Monday, August 31, 2015

Wrapping up SAF 2015

I have a few more Stamp-a-faire projects to share tonight.  

First, I have the bangle bracelet I made using Maile's tutorial.  What a really cute idea!  It was so simple (after they dried) and came out looking great!

Next, I wanted to use the color combos in the runway challenge.   First, I chose Betsy's inspiration card.

The pattern in the dress reminded me both of the blue floral pattern in the kit and of the Life stamp set.  I decided to use both, as well as Danielle's pattern from the patterns challenge.

I cut my scallop rectangle with my Silhouette since I don't have the Nostalgic Notions kit.  (I know, Gasp!)

Finally, I had to pull out my Stamped & Stitched set to try Heather's technique with the shadow stamping.  It doesn't show as well in the pictures, but this turned out with the look of a lot of dimension.  Love this set and this technique!   I used the Runway inspiration card from Lexi:

And ended up with this card:

And, yes, that may be a little of that silver thread nesting behind the sentiment.  That's good stuff!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Pins and Needles

This challenge was much less stressful.  I even enjoyed using the 2 patterns of paper.

I popped my tag up with fun foam, so that served as a great (safe) place to stick the pointy ends of the pins.  

Mix and Match Challenge

This challenge was to combine 3 patterns on a project.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  I'm not so sure about this one.  I can mix 2 patterns just fine, but no combination of 3 was working for me tonight.  This is the best I came up with.  I promise it's not as slanted as it looks with my wonderful photography, but I'm not happy with the chevrons.  I want that part to be a solid... or I feel like it's missing something.  Anyway, what I do know is that I just love that floral pattern.   

Challenge #4: Accessories Challenge

I have to admit, I was a little unsure about this one.  I'm not afraid of sewing.  That's not it.  I'm not exactly sure why it scared me.  Maybe I just know that fashion design is not my arena, and this was a little too close.  But those nice little stitching dies were in my kit.  And the felt.  And the beads.  I just had to do it.  So here's my necklace:

I may even wear it to church tomorrow!  Maybe.

Fashion Sense Challenge

For the Friday night "Fashion Show" -- the "pre-game show" for this year's Stamp-a-faire, we could share the tee-shirt we designed with our stamping supplies.  Hmmm... no.  I've been too busy to think about planning and designing a shirt.  Or we could take a picture of ourselves preparing for Stamp-a-faire.  Um.  Last night I may have crashed on the couch and caught up on Big Brother.   Okay, I'm not proud of that, but that's what it is.  And we won't even talk about what my craft desk looks like.  I'm not even sure I've cleaned up all the stuff from last year's Stamp-a-faire.   So no picture.  ...OR we could make a card with our new Fashion sense stamp set.  Oh, yes, yes.  I can do that!

I did a little ink "smooshing" and watercoloring.   I have to say, this is a set I would never in a million years buy.   I'm glad it came as part of the kit, though, because it is beautiful and a lot of fun to play with.  It's the type of set that gives you permission to be a little "artsy."    Who knows? Maybe it will make me more fashionable.  

Challenge #3: Threads

So, it's after 5 pm and I'm just posting the most recent challenge I've completed:  you know, the one from 11 am.  Kind of sad, huh?  But that's okay, because I'm enjoying myself and plugging right along.  This one was using Laura Bassen's "thread nest" technique.  

I really love how this one turned out.  The silver thread is much prettier in real life.  In other words -- in real life you can see the silver thread.  The water droplets in the blended ink combined with the rain stones I added just blend into each other.   Like Laura did, I blended Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Tropical Teal inks, but mine didn't end up nearly as smooth and dark as Laura's did.  I sponged a little Berry Sorbet ink on the bottom of the Melon Berry birthday die cut to get that ombre effect that Laura was so excited about.    She was totally right to be excited.  

Challenge #2: Patterns Challenge

Our second challenge was to choose one of the patterns included with the Stamp-a-faire kit (or downloaded from Nichole's blog) to create our own card.  I chose Maile's pattern.

The strips reminded me of the Building Blocks stamps, so I chose my sentiment from that set.  I decided to use some of the pre-printed images and paper that come with the Still Life:  Summer mini kit.  (By the way, if Nichole is reading -- I'm going to NEED some more of that paper!)  I also did some ink blending at the top of my card.   I used Distress ink (Wild Honey) and PTI Berry Sorbet.   I added a little Wink of Stella sparkle to the die cuts, but you can't tell that in my fantastic photo.  ;)

On to challenge #3!

Stamp-a-faire 2015 Challenge #1

The first challenge of the morning was the Bridal Challenge -- create a card using only white.  The exception was that we could use a neutral color for the sentiment.  

I chose to use the Filigree Border die to cut two pieces of white shimmer paper.  My sentiment is from Quilled Elegance and is embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.    Of course, I had to use some rainstones to finish it off.  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Papertrey 8th Anniversary Challenges

I've enjoyed participating in the Papertrey Anniversary challenges this year. However, I must admit, I have really procrastinated the picture-taking and posting.  So all of my photographs have been taken tonight (after dark) with poor lighting, so you'll just have to believe me when I tell you what colors I used.  Even though I did improve the pictures a little with Photoshop, the color is still pretty bad.

The first challenge was to choose a color recipe and a sketch recipe from the anniversary download.  I chose this color recipe:
And this sketch recipe:

And here is my card:
I used the Watercolor Wonder and one of the Wet Paint stamp sets  and Beautiful Butterflies and Scribbled Circles dies.  All the inks are Papertrey except for the Versafine black.

The second challenge was celebrating Maile Belles' return to stamp designing for Papertrey.  I love Maile's stamps, so I am happy to have her back on the team!   I chose one of Maile's cards from the anniversary countdown posts to pattern my card after.   You can find the inspiration card here.  And Here is my card:
I promise I used similar colors (SU So Saffron, PTI Summer Sunrise, and black).  I used Maile's Beautiful Butterflies set and an old SU sentiment.  

The next challenge was to create a gift tag/ gift bag set. 
Valentine's Day gave me a chance to create a tag using some of my Shakers and Sprinkles dies.  The stamps (and sequins) were also from that kit.  Patterned paper is from the black pattern pack.  The red is Pure Poppy.

Our next challenge was to create a bouquet with more than one floral set.   I chose Gracious Vases and one tiny flower from Garden Grace.  
The sentiment is from the Monthly Moments May set.  

The "All Things Spring" challenge asked us to use a set that hasn't seen ink yet.  I don't have any PTI sets that haven't seen ink.  However, I did just get an order (my once-a-year Sale-a-bration order!) from Stampin' Up this week with the new Lotus Blossom Sale-a-bration set in it.  So I made this card:
I used Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, and Ripe Avocado inks for this one.   That "thank you" is from an old SU set, but I used it because I can't wait for the Swoosh set being released tomorrow from PTI!

On the day the metallic papers were introduced, the challenge was to create a card using only neutrals and metallics.  I created this one:

I wanted to mimic the look of one of the new papers, so I embossed Scribbled Circles with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Then I die cut the Thank You and embossed it to match.  

When Blue Skies was introduced, the challenge was to create an ombre effect with blues.  I PROMISE that these are all blue inks.  It's hard to prove it with my picture!  Ha!
For the record, I used Midnight Muse (SU), Enchanted Evening (PTI), Blueberry Sky (PTI), Spring Rain (PTI), and Soft Sky (SU) inks.  I stamped some twice (thanks to my MISTI!) to get extra color variations.  I love the Ombre Builders set that I used for this.  The sentiment is from Counting My Blessings and the coordinating die (cut from Enchanted Evening -- not that you could ever tell!)

I think that accounts for all of the project challenges!  It has been a fun 10 days.

Thanks for looking!