The mosaic design made me think of the splotchy look of a wrinkle free distress background. So we got to work making a light blue and a dark blue. I liked Desmond’s background better than mine.
For my card, I die cut an oval frame as an approximation to the surfboard shape and popped my mermaid up in front. Raleigh left his background plain with solid blue cardstock and some glittery accents.
Have you seen the Midsummer Mushroom Hunt that is going on this weekend in the DigiMojo Facebook group? If you’re not a member of the group, make sure you join so you can play along! There are sure to be lots of great freebies and prizes. This card is made using the Stampers Delights Fawn image that will be featured over the weekend. Make sure to stop by and join the Stampers Delights Fan Group.
I really enjoyed coloring up this image with my Copics. I drew a hill for the faun to sit on and masked both the hill and the faun so I could sponge a golden sky with sun rays. Then I masked the sky to sponge the hill. After I finished inking it up, I splattered with water for a more magical look. After I die cut the paper, I decided that it needed a golden border to really frame the scene. So I rubbed the edges with Nuvo expanding mousse.
Monday is my favorite challenge day – Technique Lovers Challenge. Today Lyn challenged us to combine repeat stamping with Emboss Resist. I’ve done some extra combining too. Combined with this month’s Waffle Flower challenge which is to make a rainbow scene.
My rainbow scene is welcoming my friends’ new great granddaughter. Also a great combo with Lee’s Unique Rainbow VSN challenge. I did my repeat stamping using the sentiments from the Congrats set, “Congrats”, “Celebrate”, “Yippee”, etc. Then I sponged on my “unique rainbow” using my favorite Distress Oxide rainbow of Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Broken China, and Seedless Preserves. I used the Autumn Time set to mask and stamp the scene of a sweet sleeping fox in the flower bed.
This card is off to my dear friends Paul and Myrna to congratulate them on the birth of their first great granddaughter. I’m so excited for them! I constructed the sentiment using various Paper Smooches and Honey Bee Stamps sentiments. You know I always make two of each card, but I only needed one great granddaughter card. I made the second one as a straight forward woodland fox birthday card. It’s fun to see how different two otherwise nearly identical cards can be.
This week’s Featured Stamper is ScrappyHappy. What a fun and lovely gallery! I browsed the entire gallery, but I came back to this gorgeous scene.
I was looking for inspiration for a Father’s Day card that a friend asked me to make and I thought a scene like this would make a nice masculine card. I loved the dreamy kind of glow that Laura’s card has with the darker edges, so I kept that look as I stenciled my scene using my new Mountain Scene Builder Stencil from Erin Lee Creative. I had to dig around in my scraps for a mask to sponge a white moon because I forgot I was going to mask a moon. I do like the very soft look of this moon.
I wanted a very woodsy feel because my friend does live very much near the Freetown State Forest and this sweet deer stamp really looks like the adorable little fawn that walked through my yard with her mom the other day. I also realized I had the perfect sentiment for this card. I decided I wanted to cut it with my ScanNCut, but I wanted to emboss it in white on black. So I first stamped the sentiment on white with black and scanned it to recognize and make the cut file. I cut it out of black and then embossed in white. I also had to draw a border around the deer and teepee in order to cut them out with the ScanNCut.
The sentiment is popped up on foam squares and I finished with some stars in white gel pen. I’m very happy with this card and can’t wait for my friend to see it! Thanks for the inspiration, Laura!
Today’s Ways to Use It Challenge is torn paper. I always love the look of torn paper masking, so that is my choice for Sabrina’s challenge. I tore some mountains and sponged them and stamped them with the Weathered stamp according to the Faux Tearing Tutorial. Then I tore another paper to sponge the ground and stenciled in some clouds. I just got this stamp set in the mail yesterday. The Cat’s Pajamas has 1/2 off everything right now and you know I can’t resist a sale like that. I was excited to get this and another graduation stamp set. I’ve felt like I don’t have any graduation card mojo lately.
It’s Teapot Tuesday and today’s Tea Party is for Jeanne in California. Jeanne is 85 years old and has been an avid stamper for many years. Sadly, her eyesight has deteriorated to the point where she can no longer see well enough to make cards. Because of this, she has begun to give away her extensive collection of stamps. We can sympathize and we are going to shower Jeanne with cards. Given that her eyesight is so poor, it’s suggested we incorporate dimension, textures and bright colors. Jeanne likes flowers, cats, traveling and reading. I went straight for my Cottage Cutz Garden Cat with Wagon. I think a die cut critter gives nice dimension. I also popped up the scalloped panel. To make the card more touchable I finally used my Fun Flock. And I love it. I need it in every color. I put it on the cat and the hedgehog. I also added some Stickles to the flower centers and Enamel Accents for their faces.
Today is also Color Challenge day. My substitutions are Seedless Preserves for Rich Razzleberry, Shabby Shutters for Pear Pizazz, and Shaded Lilac for Highland Heather. Karen challenge us to use flowers for dessert and I’ve got those too! That card was exhausting to make. So many fiddly bits. And I still have my second one waiting to be assembled! But now I’m off to buy more Fun Flock. I wish you could feel it through the computer screen:
Do you know someone that could use some well wishes, encouragement or all around warm fuzzies? Consider nominating them as a guest of honor (a.k.a. destination station) for an upcoming tea party. Send your request to jacqueline via PM or e-mail[email protected].Include SCS Teaparty Request in the subject line.
Today’s Ways to Use It Challenge is to use washi tape. Actually, I think the challenge may have just been to use tape, but that translates in my head to “use up some of that washi tape you’ve been collecting”. I needed a card for my godson’s birthday, and, well, you’re never too old for Baby Yoda, am I right? I bought this “Baby On Board” set from The Ink Road Stamps purely because I wanted to put hats on his head. The party hat is from a Fiskars birthday set. I printed the sentiment and stamped on Fabriano Hot Press paper, so I could watercolor him with my Spectrum Aqua markers:
So quick and easy. I said that I bought this stamp set to put hats on Baby Yoda, and while that is true, I also couldn’t quite resist this image that I put on the inside of the card. The sentiment is one of my favorites from the Power Poppy “Short Stacks” stamp set.
For the background, I dug through my little drawer of washi tape and picked out the most silver, metallic, space-age tapes that I have. I thought it would look the best randomly taped over a galaxy-type background. For this galaxy background, I grabbed a piece of blue cardstock and randomly sponged a few different blue and black Distress Oxide inks all over it. Then I smeared some black Stickles around the paper and finished with a splatter of white acrylic paint.
I’m entering this card into two “Anything Goes” challenges today:
I made these cards for this week’s Color Challenge. Mary gave us some lovely colors this week that were just perfect to play with my new turnabout stamps.
I matched these Stampin Up colors the best I could with Distress Oxides and Spectrum Noir/Copic Markers. I substituted Peacock Feathers and SN BT5/AB3 for Just Jade, Mustard Seed and Y08/Y15 for Bumble Bee, and Worn Lipstick and SN PP3/PP4 for Rococo Rose.
I’ve been wanting to try these Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamps for some time now and finally got some thanks to smilynstef. She ran a giveaway on her Instagram and I won. What a fantastic box of goodies I received!
These sweet hedgehogs by The Ink Road Stamps were also in there. I also can’t wait to try out those color layering hummingbirds. But in the meantime, I am obsessed with the Turnabouts:
In addition to all those fabulous stamps, I also received some really great paper pads:
Lots of fun bright colors–right up my alley. And she included quite a few different fun embellishments:
Wow! Stef’s crafty goodies found a good home here and will be properly loved.
I was one of the lucky winners of an earlier Waffle Flower Weekly Challenge and I picked up the coordinating dies to this Heatwave layering stamp set. I was really glad to get these dies since these stamps aren’t very easy to cut with my ScanNCut. You know that I find it important to order some extra stamps when a company is kind enough to give me free stamps, so be on the lookout for the rest of my new Waffle Flower stamps in future cards!
I matched my colors the best I could using Distress Oxides and then did my best to match to some cardstock. They are sending friendship notes to seniors in nursing homes. And to really stick with the sewing/stitches theme, I did some wonky stitching with my sewing machine.
You may know that my company was recently acquired by Farmers Insurance. I’m excited to be part of Farmers now and this week at Farmers is “Spring Into Service Week” and we’ve been introduced to the GlamourGals #MYDEARFRIEND card campaign. Click on the link to sign up and send notes of your own!
Also, I had a pleasant surprise this morning when I woke up to find that Barbara chose my card as her favorite from last week’s Color Challenge. It was another Waffle Flower card and was a really fun one to make:
I stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist and embossed with clear EP. Then I sponged Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, and Spun Sugar based on the MFT Color Challenge #163.
I thought it would be a good idea to splatter some water on it, but it wasn’t. Oh well. It’s fine. It needed a critter and I guess I have bunnies on the brain since Easter is coming tomorrow, and I turned and spotted the MFT Sunny Vibes stamp set hanging nearby.