Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Put a Bug On It (or a spider)!

This week's Stampotique Designer's Challenges (#257) is "Put a Bug On it".

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!




You might have guessed that this card was inspired by the Little Miss Muffet nursery rhyme. My version stars Little Miss Zombie with the tuffet replaced by a bench and no curds/whey. Should have substituted a bowl of brains?

It should also be noted that my spider, Mr. Stripes, is an arachnid, not an insect. So there.

Skull MoonLolaSit Down, and Mr. Stripes were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, edged with a black pen, then set aside while a background was created for them.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was sponged with a wash of Pthalo Blue and Dioxazine Purple Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) . When the paint was dry, Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged over the grass on Carnival stencil (Fairytale Creations) and over the Batground Layering stencil (Stampers Anonymous).

A scrap of Mixed Media cardstock was die-cut with both Grassy Edges dies (Die-namics). The grass was then painted with Pthalo Green Yellow, Pthalo Green Blue, and Green Gold MFA paints. Another scrap of Mixed Media cardstock was die-cut twice with the Woodland Branch die (Memory Box) and the Branch die (Savvy Stamps). All three branches were colored with Copic markers.

The painted Grassy Edges die-cuts and the branch die-cuts were adhered to the painted background with Media Matte Medium (DecoArt), which was then used to adhere Skull MoonLolaSit Down, and Mr. Stripes. I realized after the fact, that I should have left each layer to dry a bit longer before adding the next element, but I suppose that I was either "in the zone" or impatient. Probably both. However, I was fortunate that the little white bits look rather like stars, so it's all good. Happy accidents and all don'tchaknow.

When the piece was dry, I added Garnet, Lipstick Red, Red, and Lemon Yellow Spica Glitter pen to the Skull Moon's and Lola's cat's eye. Purple Spica Glitter pen was added to Mr. Stripes eyes. Several layers of Clear Glaze Gel pen were added to the button eyes on both Lola and her cat's eyes, Skull Moon's eye and teeth to give them all a dimensional glossy look.

My last step was to edge the image panel with Jet Black Archival ink and adhere it to a black card.

Looking at it now, I do wish that I had put Lola on the right side and Mr. Stripes on the left of the Sit Down bench. Oh well.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps Challenges: Trees, Leaves, Branches
Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenges: Anything Goes
Stamps and Stencils Challenges: The Colors of Autumn

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Just a Thank You Gnote


It's always good to have some Thank You cards on hand, so I decided to make a Thank You Gnote featuring the largest Gnome from the Gnome Sheet (I Brake for Stamps). This fabulous large gnome is one of NINE (9) gnomes and a mess of mushrooms on that sheet. It's a Gnoteworthy bargain indeed.

The Large Gnome was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), fussy-cut, colored with Copic markers, and edged with a black marker. He was set aside while I pulled together a nice background for him.

I vaguely remembered that I had some very leaf patterned paper that would work well with the way I colored the Large Gnome! Better yet, I even found it buried deep in a file of 12x12 patterned papers. I should mention that one can amass quite the patterned paper collection after 16+ years of paper crafting, especially if one had to buy multiples of certain patterns because one was afraid she might run out. It's a sickness, kinda like referring to oneself in the third person.

Anyway, I found the leaf patterned paper and a nice plaid that coordinated with it. They were cut to size and the brown-based patterned papers were edged with Gathered Twig Distress ink (Ranger) and the plaid was edged with Evergreen Bough Distress ink.

Brown cardstock was die-cut with the Just a Note die (All Occasion) and the Small Alphabet Font dies (All Occasion).

The patterned paper was layered, the sentiment was added, and the Large Gnome was adhered. The card front was then adhered to a brown A2 card.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

'tis the season

It was actually cool this morning and I've noticed that the leaves are beginning to change color. This means that 'tis the season to get spooky, wicked, and celebrate haunted things.



Rock Star Eyes Alex was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with a black pen. She was set aside while I created a background for her.

I found a piece of patterned paper that featured a spooky forest scene in mostly greyscale, cut it to size, then sponged Victorian Velvet, Hickory Smoke, and Black Soot Distress inks (Ranger) around the edges. Picket Fence Distress ink was sponged over the Mini Crossbones Layering Stencil. Victorian Velvet Distress ink was sponged over the Mini Flourish Layering Stencil and the words "spooky", "wicked", and "haunted" from the Mini Halloween Layering Stencils. Black Soot Distress ink was sponged over the Mini Batground Layering Stencil. The piece was edged again with Black Soot Distress ink and road-patterned washi tape was added.

The colored and fussy-cut Rock Star Eyes Alex image was adhered to the stenciled inked patterned paper panel, matted on a piece of matching patterned paper, then adhered to a black A2 card. A "'tis the season" sticker, from the Seasonal Chitchat sticker collection.

I Brake for Stamps has a wonderful selection of Carmen Medlin Designs stamps  and a plethora of other great rubber stamps. You should check 'em all out. Tell them I sent you! Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps 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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Friday, September 9, 2016

Imagine!

Here's a whimsical, slightly spooky card, featuring  Elf Silhouette (Stampinback)  that is available at I Brake for Stamps.


I wish you could see this one in person as the photo doesn't show the shimmer of the card. Here's how I created it!

Paris Dusk, Sky Blue, and Shell Pink Memento inks (Imagine Crafts) were sponged and blended over shimmery white cardstock.

Shadow Grey Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged over the Mini Wildflower Layering stencil (Stampers Anonymous). Blue Violet Archival ink was sponged over the Tornado stencil (Andy Skinner/DecoArt). Shadow Grey Archival ink was sponged over the grass portion of the Carnival stencil (Fairytale Creations). Jet Black Archival ink was sponged over "Imagine" from the Mini Inspired stencil (The Crafter's Workshop).

Finally Elf Silhouette was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink. Yellow and Orange Sharpie pens were used to add a bit of a gleam to the eye. The image panel was edged with Jet Black Archival ink, then adhered to the card front.

I Brake for Stamps has a large selection of Stampinback stamps and a plethora of other great rubber stamps. You should check 'em all out. Tell them I sent you! Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps 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!



Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Stampotique Mail Art, V2.0

This week's Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Mail Art".  Here's a blurb about the theme.

"Let's make some Mail Art this week. Make something you can actually mail, whether it be an envelope, ATC, pocket letter, or postcard."

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!



Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged over the ruler from the Made To Measure stencil (DecoArt/Andy Skinner). It was then sponged with Shadow Grey Archival ink, then covered with Post-It notes to mask it.

Old Timey FrogCamperand Smiling Sun were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto an A2 white envelope and onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins). The images on the envelope were colored with Copic markers. A touch of Clear Spica Glitter pen (Copic) was added to the Camper's windows. I made a coloring mistake, can you find it? Silver gel pen was used to add the chain from the Penny Farthing bicycle to the camper.

The Eclipse Tape versions were fussy-cut, then placed over their counterparts on the envelope. The cloudy sky was created with Sky Blue Archival ink and an old clouds stencil (Fairytale Creations).

The masks were lifted, the envelope was filled with an ATC, a card, and some goodies. It was then addressed, stamped, and mailed!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter my envelope into the following challenges:

Stampotique Mail Art!

This week's Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Mail Art".  Here's a blurb about the theme.

"Let's make some Mail Art this week. Make something you can actually mail, whether it be an envelope, ATC, pocket letter, or postcard."

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!



JulepSmiling Sun, and Folded Tags were stamped onto a 5"x7" envelope with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts). They were colored with Copic markers, which were also used to add the dotty background. I had been concerned about the markers bleeding through to the back of the envelope, but I solved that by placing a piece of scrap cardstock inside the envelope. ''

I stuffed the envelope with a card, atc, and some goodies. Postage stamps were adhered and the envelope was ready to mail! Yay!

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Believe in the Magic!

The summer is winding down. Autumn approaches. Supermarkets and craft stores have put out their candy and changed their displays. It's almost time for the most magical time of the year and I'm getting into the spirit.

Here's a card featuring my new Vanna Vampire (Rick St. Dennis/I Brake for Stamps) rubber stamp. 


Vanna Vampire is available as a single rubber stamp or as the Randi Dandi Halloween Rubber Stamp Sheet #1 that includes four fabulous Halloween images. Personally I think you should opt for the sheet. It's more economical in the long run. I should also mention that there are lots of Rick St. Dennis rubber stamps available at I Brake for Stamps.

Vanna Vampire was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. When I was done, I sponged Milled Lavender Distress ink (Ranger) around the image, then sponged the same ink over the Starry Nights stencil.

White Shimmer Delicata ink (Imagine Crafts) was sponged over the Starry Nights stencil onto a blue-grey cardstock panel and onto a card created from the same cardstock. The smaller panel was edged with the White Shimmer Delicata ink. The image panel was matted with the small grey panel, which was adhered to the card front. A sentiment from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs (Idea-ology) was added to finish the card.

I Brake for Stamps has a large selection of Rick St. Dennis rubber stamps and a plethora of other great rubber stamps. You should check 'em all out. Tell them I sent you! Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps 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!



Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges!