Saturday, September 22, 2018


Happy fall equinox, on my side of the planet! And happy start of spring, if you're on the other half. (I'm envious.) We have a brand new challenge starting at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, that relates to autumn only in the sense that we're just over a month away from Halloween... M is for Monsters! I'm not sure Edna wants to look behind her right at the moment. :o 
I was in a tag-making mood when I tackled this challenge...

I'm a fan of monsters in purple, and I thought the purple metallic embossing with purple watercolour powder made this guy appropriately slimy-looking. While this stamp set comes with facial features to add to your monster, googly eyes seemed more fun. The background I made ages ago, when I was sponging some stencilled backgrounds and decided this one was best left for Halloween use. Spooky-eye ribbon and sparkly purple tinsel twine finish him off. So to speak — it would likely take more than a couple of bits of ribbon to finish him off if you met him in a dark alley. 
Whether or not Halloween is your thing, it's always fun to put a monster or two on a card! Check out the monstrous creations of the rest of the snarky sisters as well as our current Queen of Snark and guest designer, Sharon! Hope you'll join us for this monster challenge. 

Supplies: white cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Hero Arts Build a Monster stamps, Versamark & carved pumpkin, twisted citron & wilted violet distress inks, metallic purple embossing powder, Magenta Nuance wisteria watercolour powder, Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil, American Crafts ribbon, Tim Holtz Idea-ology tinsel twine, $ store googly eyes, foam tape

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Die Cut Birthday Wishes

It's a Thursday the 13th! As far as I know, there are no superstitions attached to this date when it falls on a Thursday... but it does mean there is a new Seize the Birthday challenge! 

Our always optional *topping* theme this time out is to use dies or punches in the creation of your birthday card. I realized after I made my cards for last challenge's rainbow theme that I'd inadvertently made two cards with die cutting but no stamping. Not only is that a rarity for me, but either one would have been perfect for today's new challenge. So I carried on with the theme and arrived at this: 

My die cutting includes the sentiment in white and black cardstock as well as black fun foam, and the stitched white panel. I coloured the words with Copic markers, placed them in an old saucer, and poured rubbing alcohol over them. This lightened the colours and allowed them to blend a bit. I realize the proper thing to do is buy Copic blending solution, but so far, I'm good with my drug store purchase. :D The before colouring: 

I inset the black die cut words into the white base, stuck the little bits of white back in (the insides of the Ps, for example) and then popped the fun foam-raised rainbow words a little bit down and to the right of the black for a shadow effect. 

The Seize the Birthday team would love to see any birthday cards you make! Be sure to check out what the rest of the team has made, as well as our newest surprise party guest, Marianne

Supplies: white & black cardstock, (?) happy & birthday word dies, MFT wonky stitched rectangle die, Copic markers, rubbing alcohol, black fun foam 

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Don't LEAVE...

... after all, it's Saturday, and time for a new Snarky Stampers challenge! 

IT'S STILL SUMMER. Yet I realize, after Labour Day, with school back in session and cooler days and nights... thoughts turn to fall. But I'm not ready! Edna obviously is, however, considering Lee's great graphic and the new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers theme: L is for LEAVES. I decided to bypass the whole obvious autumn inspiration and went straight for the fun part... Halloween:  

My cool dude jack-o-lantern is a combination of an Essentials by Ellen pumpkin and facial features from The Ink Road's Meow Mix set. I inked him with distress ink then used a paint brush to pull the ink from the stamping to colour the rest of the pumpkin. The leaves were coloured the same way. The background is made with a stencil, a whole lot of different distress inks, and a stencil brush. I like how the white web stands out against the background. 
While my card may have more attitude than snark, you can rest assured there is snark to be had on the Sisters blog! Be sure to check all the leafy creations, including that of our repeat queen, Lisa! I hope you'll join us.

Supplies: black cardstock, Bienfang bristol, Canson watercolour paper, Essentials by Ellen Got Candy? & Thankful stamps & dies, The Ink Road Meow Mix stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & too many distress inks to list, Liquid glass & Hero Arts white embossing powder, ARTplorations cobweb stencil

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Seize the Rainbow Birthday!

It's a Seize the Birthday Thursday! And while we are always an "anything goes" birthday card challenge, we have a fun optional theme for you starting today... rainbow! 🌈

I decided to make two cards inspired by the theme: 

The black card was my first idea...

Rather than cut the letters from coloured cardstock, I cut them from regular white and coloured them with various colours of distress ink before setting them into the black panel. This was a quick and easy card, but I think it looks quite dramatic! 
When I cut the letters out of the black cardstock, I thought it would be fun to use them for a second card. And keeping the rainbow *topping* in mind...

This time I used the same inks to sponge a rainbow across some white cardstock. I couldn't resist spraying it with some sparkly mist as well as splatting some white perfect pearls mist on it. It's a bit like a rainbow galaxy card! :D I was able to use the same white strip I cut the letters for the first card as the sentiment strip, backing it with some silver glitter paper to tie in with the sparkly background. Really, the only thing missing is a unicorn. ;) 
Rainbow or not, I hope you'll come and join us for this new challenge! Be sure to check out all the different rainbow interpretations from the rest of the design team as well as that of our current surprise party guest, Trina

Supplies: (black) Neenah white & Stampin' Up basic black cardstock, barn door, carved pumpkin, squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn, blueprint sketch, shaded lilac & wilted violet distress inks, Little B blockout & Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaway dies, fun foam; (rainbow) Neenah white, Bienfang bristol, Stampin' Up basic black & American Crafts silver glitter cardstock, barn door, carved pumpkin, squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn, blueprint sketch, shaded lilac & wilted violet distress inks, Little B Blockout & MFT diagonal stitched rectangle dies, Imagine Crafts sparkle shimmer mist, Homemade white confetti Perfect Pearls mist, fun foam

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

A is for Apple

Happy weekend! Here in my neck of the woods, a new school year is just around the corner, and so the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers' newest challenge, A is for Apple, could not be more timely! No snark this time out for me, just a seasonal card:  

I stamped my apple three times, once on my patterned paper background, and twice on watercolour paper. I used distress inks to watercolour the entire image, as well as an extra leaf and the apple label. I distressed the edges of the patterned paper with some antique linen distress ink, and added a bit of random stamping in barn door - the same ink I used to colour the apple. The patterned paper actually a few red flecks in it, giving me the idea. 

Be sure to visit the Snarky blog to admire all the creations of the SIstahs, as well as that of our current Queen, Lisa! Come and join us for a chance to be crowned our next snarky monarch! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Graphic 45 The Three Rs patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Schoolhouse Blueprints & Hero Arts Envelope Pattern Background stamps, MFT extreme black & barn door, evergreen bough, twisted citron, stained walnut & antique linen distress inks, Echo Park We Are Family alphabet stickers

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