Saturday, August 30, 2014

a tag. . . .

for this month's Mixed Media Mojo challenge:

Here is my tag:

Lots of stuff going on here:   I smooshed (don't think that is a word) distress inks onto a craft sheet, spritzed, and then pressed the tag into it.  Then I sprayed it with heirloom gold spray from Ranger.

I tinted modeling paste with a distress ink reinker and applied it through a Tim Holtz stencil randomly.  Wrapped some of Tim's paper tape around the upper right corner. 

The Hero Arts sentiment was stamped with Versafine onyx black ink and a  Stamplorations celebrate artsy stamp was stamped three times on the tag with the same ink.

Tim's tattered flower dies were cut from a coffee filter and colored with distress ink, edged with silver glitter and a pearl  was placed in the middle.  The dragonfly is a purchased chipboard piece. Vintage seam binding was colored with distress inks and tied through the top of the tag. 

I had fun making this tag.  I now have quite a few tags that have been smooshed (LOL) and are ready for future use!

And, yes, this will go over to Simon Says for one more chance in their anything goes challenge.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Friday, August 29, 2014

the deadline. . . . .

for entering the sketch challenge at Stamplorations is today. 

Again, I am hoping to beat the clock and get my card sent in before the challenge ends. 


The Hero Arts flowers were colored by dabbing distress ink pads onto the stamp itself and then spritzing water on the stamp.  The tiny dots are a Magenta stamp and were stamped with black ink.  The sentiment is from Stamplorations.  I added some rick rack and gems and a touch of wink of Stella over the flowers.  A Martha Stewart border punch was used on the patterned paper.

Once again, I will also send this to Simon's Wednesday Challenge where anything goes.

Have a great day!

running late. . . .

again!  The Magenta challenge for August closes today!! 

Here is my card:

The challenge was to use your favorite Magenta stamp.  I cannot choose a favorite; all of my Magenta stamps have been well loved over the years.  This butterfly and the flowers are classics and have stood the test of time for me.  I white embossed the butterfly and colored the wings with Delicata Gold ink by using a waterbrush.  I dabbed the brush directly onto the pad and then colored the open areas.  The flowers were stamped with Brilliance Victorian violet ink and colored the same way as the butterfly, using Brilliance pearlescent purple ink.  I masked the flowers and stamped the leaves with Brilliance pearlescent ivy ink.  The metallic dots are from Studio 112.  The panel was edged with a Pilot gold pen and popped up on a green card.

Can't hurt to enter this into the Simon Says anything goes challenge.  :)

Thanks for visiting!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Just Us Girls. . . .

has a photo challenge this week:

Here is my card:

I used one of my new Hero Arts stamp sets and the Winnie & Walter hello for this simple card.  Some gems and splatters were added and I brushed wink of Stella over the daisy petals.  Looks much more shimmery IRL.  :)

Also sending this over to Simon Says Stamp for their "anything goes" challenge.

Have a great day!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

summer. . . .

isn't really "over" until September 23rd.  But, we tend to think that it is over when the Labor Day weekend arrives.  I finally got a card made for The Mixed Media Card Challenge which is a monthly challenge hosted by Shery Russ, creator of Stamplorations.  Her challenge this month is to create a summer card.

Here is my card:

The background is acrylic paint that was brayered on cardstock as I cleaned it off while making Gelli prints.  I tinted some Liquitex modeling paste with peeled paint Distress Ink and applied it through the stencil.  Then I covered it with Martha Stewart glitter.  The sentiment is from Hampton Art and was white embossed.  The dragonfly is from Impression Obsession and was white embossed on vellum, cut out and popped up over the fern stencil.  Shery has a fun stamp set called Celebrate Artsy with various shapes in it.  I used one of them to add a bit of interest to the corners, which seemed bare to me.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 22, 2014

animals. . . .

is the theme for this week's Less is More challenge. 

My supply of ANY animal is severely limited.  I tend to buy flowers, butterflies, swirls, leaves, etc.  Here is the card I managed to get made today in hopes of getting it submitted before the deadline:

I remembered that I had this Memory Box cat die, so I cut him out and sponged on some distress ink to give him a bit of color.  The balloon dies from Paper Smooches just arrived at my house this week (love them!) so I decided to make another birthday card to add to my stash.  I cut the balloons from vellum and colored them from the back with Memento markers.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  The Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle die is one of my favorite shapes for making a card.

Also sending this over to Pretty Pink Posh for the blog hop that is in progress this weekend.

Hope your weekend is a good one.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

butterflies. . . .

are a favorite of my granddaughter.  I usually incorporate one or more in the birthday cards I send to her.  Here is the one I made for her this year:

I used more of my new goodies from SSS for this card.  The background was created with distress inks and the Tim Holtz doily layering stencil.  The "happy" is from Winnie and Walter, the "birthday" from a Hero Arts set and the butterfly dies are from Memory Box.    I love this doily stencil and just know it will be well used.

Submitting these to:

Simon Says Stamp summer challenge

Seize the Birthday anything goes challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 18, 2014

stencils and pastes. . . .

are the media of choice at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for August.

Here is my card:

I colored some Liquitex light molding paste with Archival reinkers and applied them through a Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil.  The sentiment is from Winnie and Walter and the flower is from Wendy Vecchi.  Some black gems and splatters were added for embellishment.

Also sending this to:

Just Us Girls for the color Challenge.

Simon Says Stamp for the summer challenge.

Seize the Birthday for the anything goes challenge.


Have a wonderful week and enjoy these last days of August!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

a wendy vecchi birthday card. . . .

for a friend:

With my SSS gift certificate, I purchased an SISI (stamp it, stencil it) Wendy Vecchi set.  After stamping the images, I masked them and placed the Heidi Swapp trellis stencil
over the card and sponged distress inks randomly through the stencil.  I removed that stencil and then put the flower part of Wendy's stencil over the blossom and applied distress inks through the stencil.  Then I placed the leaf portion of the stencil over the leaves and applied inks to the leaves through it.  I added some shading and highlighting to the flowers with an aquabrush.  The trio of black dots is from a SSS stamp set and the sentiment is from my new Wplus9 stamp set.

Submitting this card to the current challenge at Seize the Birthday where anything goes.

Also sending this to SSS for the summer challenge.

Thanks for your visit!

Friday, August 15, 2014

a shape card. . . .

for Virginia's View challenge for this month.  I am just getting this done a few days before the deadline.

My mitten was drawn freehand and covered with some Basic Gray patterned paper I had in my stash.  The large snowflake die is from Impression Obsession and the blue gems were amongst the many others in my drawer.  I used a Pilot metallic silver marker to outline the mitten.  Inside I silver embossed a greeting "enjoy the season" from Hero Arts.  (didn't take a photo of that).

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

stamps and die cuts. . . .

are the challenge at STAMPLORATIONS.

I do have a few stamps from Stamplorations, but my card features Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous and Ranger products this time. 

The dragonfly die/embossing folder comes in a set.  While in Colorado, my son gifted me with a few things from a stamp store we found in Estes Park; this set being one of them.  The background was created with two stamps from Stampers Anonymous using shaded lilac and dusty concord distress inks.  The sentiment was stamped with Versafine black ink.  The dragonfly was cut from white cardstock and colored with shaded lilac distress ink and then sprayed with Ranger's heirloom gold spray.  Clear rhinestones from my stash were added for some bling.

While walking around a small local pond the other day, I spotted two dragonflies.  So, I am submitting this to the SSS Wednesday challenge which is "summer".  I also would like to say that dragonflies are not as pretty as some of the stamps/dies I have seen of them.  That's what happens when you add "artistic license" in the mix!!

Thank you for your visit to my blog.  I love hearing from you.

edit:  also submitting this to the following challenge:

Die Cut Divas Hot August Nights

Sunday, August 10, 2014

another one layer card. . . .

to submit to the Hero Arts challenge which ends today:

The leaf spray is a Hero Arts cling stamp that is part of a set; but I neglected to document the set when I stored these stamps.  I stamped it three times - the first in mowed lawn distress ink, then Hero Arts cornflower blue and the third stamping is a second generation stamping using moss green distress ink.  The Hero Arts sentiment was black heat embossed.  The sequins mimic the colors and I was happy to find three different sizes.

This card turned out to be one of my favorite CAS cards I've ever made.  I love how it looks like the dark green spray is raised from the surface of the card.

Also sending it over to Less is More for their foliage challenge.

Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

a one layer card. . . .

for a few challenges:

The stamps are from Hero Arts and were gold heat embossed on 110# cardstock from Michaels.  I added some orange and green ink splatters to give a hint of the approaching autumn season.  There are just a few dots of gold Stickles here and there for some extra sparkle.

Here are the challenges I had in mind when making this card:

Less is More:  one layer card using foliage.
Addicted to CAS:  gold.
Hero Arts:  one layer challenge.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

celebrations. . . .

with a twist of butterflies, is the theme at Time Out Challenges, which is a new to me challenge blogHere is my card:

The stamps I used on this card are from Stamplorations.  After eyeballing the stamping of the word celebrate, I white heat embossed it.  Then I smooshed distress inks onto a clear block, spritzed with water and added the color to the background with a water brush to create the rainbow stripes.  The cupcake was created in the same way using more distress inks.  I added white liquid pearls to the icing and brushed wink of Stella over the entire cupcake.  The butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart.  Liquid pearls and wink of Stella were also added to it.  I adhered three butterflies together to make it stand up from the card.  Here is a close-up of it:

Today is a beautiful sunny summer day here in Canton Ohio.  I am going to go outside now, sit on my porch and read a book I started last evening.  While there I will enjoy hearing the birds singing and listening to my little fountain bubbling in the flower garden.  Gotta' savor these sweet summer days as long as possible!!

Hope your day is fabulous!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

a sketch challenge. . . .

on the Stamplorations blog:

Here is my card:

I recently purchased some of Shery's stamps, and decided to use these two for this challenge.  I used Derwent inktense pencils to watercolor the present and added glossy accents to the ribbon and bow.  I also brushed some wink of Stella over the edge of the gift box.  The embossing folder is from Spellbinders, sequins from Michaels and the pattern paper is from my stash. 

This card will be sent over to the SSS anything goes challenge, for my last entry this week. 

Hope you are having a good day!

Monday, August 4, 2014

a color challenge. . . .

from the challenge blog Less is More:

My card includes most of the colors they are asking for:

A couple of weeks ago, I won this SSS Big Hello die on Kathy Racoosin's blog.  I used Derwent Inktense pencils to create the watercolor background from which it was cut.  The Mama Elephant femme frames dies were out of stock for a LONG time; but I was finally able to order them and have used the scalloped frame here.  The sentiment is from SSS, too.  I have a bag of miscellaneous sequins from years ago and found these flat sequins in it.  I added tiny dots of platinum Stickles to the centers of them.

Also sending this over to SSS Wednesday challenge where anything goes.

Thanks for visiting my blog!  I appreciate your kind comments and the time you take to make them.  :*)