Category : Featured Artist

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Super excited to receive the notice from Pam Staples with Paper Craft Crew I had made the Top Picks for Challenge #230!!!

The card that made the top picks is the adorable Penguin card letting someone special know, “i love you”. Here is the card:

Click here for the post detailing how the card was created and what products were used. All the products used on this card are Fun Stampers Journey products. If you are interested in learning more about Fun Stampers Journey or purchasing products, please go to my website www.funstampersjourney.com/martymcgee (my Coach number is 818561).

This past weekend a few of my fellow stampers and I attended Heirloom’s Lawrenceville Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival. It began with the Design & Treasure Make-n-Take Friday night. We made four cards, visited with a favorite vendor “Pink & Main”, used new products, experienced new techniques, and had a great time. When we were leaving, I noticed a notebook on display with ATC (Artist Trading Card) on display and announcing the ATC contest. I remembered reading about it and wanting to create an entry when I registered, but I had forgotten about it. I decided to make a couple of ATCs which were to reflect the theme of Freedom and enter them the next day.

Saturday morning came bright and early. I had set my alarm the night before, but it didn’t go off; so, I was in a little bit of a rush before my friend, Cheyenne, got here with some stamp sets that were Freedom themed. We were to  head toward the weekend’s shopping event where we were to meet some other friends at the event by 10:00 a.m. Just a note to the alarm issue, I did set it, but for the weekday. LOL

I began the creation process half awake and a head full of cotton, but that could have been a plus since I couldn’t overthink the process. Really, I could barely think. I took the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 pieces of cardstock and pulled out my Fun Stampers Journey Sweet Berry Splash, Blue Lagoon Splash, Cranberry Bliss silk, Sparkle Dust, Black Licorice Twine, Journey Medium paste along the FSJ spatula applicator along with some post-it note tape. I pulled out my SU! stripes and stars stencils; thus began the card base process.

In a container, I spritzed some Sweet Berry with a mist of water. I used a paint brush and applied a swipe of Sweet Berry across the cards. It wasn’t brillant enough; so, I thought why don’t I add some Cranberry Bliss silk and that did the trick. I reapplied the mixture to the card and it looked gorgeous. Then, I took the Blue Lagoon Splash and did the same process.  I did try to add some Dark Roast to create a more navy blue color and it was a little too much which created a blackish blue. All I did was add more Blue Lagoon splash and pulled a small, small dot of the blackish blue color into it, mixed it a little, and Bob’s your uncle; it looked great. On the soldier ATC I added full blue color, but on the eagle ATC, I masked off some stripes and added the color to this area to provide a little interest.

Next, I applied the medium paste using the stencils to the card base and sprinkled Sparkle Dust onto the wet medium to create some sparkle and glitz. The final embellishment was several loops of Black Twine. I sat the emerging ATC pieces to the side to work on the stamped images.

By this time, Cheyenne arrived with the SU! stamps. I didn’t have any stamps that reflected the Freedom theme, but she had two SU! retired stamp sets (they are very, very retired). They were perfect. I took the soldier stamp and coordinating words from one stamp set and stamped them onto FSJ Whip Cream cardstock using Memento ink. I colored the soldier using Spectrum Noir markers. Each of the words I cut out individually and matted on FSJ Black Licorice cardstock. I took a very light gray Spectrum Noir marker and went over the words to tone down the brightness of the Whip Cream cardstock. I popped the soldier and words out using FSJ Foam squares; and, as a final touch, I sprinkled a little Silver silk onto the ATC. Here is Cheyenne’s iPhone pictures. She liked them better with a woodgrain background:

The cards were judged by the vendors at the show. Here is the winning ATC card:

I created the eagle card by stamping the eagle onto FSJ Whip Cream cardstock using FSJ Black Licorice ink. Cheyenne suggested stamping the coordinating words directly onto the eagle. I thought that was a GREAT idea, and as you can see, it looks gorgeous. I colored the eagle with Spectrum Noir markers. The eagle is popped up using FSJ Foam squares. I punched out three small stars from FSJ Denim Days cardstock. Even though they didn’t have a first, second, and third place winner, the eagle ATC card was the second most chosen card by the vendors.

I think they both turned out beautifully. I won $25 show bucks which meant I could go and purchase products from any of the vendors. Here I am receiving the Show Bucks:

I went back to Creek Bank Creations and purchased two more 3D embossing folders from We R Memory Keepers Next Leveling Embossing folders. These are awesome; they create a 3D embossed look to your cardstock, which adds wonderful dimension and interest to your card. I have three posts coming up featuring these folders. The rest of my winnings I spent at Pink and Main. I purchased a cute, cute frog stamp set (it’s one of the upcoming card creation posts) and a pirate set just for my little buddies to create some cute cards.

Thanks Cheyenne for your stamp sets and your critiques during the creating process.

I can’t say this enough, but I really, really love Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Box monthly card kit. I have made a variety of beautiful cards with the December kit. Of course, my group of Bloom Box Girls take the step-by-step instructions and make our own version of the card designs provided in the kit. The official promotion picture of the assembled cards from the December kit is below:

Each kit provides a unique technique, which is a great way to expand your creativity and apply this knowledge to other amazing creations you make.

Here is our first card we made with our December kit:

We decided to add another two branches to the bough, and a small pinecone to the this card. We used the Just Because ATS to add a sentiment.

Card #2:

We used our FSJ Color Burst Pencils to color the stamped wreath image. The only change is the sentiment of “Hello” from the FSJ Be Amazing stamp set.

Card #3:

Using vellum over the stamped card images adds a touch of elegance to an already beautiful card. We changed the sentiment and used the “So Cute” from the ATS So Cute stamp.

Card #4:

This is such a cute card. We stamped our wreath onto the base and stamped another image onto some FSJ Whip Cream cardstock. We fussy cut it out (the center and the outside), added some Journey Glaze to the berries and made a double bow. Oh yes, by the way, I love the wow factor a double bow gives a card creation.

Here are two more cards I made using this set. The wreath on the Oatmeal Cookie and Cranberry Bliss background was a Top 3 pick at Paper Craft Crew website. The other card I made using a SU! woodgrain background stamp and the Christmas sentiment from the FSJ Holiday Script. I did have to use my MISTI to stamp the sentiment about 5 to 6 times to get a good enough impression on the busy background.

         

It is not too late to sign-up for the December Bloom Box and  5 more months of Bloom Box card making kits.  You can go to my website and order the kit here.

Whoo hoo, I made top three on Paper Craft Crew Challenge #222. I am super excited about this pick because I used my Fun Stampers Journey, December Bloom Box stamp set Welcome Wreaths to make this card. I absolutely love this stamp set and the kit as well. Here is the winning card.

I wanted to keep everything about this card FSJ, and I did except for the sequins. I just haven’t acquired enough FSJ bling, . . . . . yet.  If you click the picture, you will be redirected to the original post.

I love everything about Fun Stampers Journey and I can’t wait to make more amazing cards using their products.

 

Just found out I was the winner of the TGIF#66 Card Challenge! Here is a picture of my card that won the challenge along with the link here for the original blog post (this post includes links for Heartfelt Creations and Marisa Jobs blog). Love, Love, Love the Heartfelt Creation product line. They are awesome. Thank you to Marisa Jobs for her design I modified to create a winning card. Also, thanks to Cheyenne Luken for being my stamping cohort.

Heartfelt Creations inspiration from Marisa Jobs

Heartfelt Creations
inspiration from Marisa Jobs

I just saw I had made one of the Top 3 for SUO Challenge #149 (click on Top 3 and see the Top 3 cards for this challenge).

Here’s a shout out to Promise Armstrong and Kayla Cansler for providing me an opportunity to create such a cute card. When Margratha (Promise’s mom) told me Kayla loved elephants, I just knew I had to make a card with them included. Congratulations!

Here’s the card:

Top 3 SUO #149

Click here to see the original post.

I am so excited to let you all know I was a Blog Candy Winner with Paper Craft Crew Card Challenge. The card below was also in the top three featured artists for that week’s challenge (click on the card to be directed to the blog):

PCCCS162When Pam Stales notified me I was a Blog Candy winner, I was EXCITED with anticipation of what I would receive in the mail. I was NOT disappointed. In the mail today, I received . . . . . . . .

Blog Candy PCCCS #162

I won a package of SU! Jewel Rhinestones, Linen Thread, and an Awesome Card from Pam. I just wanted to give another shout out of thanks to Paper Craft Crew Challenges!

Wow! I am so honored to have my card challenge entries featured as part of the Fab Fave 63 and the featured artisan for Paper Craft Crew #142 challenges. Here are the cards that were selected (click on the cards to be directed to the post with the supply list):

Fab Fave 63

 

PCCS142 Featured Artisan

PCCCS142

Have a GREAT WEEKEND!

I am thrilled to have made it in the featured Artisan section for Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #140:

Paper Pal Crew Featured ArtistI really have been using the Painted Petals stamp set A LOT! It is just so versatile. I am sad, though, because I misplaced one of the leaves while making a challenge card yesterday. Those darn ‘ol photopolymer stamp sets just blend in with their surroundings. I’m still hoping it will turn up at some point in time.

Anyway, here is the featured card:

 

PCCCS140 cardSomeone just bought this card from me at church to give a mother or grandmother a mother’s day card. I hope this card inspires you!

 

Just wanted to let everyone know I was one of the top three featured artisans at www.suochallenges.com . I am very excited about being featured for this particular card challenge. Cheyenne, my friend and co-designer (on this card), deserves credit as well. Here is the card that was featured in the Top 3:

Perfect Blend2

Here is the link back to the original post http://martyzstamps.com/2015/03/24/suo-challenge-119-fun-folds/

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