Showing posts with label NBUS Challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NBUS Challenge. Show all posts

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Triple Boo!

I'm back today with a Halloween Card.  Clean and Simple -  and triple scary!
I was going to use just one spider on the web (there are two dies here both from Memory Box - the web and the spider) but I cut several spiders as I was making multiple cards.  So - I thought how much more creepy this would be with 3 spiders on the web -  and it is, don't you think???  
I'm getting the shivers just looking at it again!!
I've used the spider die before and I've had the web for just as long 
(4-5 years?! these are both so old Memory Box no longer has them on their site) 
but somehow I never used the web die.
The spiders bodies are popped up on foam dots and the top of their 'string' is glued to the web.  I added orange Tiny Twinkles for eyes just to make them even MORE creepy!  The sentiment is white embossed on black and popped up on foam dots as well.  The panel is white linen so has a little texture to it but you really can't see it in the photo.

Which is why I love Darnell's NBUS challenge
it makes us look at what we have stashed away, get it out and use it!
 I'm also linking my card to:


Stamps:  Boo - Amuse
Paper:  White, Fresh Snow Linen, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Creepy Web Die, Dangling Spider Die - Memory Box, foam dots, Tombow Blue, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, white embossing powder.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

In Thanks for Fall Leaves

I've been busily making both Halloween and Thanksgiving cards to sell at our October Church Fair.  I love how I can sit down and stamp all day if I want to, now that I'm retired!  
Today I have a Thanksgiving card to share.
I used my brandy-new Mix and Mat - Pinked Edge Die that has this beautiful leaf cut out in the middle of it.  I cut it out of Arches Watercolor paper and then colored it by rubbing Distress Inks on my craft mat, spritzing the inks with water, and dragging and pouncing the die cut panel in the colors.  
I layered it to a panel of Brown Kraft Core Coredinations paper that I sanded to reveal some of the Kraft Core.  I embossed the sentiment in gold on a strip of vellum and attached it over the panel with small brads.
 Tomorrow I'll be back with a Halloween Card!

I'm linking my card to:
 this is the first time I've used the pinked edge leaf die

Make My Monday - Autumn Colors

Stamps:  Peace and Plenty - Waltzingmouse (no longer available)
Paper:  Arches Watercolor Paper, Rustic Cream, Vellum - PTI, Brown Kraft Core - Core-dinations.
Ink:  Versamark, Ranger Distress Barn Door, Spiced Marmelade, Crushed Olive, Gathered Twigs.
Accessories:  Gold embossing powder, heat tool, small brads, mini sander - Ranger, nonstick craft mat.

Monday, September 25, 2017

September Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

I'm excited to be playing along with the September Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.   Nicole gave us this lovely image for inspiration.
Last month I purchased the Beautiful Berries - Autumn and the coordinating dies and was anxious to ink them up so here is my inspired card.
I used a piece of Kraft Core Coredinations paper for the base panel and I sanded it a bit to reveal the kraft beneath the color.  I layered the black panel to a white card base so the white shows through the dots.  The circles frame was die cut using one of the dies in the Mix and Mat Flourishes Die Set.  I white embossed the sentiment.  After stamping the die cut bittersweet pieces, I sponged all the edges with Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap Ink and layered them over the die cut frame with foam dots.  I added 3 gold enamel dots.

Now I'm off to check out everyone's inspired cards -  are you hopping too?  You'll find lots of inspiration at the PTI blog hop here.  You have until midnight to link up.

Also linking my card to Darnell's NBUS Challenge - the beautiful Berries Autumn is new

Stamps:  Beautiful Berries - Autumn - PTI
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Cocoa Bean, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse - PTI, Versamark, Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap
Paper:  White - PTI, Black Kraft Core Coredinations.  
Accessories:  mini sander - Ranger, foam dots, Mix and Mat Flourishes Die, Beautiful Berries - Autumn Die - PTI, enamel dots - home made from Perla beads.

Monday, April 3, 2017

NBUS Birthday

I'm so excited that Darnell is running another NBUS challenge April 1 - April 11!  I have so many NBUS's I could make a card everyday for a month or more using stuff I buy and then NEVER use! 
(I didn't have a boo boo card)
Today my NBUS is one of the fun 'Splits' stamp and die sets from PTI -  I've  purchased  4 of them and have not taken them out to ink - until today!   This is the Best Wishes Splits stamps and die (they are just $5 each!).  I didn't use the best wishes sentiment that comes with the set though, I used a Happy Birthday from a Cat's Pajamas set.
I colored the petals with Zig Clean Color Brushes and added black half pearls where there were stamped berries.  I also cut the sentiment center off of the die cut and raised up the petal top and bottom as seen below.
I used my favorite SU embossing folder, Square Lattice,  on the white panel and layered it over a Hibiscus Burst panel and adhered it all to a white card base.

Linking my card to:

Stamps: Splits - Best Wishes - Papertrey Ink, A Beary Good Year - The Cat's PajamasPaper:  White, Hibiscus Burst - PTI
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  foam dots, black half pearls - Kaiser Craft, Zig Clean Color Brushes.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bubble Wrap Polka Dots

I made this card for Darnell's NBUS challenge #10 with the optional twist of using bubble wrap.
This is her description:
"So for your optional theme this week you can:
a) use Bubble Wrap in some way or some fashion on your creation (maybe you have a bubble wrap stencil?), or 
b) use bubbles, or use wrap, or use some other unusual material in some way"

 I LOVED Darnell's example of using Alcohol Inks dropped on bubble wrap and then pressing glossy card stock over the wrap.  I used 3 panels of glossy card and got a different look each time I pressed.  I used Aqua and Shell Pink Adirondack Alcohol Inks.
This was the result with the first press -  because this press had the most ink on it - the colors blended together more.  My NBUS are the stamps -  the 'wandy' thing with sprinkles falling from it is from a set called Polka Dot and Paint from Snapping Monster Stamps Etsy shop. I purchased the set some time ago but have not yet used it.   The sentiment is from Just Desserts from PTI - I haven't used this sentiment from the set yet.
and this is  the card I made using the second pressed panel -  more definition of the circles but still some running together.  I went a little more embellished on this card below, die cutting the panel with Wonky Stitches from Avery Elle, adding washi tape behind the panel and pink sequins -  this is my least favorite of the three.  
I'm a CAS girl at heart!
And here is the third pressing - which is my favorite.  It shows the most individual dots.  I added 3  pink Tiny Twinkles to two of the cards.

I'm also linking my card to:

You'll find Darnell's NBUS Challenge #10 here.

Stamps:  Polka Dot and Paint - Snapping Monster Stamps Etsy Shop, Just Desserts - PTI
Paper:  White - PTI, Gloss Card - Ranger
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Watering Can,  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Adirondack Archival Inks - Aqua and Shell Pink, bubble wrap, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, pink sequins, washi tape, foam dots, Wonky Stitches - Avery Elle.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hiding how I'm thinking of you

I almost forgot Darnell was having 3 NBUS challenges in a row this month - the second being posted this past Monday.  SO glad I realized and got a card done in time!
I did use one of her optional elements in my card design:  1.  The first optional theme I used this week is a NBUS Technique called "Hidden Word" or "Camouflaged Word" or, if you want to get technical "Steganography."
 My NBUS is this piece of paper from a K and Co Amy Butler paperpad.  I've used other papers from this pad - but none of this one.  I also used word dies from a thinlit die set - I've used other words from this set but not these.
I die cut the words twice out of Simply Chartreuse card stock and once out of the panel of DP.  I glued all three layers together with the DP on the top - then adhered the thick words into the cut out on the DP that I had already adhered to the card .  I added a little matboard heart that I colored by inking it with Simply Chartreuse.

You'll find this week's NBUS challenge here.
Also linking my card to:
Happy Little Stampers 
Darnell is having surgery today -  so the sentiment on this card is going out to her through cyber space - as well as prayers and hugs!  Best wishes today Sis!!

Paper:  Simply Chartreuse - PTI,  DP - K and Co/Amy Butler/Desigher Mat Pad, little sizzles Matboard - Sizzix.
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse - PTI
Accessories:  Dies - Thinking of you - Thinlits/Celebrate, heart die - Tim Holtz. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Every Moment Matters

Today I made a card for Darnell's Blog birthaversary Surprise NBUS Challenge!   She is celebrating so many things you will just have to check it out here to see what all the hubbub is about.
Anyhoo -  the bottom line is that she would like us to use an NBUS while using colored pencils on kraft card stock (jump on one foot and twirl around at the same time too!?  just kidding!!!......)
Here's what I made:
and here's what I used
The flower stamp is my NBUS - it's from a stamp set called Artful Life by Wendy Vecchi - I've used other stamps in the set (such as this sentiment) but not this particular flower.  I used colored pencils and Gamsol - a technique that you can find on YouTube and Splitcoast stampers.
I black embossed my flowers and the Gamsol seemed to melt it a little so there are some dark smudges as well as the colors -  but I kind of like the shadowy look!  I laid a Check Mate stencil over the panel and colored in some of the squares randomly with a colored pencil - trying to ground the flowers a bit.   Then I just added 3 sequins.
I haven't used the Gamsol colored pencil coloring technique in many years but did have all the supplies in a drawer in my craft room!  You can see other cards I have made using this technique here.   I need to practice it more - but this will do for now!

Some come and join us over at Darnell's NBUS challenge -  she's running one every week for 3 weeks for her special celebration!   See it all here.  Thanks for making stamping so much fun Sis!

Stamps:  Artful Life - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  Kraft - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Versamark
Accessories:  Gamsol, paper stump, Fantasia Color Pencils, Check Mate Stencil - Wendy Vecchi/SA,  black embossing Powder, heat tool, sequins - Neat and Tangled.

Friday, September 2, 2016

This is the Day

So many wonderful monthly challenges have started with the beginning of September!  Today I'm joining in with Loll and Bonnie in their CAS Mix Up Challenge.
I decided to try marbling using the floating alcohol ink technique that Loll used - here's a video by Andy Skinner showing the process.
I used Adirondack Inks Sail Boat Blue and Butterscotch on Gloss Paper from Ranger for my background.
I embossed the stamped Psalm from Phrases and Praises set by PTI in black.
I added 3 Wood Veneer stars, adhered the panel to a slightly larger black card panel and adhered that to the white card base with foam dots so it pops up a bit.
I was happy to learn this new technique for marbling - but I found that many of the colors of Alcohol Inks that I have were too light when added to the water.  I tried card stock, glossy card and a manila tag - and the tag really took the watered ink the best - I may post another project using the tag soon!
You'll find the CAS Mix up Challenge here.

I'm also linking to:
marbling with alcohol inks is a new technique for me

this is the first time I've used this stamp set even though I purchased it several releases ago from PTI!

Stamps:  Phrases and Praises - PTI
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, Gloss Paper - Ranger
Ink:  Versamark, Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Sail Boat Blue, Butterscotch
Accessories:  dish of water, wood veneer stars - American Crafts, Black Embossing Powder, heat tool.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sweet Wishes in a Miniature Coffee Bag

Today I have a little miniature treat bag to share!  I made it for Saturday's Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  Audrie challenged us to be inspired by a wonderful miniature art web site Paintings for Ants by Lorraine Loots - a South African artist.  For 3 years, Lorraine painted a little miniature work of art everyday.
Lorraine had so many works on her site that to narrow it down,  I decided to go to my birth date - 9/5 and see what she drew on that day.   I found this sweet little cupcake.  I knew this sweet little cupcake stamp from the Coffee Set from WMS would be perfect - even down to the cherry on top (although I covered the cherry with a rhinestone!)-  and I decided to adhere the cupcake to a miniature coffee bag I made using some Kraft Glassine paper and the WMS mini coffee bag die.  It measures just 1 3/8" x 2 3/4" - so all is 'miniature' on my project!
I left one side of the tab closure strip open at the top so you could see how the bag is designed so it actually closes  like a 'real' coffee bag - I glued a piece of wire inside the tab so it would hold the bag closed when folded back. And I put 3 Cadbury Easter eggs next to the bag so you could visualize the tiny size of the bag!
Here's a view with the bag open.  Not sure if you can see - but there is even a little window cut out behind the cupcake and I put a piece of clear acetate there so, if I hadn't filled the space with a cupcake, you would see what was inside the bag 
(if there was anything in it - which there isn't at the moment!)
And here's a view form the side with the top closed. You can't fit TOO much in this little bag - but it will still be SWEET!!!
Unfortunately, this coffee bag die is no longer available - did you hear that Waltzingmouse is closing at the end of March?? So sad.... The versatile Coffee set is still in stock at the moment.

I'm also linking my project to:
This is the first time I've used the coffee bag die

Stamps: The Coffee Set - Waltzingmouse

Paper: Kraft Glassine - Idea-ology, White - PTI, clear acetate (from packaging)
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, True Black, Classic Kraft - PTI
Accessories: Dies - Mini Coffee Bag and The Coffee Set (cupcake) - Waltzingmouse, ScorTape, lace from stash, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, 24 gauge wire, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NBUS - Fire House Under the Dome

Whoo hoo!   Darnell is having another NBUS challenge
and there are some wonderful prizes to be won!
Every month I've been purchasing the wonderful Petite Places stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink because I just LOVE miniature things - but then don't seem to find time to get them out and play with them!  
So the NBUS challenge was the perfect opportunity to get the City Station Stamps and Die set out and create this fun jar topper!
We were recently invited to my nieces in-laws cottage in NH and her father-in-law is a retired fireman so I made this as a thank you to them!  I filled the little 1/2 pint jar (from Joann's) with M&M's.  PTI sells the 3" ornament domes and I also found them at Joann's.  See the little black dog sitting outside the Fire station?!

I made the tag from a Stitched Tag Die from Waltzingmouse - the Thank You, car and Stop light  stamps are from the Main Street Petite Places set,   the road stamp is from City Scenes. 
The Flagpole is from the Petite Places School House stamp and die set - it's attached to a little picket fence but it got covered with the green foliage. The black base for the scene was cut using the  Scenic Basic Backer die with a white Nestability circle die piece cut in half layered over it.  I hand drew in the walk from the street to the door of the station. (this can also be made a gas station using other stamps in the City Station set)
 View from the back (It's impossible to photo these domes without glare!)
So what NBUS supplies will you get out and finally use to link up to Darnell's NBUS challenge??

Stamps:  Petite Places City Station,  Petite Places School, Petite Places Main St. - Papertrey Ink
Paper:  White, True Black, Sweet Blush - PTI
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Pure Black, Enchanted Evening - PTI
Accessories:  Foliage Clusters - Wee Scapes (from hobby shop), Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Copics, Glaze Pen - Sakura, Maraschino Twine - The Twinery, 3" diameter clear ornament dome - PTI (or Joanns),  City Station Die set, School Die Set, Main St. die set - PTI,  Stitched Tag Die - Waltzingmouse, 1/2 pint canning jar - Joanns, Scortape.