Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October Challenge Reminders

Hi everyone.  Just a reminder that we are half way through the Happy Little Stampers October Challenges.  We have three challenges running this month ... CAS - Paper PiecingSketch, and Christmas - Poinsettia.

I have made a card for the CAS and Christmas challenges to share with you today.

First, my CAS Challenge - Paper Piecing card ...

First I made my own background paper by spritzing mixed media paper with water and sprinkling on Brusho Watercolour crystals (yellow, orange, brilliant red). Then I left it alone so the crystals could do their magic, spreading and bursting in the water. Once dry, I used my coloured paper to paper piece the three leaves, and then die-cut them with matching dies.

I've sent this off a while ago to a friend who is recovering from surgery.  I hope it brightened his day. :)

Next, is a card for the Christmas Challenge - Poinsettia.

I stamped my Poinsettia in Versamark onto mixed media paper and heat embossed in gold.  I used my waterbrush and some Inka Gold wax (Gold) to watercolour the poinsettia.  When dry, I added a second coat of Inka Gold wax ... this time red and I ended up with a beautiful pink poinsettia. :)  I fussy-cut and then added gold glitter glue to the center and piled on some different sized gold seed beads for a little added bling. :)

I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see some more inspiration from our wonderful Guest Designers (Sylvia of Poppy's Papercraft Patch for CAS - Paper Piecing); (Pat of Colourful Creations for Christmas - Poinsettia); and (Valentyna of Flourishtina for Sketch).  And there are some amazing cards from some of our talented Design Team as well ... well worth checking it out!! :)

There's still a couple of weeks left for this challenge, so lots of time to play along if you haven't had a chance yet.  Come join in the fun!! :)

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

CAS Card:
Stamps:  One with Nature (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger); Brushos; Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Nature dies (Simon Says Stamp)

Christmas Card:
Stamps:  Warm Wishes (Penny Black); Handy Christmas Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Gold embossing powder (Hero Arts), heat tool, Inka Gold wax paste (Gold and Red), water brush, gold glitter glue, gold seed beads, 1/2" corner rounder (We R Memory Keepers)

HLS Oct. CAS Challenge - Paper Piecing
HLS Oct. Christmas Challenge - Poinsettia


Joyce said...

Two gorgeous cards, Loll. I love the paper you made to piece your trees with on your first card.

Aileen said...

Great cards Loll, must get moving on getting a card or two done. The colours in the first card stamped images are really beautiful.

BożenA said...

Poinsettia is the most beautiful I've ever seen! Amazing card and unusual approach to stamp the Penny Black. Already I envy whoever will get this card for the holidays ...
Hugs and kisses,

BożenA said...

Wonderful autumn colors. Right now in Poland so beautifully staining some maples and vines ... Wonderfully trees you used to do personally colored paper. I am delighted with the end result.

Pat said...

This is beautiful Loll and the Inca Gold wax paste painted on gives a wonderful finish. I love those added seed beads to the centre and a lovely sentiment too. x

Maura said...

Love them both, Loll, but the first one is my favorite. I love how you created the bg paper and then "pieced" the trees. I never thought of that as piecing before - great idea!

Hope you got my thank you email for my undeserved "thank you " card and gift. My 27 year old daughter spotted and commented on your card right away!

Bonnie said...

I love your leaves that look like a tiny forest! And this poinsettia is GORGEOUS! What a fantastic job of fussy cutting! It tuned out such a lovely shade of pink and so elegant!

Susan said...

Two lovely cards! Great colouring with the Inka Gold and fussy cutting on the poinsettia - it ended up such a pretty colour. The background paper you made for the leaves is so beautiful!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

LOVE both cards Loll! Love that you made your background piece for the paper piecing, I would never have thought to do that and I love that gorgeous Poinsettia with the fussy cutting! Stunning! Have a lovely day! Hazel xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Two gorgous cards Loll just love the colouring....


OH Babs said...

Nice cards Loll. I especially like the leaves as I too like making my own background paper. I have been playing with some pointsettia stamps but have not found the technique that excites me. Thanks for the inspiration, always.

Julia Aston said...

Two beautiful creations Loll! The stumpy trees are so cute - love the beautiful Brusho coloring - and your poinsetiia is so elegant with the touches of gold! have a lovely weekend! Julia xx

Kylie said...

wow, two beautiful cards, Lolly. I love the colours you created with your brushos!!!

Ingrid said...

Loll - I simply LOVE both these cards! Those trees are amazing - you always want me to get out my supplies and create. :) :)

Anita in France said...

These are beautiful, Loll ... those mod trees with the explosions of colour against the crisp white are stunning ... and what a wonderfully rich, dimensional poinsettia ... gorgeous! Hugs, Anita :)

Barb Ghig said...

You do the most amazing things with your inks, Loll! I love how you created the water colored pieces for both vibrant for the mod trees and soft for the Poinsettia! Gorgeous cards, as always!

Karen Dunbrook said...

so beautiful...just watched your video too; great job mf. You have such a calm, soothing voice just like I imagined you would have.
hugs mf and have a great week.

nancy littrell said...

Loved both your cards Loll, but esp. your Nature Brushos stamped and die cut card. So perfect for Fall. Your sparkly poinsettia card is Stunning too. TFS both your beauties my friend.