Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
So when I saw this stamp from Eat Cake Graphics, I just had to have it! I couldn't wait to ink it up, colour it with my Copic Markers and make this sunny little card to say, "Thanks - I wouldn't want to share this street with anybody else!"
Oh... and it just so happens to work right into this week's colour challenge on Split Coast Stampers!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I love, love, love these images from Eat Cake Graphics! I had a ball creating this magical garden scene, complete with flying hippo. I purchased this little girl because I could imagine so many great expressions coming out of her mouth....but now I can't think of any! So please, help a fellow card maker out - leave me a comment with your funniest ideas for what she might be saying because I want to make lots and lots of cards with her!
The card itself was quite simple - just lots of colouring with watercolour pencils and some blending with a blender pen. I finished the card off with lots of stickles 'cuz it's a magic garden!
Donna's right - Mojo Monday is a fabulous blog and I can't believe we're only just discovering it! The sketches are beautiful - so layered and rich with about a million possibilities!
So I'm a day late (and a dollar short) but here is my submission for this week's sketch challenge. I loved Donna's take on it - as usual, very sophisticated and soft. She's my hero! Unfortunately, sophisticated does not come naturally to me, so I went for pure whimsy. My image is one of many wonderful designs from Eat Cake Graphics and I spent some happy time on Saturday night colouring her in with my Copic Markers.
The patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Urban Lily collection and it worked beautifully, right down to the butterfly for this card. I followed the sketch pretty closely, using ribbon for one of the strips, a strip of paper punched with the Fiskars Threading Water punch for the scallop, and the aformentioned butterfly cut from Basic Grey paper for my embellishment. I just added a row of Kaiser rhinestones for some bling.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Here is my submission for the Mojo Monday Week 75 challenge. I used the Botanical Blooms Sale-A-Bration set. I used Gina K 120 lb. for my card base (man, this stuff is thick!) and some DSP. Chocolate chip was used as my layering panels. I inked the flowers with Cameo Coral and stamped off for the lighter images. I also used some dollar store rhinestones. I omitted the embellishment on the bottom left, which was optional. I tried something there, but it just didn't look right. Anyway, it's done, and I must get to my regular job! Have a good one!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I found another sketch blog that I'm planning to follow. This one is from www.iheart2stamp.com. I especially love participating in sketch challenges because I have such a hard time with layouts. This takes all of the frustrated thinking out of the craft I love, so I am a happy camper! This card has no stamping on it - something I rarely ever manage. The sentiment is from the S-U Laughter and Love rub-on package. That is something else I rarely use, but I'm going to try that a little more. Anyway, I'm fairly pleased with the way this turned out - it's a little different for me. I used Basic Gray, Whisper White and Baja Breeze card stock. I also used the Urban Garden DSP for my main image and the panel behind it. I used the Dots cuttlebug folder on the white panel. The only other tool used was my Nesties for ovals. I am pretty sure that if I didn't need to sleep, I'd be making cards all night long!
This was my submission for today's Featured Stamper (SgtStamper) on SCS. We are to change at least two things from the original. I changed the cupcake image, patterned paper, ribbon and solid colour. I also used a S-U (Flourish) Texturz plate on the coral colour instead of a CB folder. I omitted the stitching that was around the layers and used only 3 half-pearls (instead of 6). I used a two-way glue pen and added stickles to the "icing". The cupcake only has one candle in the middle, so I stamped the image twice more and cut out the candles and adhered them to the cupcake. I really like this layout and the card is much brighter and shinier IRL (this isn't the best photo). Have a terrific day!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Another great colour combo for us to play with is up over at Kristina Werner's wonderful blog! I fully intended this card to use more of the mustard and rust colours, but ended up with an eyeful of kiwi! (it is my current favourite colour so I guess it's not surprising!
I used one of my home made embossing plates to create the floral image and used the swatch colours to ink and add contrast to the embossed image. The patterned paper is from Sassafrass Lass and the little tab is cut by hand. Some sheer ribbon and a little bling and it was done!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I started by stamping the Hero Arts peacock image and masking it. Then I began stamping Squawk, from Inkadinkado repeatedly, masking as necessary to create a nameless crowd of pigeons surrounding the central bird.
I used shades of cool grey Copic Marker to colour the pigeons, so that my peacock would really stand out. Then I let loose and used lots of bright colours and blending to colour my showboating peacock.
Although the masking and colouring took a bit of patience, I really like the finished effect!
This is a very simple card. I wanted to play with my Copic Markers and different shading techniques. I went for a smooth blend for most of the image, using the colours pictured below. I find that if I colour over the entire area with the lightest shade after I add shading, I get the most subtle results. On her purple dress however, I broke all the rules and used colours that were a more dramatic contrast and I didn't attempt to blend at all, just layered the colours on. I like both effects! Because I didn't own a brown Copic when I did this card, I made my own by combining the orange and blue to create Dotty's unique hair colour.
When I was happy with the colouring, I just trimmed my image out and mounted her on a very simple graphic background using foam adhesive. The sentiment is from an Inkadinkado set and just seemed to fit!
Monday, February 16, 2009
I made this card for a workshop I had yesterday. I really liked the way it turned out and it received good reviews. I want to give full credit to Alison Fereday, who I swapped card fronts with at a Mega Meeting held in Burlington last month for the Amazink Canadians S-U group. I changed the cardstock, DSP, ribbon and sentiment, but kept the layout the same. I added Crystal Effects to the cupcake icing to give it a big of shine. The colours used were Regal Rose (card base), Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Sweet Always DSP. I punched a hole in the side of the cupcake image and added a wee bit of ribbon. It was a fun and easy card to make. I absolutely love the new Eyelet Border punch.
I'll be getting my act together shortly to make some samples of upcoming classes I'm planning. Watch for technique classes, altered art projects and a class featuring The Big Shot!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Alright, here is my submission for K. Werner's Colour Inspiration Challenge #41. I've seen a bunch of these accordian flowers on SCS and thought I'd try my hand at it too. Of course, I didn't read the instructions in the SAB catalogue for about 15 minutes, so I tried to do this a few different ways before I finally broke down and read it. The colour challenge required us to use Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black and Basic Gray. I used a large white half pearl from the Pretties Kit and my sentiment came from the Define Your Life set. A little Riding Hood Red ribbon and voila, my card is done!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Sorry guys! I have just realized that only Blogger members have been allowed to post comments up until this moment. While I appreciate that it is entirely possible that no one else had anything to say.... Now you can.
Thanks for your patience!
I made this card for SCS Colour Challenge #205, which called for the use of pink pirouette, perfect plum and kiwi kiss. At first I wasn't sure I liked this card, but it has since grown on me. I used my blender pen and picked up the colours from the lid of my ink pads to colour the flower. The image comes from the Echoes of Kindness Level 2 hostess set. I also used the Eyelet Border punch, which I really love. To finish off the card, I used Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware and a sentiment from Fresh Cuts.
Unfortunately, I needed to make a card for one of my husband's cousins. He just found out he has cancer of the abdominal wall (I forget the technical name for it). He was told he has, at most, a year to live. He only retired last year and he and his wife moved to a beautiful neighbourhood on Georgian Bay. It's so sad he won't have long to enjoy it.
I used one of the new S-U embossing folders from Backgrounds 1 (harlequin shape). It's a bit hard to see it here. I added little dots in between each "connector". The colours are chocolate chip, very vanilla and kraft. I used one of the trees from the Trendy Trees set from S-U. I used Old Olive and Garden Green and did the "Rock and Roll" technique on the leaves. I received the "Three Little Words" set from a recent Mega Meeting I attending with the Amazink Canadians group of demonstrators. The inside finishes the card with "thinking of you". I really hope I don't have to send a sympathy card too soon...
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Mel's folders were made by cutting stamped images out of cereal box cardboard and adhering them to a flat panel, also cut from the cereal box. The whole thing gets sealed with a layer of Mod Podge and then you can run it through your cuttlebug to create your own custom embossed paper! There aren't enough exclamation points in the world to get me through this post!!!!
When I looked through my stamps, I just didn't have the images that I wanted for this technique, so I turned to my trusty QuicKutz Silhouette. I selected the images I wanted and cut them from cardstock first since the Silhouette won't cut through cardboard. Then I traced my die cuts onto the cardboard and cut them by hand. Here are the four plates I have made so far:
(I know, I know. But I like cutting things out! It makes me feel very Zen) I used the paisley folder to make the Valentine's card for Kristina Werner's Color Challenge - see previous post. Then I decided to experiment a bit and I made this card.
cardstock, then swiped Gesso all over it. I sanded it to make the embossed image pop, but it still wasn't standing out the way I wanted. So I used Prisma Pencils and Gamsol to colour the background area pink with yellow highlights. Then it was a bit too garish for my liking. So I gessoed and sanded again. Finally, I coloured the raised areas of the chandelier with a clear Stardust pen, which doesn't really show in this picture. In real life, it really adds some glamour! This card is a little funky (even for me) so I'm back to the drawing board to see if I can come up with more ideas for using my new toys.
So now I think I'm going to spend about a week cutting stuff out of cereal boxes until I have the biggest collection of custom embossing plates on the planet! Plus, all that cutting will practically qualify me to be a Buddhist monk!
Ever since we introduced the blog, Donna and I have been anxiously waiting for Kristina Werner's next wonderful color challenge so that we could participate. Our first week, Kristina was away for CHA and there wasn't one! Then, strangely enough, we both completely missed the announcement of # 40! I've been watching her blog with an eagle eye and one hand on my ATG every since and here it is - # 41!
The minute I saw this swatch, I thought "Valentines Day." (My serendipitous purchase of the Hero Arts stamp set, "Together" may also have contributed to my thinking). So without further ado, here is my take on the challenge.
I was feeling kind of swirly and sophisiticated for this card. I started by stamping the central image in black on smooth white cardstock and twice again on red cardstock. I cut the centre frame from the white and layered it onto one of the red images with foam adhesive. I trimned just the heart from the final red image and popped it again with foam adhesive on top of the white layer.
This picture doesn't show all the detail I would like in the background. The white panel is actually embossed with a homemade embossing plate I made for my Cuttlebug using some paisley images from the QuicKutz Silhouette as a guide. (More on this technique later, I promise)! I enhanced the embossed panel using white and silver perlescent chalks, then layered it with a grey panel and a red lable cut using the Spellbinders Large Lable Nestabilities.
The patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Bittersweet collection, the photo corners are cut by hand and I added a fun velvet scalloped ribbon from American Crafts for more texture. The final touch was a sweet little bow using thin silver cord around the focal heart image.
Now it's Donna's turn!
Friday, February 6, 2009
I'm not usually a big Valentine's Day girl, but when I saw this great paper from K and Company, I felt inspired to spread a little love! The first card, I made for my husband. It looks kind of old and raggedy (much like himself)!
It involves podging waxed paper to a cardstock panel and running it through your machine with an embossing folder. Then I alternated inking and sanding the panel until I got the kind of effect I wanted - kind of like an ancient fresco. I loved the texture on this panel! Then I just layered it up with some masculine (sort of) colours, ribbon, brads, and an embossed cuttlebug heart. The central image is cut from the K and Co. Paper and mounted over top.
Then I decided to make a second card for my son. This one is a little more colourful (much like himself)!
I'm really enjoying these cuttlebug techniques. There is a tutorial up today at Mel Stampz on how to make your own embossing folders! I can't wait to try it!