My stamping adventures

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A whale of a thank you

Was going through my collection of cards I've made over the last few months and found a baggie with some cards I don't believe I showed.  this is a type of grid card...there are a lot of ways to do grid cards and this to me is one of the more precise ways to do this technique.  what I did is stamp the images first then with a fine point sharpie pen I made 1" grid blocks through the images.  next I colored inside the blocks with a couple of alcohol markers that I won in a drawing a while back.


card details:
stamps - AMuse stamps
fine point sharpie marker
alcohol markers
gold krylon leafing pen
oval paper punches

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MFP August card swap

 Just received my cards back from MFP August card swap in last night's mail.  This is a monthly swap over at Mark's Finest Papers MFPSpeedyTV .  the theme was winter with an oriental twist.
if you look to the left you can see my card where I did bands or strips of color by masking off sections and sponging in some color then over-stamped in black.  Over to the right you can see the return cards I received, and by clicking on the pic to enlarge it you will see who the cards are from.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Forgotten July swap

 I say forgotten because I forgot to post this MFP card swap I did back in July and the wonderful returns I received.  Sooooooo without further delay here is my card (look to the left) .... I did a type of explosion fold card...think it's called diamond fold.  If you look to the right you can see all the great cards I got in return.  Click on the photo to enlarge it and see the names of the participants whose cards I received.  this is a monthly swap over on  Mark's Finest Papers MFPSpeedyTV - this is a free site with lots of swaps and galleries for inspiration.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dark and dreary night

Yes, I would have to say this card makes me think of a dark and dreary night.  Hey, I wonder what those two vultures are talking about?  I enjoyed creating this card because I, of course used my Prisma color pencils to color the birds but I also got out my distress inks to blend in lots of dark color for the background of this card.  First I got out my spider web embossing folder...inked up one side then placed a piece of cardstock in it and just closed it and pressed the ink to the card.....didn't even have to get out my big kick.  Oh yes, forgot to mention I spritzed it with water before placing the card inside the folder.  Next I stamped the vultures on the branch, masked them and stamped the spooky tree.  did a little water coloring (used distress pads and wet paint brush) on the tree then got out my blending tools and went to town with black soot ink and dusty concord ink.  I wanted some more dimension so I stamped and colored (yes with my prisma color pencils) the vultures then cut them out and popped them up with pop dots on the front of the card.  Think I might be adding a halloween saying to this card but not quite sure as of yet.  time will tell.
card details:
stamps - Art Impressions
inks - Ranger Distress black soot, dusty concord and black archival
spider web embossing folder
Prisma color pencils

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cathy caffeine!


I'd like you all to meet AI's Cathy caffeine.  I met her a few weeks ago at a friends' house and just had to put her to paper only thing is I do NOT like coffee....not even the smell of it soooooo my Cathy is drinking Chia Tea.  Looks like she is enjoying it.  I hand wrote Chia tea on the cup after I colored both cards with ..... you know what is coming if you read my blog regularly......my Prisma color pencils......my favorite coloring medium.  I dabble with other color mediums but always go back to my Prisma color pencils and believe me they are well loved.  one day I'll take a picture of them so you can see...some of them are just stubs but I refuse to throw them out till I find the same color and lately that is becoming harder and harder to do.  Apparently the craft stores are leaning more towards the paints, sprays and gelatos now don't get me wrong I own some of them, too but just love the feel of coloring with my pencils and the way I can add all the colors of the rainbow and more.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

celebrate a birthday!

I'm always making a birthday or thank you card so today is no exception......Happy Birthday to you today whoever has a birthday!  For these two card I did the bokeh background technique which is from the photography world.  The way I read about it is it's where a photo has a focal image then the background is out of focus.  To translate this technique to stamping you stamp dots/circles in white pigment ink then colors and fade out with the colors.  I didn't have any circle stamps so I just made myself a few handmade stencils using punches.  hope this makes sense anyways I had fun trying to do this technique even if it didn't completely work out the way it should.  It's like I always tell my students there are no mistakes in stamping just happy accidents.
celebrate card details:
saying stamp - ASITH
ink - Staz-On black ink and Adirondack inks, Encore gold ink pad
happy birthday card details:
saying stamp -unknown (did at friend's house)
inks - Adirondacks ink pads, Delicate glitter gold ink pad, colorbox white pigment, chalk ink pad
gold seam binding ribbon

Friday, August 29, 2014

In the trees

This card has a lot of ink but only one stamp ......do you see it?  the bird landing on the horizon.  did use a couple of stencils and that birch trees die.  did a trick I saw on Jennifer McGuire blog where you die cut a delicate die and glue four of them together to make them stronger so that is what I did on this card.  Also used a lot of post it notes to create the moon, hills and horizon then added some self sticking gems.  I think this would make a good masculine card or winter card...what do you think?
card details:
stamps - Memory Box bird
die - Memory Box birch trees
inks - Ranger adirondack stonewash, demin and Ranger distress black soot
stencils - THS004 stripes, THS006 dot fade
post it notes for masking
self sticking gems
entering in the following challenges:
1.  Sweet Stamps blog - masculine
2.  Simon Wednesday challenge - anything goes
3.  Love to scrap! challenge blog - anything goes
4.  Addicted to stamps and more - photo inspiration - I used white for my inspiration

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Swimming around

Did one of my favorite techniques for this card...blending distress inks with blending tool then dropping water over it to create what I call faux bleach bubbles.  I tried adding little white dots with distress stain picket fence and dylusions white spray but they didn't show up at all so I got out my old 3 dots on a peg stamp and added some white dots with pigment white ink and YEAH that worked.  hopefully you can see them in the photo (click photo to make bigger) to see more detail.  add color to beta fish with distress markers including picket fence (look on fins) and some prisma glitter just for fun.  my new thing is adding sequins but not sure I've got the hang of them, yet.  Oh, well it is what it is.
entering in the following challenges:
1.  The House That Stamps Built - blues
2.  Simon Monday Challenge Blog - anything goes
3.  That Craft Place Challenge - nautical
4.  Love to Scrap! challenge - anything goes
card details:
stamps - Repeat Impressions stamps
inks - Ranger distress inks broken china, salty ocean, chipped sapphire
Colorbox frost white pigment ink
sequins, prisma glitter

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Summer is almost gone

Yes, it's hard to believe but summer is coming to an end but that's o.k. because next is autumn.  For today we will stay in summer with my summer cards that I sent out to friends and family starting with something a little different for me.....long cards.  You know it's fun for a change to make cards that are unexpected for me and that's these long cards.  I found some slimline envelopes in my stash and thought it would be good to use them!  you know my motto for this year....use what you have if you can.  Also used stamps I haven't touched in years!  they are from Lasting Impressions with Panache.  enjoy the rest of the weekend.  looks like a nice day outside our window.
entering in the following challenges:
1.  That Craft Place - nautical
2.  Simon Says Wednesday challenge - summer

Friday, August 15, 2014

MFP August blog hop - Dear Santa and Brrrr

Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company
August Blog Hop! 
This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured Aug. 12
Crows and Scarecrow 
Featured Aug. 13
Hydrangea
 Featured Aug. 14
Keys
Featured Aug. 15
Dear Santa and Brrrr





these two cards are on MFP blog.










Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All six winners will be announced on 
Aug. 16, 2014 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) 
The deadline for 
commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday Aug. 15, 2014

I am officially on the first two days of the hop and the last two I'm on my own.  what that means is commenting here today will only be for me but please do because I like to hear what you have to say.
This month my theme is layers!  yes, I'm going to try to put a dent in all the decorative papers I have by using them this month for my cards!  I'll let you know at the end of our hop how I did.  lol!  Well, it's the last day of the hop and I said I would let you know if I put a dent into my stash of decorative papers......NO!  still have a lot more to go.  Maybe I should stop buying them!!!



It's fun to get a jump on making holiday cards!
Used a lot of sparkle and shine on this Santa.







Here's the Design Team: