Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Camp Create

I've got several projects for you today! I meant to participate in the June Camp Create, but time got away on me. However, I knew I had to make time for these challenges! I just recently got the newest 12 colours of Distress Oxide inks, so I found a way to use these on all my projects!

First up- the Inlaid Made Easy! Inlaying Die-cuts is really a great technique for when you want to put a die cut over a background, but you don't want the die cut to get washed out. I started off with a blending Distress Oxide inks on some white cardstock. I really wanted a fun background, so I took my Floral Fantasy background image and spritzed it with water. I pressed that onto the blended background for a few seconds and waited for the oxide magic to happen. I love how it has a suede like look! Once that was dry, I die cut the word celebrate once from white, and once from the background so I could inlay the die. The final touch was adding the "You're kind of a big deal" sentiment from Happy Hippos.

The second challenge was Magnificent Masking. I didn't make a whole background scene, but I did mask together these two characters (Beary Special Birthday and Happy Hippos) and a pile of presents. Once I had that birthday scene all set to go, I decided to add it to a stenciled background made with the Cascading Scallops stencil and distress oxide inks. I went with these products because I thought the swoosh of the stencil went nicely with the cake design and I could choose distress inks (Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral) that nicely coordinated with the Copic colours I used.

The third challenge was background bonanza. It's funny, because I started out this one with the intention of using the first part of my stenciling, but I decided to use the other piece instead. I taped my Sun Ray stencil to some card stock and blended distress oxide over it. I like how it looked, but decided to make use of the stencil a second way. Since there was ink all over it, and I had to wash it off anyway, I spritzed water over the stencil and then used that to stamp to my paper. I loved the look! I decided to use a sentiment from the Rainbow of Happiness and coordinating die (now retired), a few Wplus9 clouds and also added a few sequins to finish it off

The fourth challenge is Monochromatic Magic. I got out my Large Desert Blooms (now retired) and decided to figure out something. Once again, I got out three Distress Oxide inks (Lucky Clover, Twisted Citron, and Peeled Paint) I smooshed them all over a clear block, spritzed some water and "stamped" with it on some white card stock. Next, I stamped the small leaf all over in Lucky Clover. I really like the painted look to the background. Keeping with the monochromatic theme, I die cut the word hello from the Hello There set and added "a birthday" from Hand Lettered Hello.

The fifth challenge is Delightful Die-cutting. I kept my die-cut Celebrate from the above die-cut inlay challenge and decided to make a card around that. I wanted it to be a bit more impactful so I layered it with 2 more layers of white die-cuts and also clear embossed it. The background was really fun. I chose 4 distress oxides (Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade) and blended those loosely on the white cardstock to match up with the same colours on the die-cut word. I spritzed some water and also got out the non-oxide versions of those same inks for some ink splatters. Once again, I found a greeting from the Happy Hippos set to finish it off nicely.

Here's a close-up of the shine on that celebrate:

The final challenge, a bonus bonfire challenge was Awesome Ombre. I was inspired by how the colouring was completed in the video, so I attempted a similar style with my hippo and the balloons. Once again, I couldn't stay away from incorporating Distress Oxides. I decided to make an Ombre background. I used some washi tape to make even stripes and then I started blending with Black Soot. I had a heavy hand at the one end and really tried to evenly dissipate my blending as I got closer to the other side. I think it worked out pretty well. I realize that black and grey may not seem like the "hip hippiest hooray" colours, but with the pop of colour from the balloons, I think it works!

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!