – Night of Navy using Snail Adhesive.
Without the technique, a very easy 5 minute card. I am still making up my mind if I like this technique or not, but no doubt I will after I have played some more……
This is the great thing about challenges, it does get you out of your comfort zone & for that I must thank Kris.
The Technique this week was “Faux Mother of Pearl“. If you have never attempted this technique, do yourself a favour & try it. You will love the end result! I promise you, you will want to do more projects using this fun technique.
This is one of the cards we created, using the Stamp Set – Greenhouse Green. I love this little set, as it is so versatile & easy to use.
Along with this Technique, we also used our Stampin’ Up Blender Pen, Bigshot, Ribbon & Pearls.
Don’t forget to pop back in a couple of days & I will shoe you the 2nd card we created using the same technique.
It seems so long since my last post that I actually had to check out the last card I did….
The challenge this week is to use Old Olive, Chocolate Chip & 1 Netural Colour, as well as the sketch. It was my turn to create the challenge.
I did create a card for the challenge a couple of days ago, but when I went to post it, suddenly realised all the colours were wrong! Wouldn’t you think I would check the 2nd part of the challenge first????? Never mind, I will post that one in a few days.
Measurements – Base Card – Very Vanilla – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in middle & folded in half Layer 1 – Old Olive – 4″ x 5 5/8″ or 10cm x 14.5cm Layer 2 – Very Vanilla – 5 1/2″ x 1 5/8″ or 4cm x 14cm Layer 3 – Very Vanilla – 5 1/2″ x 2 1/8″ or 4cm x 5.5cm Layer 3 – Old Olive – 3 1/4″ x 2 7/8″ or 8.5cm x 7.5cm Layer 4 – Chocolate Chip – 3 1/8″ x 2 3/4″ or 8cm x 7cm Layer 5 – Very Vanilla – 3″ x 2 5/8″ or 7.5cm x 6.5cm
Close up of Embossing & Distressing…
Supplies – Stamp Set – Artistic Etchings Ink – Chocolate Chip, Old Olive Cardstock – Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Ribbon – Crochet Trim – Victoria Embossing Folder – Final Press Accessories – Bigshot, Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue, Sponge, Spong Dauber, Designer Sanding Block, Cutter Tool, Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals, Smooch Spritz – Vanilla Shimmer
Using Choclate Chip Ink & Sponge, I covered the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock ensuring it was really well covered. I then run it through the Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Final Press. When it comes out, you will notice that some of the raised embossing is showing bits of Vanilla Cardstock. This is what you want! Grabbing my Stampin’ Up! Sanding Block, I then rubbed it over the raised areas of the embossed piece. I was pretty rough with this, as I wanted it to be torn & well worn!
Grabbing a Sponge Dauber, I inked it in Old Olive Ink & rubbed it over the raised areas so that small bits of Old Olive were showing through. I then sprayed the whole piece with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. Not only did this give a shimmer to the card, but it also made the Choclate Chip a little softer. In fact, I had to look at the Ink to check if I had actually used Chocolate Chip, as I thought it was Soft Suede.
Once the piece was dry, I cut it according to the above measurements & went around all the edges with my Distressing Tool. Again, I was fairly rough, as I wanted it to be torn in places & bits of the Very Vanilla to show around the edges. This piece was adhered to the Old Olive Cardstock with Multipurpose Glue.
I adhered a piece of the Crochet Trim across the middle with Snail Adhesive & tied a knot to the Right Hand Side.
Grabbing the smaller piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, Old Olive Ink & Sponge Dauber, I daubed ink all over the Cardstock, working in circular motions. I did wipe the Dauber onto a piece of scrap paper prior to daubing onto the Cardstock, as I wanted it to be a little softer.
Images were randomly stamped in Old Olive & Chocolate Chip, stamping off once or twice prior to stamping some of the images in Old Olive. I should have distressed the edges prior to adhering to the layers, but completely forgot until I had the card completed. I sprayed Smooch Spritz over the top & let dry prior to adhering firstly to Chocolate Chip & then to Old Olive with Snail Adhesive.
I opted not to add the sentiment, so hope Kris & Gwen will forgive me!
Do you ever have a hard time trying to create something? You know what you want in your head but putting it down on paper can be something entirely different. I really had no idea where I was going with this card when I started, but kept plugging along, playing with colours, checking out stamp sets & working out what will look best with what….
I also decided to go back to the colours when I started out with Stampin’ Up!
This week’s challenge has been bought to us by Gwen. It is to create a Centre Fold Card using the sketch provided.
Measurements – Base Card – Certainly Celery – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored at 2 1/8″ & 6 1/8″ & folded towards the middle on both sides Layer 1 x 2 – Not Quite Navy – 2″ x 5 5/8″ or 5cm x 14.5cm Layer 2 x 2 – Whisper White – 1 7/8″ x 5 1/2″ or 4.5cm x 14cm Layer 3 – Bashful Blue – 3 1/8″ x 2 1/2″ or 8cm x 6.5cm Layer 4 – So Saffron – 3″ x 2 3/8″ or 7.5cm x 6cm Layer 5 – Whisper White – 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″ or 7cm x 5.5cm
Supplies – Stamp Set – Pocket Silhouettes, Short & Sweet Ink – Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery Cardstock – Whisper White, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy Embossing Folder – Square Lattice Punches – Scallop Edge Border Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue, Bigshot
Prior to running the pieces of Whisper White Cardstock through the Bigshot, I randomly inked the Embossing Folder – Square Lattice with So Saffron, Bashful Blue & Certainly Celery Inks & sprayed water over the ink. When doing this, ensure you have the card facing down onto the embossed side of the folder. Let dry.
I randomly stamped my images onto the smaller piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Certainly Celery, So Saffron & Bashful Blue Inks. The sentiment was stamped in Not Quite Navy Ink.
This piece was adhered to the piece of So Saffron Cardstock & then Bashful Blue Cardstock with Snail Adhesive. I punched a scrap piece of Certainly Celery Cardstock with the Scallop Edge Border Punch before adhering to the bottom of the stamped Whisper White Cardstock with Snail Adhesive.
The 2 pieces of embossed Whisper White Cardstock were adhered to the pieces of Not Quite Navy using Multipurpose Glue & then to either side of the Certainly Celery Base Card with Snail Adhesive.
The small stamped images were adhered to the LHS of the card with Multipurpose Glue.
Don’t forget to head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to see what Gwen, Kris, as well as our Weekly Guest Designer who has been very busy & created 2 gorgeous cards.
Today’s card is one which we created at my Volunteer Class last Friday. We had so much fun doing this card & seeing all our pretty butterflies come to life from a small piece of paper.
Thanks to Naomi who gave us the template to achieve our butterfly. She got it from an old card of her mum’s & has kept it to play around with & as a lovely memory. It was so kind of her to share it with us.
Measurements – Base Card – Very Vanilla – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half Layer 1 – Soft Suede – 5 1/4″ x 3 5/8″ or 13.5cm x 9.5cm Layer 2 – DSP – 1 3/8″ x 5 1/8″ or 3.5cm x 9cm Layer 3, 4 & 5 – DSP – 1 1/2″ x 2″ or 5cm x 4cm Layer 6 – Soft Suede – 3 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ or 7cm x 7cm Layer 7 – Very Vanilla – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ or 6.5cm x 6.5cm
Complete your Butterfly & set aside until your card has been completed.
Adhere all pieces of DSP to the piece of Soft Suede Cardstock ensuring you leave about 1/8″ edge around all pieces. Don’t worry about where all pieces meet at the top, as this is covered by the piece of Ruffled Ribbon which is adhered using Snail Adhesive & ends tucked under.
Emboss the smaller piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with the Embossing Folder – Elegant Lines & the Bigshot. Adhere this piece to the piece of Soft Suede Cardstock with Multipurpose Glue, prior to adhering over the top of the DSP with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Adhere the whole piece to the Base Card – Very Vanilla with Snail Adhesive.
Adhere your Butterfly to the Card, tie a bow with the Ruffle Ribbon, add a Brad to the centre & adhere both the bow & butterfly to the card using Mini Glue Dots.
Stamp your greeting onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock with Soft Suede Ink, cut into a Banner shape, sponge around the edges in Soft Suede & adhere to Card with Snail Adhesive.
This was a fun card to create & the ladies created some very lovely cards & butterflies.
The new weekly challenges begins today over at Sunny Challenges & Creations & it was my turn to create the challenge. This time round, along with the sketch, it is to use Ribbon on your layout. How easy can it get?
My card has been created for a friend of mine who is celebrating her birthday today. As she lives on acreage, I decided to go with colours that best represent the bush in Australia – Green, Gold & Brown. I’ve never used these colours together & really like the effect they have created.
On the spur of the moment, I decided to try & use a Stampin’ Up! Wheel somehow in the design.
Measurements – Base Card – Daffodil Delight – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – scored in the middle & folded in half Layer 1 – DSP – 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ or 14cm x 9.5cm Layer 2 – Old Olive – 4 1/2″ x 1 5/8″ or 11.5cm x 4cm Layer 3 – Whisper White – 4 3/8″ x 1 1/2″ or 11cm x 3.5cm Layer 4 – Old Olive – 3 1/8″ x 2″ or 8cm x 5cm Layer 5 – Whisper White – 3″ x 1 7/8″ or 7.5cm 4.5cm
Inking my Wheel, I ran it over the long piece of Whisper White Cardstock, ensuring that the image was up the correct way, which meant that I had to run the wheelacross the Card 3/4 times, ensuring coverage was all over.
Grabbing my Blender Pen & a Stampin’ Up! Marker – Daffodil Delight, I coloured the flower from the wheel. As I didn’t want this part of the card to be the main focal point, I left it as is. This piece was then adhered to the longer piece of Old Olive Cadstock with Snail Adhesive.
Inking up the stem image with SU! Marker – Old Olive, I stamped it direct to the smaller piece of Whisper White Cardstock, run it through the Bigshot using the Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots, adhered it to the piece of Old Olive Cardstock using Snail Adhesive & finally to the piece of DSP ensuring I followed the sketch before adhering DSP with Multipurpose Glue.
I stamped 3 large flower images with Daffodil Delight onto Whisper White Cardstock & 3 using Soft Suede. These were cut out prior to attaching to the card with Snail Adhesive for the front flower & Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals for the back 2 flowers. All 3 smaller flower images were adhered to the middle of the larger flowers with Snail Adhesive.
I run a piece of Satin Ribbon across the bottom part of the DSP, tucked ends under, tied a knot & adhered the whole lot to the Base Card – Daffodil Delight with Snail Adhesive.
The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock in Old Olive Ink, punched using the Large Oval Punch, adhered to a piece of Daffodil Delight piece which had been punch with the Scallop Oval Punch & finally to the card with Snail Adhesive.
I popped 3 Pearls into the centre of each small flower to finish
This site has been going for some time now & I have followed it for quiet awhile, although I must admit, have not participated in their challenges for so long. This site is a great way to complete those Christmas cards ready for posting come 1 December!
Anyhow, on with the challenge.
The challenge this month was to –
TWINKLE-TWINKLE Christmas Lights
Multi-colored or clear, embossed or bling, strings or singles, vintage or new, bright or dull, broken or whole …inspriation is limitless! Make it electric and fun.
Base Card – Crumb Cake – 11 3/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 30cm x 10.5cm – scored in half & fold in the middle
Layer 1 – Glimmer Paper – 1/2″ x 4 1/8″ or 1cm x 10.5cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 1/2″ x 4 1/8″ or 1cm x 10.5cm
Layer 3 – Glimmer Paper – 2 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 5.5cm x 10.5cm
Layer 4 – Riding Hood Red – 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ or 6.5cm x 7cm
Layer 5 – Whisper White – 2 3/8″ x 2 5/8″ or 6cm x 6.5cm
Stamp Set – Dasher, Short & Sweet
Ink – Riding Hood Red, Versamark
Cardstock – Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Glimmer Paper Red
I punched the narrower piece of Glimmer Paper along one of the long sides using the Scallop Trim Border Punch. I attached the piece of Whisper White Cardstock along the edge of the punched line with Snail Adhesive.
The larger piece of Glimmer Paper was run through the Bigshot using the Embossing Folder – Petals a Plenty and adhered it to the top of the Whisper White Cardstock so that a small piece of the White was showing. This breaks up the red on red. In hindsite, I should have added another smaller piece of White to the other side, but only thought of it when everything had been completed.
Dasher was stamped in Versamark & then Riding Hood Red Ink prior to being stamped onto the small piece of Whisper White Cardstock, heat set with the Heat Tool & then adhered to the piece of Riding Hood Red with Snail Adhesive. I adhered a small piece of Ribbon to the side, applied Stampin’ Dimensionals & adhered to the Base Card.
Pearls were adhered to the antelers & around his neck for some bling. His eye was marked using the Black Journal Marker. The greeting was stamped in Riding Hood Ink.
It was my turn to create the challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations. Along with the sketch, we had to use the Technique – Baby Wipe.
I started out with something completely different in mind & when I couldn’t get my mind onto paper, I sort of winged this one, but am more than happy with the end result. As I love Pink & Black, I decided to create something a little softer with a lighter pink, but still teaming it with Black. I also kept the card to a minimum as I wanted the technique to be the focal point.
Measurements – Base Card – Whisper White – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half Layer 1 – Basic Black – 5 1/8″ x 3 5/8″ or 13cm x 9.5cm Layer 2 – Glossy Cardstock – 5″ x 5 1/2″ or 12.5cm x 9cm
Supplies – Stamp Set – Flower Fancy, Short & Sweet Ink – Staz-On – Black Cardstock – Whisper White, Basic Black, Glossy, Pretty in Pink Punches – Modern Label, Word Window, 1/16″ Circle Handheld Ribbon – 1/8″ Taffeta – Pretty in Pink Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose, Re-Inker – Pretty in Pink, Basic Pearl, Bigshot Non-SU – Wet Ones
After I had applied my technique to my piece of Glossy Cardstock using Pretty in Pink Re-Inker & a Wet Ones, I stamped my image in the bottom LH corner of the cardstock with Black Staz-On. I was going to colour it using the same Re-Inker, but thought I would leave it how it is & keep it very simple. I then run the piece through the Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Prefect Polka Dots.
I made a ink pad from the same Wet Ones I had previously used, using Pretty in Pink Re-Inker, inked my greeting & stamped direct onto a scrap piece of Glossy Cardstock. This was punched out with the Word Window Punch & adhered to a piece of Basic Black Cardstock which had been punched with the Modern Label Punch. I then punched a small hole in each end of the Basic Black Label with the 1/16″ Handheld Punch, threaded a piece of Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon through, tucked the ends under & adhered to the piece of Basic Black Cardstock with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.
The whole piece was then adhered to the Base Card – Whisper White with Snail Adhesive. I popped a Basic Pearl to the middle of the flower to finish the card.
I would really like to know what you think? Is it too plain????
Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Kris, Tanya, Gwen & our Weekly Guest Designers have created.