Monday, August 07, 2017

MFT Sketch & Colour Challenges

First up the colour challenge. This one was a bit tricky for me, since I don't have these colours and they are pretty unique. I managed to find a blue-ish purple that worked for "Purple Rain" (I think I used a now retired SU!). The "Factory Green" wasn't too difficult to match either. However, since I don't have inks to go with the three vibrant colours, I decided to rely on Copics.

I made a simple scene, using a cloud stitched die on some Soft Stone card stock (filling in for Grout Gray). I adhered that to the sky and then stamped and cut out my dragon and his little puff of smoke. 

It still felt too simple once assembled, so I decided to make my sky a starry sky. I used a bit of watered down silver reinker and the end of a paint brush to add little dots all over. I also added a shimmer layer to my dragon.

Stamps: Magical Dragons
Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black, Silver reinker
Paper: Dark Blue/Purple, Simply Chartreuse, Soft Stone, White
Accessories, etc.: Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders, wink of stella

Now, onto the sketch. I have to say, this one was giving me a similar vibe to one a few weeks back, but I still like it. I wasn't really sure where I wanted to go with this, so I just kind of started playing around. When inspiration isn't immediate, I find that I work best to just get out some watercolour paper, some distress inks, and go with it. It worked!

I decided to start with a piece of paper edged with one of the stitched scallop basic edges. Next I did a water wash and added in rainbow stripes (Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet). Once that was done, I was looking around my desk, and remembered that I have the Floral Fantasy stamp. I tend to forget about rubber stamps, but I still appreciate how much sturdier rubber  background stamps feel. So I spritzed the 6x6 background with water and held it on my background for a few seconds. I gave it almost a batik or tie-dye look. To accentuate the background image even more, I decided to stamp the same image with versamark and apply clear embossing powder. It's subtle, but a really neat look.

To finish it off, I stamped a sentiment from the Rainbow of Happiness set (so sad to see this one retired) and to balance the black sentiment, I added some sheer black polka dot ribbon. This is from a super old ribbon share I did years ago, but this stuff still is classic. Love products that don't really fall out of trend!

Stamps: Floral Fantasy, Rainbow of Happiness
Ink: Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet, Versamark, Black
Paper: White, Watercolour
Accessories, etc.: stitched scallop basic edges dies, ribbon, clear embossing powder

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Popsicles & Splatters

Here's my post for this last week's Simon Says Challenges.

Monday's Challenge was Food and/or Drink, so I pulled out Ice Cream Dream and some distress inks. I started with a piece of watercolour paper and painted a washed background from Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, and Salty Ocean. Once that was done, I stamped the popsicles all over with versamark and then embossed them with white embossing powder. Next, to give them a little "pop", I added more ink.

The sentiment comes from the Wishing and Sending set. I stamped the banner image with Aqua Mist ink and cut it out. Next I die cut Wishing, adhered that over top and added some glossy accents to give it that nice shine.

Stamps: Ice Cream Dream, Wishing and Sending (SSS)
Ink: Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Versamark, Black, Aqua Mist
Paper: White, Waterclour, Black
Accessories, etc.: Glossy Accents, Wishing Die, White Embossing Powder

Wednesday's Challenge was Splatter It, so I pulled out distress inks, the Butterfly Drift die, and Many Thanks.

Once again I started with watercolour paper. I applied a wet wash all over and then pushed various inks into the wash. Once that was dry, I splattered more ink and also spritzed water overtop. I die cut the Butterfly Drift out of that and adhered the outline only to the card base. I adhered each of the solid images to fun foam and attached them for that extra dimension. I finished it off by rounding the corners of the card and adding a greeting from the Many Thanks Set.

Stamps: Many Thanks (SSS)
Paper: Watercolour, White
Inks: Black Onyx, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Blueprints Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Squeezed Lemonade
Accessories, etc.: Corner Rounder Punch, Butterfly Drift die

Friday, August 04, 2017

Dare to Get Dirty 2017

So it's been several years since I contributed to the Dare to Get Dirty challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. However, this was really the website where I "put down my crafting roots".  I was part of the Dirty Dozen starting in August 2007 (ten years ago!). A lot has changed since then, but I am still an avid crafter and stamper.

Although I didn't host any challenges, I provided samples for a few of the challenges. I thought I would share my projects here and encourage you to check out the challenges.

I won't share the specific challenge details (that's part of the fun, those details are for Fan Club members only), but here are my cards and the write-ups copied over from SCS:

I put this together for Edna15's challenge.

I have to stick to a stamping budget, so sometimes even though there are coordinating dies for a stamp set, I don't buy them! I also like my images to look a certain way, so I have gotten quite used to cutting them out.

This birthday bouquet was for my Grandmother's 80th birthday.

Stamps: Gran's Garden, Pen & Ink
Paper: White, Dark Chocolate
Paper Size: 5x6.5
Ink: Harvest Gold, Summer Sunshine, Honey Nut, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate
Accessories: Mix and Mat Scallops Die

I put this together for jeannes's challenge
A while back, I made a similar card with the dotty butterfly trails using nuvo drops. However, I decided to use black acrylic paint and a stylus to get the same look. The perks to using the paint and stylus- easier to control, dries quickly and flat!

Stamps: Butterfly Hope, Polka Dot Basics
Paper: White, Harvest Gold
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Harvest Gold, True Black
Accessories: black acrylic paint, sheer polka dot ribbon, stitched scallop basic edges die, butterfly hope die

I put this together for va.sunshine's challenge.

For this card, I first embossed the hearts onto the vellum using white embossing powder. I then created a window card base and sandwiched the vellum between the front white piece and the card base. I added a few colourful heart dies and the celebrate word. I thought it'd be a fun and different wedding card.

Stamps: XOXO
Paper: White, Vellum, Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush
Paper Size: A2
Ink: versamark
Accessories: good times die, xoxo die, mix and mat scallop die, white embossing powder
Techniques: heat embossing

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Sparkly Unicorns


Sometimes it's just a rainbows and unicorns kind of day- at least that's the sentiment I've used on this card!

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week is Anything Goes. So I decided to just sit down, play with some stamps, and see where it lead me!

Here's the card, I started with the blue stitched cloud background (Lawn Fawn). Isn't that such a fun backdrop for various animals or creatures? I was going to pull out the dragons, but my circle panel was a bit too small, so I thought the Mama Elephant unicorns from Unicorn and Rainbows was perfect!
I coloured the unicorn with Copics and applied a nice layer of Spectrum Noir clear sparkle over top. I knew I wanted the contrast of orange for my main panel, and then I found this sparkle paper in my stash. It's from a Michaels Recollections multi-pack, and I have to be honest, it reeks. I cannot be alone in thinking the smell of some of the specialty sparkle papers smells totally toxic? Anyone know of a good sparkle paper that doesn't reek? I'll just let the card air out for a bit before I send it out.

Anyway, despite the smell, it's a perfect match! In order to make sure my sentiment stamped well, I used archival dye ink and my MISTI.

Also, in other news- have you all seen Cathy's latest release over at Simon Says Stamp? I hope to get the Hello You and Yay sets soon. I also kind of want the Salty Ladies set. I'm sure we all know some friends that would totally go for those sentiments! I've been a Cathy fan for a long time. Her clean and simple scrapbooking style is amazing, so I was thrilled when she jumped into cardmaking recently!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Anything Goes and Balloons!

 Good evening! Tonight I'm featuring two different challenge cards.

First up- Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- You've got the Edge

I started with the blended background scalloped stitched edge (by MFT). I still kind of laugh whenever I use these dies. These are not actually the ones I meant to purchase, but I love them all the same. Really, how can you go wrong with scallops and stitching, right??

The colours I used for the background edge were Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade,  Twisted Citron, and Peacock Feathers.

My process for this card was actually deciding on the sentiment first. I figured, it's a SSS Challenge, why not pull out some SSS product. I keep some of my stamps in the Avery Elle style pockets, and i fit two in each pocket, so what do I have  tucked in with the Wishing and Sending set? The Adult Beverages set. I saw it and thought, Perfect!

I stamped two of the glasses and pulled out a few coordinating Copics and got to work. Once that was all done, I cut them out. I also added a touch of white gel pen for the little "shine" and Wink of Stella over it all to give it a shimmer.

Here's a close-up of my Copic colouring and the shimmer on these.

Next up is the Casology 5th anniversary challenge- Balloons. I had all sorts of lofty ideas, but I wanted to keep my card clean and simple, and I also didn't want to let all my recently pinned balloon cards influence me too much. It's also very hot here right now, and without central air conditioning, it can be a bit tough feeling motivated to be another more than a "blump" (that's blob+lump by the way)

I used another SSS set- Birthday Balloons. I love the simple balloon images in this set, and it has some really wonderful fonts. I stamped and fussy cut the balloons and then added a few sequins for interest. I was originally going to do this as a white card, but I liked the idea of balloons floating up against a sky-coloured backdrop.

Inks used were Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, and Amethyst Allure (form PTI)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Colour Blocking

This week's Make it Monday challenge was Colour Blocking. There were a few different styles features. I decided to combine colour blocking and watercolour backgrounds.

I started off with some watercolour paper. Next I got our my 3x4 clear block and decided on 3 PTI colours.

I was in the mood for oranges-red, so I pulled out Berry Sorbet, Orange Zest and Summer Sunrise. I inked up the block, each colour getting about a third of the block. Then I spritzed it with water and held it on the watercolour paper. To get better transfer results, be sure to hold it there for 30-60 seconds or use a heavy object to press the block down.

I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I decided to bring out Tropics. Sure, these leaves aren't typically orange, but it's a fun bright card, so it works! I stamped and die-cut two of the leaves and added a greeting from the same set.

I had so much fun, I decided to do another version with more "realistic" leaf colours. My palette this time was Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, and Limeade Ice

Stamps: Tropics
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Black Onyx
Paper: Black,  Watercolour, Berry Sorbet, Tropical Teal
Accessories, etc.: Tropics dies

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MFT Colour Challenge 73


Welcome back! Today I have a colour challenge card for MFT. As soon as I saw these colours, I thought flamingo! I have not used this set nearly enough since getting it, so I figured now was the perfect time!

Sadly, I do not own any of the MFT inks or papers, so I made do with what I had, making sure to feature all sorts of other MFT goodies.

I started with my teal background- just one shade of teal wasn't enough, so I decided to bring in three tones to make an interesting wavy sort of sky. I cut each piece from one of the Stitched Snow Drifts dies and then kind of puzzled them together.

Next, the stars of the show- the flamingos! I die cut those out of a coral card stock and inked up the wings with the coordinating ink for added dimension. I decided to bring in the lighter gray of the challenge by giving them some ground. Once I had that all together, I decided that it needed some clouds, and stitched clouds to go with the rest of the scene were perfect!

I finished it off with a sentiment from Tickled Pink! Definitely love all the flamingo-centric fun sentiments in that set!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Simon says STARS!

I know, I know. Two posts in one day?!?  Yeah. It's been a long time since I've blogged twice in one month nevermind twice in one day!

But I've been meaning to put more of my projects out there. So many don't make it to the internet at all or only to Instagram. My latest goal is to keep up with various challenges in the community. So when I saw that Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge was stars AND the featured company was My Favorite Things I knew I had to find the time to get a card made. 

Here's my card. This one was totally inspired by my stamping friend Fran. She showed me this "happy accident". Basically blend a background, add a stitched border die and then flip it! So you get a lovely frame but the contrast of the colours. Love it. I also used her colour suggestions- Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry. I loved how vibrant this palette is! Originally I was going to try and water stamp with the stars, but that was a fail, so spritzed it with water to cover up the fail spots and stamped with white pigment ink instead. I add a few rhinestones for a finishing touch!

I have to say though with the hand-drawn looking stars, black text, and almost neon colours, it has a bit of a 90s vibe. What can I say, I'm a child of the late 80s-90s!

Stamps:Count the Stars (as I'm typing this, it appears that this set is on sale, being retired, so you may want to snag it and the coordinating dies if you love it!)
Ink: Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry, Fresh Snow, Archival Black
Accessories, etc: Stars & Wishes die, Rhinestones, Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

Almost every month the 25th sneaks up on me. Yesterday, I was browsing my usual card blog list and realized that it was the 24th! It wasn't too late to play along with this month's PTI blog hop challenge.

The inspiration piece is quite soft and beautiful.

Photo source: Once Wed

I was inspired by all that softness. I was thinking vellum, rich luxurious white paper, watercoloured leaves and a metallic touch.

I think I achieved what I wanted, but it does not photograph easily. I took a few different shots so you could get a better idea.

First of all- the interior (since that's actually what I started with): I brought out some of my cotton paper because I just love it for watercolouring. I inked up two of the leaf images from Turning a New Leaf with distress inks. I knew these would not stamp crisply, but I didn't want them too. Next I used the same inks and made a little palette and got to work painting. I used Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles for the greens and Brushed Corduroy for the brown. Once that was done I took just a touch of silver reinker and watered it down to add little sparkly touches to each leaf, which you can see better on the next photo.

I waffled a bit about just placing my embossed greeting directly on the watercoloured panel, but I decided against it. Instead, I adhered the panel into a vellum card base and embossed the word from  the Pen & Ink set using Platinum embossing powder. The final touch was some white organdy ribbon and some silver cord.

Thanks for stopping by, can't wait to see what everyone else made!

Stamps: Pen & Ink, Turning a New Leaf
Paper: Cotton, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Brushed Corduroy, Silver
Accessories, etc. Platinum EP, Organdy ribbon, silver cord

Monday, July 24, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 342

Now that I've returned to the Clean and Simple Stamping card sketches, I've been reminded about just how much fun card sketches are.

I didn't even realize that My Favorite Things stamps had a challenge blog, but now that I do, expect to see semi-regular participating from me. Challenges are such a great way to jump into a card, especially if you're not sure where to start.

Here's the challenge sketch:

And here's my take. I knew I wanted to make a little bit of patterned paper, but I have a lot of line art from MFT. So I decided to pull out Winter Warmth for a bit of "Christmas in July" fun. I was feeling earthy tones and went with Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Olive Twist, and Americana (from PTI).

I used the coordinating Winter Warmth dies, as well as one of the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges dies to match the interesting angled panel at the top.

One more detail shot- I just love the perfect white frame these dies leave with the images!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

It's time for another Papertrey Ink blog hop!

I completely lost track of the date and didn't make anything ahead of time, so I madly rushed to put something together this evening.

Check out the challenge here

Here is the inspiration piece by Megan Carter:

Don't you just love the grey, yellow, peach and orange tones!! And I am always a fan of bold floral images.

Because I felt a bit of pressure from the deadline, I pulled out an old favorite- Beautiful Blooms II. the colours I pulled from the inspiration piece were: Smokey Shadow, Stormy Sea, Pale Peony, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, and Soft Stone.

After I stamped it all, I realized that Stormy Sea is really not the right grey- something with more pink in it would've matched the inspiration piece better, but it's still a neat colour combination and one I probably would've not come up with otherwise. I used Soft Stone as my light neutral here, just to change it up from the standard white.

I did a lot of fussy cutting with this one. I know there are matching dies for the larger flowers from the Beautiful Blooms II set, but for whatever reason, I am more satisfied with their look when I cut them out. The other stamps used here are Cutaway Tags: Spring and Turning a New Leaf.

Here's a close up shot of the dimension. I used regular pop dots for the grey and pink flowers, since it's extra dimensional. The yellow and orange flowers were popped up with foam mounting tape, which is a little bit less dimensional.

Supplies (all by Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II, Turning a New Leaf, Cutaway Tags: Spring
Paper: Soft Stone, Stormy Sea, Pale Peony
Ink: Stormy Sea, Smokey Shadow, Bright Buttercup, Pale Peony, Orange Zest
Accessories, etc.; pop dots, foam tape

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A few mother's day cards

I was in the mood to make a large batch of cards. I love this stencil by Bo Bunny and love the ease of blending with Distress Oxides, so it seems like a perfect mix!

I did two versions of butterfly backgrounds- the first version is Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio.

I used the Grandma and Mom dies from the For the Girls set and paired that with a sentiment from Simply You

The background for the next version is Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick

I really love how these turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

It's time for another Papertrey Ink blog hop challenge. This month's inspiration comes from Victoria Johnson Design. I loved the bold floral images and colour palettes.

Originally, I had planned to make a pattern similar to the one on the right. I didn't end up having as much free time as expected, so I went in a different direction. 

I brought out Spring Woods and got to work. This is a set that I've barely used, so it was nice to put ink to it.
 I wanted a softer, blender background, so I started with that. I blended distress oxide inks. Next, I die cut a few of the branches and stamped them with Sweet Blush for the flowers, Mint Julep for the leaves, and Dark Chocolate for the branches. I liked the yellow and blue for the bird, so I used Harvest Gold (stamped twice) and Enchanted Evening. I need to build my stash of mother's day cards, so I added a greeting from Fillable Frames #4 (love this one!).

I still want to make some patterns similar to the image on the right, but need to assess my floral stamp stash first. 

Ink: Sweet Blush, Mint Julep, Dark Chocolate, Harvest Gold, Enchanted Evening, Versafine Black Onyx, Distress Oxide- Broken China, Faded Jeans
Paper: Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate, White
Accessories, etc.: Blending Tool, Spring Woods Dies

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Transformation Challenge

Today's Papertrey Ink anniversary challenge was a fun one- "Create a new project based on improving a card you were not happy with."

Here is the card from my stash that I was less than thrilled with.I think it one I had done for one of my clean and simple sketches. It's not awful, it's just not terribly exciting. 

So for my first re-do, I decided to keep with the purple theme, but I switched up the main purple to Amethyst Allure. I decided to keep the sentiment, lose the ombre inking, and keep the polka dots. I changed the layout completely. 

Again, it's not awful, but I don't love it, and it still seemed boring. Even the curved stitched edges couldn't make this exciting. Originally I had a third popsicle on here, but the more popsicles, the more it began to look like a weird treed purple landscape!

So next, I decided to just do what came naturally.

And today that meant, lose the all purple theme, go back to my standard layout, and get a rainbow palette. I also used the little cute droplet stamp to help make it seem more "melty" I have to say even though this one really looks nothing like the original, I am much happier with it!

Inks: Amethyst Allure, Cocoa Bean, Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Blueberry Sky, Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Green Parakeet, Limeade Ice, Fresh Snow
Paper: White, Amethyst Allure, Bitty Dots patterned paper, Lavender Moon