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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 25, 2014

Paper craft project no. 288: Thankful tag

2014-10-26 Thankful Tag 613 Avenue Create

Hello and welcome to another challenge week at 613 Avenue Create! It’s Anything Goes again with the optional twist of Bags, Tags, Boxes & More! I used an image provided by our sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps, to create this fun Thanksgiving themed tag. I printed the image on white cardstock. Because I know I’m bound to screw up coloring the image, I printed 4 of this cute girl on the sheet.

I’m still getting used to the Chameleon markers, but I am slowly getting the hang of coloring with them and I actually find them easier to use than other alcohol markers. There is definitely a learning curve involved, but you can’t really overcome that curve without practice! And practice I did — I screwed up coloring on 3 of the 4 images on my sheet (my blending wasn’t right, or my layers didn’t look good). On the last image, I managed to color everything except the hat without any problem. I didn’t want to start all over again so I went back to the other images, colored the hats, picked the one that looked best, fussy cut it, and then paper-pieced it onto the 4th image.

Because I have just the primary set (blue, yellow, red, black, and green) + a couple of neutrals (br2, br5, and bisque) to work with, I had to improvise when it came to coloring the girl’s apron and hat. So to come up with orange, I laid down the yellow first and then applied the red over it. Same thing I did with the tofurkey (I’m not a meat-eater so I’m sayin’ that turkey isn’t a real turkey, okay?) — I laid down the yellow first and then applied light brown (br2) over it.

As for the tag, I blended Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, and Brushed Corduroy before stamping the trendy fall leaves in Memento inks (Rhubarb Stalk, Morocco, and Tangelo) and “thankful“. I also added a black sticker stitch along the bottom. I adhered my Thanksgiving girl to the tag with foam tape and finished the tag with ribbon and jute twine. Here’s a close up of the tag:

2014-10-26 Thankful Tag

I’d like to enter my tag to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #118 – Holiday (mine’s for Thanksgiving); Hiding In My Craftroom #171 – Any Holiday; Sweet Stampin’ – Anything But A Card; and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!


October 15, 2014

Paper craft project no. 283: Hello one layer card

2014-10-16 OLC Hello TO reminder

Hello! Popping by to share a card I made to remind you that there’s still a week left to play with us over at Time Out Challenges.We’re CASE-ing the talented Heather Telford and giving our project our own twist. I took inspiration from the colors in Heather’s card and went with a fall-themed card.  My twist? I did a one-layer card :o). I stamped the fun leaves from Trendy Leaves in various Memento dye inks: cantaloupe, tangelo, morocco, and rhubarb stalk and finished it with a simple sentiment.

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: Simon Says Monday Challenge – O is for… (mine is a one-layer card); One Layer Simplicity Challenge #10 – Turning to Fall; Virginia’s View Challenge #8 – Clean and Simple (entry #5); and Everybody Art Challenge #296 – 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!


October 5, 2014

Paper craft project no. 278: Follow your bliss

2014-10-04 OLC Follow your bliss

WCMD 2014 LOGO web 300x264 World Card Making Day Link Up!

I made this one layer card Saturday night, when it was still World Card Making Day. (Because I’m such a slow-poke these days, I didn’t get to post right away.) Thought I’d take some new stamps for a test drive. To create this clean and simple card, I simply inked up two leaf stamps in various Memento inks (cantaloupe, dandelion, tangelo, morocco) and stamped them on one side of my card base, and then stamped the sentiment in tuxedo black ink.

The leaves and sentiment are two of several STAMPlorations stamps coming out in November. (Previews of the new stamps will be on the STAMPlorations blog this week.) Like the leaves? They’re from the Trendy Leaves set, and the set was actually DH’s idea. A couple of months ago, when I was brainstorming for stamps to design, DH said that since Trendy Feathers is one of our most popular sets, we ought to come out with a Trendy line. And so we came up with a list of Trendy [insert word here]; Trendy Leaves is one of several that will be coming out in the next 6 release months. As for the sentiment, it’s one of 7 from another new line, Typografia. I love typography and fonts so I decided to come out with a line that features my love of combining fonts and what better way to do that than to turn inspirational quotes into stamps :o)

So what were you up to during WCMD?

I’m linking my card to the following challenges: Virginia’s View Challenge #8 – Clean and Simple (entry #2); Addicted to Stamps and More #115 – Photo Inspiration; Less is More #192 – Color Challenge (Autumn’s Bounty/Autumnal Shades); and Allsorts Challenge #279 – Autumn.


Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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!


July 30, 2014

Paper craft project no. 231: Celebrate one layer card

2014-07-31 OLC Celebrate TO

Hello, everyone! It’s been awhile. I haven’t been able to craft as much this week and last week. For one, my craft area looks like a tornado went through it. I started re-organizing and cleaning it more than a couple of weeks ago but I’ve yet to make noticeable progress. (If I were being graded on it, I’d get an F.) For another, the allergies decided to come back. They’ve been on and off this last couple of weeks (mostly on than off) and making my life miserable. I’ve re-acquainted myself with my anti-histamines, decongestants, and inhalers — they’re my best friends right now. I really thought that once spring was over, I wouldn’t have to see  them until next February. (The cost of living in the valley where we’ve got terrible air and a host of pollutants!)

Since I couldn’t really craft all that much because of those two things, I’ve been taking my revenge on the machines at the gym, namely the rowing machine, exercise bike, elliptical, and weights, and working out for a couple of hours every day. Oddly enough, it’s what’s helping clear up my congestion and allowing me to breathe easily. That, and walking at least 3 miles every day. (Fortunately, we have a long driveway and 10 laps around it is the equivalent of 1 mile.) On a good day, I’m able to log a combined 25 miles. On a bad day, it’s a pitiful 12 miles. The good news is I’ve lost 8 pounds the past 2 weeks, and close to 20 pounds since the middle of June when I decided to walk more and exercise more. My clothes are now baggy (I’ve dropped 3 sizes) and soon I’ll have a good excuse to go shopping for new clothes ;o) If it weren’t for these darn allergies, I’d be dandy.

Aaaannnyywaaayyyyy…I hope I haven’t lost you yet or made you fall asleep. I’m coming to the real reason for this post: it’s time for a new challenge at Time Out!  This week is our theme challenge that has a little twist.  The challenge theme is CELEBRATIONS and the optional twist is BUTTERFLIES. Pretty easy! Any kind of celebration is perfect. Enter a project with butterflies in it and you’re in the running to win the stamp set of your choice from our sponsor, which happens to be STAMPlorations, the little stamp company that my hubby and I own. And if you use a STAMPlorations stamp in your entry (with or without the twist), you also get the chance to win the stamp set of your choice. While winner and top picks are voted by the design team, the winners of the sponsor prizes are randomly drawn so everyone has an equal chance of winning. Do stop by the Time Out blog and check out what my lovely teammates created. We’re joined once again by the super talented Sarah of Funky Fossils Designs.

For my project, I went with a one layer card. Actually, I started making a layered card with patterned papers, die-cuts and all, but in the middle of it, it just wasn’t looking right so I scrapped it. (I really suck at making cards with real layers.) Once I resolved to make a one layer card, things fell into place and I felt so much happier. (I really am a one layer card girl.)

STAMPlorationsBloomSketches5x7August2014First, I masked the bottom portion of my card base (100# classic white premium heavyweight card stock) and sponged the upper portion with Distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, and broken china). I stamped the daisy several times (masking the blooms as I went along) in coffee archival ink. The daisy stamp, by the way, is in the new 5″ by 7″ stamp set called Bloom Sketches that’s coming out this August (see sneak peek on the right). The 4 flowers in the set are ones I have illustrated, and there are 3 more of my flower sketches coming out in September along with some pretty cool Christmas stamps that I drew and designed as well. (There’ll be sneak peeks and full reveals of the August/September stamps–plus projects featuring them–on the STAMPlorations blog over the next few weeks.)

My card has the twist too: I stamped a few butterflies (from the Vignette: Artful Flutters) with coffee archival ink. To give it a shabby/vintage-y look, I randomly stamped grunge and text backgrounds (from the Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds and Vignette: Live Love Laugh sets).

For the bottom, I masked the upper portion then repeatedly stamped the scripty “celebrate” (from the Sentiment Builders: Celebrate) in tide pool shadow ink (Hero Arts). I stamped the sketchy “celebrate” (from the same stamp set) and the brush stroke underneath it (from the Vignette: Celebrate Artsy set) in jet black archival ink. I finished the card by adding diamond stickles to make the main sentiment sparkle a bit. And that’s it. The card’s done.

Whew. If you’ve read this far along, I truly appreciate it! My next posts won’t be this verbose. Goes to show I should try to not take a week off from blogging or I end up talking my head off! :o)

See you tomorrow — I’ve got a short post, as it’s my turn to share a spotlight project over at the STAMPlorations blog and I’ve got a couple more one layer cards made for that.


7 fun challenges:

Addicted to Stamps & More #106 – Anything Goes
Divas by Design – Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesdays – Things with Wings (I’ve got butterflies in my card)
Crafting from the Heart #29 – Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion #224 – Flower Power
Through the Purple Haze #52 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #82 – Anything Goes (Optional: Sentiment)

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