YNS August 2017 Release Preview

 

Hello everyone.  I’m super excited to be back this month as a new release guest designer for Your Next Stamp (YNS).  This month is an extra special month as YNS celebrates 8 years!  Incredible, isn’t it?  So with that in mind, I am featuring the cute Birdie Banner stamp set in a tweet birthday card.

 

YNS Supplies:
Birdie Banner stamp and die | Basket Animals | Stitched Rectangle | Puffy Cloud Border

 

All images were stamped with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.  The balloons were stamped on a X-press It Stitched Rectangle.  The birdies and banner were stamped on scraps of X-press It paper and then die cut out with the matching dies.

 

 

The clouds were created with a DIY stencil, Tumbled Glass distress ink and a mini blending tool. The strings hanging down were drawn in with a black Copic multiliner.   To finish, glossy accents was added to the balloons for dimension and shine and clear glitter was added to the banner for shimmer.

 

 

Head to the YNS blog for the other preview projects from the DT and guests. Come back tomorrow at 10:00 pm EST, August 5, for the full reveal, a party game and a Blog Hop with chances to win a huge prize.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Designer for CAS Mix Up August 2017

 

 

Hello there!   I am so excited and honoured to be back as guest designer for CAS Mix Up August 2017 challenge.  This month it’s all about alcohol inks (AI).  To be honest, I was hoping it wouldn’t be AIs because I am not familiar with them and have only tried them twice.  But then I was given the green light for alcohol markers, which is something I do know, own and is my favourite colouring medium. 😊

 

 

I wanted to make a birthday card for my teammate Sarah P. whose birthday is tomorrow.  I’m not sure if she has received it yet.  I was going to colour up some floral images, but what I ended up making was a happy accident.  Back in May, I was fortunate to join Loll, Christine, Susan and Nancy for an afternoon at their retreat.  We did AI drops on yupo and my samples did not turn out as you can see 😉

 

 

Loll had mentioned that these can be sprayed with alcohol for a different look.  So that’s what I did, but I was doing too many things at once and had tilted the yupo piece causing the colours to streak down.  Since it was already looking better than my original 😂, I went with it and spritz some more and let it continue to run down until I was happy..

 

 

This gave a cool watercolour effect.  The top piece is what resulted from the before picture above.  The bottom one was the happy accident, so I never took the before pic of that one.  When I turned the bottom piece a quarter turn, I  saw water, which inspired me to create this.

 

 

I wanted to do a sort of aquarium scene, so a stitched circle was die cut on a white stitched rectangle.  The yupo piece was trimmed down and adhered behind.  The images were stamped with Intense Black ink, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching dies.  I also die cut a few more of the mermaid from white cardstock to stack for dimension.

 

 

The sentiment (a birthday & hello) was stamped with Archival black ink.  Whatever you do, do not heat emboss on yupo (did I mention I am a rookie with this 😂).  Lastly, clear shimmer was added to her top and tail to finish.

 

 

 

Hope you will join us this month.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

I am heading over to the following challenges:
Muse#227 Anything Goes
SSS Flickr#76 Anything Goes. (used SSS stitched circle die, Intense Black ink)

 

 

 

Buddy & Ducky Returns

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!  So one of the challenges from my last Buddy & Ducky post was Tic Tac Toe Challenge 17.  I thought I had completed the challenge, but realized this was not the case.  I had chosen the top row across: window card, critters and sequins.  So where was the window?  Exactly.  *lol*  I had missed the window!   So I made a new card and am entering again. I used the same color combo as last time from Color Throwdown and combined them with CAS and birthday challenges for today’s card.

Window birthday card created for challenges Sending Smiles Designs Tic Tac Toe challenge 17, Color Throwdown #408, City Crafter Week 327 Birthday Wishes, Addicted to Stamps and More CAS and Tuesday Throwdown CAS.

Just like before, I stamped Buddy & Duck with black Memento ink, colored with Copics and fussy cut them out.  This time, I colored Buddy in grays.   I added glossy accents to the balloons again for dimension.

Window birthday card created for challenges Sending Smiles Designs Tic Tac Toe challenge 17, Color Throwdown #408, City Crafter Week 327 Birthday Wishes, Addicted to Stamps and More CAS and Tuesday Throwdown CAS.

To create my window, I adhered an A2 white stitched rectangle to a top folding white card base, then die cut the window through the card front.  For a finished look I die cut two window frames from white cardstock and attached one to the front and the other to the inside front.  I stamped the presents and sentiment directly onto the card front and colored the gifts with blue Copics.

Window birthday card created for challenges Sending Smiles Designs Tic Tac Toe challenge 17, Color Throwdown #408, City Crafter Week 327 Birthday Wishes, Addicted to Stamps and More CAS and Tuesday Throwdown CAS.

Before adding Buddy on the inside of the card, I randomly blended some Broken China distress ink to create the sky background.

Window birthday card created for challenges Sending Smiles Designs Tic Tac Toe challenge 17, Color Throwdown #408, City Crafter Week 327 Birthday Wishes, Addicted to Stamps and More CAS and Tuesday Throwdown CAS.

To finish and this time, truly complete the tic tac toe challenge, I added sparkling clear sequins.

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Stamping Smiles Designs – Tic Tac Toe Challenge 17
Color Throwdown – CTD#408
CIty Crafter – Week 327 Birthday Wishes
Tuesday Throwdown – CAS
Addicted to Stamps and More – Challenge #209 CAS

 

 

 

Magic Square

Hello there.  I have a silly, but fun card to share this weekend.  I don’t know how it happened, but today’s card is another CASE card challenge combined with squares and animals theme challenges.

Simple square shaker card created for challenges Time Out #64, Cards in Envy Hip to be Square, SSS Wednesday Hip to be Square and Mod Squad Pets/AnimalsSo my idea was to have the dragon fly into the square shaker and magically change color.  So silly, but fun, right?  Anyway, I stamped the Diagonal Stripes  with Ocean Waves ink onto a white A2 size Stitched Rectangle.  I die cut out the square shaker frame in the centre using 2 sizes of Stitched Square dies, then adhered the negative piece to a top folding white card base.  To create the shaker layer, I die cut a Stitched Rectangle from white cardstock.  I took the smaller of the 2 square dies used to die cut the frame and die cut out the shaker window opening.  I adhered a piece of acetate to the back of the opening, and added foam adhesive around the perimeter to create the area that will house the sequins.  WIth only one layer of foam adhesive, this is a fairly flat shaker card.

Simple square shaker card created for challenges Time Out #64, Cards in Envy Hip to be Square, SSS Wednesday Hip to be Square and Mod Squad Pets/AnimalsI stamped the dragon and firey smoke with black Memento ink onto two 2.5″ square pieces of white Ultrasmooth cardstock and colored with Copics.  I stamped the shaker dragon off to the side and colored it red and yellow. The outside dragon was colored in grey and die cut out with the matching die.  Next up is putting the shaker portion together.  I peeled the liners from the foam adhesive, added the sequins, then attached the red dragon square piece.  I trimmed the grey dragon and lined it up with the shaker dragon before adhering the frame

Simple square shaker card created for challenges Time Out #64, Cards in Envy Hip to be Square, SSS Wednesday Hip to be Square and Mod Squad Pets/Animals

I added more double-sided foam adhesive to the back so the layer doesn’t sag and is flat, then adhered it to the striped card front.  To finish, the sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder on a black curve slice diecut.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Time Out – Challenge #64 CASE Julia
Cards in Envy – Hip to be Square
SSS Wednesday – It’s Hip to be Square
Mod Squad – Teacher’s Pet – use a pet or animal

 

 

 

Hooray

Hi there.  Today’s birthday card was created for the Tic Tac Toe challenge 13 from Stamping Smiles Designs.

I initially chose the middle row going across (critters, border stamp, die-cut stencil), and then thought it was just as easy to combine the middle cOlympic going down as well (shimmer, border stamp, balloon). So that’s what I did.

birthday card created for Stamping Smiles Designs Tic Tac Toe Challenge 13.

I first stamped the stripe border on a 1/2″ strip of black cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I stamped the adorable elephant in the upper right corner on white cardstock with black Memento ink and colored with Copics. I masked the elephant, then took the balloon die-cut stencil I created from MFT Blueprints 26 and blended distress inks through the stencil.  I wanted the elephant to be “floating” inside the balloon.  I drew in the strings with a black Copic multiliner.  That completes the middle row across and 2/3 of the middle column going down.

birthday card created for Stamping Smiles Designs Tic Tac Toe Challenge 13.

I die cut the sentiment from white cardstock and colored it with distress inks as well.  I cut another sentiment, but this time from black cardstock so I can offset the sentiment to create a shadow effect.  All that’s left to complete the middle row going down is shimmer, so I added Glossy Accents to the middle balloon and some clear Wink of Stella to the sentiment.

birthday card created for Stamping Smiles Designs Tic Tac Toe Challenge 13.

I felt it still needed something, so I added some clear sequins to finish.