Saturday, October 4, 2014

WCMD 2014 | Pattern Play with Shay


Are you are having fun yet?  I sure hope you have after seeing Jennifer Ingle's first Leading Lady post, and challenges with stunning inspiration from Lea, Vanessa, Gayatri, Julie and Kelly.  And of course our Craftie Challenge.

I am hosting the last challenge for today, but remember you have until next Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:55 p.m. to enter all the challenges as many times with new cards as you want.

My challenge:  Pattern Play.  Use stamps, patterned paper, washi, stencils, embossing folders, journaling cards, die cuts, embellishments and/or any thing else you want to add some pattern to your card.  It can be geometric, intricate, romantic, graphic, stripes, damask, polka dots, script, busy, plain.  Mix up patterns, be adventurous, be bold, be subtle, be elegant, be clean, be simple, be you!

Here are a couple of takes on the challenge from me:

Card No. 1


For this card I focused upon the script Creative Screenings (releasing later this month) and used Distress Inks in spun sugar, worn lipstick, wild honey and spiced marmalade with the mini ink blending tool. As this stencil is more delicate I used a pouncing motion to add the color rather than rubbing it in as I usually would and it worked great.  Next, I embossed using the same stencil using my Cuttlebug and a tan embossing mat. For all of this I used washi to keep the stencil in place.  I also sprayed calico shine Mister Huey's Color Mist over the panel.  

I stamped pennants from Scenery: It's a Wonderful Pennant several times with black ink and cut them out.  I draped a piece of twine on the script panel and adhered it with the Tiny Attacher.  Over the twine I added the pennants.

On a piece of vellum I stamped "shine" from The Big, the Bold and Fun with Versamark and embossed it with Zing! gold glitter finish embossing powder.  Wow, I love rich and sparkly gold!  To adhere the vellum to the script panel I actually wrapped it behind the panel and used adhesive on the back.  On a strip of black cardstock I embossed "bright" also from The Big, the Bold and Fun with white embossing powder and added that over the vellum strip.  Of course I had to add a sprinkling of gold sequins.  I adhered the script panel to a panel of black cardstock and then onto a white card base.


Card No. 2


I decided to start with another Creative Screenings again.  This one just so happens to work with the triangles from Scenery: Rectangled & Triangled.  I stamped 3 different triangle designs with Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Inks in cornflower and pool and Memories in turquoise (this is an ancient ink pad as in older than any of my dogs).  I really wanted to try Dreamweaver Stencils embossing paste I just bought so I used a palette knife to spread it into some of the open triangles.

I also used Distress Ink in worn lipstick, evergreen bough (a favorite right now) and black soot smeared on my craft sheet and sprayed with water to paint in some of triangles once the embossing paste dried (didn't take long at all).

Using the solid circle from A Tree for All Seasons I inked it up with evergreen bough and spritzed it with water.  I filled any open spaces with more watered down ink.  I cut it out with a Spellbinders circle die.  I stamped "happy thoughts" from This Awesome House numerous times in evergreen bough and the banner from The Big, the Bold and Extras in black soot and then painted it in with watered down black soot.  I stamped "hooray" from This Awesome House in Versamark and embossed it in white.  Behind the circle I added a nest of silver thread.  Last a little of my favorite shimmery sequins before adhering the the panel to a white card base with a little strip of American Craft silver glitter tape.


I hope you will be inspired to try new things, get inky, pull out that patterned paper that you've always wanted to use and play!  I really can't wait to see the wonders you create.

Prize: $25.00 Gift Card to WPlus9 (just in time for their gorgeous holiday release!)

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  1. Beautiful cards, Shay! I love both backgrounds on your cards, and can hardly wait for your screenings to come out. Your use of vellum inspires me to think of another layer that "doesn't appear to be there". Thanks for your inspiration to try adding patterns to your creations, and thank you for a wonderful morning of challenges. I want to participate in each one!

  2. Awesome cards Shay! I love that first cards BG, I can't wait to see the screenings. TFS girl!! and have a great rest of the WCMD! :D

  3. this challenge sounds interesting!! I would love to!! beautiful card!!
    Moxie Craftie

  4. Love your first card Shay - looking forward to seeing the stencils on release!

  5. Beautiful cards. love the colors and patterns!

  6. HAPPY World Card Making Day Shay :)
    FABULOUS cards, LOVE the colors, designs and textures - WOW - SO MANY exciting techniques combined - LOVE your splash of SPARKLE too!!! I'm excited and look forward to trying some of them and joining you in this FUN challenge!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!

  7. Gorgeous cards Shay! I mixed a bold print with some burlap texture and a more subtle chevron for my card - thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Incredible cards!!! So hoping I have time to enter this challenge!

  9. Loved pattern play on both !! Backgrounds on both the cards are fabulous !

  10. Thank you for the fun challenge and amazing samples, they are a feast for the eyes.

  11. Amazing cards and for someone who doesn't mix patterns often, this is a real challenge for me. Have just linked a card and hope to link a few more!!

  12. The cards are very pretty. Love the embossing on the vellum. that is one technique I've been afraid to try.
    thanks for sharing some great cards.

  13. Your cards are awesome, such pretty inspirations!

  14. Love your challenge Shay. And your cards really got my mojo running. I'll be posting soon!

  15. Goodness, Shay, what wonderfully cool, trendy cards you've created here; geometric gorgeousness!

  16. Really enjoyed playing along with this challenge. Your cards are so fabulous and trendy!! Totally awesome inspiration :)

  17. Wonderful patterns on both cards...very pretty.

  18. This is my fourth of your challenges I've entered for LOVE that you kept it open for those of us who were unable to participate last Saturday!!! THANKS for all the fun and inspiration!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  19. THANK YOU for this fab challenge Shay :)
    I am a very slow crafter, so I really appreciate that you have given us plenty of time to get creative and am thrilled to enter my hybrid card in your challenge!!!

  20. Great colors and patterns on these cards.

  21. Awesome challenge....I love your cards especially the patterned pennants. I entered my card. Thanks for extending the challenges all week.

  22. The pennants on the card add such a different dimension.. Looks cool! TFS your inspiration Shay!

  23. I always love adding pattern and design to my cards with a combination of stamping, inking and embossing so this was a must-do challenge for me!


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