Thursday, July 24, 2008

Marking the Season

Summer is flying past. I guess I was really feeling that way the other day when I created this definitely Autumn card.

I have had this great pumpkin trio from Stubby Stampers for awhile. I decided it would be a great image to use to try out my copic markers. I am still working on getting the hang of the coloring and blending. Copics are definitely different than using my Marvy brush markers.

Pumpkin Trio
pumpkin trio (Stubby Stampers)
Cardstock: Mellow Moss (Stampin Up)
Paper: Verbena Green Leafy Swirls Flat Paper (K & Co.)
Ink: variety of Copic markers (YR04, YR07, YG95, E37) and a blending pen
Embellishments: 2 antique brass eyelets (large), 1/4" brown ribbon (about 4 inches)
Tools: oval circle cutter patterns (Creative Memories), Crop-a-dile

I mimicked the color of the pumpkin and its foliage with the cardstock and paper. The brown ribbon is a nod to the stem. I don't do many ribbon cards and I have never used ribbon in this way, so it was fun to fiddle around with this card. I popped the main oval up with some pop dots to give a wee bit more dimension. I don't often use pop dots but they do come in handy for projects like this.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Feathered Quote

I have always loved this passage from Emily Dickinson, "Hope is the thing with feathers". As I have been creating a lot bird cards lately, I thought this quote and a nod to something else with feathers would make a cute pairing.

I just got this paper. Isn't it yummy? It's from Daisy D's. I realized that what drew me to the paper was the wonderful color combination. To match the colors, I just turned to my Stampin Up papers. Works everytime! I used Real Red, Elegant Eggplant and Summer Sun to match the hues in the paper.

The difficult part of this card was deciding on the ink. I tried the purple but it didn't show enough contrast. Strangely, it did not immediately occur to me to use the red. I think I will use this combination again. I love the red against this warm yellow paper.

Hope and Feathers

Stamps: Hope is the Thing with Feathers (Serendipity Stamps); Bird tag from Nature Tags (Invoke Arts)
Cardstock: Real Red, Elegant Eggplant and Summer Sun (Stampin Up)
Paper: Autumn Blossoms (Daisy D's)
Ink: Real Red (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 1 antique brass brad
Tools: paper piercer

Friday, July 18, 2008

Color Shift

I really liked the card above when I made it. The layout is a Technostamper Monday Challenge from January 21. I originally used it to make use of some great burgundy scraps I had after making a number of monochrome cards. I was going through old cards and wondered if this card would survive a color shift. I substituted turquoise for burgundy and used navy to add contrast. The card below shows the result.

Love in Turquoise
Love from the Beloved Plate (Oxford Impressions)
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Night of Navy (Stampin Up)
Paper: Print Designer Series Tempting Turqouise (Stampin Up)
Ink: Night of Navy (Stampin Up) - also used to sponge over image
Embellishments: hearts punched from Night of Navy
Tools: heart punch

I think it worked out with the new color scheme. The turquoise gives the card a fresh feel. I think I found another non-traditional Valentine's card! I wonder what it would look like in chocolate brown and pink? No...too cliche. Maybe green or orange....

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beelieve in Yourself

At the Heirloom Convention in June, I got some great stamps from Invoke Arts. This card was designed with their Bees sheet and a saying from their Script Words sheet. I chose some soft colors to reinforce the honey theme.

Beelieve in Yourself
Stamps: Bees plate and Script Words plate (Invoke Arts)
Cardstock: More Mustard, So Saffron (Stampin Up)
Inks: More Mustard, Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: Prima flower and a caramel brad, medium
Tools: corner rounder
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