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November 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 293: So thankful mixed media card

2014-11-1 So thankful MMM

We’ve got a new challenge at Mixed Media Mojo. This month, our theme is “Thanks/Thankful”. Stop by the blog to see the beautiful projects my team mates created!

To create my mixed media card, I watercolored yellow and orange Inktense blocks on my card base (140-lb cold-press watercolor paper) and then stamped the trendy leaves in Memento ink (morocco). On a watercolor panel (3″ by 4.5″), I stamped my daisies and watercolored various Distress inks on the panel and daisies (barn door, fired brick, spiced marmalade, wild honey, crushed olive, vintage photo). I also painted the daisies with a thin coat of pearl red Twinkling H2Os to give them a little shimmer. I also applied and blended water soluble oil pastels along the edges of the daisies to give them some depth/dimension. I applied whipped spackle over a honeycomb stencil and then rubbed gold champagne and mango Gelatos. I rubbed licorice Gelatos on the edges of the panel and then stamped the sentiment before adhering the panel to my card base.

[I’ve got another mixed media card posting in about 6 hours. It’s a Christmas card but I used similar techniques on the panel. I’ve got a video of how I put that card together so check back again in a few hours. Here’s that post with the video tutorial.]

I’m linking up this card to these fun challenges: Brown Sugar #118 – Anything Goes; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; and Fussy and Fancy Challenge #126 – Thankful.

Thanks for stopping by!


October 15, 2014

Paper craft project no. 282: Thanks a bunch

2014-10-15 Thanks a bunch TCCCB

At The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge blog this week, challenge is to use an image with a hat. Stop by the blog to check out the projects my teammates created. Rick St. Dennis is sponsoring us this week.  I used an RSD image (Isabella with gardening friend): printed her out on cardstock, colored with Spectrum Noir markers, and fussy cut. On my card case, I stamped the leaves in various autumn colors. The sentiment and black stitches are from SRM Stickers.

I’m entering my card to these fun challenges: Virginia’s View Challenge #8 – Clean and Simple (entry #4); Addicted to Stamps and More #117 – Make Your Mark; and Cards und More #117 – Leaves.

Thanks for stopping by!


October 8, 2014

Paper craft project no. 280: Thanks mixed media card

2014-10-09 Thanks - TO

It’s time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges. This time around, we’re doing CASE with Your Own Twist. We CASE a card by our featured designer and then put our own twist — it’s that simple. This time around, we’re CASE-ing a card by the awesome Heather Telford! Heather is one of my favorite card-makers. In fact, she’s one of the first card-makers I started following when I started my blog over a year ago. Below is Heather’s beautiful card. Check out the blog to see what the rest of the Time Out girls created for this challenge. We have the lovely Carol of Just Me: C as our guest designer.

Below is Heather’s beautiful card that the Time Out girls CASEd for this challenge:

Looking at Heather’s card, I’m guessing she used the watercolor stamping technique for the leaves — wet-on-wet and then stamping again once the previous layers are dry — and then sponging ink over the area. So I was inspired to create a similar card with an autumn feel and doing some watercolor stamping and layering. I used Memento inks, Distress inks, and VersaMagic chalk inks for stamping. I gave it my own twist by adding a couple other media: Brusho powders and Inktense blocks. Instead of a die-cut sentiment, I went with a stamped one.

On watercolor paper, I watercolored different Distress inks (mustard seed, barn door, spiced marmalade, faded jeans, and broken china). Next, I stamped some leaves (from the upcoming Trendy Leaves set by STAMPlorations) in Memento inks, first spritzing with water before stamping to get a painted/watercolor effect. Once the first layer of leaves is dry, I stamped over them again (without spritzing water) slightly offset. I sprinkled some Brusho powders over the area, sprayed a bit more with water and then tilted the panel to spread the colors. Stamped the leaves again until I was happy with the look. I stamped the sentiment in black and then took the red and orange Inktense blocks to create spatters. I matted the panel on green textured card stock before mounting it on my card base.

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: Crafting Musketeers Challenge #18 – Autumn Colors; Ladybug Crafts October Challenge – Autumn and/or Halloween; Shopping Our Stash #172 – Fall/Autumn Colors; Addicted to Stamps and More #116 – Anything Goes; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Use Watercolors; and Cards in Envy – Autumn Leaves Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!


September 22, 2014

Paper craft project no. 270: Thanks mixed media card

2014-09-22 Thanks mixed media card

Short and sweet post today (because I’m [still] dealing with nasty allergies, sorely lacking sleep, and neck-deep with work I gotta finish). My card is for The Mixed Media Card Challenge – there’s 3 more days left to play and create an autumn-inspired mixed media card. (Click here for our definition of a mixed media card.) We have Add A Little Dazzle sponsoring us this month and I just love their craft metal sheets! If you create an autumn-inspired mixed media card with the optional element (metal or leaves or both), you get a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to use towards products in the AALD Boutique.

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September 14, 2014

Paper craft project no. 264: Thanks a million clean and simple card

2014-09-14 OLC Thanks a million - 613 Avenue

It’s Anything Goes at 613 Avenue Create! We have Rick St. Dennis sponsoring us once again. My teammates and I hope you’ll join us there and share your awesome projects! You can’t go wrong when the challenge is anything goes :o)

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September 8, 2014

Paper craft project no. 257: Thank you CAS mixed media card

2014-09-08 CAS Autumn thank you

Happy Monday! Have you checked out The Mixed Media Card Challenge? We’ve got a fun theme for September: Autumn Colors with Metal or Leaves as optional elements. Add A Little Dazzle is sponsoring us this month and they’ve got great craft metal sheets!

I exercised a little restraint this time and went for a CAS mixed media card. (I had to channel my inner Deepti and Loll for this one or else, I would have gone crazy with the modeling paste and inks.) I applied modeling paste through a Hero Arts stencil. Once that was dry, I sponged mustard seed, spiced marmalade, and barn door Distress inks, and partially stamped text in black for added texture (Vignette: Live Love Laugh). I diecut some leaves from Add A Little Dazzle craft metal sheet and I colored them with Adirondack alcohol inks (watermelon, sunshine yellow, and sunset orange) before adhering to my card base. Last, I stamped the sentiment (Sentiment Builders: Thank You) in VersaMagic red brick chalk ink.

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: Just Us Girls #257 – LeavesThe Paper Players #212 – Happy Fall Y’all, and Ooh La La Creations Challenge #164 – Clean and Simple.


Thanks for stopping by!


September 1, 2014

Paper craft project nos. 253 / 254: Thanks / Thankful for you mixed media card

2014-09-01 Thanks

Hello again! I’m back with two more autumn-themed cards. First up is a CAS card for the STAMPlorations sketch challenge. Returning as our guest designer is the talented Carol of Just me: c. The STAMPlorations girls have certainly outdone themselves and created gorgeous projects — you gotta see them! Hope you’ll stop by the blog and enter your sketch-inspired project(s) :o)

To create my card, I masked the left and right areas with painter’s tape. I stamped the big brush stroke (Vignette: Celebrate Artsy) in three different VersaMagic chalk inks (red brick, pumpkin spice, and mango madness). Next, I cut a smaller panel and stamped the back side of the sunflower stamp (Bloom Sketches) in mango madness chalk ink all over before flipping the stamp over and stamping in red brick chalk ink. Next, I stamped the sentiment (Boxed Blooms & Bold Sentiments) in VersaMagic midnight black chalk ink. I distressed the edges of the panel, inked with red brick chalk ink, then adhered to my card base with foam tape. I drew borders with a brown colored pencil.


2014-09-01 Thankful for you

My next card is for the September Challenge at The Mixed Media Card Challenge. We’re doing autumn colors with metal or leaves (or both) as an optional element. We’ve got Add A Little Dazzle offering a $15 gift certificate for the (randomly drawn) entry that has the optional element. Check out the gorgeous autumn-inspired mixed media cards that my design team created and then join us — challenge ends September 25.

To create my mixed media card, I embossed the dark brown chocolate craft metal sheet (from Add A Little Dazzle) with a TH embossing folder. I sanded the embossed areas to remove some of the brown color and give it a distressed/grunge look before adhering it to my card base. Next, I applied gesso on watercolor paper, blended Gelatos (lemon, mango, tangerine, red cherry, and gold champagne) on it, and stamped some sentiments and backgrounds (Subway Art Builders: Dare, Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds) in VersaMagic red brick chalk ink before cutting two panels out of it and distressing and inking the edges with VersaMagic gingerbread and red brick chalk inks. I also die cut some leaves (Momenta die) out of the dark brown chocolate craft metal sheet. I pounced various Adirondack alcohol inks (watermelon, sunset orange, latte, sunshine yellow, and ginger) over the leaves. I also stamped some sunflowers (Bloom Sketches)  on scrap card stock (with VersaMagic mango madness and gingerbread chalk inks) and fussy cut them. I layered all the elements, including a button, twine, and scrap burlap ribbon, onto the card. Last, I stamped the sentiment (Thankful, Grateful; Sentiment Builders: Thank You; and Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments).

Linking up my card to the following challenges: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes (entry #4); The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #76 – Spring or Autumn; and Creative Corner Challenge – Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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