Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Birthday Buffet Options

Oops! I was so absorbed, getting my samples completed and posted for my Birthday Buffet class coming up this Saturday, that I completely forgot to do a post for today! Oh, well, better late than never, I suppose.

I thought I would just let you in on all the 8 designs I came up with for the class. I'm asking the participants to let me know ahead of time how many of each they will be wanting to make so I have some idea of how many to prepare.

I wanted a variety of cards to meet everyone's needs and they had to be simple so they wouldn't need a lot of demonstration and wouldn't take a lot of time to do. Participants have only 3 hours to complete from 6 to 16 cards, depending on how many they want to do.

Here are the designs:

This is a juvenile design, but would be fun for anyone. It features the Cool Treats stamp set and some retired Designer Series Paper Stacks I would like to use up a bit more of! It's a bright and cheery design!

This is the other juvenile design, based on the new Birthday Delivery Suite and featuring images die cut  from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper with the Birthday Friends Framelits. Easy to make, but fun to look at.

Collage stamped with the Oh, So Eclectic stamp set and a sentiment from Birthday Blossoms, this lovely feminine design will have universal appeal.

With an image from Big on Birthdays, and a background embossed with the new Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder, this is the second feminine design.

Going nautical is always a great idea for a masculine card and with the bold sentiment from Big on Birthdays in Night of Navy as a focal point, it creates a great card for any guy.

Most guys like motorcycles, even if it's just the idea of them. One Wild Ride, along with the new Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing folder creates a great masculine card.

Like a little humour in your cards? Here's one for anyone getting a little older, but who can take a joke about it! If you can't laugh at life, why bother, eh? This one uses a great little sentiment set called Five for All and the At Home with You bundle for the opening door. There's also a little secret message inside the opening door, courtesy of Teeny Tiny Wishes!

A generic card that would be great for a crafter, a young adult or anyone really, this card is a marriage between the Crafting Forever stamp set and the Painter's Palette stamp set - a new set with an old one, with some Naturally Eclectic DSP in behind!

Hope you enjoyed this little peek and if you're in the area, sign up for this class!

Monday, June 19, 2017

This Little Piggy for Freshly Made Sketches

Two things I love today: The sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and This Little Piggy stamp set!
First, the sketch is so cool and unique. Check it out:

Way to go FMS, for coming up with fresh, new ideas all the time! I think this one was designed by Cecile! I took it pretty literally, because I liked it so much! I didn't want to mess around with something that works so well. Besides, I'm working on some Quick and Cute designs for a class this week and this seemed like the perfect fit.

  • Secondly, the This Little Piggy stamp set has been a favourite of mine since I first laid eyes on it in early April, and I've been dying to ink it up since then. Would you believe this has been my first opportunity?

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Friday, June 16, 2017

So Many Shells for As You See It Challenges

Well, there is a lot of exciting news happening today, especially if you go on over to our challenge blog: As You See It Challenges! Not only is there a new challenge up this morning, but we have also gained a couple of new, but well-known faces on our design team. Pop over to check them out!!

Our new challenge is based on circles and there were several routes I could have taken with this sketch. Here it is:

Because I love anything beachy (my house is decorated coastal style) and two-step stamping, I was dying to ink up my new stamp set, So Many Shells! And, I ended up sponging the circle instead of layering it with reverse masking. (Although I did layer the shells.) Here's a closer look:

  • Using a piece of cardstock cut to the same dimensions as the the Whisper White front panel, I die cut a hole in it, in the location I wanted the focal point to be, using the Layering Circles Framelits. I placed it over the Whisper White panel and used a strip of washi tape to create a line for the break between the sand and the water. I sponged the sand with Sahara Sand in the middle and Crumb Cake around the outside edges. I used one of the sand texture stamps from High Tide to create a little more texture on the sand, but the shells mostly cover that up. 
  • I moved the washi tape a bit higher to create a straight line for the horizon between the water and the sky. I sponged in the water - Pool Party in the middle with Bermuda Bay at the edges. I added some wave texture from another High Tide stamp.
  • I removed the washi tape completely and just sponged in the sky with Pool Party at the horizon and Bermuda Bay around the edges.
  • I love the shells from So Many Shells and the two step stamping process that makes them so realistic. The trick to stamping them successfully is to stamp the more detailed stamp with the darker colour ink first. 
  • I wanted the clam shell to have a mostly white look to it, but I also wanted the lines and the textures stamped.  I first stamped the less detailed background in Peekaboo Peach and then dried it completely and stamped the details in Versamark and added White Stampin Emboss Powder and heat set it. You can see the result above.
  • The Miracles Happen sentiment doesn't normally curve like that but that's the beauty of photopolymer stamps. The top curved sentiment was replaced by the flying gulls from High Tide. Don't you love the Seas the Day sentiment, also from So Many Shells?

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I still need one or two more people to participate in the Ribbon Shares in order to go ahead with them. Please click on this link to learn more and sign up, but I would like to have Sunday, June18 as the deadline! Please fill out the form and submit it online before then or contact me with questions.

Have a great weekend!!

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