Friday, October 31, 2014

Fall Fest and Motley Monsters for As You See It Challenges

Happy Halloween! I hope you will be able to enjoy the day in costume and will not eat too many mini chocolate bars! They seem harmless due to their small size, but they do add up! I dug out my Fall Fest Stamp set and Fun Fall Framelits one last time for As You See It Challenges #060! Here's Amanda's cute sketch:

As I thought about how I was going to work with it, I kept thinking about that old Halloween classic, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!", mostly because of the design of the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper. Remember this:

  • When in doubt about a colour scheme, I use the palette of the Designer Series Paper I'm using. You can see one of the designs from Motley Monsters in the background. I used Whisper White, Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay for this one.
  • The Pumpkin images are from the Fall Fest stamp set and they are die cut with the Fun Fall Framelits. The faces on the jack-o'lanterns are stamped separately, but because Fall Fest is a photopolymer stamp set, it is so easy to position them exactly where you want them.
  • The label shape is die cut from Sahara Sand cardstock using the Labels Collection Framelits and then embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder.
  • It's hard to see, but I did scallop the edge of the Crushed Curry cardstock using the Large Scallop edgelit. In retrospect, I think I should have used the Scallop Edge Border punch to make it more noticeable.
  • The sentiment is from Good Greetings and today is the last day that you can earn this amazing set by hosting a qualifying workshop. I stamped it on a bit of DSP from the Motley Monsters collection and punched it out with the Word Window punch. It is backed with some Bermuda Bay cardstock punched out with the Modern Label punch.
Enjoy your day and your weekend! Back again on Monday, after spending the weekend at the Stampin' Up! Fall Regional conference in Abbotsford.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

I really did have some fun on the Creative Escape Papercrafting retreat last weekend.  This card THat I made there took quite a while to figure out but it was well worth the time and effort!  It is composed of images from Get Your Santa On stamp set.  And, of course, my Blendies were needed to complete the colouring.

We have a gas fireplace and it never occurred to my girls when they were little to question how Santa got down the chimney.  That was before Youtube, but thanks to a video I found there, that question has been answered once and for all:


I hope that clears up any questions you may have!  I know I suspected something like that.  Let's see if my card conveys the process correctly:

  • My colours are Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Smoky Slate and Old Olive.  There is a little Daffodil Delight thrown in on the candle flames.
  • I used the Hardwood background stamp on the Smoky Slate to create the wall panelling that blends with the Smoky Slate Assortment of Blendabilities that was used to colour in the fire place. 
  • The Get Your Santa On stamp set provided the rest of the images except for the arrows which came from Geometrical.
  • I love the look of the shiny Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon.  I tied a straight bow and it breaks up the gray background with some elegant colour.  The sentiment is also from Get Your Santa On and I flagged the ends of the Whisper White cardstock it is stamped on.
  • The really tricky part is how to make the Santa go up and down the chimney.  I coloured both Santa and his boots with my Blendies and then cut right across at the bottom of his jacket.  I measured where each part of Santa should go on a narrow 1-1/2" strip of Whisper White and adhered them.  Then I created a Stampin' Dimensional "channel" for the paper strip to move in and inserted the paper in it after cutting out Santa's boots that were already in the fireplace.
  • The top of the dimensional channel had to be wider due to Santa's outstretched arms.
  • I added some dimensionals also to the rest of the Smoky Slate piece and stuck it on the Basic Black panel and it was easy to move the strip of paper up and down.  I also put some dimensionals across the bottom where I wanted the strip of paper to stop.
  • I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to give some shape to the top of the paper strip.
  • This would make a fun card for a child at Christmas.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Country Christmas

I absolutely love plaid and so I was dying to use the red and white plaid from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack from the Holiday Catalogue. On the Creative Escape Retreat last weekend, I finally got it out and started to play with some designs.  With the plaid and the doily and the woodgrain stamp on the triangle trees, this definitely looked like a Country Christmas card.

I was always fascinated by Scottish culture and lore. When I was a young teen, my parents took me to a live performance of the musical, Brigadoon and that was it! I was hooked. I constantly dreamed of having Scottish heritage and living in the highlands with the bagpipes swirling and the mists rising from the heather and wearing my clan's tartans.  The closest I got was marrying my hubby, who has Scottish descendents and I married into the Cooper clan with their own tartan.

Here's a closer look at my card:

  • I used the stamp set, Bright and Beautiful, for the star image and stamped it in Sahara Sand ink, stamped off once. This makes the image light enough so that the sentiment, from Get Your Santa On, can be stamped in Real Red to match the tartan. The Star Framelits die cut it for a sharp clean line.
  • The triangle trees were stamped with the hardwood chevron image from Truly Grateful and punched out with the Triangle Punch. The front one is popped up on dimensionals.
  • The beautiful ribbon is Whisper White Satin Ribbon, a beautifully smooth and shiny fabric that looks so classy on any card. You can also get it in Gold, Silver and Very Vanilla.
  • The sequins are pulled off the Gold Sequin Trim and glued on with a tiny drop of Tombow Multipurpose glue.
  • The card base is Sahara Sand cardstock.
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