Friday, November 16, 2018

Tropical Chic Quadriptych for As You See It Challenge #189!

What a whirlwind week! It's already Friday and I'm just catching my breath now. I got home from Orlando on Monday morning after a day and a half of travel, dead tired and sick, but I had to get right to work on my Technique night classes and my Dashing Deer Discovery Night. I thought my laryngitis was improving but last night it felt like someone was grabbing me by the throat in a vice grip! So uncomfortable! Still, I had to get the posts up for As You See It Challenge #189 both here and on the Challenge website, so it was another late night for me.

The challenge banner this week features a sketch containing four panels in the background. I learned that a piece of art divided into 3 panels is called a triptych and one divided into four is a quadriptych or a tetraptych. The name of this weeks' challenge is, appropriately, Quadriptych. Here's the sketch:

And I envisioned some emboss resist for the four panels instead of using DSP. After being in semi-tropical Orlando for the previous week, I got out the Tropical Chic Stamp Set and here's what ensued:

  • The leaves are embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and then the 4 colours sponged over them are Blushing Bride, Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce.
  • I kept the boundaries between them sharp by using strips of washy tape to protect the edges and make sure that they are straight.
  • The background DSP is from the Tropical Escape 6" x 6 " Designer Series Paper on a Shaded Spruce card base.
  • The label is die cut from Whisper White using the Stitched Labels Framelits and then stamped with images and sentiments from the Tropical Chic Stamp Set. It's mounted using Stampin' Dimensionals. 
Pop on over to the As You See It Challenge Website and see what the other Design Team Members did with the same sketch. Play along with us if you can over the weekend! I'd love to chat longer, but I was seriously exhausted and really needed SLEEEEP!! 

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Alpine Sports Let It Snow!

Back home now from OnStage Orlando 2018, I'm struggling to catch up with sleep, work and health as I battle a bout of laryngitis, hoping to recover in time for my first classes today and tomorrow. While my classes are highlighting the Snowflake Showcase products, which are only available until the end of November, I decided to let my card today feature the Alpine Sports Thinlits which I love, but which just haven't gotten the use they deserve until now.

Here's my take on this set of dies, with a little help from the coordinating Alpine Adventure stamp set and the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper:

  • I wanted a card with warmth despite the cold needed for the sports it portrays. The Soft Suede cardstock and the Cherry Cobbler plaid paper provide the warmth and even though the Gray Granite is a gray, it's a form of Taupe which has warm tones to it as well.
  • I like the look of the rustic wood panels against the red plaid for constrast without loosing the warmth of the overall look of the card. It also provides a plainer background against which the die cuts would not be lost like they would against the busier look of the plaid.
  • The sentiment is from the Alpine Adventures stamp set and is die cut with a framelit from the die set. Loops of linen thread behind it before mounting it with Mini Dimensionals add some interest and contrast.
  • The holly leaves come in two pairs meant to be layered over each other, but I liked the look of them the way I have them. Rhinestone jewels coloured with the dark shade of Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends are a reasonable facsimile of holly berries.

Don't forget that these products from the Snowflake Showcase are only available until Nov. 30 or until supplies last, so don't wait too long to get them!! They are a truly beautiful set, and a must have even if you aleady have great snow stamps and dies.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Stampin' Up!'s 30th Birthday Onstage is Over!

Another OnStage Live is over and done and I cannot believe it is finished so soon!! Stampin' Up! certainly treated us very well in the time we were in Orlando, Florida! Here is a photo survey of the adventure:

Here is our Kaleidoscope Stampers team in a photo opportunity on the stage after presentations were over one day!

On Wednesday, those of us who were Silver Elite and above were able to attend CenterStage at Epcot Center!

Desiree and I joining Sarah and Tara on part of their quest to do 4 Parks in 1 Day at DISNEYWORLD! They made it by the way!

Here's all the loot we got for free from SU:

It includes 1 Onstage reversible canvas bag, 1 zippered collapsible shopping bag, 1 soft sided zippered tool case with the 30th birthday designs, 5 free stamp sets, 1 engraved bonefolder, 1 pack of 6 x 6 gingham DSP, pens 4 make and takes and assorted odds and ends.

We also had a team card swap and these are some of the beautiful cards I received from the others:

Created by Desiree Spenst, our team leader!

Made by Susanne Netz of SuNN Stampin'

Crafted by Xenia Stanford

Made by Terry Hamilton

Created by Tara Angus of Dream Big. Create Often.

Made by Sarah Nabor of Sarah Loves to Stamp.

Created by Amy Jasper of Inking on the Fly.

I hope you enjoyed this little snap shot of this year's Onstage 
Live event! There's lots more to tell, but I'll fill in the details when I get home! TTFN!