Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOS #166: ABCs

It's Tuesday, and that means it's time for a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash. This week's theme is ABCs, and we'd like you to use something on your project that begins with each of those letters. For example, I used A=Arrow, B=Brads or Banner, and C=Chevrons. See? Easy! Make sure to stop by the SOS blog to see some other suggestions, and also some fabby examples from the gals.

Here's my card:

I got the main ideas for this card from this one I saw over at the A Blog Named Hero Ombre challenge. I totally stole her idea of using one color for the ombre, just making it lighter as I moved from bottom to top. I also stole her idea of a tiny banner at the top, but I used an arrow instead.

Again, you neat people are missing out on sooooo much inspiration. I had a piece of kraft card stock already cut and sitting on top of my Hero Arts Zig Zag background stamp, so I decided it was time to see how that stamp looked clear-embossed on kraft. I liked it! I liked it even more when I started applying the Peacock Feathers ink. Oooh la la!

I got all crazy and picked up a remnant of Bazzill textured card stock, then stamped the Winnie & Walter sentiment with ... wait for it ... Peacock Feathers (I KNOW!) onto the textured side of the white card stock. I don't usually stamp with Distress inks, and I don't like to stamp on the textured side of card stock. I was throwing caution to the wind!!! In the end, I really liked the result.

I used some Tombow to hold the banner in place until I put the brads in, but in my world no normal adhesive sticks to embossing, so I pulled out the big guns and stuck a piece of Sookwang/Be Creative tape under the banner, then attached it to the kraft piece with three brads from my stash. It's amazing how I can have a squillion brads and not one was "kraft". These were Caramel from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts, purchased in a "I must have ALL THE COLORS" moment about 8 years ago.

It was at this point that arrow came into play. It needed to be in the upper left, and it needed to be a color. Well, guess what's still in the heap of UFOs on my desk? Yep, some MAMBI card stock remnants. I used a whole 1/2" of a piece for the arrow. I stuck it down with Multi Medium, then used a craft knife to cut it out. Thank goodness for straight sides.

For my last act I dug out a matching piece of Bazzill card stock for the base, and put the kraft panel up against the edge, leaving a white strip showing on the left.  I likey! :)

So, I think you should take up this challenge of using something A, B and C on your project, then link up over to SOS so we can see what you've made!

Thanks for stopping by!

ETA: I'm also linking to the current challenge at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers:

(I love Edna!)

ETA #2: This card was chosen as an honorable mention at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, and I got a Princess of Snark badge! :)

Stuff I used: vat of clear embossing powder I got many years ago at Viva Las Vegas Stamps (where "vat" = a full pint = 16 oz), Bazzill textured card stock, Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts brads, MAMBI card stock remnant, and the following:


  1. Link up at the Snarky Sisters too!
    I am in love with Peacock Feathers. I'm going to have to hide it from myself soon, because I want to use it on EVERYTHING.

  2. i reeeeeallllllllllllllly like that peacock feathers ink! really REALLY! yowza! i love everything about this, actually, especially the brads and arrow. it's AWESOME that the brads are caramel!!! those little hits of bright color totally enhance the peacocky (ack) ombre, as does that little side border of white. loveLOVElove! <3

  3. ps: i like the inspo card A LOT... but yours is even cooler!!! :)

  4. oh my.... i am soooo houred I could quite easily do a little cry haha! I LOVE your work and can't believe you even looked twice at mine, let alone took inspiration from it! happy day :)

  5. So pretty! The sentiment is great...lots of nice sparkle!


  6. Love everything about this! The ombré kraft background, the peacock feather sentiment -- wow! Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  7. I thought your kraft paper came resisted! Great job on you clear embossing. Thanks for joining us at the
    Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  8. For some reason I read this post in a total hopped up on crack overly energetic voice and now I'm exhausted. Clear embossing on kraft eh? You don't say? Well, color me curious.... or color me with Peacock Feathers, whatever works. Its a great card and I enjoyed hearing the inspiration and process,even if I do have to lie down now.

  9. Edna loves you right back!!
    Love the clear embossed ombre chevron background!!!
    Thanks for joining the sisterhood of snarky stampers for the "K is for Kraft" challenge!!

  10. Peacock Feathers is my favorite DI, and you used it masterfully! Love the clear-embossing-on-kraft-with-the-peacock-feathers-ombre-effect-over-it-look!! (That was a mouthful)

  11. Ok, back as a DT member of the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers. I'm sooooo totally CASE-ing your CASE! Thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for the Kraft challenge!


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