Friday, May 19, 2017

Tag You're It Reminder

We're partway through the latest challenge at Tag You're It, where *gasp* I am the featured artist with this tag: 

Even as I was making this tag, I was thinking the colours would lend themselves to Christmas. So to encourage EVERYONE to play along, I made that thought into reality! 

These poinsettias are from the first layering set I ever bought, and one of my easiest sets to use. Probably because the veining in the flowers and leaves don't have to be perfect, which is often above my pay grade. πŸ˜‰ Just the centre of the larger poinsettia is popped up for some dimension. For the background, I again sponged a rectangular panel with light blue distress ink, but this time sparkled it up with some perfect pearls powder, in honour of the festive theme. To pick up on the gold embossing, I cut the sentiment and mat from gold glitter paper. Two ribbons again to finish the tag. 
The sunlight today almost allowed me to catch the shimmer of the blue panel... 

As this is my VERY FIRST Christmas anything of 2017, I'm going to enter it in the May Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge, where anything goes and the masking is optional. 

Supplies: white & American Crafts gold glitter cardstock, WPlus9 Pretty Poinsettias stamps & dies, Versamark, Altenew crimson & velvet, Memento bamboo leaves & cottage ivy & tumbled glass distress inks, gold glitter embossing powder, white confetti Perfect Pearls, Hero Arts merry die, scrap ribbon & elastic cord

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Remember to Smile!

It's the middle of the month, so the Naughty or Nice Troublemakers want to remind you of our current challenge, Share a Smile! I took the theme very literally this time. 
I decided to use this month's sketch from Stamplorations

And it only took me four tries to get a card I liked! 

My first three attempts used a stencil and distress inks for the vertical strip. First try: my colours were too reminiscent of Halloween, so that's in the future use pile. The second panel: better colours, but I brain-gapped and used the "hello" sentiment instead of "smile". Another future use panel. Third attempt: different colours, also good. Stamped and embossed the correct sentiment this time. Stamped and embossed three flowers, popped them up in the appropriate places. Decided the next morning... ugh. Into recycling it went. And so we come to the fourth and final version. Stamped and embossed "smile" in sparkly embossing powder. Masked off the three spots where I wanted my smiley faces. Stamped "smile" several more times in pale grey. (My MISTI was invaluable for getting these right.) Stamped the three happy faces and again broke out the sparkle embossing powder. Popped the panel up on a black card base and, TA DA, a cheery card. 
You still have two days to share a smile with us! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, STAMPlorations Bold Sentiments & Simon Says Stamp Color & Sunshine stamps, Versafine onyx black, Versacolor sky grey, Memento Luxe lilac posies, love letter & Danube blue inks, Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, fun foam

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hatching, Matching, and Dispatching

Happy Saturday! We're offering lots of options with the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, HATCHING, MATCHING, AND DISPATCHING!

In case this phrase is new to you, hatching=birth, matching=marriage, dispatching=death. I do believe it's British in origin, but is used in parts of Canada as well. I hadn't actually heard it until CBC had a tv series titled that a few years ago. Anyway... all this is to say we're looking for cards (etc.) for one of those events. Of course, the real challenge would be to combine all three. πŸ˜‰
I needed a wedding card anyway, so that's the direction I went: 

No snark here AGAIN! My snarky mojo seems to be on vacation. (Although, when you think about it, fairy tales are full of trolls and ogres and child-eating witches...) This perfectly nice card uses a technique demonstrated by my friend Ardyth recently (the link will take you to the card and accompanying how-to video). Each layer of the flowers and leaves was inked then misted with water before stamping for a more watercoloured look. Extra added bonus: no need to feel every layer has to be stamped perfectly. This set doesn't have a solid base stamp for the flowers, so I simply flipped over one of the other layers to use. I filled in a few spaces with twigs and unknown small shapes inked in platinum, which is very close to the moonstone embossing of the sentiment. Both panels are popped up on a green card base. 
Have no fear, not all the sisters went snarkless for this latest challenge! We also have a talented return guest designer, and current Queen, Helen. For a chance at a snarky crown of your very own, come and join us! 

Supplies: Strathmore mixed media paper, Hero Arts layering cardstock, WPlus9 Pretty Little Peonies & Unity fairy tale stamps, Versamark, Altenew blush, crimson & velvet, Colorbox platinum & iced spruce and peeled paint distress inks, Stampendous moonstone embossing powder, MFT blueprints 24 & Sizzix circle dies, pop dot tape

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Gardening Muse

Today was finally a day to work outside, yay! And it was also a day to make a card for the current Muse challenge. This is the card by this week's muse, Tracey

I was inspired by the clean design, the cluster of images, and the overall layout. After a few left turns, here's my version: 

Initially, I was stuck on what set would give me an appropriate cluster of images. Then I thought of this garden set. I stamped the watering can, some gardening gloves, and a set of gardening tools. Next, I decided I wanted the seed packet design in the background with some flowers to ground the other images. Eventually the gloves just didn't fit. (I'd also be content without the watering can and tools, but that wouldn't really work with the inspiration, would it?) You could compliment me on the sponging of the patterned paper... but it came that way. 

Supplies: white & Neenah desert storm cardstock, Studio Calico Classic Calico v. 3 patterned paper, Papertrey Ink Garden Variety stamps & dies,Papertrey Ink fine linen, Stampin' Up real red & garden green & Memento rich cocoa inks, pop dot tape

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Sketch and Colours

Making a card combining the My Favourite Things Sketch and Colour challenges worked so well a couple of weeks ago, I thought I'd try it again. 

It seems I've made a lot of floral cards in the past few days, so for a change of pace... I made a cat card. 😹

This all started when I got out my two distress oxide inks to experiment with again. So far, I haven't found the magic, but I was somewhat happy with this panel I made with a stencil and fossilized amber ink. I added my little cat watercoloured with spiced marmalade and shipped sapphire distress markers. It practically took an engineering degree for me to figure out the white panel between getting the circle just right and adding the stitching. 😜  I've interpreted both sketch and colours rather loosely, but I think that's allowed. 

Supplies: white, light blue & navy cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, MFT I Knead You stamps, Versafine onyx black, Versamark & fossilized amber distress oxide inks, Ranger clear & Wow white embossing powders, Distress markers, Dylusions It's Raining Cats stencil, MFT blueprints 24 dies, pop-dot tape

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Featured Artist at Tag You're It!

 There's a brand new challenge up at Tag You're It... and I'm this month's featured tag artist! 

I wanted to offer a tag inspiration that could be interpreted a few different ways, and I hope this does the trick: 

I made this on a cool rainy day when all I wanted was something to remind me that spring will eventually be here. I started by lightly sponging tumbled glass distress ink on a white panel, then stamped the two tulips. As I'd hoped, the layers of inks covered the light blue, meaning there was no masking necessary, yay! I found some scrap red cardstock that coordinated with the blooms and used it to mat the tulip panel as well as to die cut the "hello" sentiment and a reinforcement. No die for the tag, I merely cut it to the size I wanted. The two ribbons finish it off. A little tulip close-up:

Thank you, Tracey, for the invitation to play along with the talented tag design team! I hope this inspires you to join this month's challenge! 

Supplies: white & red cardstock, Altenew Tulip stamps, tumbled glass distress, Altenew velvet, crimson & blush, Memento cottage ivy, bamboo leaves & new sprout inks, Winnie & Walter Katharine & The Big, the Bold & the Happy dies, May Arts ribbons

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fussy Cutting

(How could I resist?)

There's a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash, and it's all about going back to basics... using *gasp* scissors instead of those marvellous things called dies to cut out something! One way to accomplish this is to use something where dies wouldn't work anyway. That's what I did! 

When you use masks to put a few different images together, there's really no option other than to cut them out by hand if you want to be able to pop them up on a background. Also, I have yet to buy the dies for these tulips, but that's beside the point. Along with the tulip stamps that I bought last fall, stash items also include the ancient green patterned paper, the yellow cardstock that came from who knows where and the love sentiment, that I triple cut for dimension and added stickles for shine. And yes, "love" was NOT hand-cut, I hope that's allowed. As for the curved edge, I did use a die for the stitching, but it doesn't cut an edge! I had to fussy cut parallel to it. I added two scored lines on the left for balance. 
A close-up of my tulips in all their imperfect layering... 

These tulips are showing up here again tomorrow, in a post I'm kind of excited about... πŸ˜‰

Supplies: white & yellow cardstock, Crate Paper Random patterned paper, Altenew Tulip stamps, Memento dandelion, cantaloupe, new sprout, bamboo leaves & cottage ivy inks, Paper Smooches stitched & Little B handwritten dies, SCISSORS, Studio G clear glitter glue, dimensionals

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Share a Smile at Naughty or Nice

The double M — May and Monday. Luckily, there's a new Naughty or Nice challenge to distract me! 

We want to SHARE A SMILE... first, the design team making you smile (we hope), and then you making us smile with your creation! Here's my attempt to tickle your funny bone:

A slightly naughty birthday card, depending on just how far past the age of 29 the recipient is. I have used the current design from CAS(E) This Sketch for my layout. I felt like using a stencil, so I did for the base layer, before colouring my laughing kitty and embossing a sentiment. I think this little cat would take any possible sting out of the sentiment. 
I'm also adding this to the current Seize the Birthday anything goes link-up and the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday challenge.  
There's lots more to make you smile over on our challenge blog! You have until the 25th of the month to join us. 

Supplies: white cardstock, Paper Smooches Nine Lives stamp & die, Taylored Expressions Party Grumplings sentiment stamp, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass, broken china, mermaid lagoon & dusty concord distress inks, ranger clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers, Memory Box scraped paint stencil, MFT blueprints 24 dies, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Yippee for the Snarky Stampers!

Y is for Yippee is the brand new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! Let's celebrate... something! I'm celebrating that we had a couple of spring-like days this week, even if today we're back to brr. And looking ahead a couple of months, I decided to go with a graduation card for my version of yippee: 

This will eventually be for my great-nephew, and I would like to suggest to all schools that they should make their team colours noticeable somewhere on their websites. Eventually I determined that gold and black was what I wanted. I used the current Freshly Made Sketches sketch (I flipped it) for my design — I have a few layers here, but I say the overall look of the card is still quite clean and simple. The mortarboard is from Crazy Things, but without a bird, dog or cat beneath looks quite classy! I went over the tassel with a Versamarker so I could give it some gold tinsel embossing powder bling. I luckily had patterned paper, gold pearl paper and gold mist (for splattering) that all coordinated. 
I'm also going to add this to the Rubber Dance challenge of black & white with one colour, as well as Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday anything goes challenge. 
The sisters did not manage a lot of snark this week, so thank goodness our latest Queen and guest designer, Becca, did! Be sure to check out their creations, and then join us! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, gold pearl paper, Teresa Collins He Said She Said patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stamper's Anonymous crazy Things stamp & die, MFT black licorice ink, Versamarker, gold tinsel embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers, Spellbinders circle, MFT blueprints 24 stitched circle & Little B Block Out dies, Art Anthology Timeless Colorations spray, pop-dot tape

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Sunday, April 23, 2017


For the first time I'm attempting to combine the two My Favorite Things challenges, Sketch and Colours

I've rotated the sketch to the horizontal way I've used it: 

I watercoloured a couple of the cuties from the Cat-itude set and paired them with the "Pawesome" sentiment. By adding a layer of vellum behind the die cut frame, I was able to add a background behind the kitties without overwhelming them or adding a third pattern to the mix. I'm going to say the polka dots were inspired by the circle element on the card that I didn't incorporate. πŸ˜‰

Supplies: white cardstock, vellum, Lilybee Designs Pinwheel & Pebbles Lakeside patterned papers, MFT Cat-itude stamps & dies, MFT black licorice & Memento Luxe Danube blue inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig clean colour real brush markers, MFT blueprints 24 & diagonal stitched dies, Spectrum Noir clear overlay sparkle marker, pop-dot tape

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Springtime Pin-Sights

There's a new Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge, and it's full of spring colours and blossoms. 

Lots of pastel pinks and purples, floral images... here's where it took me:

The Bold Blossom die cuts are thoroughly coated in sparkle shimmer mist, which of course doesn't want to show in the photo. I sponged pink, lilac and green inks in the spots where I wanted the blooms. The sentiment is stamped in grey and embossed with sparkly embossing powder to go with the flowers. I'm thinking this will be either a wedding card (there's one we're going to next month) or perhaps a Mother's Day card. 
I'm also adding this to the Happy Little Stampers April Anything Goes with Dies challenge. 

Supplies: Neenah solar white & Stampin' Up almost amethyst cardstock, Essentials by Ellen All Inside stamp, Versafine smoky grey & spun sugar, shaded lilac & bundled sage distress inks, Hero Arts csparkle clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir clear overlay sparkle marker, Tsukineko sheer sparkle spritz

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pastel Tulips

I had a little time to get out the stamps and inks on this cool, rainy day and make a card to fit three coordinating challenges. My starting point was the pastel colour palette at the current Just Us Girls challenge: 

Then I added the Curtain Call challenge... well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, Showers and/or Flowers. When I mixed them all together, this is what I got: 

To be honest, I started with a set of tulip layering stamps, but after three attempts realized that some days I am not meant to try to line up stamps that precisely. I blame the overcast day. πŸ˜‰ So instead I pulled out this tulip stamp, embossing it in sparkly embossing powder, before sponging the three colours of ink to match the challenge palette. I didn't want to cover up too much of the panel, so used some twine to add a small tag with a simple sentiment. If I hadn't used sparkly embossing powder, I might have considered making this a sympathy card for the stash... but I've also discovered seasonal ones aren't as versatile if you are suddenly in need of a sympathy card. 
I'm hoping tomorrow is a play-with-ink day, too, before a busy weekend! 

Supplies: white & Hero Arts layering cardstock, Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips & Mama Elephant Party Kit stamps, Versamark, Memento cantaloupe & dandelion & spun sugar distress inks, Wow white & Hero Arts sparkle clear embossing powders, Winnie & Walter Katharine & Sizzix traditional tag dies, yellow Divine Twine, fun foam

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Roses and Muse

This week I decided I'd like to play in some card challenges... and look, it's already Wednesday, sigh. At least I have a card that purposely fits two challenges! Monday, the latest Muse challenge began, with this card by Jenni Murray

Right away, I had an idea of what I wanted to do. Then yesterday, Shopping Our Stash came out with its new challenge, A Rose By Any Other Name. A perfect fit! Here's my card:

Obviously, I focused on Jenni's overall floral panel in white on a coloured background, with a sentiment across the lower third. While I really liked the blue Jenni used, I decided to go with purple for mine. I embossed a rose background stamp in white — I really liked the effect when I used it for my Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers card. Instead of overlaying a sentiment, I cut my panel and embossed the sentiment on the background panel. I also kept my panels larger than Jenni's with less of the card base showing around the edges. 
I've started another two-in-one challenge card... will it be done in time? We'll see. πŸ˜‚

Supplies: purple & Bazzill marshmallow cardstock, Impression Obsession Roses & Altenew Tulip stamps, Versamark ink, Wow white embossing powder, fun foam 

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lots of Threes

My second post of the day! 
The new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers post
is right here

Hard to believe, but we're halfway through April! The Troublemakers want to remind you that our current challenge is going strong:

I managed many threes for my latest card!

-three dress images
-three patterned papers
-three inks
-three embossing powders
-two sets of three gems! 

I'm adding this to the Current Seize the Birthday link-up with the option of using two patterned papers — yes, I used two (plus one πŸ˜‰). This does say "happy birthday" on the inside, and will be going to my niece. 
You have until April 25th to come and play along with us! Join us here

Supplies: white cardstock, American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray patterned paper, Unity Undeniably You stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & Memento Luxe love letter inks, Ranger clear, Wow white & Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powders, MFT wonky stitching die, Hero Arts clear gems, fun foam 

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Elegant Edna!

Happy Saturday! For the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, Edna has gone formal... 

E is for Elegant! Show us your most elegant creations, snark optional but always welcome. Mine is *almost* completely snark-free today: 

The centrepiece of my card is this oh-so-elegant panel from Graphic 45. To echo the pretty lace detail, I embossed a rose background stamp in white on black. A sentiment seemed superfluous. 
You may be wondering... the snark? Take a closer look at the model's hand. Creepy or what? So I say that's my hidden snark on the card. It may end up in my dreams tonight. 😱
Remember to check the elegance on display by my sisters in snark, as well as this week's Queen and guest designer, Josefine! I hope you'll join us. 

Supplies: black & cream cardstock, Graphic 45 Couture Beautiful patterned paper, Impression Obsession roses stamp, Versamark ink, Wow white embossing powder, fun foam 

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Just Fur You... and MFT

I'm playing along with the My Favourite Things Sketch Challenge this week with, what else, a kitty card! Here's the sketch:

And my reasonably faithful take on it...

I coloured my boxed cat quite simply, concentrating mostly on his big grey patch. He's on a distress ink-sponged and water-splattered panel, which also qualifies this for Happy Little Stampers April CAS challenge to use blending on a card. For the diagonal element, some pawprint washi tape seemed just right. 
And thanks to a reminder from Lols, I can enter this in the current Wednesday Simon Says Stamp spring colour inspiration challenge! (Thank you!) 
If it's your celebration, enjoy this start to the Easter long weekend! 

Supplies: white & grey cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, MFT I Knead You stamps and die, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass, broken china & shaded lilac distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers & clear glitter marker, MFT blueprints 24 dies, Queen&Co washi tape, pop-dot tape

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