Friday, February 9, 2018

To Brighten Your Mood...


This week the ladies on the Stampendous Design Team are showcasing the wonderful new Curio Stamps. Be sure to check out Stampendous' Blog to see my teammates' stunning projects. I know that you'll be inspired! Plus, you'll have the chance to win a fabulous prize from Stampendous!*

Here's my third card for Curio Stamps week. This time my card features the wonderful Curio Watering Can Rubber Stamp.


As I write this blog post, it's snowing, raining, cold, and dreary outside. I don't know about you, but I'm totally over winter. I decided to brighten my mood and color the lovely Curio Watering Can with cheerful colors using my brand new Zig® Clean Color pens. 

Supplies:

Stampendous Products:

Other Products:
Zig® Clean Color Pens by Kuretake: Tea Rose, Mid Brown, Brown, Grey Tint, Warm Grey 2, Pink, Dark Pink, Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Bright Yellow, Light Green, May Green, Light Blue, and Cool Grey One
Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger
Palette™ Noir Hybrid Ink by Stewart Superior
Tim Holtz® Gathered Twigs and Wild Honey Distress Inks by Ranger
Double Dot Very Vintage 6x6 pads by Bo Bunny
White Cardstock
Mini-Blending Tool and Pads by Ranger
Tim Holtz® Paper Distresser by Tonic Studios

Directions:
  1. Stamp Curio Watering Can onto Mixed Media White Paper with Jet Black Archival ink.
  2. Color the image using Zig® Clean Color pens. Blend and/or soften the colors using a water brush.
  3. Cut the image panel down to size and distress the edges using a tool or the edge of a pair of scissors. I use both.
  4. Trim Double Dot Very Vintage patterned paper and edge with corresponding color of Distress ink.
  5. Stamp the sentiment from the Tweet Chirps Perfectly Clear Stamp Set onto the brown patterned paper using Palette® Noir Hybrid ink.
  6. Layer the patterned papers and adhere the image panel.
  7. Fold a sheet of 8.5" x 5.5" white cardstock in half, then adhere the card front.
I hope that my card brightens your mood. To brighten it even more, comment below for the chance to win one of these wonderful new Curio rubber stamps, which also are lovely pieces of art to display!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I Love Coffee!


 This week the ladies on the Stampendous Design Team are showcasing the wonderful new Curio Stamps. Be sure to check out Stampendous' Blog to see my teammates' stunning projects. I know that you'll be inspired!

Here's my second card for Curio Stamps week. This time I'm showing what I've done with the wonderful Curio Coffee Friend.



In addition to my love and adoration of cats, I also love coffee, so the Curio Coffee Friend stamp had to join my collection of coffee stamps. I'm not sure if you can read what it says on the coffee cup, so here goes. "Happiness is a good cup of coffee shared with a friend". Very true, but I guess I'm my own best friend since I have to have several cups before I'm ready for company!

Supplies:

Stampendous Products:

Other Products:
Copic Markers®: B12, B14, C04, C10, E43, E44
Tim Holtz® Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink by Ranger
Double Dot Very Vintage 6x6 pads by Bo Bunny
Rope Swing Dotted Swiss cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Kraft cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Coffee-themed ribbon (source unknown)
Big Shot by Sizzix
Mini-Blending Tool and Pads by Ranger
Tim Holtz® Stamping Platform by Tonic Studios.

Directions:
  1. Stamp Curio Coffee friend onto white cardstock, color with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edge with a black marker. Set aside.
  2. Position the 6x6 Cling Clock Collage Rubber Stamp onto the Stamping Platform. Ink the stamp with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink, then stamp onto blue patterned paper. Re-ink and stamp again if necessary. Then ink again and stamp onto a second sheet of the blue patterned paper.
  3. Using a die from the Fitted Frames A Die-Cut Set , die-cut one of the sheets of the blue patterned paper in the center. Sponge the edges lightly with the Brushed Corduroy Distress ink.
  4. Use the slightly larger die from the Fitted Frames A Die-Cut Set, die-cut a piece of the Rope Swing Dotted Swiss cardstock. Sponge the edges with the Brushed Corduroy Distress ink.
  5. Adhere the blue die-cut to the Dotted Swiss die-cut, line up the matted stamped die-cut with its counterpart on the other sheet of stamped blue cardstock.
  6. Trim the other sheet of stamped patterned paper to 5 3/8" square.
  7. Adhere the ribbon.
  8. Cut a piece of Kraft cardstock to 5.5" x 11", score, and fold.
  9. Adhere the image panel to the card.
Thanks for visiting today!


Monday, February 5, 2018

What's Mew?


Great news! I'm thrilled to announce that I've joined the Stampendous Design Team. This week, we are showcasing the wonderful new Curio Stamps! Be sure to check out Stampendous' Blog to see my teammates' stunning projects. I know that you'll be inspired!

Here's my card with the wonderful Laurel Burch Cat Curio.


As you might know, I LOVE cats and I love whimsy, so when Stampendous released their Laurel Burch stamps, I had myself a bit of a shopping spree. Then when the Curio Stamps were debuted, the Laurel Burch Curio Cat had to be my first! I love that you can stamp with it and display it to brighten any decor!

Supplies:

Stampendous Products:
Laurel Burch Cat Curio Stamp
Laurel Burch Icons Perfectly Clear Stamps
Cat Sayings Perfectly Clear Rubber Stamps
The stencil included in the Laurel Burch Indigo Cats Cling Stamp set
Sky Blue Opaque Embossing Powder
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad by Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts
Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts
Mixed Media White Paper
Embossing Heat Tool

Other Products:
Copic Markers®: B04, B06, B28, BG13, YG07, G16, C10
Tim Holtz® Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink by Ranger
Tim Holtz® Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink by Ranger
Tim Holtz® Broken China Distress Ink by Ranger
Tim Holtz® Mowed Lawn Distress Ink by Ranger
Tim Holtz® Twisted Citron Distress Ink by Ranger
Tim Holtz® Mowed Lawn Distress Marker by Ranger
Mini-Blending Tool and Pads by Ranger
Anti-Static Bag
Eclipse Tape by Judikins
Blue cardstock by My Colors

Instructions:
  1. Stamp cat with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto white cardstock and color with Copic markers. Fussy-cut, edge with a black marker, and set aside.
  2. Cut a piece of Mixed Media White paper to 4.25" x 5.25" and rub with your Anti-Static bag.
  3. Using a Mini-Blending Tool, sponge VersaMark Watermark ink over the squares in the stencil on the top of the page. You will only be able to one half of the page. 
  4. Sprinkle Sky Blue Opaque Embossing Powder over the top of the page, dump off excess, and heat set.
  5. Repeat this process on the other side of the page.
  6. Tear a piece of Eclipse Tape and place across the bottom of the image panel.
  7. Using Mini-Blending Tools, sponge Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch, and Broken China Distress inks above the mask, blending as you go.
  8. Spray a fine mist of water over the Distress inks and heat set.
  9. Lift the Eclipse Tape mask and reverse it so that it covers the blue areas.
  10. Sponge Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress inks over below the mask to create a grassy background..
  11. Heat set the background panel.
  12. Lift the masks and stamp one of the borders from the Laurel Burch Icons Perfectly Clear Stamp  set with Twisted Citron Distress Ink. Heat set.
  13. Decide where you want to place the cat and draw a few lines using the Mowed Lawn Distress Marker. Immediately smudge it with your finger and/or a baby wipe.
  14. Stamp the sentiment from the Cat Sayings Perfectly Clear Stamp set using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. 
  15. Adhere the cat.
  16. Cut blue cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5". Score and fold to form an A2 card.
  17. Adhere the image panel to the blue card.
Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Gnome for the Holidays

As you may know, one of the things that I like almost as much as I like cats, is a good pun. I also like gnomes, which means that I find it amusing to create cards that feature good/bad gnome puns.

Here's this year's groaner, which features the Garden Gnome* and Garden Home stamps (both by Stampendous). 


Garden Gnome was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento (Imagine Crafts) ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker. White spots were added to the mushroom with a White Gelly Roll pen (Sakura). The Garden Gnome was set aside while I created a background for him. I kept him amused by singing Christmas carols to him.

The Garden Home was stamped twice. Once onto Neenah cardstock and once onto Eclipse Tape, which was fussy-cut and placed over its counterpart on the white cardstock. Post-It Notes were placed along the base of the image, the the panel was airbrushed using B91 and C2 Copic markers.

The mask was lifted and the Garden Home was colored with Copic markers. When I was done, a few dots of Red Stardust Glitter pen (Sakura) were added to the trees and shrubbery. The image panel was trimmed, matted with red cardstock, then adhered to a piece of very old Christmas-themed patterned paper from the Yuletide Mat Pad (K&Company). The Garden Gnome was adhered to the card front.

A piece of off-white vellum was die-cut with one of the dies from the Dimensional Banners die set (Die-namics). Red Simply Sweet rub-ons were used to add the sentiment to the banner, which was folded, then adhered to the card front. The card front was adhered to a red card and I declared victory!

*Garden Gnome might be retired, but I was easily able to find it for sale online.

Merry Christmas. If you're traveling, stay safe!

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar Challenges: December/It's Christmas
Crafting By Designs Challenges: Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts Challenges: Anything Goes

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Cat Christmas Card Mojo!

Apparently I'm feline the love of cat-themed Christmas cards. Perhaps it's because I'm a frustrated cat lady, living without cats for way too long. Alas. Poor me.

Today's card features the grumpy looking cat from the Les Chats Russe stamp set (Katzelkraft) sporting the Santa hat from Les Drôles D'Accessoires stamp set (Katzelkraft). If you know anything about cats, they hate being dressed up, so I went with that general theme.

Here it is.


The Santa hat was stamped onto an image panel, then masked with the Eclipse Tape mask that I've been saving. It's always a good idea to keep your fussy-cut masks if at all possible to save time and be ever-so-efficient. I'm all about efficiency.

Once the hat was masked, I stamped the grumpy cat using a hand-held stamp positioner. I'm old school that way.

I lifted off the mask, colored the image with Copic markers, die-cut it with one of the dies from the Card Creator die set (Spellbinders), then added the background with my markers. When I was done, Stickles glitter glue (Ranger) was used to outline the edges of the die-cut. This was put into another room to keep me from touching it while it was drying.

Patterned paper from the Jovial collection (Basic Grey) were cut down, sponged with Fired Brick and/or Ground Espresso Distress ink (Ranger), then layered.

Green patterned paper from the same collection was die-cut with one of the dies from the Puffy Clouds die set (Die-namics), then edged with Ground Espresso Distress ink. A scrap of the same paper was punched with small circle Paper Shaper punches (EK Success), then edged with Ground Espresso Distress ink.  The appropriate sentiment was added to the cloud using Lily White Simply Sweet Alphabet rub-ons (Doodlebug Designs).

The Stickles on the image panel had dried sufficiently to touch. A bit of white was showing around the edges, so Ground Espresso Distress ink was sponged onto them. The image panel was adhered to the layered patterned paper, the sentiment cloud/thought bubble was adhered, and the connecting small circle punches were added.

Orangey/gold rhinestones were added to the card front, which was then adhered to a white card.

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
• Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #348: Holidays
• The Crafter's Cafe Challenges: Christmas
• Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenges
Scrapy Land Challenge #80: Anything Goes

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Meowy Christmas! Yep. Again.

Since I'm all about cats all the time, lots of my holiday cards will feature cats. Seeing that I have a huge collection of feline images, the only problem is choosing which cat stamp to feature!

Today's card features The Fat Cats #6 (Katzelkraft), who I have dubbed The Cat Singer. 



The Fat Cats #6, aka The Cat Singer, was stamped onto Neenah cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins). The Eclipse Tape version was fussy-cut and adhered over its counterpart as a mask. The Santa hat from Funny Accessories stamp set (Katzelkraft) was stamped onto the image, over the mask, then also stamped onto a scrap of Eclipse Tape. It was also fussy-cut, then adhered to the image panel to mask the hat. Post-It Notes were adhered over the base of the image panel, which was then airbrushed with G43 and G46 Copic markers using the airbrush system. The image panel was trimmed, the masks were lifted, then the scene was colored with Copic markers.

The excess Copic airbrushed cardstock was die-cut with the curtains dies from the Take The Stage die set (Die-namics). A scrap of red cardstock was die-cut with the tie-backs from this set. I set my little scene by adhering the curtains, swags, and tie-backs onto the image panel, which was matted with black cardstock.

Red cardstock was stamped with the fabulous new Decor Cling Music stamp (Stampendous) using Jet Black Archival ink and my new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform (Tonic Studios).  This music-stamped piece was trimmed, matted with black cardstock, and adhered to a red card.

The Meowy Christmas (The Cat's Pajamas) was stamped onto another scrap of the excess airbrushed cardstock, then die-cut with a nameplate die (Spellbinders).

The scenic image panel and sentiment were adhered to the card and I declared this card to be complete.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #348: Holidays
The Crafter's Cafe Challenges: Christmas
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenges

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Meowy Christmas, v 2.0

I'm back with another holiday card featuring the ever-so-wonderful Cat Angel (Stampendous)!

Here it is!

Cat Angel was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts). I had retained the Cat Angel mask from the last card, which I adhered over its counterpart, then airbrushed with Copic markers in shades of blue, red violet, and cool black.

The mask was lifted and Cat Angel was colored with Copic markers. A Clear Sparkle Spectrum Noir glitter pen (Crafter's Companion) was used to add a glittery sparkle to the wings, star, and sky dots.

Shimmery black and blue cardstock was die-cut with the Globe Thinlits Alterations die (Sizzix). The shimmery black Globe die-cut was divested of its cut out bits. A Circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders) was used to die-cut a circle from navy cardstock. The shimmery black cardstock Globe was adhered to the navy cardstock, which had been run through my Xyron machine to add a coat of adhesive to it. The blue Globe die-cut was placed over the top of the shimmery black one and the die-cut bits were pressed and/or placed into the apertures. I do love my tweezers!

Parchment printed vellum was die-cut with the Peaceful Greetings sentiment die and one of the Dimensional Banners dies (Die-namics). The Meowy Christmas sentiment (The Cat's Pajamas) was stamped onto the banner with Noir Palette Hybrid ink (Stewart Superior).

The sentiment banner, "Peaceful Greetings", and Globe die-cuts were added to the image panel, which was then trimmed, adhered to black cardstock, and then onto a white card. "Joy to the world" was added courtesy of the Christmastime Remnant Rubs (Idea-ology) to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges: