Unboxing Day with the August Kit from Creative Escape Papercrafting!

I'm tickled to share that I'm an August guest designer for Creative Escape Papercrafting !   Take a look at the fully loaded kit from CEP for August, 2018 ... 

Creative Escape Papercrafting offers a brand new kit each month, great for card makers, scrapbookers, and paper crafters.  And, their monthly subscriptions enable you to make sure your kit is reserved for your enjoyment in advance of the kits being made available as single kits on the website.  Items shown above are available online, as well as other great products as well!  

I'll be sharing projects I've made from this kit across the rest of August, so stay tuned!  If you have questions or wishes, please let me know and I'll pass them along.

Inky (((hugs))),
~Bev Gerard

Lifting those Petals

Are you playing in the Dare to Get Dirty challenges this week?  There's plenty of fun to have and more challenges than I can make in a week ... but lots of stampers love to go for the win to create something for every challenge and scoop up some prizes!   Go, Go Stampers!

Once upon a time I enjoyed turning 'flat' floral stamped images into a more realistic blossom with lots of fussy cutting and adding curves to the elements, etc.  Like most of us, my style has morphed along my stampy journey.  So when my darling friend, Kittie posted her DTGD18kittie747 challenge earlier this week, I knew I wanted to play and return to lifting up those petals!  

Both the blossom and the sentiment are from Wendy Vecchi's 'Birthday Art' stamp set.   I stamped the image 3 times, coloring each one with Copics before fussy cutting.  Each layer was offset atop the previous layer before gluing in the center.  

When I spotted the softly colored printed paper in a retired My Mind's Eye square stack, I knew I had to use it with this bold blossom.  For the center of the blossom, I used little bitty seed beads.  (My bitsy rhinestones are AWOL from their last known location ... so plans had to change.) 

Have you stamped today?  

Inky (((hugs))),
~Bev Gerard

Supplies used:
Stamps:  'Birthday Art' by Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous
Inks:  Gina K. Amalgam, Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy, Copics
Papers:  Misti stamp positioner,  Prism card stock, Neenah Solar White c/s, My Mind's Eye 6x6 stack
Accessories:  Spellbinders circles + squares dies, Sizzix sentiment die, seed beads, crystal lacquer, May Arts ribbon, glue dots

Screechless Chalkboard

Stacy's Dare ... well, her Dare to Get Dirty challenge (DTGD18JBgreendawn) is just one of lots of fun challenges to dive into this week over at SCS!   Long ago I sold my paper crafting chalks.  Then I borrowed some cool metallic chalks from my crafty daughter ... and returned them after a bit of fun.  So, here's what I opted to do:

My Misti positioner enabled me to get a nice amount of VersaMark ink on the black card stock, since it allows us to stamp again in the very same spot.  Thankful am I!  Plus, since my rectangle was already die cut, it allowed me to perfectly place the jar image.  The sentiment was prepared separately, then punched out and affixed with dimensional foam.  I finger-rubbed the  white smears of faux chalk dust, so .... no screeching of the chalk on my 'chalkboard'!  (Some of us will understand ... but those who know only 'white boards' might have a little question mark on their faces.  ;)

Tex's Tip:  When embossing, being sure to have complete ink coverage on the image is important, as well as using an anti-static pouch.  Find the anti-static pouch in the stamp departments where embossing powders are sold.

Thanks for taking a peek today!

Inky ((((hugggsss)))),
Bev Gerard

Stamps:  Darcie's
Inks:  VersaMark 
Papers:  Neenah white, SU black
Accessories:  Misti, The Stamps of Life stitched rectangle dies, white embossing powder, anti-static pouch, Darcie's Chalk FX (or real chalk dust), rhinestones or candy dots.

C'mon & Take the Dare!

It's here!   The annual week of Dare to Get Dirty challenges over at Splitcoaststampers is here!   

Although each day this week will bring some special new challenges, I'm actually more of a "turtle" stamper .... keep a steady pace, hurry isn't good, "channel the hare" ... you know what I mean.    
  This one is for Dina's challenge, DTGD18dini:    

I could quietly tell you that my fingers were ink-free during the making of this one .... but truth is my style ... even when it's ugly.  Yes ... a few fingers on each hand briefly bore evidence of inky play yesterday from the sponging of piggy's turf, and the splattering of the background.  

BTW ... both the pig pen dirt and the splatters are Distress Oxide - Walnut Stain.  For the splatters I simply wiped ink directly only an acrylic block, then loaded a watercolor brush with water, mixed it up, and splattered from the brush.  

Since the image area was created by masking, masking again, and even a third round of masking for the splatter process, the only true dimension is via the lifted little sentiment banner.  

This darling stamp + sentiment are both from Inky Antics.  It was fun to bring them out for some inky play again! 

Check back very soon for more.   Inky stuff is on a roll here!

Inky (((hugs))),
Bev Gerard

Supplies used include:  
Stamps:  Inky Antics
Inks:  Distress Oxides - Walnut Stain + Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Sepia, 
     Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Neenah, Recollections Kraft
Accessories:  Spellbinders Labels 2;  The Stamps of Life banner die, sponges, Eclipse tape, watercolor brush