Sunday, June 29, 2008

Feathered Friends

Guess I am still on the bird kick. Here is one for Autumn and one for right now.

For the owl card, I used one of the Technostamper's Monday Challenge layouts. This one goes way back but it is a favorite of mine. Of course, I had to alter it slightly with the tilted central image. I cannot seem to leave those images straight lately!

Owls on a Fence
Owls on a Fence (Third Coast Rubber Stamps)
Paper: unknown
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and Bravo Burgundy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 4 gold brads

Give a hoot!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Calling Fowl

My manic Monday produced two more bird themed cards. These cards are both from recently received new rubber. Gotta love new rubber!

Winged Clarity
Stamps: Sillouettes (Inque Boutique); Clarity (Invoke Arts)
Paper: BasicGrey Perhaps Sari per 740
Cardstock: Rose Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rose Red (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: manilla tag (Staples - yes, Staples! - they come in a big box...just lovely); 1 large antique brass brad

What a great quote on this stamp! I added a smidgen of color in the butterflies but otherwise left the sillouette feel.

Bird Song
Bird song quote from Serenity plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: BasicGrey Pattern Paper Sugered
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up); generic white
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: pink ribbon from Joann Fabrics' dollar bin
Other: More Mustard (Stampin Up); No. 66 Rose Red (Marvy Marker)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Photo Frenzy

I had a stamping flurry on Monday. It was great! My house is now a complete mess but I had fun.

For this particular card, I knew I wanted to use this stamp and this paper and I just worked from there. The photo corners grew out of the vintage feel of the stamp. Once I added the corners, I needed something to balance them out so I added the band and perked that up with the brads.

Cherish Cherub
XOX Fairy (Alpha Stamps); Cherish (Invoke Arts)
Paper: BasicGrey Pattern Paper Boxer Fedora
Cardstock: generic white; generic black; Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Ink: Always Artichoke and Handsome Hunter (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 4 black photo corners; 2 moss brads

The second card also has a photo feel. I love this paper (wish I could remember where I got it) and I started with it as a springboard. The base card was easy as Almost Amethyst (Stampin Up) perfectly matched the purple hues in the paper. Next I picked an accent color. I have always been drawn to purple and blue so I picked Night of Navy (Stampin Up) which gave a nice deep contrast to the light and airy purple. The rest just grew out of fooling around with the idea of Follow Your Heart (stamp by River City Rubber Works).

Always in Amethyst
Two Women from Passages plate (Paperbag Studios); Always Follow Your Heart (River City Rubber Works)
Paper: purple and gorgeous but unknown (I cut it a long time ago and threw it in the scrap drawer)
Cardstock: generic white; Night of Navy and Almost Amethyst (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: heart-shaped paper clip

Tomorrow, two more cards from my Monday Mania.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Feeling Patriotic

I got some great new stamps in the mail. So what else is new right? I seem to have been getting many fun packages lately. The new part is actually having the time to USE them! Whoohoo! I stamped 8 new cards in the last 24 hours. Great fun!

Today, I was inspired by the upcoming holiday. Surprisingly, I made a traditional card. Who would have guessed?

Red, White and Blue
Flag from Hero Plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: BasicGrey Pattern Paper Fedora Wide Tie
Cardstock: generic white and black; SU Ruby Red and Brilliant Blue
Ink: Staz-On Jet Black

Now, traditional is not really my thing. So I had to make a second July 4th card that did not follow any of the rules. Not a huge surprise, I am sure.

Believe in US
Star Screen Collage (River City Rubber Works)
Paper: Daisy Bucket Designs Garden Gate Poppy Petals
Cardstock: Natural (Paper Store); Bravo Burgundy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 3 square antique brass brads - small

Stay tuned for some of my other creations.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Markered Thank You

This card represents my first attempts at using Copic markers. The picture was colored using a Ciao set graciously lent to me by my friend, Ali. After playing with them for awhile, I decided I liked the way they give consistency in texture and blending.

Rusty Thank You
Thank You So Much (Sincere Salutations - Stampin' Up); Susie (Beeswax)
Cardstock: strong yellow (Paper Store), Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Paper: BoBunny Buttercup Dots
Inks: Timber Brown Stazon; Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Markers: Ciao markers, several colors
Embellishments: plaid ribbon
Tools: scallop punch; oval punch; ticket punch

This week my husband surprised me with an unbirthday present of 72 Copic sketch markers. Guess I will be doing more markered art shortly.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Beach Breezes

I just got this fun new set of acrylics from Impression Obsession. I managed to use almost all the stamps in the Nautical set on this one card.

Listen to the Symphony

Stamps: Nautical (Impression Obsession)
Ink: Distress Ink Tea Dye
Cardstock: Paper Store medium tan, marbled sand, medium blue, dark blue
Embellishments: twine
Tools: ticket punch, oval punches

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cherries and Childhood

I was inspired by this great paper by Graphic 45 Times Nouveau Bee's Knees. The cherries were calling to me. I paired it with a lovely image from Paperbag Studios' Quasi plate.

Cherries and Childhood
Stamps: Quasi plate (Paperbag Studios)
Paper: Graphics 45 Times Nouveau - Bee's Knees
Cardstock: Real Red and Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); Distress Ink Tea Dye
Other: sponging (Distress Ink Tea Dye)

This second card has no stamping but I just had to make it. This little girl is too cute in her kilt! I found this old photograph, scanned it and printed it on transparency paper to create the overlay for the patterned rose paper. The trick was finding the right background paper so as not to overshadow the image but still have an essense of pattern visible.

Hope in Roses
photo printed on laser
Paper: ProvoCraft stack yellow roses
Cardstock: AC Moore Yellow
Tools: ticket punch (Stampin Up); Crop-a-dile
Other: yellow flower eyelets

Have a fun and sunny day!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Journey in Denim

This car collage stamp was one of the first stamps that I purchased when I started stamping. I still love it and use it often.

I wanted to create a "guy" card so I started going through my blue papers. To my delight, I happened on this excellent denim paper from Me & My Big Ideas. I had another happy moment when I began to ink the edges with Night of Navy (Stampin' Up) ink and it produced a look of folds around the edges.

Journey is the Destination
The Car (Stampington & Company); Journey is the Destination (Paperbag Studios from the Dream Notions plate)
Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up); white
Paper: Denim (Me & My Big Ideas)
Inks: Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue (Stampin' Up); Midnight Blue Staz-On
Tools: bone folder for distressing edge

I had envisioned this card as a possible Father's Day card, however, a friend of mine pointed out its potential as a graduation card as well. Who knew?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Circular Reasoning

I found this paper during a Stamp Store Bus Tour run by my local stamp store, Ink About It. I fell madly in love with its tangerine flourishes instantly. I knew when I bought it that I had no idea what I would do with it, but I bought it anyway.

The layout I decided to use is similar to the one I used in Reality in Check. I simply turned it upside down. It is turning out to be a very versatile card recipe.

Flying Imagination
Stamps: Doodled Bird (Alpha Stamps); Imagine (Serendipity)
Cardstock: White
Paper: Organic Honeysuckle (Bo Bunny) - both sides
Inks: Only Orange (Stampin Up)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Bird Brained

My stamping took another birding turn this week.

This card was inspired by the Color Collage technique in the last Technique Junkies newsletter. The Daisy D's Moda paper has such great colors in it that it was easy to find colors to use for this mini-collage. I was able to match several colors in the paper with Stampin' Up inks. To re-enforce the red in the paper, I used red for the central bird image as well as the sentiment.

Come Fly Collage
Stamps: Bird's Nest plate (Oxford Impressions)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Taken with Teal (Stampin' Up); deep red (AC Moore)
Paper: Daisy D's Moda
Ink: So Saffron, Taken with Teal, Real Red, Apricot Appeal, Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up)
Embellishments: cream thread

Using a great stamp from Stampington & Company, I wanted to create a simple card. The image is fairly involved so I was looking for texture rather than pattern in the background paper. This grey weathered wood paper from a long forgotten scrap pack seemed to be a good fit.

Weathered Love
Robin Script Heart (Stampington & Company); Love (Oxford Impressions from the My Story plate)
Cardstock: AC Moore light grey and deep red
Paper: grey weathered wood (unknown)
Ink: Colorbox Chianti
Embellishments: 4 silver square brads
Tools: small heart punch, paper piercer

Off to feed my inspirations. The bird feeders in the yard need to be topped up!
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