Monday, June 29, 2009

In the Christmas Spirit

Despite the heat that is smoldering outside, I wanted to get going on my Christmas cards this year before it gets too late. My goal is for a stress-free holiday....yes, I am a dreamer.

I used Take Ten's latest sketch challenge as the inspiration for these cards. Check out more information at Gingersnap Creations!

I had a small scrap of gorgeous paper left over from my foray into ATC swaps earlier this year. I absolutely adore this paper and while I only used it on one card, I used the color palette through to the other cards. Notice to make perfectly matched custom embellishments, I used more Fragments! They are such a great and easy addition to any card!

Snow Angel
Stamp: girl from Winter Snow (Oxford Impressions)
Paper: (K & Company)
Cardstock: Old Olive and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Other: Fragments (Idea-ology); Glossy Accents (Ranger); 3/8" moss ribbon (Offray)
Tools: Oval punches (Marvy); corner rounder (Creative Memories)

Still thinking vintage, I picked out one of my favorite Santas from the Snowy Woods plate by Artistic Outpost! This time, I let the pretty paper carry the card.

St. Nick
Stamp: Saint Nicholas from Snowy Woods plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Snowy Jo (Imaginisce)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Cameo Coral, Ruby Red and Bravo Burgundy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Embellishment: 3/8" moss ribbon (Offray)
Tools: oval punches (marvy); corner rounder (Creative Memories)

For the final card, I used the other side of the paper used in the card above. It has richer reds and a wonderfully bright green background. Instead of a ribbon with this one, I just carried a strip of coral across the card. There is a matching strip on the inside to carry a sentiment. I loved this paper, so I highlighted the fun poinsettas by punching them out and using them as embellishments.

Snow Swept
Stamp: woman and snowflakes from Winter plate (Non Sequitur)
Paper: Santa's Secret Garden (Imaginisce)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, and Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Ink: Ruby Red and Cameo Coral (Stampin Up)
Tools: oval and scallop punches (Marvy); circle punch and oval cutter (Creative Memories)

3 cards a week for the 22 weeks before December...I might just make it this year!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

ASCC #14: Snail Mail

It's another Saturday morning and Kimm at Artful Sentiments has given us another fantastic reason to grab our Copics and start coloring!

This week's colors are B24, G24 and Y21 and any other green. As with all Kimm's Copic Challenges, you can use 1,2 or all 3 of her color suggestions (or something close).

The names of the colors really grabbed me - Sky, Willow, and Buttercup Yellow! These enticing descriptors got me thinking about the summer fields and open sky.

Looking around my craft area, I realized I had just enough (formerly) 12" x 12" cardstock to make one last Triple Play card, a Technique Junkie idea that makes a card that fits in a regular #10 envelope. That got me thinking about snail mail...and well the rest is history!

Snail Mail
mouse, mouse on snail and sentiment (Penny Black)
Cardstock: medium blue and bright green (Creative Memories); Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B23, B26, E11, E25, E33, G24, G28, R20, RV04, RV09, and Y21.

The card opened up:

My sentiment:

Head on over to Artful Sentiments and check out what the talented design team did with this fun combination! I just love all of them!

Friday, June 26, 2009

There Goes the Bride

The daughter of a great friend is getting married this weekend! When I settled down to make this card, I picked one of my favorite images from Inkadinkado. I made my first hand-made anniversary card for my husband using this image. I just love it!

Here's that long-ago foray into masking:

For my new vision for this pretty stamp, I wanted to go a bit bigger so I tried a new size for me, 5"x 7". For the layout, I was inspired by the sketch challenge over at Diva Coffee Break Design Sketch Challenge #133. It's my first time playing this one and it was really fun.

Mr. & Mrs.
Stamps: vintage couple (Inkadinkado); Mr. & Mrs. (Savvy Stamps)
Paper: Navy Blossoms (Far and Away)
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel, Certainly Celery, Brocade Blue & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Black Tuxedo (Memento)
Copics: B00, B02, E00, E09, E25, E33, RV04, RV09, W7, YG13, YG23, YR00, and YR14

Here's to new beginnings and endless love!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Another Challenging Day

Earlier this week, I had fun making a polished stone background. If you haven't tried this oldie but goodie, check out my tutorial. It's super easy and it is super quick - two of my favorite things!

I decided to use my background to play the Crazy Amigo Challenge - Bathing Beauties! I could use a nice trip to the beach even if it is only an ink-filled fantasy!

Bathing by the Sea
bath house beauties and sentiment from By the Sea plate (Oxford Impressions)
Cardstock: Lavendar Lace and Basic Black (Stampin' Up); glossy cardstock
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Lavendar Lace and Tempting Turquoise (Stampin Up); Stream, Stonewashed and Wild Plum (Adirondack Alcohol inks); Silver Mixative (Adirondack)

Sometimes life is a beach, but you just have to dive in and enjoy the surf!

Stone Cold Cool Challenges

I just caught up on my blurfing and found two awesome challenges. The sketch is from the Stamping411 challenge and the idea came from the inspirational French challenge at Created by Hand. As I started working with the design and theme, I realized that my card would also work with the Gingersnap Creations' theme challenge - Journeys.

I just discovered Stamping 411 and I had a lot of fun with this sketch even if I rotated it by 90 degrees. I follow Created by Hand all the time but seldom have a chance to participate but I couldn't pass up using a french phrase as a jumping off point. I used the word "Allez" which translates roughly as "go!".

Stamps: Visit to Paris (Stampington); Paris and Bonjour (Cavallinin Papers & Co.); Formal alphabet (My Sentiments Exactly)
Paper: Tea Rose (Foof-a-la)
Cardstock: Going Gray, Basic Black (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock
Ink: Lettuce, Bottle, Meadow, and Butterscotch (Adirondack Alcohol Ink); Silver Mixative (Adirondack); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: circle punch (Creative Memories); fleur-de-lis punch (Anna Griffin)

To see how I created the fun background for the image, check out the tutorial at Gingersnap Creations!

Au revoir for now! More challenges tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Red, White & Buick?

I got this fabulous image in a recent watercolor-themed swap at Gingersnap Creations! Thanks to Judy for this one! I turned to my markers to watercolor this image and create a cool duotone look.

For double the fun, I decided to make the card fit two challenges: the Gingersnap Creations latest color challenge - Red, White & Blue and the Crafty Creations' Stars & Stripes challenge! No stripes but I did get the stars in with this great scrap from my drawer - fun scrap paper for some fabulous scrap metal!

Red, White & Buick
Stamp: truck (The Angel Company)
Paper: great scrap from my scrap drawer (unknown)
Cardstock: Ruby Red and Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Stazon (I think)
Markers: Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Ruby Red (Stampin Up)
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

Have a fabulous and colorful day!

Fragmented Thinking

I decided to go back to basics and actually use all those delightful alcohol inks I have collected.

Over the weekend, I watched a couple of Tim Holtz's wonderful DVDs and used some of his techniques as well as his wonderful how-to on polished stone backgrounds (I definitely needed this helpful review) to create this card.

Eternity by the Sea
Stamps: bather, seahorse, shells and sentiment from By the Sea plate (Oxford Impressions)
Cardstock: Ruby Red, Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock
Ink: Oregano, Red Pepper and Mushroom from the Tuscan Garden set (Adirondack); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: Fragments (Idea-ology); 3 black brads

I saved one of my charms for the inside:

To see how I made this card and another project using Fragments, check out my Redhead Review on Gingersnap Creations!

Monday, June 22, 2009

GC14: Strawberry Girl

This past weekend marked Strawberry Festivals in many of the towns around me. Thinking about strawberries and denim was what gave me the idea for this quick card for the most recent Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge - Red, White and Blue! A few daisies later and I had a finished card!

I used marker watercoloring and drywall stitching, two Technique Junkies techniques, to complete this card.

Strawberry Girl
Stamp: girl with strawberry (HAnglar and stAnglar)
Paper: white daisies on a red background (unknown, but very pretty)
Cardstock: Brocade Blue and Whisper White (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Black Tuxedo (Memento)
Markers: Black (Marvy); Brocade Blue, Ruby Red, Garden Green, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Summer Sun (Stampin Up)

I hope your day was strawberry sweet!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day to All!

Earlier this week, I made a tag photo album for my husband for Father's Day. He really liked it!

Here are some photos of this quck and fun project!

Front cover:

Two of the inside spreads:

Back cover:

For details on how I put this all together, please check out Collage Corner on Gingersnap Creations!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

ASCC #13: Hedging my Bets

It's Saturday and that means it's Copic time! Kimm at Artful Sentiments has been busy picking out some great new colors!

This week's challenge is to use 1, 2 or all 3 of the challenge colors - B05, YG23 and YR04 - and any purple.

The fun thing about Kimm's challenges is that you can use only one of the colors, some of the colors, or all of them in your creation and, if you don't have a specific color, you can use whatever copic colors you have that are close to the ones selected! No stress just lots of fun!

I loved these bright colors and decided to make a birthday card with these cute clear stamps from Penny Black! Gotta love the hedgehog!

Because these little cuties needed some space to stretch out those balloon strings, I used a Technique Junkies Triple Play card to show them off!

Here is the card closed:

And below it is shown opened. I mirrored the front panel to create a sentiment panel and a place to add a personal note.

Happy Hedgy Birthday
Stamps: hedgehog with balloon and hedgehog with present (Penny Black - clear stamps)
Cardstock: Purple, green and blue (Creative Memories); Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B05, YG23, and V06 for the challenge along with B06, E09, E11, E31, R20, RV11, V12, YG13

Head on over to Artful Sentiments by Kimm and play along!

Friday, June 19, 2009

GC11: Bearly Making the Deadline

I'm all swaps and scraps today! Here's a card I made for the Gingersnap Creations' color challenge: Yellow, Green & Dark Brown.

I got this great image in a watercolor swap at Gingersnaps last month and decided to use it for this challenge. I've been having fun with Marker Watercoloring, a Technique Junkies technique, so I decided to try it again with this sweet image. I really like the effect.

Shortest Distance
Stamps: bears (unknown); Laughter (Rubber Tree)
Paper: yellow gingham (Provocraft stack scrap)
Cardstock: Really Rust & Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Markers: Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, and Garden Green (Stampin Up)
Tools: Marvy punches

Keep laughing!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

GC10: Late to the Party

Today, I thought I would try out the great inspiration challenge on Gingersnap Creations. There's only 2 days left to play so I am getting this one in just under the wire.

I was inspired by both the colors and the flowers in this inspiration challenge. With lots of colors to work with, I thought a technique from the latest Technique Junkies newsletter, Depth of Field, would help unite it all. In keeping with Gingersnap Creations' theme of the month, Journeys, I used "Traveler Tilda" for this one.

Here's what I came up with:

Enjoy Wonder
Stamps: Traveler Tilda (Magnolia); sentiment from Express Yourself clear set (Impression Obsession); Flower from Petal Prints set (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Green Galore, and Brilliant Blue (Stampin Up)
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, and Purely Pomegranate (Stampin Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B32, B34, B37, E00, E09, E11, G24, R37, R39, Y06, Y13, Y15, YG05, and YR14

Have a little fun and check out the challenges at Gingersnap Creations!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Forest Fairy and two Challenges

I had to flip the Stamp Something sketch for this cutie...hope they don't mind. I used the colors from the Gingersnap Creations' GC11: Color Challenge - Yellow, Green & Dark Brown. The color challenge closes next week so there's still time to play..maybe I'll make another card now that I have the paper out...hmm.

Forest Fairy
Stamp: Sittande larv (HAnglar & stAnglar)
Paper: Hey You from Times Nouveau collection (Graphic 45); yellow gingham and yellow daisy paper (Provocraft stack .. I think...I used scraps)
Cardstock: Old Olive (Stampin Up); watercolor
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Old Olive, Really Rust, Bashful Blue, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss and Garden Green (Stampin Up)
Embellishment: 1/4" dark brown ribbon

I have been pretty busy with my markers and my swap images so there's more to come!

GC14: Red, White and Blue

I made this card for the newest Gingersnap Creations' Color Challenge - Red, White & Blue.

For added fun, I used one of the images I got in a recent Gingersnap image swap along with my fav Technique Junkie technique, marker watercoloring.

Farm the USA
Stamp: TrädgDrdskille (HAnglar & stAnglar)
Paper: Stephen Hopkins and Liberty (Rusty Pickle)
Cardstock: cream (Creative Memories); Cranberry Crisp (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Bashful Blue, Really Rust, Blush Blossom, Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Summer Sun and Almost Amethyst (Stampin Up)

I got a little crazy with the color challenges over at Gingersnap Creations so there are some more to come!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

ASCC #12: It's Your Day

What fun colors this week over at Artful Sentiments by Kimm! Her Copic Color Challenge this week is awesome!

This week's colors are R32, B02, BG09 plus any red.

I was excited when I realized I had all the colors this week. I made this great birthday card for a friend using some new stamps I got from Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets! This set is called Glamour Girls and there is no doubt that it is well named!

It's Your Day
woman, flourish and sentiment from Glamour Girls set (Crafty Secrets' Clear Art Stamps)
Cardstock: Real Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B02, BG09, E11, E25, R27, R32, RV34 YG13, and YR00

I used the Robin's Egg Blue and the Blue Green for her dress. They blended together very nicely!

Come and play the challenge with us at Artful Sentiments by Kimm!

Van Gogh: Same but Different

I made a second card for the Van Gogh contest being held by Technique Junkies and Starving Artistamps. I really liked the layout I used for my first entry to this contest so I decided to make a matching card using Starving Artistamps' sweet elephant image, "Percy".

Enchanting Elephant
Stamps: birds, leaves and sentiments (Starving Artistamps)
Cardstock: Whisper White & Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: Boo, B32, C1, W3, YG23, YG63, and YG67

I hope you have an enchanting day!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Clean and Simple Meets Van Gogh

I've been extremely busy the last couple of weeks but I still wanted to enter the Technique Junkies/Starving Artistamps' Van Gogh contest. Of course, all the oceans of time I thought I would have to try out this fabulous technique evaporated as I watched.

Tonight, I decided to take a page from my friend Ali's book and go for a clean and simple look instead of something complicated. She's just did a fabulous set of notecards with lots of color, but lots of white space. I took her look as inspiration and came up with the colorful yet white-space-friendly card below.

Secret Rendezvous
Stamps: birds, leaves and sentiments (Starving Artistamps)
Cardstock: Whisper White & Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E11, e25, E33, R29, Y06, YG23, YG63, YG67, YR04. YR07, YR09, YR23, and YR24

Rendezvous with your creativity this week!

Crafty Creations: #19 Purple

Wow! I got a lot done with this card! I used the new Splitcoast Stampers Sketch (SC232) with an image I got in the recent Gingersnap Creations Watercolor Image Swap to make a card for the Crafty Creations: #19 Purple Challenge. I also was able to use a bunch of my scraps so I feel really good about this card!

I don't often do 6 x 6 cards but I had this great piece of Red Hat Lady-themed paper so I couldn't resist using as much as possible. It's actually quite a fun size as I had more room to add more details. I used some scraps of rose paper for the two squares to go with the wonderful flower on this cutie's hat!

sentiment (Inky Antics); All-Dressed Up (Squigglefly) * thanks LaVerne!
Paper: various scraps from my scrap drawer
Cardstock: Real Red (Stampin Up); purple (Creative Memories); watercolor paper
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E11, R24, R29, V06, V15, V17, Y13, and YR00

Here's to multi-tasking!

GC13: Safe Journey & Safe Harbor

I love monochrome and it's no secret that I am enamoured of rust so I figured I would put both of those two things together for these travel-inspired cards.

Both these cards are entries into Gingersnap Creations' Spicy Supply Challenge this month. The supply I had to dip into for this month's challenge was my collection of tags. This card uses a smaller-sized shipping tag. I really liked this little girl for the focal point. She and the other images are from Oxford Impressions' Maiden Voyage plate. I left the tag twine a little long but I ran the strings across my tombo so I could get a little control over where they lay on the card.

Safe Journey
various from Maiden Voyage plate (Oxford Impressions)
Paper: Vintage Tee from Boxer line (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Really Rust (Stampin Up); uncoated glossy paper
Ink: Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Embellishment: copper heart charm (Darice); shipping tags (Avery)

The following card I made not only for the challenge but for a special friend of mine who has been through some tough times and come out the other side.

Titanic Survivor
various from Maiden Voyage plate (Oxford Impressions)
Paper: Vintage Tee from Boxer line (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Whisper White & Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Ink: Really Rust (Stampin Up); Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishment: shipping tag (Avery)

Whether you are worried about someone traveling great distances or someone journeying through hardship, it's always good to let that person know that you care.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Penny Black 52: Blooming Gorgeous

Better late than never! I finally got a chance to put together the card I colored for the new Penny Black challenge - Blooming Gorgeous - that I colored last Tuesday. It's been one of those days all week!

For this card, I used a Technique Junkies technique called Marker Watercolor and an image I received as part of the last Gingersnap Creations' image swap. I just love how it turned out!

What Really Matters
What Matters and Lazy Days (Penny Black) * thanks to Annika for the hedgehog
Paper: pink from scrap pack (DCWV)
Cardstock: Real Red and Garden Green (Stampin Up); watercolor
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Markers: Bashful Blue, Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Garden Green, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom and Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Hope you have lots of lazy days this summer!

Tagging along with GC13

Here's another sample I made for the Spicy Supply Challenge (GC13 - Tags) for Gingersnap Creations!

For this card, I used a Technique Junkie technique called Block Collage on the tag. After I finished the collage, I colored the central image with copics to give it a faintly vintage look. It's a little bit more askew than I originally planned but I still like it!

On Board
Stamps: various from Maiden Voyage plate (Oxford Impressions)
Paper: Kissin Kate (Cosmo Cricket)
Cardstock: tan (Paper Store)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa (Stampin Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copic: BG11, E00 and YR00
Embellishment: shipping tag (Avery)

Still tagging along with this challenge! More tomorrow!

GC13: Spicy Supply Challenge - Tags

I am hosting this month's new Spicy Supply Challenge at Gingersnap Creations. I decided to use one of my favorite accessories - tags! I have been making a lot of travel themed cards lately so I decided to stick with that idea for this challenge.

Trying out the Faux Design Paper technique from the December/January issue of Technique Junkies was on my list of "to dos" but I keep chickening out. My new acquisition from Oxford Impressions, the Maiden Voyage plate, really lent itself to this technique. If you love these images as much as I do, take some time to find out a bit more about the woman of vision behind them, Suzanne Melvin. I had the pleasure of interviewing Suzanne recently for Gingersnap Creations.

Now, that I've actually tried it out and realized how simple and fast it is, I will definitely be doing this again....a lot.

Here's what I came up with for the challenge:

Beautiful Traveler
flourish from the Wicked plate, star from School days plate and various images from the Maiden Voyage plate (all from Oxford Impressions)
Paper: uncoated glossy paper (Stampland Chicago); Whisper White and Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Yellow Ochre, Bisque, Amber Clay, Olive Pastel and Aquamarine (ColorBox Chalk Inks); Rich Cocoa (Memento); Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up); Anitque Linen (Ranger Distress Ink)
Other: Stamp N Stuff clear embossing powder (Stampendous)
Embellishments: circle tag (Avery)
Tools: iron & heat tool

Have wonderful journeys of creativity and safe trips wherever you wander!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Out of the Packing Box?

I'm still playing around with Gingersnap Creations' Journey challenge! Too fun!

Of course, getting to interview the fabulous Suzanne Melvin, owner of Oxford Impressions, for Gingersnap Creation's Manufacturer's Spotlight certainly inspired me to play some more with my newest fun Oxford Impressions' acquisition - the Maiden Voyage plate.

I used the Technique Junkies Out of the Box technique as a basis for this layout.

Maidens Traveling
Stamps: central image and sentiments from Maiden Voyage plate (Oxford Impressions)
Paper: Kissin Kate (Cosmo Cricket)
Cardstock: Garden Green (Stampin Up); glossy uncoated cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: BG11, E00, E11, R05, and YR00
Embellishments: 3 brown buttons

Hope all your travels take you to places filled with adventures and friends!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Divinely Simple Today

I just found this beautiful "angel text" designer paper in my drawer. Isn't it cool? Although this sweetie from Alpha Stamps is technically a fairy, I thought she made a great angel.

I stamped her on spotted vellum with Saddle Brown StazOn which had similar tones to the paper. I then turned the piece over and colored her in using Copic markers. The effect was quite lovely and muted. 3 antique brass brads later and I was done! I love it when a plan comes together!

Loving Angel
XOX Fairy (Alpha Stamps)
Paper: Guardian Angel (Frances Meyer); spotted vellum (unknown)
Cardstock: Ruby Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Saddle Brown (StazOn)
Copics: B00, E11, E26, E34, RV32, RV34, YR00, and YR24
Embellishments: 3 brass brads

Have a divinely simple day!

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