Friday, August 31, 2012

Versamarker Blending

The Versamarker watermark pen is a great blending tool. Previously I have used an odorless solvent to blend colored pencils but the Versamarker is so easy to use. No dipping into anything and it works better for me than a blending pen.

These Penny Black flowers were inked using a Faber-Castell big brush pen and then stamped around the edge of watercolor paper. I stamped the flower again added a touch of color with a Prismacolor pencil and blended away the Versamarker. I cut 3 of the flowers out and layered on top of the stamped image with foam dots for a little dimension. The butterfly is from a Hero Arts cling and die set. It is quickly becoming a favorite! I used two colors of pencils on the butterfly.

I have also used a Versamarker to apply chalk to stamped images. If you don't have one in your craft supplies you should try one.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Made a few variations of the card I made yesterday. The first one is my entry in The Play Date Cafe  Challenge . Below is their inspiration photo.

And here is my card.

This is a one layer card, not sure if you would call it clean and simple but I think it has dimension with only one layer.

My next card is a monochromatic card, done in kraft and white. A little variation in tone by using a Versamark pen to add touches to the flowers and butterflies.

I made lemon ice cream today. This is the second batch of ice cream I have made and I think this one is better than the strawberry I made the first time. Very simple recipe, but yummy.

Off to work for the next 3 days. Hope you are having a good week and aren't anywhere in the path of Issac.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Inspired by a Paper Plate

I tried most of the day yesterday to come up with something creative but was unsuccessful. I had the time, the supplies, a nice space, and not a single creative idea. Well I did have a few but they ended up filed in the trash can. So this morning I am having a cup of coffee and see a paper plate and I am thinking about how pleasant the colors are.

Some pretty shades of blue with a touch of green and lots of white. And here is the card that I made using the color scheme.

The floral design is by Penny Black and the butterflies are stamps and dies by Hero Arts. I tried to really soften the flowers going for a "Monet" look and left the butterflies more crisp. And no matter how I tried I couldn't get the green to show up like it looks in real life. It is more of a grass green than a yellow green.

I had a few questions about how I did the embossing folder on the "With Love" card I made. Here are a few pictures. It is very easy.

I just positioned the embossing folder along the long edge of the card stock, the width that I desired for each edge and ran it through the Cuttlebug. Then repeated on the other long edge.

Next I did the same thing on the two short edges of the card. When I made the card I had some edges that didn't look very nice where the embossing on the short and long edges met so I added some pearls and ribbons to hide those. This embossing folder was easy to use because it had straight lines in the design and that made it easy to line up.

Hope you are having a Fabulous start to your week. Thanks for spending a little time here with me.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Storage of Cling and Clear Stamps

A quick post to share how I store my clear and cling stamps. I use expandable cloth cubes to hold the containers.
This is one of the containers with a collection of Hero Arts stamps. I stamped them on a  piece of 8.5 x 11
card stock. This helps me keep them together in their original container.

These are some of my Penny Black cling stamps...haven't gotten around to stamping them on card stock yet. I get these plastic cases at Archivers and I think they are by Stampendous. I like them for clear stamps also. If you have some that are not as sticky as they used to be, you don't have to worry about them getting lost from the original set.

As you can see there are still sticky notes all over the place. I'm still trying to figure out where I put everything. If you have any wonderful ideas for storing clear and cling stamps, please share. I'm off this weekend so hopefully I will have a visit from the creativity fairy and will have some cards to share soon.

Have a great day!
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Craft Room Storage

Creativity has been washed away by the rain,  or something. Have not been able to sit down and make a card in the last few days. So, I thought I would share some of my craft room updates. I had a hard time deciding what to use for storage and decided to go with these cabinets from the Martha Stewart collection at Home Decorators. I waited until there was a sale and free shipping before taking the plunge. I got one to begin with because I wanted to see the interior and get an idea of how much storage they would provide.

As you can see, I have set up the top as work stations. On the left I have my die-cutting area with my Cuttlebug and Big Shot. And on the other end I have my MS score board, paper trimmer, SU ink pads, Copics and other markers. I am 5'6" and it is the perfect height for a work table.

The following pictures are of the inside of the drawers so you can get an idea of how much they hold.

This is the top drawer below the die cut side and inside you see my Spellbinders nestabilities and some other dies.
The next drawer has embossing folders  and accessories for the die cutting machines.

This is the second drawer down on the other cabinet. The first drawer has all kinds of adhesives. As you can see this drawer can hold a lot of ink pads. The distress inks are stacked 3 high and so are the Memento pads.

These two pictures are of two of the bottom 4 drawers. They are half as wide but twice as deep. LOTS of storage. Now I am trying to decide how to use my wonderful new storage. How do you store your stamps, do you store them  by company or do you store them by category? Which way do you use that works best for you?

I love these cabinets! But if I didn't have a very handy hubby I would have needed to hire someone to assemble them for me. Each cabinet arrives in 3 large boxes...talking from 70-90 lbs each. Larry put the drawers together in the garage but the cabinet base he assembled in the room. Not sure we would have made it through the doors if it was assembled outside the room. This is a heavy, sturdy piece of furniture.

The room is a work in progress. It will be much neater than it was before and I am still trying to decide what I want to do on the walls. I am always on Pinterest and other sites looking for ideas.

Tomorrow I will have a post on how I am storing some of my clear and cling stamps.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

With Love

This was made with a stamp set and embossing folder from Stampin Up. After the design was stamped I embossed around the edges using the lattice embossing folder. Added a few pearls and some ribbon and all done. The inks are also from SU. The lavender is a retired color and I think they should bring it back because it is so pretty. One of my favorites.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Penny Black Bouquet

A simple card using Penny Black stamps and a couple of Spellbinder nestabilities. Just ran the red layer through an embossing folder after cutting out. I used colored pencils on water color paper and blended the colors with a Versamark pen.

Have a great day!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Roses and Lace

This card features a couple of stamps from Impression Obsession. The Cover a Card Swirl Lace and this
Roses  stamp. I stamped the lace background and then cut out the oval using a Spellbinders nestability. The rose was stamped, cut out and then layered in the frame. The butterflies were punched using a Martha Stewart punch.

It's been a great day. I made my first home made strawberry ice cream using a Cuisinart ice cream maker I got when it was on sale. The ice cream was really easy to make and it turned out great. I may never buy ice cream again.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

OLW 99 Take Two

Here is my second entry for the OLW 99 challenge. This card was inspired by the same card as my first entry.

I stamped the Memory Box butterfly on the card and then stamped it again to make a mask. I masked off the butterfly and stamped the SU doily background over the masked butterfly. The butterfly was colored with copic markers. The sentiment is from PTI.

Storms are approaching, the sky is dark and I can hear distant rumbles of thunder. Nice day to be inside making cards.

Thanks for stopping by. Your visits are always appreciated!

Friday, August 3, 2012

You're So Special

Playing along with a couple of challenges today, the CASology challenge and the OLW 99 challenge.

The inspiration for the CASology challenge is the word, bird. At the OLW 99 challenge she asked us to find some inspiration on her Pinterest Pure Inspiration board. My inspiration there was the pin that came from this post on Debby Hughe's Blog. It is a beautiful clean and simple card featuring a butterfly.

My stamps are from a Hero Arts clear stamp set.

Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by!