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.