Thursday, July 20, 2017

Splatters & Distress Ink Watercolor

I don't know if you know this, but I love sparkles. And glitter. And anything shiny. So the card I made for today made my shimmer-loving heart oh-so-happy. 

Just look at that shimmer! 

I designed this card inspired by the latest Fusion Challenge

If you haven't played along at Fusion before, you can use either the sketch or the inspiration image, ooooooor you can mash 'em up and create a Fusion. 

I used an embossing folder on some shimmer pearl cardstock. Then I pressed some Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral Distress Inks onto my craft mat and picked it up with a wet paint brush. 

I also wanted to play along in Seize the Birthday's latest Splatter challenge. 

I rubbed some InkaGold onto a craft mat and then added some water. I used it to create a shimmery splatter all over the card.

I used the CUTplorations Celebrate Word Die to cut a sentiment out of some gold foiled paper to complete my look. 

Taaaadaaaa! Can I just say that it was a BEAR to photograph this? Shiny things are nice in real life, but the camera hates them!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Big Grins by Becca Cruger Stamps + Giveaway!

Hello my wonderful bloggy friends! I'm so excited to share this post with you because I have three brand new stamp sets available at STAMPlorations under my Big Grins by Becca Cruger line!! And good news! You could win ALL of them. Just leave a comment on this blog and then hop over to STAMPlorations blog to leave a comment there, too!

You all know I love me a good snarky stamp set, and both Sweet and Sassy Dad & Snarky Cap and Gown deliver on those fronts. 


I don't know about you, but I have a Papa who is the KING of dad jokes. You know the kind... knee-slapping groaners. This sentiment definitely "celebrates" those terrible puns. 

But never fear! I also brought on a plethora of sweet sentiments to go along with the snark.

I also drew some inspiration from Time Out Challenges and cased the layout of Cornelia's lovely card for my own design.

Cornelia's Card:

My Design 

Next up is a design for Snarky Cap & Gown. When I was going through grad season this year, I realized I didn't have one (not a single one) graduation set in my stash and it was really hard to find something that was exactly what I wanted. So I made one!

 Snarky Cap & Gown has some tame sentiments, like the one used above, but it also brings on a little bit of the sass.

Lastly, I want to show off Wonderful Life. It's filled with beautiful sentiments that are perfect all year round, but I love the summery potential this set has and can't wait to play around with it!

I watercolored up some of the sketchy rainbows and used the big ol' sentiment to create a bright and cheery design. When it was all done, I added a paper butterfly that came from my hoard of embellishments that were given to me by my grandma.

I'm going to let this card play along in the Cards Und More Holidays/Summertime Fun challenge. And the CAS Watercolor Challenge - Butterfly.


Pssssttttt... If you're thinking about it, now is TOTALLY the time to head on over to the STAMPlorations shop and use the code STAMPGIRLBECCA to snag them for 20% off the price.

Make sure to leave a comment on the STAMPlorations blog for double your chances to win! :)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Warm Coffee Card

It's Friday and that means it's time for coffee. Unlike the rest of the world, Mondays aren't usually when coffee is an absolute requirement. But Fridays.... Friday mornings always seem to kick me in the pants. Something about the last day of the week before freedom requires copious amounts of caffeine.


I stamped a row of super cute coffee cups from the brand new What's Brewing STAMPlorations stamp set.

PSSST - bloggy readers - if you're interested in anything from the STAMPlorations store, go look right now! Through today, July 7th, everything in the whole store is 15% off AND you can get an additional 20% off by using my personal discount code: STAMPGIRLBECCA.

I colored around my coffee cups with some Dina Wakely Scribble Sticks and used a watery brush to blend my colors together.


I chose my colors because the July theme for STAMPlorations is stamps and warm colors.

There is also a sketch to inspire you.


To play along in this challenge you can use ANY stamps from ANY company. Just choose the theme or the sketch to inspire your card, or use both!

Here's my completed design! I love how warm and inviting this feels. 

I hope you'll all consider playing along over at STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch challenge for a chance to win some pretty sweet prizes!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sailing Away - Stamped Beach Card

Are you looking for a challenge to float your boat? Well Fusion can do the trick for you! Today, I'm showing off a little number I made inspired by the new inspiration image and sketch from Fusion. 


If you haven't played along at Fusion, it's super easy! Just choose either the sketch or the inspiration image to inspire your card, OR you can mash 'em together and use both! 

In this case, I chose to play the mash 'em up game and combine both this inspiration image and sketch. I don't really have many beachy themed stamps, so I pulled out this sketchy ship from the STAMPlorations True North stamp set.


I made some cute little waves by using the Stitched Snow Hills CUTplorations dies. and then I stamped my ship. I paper pieced the boat's wood, and then added some vellum over the sails, which helped to delineate the sails from the white background.


I finished the look by adding a swath of cute patterned paper and stamping a sentiment from the Verve Rise Above stamp set.

I'm going to also play along in the following challenges:
Paperminutes - In the/By the Sea

2 Sisters on the Blog - Beach Theme