Thursday, August 17, 2017

Running the Show...

Hello!  Today I am sharing two cards featuring the Running the Show stamp from Technique Junkies.  This is such a cute image and saying, and this little boy reminds me of my own.


On this card, I have stamped on Kraft paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I then colored the boy using Prismacolor pencils.  I adhered the kraft panel to a black cardbase and added more stars across the whole card front using Copic Opaque White, using a silicone-tipped stylus tool to dot the ink.




For this card, I created a galaxy background using Distress Oxide Inks.  I stamped Running the Show separately on a piece of Hammermill 80# Color Copy Digital Cover paper using Memento Tuxedo black ink, masking each line of the sentiment separately so it would be easy to trim into strips to adhere to my background.  The boy's image was colored this time with Copic markers and trimmed out and added to the background with liquid adhesive.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Black Eyed Susie


Hi everyone, I'm sharing this crisp and sunny friendship card today,  This fun image is from Impression Obsession, and is titled Black Eyed Susie.  



I have stamped the Black Eyed Susie on Hammermill 80#  Color Copy Digital Cover paper with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored using Copic markers.  The small focal image panel is trimmed to fit just inside the mat, which is cut from a deckled rectangle die.  These are added to another white panel, and the greeting from Everyday Quotes 2, is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The larger panel was added to my white card base with 3M dimensional foam tape.

Monday, August 14, 2017

New Challenge at Technique Junkies

Today is the start of a new technique challenge at Technique Junkies:  Bleach Blocking.



You can see the details and rules and linkup for this challenge as well as a simple tutorial on Bleach Blocking HERE.

Bleach blocking is really simple and the results are really fun!  Play along with us and enter for a chance to win a $25 Technique Junkies gift certificate!

My challenge sample card uses Distress ink as well as Distress Stains to create my background.  I then used a round sponge blender pad and regular bleach to remove color from my background panel.  I felt my circles of removed color looked so much like bubbles, that I actually used just a bit of distress ink and a paint brush to add just a bit of color back into edges of the "bubbles" to give then a bit more 3d look.


I then added Swirl Turtle and the Life is Beautiful sentiment in India Ink once the panel was completely dry.



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hosting this week's Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday challenge!

Hi Everyone!

This week I am hosting the MIUM (Mix It Up Monday) Challenge at Stamp TV.



My challenge for the week is called,   "Leaf Me Alone".

I love to color, and florals are a big favorite of mine to color, but it seems I often overlook, or skimp on the foliage or greenery that can come along with some of the florals.   So... for my challenge week I have chosen to focus on some of the sometimes over looked stamps in my collection:  the leaves.

This week, I am challenging you to create a project that utilizes leaves as a background paper for your card.  You may also incorporate a focal image, but your patterned paper background must consist of leaves.

The challenge and link up can be found HERE at the StampTV site.


For my example, I have used a Holiday theme, using the cluster of holly leaves from Festive Foliage to create an emboss-resist background paper.




I used my MISTI to first stamp the leaves in Kraft ink then I overstamped each cluster with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then sponged more Kraft ink around each cluster and along the edges of my panel.

I chose to create a frame inlay with Red Velvet paper.  I created a frame using two sizes of rectangle dies, to cut from both my stamped panel, as well as Red Velvet cardstock, then inlaying the red frame within my panel pieces.

For my focal image, I chose to add a bright watercolored cardinal from Peace and Joy.  The holly branch ties my theme together.  And the vertical JOY sentiment added in the upper left balances my image.

Now it's your turn!

Here are the official rules:


But remember, you must enter your project at StampTV and tag your photo with the tag: STV17MON33.  There's a $20 gift certificate up for grabs for this week's challenge winner!  

Not a StampTV member? Click HERE to join for free!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mixed Media with MISTI and lots of fabulous products.

Hello!  Today I am sharing a card made with a variety of my favorite products and techniques.




This truly is a MIXED Mixed Media card!  LOL  This one has it all...  Stamping, coloring, stenciling, die cutting, embossing... the list goes on.  There's so much here, I decided to make a video to explain it all!




Friday, August 11, 2017

Life IS Better when you're laughing...

Today I am sharing a bright and simple card for Impression Obsession Stamps.  

These large greeting stamps make stunning cards when paired with fun background techniques.

For this card, I simply used Fabriano cold press watercolor paper and Daniel Smith watercolor paint to create a bright backdrop for my greeting.  I added 2 layers of color, letting it dry completely between the layers.  I used my paintbrush to create spatters of color before adding the large Life is Better sentiment with Versafine.  I adhered the watercolor panel to an orange card base.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

New IO Challenge: Orange and Turquoise

Today begins a new  challenge at IO Stamps:  Orange and Turquoise!  This is such a fun combination to work with.

For my card, I chose to use Poppy Bouquet (J8955) and a sentiment from the She Positives set (31878-MD).  


I stamped the Poppy Bouquet with Versafine ink on Canson Montval watercolor paper.  Then painted with Daniel Smith watercolors, adding dark cast shadows from the flowers.  The sentiment from She Positives was also added with Versafine ink.  

Now it's your turn!

Play along and you could with a $25 gift certificate to IO Stamps!

You can find the details and link up at the IO Stamps blog by clicking HERE!

Good luck!

Here are today's inspiration blog hop participants: