August 30, 2007
I know, I seem to be on a bird kick lately but these little things are so cute. I really like the color combo, though it looks better in person. Night of Navy doesn’t photograph well. I unraveled hemp twine and put it under one of the eyelets. I watercolored the image and sponged ink onto the edges. Used a scissors to distress the cardstock and put the sentiment on dimensionals. I promise to start looking at my other stamps again!
Stamps – Feathered Hope, Happy Harmony Paper – Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Old Olive Accessories – Watercolor crayons, sponge, eyelets, hemp twine, dimensionals
August 29, 2007
Here is my card for today’s sketch challenge. I love Penny Black stamps and this flower is one of the first ones I bought. I struggled a little to get this together but it was such a fun challenge to do! I think I might try this one again and see if it’s any easier. Browsing through the gallery for the challenge was amazing. There are so many talented stampers out there that inspire me.
I stamped the images in Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery. The scallop border was done using the slit punch and I “hand cut” the photo corners by cutting 1″ squares into triangles and cutting off the top points. The butterfly is on dimensionals and Waterfall Stickles is on both images.
Stamps – Penny Black Casual, Touch of Nature, Feathered Hope (branch background) Paper – Very Vanilla, Brocade Blue, LeJardin DP, River Rock Accessories – ribbon, slit punch, Chalk Pastels (used Versamark for the branch background & Bashful Blue chalk), non SU brads, dimensionals, Waterfall Stickles
August 29, 2007
I have always wanted to try the one one layered cards. There are some in the gallery on SCS that simply put, are stunning. I will work on this technique because there is something to be said for an elegant card without all the frills.
I fell in love with this set after Carol RAK’d me and sent me the image of a bird on a basket of apples. I cut an oval with my Coluzzle and sponged the background in Night of Navy. These three birds are so adorable and I just couldn’t resist stamping them over the pine branch. I watercolored the birds and branch, then used my white gel pen on the pines and pine cones to look like snow. I also added Fruit Punch Stickles to the berries for a little sparkle. I had some ribbon that I bought last summer but have never used that I tied on top. I know the card looks white in the picture, but I used Very Vanilla for the card base which I felt gave it a softer look.
August 22, 2007
As promised, here is another card using one of my favorite sets! This was for the Card Sketch challenge from SCS. I really enjoy participating in the challenges. I think it has made me grow as a stamper and has given me new ideas to think about that I wouldn’t ordinarily try.
I started out using Bashful Blue as the card base and accent color, however, I wasn’t liking it at all. I have had River Rock for a few months now and have not been too motivated to use it, but felt the motivation coming on when I realized that my DP went well with it. Turns out that I was still able to use Bashful Blue as an accent color, just in a different way. I cut out the fern and olive branch and attached them separately. The main image is on dimensionals and added a little bit of stickles in Lime and Fruit Punch.
Stamps – Touch of Nature Paper – River Rock, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, LeJardin Accessories – non SU ribbon & brads, corner ticket punch, stickles, dimensionals, sponging (for bird), blender pen (for branch)
August 18, 2007
I liked the color combo so much from my previous post that I used it again for this one. I wanted a to make a thank you for someone on SCS who has gone out of her way (while on vacation!) to help me out and help resolve a problem (hope you’re not reading this!).
You’ll be happy to know that I did not use any stickles on this card!! Hope you’re not getting too bored with how often I use this set…because (brace yourself) I’m sure you’ll be seing more of it!
Stamps – Touch of Nature, Much Appreciated Paper – LeJardin DP, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla Ink – Always Artichoke, So Saffron Accessories – eyelets, hemp twine, paper piercer
August 17, 2007
If you haven’t guessed by now, I use Touch of Nature all the time! I wanted to use the color combos that the LeJardin DP had in it. I think I ruined it with the stickles, but I couldn’t resist!
The flower was stamped and then stamped again and cut out to give it a 3D effect. The butterfly was also cut out and positioned on the edge of the image.
Stamps – Touch of Nature, Wonderful Favorites, Paper – LeJardin DP (SU), So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla Accessories – organza ribbon, round tab punch, brads, stickles
August 16, 2007
I absolutely love Paper Trey’s Green Thumb! The problem is that I seem to not be able to make anything worthwhile with it! I was close to trading it but wasn’t quite ready to give up yet. Here are some simple cards I tried out. Yes, I know, nothing to write home about (just my silly blog!) but these are not “hard on the eyes” like my other tries!
The only “creative” thing I did was stamp the border on the scalloped circle punch and then added a white dot with my white gel pen. I also used the slit punch to create the scalloped edge on the smaller card.
Stamps – Green Thumb Paper – Certainly Celery, Whisper White Ink – Certainly Celery Accessories - Celery ribbon, Lime stickles, white gel pen, circle punch, scallop circle punch
August 16, 2007
I decided to give the split negative technique a try from SCS. I wanted to try it with something other than black and white (even though I really like how that looks). I used white craft ink on the red. I did add stickles to the snowflake which proved to ruin the effect, however, it was worth a try!
I also added snowflakes to the layer of Soft Sky card stock with my white craft ink and because I’m impatient I did use my heat gun to help it dry faster. The image and sentiment are both on dimensionals.
Stamps – The Snowflake Spot Paper – Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Sky Ink – White Craft Ink, Real Red, Soft Sky Accessories – Christmas Red & Crystal Stickles, brushed silver brads, white eyelets, organza ribbon, dimensionals
August 8, 2007
Today I was able to play with the Card Sketch Challenge on SCS. I really enjoyed this one! I decided this set would be perfect for today’s challenge!
Stamps – It’s Snow Time, Paper – Soft Sky, Whisper White, Ink- Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Wasabi Green, Groovy Guava, Purely Pomegranate, Accessories – White gel pen, Stickles, dimensionals (for the image), circle punch, scallop punch
August 8, 2007
Good morning! I have had this card for a little while…I wanted to give it to my friend before she saw it (hi, Karen!).
I finally had the courage to cut into my designer paper in Soft Sky. *laughing* I know, bad, but sometimes I can’t help myself. I embossed the background using Stylized Flowers (Cuttlebug) and then sponged white craft ink on it to make it pop a little. I then used my punches and punched out the butterfly and the scallop and put them on dimensionals. Used a white gel pen for the border, added a little ribbon and I was done!
Stamps – Touch of Nature, Sincere Salutations Paper – DP Soft Sky, Whisper White Ink – Blue Bayou, White Craft Ink, Soft Sky Accessories – Scallop punch, circle punch, dimensionals, white gel pen, ribbon, silver cord, sponge, Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers embossing folder