Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SHOPPING OUR STASH #295 - Forest Friends


Hello crafty friends! It's time for a new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH!
This week we want to see critters from the forest: bears, deer, foxes, beavers, birds, etc.
Here's my take on the challenge:


and a bit of snark on the inside!

I love it when paper does all the work. I just added a couple sentiments and this card was done.
I think this paper stack is from 2008. Talk about shopping ones stash! LOL!

Now it's your turn! We hope you'll join us in our Forest Friends challenge at Shopping Our Stash! For more ideas, do check out what my teammies created, along with our Guest Designer, Wendy!

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

Thanks for visiting!


Supplies:
Stamps: Paper Issues - Aah Real Birthday Sentiments, Freaking Sentiments
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa
DP: DCWV - The Green Stack
CS: TE; Darice
Accessories: stapler; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Saturday, March 18, 2017

SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS #80 - Q is for Queen



Make way for Queen Edna!
Doesn't she look awesome?! 
Big props to Sistah Lee, our graphics guru!

This fortnight at the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS we want to
see your take on the word QUEEN!
It could be a Mother's Day card, something you made for your
best friend, or whatever else you can come up with in regards to a Queen!

Here's my snarky take on it:



I broke out my Magenta Nuance powder dyes again for the background. Love how it turned out! After the panel dried, I spattered white acrylic paint onto it.
At this point I realized that the paint spatters were going all over the place,
Like in my wine glass. 
SONOFA!

Luckily, the glass was mostly empty. After I washed it out and reloaded the wine,
I stamped the bathing beauty, colored her with Prisma color pencils, and glued
her on...crookedly. (Imma gonna say that I totally meant to do that) I stamped a tiny crown in gold glitter paper, fussy cut, and
added that on top of her hat head. Stamped the sentiment, cut out and adhered all wonky.
I even did a bit of doodling in the corners before matting the panel onto black CS and popping
that up on foam squares onto the card base.

Now it's your turn! I hope that you join us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for
our Queen challenge! Need more inspiration? Then do check out what my Sister in Snark,
and our Guest Designer, Paula, have created for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks for visiting. Have a fabulous day!











Supplies:
Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps; Dylusions; Paper Smooches
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Staz On - Jet Black
DP: DCWV - gold glitter
CS: Canson - Bristol paper; Taylored Expressions; Bazzill
Accessories: Magenta Nuance powder dyes; water mister; DecoArt - white Media Acrylic paint; paint brush; PrismaColor pencils; MISTI; Faber-Castell - black fine Artist PITT pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Scotch - scrapbooker's glue

JUST US GIRLS #385 Color Week


Hello crafty friends! It's Color Week at JUST US GIRLS! Lisa is your hostess and she's picked
the colors Pink, Purple, and Grey for you to play with.
My card has all colors, the bow is purple, but it's such a dark purple that it looks 
black in my photo. Sorry!


Here is the inside:

I used a few NBUS on this card: that die cut floral wreath, the die cut bow. and the sentiment. My goal is to actually start using the craft supplies I buy, and not just hoard them. (*cough*)
This may look CAS, but cutting the wreath twice from grey and pink CS just so I could inlay the
pink petals was rather time consuming. LOL!

I hope you have a chance to make something for our Color Challenge at Just Us Girls! We'd love to
see what you come up with. For more ideas, please check out what the Design Team, and our
Guest Designer, Nancy Salkeld, have created and leave them some bloggy lovin!

Thanks for visiting!


I'd like to enter this at The Flower Challenge #6 - ATG












Supplies:
Stamps: Gina K - Sweet Thing; Hero Arts - Good Things Message
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: TE; scrap
Accessories: GC; Poppystamps - Peppini Wreath die; Lawn Fawn - Put a bow on it die; Hampton Art - rhinestones; MISTI; tweasers
Adhesives: Stick It adhesive sheets; Ranger - Multi Medium Matte

Friday, March 17, 2017

STAMPlorations Challenge #41 Theme & Sketch mid-month reminder

Hello crafty friends, and Happy St. Paddy's Day!
I'm looking forward to corned beef and cabbage tonight for dinner. Yum!

I'm popping in to remind you about STAMPlorations March Theme & Sketch Challenge. 




For this card, I went with just the theme. My card base is stenciled using the Dragonfly Waltz ARTplorations stencil. I only used one ink, but went heavy handed towards the top and light at the bottom, to give it an ombre' kind of look. The focal panel is another one I made last summer by inking up an embossing folder with a few Distress Inks, spritzing with water, and laying the paper on top of the inky mess. ☺ It's die cut using the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting dies. 
The flower is made from three stamps using Bloom Factory and Big Bloom Factory. The leaves were made by cutting up one of the stamped flower images. I fussy cut them, rolled the edges up, added a brad in the middle, and adhered using foam squares and glue dots. 
The sentiment is from Fond Expressions 2. I needed some sparkle so I added a row
of rhinestones under the sentiment.



You still have until the 31st to enter your card at

Just a reminder, until the end of this month, you can use my special discount code:

STAMPGIRLCHRIS
for a 20% discount!
(this code is not case sensitive, and cannot be used with other discounts)

Thank you for visiting, and I hope that you have a great day!
Erin Go Bragh(less!) LOL!

I'd like to enter this at:


Supplies:
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Bloom Factory, Bloom Factory 2, Fond Expressions 2
Ink: Memento - Lulu Lavender, Grey Flannel, Angel Pink, New Sprout; Ranger DI - Mowed Lawn, Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers
CS: Taylored Expressions; Strathmore water color paper
Accessories: GC; CUTplorations - Crazy Double Running Stitch Rect Nesting dies; ARTplorations - Dragonfly Waltz stencil; Cuttlebug - Modern Wallpaper EF; Nicole - rhinestones; MISTI; brad from
my stash
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Glue Dots

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SHOPPING OUR STASH #294 - Luck O' the Irish


Welcome crafty friends, to
SNOWMAGGEDON 2017!
GAH!!
I was really hoping the snow was over. I mean, we've enjoyed 70 degree days
last month. Come on!

Ok, now that I've stepped down off the soap box, let's get on with why
you're really here: to see what shenanigans I came up with for the
new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH! This week, we want you to use
the color GREEN predominately in your card or project design. Please note that
you needn't make a St. Paddy's Day card. Only if you want to!
Here's what I made:



and the inside:

My card is based on the now ended Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge #89. (sigh) I bought that die last year and yep, first time trying it out. I cut it out of gold glitter paper. (Oooh! Shimmery!) Added a strip of black cardstock and some ancient green polka dot paper onto my green card base. See? Lot's of green, and no shamrock in sight. ☺

I hope you find some time this week (and you should if you live on the east coast *wink*) to join 
our Green challenge at Shopping Our Stash. For more inspiration, do check out the blogs of
my teammates and our Guest Designer, Wendy, and leave some love!

Thanks for visiting!


Supplies:
Stamps: Paper Smooches - Hullabaloo, Happy Birthday
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: mystery green polka dot paper; DCWV - gold glitter
CS: Darice, scraps
Accessories: GC; SB- Pinwheel Delight die; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Scotch - scrapbooker's glue

Saturday, March 11, 2017

JUST US GIRLS #384 - Trend Week

Good morning friends and welcome! At JUST US GIRLS, Maria is your hostess for
Trend Week, and she's picked a most excellent trend - STENCILS!
I went and made a few tags using a couple of them:



I started out with a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of white cardstock, and spritzed it using a few
colors of Dylusions spray inks. I then sponges black soot DI over it using a couple stencils. I was able to cut out three tags from it. I stamped some fun snarky sentiment and a couple retro gals to add, and finished with some ribbon. 




Yep, So fun!

Now it's your turn. Break out those stencils and make something fun! Be sure to
link up at Just Us Girls so that we can admire it. Need more ideas? Well then, just 
visit the blogs of my teammies, and our Guest Designer, Nancy and leave them 
some bloggy love! 

Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful day!


I'd like to enter this at:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make your own background
613 Avenue Create - ATG with twist (no digis)














Supplies:
Stamps: Dylusions - Quote Bubble; Riley & Co. - Ethel , Midge Winking
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Black Soot
CS: Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Dylusions ink spray - Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise, Crushed Grape; Dylusions stencils - quote bubble & triangles; GC; STAMPlorations - ATC & Tag Builder dies; Ranger - sponge tool; May Arts - ribbon; MISTI; Fray Check
Adhesives: SA by 3L - Thin 3D foam squares

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SHOPPING OUR STASH #293 - All That It's Cracked Up To Be



Good morning friends and welcome. 
This week at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we are challenging you to
use crackle paste or a crackle technique on your card or project!
For my project, I created an art journal page.
(You might want to get your favorite beverage, because this is a
photo heavy post!)


I based my page on this art journal page by Tracy Weinzapfel. Thanks Tracy! I recently
won some of Tracy's stamps and so (instead of hoarding them, like I usually do), 
I used one of the sets, called Heart Swirls & Doodles. Now, if you watch her video, you'll 
notice that she has pretty much every color of paint bottles on her back wall. (so jealous!),
Me? Not so much. In fact, most of the colors I used on this page, I mixed, because I only have 
about 15 colors of paint. LOL!

Here are the colors I used:
(a complete supplies list is at the bottom of my post)


I started off by first going over the page with Gesso and dried it with my heat gun. Then I mixed black and white paint to get a dark grey and added that. Again, heat gun to dry.
Next I took a little bit of Blue Harbor and a couple drips of Kelly Green and mixed that with
my crackle paste, and painted that on. I left that to dry naturally overnight. 
(Of course, I forgot to take pictures of those two steps.)

Ok, so instead of boring you any more with my blabbering,
I'm just gonna bombard you with a bunch of process photos,
(that I did take pictures of):





I stamped the hearts, then painted them. Once the paint dried (by heat gun), I re-stamped
the images, not caring if I didn't line them up exactly again, because,
this is ART people! LOL! I went over the lines with F-C black Artist Pitt pen to 
darken them. I used a black Prismacolor pencil and Fantastix to
blend the shadow around the hearts. Added shading and highlights.




I stamped the sentiment onto some scrap paper, painted over it with some watered down
rust and turquoise paints, hit it with the heat gun, edged it with brown ink,
and adhered with Multi Medium. Hit it with the heat gun again, and went around it
with the Fantastix for some shading.


I cleaned up a bit before taking these shots, but yeah,
this is my happy place!



One last shot:



I hope that you step outside your comfort zone and try using crackle paste, or 
a crackle technique, and link up your project at Shopping Our Stash! We'd love to see it.
Looking for more ideas? Then check out what the SOS Crew, and our new Guest Designer,
Wendy Townsend, have created to inspire you. 

You made it to the end! Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!


I'd like to enter this at:

 


Supplies:
Stamps: Dare 2B Artzy/Totally Tracy stamps - Heart Swirls & Doodles
Ink: Staz On - Jet Black; Memento - Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Strathmore art journal; Golden - Gesso; Deco Art - Media Crackle paste & Multi Medium; Deco Art Media Acrylic paints - carbon black, titanium white, cadmium red hue, primary yellow; Deco Art Americana acrylic paints - blue harbor, kelly green, irish moss, dark chocolate; Ranger Adirondack acrylic paint daubers - stream, terra cotta; various paint brushes & sponge brush; water mister; Faber Castell - black fine Artist PITT pen; Prismacolor pencil - black; Fantastix; baby wipes; paper towels; heat gun

Saturday, March 4, 2017

SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS #79 G is for Green with Envy




Hello snarky peeps and welcome to another challenge at the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS! This fortnight, it's all about the color GREEN. We want to see green predominately on your cards or projects, but they don't necessarily need to be a St. Paddy's Day themed card.
One of my friend's birthday happens to fall on St. Paddy's Day, so I've made a birthday card
with green beer for her:


 and a little snark on the inside. Big. Surprise. There.

Yes, I am younger than her, and yes, she'll get a kick out of this. My mug o'green beer was stamped and colored with Prisma Color pencils. The foam was created with embossing paste. Once that dried, I noticed that the ink from the top of the mug really bled through the paste, so I went over it with a white gel pen. And then I saw a white line. So out came the Diamond Stickles to mask that. Worked like a {lucky} charm. (See what I did there?) Of course, I couldn't resist a bit of snark on the
inside of my card. I even colored in the second line using one of the pencils used on the mug.

Now it's your turn! Just link up your green themed card or project at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers so we can admire it! For more green inspiration, please do check out what my Sisters in Snark, and our new Guest Designer, Josefine, have created for your viewing pleasure. 

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

I'd like to enter this at:

 



Supplies:
Stamps: Unity - Keep Calm Have a Beer, Celebrate Big; LOL by Hampton Art - Officially Old
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Ground Espresso
DP: American Crafts - green glitter paper
CS: TE; Darice
Accessories: Prisma Color pencils; Dreamweaver- Embossing Paste; Ranger - Diamond Stickles; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Recollections - red tape
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