Friday, January 6, 2017

STAMPlorations theme & sketch challenge

It's a whole new month - well, actually a whole new year! And that means it's time for the first Theme & Sketch Challenge of 2017 to be posted at STAMPlorations! I know that I usually have pretty detailed blog posts with step-by-step instructions, but you all will have to forgive me for making this quick and snappy because I am on my way to the Caribbean today! Woooooo!

So without further ado, here's the design I made for the challenge following the Mixed Media Theme.

This card was made with gauze ribbon, pearl embellishments, flowers, DCWV gauze paper (which I adore) Distress Ink and Distress Spray Stains. The stamp was embossed and is a sentiment from the Fond Expressions 2 stamp set. 

I'm sure you're all dying to know what the sketch looks like and what the theme is, so here you go. 

I hope you'll all go play along so I can see your beautiful creations (when I get back from the Caribbean that is... did I mention I'm going to the Caribbean? Because I'm going to the Caribbean.) haha  

You can use either the sketch or the theme or both! So there's options. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fusion - Hot Stuff in the Winter

It's a PARTYYYYYYYY! One of my favorite challenges on the web, Fusion, is turning the big 3! 

When I first started blogging a little over 2 years ago, Fusion was one of the first challenges I found. Since I'm a girl who likes options, I love the fact that there is both an inspiration image AND a sketch to choose from. Or you can get all funky with their challenges and use both! 

That's why I was so excited when I was asked to join the other super-amazing-awesome-incredible-talented designers this year. I'm still feeling the pinch-me moment! 

It is -17 degrees here. Air temp. With the windchill it is in the -30s. 
So when I saw the current inspiration image, I decided to take a chilly card and turn it into something oh-so-warm.

I used the Stunning Snowflakes set by Uniko, along with some blue & purple colorburst powders to create my background, then used my new STAMPlorations A Cuppa Love stamp set to add in my warmth. :) 

But I'm not gonna hog the spotlight here. Let me introduce you to a woman who needs no introduction, especially when it comes to hot beverages - Ms. Amy Tsurata

In honor of our pahr-tay for Fusion's 3rd birthday, we all got to invite one guest. Now the prospect of choosing just one of my hundreds of bloggy friends left my nails in a permanently bitten state. However - as soon as I saw that inspiration image... there's no way I could have invited anyone BUT the coffee queen herself, Amy T. 

And check out her glorious cards! 

Amy used the sketch & inspiration image, because she's genius like that. And she even used my Literary Caffeinations set and the STAMPlorations After Coffee set. 

Would all of my bloggy friends go give Amy a little love today on her blog post

Now go make sure you check out the Fusion Pahr-tay and especially make sure you play along!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

All the Pretty Things!

I've got a HUGE announcement to make! I was asked to be on The Card Concept Design Team! Yaaaaaaay!

This DT is so full of talent, that I'm a little bit speechless to be amongst such crazy talented crafters! Which makes me a little nervous for my first posting, naturally!

Even though I was nervous, when I saw the beeeeeeeautiful inspiration image, a design just popped right into my head and this layery lux card sort of happened.


I've never thought about mixing black and gold patterns - but it turns out it works! This is why I love inspiration images, because they force you to try things you never might have otherwise. I added some glittery gemstones, a glitter-dipped feather, and some die cuts sent to me by a bloggy friend (thanks Betty!).

This card is also going to play along in:
Ooh La La Creations - Feminine Challenge
Card Mania - Layer It
Simon Says Stamp - Start Afresh (brand new die cut shapes, brand new paper packs)

I'm soooooooooooo excited to have broken out the Valentine's Day cards. It's my favorite time of the year! I'd love for you go see what else my talented new teamies came up with for The Card Concept Challenge. (Believe me you'll be blown away!)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Mixed Media Card Challenge - Change

Ahhh do you smell that?
That my friends is the smell of 2017 air. The smell of fresh new beginnings. The smell of CHANGE!

Speaking of change, that's the theme for our very first challenge at the Mixed Media Card Challenge for 2017.

When reflecting on what I could do with the theme change, many things came up  - things like new chapters in life, changing colors, changing seasons... What I decided to do was start scrolling through my stamps to see if there were ones that inspired a mixed media piece about changing.

In doing so, I found a NBUS beautiful sentiment from Unity Stamp Co, and a only-used-once Stenciled Women by Dina Wakely stencil. Combined, I felt like the two really spoke to "change".

I also thought I could incorporate "change" into my mediums by using Ken Oliver ColorBurst watercolor crystals. I absolutely ADOOOOOORE these things, because you just sprinkle some onto your paper, spritz with water, and you get these vibrant color washes that are totally unique and stunning every time.

Next, I stamped some various shapes across my background in coordinating colors to create more dimension.

I used some Abandoned Coral Distress Paint to paint through the STAMPlorations Dots All Over Stencil.

Next, I sponged through the Dina Wakely stencil to create my focal image. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Rose by any Other Name Stamped Card

A rose by any other name doth smell as sweet. 
A rose colored with any other medium doth look as lovely. 

Don't you just love quoting Shakespeare. I'm pretty sure he wrote both of the two lines above. 

Today, I'm doing a reminder post for STAMPlorations theme and sketch challenge, so I'm popping in with a quick, but lovely little thank you card I made using watercolors.

I used the rose from the STAMPlorations Blossom Overture set and the sentiment is from the Strong Women set, designed by yours truly.

For the theme & sketch challenge, you can use EITHER the sketch OR the theme OR both. And you can use ANY stamps from ANY company. We're pretty easy huh? So get on over and play along with us already!

This card is also going to go play along in Tuesday Throwdown's anything goes challenge.

This posting is also a two-fer because I want to remind you to play along in the STAMPlorations Stencil Hop & Linky party, too! 

We're celebrating all things stenciled with a 7-day inspiration hop complete with TONS of prizes. If you're feeling inspired, you can also link up a stenciled card of your own for even MORE prizes. 

As for me, I'm also going to link it up to:
Cards Und More - ooooh it's cold
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday -  Let there be Snow

I showcased how I created this background in >>>this post<<< using the Broken Glass stencil. The sentiment is from the HOLIDAY SKETCHES: Christmas Candles set.

Thanks for popping by! Hope you enjoy the weekend. Considering it is going to be a high of -15 degrees F tomorrow... I'm not sure how much I'll be enjoying it! BRRR

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Coffee & Books Stamped Gift Set

Hello homies! Today I've got a card gift set that I'm gonna show off.

I don't know about you but I L-O-V-E to give presents! And I also like to make friends. Which puts me (and my wallet) in a conundrum when it comes to Christmastime. This year, I've decided to make a card gift set tailored to each of my friends' personalities.

I have one particular friend who loves coffee and loves books, so I broke out the new Good Books & Coffee stamp set and the Literary Caffeine-ations stamp set and got to work. 

I used all different shades of Tim Holtz Distress Crayons to smudge and smear and create an artsy (but very easy) coloring technique. 

I just LOVE the sayings in the Coffee & Books set (I know I'm biased because I designed them) but they are perfect for anyone who loves coffee as much as I do. 

And now I have an easy peasy little giftie to give a friend. 

This set is going to go play along in:
Crafty Creations: Masculine Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes

 Winter 2016 Blog Hop
And of course the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Stenciled Mixed Media Snowflake Holiday Card

Hippity hoppity stencils on their way! Today at the STAMPlorations blog we are doing a fancy-dancy ARTplorations Stencil Hop where we're showing off all the fun techniques you can do with stencils.

As per my regular MO, I decided to get all messy and inky and create a mixed media card. Since Christmas cards are still very much needed (woops!) that's what I decided to focus on.

Before I get too far into the weeds, I wanna talk about the logistics of the Hop - For the next 7 days, we're showcasing stenciling techniques and we'll be giving away at least >5< prizes to those who hop along or make a project featuring stenciling and link it up to our Linky Party Gallery. Check out all the details here.
Now, back to my tutorial. I used the Broken Glass stencil for my background and did a little bit of experimentation. This isn't a technique I've tried before - but I'll definitely be trying it again! I spritzed my paper with some water, and then I sprinkled my Ken Oliver Colorburst powders on to the paper. 

Using a paintbrush, I moved the colors around, and left some of the crystals still intact. 


I wound up creating 4 different backgrounds - one with a dark usage of powders, one with a light usage of powders, and 2 where flipped my stencil over onto a blank piece of paper to capture the "extra" powder that was left on the stencil. 


I also used some Distress Paint and Distress Spray Stains to die a piece of gauze for additional texture. Lastly, I altered some chipboard snowflakes with Picket Fence Distress Paint and some sparkly embossing powder. 


My sentiment is from the Holiday Sketches: Christmas Candles set.

I hope you think this is as pretty as I do! It's so frosty - I can almost feel the crisp winter air just by looking at it! 

Please come join us in our ARTplorations stencil hop! Can't wait to see what you dream up!

My card is going over to play along in:
Mixed Media World Challenge - Winter Wonderland
Mixed Media Mojo - Winter Holiday with a  Sparkle Twist

Simon Say Stamp Monday - Let there be snow