12/03/2019

A Long Odds Double Duty Card!

Happy Tuesday!  I have a card today that does double duty for two color challenges.  Normally, my double duty cards are for a sketch and a color challenge.  But this week the hostesses at Splitcoaststampers and CAS Colours & Sketches picked the EXACT SAME colors!  What are the odds of that?!  Well, my husband being the kind of guy he is, calculated it.  Since both challenges use Stampin' Up! colors it limits the color choices a bit but the odds are still a little over 124,000 to 1.  (I neglected to right down the exact number.)  Since it's Christmas and it was likely that the hostesses would choose a red and a green, he factored that in using the red and greens available and then one random color.  The odds were in the neighborhood of 2150 to 1.  Life is interesting with an engineer!

And now my card.
The colors:
The card is pretty straightforward.  The image is die cut from the colors of card stock and sponged with the coordinating to add depth.  I added a neutral - Soft Suede - for my pine cones.

The background is watercolored and splattered with the ink.  I popped the main flower off of the card using foam dots.
CAS Colours &b Sketches is celebrating their birthday this week with some great prizes.  Be sure to visit and enter a card for a chance to win!  The link is above.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Christmas Rose
Dies: Cottage Cutz Seasons Floral 2
Ink and card stock : Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede, gold

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11/26/2019

Snow Buddies

I got a chance to color for today's card and am very happy that I could.  I love to color with either markers or pencils as I find it very relaxing.  Unfortunately, when I usually need to relax the most is when I have the least time to color!
This card is for this week's sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches:
When choosing my colors I decided to limit the colors to three plus neutrals.  I guess I've been doing color challenges for too long - I need to limit my colors or I start to feel overwhelmed!  Actually, picking a limited palette at the start is one way to speed up the design process.  I used a combination of Stampin' Blends! and Copic markers to color the main image.

The background was created using a sponge dauber and Pool Party ink.  I heat embossed the snowflakes using iridescent glitter embossing powder.

Stamps: My Favorite Things Snow Buddies
Markers: Stampin' Blends Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Purple Posy; various Copic markers

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11/19/2019

Christmas Rose

Time for another color challenge.  I have a more elegant card than I usually post but I do like to change things up a bit.  I'd say many of my cards use more "cute" stamps but I also love florals.  While I vowed to stop buying so many floral stamps, I couldn't resist this one.  It's a limited edition at Stampin' Up! that's only available while supplies last, and I knew if I didn't get it I'd kick myself later.
The colors this week at CAS Colours & Sketches are:
While these are not traditional Christmas colors I felt they weren't so far off that I couldn't use them for a holiday card.  And the pinks were perfect for this stamp.

I heat embossed the image (and the sentiment) in gold then watercolored it using the ink pads and reinkers.  I did add a neutral - Soft Suede - for the pinecones and a light wash behind the floral spray.  I had to be careful not to go overboard as this is a clean and simple challenge.

The sentiment is from a Christmas set that is in the SU Annual Catalog and is one of my favorites.  I used it quite a bit on my holiday cards last year and suspect I'll be using it some more.

I hope you find time to join us for the challenge this week!

Stamps and dies:  Stampin' Up! Christmas Rose Bundle; also available individually - Christmas Rose Stamp Set and Roses die; sentiment: Stampin' Up! Merry Christmas to All
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede
Paper: Watercolor, Whisper White Thick, Gold Foil
Accessories: Aqua Painters

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11/12/2019

Sketch Challenge Tuesday

Today's card is for the sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.
This is the posted sketch:
 
We were asked to keep the angular shape in our card.  Since this is not a simple rectangle on its side but actual cut angles, there are two ways to accomplish this.  First is by use of a die and the second is by manual cutting.  To get odd angles like this, simply draw a cross with the intersection at the exact middle of each line then cut from point to point.
Very straightforward.  Or find a die and use that!

For this sweet little hedgehog I used an embossing folder and partially embossed the backgorund so I could glue down my sentiment.  I added some snowflakes and covered them in Wink of Stella although you can't see it in the photos.
A fun quick card for those who don't like to stamp - it's all die cuts!

Dies used: Cottage Cutz Holiday Hedgehog and Happy Holidays; Tonic Studios Diamonds
Inks: Distress Oxides
Paper: Whisper White and an unknown scrap of blue
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Softly Falling embossing folder

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11/05/2019

Color Challenge Tuesday

For today's color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches I made a birthday card.  An old friend has a birthday soon and I wanted something delicate and pretty to give her as that fits her - she is both delicate and pretty!  The inside reads "Hope your day brings just what it should...happiness, health & everything good."
The colors this week are Highland Heather, Mango Melody and Poppy Parade.
These colors were challenging for me to work with; I think because I'm not a big fan of Mango Melody.  I find it very bright and almost overpowering.

So for this card I created a watercolor wash with the Mango Melody and the Poppy Parade on a large sheet of mixed media paper.  That toned down the Mango quite a bit.  I cut my butterflies from this sheet and then sponge the edges with the Poppy Parade to add more contrast.

For my background I used the Highland Heather both full strength and sometimes stamping off once.
I finished the card by adding a few rhinestones.  The stamp sets I used are very versatile.  The butterflies are part of a larger die that can be snipped into smaller butterflies.  And the sentiment set has lovely sentiments appropriate for many occasions.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Beauty Abounds, Special Celebrations
Dies: Stampin' up! Butterfly Beauty
Ink: Highland Heather, Mango Melody, Poppy Parade
Accessories: Rhinestones

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