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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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Special Offer from RubberStampMadness!


To receive a free copy of RubberStampMadness's Summer issue, send an email to rsm@rsmadness.com and mention Kat's Tales of Stamping! The first 100 responders will receive a copy. Here's information about the issue: ATCs are the main focus, with six-pages inside, and an ATC-filled cover. Down on the Farm stamp art incorporates cows, chickens, barns, and over-sized potatoes in pastoral scenes. Judy and Bobby Duke of B & J's Art Stamps share the story of their home-grown business and samples of Judy's fabulous artwork. A how-to feature explains steps for making Simple "Step Cards," perfect for sharing through the mail. Three terrific tags are showcased in The Tag Shoppe. An album of "Not-Feeling-So-Blue" artwork and more are in this issue.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Be Fearless!



The warrior princess was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto white cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins). The Eclipse Tape version was fussy cut, then adhered over her counterpart on the Neenah cardstock to mask the image.

Pumice Stone Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the cardstock, then sponged again over the archway and the stone column on the Tuscan Wall stencil (The Crafter's Workshop). Some Worn Lipstick Distress ink was sponged here and there to add depth of color, then Pumice Stone Distress ink was sponged over it again to soften it. The tiles were outlined with a dark Copic marker, then colored with Toner Grey markers. 

The Eclipse Tape mask was lifted off of my warrior princess and I colored the grey background around her using Copic markers. The warrior princess was colored with Copic markers and some Green Starlight Glitter gel pen (Sakura) was used to add sparkle to her necklace and her sword.

The image panel was edged with Black Soot Distress ink, then adhered to a brown card. A sentiment sticker from the Small Talk Chit-Chat sticker pad (Idea-ology) was colored with a green Copic pen, then adhered 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! Just so you know, I Brake for Stamps ships internationally!


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day Pop!


My brother-in-law calls my father-in-law "Pop", which is the inspiration for this card which features Frantic Stamper's brand new Soda Pop die.

Summer Carnival Fun is the theme of Frantic Stamper's June 2017 release. There are 25 new precision cutting dies and eight new stamps/stamp sets included in this exciting new release! Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps.

White cardstock was die-cut three times with the Soda Pop die, then colored with Copic markers to look like cola and orange soda.

Patterned paper from the Mellow 6x6 pad (Basic Grey) was layered. Rope patterned Washi tape (Little B) was placed over the seams between the patterns, then the three Soda Pop Bottles were adhered.

White cardstock was die-cut with the Typewriter Alphabet Upper Case (Impression Obsession) and adhered to the striped paper below the Soda Pop Bottles.

White and rust colored cardstock were die-cut with label dies (Spellbinders). The white cardstock was kept in the label and sponged with Distress ink. "Happy Father's Day" was stamped using the Sentiments II stamp set (Purple Onion Designs). The sentiment was adhered to the card front, which was then adhered to the card.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gnome Fishing!


Oh gno! It's time for another gnome pun. Since Father's Day is coming up rather quickly, I decided that the Fishing Gnome from the Gnome Sheet (I Brake for Stamps) would be the perfect image for a card! 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 Fishing 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 A2 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders).

Old patterned paper from the Mellow collection (Basic Grey) was layered. A set of the Fancy Tags dies (Spellbinders) was used to die-cut white and patterned brown cardstock. Bon-Bon Simply Sweet rub-ons (Doodlebug) were used to add the sentiment.

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!

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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Monday, June 12, 2017

What's Up?

This month the Stampotique Design Team is pleased to be 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.



You can probably tell that my card was inspired by movie "Up!". Skull Balloons (Arwen McCullen) were stamped multiple times with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker. The plethora of Skull Balloons were set aside while I set to work with the house die-cut.

Owl with Wings was stamped twice with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then trimmed so that the eyes would fit behind the house's windows. The Owl'eyes and the backgrounds were colored with Copic markers and set aside to watch over the Skull Balloons.

 Alpha Background was stamped with Brick Red Distress Oxide ink Ranger), then the letters that I needed for my sentiment were punched with my handy-dandy Small Rectangle Paper Shaper punch (EK Success).

I initially sponged pink and grey Archival inks onto the house die-cut, but the paper ended up pilling. Luckily Carbon Black and Titanium White Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) rescued the house. The paint was heat set, reapplied, then heat set again. Actually, the pilling might have caused one of those "happy accidents" because the house gained a bit more age and texture. The windows, roof ruffles, chimney, and door were also painted with Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints.

When the paint was dry, Neverending Wall, Small was stamped onto the house with Watering Can Archival ink (Ranger), then dried with a heat gun. The house was assembled, the  Alpha Background sentiment was adhered, and dimensional foam tape was added to the reverse.

I found some cloudy patterned blue cardstock in my stash, which was cut to serve as my card front. Black thread was adhered to the back of each Skull Balloon, then the Skull Balloons were adhered to the card front with dimensional foam adhesive squares. The house was adhered over the balloons' thread strings and a silver metallic pearl was added to the door to act as a door knob.

The card front was edged with my beloved Black Soot Distress ink (Ranger), then adhered to a blue card.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Enjoy the Ride!

Summer Carnival Fun is the theme of Frantic Stamper's June 2017 release. There are 25 new precision cutting dies and eight new stamps/stamp sets included in this exciting new release! Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps.
Here's my second card for my Frantic Stamper guest designer gig. It features the Large Carousel Horse die set and the "Enjoy" die

The Large Carousel Horse was die-cut several times from white cardstock. The body, mane, tail, blanket, garland, flowers, and leaves were all colored with Copic markers. The hooves and eye were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to make them shiny and dimensional.

Silver metallic cardstock from the Metallic Stack (DCWV) was die-cut with the Large Carousel Horse's stirrups, the bit, and the bridle dies. Shiny black textured cardstock was die-cut with the saddle die. Gold metallic cardstock from the Metallic Stack was die-cut with the Large Carousel Horse carousel pole and "Enjoy" die.

A piece of blue polka-dotted patterned paper from the Bold and Bright Double Dot 6x6 pad (Bo-Bunny) was cut, then matted with a piece of leftover gold cardstock.

The Large Carousel Horse was assembled on the Double Dot paper and the matted image panel was adhered to blue cardstock (Bazzill Basics). The "Enjoy" sentiment was adhered. You'll note that I die-cut one of the flowers from the Large Carousel Horse die set to cut gold metallic cardstock. I used the flower to dot the "j" in "Enjoy". The image panel was matted with gold cardstock, then adhered to a blue card.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Flowers!

This week's challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Flowers!" Here's the blurb about the challenge!
"Let's see your favorite flowers 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 Challenge blog!

Here's my card with the wonderful new Microscopic (France Papillon) and Prairie Flowers (Terri Richardson).


I wanted to make the image look like a round vase, which was done by covering the top of the Microscopic stamp with Removable Scotch Tape®. The stamp was inked with London Fog Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), the tape was removed, and the image was stamped. 

Likewise, I wanted to use just the flowers from the Prairie Flowers stamp, so strips of Removable Scotch Tape® were placed over the frame around the flowers and the stamp was inked with Dandelion Memento ink, the tape was removed, and the Prairie Flowersimage was stamped so that the stems went into the "vase".

All images were colored with Copic markers, which were also used to create the background around the flower vase. 

The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the A2 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders), matted on grey cardstock, and adhered to a aqua/bluish card.

Retrospectively, I should have added more flowers to the vase, but I didn't want to mess with success! I know that I'll use this card design again, so there's always next time!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Make a Wish!

Here's a card with The Queen, one of the fabulous Rick St. Dennis rubber stamps available at I Brake for Stamps.



The Queen 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 Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Tag #6 (CREAlies). The image panel was kept in the die, so that the floor could be added. Milled Lavender Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the die and onto the image panel. The image panel was removed from the die, then Gold Stardust Glitter pen (Sakura) was added to star on the The Queen's wand, radiating from her fingers, and from the moon on her headdress. Clear Stardust Glitter pen was used t add sparkle to the gemstones on her dress. Black Spica Glitter pen (Copic) was used to add a touch of sparkle to the buttons on her sleeves. When the glitter ink was dry, several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add dimension and shine to the moon on the Queen's headress, her dagger, and the star on her wand.

Patterned papers, from old 6x6 pads, were selected to match the Queen's  outfit then die-cut with the one of the dies from the Crea-Nest-Lies Extreme Labels #6. The patterned papers were layered, then adhered to green cardstock which had been die-cut with a slightly larger die. A sparkly holographic foil sticker was adhered over the seam, then the The Queen image panel was adhered.

White cardstock was scored, folded, and die-cut with the largest of the Crea-Nest-Lies Extreme Labels #6. The matted tag-shaped card front was adhered and a Chit-Chat sentiment sticker (Idea-ology) was adhered to finish the card.

I Brake for Stamps has a large selection of exclusive Rick St. Dennis rubber stamps plus 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, June 3, 2017

Stay Cool!

I have some good news! I'm honored and delighted  to be guest designing at Frantic Stamper for the next few months! Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps.

Summer Carnival Fun is the theme of Frantic Stamper's June 2017 release. There are 25 new precision cutting dies and eight new stamps/stamp sets included in this exciting new release!

Here's the first card as a Frantic Stamper guest designer. It features new Soda Pop die, the Stitched Rounded Squares die set, and the "Stay Cool" sentiment die.



White cardstock was die-cut with the Soda Pop die, then colored with Copic markers. Solid and checkered patterned paper from the French Country collection (Graphic 45) was die-cut with the Stitched Rounded Squares die set. The checkered patterned paper die-was trimmed and layered atop the solid blue paper. The Soda Pop die-cuts were adhered to the the blue Stitched Rounded Square and a shadow was added with a Copic marker.


Red cardstock was die-cut with the "Stay Cool" die, then adhered atop the yellow Stitched Rounded Square.

Patterned paper from the On the Boardwalk collection (Graphic 45) was cut to form the card front, then adhered to a yellow card. The two die-cut panels were adhered to finish the card.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cats 'n Books! Perfect Together!

This week's challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Oldies but Goodies!" Here's the blurb about the challenge!
"Well, we want you to use one of your older stamps but even though it's an older one, you absolutely love it! "
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!




Cat on Books was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was trimmed and matted with black cardstock.

Livres was stamped multiple times with the help of my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig stamp positioner, then colored with Copic markers. This image panel was also matted with black cardstock, then theCat on Books image panel was adhered over it.

The sentiment was added with Chit-Chat, Big Chat, and Label Letters stickers (Idea-ology), then the card front was adhered to a kraft card.

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenges: Anything Goes
Show Us Your Pussies Challenges: Furrything Goes
Addicted to Stamps Challenges: Animals

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sew Easy!

Here's a card with the Sew Easy rubber stamp set from the Curiosities Set #4 by Carmen Medlin Designs, available at I Brake for Stamps. By the way, IBFS ships internationally!


The seriously cute critter from the Sew Easy set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers that were selected to match the patterned paper from the old Threads 6x6 pad (Basic Grey). The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Horizontal Stitched Strips die set (Die-namics)

Patterned paper from the Threads pad were layered and then die-cut with a stitched rectangle die. The edges were sponged with Black Soot Distress ink (Ranger). Striped Washi tape was adhered to the seam between the floral and solidish patterned paper. A fine point pen was used to detail the stitches, then the Sew Easy image panel was adhered. 

Leftover solidish patterned paper was die-cut one of the dies from the Dimensional Banners die set (Die-namics) and the sentiment from the Sew Easy set was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger). The banner was folded and the white bits were colored with Copic markers to match the patterned paper, then the banner's edges were sponged with  Black Soot Distress ink.

The sentiment banner was adhered using dimensional foam adhesive in the center of the die-cut and flat adhesive on the ends.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click HERE 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, May 27, 2017

What's Up? Giorgio is up!

Here I go again, combining this fortnight's challenge "Oldie But Goodie" challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges 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 challenge. Visit Stampotique Designer's Challenges 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!

Giorgio was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker. Giorgio's goggle lenses and his shell were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to make them dimensional and shiny.

Here's a close-up to see the shiny dimension on Giorgio's goggle lenses and his shell.


Giorgio was set aside while I created a background for him. Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, and Tea Dye Oxide Distress inks (Ranger) were smushed onto my craft mat, spritzed with water, and a piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was dipped, dragged, and pressed into the ink, sprayed with water, and heat set. This process was repeated until I was happy with the look.

Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint Distress inks were sponged over the Moving Vines stencil (The Crafter's Workshop). The tree/coral from the Design Cube was stamped with Abandoned Coral Distress ink. The stamped image was immediately dabbed with a paper towel to soften it. This process was repeated with Tea Dye Distress ink. 


Old Linen Distress paint was dabbed along the bottom of the image panel, then heat set. This was repeated several times until layers of paint were built up a bit. Some of the paint was intentionally heat set too long to make the paint bubble to add additional texture. When the paint dried, Pumice Stone Distress marker was used to add some depth and detail to the the painted area to make it appear more like sand. Pumice Stone Distress ink was sponged along the edges of the image panel.

"This Side Up!" from the Barcode Text stamp was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger), was adhered in place, and the image panel was adhered to a card front.

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Creative Artist Mixed Media Challenges: Anything Goes
Crafty Awesomeness Challenges: Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges: Anything Goes (Stencils Option)
Let's Craft and Create Challenges: Create a Background

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spring Time Cat!

Cats plus flowers make me happy. The Purrfect Day Cats rubber stamp sheet (Stampinback), available at I Brake for Stamps makes me really happy ecstatic because the sheet includes TEN floral cat silhouettes, four paw prints, two sentiments, one fish skeleton, and one matching flower for a total of 18 fabulous images in this stamp set, which means you'll be seeing LOTS of flowery cats! By the way, IBFS ships internationally.

Here's my card with one of the ten floral kitties!


Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink(Ranger) was smooshed (technical term) onto my craft mat, spritzed with water, and then 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was dragged through the diluted ink and heat set. This step was repeated with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink, then Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink. When I was happy with the coverage,  Post-It Notes were placed across the cardstock and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink was sponged over top. I wasn't really thrilled with the color, so I sponged Peeled Paint Distress and Mown Grass Distress ink over top.

Using my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig stamp positioner, the kitty from the Purrfect Day Cats sheet was stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink (Imagine Crafts). I had to re-ink the stamp and stamp it again to get better coverage probably because I was too inept to get it right the first time. I can't wait to get ahold of the of one of the new trendy stamp positioner systems so that I don't have to be quite so careful when re-stamping an incomplete image! Anyway, I touched up the image using a Black Pitt Artist Brush pen (Faber Castell).

A shadow was added under the cat using a Warm Grey Pitt Artist Brush pen.

The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Mixed Rectangles Layering dies (Tonic Studios). A larger die from the same set, the "Purr-fect" die from the Cat Paw Print die set (Frantic Stamper), and the word "Just" from the Just a Note die (All Occasions) were used to die-cut black cardstock. The image panel was matted with the plain black rectangle die-cut. The sentiment was adhered in place.

The leftover Distress Oxide sponged cardstock was die-cut with the Butterfly die (Impression Obsession) and punched with a tiny dragonfly punch. The butterflies and the dragonflies were a bit boring, so I added Distress ink to them to perk 'em up a bit. My black marker was used to detail their bodies and edge them, then Black Spica Glitter pen was used to add a touch of glitter to them. The insects were adhered to the image panel and a Clear Stardust Gelly Glitter pen (Sakura) was used to add flight trails. The cardfront was adhered to a rust card.

I Brake for Stamps is where you'll find great selections of Stampinback stamps plus lots of other stamps from other stamp companies. 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!



If you have any questions about the techniques or products I used, feel free to ask!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Own Little World!

This week's challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "For the Boys!" Here's the blurb about the challenge!
"Sometimes it's so difficult to create a "guy" card or project so we want to challenge you to do just that 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 Challenge blog!

Here's my card with Mokiwea (Daniel Torrente), Design Cube #2 (France Papillon), and Quotes #1 (Carol's Collection).


Mokiwea was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with black marker. A silver gel pen was used to add detail to the studs on Mokiwea's trousers. Mokiwea was set aside while I created a world for him.

A piece of Kraft Resist Paper Stash (Idea-ology) was sponged with Broken China and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks (Ranger), spritzed with water, and heat set. This was repeated until I was pleased with the look, though I then proceeded to cover up most of it. Poor planning on my part I suppose!

Black Shimmer Delicata ink (Imagine Crafts) was sponged over the New York City Skyline Stencil and Masks (Michelle Ward/The Ink Pad). Broken China and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks were sponged over the clock on the Made To Measure stencil (Andy Skinner/DecoArt). Black Soot Distress ink was sponged over the Mini Batground Layering stencil (Stampers Anonymous).

The hexagon pattern from the Design Cube #2 was randomly stamped with Faded Jeans Distress ink (Ranger). 

Ruler patterned Washi tape was adhered to the base of the background panel, then Mokiwea was positioned and adhered.

Pale purple vellum was die-cut with one of the dies from the Stitched Speech Bubble Edges die set (Die-Namics) and one of the sentiments from the was stamped onto it with Jet Black StazOn ink, then adhered to the top of the card.

The entire image panel was sponged with Black Soot Distress ink, then adhered to a black card.

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sea You Soon?

I celebrated Mother's Day all weekend as my gifts started arriving on Thursday. I guess that put me in the mood to create this card!



Steampunk Sea Turtle and Steampunk Baby Sea Turtle were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy cut, and edged with black markers. Steampunk Sea Turtle and Steampunk Baby Sea Turtle's eyes, beaks, the screws on their armor, and the lenses on Steampunk Sea Turtle's periscopes were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura). Steampunk Sea Turtle and Steampunk Baby Sea Turtle were then set aside for some mother-child quality time while I created a scenic background for them.

I recently received my new Distress Oxide inks (Ranger) and have been having a blast experimenting with them. Vintage Photo, Cracked Pistachio, and Broken China Distress Oxide inks were applied in various ways to 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore). When I was happy with the look, Peeled Paint Distress ink was sponged over the Moving Vines stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) and Broken China Distress ink was sponged over the Gears Mini Layering stencil (Stampers Anonymous).

Media Modeling Paste (DecoArt) was scraped across the netting on the Mini Nautical Chains stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) in three places and allowed to dry. When it was dry, Media Texture Sand Paste (DecoArt) was scraped along the bottom. Some tiny gears and an anchor charm were embedded in the wet paste. When the Media Texture Sand Paste was dry, Vintage Photo Distress ink was lightly sponged to highlight the texture and add a depth to the color. 

The netting was touched up with a White Gelly Roll gel pen (Sakura), then Steampunk Sea Turtle and Steampunk Baby Sea Turtle were adhered. The image panel was matted with metallic copper, 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 HERE 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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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges: Anything Goes
Let's Craft and Create Challenges: Create a Background

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Celebrate!


Here's a festive card featuring Good Morning Sunshine from the fabulous and funny Humorous Senior Collection of stamps (I Brake for Stamps)FYI, IBFS ships internationally!

Good Morning Sunshine was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers, that were chosen to match the colors of the patterned papers from the Time to Celebrate collection (Graphic 45).

Patterned paper was die-cut with one of the dies from the Rectangle Frames die set (Die-Namics) and a nameplate die (Spellbinders). White cardstock was die-cut with a "celebrate" die from the Handwritten die set (Little B), then adhered atop the nameplate.

The image panel was adhered behind the frame die-cut. The patterned paper was layered, the image panel, and sentiment nameplate were adhered to the card front, the card front was adhered to a white card, and then white pearls were added to Good Morning Sunshine's ear and the die-cut to finish the card.

I Brake for Stamps is the home for the Humorous Senior Collection of stamps, which you ought to check out right now. IBFS also has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps where you're sure to find something you like! Click HERE 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!


Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: Y is for Yippee
Simon Says Monday Challenges: It's a Frame Up
Corrosive Challenges: Anything Goes

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Word-Up Weekend/One Layer Combo Card

I'm multi-tasking, combining this fortnight's challenge "One Layer" challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges  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 a card with two of Stampotique's May release stamps, Isabelle (Tracy Scott) and one of the sentiments from Quotes #1 (Carol Ramsay).


Isabelle was stamped onto a 3.5" x 5" card with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) and colored with Zig Photo-Twin markers (EK Success). Purple Stardust Glitter Gel pen (Sakura) was used to make the baubles in Isabelle's crown sparkly. Red Stardust Glitter Gel pen added sparkle to the heart in her crown and the eyes of the skull. Orange Spica Glitter pen (Copic) was used to add glitter to the skull and crown. Clear Stardust Glitter Gel pen was used to outline the image.

The sentiment was stamped under the image with Jet Black Archival ink and the assistance of a stamp positioner. I decided that the card wasn't glittery enough so I used Clear Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush marker over the image and to underline the sentiment. Clear Gelly Glaze pen was used to add a touch of dimension and shine to the skull, heart, and baubles.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Believe in Magic!

Here's a card with Hannah from the Mythical Reflections collection by Carmen Medlin Designs, available at I Brake for Stamps. You can buy separately or as part of the wonderful five stamp set. By the way, IBFS ships internationally!


Hannah 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 5x7 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). The image panel was kept in the die while I added the grass underneath Hannah's feet and the sky around her.

Patterned paper from my stash was layered. Chipped Sapphire Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the word "Magic" on the Believe Dinky stencil (That's Crafty) and heat set. When dry, "believe in" from the Christmastime Remnant Rubs sheet (Idea-ology) was added above the stenciled word. The image panel was adhered, then the card front was added 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 HERE 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 30, 2017

Coffee Enhances Everything!

Due to a bunch of stuff, I almost missed "Word-Up Weekends" where we share projects created with Stampotique's many Words, Phrases, Letters, and Numbers.



Baby Cakes 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 Long Rectangles Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders), then matted onto pink cardstock sized slightly larger than the image panel.

"I'll Love You More After Coffee" from the Phrase Cube 2  was also stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then die-cut with one of the dies from the Birthday Speech Bubbles die set (Die-namics). Dotty colors were added with Copic markers.

Patterned paper from a seriously old 6x6 pad was cut to size, then the edges were distressed. The patterned paper was adhered to a pink card. The image panel was adhered, then the sentiment was popped up a bit and adhered as shown.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Time Tag!

This week's challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "One Layer" (#272). Here's the blurb about the challenge!
"You can only have one layer on your projects 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!

Here's my tag with Goth Grandfather Clock (Arwen McCullen), Design Cube 2 (France Papillon), and "One Second, One Minute, One Hour, One Day" (Janet Klein).


The Goth Grandfather Clock was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto a tag die-cut from 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) with my trust Tag Alterations die (Sizzix). Goth Grandfather Clock was colored with Copic markers. The was also stamped onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins) then fussy-cut to be used as a mask.

The mask was placed over its counterpart on the tag, a Post-It Note was used to cover the top part of the cardstock and Copic markers were used to add the floor. The Post-It Note was moved to cover the floor and Tattered Rose, Milled Lavender, and Blueprint Sketch Distress inks (Ranger) were sponged over the tag, spritzed with water, then heat set. The same colors of Distress ink were sponged over the Gothic and the Clockwork Layering stencils (Stampers Anonymous), then spritzed, and heat set repeatedly to knock the patterns way back.

The crackle pattern from the Design Cube 2 was repeatedly stamped using the same colors of Distress ink. Again, the tag was spritzed with water and heat set. This process was repeated several times until I was happy.

Post-It Notes were used to cover the One Second, One Minute, One Hour, One Day" stamp, one phrase at a time was inked, the Post-It Notes were removed, and each phrase was stamped with Distress ink. When all four time phrases were stamped, the tag was once again spritzed with water and heat set to make the sentiments fade into the background.

The entire One Second, One Minute, One Hour, One Day" sentiment was stamped at the top, the mask was removed, and clear polka-dotted ribbon was added to finish the tag.

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Dies R Us Challenges: Tags
Stamping Sensations Challenges: Anything Goes


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Seascape Tag!

I love the ocean and I love to sail, though I don't get to do so very frequently. I guess that's why sailboats, beach scenes, and ocean-life stamps always appeal to me. 

My tag features the sailboat, gulls, and the compass from the Always Time for Friendship Half Sheet (Stampinback), available at I Brake for Stamps. By the way, IBFS ships internationally!


I recently received my long awaited set of Distress Oxide inks and after playing around a tiny bit, decided to try to create a seascape tag using them.

First I die-cut a tag from my beloved 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) using a very old Accucut die. Starting at the bottom of the tag, I sponged Vintage Photo, Faded Jeans, and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks (Ranger), spritzing the ink, then heat setting between each color. When I reached where I wanted the sun to be, I punched a circle from Eclipse Tape (Judikins), adhered it to the tag, then sponged Worn Lipstick and Broken China Distress Oxide inks, spritzing, and heat setting after the application of each color. When I was moderately happy with the colors of the tag, I lifted the circle, sponged Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink, spritzed it, and heat set that layer.

The next step was to stamp the sailboat from the Always Time for Friendship Half Sheet onto the tag with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger). I colored the image using Pitt Artist pens (Faber Castell) and Zig Photo-Twin markers (EK Success).

The gulls and the compass were stamped with with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger). White Gelly Roll gel pen (Sakura) was used to add sea foam and white caps to the ocean.

Three colors of hemp twine were added to finish the tag.

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If you have any questions about the techniques or products I used, feel free to ask!

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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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