Monday, April 23, 2018

CDD April Mood Board 2

I'm over on the Craftin Desert Divas blog today sharing a stencil technique.  In this case I've used two stencils--one sponged with ink, the other overlaid on top in clear paste. Check it out for more details!

Also, You have a few days left to participate in the CDD Moodboard Challenge.  I was inspired by the sunny yellows in the lower left and the stripes on the cupcake liners in the upper right. Plus, the whole board is sweet as honey!  You can join the event and post there to play along or you can tag #cddmonthly. I hope to see you there!

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Bee Cakery (sentiment), Sweet as HoneyStitched In Circle DiesHearts Galore StencilSorted Shapes  1 StencilLadybug SequinsDoodlebug Official Stripe Washi TapeDistress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade, Distress Ink Mustard Seed, VersaFine Onyx BlackMemento Tuxedo BlackRanger Multi Medium Matte, Copics

Saturday, April 21, 2018

SOSS #108 - X is for Xyloid

Did you have to look up "xyloid?" I sure as heck did. I'll save you the trouble:

"resembling wood : having the qualities or nature of wood"

Oh. That's simple. Who knew, right? So bring on your xyloid for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #108! I promise I won't peek . . . much.

For my card I masked the base then used Distress Oxides to create a gradation.  The spatters, especially in the trees, reminds me of dappled leaves.  Next I diecut the trees and sponged them lightly with Vintage Photo. I think it just looks dirty in the pic but better in real life. I left some of the diecut in place and taped it on the back so it wouldn't fall out later before stamping the sentiment. Oh, the girl was masked too as I did the background. It did take some fiddling to figure out where to place her relative to the trees to get the most creep. LOL

The Details:  Love Cynthia Peek a Boo!, CZ Designs Simple Sentiments 1, MFT You Make My Day, Gina Marie Designs Tree Frame die, Craftin' Desert Divas Scene Builders Die (leaves), Distress Oxides, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CDD April Release Recap 3

Actually, maybe the CDD April Twinkle, Twinkle set is my favorite of the bunch. So hard to choose!  Here I've done a Brushos background for the planet and used the silver mirror board circle leftover from this card for the moon as well as a sprinkling of the leftover stars. Talk about stretching my dies!

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Twinkle, Twinkle, Star and Moon Dies, Shake It Up Dies, VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Brushos, Copics, Copic Opaque White

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CDD April Release Recap 2

Go on, girl!  Shake that hair!  I love the stars and confetti flying from the CDD April High Heels girl's hair dryer. So so cute! I've used gold embossing paste on the stencil but found it impossible to take a picture that showcases the gold. Trust me. It's lovely and ever so blingy!

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas High Heels, Star Galaxy Stencil, Shimmer Sequins, Bubblegum Sequins, VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Dreamweaver Metallic Gold Embossing Paste

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CDD April Release Recap

Another inspiration card for you for the CDD April release. Look for Stars is my favorite stamp set this round.  How about you?

I first sponged the Cloudy Sky Stencil using Distress Oxides then layered the town and tree layers for visual depth. I love it when the moon is so full it's like you're standing on it so I kept that in mind. That little napping bear is sooooooo cute. The whole card is soothing to me and makes me ready for my own nap!

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Look for Stars, Cloudy Sky Stencil, Play Time (sentiment), Fall Border Dies, Scenery Dies, VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxides, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Copics

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Cards in Envy Birthday

We can never have enough birthday cards on hand so I was so happy that our Cards in Envy challenge this time is all about the birthdays! I just want to squeeze that chubby whatever-it-is death.  Bear? Cat? The legendary catbear?

The Details:  Brutus Monroe Birthday Bear, Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, MFT Black and White Stripes 6x6 paper, Zigs, Stamplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies

Naughty or Nice #50 - Anything Goes Reminder

My nice card for the very last Naughty or Nice Challenge #50 Anything Goes. Help us celebrate a great run by joining along!

This one is really simply done with a diecut that I colored with Copics on top of that fab embossed background.  I love how distressed it is (duh, Tim Holtz). The hummingbird is also colored with Copics.  I embossed the sentiment white on black for some oomph and balance to the card. My partners says this is a card he would pick at a card shop--yes, he is old. LOL

The Details:  Pretty Pink Posh Hummingbird Thanks, MFT Bitty Bears (sentiment), Memory Box English Rose Bouquet, Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Folder, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Versamark, Ranger Detail Fine White Embossing Powder

Friday, April 13, 2018

CDD April Release Day 5


We're on the last day of the CDD April release which is sad but also great because the products are available today in the shop.  Woo hoo! Here I've done something a bit different by leaving the cutie from High Heels uncolored so that she really pops against that bold background. I inked her up in VersaFine Onyx Black to make the lines a really bold black. The sentiment is the new Hello Beautiful Dies stacked to create a shadow.  I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the sentiment as well as to the dots on the flowers for some shiny interest.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

I'm Crushing Your Head

I couldn't resist creating a snarky card using my new MFT Rain or Shine set along with some classics.  Any Kids in the Hall fans out there?  "I'm crushing your head!"  LOL. My current plan is to use this as a graduation card at the end of the summer when one of our students will be graduating.

This is a better example of how I created the cloud background with the base layer of a blue Distress Oxide then using the cloud stencil with more Oxide blues. I love the effect. I used the Spring Scene Builder dies because they're scaled smaller than the girl so she looks Gullivarian compared to the trees and road. That poor little Lilliputian.  LOL

While I'm at it, don't forget about the current Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #107 Umbrella challenge.  As always, snark is optional!

I'm entering this in Time Out #107 Spring without One Layer Twist, Addicted to Stamps and More #287 Make Your Mark, Watercooler Wednesday #165 All About Occasions

The Details:  MFT Rain or Shine, Soda Pop, Mini Cloud Stencil and Spring Scene Builder dies, Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti, Lawn Fawn Spring Perfectly Plaid 6x6 paper, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Copics, Distress Oxides

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

CDD April Release Day 3

We're mid-way through the CDD April Release and I'm loving every minute of it!  Remember how I talked about the versatility of the Star and Moon die the other day? This time I cut out the entire die so the cute bunny could swing from it. O. M. G. So cute!  The background uses the new Cloudy Sky stencil and Distress Oxide.  I love the combo of pink and gray, even using gray for the sentiment.

I just realized this totally works for the CDD April Mood Board Challenge too!  Join our Gallery or tag #cddmonthly to play along!

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Look for Stars, Twinkle Twinkle (sentiment), Star and Moon Die, and Cloudy Sky stencil, Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Morning Mist, Recollections Silver Mirror Board, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Copics

Monday, April 9, 2018

CDD April Release Day 1

I'm over on the Craftin Desert Divas blog today sharing a card for the April Social Media Moodboard Challenge (join our Gallery or tag #cddmonthly to play along) using the upcoming release goodies, Twinkle Twinkle, Star and Moon Die, and the Star Galaxy Stencil

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Twinkle Twinkle, Star and Moon Die, Star Galaxy Stencil, VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Recollections Silver Mirror Board, Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean and Shaded Lilac

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Brighter Days

Took a moment to play with my new goodies today!

To create the clouds I first masked the card base then brushed on a base layer of Distress Oxide Salty Ocean. Then I stenciled the clouds by using Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans before spattering with a touch of water.  Once that was dry, I stenciled the sun rays.

I wanted lots of yellow so decided to paper-piece the umbrella with a fun dotty paper; I did create some shading with Copics on it. Next I colored up rest of the image along with a couple of adorable ducks. Soooo cute! I added a diecut strip of grass but left it white for simplicity.

I'm entering this in MFT Sketch #379, Inkspirational 158 Rain, Addicted to Stamps and More #286 Anything Goes

The Details:  MFT Rain or Shine, Puddle Jumper, Mini Cloud Stencil, and Radiating Rays, Distress Oxides, Doodlebug Springtime 6x6 Paper, Copics, Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die

Saturday, April 7, 2018

SOSS #107 - U is for Umbrella

Time for the new the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #107 - Umbrella! Again, your card doesn't have to be snarky but it must feature an umbrella which is perfect for this time of year up in these parts. Actually it's pretty much needed year-round in the PNW!

I have been wanting to use this umbrella stencil for ages and the sentiment for even longer. I brushed various Distress Oxides to create a rainbow then spattered it with water.  While that was drying I colored up the Brutus Monroe Be Unique Bunny which I adore. The cut the ME cloud then stamped the R and Co sentiment before trimming it down to suit. A few more raindrop sequin sprinkles and done!

I’m entering this in Inkspirational #158 Rain Photo, Addicted to Stamps and More #286 Anything Goes, Tuesday Throwdown #386 Rainbow Colors

The Details:  Brutus Monroe Be Unique, Riley and Co sentiment, Distress Oxides, Mama Elephant Landscape Trio Dies, Copics, Stampendous Dreamweaver Lynell Harlow Brass Stencil, Ranger Glossy Accents and Multi Medium Matte

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sudsational Twofer

I've made two cards using new stuffs--woo hoo!  I love these bubble bunnies (bubble butt, bubble but, something something something--LOL).  Each features a sponged Distress Oxide background, easily one of my favorite ways to create a focal point, and a frame. I flipped the PPP frame die for each and played around with bunny placement.  The second card is my favorite. Soooo cute!

I'm entering this in AAA Cards #112 Favorite Technique, Mod Squad Simply CleanAddicted to Stamps and More #286 Anything Goes

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Birthday, SIP #144 BirthdayWatercooler Wednesday #164 Feminine Anything Goes

The Details:  MFT Bubble Over the Joy, Pretty Pink Posh Mini Storybook 1 and Clear Sequins, Distress Oxide Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean, Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

With Sympathy

I've had a need for sympathy cards at the office recently and had run out so worked up this one last night when a coworkers grandmother passed away, expectedly but not.

I CASEd myself. I'm glad I had that post to refer back to.  Getting the sun and sky to my satisfaction took some reminders about soft sponging.

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes, The Male Room #82 Watercolors

The Details:  Sheena Sheltering Tree, Stampin' Up Wonderland and Rose Wonder, Inkadinkado Little Pine Trees, Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Oxides and Inks

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Cards in Envy Get Negative!

Another Cards in Envy Challenge for you--let's get negative!  That is, use the negative space created by a diecut.  For my card I used a circle die to create an aperture behind the basket for a shaker. Super easy and fun! I love that the shaker circle complements the circles found in the flowers. My sense of symmetry is complete.  Ohmmmmmmm.

The Details:  MFT Bitty Bears (sentiment) and Pierced Circle Die, Craftin Desert Divas Flower Border Die, Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio, Doodlebug Designs Black/White Washi, Stampendous Multi Crystal Glitter Mix, Recollections Tiny Heart Sequins, Darcie Cloud Embossing Folder, Marianne Designs Bicycle Die, Savvy Grass Die

Naughty or Nice #50 - Anything Goes

Lordy lord, I am so feeling this today but at least it's not quite yet Monday! I do hope you'll join in the current and, unfortunately, last Naughty or Nice Challenge #50 Anything Goes where you can choose any of the past challenges to be inspired by. I've enjoyed playing along with this challenge myself and am so happy I was able to guest design.  Thanks again, ladies!

The Details: Tim Holtz Hipster, Brutus Monroe Witch, Please, Hero Arts Cloud and Raindrop Fancy Die, Doodlebug Lily White Glitter, Scor-Tape, Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Ranger Detail Fine White Embossing Powder, Zigs, Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets, Ranger Glossy Accents