Monday, October 15, 2018

Stenciling Techniques - Sanna Lippert New Release

It's a paaaaaarty! A new release party that is! Sanna Lipper, one of the fab-o designers at STAMPlorations has released a whole new line of stencils. And we got to have a crafty play. They are all so gorgeous and perfect for mixed media play.

Today I'm going to be showing you a cool stenciling technique using Distress Oxides. 
This technique is actually the reverse of stenciling because you're taking OFF the color with a stencil, instead of applying it. 

Step 1: Sponge on a healthy layer of Distress Oxide onto a dark piece of cardstock. Because oxides are highly pigmented, they are designed to sit on top of the dark color. I used Broken China Oxides over a navy blue paper. 

Step 2: Bust out your stencil and tape it down so it won't move. Dampen a piece of paper towel, using a small amount of water (you don't want it too wet or your cardstock will pill). Wipe wipe wipe wipe wipe. The color will start to lift right off.

Step 3: Remove stencil and oooh and aaaah... I love the pattern of this Cornflower stencil.

I also splattered it all over with Picket Fence Distress Spray Stains.

Next, I made a correlating embellishment - also with my stencil.

Check out all that texture! Basically I swiped a layer of texture paste through my stencil, then added a layer of blue embossing powder before heat setting.

I fussy cut it and BEHOLD!

Isn't it pretty? 

I also played around with Sanna's new Lupinus stencil, too.

This one is so pretty and would be perfect for either mixed media OR clean and simple cards. 

Pssst in honor of this new release, all ARTplorations stencils are 15% off. and you get a FREE stencil with every order. Plus you can use my code STAMPGIRLBECCA for an extra 20% off your order. :)

Now go get hopping and then get shopping. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

STAMPlorations Challenges are BACK!

I'm Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

You may have noticed over the summer that I took a little hiatus from regular blogging. That's because I was crazy busy with some of the art shows I'd signed up for, plus doing some community work. Stay tuned early next week and I'll share some of my summer hijinks with you. 

But for now, I'm here to tell you that STAMPlorations challenges are back, too! They also went on a little summer break. But now we've got a whole new crop of fresh challenges and great prizes. 

The sketch this month is:
And the theme this month is: 

You can play along with either the sketch or the them OR both! Options!

For my design, I decided to work with the theme. Believe it or not, we had our first snowfall last night and so I'm already wistful for Autumn. *sigh*

The first thing I did was to add a layer of prettiness to a sheet of mixed media paper. 

I used these Ken Oliver Color Burst Crystals and Liquid Metals to create a flowy, vibrant background. 

Over the top of that, I added a layer of Faber Castel Glitter Bead gel through the Botanical Lush stencil. Because let's be real here, everyone loves glitter. 

Once that dried, I speckled the background with green & red Distress Spray Stains. 

I double stamped a leaf from the Trendy Leaves stamp set, using Fired Brick Distress Ink and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide. 

Added a sentiment from the Buttercups & Butterflies stamp set, some ribbons, a little glue and BAM! One gorgeous Fall card. 

Pop on over to play along in the STAMPlorations theme & sketch challenge and to see all the other crafty inspiration. 

PSSStttt - if you're looking to add to your stamp collection, you can get 20% off anything in the STAMPstore using code STAMPGIRLBECCA

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Mad Hatter Tea Party Card

All the best people are bonkers! I've never identified with a Disney phrase more than I have that one, which was spouted by the Mad Hatter in Alice and Wonderland. 

Visible Image just unveiled a whole new Wonderland stamp line featuring Alice in Wonderland characters and they're all so much fun. 

I got to have a play with The Mad Hatter set and, as you can see, added some googly eyes for the full crazy effect. 

I stamped and masked Mr. Hatter so that I could add some of the crazy laughter to the background. 

Ensue laughter stamps. And more laughter stamps. I went a little overboard haha! 

Next, I used some Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color in my image and smudged up my outside edges with black Faber Castell Gelatos. 

I added a sentiment phrase using the same set, and some pretty patterned paper to match - glued on the googly eyes and viola! One crazy mad hatter. 

Thanks for popping by! Make sure to go check out the full Wonderland release and prepare to be amazed! 

Friday, July 27, 2018

STAMPlorations + Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop!

Did someone say fancy prizes?! If not, they really should have because the Coffee Loving Cardmakers are teaming up with STAMPlorations for a brand new release of their new Zen Coffee 2 Cover Plate Die.

You should have come here from Amy's lovely blog


This die is all sorts of beautiful and I decided to embark on what turned out to be my most ambitious project ever. 

Isn't it beeeeauuuutiful?!?! 

It was also 5 1/2 hours of work. 

But never mind that. 

Isn't it beeeeauuuutiful?!?!

I decided to do an inlaid die cut technique, and to individually handpaint every single piece. 

So yeah... I am stupid. Fully admit it... but the end outcome make it totally worth it.

If you're wondering how I got those pieces so shiny, that would be the magic of InkaGold - which might be my favorite product of all time ever.

I think it looks like a stained glass window piece!

In the end, I opted to frame this baby and hang it in my dining room where I can oooh and aaaah over it every morning while drinking my morning cuppa. 

So here's some other things you need to know: 

You should continue the hop at Dana Warren's blog because STAMPlorations is giving away a $25 gift card for you to pick out any product you want.

Also - if you're a coffee lover like I am (or a tea lover like I am not) STAMPlorations is having a sale all during the hop - 25% off any stamp in their coffee/tea category.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Fun Stampers Journey + Coffee Loving Papercrafters Blog Hop

Today the Coffee Loving Cardmakers team is pairing up with Fun Stampers Journey for a super fun and inspirational blog hop. You should have come here from Lori Turner's blog.

I absolutely love, love, love the quality of FSJ products. Their stamps are sooooo fleepin' cute and I can't wait to show you what I made with thier die cuts, too!

I inked up the Coffee Helps stamp set using some Walnut Stain Distress Inks. 

Image result for fun stampers journey coffee helps 

I painted in the plate using some gold Distress Paint to give it a pop o' elegance and then I splashed the same gold paint on a Hello Word Bubble wooden embellishment. 

A little stamping in the background with the coffee stain stamp, and then some more gold paint and viola! I a clean and simple mixed media card with a whole lotta personality. 

Since clean and simple cards are the complete opposite of my normal style, I had to go back to layering it up and my next card is a shabby chic creation. 

Layers and layers and burlap and twine and lace and die cuts - oh my!!! 

I used the Coffee Helps die set and some pretty paper from Bo Bunny to create my coffee mug.

Fun Stampers Journey is giving away a $25 gift card to a lucky hopper! So hop along, comment on all the blogs, and get some inspiration! Comments close on July 27.

Next up is Dana Gong's blog

Happy Hopping!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Just Be Happy Card

Happy Saturday to all my UK friends and Friday to all my US friends! 

I am jumping up and down with excitement to show off this latest design... Well more like the stamps that I used are jumping up and down. ha! 

It's been a great week filled with tons of community happiness and fun here in Grand Forks, North Dakota. So as I was rifling through my stamps to find the best one to use in a design, I stopped dead in my tracks at Tomorrow Doesn't Exist. It's so full of movement and life! 

To echo those sentiments, I wanted to create a colorfol and vibrant background. 

I used some Ken Oliver Color Burst powders on a sheet of white paper and spritzed them with water to get them good and inky. 

I topped my sheet with the Fibres stencil and sprinkled on some Black Soot Distress Spray Stain, followed by a healthy dose of Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door Distress Spray Stain. 

Ooooo color. :) 

I embossed a big ol' happy sentiment from the Tomorrow Doesn't Exist set, and also embossed some of the gears from the Somewhere In Time stamp set. 

Add a healthy layer of glue to the mix and viola! 

One super fly, happy, vibrant, cheery design. :) 

Thanks for popping by. Now go check out all those fun stamps in the Visible Image shop!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Celebrate! STAMPlorations turns 5!

5 years.
We're celebrating 5 years of one of the most generous, lovely, and amazing stamp companies out there - STAMPlorations is turning 5!!

And what would be a celebration without a little bit of a party?! This month, the STAMPlorations is offering up some pretty sweet swag if you party along with us

In honor of the shindig, we're all sharing our favorite creations we've made for STAMP along the way. 

I'll start with a brand new card, created just for this celebration.

We're also sharing our top 3 cards we've ever made while on the design team. 
I'll start with this card.

First of all - look at that great photography. (haha, I'm joking of course). 
But this card is the one that started it all. Nearly 3 years ago, Shery Russ, the owner of STAMPlorations, took a chance on little ol' me and added me to her design team. The card above is the one I submitted for my call and it will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart. Right now, it sits on a shelf in my studio, reminding me daily just how fortunate and blessed I am. 

Next up? 

This little number, created with a stamp set I designed just for STAMPlorations called Wonderful Life. I love the happiness embedded into the bright colors, and this picture is actually my facebook cover photo, too!

Lastly, I chose this one. 

I've learned a LOT from Shery over the past couple of years, like how to layer on stencils in a background to create a rich design with tons of depth. This card above is the perfect example of her influence!

 So now - it's time to party!! Hop on over to the blog for all the celebration details.

$500 in prizes! You read that right. 50% off flash sales. FREEBIES, PEOPLE!