Wednesday, July 1, 2020

CRAFT Challenge #562

It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in creating a Thank You project

Our Sponsor this week is -

For my card I used an image kindly provided by our sponsor, Sweet  'n Sassy Stamps, called Happy Flowers.

We would love for you to join us this week over at CRAFT Challenge blog.  Why not stop by for some DT inspiration and take a look at the prize up for grabs.  Can't wait to see what you create!


As You Like It Challenge #186

It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is to share your favorite whether it's a jungle animal or a farm animal.  Use this type of animal on your creation and let us know why it's your favorite.

The winner of this challenge will be invited to be a guest designer for the month of August.

I wish I could live on a farm, so it's farm animals for me. I particularly like chickens (even tho not really an animal) because they can have such gorgeous colors in their feathers and I have to admire the confidence roosters exude.

We would love for you to head back to the AYLI blog to link up your creations.  While you are there, take a look at the gorgeous creations the DT made for your inspiration!  

Thanks for stopping by!  


There's a Sale at The Cat's Pajamas!

Little Red Wagon #556

Little Red Wagon is back with a new challenge for  you today.  It's Kate's turn up to bat and she has a very fitting challenge for us, Summertime Fun - anything to do with summer.  That leaves it wide open for choices.  We hope you will join us!

Here's what happened for me -

Awhile back, Lili of the Valley had a sale and I took that opportunity to pick up this little surfer dude.  He reminds me of my son in his younger years with his surfboard, sun bleached hair and all.  

Here on Oahu, surfing is an everyday thing.  The way you can tell winter surfing from summer surfing is where the biggest waves are.  In the summer the larger waves are on the South Shore near me and in the winter the giant waves show up on the North Shore.  Just a bit of Hawaii info for you.

We would sure love to see your interpretation of Summer Fun in all sorts of projects, tags, cards, journals, just go for it.  Why don't you give our challenge a go this week and head on over to Little Red Wagon and link up and share. While you're on the blog, be sure to check out the wonderful projects the other Girlfriends have created.


Sunday, June 28, 2020

ACK...June is almost over...

...and I still have cards to share with you from the June release from Frantic Stamper .  I must say, they are some of my favorites from this release, so I better get going!  I'm going to post 3 today because they are all kinda steampunky.

I love the grungy look and steampunk images, but considered this quite a departure from my usual rather simple style.  I have to say though, I loved making these cards!  Let me know what you think.

This first card features the following dies from the June release:  Steampunk Ship (FRA-DIE-10850) and Ship's Wheel (FRA-DIE-10853).  You will also see Stitched Circles (FRA-DIE-09637) from a previous release.  

I got the aged metallic look on this die by cutting the ship from metallic silver cardstock and applying  Alcohol Ink Mixative in Gunmetal.  I loved the way this die cut and left all the pieces intact.  The ship was popped up on the stitched circle and that was popped up on the ship's wheel and a card base covered in two types of design paper.  The silver dots are left over pieces from a Steampunk Ocotpus I cut and didn't use.  I loved the little extra they added.

The next card was made using Steampunk Octopus and Fish die (FRA-DIE-10851) from the June release and Stitched Diamond Panel die #2 (FRA-DIE-10602) and Be Yourself clear stamps (FRA-CL-149) from previous releases.  

This card started with a larger than usual card base (5X7") made from kraft cardstock.  The background was created on watercolor paper using distress oxide ink in ground expresso, salty ocean, cracked pistachio and peacock feathers.  Once the background was created by smooshing and sprinkling water, the edges were distressed and ground expresso distress ink was added.  The stitched diamond panel was cut from kraft cardstock and was heat embossed using the following embossing powders; hickory smoke (TH embossing glaze), patina oxide (EC), Taos sunset (EC), and Turkish bronze (EC).  The fish were cut from the same silver metallic cardstock as the ship.  This time I used alcohol ink in purple twilight and turquoise for the middle fish and black and gunmetal for the top and bottom fish.  They were all layered as shown above.  Finally the sentiment was stamped and popped up onto the card base.  

The last card used the following stamps and dies from the June release:  Lighthouse and Boats (FRA-DIE-10841), Steampunk Periscope (FRA-DIE-10847), Ocean Sunset Scene (FRA-DIE-10840) and Deep Ocean clear stamps (FRA-CL-155).  The sentiment was stamped on Inverted Scallop Half Panel die (FRA-DIE-10838) from a previous release.

A little closer view -

This started with a kraft cardstock base.  I created the background by putting silver metallic tape (found in the hardware store) on cardstock, cutting it to 4X51/4" and embossing it with a Sizzix embossing folder, 3D Foundry.  I went over this with some of the Alcohol Ink Mixative in Gunmetal.  The periscope was cut from gold metallic cardstock which was then distressed with a little bit of very old expresso alcohol ink.  The periscope view was very loosely watercolored.  

As you can see, I added to the inside a more open visualization of the image.  The Ocean Sunset Scene was cut from watercolor paper and again very loosely watercolored to somewhat match the view from the periscope.  Everything was layered as shown in the photos and finally the sentiment was stamped and layered on the inside.  

I still have a couple more cards to share before July 1.  I hope you enjoyed looking.  Be sure to visit Frantic Stamper where you can find (via the links I provided) most of the supplies used for these cards.  We will have a brand new release to start sharing with  you on July 1!

As always, thanks for you visit!  Stay well!


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

CRAFT Challenge #561

It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in creating something in the Shabby Chic style.  Now to me, that means tattered ribbon and distressed papers, vintage makes it even better.  I can't wait to see how you interpret it.

Our Sponsor this week is -

For my card I used Oriental Girl from, you guessed it, ADU.  I have loved this image for such a long time and finally went ahead and purchased it.  As you can see, I have distressed the edges and added a bit of tea stained cheese cloth.  I LOVED making this card!

Why not join us this week at CRAFT Challenge blog, there is a fabulous prize for the winner.  If you need some inspiration, you will want to visit my teamies.

I pray you are all doing well and hanging in during the ups and downs of this topsy turvy year.  Thanks for looking in!


PS: I would like to join the following challenges -
All Dressed Up Challenge - June Challenge #106

Little Red Wagon #555 - About that Solar Eclipse?

Did you know there was a solar eclipse recently?  It was called a "rare ring of fire" solar eclipse.  That's just a very long way to introduce our new Little Red Wagon challenge, About that Solar Eclipse?  For this challenge I would love for you to share your projects featuring the Sun, moon, planets, stars or space backgrounds.

Here's what I did using a digi image, Border Backgrounds, from the now closed Whimsie Doodles -

It's over to you now.  If you need a little inspiration, be sure to stop by and take a look at what the Girlfriends were up to this week and remember, it doesn't have to be a card.  Bookmarks, tags, gift bags or boxes work well too, it's up to you.  I can't wait to see your creations!


PS - I would like to join in the fun at the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Shoot for the Stars