Tuesday, August 23, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #92

My card for today's inspiration post started out trying to be a card like this one.


But alas, things took a different route.


Several techniques at work here: heat embossing Sketched Birthday Cake and a secondary sentiement from Blossom Overture, die cutting Hugs.  If you want to know more about the detour, check out my spotlight post on the STAMPlorations blog tonight ;)

You can check out the rest of the DT's inspiration here.

I'm hooking this guy up at Seize the Birthday where it's Anything Goes!

Monday, August 22, 2016

MMCC #26 - reminder

I'm easing back into things here, now that I've returned from a wonderful summer break in Michigan. But since we're featuring everyone's favorite over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge - RAINBOW I had to pop in with this card.


I've used alcohol inks in rainbow colors for you today.


I trimmed a panel of glossy CS and dripped rainbow colors of alcohol inks onto it! Voila!

Then I dabbed some gold color alcohol ink mixatives onto a few areas and stamped the roses and leaves from Altenew Painted Flowers onto the gold areas. Did some touch-up on the centers with a black Sharpie.

I adhered a piece of purple glossy paper askew on my cardbase and then the glossy panel askew over that. Topped it off with a Dymo label sentiment, keeping the glossy trend going!

Join us for some mixed media rainbow fun, won't you? The challenge is open til close of day on August 25th.

I'm joining the fun at:
Addicted to Stamps and More - make your mark (lots of blobs with alcohol inks and touch-up work with a Sharpie)

 CASual Fridays #154 - time to color (hope time for color works too)
Seize the Birthday - anything goes


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #91

It's time for another inspiration post over at STAMPlorations. I chose to give the tiniest stamp from Kathryn's Big Wishes a work out.

On a die cut wonky panel I stamped using that little confetti stamp. However I used Zig Clean Color Brush Pens to ink up the dots, using multiple colors and only randomly coloring some of the dots each time I stamped. Clear as mud?

After I'd stamped my cascade of dots it didn't look so hot. So I spritzed twice with Perfect Pearls/water mix to get the colors moving a little, plus shimmer. Me likey.


I decided to mount the wonky panel at an angle, but stamped my secondary sentiment from Sentiment Builders Love first. Adhered the panel and then the CUTplorations Birthday.

I love all the blue tones and watercolor look. But I love all that white space most ;) Please check out the other inspiration here and remember to comment for your chance to win a $10 GC to the STAMPlorations store.

Monday, August 15, 2016

CASEplorations August - reminder

Just stopping in with a reminder that there we have this dramatic card to CASE over at CASEplorations this month. You can join us until the end of the month.


I kept it pretty darn simple this time.


Taped down my cardbase and used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint some navy lines. Stamped a secondary sentiment from STAMPlorations Blossom Overture. Die cut CUTplorations "Birthday" from neon red CS (it looks more orange IRL) and white craft foam and adhered them. Added a couple balloon sequins in a nod to Shalu's sequins. Basta!

I'd love to see how you CASE Shalu. Check out the gallery here. Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, August 12, 2016

STAMPlorations august release hop


Welcome to the grand finale of the STAMPlorations August Release celebration! Not only do we have some cool stamp sets for you this release, but there are the new CUTplorations dies too! I'm still SOOOO psyched about those. Sure hope y'all like 'em so Shery will keep producing more and more ;)

Which brings about a new situation. Die cut stamped images. Hmmm. Tends to mean less focus on backgrounds and techniques, more focus on patterned paper and coloring. Yikes!

Well anything that forces me to use up some of my PP stash is a good thing. As for coloring, I broke out the colored pencils (before I had my Polychromos) and gave it a go.

Meet Buttercups and Butterflies.



Stamped the images in black and colored the buttercups with colored pencils. Die cut them with the matching CUTplorations die (how I love saying that!!!). I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut circle and arranged the items in a flow from bottom to top. The arrangement was taller than a standard card, so I made a tall card. Added a panel of older Jillybean Soup PP to my cardbase. And for interest I adhered the items at the top with dimensional adhesive.

Meet Birds of Paradise.


How fun is it to work with Shirley's crazy birds?!?! But first things first. For my background I die cut the largest of the three Crazy Double Stitched Rectangles and inked it up with Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky and a touch of Mermaid Lagoon for brightness. Then I splattered water. Then I spritzed it with my Perfect Pearls/water mix.

I stamped and die cut the birds and colored them with yellow, orange and red colored pencils. Added two sentiments which I fussy cut in the shape of clouds keeping with my sky background. I was thinking mama and baby bird, but I guess it could be well and sick too. Anyhoo, I adhered mama and her sentiment with dimensional adhesive for interest.

Meet Tweet Love.


The tails, folks. Did you notice those tweet tails?!?! OK, the PP was out so I went PP crazy on this card. Grabbed an Elle's Studio kit and played. Stamped the giraffe and ellie onto the smallest pattern -polka dot. Die cut two Crazy Double Stitched Rectangles, one from a mid-size pattern and one from a large pattern. Heat embossed a sentiment from Noteworthy onto a blue scrap and attached it with a staple. A few Freckled Fawn enamel drops finished off my card.

TIP: When you have the dies, don't forget to use them! As I was pulling the backing off of about 20 little foam squares on my crazy bird, it dawned on me I could have die cut the bird from craft foam instead. Duh. So that's what I did with these tweet animals ;)

Meet Bloom Happy.


I like so many of these wonderful sentiments, I decided to make a set of mini cards. Easy peasy. Truly. Cut cardbases for 9x18 cm. Adhered 13 Arts "Faces of Spring" to them and stamped each with a border from Artsy Border Maker in gray. Then I stamped the sentiments onto rectangles die cut with the Bloom Happy die from CUTplorations.

Check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all our projects here. Prizes? Yep, so be sure to leave lots of comments before August 16. AND special for blog followers and August stamp spotlight week blog hop participants, from August 8 - 15 all orders of at least $12 ship free worldwide! Use code STAMPWEEK.

Thanks for hopping! Have a great day.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

spotlight on scissors

Well, scissors and stamps and inks and Perfect Pearls mix. Check out my suggestion for giving your one layer cards a bit of a kick. I'm up with a spotlight post over at STAMPlorations.


STAMPlorations inspiration #90

It's inspiration day over at STAMPlorations and I've got a rabble for you. I gave the butterfly from Gone Postal a good workout.




If you want to find out exactly how I created this card, check out my spotlight post over on the STAMPlorations blog this evening!

And don't forget to leave a comment over there to be in the running for a $10 GC.
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