Wednesday, March 31, 2010

GCSP3: Technique Threesome

I am having a ton of fun today doing the Once in a Blue Moon Challenge: Take on a Tutorial on Gingersnap Creations! This week, we are challenging the readers to go through the Tutorial Guide and make a card using one of the techniques shown. You can go for an old tried and true technique or check out something new.

Being unable to choose a single technique, I incorporated three different ones from past tutorials.
Thanks so much to Joanne, Jo and Hels for the inspiration. Of course, I had to add some touches of my own so I overstamped both the batik resist technique I picked up from Hels and the string background from Jo. I also messed up the dimensions of the Tag-in-a-Card from Joanne but that was not as much creativity as that I am bad at math. I also have to thank Ali who gave me the present of all the new Distress Ink colors. Thanks tons, ladies!

Card with tag visible:

Earth Laughs
Butterfly Collage and sentiment (Stamp Francisco); Zinnia Style (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Fired Brick, Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmelade (Ranger Distress Inks); Lemon Zest and Peach Delight (Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist)
Tools: Sponges, string and double-sided tape
Embellishments: 3 prima flowers and 1 orange brad

Why not check out the other samples at Gingersnap Creations? Then check out our Tutorial Guide and join in the fun!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Borrowed Stamps and Rosy Birthdays

While I was in the midst of construction and offline, I took the opportunity to visit my mother. As always when I visit, we had a stamping day.

This card is one that I made with her stamps using a Technique Junkie technique called Wisped Frames. It gave the perfect soft touch that I was looking for.

I used a blender pen to pick up some color and softly color the rose and I rather liked how this turned out as well although I did shock my Mom by coloring leaves burgundy!

Rosy Birthday
rose from Abundant Joy set (Stampin' Up); Happy Birthday sentiment (Mom thinks this was a Michael's set so maybe Stampendous or Delta?)
Paper: rose paper from stack (Provocraft I think)
Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Bravo Burgundy and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Cameo Coral (Stampin Up)
Markers: Cameo Coral, Ruby Red and Bravo Burgundy (Stampin Up)
Tools: sponge, post-its, blender pen

Great to be back at home! Missed all my family, friends and my supplies!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

National Cleaning Week? Really?

According to Gingersnap Creations' Reasons to Stamp in March, National Cleaning Week runs from today until April 3rd! Hmmm. Guess that's Spring Cleaning time.

I am definitely not much of a domestic diva, so I made this card to immortalize my version of cleaning! I used an old trusty Technique Junkie standby - Out of the Box. I love how that towel is swept by the wind right out of the frame.

Sweep the Room with a Glance
Stamps: laundry girl (HAnglar and StAnglar); sentiment (River City Rubber Works)
Paper: scrap of green stripe (Provocraft)
Cardstock: Brocade Blue (Stampin Up); generic white
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); copic markers (sorry didn't write them all down this time)
Embellishments: buttons (s-e-i)

Hope you are having a crisp, clean and fresh Spring Day!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Party Girl

This is the last postcard in my series for the Party Postcard art exchange at Gingersnap Creations.

As with the others, I started with a whitewash although I made this one a bit less dense which gave it a darker aspect. I then covered the whole piece with gold fleur de lis to add another dimension.

I've had some fun mardi gras mini beads for what seems like forever and this seemed a perfect time to use them so this postcard is a bit more interactive than the others.

Party Girl
Stamps: diamond border (Catslife Press); Art (Hampton Art Stamps); flourish (DeNami Design); flourish (Inkadinkado); alphabet (Hampton Art Stamps); fleur de lis (Paperbag Studios) Collage: masquerader from Venice Carnival sheet (Curious by Design)
Paper: party paper (Provocraft); Lovely Lilac (Stampin Up)
Ink: Midnight Blue and Royal Purple (StazOn); Gold (ColorBox)
Other: white Gesso
Embellishments: small gold eyelets, 1 purple ribbon flower, mini beads

Keep the party going while I am offline! More construction...less internet...sigh. Hoping to get back to normal in the next week or so.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Party of One's a secret. This is another of my postcards for the art exchange at Gingersnap Creations. I love this collage image!

As with the other postcards in this series, I did a faux whitewash with gesso. It lightened up my very dense and dark party paper.

Party of One
Stamps: diamond border (Catslife Press); Art (Hampton Art Stamps); flourish (DeNami Design); flourish (Inkadinkado); alphabet (Hampton Art Stamps)
Collage: masquerader from Venice Carnival sheet (Curious by Design)
Paper: party paper (Provocraft); Lovely Lilac (Stampin Up)
Ink: Midnight Blue and Royal Purple (StazOn); Gold (ColorBox)
Other: white Gesso
Embellishments: small gold eyelets, 1 purple ribbon flower

Hope you have yourself a party today!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

GC47: Copper, Ginger and Rust

Last year, we started the Gingersnap Creations blog off with a color challenge - Copper, Ginger and Rust! We loved it so much, we are making it an annual event!

I've have changed a lot of things about my art in the last year - my designs, my mediums and my raison d'arte if you will. I decided to commemorate some of those changes and some of my new feelings about doing art in my submission for this challenge!

Here's my Renaissance Woman trinket box:

Stamps: Da Vinci Woman (Stamp Francisco); Renaissance Woman, words and elements from Renaissance Woman set (Stamp Francisco); diamond and fleur de lis from the Addison set (Paperbag Studios)
Collage Image: woman and child from Beautiful Mothers sheet (Enchanted Mercantile)
Paint: Super Copper and Brass (Lumiere Light Body Metallic Acrylic)
Ink: Jet Black (Stazon); Gold (Color Box)
Tools: stipple brush, sequin waste, sponges, and Mod-Podge

Here's what I submitted last year (although I must mention that I still love this card):

While I still love making cards, I have definitely expanded to some new formats. It's such a great feeling to know that this old art dog can definitely learn a few more tricks! I can't wait to see what I get into this year!!

If you like what I made, you should check out the absolutely fabulous creations by the Gingersnap Creations Design Team!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Life of the Party Postcard

I'm so excited to be doing another art exchange! Our latest exchange over at Gingersnap Creations has a party theme and a postcard format. Knowing my definite non-perky disposition, I thought I would have a little fun with slightly different takes on the idea of party. My first one was called Party Time.

This one is a take on the idea of that person who is the "life of the party". I used a whitewash background a la Technique Junkie to tone down my party paper and I added some additional stamping on top of my now lighter service as well as a collage image.

Life of the Party
Stamps: diamond border (Catslife Press); Art (Hampton Art Stamps); flourish (DeNami Design); flourish (Inkadinkado); alphabet (Hampton Art Stamps)
Collage: masquerader from Venice Carnival sheet (Curious by Design)
Paper: party paper (Provocraft); Lovely Lilac (Stampin Up)
Ink: Midnight Blue and Royal Purple (StazOn); Gold (ColorBox)
Other: white Gesso
Embellishments: small gold eyelets, 1 purple ribbon flower, 1 gold button

Here's toasting all the people who are truly the life of the party everyday!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Totally Spoiled

I am a spoiled stamper today! My fabulously wonderful dear, dear friend, Alison, gave me the nicest birthday present!

I opened up this gorgeous card first!

Then, I noticed the package had this fab tag!

When I looked inside my package, it was full of


I am beside myself....she knows me way too well. A perfect present from a perfect friend!

So, I am off to spend a quiet day with my family picnicking and .....oh, I can't keep it up. It's pouring cats and dogs outside and I am off to finish clearing out my craft room while construction workers tear apart bits of my falling down house and put it back together.

I am going to sneak away and stamp though. I've been gathering essential supplies and putting them aside as I am way to addicted to stamping to go cold turkey for two whole weeks!

Shout out to some of my other dear stamping pals on their birthday! Happy Birthday to Gerrie, Lisa and Shelly! Amazing artists and fabulous friends!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Postal Treat!

I went to my mailbox yesterday and found this absolutely exquisite Birthday card from one of my sweet friends, Lynn Stevens.

It is absolutely perfect! I just love the soft hues and the delicate image.

While Lynn and I have never met in person, she is absolutely near and dear to my heart. She is also one of the most spectacular artists I have ever seen.

Thank you so much, Lynn!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Delight in Pieced Zines

Dragged out one of my favorite Stampin' Up set, Delight in Life, to try out the pieced zines technique from the latest Technique Junkies newsletter.

Pieced Delight
Stamps: flower, dots and sentiment from Delight in Life set (Stampin Up)
Paper: cast-off magazine; scrap of green strip paper from my scrap bin;
Cardstock: Garden Green and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Gable Green (Stampin Up)

Wishing you a delightful day!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Feeling Sheepish

Whoohooo! Second day of above freezing temperatures! So, out come my sheep to graze on the newly exposed grass and remind me that Spring shows up eventually!

I have used these sheep before but I just love their relaxed expressions. This time I decided to use some dimension so I popped up their heads, the snail and a bird. I really liked the way it turned out! I might have to finally finish using that package of pop-up dots that has been languishing in my adhesive drawer.

So enough of the profile view, here's the card straight-on:

Feeling Sheepish
Stamp: Sheep Trio (Penny Black)
Paper: green bricks (Provocraft stack paper)
Cardstock: Garden Green and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E34, E35, G21, G24, R20, R27, RV14, Vo4, V06, W1, W2, YR02, and YR04

Have a wild and wooly day!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

OCC Sketch & GC44 3 Colors You Love

Today, I woke up to bright sunshine and wonderful warm weather....ahhh Spring! Because I am by nature contrary, I decided to give my favorite winter stamp it's last fling before Spring officially descends!! Yeah, yeah, I know...I've been bellyaching about the snow for the last two months....

I found this delightful sketch on Our Creative Corner this morning and decided to couple it with the 3 Colors You Love Challenge on Gingersnap Creations. I adore red and oranges together and decided to couple them with bright white! Usually, I use these colors for fun in the sun Summer cards but, like I said, I woke up feeling contrary.

Here he is:

Smilin' Snowy
Snowy (Penny Black)
Paper: Samara (Daisy D's)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Real Red (Stampin Up); watercolor
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Markers: Only Orange, Real Red, Ruby Red and Bashful Blue (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 2 orange prima flowers; 1 red brad
Tools: scallop punch (Martha Stewart); aquapainter (Stampin Up)

Hope your day is warmly filled with smiles!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Penny Black Saturday: Week 90 Sketch

Everyone knows that I adore my Penny Black stamps. While often engrossed in vintage and more ecclectic images, I have a soft spot for Penny Black's incredibly cute animals. As Spring approaches, I feel more and more inclined to pull out these cuties.

I intended to enter last week's challenge with a pink, yellow and green motif but I didn't get it done on time. This week was a lovely sketch for Week 90 so I just used my Marker Watercolored image (a Technique Junkies technique) and had some fun with some different papers.

Spring Smiles
Embrace (Penny Black)
Paper: Cookie Jar from the Cherry Hill Line (October Afternoon); green ruche (PaperTemptress)
Cardstock: Only Orange and Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Markers: Summer Sun, Really Rust, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: self-adhesive pearls (K & Company)

I hope you get a moment to stop and admire the beauty of nature today!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My First Stair Step Card! Party On!

I decided to finally try out a stair step card for the newest Chestnut Theme Challenge - Celebrate on Gingersnap Creations!

I usually use these delightful collage images for more artsy endeavors but they looked like they would make great party guests so I added a few hats and away we go.

The sentiments that appear on each panel are Celebrate, sweet smile (next to "the boys") and silly (next to the girls). This odd angle is the only way you can partly see them.

Party of Five
Stamps: celebration (My Sentiments Exactly); sweet smile and silly (Clear Art Stamps); figures from Generation Redux plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: two double-sided Old Olive patterned papers (Stampin Up); blue scraps from the scrap basket (possibly Provocraft). Those bits and bobs actually do come in handy. I've been using a ton lately.
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Old Olive and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Ballet Blue and Mellow Moss (Stampin Up); Timber Brown (StazOn)

Party on! Don't forget to check out the Birthday Blog Candy Bonanza at Gingersnap Creations! It goes until March 19, 2010!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Pink Elephant and a Sweet Bunny

This week for The Pink Elephant Challenge #56 they were looking for green added to your combo! I put this sweetheart of a bunny on a sea of green and added some green to her flowers. I thought she was perfect for Spring - which I dearly miss!!

Hat in Hand
Stamp: Bonnet Bunny (Penny Black)
Paper: 2 scraps from my scrap stack
Cardstock: Lovely Lilac, More Mustard and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B00, B01, B02, E31, E34, R20, R35, RV02, V04, V06, W1, Y38, YG03, YG24, YR07, and YR23

Have a very Bunny Day!

Monday, March 1, 2010

What a Hoot! Birthday Blog Candy Bonanza

Over at Gingersnap Creations, they are having a Birthday Blog Candy Bonanza to celebrate their first birthday!

The rules for entry are really easy! If you do the next three steps, you can be entered for a chance to win some great new stamps and paper:

1) Mention their blog candy event on your blog with a link back to their Birthday Blog Candy Bonanza post;

2) use Mr. Linky to link Gingersnap Creations to your "mention";

3) leave them a nice comment on that post to let them know that you did it!

How simple is that? For all the info, go to their post! One winner will be randomly drawn from the qualifying entries on March 19, 2010. Tell your friends!

Here's another Birthday card to get you in the mood. I used Marker Watercolor to give this owl a fun party hat! I also used the Technique Junkie Out of the Box technique although this is more Out of the Circle!

Stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms.

Good luck and hope your day is worth hooting about!

More Celebrations?

Artistic Outpost is helping Gingersnap Creations celebrate their first birthday with ... what else? ... a fun challenge!

This month's Referral Program at the Artistic Outpost blog will feature a theme - Party and Celebration! Check out their post for all the details!

Here's my take on Party with my Artistic Outpost stamps. I used the Technique Junkie Marker Watercoloring technique - although it doesn't show up to it's best advantage in this pic! It looks much better in person!

Party Dudes ATC
Stamp: gentleman collage from Generation Redux plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: gold shiny paper from my scrap stack
Cardstock: Garden Green and More Mustard (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Markers: Really Rust, More Mustard, and Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: five fancy letter brads
Tools: paper piercer; small hole punch; AquaPainter (Stampin Up)

Happy Birthday to my friends at Artistic Outpost - Shelley C., Lisa S., Gerrie J. and Shelly H. - who are also celebrating birthdays this month - actually they all have the same birthday as me! That's another story though!

Wishing everyone a day filled with a party spirit!

Happy Birthday Gingersnap Creations

Gingersnap Creations and I share a birthday month! I cannot believe it has been a whole year since Ali and I started our joint blog. Neither of us can believe how much it has grown in just a short 12 months!

I have met so many fantastic and wonderful people over this past year! I am blessed with tons of amazing friends who also are wonderful and talented artists! Thank you all for making it a year filled with magnificient memories, amazing art and lots of laughs.

This month, we are concentrating on Celebrations and layers so I decided to make this 4x4 with lots of layers. I started with a polished stone background and then added this lovely image from Enchanted Mercantile. I added some of my favorite sentiments from Alpha Stamps and an decorative element from Invoke Arts. My favorite bit though is the newspaper sailor hat. What better party hat for Aphrodite, who was born of sea foam.

Birthday Girl
Stamps: Ars artis gratia and Silence Your Inner Critic (Alpha Stamps); decorative element (Invoke Arts)
Collage Image: close-up of Birth of Venus from Botticelli sheet (Enchanted Mercantile)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Only Orange and Glossy White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Alcohol Ink: Butterscotch, Red Pepper, Latte, Caramel, and Terra Cotta (Adirondack)
Embellishments: gold ribbon; page of text; self-adhesive pearls; tile letters (source lost long ago)

Make sure you check out Gingersnap Creations today for lots of new stuff and information on a new challenge over at Artistic Outpost!
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