Saturday, January 9, 2016

Hello, Kelly Jo!

Here's my little card... I named the stamp "Kelly Jo" because it looks like one of my besties:

I plan to enter this into Try Stampin' On Tuesday (it is their sketch, afterall), and a Brown Sugar #180 as an Anything Goes!  I've watched both of these challenge blogs for a long time, and I'm also impressed with the variety of styles and projects they attract.  And then there's Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: Something New + Tim Holtz. Always an amazing and extensive entry pool-- I love perusing the SSS linky list towards the end of a challenge... it's like a never-ending treasure trove of crafty goodness.

I'm having a heck of a time with my pictures... too much sun, nighttime, poor indoor set-up.  I have pinned a few lightboxes on Pinterest... now I just need to build one!  Bear with me.  Or complain.  Then I'll really get my act together out of sheer shame.  Craft shame.

Supplies & notes:

  • The background was yet another background made in a flurry of stenciling a few days ago.  I used a Heidi Swapp stencil with Tim's Broken China Distress Stain and Scattered Straw Distress Ink.  I was using all kinds of stenciling and smooshing techniques.  You can see I sopped-up a bunch of the Broken China on this one with great results.
  • I stamped the Kelly Jo stamp (Hero Arts) in MementoLuxe, and did the same with the "Hello" stamp, which was a cheapie from Target.  Loves ittt....
  • I outlined the card with a black pen... actually, one of those K & Company Smashbook pens because I knew the tip was unforgiving and would yield a broken and rough line
  • I added some Ranger Glossy Texture Past with the same stencil for visual interest.  I made no attempt to line the stencil up.
  • The rhinestones were a gift from my sis for xmas.  NEWNESS!  They appear to be from Michael's.  
  • Here's a note:  if I were to recreate this card exactly, I'd add a touch of orange ink, and I'd gently distress the edges of the panel with water, just for a more watery look.  (And every time I type "watery" I think of the Sex Pistols song SubMission... "Can't figure out your watery love...")


  1. Glossy texture paste, how cool is that, have to look for that next time I'm shopping. I've got myself some brushos, some stencils, I've already got inks, now I need to practise...

  2. Lovely card and great background...Thanks for sharing it with Brown Sugar Challenge!

  3. Fun effect in the background and a very pretty card! Thanks for playing along in the "Something New" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  4. What a creative and inspirational card! I love your take on the sketch at Try Stampin' On Tuesday this week. Join us again very soon, won't you?

  5. I'm so loving that clear texture paste, especially in triangular form! GORGEOUS! This is super cool, she will love it!

  6. This would be an awesome card even if it didn't feature such an incredibly textured and beautiful background! Wowza! Love it! That vintage girl image is da bomb, too! Thanks for playing with the TSOT challenge!

  7. What a gorgeous make. Thank you for joining us at Brown Sugar. Hugs Traci DT xx