Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fall is coming

Its my favorite time of year too ... I love the cooler temps and the changing colors. To get ready for the fall card making season, I made this little number

I used my new Leaf Prints and leaf dies and did a little rock-n-roll on it.  This technique is great, but especially on leaves to get all the colors of fall in there

The bark background is my wood grain impression plate.  I inked it up with Fresh Snow first and then ran the crumb cake card stock through my Big Shot.  I love how the ink plays up the texture!

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Go To Gal Sketch Challenge #6

I love the PaperCrafts magazine Go To Gal sketch challenges ... they really seem to tax my abilities.  This one especially I struggled with.  You can see the sketch at this Flickr gallery (it will be the very last item in the gallery)

Here is my entry:

I had made a bunch of crocheted flowers last year and never used them ... this seemed like the perfect time.  The buttons at the flower center are also hand-made ... you can see how to make them here

 I used my new Leaf Prints stamps and leaf dies from PTI to make the leaves.  I curled them a little but didn't really do much else to them.  Because of the bulk I used glue dots to adhere everything together.

For the border I pulled out my Scor-bug and ran it over my card base.  I also used ribbon at the bottom and stamped my sentiment directly on the ribbon in Jet Black Staz-on

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Stamps: Friends til the End , Leaf Prints[PTI]
Ink: Jet Black [Stazon], Wild Wasabi [SU!]
Paper: Peach Parfait , Wild Wasabi [SU!], Basic Black, Chocolate Chip for buttons [SU!]
Other: white ribbon [SU! retired], hand made crocheted flowers, Scor-bug and Scor-pal [Scorpal]

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

CPS 181

I had some free time tonight and got to play along with this weeks CPS sketch challenge

Here is my entry:

I used a simple color scheme and patterned paper.  I stamped the smaller leaf branch  from Turning a New Leaf on the Newsprint DSP and punched flowers with my flower trio punch

The sentiment is from Take Three: Fall

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Rizzo's Birthday

A good friend of mine at work invited me to her daughters 2nd birthday party ... Rizzo is an absolute doll so I gladly accepted.  Here is the card and gift I made:

I had some gift bags left over from a class I did a while back so I used one of those and stamped some butterflies all over it. 

For the card I used Concorde Crush and Blushing Bride, stamped a leaf then stamped and punched another butterfly to sit on the leaves

I personalized the front with my Fresh Alphabet set and  added a line of rhinestones for the body (you're never too young for bling :) )

Inside I stamped a sentiment, added some elements from the front and signed my name.  I wanted to do some stitching but my sewing machine was acting up.

And inside the bag is a sweet surprise for a sweet little girl...

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Stamps: Punch Potpourri [SU!], Turning a New Leaf, Birthday Bash [PTI]
Ink: Concorde Crush, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz [SU!], Fresh Snow [PTI]
Paper: Concorde Crush, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, White, Vellum [SU!],
Embellies: white, pink & purple ribbon [SU! retired], rhinestones [Martha Stewart]
Other: Butterfly punch, gift bag [SU!], Lacey square nestability [Spellbinders], Monster cookies [my eldest daughter]

Saturday, August 21, 2010

SFYTT - Birthday Balloons

Today's Sketch For You To Try is an amazing one.  I had one vision in my head when I started.  That didn't work out, but I like what I did come up with:

I cut my own bracket out of chipboard using the Top Note Die by repositioning it and running it through my Big Shot twice.  I covered the bracket with Fresh Snow ink to make it stand out against the red and Kraft color palette

I stamped the balloons from Sock Monkey and cut them out.  I added a little bit of shine with a prisma pencil in white and hand drew the strings with a thin point Sharpie.

I love the bright orange with the red too .. its sort of summer cheery and autumn happiness all bundled together

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Stamps: Birthday Bash [PTI], Sock Monkey [SU!]
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red [SU!], Fresh Snow [PTI]
Paper: Crumb Cake, White, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie [SU!]
Other: Chipboard, Top Note Die [SU!], Lacey Circle nestie [Spellbinders], Summer Sunrise vintage button, button twine [PTI]

Friday, August 20, 2010

CPS 180 - school days

School has started here in my neck of the woods.  My girls were actually excited to go back which surprised me ... a lot!!!  Usually they are wanting to extend summer much longer than it is.  I used the CPS sketch this week and some school themed stamps and made this card:

I used a River Rock card base (SO glad SU! brought this color back!!!) and then started making layers. 

I made the ruler using Its Official and So Saffron card stock.  The sentiment is from Its Official as well.  I also embossed it with my wood grain impression plate.  The vintage wood buttons and sentiment finish out the sketch. 

I used my new lacey square nestabilities for the focal layer and stamped the carmel apple and sticks from Friendship Jar Fall Fillers.  I colored with my Copics 0 not sure why it bled so much, but I till like how it turned out

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Stamps: Its Official, Friendship Jar Fall Fillers [PTI]
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: River Rock, Real Red, White, So Saffron [SU!]
Colors: Copic Sketch
Embellies: Vintage wood buttons, button twine [PTI]
Other: Lacey Square nesties [Spellbinders], Big Shot [Sizzix], small corner rounder [SU!]

Monday, August 16, 2010

'bot birthday

Here is a little card I made up over the weekend.  It was inspired by one of Alli Miles sneak peek posts for the August release over at Papertrey

I made the color block strip out of small squares I ran through my Xyron sticker maker. I ran a wandering stitch over it too to add some texture and contrast.

I also stamped the 1's and 0's strip along the side.  I have been seeing a awful lot of cards lately that have a lot of pattern behind the focal image  ... I'll work my way up to that a little slower :)

I colored in Mr 'Bot and adhered him to a real red layer to make him pop off the page.

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Stamps: Lots of Bots [SU!]
ink: Tuxedo Black [Momento]
Paper: Crumb Cake, Real Red, White [SU!]; Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise [PTI]
Color: Copic Sketch and SU! Stampin Write markers

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Peacock feather thank you

I have this peacock feather stamp and I really like how ... well ... feathery it looks.  I made a simple thank you tonight using it

The big sentiment is from Big Bold Wishes ... it really stands up to the scale of the feather

For the feather I used, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay (retired) and Concorde Crush markers.  I also made a little mask out of some scrap card stock and used some Versamark Champagne dazzle on that center "eye".  Can you see the sparkle?

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Stamps: Big Bold Wishes [PTI]; Peacock Feather [Stampendous]
Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive marker, Bermuda Bay marker, Concorde Crush marker [SU!]; Versamark Champagne Dazzle
Paper: white [SU!]

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Paper piecing

I've seen a lot of focus out in the ether on techniques lately.  I decided to do a paper pieced project today, just to join in the fun.

Paper piecing is just stamping either in multiple colors or on different patterned papers, cutting out parts and gluing them all together onto a layer.  Make sense?  How about a visual ...

The flowers and circle are all one solid stamp.  I stamped in Early Espresso and punched it out with a circle punch (1/.75").  I also stamped it in Delightful Daffodil, Garden Green and again in Early Espresso.  I punched or cut out the leaves, flowers and flower centers and glued them all together again

If you have a stamp that is more line art, you can stamp on patterned paper and piece together the same way (here is a sock monkey example)

I also used my scalloped trim border and corner punch to add the loopy eyelety detail to the edge

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Stamps: Round and Round, Mega Mixed Messages [PTI]
Ink: Early Espresso, Garden Green, Delightful Daffodil [SU!]
Paper:Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, White [SU!], Turning a New Leaf patterned [PTI]
Other:Mat Stack 2 die [PTI]; Circle punch [SU!]
Embellies: New Leaf twill [PTI]

Monday, August 9, 2010

So sorry for the long delay

Been working on a few behind the scenes projects (nothing mysterious just not finished yet), plus my daughter's Australia trip digi scrap book and trying to keep up with all the going's on at the house.  Thought I would share a bit of one of them tonight ...

I  got an awesome peacock feather stamp from Stampendous and am working on some invitations using it.  I colored the stamp using Old Olive, Bermuda Bay and Concorde Crush markers.

About halfway done so far.  I wish I could figure out a way to make them a little more iridescent ... I'll work on it and update if I come up with any breakthroughs.

Until then, enjoy your week.

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