Sunday, July 22, 2018

i scream for rainbow ice cream (who wouldn't?)

Maybe you saw yesterday's card?

So in the Icecream for You set that DD just brought back from MI for me, there was also this sentiment about ice cream and rainbows. Nuff said.

And CAS(e) this Sketch has this fun sketch.


So this happened...

Altenew Inks

Did you catch the bit of doily wrapped around the cone? And the heat embossed sprinkles? I used sponge daubers to apply ink to the stamp to get that softer look.


I'm joining these challenges too:
AAA Cards - Rainbow
Addicted to CAS - Summertime
Addicted to Stamps and More - AG
House of Cards - Popsicle/Food

i scream for superman ice cream

When planets align...

So DD just returned from a visit to MI and she had room in her suitcase for one of the packages of stamping goodies that was waiting for me at my Dad's. It happened to be my order from The Stamp Market and included a fun little set, Icecream for You, that was free with purchase recently.

And CAS(e) this Sketch has this fun sketch.

Ice cream. The sketch. So this happened...

Distress Inks

Here's the inside using Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey and Pinkfresh washi ...


Now call me crazy, but do you get a unicorn vibe from this card? How about looking at it from this angle? The horn up top. The sentiment as the eyes. The scoop of ice cream as the muzzle. And he's just spit out his sprinkles!


Fun, eh? I'm having fun at these challenges too:
Addicted to CAS - Summertime
Addicted to Stamps and More - AG
House of Cards - Popsicle/Food


Friday, July 20, 2018

STAMPlorations summer release - word dies


Welcome to the last day of the STAMPlorations Summer Release. Today it's all about four new word dies from Shery Russ.


First I paired them up with a stencil...

Distress Ink
craft foam

After I'd taped down the stencil, leaving a slight masked frame around the edges, I used a Sharpie to trace a few of the leaves. Then I used sponge daubers to apply Festive Berries, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed and Cracked Pistachio inks.

I die cut "you" from the card front and craft foam. Adhered the white word die cuts. Then adhered the "camouflaged" you.


For my next card, I die cut "bravo" from post it tape and dabbed the same DI colors around it. First the yellow, then orange, then red... If you're thinking the Cracked Pistacio is a bit "off", you're right. Although I tried to wipe off the DI from the mask each time, after I'd done the red, a bit of it transferred to the green area. Note to self: Next time cut two masks, one for warm, one for cool tones ;)

white embossing powder


Using colored pencils, I added a bit more color to the kitty so he'd pop off the BG a bit.

Did you see how I used the Bravo die stacked to hang my vines on this card?


Shery's offering prizes as always. Leave comments by July 23 on all the release posts this week on the STAMP blog and the DT blogs to be in the running - there's a $25 GC and also your choice of a stamp set and word die from this release up for grabs!  Check out what my teamies created over at the STAMPlorations blog.

I'm joining the fun at:
Happy Little Stampers - July AG with Dies







Thursday, July 19, 2018

STAMPlorations summer release - brave one


Welcome to day 4 of the STAMPlorations Summer Release. Today it's all about Brave One from Shery Russ.

Those single roses had my CAS-loving heart wanting to make a border. So I did. And fussy cut it. And added PP with the heat embossed sentiment to the inside. Then I die cut a window from the front and pepped it all up with a splash of sequins.

Wow orange embossing powder
Altenew ink
sequins

For my next card, I finally gave a technique from Yana S. a try and it was love at first pencil stroke. Stamped and heat embossed the vines, keeping the placement of the die cut sentiment in mind. Colored a few parts of the images with Prismacolors. Added the die cut, stacked and heat embossed sentiment and finally Nuvo drops. (The colors in the second photo are truer!)

Wow yellow embossing powder
Prismacolor colored pencils
Nuvo drops


I just love the smoothness of those blended colors though the card is not typical "me" ;)

Have you tried colored pencils on dark cardstock yet? Do you like it?

Shery's offering prizes as always. Leave comments by July 23 on all the release posts this week on the STAMP blog and the DT blogs to be in the running - there's a $25 GC and also your choice of a stamp set and word die from this release up for grabs!  Check out what my teamies created over at the STAMPlorations blog.

I'm joining the fun at:
Allsorts - Flowers all Over (#1, #2)
Penny Black and More - Things with Wings (#2)
Happy Little Stampers - July AG with Dies
Southern Girls - Tic Tac Toe (#1 ink, sequins, yellow)








Wednesday, July 18, 2018

STAMPlorations summer release - big dreamer


Welcome to day 3 of the STAMPlorations Summer Release. Today's set is so ... perfect. Meet Big Dreamer. I absolutely L♥VE it.


Of course my CAS-loving heart made me create this card first. It's one layer (on my normal Folia 300gsm CS) and I actually used Zigs directly to CS and a water brush to add some color. It held up beautifully. Just a tad water and not many brush strokes.

Zig clean color brush markers

Even added a smidgen of pearlescent watercolor on top for some sparkly shimmer. I truly love the thickness of the outlines on this set and that sentiment is a total winner in its perfect imperfection.


For my next card, I finally gave a technique from Yana S. a try and it was love at first pencil stroke. Random stamped. Heat embossed. Colored with Prismacolors.

Stampendous Moonstone embossing powder
Prismacolor colored pencils

Just look at the smoothness of those blended blues? The waxy nature of Prismacolors makes this possible.


Have you tried colored pencils on dark cardstock yet? I'd love to hear about your experience.

Shery's offering prizes as always. Leave comments by July 23 on all the release posts this week on the STAMP blog and the DT blogs to be in the running - there's a $25 GC and also your choice of a stamp set and word die from this release up for grabs!  Check out what my teamies created over at the STAMPlorations blog.

I'm joining the fun at:
Color Throwdown - #502
Happy Little Stampers - July Watercolor (#1)
Stamping Sensations - In my Garden (#1, #2)
Allsorts - Flowers all Over (#2)
Time Out - Smile (just a "laugh" taken to extremes ;)





Tuesday, July 17, 2018

STAMPlorations summer release - layered citrus


Welcome to day 2 of the STAMPlorations Summer Release. Today's set is so refreshing. Meet Layered Citrus.


I saw a gray/yellow T-shirt that inspired me to make this CAS card using heat embossing.

yellow embossing powder

For my next card, I masked the card edges and put all the images to the test ;) And added a ransom note style sentiment. Cheers! TIP: Make "lemons" out of  "lemon" by doing some selective inking and stamping with the other sentiments in the set.

Altenew inks
white embossing powder

Lemons. Limes. Oranges. Lots of possibilities with this one, agree?

Shery's offering prizes as always. Leave comments by July 23 on all the release posts this week on the STAMP blog and the DT blogs to be in the running - there's a $25 GC and also your choice of a stamp set and word die from this release up for grabs!  Check out what my teamies created over at the STAMPlorations blog.

I'm joining the fun at:
Stempelkueche - Sweet Fruits
House of Cards - Food/Popsicle



Monday, July 16, 2018

STAMPlorations summer release - layered watermelon


Welcome to day 1 of the STAMPlorations Summer Release. Today's set is gonna make you smile. Tell me what you see first when you look at this new set from Shirley. Meet Layered Watermelon.


I saw the smiley face. This face has been a part of my life since my Grandma bought me a smiley face ring at a rest stop on the Ohio turnpike on the way to a family reunion when I was about 7 years old! Do you see a dog's face in the set too???

An inked circle and heat embossed "eyes" and "smile" made this card. Thanks for the "smile" sentiment Shirley ;)



And then I went all watermelon-y. Using the MISTI I stamped the images a couple times with different colored inks spritzed with some water. Love the artsy look.


And then a watermelon slice in all its glory. I can't decide, but watermelon may just be the most iconic of summer food images... Or would it be a strawberry? Or a popsicle?

Altenew inks
clear embossing powder

All stamps, including the new release are 10% off right now. Please use my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off too!

Shery's offering prizes as always. Leave comments by July 23 on all the release posts this week on the STAMP blog and the DT blogs to be in the running - there's a $25 GC and also your choice of a stamp set and word die from this release up for grabs! Check out what my teamies created over at the STAMPlorations blog.

I'm joining the fun at:
Time Out - Smile (#1)
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes (#2 no optional Sequins for me!)
Shopping our Stash - Feed Me (#2,#3)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Fun in the Sun = watermelon... right? (#2, #3)
Addicted to Stamps and More - Happy Birthday (#2)
House of Cards - Food/Popsicle (#2, #3)


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