Friday, August 28, 2015


Thanks to all who played my seventh challenge.

Here are my winners for the August challenge:

The winner is Mary Dawn:

Sorry it's a little off. Instagram is not save-as friendly, and their embed function
can't be sized without a lot of angst. I don't need angst, so you get a screen shot. Sorry, MD.  

I love how she used the flower as the vertical element. 

The two runners-up are Linda:

Cute image, and you know I'm a sucker for blue & green. :) Did you see she popped up the book's spine? Nice!

And Patricia:

Love the mix of papers. 

Congratulations, ladies! Feel free to grab your badge from the CSSC Rules & Badges page, and display it proudly on your blog. You've earned it!

And Mary Dawn, please contact me (email in the right side bar), to claim your prize!

Note: I've updated the rules to include a statement that you must claim your prize within 10 days, or forfeit.

I'll be back on the first with a new sketch!

Thanks, again, for your support! xo

Hug Me

Once again, I'm not sleeping, so ... time to stamp! I keep collecting challenges to do, then I realize I just added one that has its sister at the beginning of my list, from last week, still not done. I might be a bit behind. But since they're still valid challenges, I can still do them, even if I can't link up. In my world it's not about the link-up so much as the challenge to do something different.

So surprise! I did two challenges that are actually current! I was heavily influenced by a recent stampy supply order I received, and one of the dies gave me an idea. Actually, it was this idea that convinced me I needed the die.

Here's my card, then I'll explain:

Oops, that green piece on the right is a bit feisty (crooked).

The die is from Simon Says Stamp (linked below), and it just screams "color challenge". I prefer sketches over color challenges, mostly because I have an aversion to certain colors, and I struggle to make it work. But this die - I am set!

The colors are from the current Nacho Average Challenge:

and the sketch is the current Less is More challenge:

I used the die as the diagonal (said Captain Obvious), even though both sides of the base above and below the diagonal are the same color. Hopefully I won't be disqualified.

After a few false starts, I stuck pieces of double-sided adhesive to the backs of my card stock remnants (anything that's at least 1/4 sheet of card stock in my world is not a "scrap"), then cut them out. I used one of the negatives from an earlier failed attempt as a guide to place the pieces.

Sentiment. I needed a sentiment.  For the FIRST TIME, I actually used my ink color swatch book to choose the ink color. I determined that the Hero Arts Grape Juice ink was a very close match to whatever that purplish mystery remnant card stock is (maybe SU Rich Razzleberry?). Then I hit up my "new and not used yet" bin and chose my new Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Cactus* stamp set and chose the Hug Me stamp. Perfect. And I think it goes nicely with that twisted graphic die, too.

Wow, two challenges done, and it's not even midnight yet. Who knows what else might come out of that craft room tonight.

Thanks for stopping by!

* I have resisted the succulent craze until now. I'm not a flower gal, and succulents are just flowers with different watering requirements. I'd still kill them. Now that every single company has at least one succulent set, I decided I'd choose one - ONE, and I took my time choosing. I finally just ordered and received the Hero Arts Build Your Own Cactus set. I like the larger size of the images, mostly. Well see if I ever use it again. 

Stuff I used: Remnants of yellow, purple and blue-green card stock, SU Very Vanilla card stock (I got confused - another color challenge has vanilla, but oh, well), Elizabeth Craft double-sided adhesive (but I've linked to the Sookwang/Be Creative sheets below), and the following:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have no words ...

The current challenge at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is:

No sentiment! But ... I usually use the sentiment to cover up boo-boos. Sigh.

I've made image-only cards before, but I didn't want to CASE myself too much. I wanted this to be a new creation.  I ended up combining a few things from my other image-only cards, and I made this:

I must admit ... well, I don't have to, but I will ... this was my 6th or 7th attempt. And yes, I started at 2 am because I wasn't sleeping, so that may have had something to do with my "omg, I hate that" versions of this card.

To make a very long, sad, story short, I used three colors of Distress ink to watercolor the masked background, dried it, then stamped the Hero Arts image over it with Memento Luxe black and clear-embossed it.

The reason I don't use this stamp more is I feel the circles need embellishment, and that's where I usually go way overboard and end up wrecking the whole card. I only used a few pearls here, so I hope it's not too much.

One of these days I'll get the gold version of this to work. I think I need to work on the background colors, so the gold doesn't get lost. Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used: vat of clear embossing powder (where vat = a whole pint) from Viva Las Vegas Stamps, and the following:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SOS #216: Splish Splash

It's Tuesday, and time for a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash. This week's theme is Splish Splash, and we'd like you to use a wet medium on your project.

I had so many fabulous ideas. I really did. I have done a bit of very selective shopping lately, and I now own 12 Zig Clean Color markers. I've had them for a while, now. Plus, they shipped from Japan and took three weeks to get here. Then I waited until this weekend to play with them. I'm not feeling the love. I also have a very short attention span, so I guess they won't work for me.

Then I played with my new Color Burst ink powders. Fun, but again, not feeling the love. After a while, I gave up and went back to my old reliable Distress Inks and used them to water color a Hero Arts flower. That almost worked, even, but the water ran and smeared one of the petals. It looks awful.

Finally I gave up completely and made this:

I masked a piece of water color paper, smooshed three colors of blue Distress ink onto my craft sheet, spritzed them with water, then used an empty water brush to apply strips of color, light to dark, top to bottom. It's crazy easy to do.

I then used my MISTI to stamp the flowers in Archival Black ink, then used it again to stamp the sentiment.

I know I'm not a water colorer. I like that I know my limits, too. Plus, think of all the money I'll save! We can't all be good at everything, and I choose to not be good at water coloring. Although, it does look kinda nice, doesn't it?

So, got wet products lurking in your craft stash? I say you get them out and give them a try. Maybe you'll find you have a knack for it, or maybe not, but we'd love to see you play along over at SOS.

Thanks for stopping by!