Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Shopping our Stash #217 - Put a Bird on it!

It can't be more straightforward than this week's Shopping our Stash challenge - get your birds out! I used a Penny Black sticker and dressed it up with some French knots:

Supplies: Penny Black sticker; Reverse Confetti sentiment; Dusty Concord distress ink; MME paper; embroidery supplies

I used the grid design & the sticker elements as guidelines for the stitching - love how it makes the sticker design pop.

C'mon and shake a tail feather with us!

On a personal note, I know the blog has been super quiet - and I've not been around to comment much. The boys are struggling with depression again, and we're in the middle of adjusting their medications. Again. It feels like every time we get them settled and doing well, they grow and then BOOM it takes time to get back in to see the psychiatrist & adjust their dosages. A teacher friend asked me if I was looking forward to school starting and I realized when she asked - I've had two six-hour breaks this summer, total. No wonder I'm overwhelmed! Two more days and then the 'adjusting to school' drama starts - but at least I'll get a few hours a day to recuperate, lol!


Tuesday Morning Sketches #316 - SLS Lines!

I'll be the first to admit that this week's Tuesday Morning Sketch threw me for a loop - until I decided to alter it to fit an A2 card. Then it finally came together! Engineering is not one of my skills :) We have the super fun & quirky SLS Lines as our sponsor again this week - check out the etsy store for fabulous stuff!

Supplies: papers from AC; Tumbled Glass distress ink; unknown feather dies; button from stash; classic small oval & circle Nesties

I die-cut the feathers from one of the pieces of dip-dyed paper I made last week - I used glimmer mist instead of water, and I love the subtle sparkle!

Even if you're intimidated by the easel card, you can still play this week (c'mon, I did it!)

This challenge will be open until next Sunday, September 6 - hop on over & see what the rest of the team has made! 


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Shopping our Stash #216 - Splish, Splash!

...I was takin' a bath... (you're welcome, you know you were thinking it!) 

This week at Shopping our Stash we want you to play with wet media -  watercolor, acrylic paint, distress inks - I'm already addicted to watercolouring with my distress inks. I wanted to try something a little different but at first it wasn't working, so I made a 'normal' watercoloured card. FINALLY I got my mojo in gear and managed my original idea. I used Distress Stains (in five colours lol) and liberally applied them over a stencil, moving the stencil around. 

Since the stains are very watery, they bled underneath the stencil - which was the look I was going for - and I ended up with this!

Supplies: chipboard butterfly mermaid from (I think) Prima; doily; sentiment from Reverse Confetti; Chipped Sapphire distress ink; Distress Stains in Tea Dye, Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, Picket Fence, Antique Linen; Tim Holtz Bubbles stencil

And since I had this one all uploaded and everything I'll share it here:

Supplies: Flourishes daisies stamp; Reverse Confetti sentiment; Palette Noir ink; clear detail EP; distress inks for watercolouring, MME enamel dots; scrap of vellum

I didn't want the edges 'too' distressed, so I scraped them with my fingernail and then curled up two edges. 

C'mon and get wet with us:


Tuesday Morning Sketches #315 - Digital Delights!

Hey, I'm the sketcher again this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!  This week we're sponsored by a favourite of ours, Digital Delights - you know you want a chance to win some sweet images :)

Supplies: Sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps; Versamark & white detail EP; papers from MME; May Arts cream twine; Tim Holtz design ruler & embroidery supplies; button from stash

I added some extra stitching over what's indicated in the sketch because hey, it's a guideline!

This challenge will be open until next Sunday, August 30 - hop on over & see what the rest of the team has made! 


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - I is for...

...Image only, no sentiment. The Snarky Sisters know this makes it harder to be snarky, and yet a few of us managed to be! (not me, lol - it's been extremely hot & humid here this week, about 40C with the humidex factor - and humidity in the 90s. All my snark is being used in real life)

Supplies: Penny Black stickers; Bo Bunny paper; Ranger white enamel; buttons from stash

I squeezed the enamel into a little plastic piece from packaging and used a toothpick to dab it on. 

Ready to play? Get some more inspiration from the sisterhood:

Donna (off this week)
Karen (off this week)

You've got until Friday, September 4 to join in

And don't forget to stop by and leave our guest designer STEPHANIE some love for her project! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Shopping our Stash #215 - Layer it On Me!

This week at Shopping our Stash we want to see your beautifully layered cards - the more the better! I took the opportunity to really play around:

Supplies: Dreamweaver crackle embossing paste; Distress inks for watercolouring; Prima leaves; Lil Inkers fringe flower die; Bo Bunny paper; Reverse Confetti stamps; random bits of embellies - stick pins, clothespin, doilies, seam binding

Sometimes it just all comes together - the clothespin was on my desk, and  then I thought hmmm, that could hold a sentiment! I guess it occasionally pays off to be a messy creator!

C'mon and get your layers on with us:


Tuesday Morning Sketches #314 - DRS Designs!

Good morning sketch fans! It's my week at sketcher for Tuesday Morning Sketches, and I think this one works well for those snippets of paper we all hoard! DRS Designs is our terrific sponsor this week - so many fun images to choose from. My stamps didn't arrive in time but I promise to make you giggle when they do!

Supplies: unknown baby feet stamp; Stampin Up sentiment; AC paper; Corner Chomper; Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick distress inks; buttons from stash; Tim Holtz design ruler & embroidery supplies

I didn't have quite the right shade of pink, so I inked up the stamp first with Worn Lipstick & then with Tattered Rose, and yay! it worked! 

Here's the sketch:

This challenge will be open until next Sunday, August 23 - hop on over & see what the rest of the team has made! 

Kris (off this week)
Nina (off this week)


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Shopping our Stash #214 - Make a Spectacle of Yourself!

We've got another fun challenge for you this week at Shopping our Stash - spectacles! Either use some stuff from your stash featuring glasses (the spectacle kind) OR use the spotlight technique. I actually have quite a few things featuring glasses, and I stared at them for some time before coming up with a little tag card:

Supplies: Paper Smooches stamps; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; wood veneer glasses; black detail EP; classic small oval Nesties; button & twine from stash

I used a glue pen to cover the top of the wood veneer and embossed it with black detail EP, dipping it in the powder while still hot & reheating 4-5 times to get the nifty smooth shine. This is the first time these Paper Smooches stamps have seen ink too. 

So how can you make a spectacle of yourself? 


Tuesday Morning Sketches #313 - Bugaboo Stamps!

Happy Tuesday! We have a fun Tuesday Morning sketch and a great sponsor - surely you know how I love Bugaboo images! Once I'd coloured up this cutie I started thinking about which birthday sentiment to use, and the escaping balloon inspired what I went with:

Supplies: Mouse-Balloons digi stamp from Bugaboo;  Spectrum Noir markers; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; classic small oval Nesties; Paper Smooches sentiments; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Tim Holtz design ruler & embroidery supplies 

I glossed up the balloons and his widdle nose, and added some stitching here & there, and voila :)

Here's the sketch - love the unique triangle element!

This challenge will be open until next Sunday, August 16 - hop on over & see what the rest of the team has made! 



Monday, August 10, 2015

Shake it Up Baby!

I've been making quite a few shaker cards lately - I used to use microbeads & confetti for the 'filler', and always found problems with static & just generally avoided them in the summer because of that. Enter sequins and suddenly WOOHOO I'm all over it. Also, these dip-dyed backgrounds ala Becca seem to really suit the fun of a shaker card. Since little red wagon is having a shaker card challenge this week I made sure (twist my arm) to make another one:

Supplies: various distress inks for background, Neat & Tangled sequins & sentiment; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; classic small circle Nesties

This one is fairly simple but with that fun splotchy background I didn't want it to be TOO busy.