Sunday, May 31, 2009

My challenge card and a challenge for you!

I'm hosting a Red, White, and Blue with Stars challenge and/or a Summery card challenge over at the Bombshell Stamps forum at Paper Crafts Planet.

Being me, I forgot to post my challenge on my blog, so...I'm extending the challenge for another week!

Here are the details!
Challenge One
Use red, white, and blue as your color scheme plus stars as part of your image or as an embellishment on your card or project.

Challenge Two
Make a summer-themed card or project.

NEW DEADLINE: Sunday, June 6th at midnight pdt

You have until midnight on Sunday, June 6th to complete as many projects as you like. Each card/project will get a chance to win a RAK from me, chosen by my feline random generator. (I write the names of all entries on strips of paper, ball them up, rattle them around in a box, get the cat's attention, then toss them on the floor. The first one she pounces on wins. She gets exercise, I get a chuckle, and someone will win some stuff.)

You can use any stamps you want, just be sure to post your card at the thread at the Bombshell Stamps forum at Paper Crafts Planet. I hope you play along!

Anyways, here's my card for the Red, White, and Blue with Stars challenge. I used the Ahoy Sailor set by Bombshell stamps. I colored the image with Copics and added Spica clear glitter pen to the little stars. The patterned papers are by Memory Box (red has a nice subtle white pattern on it that doesn't show in the scan) and very old Junkitz (blue & white stripe).

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Timely repost of an "oldie, but goodie"

It seemed appropriate to repost this card since Memorial Day is about honoring our heroes, who fought to protect our freedom.

The card features OBP's Lumiere Peacock and the Waltzing Mathilda alphabet with Rusty Pickle papers.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Crayon Resist Tutorial -- Part Two (Variations on a theme)

This tutorial is basically the same process as Crayon Resist Tutorial -- Part One, only I decided to add more colors of Distress Ink (any Dye inks would work) to the background and then wanted to see how it would look with color added to the image as well.

I finally photographed the card and already had the step out photos, so here goes.

Skull Stamp from the Man's Ruin set by Bombshell Stamps

Silver or White Crayons by Crayola
Cardstock by Bazzill
CoreDinations Cardstock
Glossy Paper by Ranger
Patterned Papers by EK Success
Black StazOn Ink by Tsukineko
Distress Inks by Ranger
Stickles Glitter Glue by Ranger
QuicKutz Tag
QuicKutz Goosebump folder
Metallic Floss
Sponges (I buy round ones and then cut them up into wedges. I'm cheap, but not easy.)
Fantastix by Tsukineko

1. Stamp the rose and the rose with skull onto a piece of Glossy Cardstock using StazOn ink.

2. Color the images with Silver crayon. You can go over the lines within the image, but try not to go outside of the lines on the exterior of the image. It's a bit difficult because the darned crayons don't sharpen real well.

3. Using a sponge and the Black Soot Distress Ink, dab ink lightly over image and cardstock, continue to dab the other colors of ink over the image until you're happy with the color combo and coverage.

Stamped Skull Colored with a silver crayon, then sponged with a variety of colors of Distress Ink.

4. Take a tissue and rub the ink and crayon off of the image. You might have to rub fairly hard, but the image will eventually become white again.

Cleaned image

5. Using a Fantastix and Adirondack, or other Dye ink, of your choosing, color the skull, rose, stem, and thorns. Let it dry a bit, then dab off the excess. I wasn't happy with the image below, so I ended up adding more red to the rose afterwards. Sadly, my camera battery died, so I had to go recharge it.

Partially colored image

6. After trimming the image, I decided it needed more color, so I added more ink using Fantasticks as in Step #5.

7. Add Stickles to the drop dripping from the end of the stem.

8. Assemble the card as desired, add sanded sentiment tag, Copic Colored rose charm, and metallic floss.

9. Tah-Dah!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cardus Interruptus!

I started to do this card for a sketch challenge that was part of the "Viva Las Vegas" themed Virtual Stamp Night at Split Coast Stampers, but was interrupted by chauffeur duty, chef duty, clean-up, and chauffeur duty (the return trip). I didn't get it posted in time for the challenge. Darnit!

The sketch was supposed to remind one of a slot machine... I used stamps from the Lady Luck set by Bombshell stamps, patterned paper leftovers from the EK Success Harley Davidson Silver Flame paper, silver metallic paper, and jewels. The eight ball was heat embossed and the diamond was glittered with Spica pens. Sadly, the sparkle and sheen were eradicated by my scanner.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

SCS' Virtual Stamp Night -- Viva Las Vegas!

I've wanted to participate in a SCS Virtual Stamp Night since I first found the community a few years back. I always spaced it out, wasn't around, or swamped.

This time, I was busy during the actual event with a baby shower and family stuff, but they extended the deadlines to upload the cards, I was able to play along. It was even better because the theme of the the VSN was "Viva Las Vegas!", which was perfect for so many of my new sets of Bombshell Stamps.

I participated in two challenges: a Framed Challenge and a Glitter Challenge.

The Framed Challenge was fun and made me feel thrifty. *snort* I still have a ton of printed Frames from This & That and from MAMBI that I saved for a rainy day. I cut one down, flipped it, painted it with Silver Dabbers, then added some Black Soot Distress Ink, because I have to use that ink for all projects. It's the law.

I stamped Lady Luck from the "Lady Luck" set, colored her with Copics, and framed her with the silver frame. I added some Copic-colored cash (from my stash and saved from a purge), some jewels, and a stamped, cut out "Good Luck" sentiment (also from that set) to the frame. The jewels' thickness threw off the color of the scan a bit. Her skin has more pink tones irl. I mounted the frame on a card front that was stamped with a small horseshoe from the "Lady Luck" set using Grey Ancient Page ink, which I've had for five years or more (which makes it truly ancient).

For the Glitter Challenge, we were to coat an image or a panel with glitter. I first tried to use my beloved Skull & Rose from the "Man's Ruin" set, but it sort of fell apart when I added the glitter. Bummer.

So, I decided to use the mermaid from the "Mermaid Treasure" set. I stamped her, colored her with Copics, cut her out, coated her with a layer of Glossy Accents, dumped on the Prisma Glitter, dumped it off, and let it set. I then adhered her to a panel of patterned paper by Flair Designs, added some gemstones, and used glitter stickers for the sentiment.

Bombshell Stamps has ELEVEN (11) New sets up for pre-order.
You really must check them out! Click HERE to take a peek!

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Monkeyin' around!

We had a great mini-vacation in South Florida visiting a recently-refound-on-the-'net friend. We left rainy cold weather in the Northeast and arrived to warm and clear skies. It was a great break and we had a lot of fun, reminiscing, laughing, and just hanging out with our feet in the pool (great remedy for blisters btw).

I had done this card awhile back and just got around to photographing it and getting it cleaned up and loaded. No wonder "The Freshman" is such a majorly awesome procrastinator! She gets it from me.

Anyways, I found and bought this great Daisy D Sock Monkey pad specifically for this OBP stamp set. Monkey Business, Limited Edition comes in three versions, Bright Blue, Bright Green, and Vintage. The kits include different papers than what I used, but all three sets have the same unmounted sheet, different patterned papers, and embellies. They're an especially great deal now since, like all the Limited Edition kits, they're on sale now and would make wonderful Mother's Day gifts from you to you with love.

I realize there's a glare off of the Dymo tape sentiment. It says "Bananas 4 U!".

Thansk for visiting today.