Gingham One Day

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I truly wish you could see this card in real life.  No matter how much I adjusted lighting and worked with my editing program, the color is not a true representation.  I've used SU! Blushing Bride and it's just so much prettier than this...sigh...

This is card for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge and the WT Challenge at'll find the links below.

1)  make a card base from SU! Blushing Bride and round one corner with Corner Chomper
2)  using a slightly smaller rectangle of the same paper, stamp the IO Gingham C-A-C background stamp in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe; round one corner with Corner Chomper
3)  lightly cover the entire piece with gesso, more in some places, less in others; let dry
4)  using the floral template, and two colors of ink, add the flowers by sponging
5)  add a light coating of Rock Candy Distress Stickles to the entire page w
6)  using the lighter color of ink, sponge randomly across the page
7)  using the darker color of ink, ink the edges
8)  stamp the sentiment in the darkest ink
9)  add the gemstones and pearls in random fashion

Products Used:
Paper:  SU! Blushing Bride
Ink:  Hero Arts Cup O' Joe, Walnut Distress Ink, Warn Lipstick Distress Ink
Stamps:  Verve One Day Plain Jane and IO Gingham C-A-C background stamp
All the other stuff:  The Crafter's Workshop Mini Cornflowers template, sponges, white gesso, Ranger Glossy Accents, Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Martha Stewart Findings, Corner Chomper

Challenges Entered:
Simon Says Stamp:  Anything Goes
Splitcoast Stampers:  WT420 (Gingham)

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Splatterific Background

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Catching up on a Splitcoast Mix-Ability challenge that I missed a couple of weeks ago called "splatter-ific".  Tiff had asked us to use a splatter technique of some sort on our cards.  And, since it's the Sketch challenge today...thought I'd use that too!

1)  using a water mister, spray down a piece of watercolor paper
2)  spray three colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang mists on the page and dry
3)  then pull the nozzle out of the mist and tap it with your hand to create splatters on your page...repeat with the other two colors
4)  die cut two banners in coordinating prints
5)  die cut an oval out of watercolor paper
6)  using Distress and Adirondack markers, ink up the stamp, mist with water and stamp twice
7)  stamp the sentiment
8)  put card together and add colored pearls randomly on the card

Products used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp watercolor paper, SU! Naturals White and MME A Beautiful Life
Ink:  SU! Basic Gray
Stamps:  Penny Black and Technique Tuesday
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinder's ovals die, Lifestyle Crafts Banners and Arrows die, Lindy's Stamp Gang Salt Water Taffy Starburst mist, Lindy's Stamp Gang Open Arms Amethyst Starburst mist, Lindy's Stamp Gang Whale Watch Blue Starburst mist, water mister, dimensionals, Prima pearls, Raisin Adirondack marker, Slate Adirondack marker and Spun Sugar Distress marker

Challenges entered:
Splitcoast Stampers MIX7 challenge
Splitcoast Stampers Sketch 429 challenge

Wish you could see this in real life...the background has a beautiful soft shimmer from the mists!

Back soon with more my friends!

Ripped, Pasted, Inked Birthday

Monday, March 25, 2013

I've missed a few Mix-Ability challenges over at Splitcoast and wanted to try another one today.  It's all about ripping, pasting and inking designer papers.  And, I've used the MOJO 286 sketch.  You'll find the links below if you'd like to play along.

1)  make a 5" square card base and stamp with IO background stamp; adding a few smudges of the ink around the edge
2)  rip several strips of designer paper and adhere to a 4.25" piece of heavy card stock with a glue stick; let dry
3)  using two different templates, add two different shades of Distress Ink to unify the piece
4)  distress the edges and add more the the same ink used with the background stamp
5)  cut a banner out of a coordinating paper
6)  using a Distress Ink and a template...add more texture; then distress and ink the edges
7)  cut another strip of coordinating card stock, again using Distress Ink and a template, add a design, then distress and ink the edges
8)  stamp the sentiment and use a punch to cut it out; distress and ink the top and bottom edges; add three gems and adhere with dimensionals
9)  layer the card and add button, twine and gems

Products used:
Paper:  SU! Certainly Celery and Basic Grey Two Scoops
Ink:  Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks
Stamps:  Paper Smooches and Impression Obsession Rose Lace C-A-C background stamp
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Fishtail Flags Layers STAX, Dyan Reaveley Letter Jumble stencil, TCW Mini Houndstooth template, SU! oval punch, MFT button in Sour Apple, Hero Arts Gems, distressing tool, sponges, twine, dimensionals, glue stick, ATG

MOJO Monday286
Splitcoast Stampers Mix-Ability 8

Back soon with more!

Glammed Up Eggs

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My apologies for not posting in quite some time.  Was getting ready for a trip and instead got hit hard with the flu and ended up staying home...really ill.  But I'm better now and anxious to start making some cards again!

It's time for another CAS challenge...this time it's a  limited supplies challenge...using only line solids.  I'm going with the assumption that it doesn't count for the sentiment :)

Sadly, this is my last CAS Winter Design Team Challenge...time to pass on the torch to the next bunch of designers.  It's been a lot of fun and I've enjoyed it thoroughly! Hard to believe my three-month stint is done...where does the time go???

Anyway...on with the card.  Don't you just love these cute little chicks?  Thought this was such a fun set for this time of year!

1)  make a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card base in white
2)  cut a slightly smaller rectangle in the same card stock
3)  stamp the eggs on misc. designer paper and glam them up with Stickles
4)  die cut the grass and again add Stickles for some bling
5)  using Distress Stains randomly add splats to the left side of the page
6)  stamp the three chicks in black ink and add the paper pieced eggs with dimensionals
7)  stamp the sentiment
8)  use a 1" circle punch to cut out the big red finger print from the side of the page!!!!  Looks like I'd always planned it this way right??? LOL
9)  adhere the grass to the bottom of the page and adhere to the card base

Products used:
Paper:  Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury card stock in white and Memory Box Brioche designer paper
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  jillibean soup eggcellent
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Fresh Cut Grass Die-Namics, Old Paper Distress Stain, Barn Door Distress Stain, Tumbled Glass Distress Stain, dimensionals, craft sheet, Waterfall Stickles, Crystal Stickles, Yellow Stickles, Lime-Green Stickles and Xmas Red Stickles, scissors, ATG, 1" circle paper punch

Have a wonderfully crafty week my friends!

My dreams...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I laughed out loud the first time I saw this fun stamp set from Lil' Inker Designs.  There are several great sentiments to go with the image but this was the one that really made me laugh.  And, as luck would have it...I was fortunate enough to win this set.  Thank you to Paper Craft Connections and of course...Lil' Inker Designs!

This is a really quick and simple CAS card to make.

How to make it:
1)  make a standard size card base
2)  cut a slightly smaller rectangle of designer paper
3)  add two coordinating strips of Shape 'n Tape
4)  stamp sentiment and image
5)  distress all the edges and add gems

Products used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Gray and MME Bramble Rose
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black and Weathered Wood Distress Ink
Stamps:  Lil' Inker Designs Sugar Kissed Cottage - Snarky Lady I
All the other stuff:  distressing tool, sponges, Lifestyle Crafts Shape 'n Tape (this stuff is really's sheets of washi tape that can be die cut, punched or hand cut), misc. gems

Back soon with more.

You Color My World I Adore You

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Today I'm playing with my gelatos and using one of my favorite fingers!  LOL!

1)  make a white card base in the standard 4.25" x 5.5" format
2)  cut a slightly smaller rectangle in the same card stock
3)  stamp the "you color my world" sentiment in embossing ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder
4)  dampen finger slightly and rub gelato on the end of your finger, rubbing it on the card at an angle across the sentiment
5)  repeat step 4 with two other colors of gelatos
6)  stamp the "i adore you" sentiment and the little heart with a waterproof ink in black (ask me how I know this!)
7)  using a Spellbinder's heart-shaped die pierce around the heart
8)  randomly scatter little black gems on the page

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury in white
Ink:  Ranger Embossing Ink, Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Stamps:  Paper Smooches
All the other stuff:  gelatos, white embossing powder, heat gun, water, finger *grin*, Spellbinder's heart dies, SU! mat pack, piercing tool, Hero Arts Pearls & Gems

Have fun, make art!

Dancing to the Beat of My Own Drum

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The title of my post today is definitely how I feel about my art these days.  I am dancing to the beat of my own drum...stretching my creativity...trying different mediums, different colors...  Some experiments work out and some don't; but if you don't try you'll never know what you can do right?

If you look really closely you can indeed see the sketch challenge from Splitcoast that I followed rather loosely today:
1)  make a card base in peach and add a layer of deep turquoise
2)  take a slightly smaller piece of watercolor paper and using the Cell Theory stencil, add Distress Paints randomly across the entire page, in this case I used four different paints
3)  dry with heat gun to set the paint...this is really important because once it's heat's totally permanent
4)  place a butterfly stencil on the page and spray with Dylusions Fresh Lime Ink Spray
5)  dry with heat gun
6)  add Victorian Velvet and Tumbled Glass Distress Stains randomly on page
7)  place chevron stencil on page and ink with Pine Needles Distress Ink to give the illusion of the third layer in the sketch
8)  the smallest rectangle is from my stash...another experiment with the Dylusions Spray Inks.
9)  dry emboss it with a Spellbinder's circle die, stencil on the flowers in the Pine Needles Distress Ink, and rub some Picket Fence Distress Stain in the center to lighten it slightly
10)  heat set and then stamp the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black
11) scatter some colored rhinestones throughout the entire from of the card

Products used:
Paper:  SU! Peach Parfait, Not Quite Navy and watercolor paper
Ink:  Pine Needles Distress Ink and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Paper Smooches
All the other stuff:  TCW Mini Cell Theory stencil,  Wild Honey Distress Paint, Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint, Victorian Velvet Distress Paint, Spun Sugar Distress Paint, Donna Downey Chevron Grunge stencil, TCW Mini Flutterby stencil, TCW Mini Cornflowers stencil, Dylusions Fresh Lime Ink Spray, Victorian Velvet Distress Stain, Tumbled Glass Distress Stain, Picket Fence Distress Stain, heat gun, Spellbinder's circle die, Big Shot Pro, sponges, misc. rhinestones

What will you do today to stretch your creativity?

Stamping with Paint

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

It's the Color Challenge over at Splitcoast today.  The colors are SU! Bashful Blue, Raspberry Ripple and Primrose Petals.

The Bashful Blue I have...the other two...not so much.  So decided to use some similar colors in the new Distress Paints.  They showed up in the mail this a.m. and I could hardly wait to put them to use!  I also received my four free stamp sets from Paper Smooches that I won recently while doing the Online Card Classes Clean & Simple Cardmaking 2 class.  Aren't I the lucky one?

1)  make a standard card base with black card stock and round the bottom corners
2)  cut a piece of designer paper slightly smaller, also round the bottom corners
3)  add a couple of colors of Distress Paint to a solid stamp and stamp on the designer paper.  Use both first and second gen stamping
4)  add some smudges of the blue Distress Paint randomly to the designer paper
5)  stamp sentiment in black
6)  add gems in random pattern

Products Used:
Paper:  Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury card stock in black onyx, MME Bramble Rose
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Penny Black and Paper Smooches
All the other stuff:  Distress Paints in Barn Red, Picked Raspberry and Broken China; Corner Chomper, Hero Arts black gems

See you soon with more!

Night Garden

Sunday, March 3, 2013

It's a CAS color challenge this week at Splitcoast Stampers.  Our colors are SU! Night of Navy, Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral and Whisper White...or similar colors.  If you'd like to play along you can find the challenge here.

1)  make a standard case base in white and dry emboss; use corner rounder
2)  stamp the floral image in white craft ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder; cool
3)  color the flowers with Inktense pencils and use a waterbrush to spread the colors; use corner rounder
4)  die cut a piece of Certainly Celery card stock; stamp with sentiment; add to card with dimensionals
5)  scatter clear rhinestones

Products used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury card stock in white, SU! Night of Navy and Certainly Celery
Ink:  SU! Whisper White craft ink and SU! Night of Navy
Stamps:  Hero Arts
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder, Lifestyle Crafts Banners and Arrows die, white embossing powder, heat gun, embossing buddy,  Derwent Inktense pencils, Niji waterbrush, dimensionals, Corner Chomper,  misc. rhinestones

Have a wonderfully crafty week everyone!