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Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges this week has been bought to us by Kris.  Along with the sketch, she wants us to use the Technique – Chalkboard.  Tutorial at the end of post.  Now, I am not a lover of this technique as I find it very messy, but will be the first to admit it does leave you with a very lovely effect.  In fact, this is the first time that I have ever felt that I liked something well enough to post.
Maybe, just maybe you may find me attempting to create more using this technique.  I decided to use a Stamp Set that is a little different from the usual ones used for Chalkboard!   Using the stamp I used, I had to change the shape of the oval a little, so hopefully Kris will forgive me for this.  Mind you, that is the beauty about challenges, as long as you basically stay within the sketch, you have a free hold & it challenges you to use products, colours, techniques, etc you would not normally attempt.  In other words, “out of your comfort zone“.  I even used colours that are way out of my comfort zone!!!!!
Measurements –
Base Card – Cherry Cobbler – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – So Saffron – 3 7/8″ x 4″ or 10cm x 14.5cm
Layer 2 & 3 – Whisper White – 4 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ or 11.5cm x 5cm
Layer 4 – Bashful Blue – 2 3/8″ x 3″ or 6cm x 8cm
Layer 5 – Cherry Cobbler – 2 1/4″ x 2 7/8″ or 5.5cm x 7.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Lovely as a Tree, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink – White Craft, Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue
Cardstock – Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue, So Saffron
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Ribbon – 1/4″ Grosgrain – Bashful Blue
Accessories – Stampin’ Pastels, Bigshot, Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue
Non-SU – Cotton Buds
Instructions –
Stamp image onto Cherry Cobbler Cardstock using White Craft Ink
Chalk image using Cotton Buds
Adhere to piece of Bashful Blue Cardstock with Snail Adhesive
Adhere Ribbon around bottom & tie knot. Set aside
Randomly stamp sentiment onto both pieces of Very Vanilla Cardstock using Cherry Cobbler Ink Prior to stamping, stamp off onto a scrap piece of paper
Run both pieces through Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Adhere to So Saffron Cardstock as per sketch using Multipurpose Glue
Adhere chalked piece to Base Card as per sketch

Technique Tutorial –
Ink a solid image onto a dark Cardstock using White Craft Ink
With SU! Pastels & a Cotton Bud, apply chalk to your image, ensuring you dab over all the white ink
Add as many colours as you wish using the above step
With a Tissue, remove the excess chalk very carefully

Tips –
When using SU! Pastels, no need for the ink to dry
When using Pencils, allow the ink to dry
Use SU! Sponges instead of Cotton Buds

Ok, now it is your turn. Pop on over to Sunny Challenges, check out what Kris & Libby have created, create your card, scrapbook page, etc & then come back to Sunny Challenges & link to My Linky.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Challenge 126…

Challenge 126 for my Yahoo group is all about Animal Antics.
We have to create a card, scrapook page or projcet that features an animal – even bugs are allowed. 

I wasn’t going to do it as I seemed to have so many ideas going around in my head that I was getting a little confused, but then wanted to try a Criss-Cross Card.  I’ve never done one of these previously.  I have seen them around “blog world” for some time.  As usual, I’ve adapted my card to fit the Australian standard envelope.

Once I put the Card together, I adhered Ribon around the bottom half & tied a bow.  I stamped my image onto a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock using Basic Black Ink.  I coloured the image using my Aqua Painter, Basic Grey & Rose Red Inks.  This was adhered to a piece of Rose Red Cardstock.  Using SU Dimensionals, the whole piece was placed on the front of the card just a little off centre.

For the inside of my card, I again stamped the image in the bottom right hand side on Very Vanilla Cardstock & coloured the same as the front.  I sponged Rose Red around the end of the Very Vanilla Cardstock using my SU Sponges & Pastels.  This piece was adhered to a piece of Pumpkin Pie Caardsock.  Using Rose Red Re-Inker, I dyed 2 flowers & kept one of them the natural colour.  I adhered these together & mounted top left hand side of the card ensuring that the flower was not too far over so that I couldn’t slide the card into its pocket.  A Basic Pearl was stuck in the middle.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Pun Fun
Ink – Rose Red, Basic Grey, Basic Black
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red
DSP – Sweet & Sour Speciality
Ribbon – 5/8″ Organza – Whisper White
Accessories – Multipurpose Glue, Basic Pearls, Flowers, SU Sponge, Aqua Painter, Pastels
Until next time, Enjoy!

For You…

Today’s card is a sketch from Stamping411 –
Again, another easy one to do, the posibilities are endless!
Using SU Pastels, I’ve created a very light background, including the sun, then embossed over.  I didn’t want the pastels to be too vivid so to compete with the embossing folder.
Tutorial for Heat Embossing may be found here
This makes for a great Male Card!
My Card –
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Inspired by Nature, Great Friend
Inks – Basic Black, Versamark
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Not Quiet Navy, Old Olive
Embossing FolderSquare Lattice
Punches – 1 1/4″ Circle
Accessories – SU Dimensionals, Anywhere Glue Stick, SU Pastels, Embossing Powder – Black, Grosgrain Ribbon – Night of Navy, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool
Summer Mini-Catalogue 2011
Until next time, Enjoy!

Pink, Pink & More Pink…

I am trying very hard to get back into the swing of things, but it is not working that great.  Please bear with me for the next couple of months or so…………
I received a couple of little stamp sets today & so of course I had to have a little play & did a very simple easy 5 minute card to show you this lovely lovely SU greeting!  Best of all, it is FREE from SU when you spend over $100! Not hard to do.
Get in and earn your FREE stamp sets while Sale-a-Bration is on!
View 1 –
Close Up –
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Whimiscal Words
Card Stock – Whisper White, Pink Pirouette
Stamp Pads – Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette
DSP – Pink Pirouette
Accessories – Anywhere Glue, SU Pastels, SU Sponges
Non-SU – Embossing Folder

Have I told you lately how much I love the new SU Series Designer Series Paper, Page 135.  Just in case you missed it, I love working with this paper!  No matter what you make, this DSP always comes up looking so fresh & pretty!
I’ve stamped the Greeting in “Riding Hood Red“, torn “Whisper White”, ensuring that I leave a small edge.  I then sponged “Pretty-in-Pink” from the “SU Pastels” to add a bit of hightlight to the torn edge.