Tuesday, February 20, 2018

WWC158 - Helen's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

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It's time for another Masculine Challenge, hosted this time by Helen.
I'm late to the party when it comes to the Waterfront stamp set - a truly magical stamp set designed by Connie Heisey, a Stampin' Up Million Sales Achiever. Pinterest is loaded with awesome samples of what can be done with this deceptively simple-looking stamp set. The possibilities are endless!

For my first use of this set, I simply wanted to stamp the images. It is sooooo easy to create a mountain paradise just by stamping. Each image creates its own shading - you don't have to think about anything. Here's what I came up with:
I started by stamping the line of mountains straight across the Whisper White cardstock, with Crumb Cake. I stamped multiple times without reinking to give the impression of mountains in the distance.

Next I created a transition space between the water and the mountains with Always Artichoke - again using stamping off.

Then I created the grassy hill with Old Olive, and stamped the trees randomly with Always Artichoke.

For the sky, I used Soft Sky, again stamping off to give a colour variation. The birds are from the High Tide stamp set and I used Night of Navy.

The water is done with Pool Party, stamped off. To add a little more interest to the water, I used the wave image from High Tide on top of the base stamping.

On the tag, I used Guy Greetings for the Happy Birthday and Thoughtful Banners for the Brother. They are stamped with Always Artichoke on Very Vanilla. It looked a little too bright, so I stamped one of the images from Waterfront with Crumb Cake then popped it up with Dimensionals over a strip of Metallic Copper Ribbon tied in a simple knot to finish it off.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WWC #157 - Heidi's All About Occasions Challenge

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This week, Heidi is our challenge host with the All About Occasions Challenge.
There are so many card-giving occasions throughout the year from birthdays and anniversaries to the many holidays, plus thank-you and thinking of you.

My card is celebrating a special day - which can cover almost any of the occasions.
I'm still playing with the Brushos and used them here with the Woodlands embossing folder. It's so easy to do and the results are different every time.

Colours used here are Moss Green, Gamboge and Prussian Blue. Simply sprinkle some of the crystals directly onto the embossing folder, spritz with water, then place your cardstock in the folder and run it through the Big Shot.

I used Shimmery White cardstock, as it can handle the water. After it was dry, I matted it with Basic Black cardstock. The next layer is Crumb Cake, stamped with the Marbled background stamp and Crumb Cake ink, then mounted onto a Crumb Cake card base.

The sentiment is from Dragonfly Dreams, stamped with Night of Navy ink on Very Vanilla.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WWC156 - Penny's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge

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Happy Wednesday and welcome to another challenge. This time, Penny gives us a Feminine Anything Goes Challenge.
I'm still learning my way around the Brushos Watercolour Crystals. I love creating backgrounds with them, so decided to pair them with a lovely, sketchy-type image from Mediterranean Moments.
I used a piece of watercolour paper and taped it to my craft sheet using washi tape. Then I sprinkled the Brushos onto  the dry paper, starting with Moss Green in the lower right-hand corner, then Yellow in the middle and Gamboge in the top left-hand corner. I tried to sprinkle the powders in a diagonal direction.

Then I spritzed water all over the surface. After waiting for a few seconds for the colour to spread, I could see areas where I wanted more colour, so I just sprinkled a bit more of each colour where I wanted it.

After that was dry, I put the watercolour piece into my stamp positioner and inked the image with Tranquil Tide. I didn't want to use black ink, as it just seemed too harsh for the look I was going for.

Stamping on watercolour paper can be tricky, so I find a stamp positioner really helps as your stamp can be re-inked and re-stamped until you are happy with the results.

I wanted to let the image speak for itself, and decided to not add too much. To give it some interest, I used the ovals from the Stitched Shapes framelits and cut out two of the shapes.

My idea was to make it seem as if you are looking into this courtyard, so I glued the smallest oval in the center right onto the Tranquil Tide card base - which I had stamped with the dotted stamp image from the Waterfront stamp set, using Tranquil Tide ink and the stamping off technique.

The next section was adhered with dimensionals, and the final section was adhered with adhesive strips which are slightly higher than the dimensionals. The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz collection of peel and stick quotes.

To add just a little more interest to the design, I used some of the Clear Epoxy shapes at opposite corners of the oval. Hopefully you can see them in this closeup:
Our team of Watercooler Artists have really outdone themselves this time. There is plenty of inspiration to be found at Watercooler Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #155 - Anything Goes

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This being the fifth Wednesday of the month, our challenge this week is the un-hosted Anything Goes.
I always feel as if I should do something other than a card for this challenge. My mind filled with ideas to do a wreath, a 3-D item, a home decor item, etc. But, I could not focus on any of those. So, I made a card:
I used a product from the 2018 Occasions Catalogue, that is easy to overlook. It's a set of two embossing folders, each one measuring 6 1/2" by 2 1/4", each with a different pattern. It's called Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders and can be found on page 25.

After embossing this flower pattern on a strip of Whisper White cardstock, I coloured over the raised portion with Lemon Lime Twist, Tangerine Tango, Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide inks.

In the past, I have tried colouring raised embossing using a variety of tools - brayer, sponge, dauber - with limited success. For this card, I used a different tool - my fingers! I can't take credit for this idea; it is something I had seen done by another demo who posted on our demo Facebook group. And, so sorry, I didn't make note of her name.

The DSP is from Delightful Daisy and the sentiment from You've Got Style. The card base is Thick Whisper White.

Check out Watercooler Wednesday for more inspiration, then show us what you do for Anything Goes!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #154 - Judy's All About Christmas Challenge

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Welcome to another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. This week, Judy brings us a Christmas Challenge. I look forwards to these challenges as I'm sure by December 2018 I will have a great collection of cards to send.
For my card, I finally tried a technique I had been wanting to try - tarnished foil. I CASE'd (copy and share everything) Billie Moan for this.
I started with a piece of silver foil cardstock and embossed it with the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Then it was simply a matter of using my VersaMark ink pad to rub random areas and, starting with Gold Embossing Powder, embossed those areas.

After embossing the gold, I did the same thing with Copper, Silver, and Pewter (retired), until it was pretty much embossed  all over. The final step was to take my StazOn black ink pad and just swipe it over random areas.

I used Fresh Fig and black Vintage Crochet Trim across the middle then added the sentiment on top, flanked by two black rhinestones. I wanted to cover as little as possible of all that gorgeous metallic embossing.

It's matted with Basic Black cardstock, and then mounted on Thick Very Vanilla.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

InColor Heartfelt Blooms

It's been a gloomy, gray, rainy day here today on the Sunshine Coast - the one in Canada, that is. I'm sure the Sunshine Coast in Australia is basking in sunshine.

So, it was a perfect day to play with new stuff. I got an order yesterday that contained two brand new stamp sets: Heartfelt Blooms from the 2018 Sale-a-Bration catalogue, and Waterfront from the 2018 Occasions catalogue.

I couldn't wait to play with them! So today, I gathered ink and cardstock and just played with Heartfelt Blooms. I decided to use all of the new InColors: Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime  Twist, Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide.

The technique used here is known as "tone on tone" - which simply means using the same colour of ink and cardstock. Here is today's collection:
I love them all, but I do have favourites: Tranquil Tide,  Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist. I'm trying to use the Powder Pink and Berry Burst more, but they are not colours I automatically reach for. However, they are perfectly wonderful colours!

A few things I have learned about using this awesome stamp:
1. It is a "photo realistic" style of stamp that has been developed by Stampin' Up and is being patented.
2. It started as a real  photograph taken of a real bouquet of flowers.
3. When you look at it, the surface looks totally flat and you will be convinced that there is no design in the red rubber.
4. I found that the best way to ink it up is to hold the stamp face up in one hand and with the other hand apply the ink pad to  the stamp. That is the best way to make sure the entire surface is inked.
5. The first time you stamp it onto cardstock, you will be amazed!

Now I have these awesome backgrounds to work with. Stay tuned to find out what I do with them! In the meantime, here are closeups of each colour:

Lemon Lime Twist  - love this fresh, greeny-yellow colour. Makes me think of spring.

Tranquil Tide - a lovely bluish-green colour. Although it looks more blue here. I find it really depends on the light as to whether it looks green or blue. I think today it is taking on the colour from outside, which is dark and gray.

Fresh Fig - this is very rich sort of burgundy colour with brownish undertones.

Berry Burst - this is a reddish-purple, more on the pinky side - or so it looks to me. Kind of reminds me of the colour of fresh-picked raspberries.

Powder Pink - not a bubblegummy pink, it has brownish undertones. I think my inkpad needed re-inking. However, with this stamp it is important that your ink pad isn't too juicy.

I've had fun stamping these - maybe tomorrow I will do something with them.

Go grab your favourite stamp, ink and cardstock and just play! It's a good activity for a rainy day.
 

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #153 - Gail's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

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We're back with another Masculine Anything Goes Challenge, hosted by yours truly.
For my card this week, I used one of the new products from the 2018 Occasions Catalogue - Brushos Crystal Colour. And I paired it with the Layering Leaves embossing folder for a fun effect.
This technique is super easy. Simply choose your Brusho colours: I used Moss Green and Gamboge. Sprinkle the colour crystals directly onto the embossing folder. I sprinkle it on the debossed side of the folder. Spritz with water and place your cardstock onto the activated colour crystals.

When using Brushos, it's best to use a cardstock that can handle a lot of water, such as watercolour paper or Shimmery White cardstock, which is what I used.

I then used the Large Letters Framelits to die-cut the word YOU from the patterned cardstock, once it was dry. I also cut the word YOU three more times from Basic Black cardstock, glued them all together, then glued them to the patterned letters.

Here's a side-view:
 

The hats were stamped with Early Espresso ink on Whisper White cardstock, then fussy cut. I used Mini Dimensionals to pop up a hat on each letter. Both the hats and the sentiment are from Guy Greetings.

I used Always Artichoke for the card base. Do you think the pattern almost looks like camouflage?

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #152 - Kath's All About Occasions Challenge

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There are many card-giving occasions throughout the year, and it's a good idea to have a stash of cards on hand to cover any occasion. That's exactly what this week's challenge from Kath is all about - occasions - any occasion.
I thought I would create sort of a generic occasions card that could cover several celebrations such as birthday, anniversary, or retirement. I also thought I would use colours I don't normally reach for. That's my mission for this year, since I have almost every current colour (and some retired) of cardstock that Stampin' Up makes.
My colours are Night of Navy and Calypso Coral (this is the one I don't use a lot) and of course, Whisper White. The DSP is from Delightful Daisy and the gingham ribbon (retired) is from the Holiday catalogue. I should make it another mission this year to use up ribbon.

The "best" is part of a Sale-a-Bration set, Happy Wishes. This is an awesome set with multiple phrases and words that can be used with the word best - such as 'day', as I've used here. If you look closely at the Calypso Coral layer, you will see that I've used the other phrases and words and stamped them repeatedly, tone-on-tone.

To pop things up a bit, so to speak, I've used what's being called the eclipse technique. First, I did the  stamping on the Whisper White cardstock, then I used the cat punch - which is being carried over from the Holiday Catalogue - yay! to  punch out the cat, making sure to punch out over the stamping.

I then punched 3 more cats from Night of Navy cardstock, glued them together then glued the white cat to that stack and fit all of them back into the punched-out area.

I'm really liking this colour combo and think I will try Calypso Coral with some other colours, now. It just may become one of my go-tos!

So, hop on over to Watercooler Wednesday and see what occasions the other Watercooler Artists are highlighting.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #151 - Charlotte's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge

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Welcome to a brand new year of challenges from the team at Watercooler Wednesday!

We also start off a new year with a new member of the Watercooler Artists Team - Helen Finlay. Welcome, Helen!

To start us off, we have a Feminine Anything Goes Challenge from Charlotte.
 
As well as being the beginning of a new year, this is the time of a new catalogue from Stampin' Up - the 2018 Occasions Catalogue - and the launch of the most anticipated promotion of the year - Sale-a-Bration. For my card I've used a new product from the Occasions Catalogue along with a stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration collection.
The stamp set is called Happy Wishes and is a huge set of 16 stamps that I can predict will be useful for many occasions. I stamped it with Tranquil Tide ink.

The new product is Brusho Colour Crystals. That's what I used on the watercolour paper background behind the sentiment. Brushos come in a set of five colours. I used the Moss Green here.

One of the easiest - and most fun! - ways to use the Brushos is to simply sprinkle a few grains on the watercolour paper, then spritz with water. They almost explode with colour and spread across the paper. A little goes a long way and it is very cool to watch.

I matted the focal piece with Tranquil Tide, then popped it up with Dimensionals. The DSP is my favourite pattern from the Delightful Daisy DSP, and the card base is Lemon Lime Twist. A big, floppy bow of black Baker's Twine is a great finishing touch to ground the design.

Another finishing touch may be a bit hard to see in a photo. Also in the Occasions Catalogue, are Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes. I've used the Glitter Shapes on this. Here's a close-up:
 
It was fun to work with these bright, spring-like colours.

Now visit Watercooler Wednesday to check out the inspiring creations from the rest of the team.

 

WWC158 - Helen's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

It's time for another Masculine Challenge, hosted this time by Helen. I'm late to the party when it comes to the Waterfront sta...