Friday, February 27, 2015

Floral Fiesta for As You See It Challenges

It's Friday! You made it through another week! Give yourself a pat on the back. And that means that it is time for another challenge from As You See It Challenges. This week, it is a sketch challenge that is quite unique again. I had a lot of fun with it, using all sorts of flower images to create a Floral Fiesta!

  • When I saw the dark border on the right of the diagram, I immediately thought of a floral pattern, hand-trimmed and mounted on dark cardstock, so that you could see the individual shapes of the edge flowers.  It took me a couple of panels of this Park Lane DSP to get one with the fancy edges in a place that wouldn't be covered by the banners. I mounted it on Basic Black cardstock for the contrast and also because I love the Old Olive/Basic Black colour palette.
  • As I searched for a shape like a wreath for the top panel, I came across an old set that I actually haven't used much lately.  It's Daydream Medallions and I used the middle-sized one and stamped it in Old Olive ink, then used the the Floral Frames Framelits, which coordinate, to die cut it as well as a Circle Collection Framelit to cut out the middle.
  • I used the Flower Shop Stamp Set to stamp the large flowers and the Petite Petals set to stamp the smaller ones and I punched them out with the Pansy Punch and the Petite Petals Punch respectively. They are mounted on the card front using dimensionals to create vertical dimension, after curling the petals upwards using my Bone Folder.
  • The sentiment is from the Flower Patch Photopolymer Stamp set and it makes a great greeting considering all flowers in this card.
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Enjoy your weekend! Get a little crafting time for yourself and I'll see you again on Monday!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Back from Zihuatanejo with February's Paper Pumpkin and Alternatives

Well, I am back home again after a wonderful vacation in Zihuatanejo, Mexico! It was probably one of my all time most relaxing weeks ever and I have come back really refreshed and looking forward to sharing more papercrafting projects with you, including today's projects brought to you by February's Paper Pumpkin.  Thanks for sticking with me after a quiet couple of weeks.  

Here are some photos of my wonderful week in Mexico:

Downtown Zihuatanejo

Our Club Intrawest Resort

Me and the hubby on the beach

Looking down on the pool area.

Another view of downtown Zihua!
Here's what awaited me on my return home:

So I decided that my project to share with you would be February's Paper Pumpkin and my variations on it.

This is the project as Stampin' Up! intended, and it was easy to complete using the handy directions in the box:

The kit comes with the kraft envelopes that you assemble yourself!

I decided to try and do a different theme besides "Thank You", so I chose birthdays:

  • For this design, I added Retro Fresh washi tape for a bottom border and got out the Sale-A-Bration Stamp set called Big Day for the birthday images and sentiments.  I used the same colour scheme of Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Tangerine Tango.
  • By the way, the H is for Happy Birthday and the I is for ice cream.  I made the I from one the the Ts by cutting off the edges. I was pushing it, I know.  I was trying to come up with birthday words using the felted letters from the kit, which are all the letters in the word 'THANKS'. I was drawing blanks, big time!  What words can you come up with using those letters? I decided I would just used single letters that would have some significance, however slight, hence the H and I.
Here's the final design I came up with last night:
This one is a wedding card design, with the additions of Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper, the Something Borrowed Embellishments, and Your Perfect Day stamp set. I used Sahara Sand and Pool Party for the simple colour palette.

Here is the envelope I designed for this card:

This uses the paper doilies and Pearls from the Artisan Embellishments Kits, and some Sahara Sand Lace Trim.
Now, I want to let you know that buying a 3 month prepaid subscription to Paper Pumpkin, which is 
on sale right now for $68.85, will not only get you the delight of creating some great papercrafting projects for the next 3 months, it will be enough to earn you a Sale-A-Bration reward as well. You can order this through me.


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