Monthly Archives: July 2015
Brown Sugar Challenge #157 Animals!
Happy Friday! It’s time for a new challenge at Brown Sugar Challenges and today, we are featuring “Animals”. This challenge is sponsored Robyn’s Fetish Digital Images who is offering a gift of 3 Digital Images for our winner.
For my card today, I’ve used Robyn’s Fetish image called, “Farah Fawn” to showcase my “Animal” card. I colored Farah with Copic Markers and framed her using a My Favorite Things die with burlap paper by DCWV. I gave her a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s “Chit Chat” set as well as a birdy friend from that same set. My paper is Lawn Fawn’s “Into the Woods.”
Since I am no longer sending my cards to Operation Write Home I broke out my Wink of Stella glitter pen and gave birdy a bit of shine.
I can’t wait to see what your Animal card looks like this week at Brown Sugar Challenges!
The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes
It’s the fifth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built Anything Goes challenge. This doesn’t come around too often, but it’s your time to do anything you wish. You have until Tuesday, August 4th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.
For my card today I broke out my Kuretake Gamsi Watercolors. I started by stamping the Repeat Impressions “Love Birds 1707-M with Archival Black Ink so it wouldn’t bleed. I did the same for the sentiment, “Love, Hugs 2509-H”.
The die is from Our Daily Bread Designs and so beautiful. As a hint, when you have dies that are so detailed, use wax paper between the paper and die and it will come out easier. You also want to make sure you have good pressure by adding some shims.
Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner! If you use a Repeat Impressions Stamp in your design, you’ll get an extra entry!
Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.
FTHS Monthly & Sketch Challenge
I can’t help but love these birdbrain stamps by From the Heart Stamps. They are so whimsical and Faith, the creator, is so generous she gives away digital images every month if you participate in her challenges.
My card is colored with Copic Markers using paper pad from My Minds Eye. I am following the sketch of the week which is another challenge at FTHS. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and was a birthday freebie.
Technique Junkies Watercoloring with Dylusions
Hello Technique Junkie Friends. Today I’m bringing you some inky goodness using a watercoloring technique with Dylusions Ink, which you can now find in the Technique Junkies Store.
I began by white heat embossing over Versamark ink on smooth bristol paper. I taped my project to a board to avoid warping then laid down a lot of water using the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer. Staring with Pure Sunshine I simply dropped the Dylusions Ink toward the outer edges of the poppies then moving toward the inside using Squeezed Orange, Cherry Pie, and Postbox Red. That’s it – easy as pie!
The stamp I used is Technique Junkies “Large Poppies”. This is a favorite of mine and comes in both small and large sizes. The sentiment is called, “Believe in Yourself” and great to send someone for inspiration.
I hope you’ll join us over at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog for more inspiration. If you haven’t visited the new Technique Junkies store, I encourage you to stop by because new things are always added.
I also want to leave you with a teaser and tell you the new stamps coming out for August are FABULOUS!!! The design team has put together a great blog hop for you starting on August 1st. Pat will also be offering a sale so be sure to check back then!
Send a Smile 4 Kids: Challenge 106 – Christmas in July
Happy Saturday my Friends. Today at Send a Smile 4 Kids (SAS4Kids) we are celebrating “Christmas in July.”
If you aren’t familiar with SAS4Kids, their commitment is to support hospitalized children by providing home-made cards that parents, staff, or even the kids themselves can give during this time of need. It’s not a sad cause, in fact, we don’t focus on Get Well cards at all, but make the cards happy and fun. I sure hope you will join both in our challenge and by sending in some cards, especially now that Operation Write Home is closing. To find out more about donation, look here.
This challenge will run through Friday, August 7th and give you a great head start on some holiday card making. This challenge is sponsored by some very generous donors who are giving away some great gifts for the winning entry. The design team also chooses their favorite so there are lots of ways to win.
The donors and prizes are:
1) A Day For Daisies: Prize: $12.00 Gift Certificate
2) Dollar Graphic’s Depot: Prize: $15.00 Gift Certificate
3) Fred She Said: Prize: $10 Dollar Gift Certificate
Wow – thank you sponsors, Send a Smile 4 Kids really appreciates your support.
Now, let’s get to some inspiration! My first card is from A Day For Daisies, called “Christmas Pixie Two.” I had a bit of fun playing with 91% Alcohol and my Various Ink Refills to create the background. After applying the color with the Copics and Alcohol I brought in a piece of burlap and sprayed that with 91% Alcohol and pressed for 3 seconds over the color to create texture. After the background was made, I went on to color the rest of the image with Copics and stamped the sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s 2014 Holiday Release by Julie Ebersole.
My second card is from Dollar Graphic’s Depot called, “Santa and Friends”. I also colored this with Copic Markers and used Carta Bella “Bundled Up” paper pad. The Sentiment is a stamp and die set from Papertrey Ink and the oval dies are My Favorite Things.
I hope you’ll join us for our Christmas in July Challenge and consider donating some cards to Send a Smile 4 Kids.
Sketch Saturday Challenge #371
Happy Saturday! Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by The Paper Shelter who is offering a generous $10.00 gift certificate to our random winner. Thanks Paper Shelter! You have until Friday, July 31st to enter your card for a chance to win.
Here’s the sketch:
For my card I chose Paper Shelter’s “Summer Holidays” and colored her with Copic Markers. The design paper and sentiment is from the June Simon Say Stamp Card Kit. I chose a solid yellow piece of card stock and heat embossed with white using an Impressions Obsession background stamp. She sure looks like she’s having fun.
I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!
A Day For Daisies: New Release 7-24-15
It’s Friday and time for the new release from A Day For Daisies! WooHoo! I love new release day!
For my Design Team inspiration, I chose “Bird in Flight.” I colored this adorable image with Copic Markers. To create the background, I made a mask by printing out the image again and using a temporary adhesive to keep it steady. I then took Various Ink Refills in pink and blue green and dropped them on my background using a dropper.
To create the card background I stamped an impressions obsession stripe with white pigment ink. The “happy” die is from My Favorite Things and cut out in both pink and blue green using Echo Park’s “Creative Agenda” 6 x 6 paper pad. I popped it up using foam tape and finished off my card with a variety of sequins from my stash.
I hope you’ll stop by and see all the other designers cards showing the new release this week at A Day For Daisies. Also, the Newsprint Challenge is still running through Thursday, July 30th at Noon, stop on by the A Day For Daisies Blog.
We’d also love for you to visit our Facebook Community Page as we’d love to see your cards there too!
Doodle Pantry: ATG
Love to Scrap: ATG
The House That Stamps Built: New Die Release Blog Hop
Today is a special post at The House That Stamps Built and we are “Flipping Out”! Literally! Before you call the paddy wagon, let me explain. Repeat Impressions is launching “Flip Dies” to go with the 35 Repeat Impressions Flip Stamps already in the store! Flip cards cards are normally made using punches, but many of us have converted to dies. Flip stamps are so popular at Repeat Impressions that Wendy has come up with a way to make the process of making a flip card much easier by making custom dies to match – how cool is that! With all this “Flipping Out”, we are going to celebrate with a Blog Hop. The Design Team can’t wait to share what we’ve created using both the Repeat Impressions Flip Stamps and Repeat Impressions Flip Dies. You have until Sunday July 26th at 5pm EST to visit the Design Teams Blogs. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 27th. For each blog you visit and comment on, you get an entry to win a Flip Die Set!! WooHoo. Wendy is kindly giving away one set of each of the new dies. One set will have Scallops, like the one I used, and the other set will be a stitched example, like the one at Cheri’s Blog. So stop by the Design Teams Blogs for more chances to win. Here’s the Blog Line Up:
Kathy… Me 🙂
Now, how about some inspiration! For my “Flip Card”, I’ve used the Scalloped Flip Die and Repeat Impressions “Tree Flip Set 7202-W.” After cutting out the dies, I stamped the “Tree Flip Set” on the die cut square using Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a spritz of water. This is a great way to get multiple colors on one image. I also used Tim’s woodgrain stencil and inked the edges of my dies in Antique Linen. The pull tab is a label die from My Favorite Things and the beautiful beads are Club Scrap. This project is so easy with this new die set and Wendy has great instructions on how to make these cards. If you aren’t familiar with this type of card, you pull the beads at the bottom and the cards begin to “flip”. It’s super fun and with 35 different sets in the Repeat Impressions store, you won’t have a shortage of stamps to use with your new dies! The first picture is of the full completed card. First Flip: Second Flip: Third Flip: I do hope you’ll stop by the Design Team Members’ blogs and comment because we had so much fun making these cards for you and would love for you to have lots of chances to win a new Flip Die from Repeat Impressions Stamps.
The House That Stamps Built: Sketch Challenge
It’s the fourth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built sketch challenge. You have until Tuesday, July 28th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions. Feel free to turn the sketch around as long as the basic elements are included you are good to go.
Here’s the Sketch:
For my card today I took a trip to Africa using the Passport Series at Repeat Impressions Stamps. The image I used is called “Chimp 5306-J” which was stamped using Adirondack Espresso ink. I cut him out using the My Favorite Things Stitched square die and distressed the image with Antique Linen while it was still housed in the die to create that white frame.
The paper is from Prima called, “Cartographer.” I did the same treatment of Antique Linen with the My Favorite Things Stitched circle and then sprayed Lindy’s Stamp Gang Spray in for the background for my “Happy Hello-9717-C” sentiment, which I stamped only a portion of. One of the tricks I use to stamp only a part of a stamp is to use scotch tape to cover what you don’t want, then ink up the stamp and remove the tape. That leaves only the portion you want to stamp inked. I finished off the card with some Club Scrap ribbon.
Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner! Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.