Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Underwater Scene as a Double Gate-Fold card


Here's this week's card for  Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, which also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps. Here's my third card featuring the dies from this month's Under the Sea Fantasy collection, which consists of 28 dies, two clear stamps, and six background stamps.



I had some pre-made double gate-fold cards in my stash. The cards were unfolded, then sponged Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch Distress ink (Ranger) in loose horizontal stripes over the both sides of the card.

Seahorse Edger Facing Right  and Seahorse Edger Facing Left were die-cut from white metallic cardstock, then colored with Copic markers. The colored die-cuts were adhered to the exterior flaps of the card as shown above.

Shadow Grey Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged over the seaweed portion of the Octopus stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) onto the inside of the card.

A piece of leftover cardstock was die-cut with the Swimming Mermaid die. The die-cut was removed from the scrap, then the Swimming Mermaid-shaped aperture was used as a stencil. Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged over the back and front of the make-shift stencil to finish the inside of the card.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Steampunk and Owls = Perfect Together!

Another Tuesday, another Steampunky card featuring Steampunk Owl from the New Steampunk set by Carmen Medlin Designsavailable at I Brake for Stamps.


Steampunk Owl was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles Thinlits die set (Sizzix). The background was added with Copic markers, which were also used to color the Steampunk Owl. Yellow and Orange Spica Glitter pens were used to add a glittery touch to Steampunk Owl's umbrella lightbulb. Turquoise Stardust Glitter pen added bluish glitter to the center of his gears. Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add shine and dimension to the Steampunk Owl'beak, talons, gears, lightbulb, and the Steampunk piece on his belly.

Gold cardstock was cut to a 5.75" square. Being a thrifty me, the interior of the gold cardstock was die-cut once with the Compass Corner die (Impression Obsession) and three times with one of the labels from the Stitched Double Fishtails Labels (Frantic Stamper).  Patterned paper from the Fair Skies 6x6 pad (Farmhouse Paper Company) was cut to 5 5/8" square, then matted onto the gold metallic square.Words from the Chit-Chat sticker book (Idea-ology) were added to the Fishtails Labels, which were then adhered to the card front. The Steampunk Owl image panel was adhered to the card front, which was then mounted on a 6" x 6" card.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Just so you know, I Brake for Stamps ships internationally!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Deep Sea Divers!

It's my second month as a guest designer over at  Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, which also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps. Here's my third card featuring the dies from this month's Under the Sea Fantasy collection, which consists of 28 dies, two clear stamps, and six background stamps.


 Today's card features the Deep Sea Diver (FRA-DIE-10248), the Shipwreck (FRA-DIE-10245), and the treasure portion from the Treasure Chest (FRA-DIE-10246) dies.


The Deep Sea Diver was die-cut twice from white cardstock. One of the die-cuts was placed upside down under a piece of mid-weight cardboard, then run through my Big Kick (Sizzix). This flattened out the detail and the edges to create a mirror image of the die.

The treasure was die-cut from gold metallic cardstock and set aside. 

The Shipwreck was die-cut once from white cardstock and all three white die-cuts were colored with Copic markers, then set aside while I created a background for them.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was painted with Pthalo Turquoise and Bllue Green Light Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt), then heat set. Pthalo Green Blue MFA paint was sponged through the Moving Vines stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), then heat set.

The Shipwreck die-cut and the gold treasure were adhered to bottom of the image panel. Titan Buff MFA paint was painted over the die-cuts, heat set, then Media Sand Texture Paste (DecoArt) was scraped over the paint and die-cutss to create a sandy sea bottom. This was allowed to dry, then it was touched with several colors of Distress markers (Ranger) to add depth and color to the sand.

The two Deep Sea Diver's hands were slightly bent around some black cording, which was adhered to the image panel. Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops (Tonic Studios) were added to the image panel, loosely following the shape of the cording, to create the look of air bubbles.

The image panel was matted with metallic black cardstock then adhered to a kraft card to finish it up!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Adventure Awaits Steampunk Budgie!

I guess I'm still in a Steampunky mood because today's card features the budgie from the Special Delivery set from the Mech-Animals Set 1 by Carmen Medlin Designsavailable at I Brake for Stamps.


The Special Delivery Budgie was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts). I fussy-cut around the tail, then slid one of the dies from the Stitched Postage Rectangles set (La-La Land) under Special Delivery Budgie's tail, and die-cut the image. The background was added with Copic markers, which were also used to color the Special Delivery Budgie. A black Multi-liner pen was used to edge Special Delivery Budgie's tail. Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add shine and dimension to the Special Delivery Budgie's eye, talons, rivets, and collar spikes.

Patterned paper from the Uncharted 4.5" x 6.5" pad (The Paper Studio) was trimmed, edged with Hickory Smoke Distress ink (Ranger),  then matted onto silver metallic cardstock (Neenah). A scrap of the silver cardstock was die-cut with one of the labels from the Stitched Double Fishtails Labels (Frantic Stamper) and the Key Corner die from the Fuschia and Key Corner die set (Impression Obsession). The sentiment from the black and silver Quotations sticker sheet (Idea-ology) was added to the Fishtails Labels, which was then adhered to the card front. The Special Delivery Budgie image panel was adhered to the card front, which was then mounted on a white card.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Just so you know, I Brake for Stamps ships internationally!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

You're a Treasure!

Here's this week's card for Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, which also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps. I must admit that I've been having such fun showcasing die-cuts, rather than stamped images. It's a nice change of pace for me.

Under the Sea Fantasy is the theme of Frantic Stamper's July release, which consists of 28 dies, two clear stamps, and six background stamps.

 Today's card features Treasure Chest, FRA-DIE-10246.


Solar Crest White cardstock (Neenah) and Metallic White cardstock (Recollections) were die-cut with the Treasure Chest die, then colored with Copic markers. Spica Glitter (Copic) and Stardust Glitter (Sakura) pens were used to color the treasure inside the chest. White Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to color the pearls. The Treasure Chest was assembled and set aside while I created a background for it.

A piece of Repositionable Scotch Tape was placed across white cardstock to create a horizon line. Summer Sky Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) was sponged over the Picasso Stencil/Shield (Stampendous) to create a cloudy sky.  Desert Sand Memento ink was sponged below the sky to become the sand. Copic markers were used to add some detail to the sand. 

The colored, assembled Treasure Chest was adhered in place and a shadow was added with Copic markers. Sticker words from the Chit Chat sticker sheet (Idea-ology) were adhered to form the sentiment. The image panel was matted with white cardstock, then adhered to a kraft card.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Take Flight!

Here's a Steampunky card featuring Victorian Steampunk Owl from the New Steampunk set by Carmen Medlin Designsavailable at I Brake for Stamps.


Victorian Steampunk Owl was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles Thinlits die set (Sizzix). The background was added with Copic markers, which were also used to color the Victorian Steampunk Owl. Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add shine and dimension to the Victorian Steampunk Owl's beak, screws, rivets, and the Steampunk piece on her belly.

Patterned paper from the Junque Gypsy (Marion Smith Designs) 6x6 pad was cut to 5 5/8" square, then matted onto gold metallic cardstock. A scrap of the gold cardstock was die-cut twice with one of the labels from the Stitched Double Fishtails Labels (Frantic Stamper). Words from the Chit-Chat sticker book (Idea-ology) were added to the Fishtails Labels, which were then adhered to the card front. The Victorian Steampunk Owl image panel was adhered to the card front, which was then mounted on a 6" x 6" card.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Just so you know, I Brake for Stamps ships internationally!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Purrfect Time!

Here's today's card using one of the wonderful cats from the Les Chats Russe rubber stamp sheet (Katzelkraft) and the tiny clock from the Les Droles d'Accessoires rubber stamps sheet (Katzelkraft).


The cat was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and die cut with one the dies from the Stitched Rectangles Thinlits die set (Sizzix). The cat and the background were colored with Copic markers. The cat's eye and the clock face were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to make them dimensional and shiny.

Yellow cardstock was embossed with the Clocks Embossing Plate (Cherry Lynn Designs), then die-cut with the Reverse Pawprint Border (Frantic Stamper). It was cut to 5.25" x 4" and adhered to a grey A2 card. The image panel was adhered to the card front.

Grey cardstock was die-cut with the A Hint of Lime die (Die-Versions). The sentiment was adhered to the top to finish the card.

Today is a special day for me. It's the day that my cats were born in 1999. They're both gone now and I miss them dearly. Of course, they live on in my heart and we'll remember them forever.

We're in the process of tearing up the soiled carpeting, refinishing the floors, and painting. It's not going as smoothly as I would like. It feels like a step forward and two steps back, yet I hope it's over soon so we can adopt a new pair of kittens. I'm so ready. It's the purrfect time!

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I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenges: Anything Goes
Show Us Your Pussies Challenges: Furrything Goes
Crafty Animals Challenges: Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenges: Layers

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Keep on Swimming!

It's my second month as a guest designer over at  Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, which also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps. I must admit that I've been having such fun showcasing die-cuts, rather than stamped images. It's a nice change of pace for me.


Under the Sea Fantasy is the theme of Frantic Stamper's July release, which consists of 28 dies, two clear stamps, and six background stamps.




The Swimming Mermaid  was die-cut three times from white cardstock. One of the die-cuts was placed upside down under a piece of mid-weight cardboard, then run through my Big Kick (Sizzix). This flattened out the detail and the edges to create a mirror image of the die.

The Shipwreck was die-cut once from white cardstock and all die-cuts were colored with Copic markers, then set aside while I created a background for them.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was painted with Pthalo Turquoise, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Cobalt Teal Hue, and Viridian Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt), then heat set. Pthalo Green Blue and Green Gold MFA paints were sponged through the Moving Vines stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), then heat set.

The die-cut was adhered to the bottom left of the panel, then White Media Modeling Paste (DecoArt) was scraped over the net portion of the Mini Nautical Chains stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) and allowed to air dry. Once dry, Media Sand Texture Paste (DecoArt) was scraped along the bottom to create a sandy sea bottom. This too was allowed to dry, then it was touched with several colors of Distress markers (Ranger) to add depth and color to the sand.

The image panel was matted with kraft cardstock then adhered to a blue card to finish it up!

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth from the Gnome of the Brave!


Sorry about the pun. I couldn't help myself. I decided that one of the gnomes from the Gnome Sheet (I Brake for Stamps) would be perfect on a July 4th card, then this sentiment sprung to mind. This fabulous gnome is one of NINE (9) gnomes and a plethora of mushrooms on that sheet. Please gnote that this sheet is a great bargain!

The Gnome was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles Thinlits die set (Sizzix). The background was added with Copic markers, which were also used to color the Gnome.

Distress Micro Glaze (Ranger) was sponged over the Stars Layering stencils (Stampers Anonymous) onto the top part of a panel cut from 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock. Blue Bister was sprinkled over the stars, then spritzed with water, and tilted to run a bit. The excess was brushed across the page with a paint brush.  This step was repeated several times, then a tiny bit of Blueprint Sketch Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the stars and Blue Bister to match the colored Gnome better. The top part of the image panel was heat set.

Red Bister was sprinkled onto the bottom part of the panel, spritzed with water, brushed across the page, then heat set.
***A Digression***
By the way, Bister is very similar to Brusho Crystal Colors. In fact, the only difference (other than the shape of the packaging) that I noted was that the Bister colors have some brownish tones mixed in with the colored crystals which creates a grungier look.
The Bistered panel was put under some books to be flattened a bit. It was then die-cut with a larger die from the Stitched Rectangles Thinlits die sets, removed from the die, and the edges were lightly distressed with a scissor to add a touch of white and texture. The panel was then adhered to patterned paper from an ancient 6x6 pad.

Another sheet from the same pad was die-cut with a long rectangle die from the Card Creators A2 die set (Spellbinders) and one of the dies from the Conversations Bubble die set (Spellbinders). Simply Sweet rub-ons (Doodlebug) were used to add the sentiments.

The image panel was adhered to the card front. The sentiment strip and the conversation bubble were adhered, and the card front was adhered to a white card.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Just so you know, I Brake for Stamps ships internationally!

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Diva!

Some news. I've stepped down from the Stampotique Design Team. It's been a fabulous run, but after several years, it's time to give some other artists a chance. They are celebrating the new team and a new release with a blog hop. You should definitely hop for a chance to win a fab prize. Click HERE to find out more information.

With that said, here's a tag for the current stencil challenge and also for "Word-Up Weekend", which is celebrated on Stampotique's Facebook page.


I used one of the cats from the Kitty Cube (Daniel Torrente) and the "What? Never seen a diva before?" (Carol's Collection), I also used one of the die-cuts that I received for the Eileen Hull/Stampotique collaboration.

I stamped the fluffy cat from the Kitty Cube with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto the flower die-cut (Eileen Hull/Sizzix), then colored around the flower with Copic markers. Sometimes I find it easier to color the background first, especially in a small space like the flower. The cat was colored with Copic markers, then her eyes received dots of Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops (Tonic Studios), which didn't sting at all.

I put her aside so her eyes could dry while I created the background of the tag. I was totally stoked to receive the newest colors of Distress Oxides today, so I just had to use a few of them. I chose Black Soot, Picked Raspberry, and a hint of Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks (Ranger). I smooshed the Black Soot Distress Oxide pad onto my craft mat, misted it with water, then dragged a piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore). I heat set the cardstock, then repeated the smoosh-mist-drag process with the Picked Raspberry ink pad. I did this several times until I was happy with the result, thoroughly heat set the cardstock, then sponged the same colors directly onto the cardstock, spritzing, then heat setting each color. The last touch was to sponge just the smallest amount of Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink onto the panel. Oh! I almost forgot, I used seam binding to wipe up the excess smooshed ink, then heat set it to make it all crinkly.

Picked Raspberry Distress ink was sponged over the smallest pawprints on the Pawprints stencil (Kaisercraft), then heat set. Black Soot Distress Oxide ink was sponged over the largest pawprint on the bottom right of the panel.

What? Never seen a diva before?" was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger), then heat set. "Meow" washi tape was added to the panel, then my diva cat panel was adhered. The tag front was adhered to a black tag and the Distress Oxide dyed seam binding was threaded through the hole at the top of the tag to finish it up.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stencil Challenge!

This week's challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Stencils!" Here's the blurb about the challenge!
"We are talking about Stencils for this challenge." Everyone uses a stencil every now and then. For us, we use them a ton! Let's see your best project(s) using stencils!"
During June the Stampotique Design Team is collaborating with Eileen Hull's Design Team. We were supplied die-cuts from Eileen Hull's wonderful line of Sizzix dies and were to use them in conjunction with Stampotique's stamps, so I decided to combine challenges because I like to multi-task!

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 Challenge blog!



Keykeeper was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker.  Keykeeper's horns, teeth, and key were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze gel pen (Sakura), then his eyes received dots of Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops (Tonic Studios), which didn't hurt him a bit.  Keykeeper was set aside to relax while I created the rest of the project.

The journal was assembled, then the back and front covers were sponged with Broken China, Worn Lipstick, and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks (Ranger), spritzed with water, heat-set, then the process was repeated until I was happy with the result. The inside of the journal was treated much the same way.

Folded Tags was stamped on the top of the front cover and the bottom of the back cover using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink. It was heat-set.

Removable Scotch Tape was placed horizontally across the bottom of the front panel. Gunmetal Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste (Creative Expressions) was scraped across the Small Keyholes Dylusions stencil (Ranger) and allowed to heat dry. When dry, the same texture paste was scraped over the words "Be Happy" from the Inspiration 6" x 8" stencil (DecoArt) and allowed to dry.

Wilted Violet and Worn Lipstick Distress inks (Ranger) were sponged over the Sheet Music stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), then Broken China Distress ink was sponged over the Pawprints Dinky stencil (That's Crafty).

"Love and Laughter" was stamped with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink, heat set, then die-cut with one of the dies from the Conversation Bubbles die set (Spellbinders). The cardstock was kept in the die and all three Distress inks were sponged over the die and the sentiment.

Music themed Washi tape (Little B) was added above and below the stenciled sparkle-pasted keyholes. Sadly when I went to trim the excess Washi tape off, the paper ripped off of the spine of the binder, so I had to repair it. Fortunately, I had some very old Gaffer cloth tape (7 Gypsies) that fit the bill. Now that there was more black, I sponged all edges of the binder with Black Soot Distress ink.

Once the torn paper emergency was resolved somewhat satisfactorily, Keykeeper was adhered and the "Love and Laughter" sentiment speech bubble was adhered over his head.

It was now time to bind the journal. I followed the directions and created some black cardstock signatures to serve as pages. Waxy Flax was threaded through the holes, tied securely, then some charms (a cat, key and lock, music notes, and "live, love, and laugh" were added with more Waxy Flax. By the way, I'm temporarily closing the journal with a beribboned binder clip.

Here's a photo that shows the spine and front/back covers.



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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

By the Sea


Today's card features Watching Waves, which is a wonderful beach image with a vintage feel. This fabulous stamp is available at at I Brake for Stamps.

Watching Waves was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto white cardstock, then die-cut with one of the dies from the Nestabilities Labels 8 die set (Spellbinders). I kept the image panel in the die and used Copic markers to add the edges of the sea and sand backgrounds. The image panel was then popped out of the die and I finished coloring the image. When I was done, I used an Inkssentials White gel pen to add some white caps and froth to the sea.

A strip of red gingham patterned paper from the By the Sea 8x8 pad (Graphic 45) was cut, then distressed to reveal the white edge. This was then layered atop another sheet of patterned paper from the same pad, then the image panel was adhered. The card front was adhered to a 5.5" square 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 Just so you know, I Brake for Stamps ships internationally!


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer Fun Times!

It's now officially summer, which means we're all ready for Fun Times!

Here's a card featuring Frantic Stamper's brand new Ticket Booth and "Fun Times" dies.


The Ticket Booth was die-cut several times from white cardstock and once from black metallic cardstock. Copic markers were used to color the Ticket Booth and shaping tools were used to add a bit of dimension to the awning. The Ticket Booth was assembled onto a rectangle of black cardstock and the black metallic letters were adhered in place. The rectangle was matted with a scrap of gingham patterned paper and again with black cardstock.

Patterned paper from the On the Boardwalk 8x8 pad (Graphic 45) was cut apart, edged with Black Soot and Fired Brick Distress ink, then layered.

Metallic black cardstock was die-cut with the Fun Times die and adhered to the card front, which was then mounted onto a card.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Special Offer from RubberStampMadness!


To receive a free copy of RubberStampMadness's Summer issue, send an email to rsm@rsmadness.com and mention Kat's Tales of Stamping! The first 100 responders will receive a copy. Here's information about the issue: ATCs are the main focus, with six-pages inside, and an ATC-filled cover. Down on the Farm stamp art incorporates cows, chickens, barns, and over-sized potatoes in pastoral scenes. Judy and Bobby Duke of B & J's Art Stamps share the story of their home-grown business and samples of Judy's fabulous artwork. A how-to feature explains steps for making Simple "Step Cards," perfect for sharing through the mail. Three terrific tags are showcased in The Tag Shoppe. An album of "Not-Feeling-So-Blue" artwork and more are in this issue.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Be Fearless!



The warrior princess was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto white cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins). The Eclipse Tape version was fussy cut, then adhered over her counterpart on the Neenah cardstock to mask the image.

Pumice Stone Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the cardstock, then sponged again over the archway and the stone column on the Tuscan Wall stencil (The Crafter's Workshop). Some Worn Lipstick Distress ink was sponged here and there to add depth of color, then Pumice Stone Distress ink was sponged over it again to soften it. The tiles were outlined with a dark Copic marker, then colored with Toner Grey markers. 

The Eclipse Tape mask was lifted off of my warrior princess and I colored the grey background around her using Copic markers. The warrior princess was colored with Copic markers and some Green Starlight Glitter gel pen (Sakura) was used to add sparkle to her necklace and her sword.

The image panel was edged with Black Soot Distress ink, then adhered to a brown card. A sentiment sticker from the Small Talk Chit-Chat sticker pad (Idea-ology) was colored with a green Copic pen, then adhered to finish the 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 Just so you know, I Brake for Stamps ships internationally!


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day Pop!


My brother-in-law calls my father-in-law "Pop", which is the inspiration for this card which features Frantic Stamper's brand new Soda Pop die.

Summer Carnival Fun is the theme of Frantic Stamper's June 2017 release. There are 25 new precision cutting dies and eight new stamps/stamp sets included in this exciting new release! Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps.

White cardstock was die-cut three times with the Soda Pop die, then colored with Copic markers to look like cola and orange soda.

Patterned paper from the Mellow 6x6 pad (Basic Grey) was layered. Rope patterned Washi tape (Little B) was placed over the seams between the patterns, then the three Soda Pop Bottles were adhered.

White cardstock was die-cut with the Typewriter Alphabet Upper Case (Impression Obsession) and adhered to the striped paper below the Soda Pop Bottles.

White and rust colored cardstock were die-cut with label dies (Spellbinders). The white cardstock was kept in the label and sponged with Distress ink. "Happy Father's Day" was stamped using the Sentiments II stamp set (Purple Onion Designs). The sentiment was adhered to the card front, which was then adhered to the card.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gnome Fishing!


Oh gno! It's time for another gnome pun. Since Father's Day is coming up rather quickly, I decided that the Fishing Gnome from the Gnome Sheet (I Brake for Stamps) would be the perfect image for a card! This fabulous gnome is one of NINE (9) gnomes and a plethora of mushrooms on that sheet. Please gnote that this sheet is a great bargain!

The Fishing Gnome was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the A2 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders).

Old patterned paper from the Mellow collection (Basic Grey) was layered. A set of the Fancy Tags dies (Spellbinders) was used to die-cut white and patterned brown cardstock. Bon-Bon Simply Sweet rub-ons (Doodlebug) were used to add the sentiment.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

What's Up?

This month the Stampotique Design Team is pleased to be collaborating with Eileen Hull's Design Team. We were supplied die-cuts from Eileen Hull's wonderful line of Sizzix dies and were to use them in conjunction with Stampotique's stamps.



You can probably tell that my card was inspired by movie "Up!". Skull Balloons (Arwen McCullen) were stamped multiple times with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker. The plethora of Skull Balloons were set aside while I set to work with the house die-cut.

Owl with Wings was stamped twice with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then trimmed so that the eyes would fit behind the house's windows. The Owl'eyes and the backgrounds were colored with Copic markers and set aside to watch over the Skull Balloons.

 Alpha Background was stamped with Brick Red Distress Oxide ink Ranger), then the letters that I needed for my sentiment were punched with my handy-dandy Small Rectangle Paper Shaper punch (EK Success).

I initially sponged pink and grey Archival inks onto the house die-cut, but the paper ended up pilling. Luckily Carbon Black and Titanium White Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) rescued the house. The paint was heat set, reapplied, then heat set again. Actually, the pilling might have caused one of those "happy accidents" because the house gained a bit more age and texture. The windows, roof ruffles, chimney, and door were also painted with Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints.

When the paint was dry, Neverending Wall, Small was stamped onto the house with Watering Can Archival ink (Ranger), then dried with a heat gun. The house was assembled, the  Alpha Background sentiment was adhered, and dimensional foam tape was added to the reverse.

I found some cloudy patterned blue cardstock in my stash, which was cut to serve as my card front. Black thread was adhered to the back of each Skull Balloon, then the Skull Balloons were adhered to the card front with dimensional foam adhesive squares. The house was adhered over the balloons' thread strings and a silver metallic pearl was added to the door to act as a door knob.

The card front was edged with my beloved Black Soot Distress ink (Ranger), then adhered to a blue card.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Enjoy the Ride!

Summer Carnival Fun is the theme of Frantic Stamper's June 2017 release. There are 25 new precision cutting dies and eight new stamps/stamp sets included in this exciting new release! Frantic Stamper, a fabulous online paper crafting store, also has its own wonderful line of precision cutting dies and clear stamps.
Here's my second card for my Frantic Stamper guest designer gig. It features the Large Carousel Horse die set and the "Enjoy" die

The Large Carousel Horse was die-cut several times from white cardstock. The body, mane, tail, blanket, garland, flowers, and leaves were all colored with Copic markers. The hooves and eye were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to make them shiny and dimensional.

Silver metallic cardstock from the Metallic Stack (DCWV) was die-cut with the Large Carousel Horse's stirrups, the bit, and the bridle dies. Shiny black textured cardstock was die-cut with the saddle die. Gold metallic cardstock from the Metallic Stack was die-cut with the Large Carousel Horse carousel pole and "Enjoy" die.

A piece of blue polka-dotted patterned paper from the Bold and Bright Double Dot 6x6 pad (Bo-Bunny) was cut, then matted with a piece of leftover gold cardstock.

The Large Carousel Horse was assembled on the Double Dot paper and the matted image panel was adhered to blue cardstock (Bazzill Basics). The "Enjoy" sentiment was adhered. You'll note that I die-cut one of the flowers from the Large Carousel Horse die set to cut gold metallic cardstock. I used the flower to dot the "j" in "Enjoy". The image panel was matted with gold cardstock, then adhered to a blue card.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Flowers!

This week's challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenges is "Flowers!" Here's the blurb about the challenge!
"Let's see your favorite flowers 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 Challenge blog!

Here's my card with the wonderful new Microscopic (France Papillon) and Prairie Flowers (Terri Richardson).


I wanted to make the image look like a round vase, which was done by covering the top of the Microscopic stamp with Removable Scotch Tape®. The stamp was inked with London Fog Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), the tape was removed, and the image was stamped. 

Likewise, I wanted to use just the flowers from the Prairie Flowers stamp, so strips of Removable Scotch Tape® were placed over the frame around the flowers and the stamp was inked with Dandelion Memento ink, the tape was removed, and the Prairie Flowersimage was stamped so that the stems went into the "vase".

All images were colored with Copic markers, which were also used to create the background around the flower vase. 

The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the A2 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders), matted on grey cardstock, and adhered to a aqua/bluish card.

Retrospectively, I should have added more flowers to the vase, but I didn't want to mess with success! I know that I'll use this card design again, so there's always next time!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Make a Wish!

Here's a card with The Queen, one of the fabulous Rick St. Dennis rubber stamps available at I Brake for Stamps.



The Queen was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Tag #6 (CREAlies). The image panel was kept in the die, so that the floor could be added. Milled Lavender Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the die and onto the image panel. The image panel was removed from the die, then Gold Stardust Glitter pen (Sakura) was added to star on the The Queen's wand, radiating from her fingers, and from the moon on her headdress. Clear Stardust Glitter pen was used t add sparkle to the gemstones on her dress. Black Spica Glitter pen (Copic) was used to add a touch of sparkle to the buttons on her sleeves. When the glitter ink was dry, several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add dimension and shine to the moon on the Queen's headress, her dagger, and the star on her wand.

Patterned papers, from old 6x6 pads, were selected to match the Queen's  outfit then die-cut with the one of the dies from the Crea-Nest-Lies Extreme Labels #6. The patterned papers were layered, then adhered to green cardstock which had been die-cut with a slightly larger die. A sparkly holographic foil sticker was adhered over the seam, then the The Queen image panel was adhered.

White cardstock was scored, folded, and die-cut with the largest of the Crea-Nest-Lies Extreme Labels #6. The matted tag-shaped card front was adhered and a Chit-Chat sentiment sticker (Idea-ology) was adhered to finish the card.

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