Friday, August 29, 2014

Love me some wreaths!

Good morning peeps! It's Friday!! Yay! If you are living in the United States and Canada, happy Labor Day! I'm sure you are gearing up for a long weekend! (and the unofficial end of Summer - but not according to the 7 day weather report I just saw - HOT!) Now there's a good segway for my card - a winter wreath! LOL!



Here's the inside:

As is my modus operandi, I'm getting this entered just under the wire at Merry Monday #123 - use a wreath, and the sketch from The Paper Players #210

 

I took a literal approach to my wreath by mimicking the MM inspiration pic. I just replaced the gold, silver, and red ornaments with rhinestones. ☺ I die cut the wreath twice from DP in two different shades of green. I knew I had these tiny bows somewhere, but I only found a pack of blue ones. Then of course, at the bottom of the box I found one off white bow. I could work with that. I dyed it red by dipping a paint brush into a bottle of Candy Apple Red Glimmer Mist and painting the bow. It dried darker than I thought it would, but I like it. I found a stamp that also looked like a wreath, so I used that on the inside.

You still have (barely enough) time to enter these challenges. Gotta go and do that now! LOL! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Chris
Supplies
Stamps: MME - Lost & Found Christmas
Ink: Clear Snap - Chestnut Roan; Ranger DI - Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough
DP: Creative Imaginations - Winter Woodland
CS: Recollections (kraft); Bazzill (beige, brown)
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Paper Smooches - Flag Tag dies; Poppy Stamps - Breezy wreath die; Tattered Angels - candy apple red Glimmer Mist; Cuttlebug EF from the James Set; rhinestones & bow from my stash
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent; Scotch Scrapbooker's glue; Ranger Glossy Accents





Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SHOPPING OUR STASH #166: ABC's

Hello and happy Tuesday to you all! Today starts a new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH! This week, we have an ABC challenge for you: Use something on your card or project that starts with the letters A, B, and C. (make sure to tell us what you used, in case it's not obvious to us! ☺)  Since it's the start of a new school year, most would probably make something with a school theme. Not me. Check it:


 Here's the inside:

Here are my A,B,C's: A - apparition, B- bat, C- cemetery. No school theme for me, thank you very much. Yep, it's getting on towards Halloween, and since it is my favorite holiday, I'm in "Halloween card making mode"! I did a bit of masking and used Distress Inks for the night sky. Before taking off the circle mask, I smeared some Frost White ink on my craft mat, dripped some Pearl Glimmer Mist into it and swirled it into the white using a paint brush. Then I just flicked that onto my background to make stars. LOVED how that turned out! The rest was just stamping, shading, fussy cutting/die cutting and adhering to complete my spooky little scene. On the inside I used some purple scrap, inked the edges with black soot, and stamped the sentiment. I think what took the most time in making this card was fussy cutting that fence. OY! But it was worth it! 

 (Here's another pic, just because!)

Oh, and what helped me out a lot was knowing what kind of card I wanted to make. I knew I wanted to make a Halloween card, so I Googled "Halloween words starting with the letter A". Seriously, there were a bunch of links for this, and they all had words for the entire alphabet on them! Score! Made figuring out my A,B,C's soooo much easier! LOL!

So, now it's your turn! Ready to make an A,B,C themed card or project? Of course you are! Just be sure to link it up at Shopping Our Stash so we can admire your creative genius! Please be sure to stop by my teammies' blogs and leave them some love! I hope that you all have a great day!

Chris
Supplies:
Stamps: Paper Smooches - Halloweenies; BoBunny - Mr. Bones (goodies from the fabulous Donna!); Studio G - VC0041 (tombstone)
Ink: Ranger DI - Black Soot, Dusty Concord, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade; Memento - Tuxedo Black; Staz On - Jet Black; Clear Snap - Frost White
CS: Recollections (black); Darice (white); scraps
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Std. Sm Circle Nesties; Taylored Expressions - grass border die; Spectrum Noir BG3 marker; vellum scrap; Tattered Angels - Pearl Glimmer Mist; paintbrush
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares; Recollections - red tape; Glue Dots; Tombow - re-positional tape tunner

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spooky....but oh so cute!

* For my SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS post, click HERE, or simply keep scrolling! 


Hello peeps! I have a card to share with you all that I made using sketch #27, the last one (*sniff, sniff*) from Seize the Sketch. Lesley, the creator of the challenge blog, has decided to discontinue the blog. I haz a sad. But not to worry, she has her crafty irons in other fires, so to speak, so you will see her around the blogosphere. ☺  So, onto my card:


 the inside:


I decided to do the faux cracked glass technique on these images. I've done it only once before, and ironically, I used this same Frankie stamp to make it. I literally had just enough clear embossing powder to put 4 coats on each picture. (There's a shopping trip in my near future!)

 (Frankie and his bride are so stinkin' cute!)

(Ooh, shiny!)

For the star element on the sketch, I used a pompom spider sticker. I broke out the ol' Slice machine for the orange label, punched holes in each side, and strung baker's twine through them, taping the ends on the back side of the panel. Both 'picture frames' and the label are popped up using thin 3D foam squares. (They are half the thickness of the regular foam squares, and give just a hint of elevation off the top of the card. Love 'em!)

I hope you get the chance to play along with this last challenge. It's a great sketch!


Ok, that's all for now. Time to start my day, since I finished my tea. ☺ I hope you have a great day today, and thanks for stopping by!

Chris
Supplies:
Stamps: Craft Smart - Frankie and Bride; Cloud 9 Designs - Halloween
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Vintage Photo
DP: G45 - An Eerie Tale
CS: Recollections; Copic X-Press It
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Grand Calibur, Deckled Rectangle Nesties; Stampendous - clear EP; Slice die cutting machine & Vintage Findings cartridge; Doodlebug twine; Jolee's Boutique - spider embellie; heat gun
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares; Recollections - red tape

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #15: K is for Kraft!

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to another challenge at the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS! To continue our alphabet soup challenge theme, we now give you the letter K - as in KRAFT!



You know you own some of that paper, and have been itching to use it. Now you have the ultimate excuse! LOL! Here's the card I created:


Here's the inside:

I went digging in my paper piles until I found the Kraft Fun Day collection by MME. This is such a fun collection, I really need to break it out and use it more often. If you've never heard of it, all the designs are printed on kraft paper. It gives it such a retro/back in the day kind of vibe! Love it! I even used one of the chipboard banners that went with the collection. Bonus! The paper designs made this card so easy to make. All I did was ink all the edges, and stamp the sentiments. Easy peasy lemon squeezey!

Now it's your turn. Up for the kraft challenge? Of course you are! Make sure you link up your card or project at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for the chance to be crowned our next Queen of Snark! While there, please be sure to check out what my Sistahs, and our Guest Designer, Hazel, made to inspire you! 

Thanks for stopping by, now go get your craft, I mean, kraft on! LOL! 

Chris
Supplies:
Stamps: Simon Says Stamps - Adult Beverage Sayings; Some Odd Girl - Balloon Kaylee
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger DI - Walnut Stain
DP & chipboard banner: MME - Kraft Fun Day
CS: Core-Dinations
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Celebrate the season

Hello and good Wednesday afternoon to you all! I want to share a card I made for both Merry Monday #122 and the Deconstructed Sketch #164:


 and the inside:

I used a NBUS poinsettia die that I just purchased last week. I took a little road trip to the only LSS near me, which was a 45 minute drive. (I have a Michael's, Jo-Anne's and an AC Moore all within a 15 minute drive or less from my house, and because of convenience, that's where I mostly go. I also shop on line every so often. But, I needed to take the road trip to see all the new goodies they had! ☺

Except for the card base, I used scraps for all the layers and flower. Bonus! For the little tab, I used a bit of scrap paper and the Fiskars bracket border punch, added a tiny sticker sentiment, trimmed to size and adhered to the back of the gold panel. On the inside beige panel, I took my silver Clear Snap ink to the edges before adhering to the gold panel.

Here are the challenge graphics for your viewing pleasure:

 



Ok, I'm off to enter these challenges now! You still have a bit of time to enter them yourselves, if you so desire! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Chris
Supplies:
Stamps: Hampton Art/G45 - Christmas Emporium
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Clear Snap - Silver
DP: DCWV (gold glitter); AC (silver glitter); scraps
CS: Recollections; scraps
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Poppy stamps - Luxe Poinsettia background & outline dies; Cuttlebug - swiss dots EF; Fiskars - brackets punch; AC - X-mas sticker
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares; Scotch scrapbooker's glue


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SHOPPING OUR STASH #165: Chipping Away

Hello and good Tuesday morning to you all! It's time for a brand new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH! This week it's all about chipboard: use something made of chipboard (Got an old collection of chipboard shapes?) OR make your own chipboard embellishment. (That's easy to do - cut up an empty cereal box!) Here's what I made:


and the inside:

There's a lot of going on here. What's the chipboard element? Why it's the spider in the center with the red ring. There's some old and new on this card. The old: The spider(s), designer paper, alpha stickers, and the web shaped photo corners. The new: a Smash stencil from Memory Box (that reminded me of an artsy fartsy spider web) and embossing paste. Yep, I caved and jumped onto that particular bandwagon. (I know, it took me long enough.) The EP started out as white, but I smeared Black Soot DI on my craft mat and plopped some EP on it, picked up the black soot and smeared that over the stencil. (Anyone else think that the Ranger craft mat is the best invention since sliced bread? I just wiped that mess off the mat after I was done!) On the inside of the card, after stamping the sentiment, I affixed the photo corners to the main panel and adhered to the card. That spider came with the corners, so I just had  to use it also!

And now, a close up of the front panel to show the texture:


Ok, so enough about me, what about you? Got chipboard? Go and use it on a card or project! Just be sure to link up to Shopping Our Stash! While there, be sure to check out what my teammates created to inspire and wow you! Now, go forth and get your craft on!

Chris
Supplies:
Stamps: Inkadinkado - All Hallows Eve
Ink: Ranger DI - Black Soot; Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Martha Stewart - Vampire
CS: Recollections
Accessories: Dreamweaver Embossing Paste; Memory Box - Smash stencil; Martha Stewart - chipboard sticker/alpha letters/photo corner & spider sticker; Tonic/TH - distressing tool
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares


Monday, August 18, 2014

A Unique Blog Hop

So, a couple weeks ago, I was asked by Jessi Fogan of One Crafty Mama to participate in this unique blog hop. (Here's where she tagged me.) It's sort of like a Tag! Your it! kind of hop, to get to know more about your fellow crafters. Well, duh! Of course I said yes! (Even without the threat of her giving wedgies, I would have said yes! Ok, joking, she never threatened wedgies at all! LOL!)

I first noticed Jessi when I found and started playing along with the Drunken Stampers challenge blog. She also played along with that challenge, and I loved her sense of humor, not to mention her style of card making.  Lo and behold, after answering the DT call, we were both new members of that prestigious challenge blog! (Since then, that challenge has ceased to exist and the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers was born of that) After getting to know her through the DS, we came to the conclusion that we were twins separated at birth! (Even though she's much younger than me!) We share the same evil, sarcastic sense of humor, a lot of times our lives mimic each other, and both our husbands have the same exact floppy hat! (even though I live in the USA, and she in Canada!) We have since been dubbed the EDMT: Evil Double Mint Twins! LOL!

So, the idea behind this blog hop is to answer a few questions and put your own spin on it. Let's start:

How did you get started?
In 2007, my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. My brothers, sisters, with their families and ours surprised my parents with a week at a beach house - with ALL of the family there: sons, daughters, grand kids. Yep, they were completely blown away! Needless to say, I took a gazillion pictures, and wanted to give them something to remember the trip. I decided to make them a scrapbook. Now, I had no idea how to make a scrapbook. So, what I did was pick up a scrapbook magazine (I believe it was Scrapbook Etc.), a boat load of paper, tape, stickers, embellies, some decorative scissors, and just cased pages out of that magazine. And that was before I knew what casing meant. (It was a Christmas issue, but I made summer/beach pictures from them) Since then I've realized that paper and embellies came in something called a "collection" and from then on, instead of picking up single 12" x 12" sheets of paper, I would purchase the "collection". LOL! Thus started my paper crafting obsession. Fast forward a few years and scrapbooks later, and I discovered card making. I was hooked and haven't looked back since. I started my blog in 2012 so I could start entering card challenges. And now here we are, a design team member of two incredible challenge blogs, and up to date! ☺

What are you working on?
Well, since being on a couple design teams, I can be found working on cards for those upcoming challenges. (of  course, I can't show you anything on them - that would take away the surprise element! LOL!) But, I also make cards to enter for other challenges. And I've also jumped on the band wagon and purchased some embossing paste and stencils to play with. That's what I'm working on right now.



Not sure what I'm using these for yet, but I just wanted to play with something new! When I finally get my sh*t together, you'll be the first to see what I made with these! LOL!

How does your work differ from others?
Ok, this is a super hard question to answer. I really don't think I have a set "look". I might get on a CAS kick for a bit, then switch to lots of layers, then to vintage, etc. If I was hard pressed, I guess I'm most comfortable with the "clean and layered" style. But, as you can see, what I make usually depends on my mood:








What do you create?
For the most part, I make cards. Every so often I'll make a layout or something outside my comfort zone. You know, just to keep it interesting! ☺


What does your crafty space look like?
Well, it's not neat, I can tell ya! LOL! My craft room (or Crap Room, as my hubby calls it) is the smallest bedroom in our house. I also share that space with the treadmill, which literally takes up half the room. I've dubbed this room the "Endorphin Room/My Happy Place" (Cuz you know, exercising gives off endorphins, which make you happy, and so does crafting!) Here are some pics - don't pay any attention to the mess, or dust. *wink* (Creative geniuses don't have time to clean!)
 Here's the view at the door. You see the majority of the space where I work from this angle.

 Our big *ss treadmill. I would have loved to put this in our basement, but it has a drop ceiling and you'd never be able to stand on it without scraping the ceiling with your head. So here it stays. Sigh.

 My itty work station (TV tray) The bin to the left has all sorts of word stickers in the top drawer (mostly pertaining to family. When I was scrapbooking, I may have bought way more family themed word stickers than I needed.) Middle drawer stores my tiny supply of washi tapes and bakers twine. I also have little used tools in there, like tweezers, an Epiphany Crafts tool, and other things I don't remember. The bottom drawer is full of dimensional stickers filed by theme (beach, flowers, critters, drinks, etc.) The bin under my laptop has all my scraps filed by color.

 I got this book case at Pier 1 Imports. It was a floor model and had a teeny scratch in it, so they gave me an excellent discount for taking it off their hands! From top to bottom: top shelf has cards sent to me from my teammies, glues, more decorative scissors not used often. Below that: embossing powders (in Chinese take out containers!), a mini shopping cart that has more embossing powder/glitter/mica flakes vials and my mini alpha stamps from Studio G. Below that: Stufftainers filled with mostly Unity Stamps, other cling stamps, wood mounted stamps, and the plates for my Grand Calibur. Second to bottom: A bag-o-ribbon I won from a Stampendous/May Arts collaboration hop a few years back, wax paper, tidbits and dohickies that I have no idea what to do with. Bottom shelf: a container of pipe cleaners, a brayer, a paper pad. I don't have much on this shelf as the heat/ac vent is on the wall behind it and I don't want to block it.
 Left side of desk: bottom shelf has a folder of printed challenge graphics (before I got the laptop, that's what I did), another folder for PageMaps printouts, a journal that I write down ideas/sketches/etc, an Art Bin that houses all my dies that are not from Paper Smooches. Another Stufftainer full of stamped images - some colored, some not. Middle shelf: I have containers for ribbon, for floss, for brads, and another Art Bin that houses all my Paper Smooches dies. Above that in the top shelf are all my embossing folders, my stapler, some scratch pads. On the top left of my desk are my most used Unity stamps (where a hand made Dammit Doll from my neighbor sits), all my Paper Smooches stamps, my Slice die cutting machine (buried with things I just bought or played with and still need to put away), paper trimmer (that I need to replace), and cutting mat. Spectrum Noir markers are on the top tiny shelf with all my inks underneath. (I cleaned up my space a bit before taking pics - you usually can't see the surface of the desk top)

 The right side top has a basket full of adhesives, a bin with old markers and some paint brushes, a Sew Easy tool and blending stix. Buried under those stamps that I just bought and have yet to find a home for is my craft mat, a ruler, items I need to put away, a mouse pad that I use to stamp on, and my Grand Calibur. Top shelf has Page Maps books and my MS scoring board. Middle shelf has a box of envelopes and DCWV card bases. Lower shelf has a box full of clear stamps. The mailing bag in front of it is a goody bag I recently received from Donna! To the right of the desk is a bin housing single sheets of designer paper. (This is what I first started with back in 2007. These papers range from years 2003 to 2009. On top of that is another basket with more clear stamps (and a bag of adhesive refills from AC Moore). The door to the room has a shoe rack full of punches, cord and die cut shapes to be used sometime.
 Above the SN markers is a shelf, which I forgot to snap a picture of, that has my Glimmer Mists, a bucket of silk/paper flowers, and odds and ends, like replacement blades for the trimmer, a compass a pencil sharpener, a desk calendar, etc. Hanging from that is some really old ribbon I bought years ago for different projects, some I just recently used! *koff* Any ribbon/twine that is wrapped around purchases of any kind, I keep and they get draped over these ribbons. 
 I can't believe how uncluttered this looks!

On the floor: The bag on the left is my collection of all things Halloween, the bag on the right is my collection of all things Christmas. On the bookcase behind: Top: box of card stock filed by color, magazines in holders, 6"x 6" card stock pads, funny cards I've gotten from my sister and still have yet to put away in the keepsake box in the closet, more ribbon, not sure what else. Middle shelf: box-o-bling, 12" x 12"paper collections. Bottom shelf: 6" x 6" paper collection pads on the left, more 12" x 12" paper collections on the right. The closet door has more ribbon hanging from it, on both the outside and inside. Those little shelves above mostly have knickknacks, like rubber duckies, but there's also a jar of rhinestones, some spools of thread, and a couple bottles of fine glitter.

So there you have it. I now get to tell you who I've tagged to take part of this hop! Yay! I do realize that I was to tag three people, and I invited a boat load of people, but unfortunately, they had to decline. (People have lives outside of the crafting world? Go figure! LOL!) I did get two more of my Snarky Sisters to participate though:

I was lucky enough in June to be able to meet Karen when we were on vacation, and were driving from my in laws house back down to my parents house. Karen was literally on the way and I just had to stop and meet her. Even though it was the first time meeting face to face, it was like we knew each other for eons! 

Lindsey may be the quiet one of our group, but she sure does have a wicked sense of snarky humor - I just love her! 

These ladies I met over the internet via Drunken Stampers, and now as my Snarky Sisters.  But they are so much more than fellow DT members, they are great friends, therapists, personal cheerleaders, gang members (LOL!), and much loved! ♥♥♥ Take some time to get to know them better on Monday, the 25th!

Chris