Sunday, 22 January 2017

Muse Challenge #199

I love participating at the Muse Card Challenge. Most weeks, I have to really try to think outside the box and to stretch my imagination. It's a great challenge and it has encouraged my creativity.

This week, the Muse is Tracey McNeely. Usually, her work features bright colours. This week, it's different - have a look





Here's my card




I focused on
- the creation of a stencil using a die
- the light pink colour
- a heart as the focus
- gold embellishment

I just received the Simon Says STAMP Heart of Flowers die. I die cut and used the negative as a stencil, applying Spun Sugar distress ink with an ink blending tool. I used the same die with a small piece of gold cardstock to cut out the small flower near the center of heart. I adhered the pieces on the inked flower (made placement easier). The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Favorite Flowers stamp set.

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sue

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Less is More Challenge #311

I have a love/hate (well, hate is probably too strong a word), maybe a love/dislike relationship with one-layer cards. I feel a bit of added pressure to create a one layer card - what happens if I accidentally leave a smudge or drop my stamp or other boo-boo? I can't cover it up with a die-cut or sentiment banner. 

The current challenge at Less is More is


One Layer Card Week

and the theme we've chosen is 

Favourite Drink / Beverage


Here's my card



I masked off the area with post-it tape and added distress inks (peacock feathers and twisted citron) with ink blending tools. Then, once carefully removing the post-it tape,  with black ink, I added the cute image from Unity Stamps - A Little Party stamp set. The sentiment is from The Alley Way Stamps Tea Par-tea stamp set.

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sue


Monday, 16 January 2017

Calling All Sistahs - January Edition

It's that time of the month ...

Calling All Sistahs is a campaign started by Michele Gross of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps after her discovery of breast cancer.   The idea behind it is to remind our sistahs to do their monthly self exams and annual mammograms.  Michele designed the Calling All Sistahs collection during her cancer treatment and is now donating 50% of her profits from that line to National Breast Cancer Foundation.  This is an important reminder for all my sistahs. This month, Michele is adding a special sequins mix, Sistahood Sparkle from Pretty Pink Posh, designed exclusively for the Calling All Sistahs line at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. Quantities are limited and once they're gone, that's they're gone!

Did you know that 1 in 8 women in the US and 1 in 9 women in Canada will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Look around, do you see 8 (or 9) women? Think about it, on average, one of them will develop breast cancer. It's up to us to do something to do what we can to reduce that incidence. Annual mammograms and monthly self exams are one way for us to take an active role. This is your monthly reminder.

We'd love to have you join us on this important Blog Hop. The Calling All Sistahs' Blog Hop will require the use of any CASual Fridays product, no longer restricted to the Calling All Sistahs' product line. Won't you join us and help us to spread the word?


Unfortunately, my package of Sistahood Sparkles is sparkling up the post office. However, I made my card in advance, hoping that there would be a package in my mailbox today. I added my own sequins to add that bit of sparkle, I love.


Here's my card






It's a simple one this month. I used clear embossing powder with stamps from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Word Ribbon stamp set. I added colour with distress inks (spun sugar and picked raspberry) with ink blending tools. 

Next on the blog hop is 


Kimberly Rendino


Here's the entire blog hop list, in case you get "lost"




Sue Nagata << you are here
Mary Moisan


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sue

TIME OUT Challenges - Challenge #74

Thanks to the ladies at TIME OUT Challenges for the Honorable Mention last challenge. The current challenge is a Theme with Optional Twist challenge

The Theme is:

Winter

and the optional twist is:

White on White
(you can use black and other neutrals for the sentiment)


Here's my card




I used some white shimmer paper to die cut snowflakes using Simon Says STAMP Maryanne Snowflake and Alexis Snowflake dies.  The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Hand Lettered Winter Wishes stamp set and was heat embossed using silver embossing powder.

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sue

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Simon Says STAMP: Wednesday Challenge

The current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge is

Winter Birthday


Now, I'll admit that until today, I had never made a seasonal birthday card, never mind a winter birthday card. However, my cousin's daughter has a birthday coming up later this month so I thought I'd make a card for her. She's into acrobatics and gymnastics so I felt it was appropriate to have the super cute penguins tumbling. Here's my card.




I used Penny Black's Let's Chill stamp set. I stamped the top half of the penguins with pink, purple and teal ink. I carefully fussy cut the hats, scarves and ear muffs. I stamped the penguins in their various cartwheel-like positions and added hash marks to give the impression of movement and dipsy-doodling. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches' Sentiment Sampler stamp set.

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sue

Muse Card Club Challenge #198

Very happy to have found time to play with the gang at Muse Card Club. This week's Muse is Anita Bowden who created this great card




Here's my card




I started by clear heat embossing using the Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Canvas stamp. I added distress inks (picked raspberry, blueprint sketch, mermaid lagoon, cracked pistachio) using ink blending tools, overlapping the colours slightly. I then die cut out a 3" circle. Then I white heat embossed the Birthday Wishes sentiment, which uses the Simon Says STAMP Birthday Messages stamp set on black cardstock. The On Your Special Day sentiment is from WPlus9 Designs Happy Wishes stamp set. I used my MISTI and a circle die to shape the sentiment. I popped up the circle with some fun foam.

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sue

Saturday, 14 January 2017

a2z Scrapbooking January Challenge

Posting a card over at a2z Scrapbooking today. 

January's challenge is 


anything-goes
Here's my card




I used the emboss resist technique to create my card. I started with the largest flower from the Hero Arts CL980 Happy Mother's Day stamp set. I used clear embossing powder and heat set the images. I find it a bit difficult when stamping multiple images. I can't see where the versamark stamps. For me, I stamp one image, add embossing powder, then I can see where I've already stamped. It makes it easier for subsequent image stamping - working to keep the stamped images separate. I heat emboss the entire card panel once the stamping is complete. 

I used distress inks (picked raspberry, blueprint sketch and mermaid lagoon) applied with ink blending tools to add colour. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I used silver embossing powder for the sentiment. One tip, make sure that the distress inks have had sufficient time to dry (or use your heat tool). Otherwise the embossing powder may hang around where you don't want it too!

Here's a close-up




I trimmed the panel a bit, so that when applied to an A2 card, there is a thin border. I added a couple of sequins to add a bit of sparkle.

We'd love for you to join us in our January - Anything Goes challenge. Just be sure that the focal image is a Hero Arts product. You can add your creation here

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sue