Thursday, July 2, 2015

STAMPlorations 2nd birthday blog hop - day 4


Did you see who's turning 2? STAMPlorations!

Today is Day 4 of the hop to celebrate and I've a card for you using the new set designed by Shirley B., Party Girl. Remember City Girl? Well meet her cousin!





Not a fancy card, just an idea for a technique you can use with this sketchy set. I've yet to attempt to assemble the pretty gal herself ;) I merely used the reverse of the image to stamp the shadow, then adhered the fussy cut white heat-embossed dress over the top of it. The sentiment is from Party Time.

There's fun to be had over on the STAMPlorations blog, including a project from today's amazing guest designer, the queen of party herself, Taheerah A. You'll find all the prize info there too, as well as a linky where you can hook up a card inspired by this birthday mood board.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

STAMPlorations 2nd birthday blog hop - day 3


Well there's a party goin' on around here all week cuz STAMPlorations is turning 2!!!!

Today is Day 3 of the hop and I've a card for you using the new set designed by Shery R., Party Time.


For today's card I was inspired by the Let the Good Times Roll sentiment. Made me go all funky and psychedelic. How'd I do?


Stamped the sentiment onto a white circle and die cut a slightly larger circle from black too. Marked where I wanted them to be on the card and then using a sponge dauber I applied the boldest and brightest colors of dye ink I could find, trying to create a hazy circle image around the sentiment. Wish there would have been a bit more of the Picked Raspberry - isn't that color just scrumptious?

There's fun to be had over on the STAMPlorations blog, including a project from today's guest designer, the oh-so-talented Keren Baker. You'll find all the prize info there too, as well as a linky where you can hook up a card inspired by this birthday mood board.

CASEplorations July


Welcome to the July installment of CASEplorations. You know the routine. We select one cool card from the blogosphere for your and our CASEing pleasure. Meet this month's card.


You likely saw this on the STAMPlorations blog. It's a quintessential Tenia N. (of Jazzy Paper Designs and also my DT teamie) card, don't you think?  I am always in awe of the edginess of her creations. But let me tell you. It was a challenge to channel Tenia and try to come up with something half as cool as her card. Here's my attempt.


Went with the new home idea. And Tenia's concoction of colors. And dots and washi and shiny textures.

I must say, the first item that caught my eye on Tenia's card was the enamel chevron up top. That's why I clear embossed the ones from Chevron and Arrows, after sponging two purple inks through the Bubbles stencil through a circle mask. Fussy cut a heat embossed house from The Bee's Knees Houses and grounded it with washi. Used some words from Christmas and New Year for my sentiment. Added some hearts with washi up top and an enamel heart down by the house.

Remember, if you feel moved to CASE Tenia's card of my card (I'd be thrilled) or any of the DT Inspiration Projects coming up during July, you can hook up your creations in the Inspiration CASE Playground. It's open until August 5th. Hope to see you there. You could be a lucky random winner!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

STAMPlorations 2nd birthday blog hop - day 2


Well there's a party goin' on around here (thanks, Lionel). STAMPlorations is turning 2!!!! Have you taken a gander at Day 1's projects? And folks, when Shery throws a party there are always lots of presents ;)

Today is Day 2 of the hop and I've a party card for you using the new set designed by Deepti M., Party Mates.


I decided to combine my love of randomly stamped backgrounds and sloppy watercoloring on a masculine birthday card. How'd I do?


I used Latte, Pool and Stream Adirondack inks on creme CS. The sentiment is from Party Time. You'll see it again tomorrow ;)

Be sure to check out the fun cards over on the STAMPlorations blog, including one from our guest today, Anni L. of Annikarten fame. You'll find all the prize into there too, as well as a linky where you can hook up a card inspired by this birthday mood board.




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

spotlight - spotlights and sloshing

The "spotlight" technique has been around for ages. I think it's totally trendy these days with the popularity of the illustrated look in designs.

Here's a card I created using the spotlight technique. Check out my Spotlight project over on the STAMPlorations blog if you're interested in the details.


I'm going to be missing around here for a bit. Dad is in the hospital with heart problems and will be undergoing surgery. I needed to get myself over to MI so crafting will be on hold for the next few weeks. Your thoughts and prayers would be greatly appreciated. For Mom too!

Please do come back at the end of the month for the STAMPlorations 2nd Birthday Blog Hop!

Monday, June 22, 2015

STAMPlorations inspiration #23

Pulled out an older, but new to me, STAMPlorations set from the Vignette series, Artful Flutters, to play with.


I heat embossed the butterflies white onto scrap CS that was left over from this card (4th in post) which I had made using a DIY ink pad (reinkers on folded baby wipes). I pressed the baby wipes to scrap CS when I was finished and ended up with a nice muted mix of red, yellow and blue. Used the CS for this card too!

Anyhoo, fussy cut the butterflies and adhered them to a panel that I had dry embossed with ARTplorations Just Squares stencil.

A strip of washi below the panel and a heat embossed sentiment from Bloom Sketches finished off the card.

Thanks for looking. You'll find more inspiration from the rest of the team here. Feel like CASEing this card? Then be sure to hook up to the Inspiration CASE Playground there for a chance at a prize.

collaging Ellie

There is still time to play in the Mixed Media Card Challenge #12!!!


Thinking of the collages I'd made during my school days when I saw this challenge theme, I was flabbergasted when I saw how today's technology has reinvented the world of collage. If you've a spare minute, take a gander at the images which come up when you google "collage".

I couldn't resist trying out this concept in the world of paper. (And I needed a birthday card for DD!) Haven't seen our pooch for awhile? Here she is...


In a nutshell... edited a photo using an "engraving" option, printed it on white, green, yellow and orange, then cut out some sections from those and added some sections of PP too.

LOTS of room for improvement here, but a couple ideas if you feel like giving this a try. Use the printed images for the main features (eyes, nose, mouth). Use printouts as a guide for cutting shapes from PP. Use black marker to add/extend main features.

I'm calling this mixed media, although technically, it ain't. But I've got a technique. And there's lots of texture! We'd love to see your collages (with the optional element of "frame") over at the MMCC. The gallery is open until the 25th.

And here's Miss Ellie, for reals. Needing a haircut.


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