January 30, 2015

Enjoy the Journey - Bloggers Challenge Cheers to You

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

I went rather CAS with my card today, as I needed something for my son for his 21st Birthday.



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 Cheers to You 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 28, 2015

Artistic Outpost January DT Blog Hop - Transportation

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team January Blog Hop! Each month, the fabulous designers at Artistic Outpost showcase projects created with various Artistic Outpost stamp sets.  This month, the Designers are sharing projects they created using a Transportation theme.

My form of transportation is ice skates!  I used stamps from the Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium stamp set.

  
I masked the sentiment from the skating collage ATC image then stamped it in Coffee Archival on Vanilla cards stock.  The sweet children in their vintage skates are stamped in Coffee Archival on Vanilla card stock and colored with Ranger Distress Inks, sponged with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and popped up on the panel for added dimension.  I randomly stamped the "central park" on the background pattern paper panel.  To embellish my card, I added Vintage Brown Seam Binding and a Button tied with twine.

Details:
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium
Card Stock - Mustard, Ivory, Espresso
Ink - Ranger Coffee Archival, Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, Ranger Distress Inks
Other - Bo Bunny Pattern Paper, Ink Blending Tool, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Twine, Vintage Brown Seam Binding, Button


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

Tracy Terry * Lisa * Shari * Gerrie * Kate

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January 27, 2015

Sand between her Toes





I used stamps from the Artistic Outpost Boardwalk stamp set along with the eBrush, Spectrum Noir Markers and a Stencil to create my card.


Working on a non-stick craft sheet, I used the eBrush and Spectrum Noir Markers to apply color to the Mixed Media paper. I started with BT9, BT2, CR10, LY1 and ended with DG2.


Once the background panel was colored, I adhered the colored panel to the non-stick craft sheet and positioned the Beach Huts Stencil, adhering it in place with Tissue Tape.  Using the eBrush and Spectrum Noir Markers (IG4), I sprayed around the stencil and the openings of the stencil.  Leaving the stencil in place I changed the marker to IG6, and applied color to just the openings of Beach Huts.



To finish my card I stamped the bathing beauties from the Artistic Outpost Boardwalk stamp set on White card stock, colored them with the Spectrum Noir Markers and adhered to the card using Matte Medium.  The sentiment was stamped on scraps of the background panel, adhered to Black card stock, then adhered to the base card using Matte Medium.  I added a few flicks of Modeling Paste to complete my card.

Details:
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Boardwalk
Card Stock - Black, Coral
Ink - Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Other: eBrush with Spectrum Noir Adapter, Crafter's Companion - Spectrum Noir Markers (BT1,DG2,CR10,LY1,IG4, IG6, BT9), Crafter's Companion - Sheena Douglas Stencil (Beach Huts), Non Stick Craft Mat, Tissue Tape, Ink Blending Tool and Sponge Applicator, Mixed Media Paper, Scissors, DecoArt - Matte Medium, Modeling Paste

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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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