Tuesday, May 24, 2016

spotlight on water bleaching

Call it what you want - water bleaching or ghosting - taking advantage of the amazing properties of Distress Inks by making them disappear by painting with water is just one more way to make cardmaking magic! Check out my tutorial over at STAMPlorations today.


STAMPlorations inspiration #77

I've a twofer fer ya today - one card for two posts! It's one of those kind of days ;)
Here's the card. And you can find more fabulous inspiration from the DT here.



I used the fantastic Born to Roam set and did some water bleaching. If you'd like to find out more about my card, check out my tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog on my Spotlight post this evening ;)

I'm sharing my project at:
A Blog Named Hero - Tone on Tone
Cards and More - Use Lots of Color (I used LOTS of blue and gray)
Inspired by All the Little Things (finally playing along with that shabby blue look) - #16
The Challenge - Masculine (got that retro feel going on)


Appreciate your stopping by today!



Monday, May 23, 2016

have a smooth 18th

I cannot believe DD is turning 18 this week. Geez, I must be old! Wanna see her card? Totally inspired when I saw this card of Kristina W. I was. DD is a smoothie queen. And we're planning cocktails for her party ;) But alas, I have no blender stamp. Time to think outside the box.


I googled "blender cartoon" and found an image. Printed it on printer paper and using the old fashioned scribble-pencil-on-the-reverse-then-trace-image-onto-CS method to get the blender onto my panel which I'd die cut with Winnie and Walter Audrey Essentials. Copic colored it pink cuz DD dreams of owning a pink Kitchen Aid one day!

Then I cut the image out of the printer paper and used it as a mask before I stamped the random drink images from SSS Adult Beverages on my BG using Avery Elle pigment inks. I used an exacto knife to cut out the pitcher and turned it into a shaker filled with Lucy's Sparkly Shaker collection.


My sentiment is a mix of computer-generated, Dymo label and a vellum heart topped with MFT Bottle Cap Numbers. They are such a versatile size to have.

Hope DD will enjoy this. I had fun making it.

I'm playing at:
AAA Cards - there's a huge birthday bash going on right now



Seize the Birthday - I've even got the topping of dimension!


And I originally planned to use a portrait design for my card like this MFT Sketch Challenge, but ended up going landscape and thus changing my sentiment design. Still hooking up.


Hope your week is off to a good start. I'll be birthday party prepping all week!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

stencilling for CASology

Here's a card for the current CASology challenge. The sweet Shelly of  Sweet Greetings is guest designer and she does CAS so well! So much goodness in the gallery too.


Here's my contribution.


Created the inked piece first using STAMPlorations Bubble Stencil. First I sprayed gold spray ink through it. Then I sponged yellow, pink and blue Distress inks after offsetting the stencil slightly. Then I used Avery Elle  and PTI speech bubble dies and cut my inked panel and white CS. Stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant Love Quotes on the bubble and the birdie on my card base. Doodled a ribbon for the birdie to perch on and gave him some rosy cheeks as a finishing touch.

Another shot so you can get the full Heidi Swapp gold effect!


Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

more purple today

Had some fun with purple and pink Distress Inks yesterday. And while the purple ink was out... I made a card for the Winnie and Walter Rerun Challenge for May too, where we are to use the wonderful Addie's Garden stamp set.


I was totally inspired by the lovely floral cards Aga M. has been creating lately for Altenew. I stamped the various images directly onto my cardbase using Dusty Concord and Bundled Sage Distress Inks and Hero Arts Field Greens. Then I messy watercolored bits of the images with Gansai Tambi watercolors. The hydrangea in the foreground is popped up on foam. The sentiment is from Winter Woodland. There are even some tiny green splatters adorning the card, but you can hardly see them in my photo :(

I'm sharing this card over at the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday for April where it's all about Flowers. And at Craft Stamper's Take it Make it for May where it's Anything Goes. Happy weekend-here-we-come to ya!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

happy purple sandie!

Yep, it's about purple today on the blog!

First off, I'd like to wish Sandie of London Days a wonderful (and belated) 50th birthday! Sandie, you are such an asset to the cardmaking world. Thanks for all you do. Hope this next year brings you all you wish for.

In honor of Sandie, the ladies over at TimeOut are having a special challenge. The theme is Sandie pure: CAS and Purple! This is my contribution which is enroute to Sandie as we speak.


First off I inked up a scrap of CS with Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves. Flicked some water at it, dried it and die cut a circle from it. Using Essentials by Ellen Up the Happy, I heat embossed the butterflies in black on my cardbase and the sentiment in white on the circle before giving it a spritz of Perfect Pearls/water mixture. Ta da! See all that shimmer?


I'm also sharing this card at:
Seven Hills Crafts - Embossing (I used the Lil Inker Stitched Circle die)
Week 2 of the CASometry challenge at Anna's blog (I'm using Up the Happy for five cards)
Use Your Stuff - #222 Heat Embossing
WOW Embossing Powder May challenge

You can hook up a card for Sandie's birthday until May 30th. Hope all this love makes ya happy, Sandie :)





Tuesday, May 17, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #76

It's inspiration time again at STAMPlorations and I was inspired by my teamie Shirley's card for the last inspiration post! She pulled out the Artsy Border Maker stamp set and created a masculine card which inspired me to pull it out and make a feminine card.
And I even stamped on a piece of PP! *high five* for using it up!


Stamped on the B side of some October Afternoon Christmas PP using cheery tones of Avery Elle pigment inks and most of the borders from the set. Easy peasy. I wanted to use the sentiment from Strong Women, so opted for a die cut sun and a couple clouds to emphasize the "world" idea.

Makes me smile. Hope it will make the recipient smile too. Be sure to check out the rest of the team's creations here, and don't forget to leave a comment.

I'm heading over to:
Little Tangles -
and Craft Stamper's May Take it Make it



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