Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Penny's Challenge #330

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! Busy busy busy, I bet! Spring and the end of school around the corner - yikes! I feel like I'm going 100 mph right now.

The new challenge at Penny's starts today though! Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo. Who DOESN'T love Bugaboo?! Prizes are up for grabs, WOOT. You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this super fun "Unicorn Be You" from Bugaboo. I got this image earlier this spring for a DT card, right when I started having all my medical issues and eyesight problems. I wasn't able to use it then, so I was SO excited to get it colored up for the challenge this week!




Colored with Copics, dies from Gina Marie and Spellbinders, tape and paper from my stash. 

That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Creative Knockouts 194 - Humor!

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Funny Cards

This week's sponsor is KennyK Stamps, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!






Here is my project, featuring Cookie Guy, colored with Copics. I had this fun paper from a bunch of back to school projects I made in August and September, and it's PERFECT for this guy! On top of the fun-factor, I need teacher thank you cards for the end of the year for the kiddos, and this one is perfect for DS#1's science teacher!!

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps TAW: Salted Backgrounds

Good morning blogland! I'm so happy to finally be posting again. I had some issues with my eye health, which also affected my vision. Very scary stuff, but I am doing much better now. Several medicated drops every day...better living through chemistry! To celebrate I'm getting back on board with my various Design Teams; all of the owners and coordinators were so amazing and supportive during this unpleasant ordeal. Thank you all!!

I am coming back with a BIG post that I'm so excited to share with you! It's a step-by-step photo tutorial that I've created for Oddball Art Stamps' "Technique a Week" feature. They started up a few months ago, but this is my first one - I hope you enjoy it!

Salted Backgrounds


Salted backgrounds are a wonderfully funky way to add uniqueness and character to any project. They're also incredibly easy to create!

You will need:

  • Glossy cardstock
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Ink pads and/or reinkers
  • AquaBrush or Paint brushes & water
  • Salt (I like coarse salt because the uneven sizes give a more mottled look to the finished product, but ANY salt will do!)
The Deets:
  1. Cut your paper to size and spray it with water from the spray bottle. You want a good amount of beaded water on the top of the glossy surface.
     
  2. Using your AquaBrush or wet paint brush, pick up some ink and begin adding it to the wet cardstock in the general arrangement you'd like the finished product's colors to be. You can get the ink in one of two ways, depending on your style of ink pads. If you have the type that you can press against themselves when they are closed and transfer a small amount of ink to the inside cover of the ink pad, you can do that. Alternatively, you can add a couple drops of reinker to the inside of the ink pad or any other plastic surface you have readily available.

  3. Continue adding ink to the cardstock surface until you are satisfied with the look. If your paper begins to dry out, spritz it again from your spray bottle to keep the ink flowing easily over the top of the paper. You may need to experiment to find the right amount of water; too much will muddle the colors.
  4. Now the fun part! Grab your salt...
  5. Add salt to your project while the surface is still fairly wet and the ink is bleeding slightly. You can shake, sprinkle, flick, fling....any transfer method you'd like will get the job done ;)
  6. After you get it salted, you won't want to pick it up until it is dry. (Plan accordingly!) If you're in a rush, you can help it along with your handy dandy heat gun. Otherwise, let it sit off to the side to dry normally.

  7. Once dry, gently brush off the excess chunks of salt that are still sitting on top of the paper. You will be left with a lovely salty haze on the top of the project, as well as some more obvious areas where the grains were sitting as the water evaporated and the ink ran.
  8. Use these finished pieces any way you like! I put mine into this card featuring Creepy Claire, Oddball Art Image #64. I kept the card fairly simple to showcase the background piece. This technique is SO PERFECT for Oddball's fantastic style of digi stamps!


...that's it! It's such a fun, easy technique that LOOKS like it took you way more time than it did! I colored up Ms. Claire with Copic markers, and added some Art Institute Glitter to her wings. The die is from Fun Stamper's Journey, and the Magic Mesh has been in my "misc." drawer for 10 years.

I hope you're inspired to try a new technique! If you make a project using this tutorial, feel free to link it up so I can come "ooh" and "aah" over your creation!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pennys #320: AG

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! Busy busy busy, I bet! Christmas is coming so fast! My boys have been busy shaking the presents under the tree on a daily basis ;)

The new challenge at Penny's starts today though! Our sponsor this week is Lacy Sunshine. My favorite!! Prizes are up for grabs! You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this super fun Sketchy Teapot from Bugaboo.





Colored with Copics, dies from Gina Marie and Spellbinders, glitter dot from Fun Stampers Journey, and paper from my stash. Glitter all over her fuzzy cape and headband are Diamond Stickles.

That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Creative Knockouts #184: Lots of Green!

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Lots of Green

This week's sponsor is Sami Stamps, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!



Here is my project, featuring Cup Kitties 4, colored with Copics. I am hard pressed to find a Sami Stamp that I don't absolutely LOVE, and her animals are some of my favorites. Love these little guys' antics and expressions!

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!



Thursday, March 2, 2017

Creative Knockouts #183 - Dies and Punches

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Dies & Punches

This week's sponsor is A Day for Daisies, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!



Here is my project, featuring Owl Nephew, colored with Copics. What a sweet image. I'm a total bird person, owls in particular, so this was a must-have for me! The main image is cut with dies from Gina Marie Designs, and the little heart is another die from Lala Land.

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - March FB Challenge: AG!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Today I'm sharing my Oddball Art Stamps Design Team challenge card for our March challenge. We have two different challenges per month at Oddball, the first one is the Facebook Challenge, which is always Anything Goes in theme. The challenge takes place on Facebook (obviously) and runs from the 1st through the last day of the month. Just upload your Oddball Art Stamps cards to the album and viola! There is also a themed blog challenge that you can check out and play along in!

Oh...and did you know...if you need this, or any other image (you do), you can receive 10% off your order using coupon code DTJENNIFER10. Perk package!

My first project for our Anything Goes Facebook Challenge this month features this sassy image...Bella #218. She was colored up with a whole big pile of Copics, some Kaisercraft pearls, Gina Marie and Verve Stamps dies to round things out.


That's it for me today. I hope you're all having a fabulous day! Don't forget to check out the Oddball Art Stamps Facebook Group for more inspiration. I hope to see you playing along with your Oddball beauties!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - February FB Challenge Reminder - AG!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Today I'm sharing my Oddball Art Stamps Design Team challenge card for our February reminder challenge. We have two different challenges per month at Oddball, the first one is the Facebook Challenge, which is always Anything Goes in theme. The challenge takes place on Facebook (obviously) and runs from the 1st through the last day of the month. Just upload your Oddball Art Stamps cards to the album and viola! There is also a themed blog challenge that you can check out and play along in!

Oh...and did you know...if you need this, or any other image (you do), you can receive 10% off your order using coupon code DTJENNIFER10. Perk package!

My first project for our Anything Goes Facebook Challenge this month features this sassy image...Kiki Says #287. She was colored up with a whole big pile of Copics, some Doodlebug sequins, Gina Marie and Lil Inker dies to round things out. Paper from DCWV.



That's it for me today. I hope you're all having a fabulous day! Don't forget to check out the Oddball Art Stamps Facebook Group for more inspiration. I hope to see you playing along with your Oddball beauties!

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Imagine That Digis - School Boy

Hello everyone! Are you ready to start a new week?? Since football is over for us til fall (sad!), I had some free time today to craft!

I wanted to share another card that I've made as a Guest Design Team member for January at Imagine That! Digis by Kris. I love this little guy! Sometimes finding great boy-themed images can be a challenge, so I need to make sure to grab them any time I see good ones!


This image is called School Boy. I used the pre-colored version on this card - I LOVE having that option! The colors were just perfect for a school-themed card, so I went ahead and used them, along with some papers I had in my stash. The sentiment is from an AMuse set I've had lying around for awhile. Dies are all from Gina Marie.

My older son is participating in a Regional Math Meet next weekend, in a team and an individual competition. So this is for him, and is just a perfect image for what will be an academic "good luck" card for him. Hoping that he stays confident and enjoys himself at the tournament!

That's it for me, be sure to check out the store, there are some great new Valentine's releases that just came out yesterday, and other inspiration projects too. You can check the left sidebar for the label "imagine that" to see all my projects from ITDBK. Have a great night!

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Creative Knockouts - Stitching

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....In Stitches

This week's sponsor is Sweet N Sassy Stamps, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!



Here is my project, featuring Kiwi Koala's Cuppa, colored with Copics. TOO CUTE for words!! He's having some Green Tea today, I have been on a Green Tea kick myself and I thought this would be a perfect match!

The sentiments are from a Fun Stampers Journey set that I use very often. Dies on the front panel are from Gina Marie designs and LaLa Land Crafts.

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Imagine That Digis - Christmas Bird Trio

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week. It's been unseasonably warm here, all the snow is gone and it's been rain and fog. So crazy!

Well, DESPITE this non-winter weather, today I'm sharing a holiday card I made as a Guest Design Team member for January at Imagine That! Digis by Kris. I know we've just passed the holiday season, but I LOVE love this image, and so I had to feature it! Call it a big head start on the 2017 Christmas Card frenzy ;)


This image is called Christmas Bird Trio, and there are 2 sentiment options with the set. I chose the Holly Jolly Christmas, which has been colored here with Copic markers. I wanted this image very prominently featured, as it is both the main focus AND the sentiment. I printed it fairly large sized, and I made this card 4x6" when finished and folded. This way, it will fit into a #10 envelope for mailing. After I matted the image, I set it aside, and used Kaisercraft spray to make a funky background on this white paper. The white was a 12x12 that I cut in order to create the 4x6" base. Wrapped up some green linen thread from Fun Stampers Journey, and sequins for a touch of sparkle. The birds image is on 1-layer of foam tape for dimension. This card is all set to go for easy mailing, but still packs a big punch, visually!

That's it for me, be sure to check out the store, there are some great new releases for January (I shared some projects last week, and the images are right at the top on the main page for easy reference), and other inspiration projects too. You can check the left sidebar for the label "imagine that" to see all my projects from ITDBK. I'll be back soon with another card to share!

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - January Release Inspiration!

Good morning stampers! Wow, that weekend went by fast. Monday already, and I'm so excited to finally be ready to share some inspiration using the new January 2017 release images from Oddball Art Stamps!

I've made two cards for you today; this release is SUCH a good one. I had SO many ideas floating around it was tough to narrow things down at first! I have more projects planned for future challenge cards, so stay tuned ;)

Here is my first project, featuring the fantastic Sugar Puff, Image #360. This image is so much fun, versatile and MAGICAL. I was instantly in love! 



I have colored the image with Copics, and cut out with some old Spellbinders that seemed to fit the bill for the look I wanted. Added cloud background with Soft Sky ink and template. Swirl die is from MFT. Embossed clouds on the back panel, stamped the X's and O's on the wooden heart piece and lots of sequins, because who doesn't love those? Viola! The Sugar Puff panel is popped up with some foam tape.

My second card features Hudson, Image #363. What a sweetheart! I have boys, so you know I've gotta snap up those cute boy images whenever I can!


Again, this image is printed out and colored with Copics. I kept him pretty simple with a lovely inspirational sentiment and some fun embellies. He deserves to be the center of attention with that FACE! :)

That's it for me today! Hope everyone has a great day; stamp happy!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Creative Knockouts 177 - Finish the Inside

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Finish the Inside

This week's sponsor is Kenny K Stamps, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!





Here is my project, featuring Martial Arts Boy Stance from KennyK. The reason I chose this image is because my DS#1 is actually testing for his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do TOMORROW and Saturday, and I thought this would be a great one for a little bit of a pick me up card for him as he is EXTREMELY nervous about this. We know he is going to do so well, but he's a perfectionist and that is ROUGH. So say some extra cheers for him tomorrow afternoon if you think of it!

The sentiments are from a couple of Paper Pretties sets, Karate Girl and Karate Boy. I stamped the inside sentiment on the Soft Sky paper as well as directly on the inside of the card, and hand cut some of the important words to highlight them. Dies on the front panel are from Gina Marie designs.

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!



Imagine That Digis - Grand Piano

Hello out there in blogland! Are you ready for the weekend? It can't get here soon enough for my tastes! :)

Today I'm sharing a card I made as a Guest Design Team member for January at Imagine That! Digis by Kris. This card was inspired by my sons, who have been in piano lessons for several years now and just love it. They have come SO far! It's such a perfect image, as soon as I saw it I knew I needed this one! Featuring Grand Piano by ITDBK.


Image printed out and colored with Copic markers. Paper is from Kaisercraft. Die cut is an old Spellbinders that I've still kept around. Foam tape and sequins to finish it off. Standard A2 sized card. I kept this versatile, it can be used for a man or a woman, for any occasion, just finish off the inside with greeting or sentiment of choice and viola! Gotta love projects that turn out like this!

That's it for me, be sure to check out the store, there are some great new releases for January (I shared some projects last week, and the images are right at the top on the main page for easy reference), and I'll be back soon with another card to share!

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Creative Knockouts #176 - Celebrations

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Celebrations

This week's sponsor is Digital Delights, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!




Here is my project, featuring the super FUN FUN FUN 80s Set. Could not be more fun! I was a complete 80s kid so I was so tickled to see these cute images. Sentiment is from Jaded Blossoms. Dies from Gina Marie Designs.


That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Imagine That Digis - Photography Release

Hello lovely stampers! I'm back today with another fun, FUN project as a Guest Designer for Imagine That! Digis by Kris. Today is Day 2 for the January releases at ITDBK and the theme is Photography! There are 2 packages of digital papers and 2 different Camera/Photography themed image sets in this release. So many options! For my project, I have used Selfie Sandy, as well as papers from the set. Instead of buying each of these image sets individually, there is an awesome bundle available, where you buy the 2 image sets and get a bunch of coordinating papers for free! Check it out here.

Ok, on to my project for today. I hope you like her! I chose to use the precolored image today, I was a bit behind in crafty funtime after a crazy weekend with family and renovation project at home! I really liked this coordinating paper, so it ended up working out perfectly! I added a bit of darker brown lowlights to her hair for a bit more pop, and lots of gold accents; she just screams BLING ME! 




Dies from Gina Marie, gold glitter Sakuro gel pen for highlights, button from PTI, bow and gold swirl twine from The Paper Studio, sentiment from Fun Stampers Journey, and embossing folder is Darice. Check out the ITDBK blogstore, and Facebook page for more info, and check back later this week for one of my regular GDT cards!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Imagine That! Digis - Guest Designer and Steampunk Release

Hello lovely stampers! I hope everyone is surviving January so far! Today I wanted to share the exciting news that I am Guest Designing for Imagine That! Digis by Kris for the month of January. How fun is that? There is a huge variety of image options in the ITDBK shop, and most sets contain outline images, color images, sentiments, even coordinating papers! So much fun.

Today is Day 1 (of 2) for the January releases at ITDBK and as a Guest Designer, I had the option to participate. Well...duh! LOL! Today's release is STEAMPUNK themed - I love love love it! There are 2 packages of digital papers and 2 different Steampunk image sets in this release. So many options! For my project, I have used Steampunk Lizzie, as well as papers from Steampunk Paper Pack #1. Instead of buying these image sets individually, there is an awesome bundle available, where you buy the 2 image sets and get all the papers for free! Check it out here.

Ok, on to my project for today. I hope you like her! I chose to use the precolored image today, I just thought the colors that were chosen here were too perfect! I tossed on a bit of added highlights and details, along with lots of bling and fun embellies.


Check out the ITDBK blog, store, and Facebook page for more info, and check back tomorrow for projects using tomorrow's release sets....photography themed!

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps January FB Challenge - AG!

Good morning all! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Today I'm sharing my Oddball Art Stamps Design Team challenge card for January 1st. What a way to kick things off; am I right? 

We have two challenges per month at Oddball, the first one is the Facebook Challenge, which is always Anything Goes in theme. The challenge takes place on Facebook (obviously) and runs from the 1st through the last day of the month. Just upload your Oddball Art Stamps cards to the album and viola! There is also a themed blog challenge that you can check out and play along in!

Oh...and did you know...if you need this, or any other image (you do), you can receive 10% off your order using coupon code DTJENNIFER10. Perk package!

My first project for our Anything Goes Facebook Challenge this month features this BEAUTIFUL image...Ziggy #285. She was colored up with a whole big pile of Copics, some Basic Grey brads, Gina Marie and My Favorite Things dies to round things out. Paper from Kaisercraft.


Challenges:
613 Avenue - January AG (1 of 8)
Lacy Sunshine - AG ending 1/20/17 (1 of 3)
Crafty Friends - #48 - AG (1 of 3)
C.R.A.F.T. - #396 - AG (1 of 5)
4 Crafty Chicks - #331 - AG (unlimited)
Art by Miran - #74 - AG (1 of 3)
Brown Sugar - #231 - AG (1 of 2)
Inspiration Destination - #118 - AG (unlimited)
Outlawz - Paper a la Mode 12/31 - NEW (1 of 3) - This is a New Image and also New patterned paper
Crafts Galore Encore - January AG (1 of 3)

That's it for me today. I hope you're all having a fabulous day! Don't forget to check out the Oddball Art Stamps Facebook Group for more inspiration. I hope to see you playing along with your Oddball beauties!

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