Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
First card was for the Sketch Challenge over on SCS. I just received my new Crafty Secrets stamps this week and was so anxious to get them inky!! This set is SO much fun ... several pieces that can be used to make you own background panels and that is exactly what I've done here. The red polka dot paper is by Rusty Pickle and the other panels I made myself.
Don't forget, there are only a couple days left in the Crafty Secrets "Get Creative With Clear Art Stamps" . Make sure you check it out and join in!! There is $200 worth of prizes to be won and YOU could be a WINNER!!! Contest ends Friday, Jan. 30th. HURRY!!!
My second card today is for the Color Throwdown Challenge. We were to use Real Red, Basic Black & Brocade Blue. Mind you, this is not what I had in mind when I started this card ... I am definately NOT a Modern Styled designer but I'm actually quite happy with the outcome.
The background designer paper is a 12x12 DCWV sheet which I cut to fit an A-6 size premade white card. The designer paper was actually BLACK & WHITE. I decided to color in some of the flowers with markers to match today's color request. Over the weekend I purchased some new Nestabilities ... here I've used the "Label Two" set and I also purchased this Sizzix Corner Design diecut for a whopping $4 from a local scrapbooking store that is going out of business. I originally had a different focus image on this card but decided I didn't like it so used the Prima flowers and Making Memories brads instead. I like it much better now!! What do you think?? This may NOT be my typical style, but sometimes it's good to "think out of the box" and try new things.
Thanks so much for stopping by and please come back later when I hope to have a couple more challenge cards ready for you! Right now ... I'd better get the snowblower fired up and at least get the driveway cleared once before it gets filled in again, LOL!!
DH update: Mark has had a couple "bad" days since his weekend ICE chemo. He's fighting with nausea and exhaustion the most. Yesterday he never got out of bed to even eat anything until after 6 pm and then he didn't eat much. Today he's trying to work a little on his computer but just gets worn out so fast ... hasn't been able to get much accomplished! Hopefully tomorrow will be even better. Our trip to Cleveland Clinic for tomorrow has been cancelled for the present time. He is scheduled for a PET-CT on Monday the 2nd and then we'll got from there. If the results show that he is presently in remission ... we've been told that they will MOVE QUICKLY onto the transplant. I'll keep you posted. Please keep the prayers coming ... we certainly appreciate every one of them!!!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
These first photos (watermarked for Sandy) are what she came up with. (Click on photo for larger view) The background paper on two is actually Pink Pirouette though it looks nearly white in the photo, sorry! The double matting is glossy black & silver metallic. This vintage heart image is by PSX ... she bought it at a garage sale awhile back for $1.50 ... can you believe that!!! The background stamp is a retired SU heart image.
The double card photo she made using a "blue-purple" vellum which she'd punched the border using the Martha Stewart border punch then ran it through the Cuttlebug using the "swiss dot" embossing folder. The card on the left has a 3d cluster of flowers and she's not finished with this card yet ... she has plans for the right hand side but was going to finish it off at home. The card on the right uses the same PSX vintage heart image only it was stamped in SU perfect plun then mounted on the silver metallic. The photo really doesn't do either of these cards justice!!!
Now, here's what I came up with!
Basically, they are the same concept as Sandy's but I layed them out a little differently ... using Basic Grey designer paper for the background on the one ... glossy black background with Creative Memories hearts on another and I colored the rose on the main vintage heart stamp on a couple of them.
The card with the solid glossy black background was actually done by accident. I had several pieces laid out putting "this with that" and I just happened to lay this on top of the black background by itself and thought "wow ... that looks great, okay let's do one like that" and here you go!!
Now this was an idea we both really liked! The PSX vintage heart image was stamped on red cardstock with Versafine black ink and embossed using detail clear embossing powder. This card was done using 3 different sized rectangle Nestabilities. The smallest being the size that the image was cut from ... the next size up was used to cut the opening in the front of the card and ... the next size up was used to cut the glossy black from which we layed the "middle sized diecut" ontop of and cut again to give us the frame we overlayed on the front of the card. Did you follow that??? The heart stamped red panel is actually on the INSIDE of the card. Doesn't this look cool ... you should see it in real life ... awesome. We both make a couple of these!!
Isn't it great fun to get together with other ladies and share fresh ideas and "stash"!! We will certainly have to do this again ... maybe next time a few more friends (and family members - that mean you my sweet daughter) can join in too!! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
1) Cards are A-2 in size (4.25 x 5.5)
2) Background paper is cut 4x4.
3) Images are either stamped then cut with Nestabilities (or similar product) ... or stamped right onto the designer paper.
4) I've used the SU Elegant Greetings set for my sentiment (inside & outside).
5) Embellishments to fit the set.
This first set is designed for someone with the "love of the ocean" in mind. The main image is by Stampendous and has been colored in using SU watercolor pencils & blender pen. I used my Nestabilities to cut the oval image and the double scalloped matting. The paper used for matting is SU Pacific Point and Chocolate Chip. The designer paper is from the DCWV "old world" pack and is 12x12. (Works perfectly when you are cutting 4x4 panels). My only embellishment are the birds from the Martha Stewart punch. I used Versafine Sepia ink for the sentiment which I thought tied in better with the color scheme.
This second set was designed for someone who loves "vintage" (like me) in mind. The main image is by Impression Obsession and I just LOVE this lady!! She is so beautiful whether you choose to color her in competely or just color the flower in her hair!! My base card is SU Pink Pirouette and the designer paper is by Crafty Secrets "classic" pack. To save on layers, I chose to just outline both my image and dp panel using a gold Pilot marker. Now how's that for quick & easy!!! Add your sentiment (inside & out) and this set was done in no time!!! ( And of course is my favorite so far!!) What do you think??
The last set (for today, LOL) was an experiment. I just love the "old" In-Color ... River Rock and wanted to make a set using it but was having trouble deciding on what type of image to use with it. So ... I got creative and decided to stamp my image right onto the River Rock designer paper that matches the base card. The pattern on the paper was tight enough that color in the "Spring Song" image was not a problem! The garden of flowers is an image from a newly purchased Inkadinkado set. I thought the flower matched well enough to create a garden from which the hummingbird had chosen his "special nectar filled" beauty. Here to, I've colored in the hummingbird and flowers with SU watercolor pencils & blender pen. I'm very happy with how this came out!! I also added a faux stitching line beneath the image vs using ribbon. What do you think of this set??
Thanks so much for taking a peek ... please come back!
This first card is very quick & easy. And actually could have been a lot nicer if I'd taken my time and my gelly roll would have cooperated !!! I've seen this technique used before but just never remember to do it myself! So after seeing it yesterday, I came home a did a quick card just to have as a reference for future use! The main thing I picked up here was to use the white gelly roll pen along with the black embossed flourishes to really make them stand out. You could use ANY sentiment on the side and could certainly add more embellishments to suit the occassion!! The flourishes image I used here is by Hero Arts and the sentiment is by Art Impressions.
This next card was fun to do and also very easy!! I purchased this Art Impressions image yesterday and couldn't wait to make a card with it. I bought it because my first thought was "Wow, what a great image for GUY cards" ! All I've done here is stamp the image on vanilla cs using SU Pacific Point ink ... then colored in the ship with a blender pen while the ink was still wet. The sentiment & birds are from a set I've had sitting around ready to cut & mount for months ... by Cornish Heritage Farms. I framed it using a "scrap Nestabilities negative" that I had from another project then using makeup applicators and chalk, I did the sky. Added a couple ribbons (guys like ribbons, right???) and tadah ... complete!
For my last card (on this post) I've used a card idea I saw at this same stamping store since I realized I owned the same stamps as on her sample. These cute birdies is a stamp by Magenta. The sentiment is Art Impressions and the branch is by Stampendous. Again, very quick & easy ... all 3 images are stamped on a piece of vanilla cs ... colored in using SU watercolor pencils and a blender pen. The gingham ribbon is by Offray. See ... easy peasy!!
Thanks so much for stopping by ... please come back!!
Friday, January 16, 2009
The two stamp sets I've used are SU Elegant Greetings & SU Sassy Stems. The image used on the Blue Bayou set is by Just For Fun. The colors I've used for my base cards are SU Blue Bayou, Mellow Moss & Groovy Guava. They are all similar but just a little different one from the other. I've used my Nestabilities rectangle for the main image panel ... stamped, colored then using a matching ZIG marker, made the dots around the edge ... this just helped to make it "pop" a bit.
These were so quick & easy to make and will certainly come in handy for those times that you need a last minute gift!
Thanks for stopping by ... DH has headed over to the doctors to begin his chemo so I'm going to try and get a few challenges done while he's gone. Please stop back later to see if I was successful, LOL!!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Here's a LINK and if you notice on the right hand side, there is a box identified as Clear Art Stamps ... click on it to see even more Crafty Secrets fun and FREE GIVEAWAY!!!
Go one step further within that posting and you'll find more information on my previous post in reference to the SCS Crafty Secrets forum weekly challenge **with $200 worth of prizes**. You can see it HERE.
Hurry now, GO CHECK IT OUT!!!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Today I am your hostess for the weekly Crafty Secrets challenge over on Splitcoaststampers. My first idea for today's challenge was to use "something NEW" that you received over the holidays. Then after being contacted by the lady at the helm of Crafty Secrets, Sandy Redburn, our challenge today has been "kicked up a notch" and will also be recognized on the homepage of Splitcoaststampers. HOW COOL IS THAT!!!
She will be giving away 3 prize packs and all you have to do is use at least one of the Crafty Secrets - Clear Art Stamps. You can combine them with any other Crafty Secrets products if you like. Your card or keepsake needs to be new and not previously posted. These are the 3 Gift Certificates awarded:
Most Comments - $100 Gift Certificate
2nd Most Comments - $50.00 Gift Certificate
Random Winner - $50.00 Gift Certificate
Additional information will be forthcoming as to the start and end dates. So PLEASE ... blow the dust off those Clear Art Stamps and join in ... what great fun this will be!!!
I chose to make both a card and a keepsake. My card was created using my NEW Crafty Secrets - Clear Arts Stamp set (Wine Lovers) which I received over the holidays from my very own Santa. Also NEW on this card is the background paper which was given to me by my dear friend, Linda Davis. This designer paper is by BoBunny and it is 2-sided ... both sides are beautiful!! I used Nestabilities to make my circles & ovals. The fireworks image is by Great Impressions and I've "sparkled" them up using both Black Opal & Gold Sparkle embossing powder. All images other than the fireworks are from the Wine Lovers set. I don't know if you can see it in the photo (you can click on image for larger view), but I have used the "liquid applique & chalk" technique (explained in the previous post) on the grapes hanging from the grapevine in the left corner. Looks really cool in real life!! I have cut out the wine bottle & glasses and popped them up using dimensional tape. What a fun set to play with! Being a wine lover myself, this set will come in handy I'm sure!!
Now, on to my keepsake project.
I've been wanting to make a set of coasters using marble tiles for quite some time and this gave me a good excuse to PLAY with that idea. These are 4x4 Tumbled Marble tiles that I purchased at Lowe's (in the flooring section). I chose to used the Crafty Secrets - Clear Arts Stamps (Sweet Kids) images. Aren't they adorable!!! I first stamped the images on each tile with Stazon, heat set and even let them sit for awhile (during dinner) for a little extra drying time. Using Ranger cut-n-dry pen nibs, I colored in my images with CHALK. You can also use permanent markers for brighter colored images. After coloring my images, I used a cotton ball and coordinating chalk to go around the outside parameter of the tile. When your coloring is completed, to make these coasters water resistent, you'll need to give them a few coats of your favorite Clear Acrylic Sealer. I prefer a "gloss" finish and I get mine at WalMart. Hint: be sure your first coat is VERY light and not sprayed on too closely. Make sure to let it dry thoroughly between coats.
Remember, these are rough marble tiles and you'll have to put some type of backing on them to protect your furniture from damage. I chose to use heavy duty self sticking felt pads (also purchased at Lowe's). There are other products available for this job ... just check out you local home improvement or crafting store.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget, check out this fun challenge over on SCS to win some awesome prizes!!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
It's a very simple technique and looks fantastic when completed. I decided to use two different Thomas Kinkade images which have a variety of flowers for my base. I've tried to give you a better view by photographing my cards at an angle ... hoping you can see the dimension this technique gives the flowers on these images. You can also click on any of the photos for a larger view!
Coloring in the Thomas Kinkade images takes a little more time than some other images but it's always worth that additional time ... using this method of dimension adds that little extra element of style to a card that we are all looking for. I'm anxious to try this method on other images.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! (Hubby Update: he's feeling fairly well this weekend and intends to go to work this week ... that is of course until Friday when the next round of I.C.E. chemo begins. Thanks for all your prayers ... they are obviously working!!)