Tuesday, December 15, 2009


It is time for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC46)! This week I am your challenge host. I am challenging everyone to stenciling. Stenciling is really popular right now in cardmaking. You can use your spellbinder templates, stencil a fluffy scalloped sky, or use other stencils either store bought or handmade to add some stenciling to your card this week. Here are a couple of links from SCS to give you alittle more insight into stenciling. Tutorial 1 and Tutorial 2. We would love to see what you create!


For my card I am using one of the new released sets called A Year of Flowers Calendar Set 1 and Seasonal Wreaths for the sentiment. For the stenciling portion of my card, I chose to use two of the spellbinders impressabilities. I will talk more about my stenciling in a moment. I am using Flourishes Classic Ivory cardstock which is wonderful for coloring with copics. I colored my January flower using Flourishes Copic Color Collection. I finished my card with punch border, ribbon, and sentiment tags!

This week is Saffron Moss Melons!
We are to use So Saffron, Mellow Moss, and Melon Mambo with Neutrals of Choice.
This week's dessert option: Polka Dots!!!

This is the card that almost was NOT! Ever have one of those days? Well, I cracked my BigKick a couple of weeks ago. It still sort of worked if I wedged it just right. Last week when trying to emboss a diecut it cracked so loud I literally jumped back thinking stuff would fly. So, I am literally without any die cut or embossing tool. (Insert violin playing here)! I have only had the thing since May. I promise I do not try to torture my tools! I emailed Sizzix to get it fix, but I have to mail it in first. Yikes! So, I have weeks to go without my beloved tool! (Insert more violin playing)!

With all of that said, I needed to stencil for this week's FTTC card challenge which I assigned. Now, while I LOVE embossing and stenciling together, the embossing part was not an option. I played around with several ideas and items with no luck. Just when I was about to scream(dramatic moment here), I realized I had these wonderful Spellbinder impressabilities. I figure I could stencil with these. I started out sponging, but the quick way is with a versamark pad dabbed directly over the template and cardstock. I LOVED the results so much I decided to do my focal flower with a different one. I do not think versamark looks this dark on ivory cardstock, but, lucky for me, I think my versamark pad is old and alittle dirty. I loved the dirty look so I kept it. (NOTE: Actually, I think a brayer would be easier and faster, but I could not find mine).




To see what the rest of the blog design team created for you this week with stenciling, please click the blog links below to check them out.

Silke Ledlow

Dee Jackson

Cindy Haffner





Stamps
Flourishes A Year in Flowers Calendar Set 1 and Seasonal Wreaths
Paper
PTI true black, Flourishes classic ivory, SU melon mambo, mellow moss, and so saffron
Ink
PTI raspberry fizz, versamark, so saffron, mellow moss
Accessories
mini bowdabra, gold cording, button, MS border punch, MS tag punch, Spellbinders Impressabilities, sponges, Flourishes Copic Color Collection, gold pears, glue dots, foam squares


15 comments:

  1. Beautiful colors
    Betty, thanks for the wonderful challenge this week.

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  2. Great colour combo! Your card is lovely and I am so happy I got that MS border punch for a family member to give me for Christmas LOL! Love the versamark on the card.

    Sorry to hear about your machinery failure....I was without my camera for about 4 weeks and it was ugly. Hopefully you'll get it back sooner than later!

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  3. This is so pretty Betty!! Such a vibrant and cheery color combo and a beautiful design! I sure hope I have a chance to play along with this challenge this week!
    hugs,
    Chris

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  4. Gorgeous card, Betty!! I'm sorry to hear about your beloved Big Kick :( Your stenciling background is just stunning w/o embossing!! I've gotta to try next time! Thank you for hosting the wonderful challenge.

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  5. It's stunning Betty! Great colors, borders, and of course your ribbon/bow is perfect...wish we lived closer so you could give me a ribbon/blow 101! : )

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  6. In spite of all your woes, you still created a gorgeous card! I hate when well-used tools break, but it's just a little bump in the road:) I love the stenciling challenge........and I hope I can find time to play!!

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  7. Cute card! I think it turned out great!

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  8. Betty - how fun we used the same Impressabilities idea!!! Great minds do think a like - LOL!!! Fun colors too...this is a BEAUTY!!!

    Thanks for getting my gray cells going..this was a fun challenge and I have to try the stenciling again soon!!! Hugs ~S~

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  9. This is gorgeous, Betty! Sorry about you machine! I know I would not like to do without mine! Thanks for sharing your tech! Hugs, Fran

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  10. What a beautiful job you've done despite you're machine handicap. Bonus points for that. I've been busy trying to tidy my little space, so you're comment about not being able to find your brayer had me ROTF! Honestly, I probably spend more time looking for things, than crafting! TFS.
    Beth Greco

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  11. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE these colors today!!!

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  12. This is just beautiful Betty...between you and the rest of Flourishes DT members and Friends...I was literally enabled to buy the whole set this morning...These are just perfect...for any occasion...I cannot wait to try making a calendar with these images! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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  13. Even with all your woes you came up with a lovely card. My machine makes those cracking sounds all the time hope it's not going to go out. I tried today's challenge using a brass stencil and embossing paste which I don't do too often. Thanks for this great challenge. Pat

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  14. How GORGEOUS Betty!!! The layout and colors are beautiful on this!!!!

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