Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Everyone for As You See It Challenges

 I seem to be doing a lot of beachy cards these days, especially for As You See It Challenges. This week the challenge is a colour swatch and these colours just represent the beach to me. Or maybe it's just because we've been having unseasonably warm temperatures lately. I've never had to put on the air conditioning in April before, but that's what I did yesterday, it was so toasty. Anyway, it definitely feels like beach weather, so that's where this card is coming from. Here's the As You See It Challenge banner for this week:

I love those soft colours and they do look perfect for a nursery, but all I could see was wood, sand, water, reeds and shore birds. Naturally, I dug out Wetlands stamp set, which I'm happy to say, will be sticking around for another year, and the Hardwood background stamp. I needed a sentiment and decided on Happy Birthday Everyone, as it would be just the right size. Happy Birthday Everyone is a Hostess set which means it will retire at the end of May. If you really like this one, you're going to either have to host a workshop, my house or yours, join my stamp club with your host month in May (I do have a May opening, by the way), or spend $200 to get Stampin' Rewards.

  • I stamped the reeds first in Soft Suede, then added the birds with the same ink. I stamped the sentiment in Soft Sky ink and then sponged a little of the same around the birds' feet as water.
  • The Hardwood background stamp can be tricky to stamp and get a good, straight and complete image. Here's a couple of tricks: First, line up your paper squarely on the grid paper and when you stamp, line up the edge of your block with one of the lines on the grid paper a little lower than the paper. Add extra pressure in the middle of the stamp to get full coverage.  Second, instead ink up the Hardwood stamp and lay it on your working surface rubber side up. Place your paper where you want it and then cover with scrap paper and roll evenly over the surface with a brayer, or your hands. Then remove the cardstock and you should have a good image.
  • The little snippet of trim in the top left corner is Natural Chevron Ribbon which will be retiring at the end of May as well, and this will also be the last month for the Silver Basic Metal buttons, one of which adorns this card.
So that's it! I wish I could show you the new catalogue, but as soon as I get to preorder in May and receive my first shipment, I will definitely start to highlight some of the many new products! Keep watching here for them!

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