Artistic Avenger


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Lean on Me (PP59)

So, it’s another day and another new challenge from The Paper Players! My first challenge as Guest Designer for August was so much fun to be a part of and I’m excited to be introducing this challenge to you this week. And, boy oh boy, did Anne Marie ever challenge us – WITH PINK! I’m not a pink user that often but I found I really enjoyed this challenge.

I wanted to use Regal Rose and the “majority” colour and Rose Red as just a bit of a hint so that is what I did. The base is Regal Rose and I ran it through the Tulip Border embossing folder and sponged. I then added a layer to fit into the outline (again Regal Rose) and sponged it. I added an “X” of Baker’s Twine and then sponged over it with my Regal Rose sponge so they just don’t stand out so much!

Next, I added an awkwardly laying layer of Rose Red on which I layered some more Regal Rose. On this I stamped the large flourish from Best Friends Forever and sponged. Next, I added a stamped image from Lean On Me (LOVE this set!) and watercoloured it lightly. I didn’t want to go too crazy and deep with the colours on this one, I thought it’d take away from the overall effect.

To finish it all off, I had to add some ribbon and embellishments! I didn’t have any pink ribbon (GASP) so I took my Whisper White Organza and dyed it to match! Here’s how:

  1. Take a piece of ribbon.
  2. Put one part boiling water and one part vinegar in a heat proof dish. (I think I used about 2 tbsp of each)
  3. Add as much reinker as you wish for depth of colour. (I think I added 5 drops)
  4. Stir and until the desired colour is achieved.
  5. Take out the ribbon and let it dry. (I just patted it between two paper towels and I was good to go!)

REMEMBER – you can always add more die but you can’t take it away so be cautious with how much reinker you add.

Lastly, I added a little tag that says “friends” from Tiny Tags and a Rose Red button tied with some Baker’s Twine.

I do hope you’ll get a chance to get “p-inky” this week and play along with The Paper Players! Check out the rest of the design team members creations:

The Paper Players Design Team

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink, Rose Red, Confetti White.

Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Jet Black StazOn and various colours to watercolour.

Stamps: Best Friends Forever, Lean On Me, Tiny Tags.

Accessories: Big Shot, Tulip Border Embossing Folder, Baker’s Twine, Aquapainter, Subtles Buttons, Medium Jewelry Tag punch, Bitty Punch Pack, Stampin’ Sponges, Boho Blossoms Punch, Regal Rose Reinker, Organza Ribbon.


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I ain’t Lion….

Today I was chatting with a friend on the phone and found out that he hasn’t been stamping lately. So, I challenged him to two challenges. First, the Stamping 411 sketch challenge and second the Pals Paper Arts KISS challenge.

I started with a Close to Cocoa card base and layered it with a wee strip of More Mustard and then a larger layer of Whisper White. I used my scallop edge punch on one end of the Whisper White cardstock and then used my Close to Cocoa marker to define the scallops a bit. Lastly, I tied a bit of Old Olive 5/8″ grosgrain around the white layer.

For the little lion, well, I’ve had this idea for a while now. The Birds and Blooms Sizzlet little scallop circle is just the perfect size to fit to make a layered mane on the little lion from Fox & Friends. So what I did was stamp the lion in Close to Cocoa once on the larger white cardstock layer and once on some scrap cardstock.

I cut out a More Mustard and a So Saffron small scallop circle from the Birds & Blooms sizzlet and crinkled them up a little bit for a bit more dimension. I added them on with mini glue dots. I then cut out the face of the lion I’d stamped on some scrap cardstock and adhered with a small dimensional.

To finish this up, I stamped “hello” from Hello Again in Old Olive and added some outline with my Close to Cocoa marker and some grass with my Old Olive marker.

Thanks for stopping in today! Now get off the computer and stamp something….:-)