Friday, October 19, 2018

Dracula Appears Again

Hello!  Dracula is still hanging around my studio....he shown up on another card requesting blood donors.  The background of the card is a patterned paper from Echo Park pad The Apothecary Emporium which I have been hoarding.  Stamped Dracula (Mark Finest Papers stamp) on white cardstock, colored with Copics and fussy cut. Added a strip of dripping "blood" punched with a Martha Stewart punch. Sentiment stamps from Mark Finest Papers added with Memento black ink. The theme of this was inspired by The Library Challenge. 
Challenges:
The Library Challenge: #18 Dracula
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: October always about using Patterned Paper.
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Theme is Halloween. 
City Crafter Challenge Blog: Week 434 Halloween
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Book Dracula


Hello!  Have you read Dracula? -the gothic tale about the vampire from Transylvania-published in 1897.  I did not realize that it was written so many years ago.  The book is Challenge 18  at The Library Challenge-you can be inspired by the cover, the title or the story.   My card was inspired by the cover since I practically copied everything including the layout, colors, bats, moon from the graphic of the cover shown below.  Supplies used: Dracula stamp from Mark's Finest Papers, Copics,  Spooky Die cut from Cottage Cutz, Circle Die Cut, Drippy Goo Punch from Martha Stewart, Fired Brick, Yellow, and Black card stocks, Plastic Confetti Bats from stash.
Other challenges to enter:
AAA Cards: CAS Game #126 Moonlight
The Paper Girls Challenge: #162 Halloween
The Die Cut DivasFeature Autumn or Halloween 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Blue Christmas

Welcome!  I created this Christmas card for the challenge at Tuesday Morning sketches.  I chose snowflakes when I saw this whimsical sketch...maybe I was influenced by Carol and Janee's  cards.  I used Gina K Design stamps and a die from Seasonal Sentiments set. I stamped the snowflakes and word Merry with Versamark on GKD Powder Blue CS and heat embossed with Hero Arts Silver EP.  Attached the word Christmas die cut from Silver Metallic CS and some White enamel dots to finish. Edged the panel with Silver Metallic Marker before adhering to card base of blue. 
Challenges:
Allsorts Challenge: Week 489 Christmas 
Use Your Stuff: Challenge #334 Enamel Dots

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Time for Falling Leaves


Hello!  The weather has turned cool here in Ohio but the leaves are just beginning to turn color.  I decided to create a card using the colors from  the Inspiration Palette Challenge 01718 at The House That Stamps Built and the sketch from Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #172.   Instead of stamping leaves for my card, I used an entire tree of leaves.   I stamped Repeat Impressions Shade of the Elms stamp with Memento Toffee Crunch ink on watercolor paper and water colored the image with Distress Oxide inks Twisted Citron, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade,Vintage Photo using all the colors in the color palette below. I trimmed the image in a pentagon shape creating my own template for  the shape.    I place this on a mat of the same shape in Brown CS.  Attached this to an ivory card base and added strips of brown CS instead of using a background layer.  The GKD sentiment was stamped in Vintage Photo ink to finish. 
Note: When I posted the photo the sky appears blue in the image. It is only the natural color of the Watercolor paper since I did not ink the sky area or use any blue. Do not know why it looks blue. 

Challenges:
 The House that Stamps Built: Challenge 01718. Used all the colors of the palette.  
Happy Little Stampers:  October Watercolor Challenge Anything Goes, Did not use the optional twist.
CAS Watercolor Challenge: October challenge Orange, Green, Brown.


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Sparkly Succulents


Welcome!  Today I am playing with greens with some added sparkle.  I stamped Power Poppy stamps from Sassy Succulents  with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink and colored the image with Memento green markers and green Copics in several shades of green.  Added sparkle to the flowers and words with Star Dust pen.  Adhered this to a mat of Green Glitter paper which married well with my colors.  Love how my monochromatic design turned out.  Hope you can see the sparkle on the image and words. 
Challenge:
Creative Confetti Challenge at Power Poppy: Sparkle in the Shade-create a monochromatic theme with a hint of sparkle. 
The Flower Challenge: #25 Add Sparkle


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Christmas Cardinal

Hello!  Playing with some challenges with Christmas themes.  I stamped  a GKD bird and sentiment 
from Peace & Joy set with Memento Black ink and colored with Copics.  Added some glossy accents to the berries. Trimmed the image and popped up with foam on a white card base that I embossed the lower edge with a Cuttlebug  Border EF.  
Challenges to enter:
CAS Christmas: October theme Birds
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #313 Holiday
The Merry Christmas Challenge:  Always Anything Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin': October Challenge Anything Christmas

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Monday, October 8, 2018

The Library Challenge

Welcome!  One of the most fun challenges that I played with lately is The Library Challenge.
Each challenge will feature a book and you can be inspired by the cover, the title, or the story. The recent Challenge #17 is the book The Woman in the Window.   I was inspired by the colors and brick on the cover of the paperback edition as well as the title using a woman sitting in a window on my card.  As I have read this book and enjoyed the suspense of this thriller,  I did not want to reveal any of the story of the book in case you have not read the book.   But I did include a couple of elements that play in the book, specifically a camera-with a "zoom" lens and a glass of merlot, both shown on the window ledge.  On my card, I featured a woman reading a book in the window but in the book she would more likely be watching an old movie or "spying" out the window.  Read the book and find all about the "woman in the window".  It's a really good suspense story. 
Supplies used: Clear Stamps from Little Claire Designs (Room With a View and Birdcage sets), Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copics, Clear Vellum(for the window and handmade wine glass), White CS, Yellow CS, Distress Oxide ink Faded Blue, Camera Metal Brad, Sentiment from Jane's Doodles, Scor-pal for scoring brick wall.  The window was stamped on Clear Vellum with black ink and heat embossed with Clear EP.  I layered it between the Brick Wall and the layer with the image. 
My photos show the card with the window closed for the envelope and also opened. 


Other Challenges:
Just Add Ink: Challenge #429 Just add Vellum.  Vellum for window, sentiment and wine glass. 
Always Fun Challenges: #79 Lots of Layers
The Paper Girls Challenge: #161 Mixed Media.  Used mix of CS, Distress Oxide ink, Metal, Vellum, Embossing, Textures









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Truckin' Along

Hello!  Playing today with a new truck die from Cheapo Dies....cut the truck from red, black and silver CS.  Used a Hero Arts silhouette die cut for the face in the window and  I added on some details.  The pumpkins were stamped with an old SU stamp, colored with Copics and fussy cut for the back of the truck.  They are large enough to win a prize at the county fair....maybe that is the truck's destination?
I  created the background with Distress Oxide Inks Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Memento Summer Sky ink.  Added some trees in the background and sentiment using Gina K stamps. The truck was popped up with some craft foam. Card base is GKD Tomato Soup CS.
Challenges:
 Dies R Us Challenge: #106 Anything goes using dies by companies carried at the DRU store. My die was purchased from DRU.
Double D Challenge: Scare'n Up Some Pumpkins
Seize the Birthday: Toppings option is Travel.  Traveling by truck.
Die Cut Divas: Challenge theme is Autumn or Halloween


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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Fall Leaves with Thanks

Hello!  I am back with another card today.   This one was inspired by the Sketch Challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I changed directions several times in designing this card.  First I started with sunflowers or fall flowers in mind but changed my mind when I pulled out this old pattern paper called Fall Leaves Aswirl that I bought at Joann's years ago.  I then planned to use some die cut leaves that I had leftover but then decided to use some of the leaves from the paper cut out with a square die and matted with some scallop edged squares.  My focal is a leaf stamp from GKD Signs of Autumn colored with Markers and Copics after I stamped with DOI Vintage Photo on white CS.  Added some Versamark ink and embossed with Clear EP.  Then I sponged with DOI Twisted Citron and edged with Brown ink.  Assembled the card with Gold card base and all the elements and mats.  Finished with some of those die cut leaves that I still had leftover ….stamped GKD Thanks on one and tied 2 together with orange twine.
Challenges:
Allsorts Challenge: Week 488 Trees and/or Leaves
Creative With Stamps: Challenge #31 Halloween or Leaves
The Paper Players: PP413 Theme Challenge Leaves and Trees
Tuesday Morning Sketches: #473









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Spooky House


Welcome to the haunted house at my studio!  Playing with a stamp from Just For Fun Stamps to create this spooky card.  I stamped the house with Memento Black Ink  and sponged the background with Distressed Oxide inks Faded Blue Jeans, Black Soot and Peeled Paint using masks. The moon was sponged with Fossilized Amber.  I colored the windows and door with Copic Markers.  Added words cut from Purple Glitter CS  with Cottage Cutz dies and some plastic confetti die cuts of the witch, spooky ghost, and Jack o 'lantern.
Challenges:
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: October Challenge Halloween.
Cards In Envy: Something Spooky Card Challenge.  Fits in an envelope. 
Cupcake Inspirations: CIC455  Bump in the Night
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #312 Make Your Mark
Creative with Stamps: CWS#31 Halloween or Leaves



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