Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pilin' on the Garden Bugs

The theme this fortnight at Pile It On is Butterfly/Bird/Bugs/Garden Creatures. We're sponsored by Craftin' Desert Diva's Stamps.

The Dr Seuss quote artwork is from TLC Creations; I changed some of the colors in PhotoShop to match my design. The cute bugs are from Craftin' Desert Diva's Stamps, and I colored them is Copic markers and Wink of Stella glitter pens.

Clear It Out: Theme: Nature + Stash: greenery (I've had this leaf ribbon in my stash for a long time)
Craftin' Desert Divas: In the Garden
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything goes with Patterned Paper
DoubleClick Skittles #47: school related
DRS Designs #224: Include The Word "Day"
Sketch Saturday #410: Pick ANY sketch 215-396 (I used from Sketch #323 August 16)
WordArt Wednesdays: Anything Goes

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Feminine at Crafter's Cafe

Happy May! Today begins a new challenge at The Crafter's Cafe. Our theme is Feminine. We're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps and My Stitch Back in Twine. I used "Stella Birthday/Over the Hill" from Bugaboo to make this birthday card for a lady with a good sense of humor!

I inked the black & white and gray & black patterned papers with shimmery inks, and die-cut them with my BigShot. The sentiment was die-cut with an IO die. The banner is a ShrinkyDink that I made with an AI stamp. The wooden birds were heat embossed with a light blue. The seam binding is from Paper Sweeties. I added a border & dots with Grape Stickles.

Fussy and Fancy: Female Birthdays
MarkerPop! Challenge #93: Anything Goes
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge: Shaped Cards

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Vintage/Shabby Chic at Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies our theme is Vintage/Shabby Chic. We're also having a Design Team call, if you'd like to join our great team!

For this challenge, I went the Shabby Chic route. This is a really fun style to work with.

I started by inking an embossing folder with yellow & orange inks (the ombre effect looks so much better in person!) and added clear & glitter embossing powders to give it texture.
The chipboard flowers have been in my stash for years; I inked them with 3 purple inks, embossed them with the same folder I used for the background, and added 3 purple embossing powders.
The green buttons are from A Muse Studio; I won them at Chris's great Amusing Challenge. I tied some twine onto them before gluing them to the flowers.
For the sentiment piece, I used a Graphic45 die/stamp set that I recently bought from Monica via the Craft Room Destash Facebook group. I heat-embossed the sentiment in burgundy onto vellum. The lovely seam binding is from Paper Sweeties.
Crafty Ribbons #149: Buttons
Pink & Main: Color Combo
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch #349

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Primarily Prozac

I've had this funny sentiment rubber stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps for over 3 years, and I'm glad I finally had reason to ink it up! I matched it with a "coffee" die from Your Next Stamp & two takes on with primary colors.

I stamped the sentiment in black on a piece of notebook paper; I masked the explanation point on the original stamp & used an ampersand stamp instead. I cut the "coffee" from a red vellum & twice from a regular vellum that I colored green or blue.

The coffee stains were inked using a Tim Holtz stencil, directly onto a paper towel that I backed with cardstock.

I made the embossed background while trying out the faux patina technique; I got this sorta 3D effect by inking by embossing folder & running it through my BigShot twice. I didn't throw away this piece because I knew I'd find the perfect use for it, and this was it!

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #57: Embossing
Viva Las VegaStamps April Challenge: Coffee Fiends + VLV stamp (sentiment)
YNS Challenge #37: Sketch + YNS die

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Simply Fishy

If you're like me, you immediately took interest in this week's theme at Shopping Our Stash: You Stamped With What?!! People have come up with such great ideas!

I had the perfect object in my stash: a lattice-patterned plastic hanger that I've had in my stash for at least a year. I applied ink directly onto it and it stamped quite easily. I stamped it in green 3 times, once vertically and twice horizontally. I used a wet wipe to take off the border. I left the border for the yellow stamps on the base card.

I cut a circle from fun foam, taped it to a stamp block & stamped it in yellow. The sentiment was stamped in green with a Rogue Redhead Designs rubber stamp. Honestly, I chose it because of how it balanced visually, but the pun was an added bonus! I wet the stamp to bleed the ink a bit, for sharp color & an artsy look. The "carp" (Viva Las Vegastamps) was inked once with blue & stamped thrice.

Color Throwdown: Color Combo #388
Less is More #271: 3 stamps (I'm not sure if this counts, but I linked it up)
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #247: You Stamped With What?!!

Update: This was chosen as a Top Pick for Shopping Our Stash Challenge #247!

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