Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Postcard!

Sue is hosting this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge, which is "Postcards". If you'd like to 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 a great prize!!!
This is what Sue said about her challenge.
"Good morning everyone, it's Sue here and I'm delighted to be hosting this week's challenge. I'm sure that every crafter has had that block where their mojo has packed its bags and gone on holiday. I know I've sat and looked at a sheet of card and had no ideas at all. One way I've got to get over this is just to decide what size or shape I want to make. So I pick a card, a tag, or in this case a postcard. Postcards are great fun and it's amazing how much you can get on a 6x4 (inches) area. So this week I would like you to make a postcard. Have Fun!"
Here's my postcard, that features the fabulous, fun, and new Smitten Moustache Monsters stamp.


Being me, I took the postcard bit too literally and made a postcard of Manhattan, aka "The City" to us locals. Also being me, I googled until I found a photo that I liked AND was public domain. Photographers work hard for their living and their photographs are both their livelihood and their art.

Oops. Guess I digressed again. I do have a habit of doing that, don't I? Anyway, I found a suitable photo of the NYC skyline, resized it, lightened it up a bit in PhotoElements, added a slightly altered quote which I should have attributed to Stevie Wonder, and printed it out onto Neenah cardstock.    

Smitten Moustache Monsters was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers, and was fussy-cut. Several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen were applied to the monster's horns and Glossy Accents was added to their eyes, which didn't hurt them at all. Smitten Moustache Monsters have a high pain threshold. Plus these monsters are rather dapper, a bit vain, and understood that the clear dimensional adhesive would enhance their looks.

The Tim Holtz's Commute Tissue tape by Idea-ology features one tape that lists New York City areas, streets, and avenues, which made it absolutely perfect for my postcard. I measured the width of the tape and using a stamp positioner, stamped Smitten Moustache Monsters so that they would appear to stand upon the tape, which would keep the hearts above their head in a clear area of the photo.

The Commute Tissue tape was adhered to the bottom of the photo, then the fussy-cut Smitten Moustache Monsters were adhered over their counterparts on the postcard. The hearts over their heads were colored with Copic markers. Then I realized that the photo was a smidge smaller than the 4" x 6" postcard size, so my postcard was first sponged with Black Soot Distress ink, then matted with the appropriately sized black cardstock.

By the way, have you checked out Stampotique's most recent release? If not, you should click on over and check out Stampotique's fantastic new stamps!

Thanks for visiting today!

Color Me Creative Challenges: Anything Goes
• Simply Less Is More: Make Me Smile
Creative Knockouts: Furry or Feathery


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Meet "Earth" from SCACD's The Elements collection

Have you seen SCACD's The Elements rubber stamp collection yet? Here's what the web site says about this gorgeous collection!
"The four forces of nature served as inspiration for this collection. The essence of water, wind, fire, and earth are captured in these female images thru collaboration with SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin."
Here's my first card using Earth.


Earth was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I gave in to my inner-Virgo-control-freak-tendencies and googled iguanas to find out about their coloration. I also googled until I could identify the flower on the left side of her face. They're Anthurium and have a variety of colorations, though most are red. They have a waxy shiny look, which I definitely did not capture.

But I digress. Shocking. Just shocking. So she was colored with Copic markers. Since she's got Hibiscus and Anthurium flowers, an iguana, and a snake — all of which are decidedly tropical,  I decided to go with papers from the sadly diminishing Tropical Travelogue 8x8 pad by Graphic 45.

SCACD's Contempo Compass Statement Corner die was used to die-cut metallic black cardstock and green patterned paper from the aforementioned pad, which were pieced back together to adorn the lower right hand corner of the card. One of the two dies included in SCACD's Classic Corners die set was used to die-cut black metallic cardstock and positioned on the upper left of the stamped panel.

Soft Pink and Mint Green rhinestones by KaiserCraft were used to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, April 18, 2014

April Showers

It's Friday, which means that it's time for me to post my card for the Outlawz Alcohol Marker Group! Our sponsor this month is Make It Crafty, so be sure to join April's challenges for a chance to win a prize from them. Even better, they've offered up an extra prize for an additional draw for those who use a MIC image.  Such a great prize so make sure you get those alcohol markers out and get colouring!

This week's challenge at the Outlawz Alcohol Marker Group is a photo inspiration.


Here's the photo:

My card also qualifies for the current Stampotique Designers Challenge, which is April Showers! Here's what Carol, this week's hostess, had to say about her challenge.
" I love the early months of the year and to me I only have to hear the month April and instantly in my head the song from Bambi is playing, and I am now humming, drip, drip, drip, little April showers, so use water, rain and April showers as your inspiration this week"
Here's my card, using Yum Yum and Rain Drops.

Yum Yum was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape. The Eclipse Tape version was fussy-cut to be used as a mask. The umbrella stencil from the Accessories 6x6 stencil by Tando Creative was positioned over him so that the umbrella's handle was atop the seed held by Yum Yum, then the umbrella was traced into position. Rain Drops was stamped repeatedly using London Fog Memento ink.

Yum Yum, all the Rain Drops, and the sky between the drops were colored with Copic markers with colors (very loosely) taken from the photo inspiration (above).Yum Yum's mask was adhered into position and the area above the umbrella was covered with Post-It notes. TG01 Copic marker was used to airbrush the background behind Yum Yum.

The umbrella stencil from the Accessories 6x6 stencil was traced onto patterned paper from an old 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye, fussy cut, shaded with Copic markers, shaped, then smooshed into a VersaMark inkpad, and heat set with two layers of Clear Detail embossing powder. This umbrella was adhered into place using dimensional foam adhesive.

Several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen was added to Yum Yum's eyes, the umbrella handle, the embossed umbrella, and each of the Rain Drops. Since you can't see the effect of the Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen in the photo above, here's a close-up photo, which was taken at an odd angle.


The patterned papers are from an old 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye. All layers were edged with either Victorian Violet or Peacock Feathers Distress inks. The sentiment was computer generated, die-cut, sponged with Pumice Stone Distress ink, mounted on another die-cut, then adhered to the card.

Thanks for visiting today.

This card shall be entered into the following challenges:
Charisma Challenge #8: April Showers
Creative Knockouts #33: Furry or Feather Friends
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Animal Antics


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stampotique New Release Blog Hop!

If you are a fan of our Facebook page you may have already gotten a sneak peek of some of the new images we are excited to be releasing today.  We hope you will join us for the blog hop to see a variety of those images.

There are lots of new images from our favorite stamp designers and we are proud to welcome one of our newest stamp designers, Magda Polakow. You have seen tons of her fabulous creations as part of Stampotique's design team.  We think you will find a few stamps that you must have!

Join us through the blog hop for your chance to win some random goodies – we will be randomly drawing two winners for a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps at the Stampotique online store.  The new stamps should be available over there now.

Also, make sure you hop all the way through for an exciting announcement on our Stampotique Designers Blog for an additional chance to win some goodies and some additional recognition as an artist.

You should have arrived to my blog from Kay Wallace's blog, if you did not arrive from there you may want to start the hop at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog.   

When you are finished visiting my blog you will want to hop on over to Coby vanWillingenburg's blog, where you're sure to see something fabulous.

Here's my card, which represents my future. It features the kitties from Kitty Squad (#4041Q) and Verdette (#9260).



 Kitty Squad (#4041Q) was stamped several times using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Verdette (#9260) was also stamped the same ink. All images were colored with Copic markers and fussy-cut. 

The patterned paper is from the Miss Caroline 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye. The Grand Madison Window die is from Poppy Stamps. The bird die is from Memory Box. I don't recall who made the branch die. Bad me. 

I was going to use the sentiment "You say Cat Lady like it's a bad thing." Sadly, including thirteen cats in a scene took more room than I thought, so I went with Plan B and used my trusty label maker.

Here's my second card that features Happy, Happy, Happy (#6175T).
 
Happy, Happy, Happy (#6175T) was stamped onto a sheet of ledger patterned paper from an old 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye. Surprisingly, it was colored with Copic markers. The balance of the patterned papers are from The Life of the Party 6x6 pad by Basic Grey. All edges were sponged with Walnut Stain Distress ink!

Now that you've seen my two cards, thanks for visiting, and  hop on over to Coby vanWillingenburg's blog!
  
Have fun hopping, we will be pulling the random winners of the blog at our next challenge on April 23, 2014.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Celebrating Spring!

It finally feels like spring here in the Northeast. The weather is warmer, the trees, bushes, and flowers are beginning to bloom. The bunnies and chipmunks are back. Best of all,  the birds are in the breeding plumage and singing!

Here's a tall card featuring SCACD's Folk Heart Bird digital stamp.


Folk Heart Bird was resized in PhotoElements and printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer. She was colored using Shinhan Touch Twin Brush markers and Copic markers. Shinhan Touch Twin markers are new to me and I wanted to check 'em out. I used three of them for the lavender/purple parts of the bird. The balance of the bird was colored with Copic markers. she was then fussy cut and put aside.

SCACD's Breezy Branches Statement Corner and Classic Timepiece dies were used to die-cut white cardstock. The branches and leaves on the Breezy Branches Statement Corner  were colored with Copic markers. The flourishes and hands of the clock face of the Classic Timepiece were popped out and colored with Copic markers. The rest of the clock was colored with the Shinhan Touch Twin markers. The flourishes and hands were placed back into the clock face. Some Pink Rhinestones by Kaisercraft were added to the clock face to add a bit o' bling!

Blue cardstock was used as the card front. The colored Breezy Branches Statement Corner die-cut was adhered to the upper right. The clock was "dangled" with thread from the branches of the tree. The bird was positioned on top of the clock.

A Memory Box Grass die was used to die-cut white cardstock and was then colored with Copic markers. The grass was adhered to the bottom of the blue card front. White cardstock was colored pink, yellow, and orange, punched with a hand-held flower punch, then shaped. The flowers were adhered to the tree, in the "air", to the clock, and to the grass using ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever. An old Paper Shaper dragonfly punch was used to punch white cardstock, colored with the Shinhan Touch markers, then brushed with several layers of Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen. The wings were folded up and the dragonflies were adhered to the card front.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges!
A Little Bit Crafty Challenge: The Birds and Bees
Animal Friends Challenges: Springtime
Crafter's Café Challenge Blog: Spring
Crafting for All Seasons: Dies and Punches
Creative Card Crew: Spring

Friday, April 11, 2014

Keep Calm and...

It's Friday, which means that it's time for me to post my card for the Outlawz Alcohol Marker Group! Our sponsor this month is Make It Crafty, so be sure to join April's challenges for a chance to win a prize from them. Even better, they've offered up an extra prize for an additional draw for those who use a MIC image.  Such a great prize so make sure you get those alcohol markers out and get colouring!

This week's challenge at the Outlawz Alcohol Marker Group is "Keep Calm". Now I have a bunch of images that I could have used that would have reinforced the theme, but I went with something a bit different.

Here it is!

The Wine Bottle and Glass stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie's Wine Me, Dine Me set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I debated adding my personal wine label, Grapes of Kath, but resisted temptation as the image was already colored to my liking.

Believe it or not, I had "Keep Calm and Carry On " Washi tape, so that set my color palette. I found a wonderful gradient grey and white patterned paper in the Elegant 6x6 pad by Authentique that worked really well with the Washi tape and the colored image panel.

"Keep Calm", the matted image panel, and "and" were adhered the patterned paper. I grabbed a very, very, very old pack of alphabet rub-ons by Making Memories (company defunct) and used that for the "Drink Wine" part of the sentiment. "Good" was from the Christmas Remnants rub-ons by Idea-ology.

I matted the layers, added ribbon, tied on a grapes charm, and called it done!

Thanks for visiting today!

Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday Challenges: Anything Goes
 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lovebirds!

Magda is hosting this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge, which is "Use a Pen". If you'd like to 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 a great prize!!!
This is what Magda said about her challenge.
"I always have a pen or pencil with me. Always with notebook full of drawings and doodles. I'm sure not only me! I would love to see a pen in your project. It can be a drawing, doodles, or simply some journaling. It might be even a single word. I'm looking forward to see your entries for this challenge!"
Apparently I misunderstood this challenge. I thought I was just supposed to use markers. Maybe that was wishful thinking on my part since I rarely (never) doodle and also never use my own handwriting in any of my work. I can't imagine doing so. It's not that I don't have good handwriting. I do. I just get really, totally, absolutely neurotic about my writing or doodling. If it's not perfect, I re-do it. Over, and over, and over, ad nauseum. Literally. Oh well. It's not easy being me.

So my project uses Copic markers. I tried to do a lot of blending to show my m/bad Copic skillz. You can be the judge of that.

Here my card that uses Stampotique's Lovebirds stamp.

Lovebirds was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers, based on the coloration of the Fischer's Lovebird. Since the birds are so colorful, I kept the design simple and used a sheet of patterned paper from Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue 8x8 pad, some cool gold and green mesh I've had forever, a die-cut, and some gemstones.

If you're interested about how I found out about loveirds,  I "googled" for information, as I often do when I'm stymied.

Wikipedia states:
"Lovebirds are 13 to 17 centimeters in length and 40 to 60 grams in weight. They are among the smallest parrots, characterized by a stocky build, a short blunt tail, and a relatively large, sharp beak. Wild-type lovebirds are mostly green with a variety of colors on their upper body, depending on the species. Their name stems from the parrots' strong, monogamous pair bonding and the long periods which paired birds spend sitting together."
So apparently lovebirds are a kind of parrot. That was my new fact for the day. I've always loved parrots and especially love seeing them in the wild. That's why I wanted to get Stampotique's Lovebirds stamp.

Here are some stories for you to read if you're bored.

When Beanie, our first cat passed at the age of eighteen, our daughter, aged nine at the time, told us,
"I've been doing some research. Our next pet should be a parrot since they live up to eighty years and I don't want to go through this again."
Here's another parrot story. My parents used to celebrate New Year's Eve with friends, one of whose birthday was January 1st. My parents and their friends liked to partake of spirits and that particular New Year's Eve, they did just that. They woke up the next day and my dad looked out the bedroom window, only to see a parrot in their crabapple tree. At first he thought he was a wee bit hung over and was hallucinating. So he called us all into the room and we told him we saw the parrot too and since we were young children, he believed us. So he decided he was being pranked and called the birthday boy to congratulate him on a great joke.  The birthday boy claimed innocence. So we concluded that someone's parrot escaped...

So there you have it.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Catered Crop Challenges: Put a Bird on It.
Hobbycutz Challenges: Flora and Fauna
The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #67: All Creatures Great and Small