Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Guesting at CASology: Week 184

Eek! Thanks to my win at CASology last week (#humblebrag) I get to guest alongside the talented design team this week! The current cue word is most timely: 

Time is running out to get those valentines made for the big day this weekend. This seems to be my year to make cute and mushy ones, and today is no exception: 

I started by stamping and embossing these sweet cats and colouring them using distress markers. I also stamped and embossed the sentiment and gave the panel a light wash of distress marker pink. I did the same with the perimeter of the heart, not that you can see it in my photo. If I continue using patterned paper at the volume I used it on this card, I should be through my current stash by the dawn of the next century. 
I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, but with the size of my focal image, it really didn't look right on a standard A2 card. Luckily, it just so happened my cluster of elements was quite nicely centred when I chopped off the right side to make a square card! Of course, since that challenge is done, it doesn't really matter, does it? ;) I am adding this to CAS on Sunday (valentine), Just Us Girls (word week: valentine) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday (have a heart). 
On behalf of the clean and simple regulars at CASology, I hope you will play along! 

Supplies: marshmallow Bazzill cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Pebbles Yours Truly patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp Furry Kisses stamps, Memento Luxe grey flannel ink, Zing clear embossing powder, QuikCutz heart die, distress markers, Stampin Up ticket corner punch. pop-dot tape

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Love Birds

With just over a week to go until Valentine's Day, love is in the air, even for the Snarky Sisters! We start a new challenge today... K is for Kiss. Of course, it's us, so you can choose to go all lovey-dovey, or perhaps you'd rather tell someone to kiss off!  
Much to my sisters' chagrin, I went the romantic route:

I started by giving this cute little pair of kissing love birds a bit of ground to stand on. Distress marker watercolouring gave them some colour. I then justified keeping all of my cast-off watercolour panels by finding one I could die cut a heart from to inset into the main panel. Even better, I then found a perfectly coordinating piece of patterned paper for the card base! What I'm ever going to do with such a mushy card is another matter entirely. ;) 
By some strange coincidence, there seem to be other heart/love-related challenges going on at the moment, so I am entering this in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Have a Heart challenge and The Card Concept Sweet Hearts challenge (clean and layered). 
Be sure to stop by the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers to see what my sisters in snark have been up to for this challenge, as well as our latest Queen of Snark, Dotty Jo! Then I hope you will come and join in the fun. 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up basic black cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, unknown patterned paper, STAMPlorations Smallbirds & Holiday Artsy stamps, Versafine onyx black, Memento new sprout & spun sugar, worn lipstick & tumbled glass distress inks, Wow clear matte dull embossing powder, distress markers, QuicKutz heart die

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Naughty or Nice: Seeing Red

And all of a sudden... it's February! With the turning of the calendar page comes a new Naughty or Nice challenge: SEEING RED. Of course you may turn your thoughts to the making of valentines with that theme, but we are happy to see any creation where red is involved. And of course, we always encourage a little naughtiness! That being said, I ended up going totally nice with mine...

If you know me at all, you know red is my favourite colour. So of course when it came to this challenge, my mind went... blank. Too many options, perhaps? There were several false starts before I decided to incorporate the current (for a few hours) Muse challenge as part of my thinking. Here's Jenni Murray's card:

As you can see, I kept Jenni's overall layout, her sponged panel, and corner floral accent. Of course I used red instead of pink. With the change in orientation of the card, the sentiment looked better in the upper left, balancing the single flower. The leaves were die cut then misted, which just happened to give me a green colour gradient to balance the red. For a reasonably clean and simple (CAS) card, I managed to use products from a wide range of manufacturers! 
Thanks to reminders from Ardyth and Darnell, I am also adding this to the current ATCAS red challenge! 
Be sure to check out what my Naughty or Nice teammates have been up to! You have until February 25th to see red and join us. 

Supplies: white cardstock, Altenew vintage flowers, Local King Rubber Stamp notes & Technique Tuesday glee stamps, festive berries distress, Stampin' Up bravo burgundy & Memento angel pink & grey flannel inks, My Favorite Things Blueprints 24, Lil' Inkers stitched flag tag & Hero Arts spring branch dies, pop-dot tape

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Friday, January 29, 2016

No Words

The challenge cue word at CASology this week is ADORE. I decided I would try making a card that would get the message across without actually using the word: 

I like the combination of the giant speech bubble with tiny typing Snoopy! And while we know those antique curiosities known as typewriters didn't actually have heart keys (okay, I know this; whether you know depends on your age, I guess) I think the message that he's typing a love note is clear. Handwriting a love note might be more romantic, but his lack of opposable thumbs must have posed a problem. I chose my background paper solely on the basis that it is close to the colour of the typewriter in our home when I was small. I used a small scrap to paper piece the body of the typewriter. I also like the way the colour contrasts with the red hearts and makes them pop. The hearts also have some shine with clear Wink of Stella, that you can see in person but not in the photo. With that pop of red, I'm going to enter this card in the current Addicted to CAS RED challenge, as well as Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Anything Goes challenge. 
Happy Friday! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Basic Grey Kelly Purkey Mon Ami patterned paper, PSA Peanuts Joe Cool & Neat & Tangled A Lot to Say & Origami Map stamps, My Favorite Things black licorice & Stampin' Up real red inks, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, pop dot tape 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Happy Hearts Day

Back again, playing along with more challenges! This time, I've combined this month's CASEplorations and Happy Little Stampers mixed media challenges. 


I feel more than a bit unworthy to CASE (copy and share everything) a card by Laura Bassen... but I went ahead and tried anyway. ;) I was inspired by her multicoloured stencil embossing and the bold central sentiment. 

At first, I was disappointed that my colours didn't blend into one another as smoothly as Laura's do on her cards (she shows a few using this technique), but as I looked at it more, I decided I was okay with it. I kind of like how some of the hearts look highlighted. I die cut the "happy" out of both pink and black cardstock so I could set the pink letters in the black banner. "Have a" and "day" are both from a Paper Smooches stamp set. The small stamped hearts are Basic Grey. I decided I wanted a little something more, so I coated a wood veneer heart with gesso, and then added a second coat, tinting the gesso with distress ink first. Laura finishes her card with dots of Glossy Accents. I really like that look, but felt sure I'd mess it up, so went with the purple half-pearls instead. Here's a close-up: 

As far as mixed media — I have embossing paste stencilling, stamping with heat embossing, painting with gesso... and I'm not sure if die cutting counts. ;) 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up melon mambo & basic black cardstock, vellum, Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds & Basic Grey Tweet stamps, Versafine onyx black, Colorbox orchid & festive berries, picked raspberries, seedless preserves & blueprint sketch distress inks, Zing clear embossing powder, Little B blackout line art & Mama Elephant femme frame dies, ARTplorations hearts all over stencil, Dreamweavers translucent embossing paste, Claudine Hellmusth Studio gesso, Studio Calico heart veneer, Queen & Co lavender half-pearls

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