I make, at the most, one St. Patrick's Day card a year... that's if it works out that we have dinner with friends as we often do. So here is this year's goofy edition:
You'll find the punchline at the end of the post...
I pinned this card last year after Emily entered it into a Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, because I loved the sentiment! Instead of turning a crazy bird into a chicken, I used this bird from my oldest Paper Smooches set, mostly as it was a good size match to the shamrock. The hat comes from another PS set. I used Twinkling H2Os and plastic wrap to make my marbled green squares. I printed the beginning of the riddle on some patterned paper for a little extra interest. I'm entering this in Shopping Our Stash's current Put a Bird On It challenge. Watch out for that green beer today!
*...and the answer is: The CLUCK of the Irish!
Supplies: white cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, Authentique Be(you)tiful patterned paper, Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies, A Magical Spring & Lawn Fawn My Lucky Charm stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Copic markers, Zig watercolour markers, Twinkling H2Os, MFT square stitched & blueprints 24 dies, foam tape
I have never used this bird stamp for anything but sympathy cards, and here I am using it again for another one. I have never actually paired it with the sentiment that comes with it, but since this is for family, it seemed just right. This is also likely the least CAS sympathy card I've made. I was pretty excited when I found not just one, but TWO patterned papers that actually coordinated with the distress inks I had sponged on the bird panel. I added a strip of woodgrain embossed cardstock to bring out the white-embossed bird.
Thursday means it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! Our (always optional) topping is a colour combination of teal and white.
Teal and I do not play well together. What is teal? There can be teal blue or teal green, or it can also be a duck. (Hmm, is the colour named after the bird, or the bird the colour?) And while I do have a couple of ink pads with teal in the name, I decided instead to haul out a bunch of patterned paper to see what inspired me. And it worked:
Keeping to just the teal and white, I stamped and embossed each of the little words and phrases in the speech bubbles. I decided to keep it super clean and simple, but did manage to find some matching hemp cord to keep it from downright PAB*, I hope.
As always, we welcome all birthday cards at Seize the Birthday! Come see how everyone interpreted our newest toppings, including our current surprise party guest, Kim!
(*PAB = Plain and Boring, my patented phrase for when I get a little too CAS...)
Supplies: white cardstock, Studio Calico Darling Dear patterned paper, Paper Issues/Snarky Stamps Ahhh Birthday, Versamark ink, Wow superfine white embossing powder, Hemptique cord
... because that's the name of the March Naughty or Nice Challenge, DRINK UP! What did you think I meant?
This is a fun prompt with lots of possibilities, both alcoholic and teetotal. Somehow I ended up making a wine-themed card again...
Note size of glass vs size of bottle. :D I managed to match red ink, red glitter paper AND red glitter embossing powder. There is absolutely no way the sentiment oval is covering a direct-to-card stamping mistake. ;) Tea, coffee, water, wine... the choices are practically infinite, so why now get crafty and join us! You have until March 25th to link up.
Supplies: white, black & Stampin' Up real red glimmer cardstock, So Suzy Stamps Cheers & Size Matters, Paper Smooches Free Spirits & Papertrey Ink Uncorked stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & Stampin' Up real red ink, Ranger red glitter embossing powder,Papertrey Ink Uncorked die, Stampin' Up scalloped oval punch
There was just the barest dusting of snow this morning, but still, seemed excuse enough to make a Christmas card! It's Kimberly's turn to be the muse at Muse: ChristmasVisions, and she has offered this sweet card:
I took inspiration from just about everything about this card: the reindeer, the combo die cut and small banner sentiment, the embossed background, the striped paper. I meant to use the same colours, as well, but in the end, the blue didn't make the final cut.
If reindeer are needed, this is generally my go-to set — I love them in their Christmas sweaters! I would have coloured this guy in Copics, but my handful only includes one (dark) brown. So he's watercoloured instead. The background panel is stencilled with embossing paste and glitter. I cut the "be jolly" three times in red so it would have a bit of extra dimension. Amazingly, I had a "be jolly, by golly" stamp in practically the same font, so masked off the first half and embossed the second part in white. Why not come and play along with us? You'll be happy come December when you see the Christmas cards you've made ahead of time! ;)
Supplies: white, black & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, Teresa Collins Santa's List patterned paper, Ranger watercolour paper, Hero Arts Christmas Reindeer & Unity/Jillibean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder stamps, Versamark & Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear & Hero Arts white embossing powders, Zig watercolour markers, CUTplorations Be Jolly die, Simon Says Stamp falling snow stencil, Dreamweavers glossy white embossing paste, Stampin' Up dazzling diamonds glitter, foam tape
Edna and the sisters are back with a fun new challenge: Z is for Zigzag! Works whether you pronounce the letter as 'zed' or 'zee', and that's just in English. :D A few years ago chevrons were a big trend for a while, although some purists even then insisted that technically the design element was really zigzags.
I played around with a bunch of ideas, and then the other morning noticed a roll of washi tape my brother gave me a couple of years ago, and the card evolved around that:
Picking up on one of the colours in the washi, I coloured up this crazy bird. I added a little more zigzag interest under the right side of the panel and a little brushstroke stamp for my bird to stand on I tried to pick a good sentiment for his expression. The sisters zigzagged in all different directions with their creations for this challenge, as did our current Queen and guest designer, CG! I bet you have something zigzaggy in your supplies, so why not come and play along?
Supplies: white, black & Stampin' Up smoky slate cardstock, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy stamps & dies, Technique Tuesday You're Not Normal & Stamplorations Holiday Artsy stamps, Versafine onyx black, MFT black licorice & Versacolor sky grey inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, Winnie & Walter Katharine dies, Scotch washi tape, foam tape
This Unity stamp set has been in my stash for ages, and it was the first thing I thought of when SOS posted their theme on Tuesday. I've always stamped the dress on patterned paper before, but looking at it today I realized it would be nice to let the patterns of the stamp shine a little more - particularly the music just below the waist and on the ruffled hem. So is this reverse paper piecing? After trying several papers, I liked the contrast of the yellow with the deep blue. And look, I had blue glitter to match (!) that I burnished in a strip on some double-sided tape. The sentiment is my nod to girl power. ;) I masked and double stamped it so I could emboss just the "classy and fabulous" with sparkly embossing powder. At the end, I played around with sequins, gems and the like, but was obviously in a clean and simple mood today. Or maybe that's clean and classy.
Supplies: white cardstock, American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray patterned paper, Unity Undeniably You stamps, Versafine onyx black & Altenew sapphire ink, Ranger clear & Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powders, Recollections blue glitter, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch, fun foam
Double sunshine today... it's bright and clear outside, and inside I have a bright, spring-like card...
I used the current challenge from Freshly Made Sketches to design my clean and simple daffodil thank you card. One of the ways I kept it simple is no masking! Most of the places where the leaves overlapped I hid with the sentiment banner. Because the two stems are all one colour, it's not really a problem where they cross, and the darker colour of the stem also works to look like it's in front of the leaf. If that makes any sense. :D I used a die to add perforations to the left side of the main panel mostly on a whim, but love how I can pick up the darkest yellow of the gingham paper through them.
This is also one more card for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge!
Supplies: white cardstock, Recollections gingham patterned paper, Sunny Studio Stamps Daffodil Dreams & (?) thank you stamps, Versamark, Memento dandelion, cantaloupe, pear tart & bamboo leaves inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Winnie & Walter Katharine dies, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch, foam tape
I was intrigued by the card created by this week's guest at Muse, Bunny Vance. Here's what she created:
More than anything, I was struck by the drama of the black background. I was also inspired by the floral theme. Here is where Bunny's inspiration took me:
Not a solid black background, but when I came across this piece of patterned paper, I thought it would be fun to incorporate the A.A. Milne quotation as the sentiment for the card. The cluster of flowers still really pops against the dark background.
Because I can, I'm also adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday challenge. ;)
I used this Paper Players sketch for a card yesterday, and I liked it so much, I am using it again, this time for a thank you card!
Apologies for the imperfect picture — I decided to make a set of thank you cards for a friend, and delivered them right after photographing before checking them. Part of it is all the shiny silver embossing! I actually watercoloured this panel a long time ago, I think for a Daily Marker monthly colouring challenge. After hauling it out, I added the sentiment, found pink cardstock that matched perfectly, then mounted it on a grey card base. Oh, and added the twine, too.
I'm also linking this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.