Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Shopping our Stash #166 - ABCs

This week at Shopping our Stash, we're celebrating the start of school with a return to ABCs - we want you to use something that starts with each of those letters! Here are some ideas:

A: ant, anchor, arrow, apple, arithmetic, animal
B: bee, button, bow, bonnet, ball, brad
C: candy, carrot, car, corn, curtain, cow, comet, chipboard, chalkboard

Of course you aren't limited to those ideas, but you DO have to tell us what you've used!

I had a particular stamp set in mind that I wanted to use, but do you think I could find it? NOPE. So then I was stuck. Finally I went ahead to work on something else, and found this paper pad, and it all came together. *whew*

Supplies: Papers from Simple Stories; Buttons from Basic Grey; sentiment from Paper Smooches; Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Simple and straightforward! I let the paper do the heavy lifting. I've gone with 
A- apples, alphabet
B- buttons, black
C - chalkboard

Check out the design team creations & join us before next Monday, September 1st!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #264 - Zap Pow!

Good morning! I am so excited about my Tuesday Morning Sketches card this week - first of all, it has an adorable digi from our sponsor, Zap Pow Designs (LOVE them!) - and second of all, the layout is absolutely perfect!

Supplies: You Octopi Our Heart digi from Zap Pow Designs; Spectrum Noir markers; Dress it Up button; Shaded Lilac & Broken China distress inks; stencil from walmart; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic; Corner Chomper; ribbon from stash 

Of course the octopus has glossy glasses!
The stencil I used is about 3x4 inches, so I moved it around several times & overlapped it to get a more "bubbly" look. I love how it turned out!

Here's the sketch (I rotated it):

This sketch is open until next Sunday, August 31st  hop on over & see what the design team has created for you!

Bonnie (off for August)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Ombre Congrats

A few weeks ago during the Unique Blog Hop I shared a background I created inspired by my nails - well, I finally decided what to do with the piece I had left over :)

Supplies: Dylusions Grape mist; Mr. Huey's white mist; Paper Smooches sentiment; Spellbinders butterfly die; Studio Calico wooden heart; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Versamark; Stampendous Moonstone embossing powder; scrap of Shrinky Dink plastic; purple pearls from stash

Hard to get a good picture of clear elements, isn't it! Once I'd adhered the piece to the cardfront, one of the corners refused to lay flat. I decided to make that an "I meant to do that" element and curled up all four corners, and placed a pearl on the card base in each corner. 

Here's the photo of my nails that inspired the background (and no, they don't look like that now...lol)

This card is perfect for the current Keep It Simple! challenge of Ombre - first time I've played along there in a while :)


Savvy Strawberries & Stitching!

A triple threat challenge from me this morning - I've combined the inspiration photo of strawberries from Andrea's Savvy challenge, the sewing challenge at ALBC, and the Last Days of Summer challenge at Open-Minded Crafting Fun. 

Supplies: Sentiment from PTI; Mowed Lawn distress ink; Sew Easy; paper unknown

I took this strawberry paper out when Andrea first posted the challenge, and here it is the end of the month before I could decide what to do with it! Better late than never. I am definitely loving my Sew Easy lately - I'm  a little addicted to one of the patterns, and forced myself to try a new one here. 

Here's the strawberry photo from Andrea in case you have a card up your sleeve before the deadline tomorrow:
strawberry field from Flickr via Wylio


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - K is for -

I think kraft is one of those colours that you don't really appreciate until you start playing with it. I doubt anyone thinks to themselves "Self, kraft is like theeee best colour, I love it!" (ok, maybe just me) but think about it - you could make a card for anything with kraft, and it would be appropriate. You can dress it up, dress it down...it's like the little black dress of crafting. So the Snarky Sisters want YOU to use some kraft! 

I've got two cards for you - I was DETERMINED to make a snarky card this time around, dammit, and then I forgot & made a cute card. I went back & snarked, and I feel much better now :)

Supplies: Stella - F*@k-up Fairy digi from Bugaboo Stamps; Spectrum Noir markers; Stardust Sakura glitter pen; Sew Easy

Who better than Stella to bring the snark? 
I used a bit of glitter pen on her wings, and outlined her with the lightest pink marker I have to help her pop (not because I went outside the lines a little and was trying to fix it. Nope.)

I'm popping my Stella card in over at Naughty or Nice challenges - and I think I'll be making a few more of these cards, because I can think of a number of people who have the F*#k up fairy visiting lately :)

And here's my not-snarky card:

Supplies: patterned kraft from stash; sentiment stamps from Paper Smooches; Brushed Corduroy distress ink; gem from stash; Wilton doily; clip art & sentiment from Crafty Secrets

I used a scrap from the edge of the patterned paper for the sentiment - I'm running low on kraft and have a few different colours of it. Easy matching! I also went nuts distressing & rolling the edges of the patterned piece & the photo. 

You've got 2 weeks to link up (by September 5th) - and stop by & say hello to my sistahs:

Barb (off this round)
Lynne (off this round)

And we are super pleased to have HAZEL with us this week as our guest designer! She got her Stella on too :) 

*if you're interested, I posted some updated tattoo pics earlier - here*

Black, Gold, and Silver!

*if you're interested, I posted some updated tattoo pics earlier - here*

A quick & easy card for this week's Merry Monday colour challenge. 

Supplies: black shimmer paper from Colorbok; tree stamps from MME; sentiment from Stampendous; Versamark; Pirate Gold & Moonstone EP from Stampendous



Watercolours & Embossing

Last week I found myself sewing buttons on nearly every card I made - this week my embossing tool got the workout. I challenged myself to play a little more with watercolours - in my case, using glimmer mists - and I used a familiar layout with a favourite stamp set to do that.

Supplies: stamps from Flourishes; Versamark; Black Detail EP; Tattered Angels glimmer mists - Turquoise Blue and Key Lime Pie; green rhinestones from Dollarama

Using the glimmer mists as watercolours is fabulous - not only are they sparkly, and they blend beautifully, but they are already the right consistency for painting. No errors of too much/too little water! After the panel dried, I trimmed it down to card size & adhered it directly to the base, and added a few gems. Ta-da! 

Entering this card in two challenges -
Creative Card Crew - Embossing (wet or dry)
little red wagon - Confetti


Card Blitz!

I have had a great crafty week! The temperature is cooler, the kids are mellow, and I was able to sit down & make all sorts of fun stuff. We are off on an overnight trip & of course last-minute-Lucy that I am challenges are ending before we get back, so here come a bunch of posts. Oh! And before I forget, some photos of the latest update to my tattoo - not the best quality, being car selfies of the back of my own arm, but you can get the idea at least :)
The newest part is the colour for the large lily & rose. The lyric around the rose reads "With every mistake...we must surely be learning," which is from "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

So let's see...first up I'll share a journal that I made with the Naughty or Nice challenge & The Stamping Chef challenge in mind: 

Supplies: So. Many. Demented Beauty digi stamp from The Stamping Chef; Dylusions sentiment; Tim Holtz stencil; Dreamweaver embossing paste; Peacock Feathers distress ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Spellbinders butterfly die
If there's something I didn't list that you're curious about, just shoot me a comment :)

This sentiment is pretty perfect for most of the Stamping Chef images ;) To tint the embossing paste, something I am forever mucking up, I scooped a small amount of the paste into a piece of plastic packaging (free mixing dishes! Save those little things!) and added 2 drops of "hot pink" Ranger ink. You can see that it thinned the paste enough to allow some bleeding through the stencil - but I like the overall effect. Next time I try one drop. 

After colouring this pretty girl, I gave her some sparkly strands of hair & of course, sparkly eyeshadow. The piece of tulle was folded into a triangle (and then folded again) and tucked in behind the doily.

To attach the beads to the binding, I use jewelry wire, wrapping it around the coils as I go. Since I've done it a number of times I have a feel for how much the binding can support without making the book impossible to open. Last touch was tying a ribbon at the top coil to use as a bookmark.

Naughty or Nice Challenge - Anything Goes
The Stamping Chef Challenge - Anything Goes

Be right back!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Seize the Sketch #27 - Cathy's Sketch

Thank you!

This is a bittersweet post - this is the last challenge for us at Seize the Sketch. I've had a great time playing with these talented women, and I know I'll still be stalking all their blogs. Since it's our last hurrah, help us go out with a bang & lots of players! Cathy designed the sketch this go-round:

Supplies: floral block stamp from Stampabilities; thanks from Stampin' Up; Mowed Lawn distress ink; Versamark & clear EP; green rhinestone

My card is super simple - the two 'boxes' made me think of this floral stamp, which I masked off to stamp just 2 motifs.

Here's the sketch: 

Check out what the rest of the amazing DT did!


Shopping our Stash #165 - Chipping Away!

This week at Shopping our Stash we want to see you use chipboard - if you don't have any in your stash, you can always die-cut your own out of cardboard (cereal boxes work particularly well!). For some reason, although I have plenty of chipboard, it's not something I reach for much. The piece I used on my card...I've had the package for at least 2 years, and I pull it out now & then, stare at it, and put it away. Then I realized that one of the banner pieces would work well for a Grumpy Cat Hat if I trimmed it down a little:

Supplies: Cat & sentiment from Zap Pow!; Spectrum Noir markers; paper & stickers from DCWV; chipboard banner & star from Fancy Pants; home made enamel dots

Ready to chip away at your stash? (snort) Check out the design team creations & join us before next Monday, August 25th!

Barb (off this week)

And after a hiatus, we're excited to welcome Chana back!