Friday, April 3, 2015

Stamps and Numbers - STAMPlorations April Challenge

Woop woop! Today marks a new challenge over at STAMPlorations and I am super excited to share my card because I totally embraced my grungy side. 

The challenge theme this month is 
STAMPS and NUMBERS


You can use ANY stamps you want to link up - no need to use STAMPlorations stamps (but we'd love it if you do!) 

For my card, I started by creating a really grungy mixed media background. 


How was this made? I'm glad you asked.

I smooshed some Distress Inks (Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Bundled Sage) onto a large acrylic block, spritzed it with water, and then pressed it onto card stock. 

Then I used the ARTplorations Foiled stencil and sponged some Bundled Sage ink through the background. 



I moved the stencil and sponged embossing ink through it, then added some rusty-colored powder and heat embossed.  I stamped some Grungy numbers from the Stamp Lab: Textured Big Numbers stamp and some arrows from the VIGNETTE: Chevron and arrows set. 

I added a stamped tag using sentiments from the VIGNETTE: Chevron and Arrows set. 


I added some metal embellies (and the one up top actually is a bookmark that comes off!) and finished off the completed grungy look. 

So - Go play at STAMPlorations. You could win a $15 gift card or a guest design gig! 

Speaking of Guest Design gigs - we've got some real rockstars playing with us at STAMPlorations:
Jerrie Mead from Coloring Outside the Linez
Pamellia Johnson from My Little Craft Things
and  Jo Nevill from Rambling Boots

As for me, I'm going to link my card up to the following great challenges:
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes Birthday
The Challenge - Anything Goes
Virginia's View - Layers and Dimension

By the way - I know I'm behind in my bloggy commenting and can only apologize profusely. I've been working on some community events and have had a meeting EVERY day this week. Whew! I have the next three days off so will be playing some catch up. You guys are the VERY best and I hope you know that. 

Also - On my previous blog post, you'll find a little info on some BLOG CANDY that I'm offering. Comment on that post before Sunday for your chance to win. :) 




45 comments:

  1. Love this Becca, grungy but clean and crisp, if that is not a misnomer. I know what I mean!!!

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  2. This is just so beautiful Becca! I love the splashes of colour and those tags are fabulous!! What an honour to craft along side you, thanks for having me as your guest designer today! hugs :)

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  3. Fabulous background equals a gorgeous card, Becca. Love it!

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  4. You definitely have embraced layering in, oh so, many ways. Fabulous card and it includes a gift, yay!

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  5. You really excel at these techniques, Becca! I always enjoy seeing what you've done! And how you did it! Thank you! Gorgeous card!

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  6. Grundy and great this is!! Such a cool technique with your stenciling and collage look! :)

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  7. your background rocks!!! LOVE how fun your card is!!!

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  8. Love everything about this Becca, your background looks fabulous. Carol x

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  9. Love your grungy urban background, it perfectly compliments your layering pieces in the foreground. This is just an amazing card xx

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  10. This is wonderful Becca, I love your background design and gorgeous colours.
    Sue xx

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  11. Awesome "piece of art"...love that gorgeous background!!! I need to get more "inky"!!! I am your newest follower!!

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  12. I love your adventurous spirit in card making-this is a great card and love the background!

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  13. Totally love your background and card!

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  14. gorgeous card :) thanks for stopping by my blog!!!

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  15. OOOOH! This is NICE.....sorta male orientated, too.....loooove the tags, the metal arrow...they are adorable & most of all the MM bg.....YUMMY!!! As yummy as the Easter eggs I hope float your way...enjoy a bit of time off.......happy Easter!!!

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  16. You know, in a parallel universe, there is a grungy me -- I just can't seem to channel her very often. This really makes me want to find her though. :D Awesome card.

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  17. love all the layers and colors you used to create your card, Becca - great idea for the added bookmark too!

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  18. Such a fab creation Becca! Love the grunge BG technique, so beautifully created and I adore the bookmark too with a lovely clip!

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  19. Looking awesome!! I so enjoy caming here and seeing you how to pictures - makes me believe that someday I could do that kind of card too - yeah right... Gorgeous metal details too.

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  20. Amazing grungy card, looks awesome x

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  21. awesome Becca. The background looks stunning and love all the layers and elements.

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  22. Great card. It's ideal for a teenage boy. I love the layering throughout it.

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  23. Fab grungy card, Becca - love how you layered up the background. Thanks for adding it to the Seize The Birthday gallery

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  24. Beautifully done! Great job with the sponging and distress inks...makes me want to get mine out...

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  25. Grungy and gorgeous!! I love the background!! The layers are fabulous!! Awesome card my friend!! I hope you have a happy Easter :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  26. OMG I am gobsmacked at how awesome this card is. Just love the result. So grungy good. You are one very talented girl Becca. It is time I tried a bit of this style for a change. It's been a while. Love coming over to check up on you. Keep it coming.

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  27. Outstanding design, Becca!! I adore how you created the background -- it's really awesome!!

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  28. WOW, Becca! That's, all, just WOW! And ---Thanks for playing The Challenge!

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  29. Amazing card and I love that background. thanks for playing along with us at The Challenge!

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  30. What a great card. Love the background x

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  31. I love grunge and you totally rocked this style! What an incredible background too, Just fabulous!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Challenge!

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  32. More fabulousness! Love the background and I must get that number stamp :)

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  33. Becca - I love when you do grunge!! So fascinating and when you show how you did it, I almost think I could do it!! Thanks for all the cool things I learn here and for giving me a nice shout-out on facebook!! Love this card - going to make something similar for my son's birthday!! See you soon and hope you have a fabulous day!!!

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  34. Becca, love your mixed medai masterpiece!! Thanks for joining us at The Challenge on our Anniversary Linky Party Celebration! Sure hope that you join us again for a BRAND NEW exciting challenge tomorrow! -YAY!!!

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  35. Hey Becca! I love this awesome design. I need to work with stencils. Love the colours and the accents you used too. Thank you so much for joining us at The Challenge!

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  36. Artistic masterpiece, Becca!

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  37. Fab Fab Fab, you absolutely rocked this card!

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  38. You are on a roll Becca! Love the background! Thanks for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday, we sure appreciate you joining us!

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  39. oh WOW, WOW, WOoOOooOoOW! i'm glad you're bringing the word "stellar" back, since it's the perfect adjective for this *AH*MAYYYYYYYYYY*ZING* card! i'm beyond impressed!!! so very cool!

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  40. Wonderful card Becca! I love the background you've created, the whole design is fabulous. Love it :)
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for our special 6th Birthday Challenge
    hugs
    Mandy xx

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  41. really awesome card! i love every detail on it!

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  42. What a fun blog, Becca! I've enjoyed browsing a bit this morning, and love the way you share the techniques and inspirations for your pretty artwork. I originally dropped by as one of Lisa's followers, but now, I am your newest Google Follower! I look forward to seeing more pretties in the future. hugs, de {Creative Smiles}

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  43. Every time I go to get messy with paper I think of you! This rocks & I need to try it :)

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