Sunday, May 27, 2007
This sketch challenge was for a square card, so I used half a sheet of 12x12 Brocade Blue to make a 6x6 square card. I chose my colors based on some Michaels ribbon that I have with shades of blue, green, and brown. I layered some chocolate chip on the card and then added a strip of the Celery Palette 'o' Prints paper with the dotted flowers. On a piece of white cardstock I stamped the frog and then colored him in with celery and brocade blue ink using my blender pen. I framed him in blue and then added some faux stitching with my paper piercer and white gel pen. I stamped the sentiment on white and then framed it in green, positioning it over the ribbon. For a final embellishment I added a Hodgepodge hardware buckle to the ribbon.
This was a fun, yet simple card that I hope to use for either Father's day or a birthday card for one of the men in my life this summer.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I started out with a Vintage Violet for the card base and used Vintage Violet ink and one of the stamps from "Doodle This" to create a background for the card. I decided that I've been hoarding my Palette O' Prints paper long enough, so I pulled out the flowery celery paper, trimmed it and punched one end with the spiral punch. I wrapped some white grosgrain around this piece before taping it down. For the flower embellishment, I stamped the flower from "Doodle This" onto Certainly Celery cardstock with Stazon Black ink. I colored in the petals of the flower with Misty Lavendar Pearlex using an Aqua Painter filled with Future Floor Wax. The picture doesn't show it too well, but the flower is a very shimmery purple. I used my white gel pen to add some highlights to the flower to balance out the white in the paper and the ribbon. Finally, I layered this piece with Old Olive and used my Paper Piercing Tool and template to add a decorative edge to the piece.
Monday, May 21, 2007
I used So Saffron for the card base and for the card background I used a combination of Spring Showers paper (how appropriate after yesterday's whether!), creamy caramel, and a little bit of So Saffron for the scalloped edge. I just used my scissors to create the wavy line in the Spring Showers paper. I cut the same wavy line onto a strip of Saffron. Then, since I don't have any scalloped edge scissors (I don't think!), I used my corner rounder with the guide piece removed to create a scalloped edge along that wavy cut edge. I layered both pieces on top of some the creamy caramel card stock and then glued them all down after adding some blue gingham ribbon.
I used my Coluzzle clutting system to cut 2 nested circles the smaller in Very Vanilla, and the larger in Bashful Blue. On the Vanilla I used the Rock & Roll technique to stamp the large flower from Looks Like Spring (Stamped in Blue ink and then roled the edges in chocolate chip). I punched out a small flower in chocolate chip using my Spring Bouquet flower punch and attached it to the Vanilla paper with a Saffron brad. I scalloped the edge of the blue circle using my corner rounder again, attached the 2 circles and then mounted them on the card. To finish it off, I added some doodling along the yellow scalloped edge and stamped a Thank You from the Warmest Regards hostess set, both in chocolate chip ink.
Then feeling a little ambitious last night I created a similar card using Recollections paper, along with Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, and Cranberry Crisp card stocks. The card was created in the same fashion, this time using the Stippled Stencils stamp set and some stitched cranberry ribbon.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Like I mentioned in my last post, I've joined a group on Splitcoast Stampers that participate in RAK (Random Acts of Kindness). Members of this group send cards to other fellow stampers to share ideas and brighten a someone's day. I was so excited to sign up for this and even more excited when I got my first RAK in the mail yesterday.
This RAK is from Lynn Mercurio from St. Louis, Missouri. She used a lot of supplies that I don't typically use so it was so fun to see her funny card. I must say I thought of my friend Sara when I got this card because her husband is so into cars(which makes it really easy for her to justify all her stamping/scrapping hobby expenses!). Lynn has a beautiful blog called Stamperosity. Check it out for some fantastic ideas. Thanks so much, Lynn, making me smile when I opened my mailbox last night!
Since this was my first color challenge, I didn't know how much I was "allowed" to stray from those colors. Were those the only colors I could use? Leave it to me to make it extra challenging on myself. I tried really hard to just use those colors, but it just needed something else....so I decided to add some orange to the mix with some extra highlighting on the flower and some orange ribbon.
So here's what I came up with. My Doodle This stamp set is still very new, so I still have lots more playing to do. I stamped the flower in Taken with Teal on some Whisper White. I watercolored using my blender pen and the Cool Carribean, Taken with Teal, Marigold Morning, and Only Orange ink pads. I framed the flower with Cool Carribean. I stamped the Teal cardstock with another Doodle This stamp using Teal ink. I rubbed the card base (Marigold) across my Marigold ink pad a bunch of times (direct-to-paper), and then stamped "happiness" from Warm Words in Teal ink. Before assembling everything, I added some orange and apricot grosgrain ribbon to the flower piece and then glued it all together.
I must say that my first challenge was a little difficult, but a lot of fun! I'm sure the more I do, the easier it will get. I encourage everyone to try the Splitcoast challenges. It really helps to have someone else give you an idea for a project, because sometimes when you've got tons of supplies to choose from, it's hard to know where to start!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
I made this sample in preparation for my Father's Day Frame Class coming up later this month. I decorated an unfinished wood frame with some double sided patterened paper (Four Seasons from Stampin' Up!) using Modge Podge. I then added some blue grosgrain ribbon and a piece of Hodge Podge Hardware. I sanded all the edges with my sanding block and finally stamped the "best DAD" on some remaining patterned paper using Typeset Alphabet Upper and Rough Edges Alphabet. This was then framed with Bravo Burgundy and then decorated with brass brads and adhered with Sticky Strip.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Thursday, May 3, 2007
I've been wanting to create this layout for some time now. I've been collecting pictures of the crazy things that Mia dresses herself with and now I have enough to make a layout. Mia just loves clothes and she won't hesitate to try on anything pretty or interesting regardless of whether it fits her or what the weather is like outside. So I spent some time yesterday pulling together a sampling of her interesting choices.
I had so much fun making this 2-page spread, I hope you enjoy it!