Monday, May 26, 2008

Reality in Check

This card came about through a lot of trial and error. Had I only looked at my back issues of Technique Junkies I could have saved myself so much time and experimenting! Of course, I was not that logical, so I played with the idea for quite awhile until I created something that I liked.

Reality in Check
Flying Ballerina (Lost Coast); Never Let Reality (StampFrancisco)
Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On
Paper: BasicGrey Phoebe Presidio
Cardstock: Gable Green and Bravo Burgundy (Stampin Up)

For this card, I created a reverse mask of the Flying Ballerina stamp not including her flourishes or flowers. I used this reverse mask as a guide to adding bleach to a piece of Gable Green cardstock to create a ghost of the figure. I then stopped the bleaching process with heat. The heating step was an important one as I had tried the reverse, stamping then bleaching without heat only to find that my images became mere echoes of their former selves. After bleaching, I aligned the stamp with the bleached area and stamped with Timber Brown Staz-On.

The secondary color used for this card was inspired by the Presidio (BasicGrey) paper that I decided to use. The flowers so nicely mirrored those used in the stamp that the paper and stamp seemed destined to be together. To allow enough space on the card to actually see the beautiful background paper, I decided to use circles for my layout.

Originally, I looked at using "Believe" or "Imagine" for my sentiment but then while flipping through my Stamp Francisco unmounted binder I saw my "Never Let Reality" stamp and thought it worked well with the image and the young ballerina fairy's doleful expression.

Hope your reality did not get in the way of your dreams this wonderful long weekend!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Farm Fresh

I finally got my Country Girl plate from Oxford Impressions mounted so I decided to play a little. Here is the result.
Farm Fresh
Stamps: Country Girl plate (Oxford Impressions) & Chicken Wire (Rubbernecker)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Real Red, (Stampin Up) and white
Inks: Saddle Staz-On (loving the new colors!); Real Red, Bravo Burgundy (Stampin Up)

Hope everyone has a wonderfully fresh Memorial Day weekend!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Spring and Summer

The Colorful Friend Challenge continues! I had two more card sets to make for two very sweet young women. One chose the soft color of lilacs in the Spring as her favorite color. The other woman loves bold yellows like the summer sun. It was a lot of fun to try and reflect the "personalities of these colors".

Vintage Violet
Stamps: Lottie (Impression Obsession); Especially for You sentiment (unknown)
Cardstock: AC Moore lilac and dark purple; white
Inks: Elegant Eggplant (Stampin Up)
Other: Oval Scallop Punch and Oval Punch (Marvy Uchida)
Tool: corner rounder, paper piercer

Coneflower Summer Friend
coneflower and Mon Ami (Penny Black)
Cardstock: AC Moore Yellow and Tangerine; Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up); yellow, green and orange Marvy brush markers

I can't wait to get started on some more Summer cards!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Feeling Happily Blue

I like to share my cards with my friends. As a challenge for myself I asked 5 friends to tell me their favorite color and using that information and what I knew about them, I created a set of 4 cards for each of them.

The first was for a professor who is wild for sailing. Here is what I created for him:

Adjust Our Sails
Compass Rose (Art Impressions); Sailboat (PSX); and sentiment (Penny Black)
Cardstock: white; AC Moore light blue; Stampin Up Night of Navy; white
Ink: Ballet Blue & Night of Navy (Stampin Up)

The cutie below was done for a sweet friend of mine who always has a twinkle in her eye.

Little Things Cutie
Enjoy the Little Things (Penny Black); Big Hat Girl (Stamp Francisco)
Cardstock: AC Moore medium blue and navy blue; white
Ink: Midnight Blue Staz-On
Other: Cuttlebug Spots and Dots folder

This last card was made for a friend with a country kitchen. I decided to use a Technique Junkie technique called Aged Tiles to create this look.

Kitchen Tiles
: Chicken Wire (Rubbernecker); Rooster (Anna Griffin); Flower Scroll Corner (Inkadinkado); In My Thoughts (Penny Black)
Cardstock: AC Moore medium blue; ecru
Inks: Ballet Blue and Blue Brocade (Stampin Up); Midnight Blue Stazon; Antique Linen Distress Ink
Other: blue prima flower; blue brad; 2 brown buttons

I loved the challenge of working with a blue palette and making 3 very different cards. The remaining two card sets in the challenge coming soon.

Monday, May 12, 2008

For the Birds

I had lots of fun creating new designs centered on a bird theme over the weekend. Here are some of the results:

Keep a Green Bough
Stamps: Bird's Nest plate (Oxford Impressions)
Cardstock: Mellow Moss & Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Inks: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Old Olive (Stampin Up); Saddle Staz-On

Unexamined Life in Green
Stamps: Bird's Nest plate (Oxford Impressions)
Cardstock: Old Olive (Stampin Up); Light Tan (Paper Store)
Inks: Old Olive (Stampin Up); Vintage Photo & Antique Linen (Distress Ink)
Embellishments: 2 green buttons

And to get away from the greens and browns, although I do love them, I was inspired to make this card from the colors of the beautiful bluebird.

Come Fly Away Bluebird
Stamps: Stamps: Bird's Nest plate (Oxford Impressions); Weathered Wood backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Chocolate Chip & Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up); white
Inks: Ballet Blue & Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up); Timber Brown Staz-On
Tools: Various colored pencils; glue pen; glitter
Embellishments: gold brad, cream thread

Enjoy the birdsong outside too!
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