Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Time for a New Challenge at Shopping Our Stash!! and for me it's a TWO-FER

Can you believe it's over half way to the end of the month, these days are going faster than I want but for September the weather is beautiful really warm during the day but cools off at night.  On with the challenge at Shopping Our Stash and it's "the Apple of my eye" ~~ Schools back in session so create something with an apple or apples on it, it might be an apple pie or apple blossoms or really go rogue like one of our design team and make a pine-APPLE.  I was almost stumped, I was sure I had a house mouse with an apple but alas I was dreaming so I did the next best thing....and here it it.

I used Tim Holtz blueprint apple for my image, I coloured it and for some reason or other the red ink was not working well and became very shiny so I added a bit of acetate to make a "picture".  The embossing folder is autumn leaves and I might have used it once before and it's over a year old.  No inside sentiment right now as I wasn't sure on who I was giving it to,

Since I was having a time with those markers I made a second card (I needed a birthday card for a friend)  so I went a totally different way with this one.

Apple Blossoms I also tried a new technique (which I need practice with)  "colour lifting"  I also used a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I really did some stash busting on this one, all papers and vellum were sitting on my table.  Celebrate is from a set that has never seen ink. 

Close up of the celebrate.

Finished inside with some left-over paper.

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Thanks for looking at my blog today and don`t forget to head over to the  Main Blog and check out what the rest of the Design team have made then get out your crafty stuff and join in the Apple fun.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

L is for ~~ Lost and Found ~~ Challenge #93

It's Saturday and time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, L is for Lost and Found, it's not what you are thinking....we want you to revisit a technique you haven't done in a while or even a card fold you haven't used for eons.  With many ideas running wild ~~ I settled on Shaving Cream background.  I found my original can of foam shaving cream and some "who knows how old" glossy cardstock and had a messy bit of fun.

I planned on making a muted background to use for a Winter sky so I used Taken with Teal and Tempting Turquoise reinkers from Stampin'up.

Now you see why I wanted a Winter sky!!! I wanted to use my super cute Snowman die from Gina Marie Designs. His hat and scarf were cut separate and paper pieced, the rest was coloured with markers and the buttons are Bling strips from Eyelet Outlet. The snowflake border die cut is also from Gina Mari and the super cute trees are from Impression Obsession.

Close up of the "winter sky"

Finished the inside with the snowflake border and a super cute sentiment from High Hopes

I would like to enter this in:
Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~~ Dies and/or punches

Thanks for joining me here today and head over to the main blog and check out what the rest of the design team have "lost and found"

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Emboss Like A Boss!!!!!

Challenge #320 at Shopping Our Stash is "emboss like a boss" we want to see both wet and dry embossing on your project. Not sure about you but other than doing some emboss resist I haven't done wet embossing in a long time and it was so much fun to pair it with a cool embossing folder.

First I made the background with distress oxide ink and then ran it through the music embossing folder from Darice. 

Using tips from Jennifer Maguire I  cut 3 Hero Arts large snowflakes in white and glued them together, then using versamark watermark I embossed it in clear embossing powder 3 times, just look at that shine. I added a Eyelet Outlet clear bumpy bling dot to the center. You can just see the music background in the picture.

The let it snow die cut is from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I also cut three of these in a teal cardstock and embossed it in clear then I heated it up and sprinkled some Art Glitter Agean blue glitter (if was a freebie I got at last 7 years ago) 

Finished the inside with a 2005 Stampabilities Christmas sentiment.

Not only was this card inspired by the challenge it was inspired by the current challenge at the 
Jingle Belles Rock 

I am entering this in"

Jingle Belles Rock ~~ Your favourite Christmas music option use sheet music.
I used a music embossing folder

That was a lot of fun and mess to make this card,  when you wet emboss three times it sure makes the image smooth and shiny.

Thanks for hanging  here today and head over to the main blog and check out the rules and see what the rest of the awesome design team have made.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What's Trending?

Shopping Our Stash challenge #319 is What's Trending? I'm not sure what is trending and in quizzing around I got lot's of answers so I picked one that I had everything for on hand.  Of course the Oxide inks are not really old but I had two in my stash that had never been used, in fact I took the plastic off the ink pad to use it. I also have seen a lot of flamingos lately and I had a couple that have only been used to send a flamingo lovin' friend a few. The acetate is also old not sure where I even bought it and not only did I have one project case with it I had two.  Anyway I'm happy with what I think is trending.....and here it is.

I had a lot of fun making this card, I made one in a class a couple of weeks ago and wanted to try one on my own. The background is done by smooshing broken china ink on my teflon sheet, spritzing it with water and dragging the cardstock through it until I liked how it swirled. All the dies I used are unbranded ones, with the exception of the IO clouds and the happy birthday.

The inside of the card.

Side view

And a beach scene wouldn't be complete without some super cute Eyelet Outlet seashell brads.

I will add the sentiment to the back of the card or maybe a short sentiment on the inside.

I really enjoyed playing with the oxide ink and look forward to getting a few more colours. Now it's your turn, what do you think is trending? we would like to know so enter your project at Shopping Our Stash Blog before Monday September 11 @ 11.55 EDT.

I would like to enter this in.

Seize the Birthday ~~ colours Blue/Green and or Aqua

Tuesday Throwdown ~~ dies and/or punches

Thanks for spending time here today and have a fabulous week.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #92 ~~~ J is for Jumble

Wow another two weeks has flown by and it's September already, beautiful days and cool nights. Well I`m not sure who`s brilliant idea for the challenge was but it sure had me in  a panic,  J is for Jumble or make a collage. To some the idea of collage is easy peasy but for me it was that "Deer in the headlights" look. I did have some help with it by following some very good pointers from a fabulous collage maker, Lauren.  So without further chit chat here it is.

One of my first Stampin'up stamps was the stippled rose and still one of my favourites.   The card talks for itself, Three scraps of paper one doily, some stick on lace and a fussy cut image which has a touch of wink of stella on it as well as some tiny blue gems dotted around.  The Hello was cut twice once in black and once in white shimmer paper and popped up as was the rose.

Close up of the Hello.

I don't seem to be able to see the sparkle but it's there

Since I decided this could be used for any occasion I left the inside blank.

Thanks for stopping by and check out the main blog and see what the rest of the design team have "jumbled" up.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What's Your Favourite Season? That's Challenge #318 at Shopping Our Stash!!!

Shopping Our Stash challenge #318 What's your favourite season?  Now I like all seasons but I picked Spring because the first flowers of the year are PURPLE, crocus and lilacs which I love.  For my card I use an image I had in my stash, already coloured and cut with an oval, and even though I love to hoard blingy things I used some on my card.

It was getting a bit late in the day to be photographing so you will see shadows. I used some Eyelet Outlet narrow glitter washi tape, and some clear blingy sworls also from the eyelet outlet. And I used my favourite colour of cardstock which was already cut in my "file"

Although I had finished the front of the card last weekend I left the inside for when we came back to the cottage and after getting the sentiment all lined up and stamped I realized I had used a Holiday sentiment, so back to the scrap file and layered the Birthday sentiment on another layer of purple.  I think my mind was on the Jingle Belles Rock challenge I want to enter before Wednesday.

Well there you have it another episode of what can go wrong today!!

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Thanks for stopping by today and  let`s see what season is your favourite, don`t forget to head over to the Main challenge blog, check the rules and see what seasons the rest of the design team love.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Another Very Vintage Christmas for the Jingle Belles

In my stash of pre-used Christmas cards I saw this beautiful image of three birds and knew I really wanted to recycle it into a "new" card, I started with a 5 1/4 X 5 1/4 square base layered it with blue and a snowflake patterned paper. I cut the image with an EC stitched circle  I cut two large intertwined circles (also EC designs) glued one down and added the image then attached the second intertwined clrcle on top.

Who doesn't love chickadees? I love when they come to the feeder in the winter. 
I added some red glitter enamel dots (Eyelet outlet) on the circle. 

closer look at the enamel dot and how I trimmed the bird's tail to go outside the circle.

Finished inside. 

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Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous day!!