Friday, December 19, 2014

FM190 Happy New Baby

It's Holly's turn at the Friday Mashup challenge.  She's thinking two layers and a grungy element.  Due to the holidays, this challenge will run for two three weeks.

I was in need of a baby card, and I had to think, think about how to add a grungy element to such a project.  All I could think of was poop.  Ok, nevermind.  Searching for ideas, I came across rain drops for a baby shower card.  I got to work creating a rain drop stencil with my e-cutter.  The embossing paste, applied through the stencil, was dyed with Soft Sky reinker.  The stamp set is from the upcoming Occasions catalog called One Tag Fits All, an all-occasions set.

This week's Mashup Challenge is -

  • Create a project using the "Sketch". 
  • Create a "2 Layer card with a grungy element in the background". 
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project "using the sketch that's 2 layers only".
Stamps: One Tag Fits All; Paper: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Acetate sheet; Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Sky reinker, Daffodil Delight & Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities; Accessories: Coastal Cabana thick baker's twine, Bermuda Bay sequin trim, Beach House washi tape, Scallop Tag Topper punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, embossing paste, e-cutter, Dimensionals.

And make sure you check out this week's Weekly Deals -

Birthday Surprise Wood Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Birthday Surprise Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Jingle And Joy Kit -- Digital Download
Jingle And Joy Kit - Digital Download
Price: $11.95 $7.17
Metallic Gold Encore Pad
Metallic Gold Encore Pad
Price: $9.95 $7.46
Pear Pizzazz 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Pear Pizzazz 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate
Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate
Price: $14.95 $11.21
Ticket Duo Builder Punch
Ticket Duo Builder Punch
Price: $15.95 $11.96
Vintage Faceted Buttons
Vintage Faceted Buttons
Price: $5.95 $4.46

Thursday, December 18, 2014

All Shook Up

Little Missy and I put our December Paper Pumpkin kit to good use last night.

This month's kit, called All Shook Up, comes with nine shaker cards with "thank you", "happy birthday", and "hello" sentiments, plus bonus sentiment stamps!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

MDSM94 Smile

Hi Everyone!  It's my turn to bring the MDS Monday challenge sketch.

I turned to pinterest for some layout inspiration.  I found one I liked, moved elements around a bit, and here's the resulting layout -

For the background, I really wanted a speckled kraft/cardboard kind of layer.  Lacking an idea on how to make this happen in MDS, I turned to the internet for a quick and easy download.  Have you tried to use an internet download in MDS?  I suggest you give it a try.  It is fun and easy and really opens up the flexibility with My Digital Studio.

MDS Elements: Bring on the Cake, Sprinkled Expressions, Walk in the Park II, Holiday Blitz, So Typefelt, Hello There, Love This, Anchors Away, Flirtatious, Scallop edge punch, Sending Love epoxy brad, Simple Stitches zigzag, non-SU kraft digital paper download.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Mixed Bunch

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This time we are hopping along with the fun flower set, Mixed Bunch, which also has a matching punch.  If you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Adriana Benitez's blog.  She creates such beautiful, clean projects!

I have to admit I haven't used this set as much as I should, so this is a good opportunity to pull it out again.  I was thinking Christmas, poinsettia with this one, so imagine if you will a Christmas sentiment on it.

I was just giving a flower a try.  I added a few details, such as score lines, leaves, Crystal Effects, and voila, a card is born.

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Four You; Paper: Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Hello Honey, Whisper White, Trim the Tree DSP; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Hello Honey; Accessories: White baker's twine, Crystal Effects, Blossom punch, Stylus, Stylish Stripes EF, Flower Frenzy die, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

I've had snowflakes on the brain for this set, but I always like to check out some Splitcoaststampers challenges to see if I can somehow work one of them in.  I came across the Ways to Use It Challenge #495, Autumn Leaves.  This one spoke to me.  Our early season Thanksgiving snow has melted, and I got another chance to go on a frosty, leafy mountain bike ride in the woods.  The temperature was in the 30's, but felt like 20's, and my water bottle was quite slushy.  I stopped to take pictures of the frost heaves on the ground.

Cool, eh?  From this came my frosty leaves card.

I sponged and stamped through the Autumn Accents die-cut, using PPA sketch #229.

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Walk in the Park II (MDS); Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White, All is Calm DSP, Silver Glimmer; Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo; Accessories: In Color sequins, Frosted Sequins, Sponge, Autumn Accents die, Big Shot, e-cutter, Dimensionals.

I didn't feel I was done with this line of thought, so I tried another card.

I'm sorry; one retired item, shimmer paint, snuck in there.  Still, I could resist sharing the card.  Feels like a Frozen card.

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, A Dozen Thoughts; Paper: Soft Sky, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White; Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Island Indigo marker; Accessories: White baker's twine, All is Calm washi tape, White Frost Shimmer Paint, Stylus, Aquapainter, Sponges, Autumn Accents die, Big Shot.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what projects Kerry Willard Bray has put together with Mixed Bunch


Friday, December 12, 2014

FM189 Winter Deer

This week's Friday Mashup, Cindy is challenging us to gray and silver.

I originally thought I would go with a pencil-shaded image, but then I grabbed the Blendabilities to color my little deer image.  That worked quickly and easily.  To soften up the background, I applied a layer of gesso.  Love me a nice tone-on-tone card!

This week's Mashup Challenge is:

  • Create a project using "Basic Grey or Smoky Slate & Silver". 
  • Create a project using "Dry or Heat Embossing". 
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project "using the colors Silver & Grey with some Embossing".
Stamps: White Christmas, And Many More; Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Whisper White, All is Calm DSP; Ink: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate Blendabilities, Color Lifter; Accessories: Frosted Sequins, Silver 1/8" ribbon, Silver EP, Gesso.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Weekly Scuttlebutt

There's a new photopolymer stamp set out this week, Snuggles and Smooches.

Oooh, I love those background stamps!

Here are this week's Weekly Deals

Bits And Pieces Wood Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Bits And Pieces Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Price: $23.95 $17.96
Documented This And That Designer Stickers by Stampin' Up!
Documented This And That Designer Stickers
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Envelope Liners Framelits Die
Envelope Liners Framelits Die
Price: $26.95 $20.21
Hexagon Punch
Hexagon Punch
Price: $15.95 $11.96
Home For The Holidays Ensemble -- Digital Download
Home For The Holidays Ensemble - Digital Download
Price: $9.95 $5.97
Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Natural 7/8 Cotton Ribbon
Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Wooden Elements Embellishments
Wooden Elements Embellishments
Price: $4.95 $3.71

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Monday, December 8, 2014

MDSM93 Eat Me!

This week Tami is bringing us the MDS Monday sketch.  The focus is on a special photo, or in my case, two.

We were having fun with some mushrooms in the yard in Canada.

MDS Elements: Wonderland Party, Hip and Handsome Overlays; Font: The Skinny, Freehand591 BT.
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