December 8, 2014
It’s a great Monday morning, folks! I have been up since 8 last night (I’m on a weird schedule) and DH and I should be well on our way to town by the time this post is published. I haven’t been out much in the last couple of weeks because of work, school, and my weird sleep schedule, and this week, I’m trying to get turned around and at the same time get a bit of sunshine. I’m dropping packages in the mail and then we’re headed to do some grocery shopping. After that, we’re having a little lunch date at our favorite Thai restaurant (I can almost taste that vegetarian pad thai…). Keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be awake enough to enjoy lunch ;o)
Anyway, this one layer card is to remind you that there’s a little less than 3 weeks left to play in the last sketch challenge at STAMPlorations. Linky is open until December 28, you can link up as many projects as you want (instead of the usual 3 projects max) as long as they’re based on the sketch, and you can win one of two gift certificates!
I made my card by first stamping the butterflies (from the Trendy Butterflies set) in different shades of blue. I masked the big butterfly then stamped the leaves (from the Trendy Leaves set) in different shades of green. Then with a TCW reversed chicken wire stencil, I sponged broken china Distress ink for a bit of interest and then stamped the sentiment (from the Sugar Rush set) in black. Finished the card by rounding the bottom right corner. As you can see, I flipped the sketch and used butterflies instead of circles :o)
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November 3, 2014
It’s the first Monday of the month, which means we have a new sketch challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. Joining the STAMPlorations girls is guest designer Ingrid of Ingrid’s Craft Corner. We hope you’ll stop by the blog and see how we interpreted the sketch. And we’d love for you to play along! The challenge is open until Friday, November 14, and the winner gets to guest design in a future sketch challenge.
I went clean and simple and one layer to create this happy card. Stamped the circles and squares from the Retro Mod Shapes set in various Memento and VersaMagic inks and stamped the big sketchy sentiment and brush/crayon stamp in jet black ink.
Linking up my card to the following fun challenges: Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes; Addicted to Stamps and More #119 – CAS; and Allsorts Challenge #282 – Masculine;
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October 20, 2014
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).
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October 6, 2014
We’ve got a new sketch over at the STAMPlorations blog! We have the super-talented Elaine of Craft-E-Place guest designing. I just love her clean and simple cards and the card she made based on the sketch totally rocks! Do check out the blog to see the awesome projects the STAMPlorations girls made and be inspired!
To create my one layer card, I masked off the base to create a rectangle in the middle. I applied red PanPastel over the open area then stamped the poinsettia (Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower) in VersaMark ink and embossing it in gold. I stamped the sentiment (Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year) in VersaMagic magic red chalk ink. Finished the card by making the thick and thin lines with a black marker.
Linking up my card to these fun challenges: Virginia’s View Challenge #8 – Clean and Simple (entry #3); Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes; and Festive 48 – Any Christmas Card Goes.
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September 15, 2014
It’s sketch time once again at the STAMPlorations challenge blog! We’ve got one of the fun-est and awesome-st card-makers guest designing for us: Darnell Knaus of djkardcreations! Woohoo! Check out the blog and see what she and the cool STAMPlorations girls made. And then come join in on the fun! Here’s the sketch for the next couple of weeks:
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August 18, 2014
It’s time for a new sketch challenge at STAMPlorations! We’ve got the awesome and super-creative Carol of Just me: c guest designing this time around. You have got to head over the blog to see the fabulous sketch-inspired projects the STAMPlorations girls created. We’d love for you to join us too! Here’s the sketch:
I took some liberties with the sketch as you can see :o) I decided to take some of the new STAMPlorations holiday stamps for a spin (they come out in September and you can preview them here) by combining 3 of the sets (Vignette: Christmas Block, Holiday Sketches: Christmas Bells, and Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year). I stamped the Christmas block stamp in VersaMagic chalk ink (aegean blue) on the left then sponged with the same color for a tone-on-tone effect. On scrap cardstock, I stamped the Christmas bells, colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, fussy cut, and adhered to the card base with foam tape. I picked words from the Sentiment Builders set (there are 28 words to mix and match) to form my sentiment then stamped them in VersaMagic chalk inks (red magic and midnight black). I finished the card by rounding the bottom corners.
Linking up my card to these fun challenges: My Perfect Life – Festive 48 Any Christmas Card; Stamping Sensations – Anything Goes; Crafty Calendar August Challenge – Anything Goes; and Crafting by Designs – August Anything Goes Challenge.
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August 4, 2014
We’ve got a new sketch at the STAMPlorations blog! Our guest designer is no stranger to us, as we’ve had the privilege of having her guest design before: the super talented Kimberley Makortoff of Art Keeps Me Sane. She did a fabulous job on the sketch, as did the STAMPlorations girls. Check out our sketch-inspired projects and we’re hoping you’ll join us as well and share your creations!
For my card, I used the sentiment from the Sentiment Builders: Celebrate set and the sunflower from the August stamp set, BLOOM SKETCHES (see the preview of this stamp set and the September stamps here). On chalkboard card stock, I heat embossed the sunflower in white and gave it a bit of shimmer with Twinkling H2Os (mango mamba) before adhering it to my card base. I also cut a couple of the chalkboard card stock into squares, heat embossed the edges, and then stuck it to the panel. On scrap watercolor paper, I brushed some mango mamba Twinkling H2Os before stamping the sunflower stamp in coffee archival ink and cropping it to a slightly larger square. Then I stamped the sentiment in Memento morocco dew drop ink on scrap watercolor paper, cut it to size and adhered to the card. It may not be too obvious in the photo, but the embossed panel has a gorgeous sheen to it — Twinkling H2Os have just become one of my favorite supplies ;o)
I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Seize the Birthday – Seeing Yellow Birthdays (I skipped the toppings, monochromatic yellow, although I still used yellow on my card); Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; A Gem of a Challenge #125 – Embossing (my background is heat embossed) and Addicted to Stamps and More #106 – Anything Goes.
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