Friday, October 20, 2017

Let's Get Spooky with Graveyard Gate Bundle for As You See It Challenge

Probably once or twice a year, I give a nod to Halloween and go all out with a scary card, and since As You See It Challenge has a Scary Theme Challenge out today, and since I'm on the Design Team, I thought that this would be the best time to go big and pull out my Graveyard Gate Bundle! Take a look at the As You See It Challenge Banner for this week:

And, it just so happens that my friends over at The Paper Players are also have a SPOOKY theme challenge this week:

Now, theirs is a Clean and Simple challenge, which my card definitely isn't, so I don't know if I qualify, but what the heck! 

Take a really close look at this card because there are so many details inside it that it will take a lot of looking to see everything:

  • This happens to be a reverse Center Step card, where you step the center panel, not the outside edges. I wanted to create depth for the graveyard in front of which to put the gate.  To accomplish that I cut a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock down both long sides 3/4" from the edge from 1" to 7 1/2".  Then I scored across all pieces at 4 1/4" and just across the center panel at 1", 2", 3 1/2", (already scored at 4 1/4"), 5", 6 1/2", and 7 1/2". Fold those in mountain/valley folds consecutively all along. This gives you some steps to add the gravestones and backdrop to. On the back step, adhere a 4" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock to serve as the backdrop.

  • I sponged a piece of 4" x 4" Whisper White cardstock, masking a circle to create the moon and using Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and Basic Gray ink to do the sponging. After I removed the mask, I added some Lemon Lime Twist to the Moon and used a straight edged mask to make a couple of sponged wisps of clouds with Basic Gray. I stamped on some bats from the Graveyard Gate stamp set using Basic Black ink and created some branches from the sprigs from the Everyday Jars Framelits. I just trimmed away parts of the nice rounded buds to make them more jagged and added them to the back drop.
  • I stamped several of the different gravestones on Basic Gray cardstock and fussy cut them to add to them to the steps in the center of the card.
  • I stamped the brick pillars in Basic Gray on Whisper White and fussy cut them. They are too short for the gate so I stamped two for each side and overlapped them to make them the right size.
  • Using the Precision Base Plate with my Big Shot, I die cut the Detailed Gate Thinlit from Basic Black cardstock and glued it on each side of the card so the gate spanned the front of the card. I die cut the lock and key from Silver Foil Sheet and added it to the gate.

And that's all for this week, folks! Enjoy your weekend!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

We Have a Date for Stampin' Blends

You can "Colour Me Happy" because we just got the word yesterday from Stampin' Up! that our customers will be able to order the new Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers starting Nov. 1!! That is exciting news. I knew they were going to be released soon, but I didn't think it was going to be that soon! I hope you are as excited as I am, and if you're not, I hope you will be by the time you get to the end of this post!

Why are Stampin' Blends so terrific? Because you get spectacular results when you colour in line images that you stamp! They make you look like such an artist! They blend seamlessly together with no "brush strokes", so to speak! You can use them on plain Whisper White cardstock instead of needing watercolour paper or Shimmery White cardstock. You can see a couple of samples that I've posted here.

But, today I wanted to let Stampin' Up! themselves tell you more about the new Stampin' Blends with a couple of videos:


And here is a video that describes the features and benefits of Stampin' Blends:


And if you haven't used alcohol markers before, here is a video that shows you the basics of how to blend:


Okay, now you're already to order your Stampin' Blends when they come out on Nov. 1! I'll be doing some more samples before then, and perhaps my own video so stay tuned.

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Have a Quilted Christmas!

The Christmas Quilt Bundle was almost one that I didn't get this time around, but I'm glad that I changed my mind. The quilting images just didn't appeal that much to me, though I know that I have customers who are also quilters. But I started to see some really cute Christmas cards turning up all over the internet made with this set, and I reevaluated my original decision. I came up with this design after finding a piece of Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper that I really liked and needing another design for a Christmas Card Buffet class, using a set that I hadn't already used.

  • Don't you love the embroidered look of the sweet sentiment? I feel like you could just extend the tail of the s a bit and add a needle, to complete the effect.
  • The Whisper White panel has been embroidered using the Quilt Top Embossing Folder. It's such a great design - so authentic looking!
  • The layer under the trees is that piece of Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" DSP I was telling you about. I love the combination of colours and textures in it.
  • I used the Quilt Builder Framelits to die cut the three trees, their pots and stars as well as add the stitching detail in the trees themselves.
  • This card is easy to make and assemble. There is very little stamping involved and it would be a good design for mass producing your own Christmas greetings this year!
While we're talking DSP, don't forget the sale on selected packages right now - by 3 and get 1 free:

I will be putting in an order this week, so let me know quickly if you want in! You can call or text me at 250-768-7379.

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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