Monday, September 23, 2013

Polka Dot Pieces

Welcome to Stampin' Addicts Recycle Challenge #6.  I chose the sketch this week.  I picked Sketch Challenge #127:

Here is the card I made from the sketch:

You can see all of the projects from this sketch on Pinterest - SA Recycle Challenge #6.
The fun part of playing along with sketch challenges is that you choose your paper, stamp set, embellishments, etc.
I had to get creative with the bird.  I wanted to use the stamp that is in the Polka Dot Pieces set, but it faces to the left.  I wanted my bird to face to the right.  I tried the "kissing" technique, but I couldn't get the image to look nice.
My solution was to use the Bird Builder punch and Designer Series Paper.  Choose the paper you want for the bird, punch on the wrong side of the paper and you end up with the bird facing to the right.  I sponged the bird's wing with Cajun Craze to get a darker color.
My next dilemma was the ribbon.  I ended up using 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain in Daffodil Delight.  It was too bright so I sponged it with Soft Suede.
The card took longer than I planned, but I like the end result.
Stamp Set:  Polka Dot Pieces
Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive, So Saffron, Soft Suede (sponging), Early Espresso (Greeting)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Sweater Weather
Punches:  Bird Builder Punch, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle, 7/8" Scallop Circle, 2 1/2" Circle

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Wahoo! You Did it!

Time ran off the clock too fast this week.  I wanted to play in both of these challenges and it made sense to combine them together.

The first challenge is the Stampin' Addicts Pinterest Recycle Challenge #5.  The challenge is to use the colors:  Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede.

The second challenge is Mojo Monday Sketch #311:

Here is a fun card to reward someone for a job well done:

Paper:  Soft Suede, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Soho Subway
Ink:  Soft Suede
Linen Thread
Stamp Set:  September My Paper Pumpkin

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Best of Autumn

This is Stampin' Addicts Pinterest Recycle Challenge #4. The challenge is to make a scrapbook page or a card from this layout:

 I made a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card using this layout.  The stamped image is colored with watercolor pencils and Stampin' Up! blender pens.  The edges of center image are sponged with Crumb Cake.  The punched out pieces are sponged with Soft Suede.

You can see more ideas from this challenge on Pinterest.

Paper:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper
Stamp Set:  Best of Autumn
Punches:  7/8" Scallop Circle, Boho Blossoms
Candy Dots - Brights
Ink:  Soft Suede (Greeting), Stazon (Image), Crumb Cake (Sponging)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Noble Deer

Here is a fun sketch from Mojo Monday:

Here is my card:

I had to work at this one a bit to get everything to work.  Did you ever have those days when the card just looked better in your brain than it did on paper?  I finally got it where I liked it.  It was quite a workout.
I started with a square of Crumb Cake paper and sponged it with Old Olive on the bottom, Crumb Cake in the middle and Marina Mist on the top.  It might seem like sponging Crumb Cake ink onto Crumb Cake paper wouldn't show up, but it does and it adds texture.
I stamped the deer image in Chocolate Chip Ink and then cut out a 3" circle.  I went back with the same colors and intensified the blue behind the trees and the grass closest to the bottom of the circle.
By using sponges, you can control where the ink goes and the intensity.
The 7/16" Natural Trim was too bright.  I gave that a distressed look by sponging it with Chocolate Chip Ink.  Can you tell I like sponges?
The Noble Deer stamp set is retired.  There is a brand new set called Walk in the Wild with a moose/elk that would work perfectly as a substitute for the deer.
Stamp Set:  Noble Deer (Retired)
Ink:  Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip
Embossing Folder:  Wood Grain
Candy Dots:  Neutrals
7/16" Natural Trim
Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stack:  Neutrals (These patterns are retired, but there are
     brand new ones to replace these.  I just don't have them yet.)

Fabulous Florets

I played along this week with the Nacho Average Challenge #53.  I have to give a shout out to Yapha Mason.  She is on the design team for these challenges.  I have been watching Yapha's blog for several months.  She kept doing all different challenges.  I finally had to try it. So Yapha, thank you for inspiring me to give it a try.

Here is the design for the challenge:

Here is my card:

Because the sketch was clean, I kept my card design simple.  That is part of the fun of a
challenge sketch.  You start with the sketch and from there the design choices are
completely yours.  Everyone's card will look different.  There are endless possibilities
from one sketch.

Stamp Set:  Fabulous Florets
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder
Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, Crushed Curry Print (Sweater Weather), Whisper White
Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots
Linen Thread
Designer Buttons

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Blooming with Kindness

Here is my card for Stampin' Addicts Pinterest Recycle Challenge #3.  The challenge is to use the Split Negative Technique.  Debbie wrote great directions that are easy to follow at this link.


You can see all of the ideas for this technique on SA Challenge Recycle 3 on Pinterest.

Stamp Set:  Blooming with Kindness, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Raspberry Ripple
Punches:  Modern Label and Word Window
Ribbon:  3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon - Raspberry Ripple
Embossing Powder:  Black, White
Ink: Versa Mark for embossing, Basic Black
Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots