Challenge #1: Sue’s take

Well, I manage to squeeze in a bit of creative time and complete Jessi’s challenge this week!  With everything going on, I combined it with my guest designer requirement for July’s Inspiration Elevator challenge.

This was a challenge for me – I haven’t created a cardstock-only page in a LONG time!  When all is said and done though, I like the simplicity of this layout – and it’s a two-pager, which is also rare for me (excuse the wonky layout photos – my printer is being a brat!!):

Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics and unknown cardstock; Cheery Lynn die; Just Cre8 stamps (Floral Flourishes); Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring board and punch; Fiskars stylus; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Lori Whitlock cut file; Loni Leah Designs cut file; Sizzix Big Kick; SIzzix and Stampin’ Up! embossing folders; EK Success punch; American Craft Thickers and pen; Tsukineko VersaMark ink; Stampendous embossing powder; MultiCrafts half pearls; Recollections washi tape; embroidery floss; Imaginisce, Stampin’ Up! and unknown metal embellishments; Craftworks Cards Candi dots; Lawn Fawn sequins; miscellaneous beads and sequins from my stash; plastic resealable bag.

Here’s a close-up of each page:

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Here are my cardstock techniques:

1.  SCORING

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Inspired by a quilted cake I recently saw on Cake Boss, I scored my cardstock at 1″ intervals on a diagonal, using the envelope aid – both ways.  At the points of intersection, I attached a small half pearl.

2. TEARING
3. PUNCHING

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Using a scrap, I tore a strip and attached it to my top corner to create a cluster.  I also punched a vine branch out of a scrap and trimmed it to size.

4.  DIE CUT

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Scraps of cardstock are perfect to use for both manual or electronic die cutting machines.

5. STAMP AND WET EMBOSS

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You can barely see it in the bottom right hand corner, but I stamped a piece of cardstock with VersaMark and wet embossed with clear embossing powder.  I love this look, as it coordinates beautifully by created the stamped image in the same colour but a slightly darker tone.

6. DRY EMBOSS

The little purse was created by using a Lori Whitlock cut file for a treat bag topper.  I re-sized it to fit my bag (2″ wide) and filled the bag with a coordinating mix of sequins, beads and Candi Dots.  I snipped the bag to the height I wanted, sandwiched it between the topper and stapled it closed.  I then embossed the cream cover with a Sizzix embossing folder (Burlap) and attached the flowers.  Isn’t it adorable?!  The grey cardstock (lower left corner) is also embossed using a Stampin’ Up! folder (Chevron).

 

Thanks for visiting!
Cheers,
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