Thursday, April 30, 2009

Image Swap: Morning Glories

Recently, I participated in the Gingersnap Creations' Yahoo Group Spring image swap. This is a Stampin' Up! image I got from another member. Isn't it pretty? I used copic markers to color it in.

Morning Glory
Stamp: Morning Glory (Stampin' Up)
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Whisper White and Glorious Green (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copic Markers: B23, B32, B32, YG03, YG13, YG23, and YG95
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

More swap images coming up!

If you are interested in the current Gingersnap Creations image swap, just join the Yahoo Group and sign-up for the swap! This swap's theme is watercolor images and the deadline to get images to the swap host is May 15th!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Gentlemen Worth Remembering

I am rediscovering sponging. Springtime is always a time of freshness and renewal so I decided to try and go "back to basics" by trying some old standards in ways that I hadn't tried before.

This time, I added a light sponged background of teal, navy and caramel to this awesome group image from B-Line Designs. When I first learned to sponge, it was more to add a distressed look to the edges of my images or to add limited accents. Now, I am learning why it is such a popular technique for backgrounds.

I made this card for an entry in the latest color challenge from Gingersnap Creations.

Gentlemen Worth Remembering
Gentlemen and sentiment (B-Line Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Taken with Teal and Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Taken with Teal and Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Embellishments: 2 antique brass brads with 2 antique brass photo turns

Take some time to consider how to make today a yesterday worth remembering!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

GC08: Color Challenge

This month we are doing Tan, Teal and Blue for our color challenge at Gingersnap Creations!

I did a few cards for the challenge. Here is the first one!

Not Quite Blue Boy
boy collage and sentiment from Bluebird plate and flourishes from Serenity plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel and Taken with Teal (Stampin Up)
Ink: Taken with Teal and Creamy Caramel (Stampin Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento); Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, Tea Dye and a hint of Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink)
Copics: E00, E11, E33, B37 & BG15 - I got some new ones!
Other: clear embossing powder Tools: heat tool; distressing wheel (Tim Holtz); bone folder (distressing teal edges)

Stay tuned for more cards using this color combo! I love the way the navy makes the teal pop adds a warm neutral!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Believe in Yourself

I have been seeing so many lovely label cards online recently, I decided to dig out my supplies and make one myself.

Believe in Yourself
Soldier (Stampington); sentiment (Stamp Francisco)
Cardstock: Pale Plum and Ballet Blue (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Broken China, Mulled Lavendar and Faded Jeans (Ranger Distress Ink)
Other: computer labels (Avery)

Believe in yourself and bring out all those tried and true techniques and give them some exercise!

Dotty Washes and Fun Challenges

I began the day wanting to do a card for the recent Gingersnap Creations GC06 Chestnut Challenge - theme Gardening. Imagine my delight when I checked the Rubbernecker blog and saw that they too had a challenge - Wacky Wednesday #8: use buttons and/or chipboard! Whoohoo! Now, I had a theme and an embellishment to stimulate my creative juices.

I have been working with washes over the last few weeks so I thought it might add a nice touch to my garden card. To find out how to do a simple base wash, check out my tutorial on Gingersnap Creations .

I started with a simple base wash in Certainly Celery ink for this card. I wanted to vary the colors a bit more in this particular background so I tried this neat little trick. I dipped my fingers in clean water and made dots over the still wet wash.

I then blotted the excess water off with a paper towel.

The result looked a bit too spotty for my planned card.

My fix: I rewet my brush with clean water and brushed the entire background with water. I really liked how it all finished up with lots of small variations of color and shadow.

I used this simple background in conjunction with a large collage stamp with a garden theme from Rubbernecker Stamp Company along with a coordinating sentiment from the same company.

A Beauty All It's Own
Stamps: garden collage and sentiment (Rubbernecker Stamp Company)
Cardstock: Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Certainly Celery reinker and Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Embellishments: 2 celery buttons (s-e-i); fiber (EK Success)

Gotta love serendipity right?

My crazy schedule is calming down, so I hope to post more over the next couple of weeks!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sweet Pup

At a fun stamping night with a friend, I started fooling around with images from my Pets plate from Rare Image Rubber Stamps. What fun!

Here's my first card which uses a Technique Junkie technique called Burnt Edges.

Forget Me Not
pup from Pets plate (Rare Image Rubber Stamps); sentiment (B-Line Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress); Rich Cocoa (Memento)

Here's wishing everyone a glorious weekend!

Monday, April 20, 2009

GC07 Challenge: Roles ATC

I was honored to be able to create this month's Inspiration Challenge for Gingersnap Creations. This month, we are challenging people to get inspired by prose - either a book, magazine or newspaper. I had picked out this amazing book, The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho, as my jumping off point!

Here's a look at the book and the ATC:

For more information or for details and a close-up of my ATC, check out Gingersnap Creations!

Glamour Girl

I loved the theme for this week's Theme Thursday Challenge - Glamour Girls.

Here's my take on it:

Divine Diva
Rose (Rubbernecker Stamp Company)
Paper: blue flowers from Pocket Full of Posies Matstack (DCWV)
Cardstock: Perfect Plum (Stampin Up); watercolor
Ink: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Bashful Blue, and Certainly Celery reinkers (Stampin Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Superfine white embossing powder (Ranger)

The background for this lovely lady is a variegated watercolor wash. To see how I made it, go to the tutorial on Gingersnap Creations!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Plum Fashions

I love these dressmaker dummies from B-Line and they have created a fab sentiment to go with it! I had to add some stitching using a new Technique Junkie technique called Faux Stitching.

Dress Maker's Forms and sentiment (B-Line Designs)
Paper: eggplant pattern from Pocket Full of Posies Matstack (DCWV)
Cardstock: Pale Plum (Stampin Up); watercolor
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pale Plum (Stampin' Up)
Tools: paint brush & palette
Embellishments: 5 black snap halves (basic sewing supplies)

To see how I did the watercolor wash background, visit Gingersnap Creations!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Delightful Surprise from Ann

Ann, over at Ann's Imagination Creations, has been kind enough to honor me with the Renee Award along with 7 other wonderful artists. The Renee Award was created by Bella ( and Ces ( who wanted to show appreciation of the impact their friend Renee made on their lives.

This award is meant, according to Bella, to be given to those that, like Renee, are like "the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns…".

In Celtic mythology, the oak was the tree of doors, a gateway between worlds. I love that I have had so many sweet people to help open the door to art and to guide me into the world of creativity!

So, I am passing this on to other artists that have inspired me with their art and their kindness in my growth as a papercrafting artist.

Alpha order as I could never put these in any particular order. All these ladies are amazing artists and wonderful people!

Ali: New England Stamper

Ann: Created by Ann

Debby: Debby's Stuff

Gerrie: Queen of Grunge

Lynn: Trash to Treasure Art

Manna: Out of the East

Nancy: Inkblocks

Vicki: Stamped Smiles

I hope you enjoy checking out these extraordinary artists and their amazing blogs!

Of course, there are a ton more people who inspire me, support me and are just all around amazing people that make me smile everyday! The world of stamping has introduced me to so many creative and kind people there is no way to count my blessings - they are infinite!
Thanks again, Ann!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Off the Bunnies, but Still with Penny Black

I just love these Penny Black images for watercoloring! Today, I have abandoned my bunny fixation and I am onto more serious subject matter.

The new Gingersnap Creations Garden Challenge inspired me to pick out this old favorite. The image is so detailed that I really wanted to just show it off so I did a very simple layout. Hope you like it!

Garden Potpourri
Garden Nesting (Penny Black)
Paper: pink lace from Classic Mat Stack (DieCuts with a View)
Cardstock: Real Red and Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Ruby Red, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Bordering Blue, More Mustard, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Mellow Moss and Certainly Celery
Tools: aquapainter (Stampin Up)

If you would like to see the steps for watercoloring this card, please visit Gingersnap Creations. I also posted a step-by-step guide to yesterday's bunny card.

If you love watercoloring yourself, consider joining the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group's image swap. The theme this month is watercoloring!

To join in the swap, join the group. It's a fun place with low stress and lots of fun!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Is She On that Bunny Kick Again?

Well, yes and no. I do love these cuddly creatures from Penny Black and I did buy yet another bunny this year (okay two) but I am really more about the watercoloring than the sweet, cuddly, fluffy rabbits. Okay, it may have a little something to do with the bunnies.

For the layout, I was inspired by the challenge at Stamp Something to use a lot of shapes (well, I used a few here) and the wonderful sketch at Our Creative Corner which had, coincidentally, lots of shapes in it. As to the colors....well, I guess I was feeling in a "bright" mood.

Peaking Bunny
Pansy Bunny (Penny Black)
Paper: green gingham, hot pink dragonfly paper (unknown from my scrap drawer); orange with hot pink flowers from Pocket Full of Posies Matstack (DCWV)
Cardstock: Rose Red and Garden Green (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink, and Pixie Pink (Stampin Up); Timber Brown (StazOn)
Tools: acrylic block, Aquapainter and a little paper towel, circle cutter, Crop-o-dile
Embellishments: 3 small green eyelets and 2 large orange eyelets

If you would like a step-by-step guide as to how I went about watercoloring this adorable little bunny, just visit Gingersnap Creations where I just posted a whole tutorial.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Seeing Pink Elephants Again!

I had fun with the last Pink Elephant challenge I did so I decided to pop by and see what they were up to this week. The new challenge was to use Pink, Green and Yellow in a card. At first, I thought "no way" as visions of bad '80s blouses galloped through my head. Then, I started to play with the idea and came up with something very soft and serene.

Madame L'Artiste
Stamp: Sketch Artist (B Line Designs)
Paper: yellow daisy paper (from old ProvoCraft stack)
Cardstock: Garden Green (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Garden Green, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Regal Rose, Pixie Pink, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, So Saffron and Blush Blossom
Tools: oval cutting system (Creative Memories); aquapainter (Stampin Up)

If you like this card, visit Gingersnap Creations tomorrow when I will be doing a step-by-step watercoloring guide of another project.

Also of interest, Gingersnap Creations just announced its new image swap theme and it's watercoloring! For more information, go to the announcement.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Da Vinci Notebook

When I saw that the Wednesday Stamper Challenge was Bella Italia, all I could think about was Leonardo Da Vinci. Could be that he jumped into my head because my daughter is knee-deep in a Renaissance project at school. Who can tell from where inspiration will spring?

Once I thought Da Vinci, all I could think of was notebook. I rifled through my drawers until I came across this amazing paper by Design Originals. I hardly needed any stamping to add to this wonderful and rich paper but I wanted to add my own mark to it. I dug out my Da Vinci self-portrait from my Stampington collection and a favorite phrase from River City Rubber Works. Armed with these and a healthy amount of Tea Dye distress ink, I was ready to create!

Da Vinci Notebook
Da Vinci self-portrait (Stampington); Find Your Passion (River City Rubber Works)
Paper: Da Vinci from the Lisa Vollrath line (Design Originals)
Cardstock: Barely Banana - front cover & Chocolate Chip - back cover (Stampin Up)
Ink: Saddle Brown (StazOn); Tea Dye (Ranger Distress Ink)
Tools: Xyron

See how pretty this designer paper is? Just yummy! A little sponging and I was done!

So what were you up to this weekend?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Parties and Patterns

Spring always makes me feel like having a party! Nature certainly is having its own celebration!

This card was inspired by both the Weekend Sketch Challenge #76 over at Just Give Me Stamps and the Gingersnap Creations Spring Color Inspiration. To check out where I got the color scheme from visit

Party! Dress
Stamps: Dress (Paper Salon); party sentiment from G Studio Mini-set (Hampton Art)
Paper: Adorned Dots and Glamorous Garland from Penelope's Potpourri line (s-e-i); designer paper (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Tools: circle cutting system (Creative Memories)

Have yourself a party of the spirit!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My First Moo

I have wanted to try out these tiny treasures for awhile. Moos are small works like ATCs but measure a small but mighty 1.1" x 2.8" (or 2.8 cm x 7 cm for my metric friends). A very small space but a fun way to really focus on a theme!

This week's challenge on Make a Moo or Two was "Yellow Easter". As I already had lots of yellow and lots of Easter things out, I decided to give it a try.

So here's my very first Moo ever:

Happy Easter Moo
Happy and Easter from Mix and Match Greetings (Stampington)
Collage Image: little girl with flowers from (Enchanted Mercantile)
Paper: Mellow Yellow Dot (Bo Bunny)
Cardstock: Rose Red (Stampin Up); generic black
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Background photo decoration: tissue paper carnations by my talented daughter

See you tomorrow when more challenges will abound!

Easter Wishes and Passover Greetings

My family is blessed with two heritages to celebrate at this time of year, Christian and Jewish. Passover started on Wednesday night and we had a wonderful seder with my husband's family. Today, we celebrated Easter!

The wonderful sunshine outside made me want to use happy spring colors. I was inspired by the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #63 Sketch.

I was very literal this time and decided to make a flower embellishment so this is a very close interpretation of the sketch.

Happy Easter Chicks!
Collage Image:
child with chicks from Vintage Easter (Enchanted Mercantile)
Paper: Mellow Yellow Dot (Bo Bunny); designer paper (Stampin Up); blue butterfly paper (from an old stack long gone)
Cardstock: Yoyo Yellow, Rose Red, and Garden Green (Stampin Up)
Punches: nesting flowers, medium and small (Marvy Uchida)
Embellishments: large gold brad

On to Passover! Another sketch challenge intrigued me. I tried out Dawny's Sketch #12 at Papertake Weekly Challenge.

I just love this dove stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. It's so rustic and beautiful. I used markers to color and shade the bird and branch before stamping it on watercolor paper. I added a sentiment from my Hebrew Holidays set from Stampin Up.

Happy Pesach!
dove with branch (Cornish Heritage Farms); Happy Pesach and star of David from Hebrew Holidays (Stampin Up)
Paper: Old Olive stripes (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy and Old Olive (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Markers: Not Quite Navy and Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 6 square antique copper brads (Making Memories)

Whatever you celebrate even if it is just the arrival of Spring, have a wonderful and peace-filled day!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A New Dawn

I am trying my hand at this same butterfly motif that I did last month in the style of Michelle Zindorf. The stamps are from Stone House and I really love them.

New Dawn
butterfly from Almost Art Nouveau plate and primroses (?) from 17th Century Flower and Bugs plate (Stone House Stamps)
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Apricot Appeal (Stampin Up)
Copics: sorry I was swept away with creativity and forgot to write them down
Other: Versamarker, clear embossing powder and heat tool

I started by stamping the butterfly and flowers in Memento. Then, I colored them in. Once the alcohol markers were dry (not long at all), I used my Versamarker to go over all the colored areas. I then coated those areas with embossing powder and heat embossed it. I was then free to sponge away with all my fun yellows and oranges without fear of wrecking my image. I sponged and then wiped the embossed areas with a soft cloth to get off any residual ink.

Hope you are having an amazing Saturday! I hope your weekend dawns with the spirit of Springtime!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Simple Bird Song

April is flying by and I have WAY too much to do on a daily basis, but I am still trying to fit in a few minutes of stamping each day as I find creative endeavor refreshes my mind.

I made this card using the Bluebird plate from Artistic Outpost. I love these birds on a wire. I thought that they looked so striking on their own that I decided to not to add any further stamping to my card. Instead, I used a old scrap of Stampin' Up! designer paper. I added a little new life to a well-loved and oft-used pattern by adding white highlights with a gel pen.

Simple Bird Song
birds on a wire from Bluebird plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: designer paper series (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Night of Navy and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Night of Navy (Stampin Up); white gel pen

Sing a simple song this weekend!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Showing Off Elephants

I am back to the Block Collage technique, another great Technique Junkies gem. I keep going back to this collage technique again and again. It produces simple yet elegant cards in a relatively short amount of time.

Greatest Show on Earth
elephant on ball, and dots from Send in the Clowns plate and ticket, peanut elephant and sentiment from Vintage Circus plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum and Almost Amethyst (Stampin Up)
Tools: sponges

Don't forget to put a ticket to adventure into your schedule this week!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

In the Center Ring

During my blurfing (blog surfing), I came across The Pink Elephant's latest recipe challenge! This week the recipe was to use stamps, embossing and a punch. I decided to go in a totally different direction with this one.

I stamped this sweet clown from Artistic Outpost in black on white. I embossed the clown using my Versamarker and clear embossing powder. Next, I used my new scalloped circle punch to create an reverse mask. I sponged Real Red ink from the outer edges into the center of the mask. I gently wiped off any excess ink that strayed onto the clown with a soft cloth. I matted the whole thing on a panel which was dry embossed with the Cuttlebug Bloom Dots embossing folder.

In the Center Ring
clown from Send in the Clowns plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Whisper White and Real Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Real Red (Stampin Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embossing: Clear Embossing Powder (Judikins)
Tools: large scalloped circle (Marvy); Bloom Dots Embossing Folder and Cuttlebug machine (Provocraft)

I'm almost finished clowning around!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Vintage Circus Poster

I love this background image from Artistic Outpost's Vintage Circus plate. While I think it makes an exquisite background, it has such a great interplay of images and a wonderful energy all its own that I decided to make it my focal image.

I used the Chalk Lines technique from the latest issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter.

Vintage Circus Poster
circus poster from Vintage Circus plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Old Olive and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Dark Cocoa (Memento)
Chalk: Old Olive, More Mustard and Bravo Burgundy (Stampin Up)
Sealant: hairspray - yup, I was too lazy today to dig out my sealant!

Have a fabulous day and think about what might have been had you really run off to the circus when you were a child!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Three Colors, Two Techniques, One Image

Today, I was perusing the latest Technique Junkies newsletter again and this time my eye caught the Cuttlebug Stamp technique. Such a neat idea! To get all the details, you need to get the newsletter!

My Drywall Stitching still needs practice. It is a little crooked again but I am thinking it adds "character".

Learn How to Fly
Butterfly from Happiness plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Summer Sun, More Mustard, Pixie Pink and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: More Mustard (Stampin Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: RV11, V06, Y15, YR23
Marker: Black (Marvy)
Tools: cuttlebug machine and Floral Fantasy embossing folder (Provocraft)

Come by Gingersnap Creations on April 6th for our Manufacturer's Spotlight featuring an interview with Robyn Phelan Sharp, one of the owners of Artistic Outpost!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Kiss of Sun

I don't have much leisure time this week So, to still get some stamping in, I am trying out some of the great quick techniques from the lastest Technique Junkies newsletter.

First, I got out my copic markers to do some quick coloring on the "boy in the garden" image from Rare Image Rubber Stamp's Garden plate. I liked the way the image turned out and it seemed to sing "home-spun" to me so I decided to try out Drywall Stitching from the newsletter. This is a great technique and I have never done faux stitching so fast before! Of course, the stitching looks like my real sewing projects so it's not exactly straight.

I really enjoyed doing the Technique Junkie Chalk Line technique on Wednesday, so I thought I would give that another try as an interesting but subtle background for the sentiment I wanted to use. I am in love with this simple and fantastic looking technique. To get all the details on these fun techniques, you'll just have to subscribe to the newsletter! It's well worth the money!

The picture took about 5 minutes to color in but I am slow in choosing colors. The rest of the card went together in about another 10 minutes. 15 minutes, 2 techniques, 1 great image and 1 lovely sentiment! Who could ask for anything more of a quiet Friday morning? Probably a lovely cup of tea but I haven't gotten around to that yet.

Kiss of Sun
boy and sentiment from the Garden plate (Rare Image Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Whisper White, More Mustard and Garden Green (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); black marker (Marvy)
Copics: B23, B32, B26, C1, C3, C5, C7, E09, E33, E37, G07, G17, G24, Y23, Y26, YG03, YG23, YR00, and YR14 (can you tell my daughter got me more lovely markers for my birthday?)
Embellishments: one stray mustard button from my drawer
Sealant: Clear Acrylic Sealer (Plaid)

My friend, Alison, has some great April celebrations listed on her blog. My favorites of the list were National Garden Month and No Housework Day (April 7). No Housework Day is definitely an inspiring theme! Check back on the 7th to see what I did with that one!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Little Daffodil Delight

I am so excited! My Technique Junkies newsletter came in the mail yesterday! I just had to try some of the techniques out right away.

Today, I decided to try Chalk Lines. I also to try out a sketch challenge from Stamp Something. I really love this daffodil image from Rare Image Rubber Stamps so I decided to make it the focal point of the card! I first colored it with copics and then I made 2 background tiles using the Chalk Line technique which is extremely fast and easy. This quick background is destined to become a staple for me.

Daffodil Delight
Daffodil (Rare Image Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Yoyo Yellow, Garden Green, Real Rust, and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E09, E29, E37, G07, G17, W1, Y11, Y13, Y15, YG95, YR27
Chalks: Yoyo Yellow, Barely Banana, Summer Sun, Handsome Hunter, Garden Green and Sage Shadow: (Stampin Up)
Sealant: Clear Acrylic Sealer (Plaid)

I love this Garden plate I just got from Rare Image Rubber Stamps! Check back soon for more with this plate.
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