Saturday, August 20, 2016

Release the Hounds!

Judging by the latest challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, it really is the dog days of summer!

Edna and the sisters, at least, have definitely gone to the dogs. (I may be out of corny dog jokes now, I'm not sure.) We want to see a dog or two or many on your creative projects! And of course, snark is always welcomed but not required. I went a little bit snarky. 

As my sister in snark Chris said when she saw this card... that face! While the new Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs are on my wish list (likely as mini dogs along with cats), my two nearest stamp stores still have them on order, so I went with this guy — his expression seemed perfect for the sentiment. I kept my design straightforward... black and white with a few pops of blue. 
While I had my dog stamps out, I made a second hound card, inspired by the current CASology challenge "Dream" and friend and design team member Jen's card: 

Funny thing, usually I use the cat in this set, but Jen helped remind me there's a dog, too. ;) Both of us paper-pieced, but in my defence, I don't think I've ever used the set any other way — the pet and pillow seem to demand it. I decided to leave the front without a sentiment other than the puppy's dream of a shiny, delicious bone to chew on, but inside reads, "May all your birthday dreams come true." 

Now it's your turn! If you are looking for more inspiration, you need to look no further than the cards my sisters in snark have made, as well as our newest Queen of Snark, Jane! Jane has been such a loyal player, we decided to adopt her as a full-time sister! 

Supplies: (HB2U) white cardstock, We R Memory Keepers It Factor patterned paper, Inkadinkado (?) & CASual Fridays The Whole Shebang stamps, Versafine onyx black & Memento Luxe Danube blue inks, Zing clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir marker, MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die, pop dot tape; (dream) white cardstock, Glitz Designs Cashmere Lane & Studio Calico Classic Calico patterned papers, Simon Says Stamp Pillow Talk & Paper Smooches Woofers & Tweeters stamps, Versafine onyx black & Memento grey flannel inks, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, Paper Smooches stitched borders & (?) dies, $ store metallic washi tape, fun foam, pop-dot tape 

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mixing It Up Part II

Just as I predicted, I'm back with a second card for Ellen Hutson's Mix It Up challenge with Winnie & Walter. ;) 

I thought this pretty, delicate Winnie & Walter heart worked perfectly with Julie's Be-you-tiful sentiment. The background was an experiment that actually worked! (I'm sure many others have done this, just not in my presence. :D) I combined ink smooshing with a stencil — I was worried at first when I saw how much ink leaked under the hearts, but I really like the finished effect. After I lifted the stencil and mopped up some of the extra ink with a tissue, I splattered the background with a bit of Perfect Pearls mist. I also sprayed the sentiment with sparkle mist; neither one was willing to show up in photographs. 

This card also works for two other challenges: What's the Good Word at Shopping Our Stash and Anything Goes with Dies at Happy Little Stampers. My snarky sister Chris just reminded me to add this to the Just Us Girls watercolouring challenge, too! 


Supplies: Bazzill marshmallow cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, Essentials by Ellen be-you-tiful, Winnie & Walter flawless heart dies & MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die, Stamplorations hearts all over stencil, worn lipstick distress ink, Kuretake Gansai watercolours, homemade confetti white perfect pearls mist, Imagine Crafts sparkle sheer shimmer mist, glue dots

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Mixing It Up, Part I

It's a rainy Tuesday here, so it seems like a fine time to post a couple of cards for the current Ellen Hutson Mix It Up challenge! The latest challenge is to mix some Winnie and Walter goodies with Essentials by Ellen. For the first card, I kept things relatively clean and simple:

I think this is pretty cute! My bear is coloured with markers, while the sentiment is watercoloured for a nice soft look. I liked the interest leaving the elements off-centre adds to the card. (It does for me, at least. :D) 

This card also fits two other current challenges: Shopping Our Stash's What's the Good Word challenge (use die cut words) and Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies
Back later with a second card! 


Supplies: Bazzill marshmallow cardstock, Spectrum Noir cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, Essentials by Ellen All Inside stamps and dies, Winnie & Walter In a Word: Hugs die, Versafine smokey grey & Ranger classic cherry inks, Spectrum Noir markers, Kuretake Gansai watercolours, MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die, glue dots

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Naughty or Nice Reminder

Welcome to a new week... I thought July went by quickly, now where has the first half of August gone?
We're half way through our current Naughty or Nice Challenge... YOUR NUMBER'S UP! We're looking for age-related cards or projects.

You can never have too many birthday cards on hand, so I made another: 

This stamp set has been very handy for age-related birthday cards! At the moment, I am totally stuck on stamping the bottle in this pearlescent green colour. (One of these days, I'll move on.) Using the MISTI made it easier to stamp the bottle foil in gold, although it still took me two tries. Always remember to take the mask off the other part of the image BEFORE stamping. :P I added a little patterned paper up the left side — to really match the challenge, it even has numbers on it. 

You have until August 25th to play along! (Psst... we even have a prize up for grabs in honour of our 30th challenge!)

Supplies: white cardstock, Crate Paper DIY Shop patterned paper, Papertrey Ink Uncorked stamps & dies, Versamark onyx black, Brilliance pearlescent thyme & galaxy gold inks, Zing clear embossing powder, pop-dot tape

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Third Time's the Charm?

I'm back with a third and final entry for Ellen Hutson's call for guest designers for their Pin-Sights Challenge. And just for something completely different, I made a Christmas card. 

I purposely took the month of July off from Christmas card making. But it's August now. :D I love this Tis the Season stamp set! It was my husb who asked me if I could colour the bulbs in a way that would make them "glow". So I used two of these teeny ball applicators to sponge distress inks in and around each light. My husb thinks I did it so well, he suggested I make several of these for the Christmas season! :o For the panel on the left side, I stamped the lights several times and coloured them. When I tried them with the main panel, they seemed to be competing for attention too much, so I softened them with an overlay of vellum. And of course a little glitter was needed. ;) As was clear embossing powder on the sentiment.
Enjoy your weekend! 

Supplies: white cardstock, vellum, Essentials by Ellen Tis the Season stamps, Versafine onyx black, festive berries & mowed lawn distress inks, clear embossing powder, Glitter Ritz regal red glitter

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