Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tying One On at Naughty or Nice!

Ribbon! We're tying ribbon onto our cards at Naughty or Nice Challenges this month! 

Turns out I don't use ribbon a lot anymore. Which does nothing to explain the vast quantities I seem to possess. I even checked a couple of my boards on Pinterest: barely a ribbon-adorned card appeared. Instead, I reviewed my supplies, found some fun ribbon perfect for Halloween, and went from there. 

This fun stamp set was on the Stampin' Up clearance page late last year and needed to come and live at my house. The fashionable shoes are embossed in holographic embossing powder for spooky shimmer and shine. It did seem to make them harder to photograph, though. They are more vibrant in person. The trio of orange sequins are just as shiny as they look, however. 
Ribbon can be nice, or maybe ribbon can be naughty! I hope you will join us — you have until September 25th to tie one on with us! 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up basic black cardstock, Stampin' Up Tee-Hee-Hee stamps, Versafine onyx black & Memories purple ink, clear & holographic embossing powder, May Arts ribbon, Darice orange sequins, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back to Christmas

It was unseasonably cool here this week, so what better time to get back to making Christmas cards? Through an incredibly long and involved process, I managed to incorporate four different challenges, and only one is Anything Goes! 
Shopping Our Stash's challenge this week is Splish Splash, to use a wet medium on a project. I of course wanted to be a smart aleck and do a stamped card since ink is wet, right? But I decided to get with the program and watercolour. But what to watercolour, exactly? I thought back to this tag and card I made last year. Since I was using a tag element, I checked the latest Tag You're It challenge for further inspiration. I liked the die cut sentiment and the placement of the tag on the finished card. Then it was off to Merry Monday Christmas Challenge and their colours of light green, dark green and red. Simon Says Stamp is my Anything Goes challenge. 
Sorry about all that! Here's my card:

I thought the gradient tag was a great way to incorporate light and dark green. Then I watercoloured through a holly stencil and echoed the light to dark as best I could. The red comes in through the glitter die cut, the ribbon and the card base — I might have preferred a green base, but that particular tone does not exist in my many (many) greens. 
Then I made another one! 

I used a different green (Memento cottage ivy ink instead of Koh-in-oor watercolour) and sponged inks through the stencil before distressing the edges of the stencilled panel. 
One more Christmas card and I'll be up to a dozen for this coming season! 

Supplies (card 1) Stampin' Up real red & glitter cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, Koh-in-oor pan watercolours, Paper Smooches stitched tag die, Papertrey Ink joy die, ARTplorations holly background stencil, May Arts ribbon, pop-dot tape; (card 2) similar except: Stampin' Up naturals cream cardstock, Memento cottage ivy & Stampin' Up real red inks

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Saturday, August 22, 2015


The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers has a new challenge starting today — I is for Image Only (no sentiment)

I do cards without sentiments on the front quite often... so of course initially drew a blank when I had to do that on purpose. Then, driving home from visiting family the other day, inspiration struck... 

I also wondered how to make a card snarky with only an image. The answer, obviously, was to put the snark on the inside:

I realize I could expand my repertoire of people stamps, but I do love this one! I debated putting an actual crown on her, but really, isn't "supreme ruler" written all over her face? The background was inspired by J.J. Bolton's card I saw on the Paper Smooches blog recently. Since the sentiment wasn't allowed to be on the outside, I gave it some extra showcasing on the inside. 
Since a picture says a thousand words, why not show us your images-only card? If you need further inspiration, you will find lots of it on the Snarky Stampers blog, including those of our latest Queens of Snark, Stephanie and Indy

Supplies: white cardstock, Teresa Collins He Said, She Said patterned paper, Unity Queen of the Universe stamps, Memories black, Memento dandelion & tumbled glass distress inks, Spellbinders oval & My Favourite Things layered Labels dies, watercolour pencil, silver Sharpie, pop-dot tape

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Inspired by the Crooked Stamper

I was determined to play along in Leslie's (The Crooked Stamper) latest sketch challenge! And I'm slipping in on the last day. The card has been gestating in my mind for several days now, it was just a matter of finding the time to put ink to cardstock. Here's the sketch:

And here's my semi-faithful take on it: 

Lots of fun inkiness going on here! Leslie also convinced me to try Jennifer McGuire's faux textured metal technique. Here's a close-up of the shimmer and shine: 

The clock panel is a leftover from a wine tag I made a few weeks ago. It has some shine, too... I smooshed some distress inks on a piece of butcher paper, spritzed with both water and perfect pearls mist, than inked my clock background with the result. 
This has more paper layers than I'm generally comfortable with, so I'm also adding this to another challenge Leslie is a part of, Shopping our Stash: Layer It On Me. Oh, did I mention I cut three purple wine glasses and layered them for extra dimension? ;) 
I hope you'll come back bright and early tomorrow to check out the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge! 

Supplies: purple and Stampin' Up basic black cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, Hero Arts Time to Stamp & Paper Smooches Free Spirits stamps, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass, salty ocean & dusty concord distress inks, Zing clear embossing powder biscotti Perfect Pearls, Cuttlebug Seeing Dots embossing folder, Spellbinders circle & Paper Smooches Free Spirits Icons dies, Marvy Uchida corner-rounding punch, Hemptique twine, Recollections hole punch, pop-dot tape

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Got Game?

Today starts a new sketch challenge at My Favourite Things (MFT)... and since I had decided I was making a card with the MFT Television die, off I went to see if I could incorporate the sketch. I think I did, more or less... 

The sketch... 

My card...
You see it, right?  The oval turned into my rounded corner panel (and no, I don't have a giant corner-rounder, I traced and cut with scissors... I liked the echo of a tv screen shape) and the twine steps in for the banner as well as adding a pop of colour. If you really really want to, you could say the knot is standing in for the small circle. This card will soon have a gift card to an electronic games store tucked inside it, so I thought this would be a fun, retro tie-in. I decided I could live with the one teensy speckle of stray white embossing powder, considering I was using the extra-fine stuff and there's approximately 800% humidity today. It wasn't going to get any better than that, I figured. :D 
I've been having a surprisingly productive week, craft-wise, so you just might see me here again soon! 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up smoky slate & basic black cardstock, Echo Park We are Family patterned paper, Studio G stamp, Versamark ink, Wow white ultra-fine embossing powder, MFT Dienamics Television dies, Twinery marigold twine, pop-dot tape

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