Saturday, June 24, 2017

EPIC Mixed Media

Happy SUMMER Saturday! The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is celebrating by going all Arty!

That's right, the newest challenge is A is for ARTY — we are looking for your creations of mixed media glory! This can be a bit of a challenge for the usually clean-and-simple me, but here's my effort:

Let us count the media... gelli print background using emboss resist technique and acrylic paints; stamped Hipster watercoloured with Zig markers; Hipster glasses emphasized with Wink of Stella black glitter marker; patterned paper frame dry-embossed with a woodgrain impression plate; chipboard arrows gessoed and painted with black acrylic paint; sentiment stamped and clear-embossed. Not a lot by true mixed media standards — but a lot of different media for me! 
I am entering this into my friend Heather's challenge at the Foiled Fox blog, Simply Irresistible (emboss resist).  And since the inside reads "Have an EPIC birthday", I'll add it to the "Anything Goes" challenge at Seize the Birthday, too. 
I hope my example makes you want to get all inky and painty too! Be sure to check out what my sisters in snark have made... that's where you'll see true mixed media art! We also have a terrific inspiration from our newest Queen of Snark, Toni. Hope you'll join us in our ARTY challenge! 


Supplies: white & Stampin' Up basic grey, Strathmore watercolour paper, Stampin' Up patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Hipster & Hero Arts Newsprint Background stamps, Versafine onyx black & MFT black licorice inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig clean colour real brush markers, acrylic paints, DIY gelli plate, Wink of Stella black glitter marker, Spellbinders oval dies, Papertrey Ink woodgrain impression plate, (?) chipboard arrows, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Shopping (and Copying) Our Stash

The current challenge at Shopping Our Stash is "Happy Mail" — anything writing, typing, mail-related. When I saw Donna's card, I realized we both had the same, shall we say vintage, Stampin' Up patterned paper. I mentioned to her I could just copy her card and enter the challenge! If you know Donna at all, you won't be surprised to hear she immediately double-dog dared me to. 
Of course when it came right down to it, I didn't quite copy her card, but I did CASE it! Here's my version: 

Same patterned paper! And a similar typewriter. Mine doesn't have paper in the carriage (yes, I'm old enough to know typewriter terminology...), so I had to add a sentiment separately. I made sure to find one that was at least partially in typewriter font. I really liked the pops of red on Donna's card, so embossed a strip of red cardstock to coordinate with the die cut I used to cut out the main panel. 
With heat and dry embossing adding some texture to my card, I'm adding this to Simon Says Stamp's Monday "Touchy Feely" challenge. Also because I like the title. πŸ˜‚

Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla, real red & basic black cardstock, Stampin' Up Typescript patterned paper, Cavallini Vintage, PSA Lovebirds, & Stampin' Up sentiment stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Darice diagonal stripe embossing folder, MFT diagonal stitch rectangle & Spellbinders circle dies, Marvy/Uchida corner-rounding punch, pop-dot tape

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Reminder: Anything Goes with Bugaboo!

The middle of the month 😱 is a good time to remind everyone that the June challenge at Naughty or Nice, ANYTHING GOES, continues for another 10 days! Even better, we have prizes for our Naughty and Nice picks, as well as for a randomly chosen entrant!

Using an image from our generous sponsor, Bugaboo, called Fun Flowers, it was easy to whip up a cute and summery thank you card: 

I coloured my flowers with Spectrum Noir and Sharpie markers (I don't have yellow or green in SNs) and shaded the background with blue chalk. The bug wings and flower centres are sparkled up with Wink of Stella, which totally justifies the gems framing the die cut sentiment. 
When it's Anything Goes, there's nothing to keep you from joining us! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Recollections gingham patterned paper, Bugaboo Fun Flowers digital stamp, Taylored Expressions Thanks die, Spectrum Noir & Sharpie markers, Multicrafts craft chalk, clear glitter Wink of Stella, Hero Arts gems

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

D is for...

Yes, we have come to one of the Sisterhood's favourite challenges, D is for Drunk! I'd say Edna would have fit right in on the set of Mad Men, don't you think? For this challenge, we are looking for a drinking or alcohol-related card or other creation. And I have to say, I think I have come up with the ultimate all-occasion card for this one: 

See what I mean? There are so few situations that DON'T call for wine! πŸ˜‚ In fact, making my first usable distress oxide ink background may have called for a celebratory glass of wine. I used some crumpled plastic wrap to splat the ink on the panel, drying and adding more a few times, then flicking water on and blotting it with paper towel to get lots of variation. The wine glass is die-cut several times and adhered together to build up a little dimension, since I'd never be able to get pop-dot tape narrow enough to fit that stem. While I don't know why the wine in the glass is striped, I did find patterned paper to complement it. 
If wine isn't your beverage of choice, there are other libations on offer over at the Snarky blog! Do come and join us! 

Supplies: white & Papertrey Ink soft stone cardstock, Studio Calico patterned paper, Papertrey Ink Uncorked stamps and dies, Neat & Tangled Cowbell & Concord & 9th Perfectly Penned stamps, Versafine onyx black, Simon Says Stamp schoolhouse red & faded jeans distress oxide inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Winnie & Walter Katharine pierced rectangle die

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Life's a Beach

Hooray for June! Maybe — just maybe — summer will arrive one of these days. In the meantime, Naughty or Nice Challenges has some fun for you... an ANYTHING GOES challenge — with prizes! 
We are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps this month, so our Naughty and Nice picks will be getting a sweet prize! In addition, we have a fun Art Impressions stamp to offer to a lucky random winner. 


The Troublemakers were also lucky enough to choose some images to work with, and I picked JJ Beach. Normally I don't use a lot of people on my cards, but this was too much fun to resist: 

I may have been influenced in my choice by my other challenge team at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, where the current challenge is B is for Beach. JJ is coloured with Prismacolor pencils, and of course I had to glam up her sunglasses with iridescent medium and Glossy Accents. Glossy Accents was added to her drinks (one in the hand AND one in the bush!), the flower centres of her sandals and her lip gloss. Tilting the panel gave me just the right amount of room for a die cut sun. 

Since it's an Anything Goes challenge, what are you waiting for? You have until June 25th to join us! 

Supplies: white & yellow cardstock, My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Life of the Party patterned paper, Bugaboo JJ Beach image, Prismacolor pencils, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, Glossy Accents, MFT wonky stitched rectangle & Lil' Inkers stitched small sun die, pop-dot

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

At the Beach

Happy Saturday! I hope it's beach weather where you are! Edna has her bathing costume on and she and the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers are challenging you with B IS FOR BEACH. I may soon have my licence to snark revoked, as there is no snark here today, just beachy thoughts: 

Sun, sand and sea. I could use a little of that right now, after all the rain we've had in my corner of the world. I decided to make that sentiment the centrepiece of my card by stamping it onto a large tag shape. The three seashells are stamped in the same colour ink and fussy cut for accents. Luckily I found patterned paper with a matching blue for my background, then chose some cord that would pick up on the red in it. 
For more beachy inspiration, be sure to visit the Snarky Stampers blog, as well as that of our guest designer, Margo. Then we hope you'll grab your sunscreen and crafty supplies and join us! 

Supplies: Stampin' Up naturals ivory cardstock, Authentique Anchored patterned paper, Unity/Iron Orchid Designs Beach Cottage Collection stamps, Versamark & Altenew sapphire inks, Wow clear matte dull embossing powder, EK Success 1" circle punch, scrap cord, pop-dot tape

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Tag You're It Reminder

We're partway through the latest challenge at Tag You're It, where *gasp* I am the featured artist with this tag: 

Even as I was making this tag, I was thinking the colours would lend themselves to Christmas. So to encourage EVERYONE to play along, I made that thought into reality! 

These poinsettias are from the first layering set I ever bought, and one of my easiest sets to use. Probably because the veining in the flowers and leaves don't have to be perfect, which is often above my pay grade. πŸ˜‰ Just the centre of the larger poinsettia is popped up for some dimension. For the background, I again sponged a rectangular panel with light blue distress ink, but this time sparkled it up with some perfect pearls powder, in honour of the festive theme. To pick up on the gold embossing, I cut the sentiment and mat from gold glitter paper. Two ribbons again to finish the tag. 
The sunlight today almost allowed me to catch the shimmer of the blue panel... 

As this is my VERY FIRST Christmas anything of 2017, I'm going to enter it in the May Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge, where anything goes and the masking is optional. 

Supplies: white & American Crafts gold glitter cardstock, WPlus9 Pretty Poinsettias stamps & dies, Versamark, Altenew crimson & velvet, Memento bamboo leaves & cottage ivy & tumbled glass distress inks, gold glitter embossing powder, white confetti Perfect Pearls, Hero Arts merry die, scrap ribbon & elastic cord

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Remember to Smile!

It's the middle of the month, so the Naughty or Nice Troublemakers want to remind you of our current challenge, Share a Smile! I took the theme very literally this time. 
I decided to use this month's sketch from Stamplorations

And it only took me four tries to get a card I liked! 

My first three attempts used a stencil and distress inks for the vertical strip. First try: my colours were too reminiscent of Halloween, so that's in the future use pile. The second panel: better colours, but I brain-gapped and used the "hello" sentiment instead of "smile". Another future use panel. Third attempt: different colours, also good. Stamped and embossed the correct sentiment this time. Stamped and embossed three flowers, popped them up in the appropriate places. Decided the next morning... ugh. Into recycling it went. And so we come to the fourth and final version. Stamped and embossed "smile" in sparkly embossing powder. Masked off the three spots where I wanted my smiley faces. Stamped "smile" several more times in pale grey. (My MISTI was invaluable for getting these right.) Stamped the three happy faces and again broke out the sparkle embossing powder. Popped the panel up on a black card base and, TA DA, a cheery card. 
You still have two days to share a smile with us! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, STAMPlorations Bold Sentiments & Simon Says Stamp Color & Sunshine stamps, Versafine onyx black, Versacolor sky grey, Memento Luxe lilac posies, love letter & Danube blue inks, Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, fun foam

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hatching, Matching, and Dispatching

Happy Saturday! We're offering lots of options with the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, HATCHING, MATCHING, AND DISPATCHING!

In case this phrase is new to you, hatching=birth, matching=marriage, dispatching=death. I do believe it's British in origin, but is used in parts of Canada as well. I hadn't actually heard it until CBC had a tv series titled that a few years ago. Anyway... all this is to say we're looking for cards (etc.) for one of those events. Of course, the real challenge would be to combine all three. πŸ˜‰
I needed a wedding card anyway, so that's the direction I went: 

No snark here AGAIN! My snarky mojo seems to be on vacation. (Although, when you think about it, fairy tales are full of trolls and ogres and child-eating witches...) This perfectly nice card uses a technique demonstrated by my friend Ardyth recently (the link will take you to the card and accompanying how-to video). Each layer of the flowers and leaves was inked then misted with water before stamping for a more watercoloured look. Extra added bonus: no need to feel every layer has to be stamped perfectly. This set doesn't have a solid base stamp for the flowers, so I simply flipped over one of the other layers to use. I filled in a few spaces with twigs and unknown small shapes inked in platinum, which is very close to the moonstone embossing of the sentiment. Both panels are popped up on a green card base. 
Have no fear, not all the sisters went snarkless for this latest challenge! We also have a talented return guest designer, and current Queen, Helen. For a chance at a snarky crown of your very own, come and join us! 

Supplies: Strathmore mixed media paper, Hero Arts layering cardstock, WPlus9 Pretty Little Peonies & Unity fairy tale stamps, Versamark, Altenew blush, crimson & velvet, Colorbox platinum & iced spruce and peeled paint distress inks, Stampendous moonstone embossing powder, MFT blueprints 24 & Sizzix circle dies, pop dot tape

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Gardening Muse

Today was finally a day to work outside, yay! And it was also a day to make a card for the current Muse challenge. This is the card by this week's muse, Tracey

I was inspired by the clean design, the cluster of images, and the overall layout. After a few left turns, here's my version: 

Initially, I was stuck on what set would give me an appropriate cluster of images. Then I thought of this garden set. I stamped the watering can, some gardening gloves, and a set of gardening tools. Next, I decided I wanted the seed packet design in the background with some flowers to ground the other images. Eventually the gloves just didn't fit. (I'd also be content without the watering can and tools, but that wouldn't really work with the inspiration, would it?) You could compliment me on the sponging of the patterned paper... but it came that way. 

Supplies: white & Neenah desert storm cardstock, Studio Calico Classic Calico v. 3 patterned paper, Papertrey Ink Garden Variety stamps & dies,Papertrey Ink fine linen, Stampin' Up real red & garden green & Memento rich cocoa inks, pop dot tape

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Sketch and Colours

Making a card combining the My Favourite Things Sketch and Colour challenges worked so well a couple of weeks ago, I thought I'd try it again. 

It seems I've made a lot of floral cards in the past few days, so for a change of pace... I made a cat card. 😹

This all started when I got out my two distress oxide inks to experiment with again. So far, I haven't found the magic, but I was somewhat happy with this panel I made with a stencil and fossilized amber ink. I added my little cat watercoloured with spiced marmalade and shipped sapphire distress markers. It practically took an engineering degree for me to figure out the white panel between getting the circle just right and adding the stitching. 😜  I've interpreted both sketch and colours rather loosely, but I think that's allowed. 

Supplies: white, light blue & navy cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, MFT I Knead You stamps, Versafine onyx black, Versamark & fossilized amber distress oxide inks, Ranger clear & Wow white embossing powders, Distress markers, Dylusions It's Raining Cats stencil, MFT blueprints 24 dies, pop-dot tape

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Featured Artist at Tag You're It!

 There's a brand new challenge up at Tag You're It... and I'm this month's featured tag artist! 

I wanted to offer a tag inspiration that could be interpreted a few different ways, and I hope this does the trick: 

I made this on a cool rainy day when all I wanted was something to remind me that spring will eventually be here. I started by lightly sponging tumbled glass distress ink on a white panel, then stamped the two tulips. As I'd hoped, the layers of inks covered the light blue, meaning there was no masking necessary, yay! I found some scrap red cardstock that coordinated with the blooms and used it to mat the tulip panel as well as to die cut the "hello" sentiment and a reinforcement. No die for the tag, I merely cut it to the size I wanted. The two ribbons finish it off. A little tulip close-up:

Thank you, Tracey, for the invitation to play along with the talented tag design team! I hope this inspires you to join this month's challenge! 

Supplies: white & red cardstock, Altenew Tulip stamps, tumbled glass distress, Altenew velvet, crimson & blush, Memento cottage ivy, bamboo leaves & new sprout inks, Winnie & Walter Katharine & The Big, the Bold & the Happy dies, May Arts ribbons

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fussy Cutting

(How could I resist?)

There's a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash, and it's all about going back to basics... using *gasp* scissors instead of those marvellous things called dies to cut out something! One way to accomplish this is to use something where dies wouldn't work anyway. That's what I did! 

When you use masks to put a few different images together, there's really no option other than to cut them out by hand if you want to be able to pop them up on a background. Also, I have yet to buy the dies for these tulips, but that's beside the point. Along with the tulip stamps that I bought last fall, stash items also include the ancient green patterned paper, the yellow cardstock that came from who knows where and the love sentiment, that I triple cut for dimension and added stickles for shine. And yes, "love" was NOT hand-cut, I hope that's allowed. As for the curved edge, I did use a die for the stitching, but it doesn't cut an edge! I had to fussy cut parallel to it. I added two scored lines on the left for balance. 
A close-up of my tulips in all their imperfect layering... 

These tulips are showing up here again tomorrow, in a post I'm kind of excited about... πŸ˜‰

Supplies: white & yellow cardstock, Crate Paper Random patterned paper, Altenew Tulip stamps, Memento dandelion, cantaloupe, new sprout, bamboo leaves & cottage ivy inks, Paper Smooches stitched & Little B handwritten dies, SCISSORS, Studio G clear glitter glue, dimensionals

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Share a Smile at Naughty or Nice

The double M — May and Monday. Luckily, there's a new Naughty or Nice challenge to distract me! 

We want to SHARE A SMILE... first, the design team making you smile (we hope), and then you making us smile with your creation! Here's my attempt to tickle your funny bone:

A slightly naughty birthday card, depending on just how far past the age of 29 the recipient is. I have used the current design from CAS(E) This Sketch for my layout. I felt like using a stencil, so I did for the base layer, before colouring my laughing kitty and embossing a sentiment. I think this little cat would take any possible sting out of the sentiment. 
I'm also adding this to the current Seize the Birthday anything goes link-up and the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday challenge.  
There's lots more to make you smile over on our challenge blog! You have until the 25th of the month to join us. 

Supplies: white cardstock, Paper Smooches Nine Lives stamp & die, Taylored Expressions Party Grumplings sentiment stamp, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass, broken china, mermaid lagoon & dusty concord distress inks, ranger clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers, Memory Box scraped paint stencil, MFT blueprints 24 dies, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Yippee for the Snarky Stampers!

Y is for Yippee is the brand new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! Let's celebrate... something! I'm celebrating that we had a couple of spring-like days this week, even if today we're back to brr. And looking ahead a couple of months, I decided to go with a graduation card for my version of yippee: 

This will eventually be for my great-nephew, and I would like to suggest to all schools that they should make their team colours noticeable somewhere on their websites. Eventually I determined that gold and black was what I wanted. I used the current Freshly Made Sketches sketch (I flipped it) for my design — I have a few layers here, but I say the overall look of the card is still quite clean and simple. The mortarboard is from Crazy Things, but without a bird, dog or cat beneath looks quite classy! I went over the tassel with a Versamarker so I could give it some gold tinsel embossing powder bling. I luckily had patterned paper, gold pearl paper and gold mist (for splattering) that all coordinated. 
I'm also going to add this to the Rubber Dance challenge of black & white with one colour, as well as Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday anything goes challenge. 
The sisters did not manage a lot of snark this week, so thank goodness our latest Queen and guest designer, Becca, did! Be sure to check out their creations, and then join us! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, gold pearl paper, Teresa Collins He Said She Said patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stamper's Anonymous crazy Things stamp & die, MFT black licorice ink, Versamarker, gold tinsel embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers, Spellbinders circle, MFT blueprints 24 stitched circle & Little B Block Out dies, Art Anthology Timeless Colorations spray, pop-dot tape

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Sunday, April 23, 2017


For the first time I'm attempting to combine the two My Favorite Things challenges, Sketch and Colours

I've rotated the sketch to the horizontal way I've used it: 

I watercoloured a couple of the cuties from the Cat-itude set and paired them with the "Pawesome" sentiment. By adding a layer of vellum behind the die cut frame, I was able to add a background behind the kitties without overwhelming them or adding a third pattern to the mix. I'm going to say the polka dots were inspired by the circle element on the card that I didn't incorporate. πŸ˜‰

Supplies: white cardstock, vellum, Lilybee Designs Pinwheel & Pebbles Lakeside patterned papers, MFT Cat-itude stamps & dies, MFT black licorice & Memento Luxe Danube blue inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig clean colour real brush markers, MFT blueprints 24 & diagonal stitched dies, Spectrum Noir clear overlay sparkle marker, pop-dot tape

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