December 5, 2014
Hey! We’ve got the last challenge for the year over at STAMPlorations. The theme is pretty easy: stamps and any of our past challenges. Our monthly challenges are here and the sketch challenges are here. Our guest designer is the super-talented LauraJane. I hope you’ll check out the blog to see the beautiful makes by our guest designer and the STAMPlorations girls. The winner (voted by the design team) gets to be our guest designer in February. She’ll also win stamps — 2 stamp sets if STAMPlorations stamps were used in the winning entry; 1 stamp set if no STAMPlorations stamps were used.
As for my project, I went with two past challenges (September Challenge: Stamps & Markers and October Challenge: Stamps & Embossing). I used a chevron embossing folder to emboss a cardstock panel. Then I swiped various Distress inks (mustard seed, shabby shutters, spiced marmalade, fired brick) over the raised areas and stamped the Christmas word block in brown archival ink to create interest and texture onto the inked areas. On pre-cut diecut, I stamped the poinsettia and colored it with Chameleon Color Tones alcohol markers. I cut a fishtail banner from scrap cardstock and stamped the sentiment.
I’d like to link my card to these fun challenges: (1) Virginia’s View Challenge #10 – All Things Distressed (my 3rd entry; I hope Virginia doesn’t get tired of my entries this month — I’m trying to make up for missing last month’s challenge because of work and school!); (2) Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Christmas/Holidays; (3) CASology #124 – Old (the Distress inks I’ve used are the ones I’ve had since 2009 — they’re still good after all these years, thanks to my bottle of ink refresher!); and (4) Kylie’s Christmas Card Challenge.
Oh, and we’re having a design team call at STAMPlorations. We’re looking to have a few more creative girls join the challenge team. You’ll find all the details here.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
December 1, 2014
Back with another card — and this time it’s for The Mixed Media Card Challenge, where our theme this month is “HOME” and the optional element is “LACE”. I hope you’ll stop by the blog and check out the beautiful mixed media cards that the design team made. And we’d love it if you’d play with us too!
I did the background of my card using the same technique I did to create this card with some modifications. I stamped the newsprint in coffee archival ink then applied a thin layer of gesso. Then I painted stripes with Distress paints (mowed lawn, festive berries, mustard seed), added some splatters with Distress inks (blue sapphire), stamped the poinsettia, mixed Gelatos (gold champagne) with whipped spackle and applie it through a TCW reverse chicken wire stencils, and made the border by running the side of a green Japanese watercolor brush pen around the edges. I cut out the house, windows, and door from patterned paper and paper-pieced them. I stamped the Christmas tree in green archival ink on patterned paper and cut them out. I stamped the sentiment on scrap paper and swiped some peeled paint Distress ink over them. I adhered everything on my card with gel medium and I used a black marker to outline the house and trees.
Linking up my card to these fun challenges: (1) Weekly Christmas Card Challenge #53 – Anything Goes; (2) Sister Act Card Challenge #85 – Anything Goes; (3) Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; and (4) Aud Sentiments Challenge #120 – Use a Sentiment for Any December Holiday.
Thanks for stopping by!
December 1, 2014
Hello! Well, it’s been ages since I’ve posted! Chalk it up to a super-busy week last week with the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m now playing catch-up with my to-do list! I’m sharing a card today for the December challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo. This month, the theme is “Winter Holidays” with “Ornament” as the optional twist. I hope you’ll come check out what my teammates created and then join in on the fun :o)
I skipped the twist and went with a quick card. I created stripes and dots on my card base with Distress paints (mowed lawn, festive berries, and mustard seed). I splattered shabby shutters Distress ink and stamped the poinsettia in mustard seed Distress ink. For the border, I just used the side of my Japanese watercolor brush pen and ran it along the edges. I added drywall tape and torn patterned paper then dabbed them with a bit of PanPastels. I mixed silver Gelatos with modeling paste and applied that over a stencil. I adhered a piece of burlap ribbon then stamped the poinsettia again on pre-cut diecut and colored it with Chameleon Color Tones. Last, I stamped the sentiment in jet black archival ink.
My card’s also a reminder for the current challenge at Time Out Challenges. The current theme is “embossing” with the optional twist of sparkle. There’s still a couple of days left to play. Create a project with the twist and you’ll be in the running to win a stamp set from our sponsor, Avocado Arts.
Linking up my project to these fun challenges: (1) Addicted to Stamps #92 – Lots of Layers; (2) Addicted to Stamps and More #123 – Holiday; (3) Just Us Girls #269 – Anything Goes; and (4) Sentimental Sundays #235 – Lots of Layers.
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November 19, 2014
Hello! It’s time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges. This fortnight, we’ve got a theme with an optional twist. The theme is embossing and the optional twist is sparkle. Our challenge is sponsored by Avocado Arts and one lucky winner will be randomly drawn from entries that have the twist. Our guest designer is Lesley of Always Playing with Paper. I hope you’ll come check out the blog to see what Lesley and my super creative teammates did.
Okay, this is the part where I’m supposed to describe how I made this card. But I’m going to do that a bit later, as I’m hurrying to get out the door and get to our favorite Thai restaurant for an impromptu Wednesday date night with the hubby! He decided he wanted to celebrate and take me out, and although I have a bunch of stuff I gotta do tonight, I don’t want to give him the chance to change his mind. He and Thai food aren’t really friends, but we go to Thai restaurants because he knows I like my pad thai. He said tonight, “I want to see you smile, so I’m taking you out for Thai.” <insert happy sigh here> :o) Then after we indulge in all that good food (I’m getting me vegetarian pad thai!), we’re headed straight to the gym to work it all off so we won’t be back until after this post goes live. So see you in a bit!
Well, that was a most wonderful date night! I got to eat pad thai with my favorite guy and work it off right away at the gym! ;o) Anyway, as to how I made my card: I placed the front of my taupe brown card base inside a Sizzix embossing folder and ran the whole thing through my Cuttlebug. I sponged vintage photo Distress ink over the embossed areas. It was too brown for me so I sponged some barn door Distress ink to give it that burnt red/sienna look. Then I inked up the Christmas block with jumbo java chalk ink and stamped on the embossed areas for texture. On pre-cut diecut, I stamped the Christmas bells and colored them with Chameleon Color Tones pens. I layered metallic gold vellum and textured brown cardstock and adhered to my card base with foam tape. The sentiment is from SRM Stickers.
My card also doubles as a reminder card for my challenge blog, The Mixed Media Card Challenge, where this month we’d love to see mixed media Christmas cards with or without the optional element (bells). One lucky crafter who enters a card with the optional element will win a $15 gift certificate to use towards products in the STAMPlorations shop, and one (drawn from all entries) will win her choice of 3″ by 5″ stamp set. The challenge ends on November 25.
Linking up my card to the following fun challenges: (1) Addicted to Stamps and More 122 – Make Your Mark; (2) Love to Create #142 – Make It For Christmas; (3) Crafting When We Can #82 – Use Your Markers (2nd entry); (4) Stamping Sensations – Simply Christmas (2nd entry); and (5) Aud Sentiments #120 – Use a Sentiment for Any December Holiday.
Thanks for stopping by!
November 18, 2014
Welcome to Day 2 of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.
Today, we’re putting the spotlight on VIGNETTE: Eat Drink Be Merry. Plus we’ve got a special guest designer joining us, the talented Amy Tsuruta! We’ll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ posts for a chance to win the set.
This set is perfect for creating clean and simple (and graphic) cards and other projects. I stamped the food icon/silhouette in four Memento dye inks (dandelion, tangelo, morocco, rhubarb stalk) all over my card base to create a birthday or celebratory card that has an autumn and retro feel. Then I used one of the sentiments to stamp around the card to create a border. On a piece of card stock, I stamped my main sentiments (from Sentiment Builders: Celebrate), cut it down to size, and matted the panel to textured cardstock before adhering it to my card base using foam tape. And that’s it for my card. Check out the fun cards the other STAMPlorations girls made using this fun and graphic set. Thanks so much for stopping by! See you again tomorrow!
*** The stops in the hop***
Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley | Vicki
Special Guest Designer: Amy Tsuruta
November 3, 2014
It’s the first Monday of the month, which means we have a new sketch challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. Joining the STAMPlorations girls is guest designer Ingrid of Ingrid’s Craft Corner. We hope you’ll stop by the blog and see how we interpreted the sketch. And we’d love for you to play along! The challenge is open until Friday, November 14, and the winner gets to guest design in a future sketch challenge.
I went clean and simple and one layer to create this happy card. Stamped the circles and squares from the Retro Mod Shapes set in various Memento and VersaMagic inks and stamped the big sketchy sentiment and brush/crayon stamp in jet black ink.
Linking up my card to the following fun challenges: Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes; Addicted to Stamps and More #119 – CAS; and Allsorts Challenge #282 – Masculine;
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October 26, 2014
Today, we’re celebrating the birthday of one of the most creative cardmakers I know: Shirley B.! I “met” Shirley nearly a year ago when she started playing over at STAMPlorations. It was just Nonni and me on the design team and we put out a DT call. Shirley responded to the call with 3 entries (here, here, and here). Each one was so creative that I knew I wanted her on the team. And I think STAMPlorations is the first design team that Shirley joined so I’m giving myself a big thump on the back for snagging a talent like her! Didn’t stop there, though, because Shirley is now also a stamp designer through her own line, The Bee’s Knees, and nothing makes me prouder than to have her designing and illustrating stamps along with me! Again, I’m giving myself a big thump on the the back for “discovering” her as a stamp designer ;o)
And so to celebrate her birthday, I made this one layer card featuring the super-cool doodled bouquet from the Rosebuds set that she designed. It was tough to not use her stamps right away when I got them. I usually immediately break out new stamps before I’m even done designing their packaging. But I wanted the first time I used Shirley’s stamps to be on a card I make for her so it’s no easy feat that I held out for over a month!
Shirley loves watercoloring. And Distress inks. And sloshing. And spattering. So I made sure my card met all those criteria ;o) So I stamped the bouquet several times (masking as I went along) then sloshed Distress inks on the buds — first with diluted spun sugar, then diluted barn door, and then lastly not-so-diluted barn door. Then I happily sloshed/watercolored antique linen, scattered straw, and broken china all over. I added a bit of texture to the background by stamping the rosebud definition stamp in antique linen ink. Oh, and the spatters…we can’t have a Shirley card without spatters! So I happily spattered some broken china, scattered straw, and barn door all over the card. And because I’m such a font-nerd, I created a custom sentiment by combining stamps from this set, this set, and this set. (Gotta love our sentiment sets…you can come up with a gazillion sentiments with them!) This card’s on its way to you, Shirley, so I hope you like it :o)
Maria, another STAMPlorations girl, is hosting a virtual birthday party for Shirley so check out the cards made by fellow crafters who are celebrating Shirley’s birthday!
I’d like to link this up to the following fun challenges: Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes (I skipped the optional washi tape toppings) and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes.
Thanks for stopping by!