Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Glitter Incident

Boo for missing another Freshly Made Sketch!  But at least I didn't miss two in a row.  Here's FMS8:


I needed a birthday card for my SIL, and I tend to add extra glitz and glam when I make cards for her, so I wanted to try out my newly acquired Dazzling Diamonds.  It was my first foray into glitter.  Although the final product actually glitters quite nicely, the process was not my finest moment.  Here's the card:

I apologize for the poor picture quality.  I forgot to take the picture before I gave the card away, so I classily took it with a cell phone after the fact.

Long story short, I used pewter embossing powder, and sprinkled the dazzling diamonds on immediately after heating it, but it dries quickly, so I only got a little sparkle on some of the letters.  Which led me to my brilliant thought... if I sprinkle it on each letter immediately after heating, it should still be melted enough to adhere.  Except I didn't think it through all the way.  I ended up sprinkling it on the L while the heat gun was blowing on the B, which in case you didn't notice, is right next to the L.  Glitter EVERYWHERE.  And I didn't stop after the first letter, once the glitter was in the air, I just went for it.  I can't imagine how much glitter I wasted, but it worked... you can see the LBT is glittering away nicely!  Not that I'll be doing it again!

Supplies Used
Card Stock:  Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Concord Crush, Cheerful Treat DSP (Hostess)
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Versamark
Stamp Sets:  Well Scripted, Broadsheet Alphabet
Other:  Big Shot, Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Finial Press Embossing Folder, Wide Oval Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Pewter EP, Dazzling Diamonds, 5/8" Organza Ribbon, Silver Twine (non-Stampin' Up)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Paper Player Christmas

My first Paper Player's Challenge!  Something about the timing of a challenge being released on Sunday does not work with my stamping schedule, but this one was so far up my alley, I had to whip a card together.

I went so far as to use the last Paper Player's sketch challenge because I loved it, but never got around to using it.

This week's challenge is to make a CAS Christmas card with red and green.

So this is what I made in about 30 minutes.  Which is LIGHTNING fast for me!  
I thought about adding some glitter and glam, but decided that would take it out of the CAS category.

Supplies Used
Card stock:  Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White
Stampin' Write Markers:  Garden Green
Ink:  Real Red
Stamp Set:  Northern Hearts
Other:  Big Shot, Snow burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, sponge dauber