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Friday, August 5, 2022

Trying new things!

 Trying new things doesn't have to be scary! Look how easy (and pretty) new things can be?!?


It all started with an instagram reel I saw by Ellefedynak where she was cleaning her blending brushes by immersing them in water, then brushing in a circular motion on a piece of watercolor paper until the ink was no longer coming off the brush. Then I saw another reel recently by Gina K Designs where she stenciled using a brick stencil as a background for a focal piece. So the yellow ink blended watercolor panels were on my desk.  I grabbed one, and my brick stencil (back alley by the rabbit hole designs) and some hickory smoke distress oxide and blended away!  The rose is from the February 2022 Whit Kit by Unity Stamp Co. called Lovely Reminder. The kit came with the matching die for the rose. I did fussy cut a little bit more...closer to the image, then I colored it with Tombow ABT markers. The sentiment is also from Unity a kit called Aging Gorgeously. I added some pale yellow jewels (pink fresh studio).

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Monday, August 1, 2022

{BYSHC} Sketch Challenge 25

 {BYSHC} Sketch Challenge 25 starts today! Each month there is a new sketch and each month is a chance to add more cards to your holiday stash! (p.s. there is a prize to be won at the end of the month!)

Not all cards have to be complicated! For example, this one was easy peasy! White card base, black background, a double sided sheet of paper from Fancy Pants Designs - Saint Nick (circa 2011) which had the light blue on one side and polka dots on the other. The embellishments were sent to me by a friend clearing out her craft stash. They are from memories of the heart, called mini tags lights (circa 2006). Sentiment is from a Gracielle Designs from Unity Stamp Co. called Cheery Christmas. Foam tape to the tag and some Nuvo Drops in postbox red to finish it off!

Please be sure to add #byshcsketchchallenge25 to all of your social media posts!

Happy Crafting!



Friday, July 29, 2022

Three for today! {BYSHC} 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party!

 


As today is the last day to enter cards to be eligible for the fabulous prizes.....here is my 3rd card for today (8 for the entire week)! I have lots of things to do today....I'm clearly procrastinating! LOL


White cardbase, used paper from Fancy Pants Designs from 2011 called Saint Nick. Stamped image from Unity Stamp Co. (Holiday Joy Christmas Tree) an absolute FAVORITE of mine! One of the first stamps I purchased from Unity and it's been well loved! Watercolored with Tombow ABT markers and a waterbrush. Also used some vintage photo distress oxide on the edges. Added a ribbon and some sequins from my stash to finish it off.  I followed the current challenge sketch at {BYSHC} Sketch #24.




And one more.....{BYSHC} 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party!

 


Let's see how many more I can get submitted today! So far it's 2!


This was the first attempt at the ink resist technique. It's not my favorite....too much red and the sentiment is stamped over some of it....but we are our worst critics! 

Again I started with a white cardbase, took a panel of white cardstock and brushed over it with my homemade anti-static pouch.  Stamped the large swirl from Unity Stamp Co. kit called embrace you using versamark embossing ink.  Sprinkled on Gina K. fine detail white embossing powder and watched the magic happen once I hit it with the heat tool! I ink blended over the top Gina K. premium dye ink in red hot. I die cut that panel with the largest rectangle and then the black with the largest scallop dies from the scallops and rectangles nesting die set.  The sentiment is from Colorado Craft Company called merry merry mini, stamped in Versafine Clair in Nocturne.  Added some white jewels from Pink Fresh Studio and in the stash it goes!


Today's the day! Last Day for the {BYSHC} 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party!

 


Today is the final day for the {BYSHC} 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party! Be sure to get your entries posted by 11:59 pm EST today July 29th!

Today's card was inspired by a pinterest card! Gina K. ink resist technique! 




I started with a white cardbase, then took a panel of white cardstock and brushed over it with my homemade anti-static pouch.  I stamped a large swirl from Unity Stamp Co. kit called embrace you using versamark embossing ink. I sprinkled on Gina K. fine detail white embossing powder and heated it up! I then ink blended over top some Gina K. dye ink in fresh asparagus and dusty rose. I die cut that panel with the larger rectangle from the scallops & rectangles nesting die set from Unity. The black panel was die cut with the largest scallop die. I backed everything with a base of green cardstock from Fancy Pants Designs from Saint Nick collection.  The sentiment comes from Colorado Craft Company and is called Merry Merry Mini. It was stamped using the Versa Fine Clair in Nocturne.  I added a few jewels from Pink Fresh Studio Essential Jewel mix.

I can see myself making many more of these! It's a fun technique!

Thursday, July 28, 2022

One More! - BYSHC 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party

One more card to add to the stash! Just in time for the last couple days of the BYSHC 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party!

My card today features an image and sentiment from one of our sponsors, Angie Blom Digital Designs.  This friendly guy can be found by searching Hey, Santa!


I did end up following Sketch 16 again.....just love that one! Started with a white cardbase. The brick background was created by using a stencil from The Rabbit Hole Designs, called Back Alley. I blended several different distress oxides/inks to get to a color I was happy with. They included Crackling Campfire, Wild Honey, Frayed Burlap and then some Black Soot. The dotted paper is from a kit by My Mind's Eye called Holly Jolly. I printed the image on watercolor paper and that's when the struggle began. This is the third printing and attempt at coloring! I know....the struggle is real my friends! The method that finally worked for me was using the Tombow ABT markers as watercolors by coloring on an acetate sheet, adding water and using a water brush to move the colors around to where I was happy with the saturation! Still not sure I'm 100% satisfied, but I did like this one the best! I then added a few jewels from Pink Fresh Studios.

Entering as #149!



Wednesday, July 27, 2022

{BYSHC} 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party - Few Days Left!

 There are a few days left to get your cards entered to be eligible for some amazing prizes at the {BYSHC} 2022 Christmas in July Linky Party over on their Blog!

My card today was inspired by a post on the Unity Stamp Co. page for this Colossal Snowflake stamp and matching die!  Alaine Tanner, thanks for the inspiration!


If I'm being totally honest....I stamped and die cut the snowflake for a different project, but thought it needed to be used for a card!  Die cut the snowflake, then lined up the stamp (per Whitney Magnuson's instructions) and stamped with versa fine clair (nocturne) and then versa mark embossing ink. I then used some old stamp 'n' bond clear embossing powder. I embossed the white panel with a sizzix embossing folder, mounted on the same red, then on black.  Easy peasy!  The "Merry Christmas" was a leftover piece from printing some digital stamps from Angie Blom Digital Designs!  Both of these amazing companies are sponsor's on this party!

I'll enter this into the mix....should be entry 125!


Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Playing along with the {BYSHC} Christmas in July Linky Party!

 


Working on cards to submit to the Christmas in July 2022 Linky Party hosted by {BYSHC}? Yep, me too!

Next is a card featuring one of the 18 sponsors on this gig.....Unity Stamp Co. her name is Elsa Girl!




I used a sketch from the {BYSHC} archives....Sketch #10.  Paper is from My Minds Eye called Cozy Christmas.  Colored with Tombow Art Markers, added some Christmas Red Stickles to her hat and some glitter acrylic dots.  The sentiment came from an old paper pack called Christmas Day by Carta Bella.

I still have more cards to make.....so keep posting! There are lots of prizes to be awarded! So be sure to post to the {BYSHC} Blog by the 29th before midnight EST to be eligible!


Monday, July 25, 2022

It's Still Christmas in July at {BYSHC}!

 


We are still partying at {BYSHC} for the Christmas in July Linky Party!

Today I've created with a couple sponsors.....Angie Blom Digital Design and Unity Stamp Company.

I have gone back and used an older sketch from Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers  (sketch 7). 


I used a new digital image from Angie Blom called Gifting Girl.  The paper I used is an old Basic Grey collection called Jovial (circa 2010)!  I colored using Tombow Art Markers, added a sentiment (from Unity - Elsa Girl) and some vintage nuvo drops in postbox red.  This again is proof that even though you may not like a colored image for the current project....doesn't mean it's not going to work for another!  This girl was in the scrap or "ehhh" pile! Salved her and made this new card!

Be sure to link up your cards to be eligible for some amazing prizes! The list of sponsors can be found on the BYSH Cardmakers Blog and that's where you can enter your cards!  The linky party ends on the 29th!

Use #christmasinjuly2022byshclp!




Friday, July 22, 2022

2022 {BYSHC} Christmas in July Linky Party!

 

Welcome to the 2022 {BYSHC} Christmas in July Linky Party!

Grab all the wintery, Christmasy, holiday-y goodies you have and get crackin!  Christmas cards take time and what better time to get to them than now?!?

Currently where I live it's like the surface-of-the-sun hot so I stay inside a lot longer at least until it's cooler!! LOL


I created this little lovely using a digital image from one of our sponsors....Angie Blom Digital Designs. Printed on watercolor paper, and used Tombow Art Markers to color.  I also chose to use a previous sketch from {BYSHC}....number 16.  

Thanks for visiting my blog!  Enjoy the linky party!  We have 18 different sponsors for this happening party!! They are listed below!  Don't forget to use the hashtag #christmasinjuly2022byshclp and get some cards made!!! Be sure to check out the BYSH Cardmakers Blog....this is where your cards can be posted to be eligible for some amazing prizes!  The link to enter will close on the 29th, so enter often!

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!
Toni Tee (DT member)
Cathy Preissing (DT member)
Cindy Messer (DT member)
Robyn from What's Brewin' from Robyn's Nest (DT member)
Twiddler's Nook
Fresh & Renewed with Teresa
Tawny Owl Paperie
Not 2 Shabby
Unity Stamp Co
Angie Blom Digital Designs
Polka Dot Orchard
Gina K Designs
Gina Marie Designs
Lawn Fawn
Brutus Monroe
Jaded Blossom
Newton's Nook Design
Colorado Craft Company

Can't wait to see everyone's creations!





Monday, June 13, 2022

Somethin' Is Fishy

 This Unity Stamp Co. stamp called Somethin' is Fishy is one of my go-to Father's Day stamps!  It's also great for masculine cards in general!


I stamped the stamp on regular cardstock with Distress Ink in Black soot.  Embossed with clear embossing powder then ink blended over the entire panel with Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo.  The background is a piece of kraft (also from Unity) that was run through the Big Kick with a wood grain embossing folder.  I then ink blended over the raised pattern with more Vintage Photo.  I typed and printed the sentiment from my computer.  Twine and some foam tape to put it all together!

Thanks for visiting!  


Sunday, June 12, 2022

Happy Father's Day!

 Father's Day is next Sunday, so I'm working on some cards!  Tawny Owl Paperie has shared it's first sketch!  It was very easy to follow and worked perfectly for my image!


This image is a digital image from an unknown source!  I have so many older digital images that I don't know where they are from!  I love this one for the golf loving dads!
I printed it on watercolor paper and used Tombow Art Markers to color.  I then cut the image panel using my Unity Stamp Co. Rectangles and Scallops nesting die set.  Distressed the edges with Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo. The patterned paper is from multiple sources but were all scraps!  Printed the sentiment and added some white Nuvo Crystal Drops for accent.



Friday, April 29, 2022

2022 Spring Into Christmas {BYSHC} Linky Party - LAST DAY!!

 Here we are to the last day of the {BYSHC} 2022 Spring Into Christmas Linky Party!  Prizes to be won so get those cards posted!!!

Here is another that I've created using an old {BYSHC} Sketch...No. 10.

Papers and stamps are all from Unity Stamp Co....who happens to be a sponsor!


The paper is Snowy Winter Greetings, the lovely lady is from Pure and Simple and the sentiment is from Cheerful Prancing.  The artist for this lovely lady is also a sponsor, Angie Blom....her digital designs are gorgeous as well!





Don't forget to enter by Midnight!


Friday, April 22, 2022

Spring into Christmas 2022 {BYSHC} Linky Party

 Welcome to the Spring into Christmas 2022 {BYSHC} Linky Party!  Yes it's spring, but what a great time to build up a stash of Christmas cards and be entered to win some prizes from our AWESOME sponsors!

First let me share my card.....it was created using a previous month's BYSHC Sketch (Number 18) which is also pictured below.


The red background was cut using the Unity Stamp Co. Scallops and Rectangles nesting dies set.  The Penguin panel was cut from a recycled Christmas Card as well as the "Merry Christmas."  I also added some silver star confetti.  It doesn't have to be hard, just use your imagination and you would be surprised what you could come up with!  Stay tuned to see what I did with the rest of the Christmas card leftover after I removed the penguins! :)

Our list of sponsors is here.....some amazing companies are donating prizes!

*Angie Blom Digital Designs
*Brutus Monroe
*Twiddler's Nook
*Gina K. Designs
*Not 2 Shabby
*Unity Stamp Co.
*Newton's Nook
*Fresh & Renewed with Teresa
*Taylored Expressions
*Colorado Craft Company
*Gina Marie Designs
*Tawny Owl Paperie

Be sure to have your entry linked to the {BYSHC} Blog to be entered to win a prize!  The Party runs from April 22 to April 29!  Good luck!!

as promised here is the sketch!

Friday, April 1, 2022

Mad for Plaid!

 Happy April!  This year is flying by!!

My card today is simple but elegant at the same time!  Gold and glitter always make an elegant statement!  


Paper is old! I'm going through my stash and cutting up paper that I've had FOR-EVER!  This is from My Minds Eye called Cozy Christmas.  The date on this paper.......*GASP* is 2015. Why did I wait so long?!?

Image is from Polka Dot Orchard, called Happy Merry Christmas.  I followed a sketch from {BYSHC} Sketch #21.  I added some stickles to the snowflakes and colored in some of the letters.  Simple but elegant!




Sketch challenge is active through the end of the month!  Be sure to check it out and even join in!!  New sketch each month!

I'm also entering this lovely into the Jingle Belles challenge.  They are "Mad for Plaid!"  Also have a new prompt every couple weeks!  Get those Christmas cards made throughout the year and December will be a breeze!!



Monday, March 7, 2022

Stencil it......again!

 As promised, my second card for Jingle Belles current challenge of using a stencil.  Still using a stencil from The Rabbit Hole Designs called overlapping circles.  


I created a panel using the stencil, peacock feathers, hickory smoke and faded jeans distress ink/oxides.  Sprinkled water and diluted white acrylic paint to create dimension.  Scallops and rectangle dies from Unity Stamp Co, along with the snowglobe (part of the 2021 Advent Calendar) and the sentiment (cheerful prancing).  I used a sketch from {BYSHC} Sketch Challenge #20.


Sunday, March 6, 2022

Stencil it!

 Jingle Belles is working on a new prompt this time around.....using stencils!  Doesn't have to be a Christmas stencil....as you can see, mine isn't!


Stencil is from The Rabbit Hole Designs called Overlapping Circles.  Used Hickory Smoke, Faded Jeans and Peacock Feathers distressing.  Sprayed with some water, the sprinkled some diluted white acrylic paint on to create interest!  Used Scallops & Rectangles Nesting dies from Unity Stamp Co.  I used the smaller scallop to cut out the center of the stenciled panel, then placed a white cut piece inside.  I can now use the inside cut piece and outside "frame" to create another card!  Stay tuned for that one! :). The mouse is also from Unity....called Peppermint Kisses Mouse Gnome.  Colored with Tombow Art Markers and then fussy cut.  Sentiment was stamped with peacock feathers ink.  Added some sequins in a grey/graphite color.

Hope you enjoyed this cutie!!  More to come!


Thursday, March 3, 2022

{BYSHC} Sketch Challenge 22

 Hello there!  Today I'm sharing a {BYSHC} Sketch Challenge 22 card!  This challenge runs through the end of March!  



This sweet stamp set is from Unity Stamp Co. called Planner Gal: Get Your Jingle.  Colored with Tombow Art Markers, added twine from Timeless Twine and some foam tape for dimension. Patterned paper is MME Cozy Christmas, an oldie but goodie!

Be sure to get your creations entered by March 31st!!


Monday, February 14, 2022

Easter on my mind.

 Happy Valentine's Day!  

With today being "heart" day, that brings my mind to Easter and all things spring!

This card was created using a digital set from Polka Dot Orchard called Saved by Grace.


Paper and die sets are from Unity Stamp Co., twine is from May Arts. Beads are from OhJustBEADit.

*ps part of this set is also available from Unity in red rubber stamp form.


Friday, February 11, 2022

{BYSHC} Sketch 19 - more inspiration!

Welcome back!  

I'm here to share the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Sketch!  #19 is still active and going through the end of the month!  

Be sure to link your cards to the {BYSHC} Sketch album on FB!  



I took one double sided 6x6 sheet of SU Night Before Christmas paper and after much measuring and brain pain (lots of thinking it out for me this time!). Cut it correctly to use both sides!  The tag is a recycled (used) tag my daughter received this past Christmas!  I very rarely throw things away! LOL It matched the colors in the paper perfectly!  The sentiment was cut from a large sheet of worded paper....I cut strips with the words I wanted!  This one fit perfectly!

Can't wait to see what you create!  Be sure to check out past sketches and inspiration albums on the Facebook page!  You will be glad you did!


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

{BYSHC} Sketch 19 Challenge

 Welcome to my blog where everyday I WISH I WAS SCRAPPIN!  It's more about cardmaking these days rather than scrappin, but it's all sort of the same thing anyway....isn't it?!?

I'm here to share the newest Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Sketch!  #19 is active!  Goes all month and will certainly get some holiday cards into your stash for less to do in December!

Be sure to link your cards to the {BYSHC} Sketch album on FB!  


My card today starts with a white card base.  I've added some kraft cardstock on the background.  The stars are embossed, then brushed with some Vintage Photo distress ink to add dimension and then I added some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer in the color Glitter Gloss.  The focal stamp is from Unity Stamp Co. called Brightly Shining.  The black and gold paper at the bottom is also from Unity....its called Resolutions.  It was part of the January 2022 Whit Kit.  Some quick distressing and a strip of gold sticker paper and viola!!  You are done! 


Can't wait to see what you create!  Be sure to check out past sketches and inspiration albums on the Facebook page!  You will be glad you did!


Monday, January 24, 2022

Sweets without the calories!

 The current challenge at Jingle Belles is for sweets and treats!  To create cards using holiday sweet treats!  

I created this trio of Gingerbread men using Unity Stamps.  The gingerbread men are from the 2020 Advent Calendar, the background is Christmas all Around and Merry Christmas is from Felt Stocking

Used the sketch from {BYSHC} Sketch Challenge 18.  Challenge ends on January 31!



Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Happy New Year!!

 I see that it's been a minute since I posted anything!  Happy New Year! 2022!  WOW!!

Keeping up with Jingle Belles all year kept me on track to not only have enough cards to send, but had extra left over!!  You read that correctly...I HAD CARDS LEFT OVER!

So to start the new year I have two for the current prompt....what did Santa bring you!  I am my own Santa and purchased the (new to me) die set and this adorable jingle girl from Unity Stamp Co (seemed appropriate).




Papers and acrylic dots from Unity, colored with Tombow Art Markers, twine from Timeless Twine by BellaCreationz.  Used sketch #18 from BYSHCardmakers for the darker green card.


Here's to a great year of creation!!