Category Archives: Splitcoast Challenges

Deer Tag and Blaze Orange

 


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I was out of town over the weekend teaching my last set of Copic classes until after the New Year, but I wanted to share this card that I created this card for Dina’s final challenge of Hope You Can Cling To! It’s a layout that I’ve done before, but I had fun adding the hunter’s orange to the background. It’s deer season here, and everyone has his or her tags.  We are ready! (The deer stamp is Stampin’ Up! and the tag is Designer Mini Tags from Taylored Expressions.)

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And my final card to share with you for Hope You Can Cling To was for my own challenge, and I wanted folks to incorporate roses. I used Rose Builder stencil from My Favorite Things and the Copic Airbrush System.

The airbrush is easy to use, and I love it with stencils. For this stencil, I use post-it notes to mask off the sections of the stencil that I don’t want to you and to protect around the edges of the stencil for overspray. These roses are large enough that you can concentrate ink in the center of your flower for depth! Easy!

Thanks for stopping by!

New Verve… O My Soul

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Bless the Lord, O My Soul… A few weeks ago, I received an email from the incredibly talented, Julee Tilman asking me if I would be interested in a Guest Spotlight for Verve’s October release!? Of course, I barely could type yes fast enough when I read through her entire invitation and saw these words: there’s even a little wheat stalk image in the set!  Wheat! eep! Though, I’ve lived different places around the country… I am a born and bred Kansas girl… if you even murmur wheat or sunflowers, I’m all yours…

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Isn’t that a classy Guest Spotlight graphic? Julee is one of the most talented graphic designers that I know! This is a fairly long post, but I’m just going to throw it out there: I *may* have a giveaway graphic and prize details mentioned below for those who stick with me to the end. 😉

So, speaking of wheat, it’s only fitting that I show you my favorite image from the newest Verve release first… The wheat and the Psalm 103:1 scripture shown on the card above both come from the new set, Good Work. Swoon.

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I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock and Ranger Distress Inks (Wild Honey and Scattered Straw) to create a focal point base using the Wrinkle Free Distress tutorial at Splitcoaststampers. (The key is to allow your ink to dry well between layers!)

When I had created the base layer, I used a chocolate pigment ink and clear embossing powder to add the sentiment. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment twice since I wanted to be sure and have good, solid ink coverage. Amazing results. I’d actually been shying away from embossing the past few years because speckled spots of non-inked image bothered me so. Not anymore! (We produced a Product Focus review at Splitcoast for the MISTI last week, if you aren’t sure what that is!) The stalk of wheat was added with Brown Sugar ink (SU!).  This card also perfectly fits a fun Hope You Can Cling To challenge at Splitcoaststampers.

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Next, I used the set Breath… Just beautiful, in general, but oh-so-appropriate for October, and I used the fun boxing gloves to make another Hope You Can Cling To card for Jeanne’s awesome challenge! The boxing gloves were colored with Copic Markers (RV52 and RV55), and I think the sentiments are perfect.. Fighter. Inhale courage. Exhale fear.

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After I had made the most beautiful creative mess on my desk using both of the new Verve release sets I showed off above, I pulled out this adorable text Psalm 150:6 Plain Jane and Baja Breeze ink.

It seems like I am often stamping in a short window of time for a specific card that I need for one friend or the other, and one of the things I appreciate about Verve stamps is that the design of the sentiments is always so well done. It’s totally appropriate to let beautiful scripture or sentiment stand alone as a focal point on my cards.  From the Heart and Pennant Trim dies finish this off.

For this card above and the two below, I paired my sentiment with remnants from a favored 6×6 patterned paper pad (Harvest Lane – Simple Stories).

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Here I used Romans 12:12 and the Praise the Lord sentiment, both from Good Work, Gumdrop Green (MFT) and Pumpkin Pie (SU!) ink with fun journaling tags that were a part of my paper pack and a trio of enamel dots.

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And, finally for this last card in this quick and easy series with the Good Work sentiment, I pulled out some twine and a button to use with a few enamel dots and a scrap of the pennant die as accents to another journaling card in my paper pad. As you can see, I’m also partial to the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Verve cards today. I’ve certainly enjoyed crafting with the new goodies. A special thanks to Julee and her team for including me with the release week fun!

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If you are still reading, there is fun for you, too! Verve will be using random generator to select one of my readers who comments below to receive a $30 gift voucher to the Verve Store! How fun is that? So leave a little love before Sunday, November 1st, and the winner will be announced November 2nd on the Verve Blog!

And, I’m having so much fun with these stamps, I’ll have more to share later in the week! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Be A Good One

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I knew I wanted to make a sample for Lori’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her at several events over the years, and she’s so sweet! Love that she helps us so much at Splitcoast, too!

I used watercolor paper and Stampin’ Up! ink refills to wash the background of the tag, and then paired it with a sentiment from the Sparkly Dreams set by Verve and a fun Dainty Flower from Paper Smooches.

I’ll be sharing the cards I’ve made so far for Hope You Can Cling To with the cancer center this week. (That’s the power of the entire project!) I know the patients who end up using these blank cards to send thanks, appreciation or special greetings to their own loved ones are grateful for these small gifts. These cards allow them to be a blessing to someone special in their own life…and I know for me, helping someone else always lifts my own spirit when I’m facing a dark time.

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This was a quick card that I made for Misti’s challenge, Show Me Your Scars. The snowman is from Stampendous. I got it a few years ago… Such a cute little guy! He is colored with Copic Markers.

Still plenty of month left to participate with us in Hope You Can Cling To – thousands of dollars in prizes up for grabs from our FABULOUS sponsors. Come stamp something and share HOPE!

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Golden Serenity

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Yesterday’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge was to bolster a piece of patterned paper. And, I had fun with it! This piece had been sitting in my ‘too pretty to cut’ pile for quite some time!

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I loved the beautiful floral pattern on the paper, but to add some extra depth and dimension, I worked with a stencil from MFT and embossing paste that I brushed into the negative recesses of the stencil, wipe flat with a palette knife and let dry. I left the stencil in place, and I think it took about 15-20 minutes to dry and set up.

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After the paste was dry and hard, I used a stipple brush and applied Viva Gold  over the textured areas. Keeping the stencil in place contains the gold and makes the application so easy. I love the shimmer and shine.

I stamped the Serenity Prayer sentiment from Verve Stamps’ Sparkly Dreams onto a watercolor paper tag that had been distressed with Ranger Distress Inks. The MISTI stamp positioner was invaluable to create this tag because the recesses of the watercolor paper required a few impressions of ink for complete coverage. With the MISTI, the text is stamped crisp and clean with no shaking or mis-stamped mistakes.

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I’m planning to continue stamping over the weekend. The challenges have been so fun and inspiring. I know the cancer patients and their families will be blessed to receive these cards to use while they are in treatment.

Hope You Can Cling To is a fun event with lots of chatter, inspiration and prizes, but it is significant because it sends a little handmade hug of encouragement and support to people in their time of greatest need. I hope you find time to join us this month! An inspiring new challenge is posted every morning.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful weekend!

Scatter Sunshine

 

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I thought I’d pass along a small sampling of my Hope You Can Cling To cards that I’m making for the largest cancer awareness event on the world wide web. I love crafting for the cause… I just wish I was eligible for any of the of fabulous $5,000 in sponsor prizes! BUT, you are eligible… check out our challenges and play along!

Scatter Sunshine was made for the TRASH cancer challenge. This was a fun inspiration. I won’t tell you how many attempts I made at this card (for a variety of reasons!), but I loved the end result…. The stamp set is Simply Stamped Sunflowers from Taylored Expressions. You know how I love my Kansas sunflowers, and I adore the sentiments in this one! My elements are: Taylored Expressions (stamp set) • Rectangle • Acrylic paint to frame the edges of my card • Sunflowers & Sunshine • Hemp twine

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This was an entry this week for Teresa’s challenge called “Cancer Free“. This was a fun one, too. I pulled out a favorite stamp set called Mod Flowers from Inky Antics to complete this one. I paired it with a page from an old encyclopedia page on flowers and a monochromatic color scheme. Inks are black and Vintage Cream from Papertrey Ink.

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Finally today, this is a card that I created for Kathy’s I am a Warrior challenge.

I used a set I’ve had for a while, Fanciful Feathers from Wplus9, and my MISTI stamp positioner. I am loving the MISTI, and the crisp lines that I can achieve and the perfectly lined up image and sentiment placements. I was really struggling with both of those things a few months ago. You can find helpful info on how to use the MISTI and FAQ in their Splitcoast forum. I used Stampin’ Up! inks for this card: Pool Party, Cantelope and So Saffron.

I wish I could stamp all day today, but I’m headed to a meeting and then lunch with my hubby and then more meetings. In honor of our beautiful upcoming fall forecast here in the midwest, I’ll leave you with this….

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne’s American Notebook (1842)

Have a beautiful Thursday!

 

Tomorrow is a New Day

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This is a card that I made for Dina’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge yesterday at Splitcoast. It’s a little outside my normal style…whatever that is. I’m usually not doing “messy”, but I like how this turned out. I used Distress Inks for the background, and then splattered water across the watercolor card stock for drips. The bird is from a $6 set called A New Day from Wplus9 Design. Yes, I said $6! It’s a stamping miracle.

It has been so fun to be in my office and crafting again this past week … I’m still trying to get motivated in the process of organizing my office. My efforts have been hampered by the quest for a perfect desk. So for now, I’m on a make shift table with little piles all around, and it’s working just fine…

Big plans for the American Royal BBQ event in Kansas City this weekend, so I’ll be back early next week with more Hope You Can Cling To challenge ideas.

Have a GREAT weekend!

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Love You! Mean It!

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My favorite card making month is here! It’s time for our wonderful cancer support and awareness campaign at Splitcoaststampers: Hope You Can Cling To!

This is a card that I created for my challenge that I am hosting today. You can find the details on my challenge and how to share in the fun HERE. You will see links for a welcome message, how to participate and the Master Challenge List! Hope You Can Cling To is a full month long campaign with fun challenges each day, lots of inspiration, and thousands of dollars worth of  prizes from amazing sponsors up for grabs. I hope you’ll carve out some time to participate!

To create my card, I used a fun new set from Concord & 9th called Love You! Mean It!  Lots of fun elements to this sweet set! And, I **LOVED** getting my inks out and stamping! It feels like that hadn’t happened with colored inks in a long, long time!

Thankfully, I’ve carved out a lot of crafting time for this month. I hope you find a few minutes here and there to play along, as well!

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow!

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Sunflowers Everywhere & a Save the Date

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After my last share with the sunflower card, I made a trip to a beautiful sunflower farm in northeast Kansas near my parents’ home. Sixty-five acres of glorious Kansas gold.

As promised, I thought I’d share some photos of that glorious morning.

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My mom and I went early in the morning, and it was mesmerizing… pink clouds at the horizon, and we had to wait for a light fog to lift. This guy was busy as a … well, you know.

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I’d never really seen anything like this before, and I came home wanting to till up our entire yard and scatter seeds. <sigh>

In stamping news… the sunflowers have quickly faded, and our large cancer awareness campaign at Splitcoaststampers will be starting soon! Save the dates now to join us every day in October. So much fun, inspiration and prizes!
See you soon!

 

Play it Again

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I made this for a friend during Dare to Get Dirty at Splitcoast last week, but I’ve been plagued with internet issues for what seems like months. I really should have mailed it to myself.

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I dusted off one of my oldest stamp sets – Nice and Easy Notes from Stampin’ Up! (1996) and gave  it some new life with Copic, dies and fresher embellishments.

I think that’s the hallmark of a good stamp set – timeless image and message. So fun to play it again!

What’s the oldest stamp or stamp set in your bag of tricks?

Dare to Get Dirty – Time to SHINE

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It’s one of my favorite Splitcoast weeks, and I was thrilled to get into my studio for some much needed paper therapy last week to prep for DARE TO GET DIRTY challenges and events! Our sponsors have offered some amazing prizes for this special week, and I hope you’ll join us for fun!

I’m hosting a challenge, along with dozens of dirty girls to celebrate! If you are a Splitcoast Fan Club member, start HERE! If you are not a Fan Club member yet, start HERE.

This little notecard set was a gift for one of my girlfriend’s birthday. It’s a rainbow set of “sparkle and shine” cards with a fun sentiment tag. I used a few different new-to-me tools for this project, so I thought I’d share a few details.

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Because I was making a set of cards, I wanted the sentiment placement on each to be consistent, and I took the wrapping off of my new MISTI – stamp positioning tool. I’ve been a Stamp-a-ma-jig supporter forever, but I will say this thing is revolutionary.

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It was so easy to line up this sweet sentiment from Verve’s Sparkly Dreams, stamp, swap to new piece of cardstock, re-stamp (I wiped ink between each impression to swap ink colors. EASY and accurate!) On two of the colors, I needed to re-ink for a deeper impression, and that was a breeze with no shadows.

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Nine notecards with a perfectly placed sentiment on each one in probably less than 9 minutes. Really impressed with the MISTI – no pun intended.

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Next to the sweet sentiment, I wanted to add a little detail that would let the sentiment shine, but not be overly fussy. So I used XPress It Adhesive Sheets to cut accent pieces with Butterfly Dreams die from Verve. In my Vagabond, the dies cut the detailed wings and tentacles from the adhesive sheets perfectly. Peeling the protective layer (with the printing on the back) from the cut butterflies, I adhere them to my notecards and rub with my finger to make sure all of the edges stick to the card stock.

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I peeled the protective layer from the adhesive sheets.

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And sprinkle with glitter – I use Cool Diamond from Elizabeth Craft. It’s super smooth after application, and though I’m not coloring here, it’s very friendly and accepting to Copic color over the top. My favorite glitter.

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Using a small scrap of clean copy paper, cover the glitter and press firmly to smash it into the adhesive sheet. Glide the paper around and press over the entire die cut of adhesive to make sure you ‘catch’ glitter in all of the sticky spots.

 

 

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Look how crisp the adhesive sheet’s retention of the fine glitter is! Love this look for a easy WOW! That’s it.. my notecards were done, and moving on to the gift tag!

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I’ve been playing with the Kirarina 2win Markers … there are 18 water based pens, double tipped with a different color and nib size on each pen for 36 different colors.

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Copic introduced these markers at the CHA winter show last January…  Here I used a combination of blues and greens scribbled on a kraft mat.

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I dipped a piece of water color cardstock into the splotchy ink once, misted the sheet with water and dipped it again. (Watercolor paper or cardstock has a tendency to roll when wet. Just hit it with your heat gun and it will flatten back out as it dries.)

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I ran that piece of cardstock through my Vagabond with a Pierced Traditional Tag Stax dienamic from MFT.

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I added a freehand-lettered sentiment – a hobby I’ve been practicing by mimicking favored styles I find on Pinterest. It’s this kind of confidence booster that will give you the courage to try your own hand.

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These are a few of the tools I keep in my doodling pouch… a collection of Multiliner pens – with different tip widths and rulers – Metal rulers are my favorite for crisp edges – the long one has been with me since my journalism classes in college … with a great mechanical pencil and white polymer eraser… you can undo a multitude of sins with a good eraser!

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Finished up with some sequins, ribbon bits and a cello bag, it honestly took me longer to type this blog post than to craft my friend’s gift… You gotta love that!

Make sure you join us for Dare to Get Dirty. We’d love to see you strut your stuff this week with our designers! All of the initial details are HERE.

Back soon! Have a GREAT day!