Thursday, October 1, 2015

The hop to stop (2nd post for today)

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Did you know one out of three women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. That is 33% of all women. Domestic violence can happen to any one. Rich, poor, smart, professional- it doesn't matter.

This is a tough topic for me. I rarely share this with others but, I was one of those 33%. I was lucky. I had strong family support and was able to escape my situation before it became really bad. Other women aren't so lucky. 

 Becca over at The Damsel in Distress is hosting The Hop to Stop to raise awareness of domestic violence. There are amazing sponsors who are offering some great prizes.

Check out Becca's page to join in the fun and to show your support. All you have to do is make a card that features purple- the color of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

House of Cards October Challenge Texture

Fall has definitely arrived in my neighborhood. It is grey, windy and cold. I think we will be able to go with out the AC tonight!

This month at House of Cards we have a duel challenge:

You can use these colors but we want you to add some texture to your creations! I recently treated myself to a webcam to make videos. Today is my first video! Bare with me please it is my first and I am still learning. 

Today's card features the colors and texture. 

If you watched the video, you will see all the textures I talked about. This card kinda reminds me of the book "Pat the Bunny". You just want to touch it and feel it.

AAA cards is having a a challenge that fits my card,so I had to play along: wordplay.

I hope you enjoyed my first video, hopefully they will improve. Hope to see you all over at the House of Cards for this month's color/texture challenge! 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Happy Little Stampers: October Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone! I hope you all checked into the blog hop for my buddy Kylie's new stamp company- "Happy Little Stampers". She has some awesome stamps in the first release and rumor has it there will be a second release coming up in the not to distant future.

Now onto the sketch challenge for October. You know I had to do something spooky! It's Halloween time! 

No stamping!! Yikes- I hope I don't get tossed out on the street for not using stamps!!??!! My Martha Stewart punch is the perfect focal point for this spooky card. I rarely pull out my punches these days, what with all the dies that are available. Punches are becoming old school.

I masked out the moon and sponged the background with a few distress inks and flicked some water to add texture.

My card has no sentiment on the front. I almost NEVER do this, but it just didn't need it. The scene says it all, dontcha think?

Please  join us at HLS for some amazing challenges and check out what everyone else did for the sketch challenge!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Male Room Challenge: Autumn

Good Morning everyone! Autumn arrived in the east coast last Weds. So today's challenge at the Male Room is right in keeping for the season. What's not to love about the fall? Time to put my long jeans back on with a sweater (by now, I am sick of shorts), crisp juicy apples (winesaps are my fav) the days are shorter (candles with dinner) and the changing leaves (long drives in the countryside).

How to make a an autumnal card without reverting to the inevitable of fall leaves? A perusal of my stamps revealed a cute fall stamp set from Hampton Arts, that I know I got for a good price from a "big box" store. 

This card had me stumped though. The background just wasn't coming together. I musta spent the better part of a day trying to make this work. Ever have a crafting day like that?

While I am not completely thrilled with this, I am at least satisfied and I know my personal sidekick is gonna like it. 

The stamp set came with the big bold "you".  I hand wrote the "nuts" trying to imitate the style. No bad. 

Tell me what are your favorite things about Autumn and play along with this week's challenge at the Male Room!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Chomp, chomp, chomp

Ahhhhh another day to enjoy before my weekend camping at work. I am always a day behind on the online card classes.  I have watched a number of videos on the no-line stamping but the videos by Kristina Werner were especially good. She said to start out simple and that critters were  a good way to begin. 

I just discovered an AWESOME new company- Reverse Confetti. Hey Jennifer, Kristina.... hey Simon Says Stamp, Ellen Hutson.... come on you guys ya gotta  promote and carry these awesome stamps and dies!!

The set I used my my first real foray into no-line stamping was "later alligator". How fun is this whimsical critter! I used my new Zig Kuretake Gansai watercolors. I got my set from Amazon and with Prime, I received them the day I ordered them!! Talk about instant gratification!!  

I will admit, my shading isn't perfect, but that is the great thing about using critters to start- they are forgiving.

Shopping Our Stash is having a very cute challenge this week- "show us your smile" Oh come on I couldn't not show off my grinning alligator, and well while this stamp set isn't the oldest in my stash, it has been lonely for the last week waiting for me to ink it up!

I am going out on a limb and enter a second card at Inkspirational. They want green and orange cards.

Pleeeeeeeeeease check out Reverse Confetti. You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Feelin' like autumn

 I work right across where the Pope will be staying when he comes to Philadelphia, needless to say it has been getting progressively more intense as we get closer to Friday. I have to stay at work the whole weekend. So I get camp out with some of my fellow workers. Because I will be at work all weekend I decided to give myself today off and play. I watched the first day of "Watercolors for Cardmakers: exploring mediums". 

I have both the Zig markers and the set Kristena was using, but I hadn't really had a chance to mess with them. I decided to play with them and enter a few challenges while I was at it. My card is a riff on Jennifer's and Debby. The stamp set is a very old Amuse set that I won when taking a stamp class. The poor thing had never been inked before today!

AAA cards is having an autumn colors challenge, so I am joining in there.
Addicted to CAS is having a challenge with leaves, well duh! This is a no brainer!

Lastly, Inkspirational has a color challenge using green ( the most beautiful color in the world!) and orange. Maybe I am stretching it, but I did use green and orange on my leaves.

 Surprise days off are the best! Well I better figure out what I will be taking with me this weekend. I am planning on a few make-n-takes with bored staff.

Check out the class and challenges and have fun creating!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Happy Little Stamper's Blog Hop

 Hey everyone! Exciting news! Happy Little Stampers are celebrating the first release of their stamps with a blog hop!! I am honored and thrilled to be part of the festivities. There will be all kinds of fun.

 Comment on the HLS blog and then continue on to each Designer. You MUST comment on all the blogs in the hop to be eligible for prizes.

You should have come to me from the awesome Melissa Lane's blog.   If you got lost, no worries. Just start back at the Happy Little Stampers Blog.

The blog hop will run for one week giving you enough time to hop through and check out what the designers have created.

One lucky commenter (selected randomly) will win the WHOLE release! Four sets of awesome HLS stamp valued at AUD $69.

Four lucky commenters (selected randomly) will win a gift certificate to the HLS store.

My first card uses the versatile holiday set called "Mixed Christmas Sentiments". when I first saw this set I thought what fun it would be to create a card using as many of the sentiments as I could.

Here is a video tutorial on how I made this card. 

 I laid out the sentiments to create a rough triangle shape with my MISTI.

I stamped and in embossed with white ink and embossing powder on watercolor paper. I took masking tape and masked out a triangle shape.
I gathered a variety of shades of green distress markers.
Using the distress markers I shaded the "tree" and with my waterbrush I spread the inks into each other  to create an ombre look.
I then cut the "tree" out.

I popped it up on my snow embossed base card and added the stump from would grain paper. I just love this clean, simple and graphic Christmas card.

I hope you are inspired by my card and enjoyed the tutorial. The designers and I are having so much fun playing with out HLS stamps. Please hop on over to the amazing Anita Bowden's blog!!!