Friday, August 22, 2014

Two Challenges and a Fun Background

At Splitcoaststampers today, my friend Jeanne is hosting two challenges: Mix-ability 82: Rolly Polly and Free For All 235: One Word or Two...
I had to play along in the MIX82 because I stayed up chatting with some MIXers trying to guess what the challenge was (to no avail), but ended up convincing Kyra to use pink on her card, so figured I needed to put in my pink two cents!

For my background, I used Stephanie's Sprays (The Stamps of Life) in Guava and Bubblegum and brayered the spray immediately after spraying on Whisper White. 
I let that dry and then put drops of Cotton Candy (YES PINK) Stickles all over the paper and brayered that. And guess what? It turned GREEN. Which means either my Stickles are chameleons, or my brayer had something weird (like green ink?!) on it. It didn't come off with the sprays, so I have no idea. 
Anyway, the Stickles have a nice sheen to them (whatever colors they are) and you can see the entire sheet before I started on my blog. Fun stuff!!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Little Hambo Humor

More than halfway through August already? Where did summer go? Over on the Hambo Hoedown blog, there is a fun challenge all about humor! You still have PLENTY of time to jump in. Just create your card by September 3rd at midnight with the theme HUMOR US!! You can use any company's image for this challenge but if you use a Hambo image, you can enter this challenge as many times as you would like. All others can enter once. There will be two winners of the challenge; each will receive a free digi of their choice from the Hambo digi store

I used some of my favorite Hambo images for my card:
Chickens - 0908 and Chicken On You - 1321:

I stamped my chickens with VersaFine Onyx Black, and then colored in with Copic markers. My sentiment is stamped with Stephanie's Premium Dye Ink in Tangerine. The chicken feet are from a retired Hambo stamp (I know -- it needs to come back!).

In other news, my sweet black lab Lucy, who turned 10 in May, became very sick one Saturday night, and by Tuesday, we had to let her go. We ran all sorts of tests to see if it was something that could be diagnosed and fixed, but to no avail. She was so sick and suffering so much, and we knew it was the right thing to do. I miss her sweet face every day, as does my white lab, Fiona.  Give your pets a special hug from me~!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cardmaker Hop

Welcome to the CardMaker and The Stamps of Life Blog Hop!
 
The CardMaker Designers and The Stamps of Life Designers will be teaming up to show you some wonderful projects featuring stamps from The Stamps of Life.

Today I chose a holiday set to make a non-holiday card to make even better use of these adorable images from Stephanie Barnard. My card uses the sweet bunny from bunny4easter and the matching bunny die. Pretty sweet baby card now!

I stamped my images using Stephanie's Premium dye inks in Licorice and Sky and colored in the bunny using alcohol markers. A little mini ric rac and a button for embellishments, a corner punch, and some roughed-up edges, and this 4.25" card is ready to go with its baby gift!
 
Make sure and comment on each of the blogs in the hop! One winner will be randomly chosen to win 3 stamp sets of their choice ($12.95 value or less)!  The winner will be chosen July 31 and announced on The Stamps of Life Blog on August 1.
 
Hop List

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Short and Sweet

He knows what he wants. Short and sweet. :)

Stamped on Ultrasmooth White CS, this little frog from Paper Smooches' A Little Lovin' is waiting on his lily pad in the water for his princess to come along. I colored the entire image with Copic markers using the Pointillism technique of dots and more dots.  There is a little pink suggestion of a water lily on the left.  His crown is stamped on a tiny little gold piece of chevron designer paper from the Bundle of Joy Boy 6x6 pad. Zva Dimensionals and ISP Red-Line Tape hold everything together. 
 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

What Do You Think He Is?

My images are from a new digi set by Hambo Stamps called Animal Heart. At Hambo, we think he is related to the Ice Age Sloth. What animal do you think he is?



Other challenges for this card:
The Pink Elephant - LOVE


Stamps: Animal Heart digital image by Hambo Stamps
Paper: Kraft, Barely Banana, K & Co. Sleepy Tree DP

Ink: Spectrum Noir markers
Accessories: banner die (TE), button, mini ric rac (RRR)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Guest Designing With YNS

Welcome to the February YNS Digital New Release!
We are so happy to have you join us as we showcase our new images 
from Penny and Laurence of Omnia Designs!!


The party begins at Deborah's blog and guess what?! We'll be giving away 6 digi stamps from the stops on the hop, so be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to WIN!!!! Winners will be announced on February 4th on the YNS Blog.
I had the pleasure of using the new Just To Say digital image. Isn't he adorable? I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers and then used Fancy Pants DP for my designer paper. A little crocheted flower, twine and some Teresa Collins enamel dots complete the card.

Be sure to check out the awesome deal going on this month in 
celebration of February's new digi release!! 

I am thrilled to be Guest Designing for this hop and want to thank Deborah for asking me. Enjoy ~!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Here's the Scoop!

I suppose I should have made a card with a sun on it since it is so cold everywhere! Ice cream is probably the last thing on anyone's mind right now. But -- here's hoping to a super warm summer where I WANT ice cream. :)
Images are from Just Rite's The Scoop Vintage Labels Four. I stamped my cone in VersaFine Sepia on some of Prima's Life Time 6x6 papers, and then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. The Prima paper had the perfect waffle cone color, as well as a textured "vanilla" piece that I colored in with an alcohol marker. The sentiment was stamped with white pigment ink and then embossed with White Embossing Powder.
My backgrounds are made with two Spellbinders embossing folders. The Kraft base is embossed with M-Bossabilities - Regal and the pink Oval die cut is So Trendy. The embellishments I used were Latte Pearls, 1" pink ric rac, a cute doily, and pink Prima Encore flowers. Pink is the best-selling color of flowers at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, and they sell out quickly, as these did. But -- Sharon has some beautiful Encore flowers in other colors here, as well as other pink flower choices here.

I use a variety of adhesives, and you can find a great selection of all kinds in the Store here. Everything you need all in one place!

Sharon has bins full of fabulous sale items at amazing prices! Go check it all out!
Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Sketch, A Tutorial, and My Favorite Flowers


It's Thursday and that means a new sketch
at The Deconstructed Sketch
Plus I have a tutorial to show you, which I have dubbed "Air Smash."
It is a take on the fun Spray and Smash Technique.
I used Sheena's Paint Fusion Poppies from Crafter's Companion 
for my images and Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers in
Barn Door, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey.

My cardstock is High Gloss
I stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder, Not all of the inks were dry, so some of the inside of the flowers have raised clear powder on them. I liked how it gave the flowers some texture. Don't worry if it isn't totally dry! If you don't have canned air (I got mine at Office Max), try a straw!
Add any embellishments you like (Butterfly by The Paper Studio) and some pretty designer paper (Bo Bunny's Enchanted Collection) and you are all done! Here is the picture of Step 4 side-by-side:
 I have another piece to save for later!

 
To play along, here’s the scoop on what you need to do:
1. Use the sketch up top to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like. Use the sketch to inspire your own creativity. Feel free to substitute shapes for what you have available and mount tags and circles to a card base if you’d prefer.
2. Post it somewhere on the internet (your blog, SCS, Flickr, etc). Use keyword DS136 if you post to an online gallery like Splitcoaststampers.
3. Link back here to Inlinkz at the bottom of the post HERE.
4. Be sure to stop back by net week to see if you are one of the featured projects!





Be sure to check out the rest of the fun inspiration from The Deconstructed Sketch Girls! And welcome to Joanne!!




 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Beat Goes On

Music has played an important part in my life in all sorts of ways, so when I saw this new CAS-ual Fridays Love Notes stamp set and Heart Note Fri-Die, I snatched it up right away! Both are available at i {heart} papers!
I stamped my sentiment with Memento Lady Bug ink on Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and added a sparkly little heart brad next to it. I chose a rainbow of colors and cut the Heart Note die using those seven colors. All layers are held together with 1/4" Scor-Tape.

And that's it! A cute little musical love note~!
 

 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tree Trunk Love

These sweet dies (Love Tree) are from Taylored Expressions - LOVE TE's dies! Every time I use a banner on my cards (and that is frequently), I go to Taylor's! I cut everything twice - in different papers - so I would have a sentiment shadow and also some red leaf hearts. I sponged my clouds in using a hand-cut cloud stencil.

A fun and easy Valentine!


Paper: Bazzil Textured Pink, Colorbok Textured White, SU! Pink Pirouette, MME Love Me DP
Ink: Bashful Blue
Accessories: TE Love Tree dies, Kaiser Blush Pearls, Fiskars Grass Punch, paper piercer, hand-cut cloud stencil

Challenges:
Opus Gluei - Trees
Sentimental Sundays - Lovey Dovey
 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Breath of Spring - For A Moment

Anyone ready for a breath of spring yet? This pretty image from Crafter's Companion is part of Sheena's Floral Fantasy Violets set. Stamped on Ultrasmooth White CS and colored in with Spectrum Noir markers (BT2, CG4, CT3, DG2, DG3, DG4, GB4, GB6, GB8, LG2, LV2, PL2, PL3), it is a sight for sore eyes in the midst of this crazy U.S. weather! Did you see the little pearls (Kaisercraft) on the leaves? My favorite embellishment :)

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Key to My Heart -- With a Twist

Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday. Yes, I have said that many times. It just makes my heart happy. Today's valentine packs some color punch, but was so easy to make. You can find so many fun valentine things at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store!
First off, I like to use Christmas paper year round. I mean, would you have known this was from a Christmas pad? Be sure to look at your supplies and get the most use out of them that you can! I am sure there are many of you that also do this! Here is the paper pad that I used (Webster's Pages It's Christmas - on sale for $3!):
I LOVE the fact that the sheets are loose and not bound together, that they are heavier cardstock weight, and double-sided! Sharon has MANY Webster's Pages patterns in the store here.
I stamped my sentiment and keys (JustRite Clear Stamp - Antique Valentine Tags One - also on sale!) with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I attached my beautiful Red Wrinkled Edge Sheer Ribbon (LOVE it! SO many colors available) and tied around the front panel with a big bow. The hearts were cut using Spellbinders Classic Heart dies. Finally I used a piece of Tim Holtz grungeboard (similar to pliable chipboard) in a key hole shape and embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder. I colored it red and stamped with VersaMark watermark ink prior to embossing. Sharon carries a beautiful selection of chipboard here.

A little bling with Red Rhinestones (Kaisercraft) finish the project.
My adhesives are 1/8" and  1/2" Scor-Tape,  Scrapbook Adhesives-3L E-Z Runner and Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares

Sharon has bins full of fabulous sale items at amazing prices! Go check it all out HERE.
Thanks for stopping by!







Challenges: 
Artistic Stampers - Love is in the Air
The Stamping Boutique – Valentines 
Papertake Weekly - Add A Bow & Use A Die
Party Time Tuesdays - Use Ribbon
 City Crafter Challenge - Use A Key & A Heart
 Add a Little Dazzle - Red 
WordArt Wednesdays - Anything goes 
4 Crafty Chicks - Bling 
Delightful Challenges - (include a heart)