Tuesday, April 18, 2017

One of those Days!



The Those Days set includes a dazed looking creature and the sentiment "Ever have one of those days?". The creature from Those Days was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, edged with a dark marker, then set aside while I created a background for him.

Using the Picasso Shield/Stencil (Stampendous), clouds were stenciled onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock with Watering Can, Shadow Grey, and Hydrangea Archival ink (Ranger). Leaf Green and Fern Green were sponged along the bottom of the page.

An ancient tree die-cut was sponged with Tree Branch Archival ink, then touched up with Copic markers. The tree was adhered to the sponged image panel using Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger), then the creature from Those Days was adhered at the base of the tree. His eyes were touched up with Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to make them dimensional and shiny. He was so out of it that he didn't feel a thing! Some white drops were judiciously added with a White One4All paint marker (Molotow).

White cardstock was die-cut with a cardinal die, then colored with Copic markers to magically become bluejays, which were then adhered to the tree.

"Ever have one of those days?", from the Those Days set was stamped in the upper right hand corner using Jet Black StazOn ink (Imagine Crafts). The image panel was matted with black cardstock and adhered to a white card.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! I've created an Easter carad for Stampotique's Facebook Group's "Word-Up Weekends" where we share projects created with Stampotique's many Words, Phrases, Letters, and Numbers.



Bunny Boy was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) and onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins). The Eclipse Tape version was fussy-cut then set aside while its counterpart was colored using Zig Photo-Twin markers (EK Success). These markers are meant to be used to tint black and white photos, but I like to use them as watercolor markers. They're not as "juicy" as some and come in soft, subtle colors. These markers were used to add grass under Bunny Boy's feet.

The fussy-cut Eclipse Tape Bunny Boy was adhered over his brother on the image panel. Summer Sky and Angel Pink Memento inks were sponged over the Picasso Shield/Stencil (Stampendous) to create a cloudy sky.

I used one of the Zig Photo-Twin marker to color letters on the Alpha Background stamp, huffed on the stamp, and stamped the letters that I needed. The letters were punched with a small rectangle Paper Shaper punch (EK Success) and the color was touched up with the marker.

Patterned papers (Doodlebug) was layered as shown. Ancient Paper Frill borders were added over the seam between the patterned papers. Happy, Happy" was stamped onto the top border and the word "Easter" with the letters stamped with the Alpha Background stamp were added along the bottom. The image panel was adhered to the card front, which was then added to a white card.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Antique Tea Set!

When I used the tea set last week, I thought to myself, "Self, wouldn't a teapot look cool if it had a crackled texture?" So I set about creating an antique tea set this gorgeous teapot and matching tea cups from a fabulous rubber stamp sheet (MS78) from Merry Stamper, available at I Brake for Stamps! The tea set has four tea gorgeous teapots with four matching tea cups, two sentiments, and a tiny steaming teapot.

Here it is!

The teapot and matching tea cups were stamped with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink (Ranger), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with a blue Sharpie marker. I used my index finger to coat the teapot and  tea cups with relatively thick layers of Distress Collage Crazing Medium (Ranger). They were left to dry for several hours. When completely dry, I had to place them under a stack of books for a few days to flatten them out.

Blue floral cardstock from the Daisy/Stripe Petite Prints 6x6 pad (Doodlebug Designs) was trimmed, then the edges were distressed. White cardstock was die-cut with the Fancy Floral Lace Border die (Cottage Cutz).

The border was adhered over the patterned paper, then the teapot and matching tea cups were adhered. The final step was to adhere card front was adhered to a blue card.

Here's a close-up view of the lovely crackling!


I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bling It On!

This week's challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Bling It On!" (#271). Here's the blurb about the challenge!
"Think shimmer, shine, or sparkle. Add something "blingy" to your project this week."
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 Challenges!



Patterned Circles was stamped onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) using Onyx Black VersaFine ink (Imagine Crafts), then heat embossed with Clear Detail embossing powder (Ranger). Agatha's Parrot was then stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink using a stamp positioner to perch him on one of the center circles. He was then heat embossed with Clear Detail embossing powder. The Patterned Circles and Agatha's Parrot were colored using PrismaColor markers because I didn't want to risk ruining my beloved Copics.

When I was done coloring Patterned Circles and Agatha's Parrot, a VersaMarker pen (Imagine Crafts) was used to cover the images with embossing ink. Polysparkle embossing powder (Ranger) was heat set. This process was repeated three times to add shiny, dimensional, and glittery look to Patterned Circles and Agatha's Parrot

Sketch and Wash pencil (General) was used to add a horizon to the image panel, then the top part of the image was covered with Post-It Notes. Hickory Smoke Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the bottom part of the image panel, the sponged again over the stencil included with the NK Studio Urban Scribble Foam and Cling Stamp set (Stampendous).

The Post-It Notes were removed and placed over the bottom portion of the image panel. Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink was sponged over the top portion of the image, then over the Bubbles stencil (Stampers Anonymous). Apparently, I had forgotten to clean the stencil, so a bit of blue ink ended up in the mix. Fossilized Amber Distress ink was then sponged over the stencil to add a bit of contrast.

Since the challenge theme is Bling It OnRoyal Peacock Fire Glitz Spray (Lindy's Stamp Gang), was sprayed over the entire image panel to add additional shimmer. I figured more glitter was needed, so Black Diamond Stickles glitter glue (Ranger) was added to the edges of the image panel. Then I was a good me and let it sit for several hours to dry.

While it was drying, Alpha Background  was stamped several times with Onyx Black VersaFine ink. I was thrilled to discover that my small rectangle Paper Shaper punch (EK Success) was (almost) the perfect fit for the letters in the Alpha Background . I punched out the letters I needed for my sentiment, touched them up with a grey Copic marker, then adhered them to the image panel.

The piece still needed more glitter, sparkle, shimmer, and shine, so I used glitter paper to mat the image panel, then adhered the matted image panel to a white card. A strand of rhinestone jewels was added to Agatha's Parrot's beak to finish the card.

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Moving Along with the Times Challenges: Birds or Feathers
Addicted to Stamps and More: Make Your Mark
Crafty Cardmakers Challenges: Things with Wings

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Elemental Fire Woman

Here's a card with Fire from the Elements Collection  by Carmen Medlin Designs, available at I Brake for Stamps.


Fire was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. As per my Virgo nature, I googled Desert Hawks and decided that this hawk was a Harris Hawk and colored him accordingly.

The Fire image is so beautifully detailed that I decided to use a very clean design. I matted the image panel with dark brown cardstock to match my hawk, then adhered it to a piece of textured kraft cardstock that I found in my stash. The edges of the textured cardstock were sponged with Gathered Twigs Distress ink (Ranger), then the cardstock was adhered to a 5x7 card.

Dark bronze metallic cardstock was die-cut with the Ship's Compass die (Cherry Lynn Designs). The compass was adhered to the card, then the Fire image panel was added.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Word-Up Weekend/Text Challenge Combo!

Here I am multi-tasking by combining this week's challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges is Text (#270) with Stampotique's Facebook Group's "Word-Up Weekends" where we share projects created with Stampotique's many Words, Phrases, Letters, and Numbers.

If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this month's challenges. 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 Challenges!

Here's my rather large tag that uses the new Cooee (Karen Hayselden) stamp with "Make Magic Wherever You Go! (Amy Wilson-Wellenstein).



Cooee was stamped onto text paper from the Once Upon a Time stack (DCWV) with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), then colored with Copic markers. Picket Fence Distress marker (Ranger) was used to color Cooee's eyes white. The image panel and another sheet from the same paper stack were die-cut with a die from the 5x7 Card Creator die set (Spellbinders). The edges were sponged with Shaded Lilac and Tea Dye Distress ink (Ranger), then adhered over a sheet with a castle on it. The edges of that sheet were also sponged with the same colors of Distress ink.

"Make Magic Wherever You Go! was stamped onto another scrap, then matted with a slightly larger scrap. Dimensional foam adhesive was used to adhere the sentiment to the tag panel.

I had found #10 Inkssentials Manila Tags  (Ranger) for dirt cheap. Shaded Lilac and Tea Dye Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the Flourish Layering stencil (Stampers Anonymous). Some hand-dyed seam binding was used to finish the tag.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Live from New York, it's Caturday Night Live!

This week's challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges is Text (#270). Here's the blurb about the challenge!
"We are asking you to use some sort of text in your backgrounds this week. Weather it be newspaper, books, stamped words, something printed.. there possibilities are forever with this one."
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 Challenges!







TV, one of Stampotique's new April stamps, was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger). The edges of the TV were covered with Post-It Notes. The other three cats on the Kitty Squad stamp were covered with Post-It Notes, the remaining cat was inked, then stamped into the TV screen.

First the Cat and the TV were slightly shaded with Copic markers. The Cat's body was colored with Oktoberfest Orange Magical Shaker. His ears were colored with Oom Pah Pah Pink Magical Shaker. His eyes were colored with the Freaky Frankenlime Magical Powder from the Haunted Halloween set of Magical Powders.

The exterior of the  TV was colored with Black Forest Black Magical Shaker (Lindy's Stamp Gang). The TV screen was colored with Tainted Love Teal Magical Powder from the Haunted Halloween set of Magical Powders. The TV logo was colored with Yodeling Yellow Magical Shaker and the table was colored with Bratwurst Brown Magical ShakerThe background of the image panel was coloreded with Bavarian Blue Magical Shaker.

The image panel and black metallic cardstsock were die-cut with two of the dies from the 5x7 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). The image panel was matted with the black metallic cardstock and the sentiment was added with Simply Sweet rub-ons (Doodlebug Designs).

A newspaper television listing was scanned, then printed onto cardstock. It was colored with Black Forest Black Magical Shaker, heat set, and placed under heavy books to flatten. When completely dry, it was trimmed to 4.75" x 6.75".

Metallic black was die-cut three times with the Cityscape die (Memory Box). Yellow cardstock was die-cut three times with the Cityscape Silhouette die (Memory Box). Silver cardstock was die-cut with the Sturdy Bridge die (Memory Box).

The matted Cat and the TV image panel was adhered to the colored television listing, then the various cityscape and bridge dies were layered over the base of the image panel. The image panel was adhered to a 5x7 card.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Beautiful Tea Pot

It's time for tea with this gorgeous teapot from a fabulous rubber stamp sheet (MS78) from Merry Stamper, available at I Brake for Stamps! The tea set has four tea gorgeous teapots with four matching tea cups, two sentiments, and a tiny little teapot, which will be perfect for making backgrounds!


The Teapot was stamped with London Fog Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto cardstock and onto mask paper. The mask paper version was fussy-cut. The cardstock version of the teapot was colored with Copic markers in mostly grey scale with a bit of light blue and aqua here and there. The color palette was chosen to match old patterned paper from a 6x6 pad.

The Teapot image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Sunray Venus Layering Basics die set (Tonic Studios) and kept in the die. The fussy-cut mask was adhered over the teapot image and Copic markers were airbrushed over the die and the mask.

Grey cardstock was die-cut with one of the bead chain dies from the Chains die set (Elizabeth Craft Designs) and a corner die (SCACD).

The patterned paper was layered, the chain die was adhered over the seam of the papers and the teapot image die-cut was adhered to the card front. The edges of the card front were sponged with London Fog Memento ink, then adhered to a grey card. The corner dies were added to finish the card.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!


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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stampotique Stamps & Lindy's Stamp Gang: Color Challenge!

April is such an exciting month. Not only is Stampotique releasing new stamps, but the Stampotique Design Team is doing a collaboration with Lindy's Stamp Gang's Design Team! Lindy's Stamp Gang sent some of their wonderful products to us for use on our Stampotique projects this month. They also will send a prize pack to one of the participants at Stampotique Designers Challenges! The winner will be drawn at the end of April.

Here's a link to see Lindy's wonderful product line of colorful sprays, Magical Powders, embossing powders, and tools. We're kicking off our collaboration by participating in Lindy's Stamp Gang's Design Team's monthly color challenge!


Here's the color palette:


Here's the first card that I created with Cupcake Girl (Tera Callihan), which is one of April's new stamps. It also uses Skull Balloons (Arwen McMullen) and "Happy Birthday" (Janet Klein).


Cupcake Girl and Skull Balloons were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with black marker. They were set aside while I worked on a background for them.

Media Modeling Paste (DecoArt) was scraped over the Chequered Dots stencil (Ranger), the Dinky Arrows stencil (That's Crafty), and Dinky Circles stencil (That's Crafty) onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) then allowed to dry.

When dry, Royal Peacock Fire Glitz Spray, Royal Emerald Fire Glitz Spray, Blue Hawaiian Blue Starburst Spray, and a tiny bit of Raspberry Lemonade Flat Fabio Spray was repeatedly sprayed and spritzed over the textured background until I was happy with the way it looked. The background was allowed to air dry, then heat set as well.

Cupcake Girl and Skull Balloons were adhered to the background. A thin black Sharpie pen was used to draw in the strings to the Skull Balloons. The image panel was matted with black cardstock, then adhered to a blue card. A scrap of the blue cardstock was die-cut with a nameplate die and "Happy Birthday" was stamped on it. The sentiment tag was adhered to finish this card.



Cupcake and Plushy were both stamped twice. Hand was stamped once. All images were fussy-cut, though the Cupcake and the Cupcake's frosting were fussy-cut separately.

The Cupcake paper wrapper was sprayed with Royal Emerald Fire Glitz Spray and Royal Peacock Fire Spray then allowed to dry. The Cupcake's frosting was sprayed with Raspberry Lemonade Flat Fabio Spray. The spray was allowed to dry. The frosting still looked a bit flat to me, so Sidewalk Chalk Magical Powder was mixed with Raspberry Lemonade Flat Fabio Spray on a palette. The resulting color was applied with my finger and/or a sponge dauber. The Cupcake liner and frosting were set aside to dry.

The Plushies and the Hand were colored with Copic markers and edged with a black marker. The  Plushies ' eyes were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to make them shiny and dimensional. Gold gel pen was used to trace the Plushies ' earrings. The Plushies  and the Hand both joined the Cupcake while I created a background for them.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock was die-cut with one of the dies from the Rectangle Frames die set (Die-namics). It was sprayed with Rusty Lantern Lime Stardust Spray.

Another piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock was Royal Peacock Fire Glitz Spray and heat set. Then Royal Peacock Fire Glitz Spray, Blue Hawaiian Starburst Spray, and Raspberry Lemonade  Flat Fabio Spray were sprayed over a Bubbles stencil (Ranger). This was repeated until I was happy with the coverage. The sprayed stenciled cardstock was heat set and trimmed to size. 

A scrap of the sprayed cardstock was die-cut with a label die (Spellbinders) and the Ta-dah sentiment was stamped onto the die-cut.

Washi tape was added to the base of the stencilled sprayed cardstock panel. The Hand was adhered to the upper right of the panel The frame was adhered over it, then the Cupcake parts were pieced back together, and adhered to image panel. The Plushies were adhered as shown, and the Ta-dah sentiment was added to the frame and enhanced with a fuschia rhinestone flower. The card front was mounted onto a plain white card to finish the project!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Steampunk Dragon!

Steampunk Dragonone of my favorite digital images by Carmen Medlin Designs, was recently released in glorious deeply etched rubber by  I Brake for Stamps Steampunk Dragon is available separately or in the New Steampunk rubber stamp set with six other fabulous Steampunk images that are also now in rubber! By the way, IBFS ships internationally!

Here's my card featuring Steampunk Dragon.


Steampunk Dragon was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (ImagineCrafts). The Steampunk Dragon and the entire image panel were colored with Copic markers. 

Silver metallic cardstock was die-cut two times with the Gearheads Alterations Corner (Sizzix) and layered atop a square of green metallic cardstock. The image panel was adhered, then the card front was adhered to brown cardstock to finish this CAS card!

I Brake for Stamps has lots of wonderful rubber stamps by Carmen Medlin Designs as well as a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wishing You Love & Laughter!

Stampotique's Facebook Group has started "Word-Up Weekends" where we share projects created with Stampotique's many Words, Phrases, Letters, and Numbers.



All Aboardone of Stampotique's March release stamps, was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, edged with a black marker, then coated with a few layers of Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle marker (Crafter's Companion) to give the plane some shimmer!

Here's a close up photo where (I hope) you can see the sparkle! I love sparkly things, I just wish they were easier to photograph!


Pale blue parchment-print cardstock was die-cut with the Fishtail Label from the Tag Builder Blueprints 5 (Die-namics) die set. "Love and Laughter" on the Wishing You Love and Laughter" stamp was covered with a Post-It Note, the stamp was inked, and the Post-It removed, and the sentiment was stamped on the label with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) and the assistance of my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig stamp positioner (EK Success). The stamp was cleaned, then the same process was followed to stamp the rest of the "Wishing You Love and Laughter" sentiment on the label. The edges of the label were lightly sponged with Soot Black Distress ink (Ranger) and a 1/16" eyelet was set on the non-fishtailed (new word) end. This was set aside while I created the rest of the card.

Green Double Dot patterned paper from the Double Dot Bold & Bright 6x6 pad (Bo-Bunny) was die-cut with one of the dies from the Stitched Scene Builders Edgers die set (Frantic Stamper) and both the dies from the Stitched Valley die set (Die-namics).

Ancient cloudy-sky patterned cardstock (Cosmo Cricket) was cut to 5x7 and adhered to a 5x7 blue card. The stitched die-cuts were adhered to form hills, then the edges were lightly outlined with chalk.

A triangular jump ring was attached to the All Aboard  plane's tail, silver floss was threaded through the triangle, then through the sentiment label's eyelet, then the sentiment was adhered to the card.

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Fashionable Stamping Challenges: Modes of Transport

Friday, March 24, 2017

Take Time...

This week's challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges is Tags! (#269). Here's the blurb about the challenge!
"Make a tag or use a tag on your project this week!"
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 Challenges!



Cranium and Flower Cube 1 . were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker. They were set aside while I created a background for them, but Cranium didn't mind at all since he was enveloped in the Flower's sweet fragrance.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock was sponged with Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress inks (Ranger), spritzed with water, and heat set. When dry, Picked Raspberry Distress ink was sponged over the Nordic Layering Stencil (Stampers Anonymous) and heat set. Then Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink was sponged over the Clockwork Layering Stencil (Stampers Anonymous) overtop and heat set. It was still a bit flat so Picked Raspberry Distress ink was randomly stenciled over the Nordic Layering Stencil a second time. The inked, stenciled panel was heat set, then edged with Black Soot Distress ink.

Black cardstock was die-cut with one of the clocks from the Retro Mod Clocks die set (Spellbinders). While the cardstock was still in the die, I ran a stylus over the cardstock to deepen the embossing, then flipped over the die-cut with the cardstock still in place to add detailing with a silver pen.

Two of the colored Flowers were adhered to the right side of the inked panel, then Cranium was adhered. The third Flower was adhered, positioned slightly over Cranium's nose. The Mod Clock die cut was adhered, then trimmed.

Big Chat and Little Chat stickers (Idea-ology) furnished the sentiments. Silver cardstock was die-cut with clock hands (QuicKutz and ?). The two pairs of clock hands were positioned on the top and bottom of the right side of the panel. Orange Class A Peel Sparkle Dots (Stampendous) were adhered to the center of the clock hands and a smaller one was added to Cranium's ear.

Black cardstock and metallic black cardstock were die-cut with the Tag Alterations die (Sizzix) and the image panel was adhered. The metallic black circle was adhered over its counterpart on the tag. Hand-dyed seam binding and hand-dyed organza ribbon were used to finish the tag.

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I shall enter my tag into the following challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges: Anything But a Card
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Use More Than One Die/Punch  (Tag, Clock, Clockhands)
Inky Chicks Challenges: Flowers
Stamping Sensations Challenges: Close to Nature (His nose is in a flower!)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Poppies!

It's the second day of spring, snow is on the ground, and it's still chilly here. I'm yearning for warm days and flowers, so I decided to go floral with the poppies/text image from the Half Sheet Numbers and Flowers (Stampinback stamps) carried at I Brake for Stamps. By the way, IBFS ships internationally!

Here's my card.


The poppies/text image was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (ImagineCrafts) onto wood patterned paper from the Necessities Wood 6x6 pad (My Mind's Eye). The poppies were colored with Copic markers to match a photo of gorgeous blue poppies that I found on Google images. As a Virgo, I sometimes usually like to be accurate. I used a wet brush to loosely draw around the perimeter of the image, then tore on the wet lines. The poppies part of the image was outlined with a Copic marker, then the text and dot part of the image were sponged with Antique Linen, Old Paper, and Tea Dye Distress inks.

I recently rediscovered my sprays (thanks to Lindy's Stamp Gang) and decided that they weren't evil after all! In fact, they're rather fun to use! A corrugated cardboard rectangle (reserved packaging) was sprayed with London Blue, After Midnight, White Linen, and Bubblegum Pink Dylusions sprays (Ranger) until I was happy with the result. The excess ink was mopped up with a second corrugate rectangle, a white tag, and a short length of white lace.

My Bubbles stencil (Ranger) was placed atop the sprayed corrugate, then Pearl Perfect Pearls Mists (Ranger) was sprayed over top to create a pattern and some shimmer. The sprayed shimmery corrugate was heat set, then the top layer was torn in a few spots to reveal the texture below. Some Tea Dye Distress ink was sponged onto the revealed layers to change the color a bit. 

The image panel was adhered, the dyed lace was stapled on, and three small dragonfly charms were added.

I found a sheet of script patterned paper in the Timeless Type Stack (DCWV), which I cut down, then used Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) with the dot patterned stamp from the Half Sheet Numbers and Flowers rubber sheet to stamp the dot pattern several times. The dotty script panel was sponged with the same mix of Distress inks used on the image panel. 

The corrugate matted image panel was adhered to the card front, glitter stickers from my stash were used to add the sentiment, and the card front was adhered to a blue 5x7 card.

I Brake for Stamps has a great selection of Stampinback's rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!



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Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy Steamy St. Patrick's Day!


Her name is Halloween Magic and she's a retired stamp from Stampendous, which I think is really versatile as the image could be used for Halloween, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, or anything Steampunk'd.

Halloween Magic was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with a Nestabilities die (Spellbinders).

Pale green cardstock was embossed with the Clocks embossing plate (Cherry Lynn Designs) and matted with darker green cardstock The patterned paper is from an exceedingly old Lime Rickey 6x6 pad (Basic Grey). Green cardstock was die-cut with some Gearhead Thinlets Alterations dies (Sizzix) and the Nuts and Bolts Punch die (Marianne Designs).

The patterned paper was layered with the embossed matted cardstock, then the double-matted image panel was adhered. Some gears were added over some of the designs and three Philips Head Screw die-cuts were added to the top left. The image panel was adhered to a green card.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Bit O'Green
Shopping Our Stash Challenges: Luck O' the Irish
The Paper Girls Challenges: Luck of the Irish




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Just Keep On Keeping On!

This week's challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges is Tags! (#269). Here's the blurb about the challenge!
"Make a tag or use a tag on your project this week!"
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 Challenges!



Elaina is one of Stampotique's March's new release stamps, which are all terrific. You should check them out. 

Elaina was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. I think that Elaina looks like a confident woman, strutting proudly, so I gave her a sidewalk to walk upon. 

Elaina's shirt reminded me that I had some very old patterned paper that had some xes on them. I was delighted to put my hands on old 8x8 pad by Cosmo Cricket almost immediately. Gosh! I love when I remember stuff! I colored Elaina to match the patterned paper and think that the pink hair suits her! 

The image panel was matted with the solid pink cardstock from the pad and other papers from it were layered. I used my Ticket Tag Duo Corner punch (Tonic studios) to punch the top edges of the patterned paper, matted the patterned paper with white cardstock, which was also punched. 

I thought that the just keep on keeping on" sentiment was perfect for the image, so I stamped it onto a strip of leftover patterned paper from the same pad and adhered it as shown.

Since I missed the ribbon/lace challenge, I decided to add a scrap of lace over the seam between the patterned papers and used my Mini Attacher to secure the lace in place (That rhymes!). The image panel was popped up over the patterned paper and lace using dimensional foam adhesives. A hole was punched at the top of the tag and ribbon was added to finish the tag.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter my tag into the following challenges:
Try It on Tuesday/Tuesday Taggers: Lady in Red


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Steampunk Encouragement Card

Here's an encouragement card featuring the Butterfly Chrysalis Change rubber stamp from the Eclectic Collection 2 by Carmen Medlin Designs for I Brake for Stamps. By the way, IBFS ships internationally!


The Butterfly Chrysalis Change was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (ImagineCrafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker.

Shimmery white cardstock was die-cut with the Winterberry Sprig die (Memory Box), colored with Copic markers, and detailed with a fine tip pen to make the branches look pipe-like and the berries look like screws. Gold metallic cardstock was die-cut with the Alice's Clock Statement Corner die (SCACD). Black metallic cardstock was die-cut with the Geared Butterfly die (Frantic Stamper). White cardstock was die-cut with the matching Solid Butterfly die (Frantic Stamper), then colored with the same colors used on the Butterfly Chrysalis Change image. The metallic Geared Butterfly was adhered atop the colored Solid Butterfly die-cut.

Green cardstock was embossed with the Clockworks die (Cuttlebug/ProvoCraft). The sprig, corner, and butterfly dies were adhered to the embossed cardstock. was adhered over the sprig, then several sentiments rub-ons from the Life Quotes Remnant Rubs (Idea-ology) were added. The embossed panel was matted with black metallic cardstock, then adhered to a green card.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Another Day, Another Steampunk Tag!

I'm the hostess this month at ART-EXchange, which is a Facebook group that swaps hand made projects. My theme is Steampunk Tags!

My second tag features the man with the monkey from the Music Man stamp set (Stampers Anonymous), the cityscape from the NK Studio Urban Scribble Foam and Cling Stamp (Stampendous),  and the schematic from the AS Cling Steampunk Set (Stampendous)

Here it is!


The Music Man was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker. The Music Man and his monkey were set aside while I created a background for them. I should mention that prior to coloring the monkey, I did a Google image search and was enchanted by the Golden Snub Nosed Monkey, aka the Blue Faced Monkey, who lives in China.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock and black chipboard were die-cut with the Alterations Tag die (Sizzix). The black chipboard tag was set aside with the Music Man and his monkey and the cardstock tag was trimmed down.

The cardstock was stamped with the cityscape from the NK Studio Urban Scribble stamp set using Onyx Black VersaFine ink, then heat embossed with Clear Detail Embossing powder (Ranger). The cityscape was also stamped onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins), then fussy-cut to create a mask. The cityscape image was covered with the mask and Media Modeling Paste (DecoArt) was scraped across the smallest compass on the Rosettes stencil (Joggles). This was allowed air dry, while we ate dinner (and did the dishes).

A dilute wash of Pthalo Blue Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paint (DecoArt) was brushed over the tag and allowed to dry. When dry, the tag was brushed with Media Matte Medium (DecoArt) to seal the layer. The mask was lifted and the embossed cityscape was painted with varying mixtures and washes of Medium Grey Value 6, Translucent White, Payne's Grey, Burnt Sienna, and Hansa Yellow Light MFA paints. The tag was heat set and brushed again with Media Matte Medium. 

Titanium White MFA paint was used to highlight the raised texture of the compass. I decided the tag needed a bit more steampunk imagery, so I pulled out my AS Steampunk stamp set, selected the diagram, and stamped it twice (once unintentionally wonky) using the very last bit of my Titanium White MFA paint! The tag was again coated with a layer of Media Matte Medium.

I figured out where the Music Man and his monkey would be placed and used Jet Black Archival ink to blacken the bottom right corner. A rather thick layer of the Distress Collage Crazing Medium (Ranger) was brushed over the tag and left to dry and craze.

When I returned to my craft room, the tag was dry and crackly, which meant it was time to adhere Music Man and his monkey. Once this lovely couple was secure, some tiny watch gears and a watch thingamabob were adhered to the their lapels and the Music Man's hat. The image panel was adhered to the black chipboard tag and some hand-dyed, crinkled seam binding was used to finish it.

Thanks for visiting today!

P.S. I found two coloring errors. Oopsy, perfection is overrated. Can you find them?


I shall enter this tag into the following challenges:
• Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenges: Anything Goes
• SanDee-and-amelie's Steampunk Challenges: Anything Goes
• The Male Room Challenges: Steampunk
Simon Says Monday Challenges: Make Your Own Background


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Steampunk Frame of Mind!

Steampunk Skullone of my favorite digital images, was just released in gorgeous deeply etched rubber by by Carmen Medlin Designs for I Brake for StampsSteampunk Skull is available separately or in the New Steampunk rubber stamp set with six other fabulous Steampunk images that are also now in rubber! By the way, IBFS ships internationally!

Here's my card with Steampunk Skull.



Steampunk Skull was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (ImagineCrafts) and colored with Copic markers. The background is wavy because I was thinking of brainwaves. My Y28 was a bit goopy, but that actually added to the old brass look. Or so I say...

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was die-cut with the bent and straight pipe dies from the Medium Pipes die set (Memory Box), a chain from the Chains 1 die set (Elizabeth Craft Designs), and the Steampunk Corner die (La-La Crafts) die.  

The pipes were formed into a frame and then painted with Metallic Silver Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt), which also was used to paint the chains and the corner. Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, and Payne's Grey MFA paint were dry brushed onto the pipes, the chains, and the corner to add the look of rust to them.

Blue cardstock was cut to 5.75" x 6.75", then took a ride through my Big Kick (Sizzix) inside my often used Clockworks Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug). The raised bits were brushed with Treasure Pewter (PaperArtsy). The image panel was then edged with my balky Silver Leafing pen (Krylon).

The Steampunk Corner and chains were adhered to the top of the card front. A die-cut Mini Gear (Memory Box) from my stash was added to the center of the Steampunk Corner. Three screwtop brads were used to both secure the chains/corner element and to add an additional touch of metal

The framed Steampunk Skull image panel was adhered to the card, then drops of Liquid Glass (DecoArt) were added under the Steampunk Skull's faucet. The image panel was adhered to the card and I called it done!

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Word-Up Weekend and Stampotique's March Release!

Stampotique's Facebook Group has started "Word-Up Weekends" where we share projects created with Stampotique's many Words, Phrases, Letters, and Numbers.

BTW, have you seen Stampotique's March Release? It's fabulous! Click on over to check it out. I'm sure you'll have some new favorites!

Anyway, here's my card  which features the brand new Cranium (Daniel Torrente) and the sentiments Happy Bird Day (Carol's Collection) and Happy, Happy (Janet Klein).


Cranium was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker. He was set aside to watch over the creation of his background.

Two sheets of patterned paper were die-cut with the larger die from the Polaroid die set (Kaisercraft). Happy Bird Day and Happy, Happy were stamped onto the gray and white polka dot frame part.

White cardstock was die-cut with one of the birds from the Cardinals set (Impression Obsession), then colored with Copic markers to look somewhat like a Blue Jay. The blue and white polka dot paper was adhered into the aperture of the frame, then Cranium was adhered overtop. The blue jay die-cut was perched on Cranium's nose.

The Polaroid die-cut was then adhered to a small blue card and I called it done!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Dies R Us Challenges: Something New  (New stamp!)
Cut It Up Challenges: Birthday Cards
Through the Purple Haze Challenges: Male Colors