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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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Diorama Charm -- Creative Upcycling + Stash with the UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles May challenge is Creative Upcycling with the twist of Use something you've had in your craftroom for a year or more. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps.

May diorama charm was inspired by this upcycled necklace, and depicts our house & neighborhood.

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I painted the inside of the plastic cap with glittery black paint, drilled holes in it with my Dremel, andcovered the sides with a glittery black tape. The cityscape was cut on my Silhouette Cameo; the treeline was cut with a MFT die in my BigShot. The fence & squirrel were die-cut from shiny white Shrinky Dink plastic and shrunk in my toaster oven. The pieces were inked with alcohol & distress inks. For the flat side, I colored a wood veneer house with Copic markers and adhered it onto a purple paper circle. I used a glitter pen to make a dotted boarder, and added rub-on sentiments from Tim Holtz.  The rose bead was heat-embossed with a purple powder. The double-sided silver charm is from my stash.

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teamies and hope you'll join us this month at UnstampaBelles!

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Keep On Truck'n

When I saw this adorable truck die that came with Taylored Expressions' "Transportation Little Bits" set, I knew I would have to make a "Keep on truck'n" card. (Yes, I know my spelling of "truck'n" is up for debate, but it looked better on the card!)

The left-hand border is made with the "Retro" stamp from Kaiser Craft, and heat embossed in neon yellow & neon green. I dry-embossed a zig-zag border on the right-hand side on my BigShot, and added a strip of neon yellow ribbon.

The letters were cut with a QuicKutz die from a neon yellow paper. The trucks & little love bug were cut from papers from the same neon paper pack.

Freshly Made Sketches: Sketch
Tuesday Throwdown: Embossing

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Inlaid & Inked Father's Day

I really enjoy playing at Taylored Expressions' Share Joy challenge, and, lucky me, I won a gift certificate to their store! This card features their "Transportation" Little Bits dies.

The cars & treeline are die cut directly from the textured cardstock base and the pieces set back together. The cars were inked with the same 3 blue inks that I used for the sentiments. The "roads" are inked with Memento inks that I also purchased from TE, using a Recollections stamp. I used the same stamp for the blue sections. The "Father's Day" sentiment piece was fussy cut and popped with foam tape. The base is a slate blue cardstock.
AAA Cards #64: Inlaid Die Cutting + CAS/Modern/Nearly Clean
Sunday Stamps #126: Create a Scene using Sketch

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