Saturday, May 28, 2016

Animals at Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we want to see your Cards with Animals.

Although I hesitate at making circus-themed cards these days (and I really don't mind the trend towards fazing out traditional zoos & animal acts), I just couldn't resist making this card.

The sentiments, from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, were heat-embossed in neon green & stamped again in blue dye ink to create a shadow effect. I put it directly onto this circle-patterned DP from my stash.The seals & elephant were dry-embossed and/or die-cut in my BigShot. I used a shiny, textured blue paper inked with blue ink for the seals; I colored white die-cuts with a fluorescent yellow Copic marker to make shadows. The elephant is cut from another stash DP, that I colored with the same fluorescent yellow marker. I used a QuicKutz die to make the loopy borders. THe star paper is also from my stash. For the base, I embossed a blue cardstock with a bubbly folder.
CAS-ual Fridays: Birthday Boy+ CAS-ual Fridays stamps
House That Stamps Built: Sketch #2516
Twofers Challenge #20: Animals + stamping + No digital images

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Free to pee, you and me

Although there are so many important issues that we should be addressing, some people have lost their minds and have driven this country into a weird conversation about who should use what bathroom. I think my mom put it best when she said, Why is this such a deal? Transgender people have been using the bathroom for centuries! I've used many a bathroom under many a circumstance; transgender folks have never made me feel uncomfortable, if I even notice, and the worst I've ever gotten from using the "wrong" restroom is a surprised look from behind a urinal. Much of life's little problems can be solved with this one simple rule: Eyes forward!

Anyhoo, this seemed like another perfect opportunity to use Viva Las VegaStamps' "Man & Woman Symbol" rubber stamp. When I decided to make this card, I promised myself I wouldn't use the color brown. But once that promise was broken (I couldn't resist using this yellow//brown, flower/streaked double-sided DP) I just went all-out with the color!

I was inspired by the universal access sign. The circle on the front was die-cut from a lime-green colored box. I made the triangle stamp from foam, and stamped it with Peanut Brittle Memento dye ink. I stamped the gender symbols with watermark ink & heat-embossed the stamp with fluorescent yellow WOW! embossing powder.

For the inside circle, I covered a white cardstock with actual (brand-new) toilet paper. The triangle was stamped in yellow and the pee folk in Peanut Brittle brown.

Although I can easily make my own digital sentiments, I enjoy using my physical stamp collection. The sentiment on the outside is from Verve Stamps, and the speech bubble die cut is from Latina Crafter. The sentiment on the inside is from Graphic 45. The sentiments were stamped in Vintage Photo and Crushed Olive distress inks, respectively.

The edges of the inside sentiment piece & the left-hand panel on the front were embossed in my BigShot; honestly, I chose this embossing folder for its slightly phallic design!

I used a Prima distressing tool to roughen the edges of the patterned papers. I edged all the pieces with Desert Sand Memento dye ink.

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: Fugly (yellow/brown DP + plus this whole situation is pretty fugly)
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch #353
Viva Las VegaStamps May Challenge: Inspiration Board (distressing, subversive humor, common sense triumphing over fearful reactions)
WordArt Wednesdays: Family Friendly/Anything Goes

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Here's a card I made with Quick Quotes Coral ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and some fun background stamps (Kaisercraft & Stampendous). The sentiment is from an IndigoBlu set & the cars are from Taylored Expressions' "Transportation Little Bits" set.
colourQ: Color Inspiration #343
Two Paper Divas: Sketch

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Simply Water Balloons

I was intrigued by the "Something that Pops or Bangs" challenge at Less is More; after mulling it over, I decided to try my hand at using a Water Balloon theme. This is my first attempt, I think it came out pretty well and will definitely return to this idea.

I started by stamping the sentiment (from Recollections' Color Splash collection) in green on a smooth cardstock. I die-cut a balloon with an Elizabeth Craft die from foam, adhered the foam shape to a stamp block with tape, and stamped the shape 3 times using a Martha Stewart ink set. Then I added the splashes with a TH stencil & blue ink from the same ink set. I glued some scraps of a green textured cardstock behind the white panel, and glued it all onto a white card base. I especailly like how the red balloon came out.
CAS(E) This Sketch!: CASE Sketch #173 + CAS
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #111: Blots/Splashes + stamping
Less is More #277: Something that Pops or Bangs (water balloons)

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Wonderful City Life

Here's a cheerful card that I might use for Father's Day.

The city stamps (Mark's Finest Papers) are heat-embossed in my own blend of white & blue powders onto a yellow paper. I filled in the windows with a mahogany Copic. The bird trio (ArtsyFartsy Stamps) is stamped in blue. The sentiment (Recollections) is stamped onto a wood-patterned paper. I cut the " hills" from white paper with a treeline die (MFT); I cut off the trees & inked the pieces with Sprout green ink (Memento). The vehicles are from Taylored Expressions' "Transportation Little Bits" set; I cut them from white & colored them with different inks.
The Male Room #35: Transport
YNS Challenge #39: Colors (I was also inspired by the photo)

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