Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sweet Stamps- Snowy Day card

For my Sweet Stamps project this week, I continued on my mission to find ways to use up some of my Designer Paper.

  On this card, I punched 1" circles and layered them on the background. I added the snowman which is colored with Copics and highlighted with Sakura Jelly Roll pen. The snowflake is Globecraft and Piccolo using Siam Silver Enamel EP.
  I finished off using my DP paper strips by making an 'extra' card creating a Herringbone pattern.

  My daughter likes one, and hubby likes the other.......
We had a little dusting ~ 2 inches of snow here and we are expecting more tomorrow and Friday- to total about 10 inches.  I bet we will be seeing some new snowmen pop up around the neighborhood.

Products from the Store:
Stitched Button Snowman HERE
Mr and Mrs Snow Duo HERE
Sentiment from Cardinal Duo set HERE
Black Tuxedo Memento Ink HERE
Copics HERE
Sakura Jelly Roll pen HERE
Bo Bunny DP HERE
Globecraft and Piccolo Snowflakes HERE
Adhesive for G&P snowflakes HERE
Globecraft and Piccolo Siam Silver EP HERE
Silver Rhinestones HERE
Stitched Rectangles dies HERE

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Warm Winter Wishes

I had a little free time and decided to make a few more CAS cards for a couple of challenges.
 I have a ton of DP and decided to take out some Bo Bunny wintery papers and make a few more cards for my Aunt- she is turning 90 next month.
 The stamps are old, old SU and the color is very washed out- I colored with Copics and added Sakura Gelly Roll pen. The sentiment is Sweet Stamps.
  It all started when I visited Donnas Blog and saw the DP background and decided it was a great way to use up paper that is just sitting in my drawer......
  The challenges I want to link to are the CAS Sunday challenge at the Outlawz.  I used retired images which I have not used in....many years to join in to Vicki's Flashback Friday challenge.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Life's Simple Pleasures

I had more time to stamp for leisure and decided to try a CAS card today.
 The image and shimmery EP is from Sparkle and Sprinkle. The DP is Bo Bunny Gabriella from my stash. I added a bit of distress ink to the sentiment and around the edge of the script DP. I added some twine, and I wanted to add more, but made myself stop.......

Sparkle N Sprinkle- AG using EP, Flock , loose glitter
Crafts 4 eternity- circles
ScrapbookerPhD- Use a Stamp
Creative Knockouts- Spots/Dots

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

*Warm* thoughts 'a coming.........

I spent a little time coloring for the Outlawz Progressive Digi challenge  this month, the image is from Sandisamples.

 I found a Sketch @ Sketch Saturday, and a challenge to use Burlap at Just Us Girls. I just got a new Wink of Stella 025 and just painted that on Burlap that I had painted white a while ago. I added more of the Wink of Stella to the heart on the watering can. I used some old white spooled trim that I added top to bottom.
 The sentiment is from Create with TLC.

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay warm, or think warm thoughts : )

Sweet Stamps- Happy Birthday Bokeh

The challenge at Sweet Stamps for this week is Happy Birthday.

 I have been seeing cards using this Bokeh technique, and you know me- I had to try it!
How to:
1)Spritz watercolor paper with water
2)Apply Distress inks to craft mat. I used Spun Sugar, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters and Dusty Concord.
3) Using a Paint brush or waterbrush, apply the colors to your paper in a random pattern. I applied the colors lightest to darkest.  Dab with paper towel if the paper is too wet or if puddles form- so the colors do not get muddy.
4)Allow watercolor paper to dry- or use a heat gun to dry it.
5)Punch out a stencil using paper punches or dies- I used cardstock for my circles.
6)Using the lightest, mid color and darkest color, sponge on circles of color-again lightest to darkest- try to overlap the colors a touch.
7) Tap on white ink thru the stencil. I  started with the largest circles and used lighter white on the largest circles and got darker with the white as the circles got smaller. I used watered down Gesso for the smallest circles.
8) Add your stamped design
* A tip I learned from Michelle Zindorf- to emboss using a color- stamp the color ink onto your stamp, then ink with clear embossing ink. Stamp onto cardstock, add embossing powder, then Viola- I also make sure I check the dauber before I re-ink into my white pad, so I do not 'dirty' it up. Just swipe it on a paper towel and you will avoid adding ink to your white from the dauber.

Products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store:
Distress Inks HERE
Anti-Static pad HERE
Copic Sketch Markers HERE
Sweet Treats Clear Set HERE
Simple Greetings Clear Set HERE
Clear Detail Embossing Powder HERE
White Dye Ink HERE
Wink of Stella Pink  025 HERE
Stardust Gelly Roll Pen HERE
Royal Shades Die Ink HERE

Our winners are chosen by 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 challenge- Make your Mark
Creative Card Crew- Birthday with Sentiment
Tip Top Tuesday- Stamps only
Addicted to Stamps- Embossing

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday Throwdown- Use Metal

The challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week is to Use Metal.  Our Sponsor for this week is Sassy Studios.

 Oh my, I got out some really old stash- remember when we used to put all of out sentiments in these metal frames?  I also added a spiral clip for the ribbon, another blast from the past! 
 The image is colored with Copics. I added Sakura Gelly Roll Pen Stardust over the top layer. I added a Sweet Stamps bookboard star (Globecraft Piccolo) embossed with Silver enamel EP, then added random dots of silver EP around the star after dotting the paper with a Versamark pen. 
 The DP is retired SU.  The frame die is Memory Box and is from Sweet Stamps- called Stitched Layers. 

Stop by the TT Blog to see the fabulous inspiration by my Tuesday Throwdown Teammates. 

City Crafter- Love Metal
Allsorts- Any occasion other than a Birthday
Sparkle and Sprinkle- AG using EP, Flocking, etc

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Jan ATC's- Drips,Splatters and Splashes

I am trying to catch up on posting and commenting : )  I wanted to post the ATC swap from Jan. with the ATC group. It is such a diverse and talented group! Our theme in January was Drips,Splatters and Splashes.

We do a 1-4-1 exchange- this is my ATC:

 The background is called Simple Sumi. The image is a digi from Ginny Maxam from the Christian Cardmaker Facebook Group.

 I recieved a 1-4-1 ATC from Joanne which is titled 'End of Summer':
 And, now for the trades.  I used as Alcohol Ink Splash technique :

 The sentiment is from Technique Junkies, the die is a Cheery Lynn Designs image.

I used Copic reinkers for some of the ATC's- they are lighter in color which is more pleasing to me.
Lt Cindy and on the Rt Debi (very shimmery flower)

Lt Harriet and Rt Linda

Lt Diane M (Gelli plate BG) and Rt Carol

Lt Diane S (circles made from old tickets), and Mari S (awesome splatter image over AI)

Lt Joanne 'circus' and Rt Marcy

And, Cindy shared a Dec. ATC with me- I did not make the meeting and the theme was an ATC with a surprise in it- Love the pull out tag:

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sweet Stamps- Shimmery ATC's

Happy Thursday!  I had the good fortune of meeting Stacey at the Tampa Stamp Fest this weekend, and was able to see her demo a sparkly technique- so just HAD to give it a go! I also stayed with the Sweet Stamps Pink/White plus one other color challenge for the Heart ATC.

 Sparkalicious!  I want to show you how this effect was achieved.

I used the Anti-static on my work surface. Apply the sticky tape to your ATC surface. I also used the Anti-static on the ATC stencil, then place it over the sticky side of the ATC.   Pour the Glitter over the top of the stencil, and use your finger to burnish it to the surface.
 This is what you will see when you remove the stencil.  Now, the white is sticky still, so apply glitter, Sugar beads or embossing powder to the surface and burnish that in as well.

 This background uses Cranberry wine Enamel EP, which I did add heat to, but you do not have to add heat.

This one has black EP and no heat.
On this one, I did add heat to melt the black EP- so it gives a shiny look to the EP.

Products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store are noted in my write-up over at Sweet Stamps HERE

Our winners are chosen by 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

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Kissed and Popped Hearts

I have been away- heading back tomorrow to the cold and snow : )   I wanted to post a fun card made with the 'kissing technique' which is an older technique, and I also used the Diagonal Popped Strips from the last Technique Junkies newsletter. 

  The heart image and the background it was kissed with are both from Technique Junkies/formerly Stamp Camp, as well as the sentiment.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sweet Stamps- All You Need is Love

The challenge at Sweet Stamps for this week is 'Love is in the Air'.

 I had fun with a Shaving Cream background and the Roses from the Live, Laugh, Love Roses set.  I stamped the Roses a 2nd time on Specialty paper called Silver Lustre (Paper Temptress) and colored them with Distress Markers).
  I added some Globecraft and Piccolo accents embossed in Aged White. The die cuts were also cut using the Silver Lustre shimmery cardstock. And, I had a few heart sequins on my desk, so they also scored a place on my card.

Products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store:
Live Laugh Love Roses Stamp set HERE
Black Memento Tuxedo Ink HERE
Distress Markers Peeled Paint, Barn Door and Fired Brick HERE
All About the Love Die HERE
Stitched Rectangles Dies HERE
Medium Flourishes A139 (top corners) HERE
Enamel EP Adhesive HERE
Aged White enamel EP HERE
Coordinations Classy Reds HERE
Border Die Tiffany by Cheery Lynn HERE

Our winners are chosen by 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

Loves Rubberstamps- AG
Outlaws Color Challenge- Inspiration picture
Card Mania- Add some Red
Craft-Dee-Bowz- AG with Bow
Love to Scrap! - Love
Ooh La La- Love
Use Your Stuff- All You Need is Love

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tuesday Throwdown- Monster Mash

The Tuesday Throwdown challenge this week is 'Monster Mash'. Our Sponsor is My Grafico who supplied us with a fun digi set called Monster Stamps.
 I printed out all of the images and looked for some DP that I thought would be fun to use with them.  This stack is pretty dated, so I was happy to find something that I thought would work. And, I made a 2nd card too......
 I used the same colors, different look.  My hubby thought I needed more color, so I added the yellow to the BG circles.
  The images were colored with Copics. The cardstock is Pool Party, White and Metallic Silver.The sentiments on both of the cards are from Create with TLC.

Stop at the Tuesday Throwdown Blog HERE to see the great cards the other DT members created, and to join in the fun with us!

Sketch- The Sweetest Thing #254
Open Minded Crafting- No Pink, No Red

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