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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SO(S)S: Shopping Our SNARKY Stash!

Tuesday is often a rather ordinary day, but not this one! The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers are buddying up with the good folk at Shopping our Stash this week for a snarky stash-shopping challenge! 

    

Since I like nothing better than perusing my stash to make something new, this is the perfect collaboration. Here's what I came up with:


I love these Bird Crazy stamps, and I think this one expresses exactly how I feel when sarcasm zooms over someone else's head. ;) I don't actually own this set, but have had some stamped and in my stash for several weeks thanks to my stamping friend Tracey. (They really do ned to come and nest in my stamp stash soon, though.) 
Make sure you check out the snarky inspiration of both the Shopping Our Stash and the our very own design teams! You have until 11:55 pm (EDT) on Monday to join in on the snarky fun.

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, Aunthentique BE(you)tiful patterned paper, Tim Holtz Bird Crazy & Rubber Dance Art Stamps sentiment stamps, My Favourite Things black liquorice ink, Gansai watercolour paints, pop dot tape

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Fun (???) in the Sun!

It's time again to flip your calendar over to a fresh month and to see what Naughty Or Nice Challenges has to inspire you for August! Since many of us are enjoying a long, hot summer, how about Fun in the Sun




I love summer, I love the sun, I was even able to make my card while sitting out on the back deck basking in the heat. :) 


An idyllic beach scene! But wait, what's that? Off in the distance, in the waves? And why is that chair (Muskoka, Adirondack, or whatever name you give to these chairs) empty? Do you hear some familiar movie theme music echoing in your mind? 
Yes, I had a little fun with this card. The shark fin addition didn't occur to me until I was putting the layers together, when I was thinking that apart from the wink in the sentiment, there was nothing particularly *naughty* about this card. And then the little light bulb went on. 
Now it's your turn! Be sure to check out the naughty and nice inspiration of my troublemaker teammates, then turn your favourite sunny activity into a project and join us! The water's lovely. ;) 

Supplies: white, oatmeal, grey & yellow cardstock, My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Life of the Party & Echo Park Here & Now patterned papers, Stampendous Fun in the Sun & Viva Las VegaStamps sentiment stamps, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass distress inks, Zing clear embossing powder, Paper Smooches Borders I & Clouds dies, Lil' Inkers small sunshine die, pop dot tape

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Shake It!

Happy summer Saturday! Where did July go? It certainly seems to have disappeared quickly for me. The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is back for our final July challenge: 


S is for Shaker! You may have noticed a distinct lack of shaker cards in this little corner of blogland. I had rather thought I would let the whole shaker trend come and go without my participation. But the duty of the sisterhood called, so here is my very first attempt: 


This task was made so much easier thanks to snarky sister Chris generously sending her coconspirators these terrific drink die cuts. I just happened to have a jar of red microbeads to use as my filler. Without shaker card experience to guide me, I may have overfilled my glass a bit. Not that there's anything wrong with a full wine glass! ;)  
Whether you are a shaker card novice or professional, I hope you'll consider joining us for this latest challenge. Make sure you pop by the Snarky Sisters blog to see all the other inspiration from the design team and our current Queen of Snark guest designer, Michelle!

Supplies: white cardstock, Simple Stories Summer Fresh patterned paper, acetate, Avery Elle Wine Shaker dies, American Crafts Pop! rouge metallic microbeads, pop dot tape

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Friday, July 24, 2015

DE-stress

This week the Shopping Our Stash challenge is asking us to visually interpret how we relax, or de-stress. The design team seems to have gone in for beaches big time, with a side of art therapy. For me the answer was immediate: 


Books have been my escape for as long as I remember. So it was entirely too easy to use this great blueprint image that my friend Angela stamped and sent me a while back. (Ang is likely thinking, "and about time, too!" :D) The book covers are done with watercolour pencils, and the pages and sponging with distress ink. The October Afternoon sticker was just the right sentiment. 
I'll be back bright and early tomorrow (thank goodness for post scheduling) with the latest fun Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge! 


Supplies: Stampin' Up garden green cardstock, Strathmore bristol paper, Tim Holtz books blueprint stamp, Memories black ink, antique linen distress ink, October Afternoon Public Library sticker

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Snarky, Rude... and Cute?

Well look at that, it's Saturday! Must be time for a new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge. 


We had so much fun with our P is for Profanity challenge last year, we renamed it for this year! Now I know this will be hard to believe, but a number of the Sisters struggled with this challenge. For me, the muse seemed to have decided to go on holiday, but I took some inspiration from a nightshirt I saw in a store last weekend. 


More cute than rude, but sometimes you just work with what you've got. ;) Since I needed some extra inspiration, I turned to Leslie's latest Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge (CSSC#6):


I took the sketch and... squashed it. Seems only fair, since my fox stamp is rather squashed-looking, too. Hmm, is it more polite to call him chubby, or squashed? :D He's watercoloured with the same ink he's stamped in.
You will not be surprised to hear that some of the Snarky Sisters ultimately channelled the Rude Muse much more successfully than I did. As did our encore Queen of Snark, Jane, as our guest this week! I hope you're feeling the need to be rude and will join us! 

Supplies: Cougar cream cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, Studio Calico Darling Dear Garland patterned paper, Paper Smooches Chubby Chums & Studio G alphabet stamps, Memento morocco & tuxedo black inks, Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #2 die, American Crafts/Kelly Purkey alphabet stickers, (?) washi tape, May Arts jute twine, pop dots

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