Thursday, June 30, 2016

Simply Deconstructed S'mores

I spent a recent summer evening making this deconstructed s'mores card:

I started by stamping the chocolate drop candy (Repeat Impressions) in Milk Chocolate chalk ink (QuickQuotes). I colored it with a Copic marker & masked it with removable paper. The sentiment & chevron stencil are from a Recollections set. I colored the stencil with Copics. I used a Hero Arts block stamp & Memento Desert Sand ink for the cracker-y rectangle. The marshmallow splat was created with a TH stencil & Tsukineko Amplify ink. Love how this ink textures when heated.

Color Throwdown: Combo #399
Hand Stamped Sentiments: Sketch #241
Less Is More #282: Use a Stencil

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pilin' on the Places We'll Go

The theme this fortnight at Pile It On is "It Moves Me" (Cars, Trucks, Planes, etc.) We're sponsored by Bugaboo and I used their wonderful Cat in Hat - Youer than You digi stamp along with this Dr Seuss quote art from TLC Creations.

The vehicles are cut from wood tape using a Taylored Expressions die set, and colored with fluorescent Copic markers. I heat-embossed the sentiment onto the truck with neon green powder. I colored the image with my Copics, but the main sentiment & road background were printed. I created the road myself in InDesign & cut it with circle dies. I used a bright, double-sided paper for the background. The yellow ribbon is from my stash...I had just the right amount left!

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Patterned Paper (2nd entry)
Crafty Sentiment Designs: Kids
Deep Ocean Challenge: Metal or Wood (wood tape)
Die Cut Divas: Anything Goes
Ike's World #66: Be Independent
Stella Says Sketch Challenge: Sketch #410

Update: This made the Top 3 for ke's World Challenge #66!
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Focus on the Sentiment at Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we want to see your Cards with the Sentiment as the main focus.I made this bright & whimsical card featuring this "Positive Attitude Greeting" from DRS Designs:

The chocolate drop candy stamp is from Repeat Impressions. The silver ones were heat-embossed on scrap tinfoil; I used Milk Chocolate chalk ink from QuickQuotes to stamp the 3rd candy on white cardstock & colored it with a Copic marker.

LESSology Challenge #59: Neon-inspired+ upcycled item (medical tape, rubber tourniquet, tinfoil)
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch #357

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A little Creamer for your coffee

I had so much fun making my coffee-hued card for the Summer Coffee Loving Cardmakers Link-up that I decided to make another with brighter colors. I made a notch swing card to make the most of the front-and-back stamp.

I created the shaker with my WRMK Fuse tool & Fusaeable paper, and filled both sides with sequins & microbeads. The cat is inspired by Creamer, a stray in our neighborhood who was adopted by Marian House II across the street & now has gone home with one of the residents. I sure do miss that cat, it always let me pet it.

Coffee Loving Cardmakers: Summer + Coffee (2nd entry)
Just Us Girls #348: Mustard, Hot Pink, Turquoise
Show Us Your Pussies: Anything Goes with a Cat
Twofers Challenge #22: Tea, Coffee or Me?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cavalcade of brown!

Happy Summer! A new season means a new Blog Hop & Link-up with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers and I always enjoy playing along & seeing all the gorgeous projects folks come up with.

I admit to having a pretty severe coffee-in-the-morning habit. And in the afternoon. And possibly the evening...! I used a Verve Stamps sentiment, character stamps from my stash, and an YNS die to make this hopefully humorous message. I stamped with QQ chalk ink directly onto a white cardstock embossed with a TE folder. I sponged the same ink onto the white "coffee" die cut. I used distress ink to stamp the coffee-themed rubber stamp onto a coffee cup sleeve.

The teapot & cups (Elizabeth Craft Designs) were backed with an adhesive sheet before cutting, to make them easier to adhere, and die-cut in my BigShot. All of the papers, except for the card base & coffee cup sleeve, are from a CTMH collection. They were just perfect! The delicate cups were cut from one double-sided paper. I finished the card with a bit of baker's twine.

Coffee Loving Cardmakers: Summer + Coffee
Heart2Heart: Ties that Bind + CTMH products (3 CTMH papers)

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Shaky & Stenciled City

I ran across the fun challenges at My Favorite Things, so I pulled out my great brick wall stencil from MFT to make this cityscape shaker card:

I used a city stamp from Mark's Finest Papers, page protector pieces, my Fuse tool & a Fuse paper to create the shaker portion. I filled the city & border shakers with blue MS microbeads & confetti from Recollections.

I cut up a piece of watercolor cardstock to create all the panels. I only used 3 inks: QuickQuotes Coral, Memento Sprout, and Hampton Art Royal Blue. I cut a mask with a circle die to create the sun element.

MFT Card Challenge: Color Challenge #47
MFT Card Challenge: Sketch #285

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Pink Cadillac

Ever since I received the "Transportation Little Bits" die set from Taylored Expressions, I wanted to make a "Pink Cadillac"-inspired notch swing card using oval dies. I'm quite proud of the classically lovely yet naughty result!

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #61: Vroom

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Punny Father's Day

I wanted to make something extra-special for my Dad for Father's Day, so I was inspired by a silly joke he used to tell. 

The cars are cut from a gold cardstock using Taylored Expressions dies, the word bubble stamps are from a Latina Crafter set, the sentiment stamps are from SP Stamps & Fiskars, and I made the sentiments myself using the CrimefightBB font. I used Memento & QuickQuotes inks. The papers are all handmade/textured papers from my stash.

Die Cuttin' Divas #270: Die-cut + Father's Day
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations: Father's Day/Masculine

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Electricity comes from other planets

I've grown to truly enjoy the challenge of one layer cards, so when my husband gave me the craft prompt of "the Whole World in Your Hands," I was reminded of the fun I had with the Less is More "Splatters" challenge & created this hopeful card with a color combo directly inspired by the original Gay Pride Flag.

I started by making a frame mask for the outer border from scrap cardstock; I did the same for the circle piece. I used both the circle & its negative to mask the sections of the center image. I used bright Blue ink & dark Navy inks to create the  background, . I used Pine Green pigment ink & blue embossing powder for the Earth element. I used a  coffee-stain TH stencil to create the ocean. The rainbow rays are stamped with watermark ink & heat-embossed it the beautiful colors in my stash. The sentiment is from Verve Stamps & is heat-embossed in a glittery white powder; I purposefully let some of the powder remain on the background. This is a keeper, like equal rights!

Less is More #280: Splatters + One Layer
Inkspirational Challenge #111: Masking
Word Art Wednesdays: Anything Goes

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Nuts and Bolts - Better Together

I had so much fun making & using my nut stamps that I decided to use them again to make a CAS card featuring a "nuts & bolts" pun. The bolts are high-quality PNGs that I grabbed for free at Clker. The sentiment is from a Recollections set.
Come and Get It #121: Weird/Whimsical
Stamplorations June Sketch/Theme Challenge: Sketch

Update: This was a Top Pick at Stamplorations!

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Warm Flamingo Wishes

Our late-Spring weather has been lovely, but the humidity is slowing creeping up along with the temperature, so I decided to make a "cool" card.

The flamingo is from a Recollections stamp/die set. I cut the legs separately in order to turn them around to make it look like the flamingo is ice skating. I hand-drew the legs & tiny skates. The scarf is a piece of seam binding from Paper Sweeties.

The scenic embossing folder is one of my favorites; I got it for a steal at a yard sale. I used the top portion for the front flaps.

I used a page protector & my Fuse tool to create the shaker portion. The blue & pink sequins came with a Fuse kit & I added some snowy Flowersoft.

The sentiment (Marianne Designs) was stamped in Tumbled Glass distress ink. I added three sequins with Glossy Accents. The "lake" is made with a blue rubber tourniquet.
613 Avenue Create #180: Create Your Challenge: Shaker Card, Christmas, Sequins
Paper Sweeties: Color Inspiration

Update: This made the Top 5 for 613 Avenue Create #180!

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Enjoy the Mess

It's one layer week at Less is More; Clean & Simple stamping is such a skill, and I feel more confident with every try. That being said, clean & crisp isn't really my style so I like to get a bit artsy with it! Here's a Father's Day card I made for my Brother-in-law.

I used 3 inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Barely Banana, and QuickQuotes Coral. The splatter, smudge, and sentiment stamps are from a Recollections "Color Splash" set. I spritzed the stamps to create a messy effect. I used my index finger to stamp the prints, and doodled on them with a fine black pen. Super easy & fun to make!
Less is More #280: Splatters + One Layer
YNS #41: Sketch

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pilin' on the Traditional Recipe

The theme this fortnight at Pile It On is Something Old, Something New, Something Blue. We're sponsored by Eureka Stamps, but this time I made a Father's Day card featuring patterned paper & a sentiment piece from the "Handyman Hero" collection that came free with an issue of PaperCraft Inspirations

Old: Papers & wood from stash
New: Memento dye inks (Desert Sand & Gray Flannel)
Blue: Papers

I made the nut-patterned paper myself. I used a die, a punch, & hand-cutting to make the stamp out of foam. I made two stamps, one for each color.
  1. Cards in Envy: Male (flat cards only)
  2. Cardz 4 Guyz: Father's Day
  3. Craft Rocket Challenges: For A Man/Boy
  4. Crafty Boots: Masculine
  5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Patterned Paper
  6. Ooh La La Creations: One for the Boys
  7. Live & Love Crafts Challenge: Sketch
  8. The Male Room: Father's Day
  9. Simon Says Stamp: Father's Day / For A Guy
  10. Going Grey With Scrap-Creations: Father's Day/Masculine

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