Friday, 20 January 2012

Paper Patchwork--Case Challenge 74--CSC74

As you know, I have been following the daily Clean & Simple card classes these past two weeks. In one video, Jennifer McGuire (click on her name to see the tutorial) showed how to make an effective chevron design with strips of patterned paper.  The challenge this week at Case Study, is to interpret this image: the shapes reminded me of leaves, and I decided to try out the paper-piecing technique.

I used to be a quilter (before beginning this cursed card-making habit!) so cutting and re-assembling strips was not too hard.  I cut an assortment of papers from a pack named "Wings" from Close to My Heart, into 1/2-inch strips. Then I adhered them in parallel rows to a piece of scrap paper. Then I turned that piece onto a 45-degree angle and cut 1/2-inch strips on the diagonal. You have to do it starting from each end of your strip if you want to be able to form the chevron shape. Some of the process is illustrated here:

I glued my chevrons onto a card base where they became the "garden" from which a single little flower emerges.  The sentiment is from an old stamp set called "Quilters Sampler Sentiments" which is still available from Papertrey Ink.

I then tried an old patchwork pattern called "Seminole" (I believe it originated with the Seminole Indians native to Florida). This time, after assembling my collection of strips, I cut them turned them 90-degrees and cut straight 1/2-inch strips. Then I turned them 45-degrees and staggered them to form a diagonal checker-board pattern. I added thin strips to the top and bottom of the patchwork strip, to finish the edge.
The finished card is here: a little pen-faux-stitching with a Sakura gel pen and some button brads completed the look.
I foresee some more quilt-block experimenting with paper! No fussing over seam allowances, no pressing required...just play!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Catching up with Clean & Simple

Due to LIFE getting in the way, I have not been doing my daily "homework" for the Clean & Simple online Card Classes, running this week and last. However I did have some time today and will try and get caught up, going backwards!
So the topic yesterday was creating your own simple embellishments.  Kristina Werner (see her blog HERE) created a simple dimensional flower by punching out six circles from double-sided paper and pinching in the sides, along two edges. When I tried it, my pieces fit together to make a five-petaled, rather than a six-petaled flower, which I preferred. 
The front of the card was stamped with "Intrinsic Backgrounds" from Close to My Heart. Kristina's card was stamped with a back-ground stamp on the left side only, and twine was wrapped vertically (I tried to cut and paste her original card for illustration, but wasn't able to). In my version, the stamp lent itself to stamping on the lower half of the card, instead. I outlined the cut-away with running stitch in Lemondrop twine from The Twinery
Simple yet satisfying. Enjoy your day!

Monday, 16 January 2012

Clean & Simple, continued...



Here is another card, inspired by the Clean and Simple Card Classes (see link listed in my last posting). A sketch was provided, but the fun part was using the "negative," left-over paper from die-cutting letters, as the card focal.

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Editing this post to include in Suzanne Dahlberg's April 1st, 2013, April Fool's Day blog challenge: 
re-posting your ugliest card ever...
This one was well-intentioned (aren't they always?), following the prompt from last year's Online Card Classes' Clean & Simple. Just too much going on! And that fuzzy fibre looks like a bunch or caterpillars crawling all over the card... Needless to say, it was never sent! TTFN!

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Here I used prints4animals from The Stamps of Life, as well as boxes4abc for the word YOU. The dies are the old, original Funky Serif letters from SIZZIX. I inked the edges of the letters to make sure they showed up against the plain card background. I wrapped the stamped piece in some furry yarn and added a twine-threaded button. Simple but wild!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Clean and Simple

This week, I have been "attending" online classes on Clean and Simple Card-making.
You can find the link HERE. Even though the classes started this past Monday (and run for TWO WHOLE WEEKS!), you can register and join in any time. The classes are available for review with lifetime access.  They feature an instructional video, three examples and links to even more. Plus a gallery to which you can upload your creations.
As I have not had much time to "play" this week, I've managed only one card so far.


The first class focussed on simple sketches, like this:
In my version, the outer frame was stamped leaving a masked space in the middle. I used a left-over die-cut shape for my mask, loosely adhering it to the centre. I stamped my background image, Universal Backgrounds, by Close to My Heart in quilting quadrants, in two shades of teal ink. I stippled around the edge of the mask, to give it extra definition. I decided my sentiment looked better overlapping the outer frame, rather then in the middle, as in the sketch. "Missing you" was heat-embossed in Archival Black. I added three little buttons for an accent.
I thought the combination of the vintage script (like old love letters), the empty space in the middle and the muted, monochromatic colour scheme contributed to the feeling of wistfulness. I used the mask itself as a focal on the inside of the card.

I can't wait to try out some of the other ideas featured on Days 2, 3 and 4. Happy Stamping...

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Moving on to.... CSC72

Here goes: first submission to the Case Study Challenge Blog. The idea is to create a paper-crafting project using any ideas you take from the provided inspiration:
The card above was this week's inspiration:

I loved the idea of the "up-up-and-away" balloons, escaping through the top border of the card. As we moved this past summer, our house is still a little off-kilter, like the birdhouse in my version. Last time we moved, I had new-address cards made up by a local printer. This time, in the general confusion of moving houses and countries, it just didn't happen!
I hadn't yet used the stamp set "Bless This Nest," from Close to My Heart, so joining the challenge gave me an excuse to break it out and play with it; I stamped the tree holding the song-bird with a musical motif using a CTMH set called "Universal Backgrounds." The sentiment on the banner is from "houses4us" by {The Stamps of Life}.  The tree and balloons were cut out using Sizzix dies. I attempted to suggest clouds by stippling some grey ink, behind the balloons. I like to work in some twine ("charcoal" fit the colour scheme) from the Twinery) whenever possible! I high-lighted the balloons with a little Sakura Glaze pen.
The challenge continues through midnight on Tuesday this week, with winners announced on Wednesday. A new challenge is posted every Thursday. I look forward to further inspiration with these ladies, this year.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Sweet!

Here's my attempt at a CAS-style card. Debby Hughes gave a great example and description of CAS earlier this week (See her showcase the style at the "There She Goes" blog).
I'm not sure if I left enough blank white space, and once I started stamping those candies I couldn't seem to stop! However, the overall effect is quite pleasing, I think.
I dry-embossed a simple border on the white card, used a Sizzix scalloped die for the mat and heat-embossed the sentiment with white pigment ink and powder. The stamp set is from {The Stamps of Life}'s December release, "candy2share." I stamped the background images and interiors and added shading with markers, then cut them out and mounted them with foam tape. Couldn't resist a little shine with Stickles, Liquid Pearls and Liquid glass, as well.
This is the "candy2share" set; it has a companion set which will also be fun to use, "jar4candy":
I can think of lots of things to put in that jar, or to leave it empty as a "miss you" card!
Happy stamping...

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Approaching the Twelfth Day of Christmas...



   Now that the New Year is here, Christmas seems to be almost over. In our house, most of the baking has vanished, the decorations are slowly being packed away again, and the new gifts are being used/worn/read/listened to... However, the season really lasts until January 6th. Our neighbours used to have a Twelfth Night party, which was a great time to get together and relax after the rush of the holidays. In that spirit, I submit my poinsettias:
   Sorry the staging leaves a little to be desired... I was trying for some dimension and texture with these. Making 3D objects with paper is a lot of trial and error, but mostly fun.
ONE: The top flower was created using a brass stencil. The idea was lifted straight from the Paper Wishes website (see the Webisode, here). Three colours of Pearlescent pigment ink pads were used, and I added some Diamond Glaze for extra dimension at the center.
TWO: The second flower was created with a Kirigami template, also from Paper Wishes. Kirigami is a bit like Origami--you fold the paper, Trace the design, cut out sections, then unfold. Parts of the design are lifted & curled, and I added some gold Stickles and a Starburst center from McGill Punches.
THREE: The last design also uses McGill Paper Blossom Punches, for the Lily. This one took a few tries and some internet image-searching before it looked right. Adding lots of veining on the leaves with an embossing stylus helped make it more realistic.
Anyway, just one more pop of beautiful Christmas red, before the season ends. Happy New Year!