Tuesday, October 28, 2014

queen amidala meets deer hunter (RIC)

Can you say "funky"?

I love this photo. Needless to say, the headdress is totally unexpected, and therefore right up my alley. And something about that gown. It's funky, but it's regal too. Just look at the way that fabric drapes. Wow.

Well, have you seen my teamie Shirley-bee's stamp set, City Girl? She had to come play at RIC.

I skipped the antlers but gave her some Glossy Accented shades instead :) OK, and maybe I should call her City Girl in Bondage, eh? Those bold stripes are looking a bit wonky in the photo!

If you're interested, there's a pre-release bundle sale going on over at STAMPlorations right now.

BTW, if you want to share a card with birthday-girl-Shirley-bee, the party's here.

I'm partying at:
Mod Squad - It's my Favorite cuz I love CAS cards

Paper:  cardbase The Paper Studio, Neenah, PP Echo Park
Stamps: STAMPlorations
Ink : SSS, Versafine, Versamark
Other: Glossy Accents

Monday, October 27, 2014

chocolate delightful (Altenew)

Gold. Pearls. Red roses. And chocolate.

Give me chocolate and I'm a happy camper. Give me any of the above and I'm a happy camper. Give me all and I'm probably through the roof. But that's not what this is about. It's what I got when I saw the inspiration photo at Altenew's October challenge.

See what I mean? Well I brought a couple Altenew sets back with me this summer and FINALLY broke out those gorgeous Painted Flowers. They definitely take some getting used to (and a college degree) but amazing images. This is what happened.

A lacy BG with Delicata gold ink. Three red roses with chocolate brown leaves. A two-tone turquoise embossed script sentiment and some pearls to accompany the secondary sentiment.

You can catch a bit more of the gold BG and clear embossed sentiment on this shot. I'm happy with my first shot at the roses.

BTW, I did break out the script sentiments previously for a big project (it made a guest appearance at our "161" party), but you'll have to wait to catch a glimpse of that one.

I'm playing at:
Crafty Calender - October Bingo where my items are "flowers, pearls and embossing"
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking. Have a great week.

Paper:  CS Bringmann
Stamps: BG CHF, Altenew
Ink : various pigment and dye
Other: clear embossing powder, pearls

Sunday, October 26, 2014

happy birthday shirley-bee!

Surely you know Shirley. Of Shirley-bee's Stamping Stuff. Known for her splodging, spritzing and squidging. And amazing watercoloring. Of the Mixed Media Card Challenge, STAMPlorations, Seize the Birthday and Take It, Make It design team fame. (Busy gal, eh?) And most recently, surely you've heard, stamp designer. Have you seen Shirley's new line of stamps? It's called The Bee's Knees. Of course.

Well today I'm having a party. It's Ms. Bee's Knees' birthday and some blogland buddies and I are taking this opportunity to wish her all the best for a great celebration today and health, happiness and success in the coming year.

What better way to show Shirley how much I admire her work, than by CASEing it? I picked this card that she created with one of her own stamps. Isn't that bloom lovely?

I stamped and watercolored and splattered. And heat embossed some PTI stacked die cut sentiments with two layers of sparkly embossing powder. It's a party, after all!

There's a linky tool below for any of you who would like to join the party. Make a card for Shirley and link it up by Sunday, November 9th.

It's sure a pleasure DTing with you, Shirley. Have an extraordinary birthday! Considering your kids got you your own domain for Mother's Day, I wonder what they've got cookin' for your birthday?!?!

Cheers to you, birthday girl!

Friday, October 24, 2014

simply create too 73 (shop your craft room)

Shopping in your craft room. I've had so many people tell me I could open a store in my room. They're right. But that's not what this is about. This post is about the new challenge over at Simply Create Too where you're to shop your own craft room. Kinda along the lines of Darnell's NBUS (never-been-used-schtuff) idea. Use something you bought cuz you just had to have it, but then have never used.

That's what I did here.

I'm thrilled to say I layered two journal cards from Kesi Art, a chipboard frame and the Thickers ampersand which were NBUS. Booyah!

The little alpha stickers from KI Memories are ancient but I love to use them whenever I can.

Challenge yourself to shop your craft room and then Simply Create, Too!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

it's raining cupcakes ... (CASOS)

(at least I hope it is!) for Debra J. (my lovely teamie over at STAMPlorations) who is having a birthday today! Shery is having a party for her over at the blog.

Debra has made the most beautiful and creative cards using the cupcake stamp from STAMPlorations, so of course I had to use it too.

Don't know why I don't make tall cards more often. It happened naturally after I created my watercolor BG (supposed to look like a cloudy/rainy sky) and then had to get some falling cupcakes into the scene. So the falling computer-generated sentiment kinda happened too!

I'm joining the fun at:

CAS on Sunday - #44 Emboss It

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking. Take a peek at what the others came up with. And enjoy your special day, Debra!

Monday, October 20, 2014

STAMPlorations sketch #22 (ATCAS, Seize the Birthday, CASOS)

Welcome to a new sketch over at STAMPlorations. This is what she looks like. Harmless, right?

Leslie, of The Crooked Stamper (great blog name, eh?) is guest designing with us this time around and she has a really fun design over on the blog. As do my teamies. Have a looksee.

Here's my card. Make that "cardS".

So ever since my family's "161" party back in September, I've had combo birthdays on the brain. Saturday we were invited to a party for a couple, both of whom turned 50 this year. Thus my "celebrate 100" card.

And, well, my folks have birthdays within two weeks of each other and are sharing a present this year (we're sending them to see Michael Grimm who won America's Got Talent back in 2010 - sure hope they enjoy it. Tangent.) So they're sharing a card too.  Celebrating 173. Those are the words "one, seven, three" stamped on the BG of this one. Blows my mind that the four of us plus Ellie plus our anniversary added up to "161", and the they are celebrating "173" with birthdays alone!

Had some fun with heat embossing and watercoloring on these cards. Used a line stamp, curved and stamped twice to create a stem for the beautiful daisy from Bloom Sketches.

Nice sketch. Easy sketch. Give it a go. Don't forget, there are prizes to be had ;) And there's a never-ending Anything Goes challenge too if you use STAMPlorations stamps!

I'm hooking up at:

ATCAS - #50 Vellum (I would be lost without vellum - love the stuff)

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

CAS on Sunday - #44 Emboss it

Friday, October 17, 2014

beauty markers (Craft Stamper, ATSAM, SSS)

I love this technique. Apply various colors of waterbased markers to a stamp (TIP: works best on a rubber one), spritz with water and stamp. Then spritz and stamp again. Two images for the price of one. And usually the second is purtier.

I have to say that this time, cuz I sent out the first one without taking a photo of it for you to see and decide for yourself. Duh.

Here's the second print.

A bit hard to imagine the blooms and berries in the negative spaces, eh? Wanted to share the stamp set with you, but I can't find it on the web, so... I think it was Hero Arts.

I'm joining the fun at:

Take It, Make It - October Multicolored Stamping
Addicted to Stamps and More - #117 Make your Mark
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Letter "O" for ombre

Fall break has arrived in these here parts. Yippie. Happy weekend everyone.

Paper:  cardbase The Paper Studio
Stamps: Hero Arts, sentiment PTI
Ink : markers, Hero Arts
Other: water

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