Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Repeat Impression's Sketch Challenge


Happy Wednesday everyone! It's time for another fun sketch challenge at The House that Stamps Built and we are challenging you to make a card using the sketch below and link it up for a chance at some great Repeat Impressions rubber! For all the details on what you can win and to see the other Rock Stars cards using this sketch, please visit our blog.

I stamped Repeat Impression’s sandcastle on watercolor paper and then created sky and water with my Brusho Crystal Colours and pearl Glimmer Mist. I bleached out the blues from the sandcastle and attached some sand with a layer of glue. I used my nesties dies to cut the oval for the scene and the sentiment which was stamped on part of the colored watercolor paper. I layered both on a kraft cardbase with a strip of navy both of which were subtly embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.

Here is the sketch for you to follow when you create a card for our challenge. You do not need to use Repeat Impressions stamps to enter our challenges, but you get an extra chance to win if you do!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafting from the Heart and Craft Your Passion.


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Monday, May 25, 2015

Stenciled Thank You Card


I am sharing one more stencil card today because the challenge at Simon Says Stamp this week is "Stencil It!" SSS is my favorite challenge to enter and one of these weeks I am going to be the lucky winner! I make this card with the stencil technique taught here by Jennifer McGuire.  I decided to try it with black and white ink on grey cardstock. I used a stencil from TCW and to fill in all the openings with first white pigment ink and then black, took a long long time. But I like how it turned out. I cut two "thanks" with a die from Lil' Inker and offset the white on the black. I layered the whole piece onto a white cardbase for a fun thank you card.

Besides the challenge at Simon Says Stamp, I am also entering this card into the anything goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create (another favorite of mine.)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Playing with NBUS



I recently took some time to design with some NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) that was sitting out in my craft room just begging to be played with. I could not resist the heart stencil the first time I saw it at Simon Says Stamp. I sponged two shades of distress ink through the heart openings and then cut the border with a new border die from Spellbinders. I layered on a burgandy card base and added a simple "love" die cut from Tim Holtz for Sizzix. CAS but perfect for a wedding or any love occasion.

I am entering this card in the "Stencil It!" challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Favorite Stencil Technique


When I needed some special birthday cards recently, I decided to try a new technique that I learned about in a Jennifer McGuire video here. It is easy to do and the results are beautiful. It stretches the uses of our stencils because it results in a totally different look that just sponging with one color. I taped a TCW floral stencil down with temporary tape over a light blue piece of cardstock and sponged the openings of the stencil with pigment white ink. I heat set the white ink, then moved the stencil slightly and sponged with a blue dye ink. The result is several shades of blue where the inks mix and where they don't. I layered the strip on a white cardbase and attached the "birthday wishes" die cut sentiment from Tonic Studios.  Then I added a floral button embellishment and some black pearls to complete the card.

I am entering this card in the "Stencil It" challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Birthday to Vicky from Crackerbox Palace!


It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing another project I made with Crackerbox Palace’s gorgeous stamps and Color Burst powders. Vicky Briggs, one of the owner of Crackerbox Palace, had a birthday this week and this framed picture was her present from me. With Color Burst and beautiful stamps, anyone can be an artist, even me!

I heat embossed some of CBP’s flowers and one of their gorgeous ladies (like the birthday girlJ) on a large piece of watercolor paper. Then I sprinkled all the brilliant colors of Color Burst all over the piece, using a small paint brush to direct color to the flowers and lady. When dry, I added some coffee stains and leaves and used bleach to remove the color from the face. Crackerbox Palace is named after a George Harrison song, so I printed a verse on velum and attached with glue dots covered up with gold gems.

Here are a couple more pictures of the birthday project close up. I am happy to report Vicky loved her present. 



I am in love with the brilliant colors and awesome backgrounds and looks easily achieved with this new product from Ken Oliver Crafts! Crackerbox Palace is now carrying all six colors of Color Burst powders and they are on sale right now for 10% off! They can be found at the bottom of the main website page while on sale and in the accessories section here. All you do to get the beautiful colors for your project is sprinkle a little of the concentrated powders onto a piece of watercolor paper and spritz with water. Just a little goes a long way.

In the upcoming weeks I will be posting more cards and art projects on the two blogs featuring Color Burst and Crackerbox Palace stamps. You really should give this new product a try- you are going to love what you can do with them!

**As a present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the CBP stamps  on this project will be 20% OFF for one week! So the stamps and Color Burst are on sale! Free shipping on all orders over $45 too!! Great deals- Check it out!**

I am entering this project in the Anything Goes challenges at Penny’s Paper-Crafty and Wonderful Wednesdays.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Celebrate Color and Beauty



I am still having fun with Brushos and new stamps and dies and made this CAS card recently with all of them. I sprinkled my favorite colors of Brushos (turquoise and ostwald blue which has shades of purple in it) on watercolor paper and spritzed it with gold glimmer mist so the colors pop with sparkly color. I stamped So Suzy Stamps beautiful peacock in black and then cut out with several sizes of square stitched dies from Lil' Inker. I did a little trimming so the black shows through when I layered them on a black cardbase. I die cut and attached "celebrate" from Penny Black to complete the card.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Sentiments and the no patterned paper challenge at Fan-Tastic Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Photo Inspiration Challenge at Repeat Impressions


On the third Wednesday of every month at Repeat Impression’s blog, The House that Stamps Built, the challenge is going to be an Inspiration Photo challenge. I find it fascinating to see each stamper’s take on a card based on the same inspiration photo. This is this month’s Inspiration Photo:


Will you be inspired by the colors or the objects or shapes in the photo? It is up to you to pick out what inspires you and make a card, then enter it for a chance to win some great Repeat Impressions rubber. Be sure to check out the RI blog for the inspiration based cards by the other Rock Stars. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

I was inspired by the colors and objects in the inspiration photo to make the card above. Nowadays, when I want color and artistic impressions I turn to my BB or CB (Brushos, Bisters or Color Burst powders.) I heat embossed Repeat Impression’s wine glass and pine bough with black embossing powder on water color paper. Then I “painted” with my Brusho Colour Crystals mixed with water to get my colorful sunset scene. I added the sentiment and attached the completed piece to a white A2 card.

 I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Scribble and Scrap and Through the Craft Room Door.