Friday, June 26, 2009

Complementary Red and Green

Today's colors for the Hero blog challenge are red and green. Usually this brings to mind the Christmas season, but if you are like me it is way too early to be thinking about that! So I pulled out the dots and flowers stamp and embossed it with celery green and clear embossing powder on white card stock. Then I sat and stared and stared and stared...I was stuck. The first thing I tried was a red and white flower. I tried a tissue paper flower, alternating layers of red and white card stock. embossing in clear, embossing in red. I wasn't coming up with anything that really worked. So back to my clear stamp drawer and the Asian frames caught my eye. Not a stamp set that I would envision in red and green..but this was a challenge and I decided to see what would happen. This set is so elegant to me. I just love it! So I picked the circle image and embossed it in white on red card stock and to give a little more dimension I used my versamark marker colored in a few sections and embossed with clear powder. I layered that on top of green and white flower shapes that were cut out with spellbinders nestabilities and my cuttlebug. Then I embossed some more flowers using the same process as before and cut out and added to the design.
Now I needed a sentiment to complete the card and I stamped a frame and sentiment from the clear Frames and Messages set. The complete frame was too big for the card so I just cut out the area around the message "you're special".
Tied a little ribbon around the bottom of the card, layered on white card stock and the card is done.
But this is how my desk looks now!!! It really was fairly clean and straight when I started and I didn't show you pictures of how messy the floor, my cutting area and everything else is. But believe me, it's a mess!

Off to clean up so I can start all over again!
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Fun

Continuing this week with the Hero Arts challenge. Today's complementary colors are blue and orange, which to me is a wonderful combination for summer. Colors that just belong on the beach and so here they are in this little beach scene. The umbrella was made using a die cut from Sizzix. Cut it twice in blue and orange and then stamped and embossed the blue top portion. Thought it called for some fringe at the bottom and so I cut lengths of ribbon, trimmed diagonally, and adhered to the back.
Next I made the fun beach blanket by stamping on white and using strips of blue and orange for the edging and the top and bottom of the blanket.
Used my cloud stamp from hero for the sky and used fun flock on some of the clouds to add some dimension.
The cute plane is a great little stamp from Rubbernecker. It has a banner flag flying behind it but not enough room on this card so I just used the plane.
The sand was made by using kraft card stock and covering with adhesive and layering embossing powder over it. Didn't heat emboss it because I like the texture as is and didn't want it to become shiny.
Randomly cut blue and white card stock for the waves and used a Hero alphabet stamp for my sentiment.
When I was photographing the card the sun was hitting the card so that it was shaded on the side under the umbrella. Hadn't planned it that way but it reminded me of those days at the beach when it is so bright and beautiful and those fluffy clouds float by occasionally and offer a brief sensation of cool!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Complementary colors

This is my second card for the Hero blog this week. Today I did the purple and yellow combination. This dandelion stamp by Hero is a favorite and I used lavendar ink by stampin up, stamped it once and then stamped again without reinking. The grid stamp is from Unity Stamps. Thinking of you sentiment from PTI.
Added yellow ribbon and adhered to yellow card stock. Very simple and quick to do.

Had a great morning with the members of my Seaside Stampers stamp group. We had a Stampin up demonstrator come in and did a great project. Lots of fun and just lots of fun being together and laughing:) It is always fun to get together with friends who enjoy stamping and creating.

Monday, June 22, 2009

After an early morning trip to the doctor I got to come home and play in my craft room! Something I always look forward to. Checked out the Hero blog this morning to see what the challenge will be this week and it's going to be fun. Different colors each day using complementary colors and today's colors are black and white. Always a striking combination.
Then the decision of which stamps to use. The Hero Asian Frames clear stamp set seemed like it would be nice in black and white so decision made on stamp set.
I played around some with embossing in white on black and then tried black on white and decided that had more of the look that the Asian frame stamps called for. At first I thought of doing something geometric with the hexagon stamp but I wanted to incorporate the bamboo, so the hexagon became a vase. Then I stamped and embossed some of the flowers in the circle design, cut them out and placed them in the bamboo and used a larger one to place in the lower right corner. The stamp "Thanks" is from a clear PTI set. Layered the vase and bamboo on white and black card stock that I cut out with spellbinder's nestabilities.

Still time to play some more and I had been working on a card using the colors of green, white and black. I wanted to make it a window card for the current Caardvark challenge, so I knew I was going to make the black frame pop up with foam tape. I stamped the leaf branch from the hero "be yourself" set in celery green ink from Stampin Up. Then thought about this adorable little bird stamp that had been "aging" and decided to add it. That is when the color scheme took a turn. A black or green bird didn't seem right for this stamp so I stamped it on blue Bo Bunny paper and then covered it with white fun flock for feathers. Since the original color plan I started with flew out the window when the bird flew in, a touch of bright yellow was the next color, flowers and butterflies in yellow and flowers in blue added more color.
Then tied 2 ribbons together and added to the left side of the frame. And below is the finished project.........maybe another day I will get back to the original color scheme :)

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Be Inspired

This week on the Hero Arts blog they are featuring the Win-A-Day artists. Monday featured Lucy along with Hero design team member Jennifer Mcguire. They had some really inspiring cards that they collaborated on. The bright bold colors they used on kraft paper caught my eye immediately and the challenge this week is to create cards inspired by the artists featured this week.

This was my first attempt. I stamped the tree background stamp with versamark ink and embossed with clear detail embossing powder. Stamped the butterfly and bird images with black ink, cut out and then placed them in the tree. Stamped the little white flower with color box white and embossed with white detail embossing powder. added a few gemstones as accents.
The fence is a border punch that I layered behind a stip of green Bo Bunny pp. Punched out some flowers in the same colors of the birds and butterflies hoping to give the effect that the tree is in a beautiful little garden.
I liked the colors but didn't feel like I had captured the look that Jennifer and Lucy are so wonderful at so I decided to give it another try.

Tried to keep this one a little cleaner looking. It is always hard for me to know when to stop.
Limited the colors used to the pink, green and blue. The bold flourish is stamped and embossed using versamark and clear embossing powder.
Used a spellbinders nestability to cut out the scalloped kraft design and stamped with dots and flowers background stamp and embossed. The edge blended into the background until I edged it with a versamark pen and embossed. The pink flower and leaves were stamped and embossed using versamark. When I stamped the butterfly I used white ink and clear embossing powder. I am not sure if the difference shows up in the photo. The small flowers were made by stamping the large flower from the Share Laughter clear set and punching our the center of them.
I hope I got a little closer to their cards with my second try. :) I think that is what the challenges are all about. Pushing yourself out of your usual comfort zone, and it might take a while to achieve the look you are aiming for, but isn't it fun trying? Sometimes along the way you surprise yourself!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Created this little scene today for the 2009 Gallery Idol challenge. It also worked for my personal challenge because the only card stock that wasn't a scrap was the white paper used for the card and the light brown paper for the hills.
The clouds, tree, sun, and hot air balloon are from a new clear set by Verve. Isn't it wonderful? there are 3 more balloons in the set and I really like them all.
The patterned papers are from Making Memories and Bo Bunny.
I did use white fun flock over my clouds and it turned out a little more transparent than I wanted, but it does give it a little depth.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and the rest is from a clear set by Hero Arts. In order for the words to follow the curve of the hills I cut the words apart, laid the stamps on the card where I wanted them and then picked them up with an acrylic block, inked and stamped. That works so well and is a great feature of the clear stamps.
TFL :)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hero Arts die cuts challenge card 3

Making Memories pp
Making Memories sticker
quickutz die
Hero stamps:
This quickutz die was a prize on the Hero blog post this week. I wasn't the lucky winner, but I got an Archiver's coupon in my email this week. I took it as a sign, the closest Archiver's is about 100 miles away and I got the coupon the day before we were going to our granddauther's graduation in Raleigh. I told my hubby it was a sign and so we had to go a little early and just give me 30 minutes to shop..............I thought that was pretty good on my part, since I could easily spend the day in there. He did a little grumbling about signs and then just agreed to the change in plans :).
Isn't this yummy pp from Making Memories? Love the whole line, the colors were just very appealing to me. I don't use lots of stickers but these looking glass stickers just matched the paper so perfectly I couldn't resist. I mean after all I live so far away and if I did need them it would mean another long trip so really I am saving gas money and all that time by purchasing them now.....LOL!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ariana Nicole DeBose graduates 2009

Ariana graduated from high school. Isn't she a lovely young lady? she is also bright and talented!
Her future is full of possibilities and it is really going to be fun to see what the future brings!

Ariana and Gina

With her aunt Chrysti

with grandparents, Larry, me, and Mary

Aunt Joyce
more photos

Ariana and Amanda
Todd, Chrysti, Larry

Friday, June 12, 2009

Challenge to myself

When making a card there is usually lots of left over scraps of paper, so I am challenging myself to make more cards using that paper then, instead of sticking it in my scrap bin with the intentions of using it later. Here is the latest card that I made for the Hero "die cuts" challenge using that great Basic Grey paper. Quite a different look from the first card and I was trying to decide which I liked better. What do you think?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hero Arts and Quik Cutz

All this week on the Hero blog they are featuring quik cutz and die cuts. If you want the opportunity to win some wonderful products take a look.
This is my entry for this week's challenge. I decided to start making my design by picking out some paper and colors to use. I found these pp by basic grey for inspiration. Then off to look at die cuts. I decided to use the spellbinders nestability flower and the marissa minis alphabet by quik cutz.

I stamped and embossed the leaves on the green pp and cut out around the top part of the design. Mounted that on some turqouise card stock.
Die cut the flowers and the alphabet. I wanted to use the Hero Arts bird from the Be Yourself clear set but it was a little large for the card so I altered the image dimensions by stamping it on the pp and cutting out the birds body. Restamped it on pink pp and cut out the wing and placed on bird image. after deciding where to place the bird I stamped a portion of the legs on the card with brown ink. Also did the tail feathers in the same way but used white ink and embossed.

Was loving the look of the basic grey pp so stamped the Hero cloud background in white and embossed, then cut out portions of clouds to use in the sky.
stamped the sentiment and punched it out using the Stampin' Up label punch.
The Butterfly image is from Penny Black.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Still loving this technique! This was a very quick card, remembered tonight I needed a card for work tomorrow. Up at 0500, so off to bed. Can't wait for another day with time to play so I can try it on some different stamps.
good night!

Friday, June 5, 2009

CPS 118

My take on the current sketch at CPS.
I couldn't decide where to start so this time I decided to pick colors and let them lead me in a direction. I guess this might be called periwinkle, with green and white. Looking at the periwinkle I thought about this beautiful rose stamp from Stampin up and a water color technique I saw on their site and decided to give it a try. Their Lovely Lilac ink looked perfect for the cardstock but I only had it in classic and I needed to be able to emboss it for the technique, so first I inked my stamp with versamark, then reinked with the lovely lilac, stamped and embossed using clear detail embossing powder. After embossing I spritzed the image with water.Then I pressed the classic pad onto a non porous surface and used a water pen to pick up some ink and place it in the embossed image leaving white spaces to create the look I wanted. I am too impatient to wait for it to dry so I dried it with my heat tool and cut it out.
I used my spellbinders nestabilities and cuttlebug to cut out the circle and scallop shape.
The floral lace border punch is by Martha Stewart and I chose to do that in the periwinkle, top with green and white strips of cardstock, then stamp sentiment in green. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts clear set.
The panel of the left side of the card is made using the Hero Arts flower and dots background stamp, stamped in the classic lovely lilac ink, rounding the corners and adding a few green gemstones for interest. I layered it between the rose image and the circles to add some depth.

It is always fascinating for me to see how projects turn out. I very rarely have an idea for how I want my finished project to look, so it is always a surprise....and I think that makes it great fun!