Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Christmas Tag

I always like to try new and different things, so for the tag challenge at Sweet Stamps, I took out a stencil and lite modeling paste, and here is the tag I created!

 I was so thrilled to see stencils in the Sweet Stamps store!  I used distress inks dabbed onto the craft mat, spritzed with water and dipped the tag into it one color at a time.  I dried the tag between each color with the heat gun. Next, I applied light modeling paste over the stencil to create the fun background on this tag. I sponged on Faded Jeans color over the modeling paste.  I added a couple of SweetCuts dies and snowflakes from Globecraft and Piccolo using Turquoise Lagoon Enamel embossing powder.

 I wanted to point out- the enamel adhesive has a dauber top- so you can sponge it around the edge of your project, dip the edges of your card/tag/chipboard...etc  in the powder and it will stick and you can emboss the edges for a special finishing look.

 I used seam binding to finish the top of the tag. I tapped the ink onto the craft mat, spritzed it with water and put the ribbon in the wet ink.  Perfect color on the ribbon to match the colors in the tag!

Products I used making my Tag:

We have a weekly challenge and a monthly technique challenge. The monthly challenge 7/15-8/14 is Parchment Crafting. Our winners are chosen by Random.org- and if you use a Sweet Stamps image, your entry will count x's 2!

Sweet Stamps has a Pintrest board HERE

Sweet Stamps has a Facebook group HERE

Crafters Cafe- Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons- Christmas in July
Inky Impressions- No DP
Little Red Wagon- Christmas in July
Simon Says Stamp- Embossing
Sisterhood of Crafters- Diecuts/punches
Die Cutting Diva's- Die Cut/Christmas in July
Papertake Weekly- It's a Jolly Holiday
Sparkles Monthly Challenges- Christmas in July
Lexi's Creation- Christmas in July
Scrapbook Society Society- Christmas in July
Sparkle & Sprinkle- AG using embossing powder, glitter or flocking
Come and Get It- Christmas in July
Corrosive Challenge- Christmas in July
My Sheri Crafts- Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland- Blue Christmas

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Tuesday Throwdown- Handmade flowers

 We are making handmade flowers this week at Tuesday Throwdown

Our sponsor for this challenge is Flourish with a Bling
 I used a SU sentiment and SU (retired) DSP .The cardstock is Vanilla and Perfect Plum, and the ink is also Perfect Plum. I used 2 dies from Cheery Lynn Designs- Small and Med roses- I think it is the first time I have used them! I cut the flowers out of the DSP. The butterfly is also a Cheery Lynn die and it is cut out of a shimmery Technique Junkies scrap.

Eureka Stamps- Monochrome
Love to Scrap- Monochromatic
Crazy Challenge- Dies or Punches  (the roses and butterflies are also dies)
Lacy Sunshine- Flowers
Frosted Designs Friday- Flowers and Stitching

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Blog Hop with a Difference/Getting to Know Me

 Hello to all my blog friends and wonderful Followers : )

   Please grab a chair once you have your tea or coffee ready .... I would like to tell you a little about my creative self : )

I was tagged by Penny Mull to participate in this hop......Penny has the most fabulous cards- she uses lots of gorgeous dies and has wonderful (awesome) coloring skills. She also surprises you every now and then with a CAS card : ) She also does fab write ups - she is a foodie and tells you all about her adventures eating foods you may have only heard about in the movies : )  She also has a recently retired husband who she keeps fairly busy. I tease her and say she should get up late at night and break stuff so she has more time to create while he is fixing them...
  Anyway, I have always been creative- rubber stamping is just the latest obsession- for 10 or so years now. I joined the Technique Junkies in 2004, and really 'grew up' with techniques being the driving force for my obsession...! I have no formal art training. In fact, I had Prismacolor pencils- a big set for about 6 years before I knew why there are so many gray pencils in it.  I have really learned so much in 10 years!  
  I usually only make ONE of each card- every now and then, I will make two......and I am very slow...rather S-L-O-W at stamping and creating.  Although, it is faster than smocking and sewing dresses...so I have stepped up the pace over the years.
  I have made 2 scrapbooks in the past, but enjoy the immediate gratification of a card that is completed over layouts that take me a day or two to finish one....  (Although I have a trip or two to scrapbook).
 Most of my projects are done with Copic markers and occasionally Prismacolor pencils. I also enjoy Parchment crafting, but do not do that as often as I would like to.
 I started my blog a few years ago when I saw a DT call- I decided it would be a great way to stamp more regularly. I love meeting people from all over the world- as we do in blogland! I have to say, I am visually inspired, so do a little blog hopping (mostly at night) and view some Pintrest for MoJo. I love challenges as well. 
  I belong to a couple of fabulous blogging groups- and highly recommend it to others : )  I joined through the Blogging forum at Splitcoaststampers. One is a group of ladies from all over - mostly the USA, who chat and design cards and inspire and support each other. The other, is a group that chats and posts inspirational cards with Christian themes, and we have a post once a month with a theme. I also belong to a couple of busy Yahoo groups- one is Oriental Stamp Art- where the Inspiration and talent is really a 14 on a 1-10 scale!  The OSA group has tons of swaps and mingles as well. The other Yahoo group is the Technique Junkies.
   I have three children and am an empty nester. I have a daughter that teaches in China- who came home recently for the first time in 2 years...and a son who was in for a week from Colorado.  We all hopped in the car and drove to Mackinac Island last week, so I neglected to follow up and ask ladies to join me in the hop- a few ladies declined and I just did not get back to it- sorry!  Please do hop on over to Penny's blog and check out her fab work though- HERE
My next creative adventure- I bought a piano -used- and I am going to start taking piano lessons. Last year, I took Chinese language lessons- way hard, and since I have taken my trip and do not intend to return to China again (too many other places in the world to see), I am done with language lessons. I can read the top notes, but need to memorize the Lt hand notes..... 
 Please feel free to scroll thru the pages here if you would like to see my creative process.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Thanks a Latte

 I have been having a busy vacation- Katie is in from China, and Chris is here from Colorado: )  We were able to run up to Michigan and see Stephi- and it was the first time in two years we were all in the same place at the same time!

 I wanted to share a fun card I created with Distress Inks and the Technique Junkies newsletter- this is a fun technique- and I liked putting the colors together- like a puzzle.

  The stamps are from the Embossing Arts line at I Brake for Stamps. I am not a coffee drinker, but enjoy making cards with it for my coffee drinking friends and relatives.

4 Crafty Girls- Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door- Anything Goes
Incy Wincy- Strings and Things

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Anything Goes+ Parchment Technique

At Sweet Stamps, we are combining our Monthly challenge- Parchment- with our weekly challenge- Anything Goes : )
 These fun stamps were just released last month and I was itching to ink them up!  I used the antistatic pad over the Parchment vellum and used the Sweet Stamps White Dye ink and White embossing powder on the flowers. I colored with Copics on the back of the vellum, and it gave the flowers a greenish hue, so I colored them again on the front. I pierced around the edges of the vellum as well. I love the soft look of the Parchment vellum.

  The accent pieces are chipboard accents called *GLOBECRAFT & PICCOLO*  by Sweetstamps.com, and I love how detailed they are and easy to emboss using the enamel embossing adhesive- and I love the fab embossing enamels- the colors are so pretty plus they are mixed in with a shimmery/glittery metallic- love the way they look!

Here is a quick look at how quick & easy the Enamel embossing powders are to use- and hope you can see the fab sparkle  )
 Dab the Enamel Embossing Powder Adhesive onto the swirls.

 After gently rolling the powder in the bottle, I pour it over the chipboard using a coffee filter. Can you see how sparkly it is???  I take a piece of the chipboard sheet that is unused after removing the shapes and make a sample and attach it to the top of each of the bottles- you can see this in my adhesive picture above.

Here are the Sweet Stamps products I used this week:

Sparkle & Sprinkle- AG with EP, Glitter or Flocking

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Card Mania- How Charming

At Card Mania, the challenge for the next two weeks is "How Charming".  The Sponsor for the challenge is Kenny K digi's.  She is called Texting Diva.
 This is my first time using a Kenny K digital image. I have 2 twenty something year old daughters, so found this image quite sweet.  She is colored with Copic Markers and layered on Bo Bunny papers- bright and summery : ) The sentiment is by Create with TLC digis.
  The die cut is a Cheery Lynn Designs die, the circle are 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches. The charms are really old- possibly from the Target dollar spot. The Charm is from Hobby Lobby- not sure who makes it.

Catered Crop-BFF
The Cutting Edge- Use a die cut
Kenny K- AG + Dots or stripes
Squirrel and Fox- Lace and ribbon (pink lace & green ribbon)

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Shaved Blessings

The Stamp Addicts Blogging group at SCS has a challenge (it was actually for June) to make a card using the shaving creme technique.
 I apparently added too much reinker- OR the Distress reinkers are very colorful compared the regular ones..... (I used Ranger Barn Red and Lemonade ).
 I used the Sketch Challenge at Mark's Finest Papers- and it has a twist- make a card for a friend- yep- sending this in the mail tomorrow!
 The image was colored with Copics, and I stamped the image twice and cut out the top layer so the flower would have some dimension, then I also distressed the edge of the Tangerine cardstock.  

Mark's Finest papers- Sketch w/a twist
Scrapbook PhD- Texture
Mod Squad- Texture

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Gold and/or Silver

The challenge this week at Sweet Stamps is Gold and/or Silver. I decided to make a very CAS silver card for the challenge this week:

  I started with a very shimmery cardstock in Silver and Ivory from Marco's paper called Stardream Cover.  I swiped over it with the anti-static pouch, then embossed using Fantasy Silver Embossing Powder- it is very sparkly IRL!  I stamped the sentiment and measured how much space I had remaining from the top and bottom of the card. I masked off below those areas, then embossed the flourishes. 

Here are the Products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store:

We have a weekly challenge and a monthly technique challenge. The monthly challenge 6/15-7/14  is Painters Tape. Our winners are chosen by Random.org- and if you use a Sweet Stamps image, your entry will count x's 2!

Sweet Stamps has a Pintrest board HERE

Sweet Stamps has a Facebook group HERE

Addicted to Stamps and more- Holiday
Stampin Royalty- AG

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Sketch and a Request for Help

  I saw a request for Help this AM on Nana Connies blog and decided to whip up a quick card- well, I should be cleaning, but I HATE to clean....hehehe
  I made a card for Edith and used the sketch challenge at Mark's Finest Papers.
 The Washi is from China- I bought it a couple of years ago in Shenghen- much cheaper there, but the Shipping and handling was alot (hehehe aka my plane ticket and hotels....) . The Gold cardstock is from Marco's Papers. The CS is Tangerine from SU. The images are from Mark's Finest Papers.

Here is the info to help Edith:
Hello, dear blogging friends.
One of our blogging-paper-crafting-friends, Sue Drees, recently shared some sad news.
Her sister, Edith, fell on June 22, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On June 25, the tumor was successfully removed. However, the biopsy brought back devastating news - a fast growing Brain Cancer. Sue's sister is determined to fight this all the way. She began physical rehabilitation on July 4.
Sue and Edith both live in the North East (USA). Sue and her husband transport Edith's husband to the hospital each day and check up on changes and quality of care.
While Sue did not ask for help, others kept in touch with her and asked if Edith would enjoy receiving cards of encouragement and support.
Sue was so grateful that the on-line community might help in this way - it was something she had not considered.
Edith enjoys quilting and LOVES flowers! Edith's beloved fur baby is a little pug and they miss each other very much.
Will you please consider sending a note, tag, or card (or two or three?) offering encouragement? Edith valiantly fights other illnesses in addition to this new challenge. She is a very courageous soul.
Cards can be sent addressed to Edith c/o Sue Drees and she will take them daily to the hospital.
***To obtain the mailing address, please write:
Thank you for making a difference in one person's life, by bringing in a little sunshine.
  If you'd like to post this information on your own blog, feel free to copy and paste it into a post.  The more people we reach, the more cards will be there to encourage Edith in her fight.  And if you believe in the power of prayer, add Edith to your daily prayers.  I'm keeping her in mine.  :-D

 Thanks for posting this Nana Connie- and I hope many papercrafters will drop Edith a card in the mail.

Sketch- Mark's Finest Papers

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Tuesday Throwdown- Lets Have a Picnic!

The Tuesday Throwdown challenge for this week is, "Let's Have a Picnic".  The sponsor for our challenge is Meljens Digi images- loving the images we used from the store!

  I jump started my card with a Sketch by Sunday Sketch & Stamp. I used DP from Authentique (Bundle) and Jillibean Soup (Watermelon Gazpacho -green), along with SU Kraft, Red Riding Hood and White from Georgia Pacific. There is a little stitching on the center panel and I added a punched border (M.S.) on the Kraft under the green DP. The sentiment I added is from Create with TLC, and is another digital image. I finished off with some ribbon previously purchased at SU and some white sequins. The circle dies are from Spellbinders. The image ws colored with Copic markers:

Please stop by the Tuesday Throwdown blog and see what my Teammates created- there are a few other images as well! I hope you will join us for the Let's have a picnic theme this week.

Challenges for my card:

Sunday Sketch and Stamp- Sketch
613 Avenue Create- Patterned Paper/Die Cut/Solid Colored Paper, Stitching/Ribbon
My Sheri Crafts- Food, food and more food
Craft-Dee BowZ- Use a Hand-made Bow

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