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.
Thanks for stopping by!
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 17, 2014
It’s stamp release month at STAMPlorations! Every day in the next 5 days, the other STAMPlorations girls and I will be sharing projects we created featuring the new stamps. Visit and leave a comment on all the stops on the hop for a chance to win.
FIVE (5) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the designers’ blogs will each win a stamp set from the November release and ONE (1) lucky hopper randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate to use towards products in the STAMPlorations shop. You have until Monday, November 25, 11:55 p.m. PST (GMT -800) to comment here and on my fellow designers’ posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on Friday, November 28.
Today, we’re putting the spotlight on Rosebuds, the stamp set designed by Shirley Bampton. 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.
I just love the doodled feel of the stamps in this set, and I wanted to put the focus on the sweet bouquet. For my card, I cut a piece of watercolor paper, scored it in 1/2″ increments, and swiped Distress inks over it (frayed burlap, vintage photo, brushed corduroy, black soot) to create a faux wood panel. I mounted this onto my card base using foam tape. On scrap watercolor paper, I stamped the rose bouquet in jet black archival ink and die-cut a stitched oval frame from it. I used my Japanese watercolor brush pens to paint the roses and the background. I stamped the rosebud definition in yellow ink, and I repeated this on the card base before stamping the sentiment in Memento tuxedo black ink. And the card is done!
Now I hope you’ll visit the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ blogs to see the projects they made showcasing this lovely set. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great week!
*** The stops in the hop***
Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley | Vicki
November 12, 2014
Hello! Popping by today with a one layer card for the current challenge at Time Out Challenges, where it’s a Home Sweet Home Photo Inspiration challenge. We hope you can play with us…you have a week more to share your projects! Here’s the photo:
I was inspired by the wooden floor and crate so I mimicked those by scoring (embossing) the lower portion of my card base and then swiping various Distress inks (vintage photo, brushed corduroy, walnut stain) over it. Next, I stamped the gift image and colored with Chameleon Color Tones alcohol markers. I then masked it before stamping the holiday words in VersaMagic chalk ink (aegean blue). And the card is done :o)
Linking up my card to these fun challenges: (1) Stamping Sensations November Challenge – Simply Christmas; (2) Crafting When We Can #82 – Use Your Markers; (3) Love to Create #141 – Anything Goes; (4) Addicted to Stamps and More #121 – Anything Goes; and (5) Creative Card Crew #74 – Christmas Joy.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
PS: There’s a design team call for a new challenge that starts on January 6. If you enjoy making one layer cards and Christmas cards, please check it out here. Please feel free to pass the info along to anyone you think would be interested :o)