The Friday Mashup Challenge: FM174

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Another Friday Mashup Challenge post. This week, the FM174 challenge was to create a project using the Bokeh technique, or to create a project using die cuts, or to mashup both challenges and create a project that incorporates Bokeh and die cuts.

I watched the suggested video tutorial from Dawn at Wplus9 and used the FM Design Team cards to get the hang of the Bokeh technique. This week my card is “out of this world”, space themed. Here it is:

My FM174 Card

My FM174 Card

I used a piece of Cotman 140lb water colour paper cut to 5½ x 4¼” for the background that I eventually cut down to about 5 x 3¾” to use on the card. The Cotman water colour paper isn’t a bright white but when the whole surface is painted you’d never know. The paper I use comes in spiral bound pads and stands up well to being heated with my heat tool when drying and for embossing.

I followed the tutorial video pretty closely for the watercolour background. Once the paint was dry, I used two difference size circle punches, and a small star punch to create stencils. Using a makeup sponge and my stencils I inked on Brilliance Archival Ink in Platinum Planet to finish the Bokeh technique. If I were going to repeat the technique, next time I would use smaller circles for the inking part.

At this point in the project I was so excited about getting my background done that I forgot about the second part of the mashup–Die cuts– and just continued on my merry way…I was in the zone.

Using the same circle punches I used for making my stencils, I punched two circles in the background. With a Post-it tape mask, I stamped the Love you to the Moon for the sentiment and spaceship (I wanted to use different parts of the same stamp) with Not Quite Navy classic ink onto the circles.

Just to add a little more shine and sparkle, I smooshed silver ink onto a strip of scrap paper and clear embossed it to punch out some silver stars and adhered them to the card using Tombow Mono liquid glue. I also added some small clear rhinestones for good measure.

To assemble the card, I mounted the background to my navy A2 cardbase using foam tape and then popped the circles back into place directly on the card using my tape runner.

I’m looking forward to experimenting more with the Bokeh technique. Trying something new each week is one of the reasons I enjoy the Friday Mashup challenges. Thanks for dropping by!

Colour Me…! Challenge Blog CMCC#34

Cards, Challenges, Love note

The Colour Me…! Colour challenge this week was to incorporate three colours into a new project: crisp cantaloupe, calypso coral, and lost lagoon. Since I don’t own much from Stampin’ Up!, for me this translated to two shades of pink, and a dusty teal colour.

I’ll admit this one kind of stumped me. To get over my “creative block” I took out my bag of Silhouette shapes that are left over from other projects and let those guide my card. In the end, my card turned out to be quick and simple. Here’s what I came up with:

My CMCC34 Card

My CMCC34 Card

The pocket and large hearts were cut from my Silhouette machine. I used a punch from my craftbox (a childhood relic) to punch the tiny hearts. To bring in the second pink I grabbed some darker pink enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye . I stamped the pocket with a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Favorite Flowers set (I love this set!). To finish the pocket I used two 3/16″ brads.

I adhered the pocket to my 4×4″ white cardbase using two layers of foam tape and the larger hearts using one layer of foam. Next, I stuck my enamel dots in place and used tweezers and some Tombow Mono liquid glue to adhere the tiny hearts directly onto the cardbase. The card seemed a little too plain so I used a paintbrush to brush on a light coating of Ranger white opal liquid pearls to the larger hearts to add some iridescent shine.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ve been having so much fun playing along with the Colour Me…! Challenge Blog.

The Friday Mashup Challenge: FM173

Cards, Challenges

It seems like back to school and teacher cards are all the rage at this time of year so it’s perfect timing for the Friday Mashup 173 back to school challenge. The challenge this week, was to create a ‘school themed’ project, or to create a project with ‘your school colours’, or ‘mash it up’ and create a project that incorporates both challenges.

To play along this week, I decided to create a school themed thank you card.

My FM173 'School Theme' Card

My FM173 ‘School Theme’ Card

I cut the apples with my Silhouette Portrait and used SSS Lipstick Red ink to colour them. I started from outside the left edge of each apple and blended the ink inwards using a makeup sponge. To keep the apples in place while I inked them, I stuck them on the sticky part of a Post-it and used the paper part to grip.


I used a gold maker (from the dollar store) and Colour Box Moss Green ink for the leaf and adhered them behind the apples with a tiny dot of Glossy Accents. For a little extra texture, I scored veins on each leaf using my bone folder.

To begin assembling my card, I cut the ruler shape from some Fan Fair Stampin’ Up designer series paper. The wide-lined background paper is from the Lawn Fawn Dewey Decimal petite paper pack. I used a piece of red textured heavy weight cardstock for my cardbase and adhered the lined paper using my tape runner. Using ‘Not Quite Navy’ ink, I stamped the Thank You sentiment. To add some dimension on the card, I used foam tape to adhere the apples and ruler.

These back to school cards are really getting me into the fall spirit! Thanks for dropping by!

Colour Me…! Challenge Blog CMCC#33

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I’ve been having so much fun playing along with the Colour Me…! Challenge Blog. This week was certainly no exception. The CMCC33 is to create a project using turquoise, and orange. As always, neutrals are welcome as well.


I like these challenges because they force me to scan my supplies every week and use what I have on hand. So, on to the finished card.

My CMCC33 Card

My CMCC33 Card

I wanted to do a clean and simple (CAS) card this week and I have to say that I’m happy with the result. After the card was completely assembled it actually made me laugh out loud! Most of the supplies I used were from the Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit.

I started at my computer in Silhouette Studio and traced a free glasses clipart shape I found online. I cut the glasses out of SSS Orange Peel cardstock and the eye holes in my white background (SSS 120lb Cardstock), both using my Silhouette Portrait.

I cut a piece of dark craft cardstock as my cardbase and adhered a small square of patterned turquoise paper from Bo Bunny, Lemonade Stand behind where the glasses would be positioned. I used black enamel dots and some Glossy Accents to make the eyes. Then I set the cardbase aside to dry and worked on the white panel.

I stamped the sentiment from the Ice Cream Dream stamp set onto the background using Color Box Cyan ink and heat embossed using Ranger Super Fine clear embossing powder. To pull in a little more of the turquoise colour, I sponged the edges of the background with the Cyan ink. I adhered a small acetate panel to create a lens for the glasses on the backside of the background and then I adhered the orange glasses onto the front using some Tombow Mono Liquid Glue.

After the eyes had dried completely (it took about the same time as one episode of Downton Abbey) I put two layers of foam tape behind the white background and carefully placed it over-top of the patterned paper and eyes.

This card has plenty of dimension and I’m so happy with how it turned out. I love the way the eyes sit behind the glasses. I think the trick to CAS cards is that they are all about the details. Thank you so much for dropping by!

My card was picked as a Colour me…colour connoisseur this week! Thank you DT!


Homemade Anti-static Bag

Cards, Techniques, Tools

It’s been a rainy week up here in my small town. Even our biggest summer festival was rained out this morning. I, meanwhile, have had a craft success: a homemade anti-static powder bag and a lifetime supply of refills.

Anti-static tools are pretty widely available and are used to dry and remove static off a paper’s surface before heat embossing. Basically, the tool helps make sure your embossing powder only clings to your ink and to no other residues that may be on the paper (sticky fingers, etc.).

Homemade anti-static powder bag.

Homemade anti-static powder bag.

I’ve been having trouble with heat embossing recently. I think it’s because of the humidity in the air that makes the embossing powder stick all over my paper. The final results looked messy. A quick ‘Google’ and I found out that the powder inside the commercially available tools is sometimes cornstarch. I also remember videos where people mention their anti-static bags smelled like baby powder. The total cost of my homemade supplies was about $5 but I’m pretty sure I now have a lifetime supply of powder tools.

I made a small bag using a piece of fabric that was about 6X4″ and folded in half. I adhered the seams together using permanent double sided tape and then turned the bag right-side-out to fill it with the corn starch baby powder. I sealed the top, again with permanent double sided tape. The whole project took less than five minutes. Woot! Success!


There is now a video to show you exactly how I made my anti-static power tool. You can watch it below, or over on my YouTube channel.