Sunday, November 8, 2015

SNSS Birthday Blog Hop!


Hey everyone!  We're celebrating the 8th birthday of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps today, with a blog hop and a chance to win FREE STUFF!  There will be a grand prize of an $80 prize pack awarded to one random person who comments throughout the blog hop, so be sure to visit everyone's page and leave a comment!

Here's my card for today's hop:

    I used the Nature Silhouettes stamp set along with the Faith stamp set to create this card.  To start out, I cut a piece of hot press watercolor paper to 3 3/4" x 5" and masked off a strip towards the top with painter's tape.  Then I wet down the strip with water and dabbed Distress inks into the space with my Aquapainter, letting them bleed into each other a little.  I started with Mustard Seed at the bottom, followed by Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, and finally Peacock Feathers.  I dried it with my heat gun and stamped the wildflowers/grasses from Nature Silhouettes with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.  Then I carefully removed the painter's tape and stamped the dragonfly from the same stamp set, letting it go outside of the painted strip a little for some interest.  I used a black fine tipped Sharpie and a ruler to add black lines above and below the area, and stamped the sentiment from the Faith set underneath.  I ended up trimming it down to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" because the ink bled a little bit down the edge of the paper, even though I pressed the painter's tape down really well.  Finally I matted it onto Basic Black cardstock and then a Bermuda Bay card base.  It's very flat and easy to mail; nothing 3D on this easy card!

I hope you liked today's project.  Check out Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for more beautiful stamp sets - now through the 12th, you can get FREE SHIPPING on an order of $30 (enter the code BDAYFREESHIP at checkout), and from the 13th -19th you can earn a FREE STAMP SET of your choice (valued at $15.95) with any $80 order!  Not to mention, all digital products are 50% off all month long. 

Plus, on Tuesday and Friday they're posting other giveaways on their Facebook page, so be sure to pop over there and get in on the fun!   
And now, you can continue on your way to see the other talented artists in this hop!  Click the links below to visit their blogs and see their gorgeous card samples.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

 Stamps:  SNSS Faith and Nature Silhouettes
Ink:  Distress inks in Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, and Peacock Feathers; Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper:  Hot press watercolor paper, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
Accessories and tools:  Black fine-tipped Sharpie, Aquapainter, painter's tape

Don't forget to post a comment below to be entered to win this fabulous $80 PRIZE PACK!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Christmas Morn

Good morning, everyone!  This month I'm honored to be a guest designer for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, which is celebrating its 8th anniversary this month!  There are tons of good deals and fun things happening over there, so be sure to check them out!  Today I'm sharing a card I made using their Christmas Morn stamp set.  It's a really cute set, with lots of vintage-style silhouette stamps in it:

I used Stampin' Up! cardstock, paper, dies and embellishments because that's mostly what I own, and I heat embossed the sentiment in white to make it pop.  Please excuse my wonky bow.  I tried SO hard with that thing, but in the end it just had a mind of its own!   Smiley

Here's the inside.  Aren't those kiddos cute?!  Opening presents in their jammies!

I hope you enjoyed today's project!  Thanks for stopping by!

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Old Olive, Versamark
Paper: Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Santa & Co. DSP (retired)
Accessories:  Stampin' Up! ovals dies, Stampin' Write markers in Summer Sun and Chocolate Chip, white candy dots, white embossing powder, Not Quite Navy ribbon

Cheerful Bluebird

Hi there, stamping friends!  Today I'm playing with the Praise the Lord stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  It even has a matching die to cut out the bluebird, which is a huge time saver if you don't like to fussy cut!

To make this card, I stamped the bluebird in Jet Black Archival ink onto a piece of hot press watercolor paper.  I watercolored it with reinkers and my Aquapainter.  Then I cut it out using Stampin' Up!'s Deco Label framelits, and also cut out one size larger from Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I ran the Chocolate Chip die cut through the Square Lattice TIEF (retired) and added two antique brads in the top corners.  I stamped a 4" x 5.25" piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock with the Hardwood background stamp and assembled the card onto a Chocolate Chip card base.  I used some green satin ribbon from my stash to finish it off with a sweet little bow.

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is celebrating their 8th anniversary this month, and they have all kinds of fun goodies and deals going on.  Check them out here!  

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Summer Sun, Cajun Craze, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Hot Press Watercolor Paper
Accessories and Tools:  Square Lattice TIEF (retired), antique brads, Deco Labels Framelits, Aquapainter, white gel pen (for the dots on the flowers and in the bird's eye), green satin ribbon

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Season's Greetings

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing my third card for the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge.  It uses the stamp set Deck the Halls, which is actually an awesome set in spite of its size (the whole set is 3" x 3").  You get a ton of little stamps, AND... there are two sets of antlers (one with pinecones hanging off them - shown on my card - and a smaller set without pinecones).  The best thing about this set is that the antlers are separate from the deer, so you can make a male OR female deer.  And because there's a baby deer in the set, you could use this for a spring card too!  Super versatile.  

To make this card, I started by die cutting one of Stampin' Up!'s labels framelits from a scrap of copy paper.  I used the open frame to mask off an area on my white cardstock, and then I sponged Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, and Basic Black into the opening.  Then I removed the mask and stamped the deer and larger antlers onto the ground area.  I used the paper piercing template to pierce holes around the inside border of the sponged shape, and stamped the little snowflakes from the same stamp set using white craft ink.  I added a sentiment from Stampin' Up!'s Bright and Beautiful stamp set, and a Rich Razzleberry bow.  I also used a white gel pen to accent the eye, nose, and ears of the reindeer.

I like these non-traditional colors for a Christmas card!  I hope this inspires you to think about sponging a scene inside the negative space of a die cut.  Any label shape would work here.  That's it for now - have a great day!

Stamps:  Hero Arts Deck the Halls, Stampin' Up! Bright and Beautiful
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White Craft Ink
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories and Tools: Rich Razzleberry cotton ribbon, Stampin' Up! Labels Framelits, sponge wedges, paper piercing tool, Stampin' Up! Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Uniball Signo white gel pen, ticket corner punch 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Color Challenge Cards #4: Christmas and Birthday

I'm back with the final color challenge for the month of October.  It has been such fun to play along with these challenges every week, and I am so grateful to the ladies over at Splitcoaststampers who invited me to be a guest designer for these past four weeks!  I've had a blast working with the beautiful color combos they came up with!

This week's colors are Mossy Meadow, Baja Breeze, and Crumb Cake:

I came up with two very different card ideas for this one.  The first is a Christmas card, of course!  I am slowly working on them this year, because I've learned that I really don't enjoy mass-producing too many of the same design.  It gets a little boring for me.  But if I want every card to be different, I have to really start early and keep plugging away!

For this card, I used the Penny Black Prancers  set (for the pine trees), and Stampin' Up!'s Lovely as a Tree, Gorgeous Grunge, and White Christmas sets.  I started by masking off the snow area with a post-it and brayering Baja Breeze ink from the top down for the sky.  With the mask still in place, I sponged some Crumb Cake at the horizon.  Then I moved the post-it mask and lightly sponged a second hill i Baja Breeze, a bit lower down.  I inked up the two larger trees from the Prancers set in Mossy Meadow ink, and stamped the larger one near the bottom of the panel and the smaller one up higher.  I stamped the Lovely as a Tree background trees in Crumb Cake, and the sentiment from White Christmas in Soft Suede.  When all the ink was dry, I heat embossed the splatters from Gorgeous Grunge over everything with white embossing powder.  I matted the panel onto some Soft Suede cardstock and then onto a Crumb Cake card base.

For my second card, I made a floral birthday design:

To start, I inked up a clear block with Baja Breeze ink and stamped it down onto some watercolor paper to make a square impression.  I blended it lightly with an Aquapainter and dried it with my heat gun.  Then I stamped the flowers from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Nature Silhouettes set in Mossy Meadow ink.  The sentiment comes from LJD Pretty Poppies, and I stamped it in Soft Suede ink.  I mounted the piece onto Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake mats, tied some Mossy Meadow ribbon around it, and popped it up onto a Mossy Meadow card base with foam adhesive.

These colors are so earthy, you can really do a lot of different cards with them.  They'd make a beautiful lake scene too, and they're soft and muted enough for a sympathy card as well.  Thanks for coming over and taking a look!  Have a great week!

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Stamps: SNSS Nature Silhouettes, SU Gorgeous Grunge, Lovely as a Tree, White Christmas, LJD Pretty Poppies, Penny Black Prancers
 Paper: Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, watercolor paper
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Versamark
Accessories and Tools: Brayer, heat gun, white embossing powder, post-it notes, sponge wedges, clear block, aquapainter, Mossy Meadow ribbon, foam adhesive, glue dots, ATG tape

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Snowy Scene

Hello there!  I'm back with my second card for the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge.  This one uses The Hero Arts Snowy Scene stamp, which is a single stamp that is mostly solid rubber, with the trees and snow and deer finely carved into it so that when you ink it up, you are only inking the sky.  I inked the stamp with Lost Lagoon ink, and then used a sponge dauber to apply Midnight Muse ink to the top portion of the stamp.  After I stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock, I trimmed it down and adhered it to a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock, and then to a Midnight Muse card base.  I cut two 5" strips of Whisper White cardstock and tore the long edge of each one to create snowy banks that extended out beyond the width of the stamped panel, then sponged Lost Lagoon along the torn edge.  After I adhered those to the card front, I used my white gel pen to add snow to the Lost Lagoon panel, keeping it heavier at the top and tapering off as it neared the snow banks.  That's it!  Simple and serene. 

I can't wait to try this stamp using a circle of sticky note to mask off a moon first.  I think it would also make a gorgeous sunrise scene.  And I want to try coloring in the trees a little on one card.  Lots of ideas for this one!

That's it for now... thanks for stopping by!

Ink: SU Lost Lagoon, Midnight Muse
Paper: SU Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Midnight Muse
Accessories and Tools:  Sponge wedge, white gel pen, sponge dauber  

Get Your Party On!

Hey everyone!  Today I am submitting a card for the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge.  Isn't this one fun?  I just LOVE the background stamp (Garland Bold Prints).  It reminds me of those gorgeous, glamorous long strings of pearls and jewels that the flappers of the '20's would wear.  I think it would be perfect for Christmas or New Year's, or a birthday, a retirement, a graduation, a wedding, any kind of dressy celebration.  Even a girls' night out invitation - how FUN would that be?!  I can't wait to try more techniques with this stamp.  There is SO much you can do with it!

The sentiment is from the WOOT WOOT set from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  The sentiments in this set are fun and sassy, and they always make me smile!

To make this card, I first heat embossed the background stamp in gold embossing powder onto a 4 5/8" square of Very Vanilla cardstock.  After it had cooled, I sponged on the following colors from the bottom up:  So Saffron, Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, Rich Razzleberry, and Pacific Point.  As an afterthought, I added a little touch of Pumpkin Pie to the bottom, and I love the warmth it gives.  I used a clean rag to buff the ink off of the gold embossed areas.

I wanted to mat the panel on some gold foil cardstock but all I have left are little scraps, so I used a Krylon gold leafing pen to go around the outer edge.  Cheaper and less bulky for mailing anyway!  Win!

To finish the card, I matted the embossed panel onto a Basic Black square that was 3/16" larger, and then onto a 5 1/4" square Pacific Point card base.  I stamped the "Get your party on" sentiment onto a 4 5/8" strip of Basic Black and heat embossed it in gold, then adhered it to the bottom of the front panel.

Here's the inside of the card - this sentiment is also from the WOOT WOOT set, and I stamped it in Rich Razzleberry:

 Such a fun, happy project to make!  I hope you enjoyed seeing my process today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Ink:  Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, SU So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Versamark
Paper:  SU Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Pacific Point
Accessories and Tools:  Gold embossing powder, heat gun, Krylon gold leafing pen, sponge wedges

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Story of Your Life

Hi everyone!  I have a "bookish" card for you this time, inspired by the Smart is Cool challenge at Splitcoaststampers today.  I think the sentiment goes really well with a book or journal image, don't you?

Honestly, this card evolved from the little book outwards, and all I really knew from the get go was that I was going to make a little miniature book to put on the front of it.  To make the book, I cut two 12" x 3" strips of Typeset DSP and sponged all around the edges of both sides of them (front and back) with Crumb Cake ink:

I cut them up into 2" x 3" pieces and folded each one in half, for a total of 12 pieces:

See how much easier it was to sponge the long strips before cutting them all up?  I did NOT want to sponge the front and back of all 12 little rectangles.  *shudder*
Then I adhered all the pages together back to back using double sided tape:

I cut a 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Early Espresso cardstock to make the book cover, attached a bit of Old Olive taffeta ribbon to it, and stuck all the pages onto it.

Then I used a half of a glue dot to secure the ribbon down onto the pages like a little bookmark - I also trimmed the ribbon to the length I liked.

I stamped the Hardwood background onto a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock using Early Espresso ink, and sponged around the edges of it with both Baja Breeze and Early Espresso.

I stamped the sentiment from the Gina K Designs Great Sayings stamp set in Early Espresso onto a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock, and tore around the edges.  I also sponged the edges of it with Crumb Cake ink so that it wouldn't be so bright.  Then I assembled the card, matting the blue panel onto a piece of Early Espresso and then onto an Old Olive card base.  I attached the book at a slight angle, and the sentiment above it.

 To me, it kind of looks like a journal that someone sat down at a table to write on.
I hope you enjoyed this more unusual and whimsical card.  I just love playing the challenges; it makes me create things that I otherwise wouldn't think to make.  Always an adventure!  :)

Stamps: GKD Great Sayings, SU Hardwood background stamp
Ink: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Typeset DSP
Accessories and Tools: Sponge wedges, Old Olive taffeta ribbon

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dreams of Travel

Hi everyone!  Today I had a card for this week's Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge, but sadly I was too late to upload it.  Boo.  Still a fun sketch to play with though!  Here's the sketch we got to use:

I rotated it 180 degrees so that the horizontal strip was across the bottom of the panel instead of the top.

To make this card, I first sponged a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the old retired Creamy Caramel ink.  I LOVE and miss this color - it's a much warmer beige than any of the current ones.  I even had a few pieces of cardstock left over that I've been hoarding, so it was time to pull it out for the card base!

After sponging the panel, I stamped various images from the Traveler stamp set all over it, using Ranger Archival Black ink.  I was going for a collage-y look.  I also stamped the suitcase on a scrap of vanilla and fussy cut it out, after sponging it.  For the banner across the bottom, I used a 1" strip of Very Vanilla, sponged it lightly, and stamped the sentiment from the Gina K Designs Dreams stamp set.  I thought it went well with the idea of traveling off to far away places.

I added some antique brads and popped the suitcase up on dimensionals.  Quick and easy!

Hope you liked today's project!

Stamps: GKD Dreams, SU Traveler
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Archival Black
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Accessories and tools: Paper snips, dimensionals, brads, sponge wedge

Monday, October 19, 2015

Color Challenge Card #3: Abstract Lakeshore and Elegant Thanks

Hey everyone!  I am having such fun being a Guest Designer for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge this month!  Here is my first card for today's challenge.  It's an abstract background that I turned into a scene!    Today's colors are Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, and Elegant Eggplant:

This one is my favorite color palette so far.  I love, love love playing with bold bright colors!  I've done a lot with masking and sponging lately, and felt like trying a completely different technique.  So this time I used the Wrinkle-Free Distress technique with watercolor paper (I just think of it as the watercolor SMOOSH technique, ha!).  I love how every time you do this technique, you get a different background.  You never know how it's going to turn out, but it's always interesting!  You get what you get, and you don't have a fit, my students would say, ha ha!  The challenge is to then figure out what you can make out of the swirly results.  Check it out!

How fun is THAT?!!  Click on it to see it up close for the best effect!  First, I swiped my Calypso Coral ink pad across my nonstick craft sheet.  Underneath that, I swiped my Bermuda Bay inkpad, and finally under that my Old Olive ink pad.  I misted the whole thing with water until the ink began to bead up, and then I placed a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of hot press watercolor paper onto it.  I wiggled it just a tad and smooshed it evenly down to make sure all the corners were covered.  After letting the paper absorb the ink for a few seconds, I lifted it off and let it dry overnight.  I meant to take a photo of it at this point but I got so excited to stamp on it that I forgot.  LOL.  Anyway, if you imagine it without any of the stamping, you'll see that I had a smear of Calypso Coral at the top and Old Olive at the bottom, with a sort of triangular Bermuda Bay area in the middle.  My intention was to use the Elegant Eggplant as a dark neutral color, rather than black or brown.  Don't forget to try your darker colors that way!  Darker shades of color make really beautiful alternatives to black and brown when you're creating naturescapes.

I thought this looked like a little water scene, so I added a small Bermuda Bay horizon by sponging lightly against a sticky note, and an Elegant Eggplant shoreline in the distance, also by sponging.  I used the small Fir Row stamp by Stampscapes to stamp some tiny Elegant Eggplant trees in the distance, and Stampin' Up!'s Wetlands set to stamp the grasses in the foreground, also using Elegant Eggplant.  Finally I defined the water line with a white gel pen, and stamped the sentiment.  I matted the piece onto some Elegant Eggplant cardstock, and then onto a Bermuda Bay card base.  And look at it!  I could never have completely planned for it to come out that way.  I really recommend trying this technique - especially if you are a person who likes everything to be neat and controlled.  This will push you into an abstract, "whatever" mode, which is very freeing.

Later, I tried a mixed media card with the same colors, which was also a lot of fun.  First, I brayered Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, and Calypso Coral inks onto damp watercolor paper.  I had this idea that brayering onto damp paper would produce some sort of new, cool effect.  Nope.  Just looked like regular brayering.  Oh well, worth a try!  I spritzed it with more water, blotted it to mottle the color, and let it dry.  Then I ran it through the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, sanded it lightly to distress it, and rubbed the raised parts with gold acrylic paint (the Golden brand is my absolute favorite; this color is Iridescent Gold Deep (Fine):

Eeeep!  I loved it already, just as is!  I wanted this background to be the star of the show, so I just matted it onto some ivory cardstock and then onto an Elegant Eggplant card base.  I added a ribbon bow and a simple sentiment, and voila!

The sentiment is from the Lovely, Amazing You photopolymer set, and I used Nestabilities Standard Circles dies to cut out the sentiment and the mat for it.  The ribbon is some stuff I've had in my stash for a long time, and I can't remember where I got it.  It happened to match the cardstock pretty well, so I went with it!

Hope you liked what I did with today's colors - thanks for stopping by! 

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Stamps: SU Lovely Amazing You, Wetlands, Stampscapes Fir Row
Paper: Watercolor paper, Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay, GKD 120lb Ivory
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories and Tools: Beautifully Baroque TIEF, gold acrylic paint, brayer, sponge wedges, white gel pen, sticky notes, circle dies, purple ribbon, foam adhesive, nonstick craft mat, spray bottle with water, sanding block 
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