Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ways to use it!

Sometimes I like to find different ways to use very obvious things.  Images turned upside down, partial stamped images, stack the sentiments vertical instead of horizontal.  This time I used soccer ball dies to make ornaments and I love the effect.  The sports dies were a gift from My Favorite Things for ordering sixty dollars all at one time.  I wouldn’t have chosen them, as I have no kids in sports,  but I have found myself using the parts in different ways. This card is created for the MFT Color Challenge you can find HERE.  The colors screamed Halloween but I could not make myself come up with anything creative.  I really have no idea how this popped into my head.  Oh yes, it was because Simon Says is having an Anything Goes challenge and they are featuring Memory Box dies and I only have this one Frostyville die and some clouds by Memory Box.

I have combined the two challenges and this is what happened.  SQUEAL! I love it.  The little tag is also and MFT die from blueprints 4.

I added Wink of Stella to the centers of the ornaments to jazz them up a bit and added a sentiment from Mark’s Finest Papers.  Talk about combining companies.  Well that keeps the creative juices flowing, right?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Stamp Etching SU image #274

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A very elegant way to dress up your stamps is called Stamp ETching.  You can see the tutorial on it HERE.   I have been wanting to play a bit more in the Splitcoast Stampers challenges and this one was chosen by a Team of four of us working together.  Using neutrals we chose to use this technique for a CAS (Clean and Simple) format.

I love the way it turned out but I doubt it will be a technique I would use often.  You must have an open line stamp to do this technique.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stamp#273 My Favorite Things

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For MFT Sketch Challeng #190 I had fun making this though I have never made any sort of western themed card before.  Well, maybe once.  The process was fun and I love their images.  Every thing but the plaid paper is MFT.  I love that company. Open-mouthed smile
With all the fairs around in our small rural towns I thought this was the perfect card for this time of year. The little tag with the HB (happy birthday) seemed a bit like "branding" and western shirts come in plaids lots of time.  yeah, i get like that.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Stamps #271 and 272

This card was made for the SCS Technique Challenge on SCS.  Using a stencil you stamp your image over the stencil and then lightly sponge color over the stencil to leave the stencil shape in white.  It was okay.  I likely wouldn’t do it again.  I thought it was a lot of work for the result.  I like the result just wouldn’t put that much time into it again.  I made the main image a Gina K Designs image in SU Handsome Hunter.  The banner sentiment is a Simon Says Exclusive Stamp and I am entering this into their Wednesday Challenge Summer.  At this time of the year all our flowers are at their peak. I thought an bold image would be a good summer card.  I used a piece of Coredinations in a summery green to keep it more in the summer palette and not so fallish, not yet, please!   Thanks again Michelle for the die cut I used for the main panel. The buttons are MFT dies.

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Stamp 270 The Cat’s Pajamas

Playing in Simon’s Wednesday challenge and also SCS CAS Monday challenge.  Simon’s challenge is Summer and SCS CAS is Stencil.  So this was a simple card to make and the perfect Washi tape on hand.  Loved that it tied all the colors together. I dotted around bun bun to make him look as if he is quilted onto the card.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Stamp # 269

Using an MFT Pure Innocence stamp and their sketch #189 and CAS challenge on SCS, I came up with this card.   The challenge was to use watermelon colors.  For the sentiment I used another PI stamp set from last fall, Chrysanthemum.  I cut the sentiment apart from the rest of it.  And used the rest of it inside the card.  It only hurts the first couple of times that you cut a sentiment a part.  I also stacked this one instead of the vertical orientation it had.   This also fits the Simon Says Monday challenge to Scratched Up.  I sanded the green Coredinations paper.  Paper piecing her dress with a scrap piece just gives this a nice little touch.  Colored with copics.  For the CAS part, it’s hard not to wrap ribbons or do ‘something” to fill up the blank spaces but all in all I like how it looks.  this was the perfect sketch for the CAS challenge.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hey Baby! Stamp # 268

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For Simon Says Wednesday challenge to Make it Sparkle I used Sparkling Stickles n the star.  It doesn’t show up well on here but it was just the added touch for this cute image.

A DTGD challenge card.

Monday, August 11, 2014

MFT Sketch Challenge and stamp #267

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I wanted to get in on the Wednesday Sketch Challenge at MFT.  You can see their post HERE

I used their Hog WIld set and also their BIG backgrounds stamp.  Colored with copics and using up stuff that was left over on my desk after DTGD.  Most things are put away but I had a few scrap things that I for sure wanted to use.   This gray piece with the circle cut out was one of those scraps.

WOWSAS-DTGD Challenges

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I have never played in the Dare to Get Dirty challenges on Splitcoast but I was encouraged by new friends I have made on-line and so I took the plunge.  It is a week long challenge with several challenges every day. I was vactioning for three of the seven days. I had a lot of catch up to do and some of the challenges weren’t my style but I was determined I was going to do them all.

What I learned, when the pressure is on I can still come up with some pretty unique cards.  Sketches are my friend when doing this many challenges so they don’t all end up looking alike.  I can stretch myself to do things I never thought of.  It was a great learning experience.  We are not competing with each other just stretching our own selves.  There are a lot of ways to get unique cards.

So there you have it.  51 cards in four days. I am now known as a Stamping Queen on SCS.  Princess

I now have lots of work to do to blog and record the cards and keep track of all the stamps I used. Watch for the posts coming your way.