Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hopeful Halloween!

Don't worry... my title will make complete snarky sense in a moment. After all, it's Saturday, and time for a new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge! We are past Canadian Thanksgiving, American Thanksgiving is still over a month away, so what do we have left? Why, Halloween of course, as well as Breast Cancer Awareness month. So naturally we chose to combine the two. 

We are not even making the challenge that tricky... you can choose to make a Halloween card, a Breast Cancer Awareness card... or go ahead, combine the two in a pink Halloween card. Which at first seemed a little difficult, but then turned out to be a lot of fun:

This also happens to be bargain crafting at its finest, with the stamps from Michaels cheap bin and the cat sticker from an after-Halloween clearance. It must be the spirit of Halloween... I even distressed the edges of the patterned paper! I wanted a less-blended look to the ink distressing (opposite of the usual goal, I know), so I used a stippling brush to give a rougher look to the ink. Almost like that cat's tail brushed across the ink pad. :) 
I was so happy with the outside, I carried the design through to the inside: 

The bats are yet another Michaels stamp! And I do believe the sentiment was on sale. :D 
Visit the Snarky Sisters' blog for more inspiration -- including that of our latest Queen of Snark guest designer, Pamellia! And then I hope you'll join us. 

Supplies: Stampin' Up black cardstock, Echo Park Life is Good patterned paper, Craft Smart & Imaginisce stamps, Brilliance starlite black & Versafine onyx black inks, holographic embossing powder, K&Company Ghostly Greetings sticker, Wink of Stella clear glitter marker

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Festive Friday Two-for-One... on Wednesday

A week or so ago, my friend Jen created a card to enter into a Festive Friday challenge. This was a new-to-me challenge, and when I saw the inspiration photo, I was amazed... it was as though the photo had been inspired by a stamp set I have! :D But then of course I missed the deadline. Here it is anyway, along with the original photo: 

The wreath on the sled, instead of above, but still. Eventually I'm going to make a second card, since the set has the skates, too!
This week I was determined to play in plenty of time. Here's the current photo:

From this, I was inspired by the predominantly red and white colours, the long lines of the chair backs, and the ribbon, greenery and silver bells adorning them. This is what resulted:

All the die cuts were already in my bin of cut but not yet used stuff -- the little holly leaves are the leftovers from a border punch I have, and yes, I saved them. 
Since I'm early rather than late this time, there's still another week to play if you are interested! 

Supplies: (warm winter wishes) Stampin' Up ruby red cardstock, Strathmore multimedia paper, (?) patterned woodgrain paper, Stampin' Up Winter Memories stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, distress markers, Lil' Inkers stitched sentiment flag die; (Christmas joy) Neenah solar white linen, Stampin' Up real red & Recollections green foil cardstock, silver pearl paper, Gourmet Rubber Stamps Love and Joy Labels stamp, Stampin' Up real red ink, Lil' Inker Designs jingle joy dies, EK Success holly border punch, red Divine Twine, pop-dot tape

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How You Doin'?

That phrase still reminds me of Joey's pick-up line on Friends, so very long ago now. It makes me smile when I get a chance to use it on a card: 

I made this card with three challenges in mind. Just Us Girls is featuring ombre this week, and one of my favourite things to do with paint chips at the moment is to die cut them into tags to take advantage of their ombre design. Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge is to watercolour, which is how I shaded my bear -- he can be a dog, too, but in my mind, he's a bear on this card. And Mama Elephant has their Anything Goes challenge continuing for the month. 
By the way, how are you doin''? ;)

Supplies: white cardstock, watercolour paper, paint chip, Cosmo Cricket Clementine patterned paper, Mama Elephant Origami & Hello stamps, Versafine onyx black & Memento Luxe Gray Flannel inks, watercolour pencils, Paper Smooches zig zig tag die, pop dot tape, May Arts ribbon

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Celebrate with Chris!

**My second post today! What's up with that?
You can see my other post here.**

My snarky sister Chris is a brand new member of the Just Us Girls design team! What better way to celebrate with her than to enter the first challenge with her as a member? Especially since it's such a fitting theme:

I have also learned that Chris likes to enjoy an occasional glass of wine, so I think my project is most appropriate:

Just because I made my wine tag clean and simple doesn't mean there can't be some shine! There is red glimmer paper behind the die cut sentiment, while the sentiment is blinged with red sparkle embossing powder. I filled in the heart with a little clear Wink of Stella glitter marker, but I think one would only really notice that detail before one started to drink the wine. ;)
Congrats, Chris! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Stampin' Up red glimmer paper, Unity Drink with a Joyful Heart stamp, Memento Luxe love letter ink, red sparkle embossing powder, Avery Elle Cheers dies, Wink of Stella clear glitter marker

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Do You Watercolour?

If you are a cardmaker, you probably do. It seems that the majority of cards I see online these days have a watercolour component. And of course I am no exception -- I've been really enjoying watercolouring with the real thing, distress markers or ink pads, pencils... I think that's part of the appeal, there seem to be endless variations. 
I've also been trying to get back to watching some of the techniques presented in the Online Card Class Stretch Your Stamps 2. Imagine my shock when a stamp set I actually own was the featured stamp set one day! Debby Hughes demonstrated a fun technique that I decided to try.

Step one was the background. I smushed some distress ink onto my stamp-a-ma-jig plastic square (not owning an acrylic block large enough), spritzed it with water, and smushed the result onto the paper. Next up was cleaning off said plastic sheet so I could stamp the balloons on it. This provides a template to see where the balloons are going to go, and then adding blots of various watercolours more or less where each balloon will end up. (Debby's card more, my card much less precise.) While that dried, I stamped and watercoloured my little bunny. When everybody was dry, I stamped the balloons in their final spot, added bunny, and stamped and embossed the sentiment. 
This card is for two challenges: this month's Mama Elephant "Anything Goes" challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday watercolour challenge. 
If you're looking for a challenge... the current Snarky Sisters challenge is still open! I is for Iconic -- use an iconic person, place or thing as part of your project. You could be our next Queen or Princess of Snark! ☺️

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up melon mambo cardstock, Strathmore multimedia paper, Mama Elephant Up and Away stamps & die, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass distress inks, Zing clear embossing powder, Koh-in-oor watercolours, watercolour pencils, black sharpie (to add the apostrophe!)

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