Sunday, October 15, 2017

Naughty or Nice Spooky Reminder

Middle of the month means it's time to remind you about our current Naughty or Nice challenge: Something Spooky
A lot of my Halloween cards this year have centred on inky sky backgrounds, so I decided I wanted to use patterned paper this time. I combined that with Shopping Our Stash's latest SHOE challenge and came up with this: 

I already had this rounded panel of distressed orange paper in my stash (from an ancient Echo Park collection, as is the spiderweb paper), so it was simply a matter of stamping and embossing the shoes and sentiment. The shoes are in a fun Noche d'Oro embossing powder — black with gold, copper and silver glints. It doesn't really want to photograph in all its glory, but here's my attempt: 

I popped up the orange panel with some fun foam and added a few black half pearls to set off the sentiment.
The Naughty or Nice challenge runs for another ten days, so I hope you'll come and get spooky with us! 

Supplies: black cardstock, Echo Park Apothecary Emporium patterned paper, Stampin' Up Tee-Hee-Hee stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, clear & Noche d'Oro embossing powders, Recollections black half pearls, Marvy-Uchida corner-rounding punch, fun foam

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

For the Book Lover

Edna has gone all out for our new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, Z is for ZOMBIE! So why on earth did I reference books on my post title? Here's why:

A zombie librarian! This is officially what I want to be when I grow undead. I might even make a dent in my TBR pile if I have all the time in the world. And anyone who loses or damages their library book... snack time! 
This is a free digital image from the talented and funny Jessa Feig — I've linked to her freebies page, but be sure to check out the rest of her blog, too. (Not surprisingly, Jessa has worn the Queen of Snark crown with us in the past.) I printed my librarian and sentiment on bristol then coloured her with watercolour pencils. I don't like to not stamp at all, so I added the cobwebs along the top and bottom before die cutting my panel.  
I'm entering this into the current fall/Halloween challenge at CAS on Friday
You will love the range of zombie creations the sisters have come up with for the challenge, as well as our guest designer and current Queen of Snark Michelle! I've even pointed you to a selection of zombie images (πŸ¦„, anyone?), so why not join in the fun?

Supplies: black cardstock, Bienfang bristol, Useless Trinkets Edey the Zombie librarian digital stamps, Craft Smart cobweb stamp, Memento grey flannel ink, watercolour pencils, MFT wonky stitched rectangle die, clear sparkle Gelli Roll pen, Glossy Accents

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Monday, October 2, 2017


Now here is a Monday you can look forward to — today marks the start of SNARKTOBERFEST!!! The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is honoured to be a part of this blog hop dedicated to our favourite kind of cards... SNARKY ones, of course! 
It's a blog hop, did I mention there are prizes? 

Each of our generous sponsors is also offering a prize to a lucky blog hop commenter! 
For my contribution to the snark hop, I made a card using a fabulous stamp provided to me by one of our sponsors, So Suzy Stamps. I had to give it the spotlight: 

Truth in cardmaking, I always say. πŸ˜‰ Also, where's a large tombstone die when you really need one? I hope the cracks and sponging make it look a little gravestone-ish, at least. Since I have a die for a haunted house with front porch, how could I not? Of course I didn't think to mask off a circle when I smooshed my night sky, so a vellum moon suffices. 
The Snarktoberfest blog hop starts with our snarky organizer, Josephine. Of course she saved the best for last πŸ˜‰ so the Sisterhood is the final stop on the hop. Remember to comment on all the stops by midnight EDT on October 5th — not only will you enjoy all the snarky humour, but you might just win a prize! 

Supplies: black, grey & mauve cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, yellow vellum, So Suzy Stamps Safest Day stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire, shaded lilac, wilted violet, hickory smoke & black soot distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, QuicKutz haunted house, Spellbinders circle, MFT blueprints 24 & grassy edges dies, pop dot tape

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Nice Spooky? Naughty Spooky?

First of the month! And that month is OCTOBER, so at Naughty or Nice Challenges we are looking for SOMETHING SPOOKY

Also because it is October 1st... I made a card I didn't have to colour! 😜 It was nice to have the option after September's colouring extravaganza. Here's my sorta-spooky creation: 

I did try to make a spooky Halloween sky by sponging lots of blues and purples, then using my stippling brush to speckle it with black. I embossed the speech bubble and sentiment before starting so it would (more or less) resist the inks. Next up I stencilled some embossing paste stars; and after waiting as long as I could for them to dry (deadlines!), I embossed the spider. As these things always work out, the last thing I did was add the spider's web with a fine-line marker... OFF-CENTRE. I figure it's so very off it looks like I planned to do it.  πŸ€¦πŸ»‍♀️
I hope you'll hop over to the Naughty or Nice blog to be spooked by all the Troublemakers. You have until October 25th to join us! 

Supplies: black and white cardstock, Essentials by Ellen Got Candy? stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black, Colorbox citrine & shaded lilac, wilted violet, dusty concord, blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire & black soot distress inks, Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, Dreamweaver glossy white embossing paste, Heidi Swap confetti stencil, K & Company layered die cut 

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

DAY 30

Thirty days of colouring? DONE. It's the last of September and the final day of The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge. The creation of expert colourist Kathy Racoosin, she encourages everyone to colour every day, even for as little as five minutes. After making it from start to finish for the first time, I think being creative in some way every day might work for me. Not sure I need to colour every day, but it does help hone the process. However, I'm still convinced some days it works, some days it really doesn't. :P 
I did go all out on my card today: 

Look at those cute little squirrels Emily picked for Angela and me to use this final day! I started by getting out what turns out to still be my go-to colouring medium, my Zigs, and using them on the squirrels and acorns. I had thought about doing a stencilled leaf background and having them on a central panel, but this morning I decided to get ambitious and make my own Impressionistic background using sponges and qtips. I'm pleased with how it turned out! So much so that I almost didn't put a sentiment on... what if I wrecked it? I'm glad I did though; I picked one that references the little heart tag on the one acorn. 
These squirrels are scampering off to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Anything Goes challenge. 
Thanks to Kathy for the push to create all month, and to Ang and Em for the fun stamp sets they chose for the three of us to create with! 
P.S. This is my second post of the day... you can see my card for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, Pink Halloween, here!

Supplies: white & Neenah desert storm cardstock, Fabriano watercolour paper, My Mind's Eye Bohemia patterned paper, Neat & Tangled My Favourite Nut & Woof stamps & dies, Unity grab bag stamp, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass, mowed lawn, squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin, ground espresso & gathered twigs distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig markers, Winnie & Walter Katharine rectangle die, dimensionals

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