Friday, February 27, 2015

Outlawz Coloring Challenge: Anything Goes

This week's challenge at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is an Anything Goes Challenge with an optional Christmas/Holiday twist. My Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teammates, Carla, Penny, Laine, and I, challenge you to use create a project for this challenge. You can use any color medium you like, just as long as you color! 

Our February sponsor at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Sweet Pea Stamps, who is offering our lucky winner four digis of his/her choice from the Sweet Pea Digi Stamp Store.  Play along with us for your chance to win!

Here's my card for this week with Sweet Pea/Charmaine Flannery's Dragon Keeper!



I have the flu, courtesy of my dh's co-worker who came to work sick because she didn't want to give up vacation time. Now my whole family is sick. The flu is making my brain tired, so I opted to to use a sketch from PaperTake Weekly for the card. I also used cool colors, which makes my card a two-fer.

Dragon Keeper was resized in PhotoElements, printed out onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer, and colored with Copic markers. Chalk pencil was used to add a bit of blush to her cheeks. The patterned papers are very old papers from The Memory Box and were layered according to the sketch. 

Here's the sketch, which I flipped.

This is a really short post from me because I still feel dreadful. I sure hope you're feeling okay!

Thanks for visiting today! 

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Take Your Pick (I picked the sketch and the cool colors.)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenges: Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenges: Anything Goes 
Through The Purple Haze: Anything Goes

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Porthole View!

When I first saw SCACD's new Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair, project ideas immediately started percolating in my mind.

I recently was poking around in the basement at my father-in-law's house and found a gorgeous old illustrated edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1933). The binding is a bit too delicate to hold up to the rigors of scanning, so I did a google search and found it as a free e-book from Project Gutenberg! I will be using the text from the book with these Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair in another project in the future, but since I had a need to do something now, I came up with this card.


The Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, and fussy-cut. The rivets and screws on the turtles' shells were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add dimension and shine. Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair were set aside while I created the rest of the card.

Silver metallic cardstock was cut to 5 3/8" x 8 3/8", then a ringed circle was die-cut from it using one of the dies from the Nesting Rings die set (Lifestyle Crafts).  This panel took two rides through my Big Kick inside a Riveted Metallic Texture Fades Embossing Folder (Sizzix). A transparency was adhered behind the aperture and the panel was set aside.

A sheet of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was sponged with Primary Cyan, Cobalt Teal Hue, and Cobalt Turquoise Hue Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) and heat set. Pthalo Green-Yellow MFA paint was sponged over the Kelp Forest stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), then heat set. 

Greenish-silvery metallic specialty cardstock (FiberMark) was die-cut with the Steampunk Corner die (Memory Box).  Different textured greenish-silvery metallic cardstock (FiberMark) was die-cut with the MiniGears die (Memory Box).

The Steampunk Corner die was adhered to the painted cardstock and the MiniGears die were adhered atop them. The Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair was added to the scene, then a few very old clear RainDots epoxy stickers were added here and there to look like air bubbles. A few RainDots were also adhered the transparency on the side that would be placed against the painted image panel.

The metallic silver panel was adhered over the image panel using dimensional foam tape, then adhered to a blue card.

I did not add a sentiment because I'm not sure who will get the card and for what occasion. I would imagine that "Sea You Soon" or the ilk will work well with it. I also didn't add some details to Riveted Metal panel and to the ocean scene. Can you guess what they'd be?

I should mention that you can buy the Sea Turtles Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair separately and that they are part of SCACD's larger Eclectic Collection #2 (a combo of six Steampunk and ethereal stamps).

Thanks for visiting today! 

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges: Unfinished Steampunk 
Crafting for all Seasons Challenges: Dies or Punches
Scrapy Land Challenges: Splash (Sprays and Paints) and Dies
Our Creative Corner Challenges: Tic, Tac, Toe -- Die-Cuts, Stamp, Embossing Folders! 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenges: Anything Goes 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sunshine and Warmth!

Kaz is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Bring Me Sunshine".

This is what she had to say about her challenge.

"It's cold in the UK and I can't wait for it to warm up. Show me something sunny to hopefully encourage the sun to come out."
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!! 

Here's my card with Stampotique's NY, NY (Janet Klein).


It's been way too freakin' cold for me here in New Jersey, so I was definitely into this challenge. NY, NY was stamped with Delicata Golden Glitz Metallic ink onto Neenah cardstock. Clear Detail embossing powder was sprinkled over the ink, the excess powder was dumped off, and the powder was heat set.  NY, NY was then colored with Copic markers in golden tones, fussy-cut,  edged with a Y26  Copic marker, and set aside while I created a background for it.

White metallic cardstock (Recollections) was sponged with Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink and heat set. When it was dry, Scattered Straw Distress ink was sponged over the Rays Layered Stencil. The stencil was moved slightly and Dandelion Memento ink was sponged over the stencil again. The ink was heat set. FYI, when white metallic cardstock is colored with inks, it gets all shimmery!

A hole was punched in a piece of scrap cardstock and Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink was sponged through the circle at the top of the panel.

The stamped, colored , fussy-cut, and edged NY, NY was adhered to the stenciled card front and the card front's edges were sponged with Delicata Golden Glitz Metallic ink, dragged through Clear Detail embossing powder, and heat set. 

Off-white alphabet rub-ons, from my dwindling supply, were added to a strip of yellow vellum,  run through my Xyron X machine, then adhered to the card front. The card front was matted, then adhered to a card.

Thanks for visiting today.  

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges: No Rules
Get Creative Challenges: Embossing
Artistic Inspirations Challenges: Anything Goes with a Twist of Sunshine
Everybody Art Challenges: Monochrome 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SCACD New Release Blog Hop!

Today SCACD celebrates two recently released NEW exclusive rubber stamp sets. They are the Brave Hearts Collection (a group of four empowered gals) and Eclectic Collection #2 (a combo of six Steampunk and ethereal stamps).  SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and Susana collaborated on the images. If you buy the entire Eclectic #2 collection, you get four FREE date stamp words.

Both new sets are available for purchase in the USA HERE!

Our International Friends can purchase SCACD rubber stamps at Quixotic Paperie!

SCACD's Digital images can be found HERE for both USA and International purchasers.

SCACD's design team and some talented guests are delighted to showcase these new stamps today! You should have arrived here from Jeanne's blog, where she likely amazed you with a fabulous project.

Here's my card with You-Nique from the Brave Hearts Collection.


You-Nique was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. Polychromos pencils were used to add some detail to her hair. Clear Stardust Gelly Roll Glitter pen was used to add some sparkle to the pom-pom on her hat. The hat monster's eyes were coated with Liquid Glass (DecoArt's Media line) to add glassy dimension and shine. You-Nique spent the night in a drawer so I would not be tempted to touch and mar the Liquid Glass.

The next morning You-Nique took a ride through my Big Shot in a die from the Card Creator 5x7 die set (Spellbinders). Patterned paper from a 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye was die-cut and layered. The sentiment that comes with You-Nique was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink, die-cut with a Spellbinder's die, kept in the die, then airbrushed with a RV52 Copic marker. Ribbon was used to attach the sentiment to the card.

Your next stop on the hop is Dianne's blog. If you are lost, then head back to the SCACD Store Blog  for the hop list.

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Color Palette Challenge!

This week's challenge at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is a color palette challenge. My Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teammates, Carla, Penny,  Laine, and I challenge you to use these colors on your project. Our February sponsor at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Sweet Pea Stamps, who is offering our lucky winner four digis of his/her choice from the Sweet Pea Digi Stamp Store.  Play along with us for your chance to win!

Here's the palette from Design Seeds



Runaway Ruby was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen was used to add dimension and shine to the skulls.

The patterned paper is from the Maritime 7 Gypsies 6x6 pad. Teal cardstock was die-cut with one of the two dies included in SCACD's Classic Corner die set. The border was die-cut as well, but being a me of little brain,  I can't recall who makes that gorgeous intricate border. Oh well.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore Challenges: Use a Stamp or Digi
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenges: ATG with a Twist: Dies
Left of Center Creative Challenges: Use your Dies

Friday, February 20, 2015

Stampotique New Release Blog Hop!

Today we are so excited about the new release for Stampotique Originals!!!  We've been keeping it under wraps for weeks now, but know that some of you got a sneak at one of our new stamp artists.  

Stampotique is thrilled to add to the line-up the designs one of our former team members and popular mixed media artist, Kate Crane (is that squealing we hear amongst you?).  We know you all won't be disappointed with the line-up of stamps from all our artists this go around.

Are you ready to see some wonderful artwork showcasing some of the new stamps?  There are 50+ new ones being released this time around, so plenty for everyone to choose from (or choose them all).

Hop along with the design team and two special guest bloggers leaving comments along the way.  We will choose three random winners from three selected blogs along the way to win some goodies.

We will choose our winners with our next challenge on February 25th.
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You should have arrived here from Corrie Herriman's blog, where you likely saw something totally amazing. 

I was so excited by this new release that I made two cards!

The first card, with the wonderful  Flower Truck (Janet Klein), was created because I'm tired of the blah drabness of winter and am eager for spring and its flowers to arrive!


The Flower Truck was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. Flower Truck was also stamped onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins), which was fussy cut, and placed over the truck as a mask. Repositionable Scotch Tape was used to mask the base of the card. 

I try to keep the cut Eclipse Tape masks, so I was able to find
some cloud Eclipse Tape masks which were positioned over the sky.

The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). The panel was left in the die and the image panel was airbrushed with Copic markers.

A craft knife was used to cut around the two bottom tires and road-patterned washi tape was added.

The patterned papers are from the very old and hoarded Domestic Goddess collection by Graphic 45. Three red gemstones were added to complete the card.

Here's my second card with Skiddy, Penelope, The Hat Cube, and The Dog Cube. All of these images are by Daniel Torrente.


All the images were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut either with scissors or a craft knife, and edged with black marker.

The patterned paper is quite old and is from a 6x6 pad by BoBunny. It was sponged with Summer Sky Memento ink. The bottom is gear-patterned washi tape and was topped with a second layer of washi tape. 

Textured silver cardstock was die-cut with the MiniGears die by Memory Box. The edges of the card front were sponged with Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, and Black Soot Distress inks. 

Thanks for visiting today. Your next stop on the hop is Samantha Read's blog, where she will wow you with her fabulous artwork.

If you get lost anywhere along the way you can go to the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog to find your way.

Here's the complete roster! 

Hope you enjoy all the design team creations, 
we can't wait to hear what your favorite new stamps are!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy, happy, UNbirthday to you!

France Papillon is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Happy Unbirthday!"

This is what she had to say about her challenge.
"We often expect cards on our birthday. How about surprising someone with an unbirthday card? With or without Alice in Wonderland inspiration, make a happy unbirthday card!"
 If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!! 

Here's my card with Stampotique's Rabbit (Janet Klein) and Skull Cupcake (Arwen McCullen).

Rabbit was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with black marker.  Rabbit's eyes were coated with Liquid Glass (DecoArt's Media line) to add glassy dimension and shine. Rabbit spent the night in a drawer so I would not be tempted to touch the Liquid Glass.

Meanwhile, I stamped Skull Cupcake twice onto Neenah cardstock and twice onto patterned paper from Basic Grey's Life of the Party 6x6 pad. The frosting part of the Skull Cupcake was colored with Copic markers, fussy cut, and edged with black marker. The skulls were touched with Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add dimension and shine. White Gelly Glaze pen was used on the bones to add bony white dimension. The paper cup part of the Skull Cupcake was sparingly colored with grey marker, fussy cut, edged with black marker, then adhered to their frosted cupcake counterparts.

Gold metallic cardstock was die-cut twice with my Alterations Pocket Watch die (Sizzix), once with the Circle Mover and Shaper Alterations die and once without it. Gold metallic cardstock was also used to die-cut the Clock and Gears die (Elizabeth Craft Designs) and the Braid Border set (Dee's Distinctively Dies). A circle was die-cut from a piece of text-patterned paper from an Antique 6x6 pad by Basic Grey.  A piece of patterned paper from the Life of the Party 6x6 pad (Basic Grey) was die-cut with a Pennant Border die (Taylored Expressions). Black metallic cardstock was die-cut with a "Happy Birthday" sentiment die (Elizabeth Craft Designs). Yellow patterned paper from the
Life of the Party 6x6 pad was die-cut with the Alphabet Typewriter LC die (Impression Obsession).

The text circle was adhered to the gold metallic cardstock Pocket Watch base. I grabbed an ancient acrylic clock face (Heidi Swapp) and layered it over the text. The watch-hands from the Clock and Gears dies adhered in place, then the other part of the Pocket Watch Alterations die-cut was set in place. Rabbit was adhered to the Pocket Watch.

Patterned paper, from the Life of the Party 6x6 pad (Basic Grey), was layered and sponged with Faded Denim Distress ink to form the card front. 

The Rabbit-adorned Pocket Watch die was adhered to the card front. The Pennants die-cut was also sponged with Faded Denim Distress ink, then adhered to the top of the card. One of the chains from the Braid Border set was threaded through the watch fob and adhered to the card. The card front was adhered to a 5" x 7" card and I called it done! 

Retrospectively, it's a bit of an odd card, due to the combination of the Rabbit and the Skull Cupcake. It certainly is very busy, but I think it works.  Maybe.

Thanks for visiting today! 

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenges: Anything Goes with a Twist/Use a Die
Creative Card Crew Challenges: Birthday with a Sentiment