Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Steampunk Nautilus Journal Page

Another Tuesday, another IBFS Steampunk project! This one is a journal page featuring Steampunk Nautilus from the New Steampunk rubber stamp set by Carmen Medlin Designsavailable at I Brake for Stamps.


Steampunk Nautilus was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto Neenah cardstock, then the image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Rectangles Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders).  Steampunk Nautilus was colored with Copic markers and the image panel was sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink (Ranger). I used a q-tip dipped into water to wet the ink, then heat set the image panel, matted it onto metallic copper cardstock (Neenah) and set it aside.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was cut down to fit in my journal. Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink was sponged onto the Gears Skinny Minny stencil/mask (Joggles) and spritzed with water. Once the water beaded, the journal page was placed over top and smoothed over the stencil.

Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink was smooshed onto my craft mat, misted with water, the journal page was dragged through the puddled ink, spritzed with more water, then heat set. This was repeated a few times until I was happy with the coverage. This process was repeated again with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink.

Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink was sponged across the bottom of the journal page, spritzed with water, and heat set. Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink was sponged over the Moving Vines stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) at the bottom of the page and over the Gears Mini Layering stencil (Stampers Anonymous) at the top of the page. The ink was misted with water, allowed to spread a bit, then heat set.

Strips of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock were sponged with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink, misted with water, then heat set. These pieces were die-cut with the coral die from the Under Water Build-a-Scene die set (Taylored Expressions).

Other strips of Mixed Media cardstock were sponged with Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide inks, then die-cut with the Seaweed Stalks die set (Memory Box).

The Seaweed Stalks and coral die-cuts were adhered along the bottom of the journal page, then Media Texture Sand Paste (DecoArt) was spread over the Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and the die-cuts. Some tiny pewter, brass, and copper  metal gears were pressed into the Media Texture Sand Paste. The page was set aside while I made and ate dinner. When I returned, the Texture Sand Paste was mostly dry, so it was heat set to totally dry it out. I did use my Vintage Photo Distress marker (Ranger) to add some depth and detail to the "sand".

Metallic copper cardstock was die-cut with the Small Alphabet Word Upper and Lower Case dies (All Occasion) and adhered to the top of the journal page.

A Remnant Rub (Idea-ology) was used to add the caption to the Steampunk Nautilus image panel, which was then adhered to the journal page using Black Photo Corners (3L Scrapbook Adhesives).

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Frantic Stamper's August release of stamps and dies is called Fall GreetingsBe sure to hop over there to check out the new release, their wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps, and other crafting goodies.

Here's another Halloween card, which features Frantic Stamper's Big Cauldron die set (FRA-DIE-10268), Halloween from the Fall Words die set, and Happy from the Happy Birthday die set (FRA-DIE-10194.


The Big Cauldron die set was die-cut from black cardstock and white cardstock. I popped out the flames, contents, and the highlight portions of both the black and white Big Cauldron die-cuts. The flame portion (white cardstock) was colored with Copic markers. The contents oval die-cut was run through my X (Xyron), then dipped into purple glitter. The white highlight was coated with White Glaze pen (Sakura).

Clear Stardust Glitter pen (Sakura) was was used over the design at the top of the black Cauldron die-cut and a Purple Stardust Glitter pen added a glittery touch to the drippings on the right side of the Cauldron

2.5" Wide Scor Pal-Scor Tape (Scor Pal) was used to back purple vellum, then the steam portion die of the Big Cauldron die setHalloween from the Fall Words die set, and Happy from the Happy Birthday die set were used to die-cut the vellum.

A piece of black glitter tape was placed across the bottom of a scrap of ancient hoarded patterned paper from the Eerie collection (Basic Grey), which had been edged with Black Soot Distress ink (Ranger). The Big Cauldron, its flames, and the sentiment were adhered to the card front, which was adhered to a card.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Remember: Time Flies

Here's a Steampunk journal page with Owl Clock (Stampendous) and One Minute (Janet Klein/Stampotique)


Owl Clock was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto Neenah cardstock, die-cut with one of the dies from the Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders), then colored with Copic markers. Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add shine and dimension to Owl Clock's glasses, beak, and talons.

Candied Apple and Fired Brick Distress Oxide inks (Ranger) were smooshed onto my craft mat, spritzed with water,  and a piece of 140 Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was dragged through the inky puddle, then  heat set.  This process was repeated with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.

Faded Jeans and Fired Brick Distress inks were sponged over the Clocks stencil (Prima) and the Mini Schoolworks Layering stencil (Stampers Anonymous), then heat set.

One Minute was stamped with Faded Jeans Distress ink and Metallic Gold Media Fluid Acrylic paint (DecoArt).

A sheet from my spiral-bound Mixed Media Journal (Strathmore) and a large scrap of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock were painted with Metallic Gold Media Fluid Acrylic paint. The large scrap of painted cardstock was die-cut with "remember" from the Adventure Words die set (Sizzix) and the Alphabet Plain Lowercase Alphabet die (Impression Obsession).

The sentiments and image panel were adhered to the stenciled, inked page, which was then adhered to the journal page.

BTW, this page was meant to go into my Steampunk Journal, Volume 1 -- the Aviary. However, being a me of little brains, I used the wrong journal page for it. It was supposed to be the hole-punched journal, not the small spiral bound version. Oh well. Silly me.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Adventure Awaits!

I'm still on the Steampunk Express, this time with a card featuring with the girl from the Steampunk Eyes set from the Eyes of Adventure collection by Carmen Medlin Designsavailable at I Brake for Stamps.


The girl from the Steampunk Eyes set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto Neenah cardstock and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Long Rectangles Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders).  Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add shine and dimension to the lenses on Steampunk Eyes' goggles,  her watch crystal, and her buttons. Antique Linen Stickles (Ranger) was added to the perimeter of the image panel and heat set. It was fun to watch the glitter glue bubble and burst. I'm obviously easily amused.

A strip of patterned paper from the Timepiece 6x6 pad (Bo-Bunny) was embossed with the Clocks Embossing Plate (Cheery Lynn Designs), edged with Antique Linen Distress ink (Ranger), and layered over a sheet of patterned paper from the Timekeeper 6x6 pad (Marion Smith Designs). Clock-patterned washi tape was used to cover the seam between the papers. The card front was trimmed, the edges were sponged with Antique Linen Distress ink, then adhered to a card.

The Steampunk Eyes image panel was adhered to the card and the "Adventure Awaits" sentiment from the Quotations Metallic sticker sheet (Idea-ology) was added to finish the card.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Something Wicked?

We're in the dog days of August, which means that Autumn and Halloween will soon be here! Frantic Stamper's August release of stamps and dies is called Fall Greetings. Be sure to hop over there to check out the new release, their wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps, and other crafting goodies.

Here's a Halloween card, which features Frantic Stamper's new Boneyard Edgers (FRA-DIE-10265 and the Cute Kitten (FRA-DIE-09574) dies.


140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was die-cut three times with the Boneyard Edgers, then colored with Copic markers. The crosses were colored with the Large White Bullet Nib Pitt Artist pen (Faber Castell). The cemetery gate was colored with a gold marker (Pentel).

Solar Crest White cardstock (Neenah) was die-cut with the  Cute Kitten die, then colored with Copic markers.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock was sponged with Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide inks (Ranger), spritzed with water, heat set, then die-cut with one of the dies from the Circle Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders).

The sentiment was computer generated and printed onto white cardstock with my laser printer.

The three Boneyard Edgers were layered and adhered to white speckled black cardstock.  The Distress Oxided (new word) die-cut circle was set in the sky to serve as the moon in my scene. The computer-generated sentiment was cut into a strip and layered across the moon. The entire image panel was sponged with Black Soot Distress ink and adhered to a white card. My somewhat evil Cute Kitten die-cut was adhered to the edge of the scene to finish the card.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Steampunk Journal 3

I seem to have a lot of Steampunk mojo, so I'm sharing another Steampunky project. This time it's a journal cover featuring Steampunk Beauty from the Eclectic Steampunk rubber stamp set by Carmen Medlin Designsavailable at I Brake for Stamps.



Steampunk Beauty was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto Neenah cardsttock and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Oval Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders).  Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add shine and dimension to the Steampunk Beauty monocle, the watch crystal, and the screws.

Black cardstock was die-cut with the matching Scalloped Oval Nestabilities die to serve as a mat for the Steampunk Beauty oval.

I used one of the Worn Journals (Idea-ology) as the base for my third Steampunk Journal. Gold metallic textured specialty paper (from my Fibermark stash) was sponged with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) to bring down the shine a bit. I cut the piece to 3" x 7", scored it, and backed it with double-sided tape to adhere it securely to the spine.

Patterned papers from the Timekeeper 6x6 pad (Marion Smith Designs) were edged with Jet Black Archival ink and layered onto the front and back covers of the journal.

The Double Scallop Border die (Die-namics) was used to die-cut black cardstock. The textured gold metallic cardstock used for the spine was die-cut with one of the dies from the Chains die set (Elizabeth Craft Designs) and two sizes of Upper and Lower Alphabet dies (All Occasion).

The image oval and the die-cut elements were adhered to the journal, then the ring binder insert was attached using screw-top brads. Tiny gears were adhered to the center of metallic flowers (Idea-ology and Prima Designs) with brads and/or glue. These flowers were added to the top right corner of the journal cover.

A hole was poked through the spine, a Ring Fastener (Idea-ology) and a watch charm and chain were added. I wanted to add bird and  heart charms, but I couldn't find them. No doubt they're someplace safe in the black hole that is my craft room (currently undergoing a remodel).

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Just so you know, I Brake for Stamps ships internationally!

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Underwater Scene as a Double Gate-Fold card


Here's this week's card for  Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, which also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps. Here's a card featuring the dies from this month's Under the Sea Fantasy collection, which consists of 28 dies, two clear stamps, and six background stamps.




I had some pre-made double gate-fold cards in my stash. The cards were unfolded, then sponged Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch Distress ink (Ranger) in loose horizontal stripes over the both sides of the card.

Seahorse Edger Facing Right  and Seahorse Edger Facing Left were die-cut from white metallic cardstock, then colored with Copic markers. The colored die-cuts were adhered to the exterior flaps of the card as shown above.

Shadow Grey Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged over the seaweed portion of the Octopus stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) onto the inside of the card.

A piece of leftover cardstock was die-cut with the Swimming Mermaid die. The die-cut was removed from the scrap, then the Swimming Mermaid-shaped aperture was used as a stencil. Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged over the back and front of the make-shift stencil to finish the inside of the card.



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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Steampunk and Owls = Perfect Together!

Another Tuesday, another Steampunky card featuring Steampunk Owl from the New Steampunk set by Carmen Medlin Designsavailable at I Brake for Stamps.


Steampunk Owl was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles Thinlits die set (Sizzix). The background was added with Copic markers, which were also used to color the Steampunk Owl. Yellow and Orange Spica Glitter pens were used to add a glittery touch to Steampunk Owl's umbrella lightbulb. Turquoise Stardust Glitter pen added bluish glitter to the center of his gears. Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add shine and dimension to the Steampunk Owl'beak, talons, gears, lightbulb, and the Steampunk piece on his belly.

Gold cardstock was cut to a 5.75" square. Being a thrifty me, the interior of the gold cardstock was die-cut once with the Compass Corner die (Impression Obsession) and three times with one of the labels from the Stitched Double Fishtails Labels (Frantic Stamper).  Patterned paper from the Fair Skies 6x6 pad (Farmhouse Paper Company) was cut to 5 5/8" square, then matted onto the gold metallic square.Words from the Chit-Chat sticker book (Idea-ology) were added to the Fishtails Labels, which were then adhered to the card front. The Steampunk Owl image panel was adhered to the card front, which was then mounted on a 6" x 6" card.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Deep Sea Divers!

It's my second month as a guest designer over at  Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, which also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps. Here's my third card featuring the dies from this month's Under the Sea Fantasy collection, which consists of 28 dies, two clear stamps, and six background stamps.


 Today's card features the Deep Sea Diver (FRA-DIE-10248), the Shipwreck (FRA-DIE-10245), and the treasure portion from the Treasure Chest (FRA-DIE-10246) dies.


The Deep Sea Diver was die-cut twice from white cardstock. One of the die-cuts was placed upside down under a piece of mid-weight cardboard, then run through my Big Kick (Sizzix). This flattened out the detail and the edges to create a mirror image of the die.

The treasure was die-cut from gold metallic cardstock and set aside. 

The Shipwreck was die-cut once from white cardstock and all three white die-cuts were colored with Copic markers, then set aside while I created a background for them.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was painted with Pthalo Turquoise and Bllue Green Light Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt), then heat set. Pthalo Green Blue MFA paint was sponged through the Moving Vines stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), then heat set.

The Shipwreck die-cut and the gold treasure were adhered to bottom of the image panel. Titan Buff MFA paint was painted over the die-cuts, heat set, then Media Sand Texture Paste (DecoArt) was scraped over the paint and die-cutss to create a sandy sea bottom. This was allowed to dry, then it was touched with several colors of Distress markers (Ranger) to add depth and color to the sand.

The two Deep Sea Diver's hands were slightly bent around some black cording, which was adhered to the image panel. Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops (Tonic Studios) were added to the image panel, loosely following the shape of the cording, to create the look of air bubbles.

The image panel was matted with metallic black cardstock then adhered to a kraft card to finish it up!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Adventure Awaits Steampunk Budgie!

I guess I'm still in a Steampunky mood because today's card features the budgie from the Special Delivery set from the Mech-Animals Set 1 by Carmen Medlin Designsavailable at I Brake for Stamps.


The Special Delivery Budgie was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts). I fussy-cut around the tail, then slid one of the dies from the Stitched Postage Rectangles set (La-La Land) under Special Delivery Budgie's tail, and die-cut the image. The background was added with Copic markers, which were also used to color the Special Delivery Budgie. A black Multi-liner pen was used to edge Special Delivery Budgie's tail. Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add shine and dimension to the Special Delivery Budgie's eye, talons, rivets, and collar spikes.

Patterned paper from the Uncharted 4.5" x 6.5" pad (The Paper Studio) was trimmed, edged with Hickory Smoke Distress ink (Ranger),  then matted onto silver metallic cardstock (Neenah). A scrap of the silver cardstock was die-cut with one of the labels from the Stitched Double Fishtails Labels (Frantic Stamper) and the Key Corner die from the Fuschia and Key Corner die set (Impression Obsession). The sentiment from the black and silver Quotations sticker sheet (Idea-ology) was added to the Fishtails Labels, which was then adhered to the card front. The Special Delivery Budgie image panel was adhered to the card front, which was then mounted on a white card.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

You're a Treasure!

Here's this week's card for Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, which also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps. I must admit that I've been having such fun showcasing die-cuts, rather than stamped images. It's a nice change of pace for me.

Under the Sea Fantasy is the theme of Frantic Stamper's July release, which consists of 28 dies, two clear stamps, and six background stamps.

 Today's card features Treasure Chest, FRA-DIE-10246.


Solar Crest White cardstock (Neenah) and Metallic White cardstock (Recollections) were die-cut with the Treasure Chest die, then colored with Copic markers. Spica Glitter (Copic) and Stardust Glitter (Sakura) pens were used to color the treasure inside the chest. White Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to color the pearls. The Treasure Chest was assembled and set aside while I created a background for it.

A piece of Repositionable Scotch Tape was placed across white cardstock to create a horizon line. Summer Sky Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) was sponged over the Picasso Stencil/Shield (Stampendous) to create a cloudy sky.  Desert Sand Memento ink was sponged below the sky to become the sand. Copic markers were used to add some detail to the sand. 

The colored, assembled Treasure Chest was adhered in place and a shadow was added with Copic markers. Sticker words from the Chit Chat sticker sheet (Idea-ology) were adhered to form the sentiment. The image panel was matted with white cardstock, then adhered to a kraft card.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Take Flight!

Here's a Steampunky card featuring Victorian Steampunk Owl from the New Steampunk set by Carmen Medlin Designsavailable at I Brake for Stamps.


Victorian Steampunk Owl was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles Thinlits die set (Sizzix). The background was added with Copic markers, which were also used to color the Victorian Steampunk Owl. Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add shine and dimension to the Victorian Steampunk Owl's beak, screws, rivets, and the Steampunk piece on her belly.

Patterned paper from the Junque Gypsy (Marion Smith Designs) 6x6 pad was cut to 5 5/8" square, then matted onto gold metallic cardstock. A scrap of the gold cardstock was die-cut twice with one of the labels from the Stitched Double Fishtails Labels (Frantic Stamper). Words from the Chit-Chat sticker book (Idea-ology) were added to the Fishtails Labels, which were then adhered to the card front. The Victorian Steampunk Owl image panel was adhered to the card front, which was then mounted on a 6" x 6" card.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Purrfect Time!

Here's today's card using one of the wonderful cats from the Les Chats Russe rubber stamp sheet (Katzelkraft) and the tiny clock from the Les Droles d'Accessoires rubber stamps sheet (Katzelkraft).


The cat was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and die cut with one the dies from the Stitched Rectangles Thinlits die set (Sizzix). The cat and the background were colored with Copic markers. The cat's eye and the clock face were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to make them dimensional and shiny.

Yellow cardstock was embossed with the Clocks Embossing Plate (Cherry Lynn Designs), then die-cut with the Reverse Pawprint Border (Frantic Stamper). It was cut to 5.25" x 4" and adhered to a grey A2 card. The image panel was adhered to the card front.

Grey cardstock was die-cut with the A Hint of Lime die (Die-Versions). The sentiment was adhered to the top to finish the card.

Today is a special day for me. It's the day that my cats were born in 1999. They're both gone now and I miss them dearly. Of course, they live on in my heart and we'll remember them forever.

We're in the process of tearing up the soiled carpeting, refinishing the floors, and painting. It's not going as smoothly as I would like. It feels like a step forward and two steps back, yet I hope it's over soon so we can adopt a new pair of kittens. I'm so ready. It's the purrfect time!

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenges: Anything Goes
Show Us Your Pussies Challenges: Furrything Goes
Crafty Animals Challenges: Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenges: Layers

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Keep on Swimming!

It's my second month as a guest designer over at  Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, which also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps. I must admit that I've been having such fun showcasing die-cuts, rather than stamped images. It's a nice change of pace for me.


Under the Sea Fantasy is the theme of Frantic Stamper's July release, which consists of 28 dies, two clear stamps, and six background stamps.




The Swimming Mermaid  was die-cut three times from white cardstock. One of the die-cuts was placed upside down under a piece of mid-weight cardboard, then run through my Big Kick (Sizzix). This flattened out the detail and the edges to create a mirror image of the die.

The Shipwreck was die-cut once from white cardstock and all die-cuts were colored with Copic markers, then set aside while I created a background for them.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was painted with Pthalo Turquoise, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Cobalt Teal Hue, and Viridian Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt), then heat set. Pthalo Green Blue and Green Gold MFA paints were sponged through the Moving Vines stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), then heat set.

The die-cut was adhered to the bottom left of the panel, then White Media Modeling Paste (DecoArt) was scraped over the net portion of the Mini Nautical Chains stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) and allowed to air dry. Once dry, Media Sand Texture Paste (DecoArt) was scraped along the bottom to create a sandy sea bottom. This too was allowed to dry, then it was touched with several colors of Distress markers (Ranger) to add depth and color to the sand.

The image panel was matted with kraft cardstock then adhered to a blue card to finish it up!

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth from the Gnome of the Brave!


Sorry about the pun. I couldn't help myself. I decided that one of the gnomes from the Gnome Sheet (I Brake for Stamps) would be perfect on a July 4th card, then this sentiment sprung to mind. This fabulous gnome is one of NINE (9) gnomes and a plethora of mushrooms on that sheet. Please gnote that this sheet is a great bargain!

The Gnome was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles Thinlits die set (Sizzix). The background was added with Copic markers, which were also used to color the Gnome.

Distress Micro Glaze (Ranger) was sponged over the Stars Layering stencils (Stampers Anonymous) onto the top part of a panel cut from 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock. Blue Bister was sprinkled over the stars, then spritzed with water, and tilted to run a bit. The excess was brushed across the page with a paint brush.  This step was repeated several times, then a tiny bit of Blueprint Sketch Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the stars and Blue Bister to match the colored Gnome better. The top part of the image panel was heat set.

Red Bister was sprinkled onto the bottom part of the panel, spritzed with water, brushed across the page, then heat set.
***A Digression***
By the way, Bister is very similar to Brusho Crystal Colors. In fact, the only difference (other than the shape of the packaging) that I noted was that the Bister colors have some brownish tones mixed in with the colored crystals which creates a grungier look.
The Bistered panel was put under some books to be flattened a bit. It was then die-cut with a larger die from the Stitched Rectangles Thinlits die sets, removed from the die, and the edges were lightly distressed with a scissor to add a touch of white and texture. The panel was then adhered to patterned paper from an ancient 6x6 pad.

Another sheet from the same pad was die-cut with a long rectangle die from the Card Creators A2 die set (Spellbinders) and one of the dies from the Conversations Bubble die set (Spellbinders). Simply Sweet rub-ons (Doodlebug) were used to add the sentiments.

The image panel was adhered to the card front. The sentiment strip and the conversation bubble were adhered, and the card front was adhered to a white card.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Diva!

Some news. I've stepped down from the Stampotique Design Team. It's been a fabulous run, but after several years, it's time to give some other artists a chance. They are celebrating the new team and a new release with a blog hop. You should definitely hop for a chance to win a fab prize. Click HERE to find out more information.

With that said, here's a tag for the current stencil challenge and also for "Word-Up Weekend", which is celebrated on Stampotique's Facebook page.


I used one of the cats from the Kitty Cube (Daniel Torrente) and the "What? Never seen a diva before?" (Carol's Collection), I also used one of the die-cuts that I received for the Eileen Hull/Stampotique collaboration.

I stamped the fluffy cat from the Kitty Cube with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto the flower die-cut (Eileen Hull/Sizzix), then colored around the flower with Copic markers. Sometimes I find it easier to color the background first, especially in a small space like the flower. The cat was colored with Copic markers, then her eyes received dots of Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops (Tonic Studios), which didn't sting at all.

I put her aside so her eyes could dry while I created the background of the tag. I was totally stoked to receive the newest colors of Distress Oxides today, so I just had to use a few of them. I chose Black Soot, Picked Raspberry, and a hint of Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks (Ranger). I smooshed the Black Soot Distress Oxide pad onto my craft mat, misted it with water, then dragged a piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore). I heat set the cardstock, then repeated the smoosh-mist-drag process with the Picked Raspberry ink pad. I did this several times until I was happy with the result, thoroughly heat set the cardstock, then sponged the same colors directly onto the cardstock, spritzing, then heat setting each color. The last touch was to sponge just the smallest amount of Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink onto the panel. Oh! I almost forgot, I used seam binding to wipe up the excess smooshed ink, then heat set it to make it all crinkly.

Picked Raspberry Distress ink was sponged over the smallest pawprints on the Pawprints stencil (Kaisercraft), then heat set. Black Soot Distress Oxide ink was sponged over the largest pawprint on the bottom right of the panel.

What? Never seen a diva before?" was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger), then heat set. "Meow" washi tape was added to the panel, then my diva cat panel was adhered. The tag front was adhered to a black tag and the Distress Oxide dyed seam binding was threaded through the hole at the top of the tag to finish it up.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stencil Challenge!

This week's challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Stencils!" Here's the blurb about the challenge!
"We are talking about Stencils for this challenge." Everyone uses a stencil every now and then. For us, we use them a ton! Let's see your best project(s) using stencils!"
During June the Stampotique Design Team is collaborating with Eileen Hull's Design Team. We were supplied die-cuts from Eileen Hull's wonderful line of Sizzix dies and were to use them in conjunction with Stampotique's stamps, so I decided to combine challenges because I like to multi-task!

If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!! Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenge blog!



Keykeeper was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker.  Keykeeper's horns, teeth, and key were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze gel pen (Sakura), then his eyes received dots of Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops (Tonic Studios), which didn't hurt him a bit.  Keykeeper was set aside to relax while I created the rest of the project.

The journal was assembled, then the back and front covers were sponged with Broken China, Worn Lipstick, and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks (Ranger), spritzed with water, heat-set, then the process was repeated until I was happy with the result. The inside of the journal was treated much the same way.

Folded Tags was stamped on the top of the front cover and the bottom of the back cover using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink. It was heat-set.

Removable Scotch Tape was placed horizontally across the bottom of the front panel. Gunmetal Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste (Creative Expressions) was scraped across the Small Keyholes Dylusions stencil (Ranger) and allowed to heat dry. When dry, the same texture paste was scraped over the words "Be Happy" from the Inspiration 6" x 8" stencil (DecoArt) and allowed to dry.

Wilted Violet and Worn Lipstick Distress inks (Ranger) were sponged over the Sheet Music stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), then Broken China Distress ink was sponged over the Pawprints Dinky stencil (That's Crafty).

"Love and Laughter" was stamped with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink, heat set, then die-cut with one of the dies from the Conversation Bubbles die set (Spellbinders). The cardstock was kept in the die and all three Distress inks were sponged over the die and the sentiment.

Music themed Washi tape (Little B) was added above and below the stenciled sparkle-pasted keyholes. Sadly when I went to trim the excess Washi tape off, the paper ripped off of the spine of the binder, so I had to repair it. Fortunately, I had some very old Gaffer cloth tape (7 Gypsies) that fit the bill. Now that there was more black, I sponged all edges of the binder with Black Soot Distress ink.

Once the torn paper emergency was resolved somewhat satisfactorily, Keykeeper was adhered and the "Love and Laughter" sentiment speech bubble was adhered over his head.

It was now time to bind the journal. I followed the directions and created some black cardstock signatures to serve as pages. Waxy Flax was threaded through the holes, tied securely, then some charms (a cat, key and lock, music notes, and "live, love, and laugh" were added with more Waxy Flax. By the way, I'm temporarily closing the journal with a beribboned binder clip.

Here's a photo that shows the spine and front/back covers.



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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

By the Sea


Today's card features Watching Waves, which is a wonderful beach image with a vintage feel. This fabulous stamp is available at at I Brake for Stamps.

Watching Waves was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto white cardstock, then die-cut with one of the dies from the Nestabilities Labels 8 die set (Spellbinders). I kept the image panel in the die and used Copic markers to add the edges of the sea and sand backgrounds. The image panel was then popped out of the die and I finished coloring the image. When I was done, I used an Inkssentials White gel pen to add some white caps and froth to the sea.

A strip of red gingham patterned paper from the By the Sea 8x8 pad (Graphic 45) was cut, then distressed to reveal the white edge. This was then layered atop another sheet of patterned paper from the same pad, then the image panel was adhered. The card front was adhered to a 5.5" square kraft card.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer Fun Times!

It's now officially summer, which means we're all ready for Fun Times!

Here's a card featuring Frantic Stamper's brand new Ticket Booth and "Fun Times" dies.


The Ticket Booth was die-cut several times from white cardstock and once from black metallic cardstock. Copic markers were used to color the Ticket Booth and shaping tools were used to add a bit of dimension to the awning. The Ticket Booth was assembled onto a rectangle of black cardstock and the black metallic letters were adhered in place. The rectangle was matted with a scrap of gingham patterned paper and again with black cardstock.

Patterned paper from the On the Boardwalk 8x8 pad (Graphic 45) was cut apart, edged with Black Soot and Fired Brick Distress ink, then layered.

Metallic black cardstock was die-cut with the Fun Times die and adhered to the card front, which was then mounted onto a card.

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