Hello everyone! Well we’ve made it through the week. This is the last day for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges on Splitcoast and what a week it has been! I’ve so enjoyed looking at all the challenge cards, commenting and just chatting in the threads. Thank you Fan Club Members for making this week a fabulous one! I don’t think I’ve enjoyed anything as much as this – WOO HOO to you!

Yesterday I stamped one card and today I don’t know how much I’m gonna get done! I have a card that I’ve stamped out, now I just have to get my hiney into the studio to color it – we’ll see. I’m movin’ kinda slow today.

Anyhoo, I do want to share this card with you. I combined 3 challenges for this card, StamperSharon, Iris, Shel9999. It just seemed that all 3 of these went together and when I got the idea, it fell into place. I wanted the main image to resemble a packet of old postcards that were bundled together. I have a set of stamps from Crafty Secrets called French Mail that I have played with a few times, but never actually have made a card with. The mojo was with me today! The background panels for the stamping were sponged with Mellow Moss and Old Paper Distress ink to give an aged look and some color. All the stamping was done with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. I covered some chipboard pieces with more scraps of the DP and then distress some of those edges. For the distressing, I used a pair of scissors, sanding block and then sponged color onto the edges. I’ve got to tell ya, but shhhhhh it’s a secret, I love to distress. There’s just something about it that soothes my bad self. Instead of actually scraping and sanding the edges of the designer paper, I sponged them with Old Paper Distress Ink.

Postcard on the Edge

Stamps: French Script, French Mail by Crafty Secrets

Ink: Mellow Moss, Tim Holtz Old Paper and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks

Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, SU Enchante

Accessories: Sewing Machine, Scissors for distressing, sanding block, dimensionals, sea sponge, May Arts Ribbon, Making Memory Brads, Chipboard Coasters, punches

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend whether spending it with family or stamping. I had a nice quiet weekend in the studio playing along with the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges on Splitcoast. There are only two days left, and I’m really excited about the upcoming challenges. If you follow the link above, you will be able to view the awesome cards that have been uploaded for the challenges.

Just a quick reminder before I start into the stamping babble, Lindsey Botkin is hosting a Lizzie Anne contest on her blog, Embellished. Hop on over there and check it out – you might just win a fabulous prize!

Yesterday I had time enough to participate in one of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges. It literally took me all day, but I was very pleased with the results and learned something new while I was working. What you ask? Well let me show you the card first and then I’ll go into the details.

Stamps: Wanted and Bronc Buster

Ink: Tim Holtz Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot and Walnut Stain Distress Inks

Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Outlaw DP

Accessories: Sewing Machine, Making Memory Brads, Sponge Dauber, Alcohol Blending Solution, Felt Pad, Scissors for distressing, Dimensionals, Hemp Twine

This card was made for Lindsey’s (Jacksonbelle) Dare to Get Dirty Challenge. The minute I saw the challenge I knew what stamps, etc., I wanted to use, but got a little sidetracked along the way. The background and sentiment panel are Very Vanilla cardstock with a slight twist to the background. I just recently purchased all the Tim Holtz Distress Inks that I did not already have. I’ve used the alcohol inks for a few years now but have never incorporated them together. I was looking for a way yesterday to move the distress inks across the paper to blend in and give me more dimension. All of a sudden I thought of my alcohol inks and the blending solution that are used with them. I grabbed my case, pulling out the alcohol blending solution and one of the felt pads used to blend the alcohol inks. I soaked the felt with the blending solution and picked up some distress ink from the stamp pad with the felt. The ink moved across the page easily, I could highlight or shade where I needed, and achieved a look that I don’t get with sponging. I am just overjoyed with my ingenuity – little happy dance here – I have new toys and I didn’t even have to buy them!

As a further test, I had stamped a rooster earlier in the day and colored it with the distress inks and really was not pleased with the results – way to dark. Using the same piece of felt and more blending solution, I was able to remove some of the ink from the rooster, highlight the image where needed and was more pleased with the results. I think you will be seeing more of this technique!

I know this post is getting rather long, but I have another card for you today. This card is my sample card for Jeanne’s Dare to Get Dirty Challenge today. I dug out Priceless once again for this challenge, I don’t know if it’s because it’s new or that I just simply adore all the stamps in this set. I love using the little flair with the butterfly as a flight pattern but even better than that, the flair makes a fabulous background and you can go absolutely crazy stamping it. All the edges of the white panels are sponged with Soft Sky and there are stickles outlining the flowers and the flair of the butterfly. Rhinestones decorate the flower centers and the butterfly’s wings.


Stamps: Priceless

Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou

Accessories: Crystal Stickles, Doodlebug Lily White Jewels, Mounting Tape, Blue Bayou Stitched Ribbon

I hope you join us in the Challenges today and look forward to seeing what you create!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far and if you are Splitcoast Fan Club Members you are taking part in the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges! I’m hostessing one more challenge today and I have to say it’s one that I really love! Being the twisted sister that I am, I could not resist using this new set from My Favorite Things. Check it out – Back to School will be released on August 1st.

How’s That

I have one more card as a sample today. This one is for Susan’s (Rainy) Dare to Get Dirty Challenge. Using the technique that Rainy linked to, I went to work. Once I had the initial panel, stamped and embossed, I cut it into 1-1/4″ squares, layered those squares onto 1-3/8″ squares and then placed those onto a background panel. The bottom background panel uses the same technique as illustrated in the tutorial, but I did not finish the stamping in black or embossing. I used a sponge and moved the ink around to make a softer tone and let it go. The panel for the sentiment is made the same way, I just eliminated the darker purple ink. The fibers used are some I picked up at the Paula Best booth at Orlando Stampfest.


Stamps: The Journey from Penny Black, Unknown from Just for FunInk: VersaMagic Eggplant, Oasis Green and Pretty Petunia; Black Stazon

Paper: Whisper White, Mellow Moss, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Brads, 1-3/8″ Square Punch, Mounting Tape, Paula Best Fibers

Wow! I’ve been in the studio since noon today and it’s now 9:00 p.m. What do I have to show for it – two cards! Of course, I’ve been monitoring my challenge thread in the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges on Splitcoast, trying to stamp, answer emails, take phone calls and make sure the pups get outside every whipstitch. I can’t believe that it has literally taken me all day and this is what I have to show for it. Actually one of the cards came together fairly easily, but the other dealt me fits all afternoon. It started out with one image, I colored it – didn’t like it, stamped and colored another. They both are sitting on my counter for future use. Hahahahaha that is the way the ink runs – is it not?

Anyhoo, the first card I made today was for Holly/Toy’s Dare to Get Dirty Challenge. I picked these images up at the Inky Antic booth at Stampfest Orlando, and today I went to check the website for the names – nope, can’t find them! So the lady reminds me of Norma Desmond (or Carol Burnett playing Norma Desmond) so I will call her Norma! The image was colored with Copic Markers and her shoe and the feather on her hat were made with Clear Stickles and red glitter sprinkled on. The background panel is the largest flair from Pollen Dust by Fancy Pants Designs that I picked up at eclectic Paperie some time ago. I stamped it in Black and then lightly sprinkled Disco Black embossing powder on it to give just a little sparkle (which I doubt you can see in the photo).

Havin’ It All

The second card I made today, and the one that took me all afternoon, is a double challenge card for Diane’s (cookiestamper) and Leslie’s (leslierich) Dare to Get Dirty challenges. I stamped the butterfly from au Naturale from Lizzie Anne Designs on a scrap piece of BasicGrey Stella Ruby and then colored with Tim Holtz distress inks. The sentiment and butterfly were both stamped in Walnut Stain and then distressed with the edges inked. Actually, all the edges of the paper were inked with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Birthday Butterfly

Stamps: au Natural by Lizzie Anne Designs

Ink: Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick Dried Marigold Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Paper: Papaya Puree Dark by Prism; BasicGrey Stella Ruby

Accessories: Ranger Cut-n-Dry Pen Nibs, May Arts Ribbon, Making Memory Brads, Dimensionals

I’ve had a blast this week doing the Dare to Get Challenges and hope that you will join us tomorrow. Of course, I have one more challenge coming up tomorrow and I think you’ll get a kick out of it!

HEY CHECK IT OUT!!! My bloggin bud and friend, Lindsey, is hosting a Lizzie Anne Card Challenge over on her blog! Hop on over to Embellished by Jacksonbelle and see what exciting things she has planned!

Happy Weekend! How much fun – a weekend of stamping! One of my challenges in the Dare to Get Dirty event on Splitcoast is today! I hope you’ll join me in the Challenge Chat Thread and in the challenge. If you aren’t a Fan Club Member, it’s not too late!

Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile, will recognize this card and technique.

I tried to use a few other stamp sets with this technique, but darn it all, they just didn’t look right to me. I was compelled to go back to my favorites, Roses in Winter and Petal Prints.

For more details please see my Challenge Thread on Splitcoast or you can view it here in the gallery!

Stamps: Roses in Winter, Petal Prints, Flannel Plaid, French Script, Baroque Motifs

Ink: Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware, Ribbon, Ranger UTEE, Water Mister, Sponge Dauber

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