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
Other: 



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
Other: 

Friday, August 29, 2014

simply create too 69 (something new)


Challenge #69 has begun at Simply Create Too and it's titled "Show Us Something New". Now, my new schtuff is coming back with me when I return from the US, but I'm sharing a card I made with a new twist on an old technique. Remember string art?

Note: After I had made the aforementioned card, DD made me a string art work of art for Mother's Day. She painted a piece of plywood cream, put the nails into it and threaded the heart with red thread. Love it. 

So, that probably inspired me ...


Get it? I probably either should have stopped at about two feet less thread or used a darker red CS for the die cut "you" so that it would be more visible, but I still like the idea of "have you in my heart" that this technique enables.

I pierced holes around the edge of a heart die and then randomly stitched around and across the heart. I adhered the "you" halfway through the process and then the strip of washi at the bottom of the panel. Adhered the panel to the cardbase and voila!

Thanks for looking.


Supplies for you in my heart:
Paper:  CS Bringmann, PP Studio Calico
Stamps: 
Ink : 
Tools: heart die Sizzix, you die Simon Says Stamp
Other: thread, washi Freckled Fawn

Monday, August 25, 2014

change it up - yellow ribbon

Welcome to installment #3 of "change it up". Showing you how cards can be morphed (can you say that?). Meet specimen #3.


Can you guess what the submission call category was for this card? Think Tony Orlando. Dating myself, eh? Needless to say I wanted the focus to be on the yellow ribbon tied around the old oak tree, so I kept the rest of the card very simple.

Now, I guess I could have sent this to OWH, but when a submission call for Using Texture Mediums came along, I chopped it down and made this.


Now I wish I could see a photo of what it looked like chopped into the wonky rectangle shape and un-watercolored. I'm thinking that might have looked better given the humongous heart I put on the card! If I recall correctly the heart was to hide the boo boo left behind when I removed the yellow ribbon.

Anyhoo, although it's tiny and sweet and personal now, I think the sky looks kinda ominous. Oh well, live and learn.

Hope you're enjoying blue sky and sunshine wherever you are today. (Hope I am too ;) Thanks for visiting.


Supplies for just for you:
Paper:  CS Bringmann, Amuse
Stamps: PTI
Ink : Distress Ink, Memento
Tools: tree die PTI, heart die Amuse, wonky rectangle die Spellbinders
Other: embossing paste



Friday, August 22, 2014

change it up - king of the grill

Welcome back to "change it up" where I am sharing some reworking of cards to try to make them better. Here is specimen #2.

Started out as an entry for a submission call for PCS Cards for Him. For the outdoorsy kinda guy.


Thought I was being quite clever using the utensils from the Jane's Doodles stamp set It's a Guy Thing to create the grass for the grill to stand on and then the blue sky with the sentiment. The banner sentiment sticker up top, so-so. The touch of striped PP under it definitely helped. But not accepted for publication.  I later did this with the card...


morphing it into a Father's Day card. Added Glossy Accents to the grill (definite improvement) and a sentiment made from alpha stickers. More stripes down the left edge along with a strip of green to tie in with the "grass". But not a show-stopper.

I still like the first one better, I think. How about you?

BTW, I've scheduled these posts in advance. As you are reading this, I am probably hanging around outside Comerica Park where DS is at the Eminem concert with a cousin. And I can't wait to see what I will have learned from that experience!


Supplies for king of the grill:
Paper:  CS Bringmann, PP Simple Stories
Stamps: Jane's Doodles
Ink : Jenny Bowlin, Versafine
Tools: 
Other: alpha stickers Bo Bunny, Glossy Accents


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

simply create too 68

It's "Monochromatic Madness" time over at Simply Create Too and I've got a monochromatic card to share with you. No "change up" here, but it's of the variety reject too ;)


I think this is a great design for a masculine or teen birthday card. And it's pretty easy to create too. Use a line stamp (or a strip of craft foam like I did) and ink or watercolors (like I did) and stamp the stripes. Put down a piece of double sided tape and add glitter to it for some punch. Add a large sentiment - mine is from Clear and Simple Little Critters Too - to match the tone of your card and voila!

Make it feminine with pretty soft colors (pinks and peaches) and an elegant font sentiment. Or bold with neon yellow, one strip of black and a big bold sentiment.

I'm joining the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday gang with this "blue" card.

Join us over at Simply Create Too with your monochromatic beauty!


Supplies for happy birthday:
Paper:  CS Bringmann
Stamps: sentiment Clear and Simple
Ink : Versafine, watercolors
Tools: 
Other: craft foam, Score Tape, glitter

Monday, August 18, 2014

STAMPlorations sketch #18



How do you like this sketch? It's the newest one at STAMPlorations. Probably a whole lotta room for interpretation there, but I went pretty literal again. Made a masculine card in contrast to this one a couple weeks ago.


Just asked DH - looking over my shoulder - if this reminds him of the beach. He responded "more like steamy windows". What am I to make of that??? Guess that's OK for a guy card, too, eh?!

Anyhoo, I stamped the strip of sentiments from SUBWAY ART BUILDERS: Dare down the left side with Hero Arts Soft Granite and then die cut the smaller rectangle from the card front. Inked it up with Faded Jeans and Salty Ocean. Die cut the larger rectangle and stamped the sentiment in black. Then I partially distress inked the front panel with Gathered Twigs and Salty Ocean. Splattered some water onto my "beach" scene.

Adhered CS on the inside of the card front and adhered the smaller rectangle with foam adhesive. Adhered the larger rectangle with doubled foam adhesive and voila!

Check out the fun takes on the sketch from the DT and our oh-so-lovely guest designer, Carol, of Just me: c fame and give it a go. If you are chosen as the winner of the sketch challenge you may pick three digital products from All About Scrapping. And you'll be a guest designer in next month's challenge!


Supplies for follow your heart:
Paper:  CS Bringmann
Stamps: STAMPlorations
Ink : Distress, Hero Arts
Tools: stitched rectangle die Lil Inker Designs
Other: water


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