Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers are feeling STRESSED!

OK, maybe not stressed. I meant DIStressed! We want to see your creations using distressing techniques this fortnight over at Snarky Stampers! 

Making this card a couple of weeks ago set off a 'distressed phase' in my crafting. My Tonic distress tool has gotten quite the workout! I used a pre-coloured digi from Jade Dragonne's Deviantart. 

Supplies: JadeDragonne Peacock Princess digi; PTI sentiment; Peacock Feathers distress ink; Market Street Stamps burlap background; Tim Holtz bubbles stencil; Dreamweaver embossing paste; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; rhinestones, glitter button, ribbon from stash

I had a heck of a time getting a clear close-up picture - you can see where I've added glitter, even though it's fuzzy. Besides distressing the edge of the Princess panel, I rolled the corners. I also tore the edge of the embossed card stock. The background was partially inked and dropped onto the card base purposely (I know! lol) to get an uneven impression. 

You've got 2 weeks to link up (by October 3rd) - and stop by & say hello to my sistahs:

And we are super pleased to have SANDRA with us this week as our guest designer! She's a former Drunken Stamper team mate, and it's great to have her along to play :)


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lisa's Birthday Present!

At long last, a whole week after I finished it, here's the canvas that I made for my darling friend Lisa's birthday. Lisa's the friend that everyone wishes they had - we walk into each other's houses without knocking, show up unannounced & occasionally in pajamas, look after each other's dogs, and LAUGH. She's a treasure!  (She normally follows that up with saying "yeah, you just wanna bury her")

So I started out thinking I'd make a button tree on canvas (Lisa's got a thing for trees) but the world conspired against me finding the right buttons. Augh. So back to the drawing board eleventy billion times, and I thought oooh, some sort of quilted patterned paper? nope. Finally I decided to just paint the canvas in her favourite colour & figure it out as I went along. Of course I didn't take step by step pictures.

The canvas is 16"x20", so it was a challenge to photograph:

Supplies: canvas; turquoise & lime green paint (Plaid); Mod Podge; doilies; Iris Dreams digital stamp from Sweet Pea Stamps; Spectrum Noir markers; Pearl Glimmer Mist; Memory Box flower die; assorted cardstock and buttons; sheer blue fabric; stencil from Plaid

The basic process:
1. Paint canvas using a 7-hair brush because I couldn't find a foam brush. Curse.
2. Mod Podge the doilies on. Curse some more because WRINKLES, AUGH!
3. Still no clue what the finished product will look like or have on it, but I want to use that stencil. Found the foam brush - should have used the 7-hair brush. D'oh.
4. Cut the sheer fabric to about the size of the canvas. Fray edges, heat with embossing tool to melt randomly. Curse at how long it's taking to do that with a big piece.
5. Mod Podge the centre of  the fabric to the canvas. Curse because it won't dry OR STICK! AUGH!
6. Still not sure where the canvas is going. Get out the glue gun. Glue down parts of the sheer fabric (which of course then need to be covered by SOMETHING BUT AUGH WHAT?) Burn fingers when glue oozes through fabric. Curse.
7. Decide to use the Iris Dreams image. Nearly use up the B4 marker in her hair, requiring lots of blending and anxiety and yep, cursing.
8. *whew* printed out two images at the same time, I can pop up the flowers! Something went right!
9. Die cut eleventy billion flowers, sew buttons through centres.
10. Hot glue flowers onto fabric. Burn fingers. Curse.
11. An hour before delivery time, panic and send a picture to the Snarky Stampers girls to ask if it looks ok.
12. Sleep so soundly it's not funny.

Totally worth it, though. She loved it :)

Watercolour Play!

I've got something that's a little out of my comfort zone today - but I loved making it! I cut a piece of card stock to size, and then used a paintbrush to create a watercolour background with Glimmer Mists. I've painted with them before but this time I started out with no idea where it was going to go. Once I was happy with the basic look, I dripped some red mist randomly around the paper (you can see where the paper was drier & wetter when I did that, lol)

Supplies: Yellow Daisy, Tiger Lily, Candy Apple Red glimmer mists from Tattered Angels; embossing folder from Cuttlebug; Spiced Marmalade distress ink; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; PTI sentiment; classic small circle Nesties; butterfly die cut from stash; black rhinestones from Dollarama

After the paper dried I embossed it with my favourite folder, and then swiped it lightly with the Spiced Marmalade ink to help the embossing pop. The butterfly die cut was a gift ages ago, in my stash of 'hmmm, what am I going to do with that?' stuff. I absolutely LOVE the shimmer from painting with these mists!

There are two challenges I had in mind while I was working on this:

JUGs - Watercolouring (The Just Us Girls team is also having a DT call!)


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Shopping our Stash #169 - Who's Who?

We've got a super easy challenge for you this week at Shopping our Stash - use a photograph OR a stamped image of a person. I was looking for something for another card in my little basket of pre-printed images (I keep it in a Goldfish Crackers box, actually, lol) and came across this fairy ballerina. Ta-da!

Supplies: fairy ballerina image from The Graphics Fairy; sentiment from Paper Smooches; Memento Gray Flannel ink; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; all other items from stash

I seem to be on a distressing kick - which doesn't distress me at all *snortle* It does explain why I've had to vacuum more often around my desk, though ;)

Have you got a photo you've been meaning to turn into a scrapbook page? Or a card? Or a paper project of any kind, really? Join us before next Monday, September 22nd!


Tuesday Morning Sketches #267 - Bugaboo Stamps!

The weekend got away from me! I do promise to share the canvas I made for my friend, but first I've got to kick the nasty headache that won't.go.away. Ugh!

This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we have a very popular sponsor - Bugaboo Stamps! Jodie's irreverent stamps are some of my very favourite to create with - this time I've used JJ - coffee to go. I feel like I could use some of this special brew this morning :)

Supplies: JJ-coffee to go from Bugaboo Stamps; coffee cups from Paper Smooches; unknown patterned paper; buttons & googly eyes from stash; Spectrum Noir markers; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

I couldn't believe that I actually had the perfect Kraft-coloured markers to colour the coffee sleeve - that tickled me! There's a smidge of gloss on JJ's glasses & her high heels. I also see in this photo that one of the coffee lids is tilted....well, kinda goes with the crazy vibe they're giving off, doesn't it? 

Here's the sketch:

This challenge is open until next Sunday, September 21  hop on over & see what the design team has created for you!

Bonnie (off this week)
Jenee (off this week)


Friday, September 12, 2014

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

I pointed out the Quirky Crafts challenge to my Snarky Sisters when it went live - wine? Sounds like our kind of challenge! I thought about it for a while, but didn't come up with an idea I liked until I saw the sketch this morning at Jingle Belles - designed by  the fab Amy Tsuruta - and BOOM I had my plan!

I won this FUN stamp set and gold ink from my sistah Lindsey a few weeks ago - I believe the stamps are from Simon Says?  Perfect for this:

Supplies: Stamps & ink from Lindsey! (gold Brilliance pigment ink); Versamark; Festive Berries & Mowed Lawn distress inks; clear EP; Memento Tuxedo Black ink 

To make sure I didn't end up smearing the gold ink, I embossed it with clear EP - I inked the sentiment stamp with Versamark first, and then the Distress inks, to get a clearer impression.

Here's the Jingle Belles sketch:

And the Quirky Crafts challenge!

I thought of you today!

Here's the first of two last-minute posts - you'd think a two-week challenge would give me plenty of time, but I was spending most of this week working on a big canvas for a friend's birthday (I'll share that this weekend!) and only made cards today. Still made it in time!
This card is for the Open-Minded Crafting Fun challenge, to use office supplies or make it job-related. I've used a Making Memories stapler with green staples, and found a paper clip while I was looking for THAT :)

Supplies: Papers and chipboard flower from Pebbles; Making Memories staples; classic small circle Nesties

Pretty simple & straightforward. The sentiment panel is part of a patterned sheet, and the notebook edge lent itself perfectly to the theme!


Sketch & a Smooch!

I love the sketch for the current challenge at Make the Day Special - so versatile! I ended up making it more difficult for myself...first the card, then I'll explain my boo-boos:

Supplies: Paper Smooches Party Posse & Chubby Chums; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers; unknown papers; Peacock Feathers & Spiced Marmalade distress inks; orange card stock; classic small circle Nesties; Wplus9 banner dies; googly eyes

I got the bright idea to pop up the designer papers, so with the sketch I'd need to cut a partial circle out of each piece & then match them back up on the card. Unfortunately they weren't lined up quite right, and isn't this the one time the foam tape decides to be unforgiving? You want that stuff to stick, you're outta luck. AUGH. Because the top of the papers were wonky as well as the circle around the cat, I decided to add some bits to make it look wonky-on-purpose. I think I made it :) 

I'm also entering over at Paper Smooches SPARKS -  Anything Goes.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Christmas Spree!

Both of these cards were made using recycled greeting card prints, so I thought I'd tuck them in together. The jingle belles GOLD challenge ends this afternoon, and Merry Monday's Transportation challenge goes until Sunday. 

For Jingle Belles: 

Supplies: Sentiment from PTI; Versamark & Pirate Gold EP; lots of stash!

For Merry Monday - my favourite transportation, the one where someone else does the work:

Supplies: paper from G45; Paper Smooches kraft twine

OK, back to my mad-dash creating for a friend's birthday...tomorrow. *koff*

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Shopping our Stash #168 - Chicken!

Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? Me either! But we're celebrating it over at Shopping our Stash by creating projects featuring chickens - or any of their feathered brethren. I was amazed to realize that I had a choice of items for this challenge, and decided to go with the stashiest choice - stickers from PSX!

Supplies: Yes, that's the same paper you just saw in my TMS post (hey, it was on my desk) from Pebbles; chicken & border sticker from PSX; mini letter stickers from Kaisercraft

Since PSX stickers are sheer, I stuck this guy onto cardstock & fussy cut him. I miss PSX stickers - they are such good quality, and so well-illustrated! The sentiment is just that wee bit naughty :)

So, if you'd like to celebrate poultry with us, join us before next Monday, September 15th!