Saturday, May 29, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

This has been a busy week! So glad to finally have a little time for creativity.

Tomorrow we are celebrating our 23rd anniversary. Where has time gone? In some ways it seems like just yesterday and Gina and Chrysti were in high school, Jared was a little guy and now they are all grown up.
Thought I would share the card I made for Larry.

The stamped image is from the new set by Just Rite Stampers "By the Sea". Stamped with memento rich cocoa ink on neenah card stock. It was colored using these copic markers.

The two ovals were die cut using the deckled ovals nestability by Spellbinders.
The white background is Letterpress card stock and the texture was added by using the PTI textured impression plate. I did stamp the sentiment, also from PTI, before adding the texture. Added just a touch of color around the edges using antique linen distress ink.
Hope you are having a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Monday, May 24, 2010

A card makeover

I made a card today that I wasn't very happy with. I posted it here earlier and it and just kept thinking about it. I couldn't stand it anymore so I decided to try a card makeover.
I liked the top layer of the card but the background was just too busy. Was happy with the colors but not how it all came together.
This is the before card:

And this if the after card:

I'm curious to see which card you like the best.

This clear stamp set is a Hero Arts, Archivers exclusive.
The butterflies on the left edge were inked first using versamark frost ink, distress inks, dried marigold and worn lipstick. Then embossed with clear embossing powder.
To make the large butterflies, I inked white paper with the frost, marigold and lipstick inks and embossed with clear powder. Then inked the stamp with white pigment ink and embossed with white powder. Then cut out.
I cut the white panel with a spellbinders nestability and used my finger and the lipstick ink to add color to the edge.
The sentiment was inked the same way as the butterflies on the edge and embossed in clear.
Dried marigold was added around the edge of the white rectangle.

Would love to hear your comments about which card you prefer.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Paper Crafts Go-to-Sketch Challenge #3

They are having a sketch challenge over on Paper Crafts connection until May 31st and this is my entry.
This sketch was definitely a challenge for me, but I enjoy a good challenge every now and then. Some challenges help me to be more creative but sometimes I feel that I have lost some of my creativity trying to fit a mold. Do any of you ever feel that way? This one pushed me a little and I had to try quite a few things. But in the end I was happy with the results and glad I kept trying.
I only used 1 stamp for the floral circles. It is the Garden Bouquet stamp from Hero Arts. I inked the stamp with markers, misted with water and stamped on letter press card stock. I had to stamp it twice to get enough images for the circles. The circles were cut using a spellbinders nestability. The blue card stock was cut with the smallest die of that set.

The butterfly is from the Antique engravings clear set, also from HA. I used the markers to color white card stock and then stamped the butterfly image with white ink, embossed with white powder and cut out.

The sentiment is from Birthday Messages clear set from HA.
I made the strips of green to border the sentiment by inking the texture impression plate from PTI with the same green ink and running it through the cuttlebug.

We had a great day today. Traveled to Raleigh to see Ariana who is home from NYC. Great visit and we may have some wonderful news to share soon.
Hope your weekend has been nice and thanks for stopping by to visit!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Two Nice Surprises!

I got a package in the mail! Yippee! It's my order from Papertrey Ink. The flower is from their Year of the Flower series of stamps, Lily of the Valley. It is stamped on Hawaiian Shore paper and embossed with white embossing powder. This paper and ink are gorgeous and I was not quite able to catch the true color in the photo. I tried to get it as close as possible but it has a little more green in it than what I see on my monitor.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set. The butterfly is from Butterfly Dreams.

After embossing the images I colored the inside using a white colored pencil.
The texture is from their new linen texture plate. This is going to get a lot of use! I love textured card stock but it isn't always so easy to stamp on, so what a great idea to be able to stamp and then add the texture.

And the second nice surprise today..........I was supposed to work and I was able to be off because our census is low.

Hope you had a nice surpise today!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Birds and a Dragonfly

 Just a few pics to share from my day.

He seemed to be wondering why I was taking his picture.......

And one last close up.

 It has been a good day. Out to lunch with my dad then a relaxing afternoon. He gave me some fresh squash and zucchini from his garden, next will be cucumbers. YUMMMMMMMMMM I can't wait!

Hope you have a relaxing weekend!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gallery Idol 2010 Entry 3

So far they have around 300 entries in the Gallery Idol challenge! 

So they odds aren't good but I just had to give it one more try. I picked up these clear stamp sets from Hero Arts when I was at Archivers yesterday. They had a beautiful sample using this floral stamp. It was inked using two colors of distress inks, wild honey and peeled paint. It really caught my eye.

For this card I decided to color it using  SU markers, then misted with water and stamped on letter press card stock. The more water you use when misting the more of a water color look it will have.  Added just a touch of color with a copic marker to the stems and leaves. One of our past governor's wives had a project of planting flowers along the interstate and these colors reminded me of one of the patches of flowers I saw on my trip to Raleigh.

This sentiment was one stamp but the size didn't work with the design of the card so I cut it apart so that I could use it on the top and bottom of the card. The scallop border was created with a Martha Stewart border punch.

The bird is from the Hero "Bird Trio" set. Stamped him twice, once on another piece of the card stock and cut out. The other time I stamped his little legs and feet on the bottom border. Added a little foam tape behind his body so it would stand out. He was colored using a blender pen and ballet blue ink.

Rounded the top corners of the white card stock and the green card that it is on. Really a quick easy card to make.

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Simple things make me smile

I was sitting at the computer checking emails and facebook and looked over at the neighbor's bird house and saw a pair of Carolina Wrens gathering materials for a nest. Grabbed the camera and tried to sneak up on them so I could photograph their work. This one seemed to be wondering exactly what I was doing. I love these little birds they have the prettiest song and it is so loud in comparison to their small size. My hubby is not as thrilled with them as I am since they keep trying to nest in the garage.

Just a few more shots of the two of them working together.

We have an abundance of blue jays this year. I guess he thought they needed a supervisor for the job!

When I started to back in the house I saw this guy who was sitting under the Japanese Maple right at our front door step. Must have walked right by him when I came out.

His photo shoot didn't seem to upset him a bit. I think he enjoyed it! :)

We finally had some rain and the hydrangeas are getting pretty. Last week they were very sad and droopy.

The last thing I have to show you is this Bird sitting on her nest asleep. She built her home in our grape vine and seems very happy there except when I am bothering her with the camera, so I try not to get too close.

But these are the simple things today that put a smile on my face. Hope you have found some simple things to brighten your day!

Thanks for sharing mine with me!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Artists Proof Birthday

Stamps by Hero Arts:

There is such gorgeous detail in the stamps on this card that I wanted to keep it very simple. I stamped the Vine Scroll stamp on tan paper using white embossing ink and detail embossing powder. Stamped the floral image slightly overlapping the first image and cut out around the outer edge of the flower.

Stamped the butterfly and hummingbird images, embossed and cut out. The butterflies were punched and added to the bottom of the vine panel.

The tan panel was layered onto a soft blue gray card and the top edges were rounded using a corner punch.

I think these stamps look great together.

Hope you are having a great weekend! I worked 12 hours yesterday and today has been very low key planning for another 12 hour day tomorrow. We had a few storm clouds around us today but the rain went to our north...we could use a good rain shower, things are pretty dry here.
Thanks for visiting!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tri-fold Happy Birthday

 Stamps by Hero Arts
CG174 Two Vine Scrolls
CG184 Peacock
SU inks
cameo coral
ballet blue
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
spellbinders nestability

Thought these Vine Scroll panes would be perfect for a tri-fold card. Stamped the panels on white card stock with ballet blue ink, cut out and applied to each side of cameo coral tri-fold card.
Stamped the peacock image with coral ink and cut out with nestability and layered on ballet blue card stock that was cut with the next largest size of the nestability. Texture was added with an embossing folder.  The two layers were adhered to the left side of the tri-fold card.

The base for the tri-fold card was created with a 9 x 5 1/2  piece of cameo coral cardstock. Scored 2 1/4 " from each side and then folded. Very easy. 

The butterflies were added for embellishment and to help keep the trifold closed.

Cut a piece of white card stock 1/4 " smaller than the middle panel of the tri-fold and adhere. Stamped sentiment with ballet blue ink.

Thanks for looking in!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Definitely girly!

Stopped by AC Moore yesterday after stamp club to see if they had anything new. And they did! The first thing I saw was Tim Holtz dies. So happy that I will be able to get his flower die using a coupon.
But my coupon for the day was used to purchase this fantastic Martha Stewart punch. And once I got home just had to give it a try. It has 2 punches, the corner and the border and gives you the sizes that you can  use  so that they work together.

So I punched a piece of white card stock. To add some color, I masked off the loops and stamped the border using 2 Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps and worn lipstick and shabby shutters distress ink.
The tulip stamp is from "antique engravings" and was inked using the worn lipstick for the flower and shabby shutters for the leaves and stem.

The sentiment is from "birthday messages", stamped with the worn lipstick, which was also applied to the edges of the punched oval. The punched shape behind that was punched in white and edged with shabby shutters.

The pink and green layers of card stock were cut and the edges were rounded using a corner punch.

Thanks for visiting! 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Stamp Club

Today was meeting day for the stamp club I belong to, so I thought I would share a couple of photos with you.

 seated: Carol, Lin, Tammy
standing: Suzanne, me, Libby, Ann, Nancy, Frances

This is our fun group! We meet once a month and everyone takes turns leading the group. We all have different stamping styles but I think that is what makes our group fun and it's always interesting to see what knew ideas each person brings when it is their turn to lead.
Nancy led the group today and she taught us 2 great cards that you can see below. All of the stamps, inks, and papers are from Stampin' up.

Isn't this gorgeous. You only use the one stamp for the background and the front panel. Beautiful image and it really was not very hard to cut out. And don't you just love the bow using two different colored ribbons. I think this is a technique that I will be using lots.

Same stamp set here with totally different look. Love these blues and greens paired together.

Nancy also shared with us  gift that her daughter gave her for Mother's Day and it was wonderful and a great use of recycled materials, but I think I will keep that as a surprise to share another day.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Gallery Idol 2010 Entry 2

This card is a mixture of products from some favorite companies:
Hero Arts
Memory Box
Martha Stewart

Stamped the dotty ring from Memory Box using memento ink. Then stamped the small dotty circle from PTI.
Punched the small butterflies from different colors of card stock using the small butterfly punch from Martha Stewart. This punch, punches 2 small butterflies and one large butterfly, so you have lots of options for use.
The large butterfly is from Hero Arts and was stamped on blue card stock and then stamped again on white. Cut out the white sections and layered onto the blue image.
Cut and layered the aqua and green strips and stamped the Thank You from the new anniversary set from PTI.

I can envision lots of versions of this card. You could do flowers in the circle, birds, solid dots of color.....
It would work for just about any sentiment, think I am going to keep playing with the basic layout and see what I can come up with.

 Thanks for coming by....Hope you have a very creative week!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

So Thankful

I have a lot to be thankful for! Life has had it's ups and downs but I feel blessed and thankful that the ups have been more than the downs.
When I was finished making this card it occurred to me how thankful I am that there are great companies that make terrific products so that we can satisfy our creative urges. I was thankful that Hero Arts made this great "Bird in a Circle" stamp, PTI has this wonderful "signature greetings" set, and Memory Box has this scrumptious "Enchanted" patterned paper.
I am thankful that there are blogs and flickr sites where we can share our creativity and meet others from all over the world that share our passion.
This is my entry for the Gallery Idol 2010 contest. The idea for the card came from the patterned paper. I love the colors and the design of the paper. The stamp from Hero Arts seemed a perfect match. I stamped the image on patterned paper. Then stamped 2 more times. Once on pink paper and cut out the flowers and again on white card stock. Colored the bird using copic markers, cut out and pieced the flowers and bird over the original image.
Using a craft knife, I cut around one of the flower images on the paper and slid the bird in a circle image under that part of the flower. The other side is adhered to the paper with foam tape to add some dimension.
Stamped the thank you sentiment at the bottom using rich cocoa memento ink.
I am also thankful when you come by to visit!
So if you happen to stop by, I would love to hear what companies or products you are thankful for.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Enchanted Birthday Wishes

I just got this yummy paper by Memory Box called Enchanted. Everything but the flower image was stamped on the patterned paper. I was lucky enough to pick this up from the Stampin' Treasures website last week on the day they were doing 24% off in celebration of their 24th wedding anniversary. I also picked up the watercolor flower clear set from Hero Arts. I LOVE sales, don't you?
The flower was stamped on white card stock after inking the flower with purple distress ink and the stem and leaves with shabby shutter distress ink. Then cut it out. The green and white deckled edge paper was cut using a spellbinders nestability. The PTI sentiment was stamped using brown Memento ink.
The birds were stamped with the brown ink on patterned paper and cut out.
The butterflies were also patterned paper from this set and were punched using Martha Stewart punches.
I loved how the purple background paper had script on it and looks distressed.
A few pearls added to two corners was the finishing touch. I didn't have pearls that matched the papers so I colored white pearls with copic markers to match. I also used the copic marker to add some extra color to the birds and the flower.
I finally figured out how to download my pictures from my flickr site to the blog........don't laugh, I know that is pitiful. And the border around the picture was created using the free picnik tools. Not very computer savvy but I am slowly learning and having fun doing it. I guess old dogs can learn a few new tricks anyway.
Hope you are having a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by to visit :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Wishing You.........

My intention when I started designing a card this afternoon was to create a card that would feature a butterfly border I stamped one day last week. I wanted to match the card stock to that butterfly but didn't have any the color I wanted. So white bazzil card stock was used and I brayered it with tumbled glass distress ink. The brayer used was a foam brayer from a paint store. You can get small sizes and can also buy replacement foam rollers.
Stamped the Long stem Flowers on one side of the card and embossed using shabby shutters distress ink and clear embossing powder. Added white and folded green paper flowers over the stamped flowers and added gemstones.
Was going to place the stamped butterfly image on the other side of the card but it overwhelmed the flowers so on to plan B.
I inked the floral brocade image first with frost versamark ink and again with tumbled glass ink and embossed using clear powder. Did that twice to cover the left side of the card.
Cut the white letterpress card stock using a spellbinders nestability. Inked the sentiment with the versamark and distress ink and embossed. If you need to use a dye ink and want to emboss it you can always ink the stamp first with versamark and then your dye ink. It works great. Just always remember to use the versamark first so that you won't contaminate that pad with the dye color.
The tiny flowers and stem along the edge are stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.
I cut 2 1/4" strips and 1 1/2" strip of the letterpress card stock and stamped it using the stem stamp.
Decided to place the flowers in a vase and the only punch I had was the wrong size, so I cut off the bottom of the punched vase and stamped it using the stem stamp.
Added the little butterfly to the oval for an accent and honestly to cover a smudge of ink I got on it.

The butterfly border I planned to use will have to wait for another day.