Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
On the shaded areas of the stamp, a darker yellow is used and blended with the brighter yellow of the unshaded areas.
Monochromatic works too as in these cards I made for a Cornish Heritage Farms Thomas Kincade card blitz a few weeks ago.
So there's really reason to be intimated by these stamps except our own fear of them. Once you start working with them, they are so addicting.
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms Thomas Kincade: Cobblestone Bridge, The Perfect Yellow Rose, The Open Gate, Nothing Gets Better Than This
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up choc chip, PTI plum pudding, lavender moon, vintage cream
Accessories: prismacolor markers, ribbon bow, mini glue dots, primas, brads, silk flower stickers.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Our favorite bunny, Flopsy, with my favorite drink under a tree with not a care in the world. I tried out MFT's new Stephanie Fizer digital paper packs with this card as well. The background paper is from the Spring collection. Once you download these digital paper packs, you can never run out of your favorite paper, only the ink to print them with! :) Seriously, I have a few of MFT's digital papers and love every one of them. You really should try them out.
Stamps: MFT Tea With Flopsy
Paper: SU Pretty In Pink, White, MFT Stephanie Fizer Spring Digital Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Soft Sky
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Prima, Mini Glue Dots, Pearl Sticker, Pink Organdy Ribbon, Stipple Brush
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Blue is one of my favorite colors and monochromatic color families to use. Personally, I feel it's the easiest color family to use for any image or season. On the above card, the background stamping is in a lighter shade of blue than the coloring and embellishments. This way it doesn't "wash out" the focal image.
The pink or purple family is the next easiest to use. This time, there is no background stamping, just a strip of a lighter shade of purple to highlight the focal image. The white bow ties in with the polka dots and white frosting on the cake. The yellow brads brings out the flame from the candles.
Depending on the mood I'm in, the card stock and embellishments available, and the images chosen, using the monochromatic technique can bring out the best in all of us; even if we don't feel we've done our best.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I had found some really cool paper at Joann's from Die Cuts With a View called Nanna's Kids so I paired it with the stork image from GinaK's How Sweet It Is set. Since one of my cards was made for twins, I stamped the stork three times and then colored the blanket in purple twice and popped one stork up on pop dots. To keep the card on the "feminine" side, I added some prima flowers and bling before adding the congrats from an old retired Stampin Up! set. For my boy stork card, made for my new great-nephew, I colored the stork blanket in blues and just kept the card simple.
The ladybug Die Cuts With a View paper was the inspiration for this baby card. I used Papertrey Ink's Little Lady set and masked off the wording from another Papertrey set to get the congratulations only. I thought having a momma ladybug and her baby would be a perfect baby card and very unique too.
Friday, March 6, 2009
I was at Beverly Fabrics over a week ago and found these cute canvas ATC thingy-s and wondered how they would looked stamped up like a painting. Not too bad although it does take longer for the ink to dry. I stamped the egg, chicks & saying in memento tuxedo black then colored with prismacolor markers. Stippled bashful blue & glorious green for the sky & grass. Stamped two more chicks, colored and popped them up on the "painting" with some mini pop dots I also found at Beverly Fabrics, added a gingham bow, primas, pearl gem sticker and easel to finish it off. It's a cute gift for only $4.
Side view for details.
Good luck to all of the participants.
Introducing clockwise: Squeaky, Tiny, Tigger, Midnight, Mittens (behind the PJ's my husband threw on the bed). Midnight always has to sleep in a very undignified pose, usually on her back and twisted around. Tiny and Squeaky have to sleep near each other with Mittens on Daddy's side of the bed. Tigger just wants the girls to leave him alone.
Ever have a child enjoy the box more than the toys? Well Mittens loves to play in boxes and sometimes just sit in them for hours. We think it's because she, Midnight and their brother were abandonded at the vet's office in a sealed box and she feels more "at home" in one.
Midnight loves to also lay on the ground in unladylike positions. What a big mouth! Isn't she cute though?
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
One of my favorite types of stamps are the Thomas Kincade ones from Cornish Heritage Farms. CHF just released a new Kincade stamp called Sunrise one week ago and I was fortunate enough to win one during their Thomas Kincade Blitz. I stamped this image in pallet noir and then watercolored it using Stampin Up! watercolor wonder crayons and an aquapainter.
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms Thomas Kincade Sunrise
Paper: Watercolor, Stampin Up Elegant Eggplant, Summer Sun, Going Grey, Garden Green
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, Brads, Diamond Ice Stickles