Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Muse 238 - If the Hat Fits....


Here's my card for this week's Muse Challenge, where Kim brought us a sweet Halloween Inspiration:


I focused on Kim's:
-Hallowe'en theme
-Colours (black, orange, yellow and white)
-graphic black stripes

I created a very (VERY) simple watercolour wash background with Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip markers on Bristol. The markers blend really easily on this smooth paper with just a bit of water.




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SugarPea Designs Holiday Release Week Sweet Peeks Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of SugarPea Designs' Holiday Release Week Sweet Peeks!

Today we're introducing Flurry of Warm Wishes and Pinecone Greetings.

To make my pine cones, I inked up the solid stamp with Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo before spritzing with water. This makes each pine cone completely unique and adds a ton of texture. Once my panel was completely dry, I stamped the layering stamp on top using a very dark brown ink.  I stamped my sentiment and blended Tea Dye distress ink and added Diamond Stickles down the two edges of the panel. A pop of red gives this rustic card a festive feel.



I love snowflakes and I this set has some of my all time favourites! They are delicate and so pretty!

I started by stamping 2 flakes and my sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I blended Tumbled Glass over the whole panel, revealing those two flakes and the sentiment in white. Once the panel was completely dry, I stamped 2 more flakes and embossed them. Then I blended Salty Ocean over the whole panel, revealing the 2 white flakes and 2 pale blue flakes. One more time, stamped and embossed and then blended with Chipped Sapphire ink, now revealing 3 different coloured snowflakes. You need patience for the dry time but it's important because you're laying up embossing powder, which will stick if there is any moisture on your panel.

Be sure to stop by the SugarPea blog for more details, inspiration and chances to win!

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

SugarPea Designs Holiday Release Week Sweet Peeks Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of SugarPea Designs' Holiday Release Week Sweet Peeks.


Today we have a set that really spoke to my accountant-heart - it's a grid to make a bar chart! YAY!

I stamped the chart in a pale grey so that the bars would pop in festive colours.


So after making my bar chart, I started thinking about how else to use these stamps. How about one of the bars as a base for your focal image? Or the grid as a background (think embossed in gold!!). Or colour in the squares to make a pixellated image? Fun! So even if you're not a chart-geek, there's lots of reasons to love this set!

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Monday, 16 October 2017

SugarPea Designs Holiday Release Week Sweet Peeks Day 1


Welcome to Day 1 of the SugarPea Designs Holiday Release Week Sweet Peeks! Oh, you're going to love this release - so many great stamp sets and dies!



Up first is Eskimo Kisses, a set of adorable critters all dressed up for winter. And we've got some new basic dies - Stitched Borders I.

I used the ZigZag Stitched Borders I to create some masks and blended ink for my ocean and the straight Border to edge my focal panel.  I stamped and coloured some icebergs - my little fishing penguin is towing along some gifts for his friends!

For this card, I just masked and masked! It's easy to cut multiple masks by stamping on top of a small stack (max 4) of sticky notes and then cut them all at once. Then stamping a scene like this goes very quickly. Colouring took a little while, but my limited colour scheme helped with that.

Be sure to check out the SugarPea blog for more details and chances to win!



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Sunday, 15 October 2017

FS558 - Joy to the World


Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Tracie (aka taclary)!

I chose this card as my inspiration:



I focused on Tracie's:
-rainbow of graphic shapes
-popped up sentiment

I changed:
-technique
-season

I started with the Ornamental background from the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval collection. I placed it in my MISTI and then inked up sections in a rainbow of Catherine Pooler inks.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017