Archive for ‘Second-generation stamping’

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!


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)

March 27, 2014

Paper craft project no. 165: Mom’s unconditional love mixed media canvas [with video tutorial]

2014-03-27 Moms Unconditional Love Mixed Media Canvas

This morning, I came across the Stampendous blog and saw that they are having a Mixed Media challenge for March. To my horror, though, the deadline was just a few hours away! I quickly went through my Stampendous stamps, plunked them on my craft table, and then winged it!

I’ve never recorded myself doing my mixed media projects for a few reasons: (1) it takes me 2 to 3 hours to complete a mixed media project, (2) I often don’t know what I’m going to create until I’m actually working on the canvas, and (3) I’ve only got a little camera to use for shooting my videos in 20-minute spurts, which means I’d have to stop and start several times, and pray that I don’t forget to wipe my hands before I touch the camera. This morning, however, I challenged myself (as if the looming deadline isn’t enough of a challenge!) to complete a mixed media canvas in 2 hours or less.

My little camera recorded 13 separate videos that totaled an hour and 20 minutes.  After much editing (well, mainly fast-forwarding the videos and cutting out scenes where I paused a lot because I was either thinking or trying to look for some supply to use), I got it down to 17 1/2-minutes! I know your time’s precious and you’ve got better things to do than watch a really long video tutorial so hopefully, my video is short enough and will keep you a little entertained :o) It’s like my other videos tutorials — in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart. (And if you don’t hear any music yet, that means YouTube is still in the process of adding that to my video.)

Watch the YouTube video tutorial here.

Here are a couple of close-ups and then I’ve listed the supplies below. [It was such a nice spring day in Central California that I just had to take advantage of the sunshine for taking photos. Save for sharpening the photos to remove lens blur, I didn’t have to do any other lighting or color adjustments on these photos.]

2014-03-27 Moms Unconditional Love Mixed Media Canvas - closeup1

2014-03-27 Moms Unconditional Love Mixed Media Canvas - closeup2

Stamps: Large Tag, Wine Label, Bold Blossoms [Stampendous]; Love Script [OTC]; Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds, MOM Subway Art Builders #5 [STAMPlorations]
Inks: Inktense Blocks [Derwent]; Jet Black Archival Ink [Ranger]; Unicorn [Hero Arts]; Cantaloupe, Love Letter, Grape Jelly, Bahama Blue [Memento/Tsukineko]; Mustard Seed, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain Distress Inks [Ranger]
Markers: Black Soot Distress Marker [Ranger]; Alcohol Markers [Spectrum Noir]
Embossing: VersaMark [Tsukineko]; White Embossing Powder [Zing]; Gold Tinsel, Fran-Tage Mica Fragments [Stampendous]
Other Supplies/Tools: Heat-It Tool [Inkssentials]; Stencils [Heidi Swapp]; #5 Manila Tags [Avery]; ATC Paper, Burlap Ribbon [The Paper Studio]; Jute Twine; Gloss Gel Medium, Coarse Texture Gel [Liquitex]; 8″ by 10″ Gallery Wrapped Canvas; round brush

I’ m entering my project to Cute Card Thursday #314 – Floral Delights (so glad I came across this challenge blog — they accept any type of project, not just cards!), Word Art Wednesday #125 – Anything Goes, Artistic Inspirations #84 – Anything Goes, Southern Girls Challenge – Floral Frenzy, and 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #187 – Spring. My project also fits the current challenge at Inkspirational. The inspiration photo has colorful sheep, and while there aren’t any sheep in my canvas, it’s all spring-like! :o)

I’m also entering my mixed media canvas to the Stencils: Styling with Stencils Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I used 2 Heidi Swapp stencils — the big hearts stencil (which I used as a background) and the 6″ by 6″ butterflies stencil. I used coarse texture gel on the butterflies stencil. I sprinkled it with gold embossing powder and let dry, and then afterwards painted it with Inktense blocks and doodled around with Black Soot Distress marker. (You’ll see me do this in my video tutorial here.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!



February 25, 2014

Paper craft project no. 146: Hello



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I’m very honored to be guest designing in this week’s challenge at Crafting by Designs. This week’s theme is “Thoughts of Spring” and for my GDT project, I decided to go with 2 things I associate with spring: butterflies and flowers. I also went monochromatic — orange is one of my favorite colors and it’s one of the happy spring colors for me.

To create my card, I used the TH/Sizzix On the Edge Brackets die to create my shaped card. Next, I repeatedly stamped the flowers on one side, layering them. I embossed the entire front of the card using an embossing folder with a lattice design and then running it through my Cuttlebug. On scrap paper, I stamped 3 butterflies in Versamark, sprinkled Distress embossing powder, and heat embossed. I fussy-cut the butterflies and adhered them to my card using foam dots. I die-cut and embossed a small label and stamped my sentiment. I finished the card by wrapping jute twine along the bottom.

I hope you’ll check out what the Creating by Designs DT has made and then perhaps join in on the fun! What are your thoughts of spring?

I’d like to enter this card to the following fun challenges:

1. Cuttlebug Mania – Let’s Feel It (Add Texture) (to create texture, I used embossing folder, embossing powder, and twine)

2. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes

3. Tuesday Throwdown #184 – Anything Goes

4. Crafting from the Heart – Anything Goes/Use Flowers

5. Love to Scrap Challenge #24 – Anything Goes

6. Love to Create Challenge #104 – Anything Goes

7. Lexi’s Creations Challenge #110 – Monochromatic

8. Inkspirational Challenge #50 – Designer’s Choice: Tic Tac Toe (I used 3 items from the top row – shaped card, embossing, and flowers)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


February 23, 2014

Paper craft project no. 145: Grace in each step

2014-02-22 OLC Grace in each step


Earlier today I rearranged my little craft corner in the living room by expanding one of the tables. Took a couple of hours to get everything all set up, but now I’ve got all my supplies within easy reach and  my work space is set up so that I’m right beside the window overlooking the porch. It’s also the perfect place for me to shoot my videos during the day because of all the natural light that filters in. (Now I can tell DH whenever I’m crafting that I’m also getting my vitamin D…and since he’s always telling me I need at least a few hours of sunlight each day, I can use that as an excuse to spend a much longer time crafting!)

Anyway, I also played with the new stamps from STAMPlorations. The one I used in this card is one of the 5 sets in the new SUBWAY ART BUILDERS line that will be available in the STAMPlorations shop in mid-March. (You can preview the stamps here and if you leave a comment on that blog post by March 2, you could win 1 of the stamps.) I thoroughly enjoyed designing these stamps and was even more excited when I inked them up and played with them. I kept this one layer card CAS and I decided to go monochromatic with the flowers. I added some red gems (from K&Company) and made them the centers of a few of the flowers. I’d say this card can be given on Mother’s Day or  mom’s birthday and even as an appreciation card for mom.

My card fits 3 fun challenges:

1. The Card Concept Challenge #4 – Use a Floral Theme (my style is CAS)

2. Addicted to Stamps and More #83 – Holidays (this card’s for Mother’s Day)

3. One-Layer Simplicity Challenge #2 – Can You Repeat That?


Thanks so much for stopping by and I enjoy the rest of the weekend! Lights out for me :o)


February 21, 2014

Paper craft project no. 144: Happy happy birthday

2014-02-21 CAS Happy happy birthday

Quickie post today, as I’m entering this card to a couple of challenges that are ending in a few hours. Eeeek! Talk about cutting it close. Made this card this morning as a sort of request to DH — since I’m going to be devoting the rest of today to getting the icky draft for my business case done, I made a small request: that I need a few a minutes at my craft table to create a card. In the meantime, he can get breakfast started — I think it’s fresh salad, brown rice, and some spicy vegan mandarin orange chicken on the menu :-)

This week, Less Is More and CAS on Sunday are looking for masculine cards so I decided to go for monochromatic masculine colors — Teal Zeal (Memento) and Broken China, Faded Jeans, and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks.  Then at The Paper Players, it’s stars on a CAS project. I stamped the stars (from 7Gypsies), spatters, and sentiment (from STAMPloration) in different blue inks. The “happy” on the teal textured cardstock is stamped in Unicorn ink (Hero Arts).

CAS On Sunday Challenge "Less is More"

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a nice weekend :-)


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