Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Old Fashioned Violets

 This is another image from the Just Rite stamp set I recently got. There are four flower images and four oval borders that you can mix and match. I used copic markers to color the flower and the inside of the border. Then applied the rock candy distress crackle paint. The painful part is being patient and waiting for that to dry. The crackle effect was uneven over the image.  I am guessing that I didn't apply an even coat of the paint and that is why it turned out this way. But I decided that it looked more like the natural process than if it was an even coverage. I started to add a light coverage of distress ink over the crackle to made them show up more, but decided that might take away from the flowers. The two background scalloped ovals are cut with spellbinders nestabilities in my cuttlebug.
The white background was embossed with an embossing folder in the cuttlebug and the centers of the flowers colored with a copic marker.
The last two steps were applying the ribbon and putting the card front on a green card. 

It's going to be a beautiful day here and I am going to visit my dad. I am very fortunate he will be 83 in April and is very active. He is planning another big garden this year. This winter he was out cutting and splitting wood for the "elderly". Don't you just love it?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Happy Accidents!

We've all had this happen, you go one step too far and your project is ruined! Into the trash it goes. Sometimes you can find a way to work around it. That is what happened this time. I stamped and embossed this image in white on white card stock, planning to color the flowers. The stamping and embossing turned out fine. Next step color the flowers. Deciding on the color, hmmmm, which color? I am making an effort to try new colors. My usual go to colors are pinks, blues, and greens.  Some how my hand always reaches for the same colors, over and over. So this time I picked a nice yellow marker to try.  Started coloring the image and wasn't pleased with the results. What to do.....file it.........,or wonder what would happen if I tried to remove some of the color with a baby wipe. I liked it! So I continued applying color with a marker to parts of the flowers and then wiping with a baby wipe. I was pleased with the variation in color of the flowers. Yeah! no trash can this time. I would recommend that if you decide to try this technique that you use a good quality heavy card stock. This was pure luxury card stock by Gina K.

I stamped the Birthday Wishes sentiment and cut out with a nestability then colored around the edge with the marker. Not sure if you can see it in the photo, but I went over the colored edge with a versamark marker and embossed using clear embossing powder. Colored the strips of card stock with the yellow marker and added white dashes with a white gel pen to resemble stitched ribbon. Mounted on a blue panel of card stock and then placed card front on a white card.

I remember when I started stamping and it seemed like I was afraid to put anything on paper, because I was afraid it wouldn't look right. It took forever to do anything, and it wasn't much fun. I finally realized that it was just paper and the world wasn't going to end if I had to toss it and start over. That realization helped me to be more creative and have fun! And someimes it is fun to try and work around something you aren't crazy about....that's when Happy Accidents occur.

Hoping if you have accidents they are HAPPY ones!

stamps by Hero Arts and Stampin Up.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Dreary Day but Bright Flowers

The weather is very dreary here, we had thunderstorms and lots of rain during the night. No more thunderstorms but the rain continues. Going to be a great day to stay inside and make cards!
My friend, Tanya came over yesterday and we talked and created non-stop. I feel very fortunate to have a friend close by that is as crazy as I am over crafts, especially all things stamping related. It was a day for showing each other the new craft supplies we had acquired and new creations. We enable each other! It's a win-win. LOL!
This daffodil stamp is a new release from Papertrey Ink. Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers, I think because they signal that spring is here. When I was growning up there was a bulb farm in my home town and I can remember huge fields full of daffodils. Gorgeous yellow blooms everywhere.  I stamped the daffodil image with white pigment ink on white letter press card stock and embossed it using white detail embossing powder. Colored with a combination of copic markers and regular markers. Used a versamark pen to cover the image and embossed using clear embossing powder. Then I traced the edges using an embossing tool and turned over and embossed the petals and the leaves. Cut the white card stock using a spellbinders nestability. Tied white embroidery floss around the bottom and added a tag made by cutting with a deckled oval nestability, stamped the sentiment and colored the edges using a copic marker.
Placed this layer on coral card stock and added card front to A2 size card made with bo-bunny card stock.
Hope this card brightens your day in some small way :)

And if you want to check out Tanya's blog you can find it here

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Just Rite!

I was supposed to be cleaning up! My craft room  is a mess and a friend may be coming over later today to play so my intentions were to clean up some of the mess. But my self-diagnosed attention deficit kicked in (or that is the excuse I am using) and before I knew it I was playing instead of cleaning. 
 I have been inspired by Debbie Olsen's blog and the beautiful creations she makes with Just Rite stamps. One in particular was using a beautiful dogwood. You can see her design here . So last week in my travels around North Carolina I stopped in at a stamp store in Mooresville called Stamper's Alley. Was Mooresville really on the way to where I was going...........No. but that never stops me from taking a detour. I love the internet and all it offers in inspiration and shopping but sometimes you just NEED to be standing in the middle of a store surronded by stamps, papers, inks, makers, and all the other goodies that we love.
So I picked this Just Rite set, Beautiful Blossoms up and when I started to clean, it caught my eye and I couldn't wait any longer to get some ink on it.
I inked it up using markers, Regal Rose and Gable Green and stamped on white card stock. Some additional color was added using Copic markers G40, G0000, and V0000. Next with the image side up I debossed around the edges of the flowers and the leaves. Turned it over and using the larger end of the embossing tool I embossed the flower. Used the same technique to add dimension to the edge.
For the background I used letter press card stock and embossed it using a cuttlebug folder and machine. To highlight the embossed areas I added color with the same copic markers. Cut out the dogwood image and applied giving a little more dimension by placing foam tape behind the flower petals only.
Tied some ribbon around the edges and placed on an A2 size pink card.

This is just a side view showing the dimension that the debossing and embossing adds.

Well my room is still a mess, but I think this card turned out "Just Rite"
Thanks for stopping by and as we say here in the south "Ya'll come back, ya hear"

Friday, March 26, 2010

Baby Shower Invitation

A friend at work ask me to help with a baby shower invitation for another friend who is about to have her 2nd baby boy. We didn't need to send it in the mail we just needed one to post at work. She is going to be doing her nursery using an adorable design from Pottery Barn.
This is so cute and so I decided to use the colors and design in the invitaion. First step was to cut squares out of card stock and arrange by colors. Didn't use the white because I knew I was going to print the wording of the invitation on white card stock.
Then I used the Hero Arts clear set CL372 to stamp the fish, clams, and sand dollars on some of the squares. I kept those images tone on tone so they wouldn't be too busy and take away from the sail boat. The whale at the bottom is also from that set and was stamped with Adirondak citrus ink on white card stock, colored with copic markers, B0000 and R08. Cut out and attached.
I made my own pattern for the sail boat. But the first step was printing the details of the invitation on white card stock, in a pattern that would fit on the sail and on the boat. Then I cut the sail out of white card stock and the boat out of patterned paper from papertrey ink. Used a SU bashful blue marker to add details to the edges of the white card stock. Free cut the flag out of the darker blue card stock. and edged with white gel pen.
And here is the result:
 One last step was to place this on a 81/2 by 11 piece of card stock. Now all that is left is to hope they like it..
I just love that little whale stamp. Isn't it just the cutest?
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Magenta Beauty

     It's been a busy week. Lots of traveling and work. But when I am traveling I like to scout out stamp stores that I haven't been to before. We traveled across North Carolina last week, almost to the Tennessee border, so before we started I surfed the net and found a stamp store listed in the town of Swannanoa N. C, it is close to Asheville. Very conveniently located right off the interstate. My husband is a good sport about these little side trips of mine and so I got to check it out and of course I picked up a few new stamps. Two of my faves were made by Magenta, a stamp company from Canada.
     This is my favorite and I finally had a little time this morning to play with it some. I started by coloring on the stamp itself with SU markers; lovely lilac, old olive, and certainly celery. This is a great technique and so easy to do. Just color the stamp as desired and breathe onto it and stamp onto card stock. This white card stock is Gina K's pure luxury and it is heavy weight and great for this technique.  Then I used copic marker B0000 to add some subltle color. Then cut the image out leaving a tiny white edge. 
     Layered it onto lilac card stock cut so that there was more of an edge at the bottom and punched the border using an ek success border punch. Added white pearls to the border. Then mounted these layers on a light blue-green bazzil card. 
     Last step-adding a little dimension by using crystal accents to parts of the image.
     Hardest part----waiting for the crystal accents to dry. LOL!

I can definitely see this stamp becoming a favorite and am looking forward to using it, trying different techniques.
Have a great day!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Is it Easter or Thanksgiving??

My first siting of turkeys in the field behind our house. We have seen deer, rabbits, fox, and all kinds of birds but no turkeys until today. I was doing the usual Monday morning routine, paying bills, surfing the net, getting ready for work tomorrow and decided to take a little break. Went into the kitchen and this was the view out my back door.
I was so excited and ran back to grab my camera, hoping they wouldn't be gone when I got back. They looked very at home, snacking on the new grass. I forgot to get a count I was so busy taking pictures but I know there were at least 6 of them.

They stayed for a while and then eventually wandered off into the woods. I wonder how many times they have been here that we haven't seen them. But if this there first time, I hope they will come back frequently.

I love seeing wildlife and trying to get pictures of them and I hope you have enjoyed the view from my back door today.
I also hope you have an unexpected, pleasant surprise in your day!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Greetings!

 I am so happy that it is finally warm! It will be 77 here on Saturday, I am so happy about that even though I won't be here to enjoy it. We are going to Cullowhee in the mountains of North Carolina to see our granddaughter perform in "A Chorus Line". The weather should be good there through the weekend, but by Monday they will be getting a mix of rain and snow. So glad we will be back home then :)

Wanted to make a card that had the joyous feel of spring and this is the result.
The vase and flower image are from Hero Arts and the sentiment from Papertrey Ink. I inked the vase image with bashful blue and ballet blue pigment ink and stamped on textured white card stock. I like the uneven coverage you get using textured paper. Then embossed with clear detail embossing powder. The image was colored with copic markers: V0000, RV00, RV11, B0000, G0000, and G40. Then I debossed around the edges using and embossing tool. Then turned the image over and embossed inside the debossed areas. This gives the image some dimension.
Then added rock candy distress stickles over the pink flowers and spread it out thinly using a small paint brush. The vase was covered using rock candy distress crackle paint. The applicator it comes with was to large for this area so I applied that with a paint brush also. After drying I added color by rubbing tumbled glass distress ink over it.
After these areas were completely dry I added glue to the green ferns using a quickie glue pen and added sour apple green fun flock.
The last step to this layer was to run it through the cuttlebug with a border embossing folder.
The card base was made from a blue-green card stock and it was also embossed but this time with a sizzix texture plate that was run through the big shot.
The white card stock on the border was created using a ek success border punch. The ribbon was colored to match using a copic marker with just a very light hint of the tumbled glass distress ink.

Did I achieve my goal? Does this card capture the feeling of spring? Hope you like it and hope you are having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Fabulous Violets

This card is a combination of two techniques that I really enjoy doing. The first is using an embossing folder with the cuttlebug and then coloring with copic markers, the other is adding dimension to images by using a embossing tool to outline the edges of an image.
The flower image was embossed on lavendar moon card stock with white ink and embossing powder. The center of the flower was colored with copic markers. Then I debossed around the edges of the flower and embossed the dark center of the flower. The leaf was stamped  and embossed on the same card stock and colored with copics.
The background was embossed using the embossing folder and a cuttlebug, then colored with copic markers.
The sentiment was stamped suing Wisteria ink.
The last step was adhering the front panel to an A2 size card.

PTI : signature greetings, Year of flowers-Violet, Lavendar Moon card stock
Copics V000, V0000, C00, YG23, 0, YG0000
Sizzix SU embossing folder
embossing tool

Hope your day is Fabulous and full of beautiful flowers!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tone on Tone Birthday Wishes

 It's Spring! Everything is starting to bud out. A little to the south of us the redbud trees are gorgeous. It's the time of year for pastels and also the bright cheerful color of Easter eggs. Choices, choices, but I decide to go with a more pastel tone on tone color combo.

This card is a combination of the Sweet Blush card stock by PTI, Copic color R12, and Salmon adirondak light dye ink. Added a litle white to make the colors pop and was happy with the results. I didn't have a ribbon to match but if you have copic markers you can always have ribbon to match. Took some white ribbon and colored it with the R12 copic marker.

Stamp the flower trio from Hero Arts using white embossing powder and emboss using detail embossing powder. This stamp has too much detail for the regular embossing powder. Add color with the copic marker.
Then I tore a paper edge and placed it over the edges as a mask and applied the white ink and embossing powder and embossed. Did this around all 4 sides. Placed the ribbon at the bottom and added a bow. The sentiment is from PTI mixed messages and was stamped with the Salmon ink.

Placed on A2 size card and added color to the edge of the card with the copic marker.

Have a great day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Celebrate Your Day!

Hero Arts Stamps
K5358 Floral Scallop
CG 152 Two Birds
Papertrey Ink stamps
Signature Greetings
Copics B0000, V0000, V000, G40
Colorbox white pigment ink
white detail embossing powder
cuttlebug embossing folder border
PTI sweet blush card stock
Gina K pure luxury card stock
Su so saffron dye ink
Distress Ink pumice stone
Flower Soft white

Ink the Floral Scallop stamp with So Saffron ink and stamp on pure luxury card stock. Color image with copics. Cut out and embellish with white pearls and white Flower Soft.
Stamp bird with Pumice Stone ink, color with copics and cut out.
Cut sweet blush card stock 4 x 5 1/4. Round corners with corner punch. Stamp sentiment with white pigment ink and emboss. Emboss by running paper through cuttlebug with border embossing folder 3 times to make each line of  embossing.
Make A2 size card with white card stock. Apply sweet blush card front to white card. Adhere bird image and floral scallop image. 

This card would be suitable for lots of occasions. Would like to hear which one you would use it for.
Hope you are celebrating something today!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

PTI Spring Greetings

Tonight is the night for the latest PaperTrey Ink release and I can hardly wait. This card is made with stamps from Take Three: Spring, that was released last month.
The card base is Bazzill green cardstock and the front is 7 different strips of white and blue cardstock.

The upper strip was created using the Martha Stewart butterfly border punch to create the top edge and the butterflies were colored using a copic marker E02. The bottom was created by stamping the 3 bunny stamps with ColorBox Azurite chalk ink. I liked the effect that was created by the uneven coverage on the textured cardstock.
Next a small strip of the white cardstock colored with the same copic marker. Using butterflies that were created when the top edge of the first strip was punched. Left some white and colored alternating butterflies with copic marker G40.
Another larger strip of the white. Added pale green buttons tied with blue embroidery floss and the sentiment.
The tag for the sentiment was made with a new Spellbinders nestability.
The scalloped border is from EK Success and again colored with the copic E02.
3 small strips of blue cardstock were added at the seams of the white and Fruit Pink layers.

Thanks for stopping by! We're having a beautiful day, hope you are too.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Watercolor Background with Distress Inks

Great new colors of distress inks available from Tim Holtz and they work so well to do a watercolor background. On this card I used Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters which is an older color.

I use the ink pad and tap it on an acrylic block to apply color. Then I use a water brush to add water to the ink and then pick up color and apply it to the paper. You can really play with this technique to get the effect you want. 
I masked the center of the block and inked a script stamp with pumice stone ink and stamped lightly around the edges.
The embossing on the sides was done using a cuttlebug border embossing folder. Then I pierced two of the lower embossed dots in order to tie the embossing thread and add the blue button to the center.
The sentiment is from PTI and was stamped in pumice stone and cut out with one of the new spellbinder label dies.
The dogwood image is from HA and was stamped on letterpress paper using pumice stone distress ink.
Then I cut out the image using scissors and a craft knife. The crackle effect was done by applying Rock Candy distress crackle paint. There is also the rock candy distress ink on the background but the crackle is more fine in appearance. 
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Friday, March 12, 2010

And you thought you were having a bad day!

I like to keep a camera in my car because you never know what you are going to see. This billboard is not far from my house on I-40 and for some reason the buzzards just love it. This poor guy has buzzards sitting in his lap and as you can see today had one sitting on his head.

I think I am going to place this picture in strategic places, and when I think I am having a bad day, I will try to remember that it could be worse...............I could have a buzzard sitting on my head! LOL!
Hope your day is buzzard free!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Simple "Thinking of You"

This dogwood stamp from Hero Arts is so gorgeous to me. I always look forward to the dogwoods blooming in the spring . They are so delicate and lovely. No matter how I tried I couldn't get the true color of the dogwood blossoms in the photograph. They are actually more of a coral color than the orangey color they look in the picture. Would love any helpful hints from any of you photographers out there.
Started with the letterpress paper. It is a nice heavy weight and has a nice delicate texture to it.

Colored the dogwood stamp (S5362) with SU markers: certainly celery, creamy caramel, and cameo coral and stamped it on the white letterpress paper.
Added some color to the stamped image with Copic markers E50, G40, and R21.
The dimension around the petals was added by tracing around them with an embossing tool.

The center of the flowers was created by adding touches of Scotch tacky adhesive and applying ivory Flower Soft.

The sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink Through the Trees stamped with the creamy caramel marker.

Adhered the panel to brown cardstock. All done! Thought about adding embellishments but decided it might take away from the detail and colors of the flowers. I welcome opinions, would you have added more or left it the way it was?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Moxie Fab World "Olympics of Stamping Challenge" Thank You

My entry for the Thank You category.

I Love this stamp from the Rubbernecker Stamp Co. I like to stamp it several times on different patterned paper and cardstock. Takes me back to my childhood and playing paper dolls. I guess I am telling my age.

1. first step was deciding on the papers to use for the stamp. Stamped her first on white card stock with black ink. Then stamped again on patterened paper and red cardstock using white pigment ink and embossing with fine white embossing powder. Finished her by coloring her shoes and ribbons on her hat with a copic marker.
2. Using a sizzix texture plate embossed the background design on letterpress paper. I have just started using this paper and love it for embossing.
3. Stamped the Thanks so much sentiment and punched out.
4. Created the border at the bottom using both sides of the patterned paper used for the dress. Added ribbon in between the different sides. Used a EK success punch to make the wavy border.
5. Stamped sentiment on the top part of the border.
6. Punched red and white flowers using a Martha Stewart Punch and added rhinestone centers.
7. Adhered to red folded card.

Does anybody else remember playing with paper dolls? I guess these days it would be creating virtual dolls on some sort of electronic device............Don't see how it could possibly be as much fun, do you?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Back to the drawing board

Can you say FRUSTRATING!!!!!!

This is one of those cards. Oh my word! I was trying to come up with an entry for the Olympics of Stamping Challenge category, seasons greetings. And since I want it to be spring so much, I decided to go with the season of spring or Easter. 

I have these beautiful tulips and came up with the idea to use a photo of them as the background for my card. So far so good.
Off to take pictures and get them in the computer. My original idea was to use a bunny and duck stamp that I had  in front of the tulips. No matter how I printed off the photo the size of those stamps just didn't work. But before I let go of the idea, I stamped them in every color, on several different colors of cardstock and on velum.

NOTHING! So change of plans, got out my new butterfly stamp set from PTI, stamped and embossed some butterflies on vellum, cut them out and was much happier with the size and the look of them.
Decided to use acetate over the photo and place the butterflies on top of that.

Wanted to use ribbon across the bottom of the card BUT you guessed it, In all the ribbon I have, nothing would work....the frustration is mounting. And in the middle of all this my husband is asking me questions about the medical expenses I had last year because he is preparing to have our taxes figured for this year and you know "I am JUST making a card". 

So I went with a strip of white cardstock with textured velum on top. Stamped the sentiment numerous times on different cardstock, in numerous inks and punching our or diecutting with several dies.

Well finally, I think I have a card that looks good enough. But it is quite late and I have to wait for the morning to take a photo.
OKAY so that great idea I had to use a photo and acetate makes it so very hard to photograph! reflections on the acetate.........just can't get it right. So now I have a card that in person I like but does NOT look good photographed. So no entry :( :(. But I decide that I am going to blog about it because I just couldn't have wasted ALL that time and ALL those supplies.

So I am hoping if you come over and check out my blog that you will get a chuckle with my story. And you know what, I am going to enter it in the contest, so that more people will have a chance to come over and visit. You know what, not every idea ends in success but the creative process is what keeps me coming back time and time again. It is FUN! 

So if you do stop by and have an equally frustrating story, I would love to hear it.

Have a great day and I hope all of your ideas end in great success!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Olympics of Stamping Challenge-Love


This is my 3rd entry in the Olympics of Stamping Challenge. Isn't that a great sentiment? It could easily work for engagements, weddings, anniversaries, or just a note to someone special in your life.
Embossing folders are so easy to use but sometimes the embossed images don't stand out as much as I like. In the past I have tried to color them with chalks but usually ended up with stray chalk marks everywhere and the project ended up being filed in the trash. But then came COPICS into my life! Love the effect that they give to the embossed images--so soft, so easy to do.
Word of warning---learn from my mistakes-this is not the place to use your colorless blender. It really made the ink run and spread past the embossed area. Since it is so easy to do I usually emboss 2 pieces of cardstock and use 1 for a test to decide what parts of the image to add colors to and also to test which colors to use.
1. emboss white cardstock using Sizzix birds, flowers, and branches embossing folder and the cuttlebug.
2. color using copic markers R21, BG10, B00, G0000, G40
3. stamp sentiment from Hero Arts CL156 "Treasure the Moments" using SU going gray classic ink
4.Cut out using Spellbinders nestability and cuttlebug.
5. color around the edge using copic BG 10
6. mount on white embossed cardstock using dimensional foam tape
7. color white ribbon with copic BG10. another thing I love about copics, you can color almost anything to coordinate with your project.
8. adhere ribbon to page.
9. place completed embossed panel to front of A6 size colored cardstock.

Hope you'll try coloring your embossed images with Copics, I think you will be very happy with the results.