Saturday, October 29, 2016

bring on the stamps, bring out the snark!

i was super-excited to be named the "queen of snark" by the sisterhood of snarky stampers for my pink halloween card (apparently i was the only one who drew a zen-doodle spider web on pink?? go figure!) the prize for such an honor, apart from the obviously enviable bragging rights, is to be their lovely guest star in a future challenge, and mine starts today. the challenge is "W is for WATERCOLOR"!

ok, yeah. i think i can swing that! here's what i made:

water color media: colorburst pigment powders by ken oliver crafts; stamps: script=love to stamp, crackle=cherry pie, leopard=rubber stampede, type=stampin' up, paisley flourish=sassafras lass, music=glitz design, damask=hero arts; ancient jumbo pink glitter letters: making memories; woodgrain patterned paper: pion design; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sookwang tape; tiny brads and epoxy shapes: eyelet outlet

as usual, i had like 37 ideas, and 36 of them were pretty straightforward. so OF COURSE i chucked those immediately and went with the only really weird one, lol.

i decided to make a card full of watercolor flowers, but i wanted them to look almost paper-pieced, so i decided to stamp the different shapes with various pattern and background stamps. i got to use up a lot of the little random bits of watercolor paper that i use at the end of the a watercoloring session to finish off my pre-mixed color burst colors, though, so it was a bit of a stash-buster in that sense. yay!

i cut my floral shapes from scraps of water color paper i had painted with various shades of color burst, then stamped each flower with a different pattern stamp. after inking the edges, adding a few eyelet outlet enamels and teeny brads, and scribbling some little details in pen, i assembled the flowers.

then i used the flowers to adorn my oversized sentiment, "BLOOM". i put some flowers over the letters and some under; i also varied the height of the elements-- some of the pieces have as many as three layers of foam tape to make them stand out!

i'm hopping in on the simon says stamp wednesday challenge, whose theme this week is "anything goes".

my only regret is that whereas i feel very happy with my watercoloring effort and pretty pleased with my stamping technique... alas, i didn't manage to work in any element of snark with this one. ah well, maybe next time. of course, there are a gazzillion ways to interpret, "W is for WATERCOLOR" and the sisterhood have a bunch of different ones to inspire you. why not hop over and check those out right now?! ♥


  1. Excuse me while I swoooooooooon! LAUREN, this is a total stunner - so glad you're our GDT for this challenge, Jo x

  2. What A STUNNING piece! I loved your idea of stamping overtop of your backgrounds... Brilliant! My post also has no snark this time because I just had so much fun playing with my powders... I think You rocked this one honourary Sistaaaah!

  3. Gorgeous, fabulous stash bustin' card.

  4. All hail the QUEEN!!!
    I love that you went with the 37th weird idea...its awesomesauce!!
    Thanking you mucho for being our queen and guest designer for the sisterhood's watercolour challenge!

  5. Congratulations! I love this project. Woodgrain, flowers and a bold word...perfection.

  6. Wonderful bright card, I love it. Love the flowers hanging over the top of the letters.

  7. WOW!!! I love this card — sometimes you just have to forsake the snark for pure awesomeness. Thrilled you're joining us!

  8. Awww, how could you add snark to this cutie? Just add a cuss-word inside... go see what I wrote on Chris's! LOL. This is awesome... and how fun to come up with so many unique blooms to play with!

  9. Absolutely stunning! What a gorgeous way to use all those watercolour backgrounds. Definitely no snark needed! Thanks for being our guest designer

  10. An amazing piece of art!! Thanks so much for being our guest designer at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

    Majo - DT ♥

  11. It is gorgeous. Thank you for joining the sisterhood this week as Queen of the Snark.

  12. Beautiful and colourful plaque. Love it. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge. Gayatri xx

  13. There was no way you could add snark to this lovely creation! Love that you went with the 37th weird idea, because it was quite the stunner! So thrilled you are joining us at the Sisterhood!


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