Sunday, March 22, 2020

Quarantine Schmorantine

Hellooooooo my bloggy friends. Ope. Hold on one sec. 
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Ok I'm back. Sorry. I had to shake the rust off my blog. 

As you may have realized, I definitely have taken a hiatus from the bloggy world of cardmaking to focus on my mixed media canvas art business (you can see what I've been up to on my Instagram @damselofdistressed). 


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But the thing is - the world is changing. And right now this Extrovert with a capital "E" is holed up practicing some social distancing and canceling all my plans and meetings. My two little nieces, who live in my house with me and their mama, just came back from a trip to Florida so they are quarantining for 14 days and I packed one rolly suitcase of crafty supplies and headed to stay at my boyfriend's apartment until they're cleared. 

So what's a girl to do with all her unexpected free time besides turn back to her first love of cardmaking and blogging. Can't wait to check in on some of you and see what you've been up to. 




For my card today, I decided to break out my STAMPloration stamps and do some watercoloring. I have limited supplies, so CAS is what's in in my world right now. Luckily STAMPlorations has an Anything Goes Clean and Simple card challenge every month with an optional theme of using light blue. 


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I didn't choose the optional color twist, but I DID choose some fresh Springy colors that made me feel especially happy. The flowers are all one stamp from STAMPlorations - the In Bloom: Floral Bliss Trio - so no tedious masking required. I embossed them in gold. 


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Once I had watercolored everything (which honestly took soooooooo much longer than I remember. God bless the watercolor cardmakers of the world.) I sprinkled it with a little white Distress Spray Stain and then embossed an uplifting sentiment from the Buttercups and Butterflies set. 

Honestly, it felt so good to make a pretty card and get lost in a design for a couple of hours. Thanks for stopping by!

How are you all surviving this current global nightmare? 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Mixed Media Graduation Card



It's graduation season, and this year it seems like LOTS of my friends are graduating with their college degrees. Tomorrow I have >count them< THREE back-to-back grad parties. Which, of course means I need cards!

So I decided to take this month's Theme and Sketch challenge over at STAMPlorations and make some fancy dancy grad cards. 



If you're wondering how to play along in the STAMPlorations challenge, just use either the sketch OR the theme OR use both. You can make a card using any brand of stamps (although it's extra nice when you use STAMPlorations). 



For my design, I spritzed the back with a green Distress Spray Stain, flicked it with black Spray Stain to give it a little messier of a feel, and then stamped over that with some stamps from the Mixed Media Grunge set. 

The focal images aren't cupcakes (as you probably could tell by now). They're graduation caps from the Snarky Cap & Gown set. I'm always looking for good graduation sets and this one is awesome! It's designed by yours truly and if you order it you can get 20% off by using code STAMPGIRLBECCA at checkout. 

Last but not least, I die cut a big congrats twice and stacked them for a little bit of dimension. 

Thanks for popping by! I hope you'll come play along with us! 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Blackout Poetry 101

I've been teaching a workshops in my hometown of Grand Forks, North Dakota for a few years now and I've got one coming up at the Grand Forks Public Library. In honor of National Poetry Month, I'm teaching a mixed media blackout poetry class! 

Not familiar with blackout poetry? Essentially, you create a "poem" by blacking out words on a book page, leaving behind a specific selection of words. 

Here are some examples of my blackout poetry, which I also pair with artwork: 

RISE




LIMITLESS AND STRONG



WILD FOLK



So how do you go about finding a blackout poem? It can be a little more challenging than you'd believe. I'm going to break it down into simple steps. 

STEP 1: FIND A BOOK




I did say simple, right? 

When I first began creating blackout poetry artwork, I thought I'd go through every single page in the Odyssey and create a poem per page - sort of an epic tribute to a, well... epic poem. :) 

But it quickly became apparent that. not every page holds a poem (or at least not a poem that appeals to me, personally). 

Which brings me to 


STEP 2: FIND AN INTERESTING PHRASE ON A PAGE AND CIRCLE IT LIGHTLY IN PENCIL


I found the phrase "than a woman who imagines" and circled it lightly (more on that later) in pencil. Most of my artwork involves strong, female-centric themes, so I was specifically drawn to that phrase. 

STEP 3: START BUILDING YOUR POEM
Once you have your phrase, start building your poem by looking for other things that might complete the phrase or sentence. It's important as you're looking that you skim over the words and don't read full sentences of the book, or you'll start to get really sidetracked, really fast (at least if you're me). 

As I was building this poem, I thought, for a woman who imagines WHAT? and built "than a woman who imagines herself and all womankind" 

and all womankind WHAT?

Later on the page I found the word "wondrous". 

STEP 4: KEEP ADDING WORDS
AND ERASE WHERE NECESSARY


So. I had the latter part of my poem built "Than a woman who imagines herself and all womankind wondrous" but I had nothing to start my poem. I thought maybe I could build something along the lines of "There is nothing stronger than a woman who imagines herself and all womankind wondrous".

When you're working with a book page, however,
not all the words you're hoping for are going to
magically appear on the page

So I came across the words "the voice of" but that didn't pair with "than a woman who". To pair it correctly I need to erase the "than" from my phrase. Now I had something that worked "the voice of a woman who". 


As I searched for verbs that could begin my phrase, I found three and lightly circled them. "raising" "fighting" and "raised". 

Then, I looked for my bridge and found "with" which told me that I knew I needed to go with "fighting" because it was the only word that made sense. 

STEP 5: ERASE ALL UNNECESSARY WORDS AND HEAVILY BOX IN YOUR FINAL POEM

 My final poem reads "Fighting with the voice of a woman who imagines herself and all womankind wondrous". 

Pretty marvelous huh? 

Poems can be short or long. They can span the whole page or just part of it - the creativity is yours. 

For those here who are taking my class and finding this intimidating - have no fear! I will have a selection of poems for you to choose from, if you don't want to create your own. :) 

Happy creating!


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Clean and Simple Rainbow Watercolor Card + PRIZES



Water water everywhere - at least here in Grand Forks. We're getting some super high river crests and I'm very thankful for the flood wall our city built nearly 20 years ago because tomorrow they have to close down bridges! 




But spring is also a time for celebrating because this winter brought historic snowfalls - the 3rd snowiest winter on record! 



At STAMPlorations, we have a Spring Fling hop going on  and today we are giving away a stamp set of your choice from the Bee's Knees line.  For my card, I decided to make a rainbow in reminder of the light at the end of the tunnel. 




I stamped a rainbow from the Wonderful Life stamp set and colored it in with Dina Wakely Scribble Sticks. 



If you've never used Scribble Sticks - they are awesome! You can go over them with a little bit of water and they create these vibrant, gorgeous colors. 



I stamped a sentiment from the same set below it, and then also added three little rows of watercolored rainbow strips. 

Perfectly Springy - there are still 5 whole days of the Spring Fling with a brand new prize EVERY day! So come play along!!

I'm going to link this up to AAA Cards - Made in Minutes challenge (23 minutes! - a record for me!) and CAS on Sunday - Spring challenge.

Monday, April 1, 2019

It's Springtime Flingtime + Prizes

Hello Friendly Friends!
It's springtime, and around these parts where it often gets to -35, that is DEFINITELY something to celebrate! 


STAMPlorations is ringing in all things flowers and bunnies and color - oh my! with a Spring Fling celebration filled with 12 days of prizes and bold inspiration. You're not going to want to miss it! 



For my card, I pulled out some of the brightest colors I had in my stash and got to work. 



I embossed this gorgeous flower mandala from the Bloomfull STAMP club set, using clear embossing powder. 

To use the words "zen" and "relaxing" would be an understatement. It was so much fun watching this image come to pretty life with each drop of the Color Burst watercolors. 



I used the thanks word die and cut out the word in a bright pink and then added a second layer of just white to really make it pop. 



I'm playing along in the Paper Players challenge and used a die-cut, embossing, and floral elements for their tic-tac-toe board. I'm also playing in the Cardz 4 Galz Flora or Fauna challenge. 




I am in LOVE with this big ol' springy mandala and maaaaaaay have made 3 more of these cards. :) 

Now hop on over and get to playing! These prizes are serious and every single designer has some gorgeous inspiration for you. 

PSSSTTTT if you're looking to do some spring shopping, everything in the STAMPlorations store is an additional 15% off using code STAMPGIRLBECCA

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wooded and Healing Herbs



There are two brand new stamp sets on the block and they are BEEEAUUUUUTIFUL!!! 


Over at STAMPlorations we're releasing Wooded and Healing Herbs, designed by Deepti! 

 

These stamp sets are so versatile and you can build your own little scene with them. I got to play around with Wooded and couldn't wait to make these two cards. 

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For my first design, I used these dainty little flower sprays and paired them with branches. I "watercolored" with Distress Markers and, since I stamped the branches with Distress Inks, I just applied a little bit of water over the top to make them less of a perfect impression and let the colors bleed onto my paper. Teeny little pearls finished off this pretty, girly design. 


I'm going to add this card to the Watercooler Wednesday - Feminine challenge and Creative Inspirations Spring Greens challenge.



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For my next design, I went with something a little more clean and simple because I wanted to play along in the Cardz 4 Guys Challenge. This design is a whole lot of versatile and perfectly masculine and earthy.  

I repeat stamped the wood circle rings with Distress Oxde inks, then spritzed liberally with water so it would bleed. I splattered it with some white Distress Spray stains and added some fussy cut leaves.


Make sure to go check out this special release and leave a comment on the STAMPlorations blog because you could win a $20 gift code to the STAMPlorations store!



Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Snarky and Funny Valentine's Day Card

When it comes to Valentine's Day, we all know I'm a huge fan. First of all - glitter can be strewn about with abundance and second of all, I get to use all the heart-shaped, kissy image things I want with no repercussions. 

That's why I'm thrilled to be hopping along in STAMPlorations Love Hop and Linky Party


Rather than getting all mushy gushy, I decided to go with a very non-traditional snark to my card. Last year, I designed this A Funny Kinda Love stamp set for STAMPlorations. Yes it's got all the options to make a cheesy, eye-watering lovey dovey card - but it's also got all the elements and sentiments to add a little cheek to the undertones of amore. 

You're not going to want to miss out on all the fun at STAMPlorations Love Hop & Linky Party. There's three FREE digi stamps for anyone who wants to snag them, and there's a ton of fun prizes! Go leave some comments and get some inspiration as you start your V-day preparations! 

PSSsSSsst - If you're looking to add to your love-themed stamp sets, make sure to use code STAMPGIRLBECCA at checkout for 20% off your whole order in the STAMPstore