Saturday, January 31, 2015

C4C271: A Manly Birthday

Hey peeps – It is the most fabulous day of the week! Which means it is the weekend and it is time for another crazy challenge. This week at Crazy 4 Challenges we want you to get started on those birthday cards you are sure to need this year. But there is a little twist… make them masculine!

Of course I had the perfect stamp set… Party Grumplings! I used the cranky little groundhog and coordinating sentiment for my card.

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Hee hee… cracks me up! And I know a few guys that would appreciate a birthday card like this. For the design I kept things simple in color and layout… I did throw in a bit of plaid paper. Men like plaid, right?

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That is it for me today… there may be more grump coming to my blog in the near future. For more details on the challenge and some fabulous inspiration head over to the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

You are the Best!

Hello! How has your week been going? I’ve been a bit busy but did find time to make a fun card featuring the archer from the Cosmic Stars stamp set from Mama Elephant. The little image was stamped in black and colored with Copic Markers. I added a bit of shimmer with a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen and then cut out.

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Behind the little image is a piece of watercolor paper that I added a hint of color to with Gelatos. I scribbled a green gelato on a craft mat and then used a wet paint brush to pick up the color. A few swipes across the watercolor paper and I was done. Once dry I cut out using a stitched square die from My Favorite Things.

For the sentiment, I inked up a few words from the Sentimental Borders stamp set (Mama Elephant) with the Peeled Paint Distress Ink Marker and then stamped on a strip of white cardstock.

I thought a bit more texture was needed so I stenciled some distressed dots onto the blue background using the Tim Holtz Bubble Stencil and Texture Paste. Once dry I matted with black cardstock and stitched the edges.

I finished with a few enamel dots, a Kraft panel cut out with a scalloped square die, and just a bit of ribbon from May Arts.

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Hope you enjoyed today’s project! See you soon with another project. :)

Coupon Alert!  If you are shopping at the Inspiration Emporium (another sponsor of the challenge) 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, January 24, 2015

C4C270: Just a note

Hello Crafty Peeps and hello weekend! To start the weekend off I have a sample for the latest Crazy 4 Challenges challenge. And this one is just a bit funky, as in celebrating a funky holiday. Tomorrow is National Opposite Day so we are challenging you to make a card/project that has opposites on it. Could be opposite colors on the color wheel, black and white, mirror image, or etc. I went with stripes and polka dots.

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I splurged last week and ordered a few new SugarPea Designs stamps and dies including the new Special Delivery stamp set and Sugar Cuts – Special Delivery Accents dies. I paired them with some Doodlebug designer paper featuring little dots and stripes. I used a bright cheery color palette and focused on itty bitty embellishments.

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Many foam dimensionals and lots of foam tape were used to adhere all the bits and pieces together. I also threw in some jute, washi tape, and enamel dots for texture. Love how this one turned out!

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You can find all of the details on the challenge and some amazing artwork over at Crazy 4 Challenges. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It’s a Sugar Pea Birthday!

Hello sweet friends!

I’m delighted to be celebrating Sugar Pea Designs first birthday today. Such a sweet company with some of the cutest images, including this favorite of mine: Blow Me Away.

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There is much celebrating going on today including oodles of prizes! Make sure to head over to the Sugar Pea Designs Blog for all of the details. We’d also be delighted to have you join in by creating a birthday card and linking it up on the SPD Blog post HERE.

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For my birthday card today I used the Blow Me Away set and paper pieced the dragon image with some designer paper. I used Copic markers to add a bit of color here and there and embellished with some Diamond Stickles. My dragon likes his toenail polish glittery. ;)

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I used some of the coordinating paper on the main panel and embossed the kraft panel with an embossing folder. I added some orange polka dot ribbon to coordinate with the main image and embellished with skinny washi tape and enamel dots. I also tucked a bit of black cardstock that I used an edge punch on to create scallops.

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Thanks for stopping by, for more great inspiration check out these amazing designers!

Also, if you comment on the blogs of all the designers you will be eligible for a fantastic prize, a $100 gift certificate to the Sugar Pea Designs online store!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

CC3C #20: February 14th

Hello crafty friends -

I have a bit more Valentine-goodness to share with you. Today I’m playing along with the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge, #20 Distress Watercoloring Part 2. I thought it would be fun to apply this technique to a Valentine image for my project.

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I used the CMS143 – Valentine Blueprint stamp set and followed the instructions in the book to color the image. For a finishing touch I covered the “14” with Glossy Accents and dusted with a bit of glitter.

For the background I stamped the ruler image from CMS163 – Artful Tools in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I sponged the edges with the same color and added a bit more grit by spritzing the background with Pumice Stone. I layered on black cardstock and stitched the edges using heavy duty white thread. Still needed a bit more texture and lightening up so I added a piece of cheesecloth.

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Next I stamped the ruler image on pink cardstock using Emboss It ink and then heat embossed with Frosted Crystal embossing powder which adds a very subtle shimmer. After die cutting with the Mini Hearts Movers & Shapers die I sponged the hearts with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. The sponging really made the embossing pop.

For the sentiment I stamped an arrow from CMS192 – Here & There stamp set in Magenta Hue Archival Ink on watercolor paper. I then stamped the sentiment from CMS183 – Hashtags over the arrow using Jet Black Archival Ink. Trimmed the arrow, sponged the edges, and spritzed with Pumice Stone.

I adhered the hearts, sentiment arrow, and a few mirrored spots to the card front using foam dimensional tape and Glossy Accents.

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Do you love it? I’m very happy with how this card turned out and I’ll have to use the cheesecloth again – love the texture it adds.

For all the details on the challenge, tons of fabulous inspiration, and details on a great prize from The Funkie Junkie Boutique make sure to visit Linda’s blog.

Coupon Alert!  If you are shopping at the Inspiration Emporium (another sponsor of the challenge) 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, January 17, 2015

C4C269: Sketch Time!

Hello Crafty Friends -

I’m playing along with this week’s challenge from Crazy 4 Challenges. I missed last week. Rather, I did make a card but did not like it at all… so I bailed on the challenge. ;) It happens.

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Since it is the third Saturday of the month we have a sketch challenge for you. This one is perfect for making quick and easy cards!

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I used one of my newest illustrations for Taylored Expressions, Pocketful of Sunshine. Stamped the little birdie on the designer paper and a second time on white card stock. After coloring the second image, I trimmed it and adhered over the first. A second strip of designer paper gave the little chick something to peek out from. For embellishment I added a few sequins here and there.

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For more inspiration and all the details on the challenge head over to the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe:
Stamps: Pocketful of Sunshine (Taylored Expressions).
Paper: Peanut Cluster and Marshmallow (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Wood Necessities designer (My Mind’s Eye) Kraft in Color – Color (Doodlebug).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Archival Jet Black (Ranger), Copic Markers.
Accessories: moonshine sequins, foam tape.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Cookie Just for You

Hello! Feels like forever since I posted. I’ve been trying to get into an healthier routine which means frequent trips to the gym. All that gym visiting has been eating into my lazy/crafty time and sapping my mojo. ;) Sheesh – that will teach me a lesson on taking time off for the holidays and prepping for the holidays. lol.

I did feel the urge to color the other night so I pulled out some older stamps from my stash, OA Just For You (Greeting Farm). This set is so cute and it is still available for purchase in the Inspiration Emporium store.

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However… coloring is all I did until earlier tonight when I turned one cute colored image into an actual card. Now I did not go all out and use the sewing machine or anything (need to change the thread… not in the mood for that) but I did do a bit of embossing and distressing. Yay… super easy when you have the perfect embossing folder and a Sanding Grip.

I already had the die cut circle so I just stamped the sentiment in Teal Zeal Memento Luxe ink, added a bit of ribbon, a few enamel dots, and a mirrored star.

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thanks for stopping by!

Coupon Alert!  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.