Thursday, August 16, 2018

Anything Goes at Seize the Birthday!


It's Anything Goes time at Seize the Birthday! If it's a birthday card, come and link up with us. 
Since it's an Anything Goes challenge, I thought it was time to bring out my snarky birthday side...


Bwahaha! I loved this sheet of journaling-style images so much... I paid full price for it! If you know me, you'll know that's quite rare. :D I found some coordinating Stampin' Up patterned paper, and my card came together very quickly. I could have added some embellishments, but I didn't want to take away from that main image. 
It never hurts to have a few extra birthday cards on hand, so why not come and play along with us? For more inspiration, be sure to check what the rest of the design team made (their cards are all so sweet and pretty! :P) including our current surprise party guest, Trina

Supplies: white cardstock, Authentique Party & Stampin' Up (?) patterned paper, MFT diagonal stitched die, foam tape

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Forever in Blue Jeans


Happy Saturday! I don't know about you, but I think Edna is looking great today in her Canadian tuxedo! The wearing of blue jeans seems pretty universal, so the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge is D is for Denim! Here's my take:


I played on denim two ways, with a mat of denim patterned paper, and more of an acid-washed look for the main panel, using faded jeans (of course) distress oxide ink for some ink smooshing. I used this particular Hipster as I thought I could make her hat look a bit like a denim bucket hat, again using faded jeans distress ink (but not the oxide this time.) Her shirt even has a bit of a chambray colour to it, I think, which to me is not so far off denim. But that's just me. :P Apart from the hat and shirt, she is coloured with Zig markers. 
Whether you take it figuratively or literally, come and play along in our denim challenge! For tons more inspiration, be sure to check out the creations of all the snarky sisters on the challenge blog

Supplies: white cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Simple Stories Summer Fresh patterned paper, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Hipsters, MFT Catitude & Technique Tuesday Sassy Birthday stamps, MFT extreme black, faded jeans distress & faded jeans distress oxide inks, Zig markers, Wink of Stella black glitter marker, foam tape

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Just Add Water


Here were are at the first Thursday of August already, and that means it's time for a new Seize the Birthday challenge! For your consideration this time, we are offering the optional prompt of WATER


Perhaps a nautical theme, perhaps a watercoloured card... it's up to you, and if you prefer dry land, we love looking at all birthday cards! For mine, I incorporated the theme a few ways: 


For this card, I made a watery background with watercolour powders as well as watercolouring my sea turtle with Zig markers. For the background, I used mostly blue, but added a bit of green in the upper left to help tie in my little sea turtle. The sentiments are from a different stamp set that happens to have more of a terrestrial turtle as part of it. 
I'm entering this in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make Your Own Background
Be sure to check out the water-inspired creations of the rest of the Seize the Birthday design team, and that of our surprise party guest, Trina — and then I hope you will come and join us! 


Supplies: white & Hero Arts grass layering cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Paper Smooches Courteous Cuties & Party Posse stamps, Versamark onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig markers, Magenta Nuance cerulean blue & spring green watercolour powders, MFT wonky stitched rectangle die, foam tape

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Junk!


Like many crafters, our Edna does manage to collect a lot of STUFF. And that leads us to the brand new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, J is for JUNK! To be more specific, we are asking you to recycle/upcycle some otherwise non-craft item and incorporate it into your card or other project. 
I have a basket in my craft stash where I keep items I have found and think might come in handy someday for making a card. We all do, right? No? Anyway, I sorted through my take-out coffee bands, pieces of greeting cards, and what have you until I came across a piece of decorative tissue paper I really have had for years. I kept it thinking it could make a lovely vintage-style card, but hey, we are the snarky stampers after all... 



I started by spotlighting the wine glass with a little Copic marker colour. As it says to do in all the tissue tutorials, I then crumpled it up, smoothed it out a bit and adhered it to some white cardstock. (I often think that half the techniques we stampers think are so terrific just leave the civilians scratching their heads. In this case, wrinkled paper, really? :D) From there it was a quick task to add a black mat (also recycled! It comes from some junk mail that just happened to come on lovely matte black stock), stamp and emboss an appropriate sentiment on the card base, and put it all together. I also added a little gloss to the wine glass to make it pop more. 
Oh look, it's an Anything Goes week currently at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. :) 
I hope you'll head over to the Snarky blog to see the creations of the rest of the sisters and our current Queen, Janet. Consider this a chance to use up a few items from your *junk* stash and come join us! 


Supplies: white, American Crafts textured cream & recycled black cardstock, tissue paper, Hampton Arts LOL wine stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic marker, Glossy Accents

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Seize the Striped Birthday



Hooray, it's another Seize the Birthday Thursday! Our optional topping for this latest challenge is STRIPES. We are happy to see any birthday card in our link-up, but perhaps using stripes will give you an extra boost of inspiration! 
As I was considering how I wanted to use stripes, a nautical theme popped into my head - and, as I discovered, into my teammate Sandy's brain, as well. Here's my version:


I have two nautical stamp sets, and for this card, the one from Neat & Tangled won out. The sailboat is stamped, embossed and watercoloured. The sentiment and anchor are also heat-embossed, this time on vellum, to go with the *canvas* in the frame. The vellum allows the sailboat to pop a little more against the striped panel. Although it is not a birthday-specific sentiment, I will definitely have this in my stash as a masculine birthday card. Especially since I've already added a birthday sentiment to the inside. ;) 
Be sure to check out the lovely creations on the challenge site by my fellow design team members, and our surprise party guest, Trina! I hope you'll join us. 

Supplies: Stampin' Up basic black & naturals white cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, vellum, Authentique Anchored paper pad, Neat & Tangled Sailmates stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Rogers clear embossing powder, Paper Smooches Frame 4 die, black fun foam, foam tape  

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Colour Me Snarky?


Happy Saturday! I hope everyone survived Friday the 13th. Edna does look a little pale, but that is because she is promoting our newest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, C is for Colouring! (Also known as coloring...) Pencils, markers, paints, if you can colour it, we want to see your creation! Here is mine: 


I recently treated myself to the matching dies for two of my hipster stamps, so wanted to play! The dies cut him in his entirety, just his face, and his glasses and tie. I watercoloured him, cut his tie from patterned paper, and his glasses from some matte black cardstock. I highlighted him with a black cardstock circle, and added a little burlap stamping in the background to go with his... goatiness. 
Grab your favourite colouring media and join us! 

Supplies: white, black & Stampin' Up naturals ivory cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Hipster & Unity Bit of Burlap stamps, MFT extreme black & Papertrey Ink fine linen cardstock, Zig watercolour markers, Sizzix/Tim Holtz Hipster & Lil' Inkers stitched rectangle dies, glue dots

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Seize the Sequinned Birthday


It's time for another Seize the Birthday Thursday! We had a terrific turnout for our last Anything Goes challenge. 


This week our optional topping is SEQUINS! You don't have to put sequins on your birthday card to enter, but they can add a fun bit of bling to a card. Here's mine: 


This card is inspired by our challenge leader, Nancy! A few days ago for The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, Nancy posted this card, which reminded me of this stamp that I chose to use. I watercoloured the roses and leaves with Zig markers, then used a pale blue watercolour pencil to outline the image. The blue panel is stamped with a rose background stamp in a shimmery blue ink, which I also used for the sentiment. 


This just happens to be red, white and blue! (with a small helping of green...) So I'm entering this in the Monday AND Wednesday Simon Says Stamp challenges, Red, White, and/or Blue. 
Be sure to check out the sequinned creations of the rest of the Seize the Birthday team, and our newest surprise party guest, Trina! I hope you'll join us with your own birthday card creation. 


Supplies: white & light & royal blue cardstock, Ranger/Tim Holtz distress watercolour cardstock, Great Impressions Rose Trio & Inkadinkado Happy Birthday stamps, Versafine onyx black & Brilliance pearlescent sky blue inks, Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder, Zig markers, Derwent sky blue watercolour pencil, Spellbinders circle & Nellie's Multidies rectangle dies, Little Things from Lucy's cards sparkling rainbow sequins,  fun foam

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Colouring Challenge, DAY THIRTY


The end of June and the very final day of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge! This is the second time I've managed to play along every day with one of these challenges, and the second time I've thought at the end, nope, not doing that again. :D The pressure is all self-imposed, of course, but pressure all the same. Especially if I play along with a group of friends. However! I now have a stack of pretty cards finished, I do think my Copic colouring has improved a bit (more on THAT in a minute), and it's been fun to colour my friends' images and see what they do with mine as well as the others. 
Enough blather, here's my card! 


When I initially finished colouring these flowers, they almost went directly into recycling. And wouldn't that just figure, a major fail on the very last day! But they were over-coloured and blotchy. Since I didn't like them anyway, I decided to experiment. 
Did you see this post by Ardyth for Day 28? Such a pretty effect! I couldn't try it, though, since I have no reinkers, no colourless blending solution, and my flowers from Tracey were already die cut. BUT! I do have rubbing alcohol! :P That's got to be almost the same, right? So I poured a little over my flowers... and it smoothed the blotches and made them almost glow. Yay! The colour is still quite saturated, but they look so much better. (And no, there is no photographic evidence of them from before. I was too mad at them and me.) Against the dry-embossed black panel, with the white accents, they really pop. I was also able to use one of the sentiments Tracey had stamped with the flowers... there was just enough room to cut the sentiment out on the diagonal and then layer the black on top. This may now be one of my favourites from the month. I'm even going to display it in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge. ;) 
Thanks to Kathy for the challenge, and to my #30dayfriends for the images and friendship! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Papertrey Ink Vintage Linens stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black & Memento tuxedo black inks, Copic markers, rubbing alcohol (!), Darice diagonal stripe embossing folder, Paper Smooches Foliage 2 die

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Over the Hill with the Sisterhood


Poor Edna. She's feeling her age this week, and so the new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge is O is for Over the Hill. You may choose to take this literally, and add an actual paper hill to your creation, or take it more figuratively, as I did: 


I've been itching to use these Tim Holtz Paper Doll images since I bought them a few months ago, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. This particular gentleman seemed to fit the "over the hill" criterion quite nicely. I wasn't quite sure how to deal with the fact he's obviously sitting down, but when I discovered he fit perfectly on this patterned paper bicycle, it all went together really quickly. This paper is great, too, with its built in gloss elements, that I've tried to show a little better below: 


It's always a good idea to have a snarky age-related birthday card in your stash, so why not join us? For more inspiration, be sure to check out the creations of my sisters in snark, as well as this week's Queen of Snark and Guest Designer, Lorraine

Supplies: white & black cardstock, DCWV Timeless Type patterned paper, Paper Issues/Snarky Stamps Ahhh Birthday stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Ancestors Paper Dolls, Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaway die

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Colouring Challenge, Day 29


It's the penultimate day of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, and it's my turn to share the image to colour! You have to feel for my #30dayfriends, since I picked stuff that I thought would challenge me, too, so they're stuck with my choices. :P Here's what I did with today's selection: 


I thought this was a great image for the second-last day, as it doesn't ask for hours of colouring. I'm not thrilled with my reading girl's hair, but found the small size extra-challenging. After colouring, I added some shimmer to the large balloon and hearts with a Wink of Stella marker, and some dimension to the background balloons with some Nuvo Drops. I picked my patterned paper mostly because it looked a little bit bookish. :D 
I'm going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge. 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Prima Introspection patterned paper, Pinkfresh Studio Late Nights stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic markers, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker, sea breeze Tonic Nuvo jewel drops

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Colouring Challenge, Day 28


Day 28. Almost all the way through Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge. Today our little colouring group has some beautiful floral images from Ardyth. She even gave us a choice of using alcohol markers or watercolours! 


I really enjoyed colouring these with my Zig markers; it took some time but was fun to do. Except when I realized that some of the flowers have four petals... but a few seem to have five. Does not make the botany corner of my brain pleased. Consequently I may have sneakily coloured as leaves what are probably supposed to be petals. :D I don't think I've turned any of our colouring tasks into thank you cards yet, so found a sentiment that seemed to suit the image as well as the open space. Using a grey card base meant I didn't have to worry about matching the not-quite white of the bristol panel. 
Last week of the month, so Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge is Anything Goes — and so goes this card. ;) 
TWO MORE DAYS! 



Supplies: Memory Box grey card base, bristol, Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Flowers, Versafine onyx black ink, Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder, Zig markers, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Colouring Challenge, Day 27

My second post today!
For Muse: ChristmasVisions,
please click here.


For Day 27 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, Tasha sent us some beautiful butterflies to colour! 


I wanted jewel-like tones for my butterfly so even though it meant fussy-cutting it, I used the silver pearl-embossed butterfly on watercolour paper with Twinkling H2Os, instead of the die cut cardstock ones. After I painted him, I had to figure out what to do with him. When in doubt, ink smoosh (or in this case, paint smoosh, I guess) with the same colours for the background. 

Supplies: American Crafts textured purple cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Altenew Bejewelled Lady stamp & die, Memory Box birthday sentiment stamp, Versamark & Brilliance Starlite black inks, Ranger clear & silver pearl embossing powder, Twinkling H2Os, MFT diagonal stitched rectangle die, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, foam tape

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Christmas in... June?



When one is part of a Christmas card challenge, one makes Christmas cards all year. And if, like me, you like to send family and friends Christmas cards you've made (in December, not now, obviously), this is a good thing! However, also like me, you may find yourself less motivated to be jolly, by golly in summer than in say, November. So let me show you my current inspiration card for Muse: ChristmasVisions, and then give you my soon-to-be patented tips for making Christmas cards when the festive season is far from your mind...



  1. Save the red and green for later. It doesn't feel quite so Christmasy when using blues, as I did here, or even less-traditional colours. 
  2. Head to your favourite places for some extra inspiration. I went to my Christmas board on Pinterest, and just for fun, scrolled right to the bottom of my pins, where I found this card posted way back in 2012. (I guess this means, if you decide to be inspired by my card, you will be CASEing a CASE. I think that's allowed. :D) 
  3. This is a good time of year to make more time-consuming cards - try some techniques, do things that may require drying time, etc. There's not always the luxury of that time commitment closer to December. Obviously I didn't do that here, and that's okay too. :) 
  4. You might even, like me, choose to go with a seasonal but not in-your-face sentiment, as I did here. 
  5. Anything you like to do that *finishes* your card, do it now! Because when you come to use it in a few months, you will be thrilled that it is ready for use. With Christmas cards, I almost always put an inside sentiment and some small decoration on the envelope, so did these things, too. 
Now you too can make summertime Christmas cards without suddenly craving eggnog and your favourite carols. You're welcome! :P 

Supplies: Bienfang bristol, Echo Park Winter Wishes patterned paper, Technique Tuesday Jingle All the Way stamp, Altenew Sapphire & tumbled glass distress inks, Paper Smooches Borders 1, Nellie's Multi Frames rectangle & Winnie & Walter Katharine Cutaway dies, foam tape


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Colouring Challenge, Day 26


We are really counting down the days left in Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge now! Today Emily has provided us with some cute images that were fun to put together into a scene.



I love that the passengers and various accessories are separate from the tandem bike, rather than all one big image. So many possibilities! (A great "missing you" card if you left one seat empty, for instance...) But I wanted two cyclists as well as the bunny and the balloon — his ears and the trailing balloon help suggest speed, I think. So of course they had to be going down a hill. Why the hill is yellow grid paper, I'm not so sure. :P I didn't want the sky to detract from the main image, and a white background was too stark, so I used my stippling brush to lightly colour the sky with a couple of distress ink blues. Then I fit everybody together (Hey! Where are the helmets?) and added a little sentiment that would keep this card multi-occasion. 

Supplies: white cardstock, October Afternoons All Aboard patterned paper, Neat & Tangled Ride with Me stamps & dies, The Angel Company sentiment stamp, Memento tuxedo black ink, tumbled glass & broken china distress inks, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, Lil' Inkers stitched sentiment flag & Winnie & Walter Katharine Cutaway dies, foam tape 

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Colouring Challenge, Day 25


This begins the final week of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge! When I opened Blogger to start my post, I was half expecting it would automatically fill itself out. ;) Today Tracey has supplied us with pretty florals to colour. I went out of my usual colour zones and came up with this:


Is there such a thing as mixed medium? :P I used Twinkling H2Os to colour the blossoms themselves, so their centres have a pretty shimmer. The leaves and stem are done with a Zig green marker, while the anthers are painted with a gold colour spray. See that annoying white strip at the top right? It's the back of the card peeking up, so I either scored or cut my card base a wee bit off. Fortunately it only really shows when I lie it down and photograph it. :D 


It's not often I colour an image first, then manage to find such perfect matches in cardstock, sequins and twine, so used them all. 

Supplies: white, orange & Bazzill textured green cardstock, Ranger/Tim Holtz watercolour paper, Clearly Besotted Fresh Flowers stamp & die, Savvy Stamps birthday sentiment stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, orange peel Twinkling H2Os, Zig markers, Art Anthology Timeless colour spray, PTI woodgrain texture plate, Hemptique twine, Neat & Tangled green satin sequins, MFT blueprints 24 sentiment die, fun foam

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Colouring Challenge, Day 24


We are entering the last week of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge! Today it is my turn to supply Ardyth, Emily, Tracey, Tasha and Karen with our colouring prompt, and I chose WPlus9's Get Well Gang


I sent my colouring friends a variety of the images, but I of course felt drawn to this kitty. For some reason, I also wanted to use a tag in my design and make use of this burlap stencil for my background panel. After I added the embossing paste, I realized this looked a lot like the plaster gauze doctors sometimes use. Subconscious suggestion? :P Of course there are stitches too, on the tag and the rectangular panel. 
Now I have a get well card in my stash should I have a cat-loving friend who happens to break a leg. :P 

Supplies: white & blue cardstock, WPlus9 Get Well Gang stamps & die, MFT extreme black ink, Copic markers, Technique Tuesday This Is tag & MFT blueprints 24 rectangular panel dies, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous burlap stencil, Dreamweavers glossy white embossing paste, foam tape

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Colouring Challenge, Day 23


For Day 23 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, Ardyth sent our little group of colouring friends images and sentiments from two MFT stamp sets, Rain or Shine and Puddle Jumper. How could she have known a month ago when we were organizing this that today would be grey and rainy??? :P 


If I can credit this current challenge with anything, it's getting me more comfortable with colouring people. Not that I'm suddenly changing my cardmaking ways, but at least when I have to, I can do it. More or less. :D In retrospect, a lighter red might have made her coat a bit less wool pea coat-like and a little more slicker-like, but I can live with it. ;) For the  background, I used a bit of watercolour powder for what I thought was a suitably stormy background. I gave her a die cut sentiment to balance on. 
Despite her weather, I think this is bright and cheerful enough to enter in the current Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp.  


Supplies: white cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, MFT Rain or Shine stamps & dies, Memento tuxedo black ink, Copic markers, Magenta Nuance cerulean watercolour powder, Spellbinders oval & MFT layered labels dies, Marvy/Uchida corner-rounding punch, foam tape

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Colouring Challenge, Day 22


Day 22 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge... was a struggle. The creative muse just wasn't there — and when I did finish my card, realized the family camera had gone cottaging overnight. So... here is the okay photo of my okay card: 


Today we're using Tiki Party images that Tasha sent our group. Fun fact: my dad had a very cool wooden tiki god, about a metre tall, in the waiting room of his dentist office. My nephew has it now. :) So I needed a tiki god on this card and decided to combine him with the volcano. I was inspired in my colours by the current MFT colour challenge


Supplies: white, Neenah desert storm & American Crafts textured blue cardstock, MFT Tiki Party stamps & dies, Lawn Fawn Claire ABCs stamps, Memento tuxedo black & mermaid lagoon distress oxide inks, Copic markers, MFT Scenic Safari, stitched square & blueprints 24 stitched rectangle dies, foam tape

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