Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pursuit of Happiness Card & Sketch PCC6

Just so you know upfront, I’m not crazy about today’s card!  It was made after an intense week long schedule, and a week without stamping.  It’s always a challenge when you step away from the stamps, to get back into the groove and mojo!

So now you know my little secret, but we all have those moments, don’t we!!  (LOL… please say yes!!)in color colors and dahlias with two stamp setsI like the colors… bashful blue, summer starfruit, whisper white, midnight muse and raspberry ripple…I just think it needs a few more layers.  What do you think?love my table top paper trimmer... do you have one?The outer edges of the cut apart sentiment from the pursuit of happiness stamp set were lined using a raspberry ripple stampin’ write marker… but I don’t think it added enough color.dahlias make a great accent for scrapbook pages as wellAt first I thought I would add brads to the dsp/card stock layers… and actually pierced holes to do so before opting to using color coordinating In Color Dahlia’s.  The dahlia’s attach easily with glue dots and are a fun element to add to both cards and scrapbook pages.tips shared for sharpening dull punches... great idea!A paper daisy was layered with punched images from the Mixed Medley stamp set (a hostess set found on page 39 of the current mini catalog).  LOVE the new 1-1/4” scallop circle punch, don’t you?

If you look closely at the photo above, you can see a bit of paper hanging just beneath the “for you” 3/4” punched circle.  I used an older SU punch when punching, forgetting that it had this tearing issue. 

There are a couple ways to remedy the problem if you seem to incur tearing with your punches… first, and foremost… you punch may need sharpening.  I wrote about sharpening your punches a couple years ago… but here’s a brief synopsis for those who may not be familiar!

  • If this is just an occasional problem or it happens only with certain card stock or colors… try placing sheet of printer paper behind the image you plan to punch, punch them simultaneously for a clean edge… LOL you probably do need to sharpen the punch too.
  • For slightly dull punches, get out your heavy duty aluminum foil and punch it over and over.  (You can use regular foil as well, but double it up for success.)
  • For more dull punch edges, carefully cut open an aluminum can (soda/ pop/ beer) and punch until there’s nothing left.
  • For SEVERLY dulled and sticking punches… give it up and replace it with a new one Winking smile.PCCC6_on_Createdbyu_Blogspot_Sept_5_2012

Here’s the original sketch for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge… formerly known as the Stampin’ Queens Sketch Challenge Group!  Hope you’ll play along with us today… LOL, doubt I inspired you much though!

I look forward to reading your comments and ideas!!  We can all use a helping hand when our mojo is in the round file!

Thank you so much for your online orders, they are truly appreciated!

Hugs,

Sharon

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Pursuit of Happiness Card and Sketch for PCCC6

Stamps:  Pursuit of Happiness WM 121907/ CM 121970, Mixed Medley (hostess) WM 128054 / CM 128057

Papers:  Whisper White 100730, Bashful Blue 105120, Midnight Muse 126843, Raspberry Ripple 126842, Patio Party Designer Series Paper 126916, Subtles Collection Designer Series Paper Stack 117152

Inks:  Midnight Muse 126860, Raspberry Ripple 126859, Summer Starfruit 126991

Terrific Tools:  Tabletop Paper Trimmer 106959, 1-1/4” Scallop Circle Punch 127811, 3/4” Circle Punch 119873

Awesome Accessories:  In-Color 2012-14 Dahlias 127556, Glue Dots 103683, In-Color 2012-14 Stampin’ Write Markers 126856, Paper Daisies 119243

Techniques:  DTP, layers, dimensionals, DSP

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