Saturday, July 22, 2017

Plaid and Snarky!

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is back with another challenge... U is for Up Yer Kilt! :D I thought Edna should look happier about her companions, but then I remembered the passel of kids she had surrounding her for our last challenge... ;)
We are looking for plaid on your card or other creation for this challenge. I tend to use plaid mostly on Christmas cards, but went looking through my patterned papers and found a plaid that I thought would make a fine masculine card. 

I used a Unity set that Is one of my go-tos for masculine cards. Gears make a better embellishment than flowers would for this, don't you think? :D 
My sisters in snark, as always, have been most creative in their interpretations of all things plaid, so be sure to stop by and admire their work! Come and join in on the kilted fun! ;) 

Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla, Neenah desert storm & Bazzill tan & brown textured cardstock, Basic Grey Oxford patterned paper, Unity Consider Yourself Vintage stamps, Stampin' Up bravo burgundy ink, MFT blueprints 24 flag die, Sizzix/Tim Holtz Gear Head dies

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Seize the Birthday: Splatter!

I'm back with the Seize the Birthday crew for another challenge! We're back with a fun new (but always optional) topping, too... SPLATTER. I don't use a lot of splatter on my cards, but thought it was the right touch on this one...

I used two of my oldest spray mists, but instead of spraying, I used the tubes/straws to flick the two colours onto my main panel. (Neither of them spray very well anymore, anyway...) While those dried, I stamped and coloured my crazy bird in coordinating colours. Once he was on the main panel, I added a little grounding with the blue mist. I think I'll be using this new sentiment a lot! 
Remember, the splatter is optional, so as long as you make a birthday card, come and join the fun! 

Supplies: white & blue cardstock, Sizzix/Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps & dies, Technique Tuesday Sassy Birthday stamps, MFT black licorice ink, Copic & sharpie markers, Clearsnap pink sprinkles & sea kiss Smooch Spritz, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch, pop-dot tape

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Shopping My Get Well Stash

Monday can't be all bad if you can sit outside on the deck and make a card. I needed a get well card, and I really wanted to play along with Shopping Our Stash's current challenge, CAS for Simplicity Day, and managed to combine the need and the desire... 

Not as CAS as I can be, but still, way simpler than it looks! (My favourite kind of card.) That rose? Possibly the second ever Stampin' Up set I bought, and still one of my favourites. After embossing in white on watercolour paper, I misted it with water and sprinkled on some watercolour powder. Here it is, drying in the sun: 

I added a few outline roses to some (truly ancient) patterned paper to tie it to the focal point rose. I could have saved a layer and just used the dark purple as the card base... but it's a get well card and I didn't want it getting TOO dark. :D 
This is actually the second of these roses I've done this way. I'm sure eventually I'll post the other one... 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up rich razzleberry cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Dear Lizzy patterned paper, Stampin' Up Fifth Avenue Floral & Clearly Besotted Say What? stamps, Versamark & Stampin' Up rich razzleberry inks, Ranger clear & Wow white embossing powders, Magenta Nuance berry watercolour powder, MFT Blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Reminder: Purchase More Shoes

Look at the calendar... it's the middle of July! And apart from a few days here and there, I'm still waiting for SUMMER. In the meantime, might as well stay inside and make cards. To be honest, on nice days, I will take my stuff outside on the deck. Especially good for messy techniques, such as the one I used for my mid-month reminder card for Naughty or Nice Challenges

How fun is this stamp from Riley & Co.? I fully planned to use it on my first challenge card, but didn't seem to have the right ideas for it. Then I saw the current CAS Mix Up challenge, to use tissue paper on your card. I did watch the first minute or so of Loll's video on watercolour tissue techniques, but really wanted to just play. So I found some tissue paper, grabbed a few watercolour powders, and ran with it. On some butcher paper, I tapped the powders then spritzed with water before laying the tissue paper on top. The translucency of the tissue allows you to see a bit of what you're doing, so I smushed the tissue around till it looked like I had good coverage. Of course, that meant my fingers had good coverage as well, as the colours soaked through the thin paper. Shouldn't watercolour come off with water? πŸ˜‚ 

Next I used a brayer to add a thin layer of gesso to some white cardstock and adhered my (now dry) tissue. I stamped and sparkle embossed my image then die cut it into the notebook shape. I also have the shoe as a slightly larger, stand-alone image, so stamped it randomly on the white matting layer. 
So all this is to remind you that the Naughty or Nice shoe challenge runs for another ten days! Whether it's naughty or nice, come and play along! 
(P.S. My other choices for CAS Mix Up are heat embossing and die cutting.) 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up basic grey cardstock, tissue paper, Riley & Co. PMS & Shoe stamps, Versafine onyx black & Memento London fog inks, Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, Papertrey Ink notebook & MFT Blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die, Magenta Nuance berry, cerulean blue & wisteria watercolour powders, Claudia Helmuth white gesso, pop-dot tape
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

K is for Kids!

Today starts a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers... K IS FOR KIDS! Something for kids, something featuring kids... should be easy, right? So of course I struggled with this for a while, mostly because I wanted to incorporate at least a bit of snark. Then I found a photograph on The Graphics Fairy that could portray an ancestor of mine, and a small lightbulb went on...

Isn't she adorable? And believe me, I know just how she feels. I do have a sunburst stamp, but it looked too defined for the background, so I used some scrap paper and sponged a sunburst instead. In the process, I got a smear of some other colour on the left edge of what I'd planned to use as the full background. So, I cut a bit off, added some heat-loving patterned paper, and a fancier card design was born. 
Our latest Queen of Snark and Guest Designer is Donna — you'll want to see what she and my snarky sisters have dreamed up for our latest challenge. Hope you will come and join in on the snarky fun! 

Supplies: white, yellow & Stampin' Up very vanilla & more mustard cardstock, Stampin' Up (I think) patterned paper, Graphics Fairy image, Memento dandelion ink, Lil' Inkers stitched sunshine & cloud dies

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Surprise Party Guest at Seize the Birthday!

I don't have to keep it a secret any more... I'm the Surprise Party Guest at Seize the Birthday for July and August! If you aren't familiar with this, Seize the Birthday is a bi-monthly challenge where it's all about birthday cards. There is an optional "toppings" challenge, but as long as your project is birthday-related, it's worthy of entry! It's a great way to keep your stash stocked with birthday cards and crafts. 

Today is the start of a new challenge, and the topping is "RED, WHITE AND YOU" — the third colour is your choice! 
Do you ever overthink something that should be really simple? Sigh. White and black are rarely included in colour challenges... they are usually considered neutrals and don't count towards the colours used. But here white is named. Does that mean if I used black, that would be my third colour? If I chose, say, blue, did that exclude stamping something in go-to black ink? Sure, I could have asked Nancy, the challenge CEO, but where's the fun in that? My final decision... grey is my colour of choice. 

Grey also let me ink and colour my kitty in my default Duncan the cat colours. ;) He is popped up on a stitched square of polka dot patterned paper liberated from a valentine-themed paper pad, and then on a stitched white rectangle. I used the same grey ink to stamp and emboss the two sentiments. Finally, a grey card base to finish my clean, simple and three-colour card. Birthday and CAS makes this card perfect for the Happy Little Stampers July CAS challenge! And by going with my "grey is a neutral" theory, my predominantly red and white (O Canada!) colours are also eligible for Shopping Our Stash's Flag Day challenge. 
I'm looking forward to seeing what colours the regular party-goers (the design team) chose! You have two weeks to play along. Hope you will! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Memory Box dove grey card base, Echo Park Head Over Heels patterned paper, MFT I Knead You & Cool Cats stamps & dies, Versafine smoky grey ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers, MFT stitched square & Blueprints 24 dies, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

If the Naughty or Nice Shoe Fits...

Hey! It's July! And that means a new Naughty or Nice challenge! 

How can you resist a challenge featuring shoes? Sometimes I feel like a bit of an outcast for not having a major thing for shoes. That did not stop me from making a shoe-centric card, of course:

A little summer shoe scene. To accommodate my three pairs of sandals, I made this card 6x3¾. I had already taken a photograph of my card when I decided it needed just a little more, and added the gems and die cut sun. It felt much more complete that way. 
Need more inspiration? The Troublemakers have lots of it, both naughty and nice, on the blog. You have until July 25th to join us! 

Happy Canada Day!!! 

Supplies: white, Stampin' Up basic black, real red & kraft & Bazzill textured green cardstock, Echo Park patterned paper, Unity/Jillibean Soup Watermelon Gazpacho stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Lil' Inkers flip flop & small sunshine dies, MFT grassy edges die, Hero Arts clear gems

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

EPIC Mixed Media

Happy SUMMER Saturday! The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is celebrating by going all Arty!

That's right, the newest challenge is A is for ARTY — we are looking for your creations of mixed media glory! This can be a bit of a challenge for the usually clean-and-simple me, but here's my effort:

Let us count the media... gelli print background using emboss resist technique and acrylic paints; stamped Hipster watercoloured with Zig markers; Hipster glasses emphasized with Wink of Stella black glitter marker; patterned paper frame dry-embossed with a woodgrain impression plate; chipboard arrows gessoed and painted with black acrylic paint; sentiment stamped and clear-embossed. Not a lot by true mixed media standards — but a lot of different media for me! 
I am entering this into my friend Heather's challenge at the Foiled Fox blog, Simply Irresistible (emboss resist).  And since the inside reads "Have an EPIC birthday", I'll add it to the "Anything Goes" challenge at Seize the Birthday, too. 
I hope my example makes you want to get all inky and painty too! Be sure to check out what my sisters in snark have made... that's where you'll see true mixed media art! We also have a terrific inspiration from our newest Queen of Snark, Toni. Hope you'll join us in our ARTY challenge! 


Supplies: white & Stampin' Up basic grey, Strathmore watercolour paper, Stampin' Up patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Hipster & Hero Arts Newsprint Background stamps, Versafine onyx black & MFT black licorice inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig clean colour real brush markers, acrylic paints, DIY gelli plate, Wink of Stella black glitter marker, Spellbinders oval dies, Papertrey Ink woodgrain impression plate, (?) chipboard arrows, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Shopping (and Copying) Our Stash

The current challenge at Shopping Our Stash is "Happy Mail" — anything writing, typing, mail-related. When I saw Donna's card, I realized we both had the same, shall we say vintage, Stampin' Up patterned paper. I mentioned to her I could just copy her card and enter the challenge! If you know Donna at all, you won't be surprised to hear she immediately double-dog dared me to. 
Of course when it came right down to it, I didn't quite copy her card, but I did CASE it! Here's my version: 

Same patterned paper! And a similar typewriter. Mine doesn't have paper in the carriage (yes, I'm old enough to know typewriter terminology...), so I had to add a sentiment separately. I made sure to find one that was at least partially in typewriter font. I really liked the pops of red on Donna's card, so embossed a strip of red cardstock to coordinate with the die cut I used to cut out the main panel. 
With heat and dry embossing adding some texture to my card, I'm adding this to Simon Says Stamp's Monday "Touchy Feely" challenge. Also because I like the title. πŸ˜‚

Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla, real red & basic black cardstock, Stampin' Up Typescript patterned paper, Cavallini Vintage, PSA Lovebirds, & Stampin' Up sentiment stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Darice diagonal stripe embossing folder, MFT diagonal stitch rectangle & Spellbinders circle dies, Marvy/Uchida corner-rounding punch, pop-dot tape

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Reminder: Anything Goes with Bugaboo!

The middle of the month 😱 is a good time to remind everyone that the June challenge at Naughty or Nice, ANYTHING GOES, continues for another 10 days! Even better, we have prizes for our Naughty and Nice picks, as well as for a randomly chosen entrant!

Using an image from our generous sponsor, Bugaboo, called Fun Flowers, it was easy to whip up a cute and summery thank you card: 

I coloured my flowers with Spectrum Noir and Sharpie markers (I don't have yellow or green in SNs) and shaded the background with blue chalk. The bug wings and flower centres are sparkled up with Wink of Stella, which totally justifies the gems framing the die cut sentiment. 
When it's Anything Goes, there's nothing to keep you from joining us! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Recollections gingham patterned paper, Bugaboo Fun Flowers digital stamp, Taylored Expressions Thanks die, Spectrum Noir & Sharpie markers, Multicrafts craft chalk, clear glitter Wink of Stella, Hero Arts gems

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

D is for...

Yes, we have come to one of the Sisterhood's favourite challenges, D is for Drunk! I'd say Edna would have fit right in on the set of Mad Men, don't you think? For this challenge, we are looking for a drinking or alcohol-related card or other creation. And I have to say, I think I have come up with the ultimate all-occasion card for this one: 

See what I mean? There are so few situations that DON'T call for wine! πŸ˜‚ In fact, making my first usable distress oxide ink background may have called for a celebratory glass of wine. I used some crumpled plastic wrap to splat the ink on the panel, drying and adding more a few times, then flicking water on and blotting it with paper towel to get lots of variation. The wine glass is die-cut several times and adhered together to build up a little dimension, since I'd never be able to get pop-dot tape narrow enough to fit that stem. While I don't know why the wine in the glass is striped, I did find patterned paper to complement it. 
If wine isn't your beverage of choice, there are other libations on offer over at the Snarky blog! Do come and join us! 

Supplies: white & Papertrey Ink soft stone cardstock, Studio Calico patterned paper, Papertrey Ink Uncorked stamps and dies, Neat & Tangled Cowbell & Concord & 9th Perfectly Penned stamps, Versafine onyx black, Simon Says Stamp schoolhouse red & faded jeans distress oxide inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Winnie & Walter Katharine pierced rectangle die

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Life's a Beach

Hooray for June! Maybe — just maybe — summer will arrive one of these days. In the meantime, Naughty or Nice Challenges has some fun for you... an ANYTHING GOES challenge — with prizes! 
We are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps this month, so our Naughty and Nice picks will be getting a sweet prize! In addition, we have a fun Art Impressions stamp to offer to a lucky random winner. 


The Troublemakers were also lucky enough to choose some images to work with, and I picked JJ Beach. Normally I don't use a lot of people on my cards, but this was too much fun to resist: 

I may have been influenced in my choice by my other challenge team at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, where the current challenge is B is for Beach. JJ is coloured with Prismacolor pencils, and of course I had to glam up her sunglasses with iridescent medium and Glossy Accents. Glossy Accents was added to her drinks (one in the hand AND one in the bush!), the flower centres of her sandals and her lip gloss. Tilting the panel gave me just the right amount of room for a die cut sun. 

Since it's an Anything Goes challenge, what are you waiting for? You have until June 25th to join us! 

Supplies: white & yellow cardstock, My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Life of the Party patterned paper, Bugaboo JJ Beach image, Prismacolor pencils, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, Glossy Accents, MFT wonky stitched rectangle & Lil' Inkers stitched small sun die, pop-dot

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

At the Beach

Happy Saturday! I hope it's beach weather where you are! Edna has her bathing costume on and she and the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers are challenging you with B IS FOR BEACH. I may soon have my licence to snark revoked, as there is no snark here today, just beachy thoughts: 

Sun, sand and sea. I could use a little of that right now, after all the rain we've had in my corner of the world. I decided to make that sentiment the centrepiece of my card by stamping it onto a large tag shape. The three seashells are stamped in the same colour ink and fussy cut for accents. Luckily I found patterned paper with a matching blue for my background, then chose some cord that would pick up on the red in it. 
For more beachy inspiration, be sure to visit the Snarky Stampers blog, as well as that of our guest designer, Margo. Then we hope you'll grab your sunscreen and crafty supplies and join us! 

Supplies: Stampin' Up naturals ivory cardstock, Authentique Anchored patterned paper, Unity/Iron Orchid Designs Beach Cottage Collection stamps, Versamark & Altenew sapphire inks, Wow clear matte dull embossing powder, EK Success 1" circle punch, scrap cord, pop-dot tape

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Tag You're It Reminder

We're partway through the latest challenge at Tag You're It, where *gasp* I am the featured artist with this tag: 

Even as I was making this tag, I was thinking the colours would lend themselves to Christmas. So to encourage EVERYONE to play along, I made that thought into reality! 

These poinsettias are from the first layering set I ever bought, and one of my easiest sets to use. Probably because the veining in the flowers and leaves don't have to be perfect, which is often above my pay grade. πŸ˜‰ Just the centre of the larger poinsettia is popped up for some dimension. For the background, I again sponged a rectangular panel with light blue distress ink, but this time sparkled it up with some perfect pearls powder, in honour of the festive theme. To pick up on the gold embossing, I cut the sentiment and mat from gold glitter paper. Two ribbons again to finish the tag. 
The sunlight today almost allowed me to catch the shimmer of the blue panel... 

As this is my VERY FIRST Christmas anything of 2017, I'm going to enter it in the May Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge, where anything goes and the masking is optional. 

Supplies: white & American Crafts gold glitter cardstock, WPlus9 Pretty Poinsettias stamps & dies, Versamark, Altenew crimson & velvet, Memento bamboo leaves & cottage ivy & tumbled glass distress inks, gold glitter embossing powder, white confetti Perfect Pearls, Hero Arts merry die, scrap ribbon & elastic cord

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Remember to Smile!

It's the middle of the month, so the Naughty or Nice Troublemakers want to remind you of our current challenge, Share a Smile! I took the theme very literally this time. 
I decided to use this month's sketch from Stamplorations

And it only took me four tries to get a card I liked! 

My first three attempts used a stencil and distress inks for the vertical strip. First try: my colours were too reminiscent of Halloween, so that's in the future use pile. The second panel: better colours, but I brain-gapped and used the "hello" sentiment instead of "smile". Another future use panel. Third attempt: different colours, also good. Stamped and embossed the correct sentiment this time. Stamped and embossed three flowers, popped them up in the appropriate places. Decided the next morning... ugh. Into recycling it went. And so we come to the fourth and final version. Stamped and embossed "smile" in sparkly embossing powder. Masked off the three spots where I wanted my smiley faces. Stamped "smile" several more times in pale grey. (My MISTI was invaluable for getting these right.) Stamped the three happy faces and again broke out the sparkle embossing powder. Popped the panel up on a black card base and, TA DA, a cheery card. 
You still have two days to share a smile with us! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, STAMPlorations Bold Sentiments & Simon Says Stamp Color & Sunshine stamps, Versafine onyx black, Versacolor sky grey, Memento Luxe lilac posies, love letter & Danube blue inks, Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, fun foam

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hatching, Matching, and Dispatching

Happy Saturday! We're offering lots of options with the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, HATCHING, MATCHING, AND DISPATCHING!

In case this phrase is new to you, hatching=birth, matching=marriage, dispatching=death. I do believe it's British in origin, but is used in parts of Canada as well. I hadn't actually heard it until CBC had a tv series titled that a few years ago. Anyway... all this is to say we're looking for cards (etc.) for one of those events. Of course, the real challenge would be to combine all three. πŸ˜‰
I needed a wedding card anyway, so that's the direction I went: 

No snark here AGAIN! My snarky mojo seems to be on vacation. (Although, when you think about it, fairy tales are full of trolls and ogres and child-eating witches...) This perfectly nice card uses a technique demonstrated by my friend Ardyth recently (the link will take you to the card and accompanying how-to video). Each layer of the flowers and leaves was inked then misted with water before stamping for a more watercoloured look. Extra added bonus: no need to feel every layer has to be stamped perfectly. This set doesn't have a solid base stamp for the flowers, so I simply flipped over one of the other layers to use. I filled in a few spaces with twigs and unknown small shapes inked in platinum, which is very close to the moonstone embossing of the sentiment. Both panels are popped up on a green card base. 
Have no fear, not all the sisters went snarkless for this latest challenge! We also have a talented return guest designer, and current Queen, Helen. For a chance at a snarky crown of your very own, come and join us! 

Supplies: Strathmore mixed media paper, Hero Arts layering cardstock, WPlus9 Pretty Little Peonies & Unity fairy tale stamps, Versamark, Altenew blush, crimson & velvet, Colorbox platinum & iced spruce and peeled paint distress inks, Stampendous moonstone embossing powder, MFT blueprints 24 & Sizzix circle dies, pop dot tape

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Gardening Muse

Today was finally a day to work outside, yay! And it was also a day to make a card for the current Muse challenge. This is the card by this week's muse, Tracey

I was inspired by the clean design, the cluster of images, and the overall layout. After a few left turns, here's my version: 

Initially, I was stuck on what set would give me an appropriate cluster of images. Then I thought of this garden set. I stamped the watering can, some gardening gloves, and a set of gardening tools. Next, I decided I wanted the seed packet design in the background with some flowers to ground the other images. Eventually the gloves just didn't fit. (I'd also be content without the watering can and tools, but that wouldn't really work with the inspiration, would it?) You could compliment me on the sponging of the patterned paper... but it came that way. 

Supplies: white & Neenah desert storm cardstock, Studio Calico Classic Calico v. 3 patterned paper, Papertrey Ink Garden Variety stamps & dies,Papertrey Ink fine linen, Stampin' Up real red & garden green & Memento rich cocoa inks, pop dot tape

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