Tuesday, February 25, 2014

February Greenhouse Society

The 25th is here, and our Poppies - Greenhouse Society stamp set is now shipping!

I had some fun being overly dramatic with my watercoloring last night!! Here's my card: 

I actually laid down the blobs of color first then stamped on top. I tried stamping first but I had a hard time colouring out of the lines! My kindergarten teacher would be proud!! 
The Poppies - Greenhouse Society stamp set consists of nine clear stamps on a 3" x 4" storage sheet.
Not a Greenhouse Society member yet? We have you covered! It's on sale for a limited time to non-members for $12.99 (plus shipping and handling).
If you like botanical-themed stamps, you may want to consider joining theGreenhouse Society. We release a new stamp set every month as part of this collection. Members get the Greenhouse sets for $9.99 each (plus shipping and handling) and enjoy other benefits. Check out the Membership Agreement andFAQ page on our Web site for more details on joining the Greenhouse Society.
Visit our blog again on March 15th to see the next installment in the Greenhouse Society!

Friday, February 21, 2014

May Arts and Stampendous Blog Hop

We’ve had so much fun this week showcasing beautiful ribbon from May Arts and some new stamp designs from Stampendous! Stamps! I have been neglecting my Copic markers lately so I pulled out a new House-Mouse Designs® stamp and got colouring. Here's today's card: 

Who doesn't need birthday cards? This is a great any-ages card that I've left sentiment-less intentionally. I made this with my Grandma in mind - I hope she likes it!! 

You can see in this photo a little clearer that I added some fun texture around the edges. I airbrushed around the edges with BG13 then misted a piece of burlap with colorless blender solution and pressed it into the airbrushing. It's such a fun way to add colour to an image! 

Supplies used: 
Ribbon: May Arts
Papers: BasicGrey Patterned paper & Bazzill Cardshoppe
Copic Markers: Mice: C7, 5, 3, 1 and W5, 3, 1 - Skin: E13. 11. YR000, 0000; Balloons: R37, 35, 32, 30 and BG 78, 75, 34, 11
Pastel Chalk Pencil by General's

Now go see what our Design Team has for you today! Make sure you comment for a great prize! 
Good luck and happy hopping. 

Jamie Martin

Janelle Stollfus (Thursday)

Cyndi Bundy

Janelle Stollfus (Friday)

Kristine Reynolds

Krissy Fossmeyer

Tobi Crawford (you are here)

Lea Kimmel

Tenia Nelson

Suzanne Czosek

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

May Arts Collab with Stampendous!


We just love the way a terrific ribbon product can make a great card  or stamp image just come alive. And we’re so grateful to our friends at May Arts who keep us in ribbon for all our creations! They want to keep you in ribbon, too, which is why each of the three prize packages in this terrific Blog Hop includes a whole spool of your choice from May Arts! Wowsie, wow, wow! Plus a Jumbo Cling Rubber Flower Stamp Set and a Jumbo Clear Handle from Stampendous. 
To celebrate this pairing I made a cute little card using some brand-new Stampendous! stamps and a little bit of string from May Arts: 
I stamped Geo Blossom Cling Stamp in various Memento Luxe colours and made a custom patterned paper. I sat there looking at it and decided it would look cool if I cut a shape from it. I love butterflies, so it was a natural choice. I added a touch of Yard String Burlap to the edge and that was that!!! 
Be sure to leave comments on the Stampendous! blog, over on the May Arts Blog, and on the blogs of our designers. You’ll get entered once for every comment you make.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stampendous! Creative Palette

At the Winter CHA Stampendous announced a lot of new products that ventured into the "mixed media" world of papercrafts and I couldn't be happier! Obviously I am finding this genre appealing lately so it's great to play with new products and tools that will add to my ever-growing art collection! 

So one night I pulled out the Creative Palette from Stampendous and started mono-printing. It's still very new to me (and I need some lessons) but I had some good results the first couple tries: 

Currently I am treating my prints like patterned paper and making some funky cards with them. Tonight I cut out this piece for my card: 

I stamped on top of it with the Baroque Cross in Archival Ink for a dark impression. 
I got a request for a sympathy card, so I chose a simple sentiment from Say It Today to complete the card: 

In an effort to come out with a clean impression on top of the slightly bumpy texture of the mono-print I got a bit of a shadow. It's okay though, it makes it look 3D-ish! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

48 Weeks

It's been over a week since I've posted, but that's because I've been a little busy with 1) a weekend-long Copic class I taught at my LSS and 2) I've been playing a little catch-up with Donna Downey's 48 Weeks Art Journal class! It's been a lot of fun, a lot of mess, and a lot of challenges.. 

Here are a few photos of my work so far. The journal is absolutely humongous (11x19) so it's been a real change from my small little books. 

Week 1:

I thought it kind of looked like a weeping angel from Dr. Who. Kinda creepy!!! 

Week 2: 

Such a huge contrast from week 1, right? I love all of these colours SO SO much!! Lots of finger painting went into this page. 

Week 3:

Tonnes of background texture (burlap, molding paste, heavy gesso) and cute flowers. 

If you're on the fence about joining Donna's 48 Weeks, GO FOR IT!! I love it, and the group of participators are very fun and supportive. You'll love it! 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

You Are Fabulous

Do you know the feeling of having a great idea in your head, but when it comes to the execution it takes on a mind of its own? Yah, that happened to me tonight. It got out of control, I almost lost it, but then I reeled it in for a solid finish... 

Here's my card: 

I initially wanted it to be a white base with that pop of red from the die cut hearts (I am playing along with the current Case Study challenge HERE), but that's what I'm talking about... It veered. Big time.

I started the card off by die cutting the hearts (Memory Box die) and used the negative as a stencil. I scraped some embossing paste through it and then added PanPastels in red tones.

This step would have been better if 1) I removed the negative before drying and 2) used a thicker paper or even chipboard for the negative. It was too floppy. 

So what ended up happening was some of the embossing paste stuck to the negative, and some of the PanPastels got under it. So I just filled in the whole area: 

Once I filled in the whole heart area I  surrounded it with various products: 
Black Oil Pastel
Black Pitt Pen
White Pitt Pen
White Gel Pen
Black Stabilo pencil (with waterbrush)
The remainder of the background: 
Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo
Technique Tuesday Lots Of Dots stamp set

The sentiment was the fun part. Who doesn't love glittery die cuts?!?!

Products used for sentiment
Black Sequins
American Crafts Glitter Paper
"You are" from Technique Tuesday set I Like You
"Fabulous" by Technique Tuesday Say It Fabulous Die Cut

Here is the inspiration for my card: 

Thanks for popping by! 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Naughty Or Nice Challenge #1

Here we are with our  first Naughty Or Nice challenge!! I've been getting very excited about this day as Danielle and I have been doing a bunch of behind-the-scenes work to get it up and running... I hope you like our new challenge concept and I would love it if you played along! 

So what do we mean by Naughty or Nice? Well, take a look at your sentiment stamps - are there any in your collection that are kind of "off-color" or a little bit racey? Pair them with a seemingly innocent image and BAM! You've succeeded in being naughty. But for those of you who cannot find a devilish stamp that fits the bill, no worries - you could be nice and post a card with our theme and you will be fulfilling our challenge parameters too!

So I had a bit of a tough time choosing JUST the right combination of stamps that were a little naughty and love-themed at the same time... But eventually I settled on a cyber/nerdy/talking dirty idea:

I was thinking I would go with a card concept that someone could use as a Valentine. I hope it's not too edgy for people because I sure think it's cute!! lol... 

Challenge Rules and Guidelines: 
  • You can simply add the URL link from your project after it has been uploaded to your online craft gallery. If you upload your card to an online craft gallery, please use the keyword NON1 so we can check out your beautiful work! You can also use online photo-sharing sites like Flickr to share your photos too! 
  • Please mention and link back to this post to let people know about this fun challenge!
  • Whether you are Naughty or Nice, we sure would appreciate cards made especially for this challenge, but really and truly, anything goes as long as it fits our monthly theme! 
  • You have until the 25th of each month to submit your creations and then the DT will pick two winners, one for both Naughty and Nice

So that's all for now, please feel free to click on the entries below and leave some love for our participants. I, for one, can't wait to see what you come up with!!