Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Dotty Parrot Card!

This week's Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Polka Dots".  Here's a blurb about the theme.
"Who doesn't like polka dots? Please add some sort of polka dots to your challenge!!!"
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!! Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!


Amazon and Smiling Sun were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto a piece of yellow polka-dot patterned paper from the Vintage Double-Dot 6x6 pad (Bo-Bunny). The Amazon parrot and the face part of the Smiling Sun were colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, edged with a Black Pitt Artist pen (Faber Castell), and set aside while a background was created for them.

Green polka-dot patterned paper from the Bold and Bright Double-Dot 6x6 pad (Bo-Bunny) was die-cut with the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers die set (Frantic Stamper), edged with Mowed Lawn Distress ink (Ranger) then layered atop a piece of blue polka-dot patterned paper from the same pad. This was then die-cut with the  large rectangle from the Stitched Shapes Bundle die set (Simon Says Stamp).

A leftover scrap of yellow polka-dotted patterned paper was die-cut with the Sunny Skies die (Die-namics). The stamped, colored, fussy-cut Smiling Sun was adhered atop the die-cut, then the sun die-cut was adhered to the top of the card front.

Light green polka-dot patterned paper from the Vintage Double-Dot 6x6 pad was die-cut with a foliage border (Memory Box?) then the edge was die-cut again with the straight stitched line die from the Stitched Shapes Bundle die set. The die-cut was detailed with a Copic marker, then the leaves were adhered over the stitched corner on the left hand side of the card front.

The Amazon parrot was adhered to the card front and his feet/talons were drawn in.

A piece of light blue polka-dot patterned paper from the Vintage Double Dot pad was die-cut with one of the speech bubbles from the Birthday Speech Bubble die set, stamped with Folded Tags, and edged with Black Soot Distress ink. White cardstock was die-cut with the Lower Case Alphabet dies (All Occasion dies). The sentiment speech bubble was adhered to the card front, then the card front was adhered to a white card and I called it done!

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft Rocket Challenges: Things with Wings
Scrapy Land Challenge #48: Use an Image
Creative Craft Cottage Challenges: Things with Wings

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

More Mushrooms. With a Fairy This Time.

I guess I've been in a mushroom state of mind lately. I've used mushroom designs on a whole lotta projects. Hmmm. Maybe they're exercising subliminal magic on my mojo?

Here's my card with Zen Beauty - Hope, one of the wonderful stamps in the Zen Beauties Collection at I Brake for Stamps.

Zen Beauty - Hope was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. Black Spica Glitter pen (Copic) was used to add a dot of glitter to the points on each swirl. Clear Spica Glitter pen was used to add glitter to the bubble that Hope is regarding. When the glitter pen was dry, Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add a glossy dimensional aspect to the glittery bubble.

Green cardstock was die-cut to create a frame, the frame was temporarily matted without the stamped image, and Bundled Sage Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over small mushrooms found on the Whimsical Shrooms stencil (The Crafter's Workshop). The same Distress ink was sponged over the Tiny Circles stencil (The Crafter's Workshop). I apparently hadn't cleaned the stencil well at all because the dots came out sort of mushroom colored. I guess that's what's known as a "happy accident".

The card was assembled and I called it done!

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Peace and Love and (Magic) Mushrooms!

I should have posted this ATC that was created for this month's Stampotique ATC swap on a "Throwback Thursday". The theme is "Sentimental" where you're supposed to use a sentiment in your ATC. Stampotique Originals has a very active Facebook page, where ATC swaps, challenges, and fabulous Stampotique artwork is shared. If you haven't joined the group yet, click on over, and sign up!

Here 's my ATC, featuring Stampotique's Willow (Tracey Scott),  Mushroom Forest (Janet Klein), and the sentiment from Peace and Love with Words on the Side (Kate Crane).


Willow was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black pen. The Mushroom Forest and Peace and Love were stamped onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I like to use this cardstock as the Copic markers sink into the paper a bit more creating a softer blended look.

Media Matte Medium (DecoArt) was used to adhere and the sentiment atop the Mushroom Forest. Those eagle-eyed among you will notice that I opted to leave Willow's tiny skull dangly charm off of to keep the mood of this hippie-inspired ATC. I also had to slightly shorten her legs to make it her fit!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Super Hero ATC

Today I've got a topical ATC for you that was created for this month's Stampotique ATC swap. The theme is "Sentimental" where you're supposed to use a sentiment in your ATC.

Stampotique Originals has a very active Facebook page, where ATC swaps, challenges, and fabulous Stampotique artwork is shared. If you haven't joined the group yet, click on over, and sign up!

Here's my Olympic-inspired ATC, featuring Stampotique's Birdy Shoes (Kira Nichols) and Be Your Own Super Hero (Linda Peterson).


Birdy Shoes (Kira Nichols) and Be Your Own Super Hero were both stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker. The image and sentiment were set aside while I created an Olympic stadium for them using a Multi-liner pen and my Copic markers.

Gold metallic cardstock was die-cut with a very old Ring die (QuicKutz) and a gold circle was punched from the same cardstock.

The ATC was assembled using Matte Glue and Seal (Ranger) as both the adhesive and as a sealing agent. Once dry, a Black Glaze Gel pen (Sakura) was used to add the necklace to the gold medal. Clear Glaze Gel pen was used to add some dimension and shine to the bird's beak!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Gnome Gnote Pad

Gnomes make me giggle. Bad gnome puns totally amuse me. I needed a new notepad to carry around since I lost mine recently.
This is what happened. 


Whenever I see small plain note pads (especially pads with an attached pen), I usually purchase several because I'm at the stage of life that if I don't write something down, I forget it. By extension, I lose the darned note pads all.the.freaking.time. Plain note pads are fun to decorate and  also make great gifts. Let me know if you want one and maybe you'll actually get one. That is if I remember.

This pad Gnote pad features the Digging Gnome from the Gnome Sheet (I Brake for Stamps). The Digging Gnome is one of NINE (9) gnomes and a mess of mushrooms on that sheet. It's a Gnoteworthy bargain indeed.

The Digging Gnome was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), fussy-cut, colored with Copic markers, and edged with a black marker. He was set aside while I decorated his Gnote pad.

Media Black Gesso (DecoArt) was carefully applied to the covers on both the outside and the inside. A piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock was cut to size, the top and bottom corners on the right side were rounded with a Corner Rounder punch, run through my Big Kick inside a Sheet Music embossing folder, painted with Media Fluid Acrylic paints (DecoArt), and allowed to dry. When the paint was dry, it was coated with a layer of Media Multi Medium (DecoArt) to seal it.

Two colors of green Archival ink were sponged over the foliage on a mushroom stencil onto the painted corner-rounded panel. Brown MFA paints were used to add the ground to the scene.

White cardstock was die-cut with some mushroom dies and the font was cut as well. The mushroom dies were colored with Copic markers, but Titanium White MFA paint was used to add white dots to them. The title letters were painted with MFA paint to match the ground.

The mushrooms, the Digging Gnome, and the title letters were adhered to the painted, stenciled panel with Media Multi-Medium. The same brown MFA paint was used to add some dirt to the Digging Gnome's shovel. The image panel was adhered to the note pad, the edges were sponged with Jet Black StazOn ink (Imagine Crafts), and several layers of Media Ultra Matte Varnish (DecoArt) were brushed over the entire Gnote pad to seal and protect it.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Text Background Challenge!

This week's Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Text Background".  Here's a blurb about the theme.
"Use a book, stamp, journal, dictionary, newspaper, letter or anything with text. Let's see text in your backgrounds this week."
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!! Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!


Flossie Fairy was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto white cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins). The Eclipse Tape version was fussy-cut and placed over its cardstock counterpart. Post-it Notes were placed across the bottom of the cardstock.

Romantic Text was stamped over the Eclipse Tape and Post-It Note masks onto the cardstock with Shadow Grey Archival ink (Ranger).  Sky Blue and Angel Pink Memento inks were sponged over the masked stamped background. The Post-It Note mask was lifted and replaced over the top of the image. Bundled Sage Distress ink was sponged over the base of the card to become the ground. My Mini Rays stencil (Stampers Anonymous) was placed over the base and Bundled Sage Distress ink was sponged over top.

All masks were lifted and was colored with Copic markers. When I was done, touches of Clear and Black Spica Glitter pen were added to the image to add a touch of magical sparkle.

The image panel was die-cut, the edges were sponged with Shadow Grey Archival ink, and the panel was matted with black sparkly cardstock.

A card front was cut from a leftover scrap of patterned cardstock from an ancient Club Scrap kit and the edges were sponged with Shadow Grey Archival ink. The image panel was adhered to the card front, then to a grey card.

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Card in Envy Challenges: Wings
Happy Little Stamper CAS Challenges: Masks
Crafting When We Can Challenges: Things With Wings

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Still Feeling Steampunky!

I don't know if it's because I've been spending a lot of time at my parents' house, where there are bolts, screws, paperclips, and metal odds and ends everywhere or if it's because I just love Steampunk, but I was in the mood to create a Steampunk-themed card.

I've used Steampunk Eyesone of the Eyes of Adventure stamps available at I Brake for Stamps.


Steampunk Eyes was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with black marker. When I was done I added a touch of Clear Glaze gel pen (Sakura) to Steampunk Eyes' steampunk goggles to add a touch of glass-like dimension and shine.

I decided to keep the card's design simple, since Steampunk Eyes is such a wonderful character. I added a strip of Washi tape to a piece of patterned paper from the Junque Gypsy 6x6 pad (Marion Smith Designs). The edges of the paper were sponged with Antique Linen Distress ink (Ranger) and then adhered to a Kraft card.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!


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