Friday, March 5, 2021

Enjoy the Moment for As You See It Challenges

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 TGIF! How much does your life change on the weekend? Do you work from home or do you have to work on site? Does the weekend bring a change of scene and activity or is it the same old, same old? Being the owner of my own papercrafting business, I have to remind myself to stop work sometimes and enjoy the moment!

That's the name of the stamp set I used for the new Recipe Challenge at As You See It Challenges that starts this morning. Enjoy the moment seems like a strange name for a stamp set that features a bunch of dried seed pods, unless it means that life is fleeting so enjoy it while you can!! But the Recipe Challenge features a masculine theme and earth tones and this set seemed to fit the bill.

Here's the Challenge Banner, dreamed up by Team Member, LeAnne:

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And here's my Design Team Sample:

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  • On a card base of Soft Suede, I added a background of the new Natural Touch Specialty Paper that comes with the Butterfly Bouquet Suite. Even though is has some very minor wood grain texture, I wanted more and embossed it with the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder, satisfying the embossing folder element of the challenge. I also distressed and sponged the edges a bit. The colours are all appropriately masculine, but would work for any gender, I think.
  • The main image is from the Enjoy the Moment stamp set. I stamped it in Early Espresso Ink and coloured it in with Stampin' Blends Combos including: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Soft Sea Foam, Bermuda Bay. I used the point of the marker tip to create the spatter drops on the Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • I die cut the image using the Stitched Rectangles dies (and satisfying the die cut element) and sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink.
  • I die cut the backing from Cajun Craze cardstock with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and also sponged the edges.
  • The panels are adhered together and some Braided Linen Trim is tied around the panel to meet the twine requirement.
  • The sentiment is from the Enjoy the Moment stamp set. It's also die cut from the Stitched Rectangles dies and the edges also sponged.
  • The final touch are three retired black rhinestones in the bottom right corner.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Butterfly Bijou and Brilliant Wings

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 I finally got my order of the Butterfly Brilliance collection that you are able to purchase now and I couldn't wait to play with it and see what it could do! I started by using the Butterfly Bijou 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper and the Brilliant Wings dies and seeing if there was any correlation between the two. And, Ta Da! the first sheet of the DSP matches exactly to the composite die with the six butterflies and perfectly die cuts all the whole butterflies on the sheet! How cool is that? You don't have to stamp or colour them if you don't want to. (But of course, I will want to in the future. I'm a stamper, after all!)

But I didn't want my card to be so simplistic, so I got out my Frosty White Shimmer Paint, which I was reminded about when I organized my work station a little more by purchasing a couple of Storage by Stampin' Up! Open Storage Cubes and Storage Toppers.

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I used them to store a lot of loose stamp pads, refills, glues and cleaners that used to perch precariously on top of my custom made stamp pad holder and regularly tumble off, annoying the heck out of me. I should have done it a lot sooner!

Anyway, back to my card: I used the Frosty White Shimmer Paint and a very fine paint brush to add some shine to both the background paper, which is from the Butterfly Bijou DSP and the butterflies themselves. See if you can tell here:

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  • The background DSP is actually the other side of the design with the butterflies that we die cut . It has some beautiful blends of Just Jade, Mint Macaron, Magenta Madness, Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Mango Melody. There are many beautiful backgrounds in this series.
  • The card base is Just Jade and the backing is Mint Macaron.
  • I painted the Frosty White Shimmer Paint on different areas and patterns of the different die cut butterflies and then adhered them to the background. I trimmed of the parts that overhung the edges.
The sentiment is one that I previously embossed and die cut using the Many Messages bundle and the Stamparatus.
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If it wasn't for adding the Shimmer Paint, this card would have been a fairly easy card to make, so this suite has something for every level of stamper.

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You can purchase this suite now! There are lots of choices:

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If you live in Canada, and don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the right side bar at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in Canada by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the top menu or clicking on any of products below from my Online Store.

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Messages Die
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$46.00
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$67.00
Paper Snips
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$13.50