Sunday, August 30, 2009

3 New Plates from Artistic Outpost!

When I saw these great new collections from Artistic Outpost, I begged to be able to play with all three new plates. I just couldn't resist!

These new collections from Artistic Outpost have a very natural vintage style, an ode to simpler times and were inspired by quotes from the pen of fabulous Henry David Thoreau. His simple advice to "simplify, simplify" are words we should use in our daily life - the hustle and bustle of work, home, and community - as well as in our art. How often do we just need to stamp! Just the act of simply putting ink to rubber is calming and rewarding. Over at Artistic Outpost, they hope you find simple inspiration to create something that makes you happy.

The Outpost: This collection is inspired by one of my favorite plates, the Serenity signature set, and continues this theme with a much larger image of the "outpost". You will love the versatility of this collection including the ATC sized farm house, and the nostalgic pocket watch.

Stamps: farm scene and sentiment from The Outpost plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Brocade Blue and Basic Black (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock
Ink: Canary, Royal Blue, Sky Blue, Chestnut, and Stucco (ColorBox); Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Old Grist Mill: As a New Englander, I just fell in love with this mill and covered bridge instantly. Can't you just hear the "clippety, clop" of horse hoofbeats going over each floor board? Enjoy the simple beauty of these warm, vintage images.

Stamps: covered bridge and sentiment from Old Grist Mill plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: ; Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, River Rock and Really Rust (Stampin Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento)

Generation Redux: These vintage images are grunged up a bit in a unique collage style. They are designed to go with not only The Outpost and Old Grist Mill, but think of using them with Home as well. I have become an ATC nut and also paired this great set with Artistic Outpost's Mini Masterpiece plate. Photo stamps are a perfect way to add that "human" element to your creations.

Stamps: collage stamp, coffee block and numbers from Generations Redux plate; leaf and sunflower from The Old Grist Mill plate; pocket watch and leaf from The Outpost plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Brilliant Blue and Bashful Blue (Stampin Up); black marker (Marvy)

If you are like me, you may not be able to worries! For a limited time, Artistic Outpost is offering 20% when you purchase all three stamp collections together. Simply use coupon code "September2009" at check out.

Come back on September 1st for our Artistic Outpost Blog Hop to see more samples from these great new plates!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

ASCC #23: Fairy Tale Facts of Life

A pretty princess for a sweet Saturday Copic Color Challenge over at Artful Sentiments!

Once again, Kimm has picked some amazing colors for us to play with this week!

V15 Mallow, BV04 Blue Berry and Y21 Buttercup Yellow

Remember you can use 1, 2 or all 3 of these colors (or whatever colors you have that are close). Have some fun with these pretty pastels!

When I saw what wonderful and soft colors Kimm picked, I thought of fairy tales. That led me to pull out this fun set from Starving Artistamps, Doodle Factory Fairy Tale. I used the Blue Berry sparingly and set off the yellows and mallow with a nice icy green to really pull out their rich colors.

I highlighted the fun quote by Impression Obsession with some Drywall Stitching, a Technique Junkie technique.

Fairy Tale Facts of Life
Stamps: princess and coach from DoodleFactory Fairy Tale plate (Starving Artistamps); sentiment (Impression Obsession)
Paper: from my scrap drawer
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); black (Marvy Marker)
Copics: BV04, BV08, E00, E11, E21, G20, G21, V17* closest I had to V15, Y15, Y21, Y26, and YG03

Head on over to Artful Sentiments by Kimm to see what the other talented designers have come up with this week! Grab your copic markers and play along. It's a ton of fun!

Gingersnap Creations Goes Hollywood

Coming to a blog near you.....the Gingersnap Creations Design Team in their World Debut!

Passionate! Edgy! Fresh!

Our star-studded cast of artists will be strolling down the red carpet with some wonderful Hollywood-themed art throughout September!

The Gingersnap Creations Line-Up

Creative Team & Founding Femmes:

Alison Manning - New England Stamper

Sharon Briss - Ill Tempered Ink

Design Team Members:

Debby Boltman - Debby's Stuff

Elina Koutsouradi -Elina

Erika Taylor - Taylord Concepts

Hels Sheridan - Ink on My Fingers

Jean Franks Beck - Bluebird Paperie

Jo Capper-Sandon - Jo Blogs

Joanne Wardle - Made by Joanne

Laura Liddell - As Happy As...

Paula Whittaker - Cardcraft Creations

Contributing Artist:

Lynn Stevens - Trash to Treasure Art

Join us for our new Fall Season of challenges, articles, reviews and tutorials. We'll be bringing you a new challenge every Wednesday and lots of great features from our talented team.

Gingersnap Creations Goes Hollywood Month is brought to you by the incredible images of the Stampsmith! Love photo stamps? Join in our challenges in September for a chance to win great blog candy from the Stampsmith.

Head on over to Gingersnap Creations for the inside scoop on our dream team!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

No Stress Distress Inks

Just had to try that distress ink technique that I read about in Craft Stamper again! It's too fun! To see my other creation using this technique, jump on over to Gingersnap Creations and check out this month's Collage Corner.

Music of Nature
Stamps: pear, lace, music notes and clock face (Above the Mark)
Cardstock: Old Olive and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint (Ranger Distress Ink); Rich Cocoa (Memento)

Have a lovely stress-free day!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Thanks to Laurie! I got a Circle of Friends Award!

My sweet stamping friend and fellow design team member, Laurie over at Ministering Hands...Loving Hearts, has given me this wonderful award.

Laurie and I met when we joined the fabulous and fun design team over at Artful Sentiments by Kimm. Each week, we play with our copic markers using colors that Kimm has thoughtfully suggested in her Copic Color Challenge. It's a great exercise in creativity and I definitely enjoy the challenge. I've also wholeheartedly enjoy Laurie's fabulous art, friendship and support!

Thanks a ton, Laurie!!

The Rules for the Circle of Friends award:

1. Cut and paste the award logo and cut & paste it on your own blog.

2. Nominate at least five other bloggers that you feel have become part of your circle of friends.

3. Link to your nominees within your blog post and include these instructions on how to pick up your award on your blog post.

4. To show your appreciation to the person who gave you the award, link back to their blog.

5. Finally, comment on the recipients' blogs to let them know they've received the award.

Sounds simple, right?

I only have one huge problem!!! It's with Rule #2, The community of stampers and friends I am blessed to consider my own is just way to full of people that inspire, support, and teach me. I have so many wonderful friends who make me smile each and every day that I could not possibly pick 5 specific people!

So, this award goes out to all of my fantastic friends and my marvelous muses! If you want to claim this award, please do!! Just follow the instructions above!

Have a happy and wonderful day, my charming and fabulous Circle of Friends!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

ASCC #22: Lady Bugged

My favorite part of summer is how green everything is around me. Kimm's choice of colors for this week's Color Copic Challenge at Artful Sentiments by Kimm captured that freshness perfectly.

Check out these beautiful shades:

As with all the color challenges at Artful Sentiments, you can use 1, 2, or all 3 of the colors or whatever you have that is close! This time I only had 2 colors of the 3. No worries, I had fun with what I had!

Lady Bugged
Stamps: Lady Bugs (Artful Stamper)
Paper: Ladybug paper from an old stack
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, Real Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B24, B26, B29, E44, G99, R08, R17, R24, R27, R29, YG03, YG13, YG23, YG63, and YG95

So now I'm bugging you to come and play with us over at Artful Sentiments!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

GC20: Rainbow and Shades of GC18: Happiness

The sustained 90 degree plus temperatures are getting to me and I have had absolutely no desire to do anything strenuous. Then, I saw the brand-new challenge at Gingersnap Creations - GC20: Rainbow Color Challenge - and I had to get in on the fun!

Ali, my excellent friend and the other founding femme at Gingersnap Creations, is challenging everyone to use all the colors of the rainbow in their creations.

Gingersnap Creations is also celebrating happiness and focusing on patterned paper in August, so I decided to build both into my card today! No stamping either - my ink is not drying right - and no sophisticated cutting as I quickly found out that my paper is absorbing the ambient humidity and all day preferred to rip instead of clip. So, off to collage land I go!

Happy Love
Collage Images:
woman from Vintage Belles sheet and words from Sweet Memories sheet (Enchanted Mercantile - my old stash)
Paper: Tutti Frutti from Lime Rickey collection (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Basic Black (Stampin Up)

Don't forget to get in on the happiness and get your chance to win some great blog candy at Gingersnap Creations!

Up for grabs is this wonderful Artistic Outpost plate called....what else?..... Happiness!

Go to the Gingersnap Creations blog and follow the directions for your chance to win this beautiful plate!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

ASCC #21: Windswept

It's a glorious summer day here in Massachusetts! Despite the brightly shining sun, my thoughts have already turned to the fabulous Fall coming up!

Today's colors for the Copic Color Challenge at Artful Sentiments by Kimm are perfect for either a bright, hot Summer day or some Autumn art!

Y15 - Cadimum Yellow, YR04 - Chrome Orange and YR09 - Chinese Orange

Remember, you can use 1, 2 or 3 of the colors in your creation OR whatever you have that's close!

Here's what I put together with my mind on Fall:

Windswept (Sugar Nellie)
Paper: Amelia Vine Flowers Flat Paper (K & Company)
Cardstock: Old Olive and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E11, E21, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y19, YG95, YR00, YR04, YR07, YR09, YR23, and YR24
Markers: Black (Marvy) - and no, I don't know why I didn't just use my copic black
Embellishments: 2 green buttons
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

I used two Technique Junkies techniques for this one - Drywall Stitching and Out of the Box.

Have a lot of fun with this week's colors! Create something fabulous and then head on over to Artful Sentiments by Kimm to leave a comment and a link to your art!

I just love the inspiration every week!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

GC19: Chipboard - Yes, Sharon can Scrap!

I am behind on my scrapbooks, but I haven't given up! Here's a page I made of my daughter at the beach using Gingersnap Creations' Spicy Supply Chipboard Challenge as inspiration!

I got these great starfish chipboard pieces ages ago at a Scrapbook Convention, so I thought they would add some texture and dimension.

To sharpen my patterned paper skills, I picked up this great book, Playing with Paper by Angelina Wigginton. I love all her tips and composition advice.

For the page below, I used Chapter 2 of Playing with Papers entitled "The Power of Three" for inspiration. In this fun chapter, Angelina describes how to coordinate 3 patterned papers successfully. I always keep my pages simple for fear of ending up with a page that's overwhelming, but Angelina's great tips showed me how to put together something very pleasing which let my pictures pop!

She suggests combining a striped paper, a print with a simple pattern and a patterned page which could pass for a solid (ie subtle pattern or texture). She shows lots of wonderful examples of how to make it all work.

I used my own rules of 3 for this page as well - 3 pictures, 3 elements and a 1/3 and 2/3 split with the papers. I even made 3 slightly different frames, using Technique Junkies' torn frames technique for the middle one to give a little contrast.

I love how it came out!

Beach Babe Scrapbook Page
Stamps: Nautical (Impression Obsession); Playful Heart alphabet (Ma Vinci's Reliquary)
Paper: Beachcombers and Tidepools double-sided papers from the Christine Adolph line (Creative Imaginations)
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Night Quite Navy, stamped off once, and Creamy Caramel for inking the flower (Stampin Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento); computer printed journaling
Embellishments: 2 chipboard starfish; 1 paper flower (Kaiser Scrapbook); 3 light brown buttons; 3 pieces of raffia (Panacea Products)

For more patterned paper resources, check out our Manufacturer's Mania at Gingersnap Creations or join our Yahoo Group and get access to our Paper Resources Database!

You've got lots of time to get in on this great challenge! It's open until September 6th!

But time is running out... to get your application in for our first Gingersnap Creations design team call! Applications are being accepted until August 15th! Get yours in now!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Exciting Mail

Yesterday, I had a lovely surprise in the mailbox - the Stampington's Autumn 2009 issue of Take Ten!

And guess what I found on page 4.... one of my cards!!! Whoohoo!

Stamps, ink and cardstock: Stampin Up

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Haute Couture and Faux Sanding

This was my last attempt at Faux Sanding. It came out a little more distressed than I had originally planned but I still liked the overall piece. I love this image and it seemed to fall very nicely across the color changes in the background. I thought the text down the side pulled it down a bit so I used the snaps to balance it out.

Stamp: Couture (B-Line Designs)
Cardstock: Bayou Blue and Basic Black (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Primary Rainbow Ink Pad (ColorBox); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: 2 black snaps - yup, the real kind
Other: gesso, brayer and a paint brush

Have a lovely Sunday everyone! I'm off to a garden party but I think I'll leave the high heels at home this time!

Don't forget there's only 6 days left to get your applications in for the new Gingersnap Creations Design Team!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

ASCC #20: Copics Don't Have to Be Cute

I freely admit I suffer from Multiple Style Disorder. This week I really wanted to play with my copics but I also wanted to use some Paperbag Studios stamps. I had an "aha moment" and realized that I don't have to just use my copics for line art. It was possible to use them for other looks.

I was excited with the Artful Sentiments Copic Color Challenge picks for this week:

BV04 - Blue Berry, YR65 Atoll and B29 Ultramarine

Knowing that this challenge is very flexible in that you can use 1, 2 or 3 of the colors in your creation (or whatever you have that's close), I felt like I had a wide open window of creativity.

There's a Happiness Challenge going on at Gingersnap Creations, so I started to think about what has made me happy recently. I realized that being able to take some time out and learn new techniques, stretch my stamping skills and try and grow a bit gave me a ton of happy moments.

Looking at my stamps, thinking about growth and considering the colors I had on hand, I now only needed something to spark the layout of my project. I decided to blurf some other challenge blogs and came across the most recent Monday Lunchtime Sketch at Technostamper, a long time favorite challenge blog of mine even if I haven't played in ages. This let me play with lots of fun patterned paper, another theme for August at Gingersnap Creations.

I put all these elements together and came up with a Challenge melange that looked like this:

Grow with Me
Stamps: Collage image from the Laugh plate (Paperbag Studios); G,R,O,W letters from Collage Caps (My Sentiments Exactly)
Paper: Shades of Day (Karen Foster); Pep Dot Rally (Bo-Bunny)
Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B21, B23, B26, B29, BV00, BV04, E09, E11, Y19, YR00, YR04, YR07, and YR23

Happy Happiness Happiness Day! Spread the happiness today and make your own Challenge Melange!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Fairy Windows

I really enjoyed playing with this Punched Windows technique from the Aug/Sep Technique Junkies newsletter. My first card using the technique was more on the cute side, so I went in a vintage direction for this version.

I love this sentiment which translates as Art for Art's Sake. I love the idea that creation is as much the destination as the journey and that art doesn't have to have a specific purpose but be art.

Arts for Art's Sake Fairy Flight
XOX Fairy and Ars Artia Gratia sentiment (Alpha Stamps)
Paper: Hannah Pink Rose Flat (K & Co.); Guardian Angel (Frances Meyer)
Cardstock: Rose Red & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: RV32, Y11, Y13, YG03, YG05, YR00, and YR14
Tools: circle punch (Stampin Up)

Open up a new window in your stamping world - check out the no stress Design Team Call at Gingersnap Creations.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Faux Sanding Gone Subtle

I thought this card, with its message of natural beauty, would be a perfect start to a cheerful and happy day! Over at Gingersnap Creations, we are celebrating Happiness all month! Check out our blog candy! It's all about Happiness!

We're also happy to be accepting applications for our new Gingersnap Creations Design Team until August 15th! No prior design team experience required. Creativity is the only qualifitication.

Okay, onto the card....

I obviously loved this wonderful faux sanding technique from the latest Technique Junkies newsletter. I made quite a few cards with it. Here's a more subtle take on this fun background.

Something of the Marvelous
Stamps: flower from Garden plate (Rare Image Rubber Stamps); sentiment (Repeat Impressions)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Chalk Ocean Breeze Rainbow Pad (ColorBox)
Copics: E25, Y11, Y13, Y15, and YR23
Embellishments: 1/4" dark brown gingham ribbon
Other: gesso

Have a happy day filled with marvelous natural beauty!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Friday Sketcher's #63: Sitting on the Fence

Today, Tilda and I seem to have a lot of things in common. I was sitting on the fence all day about what I was going to do with the extra time I had on my hands while my daughter was in camp. I yearn for that odd moment to be alone here and there but then haven't the faintest clue what to do with it when I get it.

I finally got off the fence and make this card. I colored this image awhile back but then couldn't decided what to do with it...more fence sitting. While reviewing some of my favorite challenge sites today, I found this great sketch at Friday Sketcher's and just had to try it out. I didn't do it exactly as I was supposed to ...but what else is new?

Fence Fairy
Stamp: Magnolia
Paper: green and blue check from my scrap basket (old Provocraft pad I think)
Cardstock: Brocade Blue & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B21, B23, B24, E11, E21, E31, E33, E37, E44m YG11, YG13, YG23, and YR00
Other: small heart punch; circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Hope your Tuesday didn't leave you sitting on the fence!


Ever dream of being on a no-stress Design Team? Do I have the blog for you! Check out the Design Team Call at Gingersnap Creations! No experience necessary. Creativity is the only qualitfication!

Okay, onto the card for today...

For this card, I used the Scene Silhouettes technique from the new Aug/Sep issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter for which I was priviledged to be a guest designer. I was excited to see that not only did it make the online samples, but it's also in the print edition of the!!

Stamps: flowers, butterfly and lace from Boutique Grunge set (Inque Boutique)
Paper: Wild Wasabi & Basic Black (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Forest Foliage, Soft Sky and Blue Bayou (Stampin Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: oval and scallop oval punches (Marvy); brayer

Dream big!

Thanks Pat!

Look at the simply divine card I got from Pat Huntoon in the mail!!

Isn't it great? It uses the Block Collage technique from the Feb/March 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter!

Thanks so much, Pat!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sanded Earth Tones

I am drawn again and again to the Home plate by Artistic Outpost. This Faux Sanding technique from Technique Junkies is a great match for the country vintage feel of this plate.

Wondering where I got the matching photo corners? I just used kraft colored ones and then inked them up with Really Rust ink. To make the flourishes a little different, I inked them with the rainbow pad when I stamped on top of the faux sanded background.

Heading Home
Stamps: Home and Rooster collage from Home plate and flourishes from the Serenity plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Really Rust (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Really Rust (Stampin Up); Faded Vintage Rainbow Chalk pad (Memories); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: gesso, paintbrush, photo corners, brayer

Home is where you store your stamps! Have a wonderful ink-filled day!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Getting Happy with Patterned Paper

I love the Summer because I don't have a set routine aside from work. Unfortunately, I often over-estimate my time during those lazy, hazy days of August when the clock is melting away along with my ice cream.

It's no secret that I love designer paper but I always think of using it with more involved projects. Recently, I was going through my old cards and I realized that I could make a very simple card with an easy formula - 4 pieces of patterned paper and a focal image. Perfect for my current chaotic card making schedule!

Here's my first one:

Happy Everything
Stamp: Happy Everything from Greetings Galore (Stampin Up)
Paper: Signs of Spring (Prima Marketing)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: G05, Go7, Y13, Y15 and Y19
Tools: corner rounder

After this fun and sunny card, I happily turned to this great Girl Friday kit from Cosmo Cricket. It came with double-sided paper, a page of titles and a set of matching stickers. I was happy already!

I picked out some matching papers I liked and then pulled out the matching...and this is cool...chipboard! This "Ready-Set-Chip" set has great chipboard pieces which easily pop out of their page. My happiness doubled when I discovered they had self-adhesive backs!

In an unusual move for me, I did not use any stamping on this card!

Happy Happy Day
Saturday, Sunday and Elements from Girl Friday collection (Cosmo Cricket)
Cardstock: Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Chipboard: happy from Girl Friday Ready-Set-Chip set (Cosmo Cricket)

I hope you have a happy, happy day!

For more happiness, check out this month's blog candy at Gingersnap Creations.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Depth of Happiness

Gingersnap Creations' theme for August is Happiness!

Blog candy makes a lot of people happy! For a chance to win this great unmounted plate, head on over to Gingersnap Creations and follow the directions at the end of their post.

Here's a card I made with this fabulous plate using two Technique Junkies techniques - Torn Frames and Depth of Field.

Depth of Happiness
Stamps: Happiness and collaged woman from Happiness plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Ruby Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Cameo Coral and Ruby Red (Stampin Up)

Enjoy August! It's Happiness Happens Month! Pass it on...

On the Road Again

Today, I am proud to say that my husband is riding in the 30th annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, a 190-mile 2-day charity bike ride which raises money for cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. The Pan-Mass Challenge raises more money for charity than any other single event in the United States.

David at the beginning of the 2008 Pan-Mass Challenge.

This is David's second year riding in the Pan-Mass. Last year, he raised over $4500. Together, the over 5000 riders raised over $35 million in 2008 and 100% of all rider-raised dollars went directly to the cause. Isn't that absolutely incredible?

I made this card to celebrate the efforts of all the riders, volunteers and contributors who have put in their time and donations to help raise money for the research so desperately needed to fight this horrible disease.

On the Road AgainStamps: Bicycle Bear and On the Road Again (Memory Box)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Ruby Red and Going Gray (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

To learn more about this wonderful event, please visit the Pan-Mass Challenge website . To learn more about the Jimmy Fund, click here.

If you would like to assist my husband's fund-raising for this event, please click here and enter rider code DB0249. Donations for this year's ride are being accepted until October 1, 2009. Your contribution, no matter the size, will put us all one step closer to conquering cancer!

David at the end of last year's ride. My daughter and I were so proud of him and all the other riders!
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