Saturday, January 21, 2017

JUST US GIRLS #377 Color Week


Hello and welcome! It's my week to host over at JUST US GIRLS. It's Color Week, and I've chosen Pink, Navy, and Gray as your color palette. Here's the card I made:


 and the inside:

I started by embossing a pattern onto my gray card base. I die cut the scalloped layer from white glitter paper. (which is really hard to see in my picture, but trust me, this card sparkles!) The navy panel was heat embossed with the sentiment in silver before adhering to the glitter paper with foam tape. I die cut the blossoms, left the cut out in the die, and sponged over it with pink ink, adhered to the card, then dotted the centers with silver Stickles. On the inside, I cut another panel from the gray cardstock, stamped the sentiment, and edged the sides with blue ink before adhering.

I hope that you can play along in our color challenge at Just Us Girls! We'd love to see your take on these colors. For more inspiration, check out what the Design Team and our Guest Designer, Shawna, came up with. You won't be disappointed! 

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!


I'd like to enter this at Freshly Made Sketches #271














Supplies:
Stamps: Avery Elle - Merriest; So Suzy Stamps - inside sentiment
Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Angel Pink, Paris Dusk
DP: American Crafts - glitter paper
CS: TE; Bazzill
Accessories: GC; Poppy Stamps - Olivia Blossom die; SB - scalloped Edgeabilities die; Cuttlebug EF; MISTI; Whispers - silver EP; heat gun; Ranger - silver Stickles
Adhesives: Scotch - foam tape, scrapbooker's glue

Friday, January 20, 2017

STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge #39 mid-month reminder

Hello and good morning crafty peeps!
I'm popping in today with my reminder post for the

 (Our definition of Mixed Media: using stamps and ink + at least two other elements
(techniques and/or products))



You can choose the theme, or the sketch, or both!
I went with both again:


 Here's the inside:

I started by die cutting the CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting die from water color paper. I painted yellow acrylic paint on it. While that was drying, I stamped, colored and fussy cut the Tropical Drink. When the panel was dry, I used the ARTplorations Gridlocked stencil and sponged orange and red inks over it. I spritzed some black ink onto the panel and once that dried, I stamped the sentiment from Fond Expressions 2. On the inside of my card, I cut another panel and stamped Happy Birthday from the Balloons and Banners stamp set.

I hope that you get to play along this month at the STAMPlorations January Theme & Sketch Challenge! You have until January 31st to link up. I hope to see your project in the gallery!

Also, thru the end of March, you can use my special discount code:

STAMPGIRLCHRIS
for a 20% discount!

(this is not case sensitive, and cannot be combined with other discounts)

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a fantastic day!


Supplies:
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Tropical Drink Lg, Fond Expressions 2, Balloons and Banners
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Tangelo, Lady Bug; Staz On - Jet Black
CS: Strathmore water color paper; TE; Crafter's Companion; Darice
Accessories: ARTplorations - Gridlocked stencil; CUTplorations - Crazy Double Running Stitch Rect Nesting dies; Spectrum Noir markers; Liquitex - Primary Yellow acrylic paint; paint brush; GC; MISTI; Delta Art - carbon black mister; Sakura - white Gelly Roll pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Technique-y Colorful Christmas Ornaments

Hello crafty peeps and welcome! Today I wanted to share a card I made (one of many) from a technique I tried using Lynne's tutorial. You should click on that link. She even has video tutorials on it! Here is the finished product:


 and the inside:

Sorry for the not so good photos. Sometimes my camera must add a bluish tint to the entire photo, and editing doesn't work. (And I was too lazy to retake the pics. *koff*) For my experimenting, I tried using what papers I had on hand. These particular ornaments were created from the TE Sugar Cube cardstock, which is 100lb. I also tried this using Canson Bristol 96lb paper, as you can see in this picture:

starting with the papers heat embossed with the ornaments

this is the Taylored Expressions paper

this is the Canson Bristol paper

I used different colors for each type of paper. I love how, depending on the paper you use, you get such different results on how the colors react and blend! Lynne wasn't kidding when she says that the paper will get soaking wet! At this point you want to handle them as little as possible, so you don't accidentally rip the paper. Just set aside overnight (or two) and let them dry naturally. (yes this was a project that took a few days to do, but the results are amazing!)

After the papers were dry, I set about fussy cutting the ornaments, then added crystal Stickles, because, glittery! The stamps I used had the hang-y thing built into the stamp, so what I did was take a paper piercer and pierced through to make holes. (once the Stickles dried) That way, I was able to tie the gold floss onto them. (a tedious thing that. I think I almost went blind from stringing these ornaments!)  I then took a smaller panel and embossed it, adhered 3 ornaments with different thicknesses of foam squares, and taped the ends of the floss to the back side. I heat embossed the sentiment in gold before adhering the main panel with more foam squares. Another sentiment finishes the inside.

If you find the urge to try a fun technique with your powder inks, I would highly recommend this! I'm going to guess that any type of powder inks would work. (Brushos, Color Burst, etc)

That's it for now. Thanks for visiting! I hope that you have a great day!


I'd like to enter this at:
Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge - ATG - no twist, unless you count making these ornaments a joy!
Addicted to Stamps and More #225 - I was inspired by the rainbow of colors!

 



Supplies:
Stamps: So Suzy Stamps - ornaments & inside sentiment; Lawn Fawn - And a Partridge
Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: TE; Bazzill
Accessories: Magenta Nuance dye powders in bright yellow, grass green, turquoise, scarlet, purple (I used raspberry, orange, jade, royal blue, and golden yellow on the Canson Bristol paper); Stampendous - white & champagne EP; heat gun; DMC- gold floss; paper piercer; water spritzer; paint brush; paper towels; Ranger - Crystal Stickles; MISTI; GC; Darice EF
Adhesives: SA by 3L - 3D & Thin 3D foam squares; Alene's double sided tacky tape

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SHOPPING OUR STASH #286 - Fantastic Beasts



Hello and welcome! We have a fun new challenge starting today at SHOPPING OUR STASH - Fantastic Beasts! Anything from unicorns, Pegasus, Yetis, dragons, fairies, monsters, etc. we want to see it on your card or project. I had an idea pop into my head the other day, and I couldn't let it go, so I went with it. I present to you - the elusive Jackalope!


 and the inside:


Did you know that Jackalopes love birthday parties and cupcakes? This little guy looks a bit grumpy, probably because I caught him getting festive by hanging banners in the trees, (they like to keep a rough and tough image), and possibly sneaking a bite from that cupcake, before anyone sang Happy Birthday! 

So, ready to play along? Of course you are! Just link up your fantastical beast card or project at Shopping Our Stash so we can admire it! Be sure to stop by the blogs of the Design Team, and our Guest Designer, Marina, to see what they created, and leave them some bloggy lovin!

Remember, we are looking for Guest Designers! If you'd like to be considered for February, simply leave a "DT" after your name when you link up! Good luck!


Supplies:
Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Party Grumplings; TAWS - Love Knots
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa
DP: DCWV - The Summer Stack; MME - Dolled Up
CS: TE; Darice; Crafter's Companion
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; GC; Taylored Expressions - Birch Tree plate & Accessories (deer and sign), Party Grumplings dies; Sharpie pen; Computer and printer (inside sentiment is computer generated); string from my stash
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Saturday, January 14, 2017

JUST US GIRLS #376 - Trend Week



Good morning and welcome friends! Today starts Trend Week at JUST US GIRLS! Bobby is your hostess this time around, and she wants to see All Over Stamping on your card or project. Here's what I came up with:


 here's the inside:

Yes, I'm still making Christmas cards, but it will be one less I'll have to make come December! LOL! This was such an easy background to make: stamped the moose, then the lips, then filled in with the light bulb. I used a marker to trace around the moose, then did the same with the light bulbs, but using a lighter shade of grey. I couldn't resist adding the googly eyes to the moose! The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed in gold onto a scrap bit of black cardstock. On the inside, I decided to mask off the moose's smirk, then stamp those red lips instead. Stamped another sentiment and I was done!

This is such a fun trend, and I hope that you find some time to play along. Be sure to link up at Just Us Girls so we can admire your work! For even more amazing inspiration, visit the blogs of my teammates, and our Guest Designer, Shawna, and leave some love! Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great day!


Supplies:
Stamps: Paper Smooches - Chubby Chum Pals, Christmas Sampler
Ink; Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo Leaves
CS: TE; Thunderbolt Paper; Darice
Accessories: GC; Avery Elle - Pierced Rect die; Spectrum Noir markers; Stampendous - champagne EP; heat gun; Nicole - googly eyes
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SHOPPING OUR STASH #285 - Stickle Me Elmo



Hello friends and happy Tuesday! We have a new challenge starting today at SHOPPING OUR STASH! As our prompt suggests, we want to see Stickles, or a similar product, on your cards or projects. Here's my card:


 ...and the inside:

This card turned out totally different than how I first imagined it. I wanted to put a sentiment banner between the two groups of flowers, but I realized I left too much white space at the top of the panel. This also wasn't supposed to have bees on it. The bee under the word wishes is hiding an ink smudge. I couldn't have just one bee, so I stuck two more on it. Happy accidents, because I really like how it turned out. I used Star Dust Stickles and traced around the roses. the leaf veins, and the largest dot on the dot trio stamp. Even the bees came with glittery bodies! Bonus!

Now it's your turn to break out those neglected bottles of Stickles, Wink of Stella pens, SN Sparkle pens, or any kind of glitter glue, and create something with them! Don't forget to link up at Shopping Our Stash so we can admire it. For even more inspiration, check out what my teammies came up with and leave some love on their blogs. I'd also like to welcome our Guest Designer, Marina! I'm looking forward to crafting with you this month! 

Thanks for visiting. Now go forth and create something fun and sparkly!

Just a reminder: We are looking for Guest Designers! If you'd like to be considered for February GD, simply leave a 'DT' after your name when you link up! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!



I'd like to enter this at:
613 Avenue Create - ATG with favorite technique twist - mine is masking













Supplies:
Stamps: Winnie & Walter - The big the bold & Extras, The big the bold & Party
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug, Angel Pink, Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, Gray Flannel
CS: TE, Darice
Accessories: MISTI; GC; Avery Elle - Pierced Rect dies; MFT - Stitched Rect Frames; Ranger - Star Dust Stickles; Inkadinkado - masking paper; Jolee's Boutique - bee stickers
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Saturday, January 7, 2017

SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS #75 S is for Stencil



Happy New Year snarky peeps!! I hope the holidays were good to you, and that your new year will be better than last year. ☺ Today starts the first challenge of the new year at the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS! For the next two weeks, we want to see what you create with stencils! Here is my offering:



I was lucky to be the random draw winner for the October challenge at Viva Las Vegas Stamps, and that sentiment was part of the bundle of stamps they sent me. (I tried out for their Design Team, but didn't make the cut. sniff. So I'm calling this a pretty cool consolation prize. *Grin!*) As soon as I stopped LMAO from reading it, I knew I had to use it on my card! 

I stamped 'Midge' and the sentiment on the main panel, and masked her before sponging a few Distress Inks using the Rays stencil by Tim Holtz. Before I removed the stencil, I spritzed Pearl Glimmer Mist onto it. (You can't really see it in this picture, but it's there) I adhered it askew to my card base. I wasn't sure what to stamp on the inside, so for now it remains blank. (But really, how can you top that sentiment on the front?! LOL!)

Now it's your turn to break out those stencils in your stash and use them on a card or project. Be sure to link up at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers so we can admire it! Want more inspiration? Then visit the blogs of my Sistahs, and our Guest Designer, Michele, and leave them some bloggy lovin! 

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a fantastic day!



Supplies:
Stamps: Riley & Co. - Wondering Midge; VLVS - who lit the fuse...
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar, Festive Berries
CS: TE; Darice
Accessories: GC: Avery Elle - Pierced Rect. dies; Tim Holtz - Rays stencil; Tattered Angels - Pearl Glimmer Mist; MISTI; Inkadinkado - masking paper
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

JUST US GIRLS #375 - Word Week



Hello crafty peeps and welcome to our first challenge of the new year at JUST US GIRLS! It's Word Week and Ina is your hostess. Appropriately, she's picked "NEW" as your prompt. Whether that be New Year, new baby, new crafty goodies, new resolutions, etc., we want to see what you create! Here is what I came up with:


 and the inside:

I went with New Year. Ironically, everything I used on this card, except for the card base, I've had for one or more years. LOL! The sentiment and drink glasses are heat embossed. Then I added gold dots with a gold Gelly Roll pen, and also added shading around the glass bases to ground them. A bit of scrap DP and another sentiment finishes the inside. Super easy and, Oh Em Gee, another CAS card!

I hope that you find some time this week to play along with us at Just Us Girls! Since it's not only a new year, but a new month, we have a new Guest Designer! Welcome Shawna Standish! We are looking forward to seeing what you create with us! For even more inspiration, do check out what the Design Team have created, and leave them some bloggy lovin!

Just a reminder, If you win Chic of the Week for any of our January challenges, you'll be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of March! Good luck and happy crafting!




Supplies:
Stamps: Unity Stamps - November 2012 KOM; Hero Arts - Celebrate Everyday
Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: scrap
CS: TE
Accessories: Stampendous - black & champagne EP; heat gun; Spectrum Noir IG1 marker; Sakura - Gold Gelly Roll pen; GC; MFT - Stitch Rectangle Frame die
Adhesives: Elmer's extra strength glue stick


Friday, January 6, 2017

STAMPlorations January Theme/Sketch Challenge!

Hello and welcome crafty friends! I'm beyond excited to be sharing my first card as a STAMPlorations Guest Designer! Today is the start of the STAMPlorations January Theme & Sketch Challenge! Whether you choose play along with the theme, the sketch, or go all crazy like and use both, it's up to you!




For my card, I used both the sketch and the theme!


And the inside: 


I started with a panel cut from the CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting die, and colored it using my Magenta Nuance powder dyes. Once that was dry, I stenciled embossing paste using the ARTplorations Tribal Swirls stencil. carefully removed and washed the stencil, and sprinkled gold embossing powder over it. While that was drying, I made a frame by cutting out a rectangle using an X-Acto knife in black CS, then die cutting the scallop shape around the rectangle using the CUTplorations ATC Tag Builder die set. (I must be the ONLY card maker on the planet that doesn't have a plain, basic rectangle nesting die set! That would have been soooo much easier to use!) I die cut and stamped the flower from the Buttercups and Butterflies stamp set and it's coordinating CUTplorations die set, colored it and added crystal Stickles to the centers. I heat embossed the tribal swirls, then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the Balloons and Banners stamp set. I backed the frame with vellum, and adhered it to my card with thin foam squares, then did the same with the flower. For the inside, I finished it with another of the rectangle dies and another sentiment from the same stamp set.

I do hope that you get some time to play along this month at the STAMPlorations January Theme & Sketch Challenge! For even more inspiration, do yourself a favor and visit the blogs of the Design Team and my other fellow Guest Designers: Helen and Jerrie, and leave them some bloggy love!

Again, I'd like to give a huge THANK YOU to Shery Russ of STAMPlorations for giving me this amazing opportunity! MUAH!!!

Like the STAMPlorations products I've used, and want to purchase them or more?
Starting January 1, 2017, you can use my special discount code:

STAMPGIRLCHRIS
for a 20% discount!

(This is not case sensitive, is good until the end of March, and cannot be combined with other discount codes) Enjoy!!

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I'd like to enter this at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge- use a stencil




Supplies: 
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Balloons & Banners, Buttercups & Butterflies
Ink: VersaMark; Ranger DI - Picked Raspberry; Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Strathmore water color paper
CS: TE; Bazzill
Accessories: CUTplorations - ATC Tag Builder dies, Crazy Double Running Stitch Rect. Nesting dies, and Buttercups & Butterflies dies; ARTplorations - Tribal Swirls stencil; GC; Magenta Nuance powder dyes; Spectrum Noir markers; Ranger - Stickles; Stampendous - Champagne & Black EP; heat gun; Dreamweaver - embossing paste; MISTI; Recollections - vellum
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares; Scotch - foam tape, scrapbooker's glue

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Nosferatu Birthday Wishes

Hiya crafty friends! I just wanted to pop in here and share a birthday card I made for my brother's fiance'. She's super cool, loves goth, and collects skulls. (Not real ones....I hope! LOL!)


 Here's the inside:


I stamped the pile of bones and Nossy a few times using my MISTI, to get a really dark impression. I stamped him strategically in the middle to make it look like he's standing knee deep in the pile. I inked the edges using Gathered Twigs & Black Soot Distress Inks then splattered water over the panel, blotting off the water after about 10 seconds. I stamped a grunge image randomly around the edges in red ink, then roughed up the edges with a distressing tool. I fussy cut a party hat from some scrap paper and added a rhinestone on the tip. The inside sentiment was computer generated, then I sponged more distress ink around the edges before adhering to the card. 

That's it for now. Guess I should go and do some housework. Ugh!! Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great day!


I'd like to enter this at Viva Las Vegas Stamps January challenge

(I don't currently own any of these stamps...yet, so I used
what I had available. ☺)











Supplies:
Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps - plate 1476; STAMPlorations - Mixed Media Grunge
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk; Ranger DI - Gathered Twigs, Black Soot
CS: TE; WRMK
DP: scrap
Accessories: Ranger blending tool; Tonic/TH - distressing tool; MISTI; Recollections - red rhinestone; computer & printer
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Elmer's extra strength glue stick
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