Posts tagged ‘Brown Sugar Challenge’

November 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 294: ‘Tis the season mixed media card + video tutorial


We have a brand new challenge at The Mixed Media Card Challenge! Our theme this month is Christmas with bells as the optional element. So create a Christmas-themed mixed media card with or without bells and link it up to our challenge! We’d love to see what you come up with. For our definition of a mixed media card, click here. The challenge runs until November 25 so plenty of time to create and play!

We have STAMPlorations as our sponsor too and there are 2 prizes up for grabs. Create a mixed media card that has the optional element for a shot at a $15 gift certificate. If you stick to just the theme, you still get a shot at winning 1 stamp set. Do check out the cards the mixed media card girls made — you’ll be blown away!

For my mixed media card, I used archival inks, Distress inks, Twinkling H2Os, Gelatos, water soluble oil pastels, and Chameleon Color Tones. I used Holiday Sketches: Christmas Bells and Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower. Here’s a video showing how I created my card. It’s a shorty — a little over 9 minutes long, in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Christmas music. I’d love to hear what you think!


I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; Brown Sugar Challenge #118 – Anything Goes; Weekly Christmas Card Challenge #48 – Anything Goes; Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra – Anything Goes for November; Crafty Catz Challenge #253 – Anything GoesSister Act Card Challenge #81 -Anything Goes, and Word Art Wednesday #156 – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!


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!


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!


August 17, 2014

Paper craft project no. 240: You are my happy everything one layer card

2014-08-17 OLC You are my happy everything

Hello! It’s time for a new challenge at our cool neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create! This week, it’s anything goes and we’ve got 2 fabulous sponsors: Aurora Wings and Dr. Digi’s House of Stamps. Hope you’ll stop by to see the projects my teammates created and join in!

For my project, I went with a one layer card using the oriental poppies image by Aurora Wings. I printed the image on cardstock andcolored it with Spectrum Noir markers. I stamped my sentiment (from the Boxed Blooms, Sentiment Builders: Happy, and Bloom Sketches sets by STAMPlorations) in Memento inks (tuxedo black and VersaMagic red magic chalk ink). I finished the card by rounding one bottom corner. I debated whether to add some bling and decided to go without.

Convo snippet between the hubby and me:
me: Look, dear! [holding up card from my craft table]
dh: [from across the room] I’m your happy everything!
me: [realizing what I’d just done] Oh darn, now I can’t surprise you with this card anymore!

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Fusion – Bright Floral Celebration (I went with the inspiration photo); Inkspirational Challenge #63 – Red, Orange, Yellow (Uhm, I’m hoping the green is okay since it’s a floral image — and perhaps green can be a “neutral” color when it comes to flower images? To the Ink DT: If it’s not okay to use the green, please remove my entry from your gallery and I’ll try to create something else!); and Brown Sugar #107 – Anything Goes.


Thanks for stopping by!


May 28, 2014

Paper craft project no. 195: Heartfelt thanks mixed media card [with video tutorial]

2014-05-27 Heartfelt thanks mixed media card

Hello and glad you stopped by! It’s a brand new challenge over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog and this week, the challenge is to use 3 flowers in your project. For my project, I used a digi stamp from one of our sponsors, Sweet ‘n Sassy. It’s actually a collage digi stamp, but what I did was color just the 3 flowers in it with Spectrum Noir and fussy cut them. For the background, I used an embossing folder and some Distress paints to pull a print. But rather than bore you with a long description of how I made this card, I thought I’d show you. Took me about 45 minutes to make this mixed media card, but my sped-up video is less than 7 minutes. Yep, like my previous videos, this is captioned and accompanied by Mozart (if you don’t hear any music, it means YouTube isn’t done adding it to my video). I hope you’ll check out the projects that my teammates created and we’d love it if you’d join us!

 Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-05-27 Heartfelt thanks mixed media card - closeup

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #97 – Make Your Mark (I used Spectrum Noir markers, Distress paints, white PITT artist pen, and Inktense blocks); Through the Craftroom Door – Always Anything Goes; Crafting from the Heart #20 – Anything Goes; Fairytale Stampers #39 – Flowers; and Brown Sugar Challenge #95 – Anything Goes.

ETA: I’m also linking this to Inkspirational #57 – Bloom. (Thanks for the heads up, Carol!)

By the way, I have a new monthly challenge blog, The Mixed Media Card Challenge, and it officially starts July 1. I’m looking for a few card-makers who love playing with different mediums to join the design team. Hope you’ll check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!


May 23, 2014

Paper craft project no. 193: Life is beautiful mixed media canvas [with video tutorial]

2014-05-23 Life is beautiful mixed media canvas - closeup
One more post for today — quickie one since I have to run to town with DH. Here’s a mixed media canvas I worked on last night. I’ve been wanting to work on this for weeks but between my writing commitments and the memory card on my camera going bust, this got shoved in the back burner. I use die-cuts and stickers a lot in my mixed media projects — they’re wonderful to work with. In this canvas, I used die-cuts from K&Company (the flowers and frame) and stickers from SRM Stickers (“Life is Beautiful” and “it’s the little things that count” — I love how these stickers are transparent so they look like they are printed on the canvas). The butterflies and border at the bottom are stickers I found in my stash and ones I bought from the dollar store long ago. I fussy cut the vintage girl from a Pink Paislee PP. The rest is the usual schtuff: pages from a 1967 issue of Reader’s Digest for the background, Distress paints, gesso, gel medium, rub-ons, markers (Distress, Spectrum Noir, and Faber-Castell), and stamps (Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds set). Oh and the canvas is 8″ by 10″ — part of a 10-pack I scored at Wal-Mart a couple of years ago for just $8.

Took me a couple of hours to work on this project, including charging time because my camera ran out of battery during one of the segments (luckily it was just at the right time so I didn’t lose any video time). I’ve got the edited and sped-up version of the video (8 minutes, 45 seconds) so you’re spared of the boring stuff (those times when I’m thinking, talking to myself, and hunting for supplies). Like my other videos, this is in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by a Mozart clarinet concerto.

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-05-23 Life is beautiful mixed media canvas - A
I’d like to enter this to these fun challenges: Crafting by Designs – May Anything Goes Challenge; Butterfly Challenge #8 – Butterfly Bingo (I used the center line in the grid: the flowers and frame are die-cuts from K&Company; the butterflies are stickers, and I cut the girl out from designer paper by Pink Paislee – I hope that’s an OK way to use DP for this challenge); Brown Sugar Challenge #95 – Anything Goes; Inkspirational Challenge #56 – Photo Inkspiration (instead of a girl holding balloons, I have mine holding a bunch of flowers — and the photo made me think of “celebrating life” so I picked sentiments that reflect that); and Polkadoodle #20 – Things with Wings.

Okay, I gotta go — hope you have a great weekend. It’ll be a long holiday weekend in the US, which means plenty of time to craft!!! Yay! Thanks for stopping by.


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