Friday, July 30, 2010

Pretty Primroses

I've been busy coloring since Marker Mania began over at Gingersnap Creations. Today, I pulled out one of my old favorites, vintage primroses from Stone House Stamps.


I keep coming back to these same flowers. I've done them in blue and purple. I just love this image! I also broke out another scrap from my basket when I saw that Treehouse Stamps was having a "Seeing Dots" Challenge asking for polka dots. Of course, it also works for our Spicy Supply Challenge on Gingersnap Creations which asks for MARKERS and closes August 8!

Here's the latest take, this time in pink:

Pretty in Pink Primroses
Stamp: vintage primroses (Stone House)
Paper: dots from my scrap basket
Cardstock: Garden Green and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copic: Boo, R11, Rv13, RV14, Y26, YG63, YG67, YR23, YR24
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

Why dig out one of your favorite stamps and have some fun?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

GC64: Yellow, Orange and Red

Well, they are certainly keeping things hot, hot, hot over at Gingersnap Creations this month and their new color challenge is no exception. GC64 is a blistering hot combination of Yellow, Orange and Red in honor of the warm Summer months.


As it is also Marker Mania at GC this month, I went with another copic creation and a Magnolia image. Isn't he cute?

Rose Boy
Stamp: Rose Edwin (Magnolia)
Paper: Samara (Daisy D's); yellow is a scrap from the basket
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E02, E11, E33, E34, E35, G20, G21, G24, R24, R27, R29, YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR23, and YR24
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Check out the other wonderfully warm creations that the Gingers have cooked up on Gingersnap Creations!

Monday, July 26, 2010

PDCC39: Tiled Travels

This week, the Playdate Cafe has a really fun but challenging color combination, so now that I have more time to stamp (finally) I thought I would play along. To play, you had to work with various shades of browns from deep chocolate to subtle cream.


While they went to Dublin for their inspiration, I decided to take a detour to Italy with a great grid image from Magenta. Here's their wonderful inspiration:


After coloring this wonderful grid-patterned image in with copics, I decided to break it apart into inchies (okay inchies and a halfies) and play a bit. Here's how it all came out:


Tiled Italy
Stamp: Travels in Italy (Magenta)
Paper: Creamy Swirls (Creative Imaginations)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: E40, E41, E43, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59, and E77

Hoping your creativity takes you traveling today!

Lime and Lavendar

As usual, I am running late with my challenges...again! I always follow all the wonderful things going on at Inkurable Stampers but I often miss out on joining in.

This month, their theme was Lavendar and Lime. Now, I don't generally use either color so this was a bit more of a challenge for me. While searching through my scrap room today, I found a fun image to color and thought why not try out that great color combo over at Inkurable Stampers?

In My Thoughts
Stamps:
picnic girl (HAnglar and StAnglar); sentiment (Penny Black)
Paper: purple gingham (from my scrap basket)
Cardstock: Orchid Opulance, Gable Green and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E02, E07, E09, E11, E33, E34, E35, E37, G20, G21, G24, G28, R27, V12, V15 and YR00
Embellishments: 2 purple ribbon flowers
Tools: cuttlebug and cuttlebug folder
Technique: Out of the Box (Technique Junkies)

Hope you have a bright and beautiful day!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Chanukah in July too?

As I don't have half as many Chanukah cards to make as I do Christmas cards, I do all my cards right after Thanksgiving. With a quick glance at the calendar this year, I realized that this would have ended in disaster with Chanukah starting on December 1st!


This year, trying to plan ahead, I am doing a few Chanukah cards each month along with my Christmas cards.

For my first batch of holiday cards this year, I went with an outdoor theme. You can see my other cards on Gingersnap Creations, where I will be doing Holiday Card inspirations the 25th of each month from July through November.

Here's how I used that theme for a Chanukah card.


Cool Chanukah Chick
Stamps: Snowbunnybella (Stamping Bella); menorah (Paper Salon); and sentiment (Rubber Tree)
Paper: striped paper from my scrap basket (? Provocraft)
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B12, B21, B23, B24, B26, E11, Y19, and YR00
Embellishments: 5/8" royal blue ribbon (Michaels)


So if the heat is getting you down, why not switch gears and get ahead of your calendar with some cool holiday cards?

Challenge Clumping Today!

There are only a couple of days left for the CASE a Ginger Challenge on Gingersnap Creations. The task was to blurf through the amazing art on the Gingersnap Creations' Design Team Members blogs and use one of their wonderful pieces as an inspiration for your own work.

I was cleaning up my studio - yes, strange but true - when I found the remainder of background I had made for my Heat Challenge card (still time for that challenge - it doesn't close until August 1). It had this wonderful blank spot in the middle and it suddenly struck me that this open bit looked like a smoldering sun!


Once that was in my head, I instantly thought of the breathtaking card that Joanne Wardle had made for the Sunshine Challenge on the GC blog (finishing up on August 15th). It was stunning! To see it up close, check out Joanne's blog, Made by Joanne.

I loved the way she used the wonderful warm colors with the sharp contrast of the black and the look of the silhouetted flowers against her steamy background!


Here's my take on her card:


Aspire to Be
Stamps:
silhouetted flowers (Starving Artistamps); sentiment (Inkadinkado)
Cardstock: white glossy paper; Whisper White and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Fired Brick, Dried Marigold, and Scattered Straw (Ranger Distress Inks); Jet Black (StazOn)

So this card works for the Case a Ginger Challenge, the Heat Challenge, and the Sunshine Challenge on Gingersnap Creations. Bonus!

Have a wonderful sunshine-filled day and don't forget to check out all the great low-stress challenges on Gingersnap Creations!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Goals by Design

Marker Mania month at Gingersnap Creations has me giving my copic markers a workout. Of course, I love them for those cute, sweet images that make me go "Awww" but I also like them for adding great color to those images that make me say "Oh" too.

I love this woman from Renaissance Art Stamps. I love that she looks like she is keeping an incredibly delicious secret and she's not telling. She seems supremely confident and wise. Awesome!


For this card, I paired this fabulous lady with a great scrap of old map and this wonderful watery designer paper which is really supposed to evoke images of snow as it is the other side of a paper with Christmas trees on it.

Imagine Journeys
Stamps: woman (Renaissance Art Stamps); quote (Stamper's Anonymous)
Paper: scraps from my basket; piece of old map
Cardstock: River Rock, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B12, B14, E00, E02, E11, and YR23

Itching to get your markers out? Why not join in Gingersnap Creations' Spicy Supply Challenge - GC62: Markers?

Hope you have a great day, one just like you imagined!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

GC63: Sunshine

We are celebrating Summer at Gingersnap Creations with a brand-new Random Redhead Challenge! Your theme - sunshine!


Of course, me being me, I couldn't just go with the subtle sophistication of playful soft sunshine of the morning or the bright yellow beauty of full sun at noon. No. I had to go with my favorite type of sunshine...the last rays of sunshine at sunset.

This is another great stamp from Stamp Camp! As this scene reminds me of childhood days at the beach with my family, I am also submitting it for the Secret Crafters' Challenge #92 - Summer Holidays and Our Creative Corner's Beach Layout Challenge.

Sunset Beauty
Stamp:
Beach girl (Stamp Camp); words (Invoke Arts)
Paper: Tidepools from the Christine Adolph line (Creative Imaginations)
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Bordering Blue and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copic: B04, B45, BG10, BG45. BG49, E11, E41, E43, E55, E57, G00, Y38, YR00,
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Catch some rays today but first go and check out all the sunny stamping by the Gingers over at Gingersnap Creations!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Baby Boy Hello

Boys and their wheels...they do start early! Here's a quickie "Hello Baby Boy" card for a sweet little tyke who already has a big sister with a big heart.


It works for the this week's C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - 59: Babies/Children and Gingersnap Creations' Spicy Supply Challenge - GC62: Markers.

Hello Baby Brother
Stamp: Bear in carriage (Rubbernecker Stamp Company)
Paper: Vacation Plaid and Dark Tie Circles (Scrapbook Walls); stripes and light blue paper from my scrap basket
Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B21, B23, B24, B26, E33, E34, E35, E53, E55, E57, and E59
Embellishments: 2 chipboard buttons
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Here's wishing you a bunch of happy beginnings this week!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Fairy in the Garden

I am running later than usual with these challenges! Yikes!


I got multiple inspirations for this card from my favorite challenge blogs. Gingersnap Creations gave me the idea for including the fairy for the inspiration challenge, GC59: Fairies, and getting those copics out for a supply challenge, GC62: Markers. I got the idea of garden from Papertake Weekly's In the Garden theme. I also incorporated my own goal for the Summer - use those scraps!

Here's what I came up with:

Fairy in the Garden
Stamp: fairy in pot (image from a friend - probably HAnglar & StAnglar)
Paper: dotted paper (Cosmo Cricket); orange (from my scrap basket)
Cardstock: Rose Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B00, BV23, BV31, E02, E11, E31, E33, RV14, RV17, RV19, Y38, YG21, YG23, YG25, YR00, YR02, YR04, and YR07
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

Hope you had lots of fun in the sun this weekend!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

GC62: Markers

I do love my markers. This week at Gingersnap Creations the Spicy Supply Challenge is to use any kind of marker to create a papercrafting project. Any format goes.

As it has been so hot around here lately, I have been dreaming of the beach. I just love this Stamp Camp image - so fun to color.


Beach Babe
Stamp: woman (Stamp Camp)
Paper: Tidepools from the Christine Adolph line (Creative Imaginations)
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy and Whisper White (Stampin Up); blue ruche (PaperTemptress)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B02, B14, B16, B18, BG10, BG11, E02, E11, E31, E33, E35, W0, W1, W2, W3, and YR00 Technique: out of the box (Technique Junkies)

Wishing you cool breezes and incredible inspirations!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

GC61: Heat

It's been so hot this Summer that everyone's mind is on the heat even the Gingers at Gingersnap Creations. Heat is the theme for the new Chestnut Challenge.


I stamped the angel image into distress inks which had been stamped onto a craft mat. To create the flaming background, I dragged another piece of glossy paper through the residual ink. Love this technique!



Be An Angel
Stamps: angel (Hearts in Touch); alphabets (Hampton Art Stamps and My Sentiments Exactly)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago); generic black
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Fired Brick, Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold (Ranger Distress Ink)

Stay cool and don't forget to check out all the red-hot creations of The Gingers, the Gingersnap Creations Design Team!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Switching Gears but Still Pink

I only had a couple of minutes to play after being a good stamper and sorting through all my patterned paper and cardstock scraps. In the midst of my sorting, I found an image I colored ages ago and never got around to making into a card. Ideal for the time crunched me! All I had to do was decide which scraps worked best color-wise and put it all together.

Not sure why I have been moving towards pinks lately. Maybe to match my nifty sunburn? Boy, was it beyond sunny this past weekend!


I love this little mouse! He's just so darn cute!

Stamp image: Penny Black.

Hope your day has bloomed with fun!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Passion Altered Canvas

Finally finished my adventure into the world of pinks and purples. Of course, it could not be a soft sweet pink or a demure lavendar - they had to be bold and bright!

I had a lot of fun with this 8" x 10" canvas and playing with the texts that I stamped or interwove into my piece. I have some old early 1900s newspapers that I use on occassion for collage and I was lucky enough to get some of the "Social" section with all its fabulous gossip. The other page is from a book called Looking Heavenward. If you look closely behind my contemplating lady, you can see the title "Dumb Brute" and the other headline where "Affairs in General" is visible.


It fits right in with the Theme Thursday Challenge this week which is Torn Paper. I've got lots on this canvas.


I just got some Tim Holtz embellishments and I really love these metal tags. This one says "Altered" which seemed to fit these particular images.


Here's the finished piece! I added some hardware to give it some oomph!

Images by Hampton Art Stamps (woman knitting), B-Line Designs (contemplating woman), Impression Obsession (sentiment) and Enchanted Mercantile Collage Images (woman and girl).

Hope you like this canvas! I am having so much fun building layers.

Friday, July 2, 2010

On the CASE: Part Three

Here's my last attempt at CASEing the Gingersnap Creations Design Team for the latest Blue Moon Challenge.


As my inspiration this time, I decided to use a card I had seen on Jean Franks Beck's blog, Bluebird Paperie. Jean had done a phenomenal vintage grid card and I decided to use this as my jumping off point. She had even included some great tips for creating the same style card right in her post!

The talented and terrific Jean is not only a full-fledged double-term Gingerm, she's also on the Cornish Heritage Farms Design team!

I really loved the coordinating papers Jean used and how she stamped both her focal image and her sentiment on subtly patterned paper. She picked some great inchies which worked perfectly with her image and used a vintage metal tag to complete the look.

For my take on her card, I dug up my much neglected BasicGrey 6x6 pad of Stella Ruby papers. I love this collection (too bad it retired) as I actually used all the neutral papers as well as the beautifully patterned ones. I created my inchies from these and, as Stella Ruby has a sewing theme, I also dug out my B-Line sewing stamps. So pretty!

Here's how it all came out:

Mending the Soul
Stamps:
sentiment and woman sewing (B-Line Designs)
Papers: various papers from the Stella Ruby 6x6 pack (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (Stazon)
Embellishments: 3 snaps

Well, that's it for me stealing inspiration from my fellow Design Team members. Your turn!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Purple Passion

I created another 8 x 10 canvas while at the studio! This one sort of evolved as it went along.

I want to especially thank all the fab Gingersnappers who gave me tips on image transfer as it made a big difference on this canvas!! Whoohoo!

I started with the woman and then came across an old piece of newspaper in my stash. I isolated the "gossip" headline and then the triangles emerged.



This one is a little different but I like it!

If you are in or around the Boston area, you might want to check out Open Saturdays at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell. From 12 noon to 5 pm on the first Saturday of each month, many of the artists at Western Avenue open their studios to the public! July 3rd is just such a Saturday!

Among the over 200 artists in 143 studios, there are mixed media artists, photographers, painters, sculptors, jewelry makers, and fibre artists. It’s a phenomenal place with fabulous art!

Here's some of the photographs that I will have at Studio 328 at Western Avenue Studios along with some of my mixed media and papercrafting projects.





Check out local art .... always fresh!

Ah Summer.... Making Time for Markers

The sun is shining, the kids are playing and flowers are everywhere!


It's Summer and that means Gingersnap Creations' Summer Supply Spectular is underway again! Last year, you may remember what fun our Passion for Paper or our Collage Resources feature. This year, we are devoting a whole month to markers of all types. What fun!

Blowing Bubbles
Stamps: girl with bubbles (Stamp Camp); stitched border (Sassafrass)
Cardstock: Regal Rose and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Spun Sugar and Tumbled Glass (Ranger Distress Ink)
Copics: B00, Bo1, E00, E02, E11, E19, G21, G24, RV10, RV11, RV13, Y13, Y15, Y38, and YR04
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)
Technique: Patchwork (Technique Junkies)

Hope you have fun with our Marker Mania! See what else we have in store for July on Gingersnap Creations!

On the CASE: Part Two

I'm still CASEing my fellow Gingers from the Gingersnap Creations Design Team for our new Once in a Blue Moon Challenge. What fun!

Joanne Wardle was the victim of my next attempt at CASEing. She has an utterly adorable card on her blog - here - which I have used as inspiration for my card today.


Joanne is a very talented stamper and a wonderful and warm person. She is not only on the Gingersnap Creations' Design Team but also on the following teams: Paper Artsy, Scrolls Work, Frantic Stamper, and Happy Daze. Her art also frequently appears in Craft Stamper magazine.

I love everything Joanne does, but I really liked the way she used touches of plaid in her card along with the coordinating flower. I also admire Joanne's amazing pencil coloring skills which she shared in a tutorial on Gingersnap Creations. I could not do as beautiful a job as Joanne so I chickened out and used watercolor pencils instead.

I also used a touch of plaid and used some flower punches to create a matching flower. I wanted to stick with the same type of image so I picked one of my favorite cute Penny Black stamps.

Plaid Pansies
Stamp:
Pansy Bunny (Penny Black)
Paper: (K & Company); dark purple paper (Provocraft stack); watercolor paper
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Other: various watercolor pencils (Derwent); lilac plaid ribbon; 3 flower punches (Marvy); 1 lilac brad; distressing tool

Why not go for a blurf and get inspired!
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