Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Shopping our Stash #238 - Bent out of Shape!

This week at Shopping our Stash we'd like to see (gasp!) shaped cards. These are definitely not my forte, so I invented some curse words along the way - but I do love how it turned out!

Supplies: Oh the stash! Sentiment & sun from Green Grass Stamps, never inked before. Cloud, heart, & rainbow dies unknown; Sunshine WOW EP; Versamark; Diamond stickles; Tumbled Glass distress ink; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; googly eyes; lots of scraps of card stock

I cut the cloud cardbase allowing for a fold - and then an extra cloud to serve as the card front. The rainbow was die-cut 7 times to get all the colours, and then reassembled onto another piece of cardstock for stability. I left little 'tabs' on it so I could attach it to the card base and layer the card front on top. It was difficult to get a photo of the yellow embossing because of the light at my desk, but I really am pleased with how this worked, especially given my lack of paper engineering skills lol.

The team really knocked this challenge out of the park - everybody's creations are so wonderfully different! Go check them out: 


Tuesday Morning Sketches #338 - Jenee Todd!

Good morning sketch fans! Welcome to Tuesday Morning Sketches' first brand-new sketch of 2015 - and a warm welcome to our new teammate, Lee Thompson!  (She's one of my Snarky Sisters and so I'm especially excited to have her join us!) Jenee is our generous sponsor this week - and ohhhh my you need to head over to the blog and spy the amazing prize she's offered to this week's random winner!

Supplies: papers from Doodlebug; Lil Inkers balloon die & stitched rectangle die; buttons from stash

I took a very literal approach to the sketch - those flowers really wanted to be a row of buttons :)

This challenge will be open until next Sunday, February 14 - hop on over & see what the rest of the team has made! 


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cool Colours with Little Red Wagon

Little red wagon is looking for cards made with cool colours this week - greens, blues, purples - and conveniently I am truly addicted to that colour combination right now!

Supplies: floral stamp from PTI; sentiment from Reverse Confetti; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; distress inks in Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, and Wilted Violet; Spectrum Noir markers; Diamond stickles; Tim Holtz design ruler & embroidery supplies; Sakura Stardust glitter pen

I'd initially intended for the flower to be a single layer but found my markers reacted with the distress inks and I didn't like it. So I stamped the flower again, coloured & fussy cut it, and painted it with Diamond Stickles before paper-piecing it to the base. The sentiment is traced with the Stardust pen, and then I used the Tim Holtz design ruler to pierce a simple stitched border. 

You have until Tuesday to enter your cool card over at little red wagon :)


Glitter at CASology

Finally a card for CASology that was ready in time!

Supplies: scraps of glitter paper; classic small circle Nesties; unknown heart dies; Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark, Festive Berries distress ink; Zing red glitter (from Lindsey!) & Stampendous clear EP; unknown sentiment stamp; "always" stamp from Uniko Studio; Corner Chomper

Getting the "always" to stay red & glittery was a challenge. What finally worked was inking the stamp first with Versamark & then Festive Berries, and embossing with the sparkle EP. Then I carefully stamped over it with just Versamark, and embossed with clear EP. 

You have until tomorrow to play along at CASology :)


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - K is for...

Kiss! Here's the best part, though - this is an opportunity to make a Valentine - or an anti-Valentine ;) Being a Snarky Sister I had to go with door #2 of course!

Supplies: Stella & sentiment from Bugaboo; Lil Inkers dies; Pebbles paper; Spectrum Noir markers; Diamond stickles; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

Of course she's glossed & glimmered, and perfect for your friend who maybe just had an ugly breakup (or a horrible horrible blind date!)

Go see what the Sistahs made, and then make your own & link up!  You have until Friday, February 5 to play along. 

Don't forget to leave some love for this week's guest designer, DOTTY JO! I am totally stealing her sentiment ;) 


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Shopping our Stash #237 - Dreaming of Something Warm

This week at Shopping our Stash we'd like you to show us something warm you're dreaming of - a cup of tea, a sandy beach, or even a hug. I had to choose the hug :)

Supplies: image from Sami Stamps; sentiment from Uniko Studio; Liquid Applique; shabby white embossing enamel; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; Wilted Violet distress ink (sentiment); Spectrum Noir markers; background made with Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet distress inks; Fresh Snow PTI ink; circle stamps from PTI; homemade pearl glimmer mist

I printed out two copies of the image on cardstock - one I used for the background, and one I trimmed out just the couple to paper-piece into the scene when it was finished. 

And you have until Monday February 8 to come play!


Tuesday Morning Sketches #337 - Our own Kris!

Good morning sketch fans! This is our last flashback favourite sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches (all new sketches starting next week!) and our sponsor is our very own Kris, with a fab prize package of goodies!

Supplies: papers from American crafts; small classic circle Nesties

A super simple card from me - love those paper packs that make it easy! Here's the sketch:

This challenge will be open until next Sunday, February 7 - hop on over & see what the rest of the team has made! 


Sunday, January 31, 2016

STAMPlorations Dragonfly

Nothing like entering at the last minute - I made this card for the January Sketch & Theme challenge at STAMPlorations and just had too hard a time sitting at the computer to type up my post! I used the sketch & also the theme of Clean & Simple - leaving white space as a priority, and not going too over-the-top with embellishments:

Supplies: Dragonfly stamp from PSX; sentiment stamp from STAMPlorations; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Wilted Violet distress ink; Spectrum Noir marker; Sizzix embossing folder; Diamond stickles; random bling

I used a snippet of unused dipped paper that went well with the purple & pink tones for the side panel. The dragonfly was stamped twice, and the wings fussy cut to pop them up. They were coloured with exactly the same marker as the body, and the Stickles turned them this awesome hot pink. Happy unexpected thing! 

You've got just under 24 hours to share your project with STAMPlorations - hurry up! 


FUSION cards

I have a couple of cards for the current FUSION challenge - before the deadline, unlike the last couple times. (Go me!) I have still not figured out why being at the computer is painful when being at my crafting desk is not - I blame the keyboard. I've been in for a massage therapy appointment, and tomorrow I get in to see the physiotherapist, so I'm really hoping for some improvement soon!

Anyways, here are my cards:

Supplies: All papers from a kit from eons ago - no idea who made it; Doodlebug red doily; blue button from stash; heart button from Dress it Up; classic small circle Nesties

The first card was inspired by the sketch & by the floral wreath - the neutral tones to a lesser extent, as they informed my background paper choice & then I ran with what I had. 

Supplies: Mouse & balloons from Bugaboo; Spectrum Noir & sharpie markers; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; sentiments from Paper Smooches; black Wink of Stella pen; Diamond Stickles. Doodlebug papers; Tumbled Glass distress ink for sponging

The second card is purely based on the sketch - it seemed like an ideal layout for this card!

You still have 2 days left to link up your projects at FUSION:


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Shopping our Stash #236 - Inspired by A Book!

You would think as an avid reader I would find this week's Shopping our Stash challenge an easy one - create a project inspired by a book. Wellllll. Most of my reading is mystery novels (or crime procedurals) and so maybe not so perfect for a card. *ahem* I also had an order last week for a little girl's birthday card, and so when I was thinking about her favourite things I also thought back to some of the books my kids enjoyed until not long ago. (As an aside, childrens' book illustrations are an excellent way to learn more about colouring!) Olivia the pig was a character they really enjoyed, and lo and behold, there's an Olivia book about ballet. 

Supplies: ballerina image from Tiddly Inks; Spectrum Noir markers; Wink of Stella clear glitter pen; Purple crushed velvet flock from Doodlebug; Basic Grey letter stickers; AC thickers sparkly 4; classic small oval Nesties; miscellaneous sequins and bling

The little miss this card is going to just recently had her hair cut short and loves ballerinas - so I found an image that I could give a haircut ;) Since she's brand new to my (enormous) stash of Tiddly Inks I'm popping this in over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun  for their first monthly challenge, Try Something New. 

The SOS DT made sure to share which book inspired our creations - make sure you do in your post too!