Beautiful World Sketch

It’s time for another sketch challenge. The Paper Players have a new layout on their blog, and I decided to play along. I’m working with the World of Good suite. This suite is retiring in a month, so if you love it as much as I do, order it now. I used the stamps, dies, embossing folder, DSP, trim, and embellishments from the suite for this card. Yep, I love it.

The Card

I started with this layout for Sketch Challenge PP534. You can click on the picture to see the designers’ examples and all of the other gorgeous entries to this challenge. Sketch challenges are great because you can use what you’ve got.

For my card, I started with a base of Misty Moonlight. The next layer is Very Vanilla embossed with the Old World Paper 3-D folder. I inked up the folder with Cinnamon Cider before I ran the paper through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. I have fallen in love with this tool that folds up so well and gives such an even impression.

Next, I added two lengths of Faux Suede trim with Antiqued slides. It reminds me of the straps on a suitcase. And boy, do I miss traveling!

For the two columns, I cut two pieces of Cinnamon Cider card to 1-1/8″ x 4″ and layered on World of Good Specialty DSP cut to 1″x3-7/8″. Then I die cut the globe base out of foil paper.

The globe is a second generation of Cinnamon Cider, so I stamped it on scrap paper and then stamped my piece of Very Vanilla without re-inking. On top of that, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with black embossing powder. The columns and the globe are lifted on Dimensionals.

I always enjoy playing along with The Paper Players. I hope you find creative inspiration this weekend. Happy crafting.

Many Messages Makes Many Cards!

The Many Message bundle in the current Mini catalog is versatile and inspirational. It’s one big stamp so that it can be used as a background stamp. But the bundle also comes with a die to cut those messages into eighteen sentiments. Eighteen! You could make separate cards, one for each message. Or you could layer them together like the example in the catalog.

My Strategy

I went for the challenge of creating a unique card for each one. To further add to the challenge, I attempted to do this with just two sheets of double-sided DSP, matching card stock, and anything I could lay my hands on in my craft stash. I started by cutting the DSP using two different one-sheet-wonder layouts. These are patterns to cut a 12×12″ sheet with minimal waste.

It took me a few days to work my way through them. I did cards of all sizes, from 3×3″ to full size. I only have seventeen to share because, in the creative process, I managed to misplace one of the sentiments. When I use this stamp again to create individual sentiments, I will definitely use an envelope or other containment device. I’m also planning to experiment with using the stamp as a background image.

My Carousel of Cards

I hope you found some inspiration in my Many Messages card creation challenge. For more ideas you can find me on Instagram and Pinterest. Happy crafting!

CASE-ing Christmas Cards

For the past couple of years, I’ve participated in a Christmas Stampathon group on Facebook. Last year I got sidetracked and didn’t complete all the challenges. Big mistake. Huge. I didn’t have all my holiday tags and cards ready to go. So, I recommitted this year and I’ll share the cards with you. For the most part, I use my scraps and retired products for these challenges which also helps clear the craft room. Never a bad thing. You can join the group online, it’s run by a wonderful demo who is super supportive and friendly, or you can take your inspiration here and play along behind the scenes.

The CASE Image and My Cards

To CASE a card, I like to look at the elements. This card has a color base, a bit of texture on the white background, five strips of color, a central die-cut image, a sentiment, and some gems. I stayed pretty literal to this equation and played more with style.

Rustic Moose

In the first one, I went rustic. I used the Birch background with Cinnamon Cider ink on the Very Vanilla base to create the texture. And I gave our Merry Moose a bright red scarf to bring out some of the color in the DSP strips. The copper medallion, heat embossed sentiment, and mirror embellishments added a bit of holiday sparkle.

Monochromatic Sleigh

The Cherry Cobbler sleigh card is nearly monochromatic. I used an embossing folder on the Very Vanilla card stock to add the texture. The sleigh and the sentiment are heat embossed in gold and I used a few Gold Glitter enamel dots for the sparkle. One thing I wish I had done differently was to use the opposite side of the embossed snowflake. It would have made the card assembly easier.

Sparkly Tree

The third card uses a background from a summer Paper Pumpkin kit. I added a mix of silver foil DSP and matte grays. The Shaded Spruce tree is from the In the Woods dies. I added a bit of white/glitter heat embossing to the edges of the branches. I did a combination on the sentiment of silver heat embossing and die-cutting. The “Holidays” is actually two die cuts—Silver foil and Shaded Spruce—layered on top of each other. I went all out with gems, a star and silver pearls on the tree, snowflakes on the background. I call this my More is More card.

Clean and Simple

Which meant my last card had to be a less is more. I got out some very retired Washi tape. Added a stamped ornament from the recent Christmas Gleaming set, and some gold braid and glitter enamel dots. The sentiment is stamped right on the card base in Cherry Cobbler.

This is a great layout no matter what the occasion. I could see creating a super fun birthday card for example.

Hope you are inspired to create something today. Happy crafting.