Tuesday, March 31, 2009

GC04: Color Challenge

White with a Splash of Color

Ali really is giving our brains a workout with this month's Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge! The challenge is to make a white card with only a splash of color!

After much deliberation, I decided to just push the envelope a little more and use an absence of color - transparent. I began with a clear sheet of acetate. I created the card base. Then, I stamped this lovely Bella onto white and highlighted the balloons and bits of her dress with Copic markers. I matted her on Cameo Coral and then on a piece of white paper which I had run through my cuttlebug to add a bit of texture.

Here's the end result:

Bella Making a Cameo Appearance
Balloonabella (Stamping Bella)
Cardstock: generic white; Cameo Coral (Stampin Up); clear acetate
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: R32 Peach and RV32 Shadow Pink and a blender pen
Embellishments: pop dots; white 7/8" organdy ribbon (Stampin Up)
Tools: Cuttlebug machine and Textile Texture Cuttlebug Embossing folder

If you're looking for a fun place to share your stamping with others, consider joining the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group and its companion blog, Gingersnap Creations - there are weekly challenges, swaps, articles, reviews, great databases and much more. Everyone is welcome - all styles, manufacturers and techniques!

Another great aspect of Gingersnap Creations is that it strives to be as stress-free as possible. Challenges and image swaps are always open for a month and card swaps for two months to give everyone ample time to participate. I don't know about you, but the rest of my life is one big rush! The last thing I want is my stamping to get swept up into all that other chaos.

So if you enjoy a more leisurely pace and love papercrafting of any kind - stamping, scrapping, mixed media, paper folding - come on over and join in the fun!

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Flapper Gets Carded

I'm in a computer-free zone for a couple of days. While I am offline, I thought I would share the way I used this ATC to create a whole different piece.

At the beginning of the month, I made a few ATCs using a simple work process. I decided to take my 1920's flapper ATC and make it into a full card for my beloved husband.

This is how it turned out:

Three Days
Stamp: Three Days Kisses (Stamp Francisco)
Collage Image: woman from Screen Sirens (Enchanted Mercantile)
Paper: To Have and To Hold (Kaisercraft)
Cardstock: generic black
Embellishments: silver ribbon (Ribbon Bow-tique from Michael's); adhesive bow (unknown)

I really liked how this worked out. So, even if ATCs aren't really your thing, they do make a geat size for a focal image on a standard sized card. I also like to use them on journals as in the example below:

Have a fabulous day! I'll be back in the blogosphere soon.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Think Garden!

Today, I decided to play with my new Garden plate from Rare Image Rubber Stamps. I am still in Challenge mode so I checked out some of fav challenge blogs and saw a really cute sketch challenge on Stamp a Little Love Baby!

My mother has always been an avid gardener so I know that when she thinks Spring, she is thinking pots, dirt, trowels, and trays of seedlings. I have inherited her love of gardening so I thought it would be fun to make a Spring card with a gardening theme.

I did change the sketch a little but that's the fun part, right?

Happy Spring Gardening!
tray of plants, watering can, potted plant, tree, and sentiment from Garden Plate (Rare Image Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Brocade Blue and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Old Olive & Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up)
Embellishment: self-adhesive white mini-bow

So what things make you think of Spring?

Monday, March 23, 2009

One Card, Two Challenges

On the weekend, I got a moment to stamp but was at a loss as to what to stamp. I had recently played with some Flourishes stamps that my friend, Ali, had lent me but I was uninspired until I saw Taylored Expressions' Cupcake Challenge #60. I then ventured over to Flourishes blog to see what they were up to this week and saw that their Timeless Tuesday Challenge was to use ribbon.

This is the sketch from Taylored Expressions:

And this is what I did with it:

Delicate Tulip
tulip from Thank You set (Flourishes)
Paper: green dragonfly paper from a paper stack (Provocraft)
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Handsome Hunter, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copic Markers: various
Embellishment: 1/4 inch deep moss ribbon (Michael's)
Tools: border punch (Fiskers)

I'll have another sketch challenge tomorrow!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Cinderella and her Shoe Fetish Part 1

I've been playing around with some new stamps from Impression Obsession. I decided to try out Wednesday ATC's shoe theme and combine it with Theme Thursday's orange challenge.

Cinderella Shoes ATC
Dancing Shoe and Cinderella Shoes (Impression Obsession); flourish from Fall Whimsy (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: orange (Paper Store); generic white
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up)

Another Cinderella piece coming soon!

Little Lilies

I made this card to celebrate a Spring that I desperately need to finally arrive! Simple was the name of the game with this card. This 100 Proof Press image is so wonderfully detailed it really doesn't need any other embellishment or even a sentiment for that matter. Hope you like it!

Little Lilies
Girls with Lilies (100 Proof Press)
Paper: khaki Plaid from Kelly Panacci line (Sandy Lion)
Cardstock: Old Olive & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copic Markers: BG1 Aqua, BG18 Teal Blue, G21 Lime Green, G99 Olive, Y11 Pale Yellow,Y21 Buttercup Yellow, YG95 Pale Olive, YR04 Chrome Orange, YR07 Cadimum Orange, YR23 Yellow Ochre, and YR24 Pale Sepia

Coloring is getting easier. I really am having fun with my Copic markers!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Laughter is the Best Medicine

I have not made a Get Well card in absolutely ages! This fun elephant balancing on a ball made me giggle. When I put him and his ball on a unicycle, it made me laugh out loud. Hope it gives you a smile!

Laughter is the Best Medicine
sentiment, unicycle and elephant on ball from Send in the Clowns (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Real Red, Certainly Celery and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copics: various

Tomorrow is the first official day of Spring! Are you ready?

Circus Sign

I love clowns! They are so cheery! I haven't made a sign lately and I thought these clowns would make a fabulous piece of wall art!

I used muted primary colors to give some energy to the piece. The main image comes from Artistic Outpost's new plate, Send in the Clowns. He is paper pieced with the separate pieces being his clown suit, his face, his gloves, his hat and frill and his shoes. I used other images from the same set to make the backgrounds so the whole thing would have a cohesive look.

Clown Sign
clown, clown face, horn, unicycle, elephant on ball, clowns from Send in the Clowns set (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Real Red, Whisper White and Brocade Blue (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: 2 white eyelets, white 1/4" ribbon
Tools: corner rounder (Creative Memories); Crop-o-dile
Other: poster board

So ready for a different act to enter the ring? Hang around for the animal act later today.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fun in the Mail!

My amazing stamping friend and fellow Artistic Outpost Guest Designer, Lynn Stevens, sent me this completely amazing ATC!

Isn't it completely amazing? The background is just awesome and I love all the images! What a wonderful ATC! I am very lucky to have it in my collection.

To check out more of Lynn's amazing art, go to her blog, Trash to Treasure Art .

Clowning Around and More News!

I was so lucky to be able to play with Artistic Outpost's newest release, Send in the Clowns. It made me smile in the middle of the snow storms we've been facing in March.

I have been trying to conquer my ATC angst this month, so I thought I would make an ATC with a clown! This is what I came up with:

Dare to Wear the Foolish Clown Face ATC
clown and sentiment from Send in the Clowns plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Wedding Dots (manufacturer unknown)
Cardstock: Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copics: various
Embellishments: 3 black brads

There are some more great deals from Artistic Outpost!

Vintage Circus and Send in the Clowns are now being offered bundled together at the special price of $20 (unmounted) and $30 (mounted). These special prices are good through March 25th only!

For all those who asked me the details about my card yesterday, here they are! I used the Mono Masking technique from Technique Junkies although I did it give it a twist by making it really Duo Masking.

Send in the Clowns
clown, vintage circus poster and sentiment (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Mellow Moss, Old Olive, Ballet Blue and Brocade Blue (Stampin Up)
Copics: various
Other: clear embossing powder (Judikins); Versamark Marker

Tomorrow - more clowns on the horizon!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Going Girly: GC03 Inspiration Challenge

I had fun doing the Gingersnap Creations March Inspiration Challenge today! I figured if the inspiration was a purse, why not make a purse card?

I first used my circle cutter to create the shape of the purse in Pretty in Pink cardstock. To create the purse exterior, I stamped a rose stamp in Pretty in Pink all over the cardstock and then stamped the rose again in Rose Red (fitting) to give some depth.

I like a finished inside so when I attached the handles, I also used some strips of pink and stamped paper to hide the handles on the inside. I then stamped the inside using the Clear Art Stamp set that I got this weekend on a stamp shopping spree with Ali.

Rose Purse
Stamps: Rose (Hampton Art Stamps); sentiments and woman from Glamour Girls (Clear Art Stamps)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Pretty in Pink and Rose Red (Stampin Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

What will you make? Don't forget to check out the various challenges on Gingersnap Creations! All challenges run a month and there's new ones popping up all the time.

Big Top News - Send in the Clowns!

I am so excited that I was able to get a sneak peak at these fabulous stamps and play with them! You'll love these detailed images in this incredibly fun set!

"Send in the Clowns" is the newest release from Artistic Outpost featuring vintage images of lovable, funny, clowns. Seeing them just makes me smile!

This collection comes in both unmounted (8.5" x 5.5") sheets as well as precut, mounted on EZMount foam. Artistic Outpost's pre-cut, mounted stamps come complete with a printed clear plastic index sheet. I know I love those foam-mounted stamps as I can play with them as soon as they arrive in the mail!

All images are designed to also coordinate with Artistic Outpost's Vintage Circus collection. I already have this great collection which I often combine with my Fortune Teller plate.

And now in the center ring....an amazing preview special from Artistic Outpost.

When you buy "Send in the Clowns" before March 25th, you will also get a FREE coordinating collage sheet professionally printed on cardstock. This sheet features more circus images including vintage posters and advertisements.

This special is only good through March 25th so you have to act fast!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Man Himself

What would St. Pat's Day be without a card with St. Patrick on it? Here's another card in my St. Patrick's Day collage image series. I love this sentiment on this one.

Nothing But Happiness
Stamps: sentiment from Irish Blessings (My Sentiments Exactly)
Collage Image: Enchanted Mercantile
Paper: textured medium green from an old Provocraft stack which I have since decompiled
Cardstock: Glorious Green, Creamy Caramel (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Embellishment: 1/4" dark green ribbon

May your troubles be less,
and your blessings be more,
and nothing but happiness
come through your door.

- Irish Blessing

Here's hoping you have nothing but happiness come through your door!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Parade

No matter how long I have been stamping, I still like to make simple cards. This past weekend was full of St. Patrick's Day parades which inspired me to make my own stress-free parade card.

This card was too easy to make! I stamped this delicious image from Artistic Outpost's Cutie Pie plate on white and colored it with copic markers. I created a simple panel of Garden Green on More Mustard to showcase my die-cut shamrock. I added the sentiment and then it was just a matter of putting it all together. As I am trying to be better about using up my extensive ribbon reserves, I added a big fun polka dot bow to finish it off!

St. Patrick's Day Parade
Stamps: majorette from Cutie Pie plate and sentiment from Bluebird plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Garden Green, More Mustard and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E09, E29, E33, G17, G21, G28, YR00, YR23
Embellishments: 5/8" green polka dot ribbon (Michael's); Shamrock die-cuts (Deluxe Designs)

The fun part of this card was using an image that I bought for a specific holiday, Valentine's Day, for a totally new holiday. I am thinking July 4th or Santa Claus parade next. Any other suggestions?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Blue and Green Flowers

I am loving the challenges this week! On Tuesday, I noticed that the CreatedbyHand Challenge was to use Blue and Green in a creation. I started picking out papers and possible colors. Then, on Thursday, I saw that Theme Thursday's Theme was Flowers! How excellent!

Here's my Blue and Green Flower card:

Blue Primroses
primrose from 17th Century Flowers & Bugs plate (Stone House Stamps)
Paper: blue weathered wood paper from an old stack (Provocraft)
Cardstock: Garden Green and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B05, Bo6, B23, B32, B34, BG10, E37, Y03, Y23, Y26, Y95, and YG13
Embellishment: ribbon with pearls

I promise to do other kinds of stamping soon. I know I have been a Copicoholic lately. I am just so excited that I almost figured them out!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Sheep are Back!

This is the second card I made for Gingersnap Creation's Chestnut Theme Challenge of lions and lambs. Obviously, I went for the more mature lambs with this card.

Think Spring Sheep
Stamps: Friends - Sheep and Think Spring (Penny Black)
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: B06 Peacock Blue, B14 Light Blue, C3 Cool Grey 3, C5 Cool Grey 5, R32 Peach, RV11 Pink, YG03 Yellow Green, YG13 Chartreuse, and YR04 Chrome Orange
Embellishment: white 1/4" organza ribbon (Jo-Ann Stores)

To see my daughter's card for this challenge you have to visit Gingersnap Creations. I think she did a marvelous job!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lion Around in March

I made this card for the new Gingersnap Creations Chestnut Challenge. The theme for this month is March icons, the lamb and the lion.

To make this card, I first stamped a simple background of miscellaneous architectural elements from the Stampin Up! set of the same name with More Mustard and Pumpkin Pie inks. I then stamped the lion with Rich Cocoa Memento and colored him in with some copics. I like double mattes so I matted him first in the co-ordinating color of More Mustard and then with a contrasting Garden Green. On the Garden Green matte, I used a Technique Junkie technique called torn frames. I inked the edges of the torn portions to make them stand out a bit more.

Lion Around
Lion Observing (Stamp Francisco); various stamps from Architectural Elements (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Garden Green, More Mustard and White Whisper (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); More Mustard and Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up)
Copics: YR23 Yellow Ochre and YR24 Pale Sepia

I have all my lion and lamb stamps out so I might do another card for this challenge!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Art Creations Friday Challenge #15

Today, I decided to try, at the last minute, an Art Creations Friday Challenge. This woman just had the absolutely best expression so I could not resist!

Old Enough to Have a Past
Stamps: Old Enough (Repeat Impressions); woman dancing (Above the Mark); Diva (Hampton Art Stamps); shoe (Impression Obsession)
Image: from challenge blog
Paper: Dark Tie Circles - Scrapbook Walls (Chatterbox)
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Embellishments: self-adhesive antique brass-colored plate

Have a fabulous Thursday!

Serendipity is My Friend...Today

Normally my insane urge to color an image without a paper or design in mind has just made me crazy as I try and find just the right paper or the right look. With this card it was totally different! Okay, the urge to color with no basic plan was the same but the paper quest was not. I was looking through my "pink" drawer, thinking to match the little girl in the center, and found some long neglected birthday paper. Thank goodness! Right before I found it, I had been kicking myself for combining green, pink and blue.

After I found the paper, all I had to do was matte the image and I was done! Whoohoo! Not only did the pink match the little girl, it also matched the boy's clothes and the other girl's dress. Gotta love it when it all comes together. I made 6 of these cards. With the 6 from the other day, I now feel a bit more prepared for the onslaught of birthdays coming up.

Vintage Birthday
Stamp: Kids Looking (100 Proof Press)
Paper: Birthday from a long disassembled stack
Cardstock: Rose Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: various from C set - sorry forgot to write them down this time

Here's wishing you some serendipity in your projects!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Challenging My ATC Phobia, Part 2

Time for my second challenge using the theme Believe from Created ByHand. I didn't need to do an ATC for this one but I had the germ of an idea based on a sentiment I have from Stamp Francisco. It reads "I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days". Good thing to believe in I think!

Wet Kisses
Three Days Kisses (Stamp Francisco)
Collage Image: woman from Screen Sirens (Enchanted Mercantile)
Paper: To Have and To Hold (Kaisercraft)
Cardstock: generic black
Embellishments: silver ribbon (Ribbon Bow-tique from Michael's); adhesive bow (unknown)

More challenges later this week! Another birthday card design tomorrow!

Challenging My ATC Phobia, Part 1

Today, I decided to pick out two challenges from some fabulous challenge blogs I have been following. I had exactly one very short hour to work on my projects today, so I got right to it, followed the new ATC checklist that I created over the weekend and worked on through the two themes. You can check out my creative process on Gingersnap Creations where I come clean on my ATC angst.

The first challenge I decided to play with was Think Monday Think ATC's challenge to create an ATC using Audrey Hepburn, one of my favorite actresses. She has long been my idea of a woman with true class and style.

Here's what I came up with:

Audrey Style
Audrey Hepburn and sentiment (Stamp Francisco); A from Collage Caps (My Sentiments Exactly)
Paper: soft orange blocks (unknown - from my scrap bin); Stella Ruby (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: fiber from Adornaments (EK Success)

The sentiment reads "Style is a simple way of saying complicated things". What a perfect quote for such a stylish, but complicated lady!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Plaid & Presents

I went through a plaid paper phase while I was making Celtic cards so I have a wide variety of tartan paper still in my drawers. What I have discovered is that tartan makes a really great background for simple images.

I am constantly running out of birthday cards, especially cards suitable for either men or women. Today, I decided to try to make a really simple set of cards. Here is the result:

Plaid & Presents
gift (100 Proof Press); sentiment (Stubby Stampers)
Paper: khaki Plaid from Kelly Panacci line (Sandy Lion)
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Old Olive, Brocade Blue and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B26 Cobalt Blue, YG95 Pale Olive
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Stay tuned for another basic birthday card!

Monday, March 2, 2009

GC1: Copper Creation Challenge

Keeping my New Year's Resolutions Even in March

At the beginning of the year, I gave myself some marching orders. Make reasonable goals was at the top of the list. Part of making reasonable goals was to give myself way more time to actually create cards to send out in a much more timely manner.

I am trying to do occasion cards at least 2 months ahead of schedule. Last week, I worked on a Mother's Day card. This weekend, as part of the Gingersnap Creations Copper Creation Challenge, I worked on a Father's Day card. The image is from 100 Proof Press and I colored it in with Copic Markers. I tried to keep the coloring a little rough to give a feeling of fur....or so I had hoped. With this fun image and great plaid paper, I thought that a touch of copper would add nice warmth to the whole piece.

Pup and Pop Father's Day
Stamps: Mutt and Jeff Terriers (100 Proof Press); Happy Father's Day - C4387 (Impression Obession)
Paper: Lake Plaid (Chatterbox)
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Old Olive and Whisper White (Stampin Up); copper (Paper Store)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Copic Markers: C3 Cool Gray, RV04 Shock Pink, YR14 Caramel, YR24 Pale Sepia, E09 Burnt Sienna
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Tomorrow, I am working on getting some Birthday cards in hand!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Announcing Gingersnap Creations!

I am pleased to announce a new collaborative stamping blog, Gingersnap Creations!

About 4 years ago, I was still on the fence about stamping. I started talking about stamping with a friend of mine, Ali, and found that while we both were keenly interested in finding out more neither of us had gotten very far. We plunged into stamping together and now 4 years later are completely addicted!

Ali is now a successful Stampin' Up demonstrator and has just been named as a Design Team member of the Shimmerz Paints team! Whoohoo, Ali!

I am having a blast being a Guest Designer for Artistic Outpost and my cards are featured in a few stores around our local area.

The only thing we hadn't really figured out was how to have some stamping fun together. Gingersnap Creations, named for its two ginger-haired founders, and its companion Yahoo group is the way we decided to stamp together. On Gingersnap Creations, we will have reviews, manufacturer spotlights, color challenges, inspiration challenges and lots of other fun stuff!

Enough verbiage...onto some stamping! I made this card to commemorate my getting "off the fence" about stamping and starting to fly free making some art.

Copper Wren
wren (Invoke Arts)
Cardstock: More Mustard and Whisper White (Stampin Up); Copper (Paper Store)
Ink: Saddle Brown (StazOn); Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 3 square copper brads
Tools: Bird Call folder (Cuttlebug); Cuttlebug machine; paper piercer

Hope your day contains both fun and spice!
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