Birthday Whimsy for Bo – SC169

It’s good to be back in Jackson and my studio. So, I am trying to catch up on the challenges I missed when we were in Nashville and started with Roxie’s great sketch challenge.sc169-birthday-whimsy.jpg Our oldest son Bo’s birthday is next week and I think he will enjoy this card. He loves all my handmade treasures and is so complimentary – like a good son should be (lol)!

I made a standard size A2 card in black and white and embossed some of the images in Red Tinsel. Ran a white piece through the Paisley Cuttlebug embossing folder, and then made a little background layer with the paisley/cactus stamp in the Cowboy Kid set. The balloons, packages and sentiment are from a SAB set called Birthday Whimsy. I just love this set- the images beg to be embossed! I cute and layered according to the Sketch Challenge, added some black and white dotted ribbon, popped up the balloons and packages, and I think it turned out pretty cute.

Check out this challenge gallery on SplitcoastStampers for some outstanding creations.

Here are the supply deets:

Stamps: Cowboy Kid, Birthday Whimsy

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Versamark

Accessories: Cuttlebug Paisley Embossing Folder, Red Tinsel Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, SU Marker in Real Red, Red Stickles, B&W Dotted ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, Dimensionals

Nature’s Sketchbook in Whisper Soft Gray – CC159

Wonderful colors today- Soft Sky, Basic Gray and Whisper White. I have long been a fan of Marjolein Bastin and bought this set long ago- but have never used it-until today. The crocuses caught my eye as I looked over my stamp stash and inspiration for this card developed quickly. Got to use my brand new CB Script folder on vellum and tried a little watercoloring and I am very pleased with the end result. The CB vellum was inspired by this beautiful card by Leisa Jane: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga…;ppuser=135903cc159-nature-sketchbook-in-whisper-soft-gray.jpg

I cut the Basic Gray paper to standard A2 size, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches. I scored at 4 1/4 and made my fold. Then, cut a piece of white transparent vellum 5 1/4″ X 4″ and ran it through the Script Cuttlebug embossing folder, then used the ticket corner punch for each corner. Stamped my main image in Stazon Jet Black on Whisper White cardstock and lightly watercolored just the flowers with an Aqua Painter with Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi ink. I cut the image 2 1/4″ square on a scrap of Soft Sky, then cut a piece of Basic Gray and Soft Sky as a frame for the image. I didn’t intend to skew the pieces as in the picture, but when I was deciding where to place the ribbon- I liked how it looked. So, I skewed the Soft Sky and Basic Gray and image pieces and glued them together.

Next-added the White Satin flat bow, glued the vellum to the base, then added the image piece a little off center. Used a push pin to make holes for my white eyelets.

The finished product will make a pretty wedding or anniversary card and has an elegant look to it.

Supply deets:

Stamps: SU! Nature’s Sketchbook

Paper: SU! Whisper White, Soft Sky, Basic Gray, White Translucent Vellum

Ink: Stazon Jet Black

Accessories: Cuttlebug Script Embossing Folder, White brads, White Satin Ribbon, Aqua Painter, Push Pin

All of the cards in the gallery today are so stunning. Take a look here.

Golden Medallion Flap Fold – TLC161

We were out of town most of last week and I really missed doing the SCS challenges. Hopefully I can go back and catch up soon. I celebrated my 60th birthday last week- WOW-and we took a short trip to Memphis- ate LARGE and Bob treated me to a trip to a great stamping/scrapbooking store near Wolfchase Mall. Eclectica has great stamps, paper, and everything else inky and sticky. I had a ball and purchased a medallion stamp from Holly Berry House. I have had my eye on it for awhile, but thought it would be a long and hard process to do it justice. So when Monday’s Try a New Technique challenge was posted, I knew it was time to give it a whirl. We were to make a flap fold card and the tutorial was supplied by Rose Ann Reynolds of Scor-Pal.

I altered the size a little to fit my medallion and the finished size is just over a 5 inch square. I stamped the entire image with Versamark on Whisper White and Gold Metallic cardstock twice, then just the middle part on white once and gold twice. I embossed each layer with Ranger Ultrafine Gold Embossing Powder using a heat tool. Then I began to cut carefully around the area for each layer. There are six layers in the finished medallion, not counting the small gold circle in the middle. I used a 1/4″ hole punch for it.

I then built the medallion (dry run) so I could eyeball where I needed glitter on the white paper. The gold was pretty and looked great without glitter. tlc161-golden-medallion-flap-fold.jpg I used the fine tip of a Zig Two Way Glue Pen and Stampendous Ultrafine Multi Glitter. After the glitter was completely dry, I added pop up dimensionals to the back of each layer. Then, standing up and looking down, I positioned and placed each layer, lining each up carefully.

With the medallion completed I moved on to the cardbase and coordinating pieces of Anna Griffin designer paper to cover the entire flap and front of the card. Used a corner rounder to soften the corners and added a small strip of gold cardstock to the top and bottom of the flap and front.

I affixed the medallion as shown in the photo, adding two sided sticky strip to the top half of the medallion. I added a small velcro circle as a closure. It’s pretty awesome in real life and quite easy peasy, if you like to cut and I do- always liked cutting out paper dolls and their clothes!

You can check out the entire challenge gallery on SCS here – it’s awesome.

Supply deets:

Stamps: Holly Berry House Sweet William Medallion

Paper: SU! Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Anna Griffin Designer Paper, Gold Metallic Cardstock

Ink: Versamark

Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, UltraFine Glitter, Corner Rounder, Glue pen, Dimensionals, Velcro closure

Basic Pomegrantes Embrace Life – CC157

Wonderful colors for Tuesday‘s Color Challenge, but what a challenge for me to use SU! colors Basic Black, Basic Gray and Purely Pomegrante. cc157-basic-pomegrantes-embrace-life.jpg I worked on this around midnight on Monday because Tuesday was a busy day for me and I wanted to play- so sacrificed a little sleep so I could get it done. I am very pleased with the end result. I used a Microsoft Clip Art image for the focal point and tweaked the color to match the PP. The sketch is one of my favorites- added the pretty leaf stamp from Embrace Life as a background on the PP base and added a few black brads for balance. Very simple and quick card.

Here are the supply deets:

Stamps: Embrace Life

Paper: Purely Pomegrante, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Black mini brads, Clip art image