1/24/2020

It SEEMED Like a Good Idea at the Time....

My second post today is due to the fact that I just learned of a challenge and the deadline is tonight!  The challenge is from the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - a group of stampers with a slightly off-beat but wonderful sense of humor.  The current challenge is "H is for headache". 
I'm pretty sure I know what caused this little guy to pass out and I'm also pretty sure he has a headache!

I colored him using a combo of Copic markers and Stampin' Blends.  The colors were chosen from the paper I used on the side.  It came in a paper pack where other coordinating papers included coral and blue.

The bunny and other images are all separate and I created the scene by masking off the images.  The sentiments in the companion set are great!  It's a lot of individual words and phrases that can be combined to make varied comments ranging from humorous to encouraging to sympathetic.  (Or snarky...)

If you like sarcastic humor you should check out the Sisterhood. Here is their link:
http://snarkystampers.blogspot.com/2020/01/soss-151-h-for-headache.html


Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps Blah, Blah Bunny; Honey Bee Stamps Blah, Blah, Blah (sentiment)
Dies:  Simon Says Stamp Edge dies
Markers: Stampin' Blends Pool Party Light and Dark, Calypso Coral Light and Dark; Copics BG000, YR00, Y26, Y21, YR30, R81, W00, W0, W1, W2, N0
Paper: retired Stampin' Up DSP

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Some Happy Flowers

Today's card was originally for my design team work at Cottage Cutz, but I also felt it was fitting for this week's Splitcoaststampers CAS challenge of "inspiration."  Who doesn't like flowers?  They truly are "happys on sticks!"
The card is mainly dies cuts and I was able to use scraps for the images.  A definite plus!  These flowers are so graphic and abstract that any color will work.
Complete instructions for the card can be found on the Cottage Cutz blog today.

Dies:  Cottage Cutz Doodle Flowers Set 1; Cottage Cutz Leaves and Stems
Stamps: Elena Zinski from Paper Artsy

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1/21/2020

Alice in Wonderland Color Challenge

Hi everyone!  It's been awhile since I used a Stamping Bella stamp.  Not sure why - I love coloring them.  Actually, that may be the reason why - they are so much fun to color I feel if I don't have the time to color an image well, then I shouldn't color it at all.  With the holidays and all, my Stamping Bella images just haven't been given much love.  That is about to change.
This is from their "Alice in Wonderland" Oddball collection.  The Oddballs - perfect for Alice in Wonderland right?  I don't have all of the stamps (yet) but plan on coloring them all.

I colored this for the color challenge this week at CAS Colours & Sketches:
When I saw these colors I KNEW I had to color Alice.  She colored up quickly since her apron is white and things like hair color are predetermined by the story.

I had some dies for the background I thought would work well and decided to make it an "un" birthday card (in keeping with my goal to create lots of birthday cards this year.)  I'm planning to send it to my daughter whose birthday was in December.  I was so busy I forgot to give her a card, and when I did, it had no sentiment inside and wasn't signed (not intentionally)!  Bad Mom!  Hopefully, this will make up for it.
I hope you enjoyed today's card!!!  Look for more Alice in Wonderland coming up.

Stamps:  Stamping Bella Oddball Alice in Wonderland, Stamping Bella Alice in Wonderland Sentiments
Dies: Mama Elephant Cloud Nine (stitched panel); Lawn Fawn Mushroom Border
Inks: MFT Hybrid Ink Black
Markers (Copics & Stampin' Blends) Green - Stampin' Blends Granny Apple Green Light & Dark, Copic YG21; Stampin' Blends Rococo Rose Light & Dark, Copic RV10 & R83; Stampin' Blends Seaside Spray Light & Dark, Copic B0000; skin - E000, E01, E31; hair - E31, E35, YR20, apron and shadows - N0-N3; mushrooms - W00, W1, W3

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1/14/2020

A Floating "Pal"entine

I love the idea of "Pal"entine's Day!  I have friends who I dearly love but for whom a romantic card just isn't appropriate.  Dear hubby is the only one who gets one of those!  So I love the stamps with "Pal"entine's Day!
This card is for the color challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week - Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel and Seaside Spray with sky for dessert, and the sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.
I used Copic markers and color matched the the balloon to the Blueberry Bushel.  The sky was created by cutting a rectangular mask and stenciling the clouds with the Seaside Spray.  After assembling everything I felt it still needed something - so I added some bling.  You can almost never go wrong with sequins!
All in all this was a simple card to create.  Now I just have to decide who will receive it!  (I may have to make a few more with various colors of kitties!)

Stamps and dies: Simon Says Stamp Pawsome Love
Dies: Mama Elephant Cloud Nine, MFT Rectangle Stax 2 (to create the mask)
Accessories: MFT Mini Clouds Stencil, Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins
Ink: Seaside Spray
Copic Markers: B21, B23, B24, B28; N0 through N5

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1/07/2020

Happy Bird-Day!

For my 2020 New Year's resolution, I decided I am going to actually send the cards that I create.  Too many times I make cards that I don't use.  I find that when someone's birthday rolls around, I want to make something very specific and don't send what I already have.  I'm also going to make some cards without sentiments so that when I need a thank you, sympathy or congratulations card I have one on hand.

This card was created for the color challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week - Balmy Blue, So Saffron and Early Espresso with the extra "dessert" being trees.  Splitcoaststampers allows Stampin' Up! neutrals in their color challenges so I added the pine needles in Mossy meadow and some Soft Suede behind the pine cone. 
This is a super simple card to make using all die cuts with just the sentiment stamped.  I did some shading of the house with a bit of brown ink and also colored the birds with the ink colors.  For me that was the easiest way to get the yellow beaks and legs.  An eye shadow sponge works great for tiny places.

Stamps and dies: The Stamps of Life Birdhouses2stamp
Dies: The Stamps of Life Ribbon Border Dies


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