Saturday, May 31, 2008
This is one of the sets I bought from Gina K. Designs, called "Jumping for Joy" by Melanie Muenchinger. She's designed a few sets for Gina K., but this is my favorite because of the zebra. I really liked him! I was at Walmart the other day (I'm not a Walmart fan, but I was picking up some Georgia-Pacific card stock) and went into their craft area. They have some nice choice of ribbons. I came across this zebra design and grabbed it and immediately had this card in mind. At first I wasn't going to add the pink, but I thought it really punched it up. The black glitter dots are from Gina K. too. I don't know if you can see the glitter on them, but they are really cool! I attached them with glue dots. This is a fairly simple card to do, not much stamping and coloring, and I'm pleased with it! Let me know what you think! I'll probably be posting more of my new purchases tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.
Stamps: Jumping for Joy, Riveting
Paper: Black, Pixie Pink, whisper white
Ink: Black, pink marker
Accessories: Ribbon, glitter dots, SU scallop and round punches, CB Swiss Dots folder, dimensionals
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I just got this Karen Lockhart stamp and was playing with my Copic markers the other day. I liked the way this particular image came out and decided to make a card with it. One thing led to another and it evolved into this thank you card to Maria. I like the sentiment and think it's perfect. Since I had already colored the image, I had to find paper to match. I wanted the base white so it looked "fresh". Then I looked through my stash of patterend paper and came up with this Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl Anna paper. I liked the colors and the flowers matched those in the image. The river rock came next, then the ruby red. The ribbon is just a happy accident! It matched perfectly and I like the checks (it reminds me of a picnic table cloth). The sentiment is stamped in ruby red and the brads started out white and were colored with a copic marker (I didn't have the right red and this worked). The river rock looked too bare, so I stamped it with Sanded background stamp with river rock ink. Well, I hope Maria likes it! If you are reading this, Maria, STOP and wait til you get the card! Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Karen Lockhart chair, PTI Green Thumb (sentiment), SU Sanded bg
Paper: PTI white, river rock, ruby red, Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl Anna
Ink: River rock, ruby red, Adirondack Pitch Black, copic markers
Accessories: brads, ribbon, dimensionals
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I used Lovely Lilac, but it looks blue in the picture. (***ETA: I found an editing software on my computer, so I lightened this pic up a bit. It looks much better than the original!***) I stamped a paw print (which is something else my SIL wanted on there) on that piece and mounted it on black. The main image was cut and embossed with the Cuttlebug. The stamps on the inside (diploma and grad cap) are $1 Studio G stamps I picked up at AC Moore. They look so much better in person. The purple and black look so rich. I hope they like them! Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Stamps: Frames with a Flourish, Simple Little Things (PTI)
Paper: Soft sky, chocolate chip, very vanilla, Afternoon Tea, soft sky and close to cocoa dp
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: brads, chocolate chip poly-twill ribbon, dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I wanted to create my own background, so I picked out all the flower stamps I own (which are many!), and ended up with this one from Garden Silhouettes. I stamped it in Adirondack Pitch Black and used the stamp-a-ma-jig for placement of some of them. I didn't want them to overlap and look messy. That was the easy part! Creating the middle took longer because I wanted just the right sentiments and accents. So where do I go for those "little things"? PTI, of course! There are always a multitude of little sayings and doo-dads in those sets that you can use. I used Simple Little Things for the "thanks so much" and curved it on my block. That's another nice thing about these stamps is that you can arch them instead of stamping straight all the time. The accent in the middle is from Boxes, Bags & Tags. It reminded me of the accent on the inspiration. "You're too kind" is from Mixed Messages, and the floral accents in the corners is from Out on a Limb. Wow, four different sets were used just for the middle piece! I backed that piece with a black piece just to get that black outline, and then backed it on another white piece. I put the little snippet of certainly celery grosgrain ribbon behind that piece (like in the inspiration piece) and mounted it on dimensionals. This is definitely not one of my favorites, but I think it came out nice. It certainly was a quick one to reproduce once I had all the stamps picked out. What do you think?
Stamps: Garden Silhouettes, Out on a Limb, Boxes, Bags & Tags, Simple Little Things, Mixed Messages
Paper: Certainly celery, white, black
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Accessories: Certainly celery grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig
Monday, May 12, 2008
I received this image (his name is "Stretch" from High Hopes Rubber Stamps) from Cheryl Rowley in this lovely box a while ago. She gave it to me as a gift the first time we got together. I had mentioned that I really liked this guy, so she stamped quite a few of them and put them in the box. She also sent me a birthday card with him on it, which you can see in this post. That watercoloring is awesome! I used her layout for my card, but used copic markers to color him with. I tried to watercolor him, but it just wasn't working for me. I have to practice more, I guess! This turned out much nicer. After I colored the blue spots, I used a light brown and a beige for the rest of the giraffe. He looked too "blah", so I took an orange/yellow marker and colored over it, then blended it with the colorless blender. It brightened it up and gave me the more apricot color I was looking for. That's what is so great about these markers. You can color over another color, blend it in, shade, etc. They are wonderful! I used the tiny bubbles CB folder for the background and used this cool new rub-on paste I got from Bonnie's Best with a coupon I won at the WNY SCS gathering I went to a few weeks ago. I used a Luster Amber color and it gives a little sheen to the embossed parts. Real cool IRL! I also used this cute dp from Making Memories called Animal Crackers/Ella Giraffes. Crystal Stickles are on the giraffe and the sentiment...I love glitter and shine! There's another card to see....don't leave yet!
Stamps: Riveting, Stretch from High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Paper: Apricot appeal, bashful blue, very vanilla, Making Memories Animal Crackers/Ella Giraffes
Ink: Apricot appeal, bashful blue, black, copic markers
Accessories: Tiny Bubbles CB folder, Amber luster rub-ons, dimensionals, dauber, Crystal Stickles, circle and scallop punches
Here's the other card I made for a co-worker who just bought a new house. The picture is so dark. I just can't seem to get a good photo. I think I need another light.
I got the idea from a card I saw at my LSS. I kept the layout, but changed the colors and used background dp from Afternoon Tea. The nest and branch are colored with copic markers. The bird should have been facing the other way, or I should have stamped the sentiment more over to the right and put the bird on the left side, but everything was stamped and mounted, and I didn't feel like changing it (lazy!).
The inside of the card reads "You have a new nest". I thought that was cute. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and come back soon!
Stamps: Great Impressions, Live Your Dream (bird)
Paper: Close to cocoa, garden green, ivory (unknown), Afternoon Tea
Ink: Close to cocoa, Adirondack espresso and pitch black, copic markers
Accessories: American Crafts brads, circle punches, dimensionals
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
You can see why it's called a two way open, because it does!
This one is a Flap Card, and the directions can be found here. This card is very "petite" looking, much smaller than I anticipated, but a great one nonetheless. I totally CASED this card for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I just love this Afternoon Tea dp that SU has out in the Mini Catalog. I also love the colors together (groovy guava and sky blue). I colored the flower with the ink on the lid and a blender pen. Then I used Garden green to draw in the stems. Those sparkily things in the middle of the flowers are bling. They really are shining in this picture! I then punched it out with SU's scallop punch and mounted it on groovy guava punched with a Marvy punch. I also paper pierced the scallops and sponged some soft sky ink around the edges. The flap looked a little "blah" to me, so I cuttlebugged it! It added some much needed texture to the card. I used the small and large oval punches from SU for the sentiment and put that on dimensionals. To hold the flap shut, I used some magnets that I purchased at AC Moore for $.99 for 12 magnets. They aren't as strong as the Basic Grey ones everyone is using, but they worked fine. (You can also use Velcro dots.) Lastly, I tied a groovy guava ribbon around the flap. Here is a picture of the card open:
I stamped the flower in Soft Sky on the whisper white cardstock to repeat the design. You can see the big black dot on the flap that is the magnet. The Basic Grey ones are much nicer looking in silver and are smaller! Oh well!
The other cards we are making are this one and a variation of this one.
Thanks for stopping by!