Saturday, May 30, 2009

ASCC #10: You Make Me Smile

Kimm at Artful Sentiments keeps those great color combinations coming!

This week the colors for the challenge are:

E47, E11, RV21

For this challenge, I had E11 but not E47. I used E44 instead. I didn't have anything close to RV21 at all so I left it out! The great thing about the Artful Sentiments' Copic Color Challenge is that you can use 1, 2 or 3 of the colors in the challenge each week - whatever creatively works!

For this challenge, I was inspired by a fellow stamper's fun blog theme of monkeys to create this card. Check out Manna's fun blog and her always fabulous art!

For my card, I made this fun-sized card using a Technique Junkies technique called Triple Play. It fits in a No. 10 size envelope and lets you have a ton more room to play than a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card.

The outside:

The inside:

A close-up:

You Make Me Smile
monkeys (DeNami Designs)
Paper: The Mighty Jungle and Funky Monkey (Reminisce)
Cardstock: pale yellow (DCWV); Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: E09, E11, E25, E33, E44, Y15, Y11, YG13, and YG23

For details on the challenge, check out the Artful Sentiments blog!

Time to Get Back to Work

I just came back from the land of Alice and Wonderland. While I didn't go there this trip across the pond, I have visited Oxford, England on previous visits. Oxford was the home of the "real" Alice in Wonderland and the author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson who is more popularly known as Lewis Carroll.

I figured it was time to get back to work after my two-week vacation in the sometimes-sunny UK. Nothing makes me think about keeping on time more than the White Rabbit. I love this time-obsessed bunny of Wonderland fame so I used him for the focal image of this card I made using my Alice masterboard.

Time to Reconnect
Stamps: white rabbit, white rabbit with clock background, tweedledee and tweedledum, clocks, alice, griffin from Alice in Wonderland plate (Non Sequitur)
Cardstock: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White (Stampin Up); generic ivory 12 x 12
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Really Rust, So Saffron, Only Orange, Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal, and Summer Sun (Stampin Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento)

For my tutorial on how to create the collage for the background, please check out Try a Technique: Masterboards on Gingersnap Creations!

Have a fun and fantastic weekend! Come back later today to see what I got up to with this week's Copic Color Challenge over at Artful Sentiments by Kimm!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Home to Lots of Whoohoos!

I just got back from a lovely vacation in the United Kingdom. I met up with relatives I had never met, connected with roots and saw a zillion amazing things. It was amazing! I am all recharged and ready to go....okay, ready to go maybe on Saturday or Sunday. Still readjusting back to Eastern Standard time.

First, I got a new blog award!

I came back to lots of nice surprises! In my email, I found out that I got this lovely award from Ret, at Cards n' Crafts. It is the Lemonade Stand Award and is for showing great attitude and gratitude. What a lovely thought and thank you so much, Ret! Please take a moment to check out all Ret's lovely artwork.

I have so many great and wonderfully supportive fellow stampers that I cannot trim down the list to even ten.

So for all the fabulous artists out there who take time out of their day to leave me comments and send me emails which make me smile all the time, please consider yourself nominated for this award and claim it with pride!

And now...the rules of the award!

To pick up the Lemonade Stand Award:

1) Comment on this blog
2) Copy the award and save to your computer, and then upload it to your blog.
3) Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude.
4) Link to your nominees within your blog post.
5) Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.
6) Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

Next Great Smile-Enducing Thing....

Now, if that wasn't enough of a WHOOHOO when I got back home, I went through my pile of mail yesterday to find an advance copy of Take Ten. I am published again! My card is on page 35! It was a card which I created as part of a series using this delicious stamp from Oxford Impressions' Beloved plate.

Portraits in Blues & Greens
woman from Beloved plate (Oxford Impressions)
Paper: green stripe (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White & Elegant Eggplant (Stampin Up)
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Brocade Blue, Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: white fabric flower; rub-on sentiment

Thanks to everybody who took time to comment on my posts even knowing I was away. It made this travel-weary stamper feel quite amazing on her return! Hugs to all!

If you want to see some new stuff today, I did just post a tutorial on making a masterboard on Gingersnap Creations.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Coming Home

Please note: this is a pre-scheduled post. I will return to the online world whenever my jet lag wears off tomorrow. Hope you enjoyed these bits of art while I was gone!

I am finally on my way back! I cannot wait to share all my fun travels with you all!

I made this card using the Mono Masking technique from Technique Junkies.

Country Roads
truck, sentiment, wheat, trees from the Home plate and the flourishes from the Serenity plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Barely Banana (Stampin Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa (Stampin Up)

Back soon!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

GC11: Sunflower Triple Play

Please note: this is a pre-scheduled post. I will return to the online world in late May. Hope you enjoy these bits of art while I am gone!

I made this card for the Gingersnap Creations GC11 Color Challenge - Yellow, Dark Brown & Green. I used the Triple Play technique from Technique Junkies.

Sunflower Friendship
Stamps: Sunflower (Rubbernecker); sentiment (Penny Black)
Cardstock: pale yellow (DCWV); Chocolate Chip, Green Galore and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: E25, E37, G07, G17, Y13, Y15, and YG03

Hope you are having a day flowering with friendship!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Better than Ice Cream!

Please note: this is a pre-scheduled post. I will return to the online world in late May. Hope you enjoy these bits of art while I am gone!

I am having tons of fun with my new My Favorite Things stamp sets. This one is me all over! Chocolate ice cream and some comfy jeans.

Better than Ice Cream
woman eating ice cream and sentiment from Here's the Scoop set (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Pure from the Fancy True Line (Fancy Pants)
Cardstock: Only Orange and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B26, B29, C3, E11, E26, E33, E37, RV04, RV09, Y06, YG13, YG23, YR00 and YR04

Have a double-scoop day!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Sundae Treat

Please note: this is a pre-scheduled post. I will return to the online world in a few days. Hope you enjoy these bits of art while I am gone!

Thought I would share a yummy Sundae treat on this Sunday!

You're Simply Sweet
ice cream and sentiment from Here's the Scoop set (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Only Orange, Rose Red & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: Boo, C1, C3, C5, R35, R37, RV04, RV09, YG13, YG23, YR04, and YR07

I seem to be really into this fuschia and orange combination lately. It just seems so bright and cheery!

Have a fabulous Sunday or a fantastic Sundae....whatever works for you!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

ASCC #9: Fancy Pansies

Please note: this is a pre-scheduled post. I will return to the online world in late May. Life goes on in the real-world though, so check out this fantastic challenge going on right now!

Another great color combo for the Artful Sentiments' Copic Challenge this week! I really had a wonderful time coloring in these fun flowers from Great Impressions!

The copic colors for this week are:
B26, BG15, R29 and any gray (cool, warm or neutral). This week, I had them all!

Fancy Pansies
Pansy Bough (Great Impressions)
Paper: Lucky N Love/Little Miss Smitten (Black Market Paper Society)
Cardstock: Taken with Teal, Night Quite Navy and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: B13, B15, B26, BG11, C1, E09, R29, RV11, YG03, YG23, and YG63
Embellishments: 4 blue brads

Go over to Artful Sentiments and play along!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Great View - Another Image Swap Card

Please note: this is a pre-scheduled post. I will return to the online world in late May. Hope you enjoy these bits of art while I am gone!

In March, I participated in an image swap with the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group. One of the images I got was this fabulous window-framed collection of flowers. Too pretty!

Great View
Window with Flowers (Stamps Happen, Inc - I think)
Paper: Pure from the Fancy True line (Fancy Pants)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: various - sorry for this one I got carried away coloring and forgot to mark them down.

I can't wait to see what I get in the mail from the recent watercolor image swap!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Please note: this is a pre-scheduled post. I will return to the online world in late May. Hope you enjoy these bits of art while I am gone!

I have been having fun this month with several stamp sets from My Favorite Things. I got this one awhile back and made my mother a Valentine with it. This time I used the other image from the set, a couple of sweet bunnies in a teacup!

So this card is a bit of a hint of where I am this week! Next week, I'll be somewhere else but this week I am somewhere that I can indulge my passion for tea!

Tea-Rific Friend
Rabbits in Teacup from Tea for Two (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Lucky N Love/Little Miss Smitten (Black Market Paper Society)
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: 100, B26, BG45, BG49, E11, E33, R20, RV11, Y13

Hope you are keeping hopping while I'm away!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Our Heroes

Please note: this is a pre-scheduled post. I will return to the online world in late May. Hope you enjoy these bits of art while I am gone!

Here's another patriotic-themed card. I know I am going to show my age here, but I have an original Sizzix machine! No, really, it's true. It's not a Big Shot. It still works wonderfully though and I love it. To make this card, I pulled out a favorite die of mine, the filmstrip. It made the card just fly together!

Our Heroes
young boy saluting and WWII soldier from Hero plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Vacation Plaid (Chatterbox - Scrapbook Walls)
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla (Stampin Up); generic black
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Antique Linen and Tea Dye (Ranger Distress Ink)
Other: variety of colored pencils (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: Scrabble Tiles (EK Success)
Tools: Sizzix machine, sponges

Seek out the heroes around you and let them know you think they are great!

Monday, May 18, 2009

It's Baseball Season!

Please note: this is a pre-scheduled post. I will return to the online world in late May. Hope you enjoy these bits of art while I am gone!

With Father's Day now on the horizon, I am making up some "guy" cards to send out. Artistic Outpost's new Cracker Jack release made it easy for me to make some great Father's Day cards that also celebrated one of the icons of summer - baseball!

You're a Real Cracker Jack!
vintage baseball card from Cracker Jack plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Boardwalk - both sides - from the Snorkel line (Cosmo Cricket)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: E09, E11, E21, E25, R24, R27, R29, YR00 and YR04

Here's another guy card:

Baseball Lover
various from Cracker Jack plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, Tea Dye, & Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Inks)

Take a break today and catch up with our national pastime!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

ASCC #8: Retail Therapy

Please note: this is a pre-scheduled post. I will return to the online world in late May. Hope you enjoy this challenge card while I am gone!

Kimm has come up with a wonderful combination this week for the Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge!

This week's colors are: G02, RV21, BV01 and any other light color.

I love these colors but sadly I had only one of them: G02. For the other colors I chose ones that were close to RV21 and BV01 - RV19 & BV00. That's the beauty of these Copic Challenges: you can use 1, 2 or 3 of the colors! If you don't have the exact color, you can use something close! These simple rules make creativity easy!

Here's what I did with the Copics I chose and a bunch of other fun colors:

Retail Therapy
Say Charge set (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Rose Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B00, BG11, BV00, Rv19, R20, G02, G20, Y13, YR00, YR04

Have a fabulous weekend! I am probably engaging in some "retail therapy" at this very moment!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

It's My 250th Post!

Wow! I cannot believe how much I have been babbling since December 2007! Yikes!

My Sweet Cyber Sister
woman on laptop & sentiment from Who's that E-girl? set (My Favorite Things)
Paper: turquoise retro (unknown)
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel, Rose Red & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: 100, BG10, BG11, BG15, E00, E09, E11, E33, RV17, RV19, W1, Y13, YR04, and YR07

Thanks to all of you who have followed by exploits in papercrafting arts! You are all awesome!

Friday, May 15, 2009

A Bright Idea - A Switch Plate

Please note: this is a pre-scheduled post. I will return to the online world in late May. Hope you enjoy this tutorial while I am gone!

By the way, there's a blog candy offer at the end of this tutorial! Spread the word to your friends if you like this tutorial or you love the blog candy!

Ever been in the middle of decorating a room and realize that the one thing that doesn't fit your design ideas are the switch plates? We, as sensational stampers, can fix that easily - make our own!

I used Artistic Outpost's new Cracker Jack plate to create a customized switch plate for a baseball fan's room.

Materials you will need:

wooden switch plate - available at most hardware stores
2 or more acrylic paints in the same color family - I used Lumiere
stamp set with coordinating images
Staz-On solvent ink in a contrasting color
1 foam craft paint brush

Here's how to do it:

I started out by gathering my paints together. I knew I wanted a layered look so I chose three green (thinking baseball field here) paints - Emerald Green, Olive Green and Citrine.

To make life easier on myself and make clean up a breeze, I usually use a plastic or paper plate for a palette. For this particular project, I used a foam brush, available at most craft stores. I like the even look they give, love the fact I don't have to worry about brushmarks and love the affordability.

I decided to use my paint with the darkest tone but brightest value for the base coat. I think emerald is an amazing color but it is too strong a color for a vintage scene so, while I will use it for this first coat, I will tone it down with the olive and citrine.

Paint the switch plate with a consistent coat of paint and let dry. Handy dandy tip: cover your plate and your brush with tin foil between coats. No need to clean the brush between layers either for this project.

Next, using your next color (I chose the next darkest - Olive) use a dry brush technique to add a thin layer of uneven color on the switch plate.

To dry brush, pick up some paint on the brush and then dab most of it off on a scrap piece of paper. You are trying to get as little paint on the brush as possible. This will keep the second layer of paint nice and "rustic" looking.

Let dry. As you can see below, the second color does not consistently cover the switch plate.

Apply your final coat of paint, if desired, using the same dry brush technique as the second coat. My final color was the yellowish-green Citrine.

Try and make your lines even more erratic and thin. Your goal is to add just a hint of color to the switch plate. Let it dry completely. Yes, I's hard to wait. You have all your stuff out, why don't you make a piece of coordinating wall art while this is drying?

When you are satisfied that the paint is dry, get out your StazOn and your stamp set. In this case, I chose to use Timber Brown ink with my new Cracker Jack plate from Artistic Outpost.

There is no special trick to stamping StazOn onto a painted surface. Just ensure that you get good ink coverage on the image, maintain even pressure and don't rock the stamp - the same as you would do with any stamping project.

I added a couple of images, careful to make sure my words stayed completely contained on the switch plate while my images seemed to float off the edge.

Finish with further images as desired. Here I used another sentiment and the baseball card image from the set, placed at an angle.

Okay, that's what I did! Now, show me what you can do!

Blog Candy Info:
Post your customized switch plate to your blog or online gallery mentioning Ill Tempered Ink and add a comment to this post linking to your creation.

If you don't feel up to making the switch plate, you can also enter by visiting Gingersnap Creations and making any creation using stamps from one of the Manufacturer's Spotlights OR a creation using one of the tutorials or techniques that has been featured OR using one of the products that have been reviewed. You can even enter by trying one of our current or past challenges. If you enter this way, post your creation to your blog or online gallery, mention this post AND the post on Gingersnaps that inspired you and add a comment to this post linking back to your creation!

What Do You Get and When Do You Get It?
On June 8th, I will select a random qualifying comment (see above), feature the winner's creation in a blog post and send the winner this awesome set of Spellbinder unmounted stamps, these three sheets of coordinating designer paper and these great stickers from Kelly Panacci!

Can't wait to see what everyone creates when I get back to cyberville!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chalking the Lines

Please note: this is a pre-scheduled post. I will return to the online world in late May. Hope you enjoy these bits of art while I am gone!

With a baseball theme, what else are you going to do but turn to the lastest issue of the Technique Junkies newsletter and use their Chalked Lines technique!

As promised yesterday, here are the details for this card!

Chalking the Lines
Cracker Jack plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Mellow Moss & Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Ink: Always Artichoke (Stampin Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Chalk: Pastels Collection (Pebbles Inc.)
Other: hairspray - used to seal the chalk

Now, this one you haven't seen before! I just love making journals. This one features yet another Technique Junkie technique, Warhol, but with a little twist. I used repeated images but not on backgrounds. Instead, I cut them out. I think they look great against the striped paper!

Play Ball Journal
Cracker Jack plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Elgin (7 Gypsies); Slugger (Scrap Your Trip); Elements from the Lil'Man line (Cosmo Cricket)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Really Rust & Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: composition book; Xyron machine (because it makes it SOO much easier)

If you are just loving these creations, check out the amazing deals at Artistic Outpost on this Cracker Jack release!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Off on an Adventure

I am off on a lovely adventure in the coming days. I promise to give a full report when I get back to blogging in a couple of weeks. While I am offline, I have scheduled some posts to share some things I have been working on.

As a fitting start to these posts, here's a wonderful traveling card I made with Artistic Outpost's Route 66 set. I am so drawn to teal and this car seems perfect for the color. I colored the car in with Copic markers and then spot embossed it using a Versamarker and clear embossing powder. I used distress ink on the rest of the panel to create an aged appearance. For the background, I used a variety of stamps from the Route 66 set stamped with Taken with Teal to form a collage background despite it being very light in the photo.

Teal Road Trip
collage image, gas pump, map, Route 66 emblem, Michelin man, pegasus, and cactus from Route 66 plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Taken with Teal and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Taken with Teal (Stampin Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento); Tea Dye, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink)
Copic Markers: BG10, BG45, BG49, W3, and Y11
Other: clear embossing powder (Judikins); heat tool; Versamarker

Hope you enjoy my other creations! See you when I get back!

Artistic Outpost Hits a Home Run

Congratulations to Artistic Outpost on another great new release! This one hits a home run in my books!

When I found out that one of the new releases for Artistic Outpost was going to have a vintage baseball theme, I was very excited. I have so many ardent sports fans in my family, I knew I would get a lot of use out of it. When I realized that one of the images was of a Boston Red Sox player, I knew this plate was going to become one of my staples.

Details for this card will be posted tomorrow because I don't want you to miss out on the details on the amazing deals by Artistic Outpost!

Check out these great images for the Cracker Jack plate! Aren't they amazing?

Along with the Cracker Jack plate, Artistic Outpost is also releasing She-Roes which celebrates the efforts and deeds of American women in the military and on the homefront. It is a perfect companion plate to Heroes which was released last year.

Here's the release information direct from Artistic Outpost:

"As we celebrate both our new summer releases as well as our new website, we're offering 20% off both the unmounted and mounted versions of Cracker Jack and She-roes.

Please enter the following coupon code at check-out: cj-sr-20off We are also offering 20% the purchase of both She-roes and Hero unmounted sets.

This is a special item in our store located here. (Please note you can not combine the coupon code with this set. However, you can purchase this bundle at 20% off and use the coupon code to purchase Cracker Jack.)"

How about that for a wonderful deal? But to get in on it, you have to act fast! The special discounted price expires on May 31st.

I hope you enjoy the work I will be posting with the Cracker Jack plate over the coming week!

In the meantime, join in on the Artistic Outpost blog hop to see some more wonderful examples of Cracker Jack and She-Roes art. These talented artists have some fabulous examples of what you can do using these versatile plates!

Lisa Somerville - Splendiferous Creations

Gerrie Johnnic - Queen of Grunge

Kelly Burton - Arty Visions

Michelle Murphy - Making of Moments

Cathy Edgar - Ink It Up Stamp It Out

Debby Boltman - Debby's Stuff

Debi Wind - Just Me and My Stamps

Judy Hayes - Creating My Style

Lynn Stevens - Trash to Treasure Art

Rachel Hope Baird - Rachek Stamps

Robin Willis - Robin's Artful Musings

Susan Conrad - One 4 Joy Daily

Toni Tessler - Toni's Adventures in Stamping & Scrapbooking

Have a Cracker Jack day!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope that all the Mothers out there are having an amazing day!

3-D Mother's Day Greetings
Stamps: Mother's Day block and sentiment from Happy Mother's Day set (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Pretty Petals (Stemma)
Cardstock: Regal Rose & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B32, E00, E11, G21, G24, RV32, RV34, V06, V09, Y15, YG13, YR23, and YR24
Other: pop-up dots

It's hard to see on this photo, but the card is 3-D. I stamped the image 3 times and then isolated the woman on the middle layer and the pot and flowers on the top layer.

If you love these My Favorite Things stamps, head on over to Gingersnap Creations! They are in our Manufacturer's Spotlight this month!

Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

ASCC #7: Missing You Bunches

Cute isn't he?

This week's Copic Challenge at Artful Sentiments by Kimm is a really fun one! This color combination has so many possibilities!

Like all of Artful Sentiment's Color Challenges, you can use 1, 2 or all 3 of the selected colors plus one from a suggested color family. This week the colors are BG15 - Aqua, Y06 - Yellow and R17 - Lipstick Orange and any color from the orange (YR) family.

Over at Gingersnap Creations, this month's spotlighted manufacturer is My Favorite Things. I fell in love with this sweet Flopsey rabbit from MFT as soon as I saw it.

I had BG15 and Y06 for this card, but I was without a suitably close color to R17 so I left it out this time.

Missing You Bunches
Stamps: rabbit and sentiment from Flopsey's Flowers (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Blue Raspberry Paisley from the Fresh Print line (Deja Views)
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: BG15, BG18, E31, E33, E37, Go7, Y06, Y15, YR04 and YR07

So what will you create? Head on over to Artful Sentiments and check out the challenge!

If you love this bunny, check out the Manufacturer's Spotlight at Gingersnap Creations!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away!

Today, it is pouring rain here so I thought this little rainbow bird would brighten up the day! I made this background awhile ago using a watercolor wash. This wonderful collaged bird is from one of my favorite companies, Magenta.

Bring on Spring
Artistic Bird (Magenta)
Paper: Classic Mat Stack (DCWV); soft berry paper (Provocraft stack)
Cardstock: Pale Plum, Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Pale Plum, Certainly Celery & Bashful Blue re-inkers (Stampin Up)
Here's wishing you a day filled with sunshine and rainbows!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Bride's Card Revisited

This is the season for weddings! Last month's color challenge at Gingersnap Creations was to add a splash of color to a white card. I had created a coral bride on acetate.

I decided to rework the same card for another wedding. Since it was just a splash of color, it was extra easy to customize this simple design to the bride's chosen color scheme - cobalt blue.

I skipped the ribbon for the redo as this particular bride, as she puts it, is not the "frilly" type.

Blue Bride
Balloonabella (Stamping Bella)
Cardstock: generic white; Brilliant Blue (Stampin Up); acetate
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B23, B26, and B29
Tools: Cuttlebug machine and Textile Texture Cuttlebug Embossing folder

Do you have a favorite card that you can remake and customize easily? It sure beats doing everything from scratch at the last minute!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

My Country Tis of Thee

Memorial Day is coming up at the end of the month and that got me thinking about all the people who have served and are still serving our country on the front lines and at home.

I love this collage image from Artistic Outpost's Hero plate as it shows such a great variety of images. The background stamp is one I used for an Independence Day card last year. It is so versatile! It can be used as a fantastic focal image or act as an anchoring background.

My Country Tis of Thee
Rosie the Riveter collage and flag postage from Hero plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, More Mustard and Real Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick and Scattered Straw (Ranger Distress Ink); Timber Brown (StazOn)
Tools: mini star punch

After I stamped the focal image on Very Vanilla, I sponged Scattered Straw Distress Ink onto the middle of the tag. I then sponged Worn Lipstick ink on the upper portion of the image while overlapping the Scattered Straw slightly. I sponged Fired Brick around the top left corner, blending it with the Worn Lipstick ink. I repeated the process for the lower portion of the image using the blue tinged inks. I just love the way Distress Ink blends!

Well, off to create some more patriotic themed projects!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sweet Dreams and a New Challenge for Me

Recently, I applied for a position on Artful Sentiments' Copic Challenge Design Team. You can't imagine how excited I was when I found out I made it onto the team!

Last year, my husband surprised me with one of the sets of 72 copic markers! My collection has grown a bit since then. It took me a little while and a lot of searching online, both blogs and video tutorials, to get to a place where I felt good about what I was creating. Of course, now I am totally addicted to Copics so this challenge blog is a perfect way to inspire me to keep trying new copic color combinations.

This week's Copic Challenge 6 colors are YG11, R20 & B21 and any other copic from the blue (B) family. Aren't they yummy together?

I love the way Kimm has set up her Copic Challenges! She has made it extra easy to participate. Each week, she suggests 3 copic colors and a color family to use. You can use 1, 2 or all 3 of the specific colors. If you don't have a specific color that week, just use something close - how cool is that? Just make a card, post it to your blog or online gallery and then link, using Mr. Linky, to her post for the week. To use a little Bostonian lingo, it's "wicked easy"!

While my 6-month term doesn't start until next week, I couldn't resist this week's challenge - YG11, R20, B21 and any other color from the blue (B) family! Here's what I did!

Sweet Dreams
Sweet Dreams set (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Dark Tie Circles from Scrapbook Walls line (Chatter Box); Pink Gingham (Making Memories)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink & Whisper White (Stampin Up); textured lime green (DCWV)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copic Challenge Colors: YG11 (close to YG13), R20, B23 (close to B21) and for the blue I used B26
Other Copics I Used: E11, Y06, YG15, YG23, YR00, YR23, and YR24

My fellow design team members are all awesome artists! Take some time to check out their blogs and see all their wonderful creations!

Ann Clack - Created by Ann

Chris Dickinson - Creating with Chrissy

Cathy Edgar - Ink It Up and Stamp It Out

Laurie Gatton - Ministering Hands ... Loving Hearts

Check out the Copic Challenges every Saturday on Artful Sentiments!
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