Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eclectic Birthday

Hi to everyone!

I haven't entered a card into Seize the Birthday for awhile!  No reason...just all the card challenge choices are sometimes overwhelming!  Which one to pick?  So when it came time to select a birthday card for someone in my family...oops!...I had few choices!  Seize the Birthday usually has a "Toppings" choice (a little extra something to add to the card), but I chose not to go with that and to stick with a "plain" card....

The stamp set I chose was Kinda Eclectic...this set has been so popular...it is my first time to use it and I can see that it will be pretty diverse.  

I decided to do something a bit different on this card...no flowers...So the butterflies are taking the place of flowers!  Also the first time for using the Scalloped Tag Topper....I'm just breaking loose here!  Actually, I really want to USE what I have...what could be worse than to see one of the products retiring that you've never used or maybe used once?  Aaaack!

The message is from the Fabulous Four....I love the size of those messages...I find myself using them a lot!

When I first looked at this designer paper from Confetti Celebration, I thought, Whoa!...how am I going to use that design?  It could be a bit too much!  But now, I think it fits right in with the sunburst...what do you think?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Autumn Colors for the Paper Players

There's just no doubt that the colors for the Paper Players #213 Color Challenge are for Autumn (in my mind)...however, there are some very talented stampers who have applied these colors to other themes!  Check out the Paper Players site to see!
Here are the colors....

I love Wondrous Wreath...the "not just for Christmas" wreath!  I know I'll be having fun making Spring and Summer wreaths, too!

But Autumn is the subject of this card...with a message from the Project Life photopolymer stamp set, Day to Day.

I actually used all the colors in the wreath, although it might be hard to tell because I colored with the baby wipe technique.  Laying down a baby wipe in an empty clear-mount stamp case (idea from Sandy McIver), I dripped all the colors in the form of re-inkers onto the baby wipe so they pretty much blend into one another, but not completely.  Press the stamp into the baby wipe and then stamp on card stock.  

The effect is a bit water-color-ish.....

Susan Suggests:  While the colors are in the case and still damp,  try to find some other stamp sets you'd like to use with the colors you've chosen...go ahead, stamp and save until you are ready to use.  

The Woodgrain TIEF gave the banner directly under the wreath some texture and I finished off the bow (from Wondrous Wreath) with some Linen Thread and a Candy Dot!

I just have to mention how easy this stamp set is to cut out with the matching Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies because of how Stampin' Up! configured the framelits.  Bravo to SU!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

A Day to Remember

Hi everyone!  Well, I blew through the deadline for my card today...in other words, I missed the deadline to post it on the Challenge!  It was supposed to be for the Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge #108...a Wednesday Challenge of a week ago....I didn't even realize I missed it until the new challenge appeared in my e-mail!  Oh, Well!  That will teach me to write down the deadline dates, huh?
Here is the sketch....

Because of the nature of the card, I decided to use Back to Black designer paper...just to give it a slightly formal look.  

This is the first time I've used the stamp set, Cheers to Love....thought this sketch would accommodate the Mr. and Mrs. nicely!  The flagged message is from Project Life Remember This and I used the flag from the Gift Card Envelope and Trims Thinlits (Holiday Catalog)...the flag is one of the "trims" in the set, but only one end is flagged so I cut the other end into a second flag!

The only part of the sketch that I changed was the placement of the Candy Dots...just thought I liked them better in the lower corner!  .....Debated over this for some time! Any opinions?

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