Tuesday, March 31, 2015

no foolin'

with tomorrow being april fool's day here in the united states the challenge at shopping our stash is especially timely: we'd like to see projects with some sort of faux technique, such as faux stitching, faux silk, faux suede, faux patina, etc. i opted for a faux leather look, using an embossing folder and clear embossing powder to make it both textural and glossy.

vintage book and notebook papers from my stash; birch giftwrap: paper source; chipboard alphabet letters by basic grey used as little templates; brown cardstock: core'dinations; embossing folder: tim holtz; embossing powder: psx; glossy black cardstock: paper accents; label: dymo; adhesives: scotch gluestick, elmers gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

i used a very similar torn collage background for last week's card, but what can i say, i was on a roll! sometimes it's better not to even try to fight that sort of thing. so i didn't, lol. i'm still pretty fond of the glossy cardstock as a base, as well... especially when combined with a dymo label.

there are many more faux techniques to be seen at SOS this morning, why not stop by and greet my design team darlings?! ♥

Friday, March 27, 2015


time for a new prompt at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and we hope you'll think it sounds like fun: we want you to make a holiday card that incorporates music, is inspired by a holiday song, or which includes a holiday song title. here's what i made:

vintage sheet music from my stash; birch patterned giftwrap from pier 1; holly and ivy cut from an old greeting card; large velvetty flower: michaels; small florals: petaloo; dimensional sentiment: basic grey; brad: american crafts; doily die: cheery lynn designs; border punches: recollections; patterned paper scraps: echo park, basic grey, my mind's eye; ink: colorbox; adhesives: xyron, elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

i did a little bit of all three aspects: OF COURSE i used some of my very favorite darkly patina-ed old sheet music; i've got "deck the halls" for my sentiment; and thematically, my inspiration comes from "the holly and the ivy". i've also made a round card, which was inspired by the current cardabilities sketch (#119):

and now why not head on over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and see stephanie's gorgeous card, while planning your own bid for holiday-music-related world domination!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

neon rainbow of lOOoOooOoove*

technically, the brand new challenge at shopping our stash is only called "neon rainbow" but when you see my card, you'll understand the title. maybe. on the other hand, this might be another one of those times when something is only funny inside my head, in which case, just skip down to the card and then go check out the other DT projects at SOS! oh but first, in case you didn't surmise the brief from the title, i should probably mention that what we're looking to see this week are projects with a rainbow image OR rainbow colors OR neon. OR, i suppose, all of the above, if you're feeling especially colorful! i've got two out of three. ok, maybe more like 1.5 out of three:

rainbow of artist loft watercolors painted on book paper xyroned to index stock to make it sturdier; heart dies: cuttlebug; paper scraps: mme, sei, glitz design, making memories, scenic route, doodlebug, prima, american crafts; glossy white cardstock: paper accents; vinyl thickers:  american crafts (a gift from miss leslie, ta v much missus!); tiny alpha tiles: my mind's eye; chalk ink for edges: colorbox; pen to outline hearts: faber castell pitt in XS; adhesives: elmer's brand gluetape, sewing machine

rainbow colors? check! neon? wellllllll... some of these are pretty bright, but not all. on the other hand, i feel i should achieve bonus points by virtue of the fact that all my hearts were not only diecut from scraps, they were leftovers from various other projects, stowed in one of the many baggies i fill with "spare parts". actually, even the "rainbow of hearts" idea is recycled; it's a neater and more card-friendly version of a page i made last autumn as an art journal exercise during the daily paper prompt event at the daisy yellow art blog. see?

i used watercolors (instead of water soluble crayons) for the card version, scaled it down a bit, and added a sentiment; but you can see that it's a pretty literal translation of the same concept. which just goes to show you that even if most of the experiments we play around with don't get seen or used for anything else, the *IDEAS* they generate can be adapted later. not that i need any other reason to art journal than just the fun of it, but who doesn't love a little "bonus" every once in a while, right? ;)

i realize i've already said this, but there genuinely ARE some especially awesome projects by my design team sisters awaiting you at SOS and you really should go and see them, darlings! ♥

*you should probably pronounce the title in your best barry white voice. it's funnier. just sayin'... oh babybabybaaaaybaaaaay... (see?!)

Friday, March 20, 2015

this whole card was basically lorraine's idea

at least indirectly. you see, when lorraine, of paper vernissage, my fellow crafty jersey girl, saw the emboss/resist card i made for sos a few weeks ago, she said the mandala stamp i used reminded her of a snowflake. so when i was thinking about what to make for the second week of our embossing prompt at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ i decided to stretch the idea even further and see what would happen:

mandala (or snowflake, lol) stamp set: sheena douglass for crafter's companion; inks: several shades of blue distress ink by ranger and purple pigment ink by colorbox; white glossy cardstock: paper accents; holiday/winter sentiment sticker: SRM; purple patterned paper: anna griffin; snowflake stickers: stickopatomus; felt and gem snowflakes: hero arts; adhesives: elmer's brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

i was playing around with a few different color palettes, but when i saw the gorgeous blue and purple tones of the new "floral fusion" board at fusion card challenge, i was smitten. i'd hoped to use the sketch, as well, but i wound up liking my background so much that i decided not to cover it up.

strangely enough, this was one of the easiest stamping adventures i've ever had, and one of the hardest card-making scenarios. which, for the record, is the reverse of what usually happens to me. but it turns out that when you don't really stamp that much, and you suddenly come up with a pretty cool background, you can totally psych yourself out about "ruining" it, lol! eventually... (by which i mean, "after literally trying every other idea in the entire universe that could possibly involve snowflakes"!!!) ...i just went really simple, enhanced one centrally located snowflake, and made a little pennant for an SRM sticker sentiment:

i'm happy with the end result, and would actually consider making a few more versions of this if i need some extra cards in december. i like that i could make them all the same in terms of design, but all unique in terms of colors and blending. plus-- except for the silly dithery bit in the middle-- it was really fun to make.

speaking of fun... you should totally go and check out the cards miss stephanie AND our lovely guest star steph c have made at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥. i'll give you a hint: they both feature embossing!!! :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

background check

it's tuesday, and therefore time for a brand new challenge at shopping our stash, this one is called "i made this" and we want to see projects in which you've made your own background! there aren't very many rules for this one, but we would like to see more than just using one simple background stamp. beyond that, you can collage, paint, stencil, stamp creatively, use tape, alter some patterned paper; well, you get the idea, right? lots of options, so i think it's possible i went a bit crazy. but... you know... in a good way, lol!

torn vintage paper collage made using: hindi newspaper, sheet music, notebook paper, index from an old book, latitude and longitude chart from a vintage atlas + bits of an old doily; flowers fussy-cut from some k and co patterned paper; glossy white cardstock: paper accents; flourish stamps: autumn leaves; distress inks: ranger; chalk ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, scotch brand gluestick, sewing machine

ok, yeah, so i really did do a little bit of everything on this one! i started with a torn paper collage using bits of notebook paper, sheet music, hindi text and more; then i did quite a bit of grungy stamping, but afterwards i decided it got a little too muddled-looking, so i covered up most of the stamping up with bits of doily, but you can still see a few swirls and a bit of color. then i added flowers fussy-cut from patterned paper and machine stitched around the perimeter just to make extra sure all my layers were permanently attached. this is definitely an ORIGINAL looking card, but i kinda like it! :)

speaking of things to like, there are lots more unique and inspiring ideas from the rest of the design team over at SOS, i'm sure you will enjoy seeing those, so off you go, darlings!

Friday, March 13, 2015

mission EMBOSS-ible?! :)

yep, that's the title of this week's brand new prompt at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and yes, sadly, i am the one responsible for the pun... and proud of it, lol! but the brilliant idea-- which is to make holiday cards which feature wet or dry embossing-- comes from our lovely and talented guest star steph c, so i hope you'll check it out and leave her some love while you're over there! meanwhile, here's my card:

patterned paper: pebbles, dcwv, basic grey, gcd; aqua blue cardstock: dcwv (embossed with cuttlebug swiss dots e/f); glossy white cardstock: paper accents; plain chipboard letters: basic grey (painted with pearl white craft paint, stamped with hero arts damask background and embossed with psx powder; felt snowflake and scallop scissors: michaels; metal snowflake: making memories; brad: october afternoon; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

i was planning to dry emboss my painted chipboard letters and heat emboss the cardstock oval, but when i found that cool hero arts damask cling stamp i thought how fab it would look on the letters, so i changed my mind. i deliberately used some inexpensive textured cardstock with a white core in my swiss dots embossing folder so that when i sanded it the dots would look a bit like snow. i've actually got a third embossed element here, but it's a bit of a cheat: the ancient red GCD background has a sort of plastic-like texture on it, and the little asterisks (or snowflakes?!) are lightly textured; i suppose technically they are de-bossed rather than em-bossed, but they still look pretty cool, i think.

i started out using leslie's latest crooked stamper sketch challenge (#2) again, but sort of veered off in another direction when i added in the horizontal band. it's a great sketch, however, and there's still plenty of time for you to play, so i figure i might as well remind you what it looks like, eh?

speaking of things i know you'd like to see, we've got twice as many stephanies as usual at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ this fortnight, and both of them have made gorgeous holiday cards for you to enjoy. why not hop over and see those right now?! ♥

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SOS192: counting on you!

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is pretty much by the numbers... and i do mean that literally, lol; we want to see projects with numerals on them! fun, right? i definitely thought so. here's what i made:

patterned paper: my mind's eye, making memories, basic grey, k and co, recollections, glitz design, studio calico; black and white glossy cardstock: paper accents; lg brads: mme; sm brads: queen and co; alphabet stickers: kelly purkey/simon says stamp; labels: dymo; cardstock arrow: scenic route; cloud punches: fiskars; deco scissors: michaels; ink: colorbox; pen: faber castell pitt xs; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape

if you suspect that i built my entire design-- including the car i paper-pieced from a customized clipart image-- around a desire to convey the sentiment on a tiny handmade license plate, you are quite right. but it's not every day that my friend carlos turns EIGHT YEARS OLD (!) so clearly some special preparations were called for. luckily, i had the second crooked stamper sketch challenge to help me think of a great way to use those elements (you can see that i've rotated it 90 degrees clockwise, but otherwise i've been pretty faithful!):

meanwhile, there are lots more lovely numeric masterpieces awaiting you at SOS, why not hop over and check those out right now?!