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December 7, 2014

Paper craft project no. 314: Live with passion

Happy Sunday! I’m starting off the week with my project for 613 Avenue Create.  It’s anything goes but we’ve got an optional twist: create your own challenge with our chart. I don’t do so well with this kind of twist, but surprisingly, I was able to create a card using at least 1 item from every column — image, sentiment, glossy accents, flowers, and burlap/ribbon :o)

To make my card, I stamped a newsprint background stamp (Hero Arts) in coffee archival ink on white cardstock panel. Then I inked up an embossing folder with Distress inks, spritzed it with water, and placed the panel inside it to transfer the ink. (I recently did a photo tutorial using this fun technique and you’ll find it here.) I sponged Distress inks on the panel, ran my TH distressing tool along the edges, and inked it up with coffee archival ink. I added a strip of burlap ribbon on to one side before adhering the panel on my card base. For the main image, I used an image from our sponsor, Digital Delights, and used Japanese watercolor brush pens to color. I stamped my sentiment in black ink and added glossy accents on the word “Live.” And my card is done. I hope you’ll come check out the beautiful projects my teammates created this week and play along too! We’d love to see you in the ‘hood! :o)

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: (1) Sister Act Card Challenge #86 – Anything Goes and (2) Word Art Wednesday #161 – Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


December 2, 2014

Paper craft project no. 310: Mixed media Christmas card

Hello! It’s my turn today to share a spotlight project the STAMPlorations blog. I made 4 mixed media Christmas cards. I used Distress paints, Distress inks, watercolor brush pens, PanPastels, washi tape, and drywall tape. Pop by the blog to see how I made this card and the other 3…I put together a photo tutorial here.

I’d like to link up my card to the current challenge at Virginia’s View Challenge, where the challenge is “all things distressed” and Simon Says Monday Challenge (Holiday Cards).

Thanks for stopping by!


November 10, 2014

Paper craft project no. 299: Joy to the world mixed media tag


Have you checked out the Twelve Tags of Christmas event?

I’m happy to be part of Loll’s super-fun event. When Loll asked a couple of months ago if I’d be interested in being one of her guest designers for her mixed media tag event, I didn’t think twice about saying yes. It was a no brainer :o)

And here’s my tag:

12 Tags of Christmas Mixed Media Tag


I covered a manila tag with several layers of Pink Paislee designer paper (from the City Sidewalks collection),  inking and distressing the edges, and stamping some areas to give it a grunge feel. I also added bits of drywall tape for texture. On cardstock, I stamped the poinsettia and loosely watercolored it with Distress inks. Then I heat embossed the same poinsettia on red and gold vellum, fussy cut them, and layered the 3 poinsettias. I also heat embossed the sentiment on gold vellum, fussy cut, and adhered onto my tag. I finished the with jute twine (I grunged it up by rubbing different Distress inks on it.). Lots of textures on this tag with a shabby, grunge feel.

Please do check out the tags by other fabulous guest designers. And there will still be 4 more guest designers so best to follow Loll’s blog so you don’t miss out! And if you join in and create your own mixed media tag, you could win a $40 gift certificate from STAMPlorations! You have until November 16 to link up to the gallery.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope to see your mixed media tag in the gallery, okay?


October 20, 2014

Paper craft project no. 285: Poinsettia holiday card

2014-10-20 Vintage Poinsettia Christmas Card

Happy Monday, friends! Can you believe October is coming to a an end in 11 days? Where’d the month go? Anyway, it is time for a new sketch challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. Here’s the sketch:

Pretty simple, huh? Lots of possibilities in that one. Joining us in this challenge as guest designer is Leslie of The Crooked Stamper. You gotta see her awesome take on the sketch! Then there are the STAMPlorations girls and their projects — come check them out because we have a wonderful array of projects that are sure to inspire! We’d love for you to come play with us! You don’t have to use STAMPlorations stamps to play, but if you have them, we get really happy to see projects featuring our stamps :o)

For my card, I went with a Christmas card with a hint of vintage. This is one of those cards where I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. I started with a Pink Paislee paper with a vintage Christmas design — trimmed it to size, die-cut an oval in the middle using a Lil’ Inker die, embossed with a Sizzix poinsettia EF, distressed the edges, and sponged with bright green shade PanPastel and VersaMagic gingerbread chalk ink. I stamped the Christmas block in VersaMark ink before sponging it with permanent red shade PanPastel. Next I stamped the poinsettia on a pre-cut diecut of the stamp in Memento tuxedo black ink and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. I toned down my DP background by laying a piece of white vellum on it before adhering the poinsettia using foam tape. I thought about adding a sentiment but decided against it since my background already had text in it. I simply finished the card by spattering antique bronze Distress paint because I thought the vellum was looking a little boring :o)

My card is also a reminder for The Mixed Media Card Challenge — we’re looking for vintage-inspired mixed media cards this month, with key as an optional element. The challenge closes on October 25 so there’s still time to play with us over there! Don’t think you can do a mixed media card? It isn’t as hard as you think! Here’s our definition of a mixed media card as it pertains to our challenge.

Linking up my card to these 3 fun challenges: Festive 48 – Week 41 (Any Christmas Card Goes); Sister Act Card Challenge #79 – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes; and Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper October challenge – Anything Goes (I used PP from the City Sidewalks pack by Pink Paislee).

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful week!


October 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 276: Life loves the passionate

2014-10-01 Life loves the passionate MMCC

This month at The Mixed Media Card Challenge, we’d love to see cards with a vintage theme with or without the optional element (key)! Easy peasy! You ought to check out the blog and see the gorgeous vintage-inspired mixed media cards that the girls in my design team made! After you’re done looking, how about creating one and sharing with us? The challenge is open until October 25 so you can’t say you don’t have time ;o)

For my mixed media card, I started with this beautiful paper with a vintage ledger design from 7Gypsies. I stamped some sunflowers and artsy words (STAMPlorations) and keys (Stampabilities) in VersaMagic chalk inks before sponging Jumbo Java chalk ink all over. Then I randomly applied rub-ons from 7Gypsies before distressing and inking the edges. For some 3D texture,  I added bits of drywall tape and applied rustic hinge Distress paint to blend it into the background. I took two ATCs with vintage designs (The Paper Studio) and did the same thing — rubbed on rub-ons, stamped, distressed, inked. On one of the ATCs, I decoupaged this lovely vintage girl. I have a couple of containers full of vintage images that I had printed at Staples (color laser copy images are great for decoupaging because the inks don’t bleed and the print is smooth and vibrant) and I found this girl — she was the perfect focal image. The sentiment is a sticker (I cut it out) from Cosmo Cricket’s Tiny Text (I love using them in my ATCs!). I found some scrap ribbon (Pink Paislee), doily (SRM Stickers), and die-cut flower (K&Company), so all I needed to do was layer everything and put this baby to bed :o) Oh, the card base I used is 120# (480 gsm) premium heavy recycled taupe brown card stock. I love this card stock!

I’m linking up my card to these fun challenges: Artistic Inspirations #111 – Anything Goes; Card Mania Challenge #56 – Doily; My Craft Creations – Anything Goes; and The Pink Elephant Challenge #270 – Anything Goes.

Thank you 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!


August 29, 2014

Paper craft project no. 250: Believe [Crazy for CAS Guest]

2014-08-30 Believe - Crazy for CAS

Hi, there! STAMPlorations is proud to be the sponsor of the current challenge at Crazy for CAS. This challenge blog is owned by the talented Sientje and I was thrilled when she invited me to guest design as well. She has an incredibly talented team! The challenge is a sketch challenge and the winner gets to pick a stamp set from the shop (any single set in the Holiday, Vignette, Sketched, Subway Art Builders, Sentiment Builders, Patchwork Frenzy and Bold Sentiments categories). I hope you’ll stop by the blog and play along! Here’s the sketch:


To create my card, I trimmed 2 panels (a large and small one) and ran them through a poinsettia embossing folder. Instead of using the embossed side, I flipped the panels over so the debossed side shows. I used a TH distressing tool to distress the edges before inking them up with VersaMagic chalk ink (hint of pesto). Next, I trimmed my middle panel, stamped on it using one of the stamps in the Grunge Floral Strips set  in chalk ink (hint of pesto), and then inked the two long edges with the same chalk ink color. I adhered these 3 panels onto my card base. On scrap card stock, I stamped the poinsettia (from the Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower) in Memento ink (tuxedo black) and colored it with Faber-Castell watercolor pencils. I fussy cut the image and mounted it on my card with thick foam tape. I stamped the sentiment from the same set in black ink. I finished the card by applying a bit of Diamond stickles to give my poinsettia a little sparkle. And the card is done :o)

I’d like to enter my card to these fun challenges: Festive Friday Challenge #39 – Inspiration Photo (I focused on the textures and leaves. Plus it is a new-to-me challenge blog — I obviously have been living under a rock!); Brown Sugar Challenge #109 – Anything Goes; Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra – August Anything Goes; ABC Christmas Challenge – Q for Quick and Easy (How quick is quick? It took me about 20 minutes to put this card together, which is quick for me, as the cards I’ve been making lately have taken me at least 45 minutes to make!); Christmas Cards All Year Round – Sparkle & Shine (I used stickles on my image); and Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long – Anything Goes; Penny’s Challenge #192 – Children and/or Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’re having a great weekend!


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