Wednesday, July 30, 2014

a shaker it is, and blue (AAA, SSS)

Quick post to join the fun over at AAA Cards and the Simon Says Work It Wednesday - "blue".

For the little guy DD babysits. Inside "that's robot for happy birthday". Great way to use up leftover alpha stickers, BTW.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies for robot birthday:
Paper:  CS Bringmann, PP scraps, recycled acetate
Stamps: robot Hero Arts, BG CHF
Ink : Aladine, Versafine
Tools: die Spellbinders
Other: chipboard Studio Calico, stickers BoBunny, confetti

Thursday, July 24, 2014

curtain's still up (Curtain Call, SSS)

Finally got around to turning an idea into reality. Completely inspired by this photo over at Curtain Call's huge anniversary bash

and knowing DS needed a few thank you notes after receiving birthday gifts, and seeing the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Emboss it! and remembering this set of tags I made a while ago... Ta da!

Made four of these mini cards from one A4 sheet of white CS. Heat embossed the lines white, then watercolored a few random squares. Added an initial to one square and a piece of washi to another, then topped with a sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies for danke:
Paper:  CS Bringmann
Stamps: line Neat and Tangled, Klartext, alpha Hampton Art
Ink : Versacolor
Other: washi

Monday, July 21, 2014

STAMPlorations sketch #16

"You" ve got that right. It's time for a new sketch over at STAMPlorations. Here it is.

I went pretty literal this time. But knowing I wanted to use the inlaid die cut technique to get my shape extending outside of the solid strip, hearts came to mind. Here's what I did.

1. Used the SUBWAY ART BUILDERS: Dare and stamped the strip.
2. Die cut the hearts using Simon Says Stamp Large Hearts dies.
3. Removed the hearts and inked them with Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord.
4. Masked and inked the strip with Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers.
5. Splattered the card with Heidi Swapp gold spray ink.
6. Adhered CS panel to inside of card front.
7. Adhered hearts into the negative spaces.
8. Die cut Simon Says Stamp You die from violet glitter CS and adhered.

Hope you likey. A bit late for graduation season, but I think this could make a good card for a gal going off to college or starting a new job.

Have a look at the rest of the DT creations.  And check out what our guest designer Sue V. has for you. Show us what you've got over at Sketch Challenge #16. You could be our next guest designer!

Simon Says Spots and Dots this week over at the Wednesday challenge, so I'm taking my splatters there.

Supplies for you:
Paper:  CS Bringmann, glitter CS DCWV
Stamps: STAMPlorations
Ink : Distress, gold spray
Tools: heart dies and you die Simon Says Stamp

Friday, July 18, 2014

you've got this (Curtain Call, KIS)

Happy first anniversary to Curtain Call! Do you play over there? They always have the most beautiful inspiration photos and great design work from the team. And this time the theme is Anything Goes AND  there are lots of prizes to celebrate. I'm in :)

How can you not love all that white space? (How can you not love all that storage space? I'll keep dreamin') I picked up on the touches of pink and made a card of encouragement.

Stamped trees onto panel of CS using Distress Inks spritzed with water.  Stamped sentiments. Die cut ampersand from cereal box and used it to dry emboss the panel. Highlighted ampersand with Wink of Stella for a bit of glimmer. Punched a hole and threaded the ribbon. Made a pocket of vellum by stitching it to the card. Even added a bit of PP to the inside a la Kelly G.

I'm also joining the fun at Keep it Simple #44 where it's about bows!

We've got wonderful (read: hot) summer weather at the moment. Out to enjoy it. Happy weekend all.

Supplies for you've got this:
Paper:  CS Bringmann, vellum, PP Pink Petticoat
Stamps: CASual Fridays
Ink : Distress, Versafine
Tools: corner rounder, sewing machine, die Kelly Purkey
Other: ribbon

Thursday, July 17, 2014

how r u (ATSAM, CASOS)

Howdy. Here's a CAS one layer card I created basically using one just one STAMPlorations stamp - the chevron-y arrow in the middle!

Started with a cream cardbase. Stamped with light blue first. Then I partially inked (covered the rest of the stamp with the corner of a piece of scrap paper cuz it nestles so nicely into the design) and  stamped with Versamark and heat embossed. Then at the end of each I stamped one black triangle (partially inked the bottom stamp in the set pictured above). Also used the arrow stamp to make the red element in the corner. Isn't it cool how just one half of the stamp has a totally different look! Love that about chevrons. Added a Dymo sentiment trimmed to an arrow too.

Here's a closeup of the white embossing.

I'm so excited that this card was chosen for the August 2014 issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking.

I'm joining the fun at these challenges too:
Addicted to Stamps & More - #104 CAS
CAS on Sunday - #37 One Layer Wonder

Have a good one.

Supplies for how r u:
Paper:  CS Bringmann
Stamps: STAMPlorations
Ink : Jenny Bowlin, Versamark, Versafine
Tools: Dymo

Monday, July 14, 2014

i'm pooped... but i've got a winner!

Catchy title, eh?

Wow, what a whirlwind the past few days have been.  Piggy-backed submission calls . A week of STAMPlorations exploration. And did ya see who won the World Cup?! Woooohooooo! I think I have to sleep for about a week to make up for time spent in front of the TV when I should have been sleeping over the past month.

And wasn't it spiffy of FIFA to schedule the final game for the eve of DS's 18th birthday? And then for his "boss" at his work experience to give him his birthday off? Can you say non-stop party?! And he's now legal for hard alcohol.  And he can now drive the car alone. Which he's doing as we speak - picking up his license. Oh my nerves!

The birthday boy/girl always gets balloons and streamers over our dining table, but I had another idea for DS this year. This is the tree on our front lawn. Theme: drinking. And driving. But not together of course.

So the invitations for our "161" party are all out and of course I needed a few more. Seven to be exact. But may I confess I was plum-tuckered out on the invites project. So I hit all my leftovers laying around my workspace and literally whipped 'em out. Absolutely nothing to write home about here, but I'm so happy I used up some schtuff! Here's a twofer.

So last but definitely not least... a winner!

There were 18 commenters on the last post of my Exploration STAMPlorations series. I of course asked the birthday boy to pick a number between 1 and 18. Need I say which number he picked?!?!  Lucky commenter #18 ...
eek. it's a tie between the sentiment builders and the celebrate vignettes!
... please contact me with your mailing address and choice of stamp set. I'm off. There are six boys ready to barbecue 12 steaks out in the backyard.

Have a great week. "Wir sind Weltmeister". ;)

Friday, July 11, 2014

remember (MMCC)

IMHO, nature and sympathy cards go hand in hand. I have created a "cassy" mixed media sympathy card keeping the "Touch of Nature" theme at Mixed Media Card Challenge in mind.

Mixed media... it's about texture, dimension and techniques... remember?

TEXTURE- although one-layer, I've created depth by applying some watercolor, stamping the grunge BG and then stamping the flowers

DIMENSION - gold embossing paste through a stencil and a Dymo label

TECHNIQUE- took a watercolor brush to the stamped flowers to soften them up a bit

Have you entered the challenge yet? C'mon, get messy with us ;) You've got two more weeks before the challenge closes. 

Supplies for remember:
Paper:  CS Bringmann
Stamps: BG Impression Obsession, flowers Impression Obsession
Ink : Distress
Tools: stencil TCW
Other: watercolors, gold embossing paste, Dymo label maker

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