Sunday, July 9, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Red White and Blue Challenge

So the latest Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to use red, white and/or blue on a project. Well, it just so happens that I have a friend whose birthday is in early July, so the patriotic color scheme was a given. For the stamp, I used the recently acquired Concord and 9th Flower Turnabout and here's the results:

If you want a tutorial on how to use the Turnabout stamps, check out the tips video on the Concord & 9th site or Jennifer McGuire's process video.

For my card, I tried a couple of color schemes before I landed on this one. Side 1 was stamped with the light blue, sides 2 and 4 were stamped with red and side 3 was stamped with dark blue. I wanted to add a little sparkle so I used silver embossing powder for the leaves. (I had tried embossing one set of flowers but felt that it competed with the other strong colors on the card.)

Overall, I really loved this stamp and found it a little easier to work with than the Triangle Turnabout. I saw a sneak peak of the next one (rays) and can't wait to get that one too!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, My Favorite Things (Red) 
Stamp: Concord & 9th (Triangle Turnabout)
Ink: Versa Mark; Lawn Fawn (Moonstone, Chili Pepper, Blue Jay) Versafine
Die: MFT Die-namix Double Stitched Square StaxMisc.: Stampendous Embossing Powder

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day--Simon Says Stamp Style

The card I am sharing today was inspired by the very talented Yana Smakula. Seeing her elegant Mother's Day card a few weeks ago gave me a much-needed nudge to pull this stamp set out and ink it up. Here's my card:

To create the card, I heat embossed a bunch of flowers on Tim Holtz' water color paper. I kept the leaves separate from the flowers to make inking easier. After embossing the images, I inked them up using distress inks. (See colors below.) I kept adding ink until I got the vibrancy that I wanted. I have to admit to not really liking the flowers until after I fussy cut them. After fussy cutting the images, I spritzed them with water to get the colors moving a bit. I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder for the banner and sentiment. I adhered the flowers and leaves (some with foam tape).

I hope you all had a happy Mother's Day! If you are hungry for eye candy, check out Yana's blog. You are in for a treat!

Cardstock: Neenah Desert Storm, Tim Holtz Watercolor 
StampSimon Says Stamp (Best Mom Ever)
Ink: Versa Mark; Tim Holtz Distress inks (Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Twisted citron, Mowed Lawn)
Misc.: Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Saturday, April 15, 2017

SIP Challenge 94 -- Tic-Tac-Toe

I am back with another Stamp, Ink Paper Challenge today! This one is a tic-tac-toe challenge.
For my card, I used pink patterned paper, a bunny and die cut mats. All supplies came from the Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit. Here's my card:

This was a pretty easy card to make. After die cutting the white mat, I stenciled the Easter egg. The bunny was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics. Since I didn't have a die for the bunny, I grabbed my scissors and had fun fussy cutting it! The sentiment was also stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. That's all for today!

Hoppy Easter!

Cardstock, Stamp, Patterned Paper, Stencil: Simon Says Stamp March 2017 Card Kit
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Papertrey Ink (Amethyst Allure); Copics
Dies: Lawn Fawn.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

SIP Challenge 93 -- Coming Up Flowers

I dropped into the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store yesterday and was reminded by Justin that it's been a while since I played along with one of the SIP challenges. So, here I am!

This challenge was not much of a "challenge" so to speak since I love using flowers on my cards. I did break out the new Distress Oxides to create the background. This new ink gets two thumbs up from me!

Since the background was rich, I decided to keep the rest of the card clean and simple. I did die cut three flowers and layered them for added dimension. The sentiment is heat embossed for more texture.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110 lb.; Tim Holtz Water Color Paper, Papertrey Ink (black);
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide (Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China); VersaMark
Dies: Lawn Fawn; Memory Box;
Misc.: Hero Arts white embossing powder.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin--CASing #10

I'm back today with a card I made for the Chasing Mojo challenge. I needed a masculine card and was drawn to the card that Melissa Dawn created:
I changed things up by embossing my background for a tone-on-tone look and then I swapped out the coffee for a beer mug. Here's my take on Melissa Dawn's card:
If you need help getting your mojo started this year, check out Ksenija's blog for some inspiration!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (white); Simon Says Stamp (Slate Grey)
Stamp: Stampin Up! Stampin' Up!; MFT (background); Papertrey Ink (sentiment)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black); Papertrey Ink; VersaMark
Dies: Lawn Fawn
Misc.: Clear embossing powder

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin

Ever since the holidays, my mojo has been on vacation. I think I have lots of ideas but when I sit down to make a card the process is long, somewhat futile (with lots of attempts filling my trash can) and almost painful. Apparently, I am not alone. The other day while scrolling through Instagram (for inspiration or just to be connected to this hobby I love so much) I noticed that I am not alone. Apparently my Instagram friend, Ksenija's mojo is missing too! (I wonder if they are on vacation together in some warm and tropical destination! Lol!) Anyway, Ksenija had a great idea for a challenge to get the mojo started. You can read all about it on her blog.  I also encourage you to check out her Instagram feed too since she is a very talented artist!

Here is the card I am offering up to be CASEd:

After die cutting cream cardstock, I stamped the two leaf images using my favorite Hero Arts ombre ink. I went back and added the acorns and then a little Wink of Stella for added sparkle. The ombre ink adds a lot of depth to the stamped image with little effort. This card was easy to make--back when I had mojo!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are inspired to join Ksenija's challenge!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Stamp: Papertrey Ink (Autumn Adornments)
Ink: Hero Arts (Atumn Ombre); Ranger (Bro)
Dies: Reverse Confetti (All Framed Up)
Misc.: Wink of Stella (Clear)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

It's a New Year...Strike up the Band!

2016 came and went without a single blog post from me. I am all about changing that for 2017, and what better way to do so than to blog on New Year's Day!

Can you hear the trumpets playing? Well, if you can't, maybe my card will have you hearing some music. LOL! I made it for the Anything but Christmas Challenge over at Stamp Ink Paper. Here's my card:

To create this card, I stamped the band members using Memento Tuxedo black and colored in the images using Copic markers. The band uniforms are in the school colors of the young man who received the card. Next, I used a MFT die to cut out the stitched circle. For the background, I stamped a random pattern using some of the elements from the stamp set. I made sure to use the trumpet since that is the instrument the birthday boy plays! The sentiment is from white embossed on a strip of black card stock.

So that's all for today. Let's see if I can keep the blogging going!

Happy New Year!

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White; misc. scrap from Studio Calico kit (blue);
Stamp: Mama Elephant exclusive for Simon Says Stamp (Band Camp); Papertrey Ink (Keep It Simple: Belated Birthday);
Ink: Memento( Tuxedo Black) Hero Arts; Versafine; Copic Markers
Dies: My Favorite Things
Misc.: White Embossing Powder; Foam Tape