Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge 19: Buttons and Bows

Hi All,

I am participating in this week's Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #19: to use buttons and bows!  I think they are taking it easy on us this week...this one should be plausible, right?

I decided to use Drucilla - she is adorable, and a little bit creepy.  It looks like she loves that doll a little too much!  I also used a few different papers from SU's Rockabilly DSP pack.

My card base is Whisper White, then a layer of Basic Black, then a layer of cherry DSP with black ink sponged around the edges.  I added a smaller square of Basic Black CS and red polka dot DSP, and then 2 strips of Black CS and green crown DSP. 

I added some black grosgrain ribbon around that entire base layer, and made a black bow with my Bow Easy and attached it with Mini Glue Dots.
I used 4 clear SU buttons, threaded with Linen Thread and added them to the ends of the green strips with Mini Glue Dots.

Drucilla was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Solar White CS, coloured with Copics, and cut out with Label 4 Nesties.  I sponged that with Basic Black ink, and attached it to a larger Basic Black layer.

I had tons of fun dreaming this one up! I think I'd like to use this sketch again in the future...

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Exciting Announcement {squeal}

Hi All!
Well, I am very excited to tell you that on March 1st, I will be starting a 6-month term on the Design Team for InStyle Stamps!  I am so looking forward to working with the wonderful design team (see my sidebar) and working with the AMAZING images!  I will be working with digital images from this company, and there are lots of fun challenges to participate in, and themes to explore!

My first post will go live on March 2 (as the Club Anime blog always has a sketch challenge on the 2nd day of every month).

I hope you enjoy my creations, and thanks so much for your support!

Friday, February 26, 2010

MTSC62 & FTTC55: Peony

Hi All,

Well, I have been working on a couple things behind the scenes, so I haven't been able to post in a few days.  However, I am participating in 2 challenges with this card: MTSC62 (Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge), and FTTC55 (Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge).  The Flourishes challenge was to use flowers (um, I thought those were the only stamps I owned!).  The sketch is here:

I actually used my retired Crew Kids Girl Simply Scrappin' Kit for the papers in this one.
My card base is Basic Gray.  Then, I added a circle of the DSP from the kit (cut with my Coluzzle), and distressed the edges.  On top of that, I added a block of another DSP from the kit with distressed edges.  The photo corners are self-adhesive die cuts from the kit, but I added some silver pearls (Michael's) to each.  I also added some silver pearls to the top corners on the card base.

I tied some striped Wild Wasabi ribbon in a knot around that layer.

I cut a smaller circle out of Neenah Solar White CS with my Coluzzle and stamped the main flower from Peony in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on.  I coloured it with my Copics, then stamped the word "Peony" along the bottom of the flower, and added another pearl to the "o".

The sentiment is from a Close To My Heart set called Treasure Life.  I stamped it in black ink onto a Whisper White strip, with the end cut into a "v".  I added an SU Mini Library Clip to the end of that, and attached it with Dimensionals.

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 19, 2010

InStyle Stamps Blog Candy Challenge

Hi All,

If you hop on over to this post on the InStyle Stamps blog, you can participate in their Over The Hump Blog Candy Give-Away.  All you have to do is make a card with a St. Patrick's Day theme (shamrocks or greens, etc), post it on your blog or online gallery, and add the direct link into the Mr. Linky.  You can use images from any company and be eligible.

The prize? They are giving away a $25 gift certificate to the InStyle Stamps store! Now that money will go a LOOOOOONG way, especially if you are shopping for digital images!

Have fun!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bellarific Friday: Colour Challenge

Hi All,

I am playing along with this week's Bellarific Friday Challenge - this week, Em has given us 3 colours to work with.

I immediately thought Soft Sky, Apricot Appeal, and Pretty in Pink.  My card base is Pretty in Pink, followed by Basic Black and a Soft Sky Prints DSP layer.  Then, I cut out 2 black triangles and 2 DSP triangles and adhered them to the middle.  I also added 3 square rhinestones to each side (from Close To My Heart).

Next, I added some White Organdy Ribbon to the bottom, and a bow made with my Bow Easy adhered with a Mini Glue Dot.

For the main panel, I stamped Henrietta in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Solar White CS and cut her out with Label Seven Nesties.  I added some sponging to that panel with Pretty in Pink ink, and coloured her in with Copics.  The sentiment also comes with the Henrietta stamp, and that was stamped with Memento Black ink also.  Panels were adhered with Dimensionals.

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge 17: Stash the Booty

Hi All,

I am playing along with Kraftin' Kimmie's challenge for this week: Stash the Booty.  So, what does that mean? It means that you have to include a hidden element in your project. Definitely an interesting challenge!  Well, I have to admit, I wasn't very creative with this one.

My card base is Rose Red, then a layer of Whisper White, Basic Black, and Raspberry Tart DSP, all with the corners rounded. 

The main panel is Neenah Solar White CS, matted with Basic Black, with the corners rounded.  I stamped Josephine in Versafine Black ink, and embossed her with Clear EP.  I coloured her and her potion with Copics.  I added a floor with a black marker and sponged caramel ink.

For the hidden element, on a piece of Whisper White CS I stamped the heart in Rose Red ink, and the sentiment in black ink, and both the stamps come with Josephine.  I matted that with a Rose Red piece, and added a tab using the Raspberry Tart DSP and my Round Tab Punch.

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Farm Fresh Friday: Vintage

Hi All,

I am participating in this week's Farm Fresh Friday challenge at The Greeting Farm: to create something vintage.  Now, this is NOT my strong suit...I've never really known how to do vintage, but here goes.

Well, now which TGF stamp makes me think "old"?  I immediately reached for Flapper Anya...she seems vintage, doesn't she?  My layout was inspired by Mercy - she has been using a lot of circles lately with a plain background.

My card base is a Kraft card (with a matching envelope) from American Crafts.  In 2 of the corners, I added Basic Grey Rub-Ons that were kind of old looking.  I punched out circles in a few differnt sizes from several of the DSP patterns from the Basic Grey Scarlet Letter pack, and I distressed them all (that always makes things look old and used).

The flower is made from my Scallop Circle punch with Kraft CS (SU).  You can find the tutorial from Mercy HERE. That girl is brilliant! I added a vintage brad from SU to the centre of the flower.  I like the way it turned out, but I don't see myself getting this card into an envelope!

I tied some Linen Thread to the base also.  The main panel is a piece of white CS, punched with Curved Rectangle Nesties, and sponged with Ruby Red ink.  Anya was stamped onto Neenah Solar White CS with Versafine Black ink, and embossed with clear EP, then coloured with Copics and cut out.  I tried to colour it so her band looked ruffled, like a bunched-up ribbon.  I mounted her on with Dimensionals.  I added some paper piercing around that panel too.

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 12, 2010

FTTC53: Easel Card

Hi All,

I decided to play along with the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge this week: FTTC53 make an Easel Card.  If you have never made one, and don't know how, go the the tutorial link on SCS HERE.  There are pictures with instructions, or there is a video.

My base panel is Rich Razzleberry, and my top panel is Whisper White.  I punched the white layer with SU's Scallop Trim border punch at the bottom, and added an extra strip of Razleberry underneath that to make it a bit sturdier.  For the front of the card, I added 2 rows of piercing, as well as some photo corners using SU's Lovely Flowers DSP. The ribbon is SU's Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon.

For the image panel, I cut a circle out with my Nesties, and sponged Close to Cocoa ink while it was still in the stencil.  Next, I stamped the Forget-Me-Nots from Spring Ephemerals twice in Close To Cocoa ink.  I rubbed the circle with my embossing buddy to get rid of static, inked up the Bleeding Hearts image with Versamark, then with Rich Razzleberry ink, stamped it on the circle, and embossed with Clear EP.  I layered that onto a Close To Cocoa piece, which was cut out with Label 3 Nesties and sponged with dark brown ink.

For the inside, I added a Close to Cocoa layer, then a white layer, punched again with the Scallop Trim border.  Next, I added a strip of the Lovely Flowers DSP, with a couple of Martha Stewart pearls, one on each side. I also stamped he words "bleeding heart" in Close To Cocoa ink.  Ta da!

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ribbon Rose Tutorial

Hi All,

Hop on over to the Constantly Stamping blog and take a look at her video showing us how to make a rose ribbon! They are gorgeous!

Click HERE.

Have fun!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bellarific Friday: Lovey Dovey

Hi All,

This week's Bellarific Friday theme is Valentine's or Lovey Dovey.  You had to know it was coming.
Well, I have a feeling that there will be a lot of submissions using the stamp Valentina from Stamping Bella.

My card base is Whisper White, followed by a layer of Basic Black CS, and a layer of Berry Bliss DSP, both with rounded corners.  I added 2 rectangles of Basic Black and DSP with rounded corners horizontally.  Then, I tied some wide White Organdy Ribbon in a knot around that base layer, and added a Pink Gingham ribon knot on top of that.  I also stuck some rhinestones (from Michael's) to the top right corner of one of the rectangles.

I stamped Valentina in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Solar White CS and coloured her in with Copics.  I cut her out with rectangle Nestabilities, and layered that with a Basic Black scallop rectangle. 

The sentiment is from one of the Scraplines Tickets sets - stamped first on white CS, then Pink Pirouette CS, and then a Cocoa piece of the DSP pack.  I cut them all out and layered the colours on top of could say I paper pieced them!  I added some brown ink to the outside of the white piece.

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

FTTC52E: There's No Place Like Home

Hi All,

I am playing in another Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge - this one is to make a frame!  I decided to make a really classic frame - nothing complicated.

 My card base is Kraft CS, then a layer of Basic Black, punched with the Ticket Corner punch.  My frame is made of Creamy Caramel CS, and I cut it with my paper trimmer.

I stamped the house scene from Cottage Home in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Solar White CS, and coloured it in with Copic markers.  I stamped it again on another piece, coloured in the trees, cut them out, and layered them over the original image with Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Close To My Heart set Treasure Life.  I stamped that in black ink on white CS, and punched it out with the Key Tag Punch.  I added some dark brown ink around the edges, and adhered it to the frame in the top right corner.

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

FTTC52C: Fruity Birthday

Hi All,

I made this card for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Anniversary challenge C: to make a card using fruits or citrus colours.  Well, since I don't have any fruit stamps, that left me with one option.  So, I decided to go with some bright orange, yellow, and green colours.

My card base is Whisper White, followed by a Basic Black layer, and a Handsome Hunter layer.  For the top layer, I used one of the brass templates from the Touch of Grace store (see my sidebar for the link to the store) to emboss some white CS and to cut the shapes out.  I added some white Martha Stewart pearls to each corner (on the Hunter piece).

I stamped the flower from Poinsettia and Boxwood in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Solar White CS twice.  I coloured them in with Copics, and cut them out - one around the outside, and the other a smaller inside layer.  The smaller flower layer was mounted on top of the bigger layer, and they were both mounted on to the card base with Dimensionals.

Not very many steps to the card, but VERY time-consuming.

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Bellarific Friday - Sketch

Hi All,

I decided to participate in this week's Bellarific Friday challenge again from the Stamping Bella blog.  This week it's a sketch - which I love. 

Hmmm.....what stamp to use?  Well, I just love the girls in the Lulu collection, and I chose Gertie for this card.  She so sweet!

Sorry about the picture - it's kinda weird, 'cause it's fuzzy towards the front and completely clear at the back!  But, you get the idea.

My card base is Kraft CS, layered with Handsome Hunter and Very Vanilla pieces that were distressed. The next layer is a piece of Manchester DSP, also distressed.  At the left side, instead of brads or buttons, I used some butterflies - punched from Basic Black CS with the Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

The next rectangle panel is Kraft CS, Basic Black, and DSP, all distressed again.  The strip across the bottom is Basic Black, also distressed.  I stamped the sentiment "have a magical day" in black ink onto Very Vanilla CS, and cut the end into a "V".

For the main panel, I stamped Gertie onto Neenah Solar White CS in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, coloured her in with Copics, and cut her out with Classic Oval Nesties.  While the panel was still in the stencil, I sponged it with Sahara Sand ink.  I layered that onto a Basic Black oval, then onto a Kraft scallop oval.

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!