Isn't he just the cutest thing? Oh my goodness...I think it's just cuteness overload. As soon as I choose the sketch for today's Stamping Bee Sketch Challenge, I thought, "Piggies!" I had such fun creating this, because, what is better than piggies? Watercoloring, of course! Plain watercolor paper was, well, too plain, so I used my aqua painter and Soft Sky ink to do a nice blue wash. The piggy then watercolored with Blushing Bride, with Old Olive and Crumb Cake for the grass and dirt. The little strip of leaves is from the new designer series paper stack, Delightful Daisy.
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Friday's are just made for sketch challenges. For anyone who crafts over the weekend, this gives you the weekend to plan and prepared. My Stamping Bee team sketch challenges begin on Fridays and end on Wednesdays, with a random winner selected on Thursday mornings. It's so much fun to see what everyone has created over the course of the week!
This week's challenge features the Eastern Palace Suite of products. I really can't stop playing with this set. It's so vesatile. There's 21 stamps and 14 dies that all coordinate together. With all those pieces. your projects will be unique and fresh each time.
Don't wait until June! The Eastern Palace Bundles are available starting on May 1st. This gives you a whole time to play with brand new products before the new calendar launches! Register for my May 7th Coffee & Cards class and see for yourself, just what an amazing set this really is.
Would you like to play along with my Sketch challenge? Simply post your card in the comments below.
Sometimes, you make a card and call it done. Then, when you look at it again, you realize somehting is wrong and you start all over again. Such was the case this morning. The card I'd planned on using for my Stamping Bee sketch challenge looked dull and flat this morning. So, I quickly hit the studio and made another. I'm much happier with this one!
I'm sure it had to do with the fact that I was busy finalizing all my swaps for OnStage in Richmond, Virginia tomorrow. I'm so excited! Two of my Stamping Bee team members and I are hitting the road after work tonight and driving 2.5 hours to join other Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the country to see the unveiling of the new 2017-2018 annual catalog - and the new 2017-2019 In Colors! I can't wait to share it all with you! That's just part of the many benefits of joining Stampin' Up! Not only do we get to see new product before for everyone else, we also get to PreOrder a full month before the catalog goes live. Want to get in on the fun? Consider joining my Stamping Bee team and get your new products before the catalog is released.
Would you like to play along with this week's sketch challenge? Post your card in the comments below.
Happy Friday! Every Friday, I post a sketch challenge for all members of my Stamping Bee Team. It's just one of the many fun benefits that come when you join my Stamping Bee Team! I thought I'd finish up ice cream week with a trio of 'sweets'.
You always see a demonstrator's finished project. What you don't see are all the mistakes and cards that don't turn out quite the way we planned. So, I wanted to show you these three and give you the background on how I arrived at my favorite. (Which one do you think it is?)
I started with this one. I wanted my Cool Treats ice cream cone to reflect the cones show in the lower layer of Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper. I stamped the background piece of Whisper White Card Stock with sprinkles and strawberries from the Cool Treats Stamp Set. The cone is actually a piece of Tasty Treats Paper, cut out with theFrozen Treats die, which also leaves a patterned impression. The scoops themselves are pretty cool. Check them out:
I used my aqua painter and brushed some water across a piece of Shimmery White Card Stock. Then, I stamped my ink colors (from bottom: Wild Wasabi, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Pool Party) on the damp paper and let it dry before cutting it out with the die. The Shimmery White Card Stock holds up well to water coloring, and stamping the ink gave it a softer, more muted blend. The shimmer is a bit difficult to see here, but it is lovely in the light.
Next, using the popsicle paper, I wanted a larger popsicle as my focal point. But it was too small for such a large piece of paper, so I added some background texture using the fun dots found in the Dragonfly Dream Stamp Set.
You can't see in the photo because of the light, but I outlined the "You're" and the shadow on the popsicle with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush for extra sparkle.
Finally, I used glossy strawberries and cherries paper and created a scrumptious strawberry ice cream cone. The darker shadows are again brushed with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
If you guessed this third card is my favorite, you're right! Even though they're all "sweet", this is the yummiest.
Would you like to play along with this week's Stamping Bee Sketch Challenge? Here are the measurements you need. Then, post a picture of your card in the comments below. I'm sure they'll all be just as "sweet" as can be. Happy Stammping!
Sketch Challenge Measurements:
Why is it, every time I reach for the Flourishing Phrases Bundle, I also reach for my collection of navy and white paper? I've seen it in all colors and it's striking. But to me, this will always show best in these crisp clean, and classic colors found in the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.
Too add texture behind the die cut, I used the Timeless Texture Stamp Set to add a random patter (is that an oxymoron), using Basic Gray Archival Ink. To achieve the various shades, I stamped off the ink onto scratch paper first, before stamping on the card stock.
This design was part of a sketch challenge for my Stamping Bee team. I hold a weekly challenge, with a small prize being given to a random winner. Last week, Sarah won a new pack of Urban Underground Washi Tape. I know she's going to put it to good use.
Would you like to play along? Post your creations below - I'd love to see them.
Cutting & Measurement
Base: Night of Navy 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded in half
Layer 1: Floral Boutique 4 x 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Whisper White 3 3/4" x 4"
Layer 3: Floral Boutique 1" x 4:
Layer 4: Whisper White 3/4" x 3 3/4"
Layer 5: Whisper White Organza Ribbon
Putting it All Together
1. Stamp Timeless Textures in Basic Gray onto Layers 2 & 4. Stamp off ink to add different shades of gray. Stamp sentiment to Layer 4 with Night of Navy ink.
2. Attach die cut with glue dots.
3. Adhere Layers 2 & 4 to Layers 1 & 3.
4. Wrap ribbon around Layer 1 and attach to the back with glue dots.
5. Adhere both layers to card base with Fast Fuse.
6. Finish by adding an organza bow and tiny (3mm) pearls to die.