Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Starry, Starry Wreath

*** If you're here for my SOS challenge post, please scroll down, or click here. ***

As I was reviewing my stack of undone challenges the other day, I got a clue and made this:

This card is a combination of the colors from the current CAS - Colours & Sketches challenge:

and the current Fusion challenge:

and was largely influenced by a card I can't find that had a wreath made out of punched or stamped stars. There are a few on Pinterest like it, but not the one I remember.

Roll that all together and you get (here's my card again so I can see it while I blather):

Following the Fusion sketch and shiny silver wreath idea, I die-cut three pieces of card stock (Bazzill Navajo, Simon Says Stamp Fog, and mystery silver glitter -- as close as I could get to the color challenge colors) with my Simon Says Stamp Large Holiday Shapes star dies, four times each.   I traced my mini glue dots roll to get a circle, then started sticking the stars to the circle. Once I'd completely covered the line, I stopped. :)

I cut a piece of patterned vellum into a banner shape and used a few glue dots to stick it to the wreath.  I had a large shiny star left over, so I used it for the star element of the sketch. I was going to add a red bow, but that would have broken the color scheme. Plus, I forgot.

To attempt to show you that vellum really does have a pattern:

You may just need to believe me.

To finish off the card front, I stamped the sentiment (it was still out ...) using Hero Arts Silver ink and clear-embossed it. Then I layered the white panel onto a piece of SSS Fog card stock and mounted that to the white base using foam adhesive. The end.

This turned out like I'd imagined it would (minus the red bow), which is always a pleasant surprise in my world.

Thanks for stopping by!

PS: Is anyone else humming Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) now? 

Stuff I used: A Muse sentiment, vat of clear embossing powder, Bazzill Navajo (blue) card stock, mystery silver glitter paper, misc patterned vellum, SU mini glue dots, and the following:

SOS #179: FREE Is Good!

It's Tuesday, and time for a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash. This week's title is FREE is Good! and we'd like you to use something you got for free.

Note: This is a two-week challenge since we span the US Thanksgiving holiday!

I chose to use my collection of free ribbon pieces I got in my Ellen Hutson orders. Here's what I made:

I only used four of the pieces, but Ellen is quite generous with it, and I had enough to weave ... let's call it a 3" square.

The first thing I did was cut a square of card stock and run some adhesive across the top and down one side. I lined up the ribbon vertically (top to bottom) across the top, making sure to stick it to the adhesive. This provides the "ribs" for your weaving, and the adhesive keeps you from slitting your wrists as your work continues to move across your craft table as if it each piece had a life of its own. Then I started weaving horizontally, and after each piece was woven, I pushed it up close to the previous strip and made sure to stick one end into the adhesive.

I continued until the square was full, then turned it over and folded all the ribbon pieces to the back and taped them down.

Next I cut a (mostly centered) heart out of a 4 x 5 1/4" panel, and played with the woven piece until I was happy with what showed through the opening. Let's just say it's not sitting square on the back, shall we?

I made marks onto the back of the white panel along the edges of the woven square piece to note its placement, and took it off so I could stamp the sentiment on the front while the panel was still flat.

About that sentiment: I'm sure I have a LOVE YOU somewhere, but I needed to initiate my Milo's ABCs set, so I used it instead. And so I didn't need to be exact about lining it up, I left a space for a heart. I die-cut some hearts using my Lawn Fawn Hearts dies, colored the top one red, and stuck them together for later.

Next I applied some adhesive to the back of the white panel around the heart opening, then used the lines I'd drawn as a guide to put the woven panel back in place. I then lined the edges of the panel with foam tape (that ribbon panel is poufy), and prepared to stick it to the card front.

But wait! White-on-white is boring, so I broke out some new ... wait for it ... WASHI TAPE, and put it all around the edges of the card base, then I put the white panel down. I stuck on the red heart stack, and there was only one thing left to do: add a gold ribbon bow I'd made with a piece of left-over ribbon.

Then I saw The Schmear. It wasn't bad, but I could see it and it bothered me. Enter: embellishments! I covered a remnant of card stock with the gold washi tape and die-cut part of the Heart of Hearts so I got a bunch of tiny gold hearts. I stuck them to the front. I also put one in the center of the red heart, because I could. Oh, and I tossed the gold bow. The end.

This is totally a more-is-more card, but it looks innocent enough, doesn't it? And I've used four pieces of FREE ribbon!

So, got stash of free stuff you haven't used yet? I think you should play along with SOS this fortnight!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used: free ribbon, and the following:

Sunday, November 23, 2014


By now most of you know I generally stamp without a net. I rarely plan out a whole card before I start playing around with an idea. I sometimes have a full idea, but then it morphs in translation between my head and the real-life process.

The other day I took out two of my new-ish die sets and was determined to use them. I eventually ended up with this blue panel:

The frame was cut using the smaller of the two frames in my Avery Elle Finished Frames die set, and the buildings and clouds were cut using my Paper Smooches Background Builders. But this is small, about 2.5"x 3". What to do ... what to do ...

I went in search of a sketch. I rummaged through my stack of sketches and found this one by Sketch Saturday:

My rectangle became the square in the sketch, and I used pieces of paper remnants from my Basic Grey Out Of Print paper pack to put behind the rectangle. This is what came out:

Something's off ... I'm not feeling the love. I either needed to put black behind the blue panel, or behind the printed papers. But if you like subtle, I give you subtle. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I needed a sentiment, and with nowhere to put one, I almost tossed the whole thing, but instead I remembered the Crazy 4 Challenges challenge is to use the word hello on a card. I CAN DO THIS! I pulled out my Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental set and used the tiny hello; stamped it in white and embossed it with white. Perfect fit.

I almost didn't post this card here, but I went to the local holiday street fair around noon today and ate some street food, and I'm sitting here debating whether I also want to nap, so this card is all I have for you today. So far. I might go create after a nap with Bobra. He's such a cuddler, and tough to resist. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used: Bazzill card stock (blue and yellow), SU black card stock, Basic Grey Out of Print 6x6 paper, and the following: