Wednesday, September 30, 2009

GCSP1: Combo Time

You know how much I love combining challeges, so I made two cards for the newest Gingersnap Creations challenge - Combo Time!

The idea is to combine 2 or more of any of their previous 24 challenges.

For this first one, I combined GC09 Wonder Women, GC18 Happiness and GC17 Citrus .

Happy Little Women
Stamps: sentiment (Firecracker Designs by Pamela); Happiness from Happiness plate (Artistic Outpost), Prom Night (Lost Coast Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters and Mustard Seed (Ranger Distress Ink)

For the second one, I combined Challenges combined: GC24 Stars, GC08 Tan, Teal and Blue and GC16 Ribbon. I also gave a little nod to "Once in a Blue Moon" which is the type of challenge.

Blue Moon
girl in moon from Thank Heaven for Little Girls plate (Stampsmith); sentiment from Say it with Flair plate (Stampsmith)
Cardstock: Taken with Teal, Creamy Caramel (Stampin Up); low-gloss cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Midnight Blue (StazOn); Yoyo Yellow, Night of Navy, and Taken with Teal (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 3 gold star brads; 1/4" dark blue ribbon
Other: oval cutter (Creative Memories); cuttlebug and cuttlebug stars embossing folder

Head on over to Gingersnap Creations to join in!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

ASCC #27: Coffee Friends

Well, the fun came early this week at Artful Sentiments by Kimm! The Copic Color challenge is up 2 days ahead of schedule so more time to get in on the fun!

I loved the gorgeous colors Kimm picked for this week's challenge but woe is me - I had none of them. I use the original copics and Kimm has these lovely sketch markers shown above. The original copic set has 214 amazing colors, while the sketch markers have 334 lovely colors. Sigh. So, even I wanted to run out and buy these colors....they just weren't available to me in originals.

That's what I love about Kimm's challenges. You can use 1, 2 or 3 of the colors...or whatever you have that is close! I used what I had that was close this time. Hope you like it!

Coffee Friends
Stamps: cups and sentiment from Coffee With Friends set (Flourishes)
Paper: scrap from my drawer
Cardstock: blue, purple and white
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: B21, B23, RV32, Rv34, YG03, and YG05
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Hope you join in this week and get colorful!! You can see more of the Design Team's creations at Artful Sentiments by Kimm.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sign of the Times

I haven't made a sign or hanging in so long, I thought it would be fun to create a new one this weekend.

To see how I put it all together, visit Collage Corner at Gingersnap Creations!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Portrait of a Lady

I absolutely adore Audrey Hepburn and it's Gingersnap Creations Goes Hollywood month, so I thought I would make yet another Audrey card.

This card actually fits a couple of Gingersnap Creations Challenges GC21 - Chestnut Theme Challenge - Movie Star and GC22 - Spicy Supply Challenge - Bling. I used Distress Inks (yes, I am addicted to them) to colorize the photo and then I used smooch to give her jewelry a little flair and to add some color detail on the charm. To see how I did it and for some more pictures, check out my tutorial and review.

Portrait of a Lady
Stamps: sentiment and Audrey (Stampsmith)
Paper: Blue Awning Blue Swirl (K & Company)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up); low-gloss cardstock
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Green Apple, Gold Lame, Siren, Sugarberry (Clearsnap Smooch); crown charm (unknown); gold (Shimmer Sheetz)

Have some fun and make a portrait of a lady you adore today! Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Oh Baby Baby!

Inspired by the new Color Challenge on Gingersnap Creations, I had some fun with a wooden picture frame and transformed it into a Black, White and Silver creation! I love that the wood grain shows through just a bit! These little baby faces from Stampsmith added some fun!

To make the glittering letters, I cut out letters from a Cosmo Cricket alphabet sheet and ran them through my Xyron upside down so the adhesive went on the top of the letter. I then dipped the sticky letters in the some fab glitter and Voila! great glitter coverage. I matted them with black to make them pop from the pretty paper.

Oh Baby Photo Frame
Stamps: baby images from the Ooh Baby! plate (Stampsmith)
Paper: letters from Monday from the Girl Friday line (Cosmo Cricket); Black Tie Optional (Imaginisce)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Paint: Metallic Silver (Lumiere)
Other: wooden picture frame (Michael's Craft Store); foam paint brush; Glossy Accents (Ranger); Diamond Dust (Judikins); and a Xyron machine
Fab photo: my sweetie now all grown up (well she thinks she is...9 year-olds are like that)

Have some fun and join in the challenge! It's open until October 18th and there's a chance to win lovely blog candy from the Stampsmith!

If you love that sparkling, shiny look, you might also want to check out the new Spicy Supply - Bling challenge too!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Last Day for a Great Deal from Artistic Outpost

This is the last day to save on the new release bundle at Artistic Outpost! When you buy the Old Grist Mill, The Outpost and Generation Redux together, you can save 20% on these 3 plates by entering the coupon code September2009 at checkout!

Want some more reasons to snap up these gorgeous plates? Here are a few more samples for you!

The first sample is a bookmark I made as a gift for a friend. It includes some simple sponging of distress inks with the image of the old mill and the sentiment over stamped using Memento on a premade bookmark. I used my Crop-o-dile to add a gold eyelet and a prefab tassle for some fun! Because the image is so beautiful, very little else was needed!

Old Mill Bookmark - Stamps: Old Grist Mill (Artistic Outpost)

The second sample also shows how wonderfully each plate is constructed with beautiful focal images, lovely sentiments and fantastic elements so that you have everything you need to create a fabulous card.

Outpost Collage - Stamps: The Outpost (Artistic Outpost)

The next sample shows how you can mix and match Artistic Outpost plates easily. This one card uses 3 different plates and yet they all fit together well!

The Accountants - Stamps: Generation Redux, Geek is Chic, and Fortune Teller (Artistic Outpost)

So what are you waiting for? Get on over to Artistic Outpost!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

ASCC #25: Farm Panels

More fabulous color combos from Kimm this week! To get in on the fun, come and play her wonderful Copic Color Challenges at Artful Sentiments by Kimm!

Aren't they great? I only had one of the colors this time, but I tried to come as close as I could with the other two. So, the card below has the "spirit" of the colors!

As always, you can use 1, 2 or all 3 of the selected colors OR whatever you have that is close. The idea is to have lots of fun creating!

Farm Panels
Stamp: farm (Seredipity)
Cardstock: pumpkin, burgundy and white
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E33, E37, R59, RV29, Y19, YR04, YR07, and YR14

Come on and play with us! It's Saturday....time to have some fun!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Enjoy Simple Beauty

I started this project as an ATC and it ended up as a full card. I was having so much fun, I didn't want to stop.

I used a Technique Junkie technique called Depth of Field for the base panel. It utilizes repetition and color variation to create an interesting backdrop. The focal image of ATC, the young woman, was first colored with copic markers and then embossed before I used distress ink to add some background color. I overstamped with the leaf image and a background stamp to give it some texture. I also used the same background stamp on the edges of the base panel.

Enjoy Simple Beauty
Stamps: ATC and background texture from Generation Redux plate and leaf from Old Grist Mill plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: orange, dark brown, white
Ink: Spiced Marmelade, Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw and Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Inks); copic markers - various; Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: clear embossing powder (Judikins)

Hope you too have a day where you have the freedom not to put the brakes on creativity!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sending Some Bright Cheer

I made this card for a friend of mine who has been going through a rough time. I was inspired by the colors used this week in the Copic Color Challenge at Artful Sentiments by Kimm.

I loved the bright cheery colors so I also used them to mat the image. I used a Technique Junkies technique called "Cuttlebug Highlights" for give the background a little interest and texture.

Cheery Bouquet
Stamps: Tilda with Flowers (Magnolia)
Cardstock: green, orange, hot pink and white
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Frost White (ColorBox); various copic markers
Tools: Cuttlebug machine and embossing folder

Have a fabulous and cheery day!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Little Labor Happening Today!

Today, I wanted to show you how fun it is to just play with all those odd bits and pieces of patterned paper that don't get used. They seem to grow organically from all my work.

The Outpost plate, recently released from Artistic Outpost, was perfect for both of the techniques I wanted to use.

I started with the larger bits of paper that I had on hand and chose some that had the same tonal value - a yellow, a green and a blue. Each paper also had a very basic pattern, one that would not detract from the stamped image.

For this first card, I used a Technique Junkies technique called Ripped Marble. I chose the largest image on the plate to really show off these pretty papers. I really liked how it turned out. I also realized that it was a great way to use up some of my random scraps!

Marbled Outpost
Stamps: Outpost and sentiment from The Outpost (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: various scraps
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)

My second card uses the same set and a different Technique Junkie technique called Warhol.
I actually created a Warhol 3 x 3 grid using the same papers from the card above. I used the great inchie in The Outpost plate for my image and I stamped it onto the remaining scraps and trimmed.

The patterned paper added a sense of texture to this simple card:

Ornament of a House
Stamps: sentiment and outpost inchie from The Outpost plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: various scraps
Cardstock: Whisper White and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Have fun with your scraps today and save the heavy labor for another day!

There's only a week left to get 20% off when you buy all 3 new Artistic Outpost plates together - The Outpost, Generation Redux and Old Grist Mill! Enter code "September2009" at checkout.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

ASCC #24: Balance and Poise

This week, Kimm picked some fun and bright colors to play with! I've had a lot of "balls up in the air" lately, so this image from Stampsmith's Balancing Act plate really spoke to me when I sat down to color.

This week's fabulous Copic Colors are: RV09 - Fuschia, YG09 Lettuce Green and YR09 Chinese Orange. I love the combo of orange and fuschia and the addition of the green gave the piece a really nice energy! Well-picked, Kimm!!

I had 2 of the 3 this time! I do love that Kimm's challenges let you use 1, 2, or all 3 of her suggested colors OR whatever you have that is close.

Keeping Your Balance
Stamps: sentiment and juggler from Balancing Act plate (Stampsmith)
Cardstock: green, pink, orange and white
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E00, E09,E11, E21, E27, RV04, RV09, YG03, YG05, YG13, YR04, YR07, YR09
1/4" punch (I think)

Don't forget to see all the other wonderful creations using these colors at Artful Sentiments by Kimm! Come and play along!!

If you like this plate, check out Gingersnap Creations on Monday when we interview the illustrator of this fun collection, Jack Sherman.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Getting Simply Simple

This is another version of the distress ink technique I have showed you a couple of times. I seem to be in a rut, but a happy rut. It is such a simple technique and so lends itself to the theme of this card wonderfully.

Simplify Simplify
oak leaf from the Old Grist Mill plate and the maple leaf and the sentiment from The Outpost plates (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie and Bravo Burgundy (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade (Ranger Distress Inks); Rich Cocoa (Memento)

To make life simple for you, Artistic Outpost is offering you 20% off when you buy all three of their new releases together before September 15, 2009! For more information, check out the Artistic Outpost blog.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lacey Sisters

I've been playing with my new Generations Redux plate from Artistic Outpost again. I decided to also get out my Distress Inks for one more day of messy play.

Lovely Ladies
women collage from Generation Redux plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Milled Lavendar and Dusty Concord (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: 3 prima flowers; 1 olive brad
Tools: Circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Want to see how I did the foreground and background? Check out my tutorial on Gingersnap Creations!

Don't forget to get in on the great deal over at Artistic Outpost. Save 20% when you buy all three new plates together until September 15th, 2009. Just enter the code "September2009" at the checkout!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

GC21: Movie Stars

I'm feeling star-struck with the new Chestnut Theme Challenge on Gingersnap Creations!

This month's Theme is Movie Stars and the Gingersnap Creations Design Team made some incredible samples to get you going! Why not jump over and have a look?

There's also some yummy blog candy, an unmounted Marilyn stamp, from the challenge sponsor Stampsmith.

Here's what I made! I do love Audrey and this image really shows all the inner light that made her such a wonderful actress!

A Lady of Quality
Audrey Hepburn and sentiment (Stampsmith)
Paper: patterned paper scrap (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie and More Mustard (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Chalks: various (Pebbles Inc)
Other: gesso

Join us in this glamorous challenge! It doesn't close until October 5th so you have a ton of time to have a lot of fun with it!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Artistic Outpost Blog Hop

Loved the great new plates I showed you yesterday? Well, you won't want to miss our Artistic Outpost blog hop showing off more great samples from The Outpost, Old Grist Mill and Generation Redux.

Here's another sample from me using the Old Grist Mill:

Distressed Bridge
Stamps: bridge and sentiment from Old Grist Mill plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw and Fired Brick (Ranger Distress Inks); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Tools: distressing tool (Tim Holtz)

Check out more beautiful samples by the marvelous Artistic Outpost design team:

Gerrie Johnnic - Queen of Grunge

Kelly Burton - Arty Visions

Lisa Somerville - Splendiferous Creations

Even more great samples from my fellow 2009 Guest Designers...all wonderful and fabulous artists:

Cathy Edgar - Ink It Up Stamp It Out

Debby Boltman - Debby's Stuff

Judy Hayes - Creating...My Style

Lynn Stevens - Trash to Treasure Art

Robin Willis - Robin's Artful Musings

Susan Conrad - One4Joy Daily

Toni Tessler - Toni's Adventures in Stamping and Scrapbooking

You just have to see all these great samples!! These plates are gorgeous!

Don't forget that until September 15th, when you buy all three new plates from Artistic Outpost you'll get 20% off! Use coupon code "September2009" at the checkout!

For all my wonderful international stamping friends: you don't need to miss out on these great plates or this great deal! Check out Artistic Outpost's international shipping rates!
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