Monday, November 20, 2017

PGCB #140 - Gold


Ok, the latest challenge at Paper Girls Challenge blog is Gold. My sister-in-law needed help making a money envelope for a traditional Chinese wedding she was going to. She texted me and asked if I had any stamps with Chinese characters on them. I had a stamp set made in 2000 called Kanji that had the character for Love. I was really nervous that it was Japanese and not Chinese and I would be sending her with the wrong language on it. Thanks to Google image search we were 99% sure we would be ok. We checked for the right colors and voila! We ended up with red and gold. We stamped a matching insert so my Brother and his wife could write a message to the bride and groom. I think sometimes have a million stamps on hand comes in handy! It was also nice to have some if these foil snowflakes to add as an embellishment.

Monday, November 6, 2017

PGCB Challenge #139 - Honoring Our Veterans


My grandfather is a WWII veteran and I decided to make a card to honor him for Veterans Day. This is definitely a very loose interpretation of the American Flag. I used the Work of Art stamp set to stamp the stripes and the blue section of the flag. The stars are from the Confetti stars punch. The large stars are older punches I have from Stampin' Up years ago. 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

PGCB challenge #137- Wooden Elements

I'm in the midst of needing to make  a lot of thank you cards because of all the help I've been receiving after having surgery on my foot.  I thought  a wooden element on this stamped stump would be the perfect touch for this card. It was fun to finally play with the Foxy Friends stamp set and coordinating punch. My daughter has used it quite a bit but I hadn't had a chance since I bought it.

It was so good to get into my craft room again -  I hope you also get a chance to join our challenge this round at The Paper Girls challenge blog.

Monday, September 18, 2017

PGCB #136 - Harvest

I am super excited to break out some of my new things from the Stampin' Up Holiday Mini Catalog.  This stamp set is called "Count My Blessings". I'm just a sucker for fall images. I just knew those leaves would be so much fun to watercolor. They take me back to New England in the fall. I also used one of the foil snowflakes from the mini catalog as a backdrop for the stamped image. I can think of so many uses for those. Lastly, I had to use the Quilt top textured impressions embossing folder. Thanks for checking out my project! Now head on over to The Paper Girls Challenge if you haven't already. Let's see your Harvest projects!

Monday, September 4, 2017

PGCB #135- Labor Day

Labor Day weekend falls on or around my oldest child's birthday. So Labor Day took on a new meaning for me. I decided to do a "Then and Now" page for this challenge. It's been amazing to watch him grow and become the responsible man child he is. This last year he started driving which is terrifying and exciting all at once. It's hard to believe how much time has gone by.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

PGCB Challenge #132- Space Age

I had soooo much fun making this card. I seriously pulled out all kinds of things to make the background on this card. I started with watercolor paper since I knew it would hold up to lots of layers of ink and water washes etc. So I used some of my Ken Oliver Colorburst powders first. I used Ultramarine, Pthalo Green, Lime green, Chartreuse, Orange, Violet and Turquoise and spritzed the heck out of it until I got the look I wanted. After it dried - I had to run the kids to swim anyway - I pulled out some spritzes I've been hoarding, I used Smooch Spritz in Pearl and Silver foil, Mr Huey's in white, and Heidi Swap Color Shine in gold and turquoise. So needless to say there's a lot going on here.

I stamped the Studio Calico To the Moon and Back moon first and I watercolored it before using the die to cut it out. That way it could dry first and it wouldn't warp as much. Then I was able to use the moon as a reference for placing the words from the sentiment. Fair warning some of the inks from the spritzes attracted the embossing powder so I had to use a paint brush to tidy things up before using the heat gun.

I can't wait to see what people come up with! Be sure to check out what the Paper Girls have created.

Monday, July 3, 2017

PGCB Challenge #131 - Seashells

You know when there's this certain stamp set and you look all the places it should be but you just can't find it? Well this was one of those times. I found it in a container that I let someone borrow and never put away. Yeah so... It is now in it's rightful place.

I love when you have the perfect thing for and challenge  (providing you can find it) and the rest just comes together. I had some pictures from an Aquarium visit waiting to be scrapped and thought the seashell theme was the perfect time to get this done. I think the papers were from a Studio Calico kit from a while back. I embossed the seashells in copper and accented them by watercoloring them with my SU inks. They are a tad washed out in the picture. The page needed a final touch so I accented it with my favorite pearl embellishments.

Here's hoping you are able to find the perfect thing for your entry! Check out The Paper Girls Challenge for more ideas.

Monday, June 19, 2017

PGCB #130 - Ice Cream

 I was coming up with some cards for a class this month and decided to work in the ice cream theme since it would work great for a summertime class. This stamp set has really grown on me. This card was inspired by a demonstrator in New Zealand Jacque Williams here. She debossed her image and with the supplies I had on hand I showed how to do emboss resist instead. I also added beads from the fine point glue pen to look like water droplets on the card.
With the dies that coordinate with the Cool Treats stamp set I added an embellishment to this scrapbook page with me and my family going out for some Gelato.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Challenge #129- Princes and Princesses

This frog by Paper Smooches ended up being my saving grace. I knew I could pull of a card with lots of sparkles for a Princess type card but I really wanted to do something literal. Anyway I flipped through all of my stamps and saw this guy and thought "Perfect!"

The newest catalog for Stampin' Up was just released June 1st and I used two of the new in-colors on this card: Lemon Lime Twist & Tranquil Tide. I also worked in a new  Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder too. 

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Monday, May 1, 2017

PGCB Challenge #127 - Anniversary

Anniversary cards are usually a little tricky for me but then I saw this sentiment on one of my newer stamp sets and thought it was perfect. It's the Cool Treats stamp set from Stampin' Up. The coordinating die set is great too. It would be easy to use just on it's own.

I can't believe we are at Challenge #127 for Paper Girls Challenge already. We really appreciate all of the participants we have had over the years. To see the main post go here