Showing posts with label Cuttlebug. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cuttlebug. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Silhouette Plaid & How to Dry Emboss a Frame

What a fun new technique challenge Joan had for us over on Split Coast this week! For all those large stamps that are hard to ink up and get good stamping coverage - Joan devised a way to ink it so it looks like plaid and the multicolored inking makes missed spots unnoticeable!

You can find Joan Ervin's tutorial for this plaid silhouette technique on her blog here.
The first time I 'plaid' inked my chair - just inking it from top to bottom- the chair details disappeared and all you could see was the plaid. So then I tried to 'selectively' ink the top, arms, cushions and bottom to give each section definition. I embossed a rectangle nestability first - then stamped the sofa and sentiment. Then I added two pewter pearls to the arms.
My stuffed sofa is from A Stamp in the Hand and my sentiment is from Waltzingmouse.
Several people have left me comments when I do embossed frames with my Nestibilities asking how I do it. So I took pictures as I made the frame for this card.
This is my 'sandwich' of layers from left to right - I'm using a Cuttlebug here.
1) First you have the A plate on the Cuttlebug.
2) Place a buffer (3 pieces of cardstock taped together) on top of the A Plate
3) put a B plate over the buffer
4) place the rubber mat on top of this B plate.

Then you take your card stock - Either a panel or the card itself depending on where you are embossing. If you are doing it directly on the card like I did - you want to fold your card - open it up and place the Nestability die on the inside of the card. This results in a raised frame.

If you emboss from the front of the card - the frame will be depressed. Try out each way to see which you prefer!

So - back to the embossing -

5) place your card stock with the Nestability (cut edge down) on top of the rubber mat
6) place another B plate over this being sure the Nestability is still placed exactly where you want it -
7) run it through the Cuttlebug.
Here's the sandwich being run through.
And, Voila! a beautiful embossed frame. I always emboss first and stamp after to be sure I get my image centered within the frame. I hope this is helpful to you - I'm sure there are other 'sandwiches' out there - but this is how I do mine! Practice with scraps to see how it comes out - you may need to adjust your # of pieces of card stock in your 'buffer' depending on how thick they are. It shouldn't be too hard to roll it through your Cuttlebug - but it can't be too easy either - then it doesn't emboss deeply!
And just a reminder about the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge here and the Friends of WMS blog waltz coming up here!
Stamps: Over stuffed sofa - A stamp in the Hand, Sentiment Waltzingmouse - Fancy Phrases
Paper: White - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress - Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Rectangle Nestabilities, Pewter Pearls - Kaiser

Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Stamp Simply Challenge - Inspired by Yellow and Grey

Today Sharon has this lovely den/livingroom picture to inspire us to use yellow and grey with white or ivory.

As soon as I saw the picture I knew I'd be using my couch stamps from PTI. I used the Traffic Jam Embossing Folder to create the look of the cupboards in the background and Basic Grey Archaic for the rug! As you can see - I get very literal when using an inspiration picture!

This is my last week as Guest Designer for Stamp Simply - time sure does fly when you're having fun!!! Thank you so much Sharon for inviting me to share with all of you this month!

We'd love to have you join along in the Stamp Simply Challenge with us this week! You can play anytime, as many times as you want! If you upload your creation to Splitcoaststampers, please use keyword, ssnotime145. And don't forget to upload over on Sharon's Mr Linky!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Check the wonderfully talented Stamp Simply Challenge Designers to see how they used these colors today!

Sharon Johnson: No Time To Stamp?
Julia Aston (me!) : Create with Me - June GUEST DESIGNER
Deb Neerman: Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps
Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits
Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat.
Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty
AJ Otto: The Willow Garden
Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color
Barb Schram: Explore Dream Discover

Stamps: On my Couch, On My Couch Additions, Chair-ished - PTI
Paper: White, Lemon Tart - PTI, Going Grey - SU, DP Amuse yellow gingham, Basic Grey Archaic
Ink: Dark Chocolate, SUmmer Sunrise - PTI, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Swiss Dots & Traffic Jam Cuttlebug Embossing folders, key tag punch - SU, Couch Die - PTI, sponge, foam dimensionals, Copics: B41, YG03, E37

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Stamp Simply Challenge - Give it a Chance!

Welcome to my 2nd posting as the June Guest Designer for the Friday Stamp Simply Challenges!! This weeks challenge is to use those unfinished pieces you created and then didn't use for some reason. We all have baskets or drawers or just plain piles of these little half finished projects don't we?!?

The pieces I had already made and put aside and used today are the die cut stamped heart and the die cut blue felt flower.

The stamps on this card are all by Waltzingmouse - the heart is from Seasons of Love and the sentiment is from Celtic Heritage.

We'd love to have you join along in the Stamp Simply Challenge with us this week! You can play anytime, as many times as you want! If you upload your creation to Splitcoaststampers, please use keyword, ssnotime143. And don't forget to upload over on Sharon's Mr Linky!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Check the wonderfully talented Stamp Simply Challenge Designers to see how they used their unfinished pieces.

Sharon Johnson: No Time To Stamp?
Julia Aston (me!) : Create with Me - June GUEST DESIGNER
Deb Neerman: Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps
Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits
Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat.
Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty
AJ Otto: The Willow Garden
Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color (taking a break this week)
Barb Schram: Explore Dream Discover

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Seasons of Love, Celtic Heritage
Paper: White, Sweet Blush - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sweet Blush - PTI
Accessories: fancy tags shapeabilities, heart nestabilities, blue felt, flower die - PTI, Cuttlebug, sticky gems, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, foam dimensionals, sponge

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Colorful Panels of Birthday

Today's color challenge on Split Coast was to use Coral, Turquoise, Ruby Red and the 'dessert' option of using Ric Rac. I got it all on to my card today!
I made a masculine b'day card using Mercy's Tuesday Sketch and the Diamond Plate Cuttlebug embossing folder.
I added the ric rac on a diagonal and popped a few colored circles on it to draw your eye around the card.
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Stamp Oasis Sentiments #2 - #218 SO
Paper: tempting turquoise, Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Basic Black - SU, white - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ruby Red - SU
Accessories: sponge dauber, foam dimensionals, diamong plate cuttlebug embossing folder, ric rac - Michaels, 3/4" circle punch

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Flowery Feel Better Card

scoopy (Emily) was the featured stamper over at Split Coast Stampers today - she has a gallery full of wonderful clean and simple cards - the kind of design I tend to gravitate towards!

I chose her pretty daisies in a row card to CASE today. I used different stamps and sentiment, and stamped my flowers on a panel framed by an embossed Nestability square.

My flowers and sentiment are by Waltzingmouse Stamps

Fun news! - The Waltzingmouse Design Team will be having a DT Blog Waltz on Tuesday June 1 highlighting some of Claire's first stamp sets. There will be WMS sets to win by leaving comments so be sure to come by!!!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - flowers - Pic-Nic Patterns, sentiment - Asian Garden
Paper: Melon Berry, white - PTI
Ink: Ripe avocado, melon berry - PTI, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: square nestabilities, cuttlebug, foam dimensionals, black pearls - Amuse

Friday, May 14, 2010

Live Life!

I didn't have the SCS color challenge colors of Melon Mambo or Soft Suede so I used Copics in similar colors on my image. I even got the Dessert Option in by using wood grain designer paper!
This great image is Demetri one of the new African American figures from Rubbernecker Stamps I clear embossed the image using brown and Versamark inks, colored it, cut it out and adhered it to the Labels Ten nestie panel with foam dimensionals. The card base is embossed with the Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug folder.

Tonight DH and I are going to live life! We're going out to eat at Jacob Wirth's and then to the Lyric Stage to see Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit - fun way to start the weekend!

What are your weekend plans??!
And don't forget the friends of WMS Blog waltz on Monday - Check here for all the deets or click on the WMS flower on my side bar. We hope you'll join in!

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps - Demetri African American #501-10, Word Set #4
Paper: Vintage cream, dark chocolate - PTI, DP Dream St. Papers/Seasons of Change
Ink: dark chocolate, versamark, Tea Dye DIstress - Ranger
Accessories: hot gun, clear EP, sponge, Copics E13, E35, RV17, 100, Circle punches, vintage buttons - PTI, Labels 10 Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Distressed Sripes Embossing Folder

Friday, April 30, 2010

WMS Sneak Peek Day 4 - Afternoon Tea

If you visit my blog often - you know that I am all about the paper crafts and templates - so today I'm very excited to share wth you how I used Claire's Rubber Band Box Template from her April release to showcase two new sets being released tomorrow! - Afternoon Tea and Vintage Labels 10.

This is the larger template. The sentiment is from Afternoon Tea and the label stamp is from Vintage Labels 10 which conveniently fits inside the Nestabilities of the same name!

Here's a view of the open box with the Stella Dora Egg Jumbo cookies tucked inside. You can actually get three or four of these cookies into this box when you lay them down.

I also made the smaller box in this template set. It is a perfect size for teabags. Claire's design is so precise - this template works up in just minutes

I used a different Vintage Labels 10 stamp for the framing. The sentiment and scrolls are from the Afternoon Tea set. I sponged all the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
Here's a peek inside this box. You could fit 4-5 tea bags inside. Wouldn't this be a great set to bring a girlfriend when you drop over to visit??!!

Thought you might like to see how I made my little rose flower. I used handmade Mulberry paper (not hand made by me! - I bought it many years ago probably at AC Moore)

First you draw a swirl as shown - cut it out and roll it up starting from the outside end. It will be pretty tight so I place it on my work table and tap the top a littlewith my finger tip so it opens up just a bit.

Then I dab some Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive on the bottom and push it onto the center of the scroll that sort of makes a platform for the flower. This works up in just minutes and they look so cute don't you think?! The leaves were made with mulberry paper also - I just cut a leaf shape, sponged it with Tea Dye Distres ink, creased it down the middle than attached it under the rose. You can use any kind of paper for these and make them any size - I started with a 2"x2" square.

Now it's time to check out the other WMS DT Ladies to see what inspiring Sneak Peeks they have to show us!

Bonnie, Lisa, Jennifer, Anya, Laurie and Claire.

And tomorrow is the day we've all been waiting for! Claire will be releasing the 8 wonderful stamp sets we've been previewing this week. All the DT ladies will be participating in a blog waltz and you will have the chance to win a stamp set so be sure to come by and check it out! It starts at 2 pm EST

And there's still time to get in on Claire's Sketch Challenge!

ETA: and my flowers today just happen to fit Sharon's No Time to Stamp challenge today - to use 3D flowers for May!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Afternoon Tea, Vintage Labels 10 (available May 1)

Paper: White, Ripe Avocado, Aqua Mist - PTI, DP Jillibeen Old World Cabbate Stew, Handmade Mulberry Paper - AC Moore

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink Tea Dye, Aqua Mist - PTI

Accessories: Waltzingmouse Rubber Band Box Template, sponge, scor pal, scor tape, round elastic cord - Dritz (Joanne's), cropadile, labels 10 nestabilities, cuttlebug, silver eyelets, 2 buttons.

Friday, April 2, 2010

How Do I Love Thee?

I made this cute top note card for the Featured Stamper Challenge this week over on Split Coast. I had never been in Beedubya's gallery before and there were lots of fun things to see in there!

I chose to case her black top note card as I was intrigued by the design of it all. I changed stamps and colors. My bg text and pretty rose are from Rubbernecker Stamps

I clear embossed both the background text and the rose. I cut out the rose close to the edge and added a little bit of white color with white craft ink. It's popped up over the text with foam dimensionals. The card is cut with the Top Note Die from Stampin Up.
Be sure to check this post: you could win a WMS stamp set by leaving a comment! you have until Sunday night at 11:59 PM EST.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Rubbernecker: From the Heart, Rose #246-10, BG text How Do I Love Thee #246-13
Paper: Plum Pudding - PTi
Ink: Versamark, Whisper White Craft Ink - SU
Accessories: large eyelet - SU, Vintage Cream Ribbon - PTI, Cear embossing powder, hot gun, top note die - SU, cuttlebug, foam dimensionals

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Serene Scene

The Featured Stamper over on Split Coast was the very artful Mutnik (Cathy)! I CASE'd her birch trees with birds card.
I changed stamps used circles instead of rectangle framings and used striped ribbon instead of striped DP but kept the tree theme and used the black magic technique.
I offset the circles so that the orange piece mirrored the moon outline on the stamp (although this stamp from Rubbernecker is called Serene Sunrise - I made it a night time moon scene!)
The background is embossed with the Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug folder. I stamped the image with white chalk ink - then colored over parts of it with colored pencils (the Black Magic Technique) and added highlight dots with a white gel pen.
Dave is having a great sale over at Rubbernecker Stamps until midnight Wed March 24th - 15-28% off on selected items from Ranger, Spellbinders, Tsukineko and Clearsnap! - so be sure to check it out before it's over!
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Trees, Serene Sunrise 42-06 KK
Paper: basic black, handsome hunter - SU, Summer Sunrise - PTI
Ink: Craft white - SU
Accessories: distressed stripes cuttlebug folder, foam dimensionals, white gel pen, Koh-i-Noor woodless colour pencils, ribbon - Stamp Simply Ribbon shop, circle nestabilities, star punch - McGill, dew drops, glue dots

Friday, March 5, 2010

Bunnies 4 Sale!

My card today uses the sketch from Split Coast this week and is also for da Mudder's Teaparty.

The story this week is that we're going over to London for the premier of Johnny Depp as the Madd Hatter! whoo hoo!!! We are going to infiltrate the crowd to help protect him and we need to blend in - so I'm coming to the party with my cute little bunnies tucked inside their basket - they'll sit in the market place with their "4 sale sign" all the time peeking out and monitoring the crowd - their long ears are actually radio antenae that connect directly to Tea-gan the head of security for Johnny!

My cute bunny basket is by Rubbernecker Stamps that I colored with Copics.

I used the new digi papers from Waltzingmouse for my panels.

Just a reminder: This month there's another way to win a Waltzingmouse stamp set - check out the WMS sponsored color challenge at Stamping Around - add your card to Mr Linky over there for a chance to win Spring Baskets!! whoo hoo!!

Also - be sure to check out the winners of the WMS stamp sets from our blog hop on Monday over at Claire's blog!
Stamps: Rubbernecker: Easter Bunnies 4 sale - 14-01
Paper: WHite, sweet Blush - PTI, Bashful Blue - SU, DP digi papers - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: memento tuxedo black, so saffron - SU
Accessories: glue dot, copics - B41, BG10, G14, G21, YR00, R20, E33, E35, silk ribbon - Stamp Simply Ribbon Shop, foam dimensionals, iron works cuttlebug folder, scalloped rectangle nestability, rhinestone stickers - michaels

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mummu Takes a Twirl!

This is the image that first attracted me to Mo's Digi Pencil - Mummu is her name and I would absolutely LOVE to meet her in person - wouldn't you!?! You can tell that she is a free spirit -a flower child - with her braided hair, her leather sandles and peasant skirt!

I made this card for Mo's Digi Pencil Challenge #20 which is a sketch challenge. I colored Mummu with Copics. The background is embossed with the Hearts Block Cuttlebug folder.

They have challenges every Thursday over at Mo's Challenge blog so be sure to check them out!

The sentiment on my card is from the Roses Set by Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Just a reminder to check out the Waltzingmouse color challenge over at Stamping Around - someone's going to win the Spring Baskets stamp set!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: Mo's Digital Pencil - Mummu, Sentiment from Roses - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper: White, Bitty Dot Basics - PTI, Taken with Teal - SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics: E00, E39, BG10, BG11, BG49, R20, N2, Heart Blocks Cuttlebug folder, Rectangle Nestabilities

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hugs & Kisses Silhouette

Jovial Judi was the Featured Stamper on Split Coast last week whoo hoo Judi! Big congratulations!

I chose her Allergo sketch card to CASE because I was drawn to the silhouette stamp and the layout of the card. You have to change things when you CASE a card - so I used different colors and stamps, added a sentiment and butterfly.

My stamps are all from Rubbernecker Stamps - a lovely set called Floral Silhouette #467 and a background stamp called Bed of Roses

I added sticky pearls to the flowers, butterfly and sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

We've got a Waltzingmouse DT blog hop tomorrow - the day of Claire's release of 3 super stamp sets - Labels Three, Roses and Nestie Eggs. You will have the chance to win 2 stamp sets by leaving comments so be sure to stop by and check it out !

ETA: Blog hop will start at 2 pm EST Monday

Claire , Belinda and Jennifer have sneak peeks today!

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Floral Silhouette Set 467, Bed of Roses bg stamp
Paper: white, plum pudding -PTI
Ink: Plum pudding - PTI
Accessories: circle punch, butterfly punch - SU, paper piercer, sponge, satin ribbon - PTI, rhinestone stickers, foam dimensionals, glue dots

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Inspired by Artwork

My good friend Anne Harada was hosting the Inspiration challenge over on Split Coast this week. Whoo Hoo Anne! I was away all day but just had to participate after I saw all the wonderful inspirations on Geninne's Art Store site. I was actually inspired to make two cards.

My first card was inspired by this tree and bird printMy stamps are from two Waltzingmouse Stamp sets. Everything is embossed with white embossing powder. The circles on the tree are made by a hole punch and the bird is up on foam dimensionals.What pretty art work on this site Anne!
ETA: I'm also entering this into the Crazy 4 Challenges challenge this week to use red!
Stamps: Blessed by You, Celtic Heritage - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper: white, terre cotta tile, smokey shadow - PTI
Accessories: foam dimensionals, white EP, hot gun, rhinestones - PTI, hole punch

This 2nd card was inspired by this flower and hummingbird print.My stamps are from Spring Baskets and Off Beat Backgrounds. I cut around some of the leaves with an exacto knife and lifted them up for a little dimension. I added buttons to the flower centers. The stitching around the yellow frame is actually a background stamp - I love how it looks like real stitching!

I added a little bit of yellow stickles to the wings of the cute bees for a little touch of shimmer!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I'm so excited to be having Monday (President's Day in the US) off from work - an extra day for stamping!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Spring Baskets, Off beat backgrounds
Paper: Yellow tart, white, enchanted evening, scarlet jewell - PTI
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Accessories: exacto knife, square nestabilities, foam dimensionals, swiss dots and argyle cuttlebug folders, white gel, copics - YG63, YG03, C1, Y02, R59, B45, yellow stickles

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Glorious Waltzingmouse Blog Hop - and a chance to win 2 sets!

Welcome to the Waltzingmouse Blog Hop!!! Claire is revealing 4 brand new stamp sets at Waltzingmouse today and we are celebrating!!! And YOU have a chance to win two of the new sets!! (see how below!)

You should start the hop at Lynn's blog. If you came here from Laurie's blog you are in the right spot!
For my card today I used this beautiful circle stamp from the new set Vintage Circles Small. I stamped it using Versamark and black ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I colored in the filigree design with copics. I think it looks like a lovely stained glass window don't you? The sentiment is from the new set Spring Baskets. On the inside of my card I stamped 'Happy Easter' (Spring Baskets) and then three little flowers from the Vintage Circles Small set matching the colors to those used on the front.

There are two stamps sets up for grabs today! How can you win them you ask???

**** 3 Official Rules ****

1) One winner will be drawn from comments left on one of the Design Team's blogs -whose blog?? We don't know!! So be sure to leave a comment on each blog!!! This winner will receive the Spring Baskets Set!!

2) The 2nd winner will be drawn from comments left on Claire's blog and that set will be Lil Buddies!

3) You must post your comment by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, February 7th.

Winners will be announced on Claires blog on Monday Feb 8th.

So leave me a comment here and then scoot on over to Jennifer's blog to continue on the hop!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Vintage Circles Small, Spring Baskets.

Paper: White, Hibiscus Burst, DP Pretty Pastels - PTI, Black - SU

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Hibiscus & Spring Moss - PTI, Baja Breeze - SU

Accessories: Silk Ribbon - Sharon's shop, Martha Stewart punch, circle nestabilities, clear embossing powder, hot gun, moden label punch - SU, foam dimensionals, Copics - RV06, B14, YF03

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Wonders of Nature Bring Joy to the Soul

Today's Inspiration Challenge on Split Coast was the web site Espe. I looked at all the pretty wallets there and was inspired by the pink wallet with roses .

I used one long stem rose stamp from Rubbernecker Stamps for this card. I stamped the rose part several times on red card stock and then cut them out. On some, I only cut out the center bud of the rose. Isn't this a gorgeous rose - I love the detail on the stamping - I can just smell their lovely scent!

Then I stamped the leaves and stem on Bazzill Green card stock and cut out diffferent pieces of it attaching them to the backs of the roses. They are all popped up on foam dimensionals .

The sentiment is from a set called Petite Word Set. I only inked up the bottom half of this particular sentiment as that was all I wanted for this card. My background is the Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug folder.

Well - I stayed up so late to do this challenge on Friday night - it is now early Sat morning and it's only 7 degrees outside! I'm so thankful that I'm in my cozy warm home!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Rubbernecker, long Stem Rose , Petite Word Set
Paper: White, pure poppy - PTI, pink pirouette - SU, green bazzill
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tea Dye Distress - Ranger
Accessories: gems, Amuse, diamonds in the rough - Cuttlebug folder, sweet blush ribbon - PTI, foam dimensionals, designer label punch - SU
Techniques: dry embossing

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Claire's Birthday Waltzingmouse Blog Hop!

I am so thrilled to welcome you to the first Blog Hop of the Waltzingmouse Design Team!
The team is excited to be doing this first hop in honor of our Claire - who's birthday is today!! whoo hoo! Happy Birthday Claire! Are you super surprised?!?!?!

Our hop is starting with Anya - so if you just happened here because you love me (!) - please hop over to Anya first and come back to me in the proper order!!

If you arrived here from Jennifer - you are in the right place!
In honor of Claire's birthday - we are all making birthday cards using Waltzingmouse Stamps!
I just love this Earth Angel set - the angel has several sets of wings you can use and a multitude of sentiments for many different occasions. A very versatile set! The smocking at the top of her jumper is a separate stamp - how fun! I paper pieced her jumper and masked her body to stamp her wings.

Here's a pic of the inside of my card. I used the Happy Birthday sentiment (of course!), an outline heart and a cute little solid heart! I also used two strips of the same designer paper I paper pieced her jumper with.
Now - hop on over to see what wonderful creation Laurie has to share with us!

Here's the complete DT list in the order of the hop.
Julia (me!)

Thanks so much for coming by today - and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CLAIRE!!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Earth Angel
Paper: Vintage cream, Ocean Tides, Terre Cotta Tile - PTI, DP Beloved/My Minds Eye
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ocean Tides - PTI, Ranger Distress Tea Dye
Accessories: Eclipse Masking tape, paper piercer, sponge, Labels Eight & Petite Ovals Nestabilities, foam dimensionals, lace from my stash, Ocean Tides Twill - PTI, Copics - BG10, B17, R20, E51, Heart punch - McGill

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mer Ian Relay!

Yikes! I think I'm just getting this in under the wire!

The Greeting Farm is having a fun CHA relay - they gave us this free digi print of Mer Ian and you have to post a card by 6 PM CST today to move on to the next round! I just saw this at work this afternoon and luckily I live in EST zone so I have a slight chance of getting it posted by the deadline. So - without further ado - here is my Mer Ian Card.

Isn't he just the cutest little guy? I used Karen's Sweet Sunday sketch for my card. This Cosmo Cricket is just perfect isn't it - and I also added blue dew drops like underwater air bubbles! I even added a tiny little gem to Ian's little belly!

Stamps: Digi Image - the Greeting Farm - Mer Ian

Paper: white, plum pudding - PTI, Ballet Blue - SU, DP Cosmo Cricket/Snorkel/ Schools out and Carbinations.

Accessories: circle & pinking edge circle nestabilities, foam dimensionals, dew drops, gem - Amuse, Copics: R20, B23, B21, BG10, E13, E00, E11, Y02

Monday, January 18, 2010

Three Cards on a Snowy Day

I was off from work today in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr AND we were kind of snowed in by a wet snowfall last night of about 5" so I took good advantage and made three cards for three challenges! All of them are made with stamps from Waltzingmouse.

I made my first card for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I just got some of this new Beloved DP by My Mind's Eye. It has such great designs and pretty colors! I used the same piece - front and back - on this card. The stamps are from the Sweet Hearts Set. I love the arrows with this set! I used oval nestabilities to frame the image and a Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio die to frame my sentiment.

Stamps: Sweet Hearts - Waltzingmouse
Paper: Vintage Cream, Terre Cotta Tile - PTI, close to cocoa - SU, DP My Mind's Eye /Beloved
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Terra Cotta - PTI
Accessories: twill - PTI, foam dimensionals, oval nestabilities, cuttlebug, ribbon tag trios - spellbinders

I made my second card using the New Technique challenge on Split Coast - Brick Tile. I have to say I stamped this image on 3 different pieces of paper before I found one that looked good as tiles. But I do like the final result! I popped up each 'tile' on a foam dimensional and sponged the edges of my panel with tea dye ink. These stamps are from the Irish Blessings set. I figure this would make a good masculine 'get well' card!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Irish Blessings
Paper: White, Vintage Cream, DP Bitty Box Basics - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tea Dye Distress Ink - Tim Holtz/Ranger, Versamark
Accessories: black embossing powder, foam dimensionals, sponge
Techniques: brick tile, embossing

My third and final card today was made for the CAS challenge on Split Coast which was a color challenge - to use Teal, white and one other color on your card. I used a piece of teal designer paper from Stampin Up - overstamped it with the sentiment from Sweet Hearts and added 2 punched hearts! I guess my 'one other color' is black ink!
Ok - off I go to get some things done that I didn't get to while I was stampin' !!!
Thanks so much for coming by!
Stamps: Sweet Hearts - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper: White - PTI, DP - SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: heart punch - McGill

Saturday, January 16, 2010

All You Need is Love!

I was on my way to bed Friday night and snuck into Split Coast to check the inspiration challenge - and of course just had to make a card once I got inspired!

I chose this Primitive Love Plaque from the on line store, Nell Hills, because I knew this stamp from Rubbernecker Stamps was perfect to represent the image!

I embossed the image with gold embossing powder on gold card stock. I dry embossed the white card with my square nestability and then adhered the gold piece inside the frame.

All you need is love - do da do da do...... sing along with me now!!!

Have a great weekend everyone - it's a 3 day one for me as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Thanks so much for coming by!
Stamps: Rubbernecker - From the Heart - Love block
Paper: white - PTI, gold - unknown
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: gold EP, hot gun, square nestabilities, cuttlebug

Sunday, January 10, 2010

There is Beauty in the World

The inspiration challenge on Split Coast this week was a web site called Groovy Inclinations - a shop full of digital images and altered photos.

I just love birch trees and was totally inspired by this image called Manches which you can see in the center of this pic (the rectangle one) along with 3 of my attempts to recreate it!

First I clear embossed this lovely Birch Forest stamp on white card stock - then I sponged with blue and purple inks masking a circle for the sun. I removed the mask and added a smaller circle mask and then sponged with appricot and a little purple leaving a white spot uninked in the center.
I used a Fantastix coloring tool to ink in the smaller circle so that I could control the size of the little white circle I left uninked (the first time I did it I used a sponge and suddenly no white spot was left! LOL!!)
I used a long rectangle nestability to cut the sentiment and sponged it with the same 3 colors before taking it out of the die.
And here's my final card - it came out just the way I had envisioned it - and that doesn't always happen!!
My stamps today are from Rubbernecker Stamps .
Thanks for stopping by today! I always appreciate your comments.
Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps - Trees/Birch Forest, Petite Word Set
Paper: white - PTI, Apricot appeal, vintage violet - SU
Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Apricot Appeal, Bordering Blue, Lavender Lace - SU
Accessories: hot gun, clear EP, Eclipse tape, Fantastix coloring tool, tall rectangle and circle nestabilities, sponge, gems - Amuse, Swiss Dott cuttlebug folder, ribbon - Summer Sunrise - PTI, corner rounder