Saturday, October 31, 2009

ASCC #32: Boo-tiful Witch

Wowzers! Six months flies by so quick. I've had so much fun working on the Design Team for the Copic Color Challenges at Artful Sentiments by Kimm! Eventhough I won't be creating samples anymore I will definitely be playing this fun challenge regularly!

I hope you are all having an amazing Halloween! We were at my daughter's horse show this morning which was fabulous! Dressage on the best dress-up day of the year. Couldn't be better!

This week, Kimm has come up with some amazing and spooky colors:

YR07 - Cadmium Orange, Y15 Cadmium Yellow and W5 Warm Gray

As always, you can use 1, 2 or all 3 of the colors for the week OR whatever you have that is close!

This week I decided to do another block collage with a copic-colored focal image. I just got this absolutely adorable set from Clear Art Stamps. It's called Halloween Fun! Isn't she a sweetie?

I got my base color for the block collage, another wonderful technique from those amazing artists over at Technique Junkies, from the Cadmium Orange that Kimm picked for this week's color selection. My closest match in ink to this is my Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie ink which I paired with the slightly darker Really Rust of the same brand.

The Halloween Fun set has a ton of little elements which I used for the base of my collage. It was quite fun trying to fit them all in.

Here's the whole card:

Boo-tiful Witch
Stamps: elements and focal image from Halloween Fun (Clear Art Stamps - Crafty Secrets)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Pumpkin Pie and Really Rust (Stampin' Up)
Copics: E00, E07, E11, W1, W3, W5, Y15, YR04, YR07, and YR24

I've had a ton of fun working with Kimm and the other fabulous members of the Artful Sentiments Design Team - Jane Bossi, Ann Clack, Cathy Edgar and Laurie Gatton! If you haven't had a chance to check out their magnificient art, it is well-worth doing!

Don't forget to grab those copics and get busy with this fun challenge!

Have a spooky and spectacular Halloween!!

Enabler Alert: Artistic Stamper Spooky Blog Candy

The fab The Artistic Stamper has eeriely excellent blog candy up for grabs!!

Check it out! She's got Tim Holtz's miniature film ribbon and a Tim Holtz's web masks, so that you are ready for next Halloween as blog candy!

Go to The Artistic Stamper blog, leave a comment and then mention the candy on your blog for a chance to win!

Now, as if that wasn't enough, Jennie has a wonderful sale going on. Here are the details from her blog:

"To help you even more go shopping on The Artistic Stamper and get an extra 10% off your orders for this weekend. All you have to do is put "halloween" into the discount voucher box and the order will have 10% off! "

Okay, off to do some spooky stamping!

Wicked Witch by the Wee One

I wanted to start off Halloween by sharing a piece of art my daughter made using pastels and charcoals. I think it's just spooktacularly wonderful!

Stay tuned this afternoon for another Copic Color Challenge from Artful Sentiments by Kimm!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

GC28: Thankfulness Challenge

With the chill weather approaching, Thanksgiving seems just around the corner. My favorite part of this holiday is counting my blessings, my friends, and my happy times. When I do that, I inevitably think of someone I should thank for just being wonderful and being kind.

This week at Gingersnap Creations, the new Random Redhead Challenge asks you to work with this theme of thankfulness.

To create my card for this challenge, I tried out some cool new digital vellum paper I got from PaperTemptress. What I loved was that even though it is translucent, it is not completely see-thru thus allowing what I placed on the vellum to stand out but still be softly impacted by my background. Much better than being lost in the shuffle. I often fight with my vellum trying to find the perfect placement so what is on it will show up. No problems like that with this paper....and too can actually put it through your laser or ink jet printer to print sentiments or some cool digital stamps. Fab paper!

Okay, onto what I did with it. First, I used Distress Inks to create a soft transitioning color scheme of oranges and reds with this way too gorgeous medallion from Cornish Heritage Farms. To see how I achieved this effect, check out the tutorial I did on Gingersnap Creations.

I then added the sentiments, "Thank You" and "Beauty is Found in Every Act of Kindness", to my panel using Memento ink. I layered this with one of fav designer papers, Autumn Blossoms from the now sadly gone Daisy D's. Finishing it off, I used an Eggplant base to pull out the purples in the designer paper.

Here's what it looks like when it all came together:

Beauty in Every Act of Kindness
Stamps: medallion and sentiments from Ornamental Beauty (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: Autumn Blossoms (Daisy D's); digital vellum paper (PaperTemptress)
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Mustard Seed, Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade (Ranger Distress Inks)
Other: vellum adhesive (Tombo)

To see what the Gingersnap Design Team did with this theme, check out the challenge post!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Horsing Around with Some Challenges Today

Once again, it's Saturday and time for a new Copic Color Challenge at Artful Sentiments by Kimm!

Here's the lovely earthy colors for this week:

YR23 - Yellow Ochre, E37 Sepia and E59 Walnut

As always, you can use just 1, 2 or all 3 of the colors for the challenge or whatever you have that is close!

I put these colors together with Midnight Madness #24 Sketch below:

and the Gingersnap Creations Spicy Supply Brads Challenge and added in the pierced spotlight technique from Technique Junkies! Now, for the perfect's a "sneak peek" at the absolutely charming new stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms, Horse and Rider! It will release on October 27th!

Here's what I came up with:

Equestrian Dreams
Horse and Rider (Cornish Heritage Farms - releasing October 27, 2009)
Paper: Swell and Stoked from Hang 10 line (BasicGrey); French Script (manufacturer unknown)
Cardstock: More Mustard and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: E00, E11, E21,E37, E59, Y21, YR23, YR24
Embellishments: 2 prima flowers; 4 pearl brads (sei)
Tools: paper piercer

Have a fabulous and challenging day! Check out the other samples from the rest of the Artful Sentiments Design Team for some more ideas with these great colors!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Enabler Alert: Collagevisions Blog Candy

I just love collage images so when I saw this blog candy alert I had to share.

Collagevisions has 5 digital collage sheets up for grabs! All you have to do is leave your name and email address on their post. If you mention your favorite collage sheet from their catalog, your name gets entered twice.

If you mention the giveaway on your blog and let them know, you get a free digital sheet! How cool is that? Check their post for full details. The winner will be drawn on October 30, 2009.

Have a wonderful and fantastic day!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Color Challenge at Gingersnap Creations

There's a new color challenge at Gingersnap Creations - GC27: Orange, Green & Brown! It fits right in with the harvest season!

Here's what I made:

Harvest Trees Tag
Stamps: trees from Spring Trees collection from the Kim Hughes line and sentiment from Primitive Beginnings from the Rummage Bin line (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: scraps from my bin; shipping tag
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Embellishments: 1/4" brown ribbon

To see some amazing other creations, check out the challenge post on Gingersnap Creations! Not only are there great samples from Gingersnap's amazing Design Team but we also have some visiting artists from the Cornish Heritage Farms Design Team too!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Halloween Masquerade Mask

A departure from my norm but very fun! I got pretty messy with this one but it took me back to those early days of papier mache that brought me such joy and launched my creative spirit!

To see how I made this mask, check out Collage Corner on Gingersnap Creations.

Have a spooktacular day! I'll be dreaming up more fun for Halloween!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Swinging From Challenge to Challenge Today

Today, I have created a mini-challenge mellange by combining 3 great challenges!

For colors, I was inspired by the fabulous color combination from Artful Sentiments' Copic Color Challenge #30! Check out these beautiful colors!

This week we have Cadmium Yellow, Yellowish Green and Lavender!! So pretty!

As always you can use 1, 2 or all 3 of colors in your creation (or whatever you have close) for the Copic Color Challenge at Artful Sentiments by Kimm.

For the layout, I went with a great sketch from Friday Sketchers Challenge #74. This layout called for some embellishments, so I reached for the Spicy Supply of the Month over at Gingersnap Creations - brads!

I even threw in a Technique Junkie technique from awhile ago - Out of the Box (OctNov 2004 newsletter).

To make it more fun, I decided to use only scraps from my bottomless pit of odds and sods so I don't have too many details for you today.

Swinging Sweetie
Stamp: swinging girl (Sugar Nellie)
Paper: flowered scrap, green gingham scrap (unknown)
Cardstock: purple 12x12 (unknown); Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B21, E00, E02, E11, E13, E15, E19, V04, V06, Y11, Y13, Y15, YG05, and YG13
Embellishments: 6 prima flowers, 6 medium purple brads, 1 fabric flower

So head on over to see what the other designers have put together for the Copic Color Challenge at Artful Sentiments!

After that, you can check out the awesome sketch challenge at Friday Sketchers and the fun brad supply challenge at Gingersnap Creations!

The weather is getting more like Winter every day here...brrr. It snowed on Friday! I think I will just stay in with some hot cocoa and stamp!

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Challenging Afternoon

My life is calming down and I have time to craft! Thank goodness as it is getting rather chill outside and I could use a cozy hobby to help me through the winter. I double-checked my calendar and it is indeed mid-October but my lawn has frost on it and it snowed for most of the morning.

Now that I have a little bit of leisure time on my hands, I wanted to do some challenges. Nothing can spark the creativity better than a good challenge!

Artistic Outpost has a wonderful challenge going right now to celebrate their 2nd birthday! It's a 3-parter: 1) use only Artistic Outpost Stamps; 2) use their beautiful challenge sketch; and 3) it had to be a fall or birthday themed card. You have until October 23rd to get in on the fun!
I put this sketch together with the Blue challenge over at Crafty Creations, the Pointy Hats Challenge on TGIF and the Spicy Supply Brad Challenge on Gingersnap Creations to come up with this little darlin'.

I morphed the sketch a bit but that's what sketches are for! I also used a tip I learned from Ali about stamping sentiments on ribbon to give my sentiment a translucent look on organza ribbon. I sponged distress inks onto the tag and then stamped my sweet witchie over top using Midnight Blue StazOn.

Blue Witchie
Stamps: sentiment and witch from Vintage Halloween (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Lone Ranger (Kaisercraft); olive green designer paper (Stampin Up);
Cardstock: Night of Navy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Midnight Blue (StazOn); Broken China and Faded Jeans (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: organza ribbon (Stampin Up); 2 blue brads (American Crafts)

Wishing everyone a warm, Autumn weekend! I'm off to buy some new snow boots. Brrr!

Major Enabler Alert: Birthday Sale at Artistic Outpost!

Artistic Outpost is turning 2 this month but its customers are getting the birthday present!!

To celebrate their birthday, Artistic Outpost is having their own One Day Sale just like the big stores...except, as always, Artistic Outpost gives you more so the sale will actually continue from now until this Sunday, October 18th!

Until October 18th, they are offering 25%* off your entire purchase. Remember, you get free US shipping for all orders over $50, and international free shipping over $150. Use coupon code "birthday2009" at checkout to receive this great discount. *Does not include EZ Mount cling foam sheets or multi-packs.

Hurry! This fabulous deal is only good through October 18th, 2009.

Don't forget about the Artistic Outpost's fun Sketch Challenge! That will be wrapping up on October 23rd! That's only a week away!! Enter this great challenge for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the Artistic Outpost store. Check out the full information on the Artistic Outpost blog.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

GC26: Brads

I seem to always be buying embellishments and forgetting to use them! That's why I was so happy to work on the Gingersnap Creations Spicy Supply Challenge this week! The supply in question is brads! Get them on out of those drawers, containers, and packages and use them to spice up your card!

For my first go at this challenge, I just used a simple line of brads to coordinate with the image colors.

Shared Wonder
Wonder is Best When Shared from the Rummage Bin line (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Cardstock: Whisper White and Rose Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick (Ranger Distress Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: 5 orange brads

Hope you are all having a day filled with wonder!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

ASCC #29: Saturday Evening Harvest

Boy, did I have fun today! Not only did I get to play with a new color scheme from Artful Sentiments' Color Copic Challenge, I also got to play with some great new paper from the Paper Temptress! Have to tell you, I am beyond tempted to buy way more of this fabulous paper!

Here's what Kimm came up for us this week in this wonderful harvest season!

YR18 Sanguine, G99 Olive and E29 Burnt Umber - whoohoo I have all 3 this week!

As a reminder, you can use 1, 2 or 3 of the color selections in your creations or whatever you have that is close! Isn't Kimm cool?

I picked out this wonderful vintage Saturday Evening Post cover from Cornish Heritage Farms to color. Cornish Heritage Farms is the sponsor for October over at Gingersnap Creations and I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Liz and Richard Pomeroy, the owners.

Okay, back to coloring! I used masses of copics this time, but that's why they are so great! You can get wonderful details and nuance. On the corn, I think I used about 5 different colors.

Once, I had finished coloring, I turned to my newly arrived stash of Paper Temptress papers. I love the variety of colors and textures. For this project, I pulled out this fabulous Green Crepe Ruche and some of the Rosso Incandescent. I loved the shimmer on the red and the natural texture of the ruche. I added some twine to give a little natural touch, as we are using "natural materials" in our creations this month on Gingersnap Creations.

Here's what the final creation looks like:

Saturday Evening Harvest
Stamp: Fall Harvest from Saturday Evening Post line (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Cardstock: Green Crepe Ruche and Rosso Incandescent (Paper Temptress); Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: E29, E31, E33, E34, G99, R05, R08, Y13, Y15, Y19, Y29, YG63, YR04, YR07, YR18, YR23, and YR24
Embellishments: 2 knots of natural twine

So, lots of places to send you for more information and more art today!

To see all the other fabulous samples from the Artful Sentiments' Design Team - go to Artful Sentiments by Kimm!

To read more about Cornish Heritage Farms and see more of my creations using their images, check out the Gingersnap Creations' Interview with Liz and Richard Pomeroy! Oh yeah, there's also blog candy involved as well!

To check out the huge variety of cardstocks at Paper Temptress, go to To see other creations made with Paper Temptress paper, check out their blog too!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dipping into the Distress Ink

I love all the oranges, yellows and reds of harvest time, so I decided to put them together using the distress ink technique I saw in Craft Stamper a few months ago. To find out more about that, visit my article on Gingersnap Creations.

I love this great image from Cornish Heritage Farms showing a Harvest cover of an old Saturday Evening Post. You'll see how I did something completely different with the same image if you stop by tomorrow.

Distressed Harvest
Stamp: Harvest from Saturday Evening Post line (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: Atelier Toile (Daisy D's)
Cardstock: Mango (Paper Temptress); Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishment: 1/4" dark brown ribbon

Hope you are enjoying this Harvest season! Harvest is the theme for the whole month over at Gingersnap Creations. We have some great challenges, more blog candy and some fun tutorials! Today, Jean Franks Beck showed us how to make leaf prints - too pretty!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Paper Piecing Partridges

Okay, I know these sweet birds are love birds and not partridges but I am never one to back away from a good bit of alliteration.

Dotty Love Birds
Stamp: George and Esther Love Birds (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: Wedding Dots (manufacturer unknown)
Cardstock: Rose Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up)

This card goes out to my Love, my wonderful and amazing husband!

If you want to see more Cornish Heritage Farms art, check out my interview with the owners, Liz and Richard Pomeroy on Gingersnap Creations.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Golden Years of Railroading

I just got some grand new stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms and some simply fabulous papers by Paper Temptress. I've finally had a moment to breathe so I had some time to stamp!

In a turn of events for me, I actually started with my paper selection for this creation. I wanted to use this Antique Gold paper from Paper Temptress sooo badly, but hadn't a clue what I was going to do. My frantic schedule the last 2 weeks is taking it's toll.

I started to do word association - golden years, golden spike, railroad - and then it hit me! I just got a wonderful railroad stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. Aha! Now, what?

I went completely crazy and decided to make the most of the paper and emboss the image right onto this beautiful color! It worked out quite well I think.

Golden Years of Railroading
Stamp: 100 Years of the Railroad (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: Stucco Pattern from Mortifica line (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Antique Gold Stardreams (Paper Temptress); Creamy Caramel (Stampin Up); generic black cardstock
Ink: Watermark Ink Pad (VersaMark)
Other: Super Fine Detail Black Embossing Powder (Ranger); heat tool

To check out the other papers available at Paper Temptress, visit their website

To see more Cornish Heritage Farms art, check out my interview with owners Liz and Richard Pomeroy over at Gingersnap Creations.

Have a super Monday!! It has dawned a gorgeous autumn day here in New England!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

ASCC #28: Apple Season

Fall is finally here in full force and there are wonderful Harvest festivals happening every weekend! That's why I started thinking apples when I saw the Artful Sentiments by Kimm Copic Color Challenge colors this week!

As with all of the Artful Sentiments Copic Color Challenges, you can use 1, 2 or all 3 of the colors for the week (or whatever you have that is close). Here are the spectacular colors for this week:

RO8 Vermillion, YR18 Sanguine and Y17 Golden Yellow.

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

Apple Season
Stamps: Can It collection (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa (Stampin Up)
Copics: E33, G07, G24, R08, R27, Y15, YR09, and YR18

To see the other great samples for this challenge, check out Artful Sentiments by Kimm!
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