Tuesday, March 31, 2009
If you don't like the color red, close your eyes because this card is definitely NOT for you! Here I've used another Cuttlebug embossing folder (Textiles) to emboss my background. The circle was made using a large Nestabilites circle die. I then punched holes about 1/8" in from the edge and again about 1/2" in from the edge then hand stitched using a backstitch. Once stitched I cut out the center of the circle using a smaller Nestabilites Scalloped circle.
I never throw any scraps away - because you never know where and how you might use it- which was the case for the left-over piece of DP. I cut it into 1/4" and place one piece in the lower right corner of the card and placed gems in the arches made by the scalloped edge. A white organdy ribbon was tied around the card and the red circle was adhered flat to the card and then tied a bow using the same ribbon to place in the center of the circle. I punched two Martha Stewart Butterflies. The first was from plain white card stock which I edge sponged in Ruby Red. The second was punched from a scrap of embossed white cardstock, lightly sponged in Ruby Red and then adhered only by the body to the first butterfly. Three small gemstones were added to the body of the top butterfly then it's wings were bent slightly upward. A glue dot holds it to the center of the bow.
Hope you enjoyed your visit today.
Until tomorrow - happy stamping.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I chose the colors as part of a SCS challenge being issued on Tuesday - Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze and Pretty in Pink- which worked well because I had already colored the image and had used all those colors. Since I was out of Kiwi Kiss cardstock I used Old Olive which coordinates beautifully with the Kiwi Kiss in the DP. I punched around the edges of the Baja Breeze and Old Olive the added faux stitching using a Signo White Gel Pen from Stampin'Up! Brads were placed in the four corners for added interest and to finish the card.
Now - here's the thing - I'm still not satisfied with it. I like the image, the colors, even the layout - but it just doesn't POP! Any suggestions????
Thanks for visiting - have a wonderful Wednesday - and remember to take a little time to play today.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
NOT, however, if you are the artist that designs for Whipper Snapper! In this artist's mind it's not a bunny at all but a grotesquely shaped FROG that is so ugly he's adorable!!!
I don't usually send Easter cards but I just had to color this image! He's too funny! Besides, I have a couple of people in my life going through some tough times right now that could use a bit of cheering up this Spring. Oh and if you haven't guessed the answer to the "knock,knock" joke, it's the "Easter Ribbit!"
I love Whipper Snapper and Penny Black's Critter images. They are so whimsical and cute - not to mention fun to color! But with a very limited budget for stamping supplies, I really can't afford to buy as many as I would like - so what's a girl to do??? Create her own!
This card was made with an image that I drew free hand then scanned into the computer to resize to fit my card. I printed it onto GinaK Luxury Cardstock and let it dry for a few minutes before coloring with Koh-I-Noor pencils and OMS. After Stampin'Up! came out with their crocheted flowers I thought it time to bring out the crochet hooks and threads again and whip up a few in different colors to have on hand - but this is the first one I've actually used. I have plans to print the image on DP so I can paper piece the galoshes. Can you picture them in paisley or polka dots??? Too cute!
I'm off to run errands and finish my prep for a workshop this afternoon. What are you doing with your day? Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy it.
Friday, March 20, 2009
The second part of this challenge is to tag 6 others to play along. I am tagging Becca, Leslie, Sherri, Theresa, Faith, and Cindy. I don't know yet if each one will play along, but they've all been tagged. And if you want to know why I chose these ladies make sure to check out their blogs. Then I won't have to explain!
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The background cardstocks are Barely Banana and Baja Breeze. The flowers were created by coloring the stamp in two shades of Pretty in Pink/Bravo Burgundy, Barely Banana/More Mustard, and Bashful Blue/Brocade Blue then lightly misting before stamping the image onto Whisper White Cardstock. Using the leaf stamp for the same set, I colored only two of the leaves in Mellow Moss, lightly misted and randomly stamped the leaves - stamping twice before re-inking. Not Quite Navy Brads were added to the four corners before popping up the floral image with dimensionals.
This was a very quick card to make - the hardest part was lining up the strips of paper to have even borders all around. Very tricky and if you look closely you will see I didn't quite get them even. Tip: Use a ruler or piece of chipboard as a straight edge across the bottom of your mat then place the bottom edge of the strips against the straightedge. Once you get them placed with even spaces between each one, lift the top edge of each one, one at a time, and adhere into place. Then remove the chipboard/ruler and adhere the bottom edge of each one.
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you enjoyed the flowers.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I really like this card. It is warm, cheery and brings a smile to my face. I hope you enjoyed it too.
Monday, March 16, 2009
I used SU! Bayou Blue cardstock (retired) to cut the inside box and SU!Bella Bleu Designer Paper to cut the outer wrap. I crocheted the double-petal flower, inserted a vintage button through the center then used white, allpurpose glue to adhere the flower to the box top. The ribbon is an exact match to the lighter blue in the DP though in the photo it appears gray. Not counting the time it took to crochet the flower, this little gem went together in under 10 minutes!
That's all for today. Short and sweet.
Have a great Monday!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I know I've NEVER said this before - but I ADORE MY KOH-I-NOR PENCILS!!!! Seriously! Look at the duck's head. That is 3 different colors - but you can't tell where one color ends and the next one begins because these pencils blend together so beautifully. Just gotta love them!
If you'd like to see a couple of other ideas for this guy, check out these cards made by:
Mercy Kerin - wonderful job of coloring!
Daotz - very cute idea!!!! (Also gives you peeks at other stamps in this set.)
Bev Rousch - look how she used the button!
SU! Summer Picnic Designer Paper (retired)
SU! Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
SU! Whisper White Cardstock
90# Watercolor Paper
Nestabilities - Oval & Scalloped Oval
SU! Night of Navy Ink Pad & Marker
Hobby Lobby Orange Polka Dot Ribbon
Here's a sneak peek for tomorrow - make sure to come back and see what this is all about.
Thanks for visiting today.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
After creating the woodgrain look, I stamped the wagon using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and cut out the wagon and handle in two separate pieces. I used a silver Krylon pen to color the metal strips and handle. I stamped the wagon again on the card front and then popped up the wagon and handle over the stamped image. The wheels were created using flat, gold "bling" I found at the local craft store.
The designer paper is a retired SU! paper called AFTERNOON TEA. At the top of the DP I placed a scalloped border created with Martha Stewarts beautiful punch and then used another of her line of punches to create the "greenery" around and behind the flowers. The flowers were punched using the SU! 3 of a Kind punch in Pretty in Pink, Lavendar Lace and Barely Banana. I accented each flower with tiny dots and added the tiniest lavendar gems to the center of each flower.
The greeting is handwritten because I don't have a "hello" stamp. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT!!!! There is actually a stamp out there that I DON'T have!!!!!
It's 8 a.m. now and I hear the bed calling. Unfortunately it's too late to crawl back in so I best get up and get done with the "have to's" for the day before I spend anymore time at play.
Thanks for visiting - and to those of you who are subscribe to or follow my blog regularly - thank you, thank you, thank you. I really do appreciate all of you and your continued interest in my work.
Friday, March 13, 2009
In some forms of motor sport, for example Formula One, there is no number 13 car.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Whenever I post a card - whether here or on my Splitcoaststampers gallery - I always enjoy reading the comments that my readers/viewers leave behind. Many of my blog readers send private email comments rather than leave them on the blog and make suggestions on how they think I could improve my work. I LOVE THOSE COMMENTS!!!!! But I'm never really sure how to proceed because one person will tell me they feel there is too much bling or embellishment and the next person will tell me that they love the added extras! THAT dear friends is what is so wonderful about people! Each of us is unique - with our own preferences and attitudes - but when we combine our ideas and thoughts we learn and better ourselves (and in the case of crafting - our creations)! In the end, while I do try to make my cards attractive to the people getting them or viewing them, I make them to please MY eye. Any piece of artwork, whether a card, scrapbook page, quilt, photograph, or painting is an expression of the artist's preferences and personality. That is why I always try to encourage each of you to gather information and ideas from my blog - but then to go from there and create your own works of art - and yes, a card is definitely a work of art!
Today's card was made using this weeks color challenge on Splitcoaststampers. Always Artichoke, Rose Red and Black. And for those of you who prefer plain cards to embellished ones - this card is for you.
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Rose Red, Whisper White
Stamps: SU!Natural Beauty, SU!Small Script
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
I hope you enjoyed the post today and will get busy creating your "masterpiece". I would love to see it when you've finished so leave a comment with a link or simply email me a photo.
Have a great day!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
I started with the main image and a sketch (which can be seen HERE) by Laurie Schmidlin whose wonderful blog is Just Give Me Stamps. I decided to back the main image in Handsome Hunter because the stems and leaves had this color in them. Then I built the card from there. When I was finished I had this wonderful monochromatic card with a bright, colorful image and I HATED it. That's when I went online to find a verse about butterflies and found this Irish Blessing. Since the entire card without the image was green what better choice could there be right?
All products used on this card are from Stampin'Up! with the exception of the half pearls and the scallop punch.
Handsome Hunter Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Butterflies - cut out from Afternoon Tea Designer Paper (retired)
Small Sayings Stamp Set (small butterfly)
Handsome Hunter Ink
White Gel Pen
Half Pearls in 2 sizes
Martha Stewart Scallop Punch
Thanks for visiting today. Remember to take time to play and don't get discouraged if your first attempt doesn't come out right - just take it apart, change the element you don't like and save the original to repurpose at a later time. You might still see those lillies at some point in the future!