Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Greek Week...or Is It Month?

In September, Gingersnap Creations will be celebrating Ancient Civilizations and having fun with tiles and mosaics. I decided to make a variation on a tile card - a domino card - with one of my favorite ancient greek-themed stamps.

Greek Dominos
Stamp: greek heroes (Stamp Francisco)
Paper: scrap from my basket
Cardstock: Whisper White and Chocolate Chip
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Creamy Caramel (Stampin Up)
Technique: Faux Dominos (Technique Junkies)
Embellishments: charm (Tim Holtz);antique bronze brad
Tools: corner rounder

Hope you will join in the fun on Gingersnap Creations this month. Come by tomorrow to see our newest Chestnut Challenge.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Twinkle Lights Anyone?

One of the scariest things I do every holiday season is to try and untangle my holiday lights. My sweet and amazing husband has taken over this arduous task. Why do we do it every year? Because we love the look of these decorative lights!


While making holiday cards with "lights" as the theme, I decided to make a few that celebrated this part of the holiday season.

The first one I tried was a very simple card in which I tried to capture the fun colors of holiday lights.

Stamp credits: bulb (Inkadinkado); sentiment (Studio G).

The next card uses a really fun reindeer image from A Muse. I think this little guy is so cute. I used the Warhol technique from Technique Junkies for the design. For some added fun, I inked the Penny Black sentiment underneath with the same colors as my color blocks.


Stamp credits: reindeer (A Muse); sentiment (Penny Black).

For the last one, I used the Depth of Field technique from Technique Junkies with the colors from a recent Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge - red, orange and yellow - to create a fun background. With such a busy background, I decided to add just a sentiment rather than an image.

Stamp credits: bulb (Inkadinkado); sentiment (Rubber Stampede).

If you want to see some of my other "holiday light" themed cards, check out my post on Gingersnap Creations and join in if you like!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Light and Bright

I'm back on my holiday card kick! I am determined that I will get all my holiday cards done this year well before the holidays happen. As I like to make all different cards every year, I thought I would have some fun and give myself some themes with which to work. Last month, I tackled outdoor elements with a focus on sleds. This month's theme is Holiday Lights!

Here are some of my cards that use candlelight to reflect this theme. To make my task a little more challenging, I gave myself a second requirement - no designer paper!

For my first one, I picked one of my favorite Christmas stamps from Rubber Stampede and one of my favorite Technique Junkies techniques, Block Collage.

Stamp credits: candles, ornaments, tree, presents and Ho Ho Ho (Rubber Stampede) and main sentiment (Penny Black).

Once, I made a Block Collage card, it reminded me of another great Technique Junkie technique called Mono Masking. As I had already gone with bold and bright colors, I continued the trend with this Chanukah card.

Stamp credits: Stampin Up!

I already had my Chanukah stamps out so I tried another one. I love this cute image from the Cat's Pajamas. I decided that a simple design would be the best way to show off Poochie and his menorah. I adore this cool Star of David so I thought it would make a great backdrop to the main image.

Stamp credits: Poochie and menorah and sentiment (Cat's Pajamas); Star of David (Rubber Soul).

Finally, I decided to go really simple with this sweet image from HAnglar and StAnglar. He was a ton of fun to color.

Stamp credit: HAnglar and StAnglar.

To see some more of my holiday lights cards, check out my Holiday Happenings feature on Gingersnap Creations.

I love this quote from James Keller: A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

Hope you can pass on some of your creative light today!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Crowing About a New Challenge

Gotta love color combos that push you creatively. This week, the colors on Gingersnap Creations really spoke to me! I loved the idea of red and black - so many themes and so many ideas.

I am trying to use my stamps...not just collect them. I've been looking for the perfect project for these great crow stamps from Lost Coast since I got them last year (yup, you read that right).

For this tag, I sponged Fired Brick Distress Ink over the surface and then dragged the pad over the tag to create some texture lines.

I then stamped crowns (another fab Lost Coast set) randomly over the tag in the same Fired Brick color. Hope you can see them in the above close-up.

Once that was done, I added the crows and sentiment in Jet Black StazOn. I picked up this fab fuzzy fibre awhile back - isn't it awesome?

If you want to get fired up by more red and black projects, head on over to Gingersnap Creations and check out what the Gingers created!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Going Green

I've had this little planter for absolutely ages but I thought it needed a bit of fun dressing up! Inspired by the new Random Redhead Challenge to Go 3D on Gingersnap Creations, I added some paint, old text, botanical stamps and collage images to "spruce" it up with some greening.


For this side, I used a sweet image from Encanted Mercantile and a page from an old botanical text. I stamped a Stone House image of lilies onto the page and added some color with distress inks. I went with Scattered Straw on this side to correspond with the gold frame of the colalge image.


On the other side, I proceeded with the same formula with another Stone House stamp. This time I added a Tim Holtz embellishment too!

As you can see I added color again with Distress inks.

To create the painted background layer, I started by painting the whole planter with a yellow-green paint. I then overlaid 2 additional colors of green, an emerald and a pine. I used a dry brush technique to allow all the different layers to show through for an aged look.

I finished off the whole project with a few layers of sealer to protect the papers from the obvious damp that accompanies an active planter. Now, to find some nice herbs to plant in it!

Hope your day blooms with creativity!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pleasant Manners Canvas for GC67 and STR23

While we are working with the wonders of paint this month at Gingersnap Creations, I decided to finish some of my painted canvases and painted objects. This first one was created for the Gingersnap Creations Random Redhead Go 3D Challenge and the motif was inspired by the Shabby Tea Room's Cottage Rose Challenge! It will end up in my next Open Studio if I can bear parting with this stylish little lady.

I recently found this great vintage paper lady while wandering antique stores in Sturbridge, MA. I set her off against some vintage-style designer paper which had sweet pink roses all over it and trimmed that with some delicate lace. I added some feathers to this cutie's hat for a fun 3D element!

I also added some rose embellishments to her darling dress. Aren't these ribbon roses just beautiful?


I used a page from an old spelling book for the words along the side of the piece. While I usually err on the side of the "saucy tongue", I thought that this little lady looked way too elegant to indulge in such questionable behavior.


Here she is in all her glory:







For this canvas, I used: a variety of green and gold Lumiere paints, a piece of vintage rose designer paper, some beautiful lace, the aforementioned spelling book page, ribbon roses, a vintage greeting card, some feathers and a whole lot of matte gel medium and craft glue.

Of course, I wasn't the only one having some fun playing with 3D. Please stop by the challenge post at Gingersnap Creations to see all the fabulous pieces from the Gingers!

Monday, August 9, 2010

More Scraplings

Here's a few more scraplings I made for the new Art Exchange on Gingersnap Creations. Scraplings are such a cute little format. These small cards measure just 4.25" by 1.5". Once I start making these mini cards, I just can't seem to stop!





To see how I made this little cuties, check out my tutorial on Gingersnap Creations.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Another Famous Painter - GC65

Here's another card I did for the current Chestnut Theme Challenge on Gingersnap Creations. This month's theme is Famous Painters or Paintings.

Leonardo Medley
Stamps: Da Vinci woman and Da Vinci sentiment (Stamp Francisco); Porportions of a Human Figure (Museum Stamps); Mona Lisa Postoid (Cherry Pie Art Stamps); Cheesecloth background (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Technique: Color Collage (Technique Junkies)

Be sure to check out the other great pieces by the Gingers and the GC Visiting Artists!

Friday, August 6, 2010

K.I.S.S. Again: Tulips

To keep it simple today, I grabbed some color inspiration from the Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge - Red, Orange and Yellow. Last year, I got this great image in a GC image swap so I thought it would be a great time to use it.


I was tearing through my scrap basket for something suitable for my new-found color scheme and found this great stripy paper!

Tall Tulips
Stamp:
unknown
Paper: unknown from scrap basket
Cardstock: Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Copics: Y19, Y38, YG13, YG17, YG67, YR04, YR07, YR09

Here's wishing you a day blooming with beauty!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pulling out the Paint Chips

I had never tried Scraplings before but Gingersnap Creations is getting scrappy with its art exchange this month and is combining paint chips with this fun little format.

Scraplings are small, thin cards that are 1 1/2" wide by 4 1/4" tall when folded. They are a great size for gift tags, love notes, and quick messages to fun friends.


When I started I was concentrating on the format, but once I pulled out some paint chips from a recent renovation I discovered that the combination of paint chips and this format made this one of the easiest Art Exchanges I have participated in!

I really had a ton of fun with these! I could have kept making them all day! Scraplings are my two favorite things - fast and easy! They also use up all those odds and ends in my cardstock scrap pile.



Stamps by Curious by Design.

Stamps by Curious by Design.

Stamp by Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz line.

If you would like to play this Art Exchange, check out all the info on the Gingersnap Creations blog.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

GC65: Famous Painters or Paintings

We're focusing on paint this month on Gingersnap Creations so it should be no surprise that our Chestnut Theme Challenge is focusing on Famous Painters and Paintings.


I adore Degas and I have had this image of one of his ballet dancers forever. I so happy to be able to use it for this challenge. I decided to watercolor with my inks to give this image a nice soft feel. I also wanted to keep this card simple to really keep this beautiful dancer center-stage!

Degas Dancer
Stamp: Degas dancer (Stamp Francisco)
Paper: watercolor paper
Cardstock: Cameo Coral (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, Pretty in Pink, Cameo Coral and Ruby Red (Stampin Up)
Embellishment: 1/2" coral ribbon
Tool: aquapainter (Stampin Up)

Be sure to check out the other great masterpieces by The Gingers! We hope you play along!

Monday, August 2, 2010

K.I.S.S. Continues: From One Chick to Another

I am continuing on with keeping things simple and fun this week with my "Keep It Simple Stamper" motto. What could simplier or more fun than coloring? I am also keeping it simple by not cutting any new cardstock or designer paper this week - everything is coming out of the scrap basket!


I really love these sweet images that I got from a dear friend and I wanted to let this particular sweetie be the main attraction of this card!



From One Chick to Another
Stamps: egg girl (HAnglar and StAnglar); sentiment (A Muse)
Paper: stripes - from my scrapbasket
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Summer Sun and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E00, E02, E11, E31, E33, E34, E35, E37, R17, Y15, Y19, YG67, YR00, YR23, YR24

Hope you have a day filled with fun and friends!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

K.I.S.S. Week!

Keep it simple, Stamper! That's my motto for the week! I have been busy trying out all kinds of great new ideas, techniques and mediums but Summer is about being relaxed and playing. This week, I decided to play which is why I got into stamping!

I had some scraps left over from my Inkurable Stampers Lavendar and Lime submission last week, so I used those colors as a jumping off point.


Cherish
Stamps: Roses (Squigglefly); cherish (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Orchid Opulence and Gable Green (Stampin Up)
Ink: Orchid Opulence (Stampin Up)
Copics: V12, V15, V17, Y19, YG11, and YG13

Wishing you a simple, fun week!

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