Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday Sketches WOJ

I made the following two cards using the same stamp and the same sketch. The sketch is from Fridays Sketches and I love it. The image is Knelling Willow from Whiff of Joy. Isn`t she beautiful. I ended up making two cards because I colored two images and decided to use them both. Still haven`t colored Willow exactly way I wanted too, but I do like the way she turn two cards. I`m a bit short on time so I think I will give all the details for both cards and allow the photos to explain. Any questions just email me. I colored both images with a combination of Prismacolored Markers and Pencils.

Here is #1 card using Prismas and the sentiment stamp from Hampton Arts. I also used the Cuttlebug circles folder for the BG. The ribbon and pearls are from Michaels. I heated the sheer ribbon with the heat gun to make it that effect.

Card #2 used a Stampendou sentiment stamp. I used punches to create the holely BG...looks great doesn`t it.
Hope you liked the cards. I can`t seem to get my fingers typing correctly so until later...

Friday, February 27, 2009

Cute Card Thursday Animals

The challenge this week was to use animals on the card. So here is the peek of card #1 and.......

here is the card. I had so much fun preparing this card. This is my New Sarah Kay stamp from Stampavie. This is my first Stampavie stamp and I am really impressed with them. It makes a great image.
I colored this image using my Prismacolored Markers, Pencils and of course my Inkessential White pen. I used my curved rectangle nestibility and ribbon I purchased at Michaels. The DP is from DCWV Pocket Full of Posies stack.
I love this sentiment stamp from Inkadinkado. I have used it so much...definitely a favorite.
For my second card I used all SU stamps from the Feathered Hope stamp set which I have borrowed and now must return to my SU demo. It is such a wonderful stamp set.
Love this stamp...really looks like Spring even though its snowing outside...yuck.

Again I used my markers and pencils to do this coloring. I love the way the markers and pencils work so well together. I used mini pearls from Michaels on the body of the butterfly on both cards. It adds such a nice touch.
the inside sentiment is from the SU set and is just perfect for this card.
I had such fun coloring and making these animal cards. I hope you all have a fantastic day. Talk later.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Butterfly Flowers

I had such fun creating this card. I used punches, Twinkling H20s and Stamps Zia stamps and Flourishes stamps. I used the scalloped punch from SU to create the flowers. I trimmed the edges using a brush of Gold Dust H20 and a gold gel pen. Using Martha Stewart`s butterfly punch I created the opening into the inside panel. I also used the Martha Stewart flower punch on the top and bottom edges.

To create the flower stems I used the leaves stamps from I Love Roses from Flourishes and then hand painted the connecting stem.

To add a little stability to the front cover I added the two strips of the background paper and some butterflies. I repeated the use of the Martha Stewart punch on the sides of the inside image.The butterfly is actually a moth stamp from Stamp Zia. These stamps or made of deeply etched green rubber and make a beautifully detailed image. I stamped it using versamark and gold detail embossing powder. Since the rubber is unmounted I put two layers of craft foam under my paper when stamping to get the perfect stamped image. I used Twinkling H20s to paint this image and I am very pleased with it. I actually only used 3 different paints a Petal Pink, Garnet and Autumn Butternut. I love the way you can get so many different colors using only a few colors.
The Happy Birthday Swirl is from a Scrappy Kat sentiment stamp set I purchased at Michaels. I loved painting the image and wanted to create a card giving a peek into the inside and this is what I came up with. I love reading your comments so thanks to all who leave them and please stay in touch.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Magnolia Vs Stampavie Challenge 15

The challenge this week at Magnolia vs Stampavie is a sketch challenge. I used this sketch to make this card. I used papers from Provo Craft and I love the colors. I think it is so great when you can use such coordinated papers.

I wanted to show how I had used the sketch to create a different opening. I used a closure from my hodgepodge kid from SU to keep it closed. I also used some pearls on the corners of the front flap for embellishment.
I colored this wonderful Magnolia image using my PS colored markers and added some highlights with the Inkessential white pen and my colored pencils. I used my markers to create a light blue haze around the image.
On the inside I used this sentiment from Stampendous to maintain the sketch. The flower is from Prisma with a large SU brad.
I am going to post again tonight so off to do some work around the house...otherwise my family may disown me.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Fridays Sketchers Friends Forever

I made this card following the Fridays Sketchers blog for this week. Such a great sketch to follow. I wanted to use some new colors for me so I combined Raspberry and Pumpkin together with a little old olive.
I tried to jazz up the cheeks using a more vibrant color but it ended up being a mess....still I thought I would show it to you. I used my markers and love the pumpkin orange with the raspberry. The hair is done with sienna brown. I am really pleased with it all except the cheeks...bit tooooooo much.
Instead of a bow this time I decided to criss-cross the ribbons and use buttons to highlight the cross-over. I also used 5 small marble dots from Bella that I won in a blog candy. The tag is Magnolia....the Winter Christmas club set.

I had a lot of fun doing the inside. The ribbon is from Micheals...$.59 for 9 yards so it is hard to complain about. I love the fact that it is so narrow. I also used some magic mesh to embellish the corners as well as some doodles around the edges.

I made a tag out of scraps and added some mesh and doodles and a clip from my hodgepodge kit. The stamp is "of all possessions, a FRIEND is the MOST PRECIOUS"-herodotus from Michaels $ bin.
No school today because of a blizzard that dropped about 40 cm of snow on our area. The drifts are really high and the visibility is nil....its days like this that I school is simply not as exciting as when I was teaching.....Woe is me!
Guess I really have no excuse for not cooking a great supper so off I go to make like a caterer.
Talk later.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Duo Alota Cards

Two friends are coming to Dinner this evening to celebrate a week with out a fall....great friends eh. I decided to make special cards for each one.

This one is for Becky who is going on a Spring Vacation to warm weather this Tuesday. She loves elegant cards so I used my new Ovals from Alota stamps. They are designed to work with the Oval Nestibilities. I colored this gold embossed image with my Prismacolored Markers.
I added the bird from the Inkadinado Birds Galore stamp set. It is such an elegant bird and works perfectly in the oval. I attached sheer ribbon from Micheals and used the small Zots to attach the ends of the ribbon.

I used the sentiment from the Ovals set for the Forget Me Not and the rectangle stamper for the while on vacation. I love this stamper set from JustRite. So much versatility. This final photo of this card shows how I embossed all edges with the gold embossing power. I love how it glistens.

This is the card I made for Tracy. She has a kitten that she just adores so I used the Cart Full of Treats stamp set from Alota Rubber stamps. She is one of the funniest people I know...she tells a mean joke. I wanted her card to be more joyful so I used her favorite color Pink and added a soft yellow to go with it. I embossed the wagon with brown sepia and clear embossing powder and the cats were embossed using black detail powder.I used my markers to color and I must say those cats were hard to do. I had to repeat this little image 3 times before it worked. I had embossed it first to match the wagon but it look horrible, then I tried gold and finally the black. I used the circle and scalloped circle nestibility to layer the image. The background layer is embossed with my new circles folder (I think that is what it is called).
On the inside I used the bow and sentiment included in the set.
I love the first elegant card...very much my type of card. The pink/yellow card is not one of my favorites. I think this stamp set will take some work to make it something I am really proud of.
Well, guess I had better get the house tidied....they may be friends but 5 dogs do create some mess and those who know me, know stamping is a "messy" hobby.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Once Upon an Alota Stamp

I received some new stamps I had ordered from Alota Rubber Stamps and I had so much fun. I decided to use this one first...Fall Angel. I know its not fall so I had to change it up a bit and turn it into a Spring Angel. I used paper I received as a gift and unfortunately , there is no label.
I used the following Prismacolored Markers in the image
  • dress panels alternated with peach and blush pink. The center bodice is done in the peach and the sleeves are blush pink
  • wings are done with cream at the bottom and goldenrod on the tips. I used some bronze at the base of the wings
  • the buds of the flowers are deco yellow and yellow ochre, the leaves are chartreuse.
  • hair was done with sienna brown and light tan.

I used versamark and gold detail embossing powder on the image . I used French Grey all around the image and cut it out with scissor and knife. I used dimensionals to raise the image on the circles. I created the circle medallion using the largest round nestibility in olive green and the scalloped circle in a scrap out of the Poesy of Florals from DCWV. I added another olive green scalloped circle beside the DP. The sentiment Once Upon a Time is from Hampton Art and leaves the card open for birthdays, anniversaries or even get well cards. I used the 1/4 inch punch from SU to trim the card with sections of the DP I used.

I`m having a great day playing so maybe there will be another post later on today.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Whiff of Joy Challenge

Whiff of Joy is having a Guest Designer call and this is my entry. I am very pleased with this card. I love the colors and the design. I would be very pleased to be a guest designer so I guess you have to apply to have this chance. I used my very favorite Willow with Lantern stamp from Whiff of Joy. I tried to make the berries and leaves appear different than hollies and berries.
I stamped the image using a mixture of black onyx and sepia versafine ink and then I painted the image using Twinkling H20s. I used Canson Watercolor paper to hold the image which allowed me to watercolor using a paintbrush. I am pleased with the final look. Here is a list of the colors I used:
  • I painted the complete dress with Key Line and then added depth with Sweet Alfalfa. To create a final contrast I used Autumn Butternut in select spots.
  • The bow is done with Rose Petal and Garnet.
  • The berries were done with Ginger Peach and the leaves were done with Sweet Alfalfa.
  • The flesh tone was created using Golden Sand and a touch of Rose Petal.

Using Twinkling H20s allows so many shades by the amount of water used.

I created the sentiment using versamark and gold detail embossing powder. The stamp is a Studio G stamp. I also used Martha Stewarts`flower punch on the DCWV Metallic Textured Gold paper. This same paper is used on all layered pieces.

To balance the top left corner I added a dragon fly brad in copper. The ribbon I used is from Micheals $ bin.

The inside shows the two DP I used from the Old Western Stack from DCWV. I used Michaels ribbon to cover the joint. I also included a smaller version of the Lady with the Latern WOJ stamp also painted with Twinkling H20s.

Well this certainly has been a long post with loads of photos. I hope you are still awake. Guess it is time to start creating a cleaner house so hopefully I will be back later with my next post.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Derek`s Card

This is the card I made for little Derek. The previous blog post has all the information and the address. All the papers are from the DCWV Cat Scrapbook Kit in a Stack. I used Martha Stewart`s lace punch to finish the bottom edge.
I picked up this stamp at Micheals in the $ bin. This Disney stamp has one of the clearest stamped images. I used my Prismacolored Markers in the following colors:
  • orange for Tiger with yellow orchre for the face
  • spanish orange and crimson red for the bear
  • donkey is done in imperial violet and violet blue and light peach
  • the mouse is done in pink and blush pink

I used the rectangle and scalloped rectangle to cut the image out and the first layer. The heart is raised with dimensions for a little punch. I used this cuttlebug die for the ribbon slide and used letters from the cat stack. The ribbon is from Micheals. I doodle around the edges in a light blue gel pen.
I used letters again to print out Derek and wrote a little note to get better. It really is nice to be able to do something like this for a family. I hope it helps the family`s recovery.

My back and side are slowly recovering and my ego is coming back as well. Still not able to drive so everybody else is finishing the shopping. I hate doing it so this works out great for me. Off to do a little blog visiting. Talk later.



Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Help Derek

Just a quick note card as I am too bunged up from that stupid XXXXXX fall. I can hardly wait till my feet and legs and body all work as one. Guess I had better add my brain to that list as well. So today I am asking a favor. Donna at has a request out for cards for a little 25 month old Derek who is in the hospital recovering from surgery and burns. The address is on her blog so please surf on over there and aid in Derek`s recovery.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Magnolia Vs Stampavie Challenge #14

Today's challenge on Magnolia vs Stampavie was a color challenge. You were to use
  • Old Olive
  • Nearly Navy
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Bashful Blue and you were allowed to use flesh color on the image.

Well here is what I came up with and I only used the correct colors.

The papers are from Stampin Up 2007 and scraps but I think they are a close match to the colors.

When you look at the image closely it does not appear to be the colors, what I did was to use a waterpen and the ink pads. I colored the shirt bashful blue and added depth is the nearly navy. I did the color first in old olive and then in nearly navy. The problem was that I did not use watercolor paper. I used Whisper White and it soaked in without spreading. I decided to keep going and this is how it ended. I plan on doing the image on water color paper and switching the images if it looks better; at least it will be fun to compare.

I used the ends of the papers on the front and a new sheet of a paper I won in a blog candy. The match was perfect but I do not know who puts out the it though.

I did something stupid again today....I fell again. This time it was inside the house and I hit my desk on the way down. I am bruised and sore again. I am beginning to think that falling is becoming a habit. Maybe I am reverting back to childhood and learning how to walk will next.
Talk later...(before I fall again)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Flourishes Iris

This is the first time I have inked this wonderful stamp from Flourishes. I have left this card sentiment free, I want to have it available for either Easter, Birthday or Sympathy. It is such a versatile stamp.
I first embossed the image with detail gold embossing powder and then colored with Prismacolored Markers. I used
  • lilac as the main flower color
  • added depth with violet
  • highlighted with deco pink
  • leaves are light and dark olive

To keep the gold theme going I edged all the sides with versamark and then dipped them in gold embossing powder. Since I had used the curvy rectangle nestibility to cut out both the image and the first DP panel, the embossing was very attractive.

The papers I used are from Creative Memories and DCVW. I made the back panels slightly off center to add to the design. On the bottom I used a ribbon slide tag from Cuttlebug and ran white sheer creations ribbon from Micheals through it. I used the dotted Swizz embossing folder to add dimension to the tag.

On the inside I used a lighter Lilac paper to create the base and added dies cut with the CB as trim. The center panel is label one from Nestibilites. I used the gold Archival stamp pad on all edges. I love the dies from CB. I ran them through my sticker machine to attach them.

The boys and DH have gone to the semi finals in the local hockey tournament and if they win I am going to go to my first hockey game of the year. I haven`t gone to a game since I had back surgery but since this is the boys final year, I would really love to see this game. Hope they win.

Talk later. Don`t forget to smile at a stranger today to make someone`s day better.