Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Halloween and a Christmas Card

Popping in to wish you a Happy Halloween and "scare" you with my card!

Stamps: Impression Obsession (background), others are from Hero Arts and Martha Stewart?
Dies: Impression Obsession (ghosts)

This weekend I spent a good chunk of time working on Christmas cards. A while ago I was the lucky winner of the monthly prize over at papierelle (have you checked out Gundi's fun blog yet?) and I finally played with the embossing folder and one of the cute images. Aren't that dragon baby and his friend, the mouse, adorable?

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #305 "Anything Goes"

Please feel free to copy to your sidebar

52 Christmas Card Throwdown"Pick a Previous Sketch"
I picked sketch # 32 from September 2014

Weekly Christmas Card Challenges "Anything Goes"

That's all from me for today! Hope your week will be full of fun moments!

Be well,

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sending You Hugs, Flowers, and some Foliage...

Another card with the ghosting technique?? Hope your are not getting tired of it... This is the last one for now but some day I do want to try this technique using a stamp. I made this background at Stamp Camp (see last post) but finished the card at home.  

Stamps: Hero Arts (sentiment)
Die: Winnie & Walter
Other: Stencil (Memory Box), Distress Inks, Glitterpaper (Recollection)

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration):

CAS Mix Up October Challenge "Ghosting"
This card might not be CAS enough since it has very little white space and even some sequins. Dear DT feel free to delete it...

Also at Stamp Camp we made this kind of fancy fold card (don't know the exact name) that was pretty easy to do. If you want instructions or a link, let me know, I'll try to find out.
We all used the same flower die cuts in white but look how different our cards came out. And not just because we all used different colored cardstock.

This is my card:

Stamps: Stampin' Up (foliage)
Dies: Stampin' Up (flowers and leaves)

Sending this to a new challenge in town - check it out:

The Flower Challenge #1 "Anything Goes"

We would love you to display our banner !

and to

Happy Little Stampers "Anything Goes with Dies"

As a thank you for scrolling down this far I'll show you some of the foliage in our neighborhood:

It's rare to see bright green with blood red together!

You made it to the end of this post! Congratulations and thank you! Have a wonderful day!

Be well,

Thursday, October 13, 2016

More ghosting and some Watercoloring

Check out my new signature at the end of the post that the amazing Loll created for me! The one that I made a few months ago caused a warning to pop up every time I wrote a new post, so sweet Loll offered to design a new one for me! I love it and hope you do, too!

Today I have two cards for you!

This past weekend I spent with my 7Cardologists friends (although one was missing) in the mountains at our annual Stamp Camp. I taught them the Ghosting technique which is the current theme at the CAS Mix Up Challenge. We all used different stencils and colors and had so much fun. I made this card from my background.

Stamps: Happy Little Stampers (sentiment)
Dies: Impression Obsession (tree)
Other: Tree stencil (TCW), Distress Inks

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration):

CAS Mix Up October Challenge "Ghosting"
plus Stamping and Die cutting
*This card was a runner up!*

On my second card I did some watercoloring with Distress Inks. I don't own Copics and use a lot of colored pencils when I am stamping with my friends but what I really love is the look of watercoloring.

Stamps: Winnie & Walter (sentiment)
Dies: Impression Obsession
Other: Distress Inks, copper embossing powder from PSX (that I've had for more than 20 years!!!)

The word "autumn" is embossed in copper. Hard to see in the picture but very pretty in real life. Will take a picture tomorrow and post it on instagram (button on the right sidebar).

Sending this card to the following challenges:

CAS Watercolor October Challenge "Fall"

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesdays September "Yellow, Orange, Red, and Brown"


The Gossip Column with Taheera Atchia on the W&W blog #5 "Precious Metals"

Both CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolor Challenges are having an Design Team call and since I really like that style and enjoy playing in these challenges I am being brave and throwing my hat into the ring. Wish me luck...

Phew, that was a longish post! Thanks for sticking with me 'til the end!

Be well,

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Celebrate with a Big Flower

Yesterday was World Cardmaking Day. Hope you took time to play. I made a card, but I practically had to force myself.  Sad, huh? There were so many other things I should/could have done... (Aren't there always?) Even sitting in my craft space I was tempted to work on things that were "on my list". But I decided to just play. Then, as is often the case, I was overwhelmed and didn't know where to start. Eventually I tried the Ghosting/Monoprinting Technique that the fabulous Loll used here for the new CAS Mix Up October Challenge.

Stamps: Altenew (sentiment), Stampin' Up (border)
Other: Stencil (Folk Art), gold splatters (LuminArte)

I applied several different Distress Inks on a panel of Bristol paper. Then I got worried that it might not even work for that technique but as you can see it did just fine. I spritzed a NBUS stencil from Folk Art with water and laid it on the panel. After lifting it off I dabbed it with a paper towel. There was no need to wait, the ink reacted immediately with the water. I cut around the blossom, spritzed it with gold. The border is from a very, very old Stampin' Up set (it says 1995 on it) and is gold embossed. The label sentiment is from Altenew. Didn't add anything else to keep it CAS.
Love this technique and want to try it with other stencils!

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration):

CAS Mix Up October Challenge
My choice is heat embossing and/or splattering

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes"

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Inkspirational #118 "Glamour"
Isn't this big rose with the gold splatters glamorous?

Thanks for stopping by and be well,

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