Wednesday, August 16, 2017

All White Double D Challenge

It's Double D Challenge time again and for this go around we're asking to see All White.  I love all white cards, but I'll admit this was a true challenge for me as I was determined to not let a speck of color touch my card.

I figured if I was going to do a white on white sentiment I'd better make it a layered die cut so it would show up.  I also wanted some texture, but not so much that it would interfere with the sentiment.  Hence, the plain panel in the center.  That panel is actually scored every half inch, but for the life of me I could not arrange the lighting to make those score lines show properly.  The lower edge of the card is scored horizontally.

Have a look at the gorgeous inspiration board:

And a cute prize for a lucky random winner:

I added sequins and ribbon for yet more texture.  I'm thinking I'll change the ribbon, however.  That bow knot makes such a hard lump and takes away the ease of mailing.  I know... the ribbon police will be after me, but don't worry, only the bow will go.  I'll figure something out.

My card may be a bit much for sympathy.  Not sure about that.  I think it depends upon the person you send it to.  I suppose it could be used for get well or hard times or just because.  At any rate it will find a home eventually.

If you haven't done so yet, you just have to see the DT gals' cards.  They really know their way around white on white!  I think there's going to be some very pretty entries for this one and I can't wait to see yours.

Supplies are listed below.  Enjoy your day!

Stamps:  None  Paper:  Neenah 110 lb white  Ink:  None  Accessories:  Offray ribbon, Doodlebug sequins, Sizzix embossing folder (sold by Stampin' Up at one time, name forgotten), Sue Wilson Thinking of You die

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tulip Block

Hello again!  I'm back with some sparkly watercoloring today.  First time to watercolor a Bugaboo digi (ordinarily use Copics), but I'm loving those Spectrum Noir sparkle watercolor pens just a little too much to put them down.  The image is called 4 Block Tulip Square.

I certainly could have cut out those blocks and popped them up, but decided to leave it whole because I so often go to way more trouble than necessary and, hey, it's summer so the beautiful days are calling to me.

In the rather glaring photo below you can see the sparkle from the watercolor pens (much prettier IRL), plus the glossy sentiment (Paper Smooches Hello Words) and the glossy dots throughout the image.  The sentiment was cut from a small scrap of black mirrored card stock -- my last little scrap.  It's incredibly glossy, isn't it?  That's what gave me the idea to carry the gloss through to the image, so I touched the dots with a black Sakura glaze pen.  Easy and quick.

I popped up the whole panel on a textured white card base.  No matting.  Sometimes I just like it very clean.

Today I'd like to thank my friend, Donna, for this and one other Bugaboo that she emailed to me with Bugaboo Jodie's blessing.  I tell you, I do get by with a little help from my friends.  When I think about some of the things I've received...  I'm a lucky girl.

Playing along with the following challenges today:

It's fun to join some challenges.  I need to do that more often.

That's it for today!  Have yourself a sunshiny, but not too hot, happy day!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Row of Houses in Two Seasons

Hi there!  Today is an example of how I get by with a little help from my friends.  I know... another Christmas card in the middle of summer, but I couldn't help it.  This row of houses just begged to be on a Christmas card.  And then Santa came along with the perfect sentiment... I just had to do it.

So how did my friends help me with this?  Well, my friend Sherri sent me the most wonderful package of die cuts.  You wouldn't believe how many and they're all fabulous!  I immediately set to work with this row of houses die cut.

Santa is Power Poppy's Action Santa.  The stamp set has Santa on a moped, too, which is more appropriate with the "zoomin'" sentiment, but I won't worry about that.  He's cute and I love him with the houses and it was such a simple card to make.

Next up is a sunny day in the neighborhood with my first step card which I never would have made if it wasn't for my friend, Lynette, who sent me several pre-cut and scored step card bases.  I had another plan entirely for my first step card, but when I saw this row of houses my plan changed.

It's another simple card, seeing as how Lynette and Sherri did some of the work for me.  I added the Poppystamps Stitched Landscapes and Evergreen Trees and a sentiment on a Die-namics Mix and Match Banner.  The heart is punched.  I made this card for my realtor girlfriend to send to one of her clients.

So, Sherri and Lynette, thank you so much!  You girls are the best and I couldn't have done it without you.  Happy day to everyone!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

His and Hers Art Impressions Birthdays

Hi, there, stamping friends!  I have two birthday cards today which I made in early July (maybe late June?).  I can't believe that much time went by before I'm posting them.  But then, I can't believe how we're nearing the end of summer and it's almost time for fall cards.  I won't give up summer that easily, though.  We're just getting started!

Both cards are Art Impressions colored with Copics.  The first is Gordon Golfer for a golfing guy friend who did get a hole in one at the country club and has a plaque to prove it.  He'll tell you a humble story about how it was a stroke of luck, but he's actually a very good golfer.

Where are Gordon's eyes?  I forgot to leave whites for the eyes, so Gordon has little beady eyes.  I don't know how he sees to golf with those tiny peepers.  When I was a kid I wondered if people with tiny eyes could see as well as people with large eyes.

Gordon Golfer uses some Bo Bunny Camp-a-Lot designer paper and the following dies:

  • Poppystamps Stitched Landscapes
  • Sizzix Primitive Stars
  • Sue Wilson Pierced Flags

The next card is an AI stamp set called "Fire Out".  Made it for a girlfriend who said she laughed all day over it.  That's a good thing.

This one is very simple.  I hand cut the speech bubble.  The presents are part of a full-card-length Die-namites die called "Presents Border".  I didn't need the whole border, but it's a very cute not-yet-used die which I've been wanting to use, so with a little a lot of snipping I finally used it.  There are more presents decorating the inside of the card.

I hope you're all having a good summer.  A lot of places are too hot to be outside.  I couldn't bear it.  Our temps have been in the mid to upper 70s and 80s this week.  A warm air current is bringing in smoke from wildfires all the way up in Washington state and the mountains east of us.  No fires near us, just a smoky haze.  All these fires every year... I wonder how we have any forest left.  It's so distressing.  Take care, and I hope you're able to stay cool where you are.

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