Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MIM176: Backgrounds with Embossing Paste

Oh dear, I think I messed up the Make It Monday Challenge #176: Backgrounds with Embossing Paste, but I'm going to post & link this card anyway :)

Check out Laura Bassen's first Papertrey Ink MIM video here and see if you can follow the instructions a bit better than I did.

I really did plan to use embossing paste, but all the jars look the same when I opened my drawer and pulled out the Glass Bead Gel medium by accident. Then I became distracted and forgot I was going to create a background and this card just happened.

One of the Mega Vase dies is cut to make a stencil and a bit of Ocean Tides and Aqua Mist inks mixed with the gel medium to create the ombre glass bead vase.

The floral image is from the Life stamp set, colored with Distress Markers and stamped before the gel medium was applied.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Muse #79 & CASE Study 4th Anniversary + CASology #107 + My Summer Vacation

Since we last spoke, the kids & I have driven over 3,000 miles up and down the I5 and, with the exception of 250 or so miles between Grapevine and Tracy CA, it is a beautiful drive.

Not much crafting was done, but I did get in a little shopping. Did you think it was just coincidence that we were in Tukwila, home of Impress Rubber Stamps, at lunch time on Day 3? While the kids ate, I tried to get through the store and made it about halfway before my daughter came in to let me know they were ready to go :)

A couple of days later we picked my husband up at the Victoria Airport and headed to a friend's cabin for a little fun. I was shocked to see Stef wakeboarding - he had a hip replacement 3 years ago and has been very careful about any impact activity since then. He laughed and said he completely "forgot" he shouldn't be doing it.

We then headed to Vancouver to see more family & friends, and made stop at Granville Island. Both Stef & I love to poke around Opus Art Supplies and I was super excited to discover that I'm Impressed has expanded to a full blown store (instead of sharing a tiny space with the Canada Post Office). I was in Memory Box die overload!

The last leg of the trip had us back in Victoria for an annual family tennis tournament (boys against the girls was the theme this year) before dropping Stef at the airport and hitting the road to head home. Washington friends had our attention heading north, so we stopped for visits & adventures in Oregon on the way south.

We arrived home just in time for my son's school registration and are now enjoying the last few days of summer break. After 8 years, I still have trouble with the idea of school starting before Labor Day.

I'm finally catching up on blogs & challenges and spent a little time in the office today, so do have a couple of cards to share. This first one is inspired by Laura Bassen's card on the CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog Hop. I ♥︎ Laura's rainbow of color and CAS design.

CASE Study 4th Anniversary
CASE Study~4th Anniversary Hop

The SSS Hello mask was taped down and Distress Inks carefully blended over it to make the rainbow stripes.

This loosely striped rainbow card is also being entered in the CASology Week 107 challenge: Stripe.

Vicki Dutcher's card caught my eye at the Muse Challenge #79 with the dots of color and clean outline stamped images.

I blotted alcohol inks onto white cardstock and die cut the flower and leaves to embellish a tag before mounting it on a white card base.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Muse Challenge #76

I know I wasn't the only one who thought of grapes on the vine when I saw Therese Calvird's lovely card for the Muse Card Challenge #76.

I don't have grape stamp sets, but I do have the same Wplus9 Fresh Cut Florals that Therese used, so decided to pull them out and start stamping.

An MFT Rectangle Frame is die cut around the Simon Says Stamp sentiment. I played around with a few different ideas for layering the cut stamped panel and, in the end, cut an extra frame and two extra center panels.

This let me step up the stamped pieces ever so slightly. The outside piece is adhered directly to the card base, the frame piece is two layers and the center piece is three layers of cardstock. It gives a subtle bit of dimension and interest to the card.

Speaking of grapes, this is what ours looked like 6 weeks ago and we are eating them as fast as we can right now. 

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Tag You're It! Challenge #2

The kids' closets are done and I need break from organization projects, so took a little time to play with inks and embossing this afternoon.

A new challenge from Jackie Rockwell has caught my eye. Tag You're It! is all about making Clean and Simple tags based on an inspiration tag from a Guest Designer. For TYIC#2, the inspiration is from Laura Bassen:

My tag is stamped and heat embossed before Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed Distress Inks are blended over the base. A simple black tree silhouette, Label Love sentiment along with black jute and pink Baker's Twine finish the tag off.

I love the way the Altenew Label Love sentiments really look like they come from a Dymo Label Maker when they are heat embossed.

Although quick & simple to make, I'm not 100% sure this can be classified as a CAS tag - what do you think?

In other news, I am really loving succulents these days. This one surprised us with a gorgeous burst of flowers a week ago and they are still stunning.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

MIM #171: Pop Up Die Cuts

Betsy Veldman has a great tutorial for the Make It Monday #171: Pop Up Die Cuts challenge over at Capture the Moment. I'm loving everything I've seen linked up this week and finally had some time to play around.

After trying out a few options, Feather Finery stamps and die were used on this card. I went with a bright palette, using Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst and Raspberry Fizz inks along with a little Delicata Gold to add a touch of shimmer to the pink feathers.

The Petaloo feathers, a button and twine tie in with the stamped feathers and a Wet Paint die cut adds the sentiment. 

Just a short & sweet post for today as I wait for the cable guy. After griping & grumbling about the rising costs of our integrated package, I am switching providers to get less TV and more bandwidth for a lot less money. More and more of our TV watching is via internet streaming these days - are you finding the same thing at your house?

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