Friday, April 30, 2010

Shaggy Congrats

I have had NO time to stamp the couple of weeks, so I thought I would do some quick cards to get back into the groove. This one is a Congratulations card. I used my Scottish heritage as inspiration on this one. It also worked great as a Taurus card for Gingersnap Creations' Reasons to Stamp for May.

I decided to go very simple and pretty much monochromatic for this one. He's all rust with a hint of brown, down with marker watercoloring. I love the look of soft watercoloring that you can get with this technique (without the hassle of actually watercoloring).

Bully for You
Collage Alphabet (My Sentiments Exactly); bull (Scottish Borders Stamps); for you (River City Rubber Works)
Paper: watercolor
Cardstock: Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Ink: Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Marker: Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Tools: Aquapainter (Stampin Up)

Hope today has loads of exciting things in store for you!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

GC51: Botanical

I was inspired by a project I saw over on my friend Hels' blog, Ink on My Fingers, to make a tiled collage. I've seen so many of these lovely pieces on so many friends' blogs that I could not resist.

The new Random Redhead Challenge on Gingersnap Creations is Botanical!

I knew I wanted to add the word "Earth" into my project so when I created the tile pattern, I made sure to include enough correctly sized pieces. The idea to add a Y was a last minute one. Having made pieces before that I had to piece back together, I was smart this time and numbered the backs of the pieces as well as marked the ones I had picked out for letters.

I then cut the pieces out and assigned different tiles different Distress colors which I painted on using an aquapainter to give a washed look. I then sponged around the edges of each tile with Tea Dye Distress Ink. I used Vintage Photo to add the images and to add an additional minimal sponged edge.

As a final touch, I added some white pencil over some areas of each image to provide some lighter highlights. To bring down the white a wee bit, I rubbed over the penciled areas with my fingers.

After that, the last thing to do was to assemble and frame! I really like the way it turned out.

flowers and background text from Country Girl and Beloved plates (Oxford Impressions); flowers and insects from 17th Century Flower and Bugs plate (Stone House); alphabet from Collage Caps set (My Sentiments Exactly); solid rose (Penny Black); sentiment (A Muse); vintage rose (Stampington)
Cardstock: watercolor paper
Ink: Vintage Photo, Tye Dye, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Old Paper, Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade (Ranger Distress Ink)
Tools: sponge; aquapainter (Stampin Up); Xyron machine
Other: gold frame

Inspiration is blooming over at Gingersnap Creations! Check out the lovely submissions from the Design Team and then grab your favorite botanical stamps and join in!

Monday, April 12, 2010

CardPatterns Sketch #59

I was blurfing the other day and I realized I haven't played any challenges in ages. Today, I decided to check out CardPatterns only to find a very pretty and easy sketch!

I have been yearning to use this cute tree paper for ages and thought it meshed well with this little darling on her bicycle!

Spring Cyclist
Stamp: cutie on bike (HAnglar & stAnglar); sentiment (Inkadinkado)
Paper: backyard (American Crafts)
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Yoyo Yellow and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
2 orange and 2 yellow prima flowers; 2 yellow brads; 1 orange button
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

Hope your day is filled with petals or pedals - whichever springs to mind!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Last of the Bubble Wrap

For this card, I brought out my long neglected chalks. I am so happy with how it turned out. I have been so busy I haven't had a chance to catch up with any of my fab friends. To remedy this, I set out to make a card mind drifted and the idea of busy turned into the thought of "busy bees" and a card was born. I adore these tags!

I used the bubble wrap as a background and then overstamped some lovely images from Invoke Arts and one of my fav alphabets from Hampton Art stamps. I admit it - I am addicted to puns...and alliteration.

Bee'n Busy
Stamps: bees and tags (Invoke Arts); alphabet (Hampton Art Stamps)
Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate and Summer Sun (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Other: chalks; bronze eyelets; hairspray (yes, really); mini chain
Tools: Crop-a-dile

To see more instructions on how I made this background, go to my tutorial on Gingersnap Creations.

Hope you haven't been too busy! Of course, I am off to do a million things today - it never stops!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

GC49: Good Earth

Finally, a reason to use this fabulous sentiment from Scottish Borders Stamping! It is ATC size but I hadn't thought of how to use it on yet then along comes the new Chestnut Theme Challenge - The Good Earth - on Gingersnap Creations.

As with all the challenges on Gingersnap Creations, how you use the theme is very open.

I went two ways with this theme. First, I decided to show the Earth in the form of a map and use a quote with the word "earth" in it resulting in this ATC:

My Choice
Stamp: sentiment (Scottish Borders Stamping)
Collage Image: woman (Curious by Design)
Paper: old map scrap (thanks, Ali!)
Cardstock: More Mustard and Really Rust
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: key charm and aged copper heart brad

Then, I went all Technique Junkie and did a warhol-style card using the idea of farming, earth and growth as my starting point. I selected the colors of the planet for my warhol - green grass, blue sky and rugged earth.

Wheat Warhol

Stamps: sentiment and wheat from Country Girl plate (Oxford Impressions)
Paper: Elegance (Kaisercraft)
Cardstock: River Rock, Ballet Blue, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip and Glorious Green (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)

There's lots of other great samples to check out on Gingersnap Creations!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Embossed Bubbles

Here's another card that came out of my play time with bubble wrap on Monday. Check out my tutorial on Gingersnap Creations.

I've always loved this image and I think it looks great in teal! I wanted to add a little zip and some gold accents seemed a good fit. The gold frame is a Shimmerz Sheet to which I applied the Technique Junkie Aged Metal technique.

Every Life
every life (Paperbag Studios)
Paper: gold (Shimmerz Sheets)
Cardstock: Taken with Teal (Stampin Up); glossy white
Ink: Taken with Teal (Stampin Up); Timber Brown (StazOn)
Other: clear embossing powder (Judikins); heat tool; gold ribbon; cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and cuttlebug machine; bubble wrap

Hope you get a chance to create something that tells your story today!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Getting Bubble Wrap to Pop

Today, I played with some variations on an old stand-by, bubblewrap backgrounds. Of course, I had to add a few twists of my own.

Here's a standard bubble wrap background card:

Rose Pop
Stamp: rose (Penny Black)
Cardstock: glossy white; Basic Black, Riding Hood Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Fired Brick (Ranger Distress Ink)
Tools: bubble wrap

I also tried a variation which kisses the bubble wrap to a pre-inked surface. This is what it looked like:

Angel Dreams
Stamps: fairy(Alpha Stamps); sentiment (Invoke Arts)
Cardstock: glossy white; Rose Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Fired Brick (Ranger Distress Ink)
Tools: bubble wrap; water mister

If you want to see how I made either of these backgrounds, pop on over to Gingersnap Creations and check out my tutorial.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Warharlequin Tulips

I came across this paper in my stash and remembered how much I loved it. I adore the colors and the harlequin pattern. I decided to echo the repeating pattern and colors with a Technique Junkies technique called Warhol.

Here's what I came up with:

Triple Tulips
Stamp: tulip (unknown - borrowed from Mom)
Paper: Court Jester from Well Worn line (Paper Loft)
Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter, Happy Passover or Happy Spring - whichever works for you!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Botonanical Block Collage

Back to block collage for me! I bet you are all sick of me doing this all the time but it is one of my favorite Technique Junkie techniques. It's so fast and easy and is a great way to try out a set of stamps.

For this one, I borrowed some stamps from my Mom - Stampin' Up's Abundant Joy and Happy Harmony sets as well as a very pretty set from Michael's (no company marked on the stamps).

Botanical Thanks
main flower from Abundant Joy set and sentiment from Happy Harmony (Stampin Up); three flowers from unidentified set (purchased at Michael's)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Always Artichoke and Mellow Moss (Stampin Up)

I am so excited that my crocuses and tulips have just started to grow. A wonderful sign that Spring is finally here! Ooops. Hope I didn't jinx it...

Friday, April 2, 2010

Bunny Bouquet

This is a little mini-card I made up with a "plant pot" template available to Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group members.

I had a lot of fun with it, adding bits and pieces as I went along. The "pot" is made from one of my favorite papers and is mounted on sturdy cardstock. I stamped the bunny and flowers separately and painted them with Distress Ink, trying out some of those new colors along the way.

The bee charm was painted with Smooch to give it some soft color.

Bunny Bouquet
Bonnet Bunny and sentiment (Penny Black); flower (Denami Designs)
Paper: Anniversary Sentiments (Karen Foster Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White and Mellow Moss (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye, and Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: self-adhesive bow, bee charm

Hope you have a bunni-licious day!
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