Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Houndstooth

I have two houndstooth papers — a black-and-white paper & an orange-and-white cardstock — that I've been looking for an excuse to use together. So I just had to try my hand at the Sketch + Houndstooth-pattern Challenge at Poppy Sketches. I also used the classic purple, orange, and black Color Combo Challenge at Lawnscaping.

I didn't originally intend to make this a Halloween card, but I just unearthed this frame stamp set from my stash. I don't think I've ever inked it up! I heat-embossed it in dark violet on white paper, and cut out the frame portion with a finger knife. I then stamped it in back on a textured, orange cardstock. I added some orange coloring the the pumpkin & a scrap from the border, and place it in the purple frame.
The middle orange strip is cut from the black-and-white paper and inked in orange. The purple trim is a delicate ribbon from Wrights. The fancy border is a die from Spellbinders' A Gilded Life collection, and I cut it from a two-toned, textured Core'dinations cardstock. The card base is a shiny silver cardstock.

I finished the card with two black gem-topped acetate spider tickers that a friend just gifted me. Never thought houndstooth could look so spooky!

Poppy Sketches #15
Lawnscaping #92
Lawnscaping Challenge #92: Halloween or Color Combo
Poppy Sketches: Sketch #15 + Houndstooth pattern

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Classic Time

I've been working with some houndstooth-patterned papers, so I used some of those scraps to make one final card for Simon Says Stamp's Color Challenge:


The lavender and orange strips are strips of the black-and-white paper that I colored with inks and Copics. The orange houndstooth cardstock is a DP from my stash. I stamped the sentiment directly on it, and it's much more readable in real life. It is from a CTMH set and reads "Every moment in time is a gift and a blessing." The old-fashioned clock is a Tim Holtz die that I cut from gray & sparkly green cardstocks. I added some color to the grat outline with a dark gray Copic. I put it on an Action Wobble:

I notched the corners of the patterned paper base with a Marvy punch, and backed the card with a shiny black paper. Had lots of fun with this one!

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Sew Buttons!

I can't get enough of the interesting color combo at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, and I couldn't resist using it again for a CAS-ish card:

For the background, I backed a black cross-stitch fabric scrap to a shiny black paper, and distress the edges.  I tied some help twine onto the tiny flower buttons and matched them with some mulberry flowers from my stash. The ODBD sentiment is stamped onto a paper-backed piece of an old fabric bag. The ruler, from a Cardmaking and Papercraft free set, was stamped onto a gray cardstock and attached with a dark gray, heart-shaped eyelet.

Happy Little Stampers: October Sketch
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Color Coordinates (4th entry)

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

UnstampaBelles October Challenge - Time + Shabby Chic without Stamping

I'm very proud to announce that I'm the newest member of the UnstampaBelles Team! Their monthly challenges are unique: Aside from a theme, you cannot use any stamps! Quite a challenge for me, but I'm really looking forward to it.

The UnstampBelles October challenge is Time + Shabby Chic. We're sponsored by the wonderful company Flourish with a Bling, and you can link up your projects until the end of the month.

I decided to make a card slightly inspired by "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, which seemed like a fun way to incorporate both themes.

I used papers from Graphic 45, and a lovely script-printed adhesive cork. I added some black lace behind the cork strip, and distressed all the edges with a distressing tool and Antique Linen ink.

The raven die is from Tim Holtz, and I cut it with black paper & painted it with a black glimmer paint. The "Nevermore" piece & clock are painted with clear crackle paint and ink-distressed with more Antique Linen. I couldn't resist adding this cute wooden ink well, which I painted with black crackle paint.

I've been familiar with "The Raven" for most of my life, but when I moved Baltimore — the home of Poe's gravesite, the football team named for the poem, and even an apartment complex named The Lenore — it gained more significance for me. I ended up studying Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore, and one of my favorite memories is going to a poetry reading where we started by reading the poem. One of my professors looked over & saw that my husband (not a UB student) was reciting it from memory. Man, I got a lot of "cool" points for that! I also take pop-culture pride in introducing my favorite poetry professor to the version of the poem as presented on The Simpsons, and I think she still uses it in her classes.

Many thanks to the UnstampBelles for inspiring this card!

Creaine #41
Craft and Smash: Gothic
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper October Challenge: Patterned Paper (3rd entry)
Creaine Challenges: Sketch #41

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Pilin' on the Cheer

This week at Pile It On, our challenge is to Use a Cheerful Message. We're sponsored by Oddball Art, so I used their Happy Cloud, Sad Cloud, and Kawaii Clouds digi stamps to make this notch swing card:

The sentiment, from Paper Makeup Stamps, is a quote from Dolly Parton: "If want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain."

ABC Challenge: V is for Vibrant
Aud Sentiments Challenge #117: Anything Goes with a sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything goes with Patterned Paper (2nd entry)
Craft Your Passion: Hope/Love/Encouragement theme
Doodle Pantry #51: Use a Digi
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #57: Anything Rectangular/Square with twist - add some Yellow

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Beautiful Butterflies at OSAAT

SBDO October Prize Pack
This fortnight at One Stitch at a Time (OSAAT) our theme is Anything Goes with a Butterfly. StitchyBear's Digi Outlet (SBDO) has hundreds of digital products from many wonderful artists. Even if you don't use a store image, you'll still be in the drawing to win the super-duper October prize pack.

I used Fairy Flutter by Beary Dust, which is available at SBDO. Isn't she a cute little fairy?! I colored her with Copic markers. The butterflies are cut from an orange holographic plastic with an SU! Embosslits die.

The beautiful background paper is a DP from my stash. The layered sunflower was cut/embossed fomr a Core'Dinations cardstock. The sentiment, from TLC Creations, reads "You're Fairy Fabulous" and was cut with a PageMakers die.

Crafty Little Fairies: Use only one designer paper (2nd entry)
Emerald Faeries Challenge #60: Things with Wings
House of Cards: Punch and/or Die
Paper Shelter Challenge #178: Monsters/mythical beings (fairy)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Geared Up Thank-you

I've already used this color combo and sketch for a different card, but I liked them both so much I decided to use them again.

The background papers are from Graphic 45; the orange one is part of their collection, but I colored the black-and-white piece with green ink. The gears are die cuts (Sizzix & Memory Box, I think). I used a brad from my stash; yes, the gear does move! I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of polka-dotted paper. Pretty quick card, but I think it will make a fun thnak-you card some day!

Sketch Sat. #331
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Color Coordinates (3rd entry)
Sketch Saturday #331: Sketch by Alex (2nd entry)

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


My brother-in-law's wedding anniversary is October 31st, so I always enjoy making them a Halloween-themed anniversary card. I used these same stamps for their anniversary card last year, but I couldn't resist using them again in a new way.

I was inspired by the current One-Layer challenge at Less is More; I always find it very challenging, and since the twist is to use 2 of something, this stamp set seemed like a perfect fit. For once I can handle all that white space! 

I tried my hand (again) at the Color Combo at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, although the dark silver came out really bright in this photo. I heat-embossed the skeletons in black and painted in the details with Liquid Pearls.

Less is More: CAS + One Layer Card + 2 of something
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Color Coordinates (the silver looks darker IRL...got really shiny here!) / 2nd entry

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Desert Sunset

I couldn't resist playing with the Color Combination at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week. I decided to make something other than a Halloween card, and I ended up making a Desert/Western-themed card:
I stamped gray & lavender cardstock in black with kerchief-patterned stamp by Stampendous. I lined up the pieces; if you use your imagination, the bottom triangle might look a bit like a mountain... I heat-embossed the cactus stamp (from a MFT set) in black, colored it with a green marker, and used a Versamrk pen to cover the image with clear heat-embossing powder. I then used the emboss-resist technique to create a "sunset" with two orange inks. Thes entiment (from the same MFT set) was stamped in black on a plain wood embellishment. I distressed the patterned piece, backed it with a black paper and notched the corners with a Marvy punch.

Funny story: Just as I was gluing the last bit of this card, my friend in Arizona sent me a lovely photo of his current view, which was a Saguaro against the sunset.

Sketch Sat. #331
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Color Coordinates
Sketch Saturday #331: Sketch by Alex

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pink for BCA at Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies our theme is Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness (Cards only). I used Butterfly for a Cause by our sponsor Sami Stamps.

The flowered paper is from a Heidi Grace glitter pack. I cut a small piece of it, edged it with a scallop die, and inked it with a bright pink ink.

The image was printed on a bright pink paper along with a sentiment from TLC Creations. I colored it with Copics and gel pens.

The butterflies were cut/embossed with a SU! Embosslit die from a pink metal sheet from Add a Little Dazzle. The heart button was cut from a darker pink metal using a PageMakers die. The yellow ribbon is actually a scrap from a card I made two weeks ago; Hmm, I need to clean my craft area more often! I finished the card with some strands of gems.

Sketch #172
I'm entering this project into the following Challenges:
Deconstructed Sketch: Sketch #172
Fussy and Fancy #124: Lots of Pink or Breast Cancer
Karleigh Sue Challenge: Pink Ribbon Challenge
Live & Love Crafts Challenge #28: PINK Anno 2014
Sisterhood of Crafters: Think Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness)
The Crafting Cafe: Think Pink

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Glittery Hello

One of my favorite techniques is using microglitter to fill in images, but it's a long, tedious process, so I really have to be in the mood. This week I spent a quite some time using this technique to make some cards & future card toppers. I was inspired by STAMPlorations Sketch #21 to create this card:

Sketch #21
I used the outline sticker glitter technique with a Tulip outline sticker & transfer sheet by Starform and a double-sided adhesive sheet. 

I cut the border with QuicKutz die using a paper-backed adhesive sheet, and covered it with green, pink, and apricot glitters. The bright pink lace is from my stash.

The sentiment is cut with a die from a shiny green paper. The peach background & die-cut green piece are glittery papers from DCWV.
Here's another card I made using the same techniques. The image is filled with pink, blue, green, apricot, light green, clear prisma, and glow-in-the dark glitters. The die-cut border (from the same QuicKutz set) is covered with apricot glitter with touches of pink. It's backed on a store-bought glitter-covered black cardstock.

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