Category Archives: Challenges

Smiling Laurel Burch Cat

  • Stamps –
    • Stampendous Laurel Burch “Indigo Cats”
    • Justrite Papercraft, Inc. “Winged Vintage Labels Two & Three”
  • Stencil – from Stampendous Laurel Burch “Indigo Cats” set
  • Dies – Stampendous Laurel Burch “Indigo Cats”
  • Ranger Texture paste – transparent matte
  • Ranger Distress Oxide inks: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, Broken China
  • Ranger Wendy Vecchi Mica ink spray – Buttercup
  • Copic markers
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Bristol and Cardstock

This is a card I entered in the Oregon State Fair Paper Arts competition and it won a first place in the mixed media category. Yay, me! I spent a lot of time layering the Distress Oxide inks and texture paste. The stamp set comes with a stencil that I used, that matches the geometric shapes in the cat stamps. I added the mica spray ink for some shine and contrast.  I colored the cat and butterflies with Copic markers, attached them to the background and finished if off with sequins to repeat the yellow from the spray. I really enjoyed making this card and playing with such a variety of media. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: Crafty Awesomeness Challenge September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Magical Wise-Penguins

  • Stamps –
    • Hero Arts CL988 “Origami Happy Holidays”
    • Impression Obsession “Christmas Magic”
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Inks: Peacock Feathers, Picked Rasberry, Black Soot, Faded Jeans
  • Sakura Gel Pens
  • Black Sharpie, Extra Fine
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I created this card for a 90-minute challenge on the Hero Arts Flickr group. The challenge was to create a postcard, and I did it in about 45 minutes which is pretty much a record for me. I made a background with Distress Oxide inks, stamped the penguins and star, and then added color to the stamped images with the gel pens. After rushing and completing it, I went back into it and played with it a little bit more, pulling some of the color from the penguin bodies so they looked whiter, and adding more color and sparkle to the star and penguins. Then I mounted the postcard onto a card base, since it was unlikely I would use it as a postcard. Thanks for visiting.

 

 


Give Me Coffee…

  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas “Big Cups”
  • Dies – The Cat’s Pajamas “Scalloped Duo Dies”
  • Stencil – Stencil Girl Products S319 – “Scribble Blooms”
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxide inks: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Worn Lipstick. Ranger Distress Inks: Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill
  • Copic markers

I created the handmade background using Distress Oxide inks through a stencil and repeated the Summer colors with papers and Distress inks. The penguin was colored with Copic markers and popped up to add dimension. The sentiment stamp and the penguin are from the same set from The Cat’s Pajamas–I always like the sentiments! I am pleased to participate in the 2017 Summer Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by.


Happy Father’s Day

  • Stamps – Hero Arts “Hipster Animals” and “Father’s Day Message”
  • Dies –
    • Elizabeth Craft Designs “Beaded Circle Frames”
    • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Large”
  • Patterned paper – KaiserCraft “Mister Fox Collection”
  • Watercolor paper – Strathmore cold press
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ink pads – Versafine “Onyx Black” and “Satin Red”
  • Zig Clean Color markers

I stamped the bear and his accessories in Versafine ink. He’s quite dapper! I always like dressing up cute animals! That’s why it so appropriately fits the bill for Week 253 Challenge at Casology: Clothes. I added color to the bear and the stamped sentiment with Zig Clean Color markers and added water with a waterbrush to blend and soften the colors. I fussy-cut the bear (I have the dies, but wanted to layer the accessories directly to the same layer). I adhered it to the patterned circle die-cut, layered with the Beaded Circle Frame die-cut, with some dimensional adhesive. I trimmed the sentiment into a flag and layered on black cardstock strip. I placed all elements onto the card base to complete the card. Thanks for visiting.


Party Animals

  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn – “Wild for You”
  • Dies –
    • Lawn Fawn – “Wild for You,” “Grassy Hillside Borders,” “Simple Gift Card Slots,” and “Lift the Flap”
    • Sizzix – Tim Holtz Alterations “Celebrate” (inside “Happy Birthday” sentiment)
    • Little B – “Rectangle”
  • Copic markers
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny – “Serendipity”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

If I’m going to play with cuteness, the Lawn Fawn animals are always at the top of my list! This new “Wild for You” set is no exception. I colored the stamped images with Copics and cut them out with the matching dies. I made sure they donned some party hats and crowns.

I cut the rectangle and then used the “Lift the Flap” die to hold the gift card that were placed in slots created by the slots die (inside shown in photo above). These dies worked as slick as a whistle. I used a portion of grass cut with the grass border die to ground the animals and adhered all of them to the card front. A great little package. Inside the card is the birthday greeting.

I’m posting this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Furry Friends and to the Mod Squad Birthday Bash Challenge.

Thanks for visiting.

 


Mixed Media Kitty Card

  • Stamps – Stampendous- Laurel Burch “Indigo Cats”
  • Dies – Stampendous- Laurel Burch “Indigo Cats”
  • Copic markers
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals – Golden Sleigh Bells, Tibetan Poppy Teal, and Witch’s Potion Purple
  • Art Basics Light Texture Paste
  • Stencil – Stampendous – included in Laurel Burch “Indigo Cats” stamp set
  • Ranger – Dina Wakley Media Mica Spray – Lapis
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents

I began this card by coloring the stamped cat and butterflies with Copic markers and then die cut the images. I created the background by starting with clear gesso, and then applying the texture paste through the matching stencil.

I liked the idea of repeating the triangles in the background that are featured on the cat. I then sprinkled Magicals and sprayed with water and mica spray, spattering more Magicals to create the effect I was aiming for.

I continued to play, moving the color around, but finally left it alone and let it dry! I adhered the images and layered it onto matching cardstock.

I am posting this card to Craft Stamper Magazine’s May Anything Goes Stamping ChallengeHappy Little Stampers May Mixed Media Challenge is “Splats,” so I think this works! I’m also linking back to My Colorful Scoop’s Color May Inspiration Challenge. And one more time, Mom, Happy Birthday! Thanks for stopping by.

Above is a detail showing some of the texture and colors.


A bit of fragrance

  • Stamps – Ranger – Dina Wakley Media “Scribbly Flowers” (flower and sentiment)
  • Paint – Dina Wakley Media acrylic paints
  • Dina Wakley Media scribble sticks
  • Dina Wakley Media Tape
  • Washi tape
  • Hampton Art KI Memories Yellow gems
  • Handmade paper – Teal
  • Cardstock – Black – Bazzill

I created this brightly colored,  mixed media card by brushing on acrylic paints in the background, and accenting the stamped image with Scribble Sticks. I stamped the quote on Dina’s Media Tape, which is sort of like homemade Washi tape (I scribbled on it also). I added a thin strip of patterned Washi tape I had in my stash as well. I’m entering this card in the Creative Artiste’s Challenge #26, which is to create using mixed media. Thanks for visiting.