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.
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November 1, 2014
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 Goes; Sister Act Card Challenge #81 -Anything Goes, and Word Art Wednesday #156 – Anything Goes.
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November 1, 2014
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.
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October 1, 2014
We’ve got a new challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo. We’d love to see projects with a Halloween or Fall theme, with a twist: use fabric. Do stop by the blog and check what my teammates created and then come play with us!
I went with a fall-inspired project. I started with a 7.5″ by 9″ watercolor paper that I had used a few months ago to do some Gelli plate printing. I had about a dozen backgrounds done and I picked one where I used autumn colors. I simply built up my layers from there — alternating between stamping and painting. I stamped the sunflowers on tissue paper, cut them out and decoupaged them using gel medium. I used Distress paints and white PITT artist pen on the sunflowers to make them blend with the background. I used drywall tape for added texture. On tissue paper and with a black Big Brush pen (Faber-Castell), I wrote the quote. I decoupaged it the same way I decoupaged the sunflowers. I added burlap ribbon on the top and bottom before matting the whole thing and framing it. I took it out of the frame to take a photo.
Hooking up my project to the following fun challenges: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes and All Crafts Challenge – Anything But A Card.
Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back later today to share a mixed media card for The Mixed Media Card Challenge!
September 28, 2014
Popping by to share my project for this week’s challenge over at 613 Avenue Create. It’s Anything Goes with the optional twist to use a heart. We have two awesome sponsors this week: Lacy Sunshine and Oak Pond Creations. Come stop by the blog to see the fun projects my teammates created!
For my project, I used a delightful image called Eleanor hippie chick from Lacy Sunshine. I gotta tell ya, I’m totally diggin’ this ’60s girl — right up my alley. She was super fun to color with my Spectrum Noir markers. I figured a colorful, psychedelic background is perfect for my hippie chick so I sprinkled different Brusho colors onto mixed media paper, spritzed with water to activate the colors, and then laid a 4″ by 5.25″ white card stock panel over. I dried the panel with my heat gun and then I sponged yellow PanPastel over the area. Stamped some hearts along the bottom, added some fun stickers at the top, and mounted it onto my card base. I used foam tape to adhere Eleanor, after I’d fussy cut her. This is one of those cards that I ended up falling in love with afterwards because it was so cool ;o)
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September 25, 2014
It’s my turn to do a spotlight project at STAMPlorations, and this time I have two Christmas cards to share. These cards are quick and easy to make — the kind of cards I like to make for when I know I need a LOT of them. I used stamps from the September release — Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower, Vignette: Christmas Block, and Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year — as well as VersaMark watermark ink, ColorBox Midnight Mix’d Media Inx Chox, DCWV textured card stock, PanPastel Colors, and stickles. Check out the photo tutorial for these cards here.
I’d like to enter my cards to the following fun challenges: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Stencils & Stamps (I went with stamps); Addicted to Stamps and More #114 – CAS; ABC Christmas Challenge – S for Something Festive; Deep Ocean Challenge #87 – At Least One Flower; Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long #29 – Use Lots of Layers [I’ve got 4 layers — which, for this one-layer girl, is a LOT! ;o)]; and Crafting by Designs – Get Ready for Christmas.
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