Tuesday, 26 August 2014

An Inky Black Day

Today I was toiling away in the crafting chambers when suddenly the room got drastically darker. I glanced at the window and saw that the sky had blackened, despite it being mid-afternoon. Knowing this could only mean something malicious was afoot, I hurried downstairs to don my armor and weapons before heading outside to investigate.

This card was created for the Creative Card Crew “chalkboard” challenge that is happening now. Make a chalky looking project and come play along with us for your chance to win a prize from our sponsor!
I didn’t want to stamp with white ink to make this chalkboard looking card, as I find it extremely messy. No matter what I do, it always seems to smear. I can heat set it until it’s practically on fire, or leave it untouched until the paper ages and turns to dust and the white ink will still somehow manage to smear. Soooooo...not having any white embossing powder, I stamped the images onto white paper and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. Then, using black Distress Ink, I coloured that paper black. I lost -400 efficiency XP points for this roundabout method.

The stamps I used on the front (from top to bottom) are from the Tim Holtz “Christmas Memories” set, a Unity sentiment and trees from the Lawn Fawn “Let It Snow” set. I then dug into my stash and pulled out those sparkly snowflake stickers and added them for some glittery goodness.

On the inside I stamped the sentiment and frame using a couple Unity Stamps.

I stamped the chevron trees on the envelope to make it match the front of the card.

This card will try to chalk up a win in the following challenges:
Try It On Tuesday: Use Your Stash (those sparkly snowflake stickers)

Neither the sun nor moon was visible, yet the treeline was glowing brilliant white. Perhaps someone was casting spells in the forest, causing this phenomenon. I lit a torch and headed off in the darkness to get to the bottom of this. I needed natural light to complete my crafting!

~ Guild Master Crystal ~

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Mystery Meat BBQ

Greetings. Today the Guardian of Glitter and I travelled to Fired Brick Village, which was a couple hours ride away from the Guild Hall. The goose clan that called the village home were having a BBQ and had invited us in thanks for defending them against the band of raiders that had been plaguing them for months. We had been able to save most of the goslings that had be taken, but there were still some missing.  

This card was created for the Creative Card Crew “embossing” challenge that is happening now. Make a project with either wet or dry embossing and come play along with us for your chance to win a prize from our sponsors!
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I started this card by printing out the grilling goose image from Imagine That. I embossed the bottom of the paper using the Cuttlebug folder that coordinated with the Simply Charmed cartridge. I earned +70 XP points since this is the first time I’ve ever used that folder since buying it a couple years ago. The top part of the sentiment I stamped using the Lawn Fawn “Jessie’s ABCs” set. The word fun I made using the Lawn Fawn “Happy Summer” set.

On the inside I stamped the sentiment using the Lawn Fawn “Cozy Christmas,” “Jessie’s ABCs,” and “Year Three” sets.

The envelope was stamped with the “Happy Summer” set to make it all matchy-match the front.

This card will get its goose cooked in the following challenges:

As we sat, eating the barbequed meat the Guardian of Glitter slowly put down her fork. “You don’t think….no….” she let the thought hang in the air.
“I’m sure it’s beef,” I replied, taking another bite.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Rawring Through the Forest

Thank you for stopping by the Guild Hall. Today the Guardian of Glitter and I went on a foresty quest to locate a pack of thieves that were hiding in the Weathered Woods. Supposedly they had information on the location of a secret treasure cache that was rumoured to include a case of sparkling glitter bombs. As you can imagine, Nikki was rather eager to get her hands on those. As we crept through the woods, trying to locate one of the brigands, we heard a rustling coming from the thick undergrowth. Thinking it may be one of the thieves, I went to investigate. Suddenly, a small lion sprang from the foliage letting loose a tiny roar.

I started this ATC by stamping the adorable lion from the Lawn Fawn “Critters on the Savanna” set - which I literally just bought yesterday (with the coordinating dies of course) - onto watercolour paper. I then coloured him up using my Distress Markers and Hydra Brush of +60 wetness. I stamped and die cut the letters using the Lawn Fawn “Quinn’s ABCs” set and also coloured them with Distress Markers, matching them to the lion. The grass I cut using the Artbooking cartridge. The only thing I wish I did differently was make the dark green grass in the background a little taller so you could see more of it. Oh well…+70 hindsight XP for that.

This ATC will roar into the following challenges:

It turns out the cute little lion was no threat and just wanted to play. Since we were having no luck locating the thieves, the Guardian of Glitter and I put our quest on hold and played hide-and-seek with the small felid. After about fifteen minutes of romping through the forest we stumbled onto the entrance to a cave. Could this be the treasure cache we were seeking? Did the little leo lead us right to it? I looked questioningly at the small fellow. He grinned and let out one of his tiny roars before bounding back into the woods.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~