Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop: Stamp Techniques

Welcome to the hop!  So, did you learn some new stamping tricks with us?  I can't wait to try out some new ones and rediscover some I had forgotten about!

My stamping technique is chalk popping.  Very old school, but fun to do!

You will need: Chalk (I LOVE Pebbles Inc...great chalk...excellent applicator ever), versamark, paper and stamps.

First I decide on my card design.  I love this unexpected circle in the middle, so I used my circle cutter to cut it out.  Then I used a pencil to trace around it so I could see where I was going to adhere my stamped image later.

Using Versamark Ink, stamp your image.  Don't be shy!  It is clear ink, but you will be able to see it.

Now take your chalk applicator (a q-tip will work, too) and get chalk on it.  "Pop" the chalk up and down on the stamped image.  I love using different colors, just like I would for coloring with Copics.  The chalk adheres to the versamark and even shades the paper that does not have the versamark.   Gently blow on your paper to remove any extra chalk.

 This technique gives a great soft, watercolor like effect on your card.

Thanks for joining us on our hop!  Don't forget to leave a comment on our main thread at Counterfeit Kit Challenge for a chance to win one of Sherri's stamp kits!  Keep an eye out in the next few days for a hint about our next kit!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Monkey Challenge

It was Pam's turn to challenge me...and boy, she had me stumped for a minute!

Pam's challenge:
White card base
2 green triangles
small red embellishment


Here we go!

I have more than one monkey stamp.  I will admit it.  LOL  I wanted to use the triangles as some sort of design element and thought of grass.  That led to a tree...with red "apples".  'Cuz you know they have apples in the jungle with the monkeys.  :)

My challenge for Pam...
CAS-ual Fridays

(You are welcome to join us, if you want to play.  :)  Just put your link in the comments.)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A challenge with Pam

My friend, Pam, likes to do card challenges....with my daughter.  Sometimes they let me play, too.  LOL  Since Isabel is in school all day now, Pam has no one left to play with except me.  :)  So BRING ON the long distance card challenges!

I am up first with a great window card from Jen M.  You can find her video tutorial HERE.

Here is my unashamed knock off of her card.  :)  Hey, I changed the bus to houses!  Mostly, I wanted to see if I could pull it off...I have not made this type of card before.

I made my own cloud background paper.  My stamps are a great set called WHAT MATTERS MOST by Ippity (for the houses, sentiment) and DOTS FOR SURE by Ippity (for the dots on the clouds).  You can check these stamps out at Sherri's Etsy Shop.

Off to see what challenge PAM is going to come up with.  Not playing with the six year olds any more, Pam.  :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My October Tradition

For me, October means cool breezes....changing leaves....Halloween candy and walking with my sister and sister in law to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.

I love doing that walk.  I am super competive, so it becomes a "let's see how many people we can walk faster than" sort of morning.  LOL

I would LOVE it if you would consider helping me reach my goal of $200 before October 15th.  If you would like to donate under my name, please go here:

Bethany's Official Breast Cancer Donation Page

Thanks so much!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September's Counterfeit Kit

Good grief!  Where did September come from?  LOL  It doesn't help that I have been sick the past month...I think I lost August in there somewhere.  I can't be sick forever, right?

I did not get to put as much time into my kit as I would normally do, but I am giving myself some freedom this month to add as I go...and try creating some new embellishments.  Get out of my self impossed box a bit.

Our kit for the month can be found here:  Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog

I was not digging the embellishments for this kit, which is why I am going to add as I go.  I also included some awesome Ippty Stamps that I purchased HERE.  Sherri had free shipping and you get your stamps pretty quickly, which I love.  This month our challenges are going to be all about stamps, so find some of your favorites and add them to your kit!

Hopefully I will feel up to creating this month.  I have SO many things I want to make, but I feel lousy, which lends itself to sleeping more than crafting.