Friday, February 27, 2009

My First Cupcake Challenge - Sketch #56

I am having a wild color day! I decided that I wanted to combine lots of colors and textures and the Cupcake Challenge Sketch from Taylored Expressions fit perfectly with my plans. I have long admired the sketches in the Cupcake Challenges but have not, before today, been brave enough to try one.

I'm still working with my Copics and 100 Proof Press stamps. I love the initimate tete-a-tete these two tykes are sharing so I thought secrets was a good theme.

Little Secrets
Kids in Wagon (100 Proof Press), secrets from My Story plate (Oxford Impressions)
Paper: PL-199, pink polka dot (Me and My Big Ideas); blue texture and green stripe unknown from old paper stacks
Cardstock: Brocade Blue and Whisper White (Stampin Up); generic black
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B06 Peacock Blue, B14 Light Blue, B26 Colbalt Blue, YG95 Pale Olive, RV04 Shock Pink, RV09 Fuchsia, G99 Olive, E09 Burnt Sienna, E33 Sand, YR00 Powder Pink, YR14 Caramel, Y15 Cadmium Yellow, and W3Warm Gray
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

My secret will be out March 1st! Don't forget to come and check out what's going on!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Stripes and Roses

I am never ready on time for Mother's Day so this year I am starting REALLY early! I was inspired by a challenge at Ooh-la-la-Creations to use stripes in a card. I had this really pretty striped paper leftover from another project and took my color scheme from its great color combination. Unfortunately, the colors weren't acurately captured by my camera. The roses and the aqua stripe do match...really...

Stripes and Roses
Lady in Flowers and Mother's Day (Stubby Stampers)
Paper: Slim Jim from Wanted series (Cosmo Cricket)
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Really Rust, Whisper White and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Really Rust (Stampin Up); Tuxedo Black (Mememto)
Copics: YR14 Caramel, YR18 Sanguine, BG15 Aqua and YR00 Powder Pink

I could say that I made the woman a redhead to go with the rust colored stripe in the paper, but we all know that probably isn't true.

OCC Use a Tag Challenge

I am having tons of fun with challenges this week! Today, I decided to try a challenge from the fantastic Our Creative Corner blog. This week's challenge is to add a tag anywhere to a card. I decided to try a ginger-colored creation for this one using my new stamps from Curious by Design. Before anyone asks, I did intend to make the postage stamps "soft focus" aka blurred.

Kindred Sisters
Stamps: Sisters collage, text, two postage stamps and Kindred Spirits sentiment from Dear Sister collection (Curious By Design)
Cardstock: Really Rust and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Inks: Really Rust (Stampin Up); Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink); Roussillon (ColorBox)
Tools: tag punches (Stampin Up); sponge

To see more ginger-inspired artwork, come back on March 1st to find out about a new stamping blog in which I will participate. I'm so excited! Hope you will be too!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Arty Girlz Challenge #74 - Butterflies

With so many great challenge blogs out there, I have decided to join in all the fun! Today, I checked out The Arty Girlz Challenge Blog. Their challenge this week was to use at least one butterfly in a creation.

I got this cute image from 100 Proof Press. It is a dream to color with all of its fun detail. I have a bad habit of coloring images and then going off in search of papers to go with them. Today, serendipity was drifting in the air as I found this great blue paper with subtle butterflies in the pattern.

Kitty and Butterfly (100 Proof Press)
Paper: blue with butterflies from long seperated stack pack
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, More Mustard and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 1/4" white organza ribbon
Tools: corner rounder

More challenges to come!

Stampers Anonymous ATC Mail Call

As you may remember, I tried doing an ATC swap for the first time about a month ago. These are the fantastic pieces of art that I received back from the swap.

I think all my swap partners made extraordinary ATCs. Here's some pictures of the art I received in alphabetical order by artist last name.

Getting all these fantastic ATCs has given me the urge to make some more of my own!

My Name is Pat

This little guy is just too cute for words! I just loved this image the minute I saw it. He's my 5th card in my St. Patrick's Day collage image series and what a sweetie he is.

My Name is Pat
Stamps: sentiment and shamrock border from Irish Blessings set (My Sentiments Exactly)
Collage Image: Enchanted Mercantile
Paper: textured medium green from an old Provocraft stack which I have since decompiled
Cardstock: Glorious Green and Handsome Hunter (Stampin Up)
Ink: Glorious Green and Handsome Hunter (Stampin Up)
Tools: oval punch and oval scallop punch (Marvy)

Only one left!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras to One and All!

Masks and Mardi Gras
Stamps: mask and mardi gras sentiment (Stubby Stampers)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Certainly Celery and Lavender Lace (Stampin Up)
Ink: Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace, and Apricot Appeal (Stampin Up); Timber Brown (StazOn)
Embellishments: 2 prima flowers - orange; 1 antique bronze brad

Take a moment to celebrate something today!

Monday, February 23, 2009

And Now for Something a Little Different

Okay, he's not that different. I did use a different background paper and there are no stamped shamrocks on this one. I did say "a little different".

Top Hats Off
Stamps: sentiment from Irish Blessings (My Sentiments Exactly)
Collage Image: Enchanted Mercantile
Paper: green stripe from an old Provocraft stack
Cardstock: Glorious Green and Creamy Caramel (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Embellishments: 3 medium green buttons

Well, he's my last St. Patrick's Day card until next year! Now, to get some Spring in the air!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Shamrocks and a Sketch

I am still using up my scraps and catching up on Splitcoast Stampers Sketches. This sketch is an oldy but a goody, No. SC05. I actually ended up not doing any stamping on this one.

A Right Good Time
Stamps: none
Collage Image: Enchanted Mercantile
Paper: textured medium green from an old Provocraft stack which I have since decompiled
Cardstock: Glorious Green, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 1/4" dark green ribbon

This one reads "Shure and I Wish Ye a Right Good Time". I'm sure having fun with these cards.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

May Your Troubles Be Less

Another collage image St. Patrick's Day card. These are so fun! Fun and quick!

May Your Troubles Be Less
sentiment and shamrocks from Irish Blessings set (My Sentiments Exactly)
Collage Image: Enchanted Mercantile
Paper: textured medium green from an old Provocraft stack which I have since decompiled
Cardstock: Glorious Green, More Mustard and So Saffron (Stampin Up)
Ink: Glorious Green (Stampin Up)

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Going Green

I was going through my collage images and I found a bunch of St. Patrick's Day images from Enchanted Mercantile Vintage Graphics. I had purchased these pages as part of a grab bag set last year. It has been fun using these pages for all kinds of fun projects.

To make this set, I decided to work on a couple of my New Year's Resolutions - use up some scraps, use up paper and embellishments that have been languishing in my drawers.

I decided to make another series of collage cards, this time focusing on St. Pat's Day. Here's the first one.

Little Green Shamrock
Stamps: sentiment and shamrock from Irish Blessings set (My Sentiments Exactly)
Collage Image: Enchanted Mercantile
Paper: textured medium green from an old Provocraft stack which I have since decompiled
Cardstock: Glorious Green, More Mustard and So Saffron (Stampin Up)
Ink: Glorious Green (Stampin Up)
Tools: lace punch (Martha Stewart)

Here's the verse on the card:

The little green shamrock,
that dear little plant,
Dear little emblem
that grows in our island.

More St. Patrick's Day cards coming soon!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Light of Inspiration

Okay, it was more like a lamp of inspiration, but it sure was cute. Here is the extremely bad picture of my friend's whimsical lamp shade. I wanted to thank her for our recent visit to her house, so I thought a piece of art to match the accessories in her room might be nice. I loved this little lamp on sight. The birds are too cute!

Here's my version:

moon from Home is Where the Haunt Is set (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Yoyo Yellow and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Yoyo Yellow and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Marker: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Other: liquid white correction fluid for the eyes
Tools: 3 cuttlebug folders - Mosaic Texture, Spots & Dots and Mesh Texture

Here's a close-up:

Hope your day brought you lots of thoughts of impending Spring!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Roaring Twenties Valentine for

My Very Own Valentine

This is my last Valentine for the year! I have to post it today as my husband, who is awesome, wonderful and amazingly sweet, actually does read my blog and I didn't want him to get a heads up on his card before I could give it to him.

We both love all things vintage so I decided on this wonderful vintage woman who I believe is circa 1920s. As I am not a huge fan of pink and red Valentines, I went off on a totally different direction with the color scheme and chose Spring colors. In deepest darkest winter, it's nice to get a hint of Spring. The image was so lovely, I decided to paper piece it and keep the card simple.

Roaring Twenties Valentine
Vintage woman (Stubby Stampers); sentiment (Savvy Stamps)
Paper: Purple Plaid (Hot off the Press); yellow dot - name unknown (Bo Bunny); blue (unknown)
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); Timber Brown (StazOn)
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories); heart punch (Creative Memories)

I think she looks like she could have just walked out of a P.G. Wodehouse novel!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Blue Valentine Block Collage

I just had to make a Valentine with one of my favorite color combos, Not Quite Navy and Old Olive, before Valentine's Day went by. Here's one with an Impression Obsession set called Lace & Love using the block collage technique from Technique Junkies.

Blue Valentine Block Collage
cupid, heart, rose, xoxo, love and sentiment from Lace & Love set (Impression Obsession)
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Brocade Blue and Old Olive
Embellishment: 3 nested Prima flowers - 2 moss and 1 medium blue; 1 black brad

One card left!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Matching Masked Cards

I often make matching or coordinating Valentines for my two youngest nieces, 7 and 11. This year, I decided to use two complimentary techniques from the latest Technique Junkies newsletter, Block Collage and Mono Masking.

Flowers with Love
Stamps: flowers and butterflies from Doodle Flowers set and sentiment from Chelsea Sentiments set (Inkadinkado)
Cardstock: Real Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Real Red and Regal Rose (Stampin Up); Jet Black (StazOn)
Tools: sponge, blender pen
Embellishment: small red bow

Butterfly Kisses
butterfly, dragonfly and flowers from Garden Delight set and sentiment from Chelsea Sentiments set (Inkadinado)
Cardstock: Real Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Real Red and Regal Rose (Stampin Up); Jet Black (StazOn)
Marker: Plume II No. 1 Black (Marvy)

A few more Valentines and then I have to put my stamps away for another year.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Romance

I have been following the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog for awhile and I finally decided to join in one of their challenges. This week the theme was romance, a natural choice for Valentine's week.

I really liked the way my first pierced spotlight had turned out so I made this card with the same technique. To compliment my choice of a circular spotlight, I decided on a simple circle layout for the card.

Puppy Love
Stamp: I'm So Cute (Penny Black)
Paper: Cranberry Sauce from Wassail line (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel, Ruby Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Watercolor Pencils: No. 56 Raw Umber (Derwent Studio); No. 41 Jade Green, No. 17 Pink Madder Lake, No. 60 Burnt Yellow (Derwent Watercolor); No. 25 Crimson Lake, No. 63 Venetian Red (Derwent Aquatone)
Embellishments: Happy Valentine's Day ribbon
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories); paper piercer; circle punch

I have used this Penny Black stamp over and over again through the years so it was fun to try and freshen it up with a new look!

Mousy Love for Mom

Today, I worked on a Valentine for my Mom. After finally finding out about a good ink to use with Copics (Memento), I finally picked up my long neglected markers. I decided to have fun with my new acrylic set from My Favorite Things called Tea for Two. I used my Copics to color the mouse and teacup which I then masked so that I could create a background with a variety of stamps from the Boho Blossoms set (also My Favorite Things).

Mousy Love
Stamps: mouse in teacup from Tea for Two and hearts, flourishes and sentiment from Boho Blossoms (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Orchid Opulence, Pixie Pink and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Orchid Opulence, Real Red and Pixie Pink (Stampin Up)
Markers: C3 Cool Gray No. 3, RV04 Shock Pink, RV11 Pink, RV29 Crimson, V06 Lavender, and Y11 Pale Yellow (Copic)

More Valentines on the horizon for tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Invincible Summer

This winter has been a wild one with snow storms and ice storms and frigid weather. I am very "done" with it already and it's only February. I got some new Oxford Impressions stamps for Christmas and among them was the Season of Giving plate. I hadn't intended on pulling this plate out until next year but when I was mounting stamps last weekend, I took a second look at one of the sentiments which reads: "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer". I love this thought! Out of that thought sprang the idea for the card.

I am not entirely satisfied with it and may try to redo it at a later date to get it to look the way I envisioned but I still like this card. I used the Mono Masking technique from the recent Technique Junkies newsletter as a jumping off point. I guess I jumped pretty far as the card ended up not being monochromatic at all. I wanted to create the feeling of the children in a chilly center that was surrounded by the rich warmth of summer sun and growth, hence the warm tones and the greens.

Here are all the details:
Invincible Summer
sunflower from Country Girl plate (Oxford Impressions); flower, rose, dragonfly, bee, leaf, pear and butterfly from Field Notes plate (Oxford Impressions); and children in the snow and sentiment from Season of Giving plate (Oxford Impressions) - did I mention I got a lot of Oxford Impressions for Christmas?
Cardstock: Green Galore and Whisper White (Stampin Up); generic black
Ink: Green Galore, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Gable Green, Really Rust, Apricot Appeal, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Navy and Mellow Moss (Stampin Up); Jet Black (StazOn)
Marker: Le Plume II No. 1 Black (Marvy)

Keep a little summer always in your heart! With this winter, we are going to need it!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

New Stamps and a New Spotlight Technique

I love spotlighting and so when I saw a new spotlight technique in the lastest Technique Junkies newsletter, I just had to try it out. This one is called Pierced Spotlighting. I used a circle shape to highlight this image and, as I try not to do "the expected" too often, I chose to spotlight the book rather than the face in the central image. The remainder of the image was sponged with light apricot ink to give it a soft feel. These fantastic stamps are from Stubby Stampers.

A Friend is a Rare Book
girl reading and sentiment (Stubby Stampers)
Paper: Oh Baby from the Gracie line (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Apricot Appeal, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Pencils: various watercolor pencils
Tools: circle punch (Creative Memories); paper piercer

Hope you get to spend a couple moments with a rare friend today!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fairy Flight Valentine

Finally, a pink Valentine appears! That's two pink Valentines in one year. That must be a record for me. This card is for my oh-so-sweet 9-year-old daughter. She has many more "girly" tendencies than me so I thought I would indulge her with a very girly card.

The stamps are all from Blockheads Paper Arts. I used two different plates to create this collage, Love & Hearts and Take Flight. These are the first plates I have bought from them although not my first purchase with them. I was quite pleased with the quality. Great stamps!

Fairy Flight Valentine
Stamps: fairy and butterfly from Take Flight plate and scroll heart and solid heart from Love & Hearts plate (Blockheads Paper Arts)
Cardstock: Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Pink Passion (Stampin Up)
Embellishment: 1/4" dark brown ribbon

I love to put a touch of dark brown on Valentines. It makes me think of chocolate...mmm, chocolate.

Film Kitty Journal

I made this journal for one of my daughter's friends. He is 9 and loves all things red and all things cat. When I found this cool paper, I knew I needed to make him something with it.

Film Kitty Journal
cat from Pets plate (Rare Image Rubber Stamps); journal (River City Rubber Works)
Paper: red with black cats (manufacturer unknown)
Cardstock: Real Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up); generic black
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Tools: Sizzix Filmstrip die

Do you have a piece of paper that seems all too perfect for someone you know?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Pet Pal Valentine

I am still going through some older Splitcoast Stampers Sketches. I am trying to make at least one card using each sketch ... eventually... there's a lot of sketches!

This is my version of SCS03. As pets are the very definition of unconditional love, I thought they would may a great theme for a Valentine. I used rich caramels with red and black for contrast. The pup and the beautiful cat are colored with a white colored pencil and then lightly blended with a blender pen.

Pet Pal Valentine
cat and dog from Pets plate (Rare Image Rubber Stamps); sentiment from Cutie Pie plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: caramel print from Matte Stack (DCWV)
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel and Real Red (Stampin Up); generic black
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Colored Pencils: Derwent Studio Watercolor - White
Tools: heart punch (Creative Memories); specialty cutter (Creative Memories)

Next time, I may actually use pink for a Valentine.... yup, it's true.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Here Kitty, Kitty!

I finally got all my unmounted stamps mounted! I am so excited! One of the first new plates I used was this great Pets plate from Rare Image Rubber Stamps.

The new Technique Junkies newsletter inspired me to try a new kind of collage, Block Collage. I chose very mellow colors to match my mellow cat.

Coffee-Colored Cats
variety of cats from Pets plate (Rare Image Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Embellishment: 1/4" dark brown ribbon

Here's a picture of my other inspiration for this card and queen of all she surveys, my 12-year-old cat.

Check out my pet inspired Valentine tomorrow.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Femme Fatale

I am trying to stick to my New Year's resolutions beyond January this year. One of my goals is to keep trying new things and the arrival of my latest issued of the Technique Junkies newsletter gave me lots of inspiration.

I decided to try out a new technique called Mono Masking. For this card, I chose images from my brand new (and newly mounted) plate from Non Sequitur called The Roaring Twenties. This is one of my favorite eras so I had no trouble getting into the groove on this one.

Femme Fatale
woman, perfume bottle, dog, shoes, dominoes, postal mark and sentiment from The Roaring Twenties (Non Sequitur)
Cardstock: Pixie Pink and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Pink Passion & Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up)
Marker: Le Plume II No. 94 Scarlet

I'm excited that Superbowl Sunday ended up being SuperStamping Sunday for me! I'll be posting lots of new stuff this week!

My Knight

Sniffles and frozen weather had me mounting all my new stamps this weekend. Among my new acquisitions is a plate by Artistic Outpost called My Knight.

My short break from Valentine stamping paid off and I came back refreshed to make a bunch today. I am still working my way through the older Splitcoast Stampers Sketches. This card is based on SCS06.

With this card, I stamped the main image with Rose Red on the tag and then stamped corresponding images overlapping the central image in a secondary color, Creamy Caramel. I also sponged the tag with Creamy Caramel and edged it with Tea Dye Distress Ink. I then stamped a second copy of the central image on white, cut it out and affixed it to the tag to make it pop a bit more.

My Knight Tag
crest, sentiment and background from My Knight plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: two printed panels from Matt Stack (DCVW)
Cardstock: More Mustard (Stampin Up); deep red from Matt Stack (DCVW)
Ink: Rose Red and Creamy Caramel (Stampin Up); Timber Brown (StazOn)
Other: standard shipping tag
Embellishment: 1/4" dark brown ribbon

More Valentine's Day cards to come!

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