Challenge 12 at the Sugar Nellie Splitcoaststampers Forum is "NO SQUARES" whillst Challenge 37 at the Sugar Bowl is a sketch by Marlene with an optional them of "Girly & Feminine". It occurred to me that a girl's fashion accessories can be "not square" in the sense of not being staid or conservative.
Whiff of Joy Challenge #81 is a Photo Challenge. Both the colours & the image suggested "vintage" to me &, as the card is for a girl's birthday & we are in the midst of summer & Wimbledon Tennis, it seemed rather apt to use the Regency Stripe with strawberries motif patterned paper I had. The sketch I used (flipped to give the mirror image so that my image is facing the butterfly) was provided by Bev Rochester for the current Create4Fun challenge.
Stamps Whiff of Joy Kneeling Willow (image), Whimsy Proud Momma (sentiment), Artemio Ref.10001037 (swirl).
Inks etc.... Memento Tuxedo Black (image), Brilliance Lightning Black (sentiment plus inking paper & cardstock edges).
Colouring Copic Ciaos, Inkssentials White Opaque Pen, ProMarker (butterfly charm).
Cardstock Black, textured glossy black, dark cream, dark & light green from "stash".
Papers Nancy Watt Collection from Making Cards July 2008.
close-up taken with flash to show sparkle of hair ribbon
inside of card showing paper pierced scallops
(click on above image to show paper piercing in further detail)
The sketch I have used is that provided by Sketch & Stash. The daisy strip is punched from a recycled dark brown gold pearlised envelope I was given, though the photo doesn't show how sparkly it is. The small brown squares the buttons are mounted upon were punched from the same envelope.
Stamp Belles 'n Whistles Li'l Miss Poppy.
Inks etc.... Memento Tuxedo Black (image), Worn Lipstick Distress Ink for inking most paper & cardstock edges.
Colouring Copic Ciaos, Letraset Black Fine Line Drawing Pen, Inkssentials White Opaque Pen, Sakura Stardust Pen.
Cardstock White, pink & dark brown from "stash".
Papers Patterned - Dovecraft Kate Knight Eastern Blooms, pink linen effect from "stash".
Turtles, Ladybirds/Ladybugs & Daisies are amongst my favourite images. So, this card should have been very easy - but it was one of THOSE days when it just would not come together. The brad on my butterfly charm snapped & it didn't look right hanging on the ribbon but I'd already very securely (!!) attached that beneath the paper so, I replaced it with a flower & abandoned the charm. The butterfly on the stamped image which should sit on the turtle's head disappeared in a smudge of gooey card when I tried to watercolour with the Sakura Stardust Pens, trying to rectify that all that resulted was a hole - it seems that the card suitable for Copics does not like water!! So, I have turtle without friend but plenty of butterflies on the backing paper. I have used Aud's sketch from Friday Sketchers rotated 90 degrees clockwise.
Stamp High Hopes Turtle's Friend.
Inks etc.... Memento Tuxedo Black (image). Distress Inks (Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose & Pine Needles) for inking all cardstock & paper edges excepting the punched green leaves.
close-up of image panel showing paper pierced scallops
inside of card
"NO EMBELLISHMENTS" is Challenge 11 at the Splitcoaststampers Sugar Nellie Forum. I must have fulfilled the brief because as I was taking the photos my husband appropriately commented that he thought it a bit ordinary. Again it is one of those cards that could be used for a number of occasions - friendship, birthday, or a new baby boy card.
Recipe Stamp Sugar Nellie Big Bunch of Love. Inks etc.... Memento Tuxedo Black (image). Broken China Distress Ink & Brilliance Galaxy Gold (either singly or combined) were used for inking all cardstock & paper edges, & the Broken China also for sponging the message panel's scalloped circle. Colouring Copic Ciaos, Sakura Stardust Pens. Cardstock Bright gold cream Moondust, vintage gold Moondust, textured cream & turquoise from "stash". Paper Nancy Watt Collection - Fashion, Flowers & Dots. Punches Woodware (circles & scalloped circles).
photographed with flash showing gloss on image & sheen of Moondust cardstock
inside of card
Another card for the non-cute gentleman. As he gives me things he thinks I might find useful for crafting (& lends me his tools) I thought it appropriate to use some of the ancient fuse wire he gave me some time ago instead of string/ribbon for the tag. I did have to hammer the fuse wire somewhat to enable me to thread it through the eyelet. I stamped & heat embossed my image onto a piece of die cut white cardstock & (starting with the lightest innermost) sponged the Distress Inks over it, then wiped over the embossing with a piece of kitchen paper. The following day I still had inky fingers but I was pleased with the result. Again the project evolved as I worked but I'm hoping the resultant effect is somewhat along the lines of a tool board to which an old charred picture has been attached.
Recipe Stamp Creative Expressions LL219F. Inks etc.... VersaMark watermark stamp pad & Stampendous Detail Clear Embossing Powder (image), Distress Inks (Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy & Black Soot) for sponging. The Vintage Photo was used by itself for edging all the cardstock. Cardstock White, brown Moondust & bright gold cream Moondust from "stash". Punches/Dies Woodware (tag), Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Deckled Rectangles Eyelet Dovecraft. Charms GCS Imports Ltd. The metal studs were from "stash".
There are two challenges listed below with summer or sunshine themes. I looked at the criteria quite carefully &, since the stipulations were to make a card inspired by something done in the summer/sunshine or colours associated with summer/sunshine, I decided that my card does qualify for these. The colours I used are the ice cream colours of pistachio & vanilla with the dark green being either candied angelica, green glace cherries or mint liqueur sauce. This combination immediately makes me think of sitting eating an ice cream sundae at one of those little ice cream parlours that seem to appear when you go on holiday. I have followed the sketch provided by this week's Allsorts Challenge.
Recipe Stamp Belles 'n Whistles Beary Big Hugs. Inks etc.... Memento Tuxedo Black (image). Color Box Pheasant Gold for inking all cardstock & paper edges excepting the punched leaves. Colouring Copic Ciaos, Inkssentials White Opaque Pen. Cardstock Pale gold cream Moondust & dark green from "stash". Paper Nancy Watt Collection - Fancy Framed Quotes & Florals. Punches Woodware (scalloped square, circle & scalloped circle), Nellie Snellen (leaves). The green bows are from a Hot Off The Press Bright Brad Pack ( I cut the legs off), the buttons are Woodware & the flower gems are from "stash".
I set out with completely different colours in mind: green, red or blue in fact. It was the striped paper that caused the mauve to reappear - since I wanted to use stripes both horizontally & vertically it was this or various shades of black through to white. I still marvel at how a card makes itself as I work on it.
As I mentioned a few posts ago I have learnt much (& continue to do so) from the Whiff of Joy Tutorials & Inspirations Blog. This week Claudia Rosa has provided 2 very different sketches for inspiration with interpretations to be submitted by Friday 18th. I have completed Sketch #4 first - it had me thinking as there was an indication of torn paper being an element of the design. Tearing paper is not something I find easy - not because of damaging the paper - it's just that I don't seem to be able to get a reasonable result when I do attempt it. It occurred to me that the pattern on the sketch looked like deckle edging &, since I have a box of decorative edging scissors languishing on a shelf, I thought I might experiment a little. I cut the paper, inked the edges & then fitted them back together again.
I thoroughly enjoyed colouring the image, I think it is the first time I have been able to colour & use the first image - the rubbish bin normally fills somewhat as soon as I start colouring. I shall be using Musing Melinda for the second sketch as I want to see what impact a different sketch & colours will have upon the same image. Hopefully I can complete the second project also before the deadline on Friday.
Stamp Whiff of Joy Musing Melinda. Inks etc.... Memento Tuxedo Balck (image). Dusty Concord Distress Ink for inking cardstock & paper edges. Colouring Copic Ciaos, Letraset Black Fine Line Drawing Pen, Inkssentials White Opaque Pen, Sakura Stardust Pen, Stickles Glitter Glue (Ice Stickles Lemon Ice). Cardstock White, textured white & Moondust mauve from "stash". Paper Joanna Sheen Gingham Paper Pad. Punches Woodware (circles & scalloped circle, hearts & scalloped hearts). Paper Edgers Fiskars Deckle. Pearls Papermania.
'Anything Goes' is the tenth challenge at the Sugar Nellie Splitcoaststampers forum. It is sometimes more difficult to have an open rather than a specific brief so I was relieved when the Sketch & Stash sketch combined itself with the Pile It On theme of Summer Showers in my imagination & I could see the shape of an umbrella/parasol with a handle in the sketch. Turn the sketch ninety degrees clockwise & there it is with the image sitting beneath. Flipping the sketch over positioned the flowers more suitably for my image. I used teardrop shaped gems for the "handle" & a corner punch with the same shape to further the analogy of raindrops. Imagine the gems as a trickle of water hitting the image panel, splitting into two streams (the glitter) around the panel & joining at the bottom in a final drop (gem). The Stickles Glitter Glue that I used is quite aptly named "Waterfall". Even the flowers fit the theme for the Summer rain encourages plant growth.
Stamp Sugar Nellie Gorjuss Sitting.
Inks etc... Memento Tuxedo Black (image). Brilliance Galaxy Gold & Mediterranean Blue for inking cardstock edges.
Colouring Copic Ciaos, Sakura Stardust Pen, Stickles Glitter Glue (Waterfall, Golden Rod & Ice Stickles Lemon Ice). Cardstock Navy, yellow, blue, pale gold cream Moondust, blue Mirri & gold pearlescent - all from "stash". Punches Woodware (circle & scalloped circle, flowers), EK Success (corner rounder), Fiskars (ornate corner). Gems from "stash".
This was my first experience of a Belles 'n Whistles stamp - one of the photopolymer clear stamps. I have never encountered such quality in a clear stamp as it stamped perfectly & I had none of my usual pressure trouble. Since I'm short with small hands I stamp standing up & (contrary to all advice to stamp on a cushioned surface) onto a hard surface (normally my glass mat). I have tried so many different methods & this one works for me.
The following - in coloured italics - concerns my personal experience using ProMarkers & Copics. I include it as someone may find it useful & I know that I have benefitted hugely from reading of other people's experiences. Nevertheless the section is quite lengthy & can easily be skipped.
The other revelation for me was using my Copics. Having found a number of tutorials using the ProMarkers & that whenever I tried to follow a Copics one, though I have all the Ciaos, I was invariably missing a colour that was being used for it was not available in the Ciao format, I decided to purchase the two Stamping sets of ProMarkers & then the Skin Tones set & to proceed that way. I've struggled with the bleeding over the stamped image edge despite using the "correct" cardstock & also with my limited selection of colours but nevertheless have been thoroughly enjoying the learning process. Lack of pinks, discovering the information on Color me Copic & the gift of a Suzanne Dean on-line colouring class for me to start in August made me attempt the Ciaos again yesterday. No bleeding, on the exact same cardstock I was using with the ProMarkers & I delighted in being able to cut out my image with a little white border. I did use the white Inkssentials gel pen for edging this time (I'd been colouring outside using a tray resting on my knees & sitting on a hill with a 45 degree gradient) which I prefer not to but that was another difference for the gel pen had been inadequate when used with the ProMarkers. I also love the brush tip of the Copics & the fine detail possible with it.
In an ideal world one would wish to have both a complete set of ProMarkers & all the Copics colours (which are available in the more expensive Sketch format) for the colours are different - the ProMarkers seeming to be more subtle in their colouration - in fact the pens handle differently too & for some people the ProMarkers will be easier to hold. Basically it is a matter of personal preference & I count myself fortunate to have been able to experience & compare the two.
I have flipped the Sketch Saturday sketch sideways & as there is nothing square about my card I am submitting it to the Cute Card Thursday Challenge #15. The image of the girl hugging her teddy evokes thoughts of comfort & home for me & taking the concept even further I am going to be very "at home" developing my use of Copics & supplementing my Ciaos with Sketch colours.
Recipe Stamp Belles 'n Whistles Beary Big Hugs. Inks etc... Memento Tuxedo Black (image). Black Soot Distress Ink & Brilliance Moonlight White, Pearlescent Orchid & Pearlescent Sky Blue for inking cardstock & paper edges. Colouring Copic Ciaos, Inkssentials White Opaque Pen. Cardstock Moondust black, textured glossy black, & Moondust white from "stash". Papers Moondust white & linen effect papers in blue & pink from "stash. Punches Fiskars (border), Woodware (circle & scalloped circle), EK Success (scalloped corners). Ribbon Woodware Pearls Kanban