Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Forever Blossoms for Mojo Monday and Global Design Project


I'm kind of excited to be joining two challenges today with just one card. The first challenge is one I used to play regularly and just sort of forgot about until now, but I love Julee Tilman's MOJO Monday sketches. She seems to have about 3 to choose from and lots of time to take part so this is the sketch I chose:



The second challenge I am playing is a theme challenge from the Global Design Project:

The theme is Spring/Easter. My design includes the Forever Blossoms stamp set from the Parisian Blossoms Suite and nothing says spring to me like cherry blossoms. I've used the Hold on to Hope sentiment from the Hold on to Hope stamp set in the Annual Catalogue. Easter always means a time of hope to me, and especially this year, as we hopefully see a light at the end of the tunnel with the Corona virus infection.

Here's my entry:

  • All the panels in the layout were backed with Basic Black cardstock. There's something really effective about a pastel coloured card with black accents.
  • All the Designer Series Paper in the card is from the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper. It's beautiful paper with champagne foil designs on one side and pastel graphics on the reverse side.
  • I stamped the sentiment on the circle. which was punched with the 2 1/2" Circle punch, which is a retired punch from Stampin' Up!. I added some of the individual blossom & leaf images, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Stampin' Blends to colour them.
  • I stamped the sprig of cherry blossoms in the same Memento Ink and coloured it all in using Stampin' Blends, then did some fancy fussy cutting, although I could have used the coordinating Cherry Blossom Dies and die cut it, and applied it to the card to wind around and embellish the sentiment. 
  • The last step was using the Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels to add a little bling.


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Monday, April 6, 2020

Timeless Tropical Birthday for Freshly Made Sketches



Is anyone else finding it hard to keep to a schedule during this quarantine? I find myself struggling a bit to focus on deadlines because there aren't as many of them. Nevertheless, I enjoyed working on this card yesterday, as an entry in Freshly Made Sketches latest challenge:


The sketch is a bit unusual but I immediately thought of the Timeless Tropical stamp set for the circles on the right and lots of texture for the divided background. Here's what ensued:



  • On the Mango Melody card base I used some of the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper that is part of the Tropical Oasis Suite in the Jan/Jun Mini Catalogue on page 39. I backed it with a slightly larger piece of Early Espresso.  Early Espresso - 5 1/4" x 4 ", DSP - 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
  • I added a 1 3/4" x 5 1/8" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock that had been embossed using the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder. I masked the join with some Braided Burlap Trim.
  • The large hibiscus flower was stamped in Grapefruit Grove ink and then coloured in using the Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Combo, the Mango Melody Combo and the Light Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends. The smaller plumeria flowers are stamped in Mango Melody, while the leaves are stamped in Old Olive.
  • The sentiment, which is from the same Timeless Tropical stamp set is stamped in Early Espresso.
  • The flowers and leaves were die cut using the In the Tropics dies which coordinate with the stamp set.
  • One of the Tropical Oasis Trinkets adorns the bottom of the trim.

                        
              

I just don't think Paper Pumpkin could have had a better theme for April than this. Given the way families are separated, what better way is there to let your extended family know you love them and are thinking of them during this global crisis! You will need to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by April 10 in order to get this particular kit.
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Friday, April 3, 2020

Leave a Little Sparkle for Easter


I'm working on Easter card for my 6 grandkids right now. As I've maybe told you before, I don't have stamp sets right now with Easter images so I either have to do some punch art or pick some images that each child will like and turn it into an Easter card.

I started with my two granddaughters, who are 5 and 3 years old. They both like My Little Ponies so I thought I would get out my Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set for them and colour the images up with pinks, purples and blues. I have an Easter greeting from my Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, so that will turn them into Easter cards.



  • I stamped the images and sentiments in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then used my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers to colour them. The colour combos I used were Dark and Light Pool Party, Dark and Light Highland Heather, and Dark and Light Flirty Flamingo.
  • Using the Pool Party Combo on the horses' bodies just for shading gives the appearance of a white horse.
  • I used the Dark marker at the roots of the mane and tail and blended it out with the Light marker towards the ends.
  • Wink of Stella on the flourishes, mane, tails and horn gives a magical feel to the image. I don't know if you can see it on the following photo. Wink of Stella is notoriously hard to photo.


                                        
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I often think of my readers during this pandemic lock down around the world and wonder how they are all doing. It seems that we all have something else in common now besides crafting. Leave a comment below and let me know how you are passing the time. Are you an essential worker, braving the virus to help the rest of us? I want to salute you for your courage! Are you doing your part by staying inside and not making things worse for the essential workers? How are you managing to fill your time? What have your challenges been? Let me know.




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