Saturday, September 19, 2015

YNS Challenge #23 - Spooktacular

Busy morning so far, but before the real busy time starts I wanted to get this post up.  There is another challenge going on at Your Next Stamp, Challenge #23, and I wanted to enter another card. This is a fun way for me to use one of my favorite stamp sets---Silly Monsters.  I just love these guys---they never fail to make me smile.


I decided to participate in the sketch challenge.  Here is the inspiration and below is my take on it. I had fun making this one, let me know what you think.

I started by stamping and heat embossing the image. I then colored it with copic markers.  I stamped several sentiments on the white card stock. I've been wanting to do this technique and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity!  I then clear embossed the candies on the green card stock and put everything together. Lastly I popped up the monster on foam!

All in all a fun card to make!

  • Bazzill Card Stock:  Marshmallow, Lime Crush, Candy Corn, Gummy Bear
  • Your Next Stamp:  Silly Monsters
  • Lawn Fawn Stamps:  Spooktacular
  • Versamark Ink
  • Hero Arts Embossing Powder:  Clear, White
  • Copic Markers

Friday, September 18, 2015

CASE Challenge #41

Another fun day on the tennis court.  There were tons of peeps at the club, but not our usual crowd! My husband and I were hitting very well today.  He was cracking the ball so hard, the he broke his strings and we just picked up the racket from the stringer before our match---only 2 hours of use!

Anywho...I've saw the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #41 and wanted to play along.  I need a few birthday cards coming up so I thought I would make one.

I've been wanting to play with some more subtle tones, since my last few cards have been a bit on the bright side.

Here's what I came up with...

I started off my stamping the background of the card with the latest Simon Says Stamps background ABC stamp with plain Versamark ink. I wanted just a little bit something on the card, but not too much.  I then cut out and stamped the center piece with the same background stamps.

I die cut the sentiment from some card stock added a bit of distressed ink to give a bit of dimension.  I used the floral die on glitter paper.  Once everything was cut out, I just glued everything down.

Pretty simple and straight forward!

  • Bazzill Card Stock:  Lime Crush, Rock Candy, Taffy
  • POW Glitter paper
  • Simon Says Dies:  Floral, Happy Birthday
  • Simon Says Stamps:  ABC Background
  • Distressed Ink - Shabby Shutters
  • Versamark Ink
  • Avery Elle Pigment Ink:  Mint to Be

Tag You're It Challenge #30 - Reminder

Another nice day on the tennis courts.  My favorite thing to do, play with my husband.  Nothing better than that!  After cracking it on the court with him, off to a little lunch then continue packing for the trip!

Before all that, let me get this reminder post out.  If you haven't yet participate in this Challenge, there is still time.  A fun inspiration awaits from Nancy Penir.

I took another stab at the cupcake tag...I really love this inspiration, but I still have a bit of a difficult time creating a fun tag.  Somewhat similar to my first one...

For this tag, I used my new Mama Elephant Sentiment stamps as well as my Simon Says Smile die cut.

I colored the cupcake with copic markers and added a little distressed ink to the taffy card stock to give a bit of color around the edges.

If you haven't linked up your tag yet, come join us!  You have a chance to win some great tag die cuts from Poppystamps!  We would love to see what you come up with!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Wishing - One Layer Challenge

What a beautiful day today.  My husband and I hit the tennis court this morning and had a fun time. His fractured finger is a still casuing him a bit of pain, but you won't know it the way he was cracking that ball! And we played next to our friends, Yan, Ione, Hatsumi and Lynda.  It is always nice to be out there with everyone!

"Less is More"Another Less is More Challenge is going on.  This time it is a one-layer card, which frankly is my favorite technique.  I find this technique to be challengeing, so it is always fun to play along.  The theme for this time is "Wishing".  It is not required to have the word on the card, but to convey the feeling in the design.

Here's my take on the challenge...

This is a simple card to make.  I stamped the items with memento ink and colored the images with Copic markers.

The final touch was to add glossy accents to the glasses of the two birds.

Truly a clean and simple card!!

  • Bazzill Cardstock - Marshmallow
  • Lawn Fawn Stamps:  Feathered Friends, Hello Sunshine, Science of Love
  • Copic Markers
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Halloween Monster

What a perfect day for a bike ride.  I'm back to my Sunday ride---though I'm not doing my hill ride quite yet!  I'm on the mend from my cough so it felt good to go for a ride.  Especially since my busy day yesterday.  Starting with the Lion King show, then the Stanford Football Game and ending with a fun Thai dinner!  Had to work off the sitting and eating!

I'm excited enter a card into the Your Next Stamp Challenge #22.  This time, I'm going with the sketch challenge...and using my favorite stamp set---Silly Monsters, which is just perfect for a Halloween theme!

Here is my take on the sketch....

Whenever I use this stamp set, I always like to have dots around since most of the monsters have dots on them---no exception for my Halloween themed card.

I colored the monster with Copic markers, after heat embossing the monster.  I also heat embossed candies on the black strip on the very top---as well as my senitment which I'm using in place of the bow.

I die cut the circles and used the inlayed technique--which I like to use as it doesn't add bulk to the card, but gives a nice finished look.

A very fun card to make, and I like how it turned out!

  • Bazzill Cardstock:  Marshmallow, Lime Crush, Black, Candy Corn, Gummy Bear
  • Your Next Stamp:  Silly Monsters
  • Lawn Fawn:  Senitment
  • Versamark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder

Friday, September 11, 2015

Tag You're It - Challenge #30

Still getting over my cough...finally it is coming to an end.  Luckily it is time for another Tag You're It Challenge, so that keeps me focused on some fun stuff!

This is a fun inspiration tag from Nancy Penir.  This is such a great tag!!!  I love how she used the cupcake as the actual tag.  I love this idea, and in fact made a few Christmas Tag's with this idea, but then I wanted to actually use my cupcake stamps for this challenge.

Here's what I came up with:

I started with some very light yellow card stock and stamped some tone-on-tone confetti (kinda hard to see in this photo).  I then stamped, colored and cut out my cupcake.

Added my sentiment below and in the end added a few sequins to bring a little more color to the tag.  Also, added some Wink of Stella to the frosting for some shimmer.

  • Bazzill Card Stock:  Yellow
  • Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper
  • My Next Stamp:  Confetti Background
  • Stampendous Stamps
  • Simon Says Stamps:  Birthday Sentiments
  • Avery Elle Pigment Ink:  Mimosa
  • Distressed Ink:  Spiced Maralalade
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Wink of Stella Marker