Saturday, October 3, 2015

fall coffee lovers blog hop

My week has been more about wine than coffee since I've been out helping harvest grapes in our town, but I had an idea for a card for this amazing hop and finally got to it today.

You know how they say it takes a village to raise a child? Well, that's kinda how I feel about this project. Check out the stamp sets I gathered together to create my card.

I didn't go far for my inspiration. Can you tell where I got it?

Took a Bo Bunny coffee stain and stamped it with misted Tea Dye Distress Ink. Took a sentiment (STAMPlorations) and stamped it with Versafine and gave it a Tea Dye shadow. Added some Hero Arts branches and leaves and some Avery Elle acorns that I colored with my Zig Clean Color Brush pens. A few coffee beans (STAMPlorations) and a squirrel (Artemio) finished it off. Whew!

I'm joining the Anything Goes and Work it Wednesday crowd at Simon Says Stamp.

Also going to the October challenges at Time Out (so glad I took the time to get this card made) and at A2z where it's about All Things Fall (I used images from HA clear set Holiday Petals and Leaves).

There are already well over 500 entries for the hop - another job well done, Amy T. Have you joined yet? So much inspiration... 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

CASEplorations October

Welcome to the October and the newest installment of CASEplorations. We've a black and white beauty from the June monthly challenge for CASEing this month.

This striking creation comes to you from Greta Hess. Surely you know Greta the Nurse, of GG Creations? Love her clean work.

I decided to keep things real true to Greta's card. I just used two different colors which happen to be opposite each other on the color wheel. I used the same rose image from the  Blossom Overture   stamp set and heat embossed it. I added a strip of washi at the bottom of the image panel with my "smile" sentiment and then two punched butterflies where Greta had placed her sentiment. Yellow gingham PP frames the panel.

Hope you are inspired to CASE Greta and join us. Or you can CASE my card (I'd be thrilled) or any of the DT Inspiration Projects coming up during the month.  Hook up your creations in the Inspiration CASE Playground. It's open until November 5th. Hope to see you there. You could be a lucky random winner!

Monday, September 28, 2015

STAMPlorations inspiration #39

More fun for you with the Floral Bliss set today. I was inspired by this H&M catalog, by the colors that kept reappearing - blue, mustard and gray. So I went with it!

Three flower images, three pigment ink pads and three masks were all I needed. Stamped and masked and stamped and masked and stamped.

BTW, notice how I did not follow the gallon/quart/pint rule, but rather have the same number of blooms of each color. Your eye really doesn't know where to rest and keeps moving all over the place, seeming to create movement. Almost like the blooms are falling from above. Do you see that too or is it just me?

Then to finish it off I used a die from Winnie and Walter's The Big, the Bold and Comfort Cutaways. Stacked it and lightly inked it (a la Laura B.) with some yellow and blue.

Take a look at the other cards from the Inspiration DT over at STAMPlorations and join us in the CASE Playground if you have a chance!

I'm joining the STAMPtember fun at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday since I used a stamp. A few times ;)  And the Simon Wednesday Challenge since I didn't use designer paper! Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

more ink smooshing

As promised yesterday, I'm back with another heat embossed and ink smooshed card for you.

Used STAMPlorations Happy Sunflower and Laura B.'s ink smooshing technique to create this.


I used Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey Distress Inks. Splattered the leftover, watered down ink onto the panel with a paint brush too. Added a bit of Vintage Photo to the center of the flower. The stacked and lightly inked die cut sentiment (a la Laura B.) is Sending from SSS. The secondary sentiment is The Big, the Bold and Comfort from Winnie and Walter, heat embossed white onto a brown CS scrap. The strip of washi added a bit more yellow in a classic pattern to this card which is on a tough mission - to cheer someone struggling with a nasty prognosis.

You still have until October 5th to hook up at the Inspiration CASE Playground if you'd like to CASE my card or any of the inspiration project posts by my teamies from the month of September. Check it out here.

Cuz it's STAMPtember and I used a couple stamps on this card, I'm hooking up at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday for September.

And since there's no designer paper on it, I'm joining the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge too!

Friday, September 25, 2015

STAMPlorations inspiration #38

Looking for inspiration for those older STAMPlorations stamp sets? Take a look at today's post over on the blog.

I pulled out one of my favorites, Vignette: It's your Day, lovingly referred to as "wonky cake" by me ;) My sentiment is from The Bee's Knees World Birthday Cakes.

Inspired by my cardmaking hero's ink smooshing, I was. Heat embossed the cake with Leaf Zing embossing powder. Then smooshed Fossilized Amber, Shabby Shutters and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks. Added a strip of washi up top and adhered the watercolor panel to a cardbase covered with a PP from Amy Tangerine's Plus One 12x12 pad. You may notice I ran a yellow inkpad around the edges of the PP for a little more funk on this funky card.

Want to give ink smooshing a try. It's fun. CASE my card and hook up at the Inspiration CASE Playground before October 5th. There are prizes ;) And stop by tomorrow for another ink smooshed lovely.

Happy weekend.

simply create too 95

A new and fitting challenge is up on the Simply Create Too blog. The theme is Autumn Splendor. Well if that didn't make me think about leaves...

I prepped my cardbase by stamping Impression Obsession's Grunge BG with gold ink. Then I applied Distress Inks liberally to a panel of Neenah white CS. I stamped the Papertrey Leave it Be leaves with water which bleached the CS. When it was dry, I went in with the veins and stamped them roughly where the bleached areas were. And heat embossed a sentiment from Jillibean Soup Handwritten Sentiments.

I used Papertrey Tipped Tops to die cut the stamped panel and a teal layer too. A few enamel dots finished off my card.

Wanna see that grungy background shimmering gold?

Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you at Simply Create Too #95.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

spotlight - heat embossing and watercolors

Just to let you know I've posted a spotlight on how heat embossing can be your friend when watercoloring. Check it out over at the STAMPlorations blog.
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