Friday, April 21, 2017

Glitter, Gelatos & Butterflies - Oh My!

Friday! I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited for the weekend. I'm volunteering at our first Art & Wine walk of the season (a downtown crawl with 20 locations where you get to visit with artists and drink wine at every location!) And next month, I'm going to be one of the featured artists in the walk!!! EEee!! We also have a live music festival going on this weekend, too. So yep - pretty hoppin'.



But you didn't come here to hear me blather, you came here to see some card-making action! I'm happy to acquiesce because today is the day I also remind you to go play along at STAMPlorations theme & sketch challenge



I went for the theme this time around (because you can choose either theme OR sketch OR combine them - and also win fun prizes - and you can you ANY kind/brand of stamp you want). 

I began my card by scribbling some Faber Castell Gelatos in concentric circles on a piece of white cardstock. 


I smeared the colors together using my fingers, to blend. 


Next, I wanted to add a little bit of texture, so I broke out the Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel and applied it through the Tribal Swirls ARTplorations stencil


I also wanted to incorporate all the colors from the Color Throwdown's latest scheme, so I stamped a big ol' purple butterfly from the STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies 2 stamp set and cut it out using the coordinating dies. 



I decided I wanted to tie in my purple butterfly more, so I stamped a border using the Artsy Border Maker stamp set, and completed my look by stamping a sentiment (also from the Trendy Butterflies 2 set). 

Taaadaaa - glittery, grungy, artsy and oh-so-vibrant!

I'm also going to play along in the 4 Crafty Chicks - Butterflies challenge. 


Pssstt - if you want any of the products used in my card, you can use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLBECCA in the STAMPlorations shop to get 20% off your ENTIRE order. :o 


Thanks for popping by! I hope you'll come play along in the STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch challenge!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Distress Oxides Mixed Media Card Tutorial

Hi Friends! Just popping in with a quick post to let you know I'm up on the STAMPlorations blog today with a tutorial on using Distress Oxides for cardmaking. 

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Hope you'll pop on up there to see all the deets!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fusion - Truck Bouquet

We're over this week's hump and much closer to hippity hoppity Easter! But after Easter comes Mother's Day and that's the type of card I'm showing off today. 


Now... for those of you wondering how many mothers I have - no, I was not adopted by a tribe of roving gypsy women and I did not grow up on a polygamous commune.  I sell my cards at craft fairs and mother's day cards always fly off the shelves during this time of year.

This particular card is inspired by the newest Fusion Card Challenge.


I loved the big ol' bouquet of roses, and also chose to incorporate the sketch. If you haven't played along at Fusion, it's super duper easy! You can choose either the sketch, or the card, OR both and create a fusion! 


My card was pretty easy peasy to put together. I stamped a back panel using a floral burst from Unity and then stamped my focal panel once with the same design.

I watercolored my flowers with a combo of Distress Oxide inks and Distress Inks. 


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To complete the look, I stamped a snarky sentiment from my brand new Sweet and Sassy Mom set, which will be released by STAMPlorations in the next couple of weeks! 


Taaaadaaaa!

I hope you'll hop over to Fusion and play along! 

I was inspired to play along in: 
CCEE Stampers - Humor
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - S is for Silly

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Butterfly, Love, and Card Concept

HHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapppy Wednesday! I hope you all are having a fantastic hump day so far! If not - don't worry! You've got plenty of time to change that and do something for yourself that is gonna make your attitude shift. 

As for me, I'm in the mood to share another Mother's Day Card. 


This little lovely was inspired by the new The Card Concept challenge, which is up on the blog TODAY! It's so springy and pretty and... well... just LOOK at it! 


I incorporated the color scheme and the butterflies into my design. 


My background was made using kraft paper and Distress Oxides, using the dipping technique. I added 3D stickers from Bo Bunny and a sentiment from Winnie & Walter. 

Viola! 

We're welcoming some brand spankin' new designers to The Card Concept team this challenge and boy are they a wealth of talent! Wowzas. Seriously - you need to go check it out and then play along with us! 

Pssssst... I'm also up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog today with a really cool tutorial on how to make this bold and graphic coffee card. 


Hope you'll pop on over and check it out! 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring has Sprung - Fusion Challenge Card

I don't know about you all, but Spring has officially come to North Dakota. It's a whopping 45 degrees out this morning, so I shrugged off my jacket and enjoyed the crisp morning air. I LOVE this time of year - no mosquitoes, no hornets... only a teeny bit of mud to deal with. 



So when I saw the inspiration image for the new Fusion challenge, my spring-filled heart sprung a spring-filled beat. 

ALL THE AWESOME PEOPLE WHO TOOK MY LATEST CARD CLASS!

I haven't had much time to play in my craft room in the last two weeks. Between meetings, prepping for and teaching a cardmaking class, a new workout regimen, and some volunteering I have been running around and crashing as soon as my little legs carried me home. Last night, I finally ducked into my craft room for a play session at around 9 p.m. and I didn't come out until the clock chimed midnight. :o 

I was too busy playing around with the beautiful inspiration image and sketch over at Fusion Card Challenge



It's so springy and fabulous! If you haven't played along at Fusion, you can use either the sketch OR the inspiration image OR both! 


I loved the woodgrain, mixed with the bright fun florals so that's how I was inspired by the image And I used the sketch, too. Bah-blam! Fusion!


That big ol' sentiment is from the Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold, and The Happy sentiment stamp set. 

I hope you'll all go check out what the rest of my teamies have made and play along yourselves. The gallery holds some FANTASTIC inspiration!

I'm going to play along in these fun challenges, too!:
Try it on Tuesday - Botanical
Simon Says Monday - Things with Wings
Deep Ocean Challenge - Flowers Everywhere


Thanks for popping by!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Card Concept - Purple Fusion

It's Wednesday! Hump day! Anybody looking forward to this weekend?

*Raises own hand. Waves it violently*

But here's something to put you all in a better mood. Who doesn't love PURPLE? And lots of it.  




Over at The Card Concept, we've got a brand new challenge and I was instantly drawn to the variations of all the purple bottles. 



I loved the glassy and chalky finish to it, so I busted out my Ken Oliver Color Burst Crystals and a paintbrush and went to town on the big ol' hydrangea stamp from Winnie and Walter's  In Bloom: Addie's Garden stamp set.


I painted a matching row of stripes on my side panel and gave my other panel a little funky curvature using the STAMPlorations Sttched Snow Hills die cuts. Who says they have to be snow hills? I finished off the look by adding some opalescent sequins. 

I was inspired by the challenge going on at City Crafter. They want to see flowers on your projects.  Happy to oblige!

I hope you'll go check out The Card Concept and play along! 

By the by - I'm up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog today sharing a hippity hoppity Eastery design. 


Pop over and check it out!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop Day 1

It's the most fantastic day of the season!!! No, I'm not talking about the  first day of Spring... I'm talking about the first day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!!



Since the theme is Spring, I decided to go with something bright and cheery and sparkly and new < if those things don't epitomize Spring, I don't know what does.


Super Sponsor STAMPlorations has a TON of new coffee sets released just in time for the Hop. You can see them all in the entire section they have dedicated to coffee/tea in their shop. AND anyone who reads my blog can use STAMPGIRLBECCA as a discount code to receive an additional 20% off! Woop! 

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I used Tag O'Coffee CUTplorations dies to create my cute little frozen mocha latte. I watercolored it in and added some gel pen over the top to give it additional accents. 

Then I tried something new! I've been hoarding this coordinating stash of paper for a long time, and I decided to try to make a DOUBLE shaker! Ummmmm definitely will be trying this again because it turned out so adorably!


With all the stars surrounding that coffee cup, I immediately thought of super powers, so I used a sentiment from the Coffee Happy stamp set to complete my look. 


Taaadaaaaa! Now get hopping you caffeinated peeps! Head on over to the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog for all the fun and tons of prizes from AMAZING super sponsors!

Check out all these generous prizes you could win by participating in the hop!
WHOA!

a2z Scrapbooking :: $25 a2z Scrapbooking Gift code to the store + Digital Kit of Winner’s Choice★
A Creative Journey with Melissa ::  (Four) $20.00 store credit/gift card
A Jillian Vance Design ::  $20 Store Credit 
Altenew  ::  $25 Gift Card
Art Impressions ::  Talk Much stamp set
Avery Elle :: $20 Avery Elle Gift Certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink ::  $25 Store Credit
Caffeinated Papercuts ::  $10 Gift Card★
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps ::  $25 Store Gift Certificate + Stamp Set of Winner’s Choice★
Clear and Simple Stamps :: (Three) Ten Dollar Clear and Simple Stamps store Gift Certificates★
Close to My Heart – Chris Franco :: Tea-rrific Stamp Set
Concord & 9th :: $25 Concord & 9th Gift Certificate
Craftin Desert Divas  ::  $25 Craftin Desert Divas Gift Certificate + (Two) – 2×3 stamp sets★
Create a Smile ::  25€ discount code
Dare 2b Artzy ::  $20 Gift Certificate + 1 Stamp Set and 1 Ink of Winner’s Choice★
DeNami Design :: $20 Online Gift Certificate
Dina Kowal Creative ::   (Three) Coffee Themed Art Pendants★
DL Art  :: Prize 1- Coffee house bundle #1 Prize 2. Coffee bundle #2 , Prize 3. Coffee house bundle #3 and FLASH PRIZE pumpkin spice/latte bundle  ★
Doodlebugs ::  Coffee/Spring Themed Prize Package + Neat & Tangled Big Bold Brew Stamp Set★
Drive by Crafts  ::  $20 Store Gift Card
Flora and Fauna  ::  Clear Stamp Set of the Winner’s Choice – value $15.00
Fun Stampers Journey – Kerry Urbatch – Founding Coach #401 ::  $25 Gift Certificate-USA only-or-RG product for International Winner
Gerda Steiner Designs  ::  $20 Gift Certificate
Gina K Designs ::  $50 Super Sponsor + (Five) –  $10 Gift Certificates for flash prizes★
Gina Marie Designs ::  $20 Gift Certificate
Hero Arts  ::  $25 Hero Arts Gift Code
Impress Rubber Stamps ::  Winner’s choice of 10 Fresh Ink ink pads, value 60.00
Jaded Blossom  ::  $25 Gift Certificate + Winner’s Choice of Stamp Set★
Jane’s Doodles ::  $50 Gift Certificate
Jess Crafts Digitals ::  (two) – $10 Gift Certificates★
JessicaLynnOriginal.com   :: $20 Jessica Lynn Original Gift Certificate + Free Digi
Joy Clair Stamps  ::  $25 Gift Certificate
KaDoodle Bug Designs  ::  (two) $10 Gift Certificates★
Kat Scrappiness  ::  $25 Gift Card + Five packs of Kat Scrappiness Sequins to first winner, 1 Free Kat Scrappiness die (of their choice) to second winner
Krumspring Stamps  ::  $25 Gift Certificate + $15 Gift Certificate★
Latina Crafter ::  (Two) – $25 Latina Crafter Store Gift Card★
Lawn Fawn  ::  $20 Gift Card
Lil’ Inker Designs ::  $35 Gift Certificate + Latte Love Stamps & Dies★
Limited Runs Stamps  ::  (Two) – $10 Gift Certificates + Free digi for all★
Neat & Tangled :: $25 Gift Code
Newton’s Nook :: $25 Newton’s Nook Store Gift Card
Not 2 Shabby  ::  (Two) $25 Gift Certificate★
Our Daily Bread Designs  ::  $25 Website Gift Certificate
Paper Sweeties ::  $25 gift certificate + (One) Stamp and Die Set of Winner’s Choice★
Pink & Main :: $25 Pink & Main Store Gift Card
Poppy Stamps  ::  (Two) $25 Gift Certificate for dies★
Pretty Pink Posh ::  $25 Gift Certificate + Pretty Pink Posh Prize Package★
Reverse Confetti ::  (Two) $25 Gift Certificate★
Right at Home ::  $20 Gift Certificate
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® :: Two Prizes worth $25 ★
Simply Charming Everyday  ::  The Matching Bunkie Bag + Winners choice of Misti Zip Bag or Mini Misti Zip Pouch in the Spring Coffee Print
Stamp’ Up – Kathy Schweinfurth ::  Stampin Up Basket of Wishes Photopolymer set
STAMPlorations ::$20 Gift Certificate + (1) Tag O’Coffee CUTplorations die set; (1) 4×4 stamp set (winner’s choice – Rise & Grind, Brew-tiful Day, or Bloomin’ Spring Coffee Basket)★
SugarPea Designs ::  $25 SugarPea Designs Store Gift Card
Sweet Stamp Shop  ::  Coffee Delight Washi Set
The Cat’s Pajamas  ::  $25 Gift Certificate + (Two) $15 Store Vouchers★
The Cutting Cafe  ::  Sunny Yellow Color Kit
The Heart Desires :: $20 Gift Certificate + $10 Gift Certificate★
The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store  ::  $25 Gift Certificate
The Ton :: (Three) $10 The Ton Store Gift Cards★
Uniko Studios ::  £15 eGift Certificate + (Two) in stock Clear Stamp Sets of Winners Choice
Unity Stamps  ::  Coffee/Tea Themed Prize Package that includes 10 Unity stamps
Verve ::  $25 Gift Certificate
Waffle Flower   ::  $25 Gift Certificate
Whimsy Stamps  ::  $25 Gift Code
Winnie & Walter :: Two – $25 Winnie & Walter Store Gift Cards (coupon code) ★
Your Next Stamp ::  $25 Gift Code + Special Product Release Giveaway★

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mixed Media Funny Birthday Card

The theme and sketch challenge at STAMPlorations is still going strong, and for our mid-month reminder I decided to tackle the sketch. 



I love working with lots of layers, so I was excited to take on this particular sketch. 



To play along in the STAMPlorations challenge, you can use either the theme or the sketch OR both. Options! You could also win lots of prizes! 


I had this piece of cardstock that I'd mopped up some extra Distress Spray Stains with, and I slathered some texture paste through the Dots All Over ARTplorations stencil


After the texture paste dried, I spritzed it with Distress Spray Stain in Mermaid Lagoon. I love how splashy the backgrounds turn out when you spritz the stains directly to page. 


As you can see, I used some patterned paper for the center panel, and then stamped a funny sentiment from my A Snarky Birthday to You stamp set, as well as a star from the same set. 

So there you go, a fab-o funny mixed media card, which could be used for a boy OR a girl! Blam! 

I'm going to play along at the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs - For A Man
Dream Valley Challenges - Lots of Layers
The Crazy Challenge - Masculine
Pile It On - Humor/Puns

I hope you'll come play along in our Theme & Sketch Challenge

By the way, if you like any of the STAMPlorations products here,  my bloggy subscribers can take 20% regular & sale priced items in the STAMPshop using the discount code STAMPGIRLBECCA! 


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Day 4 - International Mixed Media Week + FUSION!

I am continuing the International Mixed Media Week festivities (you can read more about this farce in my blog post from Monday)!!

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It's also another day of celebration because the latest FUSION challenge has arrived!


If you haven't played at FUSION before, you can choose either the sketch OR the image, or you can mash them both together and create a fusion! I hope you'll come play along with me! 

Just look at that dreamy inspiration image!! I was totally and completely inspired to create a watercolor piece using the bright colors. 

If you were here earlier in the week, you would have seen the two Ken Oliver Color Burst backgrounds I created, along with my promise to tell you what I did with the second one later. Welp, it's later.
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For this card, I wanted to let the Color Burst crystals do the shining. So I decided to add some mixed media bits and bobs, but made sure to keep a lot of color as the focal point. 

Like my first card, I used some glossy black embossing paste, but this time I used it through a delicate Winnie & Walter stencil and only in selected areas. 

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I grabbed a bunch of different buttons and metal gears and started painting them black. 

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If you want to paint metal successfully, add a layer of gesso to it first. Then let it dry and paint over it with black. My buttons all started out with these pastelly colors that wouldn't have matched my design at all! 

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I adhered my bits and bobs to my background, and then selectively highlighted some pieces with InkaGold to give it a little more visual appeal. 

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I added Distress Crayon around the edges and smudged, along with a white gel pen border. I finished off the look with some sentiment stickers by Tim Holtz. 

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Taaaaadaaaaaa!

I should also mention that part of the reason I chose to use the bits and bobs was because I also wanted to play along in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge: Buttons. 

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I'm also going to link my card up to Crafty Gals Corner - Buttons, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Bit o Green.

Thank you all for popping by! I hope you'll go see what the rest of my teamies have made because you DON'T want to miss out on this inspiration!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Coffee!! A Watercolor Card

Hullo Ladies and Gents!
I know this is post two for today (don't forget to check out my mixed media tutorial), but I'm up over on the Coffee Loving Papercrafters blog today with a watercolored beauty and would LOVE for you to stop by! 


You can find all the details on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog! See you there! 

Mixed Media Mother's Day Card with SO MUCH Texture!

You guys, you guys, you guys, I'm doing so many happy dances over this card I'm about to show you. I. Absolutely. LOVE IT! 



Look at all that texture - isn't it so dreeeeammmy? Ok, I'm a little bit of a freak for texture and I found a really awesome combo that I WILL be using again (and again and again). 

How did this happy circumstance come about, you ask? I'm glad you asked. 

Take a look at this STUNNING inspiration image from the new The Card Concept challenge



There are so many ways to be inspired here. If you haven't played at The Card Concept yet, it is fab. The design team is made up of card artists who span from clean and simple to mixed media and everything in between! So no matter what style of cards YOU make, your designs will be ogled and admired!

Now let me show you how I made my card! 

I rubbed some Dina Wakely gesso onto a piece of kraft cardstock with my fingers and then stamped some grunge.



Next, I added a layer of Ranger texture paste through the STAMPlorations Dots All Over stencil. 



And over the top of that, I drizzled some Dusty Concord and Tattered Rose Distress Spray stains. 



I used a concentrated spritz of water over the top of my drizzle lines, and let it drip down the page. 



Over the top of that I added some FaberCastell Glass Bead Glitter Gel. And ohmygoodness guys! This is the first time I've used this glass bead glitter gel and I'm in <3 <3 <3! It's so sparkly and adds a GREAT texture. 



Over the top of my mess, I added some gauze ribbon that I pulled apart and then I added a vellum sentiment overlay (this sentiment is from the Verve Button Best stamp set. 



Definitely gaga over this one, so I'm not even sorry for the picture heavy post! 

I'm going to link up my design to these awesome challenges:
Craft Stamper Take It Make It - Anything Goes

Inky Chicks - Flowers (stamps or as embellishments)
Crafty Calendar - Mum's Day or Special Female
Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media


If you like it then make sure to put a PIN on it! 

Also, definitely go check out the magnificently pretty inspiration my fellow Card Concept teamies made!