Sunday, May 31, 2015

CAS Stencil and Brusho Card


I was playing with my Brusho Colour Crystals and cling wrap on watercolor paper (instead of glossy paper) and the pretty background on this card was the result. IRL there are sparkly silver lines where the cling wrap was wrinkled because I used silver glimmer mist instead of water to activate the Brushos before applying the cling wrap. Very subtle, but quite lovely. Then I simply used several stencils and black Archival Ink to complete the CAS card.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the Keep It Simple challenge at Simply Create Too.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cute Raindrops Card


Today I am sharing another card I made with the water droplets stamp from Designs by Ryn. I stamped the water (rain) drops on a polka dot dp from Close to my Heart with black ink and highlighted the drops with white enamel accents from Ranger. The umbrella, rainboots and flowers are outline stickers from Elizabeth Crafts which I attached to sticky two sided paper from Sookang, sprinkled with white fine glitter, then colored with bright Copics. I added a white die cut "hi" from Paper Smooches and dotted the i with a white gem.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the "cute with a sentiment" challenge at Aud Sentiments.

Friday, May 29, 2015

School Color Shaker Graduation Card


It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing another graduation card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps. It’s that time of year when we need graduation cards and I love to use the graduate’s school colors when I can. For this card, I chose purple and gold. I used Lil’ Inkers stitched rectangle and square dies to create the layers on the card front and the window opening for a shaker card. I stamped CBP’s graduation hat and “Hat’s Off to You” sentiment in the school colors. Then I created a “well” with mounting tape and dumped in some colored sequins again in the school colors. Here is a picture after a good shaking:


 **As a present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the CBP stamps  on this card will be 20% OFF for one week! What a deal! **

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Through the Craft Room Door, and the graduation challenge at Raisin Boat.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Repeat Impression's Sketch Challenge


Happy Wednesday everyone! It's time for another fun sketch challenge at The House that Stamps Built and we are challenging you to make a card using the sketch below and link it up for a chance at some great Repeat Impressions rubber! For all the details on what you can win and to see the other Rock Stars cards using this sketch, please visit our blog.

I stamped Repeat Impression’s sandcastle on watercolor paper and then created sky and water with my Brusho Crystal Colours and pearl Glimmer Mist. I bleached out the blues from the sandcastle and attached some sand with a layer of glue. I used my nesties dies to cut the oval for the scene and the sentiment which was stamped on part of the colored watercolor paper. I layered both on a kraft cardbase with a strip of navy both of which were subtly embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.

Here is the sketch for you to follow when you create a card for our challenge. You do not need to use Repeat Impressions stamps to enter our challenges, but you get an extra chance to win if you do!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafting from the Heart and Craft Your Passion.


**Don’t Forget: for a 10% discount on any size order at Repeat Impressions, make a note of my discount code (rr10kh), click on the blog badge on the side of my blog and go to the website here to shop and save!**

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stenciled Thank You Card


I am sharing one more stencil card today because the challenge at Simon Says Stamp this week is "Stencil It!" SSS is my favorite challenge to enter and one of these weeks I am going to be the lucky winner! I make this card with the stencil technique taught here by Jennifer McGuire.  I decided to try it with black and white ink on grey cardstock. I used a stencil from TCW and to fill in all the openings with first white pigment ink and then black, took a long long time. But I like how it turned out. I cut two "thanks" with a die from Lil' Inker and offset the white on the black. I layered the whole piece onto a white cardbase for a fun thank you card.

Besides the challenge at Simon Says Stamp, I am also entering this card into the anything goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create (another favorite of mine.)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Playing with NBUS



I recently took some time to design with some NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) that was sitting out in my craft room just begging to be played with. I could not resist the heart stencil the first time I saw it at Simon Says Stamp. I sponged two shades of distress ink through the heart openings and then cut the border with a new border die from Spellbinders. I layered on a burgandy card base and added a simple "love" die cut from Tim Holtz for Sizzix. CAS but perfect for a wedding or any love occasion.

I am entering this card in the "Stencil It!" challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Favorite Stencil Technique


When I needed some special birthday cards recently, I decided to try a new technique that I learned about in a Jennifer McGuire video here. It is easy to do and the results are beautiful. It stretches the uses of our stencils because it results in a totally different look that just sponging with one color. I taped a TCW floral stencil down with temporary tape over a light blue piece of cardstock and sponged the openings of the stencil with pigment white ink. I heat set the white ink, then moved the stencil slightly and sponged with a blue dye ink. The result is several shades of blue where the inks mix and where they don't. I layered the strip on a white cardbase and attached the "birthday wishes" die cut sentiment from Tonic Studios.  Then I added a floral button embellishment and some black pearls to complete the card.

I am entering this card in the "Stencil It" challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Birthday to Vicky from Crackerbox Palace!


It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing another project I made with Crackerbox Palace’s gorgeous stamps and Color Burst powders. Vicky Briggs, one of the owner of Crackerbox Palace, had a birthday this week and this framed picture was her present from me. With Color Burst and beautiful stamps, anyone can be an artist, even me!

I heat embossed some of CBP’s flowers and one of their gorgeous ladies (like the birthday girlJ) on a large piece of watercolor paper. Then I sprinkled all the brilliant colors of Color Burst all over the piece, using a small paint brush to direct color to the flowers and lady. When dry, I added some coffee stains and leaves and used bleach to remove the color from the face. Crackerbox Palace is named after a George Harrison song, so I printed a verse on velum and attached with glue dots covered up with gold gems.

Here are a couple more pictures of the birthday project close up. I am happy to report Vicky loved her present. 



I am in love with the brilliant colors and awesome backgrounds and looks easily achieved with this new product from Ken Oliver Crafts! Crackerbox Palace is now carrying all six colors of Color Burst powders and they are on sale right now for 10% off! They can be found at the bottom of the main website page while on sale and in the accessories section here. All you do to get the beautiful colors for your project is sprinkle a little of the concentrated powders onto a piece of watercolor paper and spritz with water. Just a little goes a long way.

In the upcoming weeks I will be posting more cards and art projects on the two blogs featuring Color Burst and Crackerbox Palace stamps. You really should give this new product a try- you are going to love what you can do with them!

**As a present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the CBP stamps  on this project will be 20% OFF for one week! So the stamps and Color Burst are on sale! Free shipping on all orders over $45 too!! Great deals- Check it out!**

I am entering this project in the Anything Goes challenges at Penny’s Paper-Crafty and Wonderful Wednesdays.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Celebrate Color and Beauty



I am still having fun with Brushos and new stamps and dies and made this CAS card recently with all of them. I sprinkled my favorite colors of Brushos (turquoise and ostwald blue which has shades of purple in it) on watercolor paper and spritzed it with gold glimmer mist so the colors pop with sparkly color. I stamped So Suzy Stamps beautiful peacock in black and then cut out with several sizes of square stitched dies from Lil' Inker. I did a little trimming so the black shows through when I layered them on a black cardbase. I die cut and attached "celebrate" from Penny Black to complete the card.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Sentiments and the no patterned paper challenge at Fan-Tastic Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Photo Inspiration Challenge at Repeat Impressions


On the third Wednesday of every month at Repeat Impression’s blog, The House that Stamps Built, the challenge is going to be an Inspiration Photo challenge. I find it fascinating to see each stamper’s take on a card based on the same inspiration photo. This is this month’s Inspiration Photo:


Will you be inspired by the colors or the objects or shapes in the photo? It is up to you to pick out what inspires you and make a card, then enter it for a chance to win some great Repeat Impressions rubber. Be sure to check out the RI blog for the inspiration based cards by the other Rock Stars. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

I was inspired by the colors and objects in the inspiration photo to make the card above. Nowadays, when I want color and artistic impressions I turn to my BB or CB (Brushos, Bisters or Color Burst powders.) I heat embossed Repeat Impression’s wine glass and pine bough with black embossing powder on water color paper. Then I “painted” with my Brusho Colour Crystals mixed with water to get my colorful sunset scene. I added the sentiment and attached the completed piece to a white A2 card.

 I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Scribble and Scrap and Through the Craft Room Door.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Raindrops on Roses and...


The water drop stamps by Designs by Ryn are among my favorite things right now and I designed some more cards recently with them. I created a soft rose with a stencil I made out of acetate with a Penny Black rose die. I attached the stencil to water color paper with temporary tape, and then pulled in pink, red and green shades with baby wipes and gelatos. I colored Ryn's water droplets stamps with Faded Jeans Distress Markers, spritzed with water and stamped. Next I added some clear gems to each water drop. I printed the words, cut out and attached.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create and the May Customer Challenge at Designs by Ryn. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy for You Guys Card


I needed a quick card to say "congrats" to a guy we know recently and pulled out a brand new Cheery Lynn Die I couldn't resist recently. I thought this "happy" elephant would be perfect for a birthday card or any happy card for a child or a guy. I teamed him with the circular "for you" die by Impression Obsession. I cut them in black, layered on a yellow patterned cardstock and added a line of glitter tape along the bottom. Very quick and easy, but lots of fun too.

I am entering this in the "Make it Manly" challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and the use a die cut challenge at The Stamping Boutique.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Anything Goes 4 Kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids!


It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is Anything Goes 4 Kids!  Create and link any card for a child, and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have three very generous sponsors for this challenge: Doodle Pantry is giving their winner a $10 gift certificate!  DRS Designs is giving their randomly picked winner a $10 gift certificate!  And Kitchen Sink Stamps’ winner gets a $25 gift certificate! TEAM S.A.S will also be choosing their favorite cards for our top three and the winners will receive a blog badge and an opportunity to be a guest design team member on a future challenge.

My first card above features Spaceboy Skip from DRS Designs. Isn't he perfect for a boy's birthday card? I paper pieced Skip and his friend, colored in the stars with a yellow gel pen and added a couple punched stars too before layering on a gold square card base. 

Can you tell I am a Grandma to a young boy? I am always picking out digital stamps from our sponsors perfect for boys. This maze is a digital stamp from Doodle Pantry called Amaze-ing Words One. I love to create cards for our kids they can interact with. I cut out the Birthday Boy maze and the navy blue card front with stitched rectangle dies from Lil' Inker. I added a couple blue gems and the perfect sentiment from Craft Lounge.

I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenges at Sister Act and Simply Papercraft.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Crackerbox Palace Lovely Ladies and Color Burst


It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing another card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s gorgeous ladies and Color Burst powders. I am in love with the brilliant colors and awesome backgrounds and looks easily achieved with this new product from Ken Oliver Crafts! Crackerbox Palace is now carrying all six colors of Color Burst powders and they are on sale right now for 10% off! They can be found at the bottom of the main website page while on sale and in the accessories section here. All you do to get the beautiful colors for your card is sprinkle a little of the concentrated powders onto a piece of watercolor paper and spritz with water. Just a little goes a long way. To make the gorgeous background on this card, I simply sprinkled a little purple Color Burst on a piece of watercolor paper and spritzed with water. After it was dry, I stamped CBP’s Windy with an archival black ink and then cut her out with a stitched rectangle die from Lil’ Inker. I trimmed her down a little to create a black frame showing through from the black card base.

In the upcoming weeks I will be posting more cards and art projects on the two blogs featuring Color Burst and Crackerbox Palace stamps. You really should give this new product a try- you are going to love what you can do with them!

**As a present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the CBP stamps  on these cards will be 20% OFF for one week! So the stamps and Color Burst are on sale! Free shipping on all orders over $45 too!! Great deals- Check it out!**

I am entering this card in the Lovely Ladies challenge at Art Impressions and the CAS challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Playing with Ryn's Water Drops


I am designing cards for a Take 5 article in an upcoming Scrap and Stamp Arts featuring Designs by Ryn's water drop stamps. So far I have three cards done I really like and this is one of them. I like layering vellum on top of a card with stamping on three layers that you can see through. I used three different sizes of water drops and three different tones of blue ink and printed a beautiful sentiment on the top layer of vellum. I rounded the corners and covered up the adhesive on each of the three layers of vellum with a strip of washi tape.

I am entering this card in the "Add a Sentiment" challenge at Loves Rubberstamps and the May customer challenge at Designs by Ryn.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Anything But a Card Challenge at Repeat Impressions


It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It is Debbie’s turn and she is challenging the team and you to create Anything But a Card. Why don’t you join us in this challenge and enter your project for a chance to win some awesome Repeat Impressions rubber? Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's projects for this DCC challenge. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

I decided to make a tag for this challenge. I stamped Repeat Impression’s Wings Negative and “Dream Big” on a white tag. Then I sprinkled orange, blue, green and purple Brusho Crystal Colors all over the tag and spritzed with gold glimmer mist. I attached some fiber and sprayed with Glitter Dust for even more sparkle.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at TTCRD and 613 Avenue Create.

And don’t forget: For a 10% discount on any size order at Repeat Impressions, just make a note of my discount code (rr10kh), click on the blog badge on the side of my blog and go to the website here to shop and save!

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BFF Birthday Card with Stencils and Ink


Earlier this spring I made some cards with a new technique for some special ladies in my life with birthdays in April. I learned a new stencil and ink technique by watching this tutorial by the brilliant Jennifer McGuire. It is not hard to do, but is a bit time consuming. Worth it when you see the results, right? I attached a Hero Arts stencil down over a blue card base with a low tack tape around the edges. Then I applied white pigment ink through all the holes in the stencil with a dauber. I heat set the pigment ink, then moved the stencil just slightly up and over a bit. Next I applied blue ink through the stencil openings. The end result is three tones - dark blue, medium blue (where the white and blue ink mix) and white. The second color of ink should always be tone on tone (like blue on blue paper.) What a cool look! I layered the completed piece on a white card and added the Spellbinders Contemporary Circle die. The sentiment for my BFF is from Inspired by Stamping.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Scribble and Scrap and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Trying New Things


I was playing one day and decided to try red Brusho Colour Crystals on a non-porous glittery cardstock and this background was the result. It formed tiny bubbles of color that just sat on top and dried like this. Kinda fun, right? I also pulled out my gold leafing stash from years ago because I have been loving the gold foil trend right now, but do not have a laminator and no plans to buy one. However, the gold Love and circle scribbles die cut on this card were easily created with two sided adhesive from Sookang and gold leafing (called gilding flakes by some.) The love chunky letter die is from Kaiser Craft and the circle scribbles die is by Tim Holtz for Sizzix. The heart and arrow are also from a new steel die from Sizzix and I pulled out my felt  for them- so easy to cut felt with the thicker steel dies.

I am entering this card in the Wedding/Anniversary challenge at Open-Minded Crafting and the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

No Mistakes and No Waste with BB or CB


BB/CB stands for Bisters, Brushos or Color Burst in my world and they are still my favorite card making colors to play with. I  belong to a Facebook group of stampers and artists from all over the world sharing ideas and projects using these three color crystals and I have learned so much from all of them. If you would like to be inspired and join the group, send me your email address via the contact feature on the side of the blog and I would be happy to extend an invitation to you. This card started out to be a disaster and then evolved into something I really like. I tried stamping some flowers on watercolor paper first, then creating a colorful background with cling wrap and natural, yellow and green Bister powders spritzed with gold shimmer spray. The flowers almost totally disappeared, but a hint of a purple flower is in the center left- see it? But I still liked the shimmer and color of the piece, so I die cut it with Simon Says Stamp's Mod Circle Frame and re-assembled the pieces on a brown card base. I added a fun sentiment from Paper Smooches.

And because I do not like to waste any of my gorgeous BB/CB pieces, I took the SSS Mod Circle Frame and attached to a white card base. I added more of the fun sentiments from the Paper Smooches set and some green dp and made a card for a teen's birthday.

I am entering these cards in the Let's Get Sentimental challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the Beautiful Background challenge at DRS Designs.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Stars and Stripes Brusho Card from the new TTCRD Magazine!


The new May/June 2015 issue of Through The Craft Room Door magazine is available for your viewing pleasure in the "Subscribers Only Area" of the TTCRD website.  It is loaded with over 160 pages of paper craft tutorials, tons of inspiration and projects you can create.  Plus free digis, an article by me about Brusho backgrounds and 6 of my cards among page after page of great cards. Come check it out! If you do not currently subscribe to the magazine you will need to go to the top of the page and click on the Subscription/Renewals tab. I highly recommend everyone get a subscription to this great on line magazine!

I created the card above for my article on Brusho patriotic cards and this card features bokeh stars. For all the details on how I made it and the supplies, visit the TTCRD website linked above.

I am entering this card in the Let's Get Sentimental challenge at Simon Says Stamp (the forever is a Tim Holtz sentiment), and the Beautiful Backgrounds challenge at DRS Designs.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Color Burst is now at Crackerbox Palace!


It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing not one, but two special cards I made with Crackerbox Palace’s gorgeous ladies and Color Burst powders. I am in love with the brilliant colors and awesome backgrounds and looks easily achieved with this new product from Ken Oliver Crafts! Crackerbox Palace is now carrying all six colors of Color Burst powders and they are on sale right now for 10% off! They can be found at the bottom of the main website page while on sale and in the accessories section here. All you do to get the beautiful colors for your cards is sprinkle a little of the concentrated powders onto a piece of watercolor paper and spritz with water. Just a little goes a long way. Or if you want a more subtle background, you can wet the watercolor paper first, sprinkle on a few of the powders and then spritz again. That is what I did on my first card above. I wanted a rainbow of soft colors and that was the beautiful result. After the colorful background was dry, I stamped the Summer Goddess and the "Hello Gorgeous" sentiment. I also stamped the sun on a lemon yellow Color Burst piece, cut it out and attached.


For my second card, I created the beautiful background with Color Burst and cling wrap from my kitchen! I simply sprinkled a few shakes of green and orange Color Burst into a wrinkled piece of cling wrap and spritzed it with gold Glimmer Mist (instead of water to activate.) I placed a piece of glossy cardstock into the glorious mess and wrapped the cling wrap around the glossy cardstock. I waited about 10 minutes, removed the cling wrap, and the lines of the wrinkled cling wrap and the Color Burst created a beautiful background. If you wanted a brighter background, all you need to do is add more of the Color Burst powders. The damp piece can be heat set to dry, or if you are more patient than me, you can allow the damp piece to sit for a while to dry. I stamped the Spring Goddess and sentiment with black archival ink and layered the piece onto a black card base. Both the beautiful Spring and Summer Goddesses can be found here on the CBP website.

**As a present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the CBP stamps  on these cards will be 20% OFF for one week! So the stamps and Color Burst are on sale! Free shipping on all orders over $45 too!! Great deals- Check it out!**

In the upcoming weeks I will be posting more cards and art projects on the two blogs featuring Color Burst and Crackerbox Palace stamps. You really should give this new product a try- you are going to love what you can do with Color Burst colors!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and the “Let’s Get Sentimental” challenge at Simon Says Stamp.