Thursday, June 23, 2016

Paper Players #300

Wow, 300 challenges by The Paper Players gals. Congratulations! Quite an impressive feat and surely worthy of a celebration! The design team's cards are just super this time... I can tell they all put a lot of thought into things that we celebrate.

 Here's my card which will be sent out to celebrate a wedding that is coming up. I decided to go with a CAS card letting the design of the  embossing folder take center stage.
This wedding cake embossing folder is a NBUS (Never- Before-Used-Schtuff) to me that I just bought.* I picture a luscious chocolate cake and fudge filling (YUM) underneath the almost all white decorations. There is just a touch of SU Pink Pirouette marker on the top flowers. The card base is 6 x 7, larger than I usually use. It is also NBUS; a card and envelope water-media set by Ken Oliver. I like the texture of the paper even though there is no water coloring here at all. I do have his Color Burst Brights concentrated color powder set, so look for a card using them in the future.

For some sparkle, I matted the cake focal point with Stampin' Up!'s silver designer glitter paper and used it for the banner sentiment too. The congratulations is stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed using Black Opaque Finish Zing embossing powder. I did have to enhance the letters with a black marker as they got a little lost in the silver. The clear stamp and matching banner die are from Hero Arts. I just plan to write a note inside sending the happy couple best wishes. A strip of the glitter paper brings the brightness of the front to the inside. So that is it from me. Whew, the deadline is tomorrow, so I made it!

Bye for now. Thanks for visiting.
*Edited to add: The embossing folder is by Darice.

Friends Make the World...

Challenges Galore! With this card I am completing the June CCC submission for the Society of Stampaholics and entering the June challenge from CAS Mix Up. I have started to enter more challenges finding them fun and besides, I've received so many nice comments. Thank you kind readers and followers!

At first I made the card just for my recipient at S.O.S. It's gone in the mail, so I feel OK posting it here. Than I remembered the monthly challenge by Loll and Bonnie, so decided to enter there too. So, my friends, read on about the details and see if I met all the rules.

The June S.O.S challenge asked for the colors Plum, Mulberry and Petal, had a sketch with a flower and a sentiment below, along with some bling. I think I hit all four ideas! LOL

The month long CAS Mix Up asked us to have stamping + die-cuts + a choice while being clean and simple. My card has a lot of white space, so I am hoping it is CAS enough!  The rays background is a die, the sentiment is stamped and the flower is my choice.

My base card is linen cardstock from Ellen Hudson. I love the texture. The punched flower is made with a newer punch from Stampin' Up called Flower Medallion. To color the flower pieces, I scribbled SU markers in Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum and Pink Pirouette onto an acrylic block and spritzed it with water and just painted away. After they dried I scrunched them up a bit for texture, glued them together in the center and added my SU bling. I am afraid this sparkely embellishment called Frosted Finishes,  is no longer availableThe flower was then placed on a background panel embossed with a die from My Favorite Things called Sun Ray. I used a rubber mat so the pieces of the die would not cut all the way through. I like this background as another way to get more use of my dies. Finally, the sentiment was stamped with VersaMark on the panel. It is from a Jillibean set I won in the February drawing at S.O.S. I heat embossed it with silver Zing embossing power for some shine to match the flower center.

I am quite pleased with my card, and hope you like it too. Thanks so much for visiting.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thinking of You

Hello! I almost waited until the last moment to post my card for Retro Rubber Challenge 
Blog, Challenge 40/Kind of Sketchy.

Here's my card:

Can you see this wonderfully embossed black paper? Again it is from my LSS, Crafter's Haven. Isn't is great? It is called Crocodile Black Specialty from Hot Off The Press, Inc. I've been hoarding it. My card unabashedly copies the sketch closely, but my thinking was to highlight the paper. I attached a simple strip of dry embossed white paper using the Stampin' Up! embossing folder called Modern Mosaic. The oldie flower bouquet stamp, just done on a Spellbinders circle, is one from Stampin' Up! dated 1993. I only have this single stamp that I probably bought at a craft sale, so I do not know the set name. After the fact and the gluing, I realized I could have used black embossing powder to highlight it, but I like it just stamped in Versafine Onyx Black. I am loving black and white cards these days. This one could be either feminine or masculine. I do not have a particular use in mind for this card, but my stash is low on cards for any occasion.

Well, I do hope you all have been having a nice early summer. It has rained a lot here in Minnesota, so it is beautifully green. Today it is warm and mostly sunny, my favorite kind of day.

See you in blogland. I read many blog and I like to read the comments. Love getting comments here too!  :-) Thank you for visiting!