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!
September 14, 2014
Who’s as addicted to inks as I am? I’ve been playing with new ink pads the last couple of days. I got me a mix of 19 Mix’d Media Inx and Chox from Clearsnap/ColorBox earlier last week because I wanted to use them in a couple of mixed media projects (both aren’t finished so I can’t show ’em just yet). I still have a long list of inks on my wish list, and I’ve hinted as much to DH that for Christmas, I wouldn’t mind at all if I got a few more ink pads inside my stocking. He doesn’t quite fully understand why I need different ink pads for stamping, but every day, I try to educate him a bit on that ;o)
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September 13, 2014
Hello! Popping by tonight to share another quickie CAS one layer Christmas card. I stamped the backside of the poinsettia (Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower) in VersaMagic red magic chalk ink before stamping the image over it in Memento tuxedo black. The image is not symmetrical so when I stamped the poinsettia right side up, it created an offset/retro look — which is what I was after :o) I stamped the sentiment (Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year) in the same red and black inks. I added 3 green Candi paper brads underneath the stamped image for an extra Christmas color and finished the card by rounding one corner. Believe it or not, this card was so quick to make that I was able to make 15 of these in 30 minutes, assembly line style! Stamping was a breeze; gluing the paper brads was what took long. I’ve got a nice pile of Christmas cards now :o)
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September 3, 2014
Hello! I’m here to share a one layer card I made. Late last week, I replenished my card stock supply. Because it was a long holiday weekend, I didn’t get my order until Tuesday. The wait was worth it, though, as I was pretty pleased with what I got: a ream of 100# (270 gsm) premium heavy classic white card stock, my second favorite card base to use (my top favorite is the 140-lb cold press watercolor paper by Canson); a pack of 165# (660 gsm) double thick card stock (wowza, I am in love with this one — it is really, really, REALLY thick — and so perfect for some mixed media projects I’ve got planned); and a pack of 120# (480 gsm) recycled taupe brown fiber card stock (this card stock is super thick as well and super smooth to the touch!).
I took the taupe brown fiber card stock for a test drive last night and oh boy, did I fall in love with this card stock hard! Inks stamped like a dream. For my card, I stamped and masked the sunflower from the Bloom Sketches set in VersaMagic cloud white chalk ink. (It’s my favorite stamp right now, as I’ve used it so many times in the last couple of weeks alone — here, here, here, here, and here.) I stamped the bold sentiment (from the Boxed Blooms & Bold Sentiments set) in jet black archival ink. I debated whether to add some bling on the card, but decided to keep it simple by adding a border around using my Faber-Castell white PITT artist pen. And the card is done — took less than 10 minutes to make!
Anyway, I made the card as a reminder project for our current challenge at Time Out. There is still about a week left to join us! We’re having an “Inspired by Words” challenge: “If music be the food of love, play on.” [Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night] All you gotta do is create something inspired by that line. Doesn’t have to be the entire line. For my card, I took my cue from the word, “love”, and created this card that fits many occasions: anniversary, wedding, friendship.
Linking up my card to these 5 fun challenges: CAS on Sunday #41 – Black & White with One Color of Your Choice (my other color is taupe brown); CASology #111 – Under (I masked my blooms so some of them are underneath the other blooms; then the blooms are under my bold sentiment and border; then my simple border looks like it’s under the sentiment); Stampavie and More #218 – CAS; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Stamptember Stamp-It Challenge (use rubber or clear stamps; no digis); and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Boldly Go Into Stamptember (use bright ink; a large stamp, or be bold in your stamping — I used a large flower stamp and bold sentiments).
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June 6, 2014
It’s the first Friday of June, which means it’s time for a new monthly challenge at the STAMPlorations blog! The theme this month is STAMPS & BORDERS. Joining us as guest designer is the uber-talented Kim of Art Keeps Me Sane. Please check out her project, as well as the projects that the STAMPlorations girls created. You’ll be feasting on some serious eye candy! We’ve got prizes up for grabs: participate in all 3 challenges we host this month and you can win 3 Tim Holtz layering stencils. Win our monthly challenge and you get to choose 2 STAMPlorations stamp sets (if you use a STAMPlorations stamp in your winning entry) or 1 STAMPlorations stamp set (if your winning entry doesn’t have a STAMPlorations stamp) — either way, you get stamps! ;o)
For my DT card, I went with a one layer card. The stamps I used are all new — they’re part of the July release (preview all 6 stamp sets here) and in a few weeks, we’ll have a blog hop! I couldn’t wait to ink these up when they came the other day. The artsy brush stroke is from the VIGNETTE: Celebrate Artsy set, while the sentiments are from the SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Celebrate set. I stamped the brush stroke in Memento inks (love letter, tangelo, and cantaloupe). The big “celebrate” I stamped in Memento tuxedo black. I used the small “celebrate” as a border and stamped it in Memento love letter. I finished the card with some shiny gold sequins.
I based the layout of my card on CAS(E) this Sketch #79. I’m also linking up my card to CASology #98, where this week’s cue word is “Shine” (I’ve got shiny sequins in my card) and Less is More Lucky Dip Week #174 – Use More than One Stamp (I used 3 different stamps).
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!
June 4, 2014
Hello and welcome to a brand new challenge at Time Out Challenges! For this fortnight, our theme is SUMMER with the optional twist FLOWERS. So create a project with a summer theme (or anything really wherein your are inspired by the theme) with or without the optional twist. If you do create a project with an optional twist, you get a shot at winning a prize from our sponsor this month, CAS-ual Fridays. This week, our guest designer is Bobby from Bits & Pieces. Please check out the projects that my teammates and our guest designer created for the challenge.
For my project, I went with a one layer card. I started with the image of California golden poppies. I drew them on paper then scanned them. I cleaned it up a bit then printed on 100# cardstock. (This image is one of several of my illustrations that will be available as clear stamps at STAMPlorations in a couple of months.) Next, I did some masking and sponged Memento inks (Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, and Northern Pine) on the bottom area. I used Spectrum Noir markers to color the poppies. For the frame, I used some left over doodle rub-ons that I found in my stash. Last, I stamped the sentiment (from the SUBWAY ART BUILDERS: Dare). And the card is done :o)
I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: One Layer Simplicity #6 – I’ve Been Framed; CAS(E) This Sketch #78 (I placed the sentiment toward the top instead of the bottom); Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes; and CASology #98 – Shine (it’s summer now, which means more sunshine and being in California (where we’re hitting the mid-90s this week in the valley, btw), I am enjoying the last of the poppies at our place — they’re starting to wilt under the heat, but they were beautiful several weeks ago when the temps were still cooler; then I also think that the word “bloom” can, in the context of the sentiment, be synonymous with “shine”; other synonyms for shine include “excel”, “be outstanding”, “stand out”, “be brilliant”).
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May 22, 2014
Hello! I’ve got two cards to share in this post. I finally got done with that big writing project and so I’m hoping to get back to crafting again this week…that, and cleaning my work space since I’ve put it off long enough. (Oh, and folding clothes as well — I’ve procrastinated on that task long enough. I really do hate folding and one of my goals is to someday own a really, really, REALLY huge closet and tons of hangers so that I won’t ever have to fold clothes.)
Anyway, the card above is for the current challenge at TIME OUT Challenges. This fortnight, it’s Home Sweet Home Photo Inspiration. Joining us as guest designer is Christine. I hope you’ll check out our challenge, look at the projects by my teammates, and then join us! I was inspired by the rich colors in the photo, particularly the deep pink and deep green. Taking my cue from the beautiful colors, I created the above CAS card. It’s pretty straightforward really: I alternately stamped the grunge floral strips (STAMPlorations) in Memento Lilac Posies and Olive Grove on my card base. Next, I die-cut a white cardstock panel using a stitched mat die (Lil’ Inker). I stamped a floral stamp (Inkadinkado) in Memento Lulu Lavender on the upper left of the panel and stamped the sentiment (STAMPlorations). I adhered the panel at an angle onto my card base.
I’m linking up my first card to the following fun challenges: The Paper Players #196 – Clean and Simple Floral; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Botanical; and Addicted to Stamps and More #96 – Anything Goes.
And now for card #2…
I went with another CAS card. I based the layout of my card on the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch #76. I used one of the stitched mat dies from Lil’ Inker to die-cut the panel. I stamped the flowers and bubbles (Inkadinkado) on the upper left in Archival Jet Black (Ranger) then loosely watercolored the images with Inktense Blocks (Derwent). I stamped the sentiment (STAMPlorations) and then adhered the panel onto the card base. I affixed 3 ivory pearls to finish the card.
My second card fits a couple other challenges: CASology #96 – Flower and Less is More #172 – Flowers.
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