Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Going Round in Circles!

Magda Polakow is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Circles".  

Here's what she had to say about this challenge.
"I like using shapes in my projects especially circles. They can give interesting effects on projects depends in what way they are used. I would love to see circles on your creations. How you will use them, depends on your imagination. " 
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!! 

By the way, there are some wonky shadows from the popped up center circle and from the photo corners.

We're finally getting spring-like weather here in the Northeastern U.S. and the wildlife is slowly returning to my back garden. I recently saw that our resident chipmunk had emerged from his burrow so I decided to honor him (or her) by using Yum Yum in this circle challenge!

Yum Yum was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I am aware that chipmunks don't have turquoise eyes, but I love the combination of brown and turquoise and so does Yum Yum!

When I was done coloring, the image panel took a ride through my Big Kick inside one of the Circles Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders) and was die-cut. The background was then added with my Copics. The circle was set aside while I created a circle-heavy background.

Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, and Titan Buff Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt)
were sponged onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore). When the paint was dry, the same paints were sponged through my Polka Dotty stencil (Wendy Vecchi). While the paint was drying on this sheet, Cobalt Turquoise Hue MFA was mixed with Translucent White MFA and sponged onto another sheet of Mixed Media cardstock. 

The stenciled, painted sheet of cardstock was die-cut with one of the dies from the 5x7 Card Creator die sets (Spellbinders) and a circle from the Circles Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). Cobalt Turquoise Hue MFA was mixed with Translucent White MFA again and sponged over the Mini Layered Beads stencil (The Crafters Workshop). When the paint dried, the color was different from the other sheet that had been painted with Cobalt Turquoise Hue MFA was mixed with Translucent White MFA, so I touched up the circles with Cobalt Turquoise Hue MFA using a tiny foam brush (note to self: need more!). Much better.

The turquoise cardstock was die-cut with two of the circles from the Circles Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders), the circle border die from the Western Star Border Duo set (Die-namics), a nameplate die (Spellbinders), and an old photo corner die (QuicKutz).

 Splatter Circle (Janet Klein) was stamped onto the larger circle with Potting Soil Archival ink (Ranger), then both circles were edged with the Potting Soil Archival ink. The stamped circle was adhered to the stamped circle, which was then adhered to the brown painted circle. Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add dimension and shine to Yum Yum's eyes, nose, teeth, and the nut s/he's gripping so tightly.

Here's a tilted close-up of so you can see the shine and dimension created with the Clear Gelly Glaze pen.

"Handle with care", from the Barcode Text set, was the perfect sentiment for the card due to the way Yum Yum is holding that nut and was stamped onto one of the painted die-cut nameplates with Potting Soil ink. 

The matted image circle, border die-cut, and sentiment were adhered to the stenciled and painted card front. The card front was edged with Potting Soil Archival ink and matted onto dark brown cardstock. The two photo corner die-cuts were adhered to the upper corners to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting. I think I'll leave you with a song plant , Will It Go Round In Circles?, by Billy Preston. Enjoy! 

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges: In the Middle 
Loves to Scrap Challenges: Stripes or Dots 
CCEE Stampers Challenges: Stencils
Stamps and Stencils Challenges: Anything Goes 


  1. That's so sweet Kristen, I love his little face! xx

  2. Lovely card, the colors are so fun! Spring is coming!

  3. Very cute! That image is adorable and you've colored it so beautifully. Thanks for playing with LTSCB.

  4. This is so sweet and that colour combo is just delicious!

  5. This is fabulous! great coloring! Thanks for sharing it with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  6. Thanks for the song plant. Sigh...
    This card just tickles my funny bone! So dang cute! Love the bg, design, palette, adorable image & coloring! Waaaay cool! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  7. Beautiful and what a fabulous colour combination!

  8. I really like this Kathi, one of my favourite colour combinations xx

  9. I really like this Kathi, one of my favourite colour combinations xx

  10. Lovely card Kathi ! Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Sue C x

  11. Love your cute chipmunk and the background is super. Thanks again for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Sharon xx