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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Metallics revisited

I am having so much fun with this metallic challenge at Less is More.
This morning, I did some more canning- love harvest season. After lunch, I decided to play.

I've gotten a bit of use out of my Boss Kut poinsettia die, and I decided to try it with red metallic paper.
I ran the die through twice, which gives it a nice, full look. Then I added the leaves, adhering them to the card stock with Glossy Accents. I seem to be using that as glue quite a bit lately. I stamped the sentiment on white and layered it over a bit of red. Easy, peasy. I did play with a few options, but decided to leave it plain, to let the flower stand on its own. 

 Yesterday, I was going through my stash of metallic papers- yes, I have an entire container just of metallics. I love coppery colours, and this one jumped out at me. I decided to try a couple of things with this card. I have never done the cracked glass technique, and I was a little nervous about trying it. I discovered that if you don't like what you have done, the cracks can be heated back up and they will fill in, then you can start from scratch.

I used three rounds of ultra thick embossing enamel then stuck it in the freezer for 10 minutes. After I cracked the enamel, I rounded the corners and adhered it to the brown card base. The inside of the card has a white insert so the writing can be seen.

One more day left of this weekend. Can't wait to play with some of the new toys I purchased on Saturday.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Let's get metallic!

I didn't have a chance last week to play along with the Less is More blog, but when I got up this morning to let the dogs out, I logged on to see what the challenge was this week. This week, it's a colour challenge with METALLIC.

The wheels immediately began to turn. I had a few things to accomplish before I got creative today, including stopping at a couple of craft stores with my friend M. It looks like the Michaels stores here will start to carry Spellbinders (they were not actually on the shelves, but there were tags for them!). Then we headed to one of our local scrapping stores that is under new ownership and checked out the cards we'll be making at a Dreamweaver class later this month.

OK- on to the challenge. Anyone who knows me, knows I love sparkly things. Bright, shiny, new things. So, this challenge is a natural fit. However, there were a few false starts. I thought I had a brilliant idea, but combining two embossing powders just turned into a gigantic mess.

As I had to stay in the basement until the laundry was done, I decided to play with a punch I got last year that I haven't really done a lot with

 I punched the pine needles out of metallic green cardstock and adhered it to a green base. There are about 40 punched out boughs on this card. To dress it up a bit, I punched the circles out of metallic red card and adhered it with Glossy Accents. To finish it, I tied the bow and attached it with Glossy Accents as well.

The greeting was stamped and embossed with holographic embossing powder.

 I have a couple more ideas for this challenge, and there's two more days left in the weekend for me to play.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

House Mouse- no cookin' challenge

This week at House-Mouse and Friends, it's a No Cookin' Recipe Card Challenge.  I don't think it's any secret how much I love House Mouse and company, and I have been meaning to play along with the challenges for ages, but it always seems like I miss the deadline. This week, I had a few ideas for the challenge, and they were all birthday cards. September is a busy birthday month in my world, and here's one card down.

I also love cookbooks and have many. In fact, they have overflowed my cookbook cupboard and are on several shelves. I pulled this recipe from a book I picked up for $1. It's brand new, and decided to muck it up a bit using distress inks in Vintage Photo and Tea Dye. The recipe contributor's name was in the right corner, so I distressed it further by tearing the paper.

I stamped the image on Bristol paper with Momento ink and coloured with copics. I then cut it out and adhered it to the recipe with foam tape. It is layered on glassine paper and orange cardstock.

Wonder who is going to get this card?