Saturday, November 16, 2019

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

As it so happens, I found a new challenge today, Perfectly CAS (using one third or less) and decided I just had to play along.  It really is a new challenge as this is only the third challenge they have had.  It's a Christmas theme this time and the challenge for me was keeping the design to only using one third of the card.  It's not as easy as it may seem but I must say I love this challenge and plan to participate on a regular basis.

The stamp set I used is a new one from Taylored Expressions, Holly Jolly Background.  What I love about this set is that the background part of the stamp is a 4.5" x 5.75" rubber stamp but the holly and the berries are a photopolymer stamp which allows you to easily line up the stamp and fill in the outline image.  What an ingenious idea!


Stamp(s):  Jolly Holly Background, Simple Strips Christmas (Taylored Expressions)
Ink(s):  Old Olive, Real Red (Stampin' Up!); Jet Black (Altenew)
Cardstock:  Old Olive, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Dies:  Simple Strips Die (Taylored Expressions)


And, here is what it looks like standing up.  I rather like it this way and think I just may have to make a few more like it.


Be sure to go check out the new challenge Perfectly CAS (using one third or less).  I'm going to enjoy challenging myself to staying without the one third or less.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.

https://perfectlycas.blogspot.com/2019/11/challenge-3-christmas.html

Thanks for stopping by,

Marsha

Friday, November 15, 2019

A Big Hug

Today I'm sharing a card I made for another couple of challenges.  The CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge and The Color Throwdown Challenge.  It's been a while since I've been able to play along with them and the sketch and colors combined together beautifully.


Stamp Set(s):  Leaf Canopy (Altenew); Simple Strips Background (Taylored Expressions)
Ink(s):  Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather (Stampin' Up!); Jet Black (Altenew)
Cardstock:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Patterned Paper:  Perennial Essence Specialty Designer Series Paper (Stampin' Up!)
Dies:  Simple Strips Die (Taylored Expressions)
Other:  Jelly Donut Enamel Dots (Taylored Expressions); Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen

The sketch I used is from the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.


The colors I used are from The Color Throwdown Challenge.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.


Thanks for stopping by,

Marsha

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Some Things

Today I had the chance to play along with two of my favorite challenges.  The Retro Rubber Challenge and The Paper Players Challenge.  The two combined beautifully to make this pretty silhouette.

The stamp set is Just Believe from Stampin' Up!  It's from 2010 and one of the first stamps sets I purchased when I became a demonstrator.  It's been a while since it has seen ink but it remains one of my favorites.

The colors I used are Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green from Stampin' Up! and used my blending brushes to add the color the the white cardstock.  For the silhouette and sentiment I used Jet Black ink from Altenew.  It's an overcast day here in the Sierra Nevada which means that photos in natural light won't be true to color.  The colors are much more vibrant in real life.  For the finishing touch, I added some rhinestone gems.  It's a great way to cover halos that just don't work in the design.




I've entered my card in the "anything goes" Retro Rubber Challenge.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.


https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2019/11/challenge-123-anything-goes.html

The colors I used are from the Paper Players Challenge.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2019/11/pp467-color-challenge-from-claire.html

Thanks for stopping by,

Marsha

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

WWC247 - Marsha's "All About Occasions" Challenge


Hello and welcome to the next installment of the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  This week I'm your host for our "All About Occasions" challenge.  We’d love to have you join us and share your creation.

As promised, here is another of the floral backgrounds I made.  I've only got one left so that means you'll see it soon but also that I need to get busy and create some more.   I love these simple, easy to mail cards.


Stamp Set: Billowing Blossoms (Altenew); Simple Strips-Friendship (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Chamomile, Ultraviolet, Firefly, Buttercream, Jet Black (Altenew)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crushed Curry (Stampin' Up!)
Dies:  Simple Strips Die (Taylored Expressions) 

For all of our challenge details and to share your project, visit the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge by clicking the image below.  We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Monday, November 18th at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time to link up your project.


Thanks for stopping by,

Marsha

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

AECP - In the Mood for Color

Today I'm sharing a card made for my first lesson in the class In the Mood for Color.  It was a fun card to put together and, as you can see, focuses on the color blue.

The water drops are from the Water Droplets stamp set by Designs by Ryn and embossed with silver embossing powder.  After embossing, I blended Caribbean ink by Altenew over the the white cardstock.  You can see just a hit of purple in the mix as I didn't get the brush I used completely clear of the red.  I simply grabbed the wrong brush but I like the subtle effect it gave.  I also sponged some Night of Navy under the sentiments to make them stand out more.


The sentiments are from the Painted Encouragement stamp set by Altenew.  I stamped them using Night of Navy ink, attached the white cardstock to some Night of Navy cardstock, fussy cut around them then, attached them to the card front.  For the finishing touch, I added a few clear rain drops.


Stamp Set(s):  Water Droplets (Designs by Ryn); Painted Encouragement (Altenew)
Ink(s):  Caribbean Sky, (Altenew); Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Dies:  Wavy Rectangles Dies (Unknown)
Other:  Silver Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up!); Clear Rain Drops (Studio Katia)

Now I'm on to Lesson 2 and will have that card to share with you in a day or so.  I'm determined to make up time for not being able to work on my classes as I would have liked.

Thanks for stopping by,

Marsha

Monday, November 11, 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #342

It's time for a new sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and I had such fun with this one.  To start, I used the Bubbly Stencil to make a rainbow background for the sentiment strips from the Simple Strips-Birthday stamp set.  What doesn't show up well in the photo is the vellum circles under that cute party hat.


Stamp Set(s):  Simple Strips-Birthday (Taylored Expressions)
Ink(s):  Cherry Pop, Candy Corn, Lemon Meringue, Blue Corn (Taylored Expressions); Jet Black (Altenew)
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, Pineapple Punch, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Dies:  Simple Strips Die, Party Hat Die (Taylored Expressions)
Punches:  2" Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (Stampin' Up!)
Other:  Bubbly Stencil (Taylored Expressions); Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen

For all of our challenge details and to share your project, visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge by clicking the image below.  We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Sunday, November 17th at 8:39 p.m. Pacific Standard Time to link up your project.

https://atlanticheartschallenge.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by,

Marsha

Sunday, November 10, 2019

AECP - Beyond Background Basics

Today finds me working on my Altenew Educator Certification Program.  Hopefully, I can now really focus on the remaining classes and get them done.  It's been a longer process than I had expected but that's what you get when you move twice in one year.  Life is good!

For this one I tried a foiling technique using bonding powder and the heat tool.  While I do have a laminator that works well for foiling, this is one of the lessons in the Beyond Basics Background class and it looked like a fun one to try.  For my first attempt, it's not so bad.

Please forgive the quality of the photos.  I'm, once again, hunting for a new light tent for taking photos.  The one I have is just too small and I can't set it up the way I like.  If you have any suggestions, let me know.


The stamp set I used is the Leaf Canopy from Altenew.  I love this set and can't wait to use it again.  It has matching dies, too.  The sentiment is stamped from the Simple Strips Birthday from Taylored Expressions and die-cut with the matching die.  I stamped it using Jet Black ink from Altenew.


The red foil strips on the edge of the card was done using Sticky Strip and simply pressing the foil onto it.  It's a nice way to had a bit of foil to any project.


Thanks for stopping by,

Marsha

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Just A Note Calendar

It's that time of year when I start to think of new calendars to make for gifts for my friends and family.  It has become somewhat of a tradition that a new calendar is given.  This year I'm using the Display Easel Die from Taylored Expressions as well as their mini calendars.

There will be twelve different flower panels, one for each month of the year, that can be displayed on the shelf.  The stamp set I used is the Flowers for a Year from Taylored Expressions.  I colored the image using Prismacolor Colored Pencils and Gamsol then cut it out using the Flowers for a Year Dies.  For the finishing touch, I added a few Iridescent Gems.



I've entered my calendar in the Just Us Girls "anything but a card" challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2019/11/just-us-girls-513trend-week-anything.html

Thanks for stopping by,

Marsha

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

WWC246 - Tristan's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello and welcome to the next installment of the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  This week Tristan is hosting our Feminine "Anything Goes" challenge.  We’d love to have you join us and share you creation.

Here is another of the pretty floral backgrounds I created.  In the coming weeks, you will see a couple more of them.  They are fun to create and make for such a pretty card.



Stamp Set: Floral Elements (Altenew); Simple Strips-Friendship (Taylored Expressions)
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral (Stampin' Up!) 
Dies:  Simple Strips Die (Taylored Expressions)


For all of our challenge details and to share your project, visit the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge clicking the image below.  We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Monday, November 11th at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time to link up your project.
 
http://watercoolerchallenge.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping by,

Marsha