Wednesday, April 30, 2008
But (and isn't there always a *but* to a story like this? lol), then I spent the weekend stamping my friends Lisa and Pine. Pine (ok, so ya'll know her as Heather Nichols, but I've always called her Pine and I get confused when people call her Heather), was playing with her anniversary set and making the most unbelievably awesome backgrounds! She completely turned my impression of this set around!
So in honor of Pine (who is the craft and white QUEEN), I made this card. I love it when stamps are so gorgeous that you don't need any designer paper or a bunch of bellies to make the card look good!
The main image (ya, ok... so I still need a main image) is by Inkadinkadoo and is embossed with white detail embossing powder. The design on the bottom of the cards is one of the designs from the anniversary set, also embossed in white detail embossing powder. The Papertrey stamps are clear acrylics, so I can see where I'm putting them without digging out the stamp positioner!
Here's a close-up of the tag. The little background is a matching stamp in the set.
I only had light blue ribbon and I wanted it to match the little flower, so I used my Copic Airbrush system and sprayed it with E31 Brick Beige until I had that vintage look. Oh, how I love my tools!
Thanks Pine, for making me see things differently!
Stamps: Papertrey Ink, Inkadinkadoo
Paper: SU! (craft), Neenah (solar crest)
Ink: SU! (craft white, brocade blue)
Misc: tag from office supply store, Cindyribbon, Prima flowers, SU! brad
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I bought my Bind-It-All from Eclectic Paperie when they first came out about a year ago. Today was the first time I've used it. (hangs head in shame) I don't know what I was so afraid of. OMWord it is so easy to use! And it cuts through coasters like BUTTER!
I used so many different products on these, that I'm not going to do a supply list (I'd like to go to bed before midnight!) But the main stamps were from Papertrey Inc, SU! and Hero Arts.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
After coloring him (her?) and the balloons with Copic markers, I used the Copic Airbrush System to shade the background sky. Then realized it just wouldn't be a party with out sparkle, so I glitterfied one of the balloons.
The side strip was created using a Heidi Swapp mask and the Airbrush System. I placed the mask down and sprayed the pink and then repositioned it and sprayed the green. I love how the dots have a bit of natural shading to them.
Someone asked in a post if I mask off my image before spraying the background. It depends what my image is. In this case, I didn't because the color (B00) was light enough that wouldn't effect the color of the image. If I'm spraying a darker color, or if the image is light (like a face), then I do. The best thing about the Copics and the Airbrush System is the experimentation!
I hope you're spoiled silly today!
Stamps: Penny Black
Paper: Papertrey Ink (white, berry sorbet), CTMH
Ink: Palette Noir, Copic markers, Copic multiliner, SU! (craft white), Inkssentials opaque white pen
Misc: Copic Airbrush System, white ep, glitter
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
My friend Bevie is the QUEEN of challenges! A few weeks ago she mailed a stamped image (yes, I said *a*, meaning just ONE! No room for messing up!) to a bunch of us girls and asked us to make something with it and post it on April 20th. I have to remember to ask her if there is any significance to April 20th. hmmmmmm.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Anyway... I did it! I cut it up and made this card, which is 5.5 x 5.5 square. I like this much better than that sheet laying on my table cuz now I can put a hug inside and mail it out!
The flowers are stamped using VersaMagic chalk inks (you can find them at eP). They have such a soft look to them.
Speaking of getting together with friends to stamp... that's where I'm off to this weekend. Pine and I are heading to Lisa's for a weekend of putting ink to rubber (and I'm guessing a little chit-chat and laughter will be thrown in!).
Hope you have a weekend Blooming with Love
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The little dress stamp is from Impression Obsession. I love it's whimsical look! The sentiment, which rings so true in my heart, is from Stampendous.
The layer behind the dress was embossed with a Fiskars embossing plate and then the edges distresssed just lightly. After cutting the dress out I popped it up with foam tape.
The tiny lace that is peaking out under the velvet Cindyribbon was white, so I ran it through my Distress Ink (linen) pad to give it a more vintage feel.
Thanks for letting my share my "Proud Grandma" moment!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The flowers are from Anna Wight's Posies For You set. After I stamped and colored them I decided they needed just a bit more dimension so I stamped only the flower three times on a scrap piece of cardstock, colored them pink, filled the centers with Fun Flock cut them out and then popped them on with foam tape. The Fun Flock makes awesome flower centers! (Eclectic Paperie has gobs of colors!) The sentiment is also popped up with foam tape.
Beate... thanks for challenging me with an awesome layout and a chance to step out of my "color comfort zone"!
ps - In my supply lists you'll often see Cindyribbon, Cindybrads, Cindy"things". These are my term for the awesome supplies I get from Cindy at StarLitStudio. The ribbon (May Arts) from her is so delicious!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The hardest part about this layout is getting the strips to match in size and distance apart. I'm a bit anal about those things. Once I got everything measured and cut, I sewed around the strips with my sewing machine (yup, sometimes I set the tracing wheel aside and actually move over to the machine lol).
After I stamped the cupcake frosting, I used a Gelly Roll stardust pen to add some shimmer and then cut it out. I used foam tape to layer it on the scallop circle, which is blinged out with glitter on the edges.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
My father was a fabulous gardener. He would play in the dirt for hours, tilling the soil, planting the seeds and giving them such love and care until the fruits of his labor could be picked and enjoyed.
Alas, I am NOT. I have tried and tried to grow things. Oh, I start out great... watching those first sprouts peek up through the dirt is just so exciting! But then it turns hot out, and the bugs come out, and the next thing you know, it's August and I have a patch of weeds with vegetables peeking through.
So, since my dad is now gardening in heaven, I must resort to the Farmer's Market. I LOVE to cook with fresh produce... homemade sauces, scrumptious casseroles, new baby red potatoes... yummmmmm! Oh, sorry, I digress...
This card is in honor of my dad (I know it looks kinda flowery, but he also planted flowers, so it's ok!).
I brushed Ranger Glossy Accents on the boots so they look like rubber. The butterfly is from Anna Wight's Posies for You set. I stamped it on acetate and then put white dots on it from behind with the Inkssentials opaque white marker. I then glued the center of it to a piece of blue cardstock and trimmed it out. Makes the wings fluttery!
Can you see the double row of dots around the edges? This is done with my very very favorite tool - a Tracing Wheel! Using a ruler and this tool I can make fabulous edges easy peasy!
Do you have the gift of growing things? (I'm jealous!)
Stamps: Whipper Snapper Designs (Potting Plants, Posies For You)
Paper: Imaginisce (for peeps sake), CTMH, SU!
Ink: Palette Noir, Copic markers, Inkssentials opaque white, Ranger Matte Accents
Misc: ScorPal, brads (from StarLitStudio), bling, tracing wheel, shimmer chalk
Beate and Cami each awarded me the Arte y pico award recently. My blog is only a few months old, so I am so honored to be recognized by these over-the-top talented girls! Thank you both!!!
I checked out the Arte y pico blog... but it's in Spanish! (I think it's Spanish, I can't tell you for sure because I can't read it! lol) Here are what the rules say I am to do after receiving this artist award:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone. (click on Beate and Cami's names above to see their FABULOUS blogs!)
3. Each award winner has to show the award that she has been given.
4. The award winner, and the one who has given the prize, have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
I would like to pass this award on to these AMAZING blogs:
1. Lisa Zappa (Shabbychick Junk)
2. Mish Wooderson (Mish Mash)
3. Vicki Chrisman (This art that makes me happy)
4. Pam Hooten (Iris Garden)
5. Anna Wight (Sassy & Sweet Notes)
There are SO MANY bloggers out there that I love that this list could go on forever!!!
LOL! You know, now that I look at my list, I realized that these girls are all on the Craft Secrets design team! I LOVE Crafty and consider the creations made with their stamps gorgeous art, so that is what my mind must have been thinking of.
Hope you have a creative day!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
She just got this stamp (Spring Sprigs by Stampendous) from Eclectic Paperie and knew I would love it. Now, I have to have it! (thanks Bevie you little enabler you!)
After coloring the flowers, I used my Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add some dimension to the flower centers, and then sprayed blues and yellows for a background using my Copic Airbrush System (available at Eclectic Paper and Ellen's store).
This card is 5x5. I'm in a square card mood lately. LOL
Thanks for stoppin by!
Stamps: Stampenous, Savvy Stamps
Paper: Basic Gray (Sultry), Papertrey Ink, SU! (Pretty in Pink)
Ink: Copic markers, Palette Noir, Palette Burnt Umber, Inkssentials Opaque white
Misc: Nestabilities, chipboard, paper piercer, Martha Stewart ribbon, brads from StarLitStudio and colored with a Copic marker.
When I was at the LSS the other day, I ran across this paper by Sweetwater (Daydreams) and instantly thought of this stamp. The paper says *I love my family* all over it with little houses, trees and sunshine, hearts and stars and other little doo-dads.
The card is 5.5 x 5.5, which is larger than I normally would make, but I needed it that large to fit all the elements I wanted to use.
The little heart in the corner is made of felt using a Cuttlebug heart die and finished off with a brad in the center.
I think the little birds are my favorite part of this stamp. Don't they just look like happy neighbors?
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. You'll notice my adorable siggy line that Bethie made me went away. I don't know WHY it went away, it just did. grrrrrrr. She's making me a new one and I'm contemplating signing my posts as Carol vs HB. What do you think? To confusing?
Stamps: Whipper Snapper Designs, Karen Foster snap stamps
Paper: Sweetwater, SU! (old olive, cranberry crisp), Papertrey Ink.
Ink: Palette Noir, Copic markers
Misc: Felt, button, CB heart die, brad from SU!, pattern marker, sewing machine
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I used a Beate sketch for this and it needed a little something more than a button in the corner. Digging in my massive miscellaneous 'bellie container I came across a metal flower. Remember those? They were all the rage a few years back. LOL! Resurfacing old 'bellies is a good thing, right?
So... thanks for making ME smile today!
Stamps: Whipper Snapper Designs, SU!
Paper: SU!, PaperTrey Ink, Scenic Route
Ink: Palette Noir, Copic markers
Misc: Nestabilities, ribbon, metal flower, sewing