Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mixed Media Card Challenge #16

It's nice to be back creating mixed media for the MMCC. Unfortunately I didn't have the supplies for it while I was at my folks' house this summer.

This month it's about black and orange with the option of glitter.

I must admit this theme immediately reminded me of one of my earliest memories of Cath E.'s Moxie Fab World in the Sept/Oct 2009 issue of Paper Crafts magazine.

So with that as inspiration, I set off to cover myself and my craft room with glitter.

I stamped the bats and stars from my favorite Halloween set Midnight Feast from WMS on a white cardbase (the sentiment is from the same set). Then used a Crafter's Workshop Aspen Trees stencil on adhesive paper to create the gradient orange BG of the focal panel. Even tried to create a moon up in the left corner by sprinkling yellow glitter through a die cut negative circle placed on top of the stencil. Burnished the oranges then removed the stencil and added the black glitter. I've done a tutorial on this technique here if you're interested.

So what's mixed media about this card? Well, I've got stamps and inks. And...

TEXTURE - heat embossed sentiment, glitter
DIMENSION - raised sentiment panel
TECHNIQUE - burnished glitter through stencils

Here's another view of the wonderful textures.

Mixed media and Halloween. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Join us - the challenge is open until October 25th.

I'm joining the fun at Simon Says Stamp World Cardmaking Day Challenge as well as the Work it Wednesday challenge with this.
And the challenge over at Curtain Call which jumpstarted my batty BG 

CASed RIC for STAMPlorations inspiration #41

Because I'm squeaking in under the wire at CASe This Sketch #143, I'm coming at you one day early with my inspiration project for STAMPlorations.

I just read about simple ways to make my brain happier (thanks Monika S.) and decided to "#3 Make that decision" to use these two challenges and this stamp set to create with. So there!

RIC #93
STAMPlorations Mixed Media Elements

 Six grungy line stamps and many ink pads later this was born. Made me happy ;)

Don't know if the model's skirt has pleats in it or if the vertical lines are part of the fabric print, but I took a distressed lines BG stamp from CHF, inked it with white pigment ink and stamped it over the entire stamped area before removing the circle mask and heat embossing my sentiment from STAMPlorations Party Time. See the lines?

Watch for the other cards from the Inspiration DT over at STAMPlorations and join us in the CASE Playground if you have a chance!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

santa is here at STAMPlorations - mini blog hop

Howdy and welcome to STAMPlorations' special release mini blog hop!

A few of us are using the new Santa is Here set illustrated by Deepti. Be sure to hop along and leave comments on STAMPlorations blog and the DT blogs for your chance to win this set. A random winner will be chosen from comments made on all the blogs by end of the day on October 9th.

And now for the fun stuff. Check out this set.

And here's what I did with it.

This card is actually one of a set that I created by randomly stamping a letter-sized piece of CS, then cutting it into four panels and making four cards of the same style. (Watch for an upcoming Spotlight post over at STAMPlorations where I share my not-so-random approach to random stamping thanks to what I've learned from the the talented Yana S.)

I opted for the whimsical, playful, illustrated look. Actually, I was avoiding properly coloring the images. You know, with shadowing and all. Yes, I now own a big bunch of Copic markers but I'm still a sissy about using them!

These are the only markers I used.

I understand why adult coloring books are all the rage. I had to force myself to keep my coloring to a minimum and let the white and grays have center stage! I think the wonky stitching on the sides of the heat embossed sentiment (from Holiday Sketches: Christmas Bells) adds to the playful feel of the card too. BTW, the present and bon bon "filler" images are from Deepti's Party Mates and the trio of stars from Balloons and Banners.

Thanks for stopping by. Hop along now ;)

ETA: I'm hopping over to the All Things Colored challenge at Virginia's View, cuz my card is "selectively" colored ;)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

fall coffee lovers blog hop

My week has been more about wine than coffee since I've been out helping harvest grapes in our town, but I had an idea for a card for this amazing hop and finally got to it today.

You know how they say it takes a village to raise a child? Well, that's kinda how I feel about this project. Check out the stamp sets I gathered together to create my card.

I didn't go far for my inspiration. Can you tell where I got it?

Took a Bo Bunny coffee stain and stamped it with misted Tea Dye Distress Ink. Took a sentiment (STAMPlorations) and stamped it with Versafine and gave it a Tea Dye shadow. Added some Hero Arts branches and leaves and some Avery Elle acorns that I colored with my Zig Clean Color Brush pens. A few coffee beans (STAMPlorations) and a squirrel (Artemio) finished it off. Whew!

I'm joining the Anything Goes and Work it Wednesday crowd at Simon Says Stamp.

Also going to the October challenges at Time Out (so glad I took the time to get this card made) and at A2z where it's about All Things Fall (I used images from HA clear set Holiday Petals and Leaves).

There are already well over 500 entries for the hop - another job well done, Amy T. Have you joined yet? So much inspiration... 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

CASEplorations October

Welcome to the October and the newest installment of CASEplorations. We've a black and white beauty from the June monthly challenge for CASEing this month.

This striking creation comes to you from Greta Hess. Surely you know Greta the Nurse, of GG Creations? Love her clean work.

I decided to keep things real true to Greta's card. I just used two different colors which happen to be opposite each other on the color wheel. I used the same rose image from the  Blossom Overture   stamp set and heat embossed it. I added a strip of washi at the bottom of the image panel with my "smile" sentiment and then two punched butterflies where Greta had placed her sentiment. Yellow gingham PP frames the panel.

Hope you are inspired to CASE Greta and join us. Or you can CASE my card (I'd be thrilled) or any of the DT Inspiration Projects coming up during the month.  Hook up your creations in the Inspiration CASE Playground. It's open until November 5th. Hope to see you there. You could be a lucky random winner!

Monday, September 28, 2015

STAMPlorations inspiration #39

More fun for you with the Floral Bliss set today. I was inspired by this H&M catalog, by the colors that kept reappearing - blue, mustard and gray. So I went with it!

Three flower images, three pigment ink pads and three masks were all I needed. Stamped and masked and stamped and masked and stamped.

BTW, notice how I did not follow the gallon/quart/pint rule, but rather have the same number of blooms of each color. Your eye really doesn't know where to rest and keeps moving all over the place, seeming to create movement. Almost like the blooms are falling from above. Do you see that too or is it just me?

Then to finish it off I used a die from Winnie and Walter's The Big, the Bold and Comfort Cutaways. Stacked it and lightly inked it (a la Laura B.) with some yellow and blue.

Take a look at the other cards from the Inspiration DT over at STAMPlorations and join us in the CASE Playground if you have a chance!

I'm joining the STAMPtember fun at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday since I used a stamp. A few times ;)  And the Simon Wednesday Challenge since I didn't use designer paper! Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

more ink smooshing

As promised yesterday, I'm back with another heat embossed and ink smooshed card for you.

Used STAMPlorations Happy Sunflower and Laura B.'s ink smooshing technique to create this.


I used Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey Distress Inks. Splattered the leftover, watered down ink onto the panel with a paint brush too. Added a bit of Vintage Photo to the center of the flower. The stacked and lightly inked die cut sentiment (a la Laura B.) is Sending from SSS. The secondary sentiment is The Big, the Bold and Comfort from Winnie and Walter, heat embossed white onto a brown CS scrap. The strip of washi added a bit more yellow in a classic pattern to this card which is on a tough mission - to cheer someone struggling with a nasty prognosis.

You still have until October 5th to hook up at the Inspiration CASE Playground if you'd like to CASE my card or any of the inspiration project posts by my teamies from the month of September. Check it out here.

Cuz it's STAMPtember and I used a couple stamps on this card, I'm hooking up at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday for September.

And since there's no designer paper on it, I'm joining the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge too!

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