Thursday, May 26, 2022

Seize the Birthday: Use a Stencil

Welcome back to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! Teammate Vicki has picked our (always optional) topping: USE A STENCIL. I was inspired by Sandie's entry for our previous challenge to pull out a big floral stencil for my card: 

I also wanted to try one of my new mini distress inks, saltwater taffy. I blended it onto the flowers, with rustic wilderness for the stems. I found some dark green cardstock to mat the main panel and white-emboss the sentiment. Pretty and easy to put together! 

Lorraine continues as our surprise party guest, and she and all the regular birthday partygoers have created beautiful cards to inspire you! Make a birthday card and join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white & (?) green cardstock, Clearly Besotted Say What? stamp, Versamark & saltwater taffy & rustic wilderness distress ink, Wow opaque white embossing powder, ARTplorations Happy Flowers stencil

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Addicted to Stamps and More: Die Cuts and Stencils

It's time for some Die Cuts and Stencils at Addicted to Stamps and More! Recently I had a fun time creating some blended backgrounds, and decided to combine a couple of them with die cuts for cards: 

I was also in need of a wedding card, and so these took shape. For the one on the right, I cut the daisy and the love sentiment from a linen panel, then used them for the card on the left. I went with much more intense colours for that card - in fact, except for needing a little extra yellow for the second colour band, I was able to blend the second panel with just the inks left on my brushes. Here's a closer look at each one:

As always, beautiful cards by my ATSM teammates - I hope you'll be inspired to join us! 

Supplies: (1st card) Neenah white and linen cardstock, picked raspberry, squeezed lemonade, twisted citron & shaded lilac distress ink, Simon Says Stamp fresh daisies, LittleB handwritten sentiments & MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die; (2nd card) Neenah white & linen cardstock, squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry & twisted citron distress ink, Simon Says Stamp fresh daisies, LittleB handwritten sentiments & MFT stitched rounded rectangle die

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Keeping It Clean and Simple at Scrap 'n Stamp

I'm on the Scrap 'n Stamp blog today with this clean and simple (CAS) card featuring Anita Jeram stamps from Colorado Craft Company! I hope you'll pop over to see more! 

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Color Hues: Aqua and Red

And whoosh, we're into the second part of May, meaning it's time for a new Color Hues challenge! Teammate Cindy has picked our pairing, and it's RED and AQUA. Yet again, a hue in the blue-green section of the spectrum that confuses me! :D I decided a Copic called coral (wait, what?) SEA must count as an aqua. ;) I quite like a pairing such as this for Christmas cards, so that's the direction I went:

Sneaking in an ugly Christmas sweater is merely an extra added bonus! :D I just used the one shade of aqua, but go from a tomato red for the snowman's carrot to what to me is more a "true" red for his scarf and other sweater parts. Amazingly, I also managed to find some patterned paper that echoes the same reds. (And this is why I keep all my old patterned paper pads...) The only drawback to this fun sweater stamp is that the snowflake, by default, stamps in black - but what's a Christmas sweater without at least one bit of bling? 

We have two guest designers for this challenge, Kim and Marcia - so there is lots of inspiration on the Color Hues blog today! I hope you'll join us. 

Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, Basic Grey Aspen Frost patterned paper, Paper Smooches Tis the Season stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, MFT double-stitched rectangle die, Hero Arts gem

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

A Tiny Craft: Flowers

It's the middle of May already, and that means it's time for a new challenge at A Tiny Craft! This month, we are looking for Artist Trading Cards or Coins with FLOWERS. I made a quartet:

I was able to abide by my favourite ATC principle: using stuff I already have. The bases are all from gel plate prints or ink smooshing panels I had already made, and the Catherine Pooler You've got Flowers had already been stamped and die cut. I added to the various backgrounds with some other stamping (mostly Neat & Tangled's Hello Spring), and ended up only adding three of the bigger flowers - but at least I have tiny flowers on the fourth one! I'm not sure I've actually made a one layer ATC before. :) Here's a closer look at each one: 

There is a bouquet of floral ATCs on the challenge blog - be sure to visit, and I hope you'll join us! 

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Floral and Feminine for the Sisterhood

Happy Saturday! The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is back with a classic challenge: F is for F WORDS! There is, of course, the definitive F word; and Edna is showcasing a number of F word ideas behind her. For my card, I went with the F words Feminine and Floral. 

My snarky sister Chris knows me well enough to suggest I could also add a third F word: fibbing. :D I was in the mood to make a pretty card that initially hides its snarky intentions, so I pulled out this ATC panel and added some Copic colouring. The rose on her hat gave me the idea to add a rose die cut as an extra element. The Tim Holtz sentiment sticker works well with her "who, me?" posture, I think. The white of the sticker and the ATC background are both toned down with a little warm grey Copic to keep with the vintage feel. 

Given that we're the SNARKY Sisters, I think you'll be impressed at the range of F words from the team and our current guest designer and Queen of Snark, Tristan! Feeling full of fun or fury? ;) Come join us! 

Supplies: Hero Arts sand, Recollections black & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, STAMPlorations retro fashionistas ATC, Copic markers, Paper Smooches roses die, Tim Holtz snarky small talk sticker
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