Saturday, September 18, 2021

The Sisterhood Gets Ugly

Welcome to a Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Saturday! Edna is delightfully illustrating our latest challenge - U is for UGLY. Sometimes, making a card, you want it to be pretty, but something goes wrong, and you think, well darn, that's ugly. Well, now we want you to aim for ugly! Here's mine: 

Have you met Miss O. Stritch? (She is proudly single, and wants nothing to do with that new-fangled MS. title.) Now I'm not trying to insinuate that our dear O is ugly, but she is... different. And as the song from A Chorus Line goes... different is nice, but it sure isn't pretty. :D I started the card by stamping Miss Stritch in the centre, then blending some bright colours around her, adding a bit of stencilling and stamping for interest. O is coloured in Copics, matching the background as much as possible. Of course my Tim Holtz snarky strips offered the perfect sentiment! 

Strange as it may seem, I encourage you to view all the fabulous ugliness over on the Snarky blog, from my teammates and our new Queen of Snark and guest designer MK! Hope you'll get ugly and join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white & Bazzill black cardstock, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Hipster & Ellen Hutson Stay Cool stamps, MFT extreme black & picked raspberry, salty ocean, wilted violet & crackling campfire distress ink, Copic markers, Winnie & Walter Sci Fi Star stencil, Tim Holtz Small Talk Snarky sentiment sticker

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Inkspirational: Retro

It's time for a brand new challenge at Inkspirational, and we have a word prompt: RETRO! I do have some retro-style stamps in my stash, but I also have a fun page of journal-card-size images, so that's how I rolled:

This was obviously a quick and easy card to put together. I rounded the corners of my main image and added a thin black cardstock mat, found a couple of patterned papers that coordinated and ran them through my (retro?) swiss dots embossing folder and put everything together on a cream card base. A little bling also seemed in order, so I went for the more retro rhinestones over the more modern enamel dots. :D 

All kinds of retro fun on the Inkspirational challenge page, so be sure to check out the makes from my teammates! Go retro and join us. 

Supplies: Neenah natural white & SU basic black cardstock, Authentique Party, Vicki Boutin Let's Wander & Dear Lizzy Lucky You patterned papers, Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder, Hero Arts gems

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Making Mandalas on the Scrap 'n Stamp Blog

It's my turn on the Scrap 'n Stamp blog today, and I'm playing with Birch Press dies to make a mandala card. Here's a peek: 

Hope you'll pop over to the blog to see the full card! 

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Seize the Birthday: Stitching

It's time for a new Seize the Birthday challenge, and this time around, we are all about STITCHING!  But don't forget, we always welcome all birthday cards in our gallery! Here's what I came up with: 

This card started with the hill - I decided I wanted a hill with stitched lines. It still seemed to need a little more texture, so I also stamped a background pattern all over it. For the sky, I used two colours of distress ink and a blending brush. Stitching shows up on the sun and cloud as well! The cloud was one of many sent to me by a friend a long time ago, and the white was not the same as my celebrating lamb. A good coating of sparkle marker fixed that! 

A lot of my teammates used real stitching - sewing machine or embroidery - on their cards, so be sure to check out the StB page! We also have our continuing surprise party guest, Jenny. Hope you'll join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white, SU garden green & scrap yellow cardstock, Paper Smooches Party Posse & Hero Arts envelope pattern background stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass & broken china distress ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, Paper Smooches stitched, Lil' Inkers small sun & MFT blueprints 29 stitched rectangle dies, Spectrum Noir clear sparkle shimmer marker, foam tape

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Color Hues: Purple and Pink

It's *gasp* the second half of September already, and time for a new Color Hues challenge! Our new colour pairing is purple and pink - and I love that these two shades have nothing to do with autumn, or colder weather, or pumpkin spice. ;) I went girly with the hues: 

I would happily take credit for this fab technique, but all glory goes to my Seize the Birthday teammate, Shirley, who also happens to be the designer of this fun dress set! (If you're going to CASE someone, might as well aim high. :D) Here's the card that caught my eye. For my version, I started on watercolour paper, stamping the dress, then adding the top and bottom of the dressmaker's dummy. (Are they still allowed to be called that?) After watercolouring the bodice in purple and the skirt in pink and letting them dry, I sprinkled on some pink frantage embossing powder more or less where I wanted it to go, then heated it (VERY IMPORTANT) from beneath. I added my sentiment, found some matching purple cardstock to add interest down one side, and my card was done! 

Lots of purple and pink eye candy over on the Color Hues page, from my teammates and our latest guest designer, Janet! Take a break from fall hues and join us! 

Supplies: Memory Box vibrant violet cardstock, Ranger watercolour paper, STAMPlorations Party Dresses & Sunny Studio Best Fishes stamps, Versamark & MFT extreme black ink, Simon Says Stamp antique gold & Stampendous shabby pink frantage embossing powder, Zig watercolour markers 

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

A Tiny Craft: Fall/Autumn ATCs

It's time for the second-ever A Tiny Craft challenge! Our theme this month is Fall/Autumn. I made a series of four ATCs: 

Here's a closer look at each:

I'm actually using my colour sprays!

This background is from a gelli printing session;
it's the sheet from cleaning my brayer off. 

Artist trading cards and coins are such fun to make - so I hope you will play along! 

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