January 23, 2015

Life is Better in Flip Flops - Bloggers Challenge

Happy Bloggers Challenge Friday! Thanks to those who played along with the Girlfriends Challenge, the challenge this week is By the Sea.

I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to warmer days and flip flops! Inspired by the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge, I created my card using stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs along with Bo Bunny pattern paper.



I stamped the Hammock image from the Happy Retirement stamp set in Black Archival on Ivory Confetti card stock, then added color using STAEDTLER Egro Soft Watercolor Pencils, blending the colors with Gamsol.  I die cut the stamped panel using the Circle Ornament Dies, then layered on a Black panel that was die cut using the Matting Circles Dies.  The flip flops and "relax" are from Flip Flop Fun, and the sentiment is from Life is Better.  I stamped the word in Black Archival on a scrap of the Ivory Confetti card stock that was cut using the Mini Tags Dies, layered it on a Black panel then adhered it to the card with dimensionals.  The flip flops are stamped in Black Archival on scraps of the Bo Bunny pattern paper, then die cut using the Flip Flops Dies.  I used a SAMJ to add the sentiment as shown.  To further embellish I added Twine, gems to the flip flops and a bit Mudd Puddles sand to the area under the Hammock.

Details:
Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs Happy Retirement, Life is Better, Flip Flop Fun
Ink - Ranger Black Archival, Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, Soft Sky
Card Stock - Black, Kraft, Ivory Confetti
Other - Big Shot, Twine, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Mudd Puddles Sand, Ink Blending Tool, ODBD Custom Mini Tags Dies/Matting Circles Dies/Circle Ornaments Dies/Flip Flops Dies, SAMJ, Bo Bunny pattern paper


If you would like to play along with this weeks Bloggers Challenge, please link back to this post on your blog and mention you created your card for the Bloggers Challenge By the Sea Challenge.  Please add your link using the Link Tool below, your link should be a direct link to your Bloggers Challenge Post, use your name as the Title. Please do not link to cards that were created prior to the challenge date. Entries not linking properly, or backlinked will be removed. If you have the captcha enabled on your blog, please consider turning it off, as it makes it so much easier to leave comments. 

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January 21, 2015

Artistic Outpost New Release and Blog Hop

The wait is over!  I'm excited to share with you that Artistic Outpost has released two new stamp sets, one background stamp and 4 single stamps, click here to see the new releases!  Keep reading below to see how you can win a $15 Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate!

Before I share my cards, for those of you looking to add masculine stamps to your collection, you NEED to check out the new Hat's Off and Hats Background stamp sets!  Here's a peek at one of the cards I'll be posting on my blog soon that uses the Hat's Off and Generation Redux stamp sets!




Today, I'm sharing two cards created with two of new stamps sets.  My first card uses the Skating Emporium stamp set, along with dies from AO's sister company, Our Daily Bread Designs



To create my card, I masked the words on the skating scene from the Skating Emporium set with eclipse tape, inked the stamp with Ranger Black Archival, removed the tape and stamped onto White card stock.  I created a double mat using Oval Dies to mat the stamped image. The sweet children from this set are stamped in Black Archival on White card stock, I sponged with Distress Inks to add color, then sponged the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  The sentiment was masked and stamped onto tags that were die cut using the ODBD Mini Tags Dies. Using Soft Sky ink, I added stamped snowflakes to the stamped tag and pattern paper panel.  To further embellish I added a border die using the ODBD Beautiful Borders Dies, Seam Binding,a button tied with Black twine and Dry Glitter to the pond.

Details:
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium
Ink - Ranger Black Archival, Ranger Distress Inks, Soft Sky
Card Stock - White, Black, Soft Sky
Other - Ink Blending Tool, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Black Twine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Oval Dies, ODBD Mini Tags Dies, Bo Bunny Altitude pattern paper, Matte Medium, Dry Glitter, Seam Binding

My next card uses the Skating Emporium and Winter Walk stamp sets along with the ODBD Pennants Die, Matting Circles Dies and Circle Ornaments Dies.



The collage image from Winter Walk is stamped in Black Archival on White card stock, then colored using STAEDTLER Watercolor pencils, blending the colors with Gamsol.  Using the snowflake from the Skating Emporium set and Soft Sky Ink, I added snowflakes to some of the pattern paper panels.  The sentiment is from the Skating Emporium set, is stamped in Black Archival on White card stock, all pieces are sponged with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. To make the words pop, I cut them and mounted on Black card stock, then added them to my card as shown. 

Details:

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Winter Walk, Skating Emporium
Card Stock - Black, Soft Sky, White
Ink - Ranger Black Archival, Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, Soft Sky
Other - Ink Blending Tool, Dimensionals, Quickie Glue Pen, Big Shot, ODBD Pennants Die, Circle Ornaments Dies, Matting Circle Dies, Bo Bunny Altitude pattern paper, STAEDTLER Watecolor Pencils, Gamsol, Blending Nibs


AO Products:
ODBD Products:

Prize details:
Just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $15 Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of AO Stamps.  You have until January 23, 2015 at 10:00 PM CST to leave a comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win! Three random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winners will be announced on the AO Blog on January 24, 2015, be sure to check back there to see if you have won! 

You can see the other Design Team Members projects on the Artistic Outpost Blog, or click the links below to visit their blogs:



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January 20, 2015

To Everything there is a Season

This week, the eBrush Design Team is sharing projects using Spectrum Noir Markers and Sheena Douglas Stencils, supplied by Crafter's Compaion.

Here's my finished card, keep reading below to see how I created my background.




Working on a non-stick craft sheet, I created the background for my card using the eBrush to apply Spectrum Noir Markers (BT1, CR10, LY1 and DG2) to a piece of Acetate as shown.  


I wanted a watercolor look and feel to my background, to achieve this look, I applied Blending Solution to the felt on an Ink Blending Tool and lightly pounced over the eBrushed Acetate sheet.  This technique is similar in nature to the Smackin' Acetate Technique, that I've done on previous cards using Waterbased Markers and a water filled spritz bottle.






Quickly place your Mixed Media card stock directly onto the Acetate and press down to pick up the color.  If you do not move quick enough the markers will dry.  If this happens, simply apply additional Blending Solution to the felt and pounce back over the Acetate sheet and repeat to pull the colors.



After taping the Summer Meadow Stencil onto my background panel, I used the eBrush and a Black Spectrum Noir Marker to add color to the stenciled area, leaving me with a silhouette image.


TIP: To clean the marker from your stencil use a cloth and Blending Solution. 


To finish my card, I stamped both the verse from God's Timing and Butterflies from the Stamped By - Butterfly Mini stamp sets onto scraps of the eBrushed background.  I die cut the verse panel using the ODBD Circle Ornaments Die, mounting the circle onto a Black panel that was die cut using the Matting Circles Dies.  Using scissors, cut the stamped butterflies, sponge the edges with an Ink Blending Tool and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, adhere to card using Glue Dots. To further embellish, I added Zva Creative Black Crystal Gems.  

Supplies:
Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs God's Timing, Stamped By- Butterfly Mini
Card Stock - Black, Confetti, Mixed Media Paper
Ink - Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Other - eBrush with Spectrum Noir Adapter, Crafter's Companion - Spectrum Noir Markers (Black, DG2, BT1, CR10, LY1), Crafter's Companion - Sheena Douglas Stencil (Summer Meadow), Zva Creative Crystal Gems, Glue Dots, Non Stick Craft Mat, Tissue Tape, Blending Solution, Ink Blending Tool with Felt Applicator and Sponge Applicator, Acetate, Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Matting Circles Dies and Circle Ornaments Dies, Big Shot, Scissors


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January 16, 2015

Life is Nothing without Friendship - Bloggers Challenge

Happy Bloggers Challenge Friday! Thanks to those who played along with the Travel Challenge, the challenge this week Girlfriends.

I'm using one of my favorite stamps from Stampotique and playing along with the SDC178 Color Splash Challenge.

Unfortunately I have bad lighting tonight, so I'll leave you with a snippet of my card.  I used the 3 Girls stamp from Stampotique along with Distress Inks and the Beach Huts Stencil from Crafter's Companion.


If you would like to play along with this weeks Bloggers Challenge, please link back to this post on your blog and mention you created your card for the Bloggers Challenge Girlfriends Challenge.  Please add your link using the Link Tool below, your link should be a direct link to your Bloggers Challenge Post, use your name as the Title. Please do not link to cards that were created prior to the challenge date. Entries not linking properly, or backlinked will be removed. If you have the captcha enabled on your blog, please consider turning it off, as it makes it so much easier to leave comments. 

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January 15, 2015

ABC and 123 - MOJO380



Inspired by the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge, I created my card with Graphic 45 Papers and stamps from Artistic Outpost. The sweet girl the Artistic Outpost Favorite Book stamp set was stamped multiple times on scraps of G45 pattern paper, then paper pieced.  I popped her up on dimensionals and adhered her to the file folder the was die cut from this same paper collection.  To further embellish, I added a vintage typewriter charm, Seam Binding, and button tied with twine.

Details:
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Favorite Book
Ink - Ranger Black Archival, Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Card Stock - Mustard, Black
Other - Graphic 45 ABC Primer pattern paper, Vintage Typewriter Charm, Black Seam Binding, Twine, Button, Dimensionals, File Folder Die, Ink Blending Tool, Big Shot
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