Thursday, January 18, 2018

spotlight stamping. not really.

You may have read yesterday's pulling teeth mojo post. I have more cards that happened in the same crafting session. Consider yourself forewarned!

Actually, this wasn't as bad. Again, you must remember I'd spent an hour mounting rubber stamps on EZ Mount. As in, gooey, sticky fingers and scissors. The whole nine yards. But I'd been thinking about playing in The Flower Challenge's - Spotlight challenge. And I had all these Alisa Burke doodled bloom stamps in front of me...

Now this probably doesn't even count as spotlight stamping. But in a convulted way it kinda is. I took a watercolor mop up piece that reminded me of the House of Cards inspiration photo, looked at where the color was concentrated and then stamped in those spots to spotlight the concentration of color. See, told ya it probably doesn't count.

But here it is anyhoo.

watercolor panel
After stamping on the watercolor panel with Archival ink, I die cut it and adhered it only along the top and askew (Just for fun, google "askew". You're welcome! :) to a blue cardbase. Then I added three light green leaf sequins and the die cut sentiment.

I'm joining in at:
The Flower Challenge - Spotlight Stamping
House of Cards - Mixed Media and or colors (both!)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper - TIMI January
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Ring in the New (the bloom stamps)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

cat on a hot tin roof

I'm CAS(E)-ing a sketch for you today. Twice actually. My first idea did not turn out as I'd hoped. But I like what happened then.

Back to the beginning... I was lucky to win some Rubber Dance stamps over at Craft Stamper TIMI and I chose the whimsical houses designed by Susanne R. For some reason (never try to understand what goes on in my head... which reminds me... did you see this at Ellen Hutson?)... 'bout that chocolate?!?... and while I was washing dishes and thinking about the framed-with-florals sketch and wondering how I could work whimsical houses into my creation, I remembered creating a village with masking like on this card and as the village came into my mind's eye so did the cat stamp I recently picked up as well as "cat on a hot tin roof" so it was a done deal. Lots of roofs and cats instead of florals. Following?

So I masked and stamped away. And stamped and fussy cut cats. And agonized for ages over the "frame". Geesh. What'd I come up with? A circle. Brilliant, eh? And the sentiment (I wasn't going to NOT use it, cuz punny), well it sure isn't the right size/shape. But. Please meet card #1.

distress oxides

Actually, I forgot to mention that I first spent an hour putting these Rubber Dance rubber stamps onto EZ Mount. Been ages since I'd done that! Remember that sticky goo?!? And while I was at it I did the same with some rubber stamps I ordered from Alisa Burke (know her?) ages ago. Um, yep. Finally. Surprised the rubber hadn't cracked. But that, my friends, remains for tomorrow's blog post... Stay tuned.

So. One of the stamps I'd mounted and cut was a trio of houses. A trio. Like the florals framing the frame on the sketch! Lightbulb. Meet card #2.


Weird. I know. But me likey better. Used a snippet of gelli plate print for the die cut. And gave the houses a touch of watercolor. Dad's neighbors have sold their house. I think this may be heading their way.

So. Did I freak you out with the glimpse inside my head? If so, sorry. I'm playing at a couple other challenges too which may have added to my brain stress.

CASE this Sketch - #254
Rubber Dance - January
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Add a Sentiment
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Snippets (circle frame and blue rectangle, "hello")

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #159

Welcome to another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers.

Today we're using Dee's Artsy Impressions stamps. Her stamps are 15% off this week!!!

Continuing with my "Urban Tribe"inspiration post projects using this image from my Pinterest inspiration board, ready for today's? I used the graphic tribal pattern and its colors as inspiration.

image source

Stamped Best Mom Ever and colored it with Prismacolor pencils and a black SharpieAdded some washi, and black Nuvo drops to the little bloom centers and voila!

This is a great flower spray ... I had more fun with it here and here ...

Remember, you could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on the January inspiration posts. Check out today's post here. So happy you stopped by :)

I'm joining in at:
Craft Stamper - Take it, Make it January challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS

Monday, January 15, 2018

CUTplorations january - reminder

image source: Jørn Allan Pedersen

Popping in with a reminder about the January die cutting CUTplorations challenge over at STAMPlorations. I've another project for you today. Distress inks but without the smooshing.

For the Birds die, Hello Sunshine die, Retro Mod Shapes (retired)

Die cut the birds to make a mask and then stamped through the negative with a small square shape to create the pattern. Die cut the sentiment and stamped it in a similar manner before adhering it. Cool, eh? I was inspired by this design.

TIP: Start with lighter ink colors and stamp more of them. Save your darker colors for last and use them sparingly.

Have you joined us yet? Check out more inspiration from the DT and the CUTplorations January gallery here. Look forward to seeing you there. Thanks for coming by my blog today.

I'm stopping by:
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Birds of a Feather
Happy Little Stampers - CAS - Friendship

Sunday, January 14, 2018

twofer meets pinkfresh studio

The stars have aligned. Again.

So I pull out some Pinkfresh Studio stamp sets I was lucky to win before Christmas and what image do you think I see in one of the sets? A feather.  And what is the theme of your interwebs friend's a new Twofer challenge? You guessed it. So how about another feather twofer...

Twofer meets Pinkfresh Studio.

Meet card #1. Notice the feather. Pretty in pink and polka-dotted so you don't miss it ;)

Meet card #2. Can you find the feather?

This time it's a merely a part of the stamped background. Stamped in pink it's nearly obscure.

So here's the duo again in one photo, cuz that's how they want 'em over at Twofer. See the feather image on both the encouragement and anniversary card?

I'm joining the fun at:
Twofer Card Challenge #1 - Feathers (Congrats on a great idea for a challenge, Darnell!)

Color Throwdown - #475

AAA Cards - Quote (my new Pinkfresh stamp sets)
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS
Penny Black and More - Something New (my new Pinkfresh stamp sets)
Simon Says Stamp - Work it Wednesday December

Saturday, January 13, 2018

twofer meets concord and 9th

The stars have aligned.

What do you have when your interwebs friend starts a new challenge with a "feather" theme and one of your favorite challenges asks you to use your first stamp set from the company and it just happens to have a feather in it?!?!? Luck, my friends. You have luck.

Twofer meets Concord and 9th.

Meet card #1.

 Concord and 9th Grateful stamp

I think I was still influenced by the colors over at Altenew's challenge this month ;) You know I love me some random stamping. I random stamped around the edges, inserting a couple B/W feathers to loosen the pattern up a bit. You almost don't notice them on this card. The bright flowers capture the eye.

Meet card #2. No denying this one's a feather card.

Also one layer, the interest on this card comes from the messy watercoloring with Zigs, a heat embossed sentiment and some (if I say so myself) perfect black splatters. Probably couldn't do that again if I tried!

So here's the duo again in one photo, cuz that's how they want 'em over at Twofer. See the feather image on both the hello and thank you cards?

I'm joining the fun at:
Where Creativity meets C9 - Use your first C9 set (I must be old, my first set's retired!)

Twofer Card Challenge #1 - Feathers (Congrats on a great idea for a challenge, Darnell!)

Danipeuss Kartenchallenge #60 - Alles Erlaubt
Penny Black and More - Something New (Flourish is by no means new, but I'd never used it before!)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

avery elle storybook critters

I don't own many critter stamps since I don't tend to create too many "cute" cards, but these critters from Avery Elle caught my eye when they came out. I like that they are not über-cute.

As for my card design, ehhh. I had this idea to use my new wreath die and hide the critters in it. Didn't work as I envisioned. So this happened. Would probably confuse the heck out of the baby boy recipient (if he wasn't a baby)! And certain to give the 'rents something to think about (a deer hanging from the ceiling...) I'm callin' it artistic license. So here it is.

Stamped, watercolored and fussy cut the animals. Die cut the wreath. Stamped some dots in beige on my cardbase before stamping the sentiment. Adhered all the elements, leaving some parts loose (like the mouse's tail ;) Added some gold glitz glitter to the three stars. Artistic license.

I hope you likey. I was inspired to work with these animals by Inspired by all the Little Things.

I'm also hooking up at:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Winter Blues
Simon Says Work it Wednesday - December New (my die)
Allsorts Challenge - New (my die)
Fusion Card Challenge - 4th Anniversary! (went with the blue/brown color combo)

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