Tuesday, 27 June 2017

STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Blog Hop

A big HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY to STAMPlorations. It's time to celebrate, complete with prizes!

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I have two cards for the blog hop. 

I started with a small piece of 96 lb bristol. I added distress inks with a water brush with overlapping vertical strips of color, in rainbow order. I used distress inks - mowed lawn, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry, wilted violet and salty ocean. I used STAMPlorations Kudos Word Stamp & Die set to die cut the sentiment. I chose to place the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock. I hand-drew a border with some sparkly gel pens around the white strip. I picked some blue cardstock as my card base. The card was completed with some sequins for sparkle.

I stayed with the overlapping vertical strips of colour, in rainbow order theme. Again, I used 96 lb bristol and colours using distress inks applied with a water brush. This time, 
though, I kept the panel as my background and added the sentiment using STAMPlorations Happy Birthday stamp set with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I finished the card with a few sequins for some sparkle. 

What's a party without prizes ...

  • Three (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the store
  • One (1) randomly drawn winner from comments left on our Facebook page will win a grab bag consisting of new products worth up to $30
  • One (1) randomly drawn winner from comments left on our Instagram page will win a grab bag consisting of new products worth up to $30
  • Two (2) randomly drawn winners from the Wishlist Link Up will each win the products in their wish list (up to $50 MSRP)

Other info:

  • All products in the store on our birthday week and until July 7 will be 15% off. With my 20% discount code SCRAPGIRLSUE, customers can get up to 35% off on all products, including the new release.
  • Heartfelt Rose 3x5 stamp set will be included for free with every order of at least $25 (after discounts & GCs are applied and before shipping)

Thanks for visiting and I'd like to thank Sheri at STAMPlorations for the opportunity to be a Guest Designer at STAMPlorations CAS.


Monday, 26 June 2017

Muse: Christmas Visions #81

So ... yesterday was June 25th - 6 months to Christmas. It's never too soon to think Christmas - right? I thought that I'd join the fun at Muse: Christmas Visions

Here's the Muse card by Chriss Blagrave

I was inspired by:

  • the circular design
  • the colours
  • the "Peace on Earth" sentiment

Here's my card

I didn't have a "house" stamp that I could useS so I searched through my Christmas stamp sets and found this stocking from Sunny Studio's Christmas Icons stamp set that I thought would work. I added colour with a water brush and distress inks (worn lipstick, cracked pistacchio, faded jeans and mustard seed). The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Peace on Earth stamp set. 

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Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Love having the opportunity to craft with a friend - especially when it's for an extra long weekend. I made a card for the current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

This week the challenge is
Use Patterned Paper 
You might like to use paper from a pack but you can also choose to make your own patterned backgrounds. Whatever you choose to use we will be looking forward to seeing what you create!
This week we are showcasing Doodlebug Products. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

I'm not sure why I don't stamp in printed paper more often. I am hesitant but am pleasantly surprised how "cool" the effect is. My card this week features a flower, from Simon Says STAMP's Look for the Miracles stamp set, stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on a piece of Doodlebug's paper from Hello Sunshine 6x6 pack. I fussy cut the flower and popped it up with dimensionals. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia. 

Here's my card

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Tic Tac Toe Challenge TTTC003

Just back from an extra long weekend crafting with a friend. It's so nice to craft with a friend. I made a card for the current challenge at Tic Tac Toe Challege TTTC003

For my card, my tic tac toe is with the left column - blue, one layer, yellow

i lightly marked off a 3" x 2 1/4" rectangle. I used Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia stamp set and Hero Arts Shadow Ink Butter Bar and Stampin' Up's Brocade Blue ink. I stamped the flowers in a random manner. Once complete, I drew the frame lines with a thin black marker. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set.

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Muse Card Challenge - #221 - Goodbye Jenni

The current challenge at Muse Card Club is this beautiful card by Jenni Murray

Sadly, she's moving on to other opportunities and I wish here the very best in whatever she's going to be doing. Looking forward to seeing her beautiful work in "blogland". 

Here's my card

I'm visiting a friend for the weekend, so only had a few stamp sets at my disposal. Happily, I was able to create something that was inspired by Jenni's card.

I was inspired by the 

  • central sentiment on teal/turquoise
  • thank you theme
  • square card
  • colour scheme
  • general layout (although I moved the heart)
I used Papertrey Ink's Keep it SImple: Thank You stamp set, Simon Says STAMP Lot of Thanks stamp set, Simon Says STAMP Thanks stamp set, Clearly Besotted's Flowers and Flourishes stamp set and Hero Arts Color Layering Sea Turtle stamp set with Hero Arts inks (Soft Cantaloupe, Butter Bar, Pale Tomato, Greeh Hills, Tide Pool).

edited to add: I used my MISTI to create the card. Pretty sure, I would not have attempted this style of card, without it!

Thanks for visiting and thank you Jenni for all the inspiration here at Muse.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Simply Irresistible with Heather Telford and the Foiled Fox

Something on Facebook caught my eye - a challenge hosted by both Heather Telford and the Foiled Fox - titled Simply Irresistible. With a name like that, who wouldn't be intrigued. 

The challenge is to use the Emboss Resist technique with distress oxides.  

I checked out Heather's blog and tried to re-create her card, with my own twist. 

Here's my card

I used Altenew's Adore You stamp set, Versamark ink and WOW!'s Rose Gold embossing powder which was heat set. (Aside, if you haven't tried WOW!'s Rose Gold embossing powder, you need to - the colour is incredible!) Using ink blending tools, I applied distress oxides (wilted violet and worn lipstick - trying to focus the worn lipstick around the flowers). Like Heather, I added Wink of Stella over the flower petals for some added sparkle. 

Here's a close-up. 

I matted the panel on gold cardstock to emphasize the rose gold embossing.

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CAS(E) this Sketch #226

When I saw the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch

I just knew what to do. I flipped the sketch. Here's my card.

I decided to try out my distress oxides - spiced marmalade, worn lipstick and vintage photo. I smooshed them on a teflon sheet and spritzed some water. I placed the 96 lb bristol panel in the puddles of colour and moved the panel around. I used my heat tool to heat set the ink. I also spritzed water for some droplets. I kept placing the panel in the puddles of colour until I was happy with the result. I was so happy to use my new stamp set - Sneak a Peek from Taylored Expressions. I had such a difficult time trying to chose an image. I settled on the kitty and added colour with Copics. I decided to mat the watercolour panel with black for a bit of pop. I added glossy accents to the kitty's eyes. The sentiment was diecut from gold cardstock with MFT Die-namics Happy Hellos. I added a few sequins to complete the card. 

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