Friday, April 29, 2016

Skipping Stones Design April Challenge

I can’t believe it’s the end of April already! I mean, seriously!

Today is a new monthly challenge at Skipping Stones Design and we’re using a sketch!

Yesterday is for Remembering

I (of course) didn’t stick totally to the sketch pictured below, but used it as inspiration when creating my card  and loosely kept with the sketch.

To start, I masked off three circles and used an ink blending tool to color the three circles with Cantaloupe Crisp, Coastal Cabana and Perfect Plum. Next, I pulled out Breathtaking Butterflies and stamped the top with the smaller butterfly image in Calypso Coral, followed by Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss.

Yesterday Close Up

The sentiment was stamped in Smoky Slate and I added a sequin to each circle for texture.

Make to visit the Skipping Stones Design Blog to see what the other designers came up with, and then participate in the challenge!

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

SSD April Tip & Technique Hop!

It’s time for a new Blog Hop at Skipping Stones Design full of tips and techniques!

Make sure to visit to rest of the team to see their blogs and what they came up with!

Butterfly Life

For my card today, I pulled out my MISTI, a tool that has quickly become a huge resource to me! This may  not be a fully “named” technique, but I love that while I have stamps already on my MISTI I can play with the ink colors when inking up a stamp.

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After getting the placement of butterflies from Breathtaking Butterflies where I wanted them around the sentiment, I inked up the butterflies, coordinating between three colors. I was able to apply the ink directly to the stamp in a variation of colors creating a unique look.

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I used Hello Honey, Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe to ink up the stamps and then repeated the same process to fill in the blank areas after my first pass of stamps.

Butterfly Life Close Up

I then mounted the stamped panel onto a Smoky Slate card base and added a few sequins to accent the images. My tip for you today, is to place your sentiment first, and then frame the sentiment with  images. It will showcase your sentiment even more!

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the Design Team and see what they have to inspire you!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Skipping Stones March Challenge!

It’s a new month and time for a new challenge!

Our challenges now go for a full month! So you have plenty of time to play along, and we can’t wait to see what you do with this new challenge. Check out the details at the Skipping Stones Design Blog!

This month we’re doing a color challenge, and using the photo below as inspiration for our colors. So fitting for this time of year as we jump into Spring with all it’s flowers and green!

All Your Wishes

To bring these colors together I used Dandelion Dreams! I heat embossed the dandelion image in clear embossing powder, and sponged Pistachio Pudding over top. The wishes sentiment was stamped in Soft Sky ink onto the same cardstock, and the Happy Birthday was stamped in Smoky Slate.

All Your Wishes Close Up

The white panel was adhered to a Smoky Slate card base, and the sentiment strip with a silver sparkle strip was added to the front with staples.

March Color Challenge

Hope you’ll join us for the challenge this month!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Happy Friday!

What could be better than Friday and the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop?!

Well, I’ll tell you! Having the opportunity to win the Skipping Stones Design coffee set – aptly named Funny Coffee! I’m sharing a card used with those stamps today and hope you’ll be inspired!

Coffee Lovers Hop

There are also loads of other sponsors so be sure to visit all the blogs along the hop for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

 

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I love this coffee set but was having serious crafters block while making my card for this hop! Everything was too brown and blah so I took my inspiration from the Spring Coffee Lovers graphic shown above to pull green, brown and coral into my card for a fun Spring look! (Clearly the point of the graphic, ha).

I stamped the lines from an SSD set called Blocks and Borders Swirls that I just realized is now retired (sorry!) and then used a mask to sponge the circles onto the background.

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Close Up

The sentiment from Funny Coffee was stamped above the sequin trim and coral bakers twine. I stamped the coffee to-go cup, cut it out and stamped the coffee sleeve onto kraft cardstock. After the sleeve was cut and crimped I affixed it to the cup and added some sequins for a fun touch.

I hope you’re feeling inspired and in the mood for coffee and Spring! Stop by the Skipping Stones Design Blog to get linked up with the hop order and check out all the amazing blogs and sponsors!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cupcake Cutie Birthday!

I’m sharing a card on the Skipping Stones Design Blog today made with one of my favorite sets, Cupcake Cutie!

It’s an over-the-top girly card, sneak peek below!

Happy Birthday Cupcake Closeup

Come check out the details of this card and the full view at the Skipping Stones Design Blog. See you there!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

SSD March Tip & Technique Hop!

Happy Saturday and welcome to the Skipping Stones Design March blog hop! We’re sharing tips and techniques featuring SSD stamp sets, so be sure to hop through all the blogs and check out all the inspiration!

Thank You Butterfly

Although I’m using a technique that’s not super new, it’s one that I have been loving on lately! 

I first embossed the butterflies from Heartsong with white embossing powder onto watercolor cardstock. I then used my Zig watercolor markers to scribble on an acetate sheet, spritzed with water and then smooshed the panel onto the cardstock. I love seeing the colors blend together when you do this!

The sentiment from Everyday Blessings was stamped in Smoky Slate gray ink, between the butterflies.

Thank You Butterfly Closeup

My tip for you today is to case you own cards! Sometimes when I’m gathering inspiration, I look back at my old cards and like to reinvent them using a new technique or different stamps and colors.

My card today was inspired by this past card:

Monarch Thank You

My variations included the new watercolor technique, but if you look you can see the similarities in embossed butterflies, three butterflies in a row, and the gray color. I also added the sentiment to the card front, but used a different placement on my current card as it balanced better between the butterflies.

I hope you’re feeling inspired to try a new technique, or revisit some of your cards for a fresh and fun look!

Check out the hop order below!

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Kandi (you’re here!)

Stephanie

Tanja

Martha Lucia 

Larissa

Coralynn

Jen

Ilina

Friday, February 26, 2016

Always Here Trio Card Set

It’s another challenge at Skipping Stones Design!

Our newest Stamp and Share challenge is a sketch so check out the SSD Blog for more details and to link up your card or project!

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When you see the sketch you’ll see I didn’t stick exactly to it, but you can see the inspiration and how I used the sketch to create this card trio.
 
All images and sentiment stamps are from Always Here, one of my Top 10 SSD sets! I love the fonts in the sentiments and the gorgeous filigree filled images.
 
I started off by using Distress Specialty Stamping Paper and Distress inks with my blending tools. I used a circle shape to mask the card front and blended the distress inks (Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers) onto the white background. I then stamped the images with Versamark and embossed them with gold embossing powder.
 

Always Here Butterfly

Always Here Closeup
Beautiful Birthday Butterfly

Beautiful Birthday Butterfly Closeup

Thinking of You Dragonfly

Thinking of you dragonfly Closeup
I stamped each of the images in black Memento ink and mounted the front panels to black card bases.

I can’t wait to see your take on this sketch! Head over to the SSD Blog to see what the rest of the team created and share your project with us!



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