Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Stamp: Hydrangea (Anna Griffin); Le London Script (Stampabilities)
Ink: Sepia (Ranger Archival Ink - I can't find my VersaFine - waaahhh!!)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I went outside my comfort zone again on this one. It has way more hearts on it than I typically use and I rarely use pastel colors - except for baby cards. I found the DP in a really old DCWV Spring Stack that I had so I went with the pink and yellow to coordinate. The paper says Happy Mother's Day all over it, but of course by the time I got all the other stuff on the card most of it got coverd up. :) The ribbon and heart shaped brad on the lower embellishment are also items I have had forever and never seemed to find a use for. I hit the embossed paper with some ink to highlight the swirls. The sentiment is computer generated.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Patti's challenge this week is "My Cup Overflows" and we were to use a cup of some kind on our project. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do this challenge because I don't own any stamps with a cup on them. But as luck would have it, I found this image that was given to me by my friend Lucy.
I want to give a big thank you to Patti for giving us this challenge this week and allowing us to celebrate her blessings as well as our own. There are a lot of things going on in the world that aren't so great, but we should all remember how much we really have to be thankful for.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Ink: Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger)
Friday, February 20, 2009
I don't know if you can tell from the scan, but I did a bit of a different fold on this one. It's kind of a 2/3 - 1/3 gate fold instead of the regular center fold. Also, it looks like my papers don't line up right, but that's just the scan - I really can make straight cards. :)
Stamp: Willow with Umbrella (Whiff of Joy)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Rouge Chalk Ink (Colorbox)
Paper: Cardstock (DCWV); DP (The Paper Studio)
Embellishments: Flowers (Prima); Ribbon (unknown); Brads (Making Memories)
Technique: Prisma Colored Pencils blended with Gamsol
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Roses on Paper is a US-based online store that sells Magnolia, Sarah Kay, Whiff of Joy and other stamps. I have not yet ordered from them, but have been told that they have excellent customer service and great shipping prices. When I'm finally ready to buy my first Tilda stamp, I definitely plan to order from Roses on Paper.
It was a lot of fun getting outside my box for this challenge. I'm already looking forward to my next one!
Stamps: Tilda with Balloons (Magnolia); Sentiment (Studio G)
Paper: Cardstock (DCWV); DP (Basic Grey)
Embellishments: Ribbon (from my stash); flowers (Paper Studio); brad
Technique: Prisma colored pencil blended with Gamsol
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I think I'm pretty happy with the overall design. I know the ribbon is all wrong, but out of all the thousands of yards of ribbon I have (well - maybe that's a wee bit exaggerated :) I don't seem to have one that fits quite right. I think a brown or green with white polka dots might be the way to go. I thought maybe throwing in a splash of red might be good, but now that I see it, I'm not so sure.
I also haven't decided whether to keep the rounded corners or not. My original plan was to use my circle and scalloped circle Nesties, but the image is too big to fit right.
I'll wait a day or two and look at it again. Maybe something creative will come to mind.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I am sending this for a swap that my friend Susan is hosting for cards that use a die cut machine in some way. I used my Big Kick with Cuttlebug embossing folders to make the background. Once again, I used chalk ink to highlight the raised areas.
It's back to work for me tomorrow after being on vacation last week and a holiday today. Bummer.
Stamp: O Lucky Day (House Mouse Designs)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Rouge, Pink Pastel (Colorbox Chalk Ink)
Paper: Cardstock (Hobby Lobby) and scraps from my stash; one tiny piece of Aunt Gertie's Garden (SEI)
Embellishments: Circle and scallop circle dies (Nestabilities); Floral Fantasy and Swiss Dots embossing folders (Cuttlebug); ribbon scrap; green paper flowers (unknown - from my stash)
Techniques: Prisma colored pencil blended with Gamsol; paper piercing
I decided to be a little different this time and chose a Gruffies image for my card. I just think this guy with his tea is so cute. It was given to me by my friend Lucy. The flower brads were originally a very light lime green and the ribbon slider was a bright chrome finish. I decided to get out my alcohol inks and tone them down a bit and make them go together better. The ribbon slider says "Happiness" and is much easier to see and looks much better in real life. The scan kind of screwed it up. I also decided to step outside my comfort zone with the color scheme. I rarely use blue and green together.
Stamp: Gruffies - All Warm and Furry (House Mouse Designs)
Ink: Black (unknown); Alcohol Inks - Lettuce and Bottle (Adirondack)
Paper: Cardstock (Hobby Lobby); DP (My Mind's Eye)
Embellishments: Circle and Scallop Circle dies (Nestabilities); ribbon, ribbon slider and flower brads (unknown - from my stash)
Technique: Prisma colored pencils blended with Gamsol
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The background papers are cardstock that I ran through my Big Kick with a couple of Cuttlebug embossing folders (D'Vine Swirls, Swiss Dots and Floral Fantasy). I used a brayer to roll a slightly darker shade of ink over the paper to highlight the raised areas.
Stamps: Party Mouse (House Mouse Designs), Celebrate (Michael's $1 clear stamp)
Ink: StazOn (Jet Black); Colorbox Chalk Ink (Olive Pastel, Wisteria, Rouge)
Paper: Pink, Green and Purple cardstock (Archiver's)
Embellishments: Cuttlebug embossing folders (D'Vine Swirls, Swiss Dots, Floral Fantasy), Nestabilities circle and scalloped circle dies, Prima flower, brad, ribbon
Techniques: Prisma colored pencil blended with Gamsol, paper piercing
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I love this image. It's the first House Mouse stamp that I ever bought. I think this is the first tall and thin card I've made. I'm not sure if it's going to be a favorite. It was hard for me to fill up all that vertical space - maybe I should have gone horizontal instead of vertical. Oh well - I'll play around with the format some more and maybe I'll like it better next time I try it.
Stamps: Two Part Harmony (House Mouse Designs); Oh Happy Day (Club Scrap)
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black and Vintage Sepia
Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View (Blue); Hobby Lobby (Brown)
DP: My Mind's Eye
Embellishments: Nestabilities, Ribbon, Prima Flower, Brad
Technique: Prisma Colored Pencil blended with Gamsol
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I made the little kimono out of origami paper and used a blue ribbon for the sash. The Japanese script stamp is from 100 Proof Press and gold embossed on blue cardstock. The mat behind the kimono is actually dark blue - not black. I also used a piece of mulberry paper as an extra little layer.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
The yellow paper with red dots is actually the same yellow cardstock as the base, which I ran through my Big Kick with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. I hit each of the dots with a red marker. The daisies and the Happy Birthday piece are pop-dotted, which is a little difficult to see in the scan.
Stamps: Gerber Daisy (Rubber Stampede); Sentiment (My Sentiments Exactly)
Paper: Yellow and red cardstock (Hobby Lobby); DP (My Mind's Eye - Front Porch collection)
Ink: Vintage Sepia (VersaFine)
Embellishments: Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Circle, scallop circle and long rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinder); ribbon and button
Technique: Prisma colored pencil blended with Gamsol
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
This card could probably be used for something other than Valentine's Day as it's kind of generic. I used more masculine colors and may just end up giving it to my DH. The other ones I have made are a lot of pink.
Stamp: Chocolate Heart (House Mouse Designs)
Ink: StazOn Jet Black
Paper: Brown, red cardstock (Hobby Lobby)
Embellishments: Ribbon, red heart button, Floral Fantasy Cuttlebug embossing folder, Nestabilities circle and scallop circle dies
Techniques: Prisma colored pencil blended with Gamsol; paper piercing, embossing
Monday, February 2, 2009
I also got the same award from Christy. Christy is just about one of the cutest people I have ever come across. She recently started hanging out with us in the Papercrafts community at Creating Keepsakes online. She makes me laugh and she is really a breath of fresh air - even though she does make me feel like an old lady. You should check out Christy's blog too. She does cute cards and she's just bubbly and fun.
Thanks Christy and Susan!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I ran the base of the tag through my Big Kick with the Script Cuttlebug Embossing folder. I then swiped over it with Wisteria Chalk Ink to highlight the script. I received the stamped image in a swap and don't know the company. I highlighted parts of the image with different shades of purple pastels. I sponged a couple of areas with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then sponged over the whole thing with Old Paper Distress ink. I finished it off with some organza ribbon, a purple Prima flower and a purple gem brad.