Tuesday, August 23, 2011

MIM: Color Outside The Lines

I loved this weeks Make It Monday video ... permission, nay encouragement, to just scribble.  Gotta love it, especially when it turns out so darn cute!

I decided to take to scribbling on my new acorn stamps, because they just seem so suited to it

As it turned out, while there were a lot of acorn tops in the set, there was just a solid acorn bottom so I had to improvise a little.  I just rolled the edge of the stamp on the ink pad ... I got that little bit of linen look on the opposite corners, which was a surprisingly awesome thing to see when I stamped!

Then I scribbled with the Dark Chocolate and Aqua Mist copic trios (who wouldn't love an aqua acorn, I ask you!?!)

While I was at it I decided to color some chocolate bakers twine too.  Just wedged the twine under the chisel point end of my Sketch marker and pulled it through.  Wasn't looking for full coverage since after all this is about scribbling this week :)

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

CPS 232

Today's CPS sketch inspired me to make a card for my eldest daughter who moved to college last week.  She is a freshman but its not her first time being away from home.  She's checked in most days and is having a blast.  I figure I'll send her a card every week or so - just to keep her on her toes and remember to check her mail box :)

On the card base, I used the Linen background stamp (retired)  but only inked up the edges and stamped it on the card base  Then I stamped the clouds from Up, Up and Away in Fresh Snow ink.

On the focal layer I stamped the outlined kite, sentiment and some clouds.   Then I stamped the kite fill in Real Red on scrap paper, cut it out and layered it on some foam tape over the outlined kite.

I highlighted "sky" with a copic sketch marker, a little trick I learned form Michelle Wooderson. And finally I finished it off with some ribbon scraps on the edge of the focal layer.

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OWH Sunday Sketch

Yesterday was the Operation Write Home Blog Skip.  I was honored to be asked to participate and want to thank everyone who took a moment to leave a comment.  I really appreciate your kind words.

Today I wanted to work on the Sunday Sketch and as I pondered it, an idea for a non traditional wedding card come into being :

My friend's daughter is getting married in just over a month and her color is  cobalt blue.  I used Pacific Point which was as close as I could get to cobalt, made tiny little 1/8" layers so it just peeks out.  The flower was made using PTI Beautiful Blooms #3 die and cutting 2 of each size, then layering them slightly askew.  I pierced the center to pull the petals forward a little then just fluffed them till they looked like I wanted.  Finally I sponged some Fresh Snow ink over the petals after the flower was assembled to highlight them a little.  I finished the flower with a half pearl and a celebrate tag.

Oh and the patterned is the SU! Houndstooth embossing folder.  I tried a leopard print and still may go with that for the final card, but I loved the houndstooth look too so that's what got taped down :)

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

OWH Blog Skip

Today, Operation Write Home Stars &Stamps blog is hosting a blog skip (a tiny hop :)  and I am honored to participate.

If you are following the links, you got here from Barb's blog

The theme of the day is CAS - Clean And Simple - and what could be more clean and simple than white on white

I have seen a lot out in the blogosphere lately using die cuts or punches in the same color as the card base  to create texture on the card.  I love this look.  It's so easy but packs such a visual wallop!

For this card, I used the Leafy Vine border die from PTI and paired it with the flower trio punch from SU!.  The pop of color on the sentiment and label border was used to imply flowers (and I thought the white on white theme would lose something if I stamped in white too :)

Your next stop on the skip is the fabulous Brenda

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your skipping!

Monday, August 15, 2011

CPS 231

So I need wedding shower cards, and I loved this week's CPS.  I had in my original vision, a light flowery shower card.  But then I bought the gift and its dark colors and a mosaic pattern and matched so well with the sketch this week so I ended up with this:

I couldn't get a really good picture of the whole card, I think because of the shine off the embossed layer (or maybe because I kinda suck at photography), but I really love how this turned out.

The large mosaic focal layer was inspired by the shower gift I bought ... a set of dishes that have this mosaic pattern on it in about the same colors (a terracotta/reddish color and black)

Here is a screen shot of the plate:

and here is my focal layer

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

OWH Sunday Sketch

I have a friend having a wedding shower this week and a friends daughter having a wedding shower this week.  I need shower cards!!!  Both weddings are out of town (in sunny warm tropical locales) so I thought bright happy colors would be good.

I used the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps blog Sunday sketch for the layout and decided to try a little floral die cut layering (extremely inspired by PTI bloom builder mum die being released tonight).  While this flower isn't as fluffy and mum-like as the one in Nichole Heady's tutorial, I still like its dimension.

I used 2 of each size Beautiful Blooms #3 die, lined them up, secured them with a rhinestone brad from SU! them fluffed the petals up a little but to give it some dimension.

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Stamps: Framed, Fillable Frames #8, Polka Dot Basics [PTI]
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango [SU!]
Paper: White, Tangerine Tango, Good Neighbor patterned [SU!]
Other: dies [PTI], rhinestone [SU!]

Sunday, August 7, 2011

CPS 230

I'm really liking the CAS design - clean and simple.  It can be hard to keep it simple sometimes, but with this week's CPS sketch from Tami Mayberry it was a piece of cake.

I used Modern Basics and played a bit on scrap paper until I got the outlined look I wanted and to make sure the sentiment would show underneath the butterfly.

Color scheme is Old Olive, Early Espresso, and Melon Mambo.  The row of pearls on the butterfly body is from SU!  I like how the SU! pearls and rhinestones come with the graduated sizes, but also with the connected line.  Makes things like this super easy!

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

MIM#26 and the August SFYTT

I'm finally able to breathe a little and so of course I spent my quiet Saturday morning in my craft room, catching up on all the crafty things I've wanted to do all week.

Make It Monday this week was creating layers with cutouts ... sort of drilling down through layers instead of diecutting and layering up.

Since its the first weekend of the month, I also played with the Sketch For You To Try for August ...

 I like how it turned out.  The jar is actually cut out of the Wisteria Wonder layer, then white was adhered to the back of that.  I stamped the pint jar in Wisteria Wonder and bug flight trail in Smokey Shadow.  THEN I die cut the label through the jar, added a second layer of Wisteria Wonder and stamped the label outline and sentiment

The little bee is also from the Friendship Jar Summer Fillers set.  I stamped him in Momento Tuxedo Black and colored with a Y35 Copic Sketch.  I colored the stripe in with a black sharpie and added the top stripe

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Stamps: Friendship Jar Summer Fillers, Fillable Frames #8, Friendship Jar, Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder, Smokey Shadow
Paper: Temping Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black, Whisper White
Other: Pint Jar die, Jar Label die

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A simple hello

I was playing around with some new stamps this week and made this simple little hello card ...

I used my Well Worn Words stamp and die set from MFT that I chose as my prize for winning CPS a month or so ago and paired it with A Little Argyle, Peaceful Garden and a Half and Half die (all from PTI).

The color scheme is Pear Pizazz, Garden Green, and River Rock (for the bamboo). 

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