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Edna and the Snarky Sisters *welcome* you to our newest challenge, M is for Menopause! Let's face it, the majority of papercrafters out there do seem to be women, and at least some of those women know what we're talking about with this theme. Edna obviously does, with the industrial-strength fan and that little extra flush to her cheeks!    
My intention originally was to make artistic representations of the various symptoms leading to menopause... but when it came time to make my card, my artistic muse just wasn't cooperating. So I went my usual clean and simple route...


Mood swings? Oh yes. So the sentiment was perfect, and of course has to be paired with a cow. The cloud and lightning bolt add a little fun to the otherwise simple card, I think. 


I'm adding this to the June Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge: Funny
Be sure to see what my sisters in snark have done with this challenge, as well as our current Queen of Snark and guest designer, Lisa. Whether or not you're feeling the heat, I hope you'll join us! 


Supplies: Neenah white & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, Taylored Expressions Grouchy Grumplings stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear embossing powder, Copic markers, MFT stitched rounded rectangle die, cloud and lightning die cuts from stash, foam tape

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It's the first Thursday in June, and time to Seize the Birthday! And to make it easy, it's a true anything goes challenge this time around, no toppings. Anything birthday goes! Which in a way makes me wonder why I decided to go on a masking frenzy for my card...


At least the girl comes already seated in the armchair! ;) The scene started with the dog, moved on with the girl/chair, then the books, and then the table. All of the elements stayed masked with an added post-it note across the card so I could add the wood flooring. I also sponged some antique linen distress ink over the woodgrain stamp so it wasn't so starkly white. I couldn't even leave the light fixture unmasked, since I wanted to add the light she's reading by. (The fixture matches the ones in my kitchen!) After everything was coloured with Copics, I heat embossed the sentiment and added the panel to a red card base to match the book and lamp. This is not my usual style of card to make - I far prefer the ones that appear to be a lot more work than they are! This is more of the opposite. :D 


With an anything goes theme, there is a wide variety of inspiration from the Seize the Birthday design team members and our current surprise party guest, Linda! Be sure to check out their cards, and then I hope you'll join us!

Supplies: Neenah white & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, MFT Our Story & Winnie & Walter Mini Scenery: Multigrain stamps, Versafine onyx black, Simon Says Stamp extreme black, Memento espresso truffle, antique linen distress & fossilized amber distress oxide ink, Wow clear embossing powder, Copic markers, Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaway die, black Sharpie pen

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It's snarky Saturday again! For this, our 136th challenge, the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers offers you F is for Family. I think all families bring out the snarky feelings at some point, don't they? Perhaps some families, or at least certain members, more than others. 
I have a very small family, and none of us are particularly demonstrative, so my supply of obvious stamps for this challenge was limited. But here is what I came up with:


It's a crazy dog family! I masked them together so it could be a family portrait. As I finished colouring them with my Copic markers, I realized... I had created the Bluth family! Fellow fans of Arrested Development, do you see what I mean? That's Michael Bluth in the centre of course, with the reaction to his family's antics clearly on his face. His son, George-Michael, is on the far left, with his uncle Gob next to him. On Michael's other side is his mother, Lucille, and who else could that be at the end but Buster. Or... maybe it's just me. 


Be sure to check out what my sisters (see, we're a family, too!) have created for this challenge, as well as our current Queen of Snark and guest designer, Michelle. And then join our little snarky family and play along! 

Supplies: Neenah white & Stampin' Up basic black cardstock, Basic Grey Kelly Purkey Mon Ami patterned paper, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Crazy Cats & Dogs & Unity sentiment stamp, Simon Says Stamp intense black ink, Copic Markers, Gelly Roll clear glitter pen, Twinery twine, small hole punch, foam tape

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Welcome to the June Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge! Our (always optional) theme this month is LOVE. Lots of possibilities with this, I think! Here's mine:


Watercolour powders, the easiest form of watercolouring! So easy, in fact, that I checked with my teammates to make sure it was allowed. :D My favourite watercolour powders have other colours mixed in with the main shade, and this one, mostly red, also has some orange and even a bit of blue. I'm using one of my favourite ways to use these powders, with a white-embossed background image. I love how the colour automatically pools and concentrates more in some areas than others, giving a look that seems (to the non-crafting eye) much more work than it is. Here's a closer look: 


Over the base, I layered a die cut cover plate, adding the two part sentiment and an enamel heart. 
For more inspiration, my watercolour teammates have many beautiful interpretations of this month's theme! Or you are welcome to add any watercolored project to our link up. You have the month of June to come and play along! 

Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, MFT Roses All Over & Concord & 9th Love You Mean It stamps, Versamark & Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear glitter & white embossing powder, Magenta Nuance berry watercolour powder, Sugar Pea Designs Large Striped Cover Plate die, (?) enamel dot

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Do you make Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)? I haven't made a lot of them, but they are a fun little canvas to play on! I like them for a few reasons: the small canvas is a fun size to work with, they can provide a *nudge* when card-making ideas seem to be lacking, and I find them ideal for using both backgrounds and images that are left over from card making. Seeking some inspiration today, I went to the current Happy Little Stampers ATC Challenge, where the theme is "hello". I pulled out my bins of stash and made two: 



For the first one I used a leftover ink-smooshed watercolour panel: 


The morning glory was also previously stamped, and the leaves were leftover die cuts. So really, all I had to do was cut the ATC, then add the embossed sentiment and place the flower and leaves.
My second one was just as easy:


The background panel (purple, although it's looking a bit black in the photo) is a leftover from experimenting with my distress oxides when I first got them. The butterfly is die cut from a panel where I was trying out a technique with spray mists. Another quick to assemble ATC! I'm adding this one to the current STAMPlorations Things with Wings linky party.  


Supplies: (hello there) Neenah white & Stampin' Up old olive cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Altenew Build a Flower: Morning Glory stamps & die & Hero Arts/Basic Grey Hello stamps, Versafine onyx black & assorted Altenew & distress inks, CUTplorations ATC tag builder & PTI leaf die; (hello) Neenah white & (?) purple cardstock, Altenew Label Love stamp, Versamark &assorted distress oxide inks, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Memory Box texture scraped paint stencil, MFT butterfly & CUTplorations ATC tag builder dies, assorted spray mists

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My friend Jo has asked me to be her newest guest elf at her Christmas Kickstart challenge!  The theme starting today is CHRISTMAS KIDS. I thought an interactive card would be perfect for kids (of all ages)! 


It was also just the push I needed to try out my new Lawn Fawn magic picture changer dies. I chose a cute little penguin for the first picture you see, colouring him simply with Copic markers, then masking him to sponge in a sky. I didn't even think about masking the snowflakes/snowballs, just coloured them with white gel pen after the sky was finished. (I suppose I could have used masking fluid, but there's the drying time... :D) Since it was my first time using these dies, I kept it simple and just used a sentiment for the second panel, rather than trying to line up a second image. 


Following along with the video kept the assembly of this surprisingly easy! I kept the rest of the card simple, using some fun patterned paper for the card base. 
Here is why you should join Jo and me for this challenge: you will add to your Christmas card stash, so your December self will thank you; and making cards for kids is fun! You have two weeks to play along.


Supplies: Neenah white & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, Lawn Fawn patterned paper, Hello Bluebird Snow Play stamps, Simon Says Stamp intense black & Stampin' Up real red inks, Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer & Magic Picture Changer add-on dies, Copic markers, Gelly Roll white gel pen

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With this steampunk-ally cool graphic from our snarky sister Lee, I am pleased to announce our new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge begins today: I is for Ironmongery! (We haven't run out of different ways to title our annual steampunk challenge yet...) Some of the sisters are totally into steampunk; others, like me, only dabble occasionally, but it's such a fun genre to explore. And explore I did, with <gasp> three different projects to show you today!
I was inspired to dust off my gelli plate and acrylic paints and make some steampunk backgrounds. If you've ever played with a gelli plate, it's not really something to just make one print. So here's a selection from my morning of play time...


I refreshed my gelli print techniques by watching this video by Shari Carroll. She uses regular printer paper for her prints! I tried it, too, and really liked the results. It does mean you are working with very thin paper to make the rest of your card, but if you're careful, the results are fine. Here's my first example, where I even managed to include a trace of snark: 


This is the third print I lifted from this particular arrangement of paint and die cuts - another great suggestion of Shari's is to use freezer (or in my case, butcher) paper for your die cuts - when you lift them from the plate, most of the paint stays behind, as you're seeing here with the gears. I also love that it left the perfect place for my young man to stand and rest his hand. Going through my Tim Holtz snarky sentiments, this one seemed to work. 


Now a not-so-snarky one: 


This time I used a stencil for my print, before stamping and embossing the steampunk bird on patterned paper and fussy-cutting him. A sentiment and a few die cut gears (from the same patterned paper) and I have that rarest of beasts, a clean and simple steampunk card! 


Finally, my brother's birthday was a few weeks ago. In making him a gift bag, I was feeling in an artsy/inky mood, and made him somewhat of a "steampunk lite" one: 


Stencilled brick, clear-embossed clocks, a spooky chandelier, a few die cut gears (again!) and a larger version of the same Tim Holtz paper doll as on my first card. 
And there you have it! And I'm just a small cog (haha) in the blog full of inspiration on the Snarky Sisters site! Be sure to visit to see my sisters' creations, and also our current Queen and guest designer, Tristan! Hope to see your Ironmongery creation in the links. 
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