Today’s challenge at The Paper Cabana is an Inspiration Challenge: Bright Wishes Kanzashi Studio. While browsing on Etsy one day, I ran across this little shop that carries the prettiest fabric hair clips. I loved all the beautiful flowers, colors and fabrics used to make these handmade hair ornaments. The hand-dyed silks are my favorite, the colors and shading are just exquisite. I chose this Summer Goldfish Hair Clip as the inspiration for my card. I just love the beautiful shading on the goldfish!
Koi Carp Fish by Sarah Bailey Cut File
3d Flower – Water Lily by A Little Hut Cut File
Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, Basic Black, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Green Galore and Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Raspberry Ripple Ink
Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Marker and Signo White Gel Pen
Stampin’ Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up! Spring Bouquet, Modern Label, Word Window and Hand Held Circle Punches
Cuttlebug Swirls Embossing Folder
Apple Bushel Basket
Here is my submission for Challenge #2 at The Paper Cabana. When I think of fall, I think of the apple orchard we always visited near my grandparents’ home in Central PA. This Apple Bushel Basket reminds me of the baskets we used to bring the apples home in and is so easy to put together. It makes a great presentation for a muffin, cupcake or other sweet treat. I created the cut file for the Bushel Basket from an old paper template.
Apple Basket Tall Cut File
Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Gumball Green and Very Vanilla Cardstock.
Designer Paper Unknown
Stampin’ Up! Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip Ink
Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi Stitched Ribbon
Apple from 4 Fall Icons Cut File by Lori Whitlock
TTF Aharoni for Title
The Paper Cabana
Now that my daughter is heading back to school, I decided I needed something to do with myself! Last year, I wasn’t really an empty nester because I was so busy taking care of my dad, who passed away the end of January. But this year, my nest will truly be empty, just me, Stella and Lucy at home for 12 hours each day. If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you know how much I love a good challenge and my new Silhouette Cameo has reignited my love for electronic cutters. So I have decided to combine these two loves and start a weekly challenge blog for electronic cutters! The first challenge will begin on Wednesday, September 5th at 9:00am. You can do a card, a layout or any other project, as long as it has at least one SVG cut. The prize for the first challenge is a $10 Download Card for the Silhouette Online Store! I am also looking for a few guest designers for the first challenge, if anyone is interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details, please visit The Paper Cabana
You Color My World
Today I have a quick card for the Ways to Use It Challenge WT388 School Tools on Splitcoaststampers. When I was a kid, back to school was one of my favorite times of the year because I got new art supplies! I always got a new box of 64 crayons, new watercolors, new markers, construction paper, paste, glue, felt and pipe cleaners. I was an only child and spent many hours with my art supplies, so getting new stuff was a treat! When I saw the challenge to make a card using school tools, I immediately thought of art supplies. I designed my watercolor paint box for my Silhouette Cameo, but you could do the same thing with punches.
Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, Only Orange, Yo Yo Yellow, Gumball Green, Brilliant Blue, Concord Crush, Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip Ink
Stampin’ Up! Silver Dazzle Marker
Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Yo Yo Yellow, Gumball Green, Brilliant Blue and Concord Crush Markers
Extremely Hot Birthday!
I snuck another card in today between laundry and watching the Olympics. This was a fun one to make, but a bear to photograph! Sorry for the glare, but I used Glossy cardstock and it was too dark to photograph without the flash. This one was for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge #2 and Apron Strings Pinterest Challenge #19. Here is the Apron Strings Inspiration Photo:
Pinterest Challenge #19
Stampin’ Up! Glossy Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Peach Parfait Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Only Orange Textured Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Real Red Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
Stampin’ Up! Peach Parfait Ink
Stampin’ Up! Only Orange Ink
Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango Ink
Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink
Stampin’ Up! Lucky Limeade Ink
Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray Ink
Stampin’ Up! Extreme Surf
Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Banners
Stampin’ Up! Framelits Bitty Banners
Stampin’ Up! Sponges
Sizzix Texture fades Rays Embossing Folder
Nestabilities Circle Die for Masking
Painters Tape for Masking
Birds on a Branch
Today’s Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge IC347 is a neat Etsy jewelry store, BeautySpot. There are lots of interesting pieces for inspiration, but I was drawn to this Birds on a Branch ring:
Birds on a Branch ring
I love the graphic feel of the birds in silhouette on the turquoise background. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the birds and branch silhouette and Stampin’ Up! Pendant Park for the sentiment.
Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Pendant Park
Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Ink
Assorted Perching Birds Cut File
Branch & Flowers Cut File
I hve a fun technique for you today, the Splitcoaststampers Wednesday Tutorial – Distressed Watercolor Dry Embossing. This card was made for the Apron Strings Pinterest Challenge #17. Here is the challenge photo:
Pinterest Challenge #17
The colors reminded me of the beach, so I decided to use the Spellbinders Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities Folder because it gave me a good base for the Distressed Watercolor Dry Embossing Technique. I used the PSX Serenity Prayer stamp and added the shell accents with Crystal Effects.
Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Pool Party Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo Ink
Stream Distress Ink
Sailboat Distress Ink
Mustard Yellow Distress Ink
Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities Folder
Stampin’ Up! Clear Emboss Powder
PSX Serenity Prayer stamp
Nestabilities Deckle Rectangle Dies
Stampin’Up! Crystal Effects
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!
Soap Inspired Tropical Wreath
This is the card I made for today’s Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge IC344 ~ Indulgence by SV Soaps and yesterday’s Free for All Challenge F4A124 Wood You Like a Challenge?, to make a card with something related to wood. This was a fun card to make, but a little time consuming. I was inspired by the colors in this Island Nectar Soap and this Passionfruit Nectarine Soap. I used the Palm Frond stamp from Stampin’ Up! Tropical Party to create the wreath. I punched a small circle to use as a guide and layered the palm fronds stamped in Gumball Green. I the cut the center with a die a little bigger then the circle punch to clean up the edges and the outside with a die just larger than the wreath. I stamped shells from several Stampin’ Up! sets, Along the Shore, Stipple Shells and Calm Seas, and colored them with Stampin’ Up! Markers. I sprayed them with homemade glimmer spray I made using Stampin’ Up! Frost White paint. When that was dry, I added Crystal Effects and sprayed another coat of glimmer spray. While the shells were drying, I embossed a piece of Soft Suede with the Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder, sponged it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and mounted it on a Gumball Green card base. I attached the shells to the wreath with Crystal Effects and mounted on the background with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up Christmas Greetings in Calypso Coral, cut with a Nestabilities Banner die, sponged the edges and mounted to the card wih a little pouf in the middle. This card was a little too time consuming for mass production, but I might make a few more before Christmas.
It’s Saturday, time for another Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers! The inspiration site for today’s challenge IC343 is Denizmom’s Etsy Store, which sells Amigurumi patterns and dolls. For my inspiration piece, I chose this darling little frog. It reminded me of the little tree frog that lives in our front yard. Most days you can find him on the ceiling of our front porch. In the evening, I often see him on the palm frond outside my studio window.
I don’t have a frog stamp that I liked for this challenge, so I searched for tree frog coloring pages. When I found this one, I decided to combine this challenge with yesterday’s Splitcoaststampers Free for All Challenge F4A123 What a Load of Scrap! The challenge was to use paper scraps from your desk to create an interesting background. I gathered up all my green scraps and cut strips to represent the palm frond. I glued them to a scrap of cardstock and then used a ruler and Wild Wasabi marker to draw the lines. I colored my frog by first using a Real Red and Basic Black marker for the eye and Barely Banana for the belly. I then sponged Tangerine Tango on his toes and Lucky Limeade on the body. I meant to leave the belly Barely Banana, but got Lucky Limeade on it, so that was it for that idea. Next, I cut the frog out, covered it in VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing power. I stamped Hello from Stampin’ Up! Pendant Park in Tangerine Tango on a scrap of Whisper White. I used Old Olive and Tangerine Tango for the mats. I mounted the background on an Old Olive card base, added the sentiment and then mounted the frog with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals. I think he is cute, but not as cute as the inspiration froggy!