Tuesday, September 27, 2016

spotlight on galaxy backgrounds

You've probably seen lots of galaxies being created around blogland lately. I'm adding my galaxy in today's Spotlight post over at STAMPlorations if you care to see how I made mine ;)

STAMPlorations inspiration #97

Back in the fashion mode today. Check out this photo from the ASOS catalog which inspired today's card for our STAMPlorations Inspiration post.

Couldn't resist pulling out STAMPlorations City Girl and a previously sprayed and splattered piece of cardstock and giving the model two different fashion looks. With some masking and Artsy Tribal Doodles I was able to give the B/W image stamped on the cardbase a Marimekko look. Then I stamped her onto the sprayed piece, trimmed a strip of it and adhered it over half of her. Strips of PP and washi in fabric-y looks finished up my design. I heat embossed the sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed. Check out the rest of the DTs lovely creations here and remember to leave a comment to be in the running for a GC. BTW, I have a giveaway to celebrate my 1000th post here if you're interested.

I'm playing at:
Cherrylana designs - #23

AAA challenge - #74

Addicted to CAS - #97 (since my theme is fashion there would be lots of stitching involved ;)

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - August

Sunday, September 25, 2016

pti september blog hop

It's that time of the month again! Papertrey Ink's blog hop time, that is. And I must admit when I first saw this photo I wasn't all that enthused. But it really grew on me. Really.  "modern nature" meets cinammon sticks!

And since it's coffee time of year, you know, the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop time courtesy of the lovely Amy T., please meet "modern nature" meets coffee.

Dies and stamps from Papertrey. Laurel Wreath die from Essentials by Ellen. Sentiment from STAMPlorations. PP from Fancy Pants. Basta.

Seems to me that coffee goes best with Fall :) Already made my first batch of this Pumpkin Spice Latte syrup! Enjoy the hop. I know I will.

Friday, September 23, 2016

fall coffee lovers blog hop - take one

Sharing my first coffee card with you today. Joining the fun at the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop along with a gazillion other coffee enthusiasts. Or cardmaking enthusiasts pretending to be coffee enthusiasts. At one cup per day, I kinda consider myself in the latter category. But don't tell Amy.

I had a marbling session a while back and this was the "plainest" specimen of the whole bunch. When I was looking at it I thought it looked like it could pass for steaming coffee. Enter the cup from STAMPlorations Sketchy Coffee Cups dressed up with a pattern from Artsy Border Maker and fussy cut. And then the sentiment from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 caught my eye. Now, how perfect is that?

I adhered the mug with foam adhesive in the middle and matt medium around the edges. Gives it a nice curved dimension.

This card is on its way to one tough lady who has had one tough time. And to CAS Mix Up where this month it's about

I've got stamping, marbling, some die cutting and some heat embossing. Lots of beautiful projects in the gallery over there. Can't wait to see all the yummy fall coffee projects. See you in the lineup!

more altenew fun and giveaway

When making yesterday's card, I made a second one at the same time. Well, actually using up some extra pieces I'd punched. Trying to do this more often and it's quite fun. The second card tends to take on a life of its own, but it's still quicker than starting from scratch. Carson R.'s fabulous debut post as leading lady at Winnie and Walter inspired me to give this modus operandi a try.

Meet my second card.

I used some autumnal images from Thankful stamps from Essentials by Ellen (see GIVEAWAY below) and Striped Florals from Altenew. Go together nicely, don't they? One image is stamped in brown. Heat embossed a few images gold. Added some aqua Gansai Tambi messy watercolor and then punched squares.

My sentiment is a portion of Essentials by Ellen Many Thanks die cut from gold foil. The colors are truer in this next photo - and you can see the gold sparkle.

Arranged the squares in a wonky pattern this time and adhered them with a dab of matt medium. I'd added Delicata gold stripes to the cardbase prior using Papertrey Ink Watercolor Wonder. Again I was inspired by the Pin-Sights challenge over at Ellen Hutson.

I'm also joining the fun at:
Addicted to Stamps and More - #212 Make your Mark (I did. With watercolors)

Papertrey Make it Monday - #261 Using Florals on a Masculine project though I'm not so sure about the gold for a guy. Probably depends on the guy ;)

And the Ultimate Challenge blog hop sponsored by Altenew. 

Recently I wrote my 1000th blog post. Whoddathunkit? Well, because I'm so Thankful for you, my friends, coming by to say hi and keep me keeping on, I've got a Thankful stamp set for one of you. Leave me a comment on this post telling me what you're most thankful for right now.

I'm incredibly thankful to all of you for your support ♥. I'll announce the winner on Sept 30th.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

MMCC #27 - reminder

CAS, fall harvest and aqua. That's what moved me to create today's card.

There's still time to join the Harvest Basket challenge at the MMCC September challenge. I've got splatters, heat embossing, watercoloring, embossing paste through a stencil and raised squares going on here. How's that for texture, dimension and technique?

I used some autumnal images from Thankful stamps from Essentials by Ellen and Striped Florals from Altenew. Don't they go together perfectly? I stamped a couple images in brown. Heat embossed a few images gold. Added some aqua Gansai Tambi messy watercolor and then punched squares.

My sentiment is incorporated into the design by using pearlescent embossing paste through STAMPlorations Hello and Co stencil onto a punched square which I then gave a wash of watercolor.

Arranged the squares in a pleasing pattern (using a t-ruler) and adhered them with foam adhesive. I'd added splatters of aqua to the cardbase prior. Cuz I was inspired by the Pin-Sights challenge over at Ellen Hutson.

I'm also joining the fun at:
The Paper Players #313 - CAS Fall

Addicted to Stamps and More - #212 Make your Mark (I did. With watercolors)

And the Ultimate Challenge blog hop sponsored by Altenew. Have you checked it out? 18 of our favorite challenges all hopping along with tons of inspiration.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #96

Wow - #96. We're nearing 100 inspiration posts and I bet Shery will have something up her sleeve to celebrate! Hope we're still inspiring you too!

I was totally inspired by May Park's hip card for my card today. Bold layers/brush strokes of Gansai Tambi watercolors for the BG and a whimsical reindeer from Shirley's Christmas Reindeer for my focal point.

Added some splotches and splatters of gold watercolor and some gold embossing - including the sentiment from Oh Christmas Tree. And gave Rudolph a red sequin nose.

You can check out what the rest of the DT created here.

Check out these two fun challenges too. I'm taking my Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer there:
Happy Little Stampers Christmas - Song
Challenge up your Life - Inspired by Music

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