Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Shopping Our Stash #217 - Put a Bird On It

Happy first day of the month! Can you believe it's September?? One more week til all the wee Southern Ontario kiddies go back to school! It really IS the most wonderful time of the year!!! 

This week the Shopping Our Stash crew would like you to "Put a Bird On It"

We don't care what kind of bird or how big that bird is...we just wanna see a bird somewhere on your project.

Visit the SHOPPING OUR STASH BLOG for all the details on the challenge and while you are there please show some lovin' to the other members of the team.

I am the most bird adverse person you will ever meet in your life...I don't like birds and birds don't like me, so I am kinda proud of myself for having not one but SEVEN birds on my card

Ya ya ya ok they are really small birds...whatever.

Here's what I came up with for the challenge: 



Originally I planned to do black birds on a white background, but thought...oh that's too easy...forgetting momentarily how much I dislike smudgy white embossing powder...nonetheless I carried on and am somewhat satisfied with the white birds on the black background (somewhat).

Shite I used to make this card:

  • White cardstock (Fireworx)
  • Basic Black cardstock (SU)
  • Versamark
  • White embossing powder (Recollections)
  • Life's Possibilities stamp set (Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous)
  • Chit Chat stickers (Tim Holtz)
We'd love for you to join the Shopping Our Stash crew and play along with us!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Shopping Our Stash #216 - Splish Splash

Helllllllooooooo crafty friends!! A most happy Tuesday to you! Thanks for stopping by today to check out the newest SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge!!

This week the SOS crew are going all Splish Splash and would like to see some sort of wet medium on your project - watercolor, acrylic paint, distress inks...your choice!!

I made two cards for the challenge...the one I made first came out like some sort of hot mess disaster so I set it aside, now a few days later...it's growing on me and I like the colours in it.

I started with the hexagon stencil over the watercolour paper, smeared my distress inks on my craft mat and then painted the stencil with my Tim Holtz water brush. 

Originally the plan was to have the hexagons on the left and the umbrella man on the right. Then I decided to try another stencil (the sunburst one) and lastly heat embossed the umbrella man and the sentiment.

I have ZERO patience, so the stenciled parts **probably** weren't dry when I heat embossed and it didn't come out as crisp as I would like...ahh well...shite happens. I still like the colours LOL



Shite I used to make this card:

  • White cardstock (Fireworx)
  • Watercolour paper (Michaels)
  • Distress inks - Weathered Wood, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive, Frayed Burlap, Broken China, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz)
  • Water brush (Tim Holtz)
  • Sunburst stencil (Tim Holtz)
  • Hexagon stencil
  • Versamark
  • Black embossing powder (Recollections)
  • Purely Random stamp set (Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz)
  • Life's Possibilities stamp set (Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz)

So, still thinking the first card was a disastrous hot mess, I made another card. This time I made it a bit easier on myself, smeared the distress inks on the craft mat again, spritzed them with water and used a foam brush to paint the watercolour paper.




Shite I used to make this card:
  • White cardstock (Fireworx)
  • Distress inks - Picked Raspberry, Weathered Wood, Dusty Concord
  • Watercolour paper (Michaels)
  • Versamark
  • Black embossing powder (Recollections)
  • Sponge brush (Michaels)
  • Sentiment Sampler stamp set (Paper Smooches)
  • Medallion stamp (SU)
Be sure to visit the SHOPPING OUR STASH BLOG for all the details on the challenge and while you are there, show the rest of the crew some crafty lovin! We'd love for you to play along with us! You have until Monday August 31 to link up your project on the SOS BLOG.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Shopping Our Stash #215 - Layer It On Me


Can you believe it's the middle of August?? As you read this post I will be on vacation with my family in beautiful Prince Edward Island....ahhhhhh....hooray for summer vacation!!

The SHOPPING OUR STASH crew however, we don't take vacations! 

We are dedicated to bringing you an exciting new challenge each and every week!! Thank heavens for being able to schedule posts into the future!!

This week the SOS crew would like you to Layer It On Me!

We want to see LOTS of layers on your projects.

***sigh*** layers are a challenge for me...everyone else makes them look awesome, mine always look lame...so I sought some professional help in the way of a sketch to start with...I chose this one from Studio Calico


And here's the many layered card I made based on the sketch:


Two things on this card I never ever do...one - layers, that's WAY more layers than I usually use (but I kinda LOVE it!!!)...two - I used design paper as my card base instead of cardstock...(again, kinda LOVING it!!!)

Shite I used to make this card:

  • Plum, Pistachio Nut and Kraft cardstock (for the circles - Bazzill)
  • Enchanted Garden design paper (Bo Bunny)
  • #hashtags stamp set (Tim Holtz)
  • Tuxedo Black ink (Memento)
  • Fishtail & Banner die set (Your Next Stamp)
  • 2" circle punch (Marvy)
  • 1 3/4" and 1 1/4" circle punches (SU)
  • Sanding block (SU)
  • Frayed Burlap distress ink & mini ink blending tool (Tim Holtz)
Check out the SHOPPING OUR STASH BLOG for all the details on the challenge.

While you are there show the rest of the SOS crew some crafty lovin!!

We'd love for you to play along with us! Let's see your layers!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cadet de Jong - YOU ROCK!

If you are looking for my Shopping Our Stash "Make a Spectacle of Yourself" post, please click HERE

If you are looking for my Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers "U is for Ugly" post, please click HERE

Not usual for me to post on a Wednesday, I know...wanted to share with you real quick a cute dude card I made for my wee Army Cadet who will be graduating from CTC Blackdown 2 week General Training course tomorrow.

I couldn't be more proud - other than he could have called home more than once in two weeks....sheesh!!

Nonetheless, he graduates tomorrow and will be home on Friday morning, so I wanted to make him a "You Rock!" card that he'll get (hopefully) tomorrow if Dad and Grandpa can find him in a crowd of 2000 cadets!!

Sending out a super proud shout out to all the 1626 West Niagara Army Cadets who spent time at camp this summer! You all rock and are indeed #canadasfinest



Shite I used to make this card:

  • White cardstock (Fireworx)
  • Skull design paper (SU)
  • Just Jawing stamp set (SU)
  • Tuxedo Black ink (Memento)
  • Mini ink blending tool (Tim Holtz)
  • Fishtail / Banner die set (Your Next Stamp)
  • Foam squares to pop up a few of the skulls for a 3-D effect
Here are a few pictures of his departure for camp on August 2...ya...I am THAT mum!



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Shopping Our Stash #214 - Make a Spectacle of Yourself


Greetings and a most happy Tuesday to you crafty friends!

Are you ready for a new SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge??

This week the SOS crew would like you to Make a Spectacle of Yourself

No, we don't want to see you dancing on tables (but feel free if you are so inclined, and please share the video)...we'd like you to use paper / stamps / dies with eye wear on it.

Here's what I came up with for the challenge:


Shite I used to make this card:

  • White cardstock (Fireworx)
  • "Hey Kid Kre8V" ephemera die cuts, design paper and stickers (Pink Paislee)
  • Bling (Stamping Bella)
Visit the SHOPPING OUR STASH BLOG for all the details on the challenge and while you are there please show the rest of the crew some crafty lovin!

We'd love for you to play along with us!!