Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Birds & Blooms Thinlits Birthday Card

Yesterday, I was able to play around with two things I've been wanting to use for a while. One was the the Birds & Blooms Thinlits that I've had for an age, but never used. Maybe that's because I thought I needed the coordinating stamp set, Best Birds, in order to use it, and I haven't ordered that one yet. Whatever the reason, I finally got that die set out and took it for a spin. The other thing that I've been dying to use is this beautiful pattern from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper, which is rapidly becoming my favourite from the Annual Catalogue! I took the palette of the whole card from this design, using Pool Party, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede.

  • I enjoyed creating the bird, by die cutting two, one in Pool Party and one in Soft Suede and saving all the little bits of Soft Suede to embed back in the Pool Party bird. I traced around the outside of the die on some Powder Pink cardstock and hand cut it out inside the line and glued the blue die cut bird on top so that the Powder Pink would show through the speckles on the bird's breast. I covered the Powder Pink layer with Fast Fuse except where the pink would show through and glued the blue layer on top. Then, there was sticky underneath when I went to embed the Soft Suede lines in the wings, tail and head.
  • The branch was created by die cutting it in Soft Suede and Pear Pizzazz and hand trimming the leaves from the Pear Pizzazz copy to add to the Soft Suede branch.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Pool Party. It's from Birthday Blossoms.
  • This is from the inside of the card! I used the same idea, only I used the bird I had die cut in Soft Suede and die cut another in Powder Pink for the lines in the wing. I only added enough Fast Fuse to cover the part of the body that would be covered by the wings.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Thinlits for Freshly Made Sketches

I'm working on coming up with 8 designs for my upcoming Birthday Buffet class. The designs cannot be too difficult as the participants will be making between 6 and 16 cards during the 3 hour time frame. I saw the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for this week and thought it would make the basis for a great simple but effective card.

I love how dramatic the black DSP is from Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper, so I figured with a bold sentiment and a small bow or flower at the bottom corner, I could create something eye-catching that would also be a draw to get more people out to class.

  • I wanted a standard sized card instead of a square one, so I just made a regular 51/2" x 4 1/4" card base with a landscape orientation.
  • The awesome part of this is the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets from the Annual Catalogue! I simply laid my half sheet of Pool Party cardstock in between the layers of the Adhesive Sheets, removed the top film and die cut the bold Happy Birthday sentiment using the Big Shot, and when I removed the die cut from the Big Shot - Voila! It was a sticker. All I had to to was remove the back film and stick it on to the DSP! No gluey mess! You've got to try them!
  • I then just used the new Pool Party 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon to add bow to the bottom right. I stamped a flower image from the Lots of Love Stamp Set in Peekaboo Peach, using a sponge dauber to add some Tangerine Tango to the edges and the middle of it and Pear Pizzazz to stamp some leaves from the same stamp set. I then fussy cut the flower and leaves together and used a Stampin' Dimensional to add it to the project! A Subtle Enamel Dot forms the center of the flower.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

By the Sea for The Paper Players

When I saw the The Paper Players had a Summer Fun in the Water challenge this week, I couldn't resist! I know you must be getting tired of seascapes but I'm pretty addicted, I'm afraid and I had another reason - I wanted to try another technique with Embossing Paste - adding sand to it, and this was the perfect opportunity.

Here's The Paper Players' Challenge #353 banner:

Isn't that appealing? I love the beach and so happy that we got our kayak this year to get us there more often. But enough of that. Here's my card:

  • The first thing I noticed was that my sponged horizon was crooked. I don't know about you, but I have the worst time with ovals and keeping them straight. They look good to me at the time, but as soon as I see them from a distance or in the photo, I realize that they were crooked. I'm sure it's a genetic eye or brain condition called Ovalitis Nonparallelectoplasm. Does anyone else suffer from that??
  • I used some Post-It Notes tape to tape off the sand and the water when I was sponging them and a reverse oval mask for the whole shape. The sand area was sponged in Sahara Sand. (I managed to overcome my disability for that part somehow!) The sea was sponged in Soft Sky and stamped with the wave stamp from High Tide in Bermuda Bay. The sky was sponged in Soft Sky very lightly with a light touch of Flirty Flamingo to echo the background panels.
  • Then it was time to play with the Embossing Paste. I mixed up a little and coloured it with Sahara Sand ink. I used 1 drop of the refill, but off to one side so I could pull in as much colour as I wanted, and I did not use it all. Then I added maybe a teaspoon full of decorative sand and mixed it well. With the mask still in place, I spread it over the sand area. 
  • Due to the sand mixed in with the Embossing Paste, it went on fairly thick, but I was amazed at how fast it dried even then. I did help it along a bit with the Heat Tool. It definitely creates a 3D effect. I stamped some grass bunches in Always Artichoke on the edge.
  • The starfish and scallop shell are from Seaside Shore, stamped and cut out by hand, and the lighthouse is a two step stamping image from High Tide. Neither have matching framelits and must be fussy cut. The sentiment is from So Many Shells, and you will have guessed that it's one of my favourites!
It's Friday, woo hoo! so have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beach yourself! Maybe we'll get time for a paddle in our kayak!

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