MIX118 Fabulous You

Friday, May 1, 2015

Playing along with the mixed media challenge over at Splitcoaststampers today.  MariLynn has a smash technique to share there.

I placed three shades of distress inks on a folded piece of acetate and misted it with Perfect Pearls to create my "smash" background.  Once that was dry, I inked through as stencil with the same distress inks, and then moved it and inked through it again with archival ink.  Then I spritzed it with water and let some of the inks run again.

Next, I inked up the little tag with distress inks and stamped the sentiment.  It's been adhered to the card with two strips of washi tape and a brad.

There is a soft shimmer from the Perfect Pearls that didn't pick up on the camera. Please use your imagination :)

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper and SU!
Ink:  Scattered Straw, Picked Raspberry, Bundled Sage, and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks;  MFT black hybrid ink; and Tree Branch Archival Ink
Stamps:  STAMPlorations The Bee's Knees City Girl
All the other stuff:  tag, bad, washi, TCW stencil, sponges, water mister, acetate, Perfect Pearls

Challenges entered:
Mixed Media #118 at Splitcoaststampers
Simon Says Stamp:  anything goes

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Hello Flowers

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I'm playing along with a few challenges today...just having some fun!  And yet, another layered design...hmmm...

The sketch from Cardabilities was my jumping off point for this design.  After die-cutting the rectangle from designer paper, I added the circular designs with a Copic Multiliner and a round die. Thought it would be fun to add three types of circles!  Next comes some stamped splotches in turquoise.  A die-cut vellum stem, some die cut leaves, some Prima flowers, followed by more die-cut designer paper for the stamped sentiment.  And finally, a smattering of sequins.

It's always fun to step outside your comfort zone and just simply try different things.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp, vellum and Prima Madelaine (in my stash forever)
Ink:  MFT Black hybrid and Avery Elle Aquamarine
Stamps:  MFT Abstract Art and Paper Smooches Fancy Frames
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles (yes, I do use those a LOT!), circle die, Essentials by Ellen Bold Blossoms die, MFT die-namics Fishtail flags, Prima Archivist flowers, sequins, adhesives, Copic Multiliner

Challenges entered:
Cardabilities Sketch #122

TIME OUT Challenge #30:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  anything goes showcasing Prima products

Virginia's View Challenge #14:  layers and dimension

Dazzling Diva #73

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This will be our final Dazzling Diva challenge, and our theme is spring/new life:


All good things must eventually come to an end and after much consideration Monica Weaver from Add a Little Dazzle has decided to close the Dazzling Diva Challenge. The blog and boutique will continue being open offering unique creations and Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets. I invite you to continue following the Add a Little Dazzle blog.

Many years ago, I walked into our great room and look out the window into our backyard.  Two of our large ornamental crabapple trees were covered in Monarch butterflies.  You could hardly make out the trees for the Monarchs!  It was an amazing sight, and one that I shall cherish forever.  Sadly, my camera was out of commission at the time and I have no pictures to share...but I retain that amazing scene in my memory.

So with that thought in mind, here's my final Design Team card:

A simple design with a whole lot of butterflies :)  I've die cut the butterflies with my Tim Holtz Butterfly Frenzy die and then placed them in an embossing folder.  Instead of running them through my Big Shot Pro, I've just used a brayer to emboss them...works like a charm!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Amy Tangerine Stitched and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  MFT Hybrid Black
Stamps:  My Sentiments Exactly
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Fishtail Flags Layered STAX, Lil' Inker Designs Stitched circles die, Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Rectangle die, Tim Holtz Butterfly Frenzy Sizzlit Decorative Strip, Ectasy Crafts embossing folder, brayer, adhesives

Challenges entered:
Uniko Challenge #20:  things with wings

Please check out what the rest of the Dazzling Diva Design team has created this week.  And please join us for our final challenge:

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Addicted to Stamps and More #142

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I'm back with another Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge, and this week, it's a Make Your Mark challenge.  Get out those watercolor crayons or pencils, markers, Copics, Promarkers, chalks, watercolors, sponges, stencils, masks. (anything that makes a mark) to qualify for the prize.  This week our sponsor is A Day For Daisies:

and the prize is a $12 gift certificate

And here's my Design Team card:

I recently got this fabulous new stencil from ARTplorations and couldn't wait to ink it up!  The stencil has been inked with three shades of Distress Inks and misted with water before placing it on some watercolor paper.  I've inked a matching butterfly stamp with the same three inks, misted it and stamped the tag with it.  Next comes a bit of spritzing with a marker and finally a few sequins.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger watercolor and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Dusty Concord, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks; and MFT Hybrid Black ink
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies and Bloom Sketches
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Rectangles die, Reverse Confetti Tag Me die, ARTplorations Shower of Flutters stencil, water mister, sequins, adhesives, Tim Holtz spritzer tool, Black Soot Distress Marker

Challenges entered:

Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team right here.

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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #8 Reminder

Just a quick reminder that there's still time to play along with us at the One Layer Christmas card challenge:

All the challenges are "anything goes", and require a one layer design.  And, the optional twist with this challenge is "trees".  Using the optional twist will get you an entry into the monthly random drawing.  Every card that you enter with the twist = 1 entry into the drawing and you can enter as many times as you'd like!

And here's my one layer design featuring trees:

I've opted for some soft pastels this time around and used one of my favorite techniques - a stencil monoprint.  My stencil has been inked with three shades of Distress Inks, misted with water and placed on some watercolor paper.  After stamping the sentiment, I then added the snow.  Now, I've taken some serious artistic liberty with this snow, but if Prince can have "Purple Rain", then I think I can have "Lilac Snow".  LOL

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor
Ink:  Aquamarine Archival Ink and Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks
Stamps:  Verve Merry Wishes
All the other stuff:  TCW stencil, Simon Says Stamp stencil, Liquitex Blended Fibers, spatula

Challenges entered:

You can check out the rest of the Design Team's amazing designs right here.

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Awesome Life

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Found some time to play along with Tim's April 2015 Tag challenge.  Here are his fabulous tags:


I've used the Persian Motifs from Altenew, as I don't have his new floral stamps.  And basically followed his instructions, using my own mix of colors.  He's showcasing the Distress Markers with his techniques this month, and that's exactly what I used.  And, as I didn't have his dies, again, used what I had.  Rather than use my sewing machine, I've done faux stitching around the tag.  This was fun and I really loved using my markers for his techniques!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger Distress Watercolor
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Stamps:  Altenew Persian Motifs
All the other stuff:  Ranger Kraft Tags; Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood and Black Soot Distress Markers; Distress Marker Spritzer, water mister, die pick, mat, distress tool, Ranger mini ink blending tools, Lil' Inker Designs die, Big Shot Pro, adhesives, seam binding

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Dazzling Diva #72

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I'm back with another Dazzling Diva Challenge.  Will you look at this lovely mood board?

All I see is roses...so you know what that leads to...

Yes, there's a lovely metal rose on my card :)  Just lots of die cuts,a little stamping and some inking on this one.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! and MME Blush
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle
Stamps:  Verve Making a Statement
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles, Reverse Confetti Stars Pretty Panels Confetti Cuts, Reverse Confetti Diagonal Stripe Pretty Panels Confetti Cuts, Penny Black Rose die, Prima Copper Glass Glitter, adhesives and Add a Little Dazzle craft metal:

Princess Pink Metal Sheet

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