Sunday, October 23, 2016

Bubblegum Shaker Fun

I'm truly working to be creative this weekend, after several weeks of all work and no play.  And this week I worked on numerous fun cards using a My Favorite Things kit, and I thought I would share a few of them.  This set is fabulous, and I a lot of fun piecing them together.  

My favorites were the ones where a portion of my sentiment was inside the bowl of the gumball machine.  

I enjoyed breaking apart the sentiment on this next one . . .

On this one I made a border of gumballs . . . tedious, but adorable. 

I used to hate orange . . . but I've grown quite fond of it.  

Another with some bright colors . . .

These last few of gumballs to grab. 

And just one more . . .

I hope you find some time to chew some gum and be creative today.

Note:  All supplies were contained in My Favorite Things Bubble Gum Card Kit.   The stamp set and die set are available as separate purchases, as are those shaker pieces.  And of course, the die set cuts the little circles as well. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Stamp Ink Paper Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe

How about a little Tic-Tac-Toe?  This is my favorite way to play the game, so my thanks to Stamp Ink Paper

I went with the bottom corner and up . . . orange, Halloween, and patterned paper.

I wanted to give the impression of my critters peeking thru windows, so I stamped all for of them on the circles to put on the flip-it card.  

The little silly eyes are a fun touch!  

Rainy days go very well with ink, paper, stamps and dies!  Go get busy. 

Supplies Used - Boo to You
Stamps:  critters4halloween stamps set (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Dream Collection (August Card Kit from The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Critters Dies (The Stamps of Life), Halloween Mix Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Silly Eyes (Pretty Pink Posh), Triple Circle Flip-it Dies (Sizzix)

Plaid, Watercolor, Embossing and Distressing for Merry Monday

I absolutely hate when my job gets in the way of my craftiness . . . but I need one to support the other.  Harsh world.

All that said, I'm happy to find some time to post a few cards this week that I created for some challenges.  First up for this weekend is a card created for Merry Monday.  The challenge was to create a Christmas card with plaid.

I dug for plaid paper, and I don't own much of it.  Rarely does a piece of plaid paper scream "buy me".  But I found a piece!  It compliments my stamped and colored design well.

Now let's talk about that stamped design.  I saw a technique on StampNation that I had been wanting to try, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Watercolor paper . . . distress inks to color . . . and then the technique . . . four coats of clear embossing powder over the entire image . . . put it in the freezer and upon removing a few hours later, a little wiggling and bending to create the cracks.  I then ran a gray ink pad over it, which got in the cracks.  I wiped off the excess and began to put my card together. 

I'm on the fence about the technique, but I will definitey try it again down the road.  It was fun to see where it would end up.

I hope you find some time to create . . . I'm heading back to the craft table right now.

Supplies Used - Night Before Christmas
Stamps:  Balancing Act (Stampendous House Mouse)
Ink: Sentiment stamped in Hero Arts Black; House Mouse Image stamped in Versafine Black Onyx; Image colored using Ranger Distress Inks; Versarmark
Paper:  Dear Santa (Photoplay), Bazzill Cardstock, Watercolor Paper (Canson)
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Bitty Sparkles (Close To My Heart)

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques - Joseph's Coat

It's month ten of our year-long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.  We hope you got the chance to hop with us each month.  It's not too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing.  If you missed any of the previous months, you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop.

January - Emboss Resist Technique
February - Ink Layering Techniques
March - Inlaid Die-cutting
April - Shaker Cards
May - Spinner Cards
June - Step Cards
July - Watercolor Cards
August - Baby Wipe Technique
September - Mixed Media
October - Black Magic or Joseph's Coat

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This month we are playing with ink and embossing and using a technique that is often called "Joseph's Coat." It is an emboss resist technique that produces some fabulous results. 

Now on with my project.  Did you hear that?  Singular . . . Project   Meaning I only made one card this time around.  So apologies on that one, but I was away for over a week leading into this challenge. 

So this technique started with a solid white piece of paper.  To that, I stamped my monsters in color, using two colors for each monster and black for the eyes and antenna.  I then stamped a layer or two of versmark . . . and note that not being exact is a good thing, as it leaves a white background in all the right places.  I then embossed with clear embossing powder.  

From there, all those white spaces became blue background.  I added some confetti stars and a sentiment, and there it is! 

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way

Thanks for hopping! 

Hope you find some time to be creative.  

Supplies Used - Monster-Sized Birthday Wishes
Stamps:  Monster Love (MFT Stamps)
Ink: Basic Black, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizazz, and Marina Mist (Stampin' Up), Versamark, Blueprint Sketch (Ranger Distress)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah), Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), Iridescent Stars (Pretty Pink Posh)