Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chickaniddy Pinspiration: Clean & Crisp vs Mixed Media

Post 2 of 2 for me HERE for my Top Dog Dies project using Authentique's Anchored collection.

Hello, our Chickaniddy Crafts assignment is:  Pinspiration

I picked this image as my April Pinspiration:

Working with the Twirly Girly Collection, I had so much fun putting this card together.  

I focused on the pink color in the inspiration and translated it to the raspberry color in Twirly Girly.  I couldn't wait to use the silhouette image as my focal point.

Supplies:  Paper (TG14CP01; TG14OS017) Silver Foil Paper (CM14SP002)

I used the Chickaniddy Silver Foil paper and an Exclusive Top Dog Dies, Bella Doily die.  I layered it with vellum leaves (Top Dog Dies Wildflower die) and the cameo silhouette journal card.  I dipped the wooden clothespin into a Fuschia stamp pad.  I have the coordinating reinker so I squeezed a bit out onto an acrylic block, added a smidge of water and used it to watercolor onto my card base.

TIP:  Using coordinating ink colors ties the design together.

I knew I wanted to keep my design fairly clean and crisp but still bring in neutral colors.

I featured several of the gray patterns in the Twirly Girly collection.  I circle punched and lined them up on my card base then added the watercolor panel on top.

I love that this collection has the best of both worlds...plenty of girly patterns along with plenty of patterns that would be suitable for masculine layouts, cards and other projects.

If you have the Twirly Girly collection, play along with us and leave us a comment with a link to your project.  We'd love to see how you're inspired!

I wanted to also share my original project that I designed based on this Pinspiration:

I've been inspired by my bloggie friend Katie's use of tissue on her projects.   I used plain white tissue and inked it up with Tea Dye distress stain.

Supplies:  Paper (TG14PD01)  Alpha stickers (TG14EB01) Enamel Hearts (TG14EB07) Brads (TG14EB06) Stamps (DN14ST01) Gold Foil paper (CN14SP001)

I layered the 2 different patterned panels onto my card base.  I adhered the tissue with Mod Podge.  I colorized the alpha with black soot distress stain.  I layered everything onto a PTI doily die.  See the gold confetti?  I used my Crop-a-dile and made them myself using Chickaniddy Gold Foil paper {that stuff totally rocks).

I heat embossed the diamond in white on vellum.  Love that stamp set that coordinates with the Chickaniddy Date Night set but easily works with Twirly Girly!

I lasso'd some black hemp and adhered it under the doily to bring out the black alpha.

2 totally different cards using Pinspirations!

I'd love for you to pop over to the Chickaniddy Crafts blog, I'm up there with 2 of my DT Girls!

Top Dog Dies: spring + authentique

Post 1 of 2 for me HERE for my Chickaniddy Crafts post!

Hello!  I'm here sharing a project combining Exclusive Dies from Top Dog Dies and Authentique Anchored!

I still have tons of Authentique left from the earlier blog hop!

Here's a quick goodie bag:

Even though the Anchored Collection is nautical themed, you wouldn't necessarily recognize it on my project.  That's the beauty of collections, thinking outside the box to create an unexpected project!

This is an Easter Treat bag that doesn't use any Easter related dies.

Love the look of layering multiple die cuts.  It adds so much interest to a project.  I wanted to really make my embellishments pop so I kept the glassine bag plain.  I used one of the sticker strips and covered a wooden clothespin.  The SRM sticker sentiment happens to fit perfectly on the die cut frame.

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

hello you.

I'm working hard on spreading my stampy love with all the supplies I have.  

Don't you love that Hello You stamp?  It's Hero Arts, something that the fabulous Lisa Spangler sent to me as part of a prize rak.

I teamed it up with another Hero Arts set that I've had in my stash forever.

I really still love the chalkboard technique.  I think it adds a little something to cards...especially with so much black space.

The patterned strip is from the MME  Lost & Found 3/Ruby collection.

I'm playing along with the

Hero Arts

I was inspired by sketch #3.

Here are the Hero Arts sets I used

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop April Release #2: kaboom!

This is post 3 of 3 for me HERE for Curtain Call Challenge
Click HERE for Seize the Sketch

Today is the day!

Sweet Stamp Shop's

Let's get started, shall we?

LOVE this set:

paper:  amy tangerine stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop Artsy Fartsy ink: Memento Tuxedo, Copics Y14/Y19RV04/RV06B05/BG05V15/V17BG13/BG15R20/R21/R46/G28YR07T1/T3C5/C7 and Marvy R818. 

Love the sentiments in this set!

This set is super fun to color.  Don't you love the puddle of paint?  Couldn't resist all the hot pink!

Here's another design using the same set:

cardstock: neenah, stampin' up cardbase stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop Artsy Fartsy/You Had Me At ink: Memento Tuxedo, Copics Y14/Y19RV04/RV06B05/BG05V15/V17BG13/BG15R20/R21/R46/G28YR07T1/T3C5/C7 and Marvy R818. Fireworks Bahama Blue

I wanted to use splashes of color and using Fireworks Bahama Breeze is should see the sheen!  Gotta love the mix-up of fonts!

I combined it with

Next up

yes way!

Um yeah, Octo and Coffee!

I combined the set with

 LOL, this one was cracking me up:

I combined it with

How are you feeling today?

Here's a fun watercolor-y one:

Are you still with me?

Last one for me is

I designed a journal card:

cardstock: strathmore watercolor stamps: SSS Owl Be Genius/Busy Octopus/You Had Me At/Easily Distracted ink: Fireworks Bahama Blue, Distress Ink fired brick/mowed lawn/spiced marmalade, Hero Arts Hues/black other: lawn fawn journal die

Keeping this in my stash for when I start pocket scrapbooking!  I'm thisclose to making the jump...seriously, people.

I combined it with

Here's my last card:

cardstock: pti kraft paper: lawn fawn dewey decimal stamps: sss owl be genius/speech bubbles ink: Hero Arts hues, Impress red currant, zing white, copic T1/T3/BG11/BG15/Y17

owl + chalkboard = ♥

Can you tell that I did the chalkboard technique?  I'm going to make a duplicate of this card so I can give one to each of the kids.

I combined Owl Be Genius 


okay, okay, here's a bonus card that I whipped up for

I know, how could I resist?!

This has gone postal to my sweet friend, Ivy Pe.

I call her Chicago Ivy since there's also Cali Ivy.

Here's a pic of the 3 of us at Winter CHA 2013

left to right:  cali ivy, me, chicago ivy

So, Chicago Ivy is getting married this September and she LOVES hedgies!

Perfect, eh?

So, if you haven't popped over to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog, make sure you do.  There is always loads of eye candy.

Psst....Can't decide which new set you want to buy?  Well, today ONLY...use code AR10 for 10% off New Release Stamps only!  Great excuse to pick up all 4!

In case you missed it, there is a FABulous interview with Nicole that you gotta check out HERE.

Check out the Sweet Stamp Shop Facebook page and Pinterest boards too!

Curtain Call Challenge: Confetti Crush

Please click HERE for my Seize the Sketch post and click HERE for my Sweet Stamp Shop post


Check out the newest

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge

We have a fabulous new sponsor, Reverse Confetti, for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:  Confetti Crush!  The LEAD of this challenge will receive a gift certificate to use at Reverse Confetti!

I used whole lotta dots as a background image, heat embossing it with Zing White

...and colored in random circles with watercolors.

The sentiment is from

It was heat embossed with Zing Black.

I die cut the tab from

Along with the hearts from

using PTI Raspberry Fizz felt.

I was inspired by

Lesley's sketch challenge:

Confetti Crush Designers

Jen del Muro, Reverse Confetti

Looking forward to seeing how you are inspired by 

Curtain Call Challenge:  Confetti Crush!

Seize the Sketch #18: be optimistic

Super busy day on my blog:
Click HERE for my Sweet Stamp Shop post
Click HERE for my Curtain Call Inspiration post


We're back with a new challenge over at

Awesome sketch by Jessica!

  I don't generally do Ovals:

So I used some fun Basic Grey Fresh Cut chippies.  What do you think?

I even stitched...the polka panel needed it for some definition.

I'm still such a fan of this fab collection.

I hope that you'll play along with us!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Poppy Sketches #2: wheee...

Post 2 of 2 for me HERE for my special Guest Designer post!

We're back with a new challenge over at

Here's the sketch and Pop of Color:

Our super sponsor is

I played with

I stamped the images with Black Soot Distress Ink and used a paintbrush to swirl around the ink:

I colored in the hat/shirt & shoes with distress markers (barn door/broken china).  I lightly hit it with the paintbrush that was slightly damp.

I finished off my card with a Hero Arts Fancy Felt Button (thank Lisa Spangler!) and Divine Twine in Black Licorice.

Can you tell that this card is a smidge taller?  To accommodate the tree image, my black base is 4.25 x 6.

I wanted to share my blooper card:

Yes, I was so concentrated on my watercoloring that I forgot about the Pop of Color!  I still wanted to share this card because, check out those leaves stamped in Distress Ink mowed lawn (my favorite!).

So although my Fall card is for the Poppy Sketches challenge, I wanted to also share my Summer version.

I can't wait to see how the challenge inspires you!

Make sure you check out the Poppy Sketches blog

and my teamies