Friday, July 22, 2016

MMCC #25 - reminder

Coming by to remind you that there's still time to join us at the Mixed Media Card Challenge for this month's challenge where it's all about "Sparkle", with an optional element of gems too.

Here's another card for you with some sparkle on it ;)

I trimmed a CS panel and inked it with Broken China. I stamped it with CHF Polka Dot BG using the same ink. Then I put down the Tando Harlequin stencil (looks like a trellis doesn't it?) and inked the top half with Peacock Feathers and the bottom half of the panel with Lilac and Seedless Preserves. I stamped the Hero Arts Konnichiwa roses with Versamark, sprinkled (using my fingers) three colors of embossing powder including one with glitter in it and heat embossed.

I heat embossed the sentiment from PTI Cutting Garden onto vellum, trimmed it into a banner and adhered it to the reverse of the panel. Adhered the panel offset to my cardbase. TIP: To keep embossing powder colors cleanly separated on a sentiment, first cover last line with post it note, apply white powder and shake off excess, then cover with gold powder. The gold will not stick to the area already covered with white powder!

I'm hooking up at WOW Embossing Powder - Anything Goes challenge. I'd love to see your mixed media cards using "Sparkle" and/or gems in the MMCC gallery this month. You still have a couple days to link up here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #86

Summer slump got you down? Check out the inspiration from the DT over at STAMPlorations to get your mojo moving again. You might want to don your sunglasses for my project...

I planned my design, where the focal image would be, and then die cut Word Dies Birthday from the black panel. Then I used Texturized Big Numbers to heat emboss (in multiple colors of WOW embossing powder) the focal image. Lastly I selectively inked "happy" from Big on Words Mom and heat embossed it silver.

Added a strip of washi across the bottom of a gray cardbase before adhering the panel. I glued the little bits and pieces of the word die back in place and voila!

Funny thing about this card... the middle embossing powder is actually hot pink. But the "hot" kinda disappeared on the black I guess. So my card took a turn from feminine and now I think it's got a masculine vibe!

Remember to leave a comment over on the blog after you've checked out my teamies' projects. You could win yourself a $10 GC to the STAMPlorations shop ;) Have a good one.

I'm squeaking in over at Stempelkueche where it's about alphas and numerics.

And at WOW Embossing powder - these colored powders were part of a set I won last year.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

mix it up - take two

Back with another creation for the current Mix It Up at the CLASSroom over at Ellen Hutson. It's time to pair Essentials by Ellen and Neat and Tangled products. What a great match. Here's what I did.

I was inspired by the colors and layout of the Little Tangles inspiration photo.

And I'm sharing my card at Penny Black and More - Anything Goes with a Stamp.

Ready for this?... I needed a card with the following message: "Congratulations - heard you're moving up the corporate ladder." The recipient? A priest friend who is leaving his parish to take a position at the Archdiocese! Maybe I should mention he has a great sense of humor - I hope ;)

This is what I created.

Taped down my cardbase. Applied a light watercolor wash to imitate grass and sky. Used Neat and Tangled's On the Strip 2 to create the ladder. Then I masked the ladder and heat embossed some heavenly clouds using Essentials by Ellen Up the Happy. I watercolored inside the clouds with white but you can hardly see it.

I used the word die from Essentials by Ellen Zipper Panel, cut from glitter CS (heavenly) and red craft foam (thanks inspiration photo).  Didn't photograph the inside, but I wrote "heard you're moving up the" and used my Dymo labelmaker for "corporate ladder".

This card is in MI with me. Hope the priest gets as big a kick out of it as I did! Thanks for visiting today.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

mix it up - take one

Have you seen the current Mix It Up at the CLASSroom over at Ellen Hutson? It's time to pair Essentials by Ellen and Neat and Tangled products. What a great match. Here's what I did.

Well, first I saw the Little Tangles inspiration photo. Then I made my card.

My brain was already at Lake Huron (where I am now) and the upcoming Port Huron to Mackinac sailboat race. When I saw those umbrellas lined up I saw sails. So out came some striped PP and a WPlus9 die.

I watercolored aqua stripes and then stamped over them with spritzed Broken China ink using Neat and Tangled's On the Strip. My sentiment is from Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms. A strip of green washi on the cardbase is a nod to the grass in the inspiration.

I'm also joining the fun at:
Challenge Up Your Life - Watercolor

I've got another card coming soon. Funny story behind it... Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #85

A couple days ago we celebrated Shery R.'s birthday over at STAMPlorations. Today I'm sharing the card I made for Shery with you. Mixed media and nearly one-layer, just for Shery.

In a nutshell... I inked and stencilled, used grainy texture paste that I "ombred" with reinkers and created my own sentiment. Here you can see the ombre a bit better, light at the top, darker at the bottom.

If you'd like to see how I made it, check my spotlight post over at the STAMPlorations blog tonight. Be sure to check out the creations from the Inspiration DT over here and don't forget to leave a comment too.

I'm sharing this card at:
Anything but Cute - Summertime Fun

More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything goes with Pastel colors option

Sunday, July 10, 2016

first polychromo attempt

I should be making a packing list... instead I'm playing with my new Faber Castell Polychromos. It's actually a German product. How fun.

You may have seen my first play on Instagram - swatching the colors. Well I wanted to practice some blending of colors so sought out a couple challenges and gave it a go.

Colour Q

Addicted to CAS - Stripes

and Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes

I knew I wanted to use a stamped image I could practice coloring in. Thought about a little tweetie bird from Winnie and Walter but then saw this tree from Kindness and thought it fit the "stripes" theme so well. Stamped it on a scrap of white CS and started coloring. Oops. Guess Polychromos and my standard CS don't mix. It looks pretty grainy. Am I pressing too hard too maybe? Next time I better use smooth CS. Ya live, ya learn. And I need more colors to be able to do more blending. Whoddathunk 36 isn't enough?!?!?

Anyhoo, fussy cut the tree. Chose my Entrelac stencil from The Crafter's Workshop for background stripes. Used Festive Berries and Hero Arts Red Royal with a sponge dauber. Then I adhered the tree with dimensional adhesive.

The sentiment is from Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold and Happy.

It's going to get a little quieter around here. I've got several scheduled posts coming at you. And there'll be a new STAMPlorations release late July. But we're off to visit family in MI :) Hope your summer is going smoothly. Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

europe cup 2016

I couldn't have given DH a better present than this... to have the Europe Cup happening at the time of his birthday! He's an avid fan. To put it mildly. Ask him who shot the winning goal of the game blah blah blah in 19blahblah and he can probably tell ya! But don't ask him while he's watching a game on TV or he might bite your head off ;)

Anyhoo, I was in the red, yellow and blue mode making my creations for STAMPlorations' 3rd Birthday celebrations and they reminded me of the colors of the German flag (currently hanging next to our TV in the living room cuz... Europe Cup ;) So I whipped out my CUTplorations Birthday die and created this.

Dry embossed a Crazy Double Stitched Rectangle into my cardbase. Stamped a secondary sentiment using Vignette: Chevron and Arrows and a little party poochie (like our Ellie) before adding the three offset die cuts to the card. Voila!

Good thing there was no game on the day of his birthday so we could celebrate. Now to see if Germany can beat France tonight?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I'm joining the fun at A Blog Named Hero - Masculine.
And Seize the Birthday - no toppings today

Starting to think about summer vacay in Michigan. Yippie!!!!! Have a good day, friends.
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