Friday, May 29, 2015

Paper craft project no. 369: Beautiful awesome amazing you

I'm sharing another graphic one layer card, which seems to be the style I'm gravitating towards lately -- mainly because it's quick and requires minimum supplies. I sponged Distress inks (spiced marmalade, mustard seed, and broken china) over the Tribal Swirls stencil and traced some of those with a black gel pen. Then I stamped my sentiment (from Hashtag Authentic and Bold Sentiments: Cherish) and finished the card by creating a border using a red Japanese watercolor brush pen. And the card's done :o)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Paper craft project no. 368: Remember the good times one layer card

Hey there! Sharing a one layer card for the ARTplorations stencil blog hop we've got going on right now and there's flash stencil project linky party too! If you've got projects where you used stencils and you posted them within the last 2 months, link them up by May 31 and you could win some ARTplorations stencils :o)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Paper craft project no. 367: Grateful beyond words one layer card

Hello! It's time for a new challenge at Time Out and for this challenge, we're doing CASE with your own twist. We've got an awesome designer, Deepti Malik, to CASE and I can't be any more excited! For one, she recently launched her own stamp line, Dee's Artsy Impressions, through STAMPlorations, my little stamp company. And for another, she's sponsoring the challenge -- one lucky crafter who plays with us at TO and CASEs her gorgeous card gets to win her stamp set, Blooming Buds!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Paper craft project no. 366: Nativity one layer card

Hello! It's time for a new challenge over at the One Layer Christmas Card Challenge. It's always anything goes as long as the Chriatms card is a one layer. The optional twist is "stars". Check out the cards that the OLCCC design team made and then play along :o)

To make my card, I brayered blue acrylic paints on my Gelli plate and placed my card base over. Once the paint dried, I dabbed black soot Distress paint through the Nativity Angel stencil and then traced the outline with a white Faber-Castell white PITT artist pen.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Friday, May 15, 2015

Paper craft project no. 365: With love one layer card

Sharing a quick card today. I made this for the hubby, as we will be celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary next week. It's the last time we'll be celebrating our anniversary with just the two of us, because Baby Girl Russ will be making her debut in August :o) Whenever I make cards or mixed media projects, he's the first one to see them because he likes to walk over to my craft table and see what I'm making, but this time I managed to hide this one from him :o) I used gesso, Distress paints, archival inks and stamps to make this one layer monochromatic card. I've got a photo tutorial showing how I put this card together here.

Linking my card to these fun challenges:

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend and don't forget to smile :o)


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Paper craft project no. 364: Happy birthday grunge card

So it's time for a new challenge at Time Out, and for the next two weeks, we're doing a theme challenge: Grunge with the optional twist of embossing. STAMPlorations is sponsoring this challenge and giving away two $10 gift certificates to spend on the shop: one winner (voted by the design team) and one winner randomly picked from those entries with the optional twist (embossing). Joining the fab TO girls in this challenge is guest designer Ksenija of Sweet kobylkin. Check out what she and my TO teamies made for this challenge, and we look forward to seeing your grungy creations!

I love creating grunge and artsy cards so I was happy when Sandie and Nonni picked this theme :o). My card's background is a Gelli plate print: pulled the first print by loosely brayering yellow and orange acrylic paints, and then pulling a negative print (3rd pull) from the honeycomb stencil with black acrylic paint. Then I simply did second-generation stamping of various grunge elements (stamps from Mixed Media Grunge, Blossom Overture, The Birds and the Blooms, and Texturized: Big Numbers Background) in jet black archival ink. Finished it off by stamping the distressed label and sentiments (from Blossom Overture). I made this card for my MIL, whose birthday is May 14. She loves birds and I thought she'd like the hints of oriole and cardinal in the card.

Linking my card to these fun challenges:

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Paper craft project no. 363: Flowers whisper one layer card

Happy Wednesday! And it's a happy day indeed because I've got wonderful news: STAMPlorations has a new stamp designer! Who? You're going to have to check out this post and preview her first set, Blooming Buds. If you're lucky, you could win these gorgeous stamps even before they're available in the STAMPlorations shop.

I love how the different stamps in the set lets me "build" flowers. To create my one layer card, I first masked around the edges of my card base with painter's tape. Next, I stamped the flowers, stems, and leaves in jet black archival ink. To color, I used Inktense pencils and with a damp brush, blended the colors for a watercolor look. I added some red splatters and stamped the sentiment -- and the card is done.

Linking my card to these fun challenges:

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Friday, May 8, 2015

Paper craft project no. 362: Thanks for all you do

Popping by with a card before I sign off for the weekend and get some much needed ZZZzZZZ's...that is, if the little one in my tummy will let me! She has taken to doing acrobatics at night and into the wee hours of the morning so I've not been able to sleep much lately.

The background for the card is one of the Gelli plate prints I pulled waaaayy back in March during the STAMPlorations/ARTploratinos stencil hop. (In this print, I used the ARTplorations Honeycomb Delight stencil.)  Speaking of stencil hops, we've got one coming on May 25! Anyway, I diecut the print and then stamped the leaves (from Trendy Leaves) in coffee archival ink. On scrap cardstock, I stamped the butterflies (from Trendy Butterflies) in jet black archival ink and fussy cut them. On another piece of scrap cardstock, I stamp the sentiment (from Grateful Beyond Words), cut it out, and inked the edges with spiced marmalade DI and coffee archival ink. I adhered just the middle of the butterflies and pulled their wings a bit to give the card dimension. Last, I stamped the small butterflies in black.

Linking my card to these fun challenges:


Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Paper craft project no. 361: Joyeux Noel one layer card

We have a new challenge at The One Layer Christmas Card challenge blog. It's always anything one layer Christmas card goes, but if you create a one layer card with the optional twist (angel), you could win this month's prize (this month it's this ARTplorations stencil). Hope you'll come play along and share your one layer beauties! Check out what my teamies have created!

For my card, I sponged mustard seed Distress ink through the Nativity Angel stencil and then stamped the holiday block stamp in coffee archival ink before removing the stencil. I inked around the card and then stamped the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)

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