Friday, October 21, 2016

'Tis the Season to be Sparkly for Freshly Made Sketches

I'm never happy unless I can get some sparkle into the holiday season so I was glad to finally order some products in the Fancy Frost Suite from the Holiday Catalogue. I think they were intended for New Years, but I can see them being used in a variety of celebrations year round so I didn't mind investing in them. I used one of the Suite's colours - Sweet Sugarplum and matched it with a festive silver to get all the sparkle I could out of this one. I used the It's a Celebration stamp set, the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper and the 3/8" Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack. Woohoo!

The sketch from Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #259 worked perfectly with what I had in mind:

So let's get our glitter on:

  • I've always wanted a fireworks stamp set and the It's a Celebration set is just that, with different sized starbursts. Alternatively, it has a sparkler handle and could also be a sparkler on a cake or just on its own. For this card, I embossed several starbursts in Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder and then stamped some starbursts over them in Sweet Sugarplum and Pink Pirouette.
  • I used the Layering Circles Framelits to die cut the sized circle I wanted to properly fit the card, with a backing of Sweet Sugarplum to frame it.
  • The background DSP is the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is dry embossed already in 6 different designs and you can add any colour you like in many different ways. I used a very light touch with a brayer, and I do mean light! I used Pink Pirouette Ink and got the best results when I fastened the paper with temporary adhesive to my work surface and then lightly rolled the brayed over it evenly. By not having to press at all to keep the paper in place, I was able to avoid places where I got too much ink on the page trying to get the traction to start without the paper moving.
  • Silver Glimmer Paper and the Sweet Sugarplum Glitter Ribbon form the background for the main image. A few sequins in Sweet Sugarplum and Silver add a finishing touch.
Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Polar Express Quick and Easy

As a teacher, I loved reading to my students, and I especially loved it around Christmas time because Christmas stories are all so special and touching. One of my favourites to read was The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. It's the magical story of a young boy just starting to question his belief in Santa Claus. He gets picked up Christmas Eve by the Polar Express for a ride to the North Pole to see Santa and to be the symbolic recipient of the First Wish of Christmas!  His first wish is to have one of the sleigh bells on Santa's sleigh!

As soon as I saw the stamp set Christmas Magic in the Holiday catalogue, it reminded me of this story with the steam engine and the North Pole sign and the Sleigh Bell. I needed a sample for an up-coming Christmas Stamper's Dozen, which had to be relatively quick and easy to complete, so I reached for this set and came up with this design:

  •  I stamped the engine and the bell (and sentiment) in Basic Black Archival Ink on Whisper White, then used Stampin' Write Markers in Real Red, Old Olive and Smoky Slate to add little touched of colour, just to give a hint, not to colour in completely. You can't tell from the photo, but I also added quite a heavy coat of clear Wink of Stella on the bell as a quick way of giving it some extra sparkle and shine without taking up too much time.
  • I used the Layering Squares and Layering Circle Framelits to die cut the train and the whistle images and to provide frames for them. I am so glad I went ahead and purchased all those sets! I have used them constantly.
  • The striped paper is from the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, one of the sets that is part of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Promotion on from now until the end of October with Stampin' Up! Take advantage of that today!
  • I used the Banners Framelits to die cut the sentiment and its two banner backgrounds. It's been awhile so it was good to air them out and let them see the light of day again.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Steampunk Leaflets for The Paper Players

I get the urge to do some steampunk work at the oddest times. Like for a clean-and-simple challenge such as the one over at The Paper Players this week. Everyone knows that Steampunk is the antithesis of Clean-and-Simple, right? Nevertheless, I had a hankering to play with gears and copper and I had this vision of adding them to a maple leaf for some reason. So, keeping in mind that this might be the first step in a long slide toward a complete breakdown, I kind of like how it turned out. You could let me know what you think, to reassure me that I'm still somewhat in control or to send me on a quest for help!

Here's the Challenge banner from The Paper Players:

All the leaves around my house are getting very coppery, and will all be on the ground very soon! I'm thinking we are all wishing they had wheels and gears and could clean themselves up to save us from raking! Take a closer look at my invention here:

  • There is a lot of Copper Foil Sheet in this card and it just happens to be backordered right now, but there should be another shipment of it coming in today, so if you want to try something like this, you're in luck! I die cut the maple leaf from it using the Leaflet Framelits and the gears were die cut using a memory box die I've had for a while called Deluxe Gear Set.
  • I also stamped a coordinating maple leaf using the Vintage Leaves stamp set in Versamark Ink and embossed it using Copper Embossing Powder, which happens to be in low inventory right now so should be ordered right away if you need it. I used the same Leaflet Framelits to die cut it, and tucked it behind the Copper Foil leaf, just offset a little. This was added to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals after adding the largest of the gears with a glue dot.
  • The other gears were added as shown in the photo above using glue dots or dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is from the Wetlands stamp set, stamped in Cajun Craze ink.
So what do you think? Does it work? Can you have a steampunk, clean-and-simple leaf?

Don't forget: You have until Oct. 31 to take advantage of the Buy 3, get 1 package of Designer Series Paper promotion!

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Also memory box Deluxe Gear Die Set