Saturday, September 20, 2014

talking nerdy ap (PCS)

After the party. That's what "ap" stands for. As in, my life before the party and after the party. Yep, I've made it to the other side!

Suffice it to say, a good time was had by all :) I'll share bits and pieces of it with you over time. For starters, here's the green table. The first one to your left when you came into the room...

And this made table numbers obsolete and allowed our 80 guests to quickly see with whom they would be sharing a table... Can you say "color blocking"?

But now on to the talking nerdy part. Playing catchup in blogland, I came across the Paper Crafts September challenge "Talk Nerdy to Me". Well, when I think nerdy the first thing I think of is Michael A. wearing his calculator on his belt in high school. But the next thing I think of is glasses. (Which Michael A. actually also had, but which I do now too). Which reminded me of a card I'd made for a submission call.

So I'm hooking it up to the gallery at PCS. There's still time if you have a nerdy card to share. Happy weekend, folks. It's nice to be back ;)

Paper:  white CS Bringmann
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn
Ink : Janny Bowlin
Other: washi, Glossy Accents

Monday, September 15, 2014

STAMPlorations sketch #20

All that glitters is not gold. It may be Holographic or Liquid Platinum embossing powder! And it may be on a hexaptych!

Meet the new sketch at STAMPlorations. See those five panels. I went a little cutter crazy. Oops.

Meet my card. I took a watercolored CS (from mopping up leftover ink from another project), sprayed it with some bronze perfect pearls water and did some random stamping of the water mark from Holiday Artsy using white pigment ink.

Then I did some major heat embossing on it using two feathers from VIGNETTE: Trendy Feathers. First using holographic embossing powder, but that didn't show up like I had hoped. So when it was cool, I stamped over the embossed feathers again (slightly offset) and embossed them with Jennifer M.'s fave, Liquid Platinum. That stuff is good enough to eat. Not really, but it is awesome. I dipped the edges of the panel into Versamark and embossed them too.

Cut the panel into strips and attached them using various thicknesses of foam adhesive.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed onto black CS and trimmed. Added a swatch of organza fabric behind it cuz I loved the touch of the gold stars! And then a strip of washi along the inside edge - cuz one can never have too much gold, right?

Show us your pentaptych! The challenge runs through September 26th. You might be chosen to be our next guest designer.

Supplies for just a note:
Paper:  cream CS Bringmann, watercolor paper
Stamps: STAMPlorations
Ink : Distress, Versamark, Hero Arts pigment
Other: embossing powder, organza

Thursday, September 11, 2014

cupcakes and markers and glitter oh my it's nonni's birthday (STAMPlorations)

Cupcakes and birthdays. They go together, right? Well my teamie, the oh-so-talented Nonni, of Korttikarkuri had a birthday and this is the cupcake I made for her. Nonni, hope you had a wonderful day. There is a linky party over at teamie, Sandie's blog if you'd like to share a card for Nonni, too.

And since I missed the post where my teamies shared photos of their pets for Nonni who has a new fur baby herself, here's a recent shot of Miss Ellie needing a grooming.

And it just so happens that this month over at STAMPlorations it's all about "Stamps and Markers" and what a fun combination that can be. Talk about getting extra mileage from your stamps. Color 'em up with markers and stamp. Or color then spritz with water and stamp like I did here. And your color choices are only as limited as your collection of water-based markers ;)

For this card I decided to showcase the unique advantage to coloring stamps with markers. Can you guess what I'm talking about? Notice the chevron border. See how it looks 3D? If I had inked it up with one ink pad I wouldn't get that effect. But I colored the sides of the chevron pattern with two different colored markers and voila! 3D. I used the same two-tone coloring on the arrows at the top and the sentiment too.  I even colored my toothpick purple to hold the sentiment. It's much easier to color small areas with a marker tip than to selectively ink them!

I also used marker scribbles on my craft mat misted with water to watercolor the cupcake and then picked up the excess to make the splatters. Added some clear glitter embossing powder to the watercolored frosting while it was still wet and heated it from beneath. It sticks enough to the wet area to work. And in a nod to another teamie, Shirley B., I gave her credit card swipe technique a try. Um, I obviously need more practice ;)

Thanks for looking. I'm between vacay and our big "161" party at the moment, so things are kinda quiet around here. CU with the regular programming again soon :)

Supplies for hb2u:
Paper:  CS Bringmann
Stamps: STAMPlorations
Ink : Memento and markers
Tools: waterbrush, die Spellbinders
Other: embossing powder, toothpick

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

STAMPlorations September Stamp Release Blog Hop

It's stamp release month at STAMPlorations! The other STAMPlorations girls and I are sharing projects we created featuring the new stamps. Visit and leave a comment on all the stops on the hop for a chance to win.

THREE (3) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the designers' blogs will each win a stamp set of their choice from the new release and ONE (1) lucky hopper randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate to use towards products in the STAMPlorations shop. You have until Monday, September 15, 11:55 p.m. PDT (GMT -700) to comment here and on my fellow designers' posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on Thursday, September 18.  

Here's what I did with that lovely poinsettia (front and center in the graphic).

Some Lipstick Red ink from Simon Says and a couple masks allowed me to create the bunch of poinsettias which so remind me of a display I have in my kitchen every year. I buy several small plants and place them in a big plastic bowl whose outside I have covered with pine cones. Talk about bang for your buck. But I digress.

I dabbed some yellow ink onto the centers, fussy cut the bottom edge and adhered it flush at the top and raised along the bottom edge. Onto the deep green cardbase which reflects the green leaves of the poinsettia I gold embossed my sentiment. 

Is Christmas really only 105 days away? Jeez - I just got home from summer vacation!

If you're interested, the new STAMPlorations stamps will be available to buy in the shop during the hop. The Christmas bundle is $30 (15% off)

Hop along...

Cornelia | Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley|Vicki

Friday, September 5, 2014

STAMPlorations september challenge "stamps and markers"

Can't believe it's already September. It's time for another monthly challenge at STAMPlorations. And the theme this month is a fun one. Stamps and markers.

I'm sure coloring in of images comes to mind, but since that is definitely not my forte, I've colored an entire BG stamp with five or six colors of blue markers, spritzed it with water and stamped. TIP: If you use a stamp that is symmetrical, you can use that as a guide for applying the colors.

Then I applied some pearly white embossing paste through a stencil for a bit more interest, before adding my sentiment. I stamped the small complementary sentiments from SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Thank you in white on black CS and the main sentiment I inked up with marker and stamped onto white CS. Did some fussy cutting of the sentiments. Added some wispy silver metallic thread and a blue oval and corner before adhering my sentiments.

Quite the mixed media thing going on here too, eh? Speaking of which, have you checked out our sister challenge - The Mixed Media Card Challenge? The theme over there this month is "autumn colors". So maybe you want to pull out your markers and stamps and create a twofer!

And don't forget that if you enter all three STAMPlorations challenges in September, you will be in the running for a great random prize (in addition to the individual challenge prizes).

Supplies for thanks:
Paper: Bringmann
Stamps: BG Hero Arts, sentiment STAMPlorations
Ink : diverse markers, white pigment Hero Arts
Tools: stencil, die Spellbinders
Other: white embossing paste, thread

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge #3

Welcome. It's time for Challenge #3 at The Mixed Media Card Challenge and the theme for September is "Fall Colors" with the option of "leaves".

I may still be barefoot on the shores of Lake Huron, but I do enjoy the thought of fall approaching. There are still plenty of wine festivals, but you don't have to worry so much about sweat dripping down your back ;)

Here's a card I made with fall colors and leaves.

You may recall the rules of the game at MMCC - use stamps and ink and texture, dimension and/or technique.

Stamps - the sentiment.
Ink - lots. On the focal panel and card base.
Texture - not much real texture here, just implied.
Dimension - the angled panel and the sentiment panel on foam adhesive.
Technique - used a die to make leaf masks. Sponged the leaves through the mask and then inked a pattern on the leaves through a stencil.

Are you in the mood for fall? If so, give a mixed media card a try and hook it up at the MMCC Challenge #3. Be sure to check out the design team work. LOTS of eye candy for you.

Thanks for your visit.

Supplies for sending warm wishes:
Paper:  CS Bringmann, PP Basic Grey
Stamps: sentiment PTI
Ink : Distress, Versamark
Tools: square die Sizzix, leaf dies Impression Obsession, stencil Crafters Workshop

STAMPlorations sketch #19

Time for another one. No, not a drink, a sketch! Sketch Challenge #19 over at STAMPlorations.

Pretty generic. I kept it generic, used up some PP and even matted my focal panel. Wow, that's pretty mainstream for me!

Wanted to keep it masculine again. Stamped the wonky cake from Sketched: Birthday Cake in gray and then the sentiment from Sketched: Simple Gift in black over it. Five times. Added a black mat under it. And a die cut "you" per the sketch since I'd already included a few sentiments ;)

I covered the front of my cardbase with digi PP from Melstampz and a strip of chartreuse digi PP from All About Scrapping.

Join us. The challenge is open until September 12. The winner of the sketch challenge gets to pick three digi products from All About Scrapping and a guest designer spot too. And if you enter both sketch challenges  and the monthly challenge in September, you're in the running for a random extra prize too!

Supplies for happy birthday you:
Paper:  CS Bringmann, star PP Melstampz, grunge paper PP All About Scrapping
Stamps: STAMPlorations
Ink : Hero Arts, Versafine
Tools: you die Simon Says Stamp
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