Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tissue Paper and Kraft Card Stock

Joan Ervin posted some wonderful cards using the technique of "stamping on tissue" yesterday morning and you can see her beautiful creations Here. I had stamped on tissue paper before but only on white. I could hardly wait to get in my craft room and play with the technique.

When I was going through my store of tissue paper I found this beautiful patterned tissue paper.

So I cut a piece off and wadded it up tightly and then opened carefully so it wouldn't tear. I cut a piece of white card stock, smeared it with glue and placed the wrinkled paper over the card stock. I pressed it on to the card stock but didn't smooth it down too much because I wanted it to stay wrinkled and not become too smooth.
I stamped and embossed the large canvas stripe image over the pp. Cut a piece of green card stock and used a fiskars border punch to form a decorative edge. Cut the small green and kraft card stock pieces with 2 nestabilities, stamped the sentiment, and finished by layering it on kraft card stock.

Thanks Joan, you really did inspire me and I bet I am not the only one :)

Have a great day everyone and keep your eyes open, there is wonderful inspiration all around!
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pairing up Challenge Week 3

This is the 3rd week that Sue and I are participating in the Pairing up challenge that was started on the Hero Arts flickr site and you can check out Sue's card Here.

We are getting pouring rain here! It started yesterday and hasn't really let up at all. We needed it but I'm not sure we needed this much in a short period of time. I worked yesterday, so today I am going to stay home, enjoy the dreary weather, rest and create.
If you visit today be sure to bring an umbrella :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nowhere to Hide!

I have discovered something about "clean and simple", It's not that easy.

If I am not trying to make a one layer card and the image is stamped a little crooked.........I fix it by cutting the image out and layering it on another piece of card stock. I stamped this image about 5 times before I was happy with it. The stamp was sprayed with Oriental Poppy, Yellow Daisy, and Marshmallow Glimmer Mist and then stamped on watercolor paper.
The sentiment is from a clear set and I cut it apart so I could stamp around the corner of the poppy image. The tiny little flowers are from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. They were stamped with Tea dye distress ink.

I hate to admit how many times I have to hide little mistakes when I am making a card, but trying to keep this really clean and simple sure brought it to my attention. I am drawn to clean and simple but I may not be making them much, not sure my nerves can take it LOL!

Today is a good day, I don't have to go anywhere........might actually cook my hubby some real food. He says if we ever build another house we can skip the kitchen, all we need is a microwave. I'm thinking that's a hint :)

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for sharing a little of it with me!

Friday, September 24, 2010


It seems I'm having a little thing for kraft card stock these days :).

All Stamps by Hero Arts
H2121 Hydrangea (from 2001)
CL156 Treasure the Moments
S433 Large Canvas Stripes

Went out and saw a little Friday night football this evening. We live in a small town and the game is not only a game, it's a social event. A chance to see some great football and visit with friends on a beautiful fall night, and we won. Couldn't ask for more. Hope your weekend is off to a good start  also!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Clean and Simple

The Caardvarks challenge this week is being sponsored by Hero Arts and the challenge is Clean and Simple. So that started me thinking about what is "clean and simple" and I think that is going to vary from person to person. I was looking at the cards that their design team did and they are all great and  they do vary a lot.
And this is my interpretation.

On an A2 size kraft card, stamped and embossed the floral image on the bottom corner. Colored with white prismacolor pencil and used a low odor solvent to blend the pencil. Cut out around the bottom of the flower.
I have two layers on this card but only because when I first stamped the sentiment it was crooked. So I stamped it again on another piece of card stock and cut out to layer over the crooked one. So a little less clean and simple than I would have liked, but the card was saved :).

Because I cut out around the flower on the bottom I wanted something subtle on the back on the inside of the card so I used a white dye ink and stamped the large canvas stripe. It turned out light enough that the inside message can be stamped and the background won't be overpowering. And this is a picture that shows how the card looks closed.

Hope you like my interpretation. And I would love to hear from you about what "clean and simple" means to you. Check out the challenge and join in for some fun and a chance to win some great prizes from Hero.

Thanks for visiting :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pairing up Challenge Week 2

 Sue and I picked embossed resist for the second week of our challenge. Please visit her Blog to check out her wonderful creation, love that combination of colors.

 The inspiration for this technique came from this post  and this post, both by Jennifer Mcguire.

This is my first card.
The background flourish was stamped on white card stock. The Blooming Meadow was stamped over the flourish image with versamark ink and embossed with clear powder. The flowers were colored using dye inks and sponges. The image was cut slightly larger than the embossed area and distressed using tea dye distress ink. Jennifer's card had script as the background and I think that works better than this flourish background. I should have stamped it in a lighter ink, or used a stamp that the image was smaller. The flourish in this card seems to compete too much with the meadow stamp.
Just thought I would share it with you so you could learn from my mistakes, and I do think the colors are pretty.

And this is my second attempt...

Jennifer used water color paper on the pearlized resist so I decided to give that a try using the poppy stamp. I embossed by applying versamark to the stamp and then applying brown dye ink. Stamped the image and embossed with clear powder. The flowers were colored using glimmer mists. Instead of spraying the glimmer mist on the paper, I sprayed it on an acrylic block and used a water color pen to add color to the flowers and the background.
I wanted to play around with this technique some more but I ran out of time. I want to stamp it and color it again on smooth card stock and see how different it looks. Maybe later this week.

Hope you had a wonderful Monday and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Heartfelt Wishes

Good Morning! So happy to be here, at last! Not going to bore you with all the details, but life has been crazy.
I am paired up with Stamprsue for the Hero Arts Pairing up challenge and our technique for this week is embossed resist. When I started this card that is what I had in mind, but it went down a different creative path. Funny how things happen like that but isn't that the fun of it? Start out with something in mind and end up with something totally different
The main floral image was created using  white ink and embossing powder on kraft card stock. Then it was die cut using a spellbinder's nestability.  I wish you could see the glimmer because the flowers and leaves were colored using glimmer mist. I didn't want to spray the glimmer mist over the entire project because I wasn't sure if it would come off the white embossing, so I sprayed glimmer mist on an acrylic block and used a water color pen to color the areas that were not embossed. A little extra color was added with crayons.
Layered it on a larger piece of purple card stock cut with a larger size of the nestability. The light purple background was embossed with a polka dot texture plate and the corners were cut using a Martha Stewart border punch. It is not a corner punch, but this is how I made it work.

Had to get my hubby to model for me so I could take photos. First I used a corner punch to round the corner.

Turn the border punch over and insert the rounded corner so that you can see how the pattern lines up. Punch.

And this is how it turns out. I have corner punches but didn't feel like any of them went with the design of the card, but I was pleased with how this looks on the card. Using the corner rounding punch first allows you to get more of the border punch design on the corner.

Stamps by Hero Arts
Spellbinders Nestability
Martha Stewart border punch
Fiskars corner rounder punch

Hope you are having a wonderful morning. It is a gorgeous day here in the south. Some of that summertime humidity is gone and the sky is an amazing blue with not a cloud to be seen. A little breeze is blowing, who could ask for more? My plan for the day is to savor this beautiful day and spend some time creating.

Have a great one and thanks for stopping by ! :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hero Arts Pairing Up Challenge

My partner for the pairing up challenge is Stamprsue. We decided to do our challenge 1 day a week and use a technique that has been featured on the Hero Blog. The first technique chosen was this very creative one shown by Hero Artist Jennifer Mcquire. It had never occured to me to use glossy accents as a mask......but I like it!

I stamped the poppy stamp on patterned paper and then applied glossy accents over the flowers. The only hard part of this technique was waiting for the glossy accents to dry...............Patience is not a virtue of mine! and that is an understatement. I had to totally leave the area so I wouldn't be tempted to fiddle with it before it was dry. Did I make it? Not a chance LOL! It was Almost dry when I got back so I tried to hurry up the process by using my heat tool on the backside of the pp. After it was completely dry I applied distress inks directly to the paper. Wiped off the excess on top of the glossy accents. My stems almost disappeared into the distressed paper so I decided to stitch over them so they would show up again.

I stamped the script stamp with versamark frost over the distressed paper and embossed with clear powder.

 Sue came up with the great idea to use techniques for our challenge and I think it is going to be so much fun and I am looking forward to our partnership over the next few weeks. Sue has shown me a preview of her card and it is gorgeous! You can check it out on her BLOG here.

Thanks for your visit! They are always appreciated.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall in the Meadow

Hope you all have been well, live has been crazy and my back has been giving me a fit, but AT Last I got some time and felt like creating something. So glad that September has arrived and cooler temps are right around the corner. So, Fall was the inspiration for this card.

The background was created by spraying glimmer mists, stamping and embossing the dandelion frame stamp.
Used a nestability to cut out the center of the dandelion frame image. Then I cut a smaller oval from off white card stock, embossed it using a Tim Holtz embossing folder and distressed it using antique linen distress ink.
Stamped, embossed, cut out the bird and colored him with copics.

Out in the yard to find some twigs for the birdie's perch. Used tiny little dots of glossy accents to adhere the twigs to the card.

Looking forward to visiting your blogs to see what has been going since I have been unable to visit as much as I like to.
Thanks for your visit!!