Saturday, November 15, 2014

What Did You Say???

That's right! The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is actually encouraging you to use profanity for our new challenge! It's our 21st offering: P is for Profanity (Swear if You Dare). Obviously our mascot Edna is too prim to swear (out loud at least). You may have noticed by my previous SoSS offerings that I do like to be subtle in my snark. So for me today, a card that is clean and simple and merely suggestive:

Some pictures are worth a thousand words; this merely needs one. ;) I could have made this a true one-layer card, but I liked the mix of fonts I came up with from my die cut scraps. And of course I had to use three different stamp sets for the simple stamping! 
Admit it... haven't you just been looking for an excuse to bring truly colourful vocabulary to your card? :D My sisters in snark have outdone themselves as usual, so make sure to check the blog for lots more inspiration. We also have the talented Lauren with us as a guest designer! Now I'm thinking, hmm, maybe I should take a picture of the snow outside and use the same sentiment on a second card... 

Supplies: white, orange, blue & yellow cardstock, Paper Smooches Free Spirits, Amber Ink Hope, Popcorn and Wine & Lawn Fawn freebie stamps, Versafine onyx black, & Memento rhubarb stalk & pear tart inks, assorted die cut letters

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Naughty or Nice News!

I'm excited to announce I've joined the Naughty or Nice Challenges blog team! 

If you haven't been introduced to this fun challenge blog yet, you're in for a treat. Every month we offer a theme and ask you to create a NAUGHTY or NICE card to fit. So without further ado, here's this month's challenge:

Holiday animals! Naughty or nice, the choice is up to you. Here's mine:

Not overtly naughty, but the expression on that penguin's face? Obviously plotting revenge on someone. After giving him a quick colouring, I thought about cutting him out, but that's hard to do while you're coughing and sneezing (grr), so a simple circle die cut and some coordinating papers had to suffice. 
Make sure you check out the naughty and nice offerings of the rest of the talented team! And then I hope you'll join us with your own holiday animal creation -- you have until November 25th! 

Supplies: white & Stamping' Up real red cardstock, Studio Calico Wonderland patterned paper, Unity {ippity} Pain and Pride stamps, Memento tuxedo black & Stamping' Up real red inks, Spectrum Noir markers, Spellbinders circle, My Favourite Things layered label & Paper Smooches Borders 1 dies, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Thankful Snarky Stampers

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is back with a new challenge... our 20th already! Our new challenge is brought to you by the letter T -- Thanks (... for Nothing). As always, snark is welcome, but not required. We are looking for Thank You or Thanksgiving projects. 
You might at first think that it would be difficult to combine thanks with snark... but several of the Sisters rose to the challenge. Here's mine:

It's quite ridiculous how long I've had this Queen of the Universe stamp without using her on a card. I thought she worked perfectly with my invented sentiment. I might even know a few people I could give this card to who would appreciate it! 
Since the Unity blog has extended their Friday Friends with Flair into Saturday, I'm joining them with this card as well as this week's Simon Says Stamp's Anything Goes challenge.  
Now it's your turn... be sure to check out the terrific inspiration by my sisters as well as this week's guest, Majo! Then we'd love to see how thankful you are.

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Echo Park Times & Seasons patterned paper, Unity Queen of the Universe & Bit of Burlap {ippity} stamps, Versafine onyx black & Versamagic Spanish olive inks, watercolour pencils, gold Smooch, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, Lawn Fawn stitched journaling card die, pop-dot tape

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Before the trick-or-treaters begin to arrive, I thought I would take a few minutes and post a couple of Halloween cards I've made in the past week, before the occasion is over and we're into November. (Aside: November? Already?) 

Isn't this a fun sentiment? I started by colouring the too-cute-to-spook monster, then cut him (her? it?) in half and attached to the top and bottom of the sentiment. I'm entering this card in this week's Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge. 

This one is a little bit spookier. I sponged distress inks on what was originally grey and black patterned paper so it would better match the tag. The cobweb die cut is covered in iridescent medium for lots of shimmer. The patterned paper is also misted with some Smooch spritz for sparkle, and the edges distressed. With Alice on the tag, I'm entering this card into the latest Quirky Crafts Challenge: Quirky Charades.
Hope your evening is filled with treats not tricks! I'll be back bright and early tomorrow with the newest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge -- you won't want to miss it! 

Supplies: (trick or treat) white & black cardstock, SEI Field Notes & Pebbles Thirty-One patterned papers, My Favorite Things Trick or Treat stamps, Ranger Archival jet black & Stampin' Up elegant eggplant inks, Sharpies, watercolour pencils, pop-dot tape; (curiouser) black cardstock, Echo Park Apothecary Emporium patterned paper, Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland tag, milled lavender and dusty concord distress inks, cobweb die, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, vanilla Smooch spritz, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, Hemptique twine, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Flowers and Classes and SPARKS

Happy Saturday! Hope you are enjoying a beautiful fall weekend. I've got a card to share for the current Paper Smooches SPARKS "anything goes" challenge: 

I realize there's nothing particularly fall-like about this card, these are just the colours I happened to go with. :) For the flower panel, I used a layered paper-piecing technique as demonstrated by Shari Carroll in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 online card class. I started by stamping the image on the white panel and colouring the leaves and small buds. Next, I stamped the image again, this time cutting out the centre floral section. There were a few more leaves to colour, and the flowers to paper-piece. Next, I stamped on the patterned paper then cut out just the two main flowers. After adding a little dimension with a stylus, they were adhered. Finally, the one flower was stamped, cut out, shaped, and added with a few layered glue dots to lift it off the page just a little. Stickles were added to the centre of the flowers. Some patterned papers and a simple sentiment finish the card. 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Supplies: white card stock, Lily Bee Design Pinwheel patterned Papers, Paper Smooches Botanicals & Maya Road Perfect Cameras stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, clear embossing powder, watercolour pencils, rock candy distress Stickles, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch, glue dots, pop-dot tape

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