Crazy Crafter Goes on Embossing Frenzy!

Yes, I’ve been on an embossing frenzy, and it was FUN!  I’ll tell you why in a moment.  But first, it’s a milestone celebration at Pals Paper Arts this week!  It’s our 200th challenge, and to celebrate, we’re getting both teams together to share 20 beautiful designs based on Margaret Moody’s fabulous sketch.  And, for the design team, we added a twist that you might want to take on yourself:  we each used a different color for a monochromatic card.  AND… we’re giving away all 20 cards to one lucky winner.  So come play along this week!

PPA200Okay, why the embossing frenzy?  In a word… Monochromatic.  One color.  Hmmmm.  First, to get another shade of Wisteria Wonder, I heat embossed with the Fabulous Flourishes stamp set and Clear Embossing Powder on the largest panel.

En-Francais-Fabulous-FlouriAt that point, it became clean that this card was going to need some light.  I started with a little bit of Whisper White, and that wasn’t quite doing what I wanted.  So I matted with Silver Foil paper.  Yep,  better, but not done.  Silver Embossing Powder.  WooHoo.  The more I added, the happier I became.  :)  So I commenced to pretty well cover the card with it.  All the edges of the small rectangles and the flower, with the En Francais stamp set, even the white button for the flower center.

Heat-Embossing

Did you catch the image from the Happy Watercolor stamp set?  The circles on the vellum flower front.  The vellum was glued to a piece of Whisper White to make the Wisteria Wonder dots show.

Okay, maybe I got a little carried away with the embossing, but I had a lot of fun doing it.

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I hope you have as much fun making a card with Margaret’s sketch as I did!  Make sure to post your photo of your card in our gallery at Pals Paper Arts to enter the drawing for the 20 cards!

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It’s another beautiful Hump Day!  Yay!  This week at Freshly Made Sketches Jen Brum has created an awesome sketch (just wait until you see the ‘Clean Team’s’ designs!) that is so inspiring and fun to work with.  I’m finishing up my Easter cards for family and friends, and I think this is the last one…

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The Watercolor Wonder DSP print in the pretty multi-colored chevrons was a perfect choice for this spring colored Easter card.

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The Ovals Framelits were used to cut the back ground and mat for the bunny, and also used to cut pieces of Gumball Green to different heights.  The paper was fringed with Paper Snips and layered together to make grass to tuck the bunny and eggs in.

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I hope you’ll add Jen’s sketch to you card-making agenda this week and come play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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SU SUPPLIES:  Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes;  Paper:  Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Whisper White and Watercolor Wonder DSP;  Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Gumball Green and Basic Black;  Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Oval Framelits Dies, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, Regals Candy Dots, Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Paper Snips, Stampin Dimensionals and Glue Dots.  NON-SU:  Papertrey Ink Stamp Set and Die.

 

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Watercolor Secret Garden

Yay!  It’s Wednesday, and I’m hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

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I’m feeling totally feminine lately, so I’m enjoying be able to express this in cards with tools like the Delicate Designs and Needlepoint Border embossing folder.

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The three-flower panel was originally just a practice piece.  I stamped the flower image from Secret Garden and then very lightly misted it with water.  It was nagging at me to do something with it.  So I grabbed it for the vertical panel, shaded the flowers with an Aqua Painter and ink and a Stampin’ Write Marker and popped In Color Dahlia embellishments in the centers.  The soft look goes so well with the Watercolor Wonder DSP.

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Touches of gold:  Brushed Gold cardstock as a mat for the vertical panel, gold heat embossing for the sentiment and gold baker’s twine for a little detail.

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My sketch for you is very basic, and I think it’s one that you’ll use again and again.  Be sure to drop by Freshly Made Sketches to see what the ‘Clean Team’ has design to inspire you, and play along with us this week!

 

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Masking Technique – Plaid

Today’s color challenge at Pals Paper Arts inspired me to make a plaid patterned paper by using the masking technique.  It’s really quite easy!  The challenge colors this week are Summer Starfruit, Pool Party and Old Olive.

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I took the liberty to use of few neutrals with the black, crumb cake and linen thread.

The masking technique for creating a plaid is very simple.  I used a Post-It roll to securely mark my areas to sponge.  The Post-It roll is reusable and only 3 strips were needed to do this card.

You-and-Me-Fabulous-Phrases

Can you believe I just finally bought the Perfect Blend stamp set?  It’s a perfect choice with the plaid, and plaid cozies were made for the cups using an Aqua Painter.  The “you” and “me” are both from Fabulous Phrases stamp set.

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The Perfect Blend sentiment was easily showcased by using one of the Bubbles Framelits Dies.

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I hope you will join us this week for our color challenge.  Don’t forget to stop by the Pals Paper Arts blog to see the fabulous designs that the Resident Artists have prepared for you!

Happy stamping!

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Watercolor Tulips With Blessed Easter

I’ve really been into these one-layer cards lately… the ones that are complex enough (yet simple to make) to not require layers.  Linda Callahan’s great sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, which I would have normally created with lots of layers, gave me the opportunity to play around with this new-found love.

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This is another card where the pieces fit together in a single layer like a puzzle.  The die cut that I used for the outside frame cut both the scalloped edge and the slightly smaller rectangle.

TIP:  It’s best to line up the two rectangular pieces (the Whisper White and the Watercolor Wonder DSP) and cut them both at the same time with the Top Note Bigz Die.  It assures a perfect fit every time!

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The Blessed Easter stamp was inked with Stampin’ Write Markers (Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Basic Black) and then colored with an Aqua Painter and Daffodil Delight and Crisp Cantaloupe ink pads.   A simple bow tied with Daffodil Delight Seam binding gives it a little dimension but keeps it mail-friendly.

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I hope you’ll skip on over to Freshly Made Sketches to see what brand-new and freshly-made designs that they created to inspire you.  And, while you’re there, I hope you’ll play along with us this week.

See you in the gallery!

 

 

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Springtime Thoughts

Yay!  It’s here again… Freshly Made Sketches New Challenge Day!  WooHoo!  This week we have Jen Mitchell taking the lead for us with her fabulously festive looking sketch!  My first thought when I saw it was “Party!”.  Well, something happened between then and when I got around to making the card, and it ended up much more subdued.

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I just discovered this great print (the Pistachio Pudding design), and I love it!  The subtle yellows and browns are so pretty.  I paired Soft Suede and So Saffron as my main palette, but also had to throw in a little Wild Wasabi for contrast (leaves) and Crushed Curry (Chevron Ribbon).

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The sentiment panel was created with Apothecary Art and Loving Thoughts.  The coordinating cut was made with the Labels Collection Framelits, and the piercing was created using a template from the Festive Paper Piercing Pack.  It doesn’t show up as well as I had hoped.

Petite-Petals-Punch

The Petite Petals and Bird Builder Punches made quick work of the flowers and stems.  A simple Neutrals Candy Dot (Soft Suede) gives the flowers a finished look.

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I hope you were inspired by today’s card.  Don’t forget to stop over at Freshly Made Sketches to see what the Clean Team has created to inspire you and play along with us this week.

Happy stamping!

 

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One Piece of White Cardstock

What can you do with one piece of Whisper White cardstock?

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I think the supply list for this card will be the shortest I’ve ever had.  This card was designed with the help of Margaret Moody’s sketch for Pals Paper Arts challenge this week.  The sketch is perfect for creating a custom DSP.

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A few stamps from Betsy’s Blossoms inked up in pretty colors, stamped onto Whisper White cardstock and then sponged to give depth.   The little silver flower in the center of the flowers is from the Summer Silhouette stamp set;  this gives the card a subtle shine.

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From the Another Thank You Photopolymer stamp set is another wonderful Thank-You font!  It was stamped with Basic Gray ink onto a strip that was stamped with a border stamp from Summer Silhouettes.  An extra flower and two extra leaves were cut out, dressed up with a Vintage Brad, and popped on the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s card and that it is inspiring you to run to your craft space!  But wait!  Don’t forget to check out the Pals Paper Arts Resident Artist creations for more inspiration.

Happy stamping!

 THE BASICS NEEDED FOR TODAY’S CARD

 

Ink colors used:  Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder, Coastal Cabana, Sky Blue, Basic Gray and Silver Metallic ink.

 

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