Thursday, February 28, 2008
Challenges, Challenges, Challenges!
The bg stamp is sheet music from Rubber Stampede. I've had this stamp for a very long time and it's never seen ink! Oh the shock, the horror of it all! Come on, I know you have some of those, too! We all do! Anyway, I stamped it in black and mounted it on black (I decided to mount all my layers on black). I pulled out this patterend paper from SU's Ginger Blossom. Since I couldn't use any other colors, I took a piece of river rock and mounted it on black also. This bird was already stamped and waiting to be mounted on something. I stamped him when I cut and mounted the stamps and put him in the box for future use. I cut him out, but didn't like the way his feet looked, so off they came! I used river rock for the oval and black for the mat. They were both punched out with the marvy punches. The oval and rectangular river rock pieces looked too bare, so I stamped them with Itty Bitty Backgounds. I also pierced a hole in each of the scallops, but it's hard to see in the picture. If I had had more time, I would have found another pattern paper to use or even the cuttlebug, but like I said, I was pressed for time. The bird has diamond stickles on him. I'm ok with this card, but I think it could be better. What do you think? Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Always, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Rubber Stampede music sheet
Paper: River rock, black, whisper white
Accessories: Diamond stickles, marvy punches, dimensionals, paper piercer
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful, sentiment unknown
Paper: So saffron, certainly celery, regal rose, watercolor, so saffron dp
Ink: Black Stazon
Accessories: Watercolor crayons, blender pen, ribbon, paper piercer, mat pack, cuttlebug and folder, dimensionals, word window punch, white signo gel pen
Monday, February 25, 2008
I'm All Mixed Up!
Stamps: Oh So Lovely, PTI Mixed Messages
Paper: River rock, ruby red, very vanilla, Ginger Blossom dp
Ink: Black, mellow moss, ruby red
Accessories: Punches: circles, Three for You, photo corner; brads; paper piercer; dimensionals; glitter
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Sweet and Cheerful!
Stamps: Sweet Treats, Short and Sweet
Paper: Regal rose, whisper white, green and blue textured paper (unknown)
Ink: Tempting turquoise, regal rose, gable green, black, going gray
Accessories: Punches: large and small ovals, ticket corner, blender pen, stickles, glitter, ribbon, dimensionals
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Thursday, February 21, 2008
Open a Window
I was so happy when I saw today's Ways to Use It challenge WT154. I'm not a big WT fan, but I was thrilled with this one - to use a window in your card. I have had these stamps for a long time. They are from Great Impressions, and I used to be in a club where if you bought so many stamps from the collection, you'd get the featured stamp of the month free. This was one of them! I loved this stamp and had it tucked away in a drawer and was so happy to be able to pull it out once again. I stamped the window image in black on vanilla paper and used my Prismacolor pencils to color it in. Then I stamped the brick pattern around it in more mustard. The vanilla was too "clean" looking, so I sponged more mustard and then stippled creamy caramel and close to cocoa to dirty it up a bit (buildings aren't clean, right?). Once that was done, I took my exacto knife and "opened the window". It was very stuffy inside! On another piece of vanilla, I stamped "Easter Wishes" and a vine from a retired set, Etruscan (love that set), and adhered that behind the open window. The birds were stamped, colored, cut out, and adhered with dimensionals. I ran some ribbon around the green panel, adhered the main image with dimensionals. I added the green metallic dots and some glitter to the flowers. The base of the card was stamped with canvas in so saffron because it looked too bare. Very easy card once I decided what to layer the main image on. Very cool challenge and stamps! Hope you have a great day! I am on day four of my mid-winter break and have done nothing but stamp! Sounds good, but I have a to-do list a mile long that I have not gotten to! Today's the day for that! Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Great Impressions, Canvas, All Holidays, Etruscan
Paper: Very vanilla, so saffron, handsome hunter
Ink: More mustard, close to cocoa, creamy caramel, so saffron
Accessories: Ribbon, metal dots, dimensionals, Prismacolor pencils, exacto knife, glitter
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Hello New Stamps!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Blooms in Crazy Colors!
Chick on an Egg
Monday, February 18, 2008
Featured Stamper Challenge
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo: Birds Galore, A Little Birdie Told Me (for sentiment)
Paper: Mellow moss, black, whisper white, groovy guava dp
Ink: Mellow moss, black, groovy guava
Accessories: Punches: Three for You, large and small ovals; nestabilities; stickles; blender pen; metal dots; dimensionals
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Stamps: Paper Inspirations
Paper: Barely banana, rose red, whisper white, Basic Grey Two Scoops dp
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, rose red
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, scallop punch, dimensionals
The new stuff in this card is the paper. This is Dutch Girl by Cosmo Cricket. I've always liked this paper, and decided to purchase a few pieces. I like the way this card came out, except for those velvet flowers! They really look nicer IRL! I was trying to do Beate's weekend sketch challenge, but it really didn't turn out the way I had planned. The main image is supposed to be over to the left more, but then the flowers wouldn't fit. I was going to use these pearl brads I just got, but then thought to use these flowers. I should have stuck with the pearls! Oh well, it's done and it's late.
I made this card for Cheryl Rowley. She gave me this set and I've only made one card, so I felt bad. I want to send this to her thanking her for the set. She does a lot of water coloring and is awesome at it! Check out her gallery and see what I mean. This is my feeble attempt at water coloring. I don't know if I have the wrong brush or what, but I had trouble shading and controlling the color. We'll see what advice she can give me for the next attempt! Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Posies for You (Anna Wight for Whipper Snapper Designs), Stem Sayings (sentiment SU)
Paper: sky blue, rose red, very vanilla, Cosmo Cricket's Dutch Girl
Ink: Rose red, wild wasabi, brocade blue, close to cocoa
Accessories: Maya Lin velvet flowers, pearls, paper piercer, dimensionals
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Birch, Bark, & Birds Inspiration
Stamps: Natural Beauty
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Black, Going Gray, Very Vanilla, Au Chocolate
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Accessories: copic markers, taffeta ribbon, dimensionals
Send Someone a Heart
Friday, February 15, 2008
Three Ring Circus
1 1/2" punch. They were placed on the card with dimensionals. The ribbon is tied in a knot to also represent a circle.
I staged my card a bit. I've seen others do this and it just makes the card a bit more interesting. Let me know what you think! ~TFL~
Stamps: On the Spot, Big Flower
Paper: Cool Caribbean, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: Cool Caribbean, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Punches: SU Three for You, 1 3/8" circle, CM 1 1/2" circle, dimensionals, HPH brads, ribbon
Today is a Good Day!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The Right Shoes
Happy Valentine's Day
Anyway, I decided to give them 25 credits. So, I punched red hearts out and wrote "25 credits" on it. I was feeling guilty, because I always have a gift for them. I then remembered this new mini muffin pan from Wilton that I purchased and never used. I broke out my free box of brownie mix I got at the grocery store with a coupon and voila! Mini brownies! I put them in the little bags I was going to use for the suckers. They fit perfectly! I then stapled the hearts to the bag. I know I could have done a much better job, but I was in a pinch and this worked out well. I think the kids were more excited about the 25 credits than the mini brownie!
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all have a very Happy Valentine's Day!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Well, anyway, his fiance's shower is in May, and I came across this idea from Judy Morrow's blog. These were from Michael's and were on sale for $16.99 for a package of 20. They can be found in the wedding aisle. It's hard to see in the picture, but I punched a real red scallop circle using the yellow Marvy scallop punch. Then I used the 1 1/4" SU punch and shimmery white paper. The stamps are from Papertrey Ink's Sweet Love set. I adhered the circles to the tin lid using a large glue dot. Sheer red ribbon went around the lid. The thank you tag was made using the word window punch. The sentiment stamp is from SU's All Holidays and the heart is also from Sweet Love. I tied it on with a piece of white thread. I may get jump rings used in jewelry making to attach the tag. I filled the jar with M & M's before decorating. Her girls are wearing red for the wedding, so I thought these would be nice. I was thinking of adding some rub-ons to a few and put only one on each table. Whoever had that jar would be able to take the centerpiece home. I was also thinking of adding white M & M's to the jar. What do you think? Leave me a comment!
I was hoping to do the TLC155 challenge today called Ink, Spray, and Smash, but it doesn't look like that will happen. I still have papers to correct and it's already almost 9:00 p.m.! It'll have to wait til tomorrow! TFL!
"Till the next time that we say goodbye, I'll be thinking of you."
Stamps: PTI Sweet Love
Paper: real red, shimmery white
Ink: real red, black
Accessories: jars from Michael's, sheer ribbon, glue dots, M & M's, punches: word window, yellow scallop, 1 1/4" circle
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Featured Stamper-Sarah Green
Today's Featured Stamper on SCS is Sarah Green. Her style is very eclectic, in my opinion. She puts together cards in a variety of ways and doesn't stick to just one design style. I chose to case this card for a couple of reasons. First, I just love that stamp from SU's retired hostess stamp, Oh, So Lovely. I had to cut and mount this set today (can you believe I never used it?). Second, I loved the layout. As you may have read before, I have a difficult time with layouts. I thought this was a fabulous one! So, here's where I went with it. I chose SU! retired Recollections dp. I've always loved this dp! I then chose the cardstock: cranberry crisp (retired) and river rock. Next, I started playing with the dp. These seemed to work well together. Each piece was cut to 1 1/8" x 3 1/2" to fit on the cranberry layer just underneath it, which measures 5" x 3 3/4".
The main image was stamped in Adirondack pitch black ink (I was told that this is the best ink to use when using copic markers; I don't know if it's the *best*, but it works very well with no streaking) and the stems were traced over using a mellow moss marker. The flowers were colored with copic marker #R59 and some color was lifted off with the blender marker (this is not the SU! blender pen--it is one specifically used for copic markers). I then used my white signo gel pen to put stamens in the middle of the flower. Next, I inked up the background stamp in mellow moss and stamped it over the flower. *Love You*, from SU's Short and Sweet, was stamped in cranberry crisp. Lastly, I added the green jute and sheer cranberry ribbons. The main image is on dimensionals.
I am giving this to my husband for Valentine's Day. He told me not to give him a card, but how could I not? He has also made some cards for me in the past! I should post them some time. They are quite hilarious!
Congratulations to Sarah! I hope she is basking in all her glory today!
" Til the next time that we say goodbye, I'll be thinking of you."
Stamps: Short and Sweet; Oh, So Lovely
Paper: Cranberry Crisp, River Rock, Recollections dp, very vanilla
Ink: Cranberry Crisp, Mellow Moss, Adirondack Pitch Black
Accessories: copic markers, signo white gel pen, ribbon, dimensionals
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Valentine's Day Gift
They were very easy to do. I changed my dimensions a little from Nancy's. I cut the Regal Rose paper to 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" and scored it at 2 1/4" and 3 1/4". Stamped the image from Happy Heart Day on Whisper White and punched it with the smaller tag punch. I colored the hearts red and glittered them up. I then punched the larger tag from Real Red paper. Next, I layered them and put them on the regal rose (near the top). I punched a hole with the crop-a-dile, put the two nuggets inside, put the eyelet in, and set the red eyelet. I then snipped the edges to follow the lines of the tag and ran some red sheer ribbon through it. The nuggets stay in nice and tight. Pretty easy and cool little favor! Happy Valentine's Day!
Scroll down to see the other post for today! TFL!
Stamps: Happy Heart Day
Paper: Regal Rose, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Black, red marker
Accessories: ribbon, eyelets, crop-a-dile, Hershey's Nuggets
One of a Kind
Doesn't this make you want to jump right into it?
When I looked at that picture, I thought about the stripes around the perimeter of the bed and those great colors. The pattern on the bed also inspired me to find a flower of some sort. I hadn't cut up my One of a Kind from SU! set yet, so I thought what better time to get it mounted.
A problem I usually have is the layout. I rely on a lot of sketch challenges for that. Today, I am using Toy's Friday Sketch Challenge (THSC#3). Once I had that, it was a breeze! I found this striped paper in my stash that I didn't even know I had. I don't know where it's from...probably one of those stacks that I bought at AC Moore or JoAnn's. The colors were perfect for this inspiration. The card is a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 square. I stamped the image in ruby red and then again in forest foliage and cut the middle flower out and mounted it on the original. I used the build-a-brad and punched a 3/4" circle from the dp for the center. I ran the creamy caramel strip through the cuttlebug using the circles and flowers (I don't know if that's what it's called or not!) folder. The circle images were stamped in ruby red, forest foliage, and caramel on vanilla, punched with the 1" circle and mounted on 1 1/4" circles in the same color. Very easy card. It came together very quickly!
I had my club meeting on Thursday, and everyone loved the cards we did. Some saw my blog and liked that I previewed the cards before the class so they could see them ahead of time! I'm wondering if next time I should only show close-ups of part of the cards to keep them in suspense! Is that mean? Hmmmmm..... Let me know what you think! Leave a comment so I can decide what I should do! Thanks for stopping by!
**Late breaking news** I just received the "Twisted Sentiments" set from My Favortite Things in the mail today. The sentiments are hilarious! Here are a few of my favorites:
- My other ride is a pole
- Who are you callin' a hoe?
- Nice package
- Size matters
There are a few others, but check out the link to see them!
"Till the next time that we say goodbye, I'll be thinking of you!"
Stamps: One of a Kind
Paper: Handsome Hunter, creamy caramel, ruby red, unknown dp
Ink: Forest Foliange, Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Circle punches: 1 1/4", 1", 3/4" ; build-a-brad; cuttlebug and folder
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Stamp Club Cards
This first card was done to showcase the So Many Scallops Sale-a-bration set and the new Ginger Blossom dp. I combined two previous layouts I'd done before and came up with this one. I really like the way the ribbon is tied. It gives it a much more interesting look. This layout also allowed me to use three different patterns from the dp. This is actually the second card I made. I didn't use the ticket corner punch on the first one, and it just looked like something was missing (to me, at least)! I love the ticket corner punch! It is probably one of my favorites and I couldn't live without it! Many of my stamp club girls have ordered it, as well, and bring it with them all the time because they know how much I use it!
Stamps: So Many Scallops
Paper: groovy guava, vvanilla, ruby red, Ginger Blossom dp
Ink: ruby red
Accessories: SU ticket corner, slit, scallop, and boho blossom punches, Marvy punches, ice circle brads, offray ribbon, paper piercing tool, dimensionals
This next card is a blatant case of Petal Pusher's card found here. I was searching the gallery for inspiration on the branch from Embrace Life and came across this card. I had seen Nichole Heady do this on her blog, Capture the Moment. She is the creator of Paper Trey Ink, in case you have been living under a rock! She is an awesome artist and you should check out her blog and purchase some of her acrylic stamp sets! I never thought I would buy acrylic stamps, but they are wonderful! I've been enjoying them a lot!
Anyway, back to this card! I was leary about doing this with my club, because I thought it may be too time-consuming, but it came together very easily. I think they'll be happy with it (I hope!). Basically what I did to cut the pieces was cut a regular 4 1/4" x 5 1/5" piece of card stock. I then cut a 1 1/2" strip from the bottom, and cut that in half at 2 3/4". The remaining piece was cut into thirds, then two of the thirds where cut in random pieces. Each piece was sponged for definition. Once done, it was put back together on the river rock base, and then the images were stamped in old olive and colored with groovy guava using the blender pen. The flowers were simply stamped on the dp in chocolate chip and cut out. Brads were placed in middle and they were placed on the card with dimensionals. The sentiment, from Never Ending Joy, was stamped in chocolate chip and punched out with the key tag punch.
I usually can't let a card go without putting some sort of glitter or other accents on it, but this card does not need it! I think the Asian feel to the design lends itself to be a simplistic design. It was not easy for me to leave it alone!
Stamps: Embrace Life, Never Ending Joy
Paper: river rock, very vanilla, groovy guava, Ginger Blossom dp
Ink: sahara sand, old olive, groovy guava, chocolate chip
Accessories: HPH brads, key tag punch, dimensionals, blender pen
This next card I did a while ago using Julee Tilman's Mojo Monday sketch challenge from a few weeks ago. You should check out her blog as well. Those sketch challenges, I find, are really helpful. For this sketch, I again used Embrace Life. I got the color combo from SCS color challenge 148 found here. We were to use barely banana, wasabi green, and blue bayou. Side note here: If I have a "card maker's block" (similar to a "writer's block"?) I usually go to the sketch challenges to get my layout, then head over to the color challenges to get my colors. I find this really helps break through the block!
Back to the card again! I stamped the barely banana base and smaller piece with the flower in blue bayou. I highlighted the flowers with my white signo gel pen. It gave it a nice soft feel and didn't look so bare. I also added some glitter to the smaller yellow piece. The head of the flower was stamped again on yellow and place on dimensionals also (after it was glittered up too!). Lots of layers make this card stand out. The leaves are from Paper Trey Ink (don't remember which set; for my class, I found some leaves from In Full Bloom to use).
Stamps: Embrace Life
Paper: barely banana, wild wasabi, blue bayou, very vanilla
Ink: blue bayou, wild wasabi
Accessories: ticket corner punch, white signo gel peb, word window punch, dauber for sponging, dimensionals, glitter
This last card was another I did a while ago using A little Birdie Told Me set. The bird and umbrella on this card were paper pieced. For my class, I change it to using ink and a blender pen (we just did paper piecing last class). I did add the white dots with my signo white gel pen. I also grounded the bird by doing some shading. I punched a small oval from a scrap and used it as a template to sponge a "shadow" under the bird. This way, he doesn't look like he's floating in air (although birds do "float in air" don't they?). Hmmm.... The other interesting thing about this card are the raindrops. I laid some crystal effects dots and covered them with glitter. Now that I think of it, I also cased this card here. I did change it up a bit for the color challenge that week.
Stamps: A Little Birdie Told Me
Paper: soft sky, blue bayou, real red, wwhite, blue bayou dp
Ink: blue bayou, black
Accessories: SU punches: large and small ovals and photo corner, crystal effects, glitter, stamp-a-ma-jig (for umbrella placement), brads, ribbon, dimensionals
Well, thanks for reading all this and stop by again! Feel free to leave a comment! It's always fun to read them!
"Til the next time that we say goodbye, I'll be thinking of you!"