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Monday, March 31, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Use a Die

It's another great challenge at Sweet Stamps .  Our challenge theme for this week is to Use a Die .

 I had to try something different with a die- embossing with a Foil (sticky back) Paper.......I always love to try new things.....
 I taped the die to the back of the foil with removable tape, then used a stump to trace- don't be afraid to press hard!  You can use the stylus tool to show the fine areas of the die- like the owls eye and body too- which I did at the end.
 Next, I placed the foil onto the embossing folder (ridge side up) and rubbed the stump over it.  I did not remove the backing before attaching to the card- so it would be a bit sturdier. I sanded the foil before attaching it. On colored foil, the base with show up just like sanding the Coordinations cardstock shows a core color.

 Ok- I also had some fun with dies and my Art Journal cover.

 I made something REALLY different for me. For the April/May Technique Junkies newsletter, we learned a technique for cards (inspired by Art Journals) called Textured Monochromes. I thought I would decorate the cover of my Art Journal....so here goes!
 First, I painted the cover with Gesso, then with a light brown acrylic paint color. I picked brown as that is the color I figured the owl should be......  Next I cut the owl out of plain grungeboard. I attached it to the cover with  gel medium. I ripped a piece of cardstock and made it the branch under the owl- attached it with Gel medium.

I cut out the Mini Medallion die, and added modeling paste through it top left and again- just out of the picture on the right. I added a stencil with moon shapes- thinking it looked similar to the owls eyes.

On the far bottom, I added numerous roses- I cut off and saved some of the leaves from the Roses.

On the leaves- upper Rt and lower Lt, I used modeling paste thru leaves, and the other two and leaves from the roses pieced together.
 On the leaves- upper Rt and lower Lt, I used modeling paste thru leaves, and the other two and leaves from the roses pieced together.
 I added more color in layers, added some crackle paint and some sparkle spritz (Fairy Dust Creative Inspiration paint mixed with water).  Once I did that- forget taking a picture of this- the sheen changes the colors a tad.......  I added Brownie and Latte Shades die ink sponged on around the edges for a finishing touch. I also mixed some Brownie ink with Gesso, and used bubble wrap for more interest.
 I added a few ribbons to the edge- and will add more later- I am messy, so do not want to get paint and gesso all over it while playing.

Here are the Sweet Stamps products I used on my projects:




 I hope you will join in the challenge! Every entry qualifies you for a chance to win $20 of items from the store at Sweet Stamps, and if you use a Sweet Stamps image- you will receive an additional chance to win! The winner is chosen by Random.org- so everyone has a chance to win!

  Here is a direct link to the Monthly Challenge as well- 3/15- 4/14 Inking Stamps with Markers . You have a chance to WIN- winners drawn by Random.org.



 Challenges:
Use your Stuff- Die Cuts
OSAAT- Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge- Show Us Your Metal
Allsorts- Use those dies
Alphabet Challenge- D for Diecut
Challenges and Candies- Embossing
Cut it Up- AG with Die Cuts
Creative Knockouts- Texturize It

***Sweet Stamps also has a PINTREST page- HERE ***

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Washi Herringbone

Here is a pretty background technique for a card using- Washi tape.
 This was made for the Feb/March Technique Junkies Newsletter and it was fun to actually use some of my Washi Tape up!  I love this beautiful butterfly and the sentiment is perfect my my daughter(s), I call them both Beautiful (or Petunia- hahaha) and the Kanji is perfect for Katie! The stamps are by Mark's Finest Papers.

 Still a bit under the weather- I am OK as long as I do not eat anything......  Jello and tea are OK.....

Challenges:
MFP- Thursday Color challenge- Grey and Cranberry
Sugar Creek Hollow- Make your own background
Sister Act- Anything Goes
CRAFT- What season where you are

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Friday, March 28, 2014

Masked and Quartered

 OK- bet you read that title thinking- what the heck is she up to???  Well, surprise- it is a Technique Junkies technique from the Feb/March newsletter!
 I stamped on Soft Suede and colored the image with Twinkling H2O's. Ohhhhhhh- I do not get these out enough!  The image, black Kanji text and sentiment are from Marks Finest Papers. The BG stamp in white is from Technique Junkies.

 I am recovering with a bout of the flu this week- my husband had it first and since we share almost everything.......  (Well, he stays out of my craft room, and just about everything in the garage- is his ).

Challenges:
Marks Finest Papers- Inspiration Challenge Flower/Flower Pot
4 Crafty Chicks- Spring
4 Krafty Girlz- Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz- CAS
Cute Card Thursdays- Floral Delights

Have a great weekend!
Shelly

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Become~ E=mc2

 As Einstein says, "Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world". So, inspired by this quote and the Technique Junkies technique of the week, Rounded Squares, I came up with a card:


I had to make this fun card for my sister- she is a Patent attorney but her undergrad was in Physics : )  All images are from Technique Junkies Stamps. I used SU Choc Chip and Cherry Cobbler cardstock and ink. I also added a touch of shimmer using a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

 FYI- did you know there is an Einstein Memorial in Washington DC?  We had to go visit there when we went to DC.

Have a great day!
Shelly

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sweet Stamps Swirls

We are using Swirls for our challenge at Sweet Stamps  this week.
  I went CAS again this week : )  I cut out an oval mask and stamped the swirls in Peapod ink around the mask, then added some piercing and a sentiment.  (Hubby picked out the color for this card. )
  I used the clear acrylic index that comes with the stamp set over the cardstock/Mask for placement and of the swirls.


  I decided to make a 2nd card using Springy colors. I used just one flourish image from the set this time, and masked the oval like I did for the 1st card. I added shimmer with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen and rhinestones.

Here are the Sweet Stamps products I used on these cards:






 I hope you will join in the challenge! Every entry qualifies you for a chance to win $20 of items from the store at Sweet Stamps, and if you use a Sweet Stamps image- you will receive an additional chance to win! The winner is chosen by Random.org- so everyone has a chance to win!

  Here is a direct link to the Monthly Challenge as well- 3/15-4/14-Inking your Stamps with Markers. You have a chance to WIN- winners drawn by Random.org.

  Stop by the Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog HERE to see what the rest of the DT has created for the Challenges

 Challenges:
Amusing Challenges- Sponging
Catered Crop- Spring-card 2
Inkspirational- color inspiration
Artistic Inspirations- Anything Goes



***Sweet Stamps also has a PINTREST page- HERE ***

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Zentangle Art Journal Page

I am just beginning to dabble in Zentangle. I bought a couple of books with 'How To' instructions, and threw them in with my luggage when traveled recently.  I had a day with a  3 hour bus trip from Bangkok to Koh Samet, Thailand, so I took out my Art Journal and went to task.




 The page already had the orange-ish and purple color from another project. I outlined my hand and practiced different Zentangle patterns, and filled in around the page edges. It kept me busy and I found some of the patterns I really enjoyed in the books I had. 

 You may notice on the bottom right, I dated the page- I think I will add the date somewhere on each page, so I can see my progress as I continue to learn about Art Journaling.  The last page I completed was a year ago....... I find Zentangling very relaxing....... : )


Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sweet Stamps Challenge- Anything Goes

 It's Anything Goes for our challenge this week at Sweet Stamps .

  I made a card for a Nephew that is getting married next weekend. The setting of the wedding is in a church built in 1865 and in a country setting. I thought this would be a fitting image.

 I stamped and embossed the ATC frame, and used the 4-split perforating tool to remove the inner frame and vellum. I added some striped white DP from Paper Temptress in the center frame to be the backdrop of the couple. I fussy cut the dancing couple and added a touch of color with Copics and then coated the dress with Fairy Dust Creative Inspirations Paint.

 I used the 2 needle tool on the grid to pierce around the inside of the frame- here is a close-up:




 I left the inside plain- except for some corner dies:
I used a shimmery Gold cardstock from Marco's Paper.

Here are the supplies I used from the Sweet Stamps store:

 I hope you will join in the challenge! Every entry qualifies you for a chance to win $20 of items from the store at Sweet Stamps, and if you use a Sweet Stamps image- you will receive an additional chance to win! The winner is chosen by Random.org- so everyone has a chance to win!

  Here is a direct link to the Monthly challenge as well- 3/15-4/14-Ink a stamp with Markers. You have a chance to WIN- winners drawn by Random.org.

  Stop by the Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog HERE to see what the rest of the DT has created for the Challenges

 Challenges:
Crafty Cardmaker- Decorative Paper Pricking
Love to Create- CAS or Classy/Elegant
The Crafting Cafe- CAS
MFP Friends of Speedy TV- Different ways to paper pierce

***Sweet Stamps also has a PINTREST page- HERE ***

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly