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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

fall colors (AAA, Time Out, SSS, Make the Day Special)

Happy Fall, ya'll.

Inspired by a 6x6 pad from Simple Stories. Saw the label and decided to put it to use as the sentiment for my card. Next came the idea of mimicking the tree and leaves by using the PTI Mighty Oak and embossing it then applying some watercolors over the embossing. And because the "feel" of the card heads in the direction of warm and cozy... a couple buttons made an appearance too!

I'm playing (can you tell I'm in the challenge mode these days? ;):

AAA Cards - Fall colors

Time Out - #16 CASE Heather with a twist

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Watercolors

Make the Day Special - Try a technique (I brought buttons back to life)

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful Fall if it's Fall where you are. I love this time of year. Thanks for coming by.

p.s. Did you see this post over at Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking? It's about using your tools wisely. They're featuring one of my cards that I really, really love:)

Paper:  Bringmann, PP Simple Stories
Ink : Versamark, watercolors
Tools: rectangle die Lil Inker
Other: buttons, twine

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

i'm stickin' with yellow (RIC, Crafty Cardmakers, HOC)

Maybe you saw my first card for the Runway Inspired challenge...

No butterfly this time, but I'm stickin' to the black and yellow. And light and airy.

I let myself be inspired by some Kesi Art PP and that heart die. Added some splatters and sequins and a sentiment.

And cuz it's all about the sentiment at Crafty Cardmakers #125, I'm hooking up. Also playing at House of Cards again where it's about Punches and Dies.

Thanks for looking.

Paper:  Bringmann, PP Kesi Art
Stamps: WPlus9
Ink : Versafine
Tools: you die SSS, heart die Kesi
Other: sequins, spray ink

Monday, October 13, 2014

up in the sky (Lawnscaping, Seize the Birthday, TCEC)

Quick one. A birthday card for a six-year-old gal. Lawn Fawn PP. Some balloons and some clouds. And a part of a sentiment stamp from Stampendous from which I have certainly gotten my money's worth. (It's actually from a baby set.)

Toughest part was deciding on which PPs to combine and then tying those stinkin' little threads!

I'm joining the fun at:

Lawnscaping Patterned Paper

The Cutting Edge #12 cuz I'm up in the air (and have clouds!)

Seize the Birthday without toppings

Paper:  Bringmann, PP Lawn Fawn
Stamps: Stampendous
Ink : Versafine
Tools: balloon and cloud die PTI, number MFT
Other: thread

Sunday, October 12, 2014

i saw a butterfly (RIC, Dazzling Divas, ATSAM)

What do you see when you look at the latest fashion photo from Runway Inspired Challenge?

Well forgive me for this one, but at first glance I thought skinny model here was wearing giant wings (maybe it's something about the position of her arms. Or just my eyes.) Ping. Butterfly. Then I got the whimsical, light and airy overall feel of the photo thanks to that sheer backdrop. Ping. Vellum. Then the black "outlines" on the outfit and finally the XXL black clunker on her finger.

Which all turned into this card. Which is yellow and black, cuz my mind's eye assumed this was yellow. (Must really be my eyes!) 

Stamped the sentiment and then the stems of the STAMPlorations tulips in black on card. Heat embossed tulips yellow on vellum and backed the vellum strip with PP. Stitched and adhered to card. Die cut butterfly from Add a Little Dazzle metal sheet in black and adhered it with glue dots. A strip of PP along the bottom was the finishing touch.

I'm joining:
Addicted to Stamps and More - #116 Anything Goes

Just as a reminder, the October challenge over at STAMPlorations is open 'til the end of the month.

Appreciate your visit. Enjoy the weekend.

Paper:  Bringmann, vellum, PP MME and Pink Petticoat
Stamps: STAMPlorations, 
Ink : Versamark, Versafine
Tools: die Hero Arts
Other: embossing powder, sewing machine

Saturday, October 11, 2014

then this must be a bathroom roll (Dazzling Divas, AAA, ATCAS)

It all started with this.

To me it's just a toilet paper roll, the one that sits next to my workspace for cleanup. But to Dyan Reaveley, queen of the "kitchen roll" it would probably be a "bathroom roll". So there. But actually, it's more about that pattern that I noticed on it. See the leaves?

Wanted to make another mixed media card. Wanted to use fall colors since there are so many challenges out there these days. Decided to play with my Dylusions spray inks and see if  I could get that TP design to show up on my background when I "rolled" the "bathroom roll" over the "roonin puttles" of ink. (You must watch the video I linked above. Dyan's accent is brilliant!) It didn't. Show the design that is. But that's OK, cuz the process was oh-so-fun and looks oh-so-purty anyhow!

Did my spritzing in my cardboard box with the piece of contact paper backing (TIP: I sop up the leftovers that "puttle" up on it on tags or scraps to save for other projects.)  The phone rang after yellow and orange so those blotches happened then cuz it dried before I could go over it with the bathroom roll! What you see in the photo above is the reaction when I sprayed it with water and then a bit of green. Then I "rolled" it. Alas, no leaves.

So then I attempted some ghosting (spritzed water through an alpha stencil then flipped the wet stencil over to get negative ghosting on the lower left) and stencilling, or "spritz/flip" as Dyan calls it, (sprayed orange ink through a circle stencil then flipped it over to get the negative image on the right). You really must watch her video! Added a few opaque red splatters and called it quits. My masterboard was born.

What to do with it?

The October theme at the Mixed Media Card Challenge is "Vintage" with the optional element of a key. I love this vintage-y lady who usually sports seashells and a ship on her head, but I gave her a key in the hand and a nest full of leaves on her head. Cuz it's fall, ya'll! Oh, and a strip of kleenex box up top cuz I love that B/W houndstooth!

Where am I going with this card?
Dazzling Divas - #46 (I've got the orange and white going on)

AAA Cards - #23 Watercolors (although technically I used inks and water)

Addicted to CAS - #49 (I used stencils and think it's possible to get messy and still be CAS!)

Hope you enjoyed the long post. Happy weekend. We're in the middle of a busy one.

Paper:  Bringmann, metal sheets Add a Little Dazzle, recycled kleenex box
Stamps:  lady Paper Artsy, nest Crafty Secrets, key 7Gypsies
Ink : Dylusions, Kesi, Versafine
Tools: leaf die Impression Obsession, stencils Walmart

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