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Saturday, April 21, 2018

X is for XYLOID


Just in case you didn't major in botany, Edna is doing her best to give you a big hint as to the latest theme at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers — X is for Xyloid! (Merriam-Webster: xyloid - resembling wood : having the qualities or nature of wood : woody, ligneous.) Lots of possibilities here — wood veneers, patterned paper, tree stamps... you get the idea. I have lots of woodgrain patterned paper, but decided to see if I could make my own, and ended up really pleased with the result!  


My woodgrain panel reminds me of the original panelling in the den of my childhood home, which was built around 1950, so I thought the vintage theme worked quite well with it. It started as a panel of white cardstock that I sponged with two shades of distress ink. Then I put the darker brown right on my woodgrain impression plate before running it through my Cuttlebug. From there it was an easy matter to colour up a crazy bird, back him with a little vellum so he'd stand out more, and put the card together with the sentiment. I like how the only white on the card is his eyes. 
Lots of xyloid interpretations on the Snarky blog today, including from our latest Queen of Snark and guest designer Karola! Grab something wood-related (I'm totally avoiding any snark as I write this sentence) and come join us! 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up naturals ivory cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, vellum, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Bird Crazy & Crazy Things stamps & dies, Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages stamp, Versafine onyx black, MFT black licorice & antique linen & vintage photo distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig watercolour markers, Papertrey Ink woodgrain impression plate, foam tape

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Muse: ChristmasVisions Blueprints


It is my turn to be your muse at Muse: ChristmasVisions! Even though there's freshly fallen snow outside (UGH), it is April, so I tried not to go too in-your-face Christmas-y with my design... 


For my background, I white-embossed a snowflake background on some mixed media paper then smooshed it with a mix of (of course) blueprint sketch and tumbled glass distress inks. It left a pale mottled background that was so much bluer than the snowy sky on the weekend when I made it. ;) 


Then I white embossed the little soldier on patterned paper that was as close as I could find to a blueprint sort of colour. My original intention was to stamp the soldier a second time, colour him and layer him over the first one, but I decided I liked the look of him as is. A little more authentic, perhaps? (In a totally inauthentic way, of course.) Matted on a darker blue patterned paper, then the mat and the card base, with all the corners rounded. 
You can make a Christmas card at this time of year without surrounding yourself with reds and greens and feeling a sudden urge to put on a Christmas carol playlist, so why not join us? 

Supplies: white cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Heidi Swap No Limits patterned paper, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Christmas Mini Blueprints Pinkfresh Christmas Wishes & Local King Rubber Stamp Snowflakes stamps, Versamark & blueprint sketch & tumbled glass distress ink, Wow white super fine embossing powder, Marvy/Uchida corner-rounding punch

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Don't Forget, It's the Last Naughty or Nice!


Midway through April already! And that means more than halfway through the very last challenge at Naughty or Nice. 😢 It's true, all good things must come to an end. For this final challenge, we are asking you to look through the previous 49 challenges, pick one of the themes, and make a project to share with us! For my mid-month reminder card, I went all the way back to Challenge 17: Seeing Stars. Can you believe none of the design team ventured into space for their cards? I decided I needed to fix that:


Yes, I decided to go nice, not naughty — but I wanted a card that told everyone who played along with us in the past four years (!) that they rock! And is it perhaps a bit naughty that anytime I use this Hero Arts set, I wish this sentiment was "You Rock(et)!"? (Maybe even, "You Rocket It!"...)
While I love seeing and making galaxy backgrounds, I'm also kinda liking this straight black cardstock sky. I used embossing paste with glitter to add the starry backdrop. 


I hope you will consider joining us for this 50th and final challenge at Naughty or Nice Challenges. We have a guest designer, Toni, and PRIZES!!! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Stampin' Up silver glimmer cardstock, Ranger silver foil cardstock, Hero Arts Rocket Thanks stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Memory Box Celestial Bodies & Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaway dies, Winnie & Walter Big Bang Sci-Fi Star stencil, Dreamweaver glossy white embossing paste, Stampin' Up dazzling diamonds glitter, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, Glossy Accents, Spica silver glitter marker, foam tape, fun foam

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

SNOW

I don't like winter much... but I particularly don't like winter in the middle of April. But most of Ontario is being hit with what I sincerely hope is the last blast of winter this weekend. So while I resisted putting on a playlist of Christmas music, I did decide to play along with the current Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge. My teammate, Cornelia, offers this fun inspiration:  


Inspired by the moose, trees, colours, and clean design, I managed to end up here:


I am the first to admit that while I may have been inspired by the snow to break out the Christmas stamps, it did not inspire design genius. I briefly thought of masking the moose and creating a whole little scene, but quickly dismissed that as too much work when I was already grumpy from the weather. So my moose gets a stitched square, and my trees are looked after with patterned paper. Also, I decided I wanted to colour my moose with Copics without thinking ahead that I have a grand total of one brown marker. So that's the antlers, and a sorta light brown Sharpie takes care of the fur. 😂 Cornelia's tree bling inspired the sentiment embellishments. 
Whether you're stuck in winter mode, or already enjoying spring temperatures or warmer (jealous!!!), why not take time tomorrow and play along with us at MCV? It's already April, you really should get those Christmas cards on the go! 


Supplies: white cardstock, Studio Calico Magical patterned paper, Stampin' Up Visions of Santa stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic & Sharpie markers, MFT square stitched & blueprints 24 dies, Nuvo white blizzard glitter drops, Glossy Accents, Hero Arts blush dots, foam tape

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Vibrant Colours at Seize the Birthday


Thursday means it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday



Our optional "topping" this time around is VIBRANT COLOURS. This is not a huge challenge for me; as I looked through my cards for Seize the Birthday so far, most of them are nice and bright. But if you're not as fond of bold colours, our toppings are always optional — as long as it's a birthday card, come and link up with us! 
Another thing I noticed as I looked through my first few months with Seize the Birthday... I haven't done any cat birthday cards! I thought I should rectify that oversight: 


I did think I'd make my own background, and went to work with stencil, embossing paste and some watercolour powders. I was less than thrilled with the result. Second option — patterned paper! It's hard to beat this particular design for vibrant colours. For that reason, I kept my kitty colouring to gentle greys as contrast, apart from the bright pink collar. The flip side of the paper is navy, so I used a scrap of that for the sentiment banner. 
That card was so easy, I decided to make another! 


I went portrait layout for this one. This part of the paper isn't quite as bold as the first section I used, so I decided I could go with a vibrant cat this time. A big happy and a white embossed birthday on black completed the card. 
With the colours and the die cut sentiment, I'm adding this to the current Just Us Girls word week challenge: BOLD.  


I hope you'll join us! 


Supplies: white & black cardstock, Memory Box grey card base, American Crafts Margarita Tango patterned paper, MFT Cat-titude & Cool Cat stamps & dies, Simon Says Stamp Happy stamp, Versamark & Versafine onyx black inks, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy & Katharine cutaways & MFT blueprints 24 rectangular frame dies, foam tape

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