April 25, 2015

Inkspirational Challenge - Prompt Word - Space

Yes, that's right folks!  Today's the beginning of a new challenge over at Inkspirational!  It's a word prompt this time.  Space!

There are many ways to interpret this word.  I decided to go with what will probably be the most common choice.  Outer space, stars, aliens, robots, etc.  You get the idea.  Here's my card...

I took my white cardstock panel and punched three square holes in it.then I took my card base and masked off a section (that would be below the punched squares) and sponged Nautical Blue. Then I used my trusty splatter tool (an old toothbrush) to splatter some white paint.  Then I took some dimensional stickers of robots (Recollections ) and trimmed them down and arranged them on the masked strip where the square windows would be.  Then I attached my panel with the square windows with some foam tape.  I love how those little robots are peeking out at you.  :-). I stamped my sentiment (birthday from STAMPlorations, greetings from Hero Arts) in black.

We have an awesome guest designer joining us this challenge.  I hope you'll all go visit, Sue T. of The Creative Studio, and check out her awesome project.  The rest of the Ink DT has some amazing projects to share too!  Hope to see you there!

Thanks for visiting and I hope your weekend is fantastic!

I'm going to link up to the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - clean and simple
Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes
Virginia's View - layers and dimensions

April 21, 2015

One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #8

Greetings everyone!  Sorry I haven't been around much. I've been trying to get over a nasty chest cold.  I was actually afraid it was something worse and even went to the doctor but it was just a really nasty virus.  I still have a bit of a cough but it's getting better.  Anyway, I digress.  It's that time again for another challenge over at One Layer Christmas Card Challenges.  We've got a great (optional, as per usual) twist this time for you.  Trees!

So many fun possibilities!  I actually had a hard time choosing what stamp to use.  I've got quite a few awesome ones with trees.  I like tree stamps.  :-). In the end I chose two, one old, one new.  Check it out...

I took my kraft card base and stamped my tree stamps (both by Inkadinkado) in Grey Flannel Memento ink, sometimes stamping without re-inking to get a lighter look.  Then I used the falling snow stencil (SSS) and used some textured snow like you would embossing paste.  It has glitter in it but it's pretty subtle in real life so no way I could capture it in the photo.  :-). Then I added a strip of glitter tape (Darice).  I stamped the sentiment (Michaels) in Grey Flannel as well.

I hope you'll join in and try your hand at a one layer card.  Need some inspiration?  Check out the OLCCC Design Teams cards.  All are outstanding and sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Well, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely day!

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - trees
CAS(E) This Sketch -

Christmas Card Challenges - inspiration photo.  I drew my inspiration from the colours.

April 14, 2015

OLCCC #7 Reminder

Just a reminder that there's still about a week left to link up your cards to One Layer Christmas Card Challenges current challenge.  As always it's anything goes but you have the option to use the twist.  The twist this time is blue.  If you do use the twist you'll be entered in for the drawing to win an ARTplorations stencil!  Here's my card to inspire you...

I stamped and embossed all my snowflakes in platinum embossing powder.  Looks kind of gold in the photo but it's not.  The snowflakes are by Hero Arts and Inkadinkado.  Once they were embossed I sponged Nautical Blue (Memento) ink in the centers.  The sentiment (Clearly Besotted) was also embossed in platinum.  Lastly, I added a few sequins (Neat and Tangled).  A simple card to make but quite effective.

Hope you'll take a moment to join us over at OLCCC.  We would love to see you there!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

April 11, 2015

Inkspirational Challenge - Inspiration Picture

Hello all my fellow cardmakers!  It's that time again, over at Inkspirational, for another challenge!  This time we've got a cool inspiration picture for you.  Check it out...

Isn't it neat?  I love all those fabulous eggs!  I decided that I wanted to make some eggs of my own that looked like that.  Here's my card...

I cut three different sized small ovals for my eggs.  I sponged them in the following colours: Mellow Moss (SU!), Sea Glass (SSS), and Soft Suede (SU!).  Then I splattered them with watered down ink in the following colours: Walnut Stain distress ink, Gray Flannel and Tuxedo Black (Memento).  Then I took some of the watered down black and randomly painted areas with a brush.  I took a white panel and watercoloured Broken China distress ink on it then splattered some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist.  Once dry, I attached my eggs. Then I took some green cardstock and cut strips and glued them around my eggs to mimic grass.  Then I stamped my sentiment (Paper Smooches) in black.  Lastly, I attached my panel to my card base with foam dots.  I just love how the eggs turned out.  So easy to create too.

I hope you'll join us in the cool challenge over at Ink.  Check out the other DT members projects as well.  They are all awesome!  We have a super cool guest designer this challenge too.  Please go visit, Bozena over at Art Card Box, and leave her some love.  :-)

I'd like to link up to the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More -  the challenge is clean and simple.
AAA Cards - use Easter Colours. I don't have all the colours that are in the picture but some are there.

Thanks so much for coming by for a visit and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

April 07, 2015

One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #7

Hey everyone!  Yes, it's that time again for another challenge over at One Layer Christmas Card Challenge!  As usual, it's anything goes but if you want you can use the twist too.  You get entered in for a prize if you do!  What's the twist this time, you may ask?  Well, it's a colour this time.  Blue!

Colour challenges are fun, I think.  There are so many ways to incorporate the colour.  Now I know most of you don't want to think about Christmas or making Christmas cards but just think of having all your cards made ahead of time and no mad rush to get them done and mailed out?  Plus, because you need to make a one layer card, there are no worries about extra postage!  It's a win-win for sure!  Anyway, here's my card and I hope it inspires you to play.

So, I first masked of my rectangular area and sponged Nautical Blue (Memento) ink leaving an area untouched.  Then I stamped my moon and trees stamp (Inkadinkado) in black making sure the moon was in the area where I hadn't sponged any blue.  I stamped a variety of flourish stamps (Inkadinkado) along the top and bottom edges in the Nautical Blue, Grey Flannel, and black (Memento) ink. Then I splattered watered down white acrylic paint to mimic falling snow.  I removed the mask and stamped the flourishes again in the same colours but stamped off once to make them lighter.  I also stamped in Sea Glass (SSS) ink.  Then I stamped the sentiment (Clearly Besotted) in black.  I was inspired to make this card by a card I saw on Pinterest HERE.

Now don't forget to check out the other DT members cards.  They are all amazing, as usual!  :-)

I'd like to link up to the following challenges:

Winter Wonderland - "Let it Snow"
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - one layer card
Addicted to Stamps and More - holiday.
Christmas Card Challenges - colour challenge, polar hues

I'd also like to take a moment for a long over due welcome to some new followers.  A big warm welcome to Sarah Gray of Funky Fossil Designs, Becca Cruger of The Damsel of Distressed Cards, and Carole of Friendlylady.  I'm always so happy to have new followers.  Its always so fun to discover new card artists.  :-)

Well, I hope you all have a lovely day and thanks so much for stopping by!

April 06, 2015

Guest Designer at STAMPlorations

Hey everyone!  I'm a Guest Designer over at STAMPlorations for their sketch challenge #31. I'm always so thrilled to GD there.  The products are awesome, the challenges are incredibly fun, the design team is super inspiring and, Shery, the owner/illustrator, is just fabulous.  :-). (And no, I was not paid to say that!  LOL!)

I hope you'll want  to join in on the fun with this fantastic sketch challenge.  Just take a look...

Awesome, right?  I had so much fun with this sketch.  Now, I didn't place my sentiment exactly where it shows on the sketch but that's okay.  You don't have to follow the sketch exactly.  Here's my card...

So first I die cut my medallion shape from a scrape piece of paper using my new Evolution die cutting machine.  It's by We R Memory Keepers.  What's cool about this machine is you don't need to remember all the different sandwich combinations for the different types of dies.  It has a dial the raises or lowers the platform to the right height. It eliminates all the complicated sandwiches and the need for more than the one or two plates.  It's awesome!  Anyway, once I had my die cut mask I stamped my poppies (STAMPlorations, Bloom Sketches set) in black.  Then using a previously cut out mask of the poppies (I always keep them) I covered them up.  Then I started sponging Soft Suede (SU!) ink all around the edges getting lighter in the middle.  I stamped the script (7 Gypsies) in the same brown ink but stamped off first so it would be subtle.  Then I splattered my heirloom gold Perfect Pearls mist (it's hard to see but you get a better look with the close up picture), and watered down Mellow Moss (SU!) and Walnut Stain (distress) ink.  Once that was dry I removed the masks.  I then coloured my poppies with my Spectrum Noir markers (DG2, DG4, DR5, DR7).  I die cut the birthday from black cardstock and adhered it to the card.  Then I stamped the wishes (part of a sentiment by Clearly Besotted) in black.  I'm quite pleased with how this turned out. Especially, the red poppies.  Red tends to bleed a lot regardless of the paper you use so I was happy I'd managed to control it fairly well.  :-)

I hope you'll take a stab at this fabulous sketch challenge too.  I would love to see you there!  And you really must go take a look at the DT projects.  So amazing!

I'd like to link up to the following challenges:

Spectrum Noir Monthly Challenge - for April it's, use a die cut. STAMPlorations - anything goes challenge
Penny Black and More Challenge - birthday
The Mixed Media Card Challenge - flowers with the option of baskets

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday 

Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you all have an amazing day!

April 02, 2015

I'm Being CASEd at Time Out!

Hey everyone!  It's an exciting April 2nd as I am being CASEd over at Time Out Challenges!  I was asked by the lovely, Sandie, if I would make a card for the team to CASE.  Of course, I said yes!  They are being sponsored by Clearly Besotted stamps this challenge so I used one of my new CB stamps to make my card.  You don't have to use CB stamps to play along but if you got 'em, why not use 'em?!  :-). Take a look...

So, I decided to try something new with this card.  I wanted to try colouring on black cardstock.  I stamped my flower (Clearly Besotted, Winter Blooms set) in white StazOn ink.  (You might wonder why I didn't embossed with white powder then colour.  In a previous experiment, I had discovered that doing this and then colouring with pencil crayons causes the embossing to chip off). Then, using pencil crayons, I coloured it in.  I added some white dots to the centers of the flowers with a gel pen.  I stamped my sentiment (Studio G) and embossed in white.  Lastly, I raised my panel up on foam dots and attached to the card base.  I like the colouring on the black paper but think I may try some chalk/pastel pencils next time to see if I can get the colours a bit brighter.

I hope you will all try to join in on the fun over at a Time Out and especially go check out the amazing projects the DT came up with.  They are all so talented.  :-)

I'd like to link up to the following challenges:

CAS-ology - cue word is Spring.  Nothing says Spring like flowers!
Uniko Studio - anything goes
The Challenge - anything goes

Thanks for visiting with me and I hope you all have a lovely day!