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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Eat, Drink and Be Scary!

Happy Halloween!  A little creepy card made for one of my cards I share to you as your Halloween treat!

 I have had this fun Inkadinkado set with beakers, eyeballs and other fun images.  I decided to create a mad scientist scene for my son's card.

 I started with placing my beaker/tube on the front.  I then cut out the opening for them.  I laid the stamped images onto the front of my card and traced the location to sponge in the colors. 

I masked off the area and sponged the colors over the front of the card.  I used the Neon green and coral colors from Tsukineko.  I then stamped the Hero Arts background over the background randomly. 

I created a whole slew of eyeballs, colored them with watercolor pencils and then added glossy accents to give them a glistening rounded effect. EEWW!  I mixed them with seed beads in the shaker card. 

Happy Halloween! 

Suzz

Friday, October 30, 2015

Shimmery Merry & Bright

Happy Friday everyone!  I am back with a tag for Linda's (The Funkie Junkie) Twelve Tags of Christmas.  This is week #5 and Linda's tag uses the cool new Tim Holtz Scribbles tree dies and stamps. 

I had neither so I wanted to see if I could create my own glittery scribble trees using glue and glitter.  It took me a while to find a glue that was loose enough in the bottle to allow me the ability to draw a scribbly tree.  It still took a few tries to even get something that I thought was fun.

I used the orange and pink and gold combo because I was using the color palette from the current Words and Paintery challenge.  What  fun color combo and not something I would have put together with the touch of gold.

I started with a mix of the new Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink and the Festive Berries which was misted with a gold spray.  I dragged my paper through the colors to get a smattering of colors on the background.

Then it was a matter of trying to draw my trees and covering them with Stampendous Gold Ultra Fine Glitter. I tried a chunkier glitter but the trees were too heavy.   I then stamped with The Tuskineko Delicata Gold Ink the Memory Box Twelve Days of Christmas music stamp randomly over the background.  I finished with a sky full of stars courtesy of Memory Box stencil and Wendy Vecchi's gold embossing paste.  I sprinkled the same glitter over the surface. 

The words are Sizzix and are coated in Stampendous ultra fine pink glitter.

Linda's Challenge is hosted by her Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz





Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Owl be There!

Hi!  I have been in Halloween mode getting my tags and cards ready for my kids who aren't so little anymore. :) 

I am sharing a tag made with the Basically Bare Scalloped Tag set.




The tag is pre-cut in the scallop shape and they come in a variety of mediums.  I picked the cardboard one and decided to paint it and distress it by peeling the surface.

I stamped the Halloween ads over the surface with black ink.  Then I pulled out the Owl stamp from Gray Wolf Graphics.  I cut him out and popped him up over some of the Idea-ology Halloween Ephemera.

I just added a few embellishments to finish off the tag. Now to attach it to a goodie bag and send it off to a special someone!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mixed Media Monthly - MMC#17 - Spooky Word Search (Owl)











Anything But Cute - 31 Days of Halloween







Products:  Basically Bare – Scalloped Tag Set,  Idea-Ology – Halloween Ephemera, Stampers Anonymous – Poisonous, White Gesso, Idea-Ology – Remnant Rub-On Halloween, Black Archival Ink, Gray Wolf Graphics - Owl

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Monday, October 26, 2015

Back In Time

Hi all and welcome to another week of the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week the challenge is a throwback challenge.  YOU get to pick which challenge that we have had previously and play along.  I had fun scrolling through the previous challenges and ended up picking the W is for White challenge 
 there is just something about cards that are mainly white that I love with their layers of texture and beautiful design. 




I have to admit not only was I inspired by the white challenge but Emma has inspired me with her lovely art using Tim Holtz's Runway stamps.  I decided to create a wedding card using the runway stamp as my bride.

I used a layering stencil and multiple stamped images to create a shimmery pattern on the dress and matched it in the background of the card.


I used white embossing paste with the stencils to create the texture and the sentiment and then sprinkled it with a fine crystal glitter. I layered the vellum, doily and coated the white twine with ultra-fine glitter.

I found a few crystal gems in a flourish and cut them out to use as accent pieces on the front.

Products: Tim Holtz Runway stamps     Tim Holtz's  Doily Layering Stencil  Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste.   Stampendous Crystal Glitter, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Valentine, Gems, BO Bunny Doily, White Cardstock, Glue Pen, Ranger Archival - Black, Watering Can, White Twine, Vellum

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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So now it's YOUR turn, come play along and show us your stamp and punch combination. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Suzz

If you use instagram add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Plaid and Poinsettia

Hi!  Happy Friday!  I have been making poinsettias because of Linda's (The Funkie Junkie) latest 12 tags of Christmas.  This week she has a lovely plaid tag with a pretty poinsettia as a focal point. 


 I don't make flowers often as they are hard for me to put together.  I looked at the video on how to create the poinsettia's as a reminder before I started.  I loved that I was able to use up some really old pattern paper and loved how my poinsettia's turned out. 

I actually created two plaid backgrounds and saved one for a future tag. The first one was in a more orange red and lime green.  I was going to use that as my background but ended up cutting my flowers from more traditional colors.  Only after I finished this plaid it was too close in colors to my other poinsettia and it didn't pop.  So I created my ivory colored poinsettia to really pop on the plaid.

I then added Stampendous Encrusted Embossing mixture which is so pretty as it is a combination of embossing powder, glitter and mica flakes.  It really doesn't show up on the picture but it adds a lovely shimmer and snowy effect.

I then just added a simple twine bow and stamped the word Joy on coordinating paper.

The challenge is hosted by Linda's boutique The Funkie Junkie Boutique and her fabulous tag is here

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Home Sweet Home Part II

I'm back to share the reverse side of my album made using the Rowdy Roadster Album.  I shared the front of the album last week and wanted to show how it looked on the other side.
The Basically Bare Shop contains a variety of mini-albums, albums, chipboard embellishments and tags.  They all have various types surfaces such as acetate, corrugated cardboard, chipboard, canvas and more.

The reverse of the front had to align so a little heart and house was added.
I stamped and stenciled over pattern paper on the next page.

I added a tag from pattern paper and stamped a butterfly and the word Home.

A key and key-hole seemed to be appropriate with the heart and the sentiment.
The family photo from Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Photos colored to coordinate  with the papers and embellishments.

And the closed mini album:

Products: Basically Bare - Rowdy Roadster, Happy Little Houses, Darkroom Door - Home Sweet Home, Artistic Outpost - The Outpost, DarkRoom Door - Montage - Love Letters, Prima Flowers, Idea-Ology - Remnant Rub-ons,  Paint- White, Pink, Memory Box Stencil, Wendy Vecchi - White Embossing Paste, Idea-Ology - Chit Chat, Verses Rubber Stamps, Darkroom Door - Henry and HarrietDarkroom Door - Eclectic Key

Thanks for stopping by! 

Suzz

Monday, October 19, 2015

Monster

Hi all and welcome to another week of the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week the challenge is the Monster Mash! 

With Halloween coming up quickly now is the time to get your monster on and create something inspired by monsters. Scary, cute, creepy or just plain fun any monster inspiration is welcome.

I love these little guys from the Valentine set from Simon Says Stamp and I decided to translate them into a Halloween Scene.


I started with a scrap of cardstock with a touch of color burst powders leftover form another project.  I thought it looked a bit like graffiti so I pulled out the brick stencil to add a brick wall to my tag.

I then colored in my adorable monsters:

I decided to stamp them twice to cut out there eyes and pop them up so they really were pronounced.  Poe's eyes were replaced with a second set of Allan's which happened by accident when they got jumbled up on my desk.  I decided I liked how they looked and made her a set of Allan's eyes to give her a more frighted look.  She also got a top hat leftover from another project which I thought looked cute on her. :)

Next I needed something to make my little monsters looking scared.  Off to pinterest I went looking for inspiration on shadows that would make someone scared.

I sketched an outline with pencil and after I was happy I colored him in with watercolor first and then pigment marker.  His eyes are watercolor pencil with a hint of white gel pen. My scene needed a few other touches.

I sponged in the moon with a combination of fossilized amber and spiced marigold.  I then added a stenciled tree with black embossing paste.  When I was out in pinterest looking at monster shadows the quote by Edger Allan Poe was there and I decided it fit perfectly with my tag.

Products:
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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So now it's YOUR turn, come play along and show us your inner monster! You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Suzz

If you use instagram add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Silver and Teal

Hi!  I am playing along with Linda's (The Funkie Junkie) Twelve Tags of Christmas - Week #3.  The challenge she hosts is sponsored by her boutique (The Funkie Junkie Boutique).  Her tag this week uses the cool knit sweater inspired dies from Sizzix.

I didn't have the die that Linda used.  Instead I thought about how I could replicate the look and feel of Linda's tag.  I went through all my stencils looking for ones that would work to emulate Christmas inspired patterns.
I wanted to have my background shimmer similar to Linda's so I pulled out a few Color Shines (Silver and Gold) and on my way to those I spied the pretty teal color.  I was looking at red sprays but none of mine give me the red I wanted so I decided to go the teal and silver route.

I masked off the tag with painters tape so it would lift off after I finished stenciling my stripes of different patterns. I then used scrap cardstock to mask off the other areas and I stenciled with white embossing paste my various patterns.  I did have to have drying time in between depending on the size of the stencil.  After I finished I sprayed the entire surface with the silver shine.

I came back and added in the teal spray in the areas that were stenciled.  This required masking again to keep the blue in the stenciled areas.

I then die cut a deer from a metallic paper and embossed a stamped music image onto the surface.  I finished him off with some antlers from Christmas sprigs purchased last year.

Products: Memory Box Stencil, Tim Holtz Layering Stencils, Memory Box 12 Days of Christmas, Sizzix Deer, Hero Arts Joy to You, Heidi Swapp - Teal, Silver Color Shine

Have a blessed Sunday!

Suzz




Saturday, October 17, 2015

New Winter Release at Simon Says!

Simon Says Stamp just released their new winter release called Create Joy.  I was lucky enough to receive the fun Bear Necessities.  


When I saw the little fish bones I had visions of a shaker tummy for the bear with the little fish bones floating around in his tummy.  I mixed in a few small sequins and some mica flakes. 

I used a few strips of the My Minds Eye Bright Side 2 papers and a few beads and buttons for accents.

You can find all the new stamps and dies at Simon Says Stamp.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Suzz

Thursday, October 15, 2015

New Darkroom Door Release

HI!  I have a couple of cards to share from the new Darkroom Door Release.  I received the Flower Garden Texture Stamp.  This is a remnant of the Floral Background Stamp which I love and this is perfect for a touch of texture in the background of your card.


 I started with a background left over with some greens and yellow mists.  I stamped over the background with the Simon Says Stamp Khaki ink. I thought it was going to be more brown but it is a lovely mix of the brown with a green overcast.  I stamped the flowers randomly around the edges of my background. 

I added in the sentiment from the Darkroom Door Tick Tock set. I added a few touches from the Correspondence set.  I created a lace circle with a touch of trim and stamped the Eclectic Butterfly from the same background using the Khaki ink.
 I went a different route with my second card and decided to create a romantic card by blending the Montage Love Letters photo with the stamped flower garden and a simple sentiment from the Garden Sentiments set.

Have a happy Thursday!

Suzz


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Home Sweet Home

I'm thrilled to share that I am part of the Basically Bare Design Team.  The Basically Bare Shop contains a variety of mini-albums, albums, chipboard embellishments and tags.  They all have various types surfaces such as acetate, corrugated cardboard, chipboard, canvas and more.

I am sharing my first mini-album today on the Basically Bare Blog today featuring the Rowdy Roadster Album.

The cover is a lovely acetate which I envisioned in the shape of a house.

The second page is the half circle of corrugated cardboard which I covered in some pretty paper and created a heart focal point with The Artistic Outpost in the center.

Then there is a fun white envelope which I used Darkroom Door stamps to add my images and the Memory Box stencil to add some texture.

Then back to a square cardboard page which I used some beautiful papers  and more images from Darkroom Door and a sentiment from Artistic Outpost.
The next page is cool clear tab.  I was playing with my paints and stamping a sentiment which is a little blurry in this photo but in real life it looks really pretty.


Finally the last page is a big cardboard tag.  I added more paper and layered some of the Darkroom Door photos along with a few other embellishments.

The closed album looks like this: 


Products: Basically Bare - Rowdy Roadster, Happy Little Houses, Darkroom Door - Home Sweet Home, Artistic Outpost - The Outpost, DarkRoom Door - Montage - Love Letters, Prima Flowers, Idea-Ology - Remnant Rub-ons,  Paint- White, Pink, Memory Box Stencil, Wendy Vecchi - White Embossing Paste, Idea-Ology - Chit Chat, Verses Rubber Stamps, Darkroom Door - Henry and HarrietDarkroom Door - Eclectic Key

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz





Monday, October 12, 2015

Watercolor

If you asked me what my favorite medium is I would have to say that watercolor and sprays are probably at the top of the list.
and guess what?
 
it's a watercolor challenge at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

 

I have to say this is one of my favorite projects I have created in a while.  The background just came together and then the butterfly is always on the top of my list to stamp.

I started with a nice heavy watercolor paper in the background and then I used some pretty sprays on a project which I pooled up the color on the water color paper and let them dry.  After that it was a matter of creating circles in various sizes by outlining them with watercolor pencils and adding shading with water color pencils on the circles.

I stamped the butterfly onto the background and it didn't get stamped as dark as I wanted it to so I quick threw on black embossing powder and heat set it.  This did a couple of things it helped make the image pop and it filled in where the stamping was a touch uneven. 

TIP:  The sentiment was stamped on tissue paper and decoupaged to the surface. This helps in a couple of ways:  some of us (namely me) like to stamp our sentiments at the end and oops it ends up crooked.  With stamping it on the tissue paper you get a chance to place it on and visually see where  you want it and align it.  The second thing it fixes is if you don't get enough ink or pressure and your sentiment doesn't get a good enough image. By doing it first on the tissue paper you can repeat as needed until you get your image you desire.

Products:  Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Fossilized Amber, Barn Door, Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage, Simon Says Stamp Nested Wafer Circle DiesBlack Embossing Powder, Ranger Archival Ink - BlackStrathmore Watercolor Paper, watercolor pencil,   fine tipped waterbrush,   Stampers Anonymous Perspective, Impression Obsession

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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So now it's YOUR turn, come play along and show us your stamp and punch combination. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Suzz

If you use instagram add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!

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