Tuesday, May 3, 2016

STAMPlorations #74

There's more inspiration for you today at STAMPlorations. I've used this set from the latest release

Strong Women

Kept the design straightforward with PP on my cardbase topped with an Easter-egg-dye-dip-dyed tag I had die cut with MFT Traditional Tags from watercolor paper. Added the sentiment, some washi and a teensy red heart to top it off.

Check out what the rest of the DT has created and be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

CASEplorations May



Happy May Day! Even though my yard is full of Spring flowers, the weather still hasn't decided exactly what it wants to do.

We at CASEplorations, want you to CASE the flowery card from our fearless leader, Shery Russ, this month. It's even got a Mother's Day theme if you need to get a card made. You can check out Shery's card in her blog post here. Here's my CASE.


I stuck with the pink and yellow color combo, keeping yellow more prevalent cuz my Mom doesn't like pink ;) I love how pink and yellow mix to yield orange. Mom will like that little touch.

On watercolor paper, I first inked up my ARTplorations Daisy Dance stencil with Mustard Seed, spritzed it and "stamped" it. When dried a bit, I put the stencil down and sponged Worn Lipstick through it like normal. Removed the stencil and gave it a light spritz of water to mingle the colors a little bit.

Stamped the sentiment from Big on Words - Mom and the coordinating bloom from Bloom Sketches three times in black and added Black Soot splatters to my panel and cardbase.

Die cut the panel and adhered it.

We would love to see you CASE Shery's card and hook it up in the CASEplorations gallery this month. There are prizes to be had as always and the gallery is open until the end of the month.

I'm heading to the gallery at Addicted to Stamps and More with this card. It's Anything Goes!


And over at Mod Squad where the theme is Mother's Day.

Mixed Media Card Challenge #23

Ready for a new MMCC? This month's theme is a tricky one, IMO.


Trying to think outside the box, I went with the idea of sunshine reflecting off of glass!


I stamped Deep Red's NYC Times Square onto watercolor paper with Archival ink. Smeared some white acrylic paint onto the areas where I wanted the glare to be - the windshields and some of the buildings. Let it dry then applied some watercolor in backwards ROYGBIV manner. Let the panel dry and then added Glossy Accents over the painted areas which had resisted the watercolor. Ta da! Glare!


To finish off my mixed media card, I stenciled some embossing paste through a stencil (thanks Loll!) and added some checkered cab images (Artemio New York City) in black. My heat embossed sentiment is from STAMPlorations Artful Flutters.

Hope you like my take on "Reflections". Would love to see yours!!!! The gallery is open through May 25th.

I'm hooking up at the Anything Goes challenge over at SSS Wednesday Challenge. See ya there ;)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #73

Squeaking one more inspiration project into this month over at STAMPlorations.  I was so moved by a card I saw, that I ran to recreate something similar. But alas, this is one of those didn't-quite-turn-out-as-I-imagined projects.

Here's Yoonsun's card that I saw and loved, largely due to the colors, including that greige watercolor wash background. Well, and the berry sprigs too. I'm a sucker for berries.
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And here's my card. Suffice it to say my plan went a bit awry.


Here's what happened. I was ready to give the no-line watercoloring a go. Pulled out the new Smile set and Abandoned Coral and Barn Door Distress Inks (like Yoonsun) and used them to watercolor the lilies. Used Bundled Sage and Evergeen Bough for the stems. And then I used a mini mister. Um. No can do. Lotsa bleeding. Lots.

So I scratched the original plan and went from there. Had intended to heat emboss "smile" in yellow to bring in that spot of yellow in the middle of the card. And had intended to give the BG a wash of greige. But I opted to just stop, stick with black for my sentiment and splatters of Heidi Swapp gold shine spray instead. Love that golden goodness.


Trimmed the panel down, stamped the bud branch onto a red cardbase and adhered the panel (along the top only) aligning the branches. Forced to make it my own, I made it my own ;)

But not to fear, I gave it the old if-at-first-you-don't-succeed. Watch for my next STAMPlorations Spotlight post on May 7th to see how I did manage to achieve the look I was going for ;)

I'm sharing this card in the Anything Goes challenges at  SSS Wednesday Challenge  and at Addicted to Stamps and More.


Friday, April 29, 2016

STAMPlorations april release hop


Have you seen the slew of inspiration over at STAMPlorations using the stamps from the April release? Wow. I do love this release and its variety. The individual sets are 10% off, the bundle 15% off until May 6th, and there's free shipping too! Check out all the deets at the blog.

Don't want to keep you long. I was in a "rainbowed" frame of mind when creating my cards. Ready?

For my first three cards I worked with Distress Inks as a watercolor medium.

Cuz it was calling to me, I had to start with the funky shoe from Shirley's Groovy Shoes paired with an appropriate sentiment from Born to Roam. Kept it uber-CAS. Except for the splash of fancy from Wink of Stella ;)


Next up, a cardbase stamped with the bud branch from Deepti's Smile set in SSS Fog ink and topped with a "rainbowed" sentiment.


Hope you can see the background stamping on this close-up. Don't you just love how tricolore inking with a tiny bit of spritzing yields five color hues? Where the colors meet you get a hint of orange and green at no extra cost! Voila! Rainbow!


Moving on to feathers and tiny splatters. I used Shery's Trendy Feathers 2 set for my next card. Made it an extra long card in order to get a flow of wafting feathers across the front of it. Thought that design matched the "on my mind" sentiment.


Can you see all the teensy splatters better in the close-up? Used a size 4 brush with stiffer bristles to flick the leftover diluted Distress Inks from my acting-as-a-palette acrylic block.


And lastly, my card with one of Becca's sentiments from Strong Women. I used Easter egg dyes to watercolor this card's background. You can read more about that here if you're interested.


The sentiment really says it all. I stamped it with Versafine and heat embossed it clear. Sponged a few birds in flight using ARTplorations Some Birds stencil too.

That's it from me today. This is one cool release with lots of inspiration. As always, there are prizes galore! Get the scoop and check out all the inspiration at STAMPlorations. Thanks for stopping by and keep on hopping!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

(not so) heavy metal

Feeling guilty about my last entry to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where it's about using metal on your project, and I used a staple.

Also wanted to make another attempt at a mixed media card with wings for the HLS Mixed Media challenge. Not just feathers.

So I made this!


This mixed media panel started off as a remnant from an ink-sprayed-through-a-stencil project. When working with colored embossing paste recently, I used the leftovers on the remnant, swiping it over a stencil gifted me by Loll T. (Thanks, Loll)

A peek-a-boo hole backed with a heat embossed sentiment from Neat and Tangled Everyday Circles, a multi-layered Memory Box Theo Butterfly cut from glitter CS and Easter egg dyed crepe paper (yep!) and a metal charm finished off my card.


Thanks for visiting! I'm visiting the following challenges too:
Little Tangles - Die Cutting
The Challenge - Masculine (I went with the black and metal of the photo)

Uniko Studio - Metallics



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

babies, die cuts and Easter egg dye

Feeling guilty about my last entry to the Little Tangles challenge

not using any Neat and Tangled product ... And seeing all these happy little baby die cut bits I had dip-dyed in my leftover Easter egg dye ... And just loving this card by Therese C. ...

I made this!


Quite simple, but so soft and lovely for a baby card, don't you think? I randomly stamped the heart from Jump Start My Heart in yellow, blue and green pigment inks cuz I think they have a softer look than dye inks. Stamped the sentiment from Just for You in gray nestled in between the hearts.


Then I strung my Little B Baby die cuts which had been colored by dipping them in leftover Easter egg dye (yep!) on cotton crochet thread and voila!

I'm sharing this card at:
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Pastels
Cards and More - Focus on Die Cuts
Time Out - Celebration and die cuts

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