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25 Days of Christmas Tags Day 2

For Day 2 I was inspired by Naki Rager who used a clear plastic bag as a shaker element for a card.  I didn’t have any cellophane bag that i thought would work.  I did consider some clear plastic and the fuse tool, but my skills with the fuse tool are definitely suspect.  I anticipated entirely too much anxiety and frustration to try this today.  I settled on acetate sewed into a shaker bag.  It worked out quite well.

St Patrick’s Day

I wanted to get a couple of St Patrick’s cards done for friends back home.One was simple to construct and the other was a total bear, but in the end they both turned out ok.

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Supplies Card 1:  Technique Tuesday Animal House stamp set, Authentique patterned paper, Memory Box Clover  and Fresh Cut Lawn die , DCWV foiled cardstock , DCWV grass paper, Scor tape, Hero Arts card base.

Supplies Card 2:  Papertrey ink Shakers and Sprinkles dies, Memory box Clover die, DCWV foiled cardstock, Authentique patterned paper, fun foam, Scor tape, acetate, Hero Arts card base.

Taylored Expression Sketch and Colour Challenge

I wanted to enter this weeks Challenge over at Taylored Expressions.  Of course, I felt the need to combine both the Sketch Challenge and the Colour Challenge into one card.  Normally, this is not too difficult but I also had decided to use the Holiday Grumplings stamp set, so using a Christmas themed stamp set with decidedly Halloween colours made for a bigger challenge.  At first no matter what I tried, the card screamed Halloween, and I almost changed the stamp set to the Costume Grumplings.  As what happens quite often, I vaguely remembered buying a single piece of Graphic 45 Christmas paper that was in a purple colour.  A search ensued and I found the paper in question.  With it came a dilemma as the “purple” side was clearly the “B” side of the paper.  On the other side was a colourful lovely full scene of the Nutcracker.  It seemed like murder or at least manslaughter to cut up the cute little dancing girl and the nutcracker.  It had to be sacrificed though and the deed was done.   I combined Wedding Dress Pico embellisher, Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz and a whole host of sequins and confetti to create a snow tsunami for the less than delighted Grumpling.   I think it turned out quite well.

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This post is a little Sketchy

Wplus9 has a challenge right now where cardmakers are to use a provided sketch for inspiration.  Some cardmakers always like to start from a sketch.  I have found it be more difficult.  I guess I have always struggled with doing what I was told :-). Added to that, I decided to do a loose watercolour base.  One would think that would be easy because no can question the end result. You simply declare that your card looks exactly like you intended and who can argue.  But you know don’t you?  You wanted a light wash- you got too dark, you wanted undefined edges-you got a hard blob on your card that screams I am stopping here,  you want a light spray of ink dots-you get a nose bleed on your card.  So after amassing a collection of questionable card fronts, I settled on this one.  I think it all came together quite nicely in the end.wplus9 sketch 02

IMG_9272Supplies:  Wplus9 Doodle Buds stamp set, Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours, Acetate, Craft Medley seed beads, fun foam, Scotch 3M foam tape, Recollections card base, Scor tape.