Saturday, February 17, 2018

winnie and walter 4th birthday - scraps, dies and comeback

Winnie and Walter's 4th Birthday Bash! Are you playing? I'm using up more scraps today. And die cuts. And making a comeback.

I loved this card of Lydia's when she first made it and proceeded to CASE it. Today I've revisited it, albeit a bit differently, in the process of using up some more scraps for Kelly's Scraps challenge.

No idea where the leftover bits were from on this card - but I think they found a great place to live. All I had to do was stamp the leaves on the cardbase and add a strip of grid paper (yes, finally for Keren, a real grid!). Again more white leaves - I love how this card, though fully loaded, has a light and airy feel to it!

Thanks Winnie and Walter for being such a great company and inspiring with such great challenges! I'll be back with more scraps...

First I'm taking this over to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday's  Add a Die Cut challenge. And hooking up at Taheerah's Comeback, Lydia's Use Dies and Keren's Grid challenges  too!

Friday, February 16, 2018

winnie and walter 4th birthday - scraps and dies

Howdy peeps! Back with more cards for Winnie and Walter's 4th birthday bash.

Did you see Kelly's challenge - Use Your Scraps ? Well bless your heart, Kelly. I finally tackled the tower of scraps that has been threatening to tumble off my cabinet for the past few months!

Here's what I did with the first pretty scraps I found. Amazing how many WW pieces there were in the pile...

This card started with the negative of the tree from my cards a couple days ago for PTI's birthday bash. Added it over a "stamp off" page from my notebook (though I think this was cleaning up leftover gold embossing paste through a stencil - maybe from this project) cuz I thought that touch of gold through the leaves would look cool. Added a couple leftover sentiments and some leaves.

STAMPlorations love die

Then there was this negative left from this card. Backed it with some leftover watercolored scraps and some more leftover leaves - they were from this card for Winnie and Walter's 2nd birthday!!!

Then I grabbed this black scrap left from die cutting confetti. It also had a circle cut out of the bottom portion so I plugged it with a leftover die cut from this project. Stitched on a leftover vellum sentiment and added a couple more leaves. Yeah. I have a thing for leaves! Oh and a couple sequins seemed to finish it off.

Are you playing? Wouldn't today be a great day to tackle your scrap pile?!? I'm joining the fun at:
Winnie and Walter - Use Dies (Lydia just joined the party with her challenge)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Add a Die Cut
Double D - sequins

Thursday, February 15, 2018

papertrey 11th anniversary - colors and stripes

Made two cards from one idea for Papertrey's anniversary celebration.

The first is for the Colors challenge - I chose Stephanie's modern color combo and tried to give some older product a more modern feel on this anniversary card.

MFT dots stencil

And then for the Stripes challenge I used the leftovers from the "love" die cut, kept the same color combo and created this. It reads "birthday boy" on the inside. For my cousin's son.

Now all that remains is for me to win my PTI wish list to bring some more current product into my stash.... Wishful thinking.... Have a great day.

I'm entering:
CAS on Friday - Dies
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies
Die Cut Divas - Love is in the Air

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

spotlight on ... epic fail bokeh

Yep. I tried bokeh on a Dylusions spray ink background and this happened. Failure. For the full story check out my spotlight post at STAMPlorations. I'd love to hear if you've ever bokeh-ed with white pigment ink on Dylusions!

I'm hooking this card up at:
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies
Die Cut Divas - Love is in the Air
House of Cards - Valentine Background or Colors

papaertrey 11th anniversary - dies only

Made a card for the Dies Only challenge at Papertrey's anniversary celebration. Two cards actually, cuz die cuts are nice like that, yielding a negative for every positive!

Die cut the tree from a gelli print from my scrap pile. Used the positives for the first card to keep it CAS. Used the negative on the second and added the positives which I cut from scrap PP. Added a die cut cut from the leftover gelli print to the first, a leftover sentiment from my scrap bowl to the second.

I'm entering:
Winnie and Walter - 4th Birthday Kelly's Use your Scraps (2nd card used the negative from the first plus a leftover die cut from my scraps bowl)
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies
Die Cut Divas - Love is in the Air

STAMPlorations inspiration #163

It's time for a Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers.

Today we're using Becca' Big Grins stamps. All non-retiring products in the store are 10% off automatically from now through April (with an extra 20% off when you use my discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA).

Maybe you caught my January inspiration projects featuring the trend of "Urban Tribe" - geometric with cool colors. Well this month I'm creating my inspiration post projects using this image from my Pinterest inspiration board and a trend that totally speaks to me - "Flat Abstract".

image source: Patternbank
Distress Inks

See how I was inspired? That image top right? I chose similar colors and did some inking.

Nothing tricky here. I used the butterfly die to cut a mask. Used the negative piece, masked off a rectangular area on Neenah CS and using a cheap makeup brush I applied Distress Ink through the negative space. Then I removed the negative, put the positive over the inked butterfly area and applied more ink with the brush. This yielded the color block with the lighter butterfly shape, like the inspiration photo.

To add a bit more interest I stamped butterfly and buttercup images and then the sentiment in black.

If you're looking for more inspiration ... I had more fun with the buttercup on this card.

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on the February inspiration posts. Check out today's post here. So happy you stopped by :)

Monday, February 12, 2018

papertrey 11th anniversary - floral

Popping in again to share my make for the floral challenge at the Papertrey 11th Anniversary celebrations.

Here's my take on using a soon-to-be-retired floral set that I like a lot - Year of Flowers - Violets.
I colored it with Zigs (direct to paper and blending with Zigs!) and gave it a splatter or two when I was done.

Are you playing? See you there.

I'm playing at:
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies
Challenge up your Life - Gray and Yellow

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