Friday, October 9, 2015

Birthday cards, Redux

When I posted these two birthday cards the other day, one of my faithful readers (hi, Cat!) wondered what they'd look like with colored card stock fronts instead of white. Today I made two. Here's the first one:

I do think I like it better than all that white. The sentiment got lost in the background, so I added an off-set layer of black for contrast.

Note: The Quickie Glue pen isn't the best adhesive for these die-cuts. It's easy to apply, but the stick isn't as good while you're working with it.

The card seemed boring, so I added clear Wink of Stella to the word and then drowned it in Glossy Accents:

That was SU Bermuda Bay, and this one is SU Poppy Parade (I think - it's feral card stock in my drawer):

and the detail:

Sorry about the blinding gold balloon.

I'm not sure which I like better:

I think they both have their merits, but now I'm leaning towards the colored panel..

Thanks, Cat, for the suggestion. I've used a few more inches of that SU DSP. :D

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Baaah, Humbug

By now most of my regular readers know that I'm quite Bah, Humbug about the holiday season. Most of my humbug is caused by the over-commercialization of Christmas and the need to start the Christmas shopping days countdown some time in August. Totally missing the reason for the season. That reason is not to allow retailers to go from red to black.

So that means any time I see a cool stamp set with the words Bah, Humbug, I need to own it. Such was the case when I saw the Lawn Fawn Baaah Humbug stamp set. MINE!  Here is a card I made last weekend with the set:

I'm seriously considering this design for my Christmas cards. I'm all about non-traditional. :)

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Different Kind of Coloring

At last weekend's crafty retreat, I did a lot of Copic coloring. I don't usually color that many cards, but then I rarely make that many cards in one sitting.

I took a break and instead of Copic coloring, I colored some embossing paste and made this:

I taped a new-to-me stencil to a card front, then used Distress ink in three different colors to color some embossing paste. I kinda like how it turned out.  After it dried, all I added were the sentiment and a black enamel dot.

I still have a couple more cards from last weekend to share.  As soon as I unpack, I may even make some more. :)

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Some of the stuff I used: The Alley Way Stamps: More Than Words, Color Box Starburst stencil, Distress inks (Cracked Pistachio, peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire), embossing paste.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

B00bs-a-lot, Second Card

Please see my previous post for all the blah blah blah. This post is for my second card for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge:

since Inlinkz won't let us link two cards from the same post.

Here is my second b00b card:

and a closer look at that shirt so you can maybe read it:

I do love Emerson stamps.

I'm off to link up!  Thanks for stopping by!

(Please see the previous post for some of the stuff I used.)

Do You Like B00bs-a-lot?

Remember that song? Here, let me refresh your memory:

You're welcome for the ear worm.

The current challenge at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is:

Boobs are a much better challenge than Farts. I have boob-related stamps.

I made two cards, so there will be two posts to keep Inlinkz happy. Here is my first card:

I have a healthy collection of Emerson stamps, and two of them are boob-related. How lucky am I?!?!

I did minimal coloring, mostly because I used dye ink so I couldn't use Copics. I broke out my Prismacolor pencils and colored just a few spots, and the water. I let the busy paper do most of the work.

I hope this passes muster as b00b-related enough.

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PS: The next post has my second card.

Some of the stuff I used: Emerson image by American Art Stamp, Prismacolor pencils.

A One-Layer Card

The current challenge at One Layer Simplicity is to make a one-layer card using a weather theme. I attempted to make it last weekend, but the set I wanted to use was at home. I managed to find a set that was similar that I could borrow.

Here's my initial card (major #FAIL):

Ignore the layering. Do you see my #FAIL? I die-cut the girl and umbrella. I am such an idiot sometimes. By the time I realized the error of my ways, I'd already colored the die-cut images, so I just kept plugging away and ended up with this card.

You can't tell because of my crack photography skills, but I put Glossy Accents on her boots to make them shiny.

Today I tried again. Now that I'm home, I used the set I'd originally planned to use, and I made this:

I don't have a tiny raindrop stamp, so I used a heart stencil and colored the hearts with Soft Sky ink and a dauber. The critter and umbrella were colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.

The sentiment is from an MFT Get Well set. I like the first sentiment better, as it refers to rain (weather), but I think this one works. I don't think I've ever used the MFT set before, and I hacked the sentiment in half so it fit under the umbrella.

I tried to ground the critter, but I think he still looks like he's floating. Oh, well.

I still can't believe I've pulled this off.

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Some of the stuff I used: Mama Elephant Chance of Rain (first card), Mama Elephant Up & Away (second card), MFT Get Well Wishes, Hero Arts Soft Sky ink, SSS Falling Hearts stencil, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol.

Two Happy Birthdays

One of my goals during last weekend's crafty time was to use stuff I have that I've never touched. One of those things was a 12x12 pack of SU DSP. I broke it open and made two cards. Here's the first one:

I die-cut a circle out of the front panel, and stuck a piece of the pretty paper behind it. The sentiment and strips down the sides were cut from a piece of DCWV shiny paper. Maybe you can see some of that (and the shiny gold in the DSP) here:

Or not.

Here's the other card:

It's exactly the same except for the paper. There are shiny balloons:

Now that this paper is open, we'll see if I use more of it. Could happen.

I have a few more cards I made last weekend, and I'll share them soon.

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Stuff I used: SU DSP, Paper Smooches die-cut Happy Birthday, SSS Stitched Circles, DCWV Citrus card stock mat stack (blue foil).

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SOS #222: Birthday

It's Tuesday, and time for a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash. This week's theme is Birthday, and we'd like you to use something from your oldest birthday stash. It may be a stamp, or paper, or an embellishment.

For my card, I used a very old sentiment stamp:

I masked a piece of water color paper with painters tape, and used Distress inks to paint the background. I flicked some water on it to make spots, stamped the sentiment, and stuck it on with foam tape.

I couldn't find paper or card stock to match the blue, so I made my own with more of the same Distress ink. For my last act, I added a few pieces of Martha Stewart star confetti.

I'm sure you have ooooold birthday supplies in your stash. Why not dig them out and play along at SOS?

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

I Want To Be You

aka: More Birds

Yesterday I had the dilemma of coloring an embossed image. After several failed attempts, I got a clue and cheated. I had been playing with my Gelli plate, and I had a ton of pretty painty backgrounds:

So I stamped the image onto one of my Gelli plate backgrounds. Instant color.  Here's that card:

This is a fun leaf from a set that my pal Mary Dawn made me need. It's designed for WOW by her pal Maya. The set was in my basket of USE IT ALREADY stamps, so I did. :)  And I really like how the leaves turned out. I could never have colored them like that.

What does this have to do with birds? Well, one of the ladies here at my crafty weekend took one of my bird stamps and white-embossed it, then colored it with colored pencils. It is gorgeous, but it sounded like work. What did I do instead? I stamped it onto another Gelli plate background. This is the resulting card:

I am so lazy. 

I followed the current Freshly Made Sketches sketch:

The "white space" on this card doesn't bother me as much since it's Kraft, and not white. Also, I used purple, which (in my world) is only one notch above (gah) pink, which I also used. Purple and pink - what is happening to me?!

There's also a little blue here and there, left over from a previous print. Good thing I'm not a purist.

I think I'll try to design a Christmas card. Didn't I say that yesterday? It may happen tonight. Or tomorrow. Maybe.

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Some of the stuff I used: Stamp images by The Alley Way Stamps

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Two Critter Cards

I'm still coloring images *feels forehead*. Must be all the mojo surrounding me in this room. I'll take it!

This card started out with my friend's cloud stencil and blue glitter embossing paste:

In addition to playing with the blue glitter paste, I opened and used my Hero Arts Playful Animals stamp set, go, me then colored him, fussy-cut him, and stuck him on with foam tape. The sentiment is from the Paper Smooches Comforting Hugs set.

Here's my second critter card:

These two are just too cute! Instead of sponging yet another sky, I used some Lawn Fawn paper. I colored the kitties, and added a few hearts that were languishing on my work area. The grass and side paper strip are from the same Lawn Fawn paper pack.

I'm taking advantage of the mojo leaking out of everyone here, and I'm cranking out cards. I'll post more later.

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Some of the stuff I used: