Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pick A Petal Like you've never seen it before

I really have been looking for new ways to use my current stamp sets, and I have heard so many times that people don't know what to do with the pick a petal set I had this vision in my mind to use the stamp as a template to create a multi media flower. My idea was to make a pink and white fabric and paper bloom. That idea morphed into a black and kiwi flower today......{smile}At our creative corner the challenge is to make something with your favorite color to stamp with. I love many colors especially pink...but right now at this very moment kiwi kiss is the love of my life LOL! I will miss it when the new catalog arrives...ahh but a new color will come along. We stampers are fickle!
I love the acetate petals, and plan to make one completely out of window sheets. I snipped a skinny strip of kiwi to create a stem, and placed 3 little square buttons to balance out the layout.
The center of my bloom is coated with crystal effects and black sequins with a tiny pom pom in the middle for even more texture. I'm excited to try more new things with this seasoned set!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired # 29 Mothers Day

Its hard to believe that Mothers Day is just around the corner, I remember my Mom telling me that the older you get the faster time goes by...she was right...about that and so many other things. This weeks challenge at cuttlebug challenge is to make a Mothers Day card and envelope. I made this for my darling sister in law who is married to my baby brother and they are expecting their first baby in August. Its rather hard to see in the photo but I ran the chipboard through the cuttlebug embossing folder the effect is subtle but definitely textured to the touch. I also embossed the flap of the envelope its so elegant and rich looking!
These satin covered buttons are from a wedding gown I altered for a friend years ago, I'm happy I kept them they look right at home on the chipboard "M"
How its made:
paper~ pink pirouette, old olive, whisper white, raspberry tart DSP
ink~ rose red
accessories~ chipboard m, satin buttons, raspberry ribbon, hemp twine, cuttlebug embossing folder, glue dots, scallop border punch

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bloom With Happiness

Have you ever pulled out a stamp set and looked at it in a whole new light? In the past I would have stamped this flower in a pastel color on pastel paper for a tone on tone appearance, that would be pretty enough but it certainly could not compare to this bold color choice. It seems simple but a real "light bulb" moment for me... yes I am blond :) Every stamp in your collection has the potential to create various looks and evoke a new and different feeling each time you use it. I cut out a double layer scallop circle just missing the top so the card opens from the top. I also cut out 2 sizes of labels nestabilities in real red and WW and stamped the sentiment along the bottom and Periced in between the verse. the flower is embossed on water color paper and colored with reinkers using an aquapainter cut out and layered.

I added this sweet tear drop pearl hanging from the black ribbon, it adds a touch of sheen and an unexpected element.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Party Like A Rock Star!

For todays technique lovers challenge we were to create a background using reinkers and marbles. to get the desired effect I only used one color, old olive however you could use several starting with the lightest and moving to the darkest. It is fun very quick and unique. I made this card for a young friend of mine who just turned 18 he is more mild than wild so I hope he finds his inner "rock star" and has a blast this weekend :)
My card is chocolate chip, riding hood red, old olive, whisper white, I used black craft ink for my main image from inkado, and the sentiment is from hampton art, the background of my card is also stamped with the sanded stamp from Stampin'Up! I went digging in my scrap fabric bin and pulled out this great zebra stripe remnant {what is more rock star than zebra?}

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Flower for Mothers day

This is the card I have made for my Mom and will be shipping it off to her for Mothers Day. The challenge on SCS today is to use ONLY white card stock, I decided to try to make a version of the flowers from page 9 of the occasions mini catalog. My upline Linda Heller has a tutorial at check it out. My version only has one layer and is made of card stock.The flower is truly 3D and would need special treatment for mailing {or hand deliver it to someone special} I inked the edges with baja breeze and put a jumbo white brad in the center. I Think my Mom will be WOWED by this beauty, especially since like most mothers I could give her a finger painting and she would be thrilled :) { at least that worked when i was 7 }

This is the card I will be doing with 50+ girl scouts next Friday
here in central Florida. If you have an event that you would like to schedule contact me

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bronzed Bella Bird

What fun it is to try new things, and to be able to share the things you learn along the way is such a joy for me. The daily and weekly challenges on so many websites and blogs are inspiring and informative. I truly look forward to them. Today's sketch is from SCS the block style layout is quite versatile and seemed to work well for the "elegant" mood I'm in today. I started with bella birds DSP from stampin'Up!{big surprise} I stamped the flourish from friends 24/7 in perfect medium from ranger arts and brushed on pearl ex in bronze it is very shimmery and romantic.
I also stamped the bird once in cocoa, and once with the pearl ex treatment, cut out the body and put him up on dimensionals. You can see here just how much he glistens in the light. I wanted my main image to look like a frame so I dug through my box of treasures and found this old idea where it came from! The fringe trim is from a long forgotten sewing project and is my favorite element on this card *I know extra postage * but its worth it!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired #27 Tax Time and Numbers

I'm happy to be back from Louisville it was a long week being away from home ...and my stamps ;) I did manage to squeak in this card for the cuttlebug challenge. The idea of a clock kind of stuck with me, its not exactly the end result I envisioned but I'm happy with it.My clock face has movable hands cut out from a cuttlebug die fastened with a rhinestone brad and a coiled paper clip it reminded me of a watch spring { yes I had the see through swatch watch} yikes I'm showing my age! This card is a 51/2 square with raspberry tart DSP embossed with the numbers folder and the raised areas were chalked with black to define the numbers, lots of stitching around the clock face in a random pattern for fun. The photo corner was punched from a credit card bill and sponged with gray{ my ode to taxes} The numbers were embossed in silver I wanted them to not look too perfect.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Saffron Blossoms

Todays color challenge so saffron, bordering blue, and pink pirouette, with chocolate chip as an optional color...was a challenge {a big one} although I love all of the colors I had a hard time using them together! I added lots of texture with my embossing folders, ribbon, and hemp twine.These buttons have 4 holes in the center so I covered them with a 3/16 circle punch and glittered them with stickles.
My background paper is embossed with the stylized flowers embossing folder, and sanded for added dimension. The top note die is also embossed and cut in half then stitched. 3 flower blossom sizzlits cut out in our colors of the day, and popped on dimensionals. I think I may try this color combo again....someday :)

Wonderful Friend

This wonderful sketch is from Silke Ledlow at Our Creative Corner This is a "go to" kind of layout that can be used again and again with successful results. I monkeyed around with the leaf a little but in the end decided to go with the cocoa sponged version. I'm completely in LOVE with the friends 24-7 stamp set. Its so pretty and timeless. The flower is stamped in versamark and embossed in gold on water color paper. I colored the images with stamp n write markers and a blender pen.
I utilized my nestabilities for the circle element on the card by layering 2 scallop circles, and a scallop rectangle for the greeting.I added a teardrop pearl to my ribbon with linen thread, I like the contrast of the delicate pearl and the rugged linen.How its made:
paper. close to cocoa, parisian breeze, baja breeze, vanilla, water color
stamps. warm words, friends 24-7
ink. versa mark, close to cocoa
accessories. gold embossing powder, ribbon, nestabilities, sewing mach., cuttlebug, markers, blender pen, pearl, matt pack, sizzix leaf die dimensionals
The winning Egg.
This is the winner of the Easter egg decorating contest at our annual Easter party appropriately named "Deviled Egg" we had some great entries this year and this was voted the favorite.My daughter Chelsea is the designer!! :) She has won 3 years running!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Easter Bunny challenge

This is for my nephews Mario, and Jayden who are two little cuties. Mario lived with me for 6 months and I miss him dearly! Last Easter all he was interested in were the eggs! This card happens to combine a couple of different challenges, one is from our creative corner the plan is to use your favorite Easter stamp set....this egg is actually one of my favorites of all time its from Stampin' Up! named eggcitement. This great sketch is from stamps and smiles be sure to check it out and play along. At cuttlebug challenge we are to use velum in our Easter project. I ran my DSP and my velum through the embossing folder at the same time, I really like the argyle pattern on the polka dot paper. I stitched the nestie label and pierced around the edge.
Kiwi base with stitched layers of DSP, the nestie label embossed with argyle folder. The sentiment was stamped and cut out with smallest nestie label and hand cut to size, then the edges were sponged. the bunny was embossed then water colored and popped with dimensionals. The egg was treated the same way as the label then sanded.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Set Sail For a Masculine Birthday

Masculine Birthdays are notoriously difficult, what to buy, what paper to wrap it in and how to make a card that is "manly". As paper crafters we tend to add ribbon and rhinestones when a projects needs a little extra something, but you can accomplish the same effect with less frou frou embellishments.Yesterdays color challenge was bashful blue, so saffron, and close to cocoa, I need a birthday card for a dear friend and these colors lend themselves to a masculine theme. I'm using the sketch from SCS today.All supplies Stampin'Up! unless otherwise stated.
I water colored my main image from SU set sail, and framed it with so saffron inked with close to cocoa. You can't really tell in the photo that the blue layer is embossed with the argyle CB folder, and the Manchester DSP from SU is cut with the long scallop nestie. Grommets set with cropadile, and rope is cording from a sewing project. I pierced along the edge of the saffron layer and added hemp cord across bottom.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Egg-plant Flower pot

I know some of you have probably moved past Easter projects this late in the game but Easter is my favorite Holiday and I can't let go just yet! Today's technique on SCS is to make a flower pot card. My WONDERFUL upline Linda Heller has a fabulous tutorial on her Stamping school website for this type of card. I highly recommend signing up. Really she is great! When I read today's challenge my mind immediately went to "eggplant" My family has an Easter party every year and we have an egg decorating contest, the competition gets pretty intense as the "grand prize" is a gift card to a yummy restaurant. many years ago David came up with the idea of making an egg-plant complete with a pot and soil it was so cute....but 2nd place!! My egg-plant flower pot is made of real rust paper, and sponged with rust, chocolate, and vanilla ink to give it that "clay" look and texture. My eggs are from SU eggcitement{retired} and my flowers are punches with little bling centers. The leaves are old olive sizzix die cut. The edge of my pot rim is punched with the border scallop punch and the tag is the large SU punch with my sentiment in cocoa in sponged with rust ink. Baja breeze ribbon for the final touch.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Acetate, and foil, and flowers? Oh My.

Before I tell you about my card, I want to share a bit of exciting news!!I'm so thrilled my cupcake project was chosen as the winner for the cuttlebug be inspired #24!!Whoo-Hoo!

This cool card sketch is from cuttlebug be inspired #25 and sheetload from shortcuts. The card base is acetate a clear paper that is a lot of fun to work with. Its so cool because it looks as though the paper is floating inside the card. The card features a piece of foil embossed with the paisley folder, and all the paper including the foil is rounded on the edges.The inside of the card is just as pretty as the outside, and is sure to be a pleasing surprise to who ever I decide to mail it to, I will keep that a secret just in case she is reading :) shhh!
The ribbon is on the inside of the card and I used a circle punch to cut a half circle in the acetate to allow the ribbon to play peek a boo.

Check out this too cute clucker my friend Linea from the henhouse crafters gave all of us for Easter! She walks along and lays her little bubblegum eggs as she goes. Its hilarious! Thanks Linea, you are one cool "chick".

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My first digi stamp!

This is my first attempt using a digital stamp.This is one of the images I won from cuttlebug challenge blog a couple of weeks ago from sweet n sassy stamps. I had a real challenge on my hands as I don't own any prisma colored pencils, or any copic markers {although I did take a copic class} I printed out the image on whisper white card stock and lightly sprayed it with a matte clear protective spray. After it was dry I colored with my watercolor crayons and a blender pen. This card is also for the color challenge hosted by Kim Teasdale at our creative corner
The colors are more mustard, bashful blue, and not quite navy. I thought this might be a pretty color for this butterfly, and it turned out rather well I think. This is a 5x5 card for todays sketch challenge, and our creative corner color challenge. The digi stamp is from sweet n sassy stamps. I used bashful blue,not quite navy, so saffron, and more mustard watercolor crayons, and a blender pen
Paper : sweet slumber DSP, not quite navy, bashful blue, more mustard, whisper white
Ink: not quite navy accessories: nestabilities, embossing folder, saffron ribbon, hat pin, stickles, sewing machine