Posts tagged ‘Sister Act Card Challenge’

December 7, 2014

Paper craft project no. 314: Live with passion

Happy Sunday! I’m starting off the week with my project for 613 Avenue Create.  It’s anything goes but we’ve got an optional twist: create your own challenge with our chart. I don’t do so well with this kind of twist, but surprisingly, I was able to create a card using at least 1 item from every column — image, sentiment, glossy accents, flowers, and burlap/ribbon :o)

To make my card, I stamped a newsprint background stamp (Hero Arts) in coffee archival ink on white cardstock panel. Then I inked up an embossing folder with Distress inks, spritzed it with water, and placed the panel inside it to transfer the ink. (I recently did a photo tutorial using this fun technique and you’ll find it here.) I sponged Distress inks on the panel, ran my TH distressing tool along the edges, and inked it up with coffee archival ink. I added a strip of burlap ribbon on to one side before adhering the panel on my card base. For the main image, I used an image from our sponsor, Digital Delights, and used Japanese watercolor brush pens to color. I stamped my sentiment in black ink and added glossy accents on the word “Live.” And my card is done. I hope you’ll come check out the beautiful projects my teammates created this week and play along too! We’d love to see you in the ‘hood! :o)

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: (1) Sister Act Card Challenge #86 – Anything Goes and (2) Word Art Wednesday #161 – Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


December 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 309: Season’s greetings mixed media card

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.

Thanks for stopping by!


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!


October 20, 2014

Paper craft project no. 285: Poinsettia holiday card

2014-10-20 Vintage Poinsettia Christmas Card

Happy Monday, friends! Can you believe October is coming to a an end in 11 days? Where’d the month go? Anyway, it is time for a new sketch challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. Here’s the sketch:

Pretty simple, huh? Lots of possibilities in that one. Joining us in this challenge as guest designer is Leslie of The Crooked Stamper. You gotta see her awesome take on the sketch! Then there are the STAMPlorations girls and their projects — come check them out because we have a wonderful array of projects that are sure to inspire! We’d love for you to come play with us! You don’t have to use STAMPlorations stamps to play, but if you have them, we get really happy to see projects featuring our stamps :o)

For my card, I went with a Christmas card with a hint of vintage. This is one of those cards where I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. I started with a Pink Paislee paper with a vintage Christmas design — trimmed it to size, die-cut an oval in the middle using a Lil’ Inker die, embossed with a Sizzix poinsettia EF, distressed the edges, and sponged with bright green shade PanPastel and VersaMagic gingerbread chalk ink. I stamped the Christmas block in VersaMark ink before sponging it with permanent red shade PanPastel. Next I stamped the poinsettia on a pre-cut diecut of the stamp in Memento tuxedo black ink and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. I toned down my DP background by laying a piece of white vellum on it before adhering the poinsettia using foam tape. I thought about adding a sentiment but decided against it since my background already had text in it. I simply finished the card by spattering antique bronze Distress paint because I thought the vellum was looking a little boring :o)

My card is also a reminder for The Mixed Media Card Challenge — we’re looking for vintage-inspired mixed media cards this month, with key as an optional element. The challenge closes on October 25 so there’s still time to play with us over there! Don’t think you can do a mixed media card? It isn’t as hard as you think! Here’s our definition of a mixed media card as it pertains to our challenge.

Linking up my card to these 3 fun challenges: Festive 48 – Week 41 (Any Christmas Card Goes); Sister Act Card Challenge #79 – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes; and Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper October challenge – Anything Goes (I used PP from the City Sidewalks pack by Pink Paislee).

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful week!


August 17, 2014

Paper craft project nos. 241 and 242: Be merry and bright / Smile you

2014-08-17 OLC Be merry and bright

I sure have been cutting it close several times these last few days! I’ve got cards for a couple of challenges that end in a few hours. First up (above) is a one layer shaped card I made for the current Virginia’s View Challenge #6 – Shape Card. My month wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t create something for this wonderful challenge hosted by the fabulous Virginia Lu. I got a tad ambitious with my card (I made 5 attempts) and grew frustrated with each attempt (there was always something in it that I didn’t like) but I persevered and ended up with a card that so impressed the hubby so it was worth it!

To make this card (it’s 7 inches wide and 6 inches tall), I stamped my poinsettia (from the Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower set) several times on watercolor paper to make a Christmas wreath then I fussy cut around the outer edge of the stamped images and did the same to the back of the card. I watercolored the poinsettias with Memento inks, then went over them again with Inktense blocks for the darker colors. I also painted a bit of persimmon and sweet alfalfa Twinkling H2Os over the flowers and leaves to give them some shimmer — hard to see in the photo, but the poinsettias shimmer beautifully! I stamped my sentiment in VersaMagic chalk ink (midnight black). My Christmas wreath still looked a little flat to me so I took a white Faber-Castell PITT big brush pen and traced some of the flowers and leaves to give it a 3D frosty look.

I’m also entering this card to 3 other  fun challenges: Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas #190 – Favorite Things (watercolor paper is my favorite card base; I love Inktense blocks for watercoloring; Twinkling H2Os are my newest faves; and the poinsettia stamp has become my favorite stamp); Sweet Stampin’ – Christmas in August; and Addicted to Stamps and More #108 – Holiday (entry #2).


2014-08-17 CAS Smile you

As for my second card…I created it as a last-minute entry to the Clicking Cameras challenge over at Moxie Fab World. I initially thought the challenge was over since it said the deadline was midnight August 17 (as in a minute after 11:59 pm, August 16), but the linky’s still open. On cardstock, I stamped and colored a retro-ish camera image (one I’d drawn and turned into a stamp) with Memento markers and fussy cut it before mounting it onto my card base with foam tape. I paired it with a couple of bold sentiments (from the STAMPlorations Boxed Blooms set). I created the background by stamping one of the square stamps in the Graphic Squares set in 3 different VersaMagic chalk ink colors (red brick, pumpkin spice, thatched straw), I rather like the the autumn/masculine feel of the card. I gotta say I was inspired by this gorgeous card by Deepti, so this is sort of a CASE of her card. (And because I used squares, I’m entering this to the current challenge at Addicted to CAS (#45 – Geometric).

I’m entering my camera-themed card to these other fun challenges: Sister Act Card Challenge #70 – Anything Goes; Sisters of Craft – August Anything Goes Challenge; and Cute Card Thursday #334 – Clean and Simple.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by!



July 6, 2014

Paper craft no. 217: Thanks so much mixed media card

2014-07-05 Thanks so much

At 613 Avenue Create this week, it’s Anything Goes with the optional twist of using our Create Your Own Challenge chart. We have 2 sponsors this week: Delicious Doodles and Creative Bug. Do check out the challenge blog to see what my teammates created and we’d love for you to join us!

For my project, I went with a mixed media card, with the wild rose digi image from Delicious Doodles. I used stickles, sentiment, stencil, embossing, flowers, and watercolor from the chart. Here’s a step-by-step. (I’ll see if I can shoot a video showing how to make a card like this in the next few days. I actually made this card based on the birthday card I made for Kylie.)

1. Print image on cardstock. Color with Spectrum Noir markers, fussy cut, and set aside.

2. Stamp background text where image will be positioned. (Here I used jet black archival ink on an OTC script stamp and a STAMPlorations text stamp.)

3.  Place 12×12 Specimen stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop) over card base (140-lb cold-press watercolor paper by Canson). Smoosh some mustard seed distress ink on mat and with a very wet brush, paint ink through the stencil.

4. Place a 6×6 Sketch Grid stencil (TCW) over card base. Tint modeling paste (Liquitex) with scattered straw distress ink on mat and apply onto stencil, being careful to stencil just on the two sides and top of the card. Allow to dry. (Or if you’re like me, you’ll bust out the heat tool and zap the whole thing dry in a few minutes.)

5. Emboss “thanks” sentiment (from Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments) in green and stamp “so much” (from Sentiment Builders: Thank You) in black.

6. Smoosh spiced marmalade distress ink on mat and water it down. Loosely watercolor it onto the card, letting it pool where the modeling paste has dried. With a sponge, lightly apply ink all around the card.

7. Mount image on card base with foam tape. (For added interest, I partially stamped the script stamp on the image too.) Finish the card by applying Diamond stickles on the flowers.

The current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #83 was my inspiration for this card’s layout. (I’m most likely pushing it a bit with the “clean” part, but it is quite a simple card to put together.) Since I used markers to color my focal image, I can enter my card to Addicted to Stamps and More #102 – Make Your Mark. Over at Country View Challenges, it’s “Stencil It!” for July. I’m also entering my card to Sister Act Card Challenge #64 – Anything Goes.

My card also doubles as a reminder card for two challenges I’m part of: TIME OUT Challenges, where we’d love to see projects inspired by the phrase, “fun in the sun” (I went with fun yellow colors in my card, and those flowers look bright and happy to me) and The Mixed Media Card Challenge, where our theme this month is “Touch of Nature.” I hope you’ll check out both challenges!

When I made this card a couple of days ago, it was because I needed to add to my “Thank You” stash…you never know when you’re going to need this kind of card. “When” came a lot sooner! Yesterday, I had the most wonderful birthday, thanks to the girls in the STAMPlorations design team: Cornelia, Debra, Kylie, Maria F., Monika, Nonni, Sandie, Shirley, and Vicki. With Nonni orchestrating the whole thing (and giving me a big scare by telling me the blog was hacked), I had a ball looking at the cards they made for me and getting to know a little bit more about them when it comes to what they like to read! So until my thank you cards get to you, ladies, this card will have to stand in :o)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


April 7, 2014

Paper craft project no. 168: One layer birthday card + happy Stamping Royalty news!

2014-04-05 OLC Happy birthday

It’s time for a new sketch at the STAMPlorations blog. Joining us in this challenge is guest designer Kathy Schweinfurth. I hope you can stop by the blog and check out the projects that the STAMPlorations girls and guest designer created based on the fun sketch. The challenge is open until April 18 so we’d love it if you can come play with us. We’ve got prizes in all our challenges. We’re a fun, friendly bunch :o)

For my card, I stayed true to my OLC-loving heart. I stamped the brush strokes 4 times in Memento inks (Pistachio, Cantaloupe, Lilac Posies, Teal Zeal). I stamped the ink blots and spatters in the same color, and then the flat brush stroke and sentiment in dark blue ink (Paris Dusk). I finished the card by stamping “happy” all around in Memento Cantaloupe ink.

I’m entering my card to the following fun challenges: Seize the Birthday; Addicted to Stamps and More #89 – CAS; and Sister Act Card Challenge #51.

ETA: It was hard keeping it to myself for 10 whole days, but now I can share some happy Stamping Royalty news! At the last minute, I decided to submit some cards to the Stamping Royalty 2014 Contest. I wasn’t expecting to win since it was my first time joining and I entered at the last minute. However, I was mainly in it for the fact that my cards would be going to a good cause: Operation Write Home. Getting happy mail from the peeps at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking was completely unexpected. One of the cards I sent got picked as honorable mention. I was a little under the weather when I got the email, but I managed to breeze through my workout at the gym — yeah, I had way too much endorphins and adrenalin going there for a while :o)

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