Category Archives: Challenges

Okay, Last Christmas Card

I don’t intend to post any more Christmas cards this year, in fact I likely won’t post anything more this year. I’m going to take a few weeks off to get ready for Christmas and to prepare some projects for the upcoming Demos Galore in January.

The background on this card is sprayed with Frost White Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol but it’s really hard to get a photo of that sparkle.

I’m playing along with the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Supplies:
Bundles – Snowflake Wishes
Stamp Sets – Snowflake Wishes
Die Cutting & Embossing – So Many Snowflakes dies, Stitched Shapes dies, Winter Snow embossing folder
Punches – Triple Banner punch
Ink – Coastal Cabana stamp pad, Frost White Shimmer Paint
Paper – Coastal Cabana cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Snowflake Splendor designer series paper
Accents & Embellishments – Blue adhesive-backed gems
Coloring Tools – Stampin’ Spritzer
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue

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Faux Shaker Card

In early November I attended Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Online convention and one of the cards shown used this technique to create a faux shaker card. I’d never heard of this before and it’s a much easier way to make a shaker card. I may not include layered paper on the inside of the clear envelope next time but I was following a sketch.

To make the shaker: you place a piece of paper inside a clear envelope, add your sequins, fold over edges and seal the envelope. So easy!

I’m playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Snowflake Wishes
Die Cutting & Embossing – Stitched Nested Labels dies, Stitched Rectangles dies
Ink – Coastal Cabana stamp pad, Pacific Point stamp pad
Paper – Snowflake Splendor designer series paper, Pacific Point cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, clear envelopes
Accents & Embellishments – Snowflake Sequins
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tear & Tape

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Sending Warm Christmas Wishes

I pulled out a sketch to play with today because I’m once again not feeling very inspired. It’s not an uncommon feeling for me and I’m so grateful for sketches and patterned paper because they really help me to keep creating when I don’t necessarily feel like it.

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Rustic Retreat, Snowflake Wishes
Die Cutting & Embossing – Stitched Rectangles dies, Stitched Shapes dies, Winter Snow embossing folder
Ink – Seaside Spray stamp pad, Night of Navy stamp pad
Paper – Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper, Plush Poinsettia Specialty paper, Seaside Spray cardstock, Whisper White Thick cardstock
Accents & Embellishments – Blue Adhesive-backed gems
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Feels Like Frost Sketch

When I saw the latest sketch from The Paper Players, I thought it was perfect for the Feels Like Frost 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper.

I’m playing along with challenge PP514 from The Paper Players.

Supplies:
Bundles – Snowflake Wishes bundle
Stamp Sets – Snowflake Wishes
Die Cutting & Embossing – Winter Snow embossing folder
Ink – Seaside Spray stamp pad
Paper – Night of Navy cardstock, Seaside Spray cardstock, Whisper White cardstock. Feels Like Frost 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper
Accents & Embellishments – Adhesive-Backed Snowflakes
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Plaid Poinsettia Petals

I started with a black and white plaid paper from the Plaid Tidings 6″ x 6″ designer series paper and inked it with Real Red. I started with spraying a mixture of Real Red re-inker and rubbing alcohol on the paper but it didn’t get dark enough, so I used my make up brush to ink it.

I’m playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch #395.

Supplies:
Bundles – Poinsettia Petals bundle
Stamp Sets – Poinsettia Petals
Die Cutting & Embossing – Poinsettia dies, Layering Circles dies, Stitched Shapes dies, Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder
Ink – Real Red stamp pad
Paper – Plaid Tidings 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, Old Olive cardstock, Real Red cardstock, Whisper White Thick cardstock, Brushed Metallic cardstock
Accents & Embellishments – Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Poinsettia Petals Magic & Wonder

I embossed the red velvet paper for this background. It’s pretty but not as pretty as the poinsettias are when I use them to emboss the red velvet paper. I think I will save it for poinsettias. I still have some white flocked paper from last year that I should pull out and use for poinsettias, I bet that would be pretty too.

I’m playing along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge:

Supplies:
Bundles – Poinsettia Petals bundle
Stamp Sets – Poinsettia Petals
Die Cutting & Embossing – Poinsettia dies, Stitched Nested Labels dies, Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder
Punches – Triple Banner punch
Ink – Real Red stamp pad, Versamark
Paper – Real Red cardstock, Whisper White Thick cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Red Velvet paper, Brushed Metallic cardstock, Plush Poinsettia Specialty paper
Accents & Embellishments – Wonderful Gems
Coloring Tools – White embossing powder, sponge daubers
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick, Stamparatus, Heat tool
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Multipurpose liquid glue

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Congratulations Kristie!

I have two Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that signed up with me and one of them now has someone signed up under her! I’m so proud of you Kristie!

I wanted to use the Plaid Tidings 6″x6″ designer series paper to make these cards and I picked out a picked out a piece that looked somewhat Halloween-y to me.

For the first card for Kristie, I embossed the brushed metallic foil using the Old World embossing folder but I didn’t like it so I embossed it again with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder. On the second card for Bert, her new demonstrator, I decided not to emboss the brushed metal piece and use the Tasteful Textile embossing folder on the Pumpkin Pie label. (The “Happy Stampin'” comes from an old demonstrator only stamp set.)

I got the sketch from The Paper Players challenge blog:

Supplies:
Bundles – Plaid Tidings Suite
Stamp Sets – Itty Bitty Greetings, Best Decision Ever (demonstrator only)
Die Cutting & Embossing – Stitched Nested Labels dies, Old World Paper 3D embossing folder, Subtle 3D embossing folder, Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder
Punches – Classic label punch
Ink – Rich Razzleberry
Paper – Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Brushed Metallic Cardstock, Plaid Tidings designer series paper
Accents & Embellishments – Wonderful Gems, Black Glittered Organdy ribbon
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Poinsettia Petal

I’m making a card and I’m not using the Snowflake Splendor Suite! Can you believe it? 🙂

I recently purchased the Poinsettia Petals bundle and I wanted to play with it and the Red Velvet Paper because the embossing on the Red Velvet Paper is gorgeous. I didn’t get a great photo with the little die but I plan to use it with the large poinsettia dies for my card class to go next month.

To get the little poinsettia’s to curl up, I gently used my finger nail.

I’m playing along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge:

Supplies:
Bundles – Poinsettia Place Suite, Poinsettia Petals Bundle
Stamp Sets – Poinsettia Petals
Die Cutting & Embossing – Poinsettia dies, Stitched Nested Labels dies, Tin Tile Embossing folder
Ink – Real Red
Paper – Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper, Red Velvet Paper, Silver Foil, Real Red, Whisper White Thick
Accents & Embellishments – Wonderful Gems
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Take Your Pick, Specialty Plate, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Multipurpose liquid glue

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Snowflake Wishes with Pigment Sprinkles

The Pigment Sprinkles are on the Clearance Rack so I pulled mine out to play with.

I arranged all of the snowflake stamps from the Snowflake Wishes stamp set on my piece of watercolor paper and stamped them all at once with Versamark using my Stamparatus. I then embossed them with clear embossing powder. I sprinkled a few of the Bermuda Bay Pigment Sprinkles on the center of the watercolor paper, sprayed it with water, and blotted it with a paper towel. I love how the Pigment Sprinkles are made up of different colors that you can see on the edge of the paper and how the snowflakes don’t fully show up.

I got the sketch from Paper Craft Crew Challenges.

Supplies:
Bundles – Snowflake Splendor Suite, Snowflake Wishes Bundle
Stamp Sets – Snowflake Wishes
Die Cutting & Embossing – So Many Snowflakes dies, Stitched Shapes dies
Punches – Triple Banner punch
Ink – Bermuda Bay, Versamark
Paper – Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick, Balmy Blue Glimmer paper, Fluid 100 watercolor paper
Accents & Embellishments – Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems, Snowflake Splendor ribbon
Coloring Tools – Pigment Sprinkles, Stampin’ Spritzer, clear embossing powder
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Stamparatus, Take Your Pick, Heat tool, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tear & Tape

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Snowflake Wishes

Have you ever had an idea for a card but not like how it ends up. I kept going with this card but I’m still not sure I like it. I started with a sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and I wanted to make it landscape and a Spanner Panel Three Layer Card  because I thought it would work with the sketch… The die cut I used for the opening was a little wider than I was thinking so I had to back it with a window sheet to give it some stability. I’d also discovered that the Stitched Nested Label dies went with the label from the So Many Snowflakes dies that I wanted to use it too. *sigh* My front panel was die cut slightly crooked. Well, tell me what you think.

The snowflake label looks so cute cut out inside the Stitched Rectangle dies.

Supplies:
Bundles – Snowflake Splendor Suite, Snowflake Wishes
Stamp Sets – Snowflake Wishes
Die Cutting & Embossing – So Many Snowflakes dies Stitched Nested Labels dies, Stitched Rectangles dies
Ink – Highland Heather
Paper – Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Whisper White Thick, Window Sheets, Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper, Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper
Accents & Embellishments – Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Mini Glue Dots, Tear & Tape

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