Monday, September 1, 2014

Going Boldly Into September

After getting groceries, doing some laundry, cleaning up my sun room, etc., I decided that was enough labor for this day - lol - and headed to my stamp room! Simon Says Stamp is having a whole month of challenges for their Stamptember party and the first SSS Monday Challenge is to go bold with your stamping. That leaves it wide open for interpretation, until I spied Stacy's new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge with the rich, gradient colors in the fall leaves and that was it!  I had a light bulb moment and knew that I wanted to try my hand at the bokeh (rhymes with bouquet) technique.  Plus, I was inspired by Monika Davis' gorgeous card using this technique!

I headed over to Dawn's tutorial HERE to refresh my memory.  I started with a panel of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock (rough side up) and applied a water wash over the whole thing.  I then added Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint distress inks.  While it was drying, I took a half dozen circle Nestabilities dies and placed them over a piece of acetate to create my ghetto stencil.  :-)  I then sponged on the two distress inks along with some white pigment ink - overlapping the circles as much as possible. 

You're probably wondering what this has to do with fall leaves, but I interpreted the overlapping and the gradient coloring rather than the literal subject and colors.  I'm clarifying so the challenge police won't cart me away! :-)

The feathers were die cut from vellum then white embossed using Waltzingmouse Stamps' Fine Feathers set.  The sentiment is a Wet Paint die by PTI. 

ODBD September Release

Sew...I hope everyone is ready for this month's new release at Our Daily Bread Designs! We're keeping you in stitches with lots of sewing and quilting themed projects. As a pun lover, I could get carried away with this theme, but I'll try to contain myself for now!  Don't want to keep you on pins and needles, so will tell you all about the chance to win some gift certificates for new goodies! :-)

Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers' blogs to receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website. You have until September 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments! The winners will be posted on the ODBD blog on September 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

For my first project, I punched out 16 one inch squares then paper pieced them over grid paper to form this quilted star pattern for my card background.  I had 8 of the coral color and 4 each of two different designer papers from the new Soulful Stitches Collection.  Aren't those peach and sage green colors so heavenly?!  I then ran it through my Big Shot and embossed it to give it the illusion of fabric.  Then came the fun part!  Creating a little sewing collage with embellishments that I've been hoarding for that perfect time.  When Kelley shared what was in the new release, I was so thrilled I could finally use some of them!  The sentiment is from the Quilts stamp set in the new release.

For my second project, I again went with a quilted background look - this time with a star burst
pattern - to highlight this great sentiment. Love the fonts!  I cut a rectangle (4" x 1 1/2") from 4 different patterned papers, than cut each one diagonally to form the elongated triangles.  I adhered them to grid paper starting with the two center triangles.  Looks difficult, but is very easy to do! 

There are more release goodies that you don't want to miss, so be sure and check out all of the other designers' blogs!  You can visit via the ODBD blog or you can click on their blog links below:

 Chris * Grace * Julie * Cathy * Lori * Sandee * Dawn * Paula * Lisa 
Silke * Wanda * Angie * Sabrina * Audrey

Mojo Monday

Good Labor Day Monday to all my friends in the US! There's a new Mojo Monday Challenge on board and Julee has another amazing layout for us!  I was feeling a bit rebellious about my color choices and simply do NOT want to let go of bright florals in spite of loving the fall season!  I wasn't too thrilled with my results, but there was no time for a do-over, so this is what you get. :-)  The card base uses some paper-backed burlap, so it was nice not having the fraying problem.  The butterfly was stamped on vellum cardstock and layered over a second die cut butterfly in matching DP.

STAMPS: Happy Place (butterfly and sentiment), Borderline (cross-stitch border), Making A Statement (flowers/leaves) - all by Verve.
PAPER: Burlap fabric pad by Fabrique, American Craft paper pad (Hobby Lobby), White, Vellum.
INK: Versafine Onyx Black.
ACCESSORIES: Stitched circle die by Lil Inker Designs, Happy Doodles die, Ribbon Banner die, Loopy Blooms dies - all by Verve.  Gold adhesive pearls, Pink glitter tape, Corner Chomper.
For more inspiration, you'll want to visit the other mojomakers' blogs can go to the Mojo Monday blog and check out the first 7 thumbnails.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

ODBD Sneak Peek

OK...So I didn't think I would have a card for today, but that all changed when I realized that there was still time to play along with Kim's great sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge AND I wanted to give you a glimpse of ODBD's new release coming up on Monday! I was also inspired by the Pinterest photo gallery for SCS Inspiration Challenge after I found these paper lace ribbons and loved the color combo! It inspired me to use the yummy new paper pack by ODBD that will be released on Monday.  The sentiment is from a new "Quilts" set that you will love!

This is a very CAS card and went together very quickly since I had leftover hexagons from an earlier project.  I broke into a new paper-backed burlap pad that I found at Hobby Lobby.  Yay for no more frayed burlap on my cards!  The background and the stitched square panel are dies by Lil Inker Designs.  I tweaked the layout a bit so I wouldn't cover up as much of the hexagon design.  Thanks so much for stopping by...I'm off to work now. :-(

Verve Labor Day Sale!

 No card today, but wanted to share that Verve is having a new release today as well as a great sale through the 4th! I just placed my order and wanted to enable the rest of you to do the same - lol!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School

It's back to old school with a chalkboard theme over on SCS Ways to Use It challenge! I white embossed this MFT sentiment, sponged some white ink to make it appear smudged with chalk then stamped a notebook page image (also by MFT) on the card base. A die cut apple from Reverse Confetti and a Memory Box "Pepita" die border completed this CAS one layer-ish card. I'm entering this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where "Anything Goes".  It's being sponsored by Memory Box so that explains my border choice.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Color Throwdown

Are you ready for the last Color Throwdown Challenge of August already?! Monika has picked this gorgeous sunflower photo for us and I was ever so happy to use the blue/yellow/green colors for an old fave image that I've had for years!

My card base is 5" square and I arranged the layout based on the current Retrosketches Challenge. After coloring with Copics, I fussy cut the flower and popped it with foam dots over the splattered rectangle.

STAMPS: Sunflower II (Rubber Stampede); Wonderfully Made (Verve) - sentiment.
PAPER: Family Ties (Pebbles), Pacific Point (SU), X-Press It Blending Card, White (PTI).
INK: Pacific Point (SU), Crushed Curry(SU), Memento Tuxedo Black.
ACCESSORIES: Label punch by SU, Button, Stitched Rectangle die by Lil Inker Designs, Notebook edge punch by SU, Copics.

We are so thrilled that Jodi Collins will not just be our August guest designer, but she is now a regular design team member!  Doing the happy dance here!!  Once again...welcome, Jodi!

Our star stamper of the week is Beverly Daw! We're thrilled to have you joining us! Click on her name to go directly to her blog.

Play along with us this week and you just might be in the spotlight next week by being our guest star stamper!  You don't have to have exact colors to play along, but you do need to have a close resemblance.  Be sure and link your creation to the linky tool at the bottom of the current challenge post on the Color Throwdown Challenge blog.
    Want some more inspiration from the rest of the design team?  Check them out below...

                                                                       Barbara Anders
Jodi Collins  (August guest designer)