Where Creativity Meets C9 – Challenge Guest

Hi friends, I’m super excited to be a guest designer for the June challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. If you’re joining me for the first time, welcome, I’m happy you’re here!

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This month’s challenge is all about layers, which I will admit is not my strength. But I love a challenge.
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For my card, I layered all sorts of things: textures, media, die-cuts, embellishments, and of course, paper.

First, I used the outer die from the Pretty Petals die set to cut out the large flower from watercolor paper. Then I stamped the flower details from the coordinating stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. I added a watercolor wash using my new favorite paints, Sennelier L’Aquarelle. I then used the detail die to get the individual petals and painted those green to stand in for leaves.

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I used the Friend Like You die to cut the sentiment into the flower, and then adhered the petals behind it. I then used a stitched rectangle die on a piece of kraft cardstock and also used the border from Friend Like You for a little extra detail. I stamped the large stripe from Stripe Builder in Versamark for a watermarked look. For embellishments, I added some string and Nuvo Crystal Drops in clear (water droplets!).

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my card for the June challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9!

Inspired by #52 and Where Creativity Meets C9 #8

Hi friends! Today I have two one layer cards featuring stamps from Concord & 9th. Both of these cards were created using just the card base, with no additional paper layers.

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(Background paper is Garden Tea Party floral wrapping paper from Paper Source.)

First up, I have a one layer card using the large floral stamp from Hello Lovely and the large background stripe stamp from Stripe Builder.

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First I stamped the floral stamp down in the corner, using Versamark ink, and then embossed with gold powder. ย Then I made a mask, which let me tell you, now I understand why they call it “fussy cutting”. With the mask in place, I stamped the stripes in black ink (Lawn Fawn). Where the stripes should have been behind the floral spray, but weren’t due to the mask, I filled in with a black brush marker, which thankfully matched the Lawn Fawn ink perfectly. ย Next, I stamped and embossed the sentiments in gold to match the floral spray. Finally I added a few enamel dots for embellishment.

52I’m entering this card into the latest Inspired by all the Little Things challenge. I was inspired by the striped rain coat, black & white scene, and the small pops of bright lights.

Since I went to the trouble of cutting out that mask, I decided to make a second one layer card using the floral stamp from Hello Lovely.

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For this card, I stamped in the upper left corner, lay down the mask, and then stamped again in the upper right. I should note that I only partially inked the stamp the second time because I didn’t want the floral spray extending too far down the card. Pro tip: Make sure your stamp is completely dry after cleaning and before positioning in your stamp platform. I ended up with diluted grey ink smudging my card before I stamped the second time. To correct that, I smooshed some of that ink onto my craft mat, spritzed it, and flicked it over my card with a paintbrush. Happy accident. I finished the card with an embossed sentiment from the Give Thanks set, some black and white string, and some enamel dots that provide the only color on this card.
challenge8I’m entering this card into the latest Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge, which is “one layer” cards.

Thanks for stopping by today!

 

 

 

 

 

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Update: I was the challenge winner at WCMC9! Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments!

WIP Wednesday: A study in striped socks

Finishing a knitting project always makes me want to cast on for something new, which always makes me feel guilty about what I’ve got waiting to be finished. I know, I know, it’s just knitting, something I do for myself, and I don’t need to feel guilty about it. ย But I do want to reclaim some needles and project bags, so I really should work on something already in progress.

Striped toe-up socks

Gah, I just checked Ravelry, and I started these socks way back in 2009. 2009! A lifetime ago!

Ahem.

These are just basic toe-up socks with short row toes and heels. I’m using Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett, which let me tell you is not the softest yarn in the world, and that may very well be why I haven’t finished these yet. It does not feel good running through my fingers. But I do love the stripes. Striped socks are pretty much my most favorite thing in the world. Well, actually, quokkas are my most favorite thing in the world. But striped socks? Right up there. Quokkas in striped socks? That might just be the end of me.