Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Happy Birthday Wish

Tah Dah! I made another card for Corrie Herriman's challenge this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenges. Her challenge is "Masculine Projects". Here's what she had to say about her challenge.
"I really struggle with cards for men. So this week I would like to see what you make when you need a masculine card. "
I've been doing two cards for April's Stampotique Designer's Challenges because I'm the featured designer this month. If you want to find out some scintillating facts about me, click on over to the challenge blog, which you should do if you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps or if you'd like to play along with this challenge. Be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!!



Titan Buff Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paint (DecoArt) was scraped onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock with a credit card. A touch of Burnt Sienna (MFA) paint was also scraped onto the cardstock, then immediately wiped back with a baby wipe. Cobalt Teal Hue MFA paint was scraped over my Old Ledger Stencils for Art (Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous). I hated how it looked, so I tried to wipe it back. When that didn't work, I added a touch of Titan Buff MFA paint to White Media Gesso (Deco Art)  and scraped that over top, which served to cover the icky bits and to add a touch of texture to the background. This was then heat set.

The Vintage Date Stamp was stamped onto the painted background with Onyx Black VersaFine ink (Imagine Crafts), heat embossed with Clear Detail Embossing Powder (Ranger), and painted with Burnt Sienna, Metallic Silver, Quinacridone Red, Payne's Grey, and Quinacridone Gold MFA paints. I'm not so good at painting small images. 

The Vintage Date Stamp was also stamped onto a Post-It note and cut out to serve as a mask.  The ruler portion of the Made to Measure stencil (Andy Skinner) was placed over the piece and Garden Patina Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged over top. The Old Ledger stencil was positioned and Aquamarine Archival ink was sponged over it. The Barcode was stamped below the stenciled ruler with Watering Can Archival ink. Handle with Care was stamped below the Barcode with Garden Patina Archival ink.

French Journal Page was randomly stamped with Aquamarine Archival ink. The Barcode was stamped two more times on the top portion of the card. The numbers from the Made to Measure stencil were sponged with Garden Patina ink. 


An Adage Ticket (Idea-ology) was crumpled a bit, its edges were distressed, and it was sponged with Sepia Archival ink. Happy Birthday was stamped onto the ticket with Garden Patina Archival ink.

The edges of the card front were distressed with a pair of scissors, then sponged with a combination of Sepia and Garden Patina Archival inks. The ticket sentiment was stapled to the upper left corner of the card front and an additional staple was added to a tear along the right hand side. The card front was adhered to an A2 Kraft card and I called it done!

Thanks for visiting and reading all this!

Purple Rain

Corrie Herriman is the hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenges. Her challenge is "Masculine Projects". Here's what she had to say about her challenge.
"I really struggle with cards for men. So this week I would like to see what you make when you need a masculine 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!!! Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!

Here's my card for the challenge. It features Angelboy (Daniel Torrente) and Raindrops (Magda Polakow).  I'd imagine you can guess my inspiration.


Angelboy was stamped with Angel Pink Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), fussy-cut, colored with Copic markers, and edged with a black pen. Gold gel pen was used to go over his halo. Angelboy was set aside while I created his background.

Milled Lavender Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock, then heat set. Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord Distress inks (Ranger) were used to randomly and repeatedly stamp Raindrops over the cardstock. Some of the Raindrops  were smudged while the ink was still wet. When I was happy with the coverage, I edged the piece with Dusty Concord Distress ink. The piece was heat set, two strips of music-staff themed Washi tape were adhered to the base of the card front, then Angelboy was adhered.The card was adhered to a lavender card and I called it done. Sometimes less is more.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Always Playing with Paper Challenges: Masculine
Crafty Boots Challenges: Monochrome
Let's Craft and Create Challenges: For a Man

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fabulous Beads!

Here's a card featuring Mardi Gras Beads, a Rick St. Dennis rubber stamp, available at I Brake for Stamps.


Personally, I think she's suitable for many more occasions than just Mardi Gras! Mardi Gras Beads was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), fussy-cut, edged with a black pen, and colored with Copic markers. When I was done coloring her, I used Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to add dimension to the skulls on her earrings and necklace.  A few different gel and glitter pens were used to add accents to the beads on her earrings and necklace.

The patterned paper is old Halloween paper by Recollections. Black Soot Distress ink was used to edge the layers and card front.

I Brake for Stamps is where you'll find great selections of Rick St. Dennis rubber stamps plus lots of other stamps from other stamp companies. 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, April 20, 2016

Inspired by a TV Show or Movie: v2.0

I'm back with my second card for this challenge!

Kristen Catalano is the hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenges. Her challenge is "Inspired by a TV Show or a Movie. Here's what she had to say about her challenge.
"This week I want to see what you can create that is inspired by one of your favorite TV shows or movie."
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!

My card was inspired by a National Geographic special about the birds of the rain forest. As I watched it,  I was joined by a feline friend, who got very involved with the show.



Here's the photo that inspired the parrot on the card.


Agatha's Parrot was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a Black Pitt Artist pen (Faber Castell). Agatha's Parrot was set aside while I created the other elements.

Black, silver, and white cardstock were die-cut with the TV Shaker dies (Simon Says Stamp). Green cardstock was die-cut with a Foliage Corner die, then detailed with a VersaMarker pen (Imagine Crafts).

The leaves were adhered to blue cardstock, then Agatha's Parrot was adhered. The TV Shaker dies were assembled.

Black cardstock was die-cut with the Happy, Birthday, Merry, Christmas Small Words die set (All Occasions), the "s" from the Small Alphabet die set (All Occasions), and the Large Pouncing Cat die (Poppy Stamps).

The Large Pouncing Cat die-cut was detailed with a White Pitt Artist pen and a Green Stardust Glitter pen (Sakura).

Wood-patterned Washi tape was adhered to a piece of subtly patterned cardstock (Graphic 45) and the die-cut sentiment was adhered. For the Birds (Janet Klein) was stamped with Jet Black StazOn ink (Imagine Crafts) on the Washi tape.

White vellum was die-cut with a small rectangle from the A2 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders), then adhered to the card front. The television and antenna were adhered. The card was edged with Black Soot Distress ink then adhered to a white card.

I don't know if I'll do any more of this series, so I figured I'd let you see some more of this series of photographs. I took a lot of photos of Flash with the tv birds in between fits of giggles as it was such a funny thing to watch. The best part was when he looked behind the television to see if more birds were hiding there.




Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
• Show Us Your Pussies Challenges: Furrything Goes
• Come and Get It Challenges: Things with Wings
• Animal Friends Challenges: Birds

Inspired by a TV Show

Kristen Catalano is the hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenges. Her challenge is "Inspired by a TV Show or a Movie". Here's what she had to say about her challenge.
"This week I want to see what you can create that is inspired by one of your favorite TV shows or movie."
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!

My card  was inspired by a National Geographic special about the birds of the rain forest. As I watched it, I was joined by a feline friend, who got very involved with the show.

Here's my card with the cockatoo from Stampotique's Birdy Up (Kira Nichols) and Happy Bird-Day (Carol's Collection) .


Here's the photo of Flash, our Tuxedo cat watching the Nature special.


Birdy Up is one of my favorite stamps because it has four wonderful birds on it. It's incredibly versatile because you can use all four of the birds, of the birds, or any combination. Birdy Up was stamped five times with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts). The cockatoo or cockatiel (I honestly don't know which it is) was fussy-cut from each impression and the other birds were put aside for another day. The birdies were colored with Copic markers, then edged with Black Pitt Artist pen (Faber Castell).

Black cardstock was die-cut with two of the dies from the Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders) to form the frame of the television. A small rectangle was also die-cut to become the base of the television set. Blue cardstock was die-cut to become the television screen and rope-patterned Washi tape (Little B) was added for a perch. The fussy-cut birds were adhered to the blue cardstock, which was then placed behind the frame. I would have added an acrylic overlay, but I wasn't feeling up to the challenge of getting a decent photo of a highly reflective surface.

Vellum was cut and adhered to a card base. Black cardstock was die-cut with my Curious Cat die (Poppy Stamps). White Pitt Artist pen was used to add white socks, nose, and chest to the cat die-cut. Green glitter pen (Sakura) was used to add the eye to the cat!

The TV set was adhered to the card front and the detailed cat die-cut was added to create teh scene.

Happy Bird-Day was stamped with Jet Black StazOn ink (Imagine Crafts) onto vellum. The sentiment was cut apart and adhered to the card front. All the vellum bits were outlined with a Grey Multi-liner (Copic) to make them stand out a bit more.

I had added a sparkly green circle to the lower left of the television to become the on/off sensor, but it seems to have gone missing. Bummer.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
• Show Us Your Pussies Challenges: Furrything Goes
Come and Get It Challenges: Things with Wings
Animal Friends Challenges: Birds

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lady of Fantasy or Lady of Mystery.

Here's my card with Fantasy Lady (Stampinback), that is available at I Brake for Stamps. I think she's very mysterious looking. What do you think?


Fantasy Lady was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black pen. Glitter pen was used to add a bit of shimmer to her tiara, earrings, and bracelets.

The patterned paper is from the Couture 8x8 pad (Graphic 45). Gold foil stickers were used to add both some pizzazz and a sentiment. A gold leafing pen was used to edge the piece.

I Brake for Stamps is where you'll find great selections of Stampinback stamps plus lots of other stamps from other stamp companies. 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!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Decisions at the 5:00 Bar!

I'm the hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenges. My challenge is called "Crack Me Up"! Here's what I said about it.
"Create a humorous project that also has crackled texture!"
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 second card for my challenge, which I hope is funnier than my first. I used Stampotique's  Moody (Daniel Torrente) and Banner (France Papillon).


Moody was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with a Black Pitt Artist pen (Faber Castell). Just Moody's hands were stamped, colored, fussy-cut, and edged with marker. Both Moody and her spare pair of hands was set aside while I created a background scene for her.

A piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was sponged with White Media Gesso (Deco Art) and allowed to dry. It was then painted with  Vermillion Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paint (DecoArt) that had been mixed with Titan Buff MFA paint. When dry, it was coated with a layer of Media Matte Medium (Deco Art) and allowed to dry.

After an hour of wrestling with my mad arithmetic skillz and proving my genius on Facebook, I mixed four parts of Media Crackle Paint (DecoArt)* with one part Raw Sienna MFA paint, stirred it really well, then painted a thick layer of this combo over the piece. I crossed my fingers, set the piece aside, and hoped that I hadn't diluted the Media Crackle Paint too much so that the cracking miracle would occur!

The next step was to die-cut white cardstock with the Cocktail Party die (Taylored Expressions)*, color the drinks with Copic markers, add a touch of Clear Stardust Glitter Gel pen (Sakura)* to drinks with festive rims, then coat all the glasses/bottles with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura)*.

Three layers of cardstock were cut to 5/8" x 5" wide, stacked, then adhered together, colored with Copic markers, then coated with a layer of Media Crackle Glaze (DecoArt), then set aside to crackle.
Fence post dies (source unknown - oops) received the same treatment. When all the pieces were dry, the Cocktail Party die was adhered to the 5/8" x 5" wide painted, crackled strip with 1/8" wide red-liner tape.

The Banner was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) onto white canvas specialty paper, then painted with translucent colors of Media Fluid Acrylic paint to match Moody. The Banner was fussy-cut, then touched up with my Black Pitt Artist pen. Very, very old rub-on letters were used to add the bar's name to the Banner, which was then coated with a layer of Media Matte Medium to seal it.


It was time to check to see if my colored Crackle Paint had crackled. Lo and behold, it had! It was time to start to build my scene. The crackled painted cardstock was die-cut with the largest die from the 5 x 7 Card Creator die set (Spellbinders). Wood-patterned washi tape was added to the base. Moody was adhered to the card front. The Cocktail Party bar was adhered over Moody with little foam dimensional adhesive squares behind each drink. Moody's spare hands were adhered to their counterparts with Moody's hands holding two drinks. The crackled bar legs were attached, then Dymo tape, spelling out the card's sentiment, was added!

A variety of rub-ons from my hoarded Steampunk Collection and the Whimsy Elements sheets (7 Gypsy) were added to the crackled background, the card front was edged with Jet Black Archival ink, then adhered to a pre-made 5x7 card. The painted, lettered, sealed Banner was adhered to the card with dimensional foam adhesive. Flowers and a gemstone were added to Moody's hair to finish the card.

* = on sale at SCACD!

Thanks for visiting today and reading all my blather!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Through The Purple Haze Challenges: Layers
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges: Die-cuts or Punches
Scrapy Land Challenges: Die-cuts/Anything Goes