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I’m Doing the Colour Challenge #GDP033!

So, I haven’t done much in the way of posting for, oh, a month. Stress and a relaxing trip to Mexico (Tulum. Gorgeous! I highly recommend it over Cancun.) are my excuses. But, I’m back!

I decided it would be fun to do a challenge. I was going to do a different one than this, but the timing was all wrong. So, Global Design Project #033 Colour Challenge for the win! The colors/colours are from Stampin’ Up: Night of Navy (dark blue), Calypso Coral (salmon), and Sahara Sand (light brown). I love these colors and had never thought to put them together, so I love GDP now 🙂

I present my finished project and entry:

GDP33 Color Challenge - Bird

I am going to brag a bit: I love how it turned out! I have started to really love the hummingbird from A Happy Thing stamp set. Too bad it was only for Sale-A-Bration.

Components and techniques!


I stamped the bird (humming or king fisher?) in StazOn Jet Black Ink and then used the three colors (ink) with a waterbrush to color it in. I used Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, and Very Vanilla cardstock. The book page is actually a page from a book that was going to be pulped, so I don’t feel so bad. It is a book about Chaucer, so I run into fun phrases all the time.

I inked the edged of both the bird and book pages. I used sponge daubers, Sahara Sand ink, and Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink, Champagne Mist for the edges of the bird and book pages. Unfortunately, Stampin’ Up no longer stocks the Champagne Mist, but you can get it on Amazon (remember, use so they make donations to your favorite charity at no cost to you).


The idea and layout for this card came from Stamping Smiles and have wanted to make a version for ages. I had used the bird stamp and waterbrush on a previous card (see below) with different colors (other than Sahara Sand) and really liked it, so I copied myself and Stamping Smiles to make my card.

How did I get the colors onto the waterbrush, you ask (or don’t)? With the Stampin’ Up ink pads! You open but do not flip the pad, squeeze down a few times, open it further, have the ink on the non-pad side, then dip the semi-full water brush in the ink and and color away! It allows for you to change the intensity of a color. Be careful when not using watercolor paper, as it can wreck the normal cardstock if saturated.

The All-Purpose Ink and light brown ink (SS or Crumb Cake) edging is a fun technique taught by my demonstrator Bethani Semple (doesn’t have site, but you can add her as your order demonstrator via name and Los Altos, CA) and both of us use it all the time. Almost obsessively. You first use a dauber and take up a bit of the SS ink directly from the pad. You then tap it along the edge of the page gently, but still getting a bit of color around the edges. For the Champagne Mist, you take a dauber, which fits perfectly into the top of the container, and put it into the top of the container, press down to make sure there is a seal, shake the bottle and dauber, and run the dauber along the edge of the paper to give it a light shimmer.

It is actually a simple card. I think I just went into every possible detail in the construction other than the use of tape runner and sizes of the sheets. I have those numbers somewhere if you’d like them.

Thanks for making it to the end! Cheer!


Crafts of Christmas Past

October 1st through January 2nd is my favorite time of year. Why? Decorating holidays! And I also love fall.

As a follow up to Oldies, but Goldies, I present my crafting from previous Christmases. Well, only 2012 and 2013, as that’s the time I re-started crafting in ernest and 2014 I was a little busy with a new baby.

Here is a bit of the fun I had back in the day … (Really? Back in the day? It was, like, 2-3 years ago.)

2012 - Christmas Card Collage

Since cards are my main gig, here are a few samples. If you couldn’t tell from the cards, I LOVE birds. One even has a hat, as is my preference for animals. 2012 was the year I realized that multiple designs for Christmas cards is a bad idea, as you can’t assembly line them to get done in a reasonable amount of time. And, post wedding in 2013, I had a much longer Christmas card list. I can’t seem to find a picture of the one card I made for 2013, but, if I find it, I will post it.

2013 - Wreath

This is probably the worst picture I have of my crafts. Bad lighting and a white, slightly annoying wall behind. So I added snowflakes (or something) in PicMonkey to make it a tiny bit better. The wreath (from 2012) was in my last post. It took a lot longer to wrap than expected, but the flowers and embellishments were easy when I busted out (bought?) my glue gun. Here are the original posts I used: wreath wrapping, felt flowers, and beads on roses. The bird and torn apart picks are mine and mine alone (or from Michaels).

2012-2013 - Tree Collage I also love Christmas trees. Ancient tradition (“barbarian” German and Roman) and so so pretty! In 2012, I made the Pinterest classic ribbon and beads tree, created about 15-20, and gave them out as gifts. Again, longer than expected. That seems to have been the crafting theme of 2012. I made another Pinterest classic in 2013: the half circle paper tree. This one was much much easier. The paper tree didn’t have instructions, that I can find anymore, just this image from an Etsy posting that is no longer available. This was my inspiration for the ribbon tree, though I do like mine better (*patting myself on the back*), but still need to pay reverence to my inspiration.

*Side Note* I love books. Almost everything about them. I also love re-purposing things. The book pages I use in my crafts were going to be pulped, so I think it’s a better idea to use them rather than just throw them away.

2013 - Mini Album Collage

I’m rather proud of this little folio/mini album. It was hard to make (at my 2013 skill level), but so much fun to see my mom look through it. I used multiple how-tos to get this to work: 1, 2, and more than I remembered to pin.

2013 - Decopage Frame + Paper Roses

I made this for a good friend (top, officiant at my wedding, friend since junior high) and her family. I don’t think she wants her face all over the internet, so lovely flares for them. The frame was basic wood and glass from Michaels. It originally had 3 frames, but I broke the glass in one … whoops … so down to two! I painted (black and shimmer something) the frames, decoupaged the paper onto them, and created paper roses. (This links include instructions and my inspiration.)

2014 - Christmas

And this tiny wonder is the reason I don’t have any crafts for 2014. I think it is a good excuse.

I will have a post on my 2015 crafts near the end of the season! Happy holidays (as there are many at the moment) to all!

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