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We have had our first plant killing snowfall of the year. As usual, we all winge and moan about how crazy it is that snow came so early, when in fact it does this every year. In fact, the rarity is if we don’t get a September snowfall. What this inevitable snowfall does for me is to get me thinking about Arizona and my upcoming trip down south again.
Right now, Phoenix is in the middle of the Scrapbook Expo, and so, I wish I was there. Also this week, I signed up for a number of classes for Creativation in January, so the excitement for the winter season in Arizona is rising.
The challenge this month for the Phoenix Papercrafters group is Southwest/cactus. Recently, I made some cards using a paint dragging technique (inspiration from a Jennifer McGuire video). This technique really lends itself to the Southwest colours/desert sunset type of background and so I decided to combine that with some stamps/dies from Scraps of Love and Concord and 9th.
The paint dragging technique is super easy to do, but oh so difficult to have it end up just like you envisioned it. That is part of the charm of the technique……………………….you have to give up control………………….and embrace some of the weird parts to make it work. Actually, what I did was keep on thinking that the NEXT one IS going to turn out just like I envisioned it until I had eleven sunset backgrounds drying all over my house.
In the end, I loved all of the cards and the not quite what I envisioned backgrounds. Take a look:
Sook, this one is from Moab, Utah but still Southwestern in theme.
This weeks theme is to add glitter to a card in an inlay technique.
This theme was perfect for me as I seem to have given away all the elegant cards from my stash and need to replenish. I have hundreds of cards in my stash, but was hard pressed to come up with a suitable elegant birthday card for my Mom’s birthday. I actually had to adapt an extra Mother’s day card that I had previously made. Luckily, it turned out well.
Today’s card turned out well and will be the start of my new elegant cards stash.
The challenge this week is to lay an open pattern over a stamped image. The real challenge for me was to find a suitable pattern from Papertrey Ink. In fact, I could not. The closest I could come is a grid pattern from a borders set. I knew that trying to stamp a 1/2 inch wide border stamp repeatedly over a layered image is a recipe for disaster. As it was, I threw three potential cards in the garbage due to my paper shifting slightly in my Misti. In the end, I liked the result using the Succulents Stamp set from Papertrey Ink and a “shattered” background stamp from my stash. Nuvo drops in three colours finished off the project.
The challenge in today’s Make it Monday is to make a repeating pattern from Petite images. This is something that I thought would be super easy but it was not. For some reason, I am measurement challenged. This is how I measure things. This tag is 4 notches and a tad long…………really. So trying to find the middle of 4 notches and a tad really is not easy and then when you are stamping 20 of the small images all around this centre, then things get really iffy.
In the end, I came up with these three tags. I always like the result when I stamp those bottle brush trees. It is the background images that look like they are wandering aimlessly out in the desert, but at least I have a very early start on Christmas gift tags.
I have been working on this Make it Monday card since about 9:00 AM and it is now 12:30 PM. It has made me realize that I am an unlikely candidate to be published in the TAKE TEN magazine. This is a magazine where the cards shown all take ten minutes or less to make. It took me more time than that to pick a colour scheme AND THAT part was essentially provided in the instruction video!
All is well that ends well, though, and I was quite happy with the result.
The theme this week at Papertrey Ink is lots of dots. As I am a huge fan of the Nuvo drops, I wanted to make sure to link up something. In the end I chose “What the Doodle – Feather”, as I thought it would be a good image to leave mostly black and white as in the demo from Michelle. I decided to stick to Red, Black and White for the color scheme as the image and background were already quite busy.
Because the bloghop has whizzed past the record for entries, I thought I should try for a personal best as well. This card makes 10, which I believe is a record for me. I decided to make a loose uncontrolled background for this card. This means that I now have about 10 watercolour backgrounds for future considerations, as I am kind of OCD and had to try and make one with the right amount of splatters in the right place on the card front.
I wanted to use my new Altenew stamp once more as it is a large set with many images. There are still more unused images, so many I will find time for one more………who knows.
Part of the reason I love this bloghop is that I love coffee/tea and stamp sets that depict coffee/tea, but the other reason is that I like to convert stamp sets that have nothing to do with coffee/tea and make them into coffee/tea sets. Such is the case today
It was extra fun to be able to use the chock a block full sentiment set from Honey Bee and make a sentiment that suits the scene I created.
In my coffee stash I found a stamp set from Gina Marie Designs from which I had only used one image. Gina Marie Designs got me thinking about Gina K and what fun I am having using her specialty foils. I put the image from Gina Marie Designs together with the specialty foil from Gina K and I ended up with a a card that is both elegant and silly at the same time.
As usual, the camera doesn’t capture the brilliance of the gold foil on the coffee cup, but it looks wonderful in real life.