ColourQ #351

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I’m playing along with ColourQ #351 with a CAS card:

ColourQ #351

The challenge colors initially had me stumped, but the inspiration photo brought to mind the Reverse Confetti “Peacock Pretties” stamp set. I decided on equal ratios of the purple, aqua and navy with the gold as the accent.

I stamped and heat-embossed the feather image from “Peacock Pretties” on cardstock, which I then cut with a banner die so that they would be the same size. The sentiment stamped in black is from the same set.

Ahoy! – Share Joy Challenge #45

I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #45.

TE Share Joy Challenge #45

I flipped the sketch horizontally to make a CAS nautical-themed card.

TE Share Joy Challenge #45

I pulled out my stash of patterned papers (I have several nautical-themed collections, mostly Carta Bella and Echo Park) from which I cut the Little Bits – Fishing Boat and the Build a Scene – Rolling Waves. I purposely cut the wave in the larger circle and the smaller one so that they would like up. I finished off the scene with a sentiment from Ships Ahoy stamp & die combo stamped in a cloud.

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Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

Supplies:

Penny Black Bejeweled – 3 Ways

I recently took a few days to play with the Penny Black #40-452 Bejeweled cling stamp. I placed it on my MISTI and stamped with different mediums on several different surfaces. I don’t often have a couple of days just to play and explore, and it’s not easy for me to do so when I’m not sure what I’ll end up with!

I’m sharing several of the cards I created with the stamp. I have another half dozen stamped images on my worktable. At the end of the post, I’ve listed three links with inspiration and tips for stamping “brushstroke” stamps.

First up, I inked the Bejeweled stamp with Distress Ink pads and Distress Markers and stamped onto 110# Neenah cardstock.

Penny Black Bejeweled

The bloom was colored with Abandoned Coral, and the leaves/stems with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint. I didn’t mist the image at all, but I did color the stems selectively with the darker ink (Peeled Paint Distress Marker) for some variation. I finished the card panel by flicking Tumbled Glass ink and then Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine Spray. After stamping the #30-344 Sunny Wishes sentiment, I cut a narrow strip of woodgrain cardstock and adhered to the left-hand side.

Next up, I colored the flowers with Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire inks, the leaves/stems with Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn, misted and stamped onto Master’s Touch watercolor paper. While the inks were still wet, I brushed the ink to fill out the image.

Penny Black Bejeweled

Once dry, I added splatters and stamped a sentiment from #30-345 Soar.

Finally, I inked the stamp with Distress Paints in Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire (blooms) and Peeled Paint (leaves/stems) and stamped onto Strathmore watercolor paper.

Penny Black Bejeweled

After I stamped, I sponged Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy on the panel, I stamped randomly with  #40-442 Butterfly Charmer (you can see a hint in the upper left corner), added drops of the Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine Spray and put a little Picket Fence Distress Paint on the right corner. The Strathmore paper can take the applications of lots of product!

I heat-embossed a sentiment from #30-346 Perfect Pairing onto a panel, cut the floral image with a square die cut and added it to the card. This isn’t a “simple” card by any means, but I still consider the card design to be CAS.

For more inspiration for stamping with this stamp (and similar brushstroke stamps) from Penny Black:

A Trio with Therese – Therese used the Bejeweled stamp with a variety of sentiments.

Alexandra’s Sunday Scrapbooking – Alexandra’s post describes brushing the wet ink on the watercolor paper and how to add the splatters.

Jill Foster’s Inchie Arts and Distress Paints – Jill’s cards were the inspiration for my third card with the Distress Paint.

The Adventure Begins! – Share Joy Challenge #44

I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #44.

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I used the sketch (flipped horizontally) to create a CAS celebration card for a boy featuring the Sky High – Rocket set. This card came together quickly.

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I heat-embossed a sentiment from Sky High Sentiments on a diagonal strip and adhered it to a panel that was dry-embossed with the Lots of Stars embossing folder. I added the assembled the Sky High – Rocket with foam.

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Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

Supplies:

Penny Black Simplicity: You Brighten My Day

Today, I’m sharing a CAS floral card created with Penny Black stamps and dies.

PB Simplicity

Taking my color cue from the sentiment, (included in the 30-338 Special Thoughts set), I stamped the Penny Black 40-460 Sunbursts with several bright colors of dye ink on 110# Neenah white cardstock, staggering the image for visual interest. (I tried pigment ink as well, but preferred the saturated and bold look I got with the dye ink.) I embellished the card with butterflies cut with one of the dies in the 51-132 Flights of Fancy set.

Paper Smooches Floral Friendship

Today, I’m sharing a “just because” card featuring Paper Smooches supplies.

Paper Smooches Pretty Awesome

I die cut the flowers with two die sets – Flowers and Flowers 2 – and arranged them as if they were in the vase. I framed the scene and attached it to patterned paper, on which I’d stamped a sentiment from Lovely Thoughts (I’ve reached for this set a number of times recently).

Supplies: Paper Smooches Crystal Clear 3, Duo Dies 3

To the Beach – TE Share Joy Challenge #43

I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #43.

TE Share Joy Challenge #43

I used the sketch (rotated ninety degrees counter-clockwise) to create a beach-themed card.

TE Share Joy Challenge #43

I put a die-cut circle representing the sun in the spot on the sketch where there’s a large circle and used the swim suit pieces in the spots with the smaller circles. (I took a lot of artistic license with the sketch!)

For this card, I colored watercolor cardstock with Distress Inks before cutting it with the various dies (from the On the Line Beach Cutting Plate set) to create a different look. Instead of centering the palms on the scene, I offset them so that the palm on the right is more prominent. The Sunshine word die was a complimentary die provided in one of my Taylored Expressions orders.

TE Share Joy Challenge #43

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

Supplies:

Taylored Expressions Farewell Favorites Sale

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Taylored Expressions is bidding a fond farewell to over 200 products as we retire some of our favorite items with an amazing SALE. Choose from a variety of stamps and dies at up to 80% off retail price — but hurry, once they’re gone, they’re gone forever! Check out the graphic above to see how you can earn an even greater discount off the sale price and then visit the SALE HERE to start shopping! Additional discounts expire July 17th.

I’m sharing two CAS cards I created using one of the sale items – Pockets & Pages – Fab Frames – Summer.

For my first card, I used one of the frames (there are three in the set) cut inside one of the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets dies to create an overlay.

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The outside edge of the Pockets & Pages – Fab Frames – Summer does not cut, so it can be placed inside a larger die. The palm was cut with the On the Line Beach Cutting Plate set and adhered directly to the cardstock background. The frame was added with foam adhesive. I couldn’t resist embellishing with the Little Bits – Flip Flops.

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For my second card, I used a different frame in the Pockets & Pages – Fab Frames – Summer set with a die in the Stitched Square Stacklets set to create a CAS masculine card for the car lover in your family.

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I added the frame directly to a card panel, which was dry-embossed with the Chevron embossing folder. I adhered the vehicles, cut with the Transportation set, to the frame background with foam adhesive. This card came together very quickly!

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Supplies:

Butterfly Encouragement + Ellen Hutson Coupon

I’m sharing a CAS encouragement card created with the Up the Happy set designed by Julie Ebersole for Essentials by Ellen.

Up the Happy

I colored the stamped butterflies with a variety of Copic markers (practicing my blending of colors that aren’t in the same color family), cut the butterflies with the coordinating die, and attached them to a card base, onto which I’d stamped the sentiment. Some of the butterflies are attached with foam adhesive.

Ellen Hutson is offering 20% off in-stock items today and tomorrow!

Ellen Hutson Coupon

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Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 5

This week, the challenge at Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz at Online Card Classes is to create a project using 3 or more Distress Paints.

SummerOfCreativeChemistry-Participant

For my tag’s background, I used the Eroded Metallics technique.

Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 5

It took me several tries to feel like I was really getting the technique. I used Silver Distress Paint, although the Copper would have given a more patina look. The Copper is on my list to purchase. I was running out of Silver paint, otherwise I would have kept making tags using the technique. The water portion of the globe was cut from an earlier attempt at the technique. I figured I would find a way to salvage the tags! I used Distress Paints to paint manila cardstock for the land portions on the globe and for the globe stand.