a creative mind at work in the deep dark basement

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SDC180: Painted Background

Corrie Herriman is our hostess this week over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and here is her challenge details:

Happy Wednesday everybody.  My first love in crafting is paint.  So, today I would like you all to use paint in your background.  Doesn't matter what paint or how you apply it, just have fun!


I was testing out my background painting and I'm still on the fence about this ATC I created.  I embossed the image in white embossing powder and then watercolored over it.

I wanted to add a cute little sentiment on this and then some embellishments by adding some candy dots.

Hope you will join us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week!
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Card details:
Stamps: 7045 Joyful and 9005 Happy Birthday by Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Basic Black, watercolor paper
Inks: Archival Ink Jet Black
Embellishment: Candy dots




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Thoughts of you


I got a few sets this weekend and wanted to immediately play with them so thought I'd take a little time to get something created.  Part of my goal this year is to craft a little more, even if it's before I start work for 1/2 hour or whipping up a quick creation, I want to do more.

I got these cool gold doilies from Mish Mash's shop in a kit for cards-but wanted them to use on other creations.

This card was created using the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge.  I went off the beaten path from the sketch with the doily but I like how it turned out.  I popped the eyes on the bee up a bit to give it a little more dimension.


To finish off my card, I wanted to add in a pop of color so colored my heart red and added some red sequins.

Thanks for stopping by today and visiting!
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Card details:
Stamps: Word Up and Bee Mine from Paper Smooches
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, My Mind's Eye Now & Then-Milo collection
Inks: Archival Ink-Jet Black
Embellishment: gold doily, red sequins, dimensionals



Monday, January 26, 2015

Keep on Truckin'


Another birthday card for the swap I'm doing with a friend.  I went with a masculine theme on this one too as we can never have enough of those cards, they don't come too easily to me but I need to create more of them.  They are the first to deplete from my stash.

This image is from what I believe is a kit from The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe Kit called Just Men...it was a set I bought with a box of goodies and it didn't have a name on it.

The inside of my card says "Keep on Truckin'".

Love this color combination but think next time I may add in a little blue to my creation.

Thanks for stopping by today!
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Card details:
Stamps: Just Men from The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe Kit (I hope anyway)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Naturals Ivory
Inks: Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate
Embellishments: Buttons from stash

Saturday, January 24, 2015

With Sympathy




This week my new online friend, Eileen Flannery and I decided to challenge each other to use up some of our goodies we've been buying.  We share a love of Verve stamps and so the Mojo Sketch of the week seemed like the perfect challenge.



I also used a few color combinations to include with my cards, my first one created for a family friend who passed away this past weekend:

for the card on the right I used CQC276


and then a wedding color combination on the left one.

I was pleased that these cards came so easily to me.  After I created the one on the left I was feeling on such a roll I completed 2 of the one on the right.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you are having a great weekend!
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Card details:
Stamps: Bloom & Grow and One Person from Verve Stamps
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, VIP Purple, Purpilicious, You're Such a Graycious Host, Create Paper The Pier
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Smoky Slate, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Cool Carribean, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Pearl, brad, Webster's Pages Designer Trim

Friday, January 23, 2015

BC403: By The Sea


Today our blogger's challenge theme is "By the Sea".  I'd love to be by the sea right now as it's cold here in GA and even thought there is sun...it's not warm enough for me.

I've just recently participated in a Birthday Card swap with a friend and decided I needed to create some masculine cards which I don't do often enough...I really don't have a lot of masculine sets.

I stamped these surfboards onto some patterned papers and cut them out.  The little sponged and distressed cardstock hopefully looks like a sand pile :-)

This was the most recent Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #252 I used as well.


Hope you will join us at Blogger's Challenge and show us what you've got "by the sea"!
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Card details:
Stamps: Relax from Verve Stamps, From Us by Simon Says Stamp
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, My Minds Eye Fine & Dandy True Blue
Inks: Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: Circle punches


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SDC179: Punny/Funny

Kathi Rerek is our hostess this week and her challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge has us hitting our funny bone:

e.e. cummings said "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." Puns and word play always make me smile.  Really good puns make me laugh.  Create a project that makes YOU smile.


This has always been a favorite stamp and sentiment of mine, so of course I had to break him out to use.

I utilized the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #251 for this card.   I did a lot of distressing and added a heart to my wood veneer piece to let the recipient know how much I carrot about them.

Hope you will join us over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
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Card details:
Stamps: 8988 I Carrot 'Bout You, 6092 Carrot, 12010 Hazel Heart (used the heart only) from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: Wood veneer, dimensional glue

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Birthday Fishes


This took me a few times to get it to look like I was imagining in my head.  I saw this sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #169 and thought it looked like a fishbowl and these images came to mind.

This is for a birthday card swap I'm doing with a friend (we were both creating 5 different cards to swap).  I'm always in need of birthday cards and miss swapping with people.  

I used the Pink Paislee Color Wash set to create my water background.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!
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Card details:
Stamps: Briny Blue and Birthday Buddies from Paper Smooches, Color Wash from Pink Paislee
Cardstock: Cool Caribbean, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Inks: Marina Mist, Bermuda Bay, Cool Carribean
Embellishments: buttons, twine, tiny bubbles cuttlebug folder


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