One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #20

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


I'm back with another One Layer Christmas card challenge.  The challenges are always one layer, always anything goes and this week's optional twist is "stocking". As always, the challenge is to create a one layer card only and if you use the optional twist, you'll be entered into the monthly random drawing.  Each card = one entry, so feel free to enter often to increase your chances to win.

Here's our theme for this challenge:




After scoring my watercolor paper, I smooshed it carefully through some Distress Inks that had been misted with Perfect Pearls.  IRL there's a lot of shimmer and those sequins are actually gold!  Please use your imagination :)

Check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team right here.

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#Beautiful

Sunday, October 18, 2015


I'm sharing a card I recently made for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges at Splitcoaststampers. It's an annual card drive where stampers/card artists make cards to send to the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  This is the sixth year for the card drive.

This is  one of my favorite techniques to add color to a card.  I've used the stencil monoprint technique.  I've inked up my stencil with three shades of Distress Ink and misted the stencil before placing it on my watercolor paper.  Then I added some droplets of Prima Color Bloom before sponging on a bit more color.

Challenges entered:

Virginia's View Challenge #19:



Tim Holtz 12 Tags - October 2015 - Happy Halloween

Saturday, October 17, 2015


As always, Tim Holtz has another fabulous tag this month:

TAG-PINTEREST

And since I don't have any of his new large dies for Halloween...had to improvise with what I had. Using some "old" paper from one of his previous Paper Stash collections, I die cut the tag and adhered it to a manila tag.  Loved his idea for adding inky splotches and did that with my stencil and some Black Soot Distress Ink, although I did soften the look with some Distress Paint.

Next, I distressed the edges with my Sanding Grip and inked it with some Walnut Distress Ink.  Then I added some Curiosities Remnant Rubs randomly around the tag...using partial rubs and complete ones.  Then came the cool spider web from his Industrious Stickers.  I left some of the areas intact between the webs.  Next I used another Remnant Rub on a Corked Vial and filled it with beads. Another little border strip from the Industrious Stickers was added to the bottom of the tag.  Then I smudged some Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint randomly on the tag.

Next, I added the "31" from his Plaquettes, a spider from the Industrious Stickers that I painted black with some Black Soot Distress Paint.  The Linen Ribbon has been distressed and one piece painted with Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint.  The little "happy" Typed Token was covered with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then some of the paint was removed.

That's it for today...back soon with more my sweet friends...







Stencil Sunday Create

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Hello, creative lovelies!  Time for another Stencil Sunday project!

Just some creative play here today that I'm sharing with you.  And when I say that...it's true.  I just started mucking about with a tag, some stencils, inks etc.  You just never know what you're going to end up with during play time *grin*.

I inked up my craft sheet with three shades of Distress Inks and spritzed it with some Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  Then I dragged my tag through it a few times until it was covered with color. Next, I heat set the tag and then I added some Distress Micro Glaze (it acts like a resist) through the ARTplorations Leaf Prints stencil.  Then I started adding more of the same tones of Distress Inks over top.

Then, I used the Bubbles ARTplorations stencil and repeated the process. It gives sort of a funky Bokeh effect which makes me happy!.  The edges were distressed with a distressing tool and some ink.  And the final step was to stamp the tag with STAMPlorations BOLD SENTIMENTS:  Create and add a bit of twine.

Would love to have you join us for the challenge this month.  As always, it's an anything goes challenge that must be a mixed media piece...tags, art journal pages, home decor, etc....anything but a card.  The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice.


Check out all the amazing designs from the rest of the Design Team right here!

ARTplorations stencils used in my project:
Leaf Prints                    Bubbles
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STAMPLORATIONS stamps used:

BOLD SENTIMENTS:  Create
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ARTPlorations Linen Canvas

Friday, October 9, 2015

It's my turn for a tutorial over at ARTplorations today.  A very easy home decor piece!



Would love to have you join us for the challenge this month.  As always, it's an anything goes challenge that must be a mixed media piece...tags, art journal pages, home decor, etc....anything but a card.  The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice.



ARTplorations stencil used in the tutorial:

Happy Flowers
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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #19

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


I'm back with another One Layer Christmas card challenge.  The challenges are always one layer, always anything goes and this week's optional twist is "silver". As always, the challenge is to create a one layer card only and if you use the optional twist, you'll be entered into the monthly random drawing.  Each card = one entry, so feel free to enter often to increase your chances to win.

Here's our theme for this challenge:



After sprinkling some Primary Elements powders on my watercolor paper, it was spritzed with water. Once it was dry, I placed my ARTplorations Foiled Again stencil over it and removed a bit of color with a baby wipe.  Then the ARTPlorations Christmas Reindeer was stenciled with some Antique Silver Crackle Paste and allowed to dry overnight.  I rubbed a bit of Silver Inka Gold over the deer for a little more sparkle.

Check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team right here.

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Splitcoaststampers Annual Hope You Can Cling To Card Drive

Monday, October 5, 2015

Just sharing a few of my Hope You Can Cling To cards from Splitcoaststampers last week.  Each year Splitcoaststampers partners with the UT MD Anderson Cancer for a month long card drive to benefit those affected by breast cancer.  

There are daily challenges hosted by some wonderful stampers/artists.  Then completed cards are mailed to the center in Houston for the patients' use.  Such a worthwhile cause!  If you are so inclined to join in you'll find all the info here







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Birds and Circles

Sunday, October 4, 2015


I'm back with another Stencil Sunday project for you today.

Would love to have you join us for the challenge this month.  As always, it's an anything goes challenge that must be a mixed media piece...tags, art journal pages, home decor, etc....anything but a card.  The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice.






Today, I'm sharing an art journal page.  I've used some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap for my background and followed with some spray inks.  Using the ARTplorations Oh My Stars stencil and a PITT artist brush, I added some stars randomly in both the green and the orange. A few dribbles of India ink came next.  Then I added some circles with black gesso and different jar lids I keep in my stash.  I added some light modelling paste through the ARTplorations Bubbles stencil.  Next I used the ARTplorations Some Birds stencil and some Dylusions paint. Then, a few dabs of the same paint also added randomly.  Then, lots of shading/highlighting with a graphite pencil and my markers. I've used the Subway Art Builders:  Create stamp for the sentiments.  Just stamped the large sentiment on some heavy weight paper and cut it up to use throughout the two pages.





Check out all the amazing designs from the rest of the Design Team right here!

ARTplorations stencils used in my project:

Oh My Stars              Bubbles                   Some Birds
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STAMPlorations stamps used:

SUBWAY ART BUILDERS:  Create
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Looking forward to seeing your creations on our challenge page!  Back soon with more my sweet friends...




Be Brave & Imagine

Friday, October 2, 2015


My second card for the HOP to STOP...(papercrafters raising awareness about domestic violence) from the oh so wonderful and oh so talented Becca Cruger (aka The Damsel of Distressed). October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States (it's held in November in Canada) and this hop is designed to raise awareness about domestic violence, an issue that impacts 1 in 3 women, and the resources that are available to assist victims of domestic violence.

You can find all the info right here.  And if you've got some time...please join in the hop.There are lots of great prizes from these amazing sponsors:

                                 


Here are the rules:

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a *newly created* papercraft project that hasPURPLE on it, no back-linking please. Random.org is used to draw for winners.

In order to be eligible you MUST:

  • Comment on the three entries before your linkup in order to be eligible for a prize (be a good   bloggy neighbor!) (unless it's a site that requires a login) 
  • Display the sponsor graphic
  • Provide a direct link back to the hop 
A much more simple design than yesterday's card :)  The Donna Downey face image was stamped in archival ink.  The eyes, lips and cheeks were colored with Distress Ink and then I added a layer of Stickles to the eyes and a bit on the lips for some shimmer.

A simple stamped sentiment from STAMPlorations and done!

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The Hop to Stop

Thursday, October 1, 2015




I've joined in the HOP to STOP...(papercrafters raising awareness about domestic violence) from the oh so wonderful and oh so talented Becca Cruger (aka The Damsel of Distressed). October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States (it's held in November in Canada) and this hop is designed to raise awareness about domestic violence, an issue that impacts 1 in 3 women, and the resources that are available to assist victims of domestic violence.

You can find all the info right here.  And if you've got some time...please join in the hop.There are lots of great prizes from these amazing sponsors:

                                 

Here are the rules:

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a *newly created* papercraft project that has PURPLE on it, no back-linking please. Random.org is used to draw for winners.

In order to be eligible you MUST:

  • Comment on the three entries before your linkup in order to be eligible for a prize (be a good   bloggy neighbor!) (unless it's a site that requires a login) 
  • Display the sponsor graphic
  • Provide a direct link back to the hop 

Well, this was by no means a quick card *wink*, but here goes.  I added some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap to my cardstock.  Then some light modeling paste through a Prima stencil. Next came some stamping with black archival ink.  Then I made up a wash of mica powder and matte gel and brushed it all over the card. Before it was dry, I used a baby wipe to remove some of the mixture.  The edges were heavily distressed.

A fun little collage of metal elements and stars, complete with micro beads, along with the sentiment completed the card.

Hope you can join the hop...back soon with more my sweet friends...







Mixed Media Card Challenge #16


The sentiment might ring true if you are a crafter...it's not hard to do that literally is it?  *grin*

I'm back with another Design Team card for The Mixed Media Card Challenge.  Here's our theme for the month:


The challenges run from the 1st to the 25th of each month, with the winners announced on the last day of the month.  To play along, simply create a mixed media card and enter it at the Mixed Media Card Challenge.  Be sure to check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team!  So much inspiration!

New to mixed media?  Simply combine two or more mediums on your card.  So many choices: watercolor, gesso, acrylics, distress inks, pencils, crayons, Copics, other inks and on and on...

I added several mediums in various shades of orange to some watercolor paper: Brushos, Gelatos, Neocolor II wax pastels.  Then I die cut the pumpkin and stenciled it with the Flourishes ARTplorations stencil.  Next, I laid the extra pieces of the pumpkin over top and then stenciled it again.  

First I brushed some Glass Bead Gel over top and then I added some Stickles for more of a glitter look (without the mess!).  Using my finger I also brushed a bit of the same Orange Stickles on the background paper.

The sentiment is a Tim Holtz idea-ology Small Talk sticker.  

Hope to see you play along this month!  Back soon with more my sweet friends...