Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday #112 - Anything Goes Challenge

It's time for our fifth challenge of the month at the Watercooler and that means there isn't a hostess, it's simply an "Anything Goes" challenge.  Hope you'll join in the fun of WWC112 - Anything Goes.

Here's My Card:
For my "Anything Goes" I've chosen to create a very romantic wedding card and gift bag for friends who are having a destination wedding.  I know this special bride and groom are going to be thrilled and I'm pretty sure you're going to love it too! 

Stamp Sets:  Floral Phrases #141767, Word Play (R), Something Lacy (R)
Ink: Basic Gray
Card Stock: Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Shimmery White, Acetate Window Sheet, A Little Foxy DSP Paper Stack (141637)
Accessories:  Big Shot Machine, Paper Trimmer, Stitched Circle Dies, So Succulent Dies, Stylish Stems Dies, Basic Pearls, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Tom Bow Glue, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Sparkling White Tulle

The Card Details:  
I saw a card by Lorraine Schrendeman on Stampin' Connection last month that inspired me to make this multi-layered side-opening card.  She called hers a Peek-A-Boo card and she'd CASed it from someone else's design.  Unfortunately I was not able to see nor link to the original card but thanks to Lorraine I had the dimensions.
Front of the card
The Acetate Panel
Back Panel of the card
1. Start by cutting two 6 1/2" by 4 1/4" pieces of Whisper White card stock and score both at 1" on the left short side. Use your bone folder to crease the score line. The folds will be on the outside and the 1" flap will face the interior of the card.

2. Cut a piece of DSP to measure 5 1/4" x 4" and cut out a circle with a 3" stitched circle die and the Big Shot Machine. Adhere the DSP to one of the above pieces and place the next size of circle die inside the first circle and cut through using the Big Shot.

3. Cut a piece of Acetate 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". Line up the Acetate piece between the two folds of the front and back of the card and adhere with tear tape.
This view shows the Acetate sheet between the front and rear panels.
4.  Adhere the DSP circle to the Acetate piece.  I attached glue dots along the back of the circle then fitted it through the original hole and pressed down so the glue dots adhered to the Acetate.   To hide the glue dots I double cut another circle from Whisper White card stock and attached this to the back side of the Acetate with glue dots.

This view of the back of the Acetate window shows the Whisper White circle which hides the glue dots used to adhere the DSP circle and flowers.

5.  Stamp the sentiment and design on the smaller stitched circle and adhere this to the back Whisper White panel.  I also adhered a 4 1/4" x 3/4" panel of DSP to both sides of the card seam.

Both sentiments are from the Floral Phrases Stamp Set and are perfect for this wedding card.

6.  Decorate the outside of the card, the Acetate panel and the back panel with flowers and leaves created by layering die cuts from the Succulent and Sweet Stems thinlet die sets. For the outside I die cut one large Succulent flower and two smaller ones.  I cut 3 large and 3 small decorative leaves using the Stylish Stems Framelit set.
Succulent Dies are perfect for creating floral images too.  I used the 3 large flower shaped dies and the 3 smaller ones for my flowers.

The Bag:
You can't see the handles on this bag but they're there.  The bride and groom is my wedding cake topper, dating back to 1969.  It's still in pretty good shape after all these years, although a bit yellowed with age.
1.  Cut an 8" x 4 1/4" piece of Smokey Slate card stock. I embossed this piece with the Something Lacy (R) back ground stamp and White Embossing Powder.  Adhere this panel to the front of the bag.

2.  Cut a 3" x 6" panel of the floral paper from the A Little Foxy DSP Paper pack and adhere this to the Smokey Slate panel.  I positioned it in the center and 1 1/2" from the top of the panel.  I had actually cut out a lacey edge with the Scalloped Edge Punch (R) and it's on the left hand side of the DSP panel, but as I layered the flowers it gradually faded into the background. If I was doing this particular layout again I would place the lace strip on the right hand side. 
The flowers on the bag were constructed with Shimmery White card stock simply because I ran out of Whisper White half way through this project.  What a difference in colour.  The Shimmery White has more of a creamy colouring while the Whisper White is such a pristine white.  Quite a contrast. 

3.  I assembled two large succulent flowers and three small ones as well as five large and four small leaves for the flowers.  I cut a 2" x 6" strip of White Sparkle Tulle into three strips and inserted each strip behind the larger flowers.  I just scrunched them up into a triangle and adhered them to the back of the flowers with glue dots.  The centers of the flowers are large and smaller Basic Pearls and there are some tiny seed pearls scattered along the DSP panel in groups of three.

4. I stamped the sentiment in Basic Gray on Shimmer White card stock and cut it out with the frame from the Stylish Stems Framelit Dies   This piece was attached with dimensionals.
I used the larger of the two frames to cut out my sentiment and sponged Basic Gray ink around the edges.  The two decorative small and large leaves were used to embellish the flowers.
The "happy I do day" sentiment is from the retired Word Play stamp set.  I absolutely adore this image.  I've added a small Basic Rhinestone to the top of the "o" which symbolizes the wedding ring.  
Well that's it for today's post.  I hope you've enjoyed it and will take inspiration from this project.  Let me know if this is something you'd like to make.  I love receiving your feedback through my comments.  I so enjoy hearing from you.

Don't forget to check out the other Design Team Artist's at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge Blog and if you feel inclined why not participate in this week's challenge WWC112 Anything Goes. The challenge is open until 5pm Mountain Time on Monday April 3rd.  We'd love to see your creations.   Who knows you might Rock the Watercooler with your winning entry!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #111 - Marsha's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

I felt bad missing Heather's Watercooler Wednesday CAS Bunny card challenge last week, but I was traveling and had no time to stamp.  What a terrible feeling.  But, not to worry because I'm back with a fun card for Marsha's #WWC11 Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge.  "Anything Goes" means that whatever is submitted is fine whether it be a card, a 3-D project, a scrapbook page just so long as the entry has a masculine theme.  What fun!  
Here's My Card:
My card features a fun stamp and die bundle from the Occasions Catalogue called Custom Tee and the T-Shirt Builder which I've married up with the  CAS Colors & Sketches Challenge #215:

Inside and out, this card has an "all boy sports theme" going on that meets the criteria for this Masculine Anything Goes challenge.  

I love that there are so many great sentiment stamps to use with the T-Shirts in the Custom Tee set.  There's also a set called "Designer Tee" in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue that's available for FREE until March 31st with a $60 CDN order .  It has 10 wonderful Photopolymer stamps that  fit in the middle of the T-shirt.  T
Stamp Sets:  Custom Tee, Balloon Adventures, Cozy Critters Hostess Set, Great Sport (Retired)
Inks:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pacific Point
Card Stocks:  Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Pacific Point
Accessories:  Trimmer, Big Shot, T-Shirt Builder Dies, Circle Framelits, Itty Bitty Accent Star Punch (R), Bunch of Banners Thinlets, Tom Bow Glue, Glue Dots, Basic Rhinestones, Sponge Dauber.
What fun!  I loved how this card came together.  Here's the details:

1.  The card base was a piece of Very Vanilla card stock measuring 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2".

2.  The first layer is Rich Razzleberry and measures 4 x 5 1/4".  

3.  The second layer is Pacific Point and it measures 3 3/4" x 5"

4.  I used one of the retired Circle Die Stamps to cut a 3 1/4" circle from the Pacific Point layer.  I randomly stamped soccer balls from the Good Sport (R) stamp set and small birthday presents from the Cozy Critters Hostess set in Pacific Point ink on this layer.

5.  I was going to use a 3" circle die to cut out a smaller circle in the Rich Razzleberry layer, but decided to use the T-Shirt Builder die instead.  I lined up the T-Shirt so that it was in the middle of the 3 1/2" circle.  

6.  I glued the first and second layers together but before I attached them to the card base I cut off the bottom right hand corner on an angle, which exposed the Very Vanilla card base, once these layers were adhered.  I stamped the sentiment "All Star Champs" from the Customer Tee stamp on an angle in this space.  I stamped "#1" in Old Olive ink in the middle of the T-Shirt. 
7.  I created a banner label using the Bunch of Banners Thinlet dies and stamped "Birthday Boy" in Pacific Point ink.  

8.  I punched out some small stars with the Itty Bitty Accents Star punch (R) from Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry card stocks and adhered them with Mini Glue Dots to the banner and the card layer.
8.  To finish the inside of the card  I stamped the Rich Razzleberry T-shirt that was left over with the sentiment "All Star Champ" and sponged the edges with Rich Razzleberry ink, and adhered it to the top inside panel of the card.  A few random Old Olive and Pacific Point stars were added. 
9.  The bottom inside layer was stamped with the sentiment "No One Deserves a Happier Birthday Than You" from the Balloon Adventures stamp set in Pacific Point ink.  A soccer ball was stamped in the bottom right corner in Pacific Point and two small gift boxes were stamped in Rich Razzleberry.
Well that's it for me this week.  I hope you liked this card and will leave me some comments.  

I hope you'll drop in and visit the other Design Team Artists for some more inspiration at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge Blog.  I also hope you'll play along with us by linking to the InLinksy no later than 5pm Mountain Standard Time on Monday March 27th. Instructions are at the bottom of the Watercooler Wednesday challenge blog post.   We'd love to have you join us. 

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday - #WWC109 Heidi's Colour Challenge

For today's Watercooler Wednesday Challenge, Heidi Weaver has provided us with a great set of colours which she cleverly took from a favourite scarf.  The colours are Island Indigo, Pool Party, Very Vanilla and Basic Black.
Here's My Card:
Right now I have a lot of "thank you" notes and cards to go out so I've turned to one of my favourite stamp sets Birthday Blooms.  I can't get enough of the large flower in this stamp set. The image is so easy to colour or it can be left neutral for a great line image.  Either way works
Birthday Blooms is an 8 piece stamp set that's available in Wood or Clear mount

Stamp Sets: Birthday Blooms, Jar of Love and Avant Garde
Card Stock:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Water Colour Paper, Basic Black
Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party and Pear Pizazz markers, Momento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Trimmer, Big Shot, Pinpoint Rectangle Layer Dies (Memory Box), Basic Rhinestones, Fine Tip Aqua Painter, Tom Bow Adhesive
1.  Card Base 8 1/2"  5 1/2" Basic Black scored at 4 1/4"
2.  1st Layer:  Pool Party 5 1/4" x 4
3.  2nd Layer: Island Indigo 4 3/4" x 3 3/4" cut with Pinpoint Rectangle die
4.  3rd Layer:  Basic Black   3 1/4" x 4 1/4" cut with Pinpoint Rectangle die
5.  4th Layer: Watercolor Paper (Very Vanilla) 4 1/8" x 3 1/8" cut with Pinpoint rectangle die. 
6.  Finish the inside with 5 1/4 x 4" Very Vanilla card stock.   
I didn't have Island Indigo or Pool Party stamp pads so I used markers.  The floral image was first stamped in Island Indigo ink.  I scribbled the marker on to the stamp surface making sure I covered the whole image well and then I stamped it on the watercolour paper.  To colour it I scribbled again but this time on the acryllic block with Pool Party and Island Indigo markers.  The acryllic block acts like a pallette to hold the  colour and by adding a spritz of water to the block it's easy to apply the colour with an Aqua Painter.  The leaves are shaded with Pear Pizzazz and Island Indigo markers. 

I highlighted the center of the flower with the "stamen" from the Sale-A-Bration stamp Avant Garde in Momento Tuxedo Black ink. This tiny stamp added a big punch of colour and shape to the middle of the flower.  

I coloured a shadow around the rose by applying water and carefully pulling the Island Indigo out around the flowers.  The background is stamped in a mixture of Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party using the bubble background stamp from Avant Garde.  To finish it off I added some random Basic Rhinestones and used the "thank you" stamp from Jar of Love in the top right hand corner.
And that's it for today, a nice simple layered card.  If you haven't already, I  hope you'll check out the samples from the other Design Artists for this Watercooler Wednesday challengeThey've out done themselves with these colours and their beautiful projects.  

The challenge is open until  Monday March 13th at 5:00pm Mountain Standard time, so why don't you link up your own creation.  We'd love to have you join us, and play along. 

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin Spot  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Reverse Words 2nd Release Sale-A-Bration 2017

On February 21st Stampin' Up released four new products for the 2017 Sale-A-Bration season. 
Today I'd like to share a video of one of the stamp sets included in that release.  It's called the Reverse Words stamp set. I know you're going to love it! 
Wow the designs Andrea created are simply awesome and so simple.  It’s amazing all you can do with just two awesome stamps!  The images in the Reverse Words Stamp Set are bold enough to stand on their own for a cute, simple effect or you can get more creative. 

This is the perfect set for creating lots of party invites or thank you cards and the designs also look gorgeous when stepped up with layers and bling for a project worthy of someone special.

You can get the Reverse Words Stamp Set for FREE with a qualifying purchase during Stampin' Up!'s annual Sale-A-Bration event (through March 31, 2017). 

What's a qualifying order? 
All you have to do is place a minimum $60.00 order (before S&H and tax) on my online store and you qualify for a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration 2017 product line.   Double that and you can get two free products and so on.  Here's a look at the Sale-A-Bration Free Products.
Sale-A-Bration 2017 Flyer
Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release Flyer

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin Spot

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday - #WWC108 Gail's Sketch Challenge

The week's just keep flying by, and once again it's time for the weekly Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  This time around it's a fun sketch #WWC108 that's being hosted by Gail Allen.
We welcome all submissions so why not make a card using this sketch and link it to our challenge site.  This sketch challenge runs from March 1st through March 6th, 2017 at 5:00pm MST. 

Here's My Card:
What a fun sketch!  Since I had a 70th birthday party to attend on Friday I decided to make another birthday card using the Shadowbox fancy fold techniqueThis sketch layout worked perfectly for the card front. For details on how to make this fancy fold and the link to a video created by Dawn Griffith just click on this link.

Here's a view of the inside:

Stamp Set: Balloon Adventures
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, Pacific Point
Card Stock: Whisper White, Pacific Point, 
DSP:  Party Animal, Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Balloon Pop-Up Thinlet Dies,Stitched Rectangular Squares (Non SU), Mini Treat Bag Thinlet, Tweezers

I purchased the Balloon Adventures and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlet Dies as a bundle and saved 15%.  I knew I would use both of these sets many times over so they were a great value!
In this first card I didn't add a sentiment other than the "No One Deserves a Happier Birthday Than You" to the front of this card because the rectangle took up so much room and there wasn't a lot of space left to stamp along the line.

1. Card Base - Tangerine Tango 5 1/2" x 101/2" scored at 1/2", 4", 4 1/2", 8"
2. 1st Front Layer - Whisper White 4" x 5 1/2"
3. 2nd Layer - Tangerine Tango 3 3/4" x 5 1/4"
4. Party Animal DSP 3 1/2" x 5" Cut on an angle
5. Tangerine Tango 2 1/4" x 3 1/4"
6. Whisper White for sentiment 2 1/8" x 3 1/8". Also a scrap for sentiment on second card.
7. Whisper White layer for inside front panel 3 x 5 1/2"

Stepped Up Version:
I liked this design sketch and Shadow Box card so much that I made a second  version.  This card will be for a girlfriend whose birthday is in April.  I wanted to step up this version and make it a little more feminine than the first version so I began by changing the colour scheme from Pacific Point to Tangerine Tango and the DSP patterns.  

Other changes included swapping out the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer paper balloons used in the first card to Dazzling Diamonds.  I added the "Party On" sentiment along the paper division so it was true to the sketch challenge.

The "Party On" and "No One Deserves a Happier Birthday Than You" are just two of the great sentiments from the Balloon Adventures stamp set
I glammed up the inside of the card by adding the negative images from the Pumpkin Pie balloons to the Dazzling Diamonds ones. The result is a super shiny pumped up version of the balloons.  I also punched out some Pacific Point stars and glued them behind the balloon images to enhance the background. 

For the left hand side of the card I cut out the word "enjoy" from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlets and another balloon image.  

I'm happy I left more white space for writing my happy birthday messaging on this version of the card.  Isn't that balloon string gorgeous?  It's from the Balloon Adventures stamp set too. What fun!  
Mini Treat Bag Thinlet dies - lots of great dies in this set beside the bag frame.

Note: When I cut out the balloon images with my Big Shot I always set the negative images that are removed aside just in case I want to re-use them. I don't want to dig through the garbage can later on.  To make these teeny tiny pieces easier to handle use a pair of tweasers or a short bamboo skewer to pick them up.  I add my Tom Bow glue to the negative space and then re-insert the pieces. The Pumpkin Pie Glimmer paper came out this year with the Fall Occasions and I was so happy I had some left for this card.  This Glimmer Paper combination seemed to work really well together.  I'm excited to get the new Glimmer Paper Stack that's being offered in the Sale-A-Bration second release, and will use it the same way. 

Thanks so much for checking out my card today.  So what do you think?  Let me know which version of the card you like more or whether they're both okay.  I know that I'll be using this sketch often as it was so quick to pull together and it will be terrific on any card front and for any occasion.

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin Spot 

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