I have mentioned before that I enjoy doing challenges. Well today’s Make it Monday was particularly enticing to me as I had never tried stamping on a photo and I had just bought some new inks that should and did dry on a glossy surface. Yay! I was lucky because I have a little program on my computer that will make collages of my pictures. This allowed me to quickly resize my photo, frame it, add text and set down the elements any where I wanted on a 4 X 6 card. This left the room to do the stamping that I wanted to add. I used a sentiment from Joyful Christmas and images from Post and Parcel.
The stamps stick like Gorilla glue on glossy photo paper. I used all the magnets I had from three different stamp positioners and I still couldn’t keep the photo paper from flipping up to the lid with the stamps. I had to put a piece of acetate over the photo to line up the small ornaments as they steadfastly stuck to the glossy paper and would not adhere to the lid at all. This kind of begs the question, “Why do stamps sets come stuck on acetate instead of photo paper?” In fact I am going to try that out in the stamp sets that have tiny images that DO NOT stick to acetate once they have been inked once or twice. Maybe I can keep those tiny images from getting lost……………….yes, it worked ………………some tiny images that I had resorted to storing in a zip lock bag, stuck well to a piece of photo paper. Hmmm!
Anyway, I ended up being very pleased with the photo card.
Now somebody is really trying to tell me something. The Make it Monday challenge has featured the use of a wreath for the last three weeks in a row. I have mentioned two things regarding this. The first is that I do not have any type of wreath stamp or die from Papertrey Ink and the second is that I like a challenge. But three weeks in a row, people…………………now that is a challenge.
Looking through my dies once again, while whispering the mantra, “what can I adapt?”, I came across the heart frame from Shakers and Sprinkles. Check, I will use that and somehow make it look Christmasy. I also didnt have any ribbon from Papertrey but found some holly ribbon from May Arts, that I thought would start to transform the wreath into a Christmas theme. A little bouquet of greenery from Spruce and Sprigs was an easy choice. Finally I found a little sentiment in Post & Parcel that would tie in Christmas with the heart shaped wreath.
The background is a 3D woodgrain embossing folder from Stampin Up that is just remarkable in its depth and detail. Voila! Done!
This week’s challenge at Papertrey Ink is to make a glittery mat for a card. I like it when these challenges remind me to take out a product that I haven’t used for a while. Lizzie used the white adhesive backed sheets from Papertrey Ink to make a glittered mat for her card. I think that I have only used these sheets to make stickers out of small stamps or dies so I wanted to see how they would work as a mat. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make a card with a nice glittered edge. I would probably have dipped all four sides of the mat into the glitter and then attached it to the main image with glue or tape. Lizzie’s method of attaching the image to the mat first and then just glittering the edges worked quite well. I did have a small crises with the image wanting to go on slightly askew, but I managed to get it back off and straightened it up and reattached. While the paper is not heavy weight, it held up quite nicely, especially when I added foam tape to make the mat dimensional. I will definitely use this method in the future.
This week the challenge is to make a wreath. This is exactly the type of challenge that gets my creativity going, because I have no wreaths from Papertrey Ink. Nada….not one. That meant that I had to think outside the box…………er circle in this case. Tearing through every stamp set I had, I spotted a leaf spray from a Bleeding Heart stamp. It had a touch of a curve to it, so I thought I might be able to coax it into a circle shape. It is from the Make it Market Garden Gate kit. It came together very well, until that terrible moment, when I decided to add some dark brown splatters and black flower centers……………nope didn’t like it and had to start over. All is well, though, as the second time around I used a darker rust colour for the second layer of leaves and it turned out better. There really is something to be said for dress rehearsals. You do figure out what works and what doesn’t.
The challenge in this week’s Make it Monday was to use a window to emphasize a sentiment on a card. I decided to use the Shakers and Sprinkles die set to make the window, the Joyful Christmas stamp set and the All through the House patterned paper to put this card together. It was amazingly easy to do and turned out well.
Lizzie’s challenge is to use wood in an inlay technique. Wood is the material for a 5th anniversary.
This project turned out very nice. It is a good thing as it came on the heels of an Epic Fail on Nicole’s rusty iron technique. I am still licking my wounds from that one, but I may blog about it, if I can quit pouting over it.
Jessica’s challenge is to use the 8th anniversary material of bronze in a project. I did not have a bronze embossing powder so I made my own. I wanted a thick rough looking embossing powder like the Hammered Gold that I have from Emerald Creek Trading Company, so I mixed some of that with some very old and very chunky looking silver and gold from Frantage. I loved the resulting mix and I really love that I used up every bit of the mix so there was nothing left to store for that never project in the future.
I used a stencil brush to add heavy brush marks of embossing ink to the feathers and background. A light touch would not work here as the heavy powder would blow away, the instant I put the heat gun to the paper.
The Papertrey Ink Scroll Frame added to the Vintagy look of the embossed What the Doodle Feathers. The bow is from Maggie Holmes.
Carissa’s challenge is to use the 10th anniversary material of tin or aluminium in a project. I can’t believe I actually got out those gilding flakes again. Not only did I open that dreaded jar, but I actually had to sort the flakes. The only jar I have is a gold, silver and copper mix, and I only wanted the silver for this project.
Once you get by the incredible mess they make, gilding flakes are fun. They remind me of the first time I used embossing powder or the first time I pulled a stencil from embossing paste. The results are amazing and you forget all about the mess the flakes made.
Debbie’s Challenge was to use wool, which is the material for a 7th anniversary.
I was not wanting to have an more encounters with my sewing machine today, so I opted to glue any felt cookies, that I decided to make. I have to be thankful that I own the Friendly Flowers stamp and die sets as they have been put to use multiple times just in this Stamp a faire alone. I loved the look of the ice wafer that Debbie made and wanted to recreate that. The best option that I had was a Waffle Flower die that had stitching holes as i was going to stitch the cookie together, before I got lazy. I used the largest Friendly Flowers die for the sugar cookie, a die from the Shakers and Sprinkles kit for the confetti. The patterned paper is also from the Shakers and Sprinkles kit. While I was looking for cookie possibilities, I came across this Candy Corn die from Spellbinders that I thought would work with the Papertrey Ink wool felt (full disclosure…..the yellow felt is not Papertrey Ink and should not even be allowed to live alongside real wool felt but it was all I had in yellow). Finally, I made an Oreo cookie using the wheel from the Make it Market Market Street kit. I cut it lightly by altering the sandwich in the big shot and it came out marvelously well. It has the impression of the wheel that even looks a bit like the top of an Oreo without cutting through the material.
Yana’s challenge was to make a project using the 6th anniversary material of iron. She used an inlay technique, but I wanted to use the What the Doodle U.S. Map with a very heavy metal embossing powder that was too thick/intricate for inlay. I loved the block look she used, so I incorporated that into my card, though.
It turned out quite well.