Tuesday, August 15, 2017

On the Move Reminder

Mid-month (wait, what?) means it's Naughty or Nice Challenges reminder time! This month we are ON THE MOVE with an optional colour challenge. I didn't manage the colours this time, but at least the theme is there! 

I missed out on the "naughty" aspect this time, as well. Oops. As I was deciding what to make to fit the theme, I remembered this origami map stamp, and had a thought... watercolour powder! The other times I'd used this stamp, powders had not yet become a THING. After stamping and embossing in white on watercolour paper, I wet the continents one or two at a time before carefully sprinkling green powder on. I like the mottled mappy look using the powder gives! I decided that trying to do the same with the oceans might be a mess in the making, so I used distress ink (salty ocean, of course) to watercolour instead. Shockingly, I found some patterned paper that worked with the green. That, an accent of black, and an embossed sentiment finished the card. 
Why not come and join us with your naughty or nice creation? You have until August 25th to join us. 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Basic Grey Oxford patterned paper, Neat & Tangled Origami Map stamps, Versamark & salty ocean distress ink, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Magenta Nuance green watercolour powder, fun foam

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Christmas Card No. 2!

Once I start making Christmas cards, I can find it hard to stop. :P So I went back to this month's Muse: ChristmasVisions for more inspiration. 

This time I'm using Cornelia's upper-left card as my inspiration. The easy part of the inspiration.. I have a very similar sentiment! And while my initial thought was to also go with cookie-themed images, I just didn't seem to have anything that worked for me. So thematically, my images went in an entirely different direction: 

This bear seemed to have just the right "huh, how did THAT happen" look on his face to go with the sentiment. Please ignore my very rudimentary Copic colouring, I'm new to these markers, and have few colours and little skill. :D What I did have was patterned paper that matched his sweater to complete this clean and simple card. 
I'm also entering this into the current CAS Mix Up challenge, since I've used alcohol markers, stamping, patterned paper, glitter markers and Stickles. 

Supplies: white cardstock, Doodlebug Frosty Friends patterned paper, MFT Cool Day & Riley & Co. Funnybones stamps, MFT black licorice & Stampin' Up real red inks, Copic markers, frosted lace Stickles, clear & black Wink of Stella markers, fun foam

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Musing and Shopping My Christmas Stash

It's an August long weekend here (with the exciting name of Civic Holiday) and I had time to play today! I decided I would let this month's Muse: ChristmasVisions kickstart my holiday cardmaking. There are four cards to be inspired by! 

And coincidentally, Shopping Our Stash decided to bypass the Christmas in July challenge frenzy and have a Countdown to Christmas challenge this week. Inspired by the top right card, I went deep into my stash and came up with this:

I've had this stamp set for years, but have never used the big head before. Instead of ornaments hanging from his antlers, I gave him a fuzzy red nose — and those teeny pompoms have been around since my teaching days, which is a while ago. I echoed Cornelia's striped side panel with some thin washi tape. 
My plan is to CASE all four Muse cards this month... we'll see what happens. ;) 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, Simon Says Stamp/Kelly Purkey Oh Dear & WPlus9 Simply Sentiments 6 stamps, Colorbox frost white & Versamark inks, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Little B thin silver stripes washi tape, (?) small pompom

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sisterhood of Furry Stampers!

And here we are in August! So while shorts and t-shirts may be the current fashion where I live, Edna is luxuriating in furs for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers M is for Mink challenge! Don't worry, we aren't really asking you to put fur on your card, just a furry creature of some sort! I went for a bear:

This may look all cute and cuddly, but there is secret snark! The card is for a friend who has a mama black bear and her cubs living in the bush between her and her neighbour's houses. I was quite happy with the background for the bear, which turned out almost the way I pictured it! Definitely doesn't always happen. :P 
I'm adding this to the current Anything Goes challenge at Muse.
Be sure to check out the other furry creatures on display on the Snarky Stampers blog! I hope you'll come and join us. 

Supplies: white, Spectrum Noir & PTI grey cardstock, Essentials by Ellen All Inside stamps & dies, Gina K Designs Tropical Flowers & Stampin' Up Cross My Heart stamps, MFT black licorice, Memento cottage ivy & tumbled glass, antique linen & mowed lawn distress inks, Spectrum Noir markers, MFT cloud stencil, Paper Smooches Word Bubbles die, pop-dot tape

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Seize the Birthday — Tie One On!

I'm back again playing along with the talented crew at Seize the Birthday! The new (always optional) *topping* option is called TIE ONE ON — use ribbon or something similar on your project! 
It seems like ages since I've used ribbon on a card... twine yes, but not classic ribbon. That's not to say I don't have a drawer full of it. ;) So I decided I would take the challenge and use some ribbon. 

I also used the sketch from the MFT sketch challenge, which of course has ended already. It was fun to use a mix of patterned paper, ribbon, die cuts, and of course this cute little kitty face. I couldn't resist putting him on the inside, as well: 

Since my friend Ardyth was courageous enough to open her Muse challenge up to Anything Goes, I'll add this to her link up. 
Ribbon or not, I hope you'll come and play along! 

Supplies: white and blue cardstock, American Crafts Amy Tangerine Sketchbook patterned paper, MFT Cool Cat, I Knead You & Cat-itude stamps & dies, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & Memento London fog inks, Ranger clear & Wow white embossing powders, Spectrum Noir markers, MFT Precious Polaroids die, Michaels ribbon, pop-dot tape

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

On the Move at Naughty or Nice!

It's August! And where I live, July felt more like, um, April most days, so here's hoping for some lazy later summer days. August means vacation time for lots of people, so with that in mind, Naughty or Nice introduces its latest challenge: On the Move

Travel, moving, transitioning to something new... all these are possibilities. We've added an optional colour challenge, too — and for me, these colours are definitely challenging! With some liberal interpretation, I managed to incorporate them in my card:

The world map implies travel, while the sentiment makes this a good card for an engagement or marriage, so I've got the theme covered as well as (sort of) the colours. I suppose if I wanted this to lean more to the *naughty* side, it would make a fine just-divorced card, too. ;) 
The Troublemakers have many other travel-themed creations to inspire you! You have until August 25th to join us. 

Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla & Bazzill Basics textured olive cardstock, October Afternoon Boarding Pass patterned paper, Unity Direction of Your Heart stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Spellbinders circle dies 

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Plaid and Snarky!

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is back with another challenge... U is for Up Yer Kilt! :D I thought Edna should look happier about her companions, but then I remembered the passel of kids she had surrounding her for our last challenge... ;)
We are looking for plaid on your card or other creation for this challenge. I tend to use plaid mostly on Christmas cards, but went looking through my patterned papers and found a plaid that I thought would make a fine masculine card. 

I used a Unity set that Is one of my go-tos for masculine cards. Gears make a better embellishment than flowers would for this, don't you think? :D 
My sisters in snark, as always, have been most creative in their interpretations of all things plaid, so be sure to stop by and admire their work! Come and join in on the kilted fun! ;) 

Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla, Neenah desert storm & Bazzill tan & brown textured cardstock, Basic Grey Oxford patterned paper, Unity Consider Yourself Vintage stamps, Stampin' Up bravo burgundy ink, MFT blueprints 24 flag die, Sizzix/Tim Holtz Gear Head dies

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Seize the Birthday: Splatter!

I'm back with the Seize the Birthday crew for another challenge! We're back with a fun new (but always optional) topping, too... SPLATTER. I don't use a lot of splatter on my cards, but thought it was the right touch on this one...

I used two of my oldest spray mists, but instead of spraying, I used the tubes/straws to flick the two colours onto my main panel. (Neither of them spray very well anymore, anyway...) While those dried, I stamped and coloured my crazy bird in coordinating colours. Once he was on the main panel, I added a little grounding with the blue mist. I think I'll be using this new sentiment a lot! 
Remember, the splatter is optional, so as long as you make a birthday card, come and join the fun! 

Supplies: white & blue cardstock, Sizzix/Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps & dies, Technique Tuesday Sassy Birthday stamps, MFT black licorice ink, Copic & sharpie markers, Clearsnap pink sprinkles & sea kiss Smooch Spritz, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch, pop-dot tape

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Shopping My Get Well Stash

Monday can't be all bad if you can sit outside on the deck and make a card. I needed a get well card, and I really wanted to play along with Shopping Our Stash's current challenge, CAS for Simplicity Day, and managed to combine the need and the desire... 

Not as CAS as I can be, but still, way simpler than it looks! (My favourite kind of card.) That rose? Possibly the second ever Stampin' Up set I bought, and still one of my favourites. After embossing in white on watercolour paper, I misted it with water and sprinkled on some watercolour powder. Here it is, drying in the sun: 

I added a few outline roses to some (truly ancient) patterned paper to tie it to the focal point rose. I could have saved a layer and just used the dark purple as the card base... but it's a get well card and I didn't want it getting TOO dark. :D 
This is actually the second of these roses I've done this way. I'm sure eventually I'll post the other one... 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up rich razzleberry cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Dear Lizzy patterned paper, Stampin' Up Fifth Avenue Floral & Clearly Besotted Say What? stamps, Versamark & Stampin' Up rich razzleberry inks, Ranger clear & Wow white embossing powders, Magenta Nuance berry watercolour powder, MFT Blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Reminder: Purchase More Shoes

Look at the calendar... it's the middle of July! And apart from a few days here and there, I'm still waiting for SUMMER. In the meantime, might as well stay inside and make cards. To be honest, on nice days, I will take my stuff outside on the deck. Especially good for messy techniques, such as the one I used for my mid-month reminder card for Naughty or Nice Challenges

How fun is this stamp from Riley & Co.? I fully planned to use it on my first challenge card, but didn't seem to have the right ideas for it. Then I saw the current CAS Mix Up challenge, to use tissue paper on your card. I did watch the first minute or so of Loll's video on watercolour tissue techniques, but really wanted to just play. So I found some tissue paper, grabbed a few watercolour powders, and ran with it. On some butcher paper, I tapped the powders then spritzed with water before laying the tissue paper on top. The translucency of the tissue allows you to see a bit of what you're doing, so I smushed the tissue around till it looked like I had good coverage. Of course, that meant my fingers had good coverage as well, as the colours soaked through the thin paper. Shouldn't watercolour come off with water? πŸ˜‚ 

Next I used a brayer to add a thin layer of gesso to some white cardstock and adhered my (now dry) tissue. I stamped and sparkle embossed my image then die cut it into the notebook shape. I also have the shoe as a slightly larger, stand-alone image, so stamped it randomly on the white matting layer. 
So all this is to remind you that the Naughty or Nice shoe challenge runs for another ten days! Whether it's naughty or nice, come and play along! 
(P.S. My other choices for CAS Mix Up are heat embossing and die cutting.) 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up basic grey cardstock, tissue paper, Riley & Co. PMS & Shoe stamps, Versafine onyx black & Memento London fog inks, Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, Papertrey Ink notebook & MFT Blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die, Magenta Nuance berry, cerulean blue & wisteria watercolour powders, Claudia Helmuth white gesso, pop-dot tape
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

K is for Kids!

Today starts a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers... K IS FOR KIDS! Something for kids, something featuring kids... should be easy, right? So of course I struggled with this for a while, mostly because I wanted to incorporate at least a bit of snark. Then I found a photograph on The Graphics Fairy that could portray an ancestor of mine, and a small lightbulb went on...

Isn't she adorable? And believe me, I know just how she feels. I do have a sunburst stamp, but it looked too defined for the background, so I used some scrap paper and sponged a sunburst instead. In the process, I got a smear of some other colour on the left edge of what I'd planned to use as the full background. So, I cut a bit off, added some heat-loving patterned paper, and a fancier card design was born. 
Our latest Queen of Snark and Guest Designer is Donna — you'll want to see what she and my snarky sisters have dreamed up for our latest challenge. Hope you will come and join in on the snarky fun! 

Supplies: white, yellow & Stampin' Up very vanilla & more mustard cardstock, Stampin' Up (I think) patterned paper, Graphics Fairy image, Memento dandelion ink, Lil' Inkers stitched sunshine & cloud dies

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Surprise Party Guest at Seize the Birthday!

I don't have to keep it a secret any more... I'm the Surprise Party Guest at Seize the Birthday for July and August! If you aren't familiar with this, Seize the Birthday is a bi-monthly challenge where it's all about birthday cards. There is an optional "toppings" challenge, but as long as your project is birthday-related, it's worthy of entry! It's a great way to keep your stash stocked with birthday cards and crafts. 

Today is the start of a new challenge, and the topping is "RED, WHITE AND YOU" — the third colour is your choice! 
Do you ever overthink something that should be really simple? Sigh. White and black are rarely included in colour challenges... they are usually considered neutrals and don't count towards the colours used. But here white is named. Does that mean if I used black, that would be my third colour? If I chose, say, blue, did that exclude stamping something in go-to black ink? Sure, I could have asked Nancy, the challenge CEO, but where's the fun in that? My final decision... grey is my colour of choice. 

Grey also let me ink and colour my kitty in my default Duncan the cat colours. ;) He is popped up on a stitched square of polka dot patterned paper liberated from a valentine-themed paper pad, and then on a stitched white rectangle. I used the same grey ink to stamp and emboss the two sentiments. Finally, a grey card base to finish my clean, simple and three-colour card. Birthday and CAS makes this card perfect for the Happy Little Stampers July CAS challenge! And by going with my "grey is a neutral" theory, my predominantly red and white (O Canada!) colours are also eligible for Shopping Our Stash's Flag Day challenge. 
I'm looking forward to seeing what colours the regular party-goers (the design team) chose! You have two weeks to play along. Hope you will! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Memory Box dove grey card base, Echo Park Head Over Heels patterned paper, MFT I Knead You & Cool Cats stamps & dies, Versafine smoky grey ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers, MFT stitched square & Blueprints 24 dies, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

If the Naughty or Nice Shoe Fits...

Hey! It's July! And that means a new Naughty or Nice challenge! 

How can you resist a challenge featuring shoes? Sometimes I feel like a bit of an outcast for not having a major thing for shoes. That did not stop me from making a shoe-centric card, of course:

A little summer shoe scene. To accommodate my three pairs of sandals, I made this card 6x3¾. I had already taken a photograph of my card when I decided it needed just a little more, and added the gems and die cut sun. It felt much more complete that way. 
Need more inspiration? The Troublemakers have lots of it, both naughty and nice, on the blog. You have until July 25th to join us! 

Happy Canada Day!!! 

Supplies: white, Stampin' Up basic black, real red & kraft & Bazzill textured green cardstock, Echo Park patterned paper, Unity/Jillibean Soup Watermelon Gazpacho stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Lil' Inkers flip flop & small sunshine dies, MFT grassy edges die, Hero Arts clear gems

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

EPIC Mixed Media

Happy SUMMER Saturday! The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is celebrating by going all Arty!

That's right, the newest challenge is A is for ARTY — we are looking for your creations of mixed media glory! This can be a bit of a challenge for the usually clean-and-simple me, but here's my effort:

Let us count the media... gelli print background using emboss resist technique and acrylic paints; stamped Hipster watercoloured with Zig markers; Hipster glasses emphasized with Wink of Stella black glitter marker; patterned paper frame dry-embossed with a woodgrain impression plate; chipboard arrows gessoed and painted with black acrylic paint; sentiment stamped and clear-embossed. Not a lot by true mixed media standards — but a lot of different media for me! 
I am entering this into my friend Heather's challenge at the Foiled Fox blog, Simply Irresistible (emboss resist).  And since the inside reads "Have an EPIC birthday", I'll add it to the "Anything Goes" challenge at Seize the Birthday, too. 
I hope my example makes you want to get all inky and painty too! Be sure to check out what my sisters in snark have made... that's where you'll see true mixed media art! We also have a terrific inspiration from our newest Queen of Snark, Toni. Hope you'll join us in our ARTY challenge! 


Supplies: white & Stampin' Up basic grey, Strathmore watercolour paper, Stampin' Up patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Hipster & Hero Arts Newsprint Background stamps, Versafine onyx black & MFT black licorice inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig clean colour real brush markers, acrylic paints, DIY gelli plate, Wink of Stella black glitter marker, Spellbinders oval dies, Papertrey Ink woodgrain impression plate, (?) chipboard arrows, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Shopping (and Copying) Our Stash

The current challenge at Shopping Our Stash is "Happy Mail" — anything writing, typing, mail-related. When I saw Donna's card, I realized we both had the same, shall we say vintage, Stampin' Up patterned paper. I mentioned to her I could just copy her card and enter the challenge! If you know Donna at all, you won't be surprised to hear she immediately double-dog dared me to. 
Of course when it came right down to it, I didn't quite copy her card, but I did CASE it! Here's my version: 

Same patterned paper! And a similar typewriter. Mine doesn't have paper in the carriage (yes, I'm old enough to know typewriter terminology...), so I had to add a sentiment separately. I made sure to find one that was at least partially in typewriter font. I really liked the pops of red on Donna's card, so embossed a strip of red cardstock to coordinate with the die cut I used to cut out the main panel. 
With heat and dry embossing adding some texture to my card, I'm adding this to Simon Says Stamp's Monday "Touchy Feely" challenge. Also because I like the title. πŸ˜‚

Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla, real red & basic black cardstock, Stampin' Up Typescript patterned paper, Cavallini Vintage, PSA Lovebirds, & Stampin' Up sentiment stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Darice diagonal stripe embossing folder, MFT diagonal stitch rectangle & Spellbinders circle dies, Marvy/Uchida corner-rounding punch, pop-dot tape

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Reminder: Anything Goes with Bugaboo!

The middle of the month 😱 is a good time to remind everyone that the June challenge at Naughty or Nice, ANYTHING GOES, continues for another 10 days! Even better, we have prizes for our Naughty and Nice picks, as well as for a randomly chosen entrant!

Using an image from our generous sponsor, Bugaboo, called Fun Flowers, it was easy to whip up a cute and summery thank you card: 

I coloured my flowers with Spectrum Noir and Sharpie markers (I don't have yellow or green in SNs) and shaded the background with blue chalk. The bug wings and flower centres are sparkled up with Wink of Stella, which totally justifies the gems framing the die cut sentiment. 
When it's Anything Goes, there's nothing to keep you from joining us! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Recollections gingham patterned paper, Bugaboo Fun Flowers digital stamp, Taylored Expressions Thanks die, Spectrum Noir & Sharpie markers, Multicrafts craft chalk, clear glitter Wink of Stella, Hero Arts gems

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

D is for...

Yes, we have come to one of the Sisterhood's favourite challenges, D is for Drunk! I'd say Edna would have fit right in on the set of Mad Men, don't you think? For this challenge, we are looking for a drinking or alcohol-related card or other creation. And I have to say, I think I have come up with the ultimate all-occasion card for this one: 

See what I mean? There are so few situations that DON'T call for wine! πŸ˜‚ In fact, making my first usable distress oxide ink background may have called for a celebratory glass of wine. I used some crumpled plastic wrap to splat the ink on the panel, drying and adding more a few times, then flicking water on and blotting it with paper towel to get lots of variation. The wine glass is die-cut several times and adhered together to build up a little dimension, since I'd never be able to get pop-dot tape narrow enough to fit that stem. While I don't know why the wine in the glass is striped, I did find patterned paper to complement it. 
If wine isn't your beverage of choice, there are other libations on offer over at the Snarky blog! Do come and join us! 

Supplies: white & Papertrey Ink soft stone cardstock, Studio Calico patterned paper, Papertrey Ink Uncorked stamps and dies, Neat & Tangled Cowbell & Concord & 9th Perfectly Penned stamps, Versafine onyx black, Simon Says Stamp schoolhouse red & faded jeans distress oxide inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Winnie & Walter Katharine pierced rectangle die

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