Monday, May 31, 2010

We Remember

For all the fallen men and women in the armed services, we remember.

We remember how you fought for our freedom, our safety and our country. We remember that you were sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers. We remember that you were loved, you were brave and that you are missed.

We remember and we salute you.

Saluting Service Women
Stamp: woman and sentiment (Artistic Outpost)
Papers: Mayflower (Rusty Pickle); Flower Explosion from Well Worn line (Paper Loft)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy and Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Markers: Ruby Red, Night Quite Navy, Blush Blossom, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie and More Mustard (Stampin' Up)
Technique: Marker Watercoloring - Technique Junkies

Saluting Service Men
Stamp: man and sentiment (Artistic Outpost)
Papers: Lee Street and Franklin Street from Liberty ne line (Scenic Route)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy and Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Markers: Ruby Red, Night Quite Navy, Blush Blossom, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie and More Mustard (Stampin' Up)
Technique: Marker Watercoloring - Technique Junkies

Memorial Day display - Boston Common, Boston, MA - a flag for each of our fallen

For all who fight on, we commend you for protecting us and wish you a swift and safe journey back home.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Flower Power: Cowgirl

My last post for the Flower Form Art Exchange at Gingersnap Creations.

These cowgirls never leave me blue! Love 'em. They are from Oxford Impressions.

I had a couple of people email me about how I put these flowers together so here's the process.

I used a template, that we have on the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group, which I created using Photoshop. I printed the template onto sturdy stock, cut it out and traced it onto a cardboard base and onto watercolor paper. I am sure you could do the same with a chipboard flower and trace the flower outline onto watercolor paper.

After tracing and cutting out both flower forms, I lined up both pieces and marked the front of the chipboard and the back of the watercolor with penciled letters for each petal so that I could ensure a good fit when I reassembled the flower. I then used a ruler to mark the petal divisions. I ran the whole watercolor flower, marked side down, through my Xyron so it had a sticky back and then I cut the petals apart leaving the backing in place until assembly.

From there, I painted the petals with distress ink using an waterbrush and overstamped with StazOn. When everything was dry and finished, I peeled the backing off the paper and adhered it to the cardboard base using the letters as a guide. My final touch was to add a flower in the center. You could also use a sentiment, image, or piece of collage. Many of my exchange buddies added a wonderful ribbon to make the flower into a hanging.

I can't wait for the next Art Exchange! I got some fantastic flowers back from my Gingersnapper exchange buddies and I got to see all the submissions as I was the North American hostess!

Thanks to all my group - Krisha, Paula, Jean, Vicki, Ali, and Penny - for some amazing pieces using the flower form! All your pieces were imaginative, gorgeous and totally fabulous!! You can see a slide show of some of the submitted flowers on the sidebar of Gingersnap Creations.

Check out our next Art Exchange coming June 3rd!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Flower Power: Nature

Here's another flower form for the current Gingersnap Creations Art Exchange.

I made this one with a nature theme. Can you tell?

Images - Oxford Impressions.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Flower Power: Faces

I made this "faces" flower for the recent Gingersnap Creations Art Exchange.

I used the template to make both a cardboard base and a watercolor form. I separated the petals of the watercolor form which I painted with various Ranger Distress Inks. I then used Timber Brown Stazon to overstamp the images - Stampers Anonymous, Stampington, B Line, and Hampton Art Stamps.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Worth a Thousand Words

Well, a picture will have to be worth a thousand words this time as I am not sure how to classify what I have just made. It's an altered something...that's about as technical as I think I can get.

I started with a mini dress form which I painted with red Lumiere paint. I then added some gold highlights (also Lumiere) and then sponged on some Vintage Photo Ranger Distress Ink.

Once this was done, I used gel medium to apply some collage images (Enchanted Mercantile) all with the theme of women and photography.

To finish off, I added the sentiment "a picture is worth a thousand words" in a slide mount and the key and ribbon.

Hope you like it! It's a little different from my normal fare.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy Victoria Day

A big Happy Victoria Day to everyone in the Great White North. I only had one picture of Victoria and it was the perfect size for a bottle cap so that's the way I went with it - my first bottle cap embellishment and an ATC!

To Be Proper
Collage Image:
Queen Victoria (Enchanted Mercantile)
Paper: words (old book); scrap from my bin (sorry...totally forget what the company is)
Cardstock: More Mustard (Stampin Up)
Ink: Scattered Straw, Tea Dye and Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: red and gold ribbon; bottle cap (Izze soda)
Other: Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Hope your day is filled with fireworks-worthy fun!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Gemini Fairies

This one is a birthday card made for a dear friend. She is born under the sign of Gemini so I decided to make her a card that showed little twin fairies.

Make a Wish
boy & girl fairies (HAnglar and StAnglar); sentiment (Penny Black)
Paper: Lilac Breeze from the Indeed collection (Prima Marketing)
Cardstock: Ellegant Eggplant (Stampin Up); white
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B12, BG10, BG11, BV00, BV04, E02, E07, E09, E11, V15, V17 and YR00
Embellishment: lilac ribbon; pop-up dots

This card is going out to send birthday wishes. I hope your day is filled with fun wishes too!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

GC55: Quote

On returning home from a short but lovely vacation, I discovered that one of the things I missed most while away was a nice cup of tea!

With this thought in mind, I decided to use one of my favorite tea quotes for the new Random Redhead Challenge on Gingersnap Creations. The inspiration this month is "Quotes".

Tea is a nice simple beverage so I went with a nice simple card. I repeated the three tea cups to make my own background paper and sponged and chalked some details into the cups.

Afternoon Tea
quote (Serendipity Stamps); tea cups (Stampington)
Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Night of Navy and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Bordering Blue and Night of Navy (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 1/4" navy blue ribbon
Other: Bordering Blue chalk (Stampin Up)

Hope you have a restful day with a chance to sit and sip a wonderfully comforting beverage! While you sit with your cuppa, take a moment to pop over to Gingersnap Creations and see some fabulous art from the Gingers Team.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Baseball Decor

One of my friends has the cutest little boy and he is just wild about baseball. When she told me that they were redoing his room with a vintage baseball theme, I couldn't resist contributing a couple of items.

I started out with a switchplate similar to the one I made last year. I started with a base color of Lumiere paint, Citrine, and then dry brushed two additional green paints over the base coat. The result was a less uniform and more distressed look. Next I added images by stamping them onto the painted wooden pieces with StazOn ink.

The next piece I tried was a wooden door hanger. I used the same painting and stamping method to come up with the double sided hanger below. This project is fairly quick and easy to complete with minimal drying time required.

The images are from Artistic Outpost's Vintage Baseball plate and Hampton Art Stamps' Cameo Alphabet Set.

Hope you hit a homerun with all your projects this weekend! Have a fantastic Mom's Day to all the lovely mothers out there!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

GC53: Read

Many a day you can find me with my nose in a book when I am not stamping. This week, Gingersnap Creations' Theme Challenge is "Read".

Here's two cards I made for that theme. The first one I colored the image with copics and then clear embossed before over stamping with poetry text and sponging. I distressed and inked the edge to give even more of an old page feel.

Little Reader
girl reading and text (Stubby Stampers)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Paper: Tuscany Prose Back-to-Back (Bo Bunny)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Tea Dye and Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink); Versamarker
Copics: E02 E07, E09, E11, E15, E19, E34, E35, E55, G20, G21, G82, Y21, Y23, YG45, and YR00
Tools: clear embossing powder and heating tool

For the next one, I took it back to basics and just looked for a great strong image and an interesting background. I thought this page from a late 1800s novel was perfect for the background. This great framed face from Stamp Francisco made the perfect bold image.

Eye on Reading
Framed Face (Stamp Francisco)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Bravo Burgundy (Stampin Up)
Paper: page from old book
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Tea Dye and Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink)

Hope you have a chance to check out the great samples from the Gingersnap Creations Design Team and to play along! Like all our challenges, this one goes for just over 3 weeks so lots of time to participate!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mini Canvas: Dream

I have a few canvases on the go and am having a ton of fun with them. This particular canvas is a mini, approximately ATC-size, so it was a great one for a start.

I used my fav paint, Lumiere (by Jacquard) for the base. I started with Pearlescent Turquoise and added a hint of Metallic Citrine to match my collage image. A little bit of Metallic Indigo sponged onto the corners gave depth.

To start off, I stippled a "D" stencil next with some Metallic Brass. I inked a cuttlebugged piece of cardstock with white ink (Colorbox) and pressed it into the canvas (hard to see in the photo) to give an airy background.

Finally, I added the quote, stamped "dream" (Invoke Arts), punched stars and tag and heart embellishments after I had collaged the fairy.

It was fun to experiment with color and design and a new surface!

Hope your day is filled with hopes and dreams!

Monday, May 3, 2010

World Laughter Day...and I Missed It

I got busy with my amazing family on Sunday and forgot to post this on time. Yesterday was World Laughter Day. Is that cool or what?

I have this great stamp from Catslife Press and this seemed the perfect time to use it.

Laugh Trio
Stamp: Laugh (Catslife Press)
Paper: brick wall from old stack (Provocraft?)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Really Rust, Ballet Blue and Mellow Moss (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: 1 dark green and 1 mustard flower (Prima); mustard brad

Hope you had a wonderful weekend with lots and lots of laugh!

Looking for some fun inspirations this month? Check out the latest Reasons to Stamp on Gingersnap Creations.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mother Goose Day!

It's Mother Goose Day today. What a fun thing to celebrate.

Here's my tribute to nursery rhymes with the three little kittens who look like they haven't a care about their mittens because it is finally Spring!

I colored the image with copic markers and then distressed it and the designer paper to give it a slightly aged feeling.

Three Little Kittens
Stamp: three kittens (Alpha Stamps)
Paper: Ruth (Melissa Frances)
Cardstock: Old Olive and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up);
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Tea Dye and Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink)
Copics: C3, E04, E13, E55, RV10, RV32, RV34, Y26, YG63, YG91, YG95, YR02, YR04, YR16, YR21, YR23, and YR24
Embellishments: 5/16" olive ribbon
Tools: Oval cutter (Creative Memories)

For other neat things to celebrate, check out Gingersnap Creations' Reasons to Stamp for May!
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