Masculine Christmas

Hello everyone.  I know it’s February, but I’m easing you in to seeing more Christmas cards from me every month this year. 😉  So Winnie and Walter is celebrating their 4th birthday this month and I’m jumping in on the fun… a little late to the party, but I’ve finally recovered from two flus to be able to do so.  Winter Woodland was the first stamp set I bought from them and I decided to pull it out to make this card.

 

 

This card by Kelly was the jumping off inspiration for my card.  I also wanted to try watercolouring on color cardstock after seeing this done by Ishani.  To start, an A2 size stitched rectangle was die cut from Kraft cardstock.  The stag was white heat embossed first.  The tree ring was clear heat embossed next.

 

 

The tree ring was then watercoloured with Zig markers and a watercolor brush.  Had to be careful not to use too much water to avoid pilling since this was regular cardstock. A brown color pencil was used to shade around the stag to give it some depth.

 

 

The pine branch was stamped repeatedly around the image — first with Versamark and white heat embossed, then with Early Espresso dye ink.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of Early Espresso cardstock.  The stitched panel was adhered to a white top folding card base to finish.

Thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linking to the following challenges:
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashComeback Challenge with Taheerah
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashWatercolor with a Twist Challenge with Heather
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashRepetitive Stamping Challenge with Crystal
Watercooler WednesdayHelen’s Masculine Anything Goes
Jingle BellesA-Coloring We Will Go

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #365 Dry Embossing

IHello there.  It’s the second half of our month long 7th birthday celebration at Less is More  (LIM).  Our new challenge this fortnight is Dry Embossing.  Several guests are joining us again and our new sponsor for this challenge is Seven Hills Crafts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMBOSSING FOLDER

 

Embossing folders (EF) are one of the easiest ways to dry emboss a design on a card.  However, it gets a little tricky when it comes to clean and simple (CAS) cards because it can clutter up all that lovely white space characteristic of CAS cards.  Therefore, one way to pull off a CAS card using a busy EF design is to partial emboss with a diffuser.

A diffuser is a template you can add to an EF so that only the areas covered by the diffuser will emboss.  I created my own heart diffuser by die cutting 8 hearts from cardstock scraps and gluing them together.  The diffuser was then positioned and adhered to the outside of the EF with some temporary tape.  A die cut Mixed Media stitched rectangle was inserted into the folder and embossed through my Big Shot.  To complete my super CAS card, NBUS ‘with’ was red heat embossed and a NBUS ‘love’ sentiment (just purchased and now discontinued) was die cut from red glitter paper.  The panel was mounted with foam adhesive to a white top folding card base.
Some helpful tips:
– diffuser thickness will vary depending on EF, machine, etc.
– using a thicker cardstock worked better than regular cardstock
– a busy detailed EF is best for a specific shape diffuser like this heart (this Provocraft Bubbles EF was my first EF I ever bought and was the only one that worked because of its tight close-knit pattern)

 

Playing in the following challenges:
AAA Cards#108 All You Need is Love
Uniko#45 Something Old, Something New optional twist LOVE (old Provocraft EF, new sentiment stamp + love die)
STAMPlorationsFebruary 2018 Paint It Red

 

 

 

 

EMBOSSING WITH DIES

 

This next card was created for my friend Dorothy.  This time, circle dies were used to emboss the concentric circle background on a white A2 stitched rectangle die cut from Mixed Media paper.  The bear was stamped on Neenah cardstock with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.  It was die cut out with the matching die and popped up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment was die cut from gold glitter paper.  Gold shimmer splatters were added before the panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and the card was assembled.

 

This one’s heading to the following challenges:
Always Happy Birthday February 2018 CAS Birthday
Watercooler Wednesday#157 All About Occasions 
Send a Smile 4 KidsAnything Goes 4 Kids or Cards for Teens
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional twist Coffee or Tea

 

 

That does it for me.  Hope you will join us and link up your CAS dry embossed cards.  For more inspirations and ideas from our guests and my team, click HERE.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Out Challenge #102 Love Photo Reminder

 

Hello there.  This is the reminder post for Time Out (TO) photo inspiration challenge #102.  It’s the half way point, so there is still plentry of time to play along.  Here’s the inspiration photo again.

 

 

My first card incorporated pretty much all the elements in the photo except for the floor.  So this time the brown wood floor is the inspiration jump off point for my love theme card.

 

 

I didn’t want to make a brown dominant card, so this NBUS otter represents my brown.  It was stamped with Memento black ink on a scrap of Neenah cardstock, coloured with Copics,  then die cut out with the matching die.

 

 

Sending’ was die cut three times to be stacked for dimension — once from a scrap of DIY black glitter paper in my stash and twice from regular black cardstock.  Love and hugs’ was white heat embossed on a black strip.  The NBUS and already retired ‘xoxo’ was die cut from red glitter paper.  I’m sure I have other unused products that have already retired. 😂

 

 

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  It was mounted wth foam adhesives to a white top folding card base before all the pieces were assembled.  Clear glitter was added to the heart to finish off the card.

It has been an honour to GD for TO.  Make sure you check out the wonderful cards from the TO design team HERE for more inspiration.  Can’t wait to see what inspires you.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a super day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing in the following challenges:
Uniko#45 Something Old, Something New optional twist LOVE  (old = SU! Pinewood Planks EF + SSS Sending and Wishing stamp and die, new = MFT Otterly Love You stamp and die + xoxo die)
Moving Along with the Times#64 Love
CAS-ual Fridays#192 Hearts, Hearts & More Hearts
Cupcake Inspirations#439 Love
Dies R Us#90 For the One I Love
STAMPlorationsFebruary 2018 Paint It Red (love theme or use red)
Send a Smile 4 KidsAnything Goes 4 Kids or Easter/Spring Cards 4 Kids
That’s Crafty — I Heart You
SSS Wednesday — It Must Be Love
SSS MondayLove is in the Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #364 Music

Hi everyone.  So my recovery from the flu took a turn this week and I got hit with it again! 😔   Still not feeling great, but I am happy February is here.  Not only to put January behind me, but also to celebrate Less is More’s (LIM) 7th birthday!   We have a fun jam packed month with multiple guests, two sponsors (one for each challenge) and some prizes!  To kick things off, we have a Music theme challenge this fortnight.  Our first generous sponsor for this challenge is Uniko.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUUUU…

 

In honour of LIM’s 7th birthday, I made a birthday card.  On an A2 piece of Neenah cardstock, the puppies were stamped with Memento black ink and masked.  The bottom area was then masked and Sahara Sand ink was blended with a Clarity brush through a brick stencil to create the wall background.  Masks were removed and the pups were coloured with Copics.  In the middle of colouring the pup on the left, my marker leaked a big inky mess.  Has that ever happened to you?  I really didn’t want to start over, so I salvaged it as best I could.  To show the singing intonation, ‘happy birthday’ was shadow stamped with Smoky Slate ink..  It didn’t turn out the way I had pictured, so ‘to you’ was stamped normally in black.  Stamped the music notes (discontinued) in black and mounted the panel to a white top folding card base to finish.

 

Playing in the following challenges:
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional topping Candles
Watercooler Wednesday#155 Anything Goes
SSS WednesdayAnything Goes

 

 

When I feel better, I may make the other card I had in mind.  But for now, our special guests and my team have made some beautiful cards to inspire you and you can see them all HERE. Hope you will help us celebrate and link up your musical cards.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a great day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Out Challenge #102 Love Photo

 

Hello there.  I am thrilled to be back at Time Out (TO) as their guest designer for their photo challenge #102.  Here’s the photo.

 

 

Valentines is coming up and this photo is perfect.  I took inspirations from the colours, the word ‘love’, the hearts and the stripes to create a non-traditional colour Valentine / love card.

 

 

Using the MISTI, the Diagonal Stripes background stamp was lightly inked with black Memento ink and stamped onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Because the stamp is cling rubber and the stripes are diagonal, it was inked lightly so that I can align the couple image (discontinued) so that the stripes went up and down.  The image was white heat embossed twice, then the piece was put back into the MISTI to be re-stamped several times to darken up the lines.  It was difficult to get a good impression of the lines, so I went in with a black marker.  The image was then die cut out with a heart die (retired).

 

 

In my large collection of word dies, I couldn’t believe I don’t own a love word die.  Well, thank goodness for alphabet dies.  ‘Love’ was die cut from scraps of X-Press It paper using Bold Alphabet.  It was Ombré coloured with Copics then covered with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder for some sparkle.  ‘You’ (unknown brand) was die cut from a gold embossed piece from my stash.  I don’t have gold cardstock, so I created my own with gold embossing powder.  I will emboss a piece of cardstock larger than what I need so that on the rare occasion that I need it, I have some on hand.

 

 

A white A2 stitched rectangle panel was adhered to a top folding card base before the card was assembled.  Glossy Accents was added to the word ‘you’ to give it some dimension and gold sequins finished off the card.

Hope you will take some time out of your busy schedule to play along.  The TO design team have made some wonderful cards to inspire you and you can view them HERE.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day.

 

 

 

 

 

Playing in the following challenges:
Addicted to CAS#128 Ombré
CASologyWeek 285 Swoon
Pixie’s Snippets PlaygroundWeeks 317 and 318
STAMPlorationsJanuary 2018 Theme Stamps and Curves
Watercooler Wednesday155 Anything Goes