Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fusion Challenge - Sept 3 - Back to School

Well, here it is September already - and we're so glad to be back with the Fusion Challenge - did you miss us over the summer??!!  Here's our challenge for the next two weeks:
I couldn't get my head around the sketch this week -  so I went with the photo inspiration - the school and blackboard theme in particular!
I made my own little canvas using the Mini Canvas Die from Lil Inker Designs.  I die cut it out of woodgrain paper from Amuse.  I embossed the sentiment from Paint Your Canvas with white embossing powder on chalkboard contact paper.  I removed the backing and adhered it to the canvas.  I left the little flecks of powder around the sentiment to make it look like chalk dust.  (i.e. I didn't use my embossing buddy!)
I stamped a sentiment from Desk Top Design from PTI on a piece of lined paper card from Amuse that I punched with my Spiral punch from SU (boy, I haven't used that in years!)  The apple and heart are from the same Desk Top Design set.  I also used the coordinating dies for the apple and the pencil cup.
The pencil cup holds pencils and a pair of scissors - too cute, right??!!
I placed my blackboard canvas on this cute little wooden easel - also available from Lil' Inker Designs.

So welcome back to FUSION!!! We hope you will join us - you will find lots of inspiration from my talented Teamies over at the Fusion Blog!  Can't wait to see how YOU are inspired!!

I'm also linking this to the following challenges:

AAA Cards - Spectacular Embossing

Addicted to Stamps - Use Die Cuts
Sweet Stampin - School Days

Stamps:  Paint Your Canvas - Lil'Inker Designs, Desk Top Design - PTI
Paper:  Woodgrain and Lined Paper - Amuse, Chalk Board Sheet - Contact Brand.
Ink:  Versamark, True Black, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Soft Stone, Hawaiian Shores - PTI
Accessories:  Mini Canvas Die - Lil' Inker Designs, Desk Top Design Dies - PTI, ScorTape, Spiral Punch - SU, heat tool, Wooden Easel - Lil' Inker Design, White Embossing Powder.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Mixed Media Card Challenge - Friendship

It's the first of September and time for the next Mixed Media Card Challenge!  This month's theme is Friendship with the optional element of ribbon.
I didn't use the optional element this time -  just the friendship theme!  We often share coffee with friends, at home, at work, in the car, on a plane......!   So for my card I got out my ARTplorations Coffee Cup stencil.  I used a really cool technique from Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Vol III page 48 called Layering Stencil Monoprint.  I took the stencil, turned it over on my craft mat and rubbed my Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink pad all over the stencil.  Then I lightly spritzed it with water.  I flipped it over onto a 4" x 5 1/4" panel of Rustic Cream card stock and quickly pressed over the stencil to be sure the watery ink touched all the surfaces.  I removed the stencil and dried the panel with my heat tool. So it's like a negative of the stencil!
Then I sponged all over the panel with Ranger Distress Stormy Sky ink.   I sprayed some water into the palm of my hand and flicked water onto the panel with my fingers.  The Distress Inks react with water and you get these wonderful water drop marks.  I dried my panel again with my heat tool.  
I stamped the sentiment (perfect for the Friendship theme!) from the Coffee Set by Waltzingmouse directly onto the panel using True Black Ink from PTI.  I added 3 sequins to give it texture and a little shimmer!  Doesn't the stenciling look 3D - like it's cut out of the panel rather than just inked??  I love this technique!!
 So how does Friendship inspire you?   Can't wait to see your Mixed Media Cards linked up over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge -  you'll find all the deets and lots of inspiration from the rest of the talented design team here!   Mixed media being defined as texture, dimension and techniques.

I'm also linking this to the Anything but Cute challenge
I was inspired by the colors and water drops
Stamps:  Coffee Set - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Blueberry Sky - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Vintage Photo and Stormy Sky, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Coffee Cup Stencil - ARTplorations, sequins, water mister - Ranger.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Just a quick post this morning as we're off for a day at the cottage of my niece's in-laws in Hampstead, New Hampshire.  It's a gorgeous summer day here and the cottage is right on a lake so I think it's going to be a lovely day to be outdoors with friends and family!
I wanted to join in at the Muse Challenge #130 this week where Tracy's card was the inspiration.  
Here is her card:
and here's the card I created.  I used stamps from two Waltzingmouse sets.  I stamped the palm tree and sentiment from My Island onto Vintage Cream Linen card stock.  The blossom from Free Spirit Boy was stamped on white card stock, colored with Ranger Distress Markers, cut out and layered over the tree with foam dots.
Wishing everyone a wonderrful weekend!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Make it Monday -- Die Cut Kissing - Halloween Sky

I made today's card for the PTI Make It Monday challenge.  This week Betsy shares her creative new version of stamp 'kissing' -  Die Cut Kissing.  Betsy has a lovely tutorial here.  
Basically, you ink up a flat surface stamp, rock and roll the edges in a darker color, press it lightly against a die cut from a coverplate die to pick up the design from the die cut - then stamp onto a cardstock panel. (watch Betsy's tutorial - it's not quite as confusing as it sounds without pictures!!)

The only flat-ish stamps I could find from the plethora of PTI stamps I own - were the Watercolor Wonder Stamps and the only coverplate die I have that I thought would work for this is the Night Sky Cover Plate. And here is the card I made using Betsy's Die Cut Kissing Technique.
Here's a photo of the die cut piece of the coverplate -  you can see where I 'kissed' it with my inked stamps before stamping them onto the Fresh Snow Linen Card stock.  Pressing the stamp lightly onto the die cut piece - picks up the pattern of the die cut -  here it picked up the stars and dots.
I inked my stamps first with Enchanted Evening and then 'rock and rolled' the stamp on my Smokey Shadow ink pad - getting that color only on the edges of the stamp. Then I stamped each stamp onto the linen panel -  here's a close up showing how the 'kissing' transferred the cut outs of the die (stars and dots) to the stamp.  Pretty cool huh?!
I love the look of this - I never would have thought of creating this card on my own - that's the fun of challenges like Make It Monday -  learning and trying out  new techniques!  The headstone and sentiment are from Haunted Headstones Stamps.  I also used the headstone and bat dies from Haunted Headstones Dies.  I used the 'rock and roll' technique in stamping the headstone as well with the blue and black inks.
You'll find the Make it Monday challenge here.
Stamps:  Watercolor Wonder, Haunted Headstone Sentiments - PTI
Paper:  White, Enchanted Evening, True Black, Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock - PTI
Ink:  Smokey Shadow, Enchanted Evening - PTI
Accessories:  Haunted Headstone Dies, Coverplate Night Sky - PTI, black rhinestones - Kaiser, foam dots.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

First Day of School

I made today's card using some of the wonderful Petite Places stamps and dies from PTI -  I am SO enthralled with the little 3D  buildings you can make with these dies - but as you see here -  you can also make them flat.  The school, flag with fence and sentiment are from Petite Places School Stamps and coordinating dies.  The tree is Scene It Everyday Die and the blue circle is Scene It Basic Backer.
I'm linking this card to:
Addicted to CAS challenge - Code Word School

First Day of School
Stamps:  Petite Places - School - PTI
Paper:  White, Simply Chartreuse, Textstyle Bitty Box Basics - PTI
Ink:  True Black, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening - PTI
Accessories:  Dies - Petite Places Schook, Scene it Basic Backer, Scene It Everyday Die - PTI, Black Sharpie.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stay Cool!

I had so much fun creating this card today - using my brandy new Let's Chill - popsicle dies from Reverse Confetti (thanks to my enabler Amy Tsuruta!).  I added a little twist to them though -  I made them melting a little using my Martha Stewart drippy punch.  I just cut a little strip the same color as each popsicle and adhered the piece behind the bottom, cutting it to fit.  The sentiment is from MFT.
Cute right??!!
I'm linking my cool pops card to several challenges:
(the inspiration for my drips!)

Less is More - Sketch
Crafty Calender Challenge - Bingo -  I used Die Cuts/Kraft/Blue - across the middle

Stay Cool!
Stamps:  Snowboard Boy - Pure Innocence My Favorite Things
Paper:  White, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Limeade Ice, Kraft - PTI, DP Sn@p Simple Stories.
Ink:  True Black - PTI 
Accessories:  Drippy punch - Martha Stewart, Popsicle Dies - Reverse Confetti, foam dots.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cardz4Guyz Challenge - Myth and Magic

Welcome to my 4th and final post as one of the August Guest Designer's over at Cardz4Guyz.  This week the challenge is a tricky one...... Myth and Magic.
Not finding anything particular in all of the millions of stamps I have (!) that definitely screamed Myth or Magic I decided I'd go with a hidden message - which seems like magic!! 
When you look through these fun glasses, a message suddenly appears on the framed panel! I used Secret Agent Glasses die from PTI to die cut the glasses and the Top Secret and Restricted Access stamps are from Secret Agent stamp set, also from PTI.  The green frame was die cut with 2 Stitched Rectangle dies from Waltzingmouse and the stamp I used to 'camouflage' the sentiments is Mini Crackle (presently on sale!) from Waltzingmouse.
when you hold the red acetate lens of the glasses up to the pattern (stamped in Hibiscus Burst - similar to the red acetate) - the sentiments (stamped in Simply Chartreuse) are visible!  This one is "Sending warm thoughts for a speedy recovery' (Healing Touch Sentiments - PTI)
This one is "Hope you're back on your feet again soon" (an old wooden stamp from Inky Antics)
and the third one is 'Feel better' (an old wooden stamp from Art Stamps)

Wouldn't it be fun to receive this interactive card in the mail?  This is going to my stamping friend Anne's husband Jay who just had foot surgery today (which is why I particularly used the 2nd sentiment "hope you're back on your feet soon"!!) and I hope it will bring a smile to his face!

Please  join us over at the Cardz 4 Guyz challenge where you'll find lots of inspiration from the Design Team  -  there's a new challenge every Tuesday.   I have really enjoyed my time as Guest DT for August and I thank the team for inviting me to join in.  It certainly has been a challenge to create something masculine each week! 

I'm also linking my card to the following challenge:
Cut It Up - Old School (use old supplies or techniques)
 two of the sentiments I used are old wood backed stamps 

Stamps:  Healing Touch Sentiments and Secret Agent - PTI, Mini Crackle - Waltzingmouse, Feel Better - Art Stamp, Back on Your Feet - Inky Antics.
Paper:  White, Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, True Black, Red Acetate - PTI
Ink:  Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Craft - PTI
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangle Dies - Waltzingmouse, Secret Agent Glasses - PTI, Tiny brads - Michaels, foam dots, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.
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