Showing posts with label Stamps by Judith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stamps by Judith. Show all posts

Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Notable Brief

I am SO EXCITED about this little Briefcase Note Holder. I wanted to make a gift of notes for a male co-worker who's birthday was last week (and I missed it! Yikes!) I wanted to make some kind of masculine looking package. I know I've seen a brief case card somewhere before but I haven't been able to locate it in my HUGE pile of things I've printed off the internet!! (one of my 'to do' piles).

Luckily, while I was blogging around this morning I came upon this wonderful tutorial by Tracy Harp (Inky Doodles). She calls it a Tote Purse and she decorated hers using a feminine design.

I masculined it up by using this great striped designer paper and by using brown twill for the handles. Here is a side view and you can get your first peek as to what's inside the case!

I made 16 - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" personalized notes (just a single layer note - no fold) using my friends initials (PTI Fresh Alphabet) and 'From the Desk Of' (PTI Simply Stationary). I attached a thin strip of the designer paper to the top of the card so it coordinated with the case.

I needed something to hold my case closed so I attached a tag (the designer paper came with a sheet of die cut tags - how nice!) to the back of the case with tacky tape and used velcro on the front. I added a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock to the tag as it was a little bit light weight and I thought it would rip with repeated openings). Luckily my twill was spaced just perfectly so the tag fit between the handles as I hadn't planned for the tag when I started out making the case!! Phew!! I also used my corner rounder on the top corners of the case.


I also put a piece of designer paper inside the Pentel RSVP Pen (you can get them at CVS or Staples about $1.00 a piece). You just open the bottom of the pen - take out the ink stick - roll a piece of 3/4" x 3" designer paper so the long ends overlap and slip it into the pen barrel and then replace the ink and the end of the pen and - Voila! - A coordinating pen to go with your project!

The clear box inside the case that holds the cards and envelopes - is a 4 1/2" x 5 7/8" x 1" box. I bought mine at Clear Bags.com. They also sell them at Papertrey Ink. You just cut the box in half and attach it with tacky tape (see Tracy's complete instructions)

Here you can see the note, the envelope and the matching pen close up. I'm so thrilled with how this project came out!

I added the tag with the Hand Stamped (Stamps by Judith) on the front of this project to look like a luggage or ID tag. It was also our Tuesday Doubledog Dare Challenge for this week - Beverly (beestamper) challenged us to use a 'Card Back Stamp' on the front of our card or project. A card back stamp is one that you would usually use on the back to show who made the card or that it was hand stamped etc.

We'd love to have you join in on our challenges - just load your card or project following the challenge into your Split Coast Gallery and use the keyword DDC so we can all come by and see it! Check my side bar to see all the Double Dare challenge members and check here to see all the DDC cards!

Thanks for stopping by today! let me know if you make one of these cases - I'd love to see it!

Stamps: Fresh Alphabet & Simply Stationary: PTI, Hand Stamped: Stamps by Judith

Paper: Chocolate Chip: SU, Vingage Cream: PTI, DP: Crate Paper - Cowgirl Buckle

Ink: Dark Chocolate: PTI

Accessories: corner rounder, tacky tape, foam dimensionals, loopi brad, Twine: SU, clear box: Clear Bags.com, copics, Twill: Martha Stewart, Pentel RSVP Pen, Velcro Tab, Large Brad: American Crafts

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Trifecta and A Summer Snowman in the Sand

This is my Trifecta card - I made it for 3 different challenges! First - it is the color challenge on Split Coast - to use Kraft, Soft Sky and Basic Black.

It also is the Saturday Sketch Challenge over at Our Creative Corner. And number 3 - it is for the weekly Double Dare Challenge I do with a small group of SCS friends. That challenge was hosted by Joan Ervin this week and her instructions were to make a summer card using flowers and birds. You can see all the Double Dare challenge cards here.

I don't usually like combining challenges like that as I get so focussed on the rules of each one I lose my creativity (Stef was just talking about that on her blog today) But I had the vision of what I wanted to do with this and it all came together for me today!

The black panel is dry embossed with the distressed stripes Cuttlebug folder but you can't see it too well. The flowers are Stampin Up rub ons. The bird is from Amuse and the sentiment is Stampin Up - and they are up on foam dimensionals. I punched the scallop edge with my corner rounder with the guide piece taken off.

I made the inside sentiment on my computer - printed it out and punched it with my scallop punch.



Stamps: So Many Scallops, Bird: Amuse Clear Nature Set
Paper: Kraft, Basic Black, Soft Sky: SU
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine
Accessories: SU Rub Ons, foam dimensionals, distressed stripes Cuttlebug folder, corner rounder, circle scallop punch

And here is another Snowman card that I made for my friend at work who sends them to her friend in Florida. This is for Danielle's June birthday - so it is a beach snowman!


I colored the image with my new Koh-I-Noor woodless colour pencils and gamsol. The pretty designer paper is for Peeps Sake by Imaginese and has a shimmer to it. The Happy Birthday is by Verve Visual and the name is done with Karen Foster Snap Stamps.

I stamped a cupcake by Lockhart Stamps - cut it out and layered it on the arm of the chair with foam dimensionals. I added red stickles on the cherry.


I stamped a Birthday verse from PapertreyInk and a pile of snowballs by Stamps By Judith on the inside.


You can see all my snowman cards by clicking on Snowmen in the index on the right column.
Thank you for stopping by today! I'd love to have you leave a comment for me!
Stamps: Happy Birthday - Verve Visual, Snowman in chair: A Country Welcome - Taking a Break, Cupcake: Lockhart Stamps, Danielle: Karen Foster Snap Stamps
Paper: Soft Sky, Basic Black - SU, White PTI, DP: Imaginese: for Peeps Sake
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine
Accessories: Koh-I-Noore colour pencils, gamsol, Xmas red Stickles, dimensionals, circle and oval punches, circle scallop punch, paper stump

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Time for Tea - a Double Dare Challenge

I'm back! Last night Kent and I went to the movies so I didn't stamp yesterday (and I actually survived!) We went to see "There Will Be Blood" starring Daniel Day-Lewis - boy was he good in this movie! Have you seen it? It's about a silver miner in the late 1800's who discovered oil on his site and started buying up land and drilling - and in the process kind of went crazy over the years.

But today I'm back to stamping! This card is for the sketch challenge on SCS which was to make a card with an off set oval on it - as well as a Double Dare challenge that I do with some SCS friends. I was the one setting the challenge this week and it was to make a card with a clock or timepiece on it.

For some reason it was like pulling teeth to get this card out of me tonight! I just couldn't get what was in my head onto the card stock. I finally got all the pieces together and assembled in a manner I thought looked pleasing and balanced!

All the papers and the ribbon on this card are from PapertreyInk. I just love their new pinks! The ovals are cut with my nestabilities on my cuttlebug. I dry embossed the scalloped oval using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. I made the dotted outlines with my Stampin Up Markers.

The clock stamp is by Inkadinkadoo, the cute teabag is by Stamps by Judith, the fun tea cup is from Camp Stamp and the sentiment was made with Karen Foster Snap stamps.

My counter hit 5000 today! I am so excited ! - and appreciative of all of you stopping by to take a peek here. To celebrate - I'll be posting some blog candy over the weekend so be sure to check back!

Stamps: Clock: Inkadinkadoo, Tea Bag: Stamps by Judith, Teacup: Stamp Camp, Sentiment: Karen Foster Snap Stamps
Paper: White, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss, DP: pink patterns Collection - all Papertrey Ink
Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack, Sweet BLush, PTI
Accessories: dimensionals, SU markers, PTI Ribbon, oval punches, nestabilitie ovals, cuttlebug swiss dots folder , sponge

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Art Imitates Life - Pear Tiles Tutorial


Happy Saturday everyone! I didn't get to stamp last night because DH and I went to see a play called Three Tall Women by Edward Albee. Have you seen it?? It's about a woman at the end of life remembering all the parts of her life - and the 3 women in the play each represent a stage - youth, middle age and elderly. It was really interesting!

So - today I was raring to go on the Inspiration Challenge on Split Coast. Today we were to find something in our home that inspired us to make a card.

I chose this tile table above as inspiration. I got it at Michaels on sale last year and use it inside to put plants on and out on my deck in the summer for drinks or food when we are sitting out there.

It was fun trying to make this card look just like the tile. I took pictures of each step in the process for you to see how I put this together.



First I stamped my pear on the left on a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock. I used markers to color right on the stamp so it could be multicolored. Then I stamped it on a piece of paper and cut it out. This cut out is my mask to tape over the stamped pear on the left so when I stamp the second pear it looks like it's behind the first pear. I use Scotts Double sided removable tape to attach the mask so it comes off easily without damaging my stamping.

Then I stamped my second pear (coloring it with markers and not coloring the leaf ) on the right over the mask. I also stamped my branch 3 times connecting the ends a little so it looks like one long branch. I colored in my branch and it's leaves.

Next I moved the mask to cover the second pear and stamped the leaves and flowers. Again - the leaves will look like they are behind the pears. You can move the mask back and forth as you decide where you want to stamp your leaves.

Next I removed the mask and stamped a few leaves over the pears.

Then I cut up my image in a random pattern. Be sure you lay the cut out pieces back down in order as you cut them or you may have trouble figuring out where they go!! I laid my pieces on a Sahara Sand background piece to space them out evenly. Next I attached the pieces to the background attaching each corner first to try and make it spaced as evenly as possible as I attached everything.

I realized that the pears looked too light on my stamping and were sort of overcome by the dark leaves - so I colored in the centers with my marker and then blended it a little with my aqua painter. The final step is to attach the panel to the black card. This card is 6 x 6 so rather large!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you try it out - I'd love to see what you do with this! Link back your card if you create something!! Have a great rest of your Saturday - see you tomorrow!

Stamps: Pear- Rubber Stampede, Splatter - Hampton Arts, Branch - Stamps by Judith
Leaf - Blossoms Abound Stampin Up, Flower - Bodacious Bouquet Stampin Up.
Inks: Meadow & Lettuce by Adirondacks
Paper: Black, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla: Stampin Up
Supplies: SU Earthtone Markers, Scotts Removable double sided tape, aqua painter

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Cat Tail's a la Zindorf

You may have noticed that I wasn't here yesterday??? I was dutifully sitting at my diningroom table pulling my hair out doing my taxes. I 'think' I'm done with the Federal but still need to do the State one and then review the Federal one more time. The forms are so absolutely rediculous aren't they??? - they drive me crazy. There has to be a more straightforward way for these to be done!

So - by hook or by crook - I was going to stamp today. And today is the Sketch challenge over on Split Coast which I always do.

Another thing I have been wanting to do is try out one of the terrific tutorials Michelle Zindorf does on her blog. She is a wonderful artist and shows how she creates her beautiful cards - step by step - so we all can recreate them ourselves !

Since the stamped panel on this sketch is only 1.5 inches wide I knew I would only be making a small sample of Michelles technique so it was less intimidating than trying to fill the whole panel on my first attempt!

Here is Michelle's tutorial for her Sunset Wheat card. I used my cat tails stamp from Stamps by Judith which I stamped using river rock and versamark inks and embossed in clear embossing powder. Then I sponged all the colors on according to Michelle's directions. I sponged rather than brayering as I cannot seem to get good coverage over embossing the way she does with her brayering. I masked for the moon and overstamped the wheat in black ink at the end. See her tutorial for full instructions on all these techniques.

I stamped a portion of the Cheesecloth backgrounder stamp by Cornish Heritage Farms on the back panel using Espresso ink by Adirondack. The sentiment and circle are by Verve Visual. The cat tails panel is up on dimensionals.

I am pleased with how my first attempt came out - I can't wait to have some more time to try out another of her tutorials on a full size card!

Thanks so much for dropping by - for those of you following such things - I have almost finished the retirement card for my sister's brother-in-law that I mentioned on Monday but I'm not totally happy with it yet - I'll post it as soon as I am!

I'm afraid I have to drag myself back to the diningroom table to attack the State Taxes - wish I could stay here longer!>>>>......

Stamps: cat tail - Stamps by Judith, Cheesecloth - Cornish Heritage Farms, Circle & Sentiment - Verve Visual Wonderful Wishes
Paper: River Rock, Really Rust, Black, PapertreyInk White
Ink: River Rock, Really Rust, More Mustard, Cranberry Crisp, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Versamark Embossing ink
Accessories: sponges, crop a dial, eyelets, dimensionals, clear EP
Techniques: embossing, sponging

Friday, March 7, 2008

A Quick Horse


Happy Friday night everyone! Isn't it a great feeling to know the weekend is all ahead of you! I'm so psyched that I can sleep a little longer tomorrow morning - although I'm so used to getting up at 5:15 am each weekday - that I'm lucky if I sleep past 7 am and that seems late to me!! And then we go and lose an hour on Saturday night when we have to turn our clocks ahead - oh well!

Don't you just love this little pull toy horse by Stamps by Judith?! I saw it on a card on the cover of the March 2008 CardMaker Magazine and I knew I had to have it. It just looks so old fashioned and soft and cuddly to me! Some stamps just really speak to me KWIM??

Todays Limited Supplies Challenge at Split Coast was to make a quick mini card (no bigger than 4.25x4.25 which this is) using paper scraps and quick tools. I stamped the image on watercolor paper, colored it with Prismacolor watercolor pencils and then went over it with my water brush. Then I distressed the edges and layered it to a Sage Shadow panel which I then attached to the card with dimensionals. The DP's are by Stampin Up called Wintergreen and I cut a 4x4" square from each - then cut them in half diagonally - so now I have the DP ready to make a 2nd card!

The green on the horse matches the DP in real life - it looks a little bright in the picture.

Thanks so much for dropping by tonight! I'm sure we'll meet again over the weekend!

Stamps: Horse: Stamps by Judith, sentiment PSX
Paper: Sage Shadow, watercolor paper, DP: SU Wintergreen
Ink: Versafine Archival Onyx Black
Accessories: dimensionals, distresser, Prismacolor Watercolor pencils, waterbrush
Techniques: watercolor

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

How Frazzled are You Today??


Well - It's raining cats and dogs here right now! It started out as snow this afternoon - then turned to very wet snow - and then it warmed up a bit and changed again to a downpour of rain!

So I guess it's appropriate that my card today is a cat! and even a very frazzled cat! I love my new stamp by Stamps by Judith (can you tell I just bought a whole slew of stamps from them - my last few cards feature their stamps!)

I highly recommend that you buy their catalogue for $10. They have a lot more stamps then they show pictures of on their website - but you can order them all from their site - they are all listed on one of their web pages by number so you need the catalogue to know what they are - or you can click on them to see but it would take forever.... anyway - they have a ton of really cute stamps and sentiments so check them out!

So - back to my card! I made this for todays color challenge on SCS - to use River Rock, Black and White. I stamped up my frazzled cat on a panel I cut using a rectangle nestability die and then embossed it - doesn't he just look like he's had a very bad day today!! LOL!!

I used the Cross Hatch background stamp from Stampin Up. I hand cut around the sentiment with my pinking edge scissors. I frayed a piece of grosgrain ribbon by cutting off the bound edges and then ripping down the cross threads with a needle. Then I attached the ribbon to the back of the sentiment. I thought this all added to the feeling of 'Frazzle'! The sentiment is up on dimensionals. I think this is a great color combination!

Since we're on the topic of cats - I thought I'd share with you a few pictures of my two cats, Scout and Boo. They were named for characters in To Kill a Mockingbird (the daughter and the neighbor). The people who had them before us named them - we got them a year and a half ago when they were 2 years old - as the former owners could no longer keep them. They are sisters - Scout is smaller than Boo - and Boo tends to be shy and hides a lot (so aptly named Boo!)

This is Boo - she always extends her left arm out like this - I tell my husband she must have a bad shoulder like he does! She is certainly not frazzled here!

And this is Scout - you can see she is having a terribly distressing day also! We could all take lessons from cats on how to relax - especially the laying in the sun thing they do!

And here they are together for their professional portrait - can't believe I was able to snap this before they jumped away from each other. Boo is in the back and Scout in the front. They mostly ignore each other - or chase each other around the house!
Thanks for coming by my blog today! I'm going to post a bunch of round cards tomorrow - those are kind of fun to make!

Monday, February 25, 2008

A Mixed Recovery

Happy Monday everyone! Well, it was back to work for me today. At least it was sunny and warmed up enough by lunch time so that I could go out for a 40 minute walk. It's nice to get out and stretch my legs during the work day - especially since when I get home I want to get right into my stamping room to make my daily card!!

Here is my card for today's Try a New Technique on SCS - today we had to use a mix of patterns and figures of DP on a card. The sentiment and frame are from the Wonderful Wishes set by Verve Visual. I used the front and back of the SEI DP called Winnies Walls that I got from Eclectic Paperie on line- one side is flowered and the other side is dotted.
I used another cute new stamp I just got from Stamps by Judith - the big chicken comforting the little chicken (I think they are chickens!?!) The spots are also a stamp by Judith. I cut out one of the flowers from the DP and put it on the sentiment to tie it all together. The top of the flower and the two panels are up on dimensionals. I used my Nestabilities to cut the panels.
Using both figures and patterns certainly makes this card pop and would hopefully make the receiver feel better just looking at it!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

One Old Buzzard


Hi everyone - hope you are having a wonderful Sunday afternoon! It's sunny and 37 here right now and I just got back from an hours walk through our neighborhood with my husband. I needed some fresh air after working on my cards for a while. I need to be reminded to get out of my stamping room sometimes!

I made this birthday card for Beate's weekend sketch challenge seen here.

I used this fun new stamp and sentiment from Stamps By Judith. I stamped the buzzard on a piece of River Rock CS that I then punched with my nestability square and embossed. I mounted him to a Mellow Moss square that I also had punched and embossed.
I used my Scor-pal to border the sentiment panel and added black heart brads. Both panels are mounted on dimensionals.
The DP is by K & Co. Inside I stamped 'A year older; a lot cuter' - a fun sentiment from Penny Black that seemed to go well with my old buzzard theme!!
I figure the hearts and inside sentiment sort of soften the buzzard part!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Easter Bunny




Ok - so I'm making a quick hop to Easter with this card - jumped right over St. Patrick's Day - but don't fret I'll come back to that on another day!!

Today's card was made for the Sketch Challenge on SCS seen here . We have to make the card using the given sketch. I used some beautiful designer paper from Basic Grey called Two Scoops that I got on line at Eclectic Paperie. I stamped a scroll stamp over the dotted piece. I used my nestability dies on the bunny square and sentiment scalloped circle. I love the embossing feature you can create with these. I took my cue from Markie's Mom on SCS making dots all around the edges with my white gel pen (she does that on all her cards lately). This adorable bunny is from Stamps by Judith. I cut around the bunny's hands and slipped the carrot underneath them and you can see that he is now nibbling on it so he is a happy Easter bunny!
Let me know what you think of my bunny card - click comments below!

Paper: Certainly Celery, Buckaroo Blue: SU, White: PapertreyInk, DP: Basic Grey Two Scoops.
Stamps: bunny and carrot - Stamps by Judith, scroll - Basic Gray Figgy Pudding, Sentiment - Penny Black.
Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack
Supplies: Prismacolor markers, SU markers, white gel pen, dimensionals, nestabilities, circle punch.