Saturday, January 13, 2018

First challenge @ Stuck?! Sketches for 2018

Here is the sketch for the first challenge of 2018 over at Stuck?!  Sketches:

This sketch is really different from my usual pages, with small photos and photos at the bottom of the page, but that just made the challenge more fun.   I used photos of my youngest granddaughter's first birthday party.

You have until Jan 29th to join in  with the challenges at Stuck?! Sketches.  Hope to see you there!

Sketches in Thyme Sketch #308

After all the holiday cards and activities, it's time to get back to some scrapbooking!  This is sketch #308 over at Sketches in Thyme:

Jan 8 sketch #308

I used squares instead of circles for my photos, but kept the dimensions pretty close to the sketch.  I was changing out some photos in frames on the wall for more current ones, and decided to use the old photos on a page.  My grandson has grown a lot the last couple of years, but he still has that same sweet face!

PP:  Doodlebug Dragon Tails

Monday, January 1, 2018

First Christmas card of 2018

Time for the first Jingle Belles challenge of 2018!  This challenge is to use something new on a Christmas card - maybe something you received from Santa or something you bought yourself but haven't used yet.

For my card, I used the Penny Black "Trimming the Tree" stamp, which is one I bought right before Christmas but didn't use for this year's cards.  I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic markers, adding some Wink of Stella to the star and ornaments, and shading around the card with Distress ink.

Still need to work on my coloring (one of my goals in 2018), but I think this image is just too cute!  I love joining in the Jingle Belles challenges throughout the year and getting a head start on my Christmas cards!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Edge Stamping

Earlier this week, Jennifer McGuire posted a video on an edge stamping technique to yield two cards at a time.  I wanted to try the technique, and when today's challenges were posted at Splitcoast Stampers, one of them was for edge stamping, so it was perfect timing.

You can see Jennifer McGuire's video here:

Here are my two cards from this technique:

The flower stamp is from Simon Says Stamp and the sentiments are from Avery Elle.  I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored the images with Copic markers and added a few sprinkles of gold mist.

I'm entering these cards into the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps (flowers)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

May the beauty of the season bring you joy...

I made this card as part of the World Cardmaking Day challenge @ TopFlight Stamps and also for the current embossing challenge @ Jingle Belles.

For the challenge @ TopFlight Stamps, you needed to use something that could be purchased in their store.  I had bought this Indigo Blue background stamp several months ago but hadn't yet used it.

My original thought on this was to use it for vintage/heritage cards/layouts, but the more I looked at it, the more it seemed like it would work as a cracked ice background with some snowflakes, so that's what I did on this card.

The background was stamped in Versamark, then embossed with Wow glitter embossing powder.  The sentiment and snowflakes were inked with Catherine Pooler's It's a Boy ink, and then I added some tiny glitter stickers.  

And by the way, I highly recommend TopFlight Stamps.  They carry brands not usually seen in US stores, and they have very fast shipping.  (Check out the Katzelkraft jungle animals stamp set - it just cracks me up!)

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #18

Here is the board for the current Tic Tac Toe Challenge:

I used the far right vertical column:  bakers twine, masking, die cut

For the background, I used a leaf stencil and embossing paste for texture.  Once that dried, I inked over the top with Distress Oxide inks.  I stamped the leaves, stamping the smaller one first, then masking it to stamp the larger one behind.  That way I could cut the leaves as one  piece.  The leaves and the thankful die cut are all from the Fall Stamp of Approval kit from Catherine Pooler.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hauntingly Halloween

I love Halloween with all the spooky decorations and scary movies (and candy!)  And I love making Halloween cards.   For this one, I used Distress Oxide inks and several different Tim Holtz stamps.

This is for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  and also for the first WCMD challenge at StampNation (create a scene).