Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I decided that since I'm behind in the Christmas card challenge, why not get caught up and make some Christmas cards. I started by printing out one of PTI's My Timeless Templates I had already purchased and not done yet called Captured Card Case. After printing out my template on Stampin Up! bashful blue cardstock, cutting it out, and assembling, I was ready to stamp my one sheet wonder.
I decided to stamp my 12x12 One Sheet Wonder (OSW) using Cornish Heritage Farms Joyeux Noel set in Stampin Up's pacific pointe and bashful blue dye ink before stippling bashful blue in between the snowflakes as seen below.
Monday, July 27, 2009
It's week 9 of the My Favorite Challenge over at Splitcoast. This week we're supposed finish our card both inside and out. I usually don't finish the inside of my cards, so this is a bit of a challenge this week for me.
I've been just dying to ink up my new Flopsy set and figured this was a great time to do so. I pulled out some Prima Nursery Rhyme designer paper I found on clearance at Michaels and let the paper choose my colors for the challenge - lots of cool purple.
I started out by stamping Flopsy and all of the accessories he would need for a relaxing bath in memento tuxedo black in on MFT Perfect Panels and colored them with prismacolor markers. I then sponged Stampin Up! almost amethyst dye ink around the edges of the card and the main image, stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue ink around Flopsy to fill in the white areas, then cut out all of his accessories, before punching out the saying. After layering, I added the prima flower & gems, also found on clearance, popped up the saying; then as a last minute addition doodled around Flopsy to "set him off" from the rest of the card.
Here's a close up of Flopsy and the gem additions:
Now for the inside of the card I used some scrap Prima Nursery Rhyme paper on white cardstock and sponged around both before adding the accessories & a layered saying. Again I added more doodling as a last minute addition on the inside as well.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Hi everyone and welcome! It's hard to believe it's already time for another blog hop. This month's challenge is to use text, and since I don't own any of Papertrey's text sets, I figured I would go through my patterned paper and see what I could come up with. Bingo!!
Close up of stamped card.
Sleigh bells ring, Are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening.
It's a beautiful sight, We're happy tonight,
Walkin in a winter wonderland.
I love the Charles Schultz Peanuts characters and decided they would be part of my Christmas cards again this year. I colored these images while my husband was in the hospital in May as well, but once again, took forever to put them together. The images are stamped in black and colored with Stampin Up! and Close To My Heart markers. I have faux brad stickers from Joanns around the edges. Stampin Up! bashful blue is stippled for the sky with real red sponged around the edges.
I hope you have found some inspiration for your Christmas cards here today.
Stamps: Stampendous, PTI Holiday Wishes, Rollergraph Wheel
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Glorious Green, Real Red, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: White, Glorious Green, Real Red
Accessories: Ribbon, Faux Brad Stickers, Markers, Stipple Brushes
Friday, July 24, 2009
For my kitty card (I so love this image), the designer paper is from the Michaels $1 bins! Can you believe it? A pack of yummy paper for $1!!! It's so rich looking and definitely well worth the price especially since it's Karen Foster paper too. I also wrapped some gold cord around the image before adding the brads and popping it up on dimensionals.
Stamps: Stampendous, Rubber Stampede
Cardstock: White, Elegant Eggplant, Handsome Hunter, Bashful Blue, Karen Foster Designer Paper, Stampin Up Designer Paper
Accessories: Felt Fusion, Brads, Ribbon, Dimensionals, Markers, Cord, Brads
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
This week's sketch challenge I had a blast with! This card was made with a specific friend in mind and with a long storey behind it and she is going to kick my booty when she receives the card too. ;)
When MFT came out with the set I just had to get this set just for the cherries.
I stamped the cherries in memento black on MFT perfect panels & cut them out. The ribbon I got from Jody and is just yummy!! Now the saying I stamped everything in black except the word "organically": that is stamped in memento brown ink for obvious reasons. The cherries are adhered to the card with mini glue dots and the leaves are Michaels confetti flowers dyed by prismacolor markers then cut out to look like leaves. I found some "faux brad" stickers in my stash from Joann's to finish the cherries off. Background paper is from a Basic Grey Phoebe pack I've had for awhile.
Here's the close up of the detail of the cherries and leaves.
Hello and welcome to week 8 of the My Favorite Challenges. This week we were supposed to de-stress! Oh, excuse me...distress, texture, emboss, whatever, our cards, scrapbook pages, projects, etc, etc. I'd rather do the de-stressing end of it personally. ;)
Seriously though I had found this really cool paper at Costco from My Minds Eye and wanted to use it somehow so I let the paper choose the colors & my stamp set for me. Since the background paper sort of looked like there were sunflowers in it and looked like fall stuff, I pulled out a set that sorely needed to see some ink, Stephanie Fizer's We're Not Scared. Gotta love those cute little owls!
I started by stamping everything in memento ink on MFT's perfect panels and coloring with prismacolor markers and then cutting the owls out. After layering the image on a dusty durango panel, I took my distressing tool and ran it along the sides to "rough it up" a bit and then popped it up on dimensionals. Then I decided to stipple some Tim Holtz distress inks (old paper & tea stain) to age the paper a few years before adding some twill ribbon that Kim has just got to keep in stock across the middle of the card. After adding some brads to hold it in place, I pulled out the edges of the twill to "rough" that up a bit too.
Here's the close up of the scare crow and the owls.
Stamps: MFT We're Not Scared, Essential Sentiments
Cardstock: Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, MFT Perfect Panels, My Minds Eye
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Old Paper & Tea Stain Distress Inks, Dusty Durango Dye Ink
Accessories: Twill Ribbon, Dimensionals, Mini Pop Dots, Brads, Prismacolor Markers, Stipple Brushes, Distressing Tool, Mini Glue Dots
Totally fun post today. Found this corset template at http://stampington.com/ for one of their design calls and thought I would just have fun with it since I would miss the design call.
After downloading the template on white cardstock, I stamped a retired Stampin Up! filigree background in real red classic ink. Keeping it simple, and in a old west theme, I added just black primas, black ribbon and pearls to finish it off. Inside is stamped "Of corset's your birthday".
Simple and took only about 10 minutes to make once I got myself in gear.
Stamps: Stampin Up! Filigree Background (retired), Art Impressions (inside saying)
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Ribbon, Primas, Mini Glue Dots, Pearl Stickers
Monday, July 20, 2009
Hi and welcome to MFT’s first Celebrate MFT Customer Blog Hop!! You should have just come from Melody's blog. If not, you should start at Joanne's blog so you don’t miss any of the fantastic creations the bloggers have created for today. I am totally thrilled and humbled to be invited as part of the first blog hop. Thank you so much Joanne and MFT; and now onto my project.
I decided to do something that would also be part of my Devine Secret Sister reveal gift. I started out by using MFT'S Perfect Packaging and filling it with 3 bags orchid bath salts I found in the Michaels $1 bins. I then stamped my label, topper, & card image on MFT Perfect Panels in Memento tuxedo black ink and colored with Prismacolor markers. Then I punched out my jar topper with the Marvy giga & extra giga scalloped punches and layered it on Stampin Up! rose red cardstock before adding diamond ice stickles allowing those to dry. I stamped my card layers using the bubbles as my background, and then tied some ribbon from MFT's Soft Spring Ribbon Nest and MFT's Royalty Ribbon around the jar & around my card. Once the stickles were dry, I added my embellies; primas I found on clearance at Michaels, dots with a white gel pen around the jar topper, gem stickers, and then popped up my image on the card with pop dots.
Here are close up's of my card, jar and topper.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Happy Sunday to you all. Thought I would post a cool card since it's so hot here in Central California - 106 again today and we're looking at another 10 days of this kind of weather. Yuck!
Doesn't this card look like a cooler climate to you? To me it does. I had submitted this to Paper Crafts coloring contest back in April, and of course, it wasn't one of their winners. This is Cornish Heritage Farms Thomas Kincade's Make A Wish Cottage; from Thom's cottage series paintings.
I had stamped the image in memento tuxedo black in and then colored with prismacolor markers. Keeping the embellishments simple, the only things I used were vintage brads in the corners and just a hint of ice stickles on the stream behind the wishing well.
So, what do you wish for today? Me, cooler temperatures!
Stamps: CHF Thomas Kincade Make A Wish Cottage
Cardstock: White, Stampin Up! Glorious Green, Gable Green, Black
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Brads, Ice Stickles
Monday, July 13, 2009
My kids, including my husband, loved the movie Monsters Inc, so I went with that theme. Unfortunately, I ran out of room so, little Boo didn't make it on the card. Anyhoo, I started out by stamping that mean ol Rodney character and masked him. Then I stamped the fella with the briefcase, then the girlie Rodney is trying to slither around. After that, using a ruler, I hand drew (be gentle) the sidewalk, and the building then highlighted them both with an artist pen. Once that was done, I colored everything with prismacolor markers.
Now, I felt the card was still missing something so I stamped the briefcase, bow-tie, purse, and the girlie-girl separately on MFT perfect panels, colored where necessary and cut them all out. My little girlie monster is popped up on dimensionals and her purse is popped up again over her shoulder on mini pop dots. I then added MFT's new polka dot summer ribbon at the top, hand drew some birds in the distance & brads to finish it off.
For this weeks sketch challenge, I decided to keep the same kids theme only use the sketch we were given. I printed off Stephanie Fizer summer digital papers and stamped my images on MFT's perfect panels then colored with prismacolor markers and cut out.
Using the starfish like brads, I adhered them using mini glue dots to three corners and then the saying to the fourth corner with a small fish underneath. I then stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue and creamy caramel ink around the edges of the card and lightly over it to give an "ocean-y" feel before adding my mermaid and some ice stickles to her tail.
Stamps: MFT Monsters Ink, Hooga Booga, Stephanie Fizer Paper Dolls, Paper Doll Sayings
Cardstock: MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Making Memories Spring DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Mini Glue Dots, Ribbon, Googlie Eyes, Brads, Ice Stickles, Dimensionals, Mini Pop Dots, Stipple Brushes, Artist Pen, Ruler, Circle Punch
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The first week of Cornish Heritage Farms' Summer Design challenge is over, the second week is all about paper piecing. It's not one of my favorite techniques, but one I am beginning to like a lot.
For my entry this week, I chose to use a couple of Kim Hughes' sets, Pretty Birds and The Landing Pad and stamped them on different patterned paper scraps before stamping onto white cardstock. The limb, leaves, stems and humming bird are colored and the rest is cut out.
Stampin Up! soft sky is lightly stippled around the birds for a softer sky effect.
Stamps: Kim Hughes Pretty Birds, Landing Pad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Soft Sky
Accessories: Stipple Brush, Prismacolor Markers, Brads, Ribbon Bow
Cardstock: White, Pretty In Pink, Celery, Making Memories Spring DP, Patterned Paper Scraps
Well here we are in week 6 of the My Favorite Challenges and we are trying to recycle something. For me this was not an issue! The issue was trying to finish it because life just kept getting in the way. I love fireworks, but not the illegal kind, and we had too many of those going off on the 4th of July, so I had no sleep trying to keep terrified animals from running off, even the ones we had given sedatives to with a prescription from the vet. Then the wonderful individuals decided to set them off again Sunday night. So no sleep again. Otherwise I would have been done 2 days ago. Ok, enough venting, back to the project.
I decided to recycle a binder my 12 year old daughter used for 7th grade and wanted to get rid of since it's "not cool to use a binder 2 years in a row mom." Like where have I been? Hello! I am not throwing away a perfectly good binder especially when I can use it for stamping!!! So I proceeded to confiscate it, grab some Stampin Up! 12x12 paper I had in my stash that hasn't seen the light of day in years and happily head on out to the living room to my little corner of the world.
I started by stippling the "ocean" layers first: Stampin Up's brilliant blue, pacific point, bashful blue, and close to cocoa then creamy caramel for the sand. Then I pulled out my MFT beach sets. I wanted a beachy feel since I love the ocean so much. I started off by stamping the smaller WTG and her dog from By the Seashore and then the larger WTG and a dog from Gone to the Dogs. This gave me some depth to the overall "picture" I wanted to achieve.
On some My Perfect Panels I stamped separately WTG from Can You Dig It, Catch Some Rays, the accessories from Hit the Beach, and seashells from By the Seashore and then began my coloring. I colored everything with prismacolor markers and cut out what I needed to. I cut a slit between the hands of Who's That Girl from Can You Dig It to put a seashell in them to make it look like she was digging up seashells instead of the carrots from the set she's in. Cool huh?
I added my accessories where needed, popping up one of the seagulls, and then added some chipboard letters in the word INSPIRE along the side with some felt flowers as seen below.
Here is a close up of the beach scene itself. You can see the popped up seagull just right in front of the WTG from Can Ya Dig It with the seashell in her hand.
My cut out accessories with my suntanning Catch Some Rays Who's That Girl?
The main reason I had wanted to make a binder like this is because I have so many pictures my grandfather has taken over the years that are so inspiring and I wanted to keep them safe. I have had multiple ideas for making something to put them in, but this challenge just kicked my mojo in gear, not to mention my rear in gear to get it done. Now the pictures will be safe, and I have an inspiration binder of all of his photos, with plenty of room to add my own over the years.