Tuesday, January 27, 2015

day 2 of STAMPlorations spotlight week


Welcome to day 2 of STAMPlorations spotlight week. Today we are showcasing Bold Sentiments: Hashtag Authentic. You can probably guess that I love these babies.


This is how they moved me...


I watercolored a piece of CS with ombre yellow tones using the wet-on-wet technique. Then I heat embossed the sentiment and random hashtags in gold. Lastly, I dipped the edges into Versamark and added  heat embossing to the edges too.

I was going for the "looks-like-a-child-made-it" (read: sloppy) look which I'm noticing is kinda trendy these days. Do you agree?

And I also paired the yellow with metallic gold, cuz I don't see the gold trend going anywhere anytime soon. As a matter of fact, I'm calling the pairing of gold and silver as the trend of 2015.

Anyhoo, do you like these stamps? I think they'd be wonderful too for mixed media projects. Which is, BTW, another trend I see ramping up in 2015. Mixed media is not just for the artsy fartsy anymore!

I'm hooking up to the Ombre challenge over at Inkspirational #74.



Visit the STAMPlorations blog here to see the eye candy from the DT and leave a comment here and there for a chance to win some great prizes. Thanks for coming by today.

Monday, January 26, 2015

day1 of STAMPlorations spotlight week


Welcome to day 1 of STAMPlorations spotlight week. Today we are showcasing these cute litte dwellings in The Bee's Knees: Houses set.


Pulled out my new Radiant Neon and Memento Luxe pigment inks and did a bit of masking to create this.


I decided on a "missing you" sentiment (created with Bold Sentiments: Cherish - love that drop shadow), but have also created a new home, new baby and just plain hello card too.

Check out all the creations from the DT and our special guest, distress-inking-rainbow-and-french-fry-loving, the one and only, Laura B, and leave a comment here for your chance at some great prizes. CU tomorrow I hope.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

faux gelli for ric


Here comes another one of those posts about the evolution of a card. Are you ready?



I saw this outfit over at Runway Inspired Challenge and immediately got a Japanese cherry tree and manga (read: Pokemon cartoon background scenery) vibe. Had been itching to try some faux gelli plate work again. And had just received my cool new ARTplorations stencils in the mail. This is what happened.

Meet card #1.


And card #2. Heavily influenced by the bag the model is carrying!


If you'd like to see and hear about my faux gelli plate mono printing, here comes.

On my plastic bag (on top of stacked newspapers) I brayered light pink acrylic paint. Took a monoprint of it, and then a second print on a second piece of paper.


Then I sponged red acrylic paint through a Dylusions stencil onto the first print (top) and flipped the stencil over and "stamped" it onto the second print (bottom).


Then I brayered turquoise and green as sky and grass(from the inspiration photo) and took a first print (bottom) and second print (top). Sponged on darker blue through a SSS Wave stencil, flipped it and stamped it onto the other print.


Then I pulled out Stampendous Winter Trees and stamped the one print with nestled villages and trees using Archival ink.


I then sponged a few red hibiscus (that's what I'm callin' 'em) through my ARTplorations Bold Florals Stencil onto the print.


Trimmed a front panel from the above print, added a Little B die cut sentiment to the front and that was card #1.

Then I approached the second print. Stamped it randomly with Stampendous Floral Tapestry and red ink. Took my ARTplorations Leaf Prints stencil and white paint and doctored the print up a little.


And for some crazy reason, I decided to test my new Spellbinders Glass Effects die. Four times. Once from the print, and then again from shiny red and black recycled packaging and white CS. Now you know how I spent Friday evening. Arranging and rearranging and glueing little geometric pieces!

I'm sure you will see the other three Glass Effects cards make an appearance at some point, but my brain is fried for now! Tomorrow is another Fastnachtssitzung. A group of ten of us are going as Forest Witches. Got a costume to tweak. Helau!



Friday, January 23, 2015

cheese-y anniversary

Inspired by "Inspired By #90" I was. Again. For an anniversary card this time.



I stamped the bridal couple from STAMPlorations The Bee's Knees Newlyweds. And then framed them with a photo frame die cut from PTI. Thus making them look like any ol' couple and not just a bride and groom!

I found two PPs (Studio Calico Print Shop) which support the "photo" and "a couple's love" theme - one large and one small print for contrast - and then added my heat embossed sentiment from Winnie and Walter's The Big, Bold and Happy. BTW, see the word "cheese" to the left of the couple?!?

I'm predicting trends for 2015 (more to come during the STAMPlorations spotlight week if you're interested) and one biggie is (still) "handwritten". It's not going anywhere. Have you seen the newest ads for the golden arches restaurant? Adios bold sans serif font. Hello handwritten.

Thanks for looking. TGIF!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

hello from the rooftops


Hello. Can you say fun? How fun are the cute little houses from The Bee's Knees: Houses set? So how much "funner" would a whole village of them be?!?


I love the - I'm calling it a trend - "illustrated" (or sometimes "looks like it was done by a child") style that's popular these days. Super easy to achieve with these houses. And some masking.



And I've been wanting to join the Little Tangles Challenge #52 ("HI" to the wonderful new DT over there) at Neat and Tangled so I used some NT stamps for my sentiment. Stamped the circle hello from Everyday Circles in neon yellow pigment ink and heat embossed it. Stamped the sentiment from Winter Wishes in black and heat embossed it. I love the look of that font with the illustrated houses! Even sneaked a little Avery Elle birdie into the scene. See him? (kinda like a Richard Scarry book, eh? "Where's Goldbug?")

Since there was some serious stamping happening here, I'm also joining the fun at Craft Stamper, Take it Make it where it's Anything Goes as long as you use a stamp.



Hope you enjoyed. Have a good one.

time out for a loving heart


Howdy folks. How many days 'til Valentine's Day? There's a fun challenge over at Time Out being sponsored by STAMPlorations and I've made a masculine card following the Valentine's Day theme with the optional twist of Heart.


I added a set of watercolors (you know the tube kind, like Dawn W. uses) to my last amazon order and this was my first time using them. I usually use a set I picked up at Hobby Lobby. Very different but very saturated color. Must try them on watercolor paper next.

The love sentiment is from Sentiment Builders: Love and the heart is vintage Hero Arts. As in, it says 1998 on it. Whoa! No idea where I got it but I thought it looked masculine and "right" in the puddle of watercolor!

Check out some of the great LOVE cards my teamies created here. And create a card for the Time Out challenge. You could win a STAMPlorations GC or stencil pack.

This card is also going to the Have a Heart Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

casual wedding

Inspired by "Inspired By #90" I was.



I think that is the coolest inspiration photo. Conjures up all kinds of images - Paris, fog, rain, togetherness, love. Well I followed the "romantic" vibe and made a wedding card with my STAMPlorations The Bee's Knees Newlyweds Extras set.

Do you recognize inspiration from Danielle F.'s MIM a few weeks back? I found the idea of cluster stamping a corner and barely-there stamping the rest of the card very appealing. I used SSS dye ink in Fog for the churches and Memento Luxe pigment ink in Morocco for the bouquets. That dot cluster is from Winnie and Walter's Big Bang Confetti and I stamped it with a darker red pigment ink.

The wonky sentiment treatment? That was pure Maria ;)

ETA: Also joining the great party over at Craft Stamper, Take It Make It Challenge. They've revamped their challenges and have a great prize up for grabs. Check it out.


Stop by on Friday for a cheesy anniversary card inspired by the same photo. And next week I'll be spotlighting the latest release from STAMPlorations. There's a rainbow-colors-and-white-space-loving-french-fry-fanatic card genius joining us too, so don't miss it.
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