Merry & Bright Baubles
My friend Bexx from the 100 in 100 Card Challenge and our new Card-a-Day Blog Group told us about a fun Pinterest Challenge on Apron Strings Designs, so I decided to play along with Pinterest Challenge #15 this week. Here is the inspiration photo:
Pinterest Challenge #15 Inspiration Photo
I am also submitting this for The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #6: Christmas in July – Non-Traditional Colors, Stampin with the Dragon Christmas in July Challenge, and Creatalicious Challenges: Christmas in July. The photo reminded me of the Tinsel Christmas Tree we had when I was growing up. One year , my mom decorated the whole tree in pink, white and silver ornaments. And that reminded me of the little translucent bubbles that were all the rage a few years back. I still have several colors of them in jars on my shelf, so I grabbed the pink ones and went to work. At first I was going to use Stampin’ Up! Snow Swirled for my tree, but then I remembered the Memory Box Winterland Tree Die and decided to try that instead. I used Stampin’ Up! Brushed Silver for the tree, glued it to a piece of Stampin’ Up! Shimmery White Cardstock, matted in Brushed Silver and used glue dots to adhere the bubble ornaments. I embossed a piece of Blushing Bride for the background and sponged it with Raspberry Ripple. I stamped the sentiment in Raspberry Ripple, punched with the Stampin’ Up! Lg Oval Punch and matted with the Stampin’ Up! Scallop Oval punched in Raspberry Ripple. I mounted the sentiment on a piece of Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon and attached it all to the Raspberry Ripple card base. I think it is a pretty good representation of that old tinsel tree!
The Crafter’s Cafe
Stampin with the Dragon
It’s Inspiration Challenge day on Splitcoaststampers, my favorite challenge! Today’s challenge is IC346 ~ Rellique, a very interesting website with lots of vintage and repurposed items. I chose this Repurposed Vintage White Sail Hand Soap Can Lamp as my inspiration for my card. I used this coloring page for the sailboat and cut it with my Cameo. The waves were cut from a download from the Silhouette Online Store and the clouds were cut with a Memory Box Die. I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Pendant Park in Midnight Muse, using my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to position it on the cloud die cut and mounted all the pieces on a Midnight Muse card base. I am having a ball with my new Cameo, just wish I had more time to play!
I am so excited, my Silhouette Cameo arrived on Tuesday! This is the first chance I have had to play with it and I gotta tell you, I am loving this thing! It is everything I have been looking for in an electronic cutter and more. It cuts very small, intricate designs beautifully and the Silhouette Studio software is intuitive and easy to use. The first thing I wanted to try with my Cameo was to import a digital stamp and use the Print and Cut feature to create a die cut effect. Today’s challenge on Splitcoaststampers is the Ways to Use It Challenge WT384 ~ Hit the Beach, so I did a quick Google Image search for beach digi and found this cute Beach Butt Digi on Leigh’s Paper Creations. Isn’t it a hoot!
For my card, I started with a Green Galore card base and a yellow polka dot background paper from DCWV. I colored the image with Prismacolor Pencils and mounted it with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals. I printed the computer generated sentiment and triple matted it in Basic Black and the yellow background paper. I cut the Memory Box Clouds in Whisper White and sponged the edges with Pool Party for this quick and easy card. This was my first time using a digi stamp, I definitely see more digis in my future!
Calypso Coral Engagement Card
Happy 4th of July! I was able to sneak in the studio today to finish up a couple of cards, so I’m a happy girl! This card was made for today’s Sketch Challenge SC392 on Splitcoaststampers. This an interesting sketch, it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do with it. I needed to make an engagement card and wanted to use this pretty flower from Stampin’ Up! Fabulous Florets. In order to make it work for the sketch, I created a mask for the flower and stamped it 5 times in Basic Black on Whisper White to create a bouquet shape that would fit in the Nestabilities Oval die and stamped another flower for the top. I colored the flowers with Stampin’ Up! Markers. I started with the centers, coloring them in Yo Yo Yellow. I colored all the petals in Blush Blossom and then went back over the petals with Cameo Coral, leaving the edges Blush Blossom. I added Calypso Coral about half way up the petals, let it dry for a couple of minutes and then added some feathered lines to the base of the petals. I cut the image with the Nestabilities Oval die and while it was still in the die, I sponged a bit of Calypso Coral around the edges, then matted in Calypso Coral and Kraft. For the vertical layer, I used a piece of scrap designer paper and matted it in Pool Party. I used Kraft for the background and mounted it to a Calypso Coral card base. I cut the large Nestabilities scalloped circle in Calypso Coral and cut a circle of designer paper to layer on it but decided not to use it in the final design. I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Fabulous Phrases in Basic Black, punched with the Stampin’ Up! Word Window Punch, inked the edges with Calypso Coral and matted with a Calypso Coral Memory Box die cut. I mounted the sentiment on a scrap of seam binding and attached under the Kraft background. I punched 4 leaves in Kiwi Kiss with a Martha Stewart punch and glued them to the top of the card. I mounted the cut out flower on top with a Stampin’ Up! Dimensional.
Friends on the Hill
Today’s Technique Lovers Challenge on Splitcoaststampers is to create a silhouette by stamping on dark cardstock. You can also use a die or cut an image out. For my card, I started with a piece of Cool Caribbean cardstock. I cut two pieces of green Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper for the hills, using a French Curve as a guide and glued them to the base. I cut the Memory Box Cloud, outlined them with a Copics Cool Gray marker and gued them down. I used the Memory Box Orchard Frame die for my tree silhouette, cut it in dark brown Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper and trimmed away the frame and some of the ends of the branches to shape it up. I glued it to the background, then mounted the background on a Certainly Celery card base. For the bunnies, I stamped the bunny from Stampin’ Up! Forest Friends on the wrong side of a piece of scrap Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper. I cut the bunny out, flipped him over, traced him on the back of the paper and cut him out again. I mounted my little bunny friends with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Garden Greetings in Old Olive on Whisper White and matted it in Old Olive. I punched both with Stampin’ Up! Oval Punches and mounted with Dimensionals for a quick little card!
It’s Saturday, Inspiration Challenge Day on Splitcoaststampers! Todays inspiration site is My Sweet Muffin and my inspiration is this cute Hide and Seek Poster. For my card, I cut the Orchard Frame die in Dusty Durango and glued it on Whisper White. I stamped the animals from Stampin’ Up! Forest Friends in Early Espresso and used the matching marker to add the accents to the tree. I trimmed away the white outside the frame and mounted on an Old Olive card base. I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Pendant Park in Old Olive. Normally if I were creating this cute little scene, I would have stamped the deer first before layering the Memory Box Orchard Tree die cut and cut out the owl, but in the inspiration poster, the images were layered, so I tried it that way. I think I would like it better the other way, but my little nephew will love it just like this.
Today’s challenge on Splitcoaststampers is Ways to Use It Challenge Doors & Windows which I combined with yesterday’s Sketch Challenge for my card today. I think this PSX Colonial Christmas stamp is the only door or window stamp I have, but I do love it. I usually stamp it in Brown, but today I decided to emboss it in gold on Very Vanilla cardstock. I used a water brush and Garden Green to color the wreath and a Real Red marker to color the bow and berries. The background papers are scraps from a DCWV Christmas stack that I mounted on a Real Red card base. I cut the banner in Real Red and layered it in top. I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes in Real Red on Very Vanilla and punched with a Stampin’ Up! Word Window Punch. I cut the mat with the Memory Box Bistro Label Punch and a scrap piece of textured green cardstock. I like this layout but I wish I had gold cardstock to layer under the banner and background panel.