Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mardi Gras Cheers!

Happy Mardi Gras! Let the good times roll! To that end, here's a card with Cocktail Parade, a Rubber Romance stamp available at I Brake for Stamps.


White Copic-friendly cardstock was randomly sponged with Milled Lavender and Antique Linen Distress inks (Ranger). Milled Lavender Distress ink was sponged over the Harlequin stencil (The Crafter's Workshop). Cocktail Parade was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts). Post-it notes were used as a mask to cover the stamped image and background then Antique Linen Distress ink was sponged over the base area to ground the image. Milled Lavender Distress ink was sponged over the hearts portion of the Punchinella Quintet stencil (Joggles). The Cocktail Parade was then colored with Copic markers. White gel pen was added to the reflection area of each cocktail glass.

The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Classic Rectangles Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). All of the patterned paper is from the Antique Library 6x6 pad (Wild Rose Studios). One of the dies from the Fishtail Flags die set (Die-namics) was used to die-cut a polka-dot flag. The Cheers die (Elizabeth Craft Designs) was used to die-cut a relatively solid piece of patterned paper. Some of the edges were sponged with Milled Lavender Distress ink, while other edges were distressed with the Paper Distresser tool (Tonic Studios).

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I Brake for Stamps has a great selection from several different stamp companies and also has their own brand of stamps. Be sure to check out all the great images by Rubber Romance while you're there! Click on my badge below to be whisked over there to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!



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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion Challenges: Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps Challenges: Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations Challenges: Anything Goes
Cut It Up Challenges: Mardi Gras/Masking

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mardi Gras!

I am hosting this week's challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenges. My challenge theme is Mardi Gras! 

Here's what I've got to say about my challenge:
"The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, or gold. Use them or the symbols of Mardi Gras -- Fleurs de Lys, masks, costumes, or music! Let the good time roll!"
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!!! Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!



Ta-Dah with Words on the SidePhineas, and Priscilla were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, the edged with a Black Pitt Artist pen (Faber Castell). They were set aside to cavort while I created a background for them.

Two strips of musical notation patterned paper scraps from the Avignon 6x6 pad (7 Gypsies) were sponged with Golden Glitz Delicata ink (Imagine Crafts), then layered atop a sheet of fleur de lys patterned paper from the same pad. 3mm washi tape (Little B) was used to cover the seams and add additional interest.

Gold, green, and purple glitter paper (American Crafts) was die-cut with one of the dies in the Decorative Borders set (All Occasions) to become Mardi Gras beads. Green glitter paper was die-cut with the clock hands from Retro Mod Clocks die set (Spellbinders) and Celebrate (Die-versions). A purple glitter flower (QuicKutz) was die-cut as well.

Ta-Dah with Words on the SidePhineas, and Priscilla were adhered to the background and the glitter bead necklaces were draped on their hands. The clock hands were positioned in the upper left corner and the flower die-cut was placed over them. The sentiment was added to the lower right. The entire card front was edged with Golden Glitz Delicata ink then adhered to a card.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I Brake for Wolves


While perusing the large selection of stamps at I Brake for Stamps, I came across Large Wolf with Moon and decided that he'd be the perfect image for many different projects, especially those difficult cards for the men in one's life. I should mention that this stamp is also available in a smaller size too.

Large Wolf with Moon was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Craft) and colored with Copics. When it came time to die-cut around the image, I realized that I had messed up the orientation of the stamp and the image was askew. Rather than binning the project, I fussy-cut the image and edged it with a Black Pitt Artist pen (Faber Castell).

I used one of the dies from the Rounded Tag Framelit die set (Sizzix) to die-cut a piece of patterned black paper from the Cartographer 6x6 pad (Prima). The next largest die from the set was used to die-cut star-patterned paper from the Beachside Pint Size Patterns 6x6 pad (lawn fawn). The edges of both die-cuts were lightly distressed and layered atop the remaining black patterned paper. The piece was trimmed and the edges lightly distressed. Large Wolf with Moon was adhered onto the die-cut and the card front was adhered to a kraft card.

I did not add a sentiment yet because the recipient and occasion have yet to be decided.

I Brake for Stamps has a great selection from several different stamp companies and also has their own brand of stamps. Click on my badge below to be whisked over there to check out their fabulous images! Best of all, if you buy something, use this code: SAVE10KATHI for 10% off your purchase.


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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Anything Goes

Monday, February 1, 2016

Two Cats for the Two Challenge!

This week at Stampotique Designers Challenges, we have a special challenge theme of Two celebrating the second anniversary of the Stampotique ATC Swap facilitated by the lovely Nikki Woodward

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!!! Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!

Here's my card with Stampotique's Chessy (Janet Klein) that will accompany the ATC on its journey.


Chessy was stamped twice with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with a Black Multiliner pen. The Chessys took a cat nap together while I created a background for them.

The inspiration for my background is the song, Our HouseGreen patterned paper, from the Penny Lane collection (My Mind's Eye) was die-cut with the dies from the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers die set (Frantic Stamper). The die-cuts were layered, sponged with Forest Moss Distress ink (Ranger), and adhered to blue patterned paper from the same collection, and cut to size. The cut was a bit wonky, so I distressed the edges. Smooth white cardstock was die-cut was with both the Country House die (Memory Box) and the Sunny Sun die (Die-namics). Both die-cuts were colored with Copic markers then adhered to the card front. White textured cardstock was die-cut with the one of the words from the Smile die set (Cherry Lynn Designs) and then adhered. I seem to have lost the dot on the i, so I will add it before sending the card and atc on their long journey.

The Heart String die (Penny Black) was used to die-cut red cardstock. A craft knife was used to free violet/grey Chessy's left paw. The Chessywere adhered to the card front and the Heart String die cut was tucked under their paws. The Chessys' eyes, teeth, and the windows of the house received Several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to add dimension and shine.

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations Challenges: Anything Goes with a Die
Cut it Up Challenges: Love is in the Air
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Anything Goes
Show Us Your Pussies Challenges: Purrything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenges: Ray of Sunshine

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hello!

This week at Stampotique Designers Challenges, we have a special challenge theme of Two celebrating the second anniversary of the Stampotique ATC Swap facilitated by the lovely Nikki Woodward

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!!! Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!

 Here's the card that will accompany an ATC on its voyage. It features Agatha's Parrot (Magda Polakow)



Agatha's Parrot was stamped twice with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a Black Multiliner pen. The parrots were set aside while I worked on a background for them.

A die from the Fishtail Flags die set (Die-namics was used to die-cut patterned paper from the Origins collection (Basic Grey). I'm so sad that they're closing! The flags were then edged with Potting Soil Archival ink (Ranger) and set aside. The image panel was also edged with Potting Soil Archival ink. I used a sticker from the Origins sticker sheet for the vines and die-cut patterned paper with the Hello Friend die (Spellbinders).  Agatha's Parrots were adhered onto the branches and the sentiment die-cut was adhered as well. The image panel was then coated with a layer of Matte Multi Medium (Ranger). When that was dry, several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) were added to Agatha's Parrots' beaks, eyes, and talons to add dimension and shine to them.

The patterned paper, die-cuts, and image panel were layered according to a sketch from Mojo Monday Challenges. A Paper Shaper Leaf punch (EK Success) was used to punch two leaves from one of the big flowers on the Origins Sticker sheet. The leaves were edged with a Copic marker. A flower from the same sticker sheet was adhered over the leaves, then the card front was adhered to an A2 card.

Here's the sketch so you can see how I did!

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Just Us Girls Challenges: Tic, Tac, Toe -- mine  has die-cuts, stamping, and flower(s)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stampendous Haul = Happy Mail!

I was lucky enough to have a few projects appear in Just Steampunk, Volume 7, which came out in November 2015. One of my projects used several of the stamps from the Steampunk cling rubber stamp set by Andy Skinner for Stampendous.

Stampendous has a very generous publication incentive, which you can find HERE on #Stampendous' blog.

Here's a photo of my gorgeous Stampendous Haul!


I wish I could share photos of my projects in Just Steampunk, Volume 7, but I know that this fabulous idea book is available now at AC Moore, Michael's, and at select Barnes and Noble stores.

Stay tuned to my blog to see some projects that use some of my gorgeous haul from Stampendous!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dance!

This song was inspired by a few of David Bowie's songs, but being me, I mistook the "red shoes" in Let's Dance for "red dress". Oh well. At least I remembered that something was red. However, there are a lot of other songs where women wear red dresses, so maybe I was inspired by them. Who really knows?

Here's my card using the dancing woman and the clock/sentiment from The Old and The New Half Sheet (Stampinback) which you can purchase at I Brake for Stamps.



The woman from the The Old and The New set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a Black Multi-liner pen. A touch of blush was added with a pink chalk pencil (Derwent). She was set aside while I created a background for her.

Silver glitter paper (DCWV) was die-cut with the Star Flourish die (Memory Box) and set aside.

The clock/sentiment from The Old and The New set was stamped with Unicorn Hero Hues (Hero Arts) onto music-patterned paper from the DIY Shop 6x6 pad (American Crafts) then heat-set with Polysparkle embossing powder (Ranger).

Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch Distress inks (Ranger) were sponged over the heat embossed music paper. Faded Jeans Distress ink was sponged over the Tornado stencil (Andy Skinner/DecoArt). The card front was edged with Black Soot Distress ink.

The glittery die-cut was adhered, then the dancer from the The Old and The New set was adhered on the die-cut. The card front was adhered to a white card and I called it done.

I Brake for Stamps has a great selection of Stampinback Stamps stamps. Click on my badge below to be whisked over there to check out their fabulous images! Best of all, if you buy something, use this code: SAVE10KATHI for 10% off your purchase.


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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Glitter and Sparkle Challenges: Say It With Music
Stampinback Challenge Blog: A Wish
Stamping Sensations Challenges: Anything Goes with a Stamp and a Die
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: T is for Technique
Crafty Cats Challenges: Girls Just Want to Have Fun