Sunday, 12 August 2018

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Guest Stamper: Alison Solven

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Welcome to the Crazy Crafters' Blog Hop with our Special Guest stamper, Alison Solven - we are thrilled to have Alison join us this month and so excited to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any project that has been created by her.

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If you pop over to Alison's blog (as I hope you will), you're in for a treat ... it's chock full of beautiful and inspiring projects!  To the left you'll see the card of Alison's that I chose to CASE.  I love the layout, the minimal colour scheme, strip of embossing and overall clean simplicity.

So, this is what I've done with it!  It will be for a dear friend who adores owls - either for Christmas or her birthday.   It was difficult to capture the depth of the embossing and the beautiful coppery glow in the photograph!
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The owl (from the Still Night stamp set) is stamped with Bright Copper Shimmer Paint

The first obvious difference is that I have used the Layered Leaves Dynamic embossing folder on a separate strip of the Granite Gray cardstock for those goregous textured leaves.

I decided to experiment a bit with the Shimmer Paint and sponged some of the Bright Copper onto the stamp with a Sponge Brayer.  I was really pleased with the effect.  It's a water-based paint and so rinses off very easily.  I'll be sharing more results of my experimentation in future posts.

I cut the owl and the branch with the coordinating Night Owl Thinlit Dies (available with the stamp set as a bundle with a saving of 10%) and I sponged the branch with some Gray Granite ink to darken it just a little so that it would show up against the background.
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The beautiful owl may be either a birthday card or a Christmas card
Products from the new Holiday Catalogue (Sales Period: 5 September 2018 to 2 January 2019)
Still Night Bundle (Still Night stamp set and Night Owl dies)

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Thanks for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie


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Friday, 10 August 2018

Stylish Christmas - Peace

Stylish Christmas is another of the Distinktive stamp sets and has GREAT images!
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The Distinktive stamp set - Stylish Christmas - makes Christmas cardmaking easy!

Given that Distinktive stamps work best with ink pads that aren't too juicy, I used my old Real Red ink pad.  It wasn't really quite inky enough but, wanting to avoid over-inking the pad with my ink refill, I used my Stamparatus instead.  I inked and stamped the red poinsettia about three times before I was happy with the colour intensity.

I did use one of my new ink pads (Call Me Clover) for the leaves but I was careful to tap very lightly into the ink.  The flourish is stamped with Shaded Spruce ink and I used the Real Red again for the work Peace.

The base card is Real Red and there's a layer of Shaded Spruce under the decorative card front.

What's Christmas without a bit of bling? So I added some Share What You Love Artisan Pearls to the centre of the Poinsettia and scattered some Red Rhinestones.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Christmas Card - Mistletoe Season on Macaron

I think this is one of my favourite Christmas Cards this year .... so far!  I like the simplicity and the pop of red that offsets the otherwise monochromatic colour scheme - and I really like the images in this Mistletoe Season stamp set.
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Mistletoe Season Christmas Card
I first stamped the more solid of the misteltoe images with Mint Macaron ink onto Mint Macaron cardstock.  Then I stamped the other image with Call Me Clover ink and coloured in the berries with White Craft ink.

I stamped the bow with Poppy Parade ink and added a few little highlights with the white ink, since I had it there in front of me!

I stamped the greeting with Shaded Spruce ink and then (although it doesn't show in this photo) added some Wink of Stella shimmer to the bow and mistletoe.

I layered my Shaded Spruce base card with some Whisper White followed by the decorated piece and then added one of the Red Rhinestones.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Christmas Card - Hearts Come Home with Bokeh Dots - Santa Scene

In my last post, I shared this Christmas card that I made using one of the Bokeh Dots background stamps as a starry night sky and promised to show you what I did with the white houses.  So this is it.
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Another Christmas card with a Bokeh Dots background and Hometown Greetings dies
The processes were all very similar except that this time I added a little shading to the houses, trees and snowman with Gray Granite ink and painted the snowman's hat with black ink.

I used my much-loved Stamparatus to stamp the santa image to ensure that I got the intensity of black that I wanted by safely stamping repeatedly in the exact same spot.

I added some ribbons to the bottom of the card and a label cut with the Layering Ovals framelits.  The greeting (from Mistletoe Season) is stamped with Fresh Fig ink.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Friday, 3 August 2018

Christmas Card - Hearts Come Home with Bokeh Dots & Softly Falling

I've recently been having a lot of fun with the Bokeh Dots stamp set - one of the new Distinktive stamp sets.  There are two stamps in the set and I decided to use this image as a starry night background.
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Christmas card with Bokeh Dots Distinktive stamp background and Hearts Come Framelits

I stamped the Bokeh Dot background onto a Whisper White scrap with Rich Razzleberry ink (I think!  I made a bunch at the same time - it could be Fresh Fig!)

The base card is Fresh Fig and I embossed the Gray Granite layer with the Softly Falling embossing folder after I had stamped the greeting (from Blended Season) in Fresh Fig ink.
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A little bit of Wink of Stella and Whisper White Craft ink for snowy elements

I cut the smaller houses in the Hometown framelits from Basic Black cardstock and then used a damp paint brush and some White Craft Ink to add snow to the rooves, trees, snowman and a hint in the foreground.  

I glued some Daffodil Delight pieces to the back of the houses to look like cheery, warm lights.  I also cut the same run of houses from Whisper White cardstock and glued a couple of little pieces to the houses.

In my next post, I'll share the card that I made with those white houses!
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The Softly Falling embossing folder creates a perfect "snowy" background layer

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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