Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Hop to Stop

The talented Becca Cruger (aka the Damsel of Distressed) has organized a fantastic blog hop to draw attention to Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States. (A little Googling reminded me that in much of Canada, Domestic Violence Prevention Month is in November. Awareness and prevention are important all year round, of course.)

To participate, you need to create something with the colour purple predominating. I wanted to participate, and needed some sympathy cards (unfortunately). So I combined the two. 

I even used some new supplies for this card. When crafting with friends recently, Ardyth no longer wanted her Altenew Vintage Flowers set... so I nabbed it! I had been planning on buying and trying one of their flower layering sets, so this was perfect, thank you Ardyth! They take a little practice. But wow, when you get the layers more or less lined up, a gorgeous rose is the result! I'll mention yet again the lack of purple patterned paper in my world, so I made my own with a background stamp. The sentiment stamp is a recent purchase... it has taken me approximately forever to find a classy sympathy sentiment on a single line. I think this is it. 
I was happy enough with the card above to make a variation on the theme: 

Same stamps, mostly the same inks (I didn't go quite as dark for the shadow layer), darker mat. This time I used an off-white card stock, but through my amazing photography skillz, you'd never know it. 
Just Us Girls happens to be highlighting the word SYMPATHY this week, so I will link up there, too. And to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Anything Goes challenge, as well. 
I hope you'll visit The Hop to Stop to show your support and admire all the beautiful projects! 

Supplies: (1st card) white & mauve cardstock, Altenew Vintage Flowers, Impression Obsession roses & Hero Arts With Deepest Sympathy stamps, Memento lulu lavender, Stampin' Up lavender lace & Papertrey Ink royal velvet inks, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch, pop-dot tape; (2nd card) Stampin' Up naturals white & purple cardstock, Vintage Flowers & Deepest Sympathy stamps, Memento grape jelly ink in place of royal velvet ink

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Saturday, October 3, 2015


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Canada, the United States and many other countries. So how else did you think the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers would commemorate this? 

By making boob cards, of course. ( . Y . )  Approximately forever, I've had this card by May Sukyong Park pinned, thinking it would make a fun valentine. I made a couple (haha) of additions, and had my card. 

I used patterned paper for the matching bra and panties, rather than masking and stamping, as May did. A couple of small stamps were enough to add a sentiment. While this would certainly make a fun valentine, I think I'll surprise someone with it one day soon, just for fun. 
Now it's your turn! It's great if your card has a breast cancer awareness theme, but as you can tell by mine, that is optional — as is snark! Be sure to head over to the challenge blog to see what my snarky sisters have on display (haha again), as well as our latest Queen of Snark and guest designer, Emily

Supplies: white card stock, Recollections patterned paper, Unity Bevy of Butterflies & Paper Smooches Wicked Nauticool stamps, Memento tuxedo black & lady bug inks, Spellbinders circle dies

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Last Minute and First Minute!

With hours to spare, I have my card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! And only one day in, I used the October sketch from the Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge


It's rare for me, but I am using a stamp set that I just bought last week! (Usually, I have to just *look* at something new for a while...) 

I needed another cat set, obviously. :D But this one is drawn by my Naughty or Nice teammate, Danielle Lounds! (Our latest NoN challenge started yesterday...) That there was a coffee sentiment right in the set was an extra added bonus. Another thing I like... the facial expressions are separate and interchangeable. I had to decide between this one and a closed-eyes one, but the closed-eyes expression looked a little too happy for not enough coffee. ;) The colours and patterned paper reflect the fall theme. I messed a bit with Leslie's sketch, but I think you can still see it. I was going to use washi tape to ground the cat, but of course had nothing that matched. So I flipped over a scrap of the leaf paper and cut it with a border die just for fun. 
I'll wrap this up now and post to the blog hop before it's too late! P.S. Tomorrow starts a new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge — you'll have to see it to believe it...

Supplies: Cougar cream & Stampin' Up more mustard (?) textured cardstock, Stampin' Up patterned paper, Taylored Expressions If Cats Could Talk stamps & die, Memento Luxe espresso truffle ink, Zing clear embossing powder, Paper Smooches borders 1 & Spellbinders ribbon trio dies, distress markers, Hemptique twine, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch 

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Feeling Witchy

Not quite sure how it happened, but look, it's October! That means it's time for a new Naughty or Nice challenge:

That's right, the Naughty or Nice troublemakers are Feeling Witchy. This is a perfect time to create something for Halloween, or if that's not your thing, perhaps a *naughty* card for a friend. We all feel a little witchy some days, don't we? ;) 
I chose to go the Halloween route.

This is one of those cards that I added various elements to until I liked it. I started with the witch and the sentiment. She is coloured with distress markers and inks, and I used some of the purple to sponge the edges of the sentiment, as well. Next up, I picked the patterned paper background. Then I added the die cut tree. For a little more interest, the cat and bats came next — I knew I wanted a black cat, so I covered the wood veneer in Versamark followed by two coats of black embossing powder. As I played with the layout, the tree and bats (cut from black cardstock) were more or less disappearing against the black and grey paper. I spritzed the bats with some white perfect pearls mist... and disaster! After my test spray was perfectly misty, it splotched when I sprayed the bats! I grabbed a paintbrush and spread the splotches around to get shimmery grey bats. The tree is sprayed with two grey mists for a little contrast as well. Here's a close-up:

For more witchy inspiration, be sure to check out the Naughty or Nice challenge page... there may even be a little surprise waiting over there! Don't worry, we're into treats not tricks, most of the time. ;) You have until the 25th of the month to join us! 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up smoky slate & basic black cardstock, Hero Arts watercolour paper, Pebbles Thirty-One patterned paper, Paper Smooches Halloweenies & Stampin' Up Tee-Hee-Hee stamps, Versafine onyx black, dusty concord & iced spruce distress & Versamark inks, distress markers, clear & black embossing powders, Paper Smooches Halloweenies & QuicKutz House & Tree dies, Martha Stewart bat punch, Mr Huey's pinstripe & Tattered Angels graphite mists, homemade confetti Perfect Pearls mist, pop-dot tape

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Christmas Threefer

While making a card for my friend Leslie's Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge, I managed to incorporate two other challenges as well! And even get a Christmas card done: 

I turned Leslie's sketch 90°counterclockwise. I used a couple of post-it notes as a mask to sponge the sky, and then the same to lightly sponge a couple of drifts in the snow. The snowman is embossed and coloured with distress inks and markers. There are black Enamel Accents on his buttons and red Liquid Pearls on the holly berries. I curled the sentiment just a bit on the acrylic block before stamping and embossing it. A fairly simple card, but I think it's kind of cute! 
And although it wasn't my intention going in, I realized as I was making this that all my supplies are well over a year old (seriously, I even reused the post-it mask from earlier years of Christmas cards!) so this qualifies for the current Shopping Our Stash/Jingle Belles bonus challenge. And with all Paper Smooches stamps, this qualifies for this week's Anything Goes challenge. (Wait! If I'm entering a combined challenge, is this really a four-fer? Whatever. :D)


Supplies: white & American Crafts textured blue cardstock, Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes stamps, Versafine onyx black & broken china, mowed lawn & festive berries distress inks, Zing clear embossing powder, distress markers, black enamel accents, ruby red Liquid Pearls, pop-dot tape

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