Saturday, February 18, 2017

Living Off the Edge

Welcome to my "extreme" posting! When we think "extreme," we think of living on the edge.  Since we are crafty ladies, we actually think of the edge as the edge of our cards. You can center and line everything up perfectly, but now the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers want you to go off the edge. 

I am snarkless today, as I could not be doubly edgy. This card is also CAS (clean and simple) for me.  I've only used black and white, but I have mixed dots and stripes.  The star is chip board that I cut with my Big Kick and a Sizzix die, which is so old that it is red. I covered it with polka dotted patterned paper and trimmed it to go off the edge of my card. The sentiment is embossed.  See? Easy and simple. 

Please visit our guest designer, Emily and my fellow sisters to see how they will inspire you for this challenge:

If you feel up to the task, you have until 11:55 pm EST on Friday, March 3rd to upload your project here. You could be our next Queen of Snark!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Pussy Grabs Back

Hello! Are you ready for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers? Our newest is #77: O is for Outrageous. I really did try to get Edna to look outrageous.  I don't think tattoos and piercings  are outrageous.  Yes, there are some people that go really far that leave you thinking, "why?" However I do find some body modifications to be outrageous.  Edna has an example here, called the "bagel head," which was a fad in Japan about five years ago.  Why did they do it? Because they could, that's why. I'm adding a picture here to show you proof that I did not make this up on my own.  

I had a bug bite once that made my eye swell closed for three days once. I would hate for all this fluid to go to the wrong spot!

Some of you may be following the news in the U.S. Let's just say I'm not too happy about current events, I could even say that I find them outrageous. One of the first things I did was join the Women's March, and I took my daughter, who will be able to vote in the next elections. A week after the march, I art journaled it.

I drew a girl in her pink pussy hat (which some people found outrageous and offensive, but not offensive enough to NOT vote for the dirt bag who bragged about being able to grab any pussy he wanted and was rich enough to get away with). The girl is holding one of my favorite protest signs.  The upside down flag signals that our country is in distress, while the stars fall off showing the division of political ideals. These stars are falling onto the weeping Statue of Liberty.

I did blur out my journaling as it was not safe for work. I drew the protester, colored her with Copic markers. The stamp is from a Dr Who inspired plate from Viva Las Vegas stamps, colored with Distress Markers. The paints are Dylusions, while the clip art is from pictures I found online, along with the sign my daughter carried. I don't expect anyone to agree with me, but I am still feeling very outraged.  Yes, see how I bent the challenge there :)

If you want to play along and show the Sisterhood something outrageous, you have until 2355 EST (11:55 p.m.) on Friday, February 17, to submit your outrageous offering HERE. Please visit my fellow Snarky Sisters to see how outrageous they have gotten for this challenge:

Our Current Queen of Snark, Queen Michelle

Snarky Sisters

I hope you weren't outraged by my outrageousness!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

What Was I Thinking?

    Hello! I'm still alive. It's been eight months since my last post. Have you missed me? Well, have you at least noticed? OK, never mind, I'm back anyway.

    I have missed playing along with my Snarky Sisters! The new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is #76 Y is for Y Did I Buy That? Do you have one of these items floating around your craft room? Did you buy it on sale? Was this item for a particular project that you never got around to and have now completely forgotten about? Perhaps someone slipped it into your shopping cart when you weren't looking?

    I think bought the square card suit stamps when my son was calling himself "Ace." That was eight years ago and I never did anything with these stamps.  I did one scrapbook layout about his temporary identity crisis.  A few (maybe two?) I picked up this sentiment stamp to go with the playing card theme---and then I think one of my Snarky Sisters saw the same sale I did and used this stamp before I could! So I felt I had to wait awhile before I could use this stamp for the Snarky Sisters' blog. 

Please visit the blogs of my Snarky Sisters to see what they have made for the Y Did I Buy That challenge!

    You have until 11:55 p.m. EST on Friday, February 3rd to play along with the "Y did I buy that?" challenge.  Just follow this link to enter the challenge.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Altoids Paint Tin

I solemnly swear that I will not make a card during this challenge. Edna won't let me. But I can make anything else I want. Welcome to challenge #60: N is for Not a Card!

I've been wanting to make a travel watercolor kit out of an Altoids tin that I saw on Pinterest and this challenge gave me the perfect opportunity.  Here are some pictures of my kit.

That blue thing on the paper is supposed to be a cat.

The top
I started this project by making a Gelli print.  Don't even ask me the last time that I used my Gelli plate. Once the paper was dry, I used my Silhouette to cut out the Altoids tin pattern.  You just need to look up "mint tin" in the Silhouette search bar if you are interested.

The papers were stamped and edged with black ink.  On this top layer I affixed the vintage lady and my bit of snark. I used matte medium to glue the papers to the tin.

The bottom

Once the tin was papered, I made a mini watercolor book.  I cut four 2 inch by 3 1/4 inch pieces of watercolor paper, and a cover from the gelli print.

I stamped some images onto shrink film to add little arty charms to the bookbinding thread.

The watercolor palette is from gum packaging.  I squirted the primary colors into the gum container and left one empty for a place for water. This shorty brush fits perfectly into the tin. The book, brush, and paint all fit into the closed tin.  Now I have watercolors wherever I go!
Enough of my photos! If you want to not make a card and play along, you have until 11:55 p.m. EST on June 10th to enter your creation! Please stop by the home Snarky Sisters Blog to see what inspiration pieces my Snarky Sisters have made for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday Morning Sketches #343

It's Tuesday!  It's time for Tuesday Morning Sketches' new sketch.  This week's sketch was made by Jessi.

I interpreted this sketch as a gatefold card instead of two long strips of paper. I found this file on the Silhouette site and I thought it would be perfect for the current sketch.  Plus, I needed a graduation card for a special someone.  ;)

I used plain card stock for all of the elements.  I used a Sizzix embossing folder on the yellow CS.  The "'16" and the "congrats" were both coated in glitter, because I am a sadist.  I am still finding black and white sparklies all over my craft desk.

I must thank Melissa and all the ladies at Tuesday Morning Sketches for letting me be part of their team.  This is my last post for these guys.  I'm going to miss working with these talented ladies!

Please check out what my Tuesday Morning teammates have made for your inspiration this week:

Melissa has a special surprise for the winner of this challenge!  If you want to play along you have until the evening of Sunday, May 29 to enter!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

It sure is Fugly!

Oh, Edna, you're hurting my eyes! How can you be wearing that dress infant of that wall paper?  It's so F-ing Ugly!  It's FUgly!

Welcome to the F is for Fugly challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! We aren't sure why Edna is making us do this challenge.  We want to make beautiful snarky things.  Maybe it's time to pull out the  papers, or stamps, or embellishments from the bottom of our stashes.  These Fugly items have been hiding from us out of shame.  It's time to do something with all the fuglies and get them from taking up room that should be reserved for lovely craft items.

 For this card I went to my hidden Fugly stash, which is also known as my Basic Grey paper stack.  In their collections, Basic Grey has given us some doozies.  I think that the patterned paper actually looks  pretty good when it is broken up with other elements. This paper pack is still available on!  ;)

I decided to use the boy from the Dylusions Monster Mash stamp set. He's not too pretty himself. The sentiment is from River City Rubber works, and it reads:

In other words, be yourself! Want to play along with the Sisterhood? Of course you do!  You have until 11:55 EST on Friday, May 27th to upload your project using something FUGLY!  Please check out our Guest Designer, Creepy Glowbug, as well as my Snarky Sisters:

Thanks for stopping by my blog!