Monday, July 31, 2017

Five for All for The Paper Players

I have a favourite sentiment set for humour in the Annual Catalogue and it's called Five for All and I have been getting a great deal of use out of it since the catalogue came out, especially in the last two months when I've been doing Birthday Buffet classes. This is one of my favourites of all the sentiments in that set and I designed a card that made the sentiment the main focal point.

I'm using it for the latest Paper Players' Tic Tac Toe Challenge:

There are a couple of rows that would work for this challenge: The diagonal with die-cut, enamel dots and circle or the diagonal with birthday, enamel dots and blue.

  • I really love the colours in this card. I used Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky and Lemon Lime Twist and I think they are brilliant together - soft, but perky at the same time!
  • The background DSP is from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper set and it echoes some of these same colours, among others. I picked this one design for that reason.
  • It's been awhile since I used my Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, but they really work well being both the die-cuts and the circles for the TicTacToe. 
  • I discovered something that makes my life SOO much easier: Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. Before die-cutting my shapes, I took the cardstock and lifted the cover sheet and placed the cardstock on the sticky surface. I then closed the cover and applied some even pressure to transfer the adhesive to the cardstock. Leaving the bottom protective film in place, but removing the top sheet, I die cut the shapes with the Big Shot and it worked so well. Almost better, I thought, than with the cardstock alone. Then all I had to do was to remove the bottom protective film and voila! My die cut was now a sticker and I just had to stick it where I wanted it! No mess, no fuss and so easy to use! You've got to try it for your intricate die-cuts. You don't have to worry about sticky glue messes!
  • I inked up my sentiment stamp (LOL! I laugh every time I reread it!) using Stampin' Write Markers and stamped on Whisper White. Then we have more die-cuts, as I used the Stitched Shape Framelits to die-cut the sentiment and one of the Layering Square Framelits to back it.
  • Last touch was some Peekaboo Peach Enamel Shapes from the In Colour Collection which is now retired.

We had a great day yesterday! Our church had a get together at a local beach! The day was hot and sunny, the water was warm, our kayak was willing and the friends were fun!

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2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes
2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Polished Stone Technique for As You See It Challenges!

This Friday's As You See It Challenge #155 is all about what you do when your mojo has left you behind. How do you get you creative juices flowing again? It's a bit of a different challenge, in that it is a Fill In the Blank. You complete the sentence with a word or phrase that suits you, and then you make your project based on that word or phrase:

My answer to this is: When I lose my craft mojo, I: look for a new technique to learn!  And I did! Since we have our Glossy Cardstock back in the catalogue, I was looking for some techniques to use with it, since it's been soo long since we last carried it. All I could remember was the Shaving Cream technique. What I found was beautiful and easy: The Polished Stone Technique! Here's my card that features the Polished Stone Technique on Glossy White Cardstock:

  • The polished stone part is the background behind the stamped sentiment. It's subtle, in this case, but doesn't have to be. It's an easy technique and a great deal of fun to do.
  • I'm featuring this card and this technique in my August newsletter, and you will get a free step-by-step photo tutorial giving you the instructions on how to make this card, including the instructions for the Polished Stone Technique. In addition, my newsletter includes a video presentation on this same technique in the Stamp Tip of the Month section. I don't want to go into much detail here because of this.
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  • The stamp set used here is called Lots of Love. I really like the bold font which makes it the focal point of the card. It's a great one to use with this technique.
  • The Designer Series Paper in the background is called Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, and it fits right in with the Soft Sky in the card design. I used three colours of the 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon, Pool Party, Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz, and today's blog post is brought to you by the letter P!
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