Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stamp-a-Faire 2016: Starry Night


Oh my goodness, this Starry Night challenge was so much fun to do!  I think mine came out with more of an Aurora Borealis look, but I love it none the less.  I will definitely be playing with this technique again.


I followed the directions pretty closely, using the same design and colors as Amy Sheffer.  The only real change is the sentiment.  I used Wet Paint Holiday and the matching dies for mine.  I surely thought I had purchased Inspired: Faith and was surprised to find that I didn't!  lol  Too many things on my wish list.   :)

Anyway, I sponged several colors of ink on watercolor paper and then smooshed the inkpad onto an acrylic block to add more ink with a paintbrush.  (note to self - catch up with reinkers too)  After the background dried, I painted a black landscape at the bottom, again per Amy's instructions.  I spattered white acrylic paint and some Platinum All-Purpose Ink over the sky for the starry effect.  Hopefully you can see the shimmer in this close-up photo!


I cut the word "peace" out of Soft Stone cardstock twice and layered them for dimension.  I stamped my sentiment from Wet Paint Holiday on white cardstock, cutting it into a strip.  I glued them both in place over a white thread nest.  Then I added a few silver star sequins and clear sequins.

I really love this card!  It took a while, so now I'm behind with the challenges, but I don't care.  lol  I had a blast creating my own Starry Night inspired by Vincent Van Gogh.

Stamps:  Wet Paint Holiday (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Enchanted Evening, Pale Peony, Mint Julep, Aqua Mist, Winter Wisteria (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink); watercolor paper
Misc: Wet Paint Holiday die (Papertrey Ink); black and white acrylic paint; Platinum All-Purpose Ink (Tsukineko); foam makeup wedge; paintbrush; white thread; silver star sequins (PTI Shakers & Sprinkles kit); Sparkling Clear 4mm sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)  

Stamp-a-Faire 2016: Master Color Recipes


The first challenge for Stamp-a-Faire today, Master Color Recipes, is to use a color combo taken from one of nine paintings.  I chose the one inspired by Leonid Afremov's Date in the Park.  It wasn't my original choice looking at the printout, because I was initially drawn to a softer color combo, but when I saw the bold colors of his painting on my computer screen this morning, I just had to use that one instead.  It's really stunning!



I kept my card very simple.  (although I was wishing I had the Mighty Oak stamp set and dies for this)  I cut a Double-Ended Banner by Papertrey Ink out of each color and glued them to a white card base.  It echoes the strong vertical lines in the painting.  I cut my word out of True Black cardstock twice using the Noted die, layering them together for dimension, and adhering it over the strips.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Heart-2-Heart #4 on a white Building Blocks die cut underneath.  The black pops just like the trees in the painting and I really like the look.  It makes for a fun card!

Stamps:  Heart-2-Heart #4 (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, New Leaf, Terracotta Tile, Tropical Teal, Summer Sunrise, Scarlet Jewel, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Noted die, Double-Ended Banner die, Building Blocks die (Papertrey Ink)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Stamp-a-Faire 2016: Friday Night Gallery Reception


Time for Papertrey Ink's annual Stamp-a-Faire event!  I love participating in the challenges each year.  For the Friday Night Gallery Reception, everyone is invited to share a project they are most proud of and link it up.  Ummm...how on earth do you choose?  I've made a lot of cards using Papertrey Ink products and I love so many of them!  lol  I finally settled on this one from February last year.


I love the gorgeous vibrant colors!  I also remember how much fun I had watercoloring with Distress Inks for the first time.  This was one of those times I allowed myself to play with no expectations.  I still have this card because I can't bear to let it go.  All the best reasons for choosing this card.  Besides, it looks artistic so it fits right in with the theme!   :)

My daughter Emily has participated with me the last few years, but she's out of town visiting her cousins.  I miss her terribly and can't wait to get her back tomorrow.  Here's hoping she will do a challenge or two!

Warm Wishes Redux

Remember the sponged snowflake background I posted yesterday?  I'm back to share the card I created using the leftover mask.  In fact, I love this background the best.  The colors are more vibrant and exciting!


I cut the Snowflake Fusion Cover-Up die from cheap white cardstock that was thinner than my usual choice and used it for a mask to sponge several colors of Distress Ink onto my previous card.  This gorgeous piece was left over and I just had to use to make another card.  I glued it directly to a white card base.  I really love it!

I stamped this cute Pure Innocence girl called Warm Wishes onto white cardstock and colored her with Copic markers, sticking to cool greys so as not to compete with the background.  I added crystal glitter to all the fur trim for some sparkle.  You know I can't resist glitter!  I hand cut the girl and popped her up with foam tape on the card.  For my sentiment, I stamped "warm wishes" on a Fishtail Flags Layers STAX die cut.  This card really makes me smile!   :)

Stamps:  Pure Innocence: Warm Wishes (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke (Distress Inks)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink)
Copic:  N0, N2, N4, BV29, E00, E30, E42, E57, E59, R20
Misc:  Snowflake Fusion Cover-Up die, Fishtail Flags Layers STAX die (My Favorite Things); Crystal glitter (Martha Stewart); glue pen

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Camp Create: HB2U


Here's my last Camp Create card for the second session!  This one is for the Background Bonanza challenge and was so much fun to make.  Who wouldn't love little glittery cupcakes?  Apparently, the teensy bug captured in my photo thought so.  (top edge of the card)  lol


I stamped the tiny cupcake from Hog Heaven by My Favorite Things all over a piece of white cardstock that was cut with a die from Blueprints 4.  I colored each one with Copic markers and then added lucious yellow glitter to the frosting.  I mounted the panel to a True Black card base.

I cut the HB2U tag from Tag Talk out of white cardstock and the solid tag from True Black cardstock, gluing them together.  I then stamped two cupcakes on either end, following the same coloring and glitter process as before.  That piece is adhered with foam tape for dimension.  Isn't it just darling?  I love the sparkle!

Here's my final Camp Create badge for this second summer session.


Stamps:  Hog Heaven (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Copic:  C1, Y15, R29, E42, E44
Misc:  Blueprints 4 die, Tag Talk die (My Favorite Things); Lemon Drop glitter (Martha Stewart); glue pen

Camp Create: Warm Wishes


Oh my goodness, it is crazy bright outside!  You'll have to pardon the stark shadows on my last two Camp Create cards.  I need to get these posted before the deadline tonight.  This card is for the Magnificent Masking challenge.  I pretty much followed the instructional video to create my background.


I cut a piece of cheap white cardstock with the Snowflake Fusion Cover-Up die to use for a mask.  After taping it down, I sponged Distress Inks over it onto a white card base.  It looks really cool in person!  I didn't want to cover it up, so I cut a snowflake from glitter cardstock using a Snowflake Splendor die.  I also cut a Dimensional Banner from white cardstock and embossed my sentiment from PI Warm Wishes in silver embossing powder.  Both are mounted with foam tape for a bit of dimension.

The mask looks really cool all sponged with ink, so I'm in the process of making another card with it.  Look for it soon!  Here's the bade I earned.


Stamps:  Pure Innocence Warm Wishes (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke (Distress Ink); VersaMark 
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); glitter cardstock
Misc:  Snowflake Fusion Cover-Up die, Snowflake Splendor die, Dimensional Banners die (My Favorite Things); silver embossing powder; sponges (Tim Holtz); foam tape

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Camp Create: Inlaid Daisy


Hey, I'm making progress!  I've gotten another card done for the second week of Camp Create.  This time it's for the Inlaid Made Easy challenge.  I had just enough daylight left to take my photo.


I used the Gerbera Daisy die by My Favorite Things.  I started by cutting a piece of Kraft cardstock and then die cutting a circle out of it.  I also cut a white cardstock circle and cut the daisy out of the center.  I then cut the daisy out of Bright Buttercup cardstock and the flower center out of Dark Chocolate cardstock.  With me so far?  Lots of pieces!

I used the text border image from Forget Me Not by My Favorite Things, stamping it in VersaMark ink onto the Kraft panel.  I stamped the main sentiment from You've Got Mail in Dark Chocolate ink.  After I glued the panel to a Dark Chocolate card base, I started piecing the daisy:  first the white circle, then the yellow petals, and finally the brown center.  I was channeling a brown-eyed Susan, naturally.  I love those cheerful little flowers!  Here's the badge I earned.



Stamps:  Forget Me Not, You've Got Mail (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  VersaMark; Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Bright Buttercup (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Gerbera Daisy dies, Circle STAX Set 2 die (My Favorite Things)