Saturday, October 21, 2017
Yep! That's ME in that design team photo! I'm so excited that Tracey McNeely has asked me to be on her design team for this year's edition of 25 Days of Christmas Tags! I'll be playing along with Brianna Loeffelbein, Kim Heggins, Carol Mayne and Michele Ferguson. A talented group!
If you're not familiar with this annual November event, pop over to Tracey's blog for more details, or click the "25 Days of Christmas Tags" label over on my sidebar to see some of my previous participation both as participant and occasional guest designer.
In honour of my announcement... I made a tag, of course.
Most of the work went into the tag base, starting with a gessoed manila tag, then sponging with distress ink, adding the music tissue paper with a little Mod Podge (it had been so long since I'd used it, the lid liner had decoupaged itself to the container. Also. I'd forgotten the smell...), then stencilling snowflakes on top of everything else. I haven't used this snowman a lot, even though I have a die for him and no one else in the set, because I don't like that the holly leaves stamp solid. Now I know green glitter glue can solve my issue. :D Lots of Wink of Stella that you can't see in the photo, of course.
All the fun begins November 1st! As always, Tracey has lined up some terrific sponsors, so if you play along you have a chance to win a prize! And yes, I realize being on the design team puts me out of the running, but I'm excited to be a part of it anyway. ;)
Supplies: white cardstock, manila tag, music tissue paper, Hero Arts Snow Much Joy stamp & die & Holiday Conversation stamp, Versafine smoky grey & Stampin' Up real red inks, Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, Memory Box small snowflake stencil, Dreamweavers glossy white embossing paste, Paper Smooches borders 1 die, Recollections green glitter glue, frosted lace Stickles, Nuvo morning dew crystal drops, May Arts & scrap ribbons, foam tape
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Friday, October 20, 2017
The cue word this week at CASology is "sorry". Seemed like the perfect opportunity to add a sympathy card or two to the card stash. Of course, then it turned out I needed a sympathy card. And here it is:
|(Trying a new style of photography... what do you think?)|
No sentiment on the front, but it does say "with sympathy" on the inside. I started by ink smooshing some blue, green and mauve distress inks on watercolour paper. Then I stamped and embossed the flowers as well as a small butterfly and dragonfly. The panel is popped up on some textured cardstock with a cream cardbase.
There are still a few days left in the challenge, so maybe I will get to add a few cards to the stash!
Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla & Bazzill textured cardstock, Canson watercolour cardstock, Unity Insightful Meadows & Paper Smooches Botanicals 1 stamps, Versamark, chipped sapphire, tumbled glass, bundled sage & shaded lilac distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Hemptique twine, Marvy/Uchida corner-rounding punch, fun foam
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Sunday, October 15, 2017
Middle of the month means it's time to remind you about our current Naughty or Nice challenge: Something Spooky!
A lot of my Halloween cards this year have centred on inky sky backgrounds, so I decided I wanted to use patterned paper this time. I combined that with Shopping Our Stash's latest SHOE challenge and came up with this:
I already had this rounded panel of distressed orange paper in my stash (from an ancient Echo Park collection, as is the spiderweb paper), so it was simply a matter of stamping and embossing the shoes and sentiment. The shoes are in a fun Noche d'Oro embossing powder — black with gold, copper and silver glints. It doesn't really want to photograph in all its glory, but here's my attempt:
I popped up the orange panel with some fun foam and added a few black half pearls to set off the sentiment.
The Naughty or Nice challenge runs for another ten days, so I hope you'll come and get spooky with us!
Supplies: black cardstock, Echo Park Apothecary Emporium patterned paper, Stampin' Up Tee-Hee-Hee stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, clear & Noche d'Oro embossing powders, Recollections black half pearls, Marvy-Uchida corner-rounding punch, fun foam
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Edna has gone all out for our new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, Z is for ZOMBIE! So why on earth did I reference books on my post title? Here's why:
A zombie librarian! This is officially what I want to be when I grow undead. I might even make a dent in my TBR pile if I have all the time in the world. And anyone who loses or damages their library book... snack time!
This is a free digital image from the talented and funny Jessa Feig — I've linked to her freebies page, but be sure to check out the rest of her blog, too. (Not surprisingly, Jessa has worn the Queen of Snark crown with us in the past.) I printed my librarian and sentiment on bristol then coloured her with watercolour pencils. I don't like to not stamp at all, so I added the cobwebs along the top and bottom before die cutting my panel.
I'm entering this into the current fall/Halloween challenge at CAS on Friday.
You will love the range of zombie creations the sisters have come up with for the challenge, as well as our guest designer and current Queen of Snark Michelle! I've even pointed you to a selection of zombie images (🦄, anyone?), so why not join in the fun?
Supplies: black cardstock, Bienfang bristol, Useless Trinkets Edey the Zombie librarian digital stamps, Craft Smart cobweb stamp, Memento grey flannel ink, watercolour pencils, MFT wonky stitched rectangle die, clear sparkle Gelli Roll pen, Glossy Accents
Monday, October 2, 2017
Now here is a Monday you can look forward to — today marks the start of SNARKTOBERFEST!!! The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is honoured to be a part of this blog hop dedicated to our favourite kind of cards... SNARKY ones, of course!
It's a blog hop, did I mention there are prizes?
Each of our generous sponsors is also offering a prize to a lucky blog hop commenter!
For my contribution to the snark hop, I made a card using a fabulous stamp provided to me by one of our sponsors, So Suzy Stamps. I had to give it the spotlight:
Truth in cardmaking, I always say. 😉 Also, where's a large tombstone die when you really need one? I hope the cracks and sponging make it look a little gravestone-ish, at least. Since I have a die for a haunted house with front porch, how could I not? Of course I didn't think to mask off a circle when I smooshed my night sky, so a vellum moon suffices.
The Snarktoberfest blog hop starts with our snarky organizer, Josephine. Of course she saved the best for last 😉 so the Sisterhood is the final stop on the hop. Remember to comment on all the stops by midnight EDT on October 5th — not only will you enjoy all the snarky humour, but you might just win a prize!
Supplies: black, grey & mauve cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, yellow vellum, So Suzy Stamps Safest Day stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire, shaded lilac, wilted violet, hickory smoke & black soot distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, QuicKutz haunted house, Spellbinders circle, MFT blueprints 24 & grassy edges dies, pop dot tape
Sunday, October 1, 2017
First of the month! And that month is OCTOBER, so at Naughty or Nice Challenges we are looking for SOMETHING SPOOKY!
Also because it is October 1st... I made a card I didn't have to colour! 😜 It was nice to have the option after September's colouring extravaganza. Here's my sorta-spooky creation:
I did try to make a spooky Halloween sky by sponging lots of blues and purples, then using my stippling brush to speckle it with black. I embossed the speech bubble and sentiment before starting so it would (more or less) resist the inks. Next up I stencilled some embossing paste stars; and after waiting as long as I could for them to dry (deadlines!), I embossed the spider. As these things always work out, the last thing I did was add the spider's web with a fine-line marker... OFF-CENTRE. I figure it's so very off it looks like I planned to do it. 🤦🏻♀️
I hope you'll hop over to the Naughty or Nice blog to be spooked by all the Troublemakers. You have until October 25th to join us!
Supplies: black and white cardstock, Essentials by Ellen Got Candy? stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black, Colorbox citrine & shaded lilac, wilted violet, dusty concord, blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire & black soot distress inks, Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, Dreamweaver glossy white embossing paste, Heidi Swap confetti stencil, K & Company layered die cut
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Thirty days of colouring? DONE. It's the last of September and the final day of The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge. The creation of expert colourist Kathy Racoosin, she encourages everyone to colour every day, even for as little as five minutes. After making it from start to finish for the first time, I think being creative in some way every day might work for me. Not sure I need to colour every day, but it does help hone the process. However, I'm still convinced some days it works, some days it really doesn't. :P
I did go all out on my card today:
Look at those cute little squirrels Emily picked for Angela and me to use this final day! I started by getting out what turns out to still be my go-to colouring medium, my Zigs, and using them on the squirrels and acorns. I had thought about doing a stencilled leaf background and having them on a central panel, but this morning I decided to get ambitious and make my own Impressionistic background using sponges and qtips. I'm pleased with how it turned out! So much so that I almost didn't put a sentiment on... what if I wrecked it? I'm glad I did though; I picked one that references the little heart tag on the one acorn.
These squirrels are scampering off to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.
Thanks to Kathy for the push to create all month, and to Ang and Em for the fun stamp sets they chose for the three of us to create with!
P.S. This is my second post of the day... you can see my card for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, Pink Halloween, here!
Supplies: white & Neenah desert storm cardstock, Fabriano watercolour paper, My Mind's Eye Bohemia patterned paper, Neat & Tangled My Favourite Nut & Woof stamps & dies, Unity grab bag stamp, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass, mowed lawn, squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin, ground espresso & gathered twigs distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig markers, Winnie & Walter Katharine rectangle die, dimensionals
It's time for that annual Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers tradition... PINK HALLOWEEN! I'm not a huge fan of pink, but I'd happily wear Edna's fine hat; I'm still deciding about the corsage. 👀
I try to do something a little different each year, so this is what I came up with:
I am liking how that spooky sky turned out! It's a mix of pink and two purples, with some water droplets splashed on then soaked up, and finally some black sponging around the edges, then when most of the ink was off the blending sponge, a few wipes over the panel to darken it a bit. A spooky tree in the background, a couple of ghosts (I like how the little one looks afraid of the other) on a hillside, and an embossed sentiment.
Each member of the sisterhood has her own pink take on the challenge, as does our latest Queen of Snark and guest designer, Gina!
Supplies: white, black & Stampin' Up smoky slate cardstock, Unity/Echo Park Fright Night & Imaginisce Happy Halloween stamps, Versafine onyx black & picked raspberry, shaded lilac, wilted violet & black soot distress inks, Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder, MFT scenic safari & wonky stitched rectangle & Memory Box ghost trio dies, pop dot tape
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Friday, September 29, 2017
It's the penultimate day of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge! One more day, and then it's MY DECISION whether or not I feel like colouring. I've enjoyed this month a lot, and it's great practice, but also more of a commitment than I might have first realized. And while Kathy always assures everyone there's no pressure... there can be self-imposed pressure, especially when you've agreed to play along with others!
All that being said... ;)
Since I needed to be quick yesterday, I went a little more all-out today:
|Dark and rainy = dark photo. :(|
Another card going into Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Anything Goes challenge!
Supplies: white & blue cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together stamps & dies, Hero Arts Family & Friends sentiment stamp, Versamark, Versafine onyx black, Brilliance pearlescent sky blue & galaxy gold & tumbled glass distress inks, Ranger clear & green tinsel embossing powders, Zig markers, MFT wonky stitched rectangle & Paper Smooches border dies, icicle Stickles, white gel pen
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Thursday, September 28, 2017
I watercoloured this whimsical evergreen, then added snow marker for some fun texture and dimension. That's kind of like colouring too, since my snow marker tends to burp — I usually just let it belch a puddle onto a scrap of paper then paint it on where I want it. I cut the tag from patterned paper as well as cardstock, then added a snowy slope and a sentiment. I even found ribbon and twine to match my tree.
Supplies: white cardstock, Fabriano watercolour paper, Doodlebug Design Frosty Friends patterned paper, Essentials by Ellen Tree Farm & Tis the Season stamps, Versafine onyx black & Ranger lily pad inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig markers, Marvy Uchida snow marker, Winnie & Walter Katharine dies, May Arts ribbon, Twinery twine, pop dot tape
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
For Day 27 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring challenge, I have watercoloured a fun, balloon-carrying birthday fox! When I see balloons, I think Twinkling H2Os, so I used them on the balloons and the fox's neckerchief, and watercolour pencils for the fox himself. I managed to capture just a bit of the shimmer in this photo:
This also manages to show off my less than perfect use of watercolour pencils, of course. 😄 I don't like the hard line I have at the top of his head, but it didn't bother me quite enough to abandon him. Here he is on the final card:
More patterned paper stash-busting. And yet my collection doesn't seem in the least diminished! 😉 And oh, look... the last week of the month means Simon Says Stamp has an Anything Goes challenge, so I'll link this card there.
Supplies: white, black & Papertrey Ink soft stone cardstock, Crate Paper Random patterned paper, Altenew Hug Me stamp & die, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, watercolour pencils, Twinkling H2Os, Quickutz heart, Spellbinders tag & Little B blackout dies, Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder, The Twinery twine (coloured with a Copic marker), pop dot tape
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Another day, another card! The distress markers are out again today to colour some planner-style images from Emily:
Some fussy-cutting, patterned paper and a bit of vellum and I had a card!
Today's ancient patterned paper has a travel theme, which I thought went well with the idea of planning something epic. This will be the perfect card for the next time my niece and I sneak off for a girls adventure. 😉
Supplies: white cardstock, Fabriano watercolour paper, vellum, Studio Calico Abroad patterned paper, Sweet Stamp Shop Epic Notes stamps, Versamark onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, distress markers, pop dot tape
Monday, September 25, 2017
I'm three months early, but I have two Christmas cards for the 25th day of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge! I coloured a couple of cute images from Taylored Expressions with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers.
|Hot again today, but cloudy, so cloudy pic, too...|
I made the ice-fishing penguin into a card first.Breaking away from patterned paper, I stencilled a snowy background before using some watercolour powder for a background.
I even broke out some twine! For appropriate holiday shine, I embossed with sparkle powder, added Stickles to penguin's hat and Nuvo glitter drops to the snowflakes in the sky and on the sentiment.
My penguin qualifies this for the new Merry Monday challenge; embossing paste, Stickles, Nuvo drops and more puts this into Just Add Ink challenge #378; and the glitter added to the embossing paste, the sparkle embossing powder as well as the Stickles and Nuvo drops qualifies this for the HLS September Christmas challenge.
Next up, the snowman got the card treatment:
Back to using up some patterned paper (from my very first Christmas paper pad, no less!). I was using two rectangle dies to cut out the panels when I noticed the perforation die and thought it would be fun to use down the side. Nuvo drops again for the snowflakes, plus a couple of added red snowflake die cuts.
Supplies: (let it snow) white cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Taylored Expressions Ready, Set, Snow stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, Simon Says Stamps falling snow stencil, Dreamweaver glossy white embossing paste, Martha Stewart fine crystal glitter, Magenta Nuance cerulean blue watercolour powder, MFT blueprints 24 dies, frosted lace Stickles, Nuvo clear glitter drops, yellow Divine twine, fun foam; (ready, set, snow) white cardstock, Echo Park Holly Jolly patterned paper, Taylored Expressions Ready, Set, Snow stamps, ? snowflake stamp and die, Versafine onyx black & Stampin' Up real red inks, Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaway dies, Nuvo clear crystal drops, fun foam
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Here we are at the 24th day of September, and in my part of Ontario, we have an unheard of heat warning. So weird! It was even too hot to colour out on my deck. (One month ago today, we were coming home from a baseball game and had the heat going full blast in the car, we were SO COLD from sitting outside.)
But on to the colouring. I got to pick today's stamp set for Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, and I chose Tim Holtz's Hipster set.
I do enjoy taking Tim Holtz stamps and using them as cleanly and simply as possible. 😉 I coloured my hipster dude with Zig markers, die cut the panel and added the speech bubble. (Who knew that colouring for a month would also be an opportunity to use some patterned paper stash? Win-win!)
Supplies: white cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose Hattie patterned papers, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Hipster stamps, MFT black licorice ink, Zig markers, Paper Smooches word bubbles & MFT diagonal stitched rectangle dies
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Day 23 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge! (I can't imagine anyone is paying the slightest attention, but if you happened to notice I skipped Day 22, It's only because it was an Instagram only post; I coloured but have yet to make a card from it.) Today Emily, Angela and I are using a sweet set called Welcome Home... a fireplace, cute critters, lots to inspire. I always think it should be a Christmas set and have to stop and regroup when I look at it. :D When I got home last night, I had some happy mail waiting for me with a fun tea-themed background set, so I thought I could use the tea-drinking bunny with the background and have my card.
As you can tell, I embossed the tea stamp in white before using watercolour powder for an emboss resist. While the paint was still wet, I grabbed some with a small paintbrush to colour rabbit's cushion and tea cup. I like how I could get three distinct shades. Of course once everything was dry, I realized the boldness of the background totally overwhelmed the small and delicate tea-rabbit. So below you can see the finished Plan B:
Instead of cutting a circle from the tea stamp, as I'd originally envisioned, I cut an oval from some patterned paper, then found cardstock to complement the teacup and cushion colours. Bunny himself is lightly watercoloured with Zigs. A suitable tea-related sentiment and a few sparkly sequins complete the card.
Supplies: white & purple cardstock, Fabriano watercolour paper, My Mind's Eye Cowboy patterned papers, Hero Arts Welcome Home & Viva Las VegaStamps Take Time for Tea stamps, Versamark & Versafine onyx black inks, Ranger clear & Wow white embossing powders, Zig markers, Magenta Nuance violet watercolour powder, Winnie & Walter Katherine & MFT layered label dies, Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins, pop dot tape
Friday, September 22, 2017
Day 21 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 20 Day colouring Challenge... and a day I thought I might have to give in and call a failure. Angela sent us a Harvest Berries image to work with, and I decided I wanted to halo the branches with green. I haven't used watercolour pencils yet, so used one to colour around the leaves and branches, then faded the colour out with a paintbrush. IT LOOKED AWFUL. It really did! I wet the watercolour paper and tried to soak up some of the colour, but it still looked horrible to my eyes. Then I tried adding a lighter green to the rest of the panel, and while it looked a little better, it was still not good. Vellum to the rescue!
While it's still far from my favourite card, I think the vellum, frame and gold sentiment make it into an okay card. Wish me better luck for tomorrow!
Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla & Bazzill Basics textured pale green cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, vellum, Papertrey Ink Harvest Berries & Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings stamps, Veramark & Hero Arts black dye ink, pirate's gold embossing powder, watercolour pencils, MFT diagonal stitched rectangle dies
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Day 20 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, and today I've got another hedgehog card. I think hedgehogs are adorable (at least in stamp form, I've only met one once) and can't think why I don't have any hedgehog stamps of my own. So I'm grateful that Angela sent a couple of different versions. For today, I coloured just one from the images that Ang sent, so I'll have more to play with some other time. ;)
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Day 19 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, and I'm sneaking in another Christmas card for the stash with today's colouring. Angela sent us three different choices of Honey Bee's pickup truck to use, but I knew I wanted to use the Christmas one. It took me a while to decide how to work around the black Christmas tree in the back, though. Then it came to me: stickles!
I coloured the truck with Copic markers, adding a little silver glitter pen to the running board and wheel rims. I kept the green glitter just thick enough to turn the black evergreen green without adding too much dimension. The sentiment is heat-embossed in white, and I think by keeping my strip of glitter cardstock a darker silver, this qualifies as a great Christmas card for a guy. With the glitter times two, I'm linking this to the current Simon Says Monday challenge, Shimmer and Shine.
Supplies: Craft Smith red cardbase, Canson watercolour paper, American Crafts charcoal glitter paper, Lawn Fawn patterned paper, Honey Bee Stamps Happy Little Pickup & Papertrey Ink Think Big Sentiments #5 stamps, Versamark & Hero Arts black dye inks, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Copics, Spica silver glitter pen, Recollections green glitter glue, pop dot tape, fun foam
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