Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NON17: Seeing stars

Hello friends -

It is the first of the month which means it is time for another Naughty or Nice Challenge! I do so enjoy these challenges because they are the perfect opportunity to break out some of my snarkier stamp sets and sentiments!



This month’s challenge is a tough one. All you need to do is include a star or stars on your project. So difficult! ;)


For my project I used the Tim Holtz Star Stencil and some Wild Honey Distress Stain Spray to create a bright background. How? I laid the stencil over a piece of watercolor paper and they sprayed. I removed the stencil and let the sprayed background set for a minute or two. This allowed the ink to really soak into the paper. I then took a baby wipe and swiped it across the background. This picked up the excess ink and filled in the background with a lighter shade of the ink. The background looks two toned but it was really just one color.


The bear and sentiment are from the Party Grumplings set I illustrated for Taylored Expressions. I also used a couple of dies from the Build a Tag 4 die set.

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions just let me know. Make sure to head over to the Naughty or Nice Challenge Blog for more details on the challenge and to see additional samples.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Just a quick GNOTE.

Hello! I’m popping in with some orange gnome-y goodness late tonight. I’ve had this little colored gnome sitting on my desk for a while just waiting for the right background. And the right background turned out to be a super quick one that I made using watercolor paper, Distress Markers, and a bit of water.


How? Well, I scribbled four different colors of marker on a large acrylic block and then spritzed with water to make the colors juicy. I then placed a piece of watercolor paper over the block and picked up the ink. The color was still a bit choppy so I spritzed with more water so they would blend more. Once dry (heat tools are awesome) I smashed the paper onto the block to pick up a few more leftover splotches for extra texture. You could also achieve the same look using mini ink pads.


For embellishment I just used a couple of sequins and a bit of washi tape.

Thanks for stopping by and if you are shopping at the Inspiration Emporium you can use coupon code fatcatstamper for 10% off your order. Pictured below are links to some of the products I used to create this card.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Let’s party… and have some sherbet

Hello, Crafty Friends -

The weather outside today is beautiful which is a much needed change from all the rain we have been receiving. To celebrate I have an extra bright card to share. One in vibrant colors that remind me of sherbet. Especially the orange, which is my favorite flavor of the sweet treat!

I picked up a couple of Lawn Fawn sets the other day and used the Party Animal stamp set and coordinating dies. Yes, I splurged. I must admit that having the coordinating dies is so much easier than fussy cutting each image.


Each of the stamped images was colored with Copic markers. I then accented the balloons and gift package with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen. I also added dots of Glossy Accents to the little party hat.


For the background I used the Tim Holtz Tiles Stencil and colored a piece of watercolor paper with Sakura Koi Watercolors. Once dry I cut out a panel using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles dies.

I assembled the card using a bunch of foam tape and added some pretty accents: moonshine sequins, orange striped washi tape from Queen & Co., and some black striped washi from Little B. I also stamped a sentiment on kraft cardstock and tucked it behind the bear.


So what do you think? Do you love sherbet and have a favorite flavor? I think I need to add some a container of orange to my shopping list.

PS: if you are shopping at the Inspiration Emporium you can use coupon code fatcatstamper for 10% off your order. Pictured below are links to some of the products I used to create this card.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

C4C292: Tree-some goodness

Hello, Crafty Friends!

This week is my last week acting as hostess over at Crazy 4 Challenges and I decided to challenge you to use one of my favorite things: a tree or a branch on your project! I took my project a step further and used one of my favorite trees, the apple tree. What isn’t to love? Creates oxygen, provides leafy shade, and grows a really great sweet treat (apple pie… nom nom nom)! Make sure to head over to the C4C Blog for all of the details on the challenge and to see more tree-some great samples.


For my card I used a sweet Rachel Anne Miller image from Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps: I Pick YOU. The sentiment is from one of my sets from Taylored Expressions: If Cats Could Talk. I colored the image with Copic markers and accented with a bit of Glossy Accents and glitter.


I used a bit of designer paper as an accent strip. To create the softer red/green background I used a stencil from MFT Stamps and Sakura Koi Watercolors to paint a bit of color onto watercolor paper.


Added a bit more texture by adding a few enamel dots and tied a baker’s twine bow.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions just let me know! :)