Friday, April 30, 2010

What's Cooking?

I just wanted to post this card I created using Asela Hopkins new stamp set she designed for Gina K. Designs. It is called Sew Pretty and is a combo of vintage sewing and cooking images.
I layered card stock of kraft and deep rose. My designer papers are from Denna's Closet and the new Tim Holtz, Vintage Shabby. I used a combination of paper piecing, Copics, and colored pencil w/ oms for my images. I accented with a white gel pen where possible. The recipe card stamp with the spoons is an unmounted, unknown from my stash. I added some aqua dotted swiss ribbon as an embellishment.

I always appreciate when you stop by, and I hope your mojo is flowing like a river.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

OTWC #4 Tea Party

I am creating this to get in under the wire of the latest challenge at Off The Wall Craftiness. It ends in just a few hours. It is a bright one and I have stared at this inspiration piece all week, trying to decide what to do. It is really a different style than I am use to but I kinda like the quirkyness of it.
There are only a few things on here that I can actually tell you where they came from. The crown image is from Lost Coast Designs and the sentiment is from Morning Star Stamps. The rest of the images, are unmounteds that I am unsure of. I used the heart, dotted swiss, and candy cane stripe embossing folders on my layers. There are many pop dots, and gems and ribbon are my accents. I then distressed all the edges in black ink. Kind of wild!
Keep the fun challenges coming, Kim. It may take me awhile, but I'll keep trying.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lilies from TMITA / PC

I have a clump of these lilies in my front flower bed and the fragrance they give off when they bloom, is intoxicating! I just had to turn Nina's image into Stargazer lilies! What a fun challenge for this week over at There's Magic In The Air / Paper Cupcakes. I sure hope they didn't need to stay white like Easter lilies.

I colored the image with Copics and the #'s I used are E15, RV10, RV11, RV32, Y19, Y21, YG03, and YR02. My papers are from Basic Grey. I added 2 strips of mini ric-rac and left the card without a sentiment. Not sure if it will be a Spring card, an Easter card, or perhaps even a Birthday card.

I hope you like it! Have a crafty day...... time to scoot to work for a bit.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tuesday Trigger Funky Napkins

Trying to get this post in under the wire. The Moxie Fab, Tuesday Trigger were these crazy napkins. I thought about all the circles in the inspiration piece all week. This one was tough.
I decided to use some stamps that needed love from Technique Tuesday. I used a combination of chalk ink, brush markers , and hand drawn doodles with Zig pen to bring it to life. There is also Crystal Lacquer on the flower centers. I added circular flowers in different shades of olives and purples. The sentiment is from Studio G. My card stocks are Pure Luxury Soft Sand and Green Apple, from Gina K. Designs. I pierced around some of the flowers and added Dew Drops for some dimension.

Thanks for stopping by. It is a very rainy day here on the lake.

Friday, April 23, 2010

I'm A Guest Designer!

How can I describe this experience except exciting! Theresa Momber, who is the most amazing stamp illustrator, has a new stamp set at Gina K. Designs. She emailed me a couple weeks ago and asked if I would consider doing it. Well, yeah! Here is the gorgeous set I have been able to work with. Now, let me tell you a little about my past. When my DH and I were dating and newly married, I worked for a well known tackle shop. Besides sales, we made fly tying materials for a very popular, outdoor company named Orvis. My brother was a very avid fly tier and fly fishermen who tried to teach me everything he knew. He also worked at the tackle store. He was very instrumental in the beginnings of a club called the Dame Juliana League. Hence he convinced hubby and I to join and we did preservation stream work on a fly stretch of one of our local streams. My brother was killed in a very tragic car accident and after that I just could not bear to continue with the League. Until today I was not sure if the league still was in existence. Google is amazing, and within minutes I learned that they have a wonderful website that even includes a small memorial to my brother. All of his memorial donations from his funeral, had been used to continue the work we did. They now have over 110 members. The really ironic thing is that now I live on a lake, and can fish daily if I choose. Oh, how my brother would have loved that! I had my tears for the day and set about creating this card. Now I feel like I really have a history with this stamp set.

I chose an ivory card base and some amazing digital papers from my stash. My images are stamped in Memento, Rich Cocoa and SU! River Rock. I added some stitching, a hemp threaded button and a real fly that was created by my brother. I used a deckle rectangle Nestabilities to cut out my focal image. I am on a new mission to try and be more creative with my card interiors. What do you think?

I hope to be able to show you many more designs as the month moves forward. I hope you can visit some of the highlighted links in this post and spread the love. Theresa has another brilliant guest designer by the name of Melissa, who you can visit here. Sorry for the long post, but thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday Trigger........ Lovely As A Rose

Roses are fitting for so many occasions. This week at Moxie Fab World, The trigger is this beautiful picture of roses. A lovely square vase of fragrant gorgeousness. I had this digital image I had collected a few months ago of roses in a square box. I really wish that when a designer offers a free image, that they put their name in the file name. I just spent tons of time trying to find this again online, as I would like to give proper credit. Sorry.

I brought out my Copics and started playing. The colors I used are C1, C3, R27, R37, RV10, RV11, RV34, YG03, YG17, YG99. I thought the ribbon had to have a little sparkle, so I added Stickles. I Clear Lacquered the roses to give them depth. My background layers are embossed with folders. I decided to try double stacking Spellbinders, Fancy Tags for my sentiment. I touched some of the openings with Copics. The sentiment is from Theresa Mombers set called Hang In There. Lots of piercing and a strip of pink pearls are my accents.

Hope you have a crafty day and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Get Sketchy Challenge at Moxie Fab

It is Go To Sketches Week at Moxie Fab World. Here is a sketch we are to use for the challenge! How fun, right?

My papers are an unknown. That is what happens when you hoard paper. My kitchen stamp is from Art Impressions and I have been dying to use it. My piggie chef is Pigg Out and is from EccenTricks 1994. The sentiment which I think worked out perfectly is from Rubber Soul. I colored with Copics and added ribbon and orange pearls as accents. I gave it a napkin edge with an MS punch.

Hope you had a great weekend and it is winding down in a good way.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Challenge #2, Off The Wall Craftiness

The new challenge over at Off The Wall Craftiness is to make a card from this amazing inspiration piece! It is only her second challenge.

Kim has decided to do her challenges weekly, instead of every two weeks as she originally planned. It sounds like she has some great sponsors lined up. This weeks prize, is some beautiful May Arts ribbon. You must go check it out!

I used Rupa Shevde's set called "I Thee Wed". It is available through Gina K. Designs. The hounds tooth dp is a digital from Digital Freebies. I just love how you can just keep printing it out. I colored my image with Copics # C1, BG72, BG75, YG03. I added Basic Grey pearls.
So, what do you say? Can we show Kim a lil' love and try out her challenge?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Morning

A very happy and blessed Easter to all of my blogging friends! I created a card for this post, that I wish I could send to each and every one of you. Please enjoy this beautiful day.
Let me start off by saying that this is a bit tedious but I love the results. My daffodils and sentiment are both stamps from Theresa Momber sets. The flowers are from her new Sending Sunshine set and the sentiment is from her Christmas set called, Very Merry Christmas. Both are available through Gina K. Designs. I colored with Copic #'s C1, RV17, Y19, Y23, Y38. YG03, YG06, YG17.

The background square is a stamp by Sweet Impressions. They had a series of different shaped medallions to choose from at a show my DD and I attended recently. We each chose 2 different ones so we could share. I decided to do a Pergamano technique on this by stamping on vellum. I used Stazon and was pleased with the fine delicate lines that did not smear. Next, I scratched in the areas that I wanted to remain a bright white. You must have a very light touch so you do not rip the vellum. When I finished, I colored in other areas with Copic markers on the reverse side. This gives a soft muted effect.

My ribbon treatment is something I designed with a needle and thread and then added a vintage glass button with gold trim. I used a Spellbinder, Fancy Tag for the sentiment and added a couple of green pearls. The dp is from DCWV.

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by, and again, Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

For No Reason

Have you found that you are always making cards for challenges and occasions, and always trying to beat a deadline? I just wanted to create a card for absolutely no reason today! No pressure, no rules, no boundaries. Here is what I came up with.My Designer Paper is from SEI and their Oasis collection. The hand made flowers are what I created after watching a very informative video by Sherry Cheever and you can find it here. I used a Nestabilities Peony die and cut layers. I stamped all the layers with a new background stamp I just purchased at a show last weekend, from Stamp Camp. Distress Ink is the best stuff, and I used assorted colors. After using my embossing tool on the petals like Sherry showed, I put my layers together with silver brads.

I was messing around with paper twist that has been in my stash, and thought it might make some fun texture for leaves. I found it needed to be a little thicker so I glued it down to card stock and then cut leaf shapes. I used Peeled Paint Distress Ink and a dark olive marker to add accents. After I cut some V's, I attached them to my flowers.

The lady and tiny flower are die cuts from K&Co. My sentiment is from Annette Allen Watkins and was cut out with a Shapeabilities, Ribbon Tag Trio 2 die. I sponged it with the Peeled Paint DI and attached it to the card with some deep peach ribbon.

I hope you are enjoying some beautiful weather like we are. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tuesday Trigger & Inspire 7

I tried to incorporate 2 challenges into this card. The Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab is hosted by Alicia and is called Hippity Hop, Easter's On It's Way. The inspire piece is more rich colors than pastels
This week on Stamp TV, Gina brought us a video on gate fold cards. She used this as a lead in for her Wednesday, Inspire7 challenge. I don't make these too often and now that I finally have a Scor-Pal, it makes life easier. Just had to combine the two.

My card base and next layer are both Pure Luxury card stock. I used Green Apple and Soft Sand. The dp is from K&Co. My stamps are from two different new sets from Gina K. Designs. The sweet duckie is from Rupa Shevde's set called Spring Has Sprung. The sentiment is from the new free with three set called Friends, also from GKD. My distressing is with Colorbox ink. I layered my duck with Marvey punches, attached it and added buttons for accents. My inside sentiment is a simple Easter Greetings stamp. I paper pieced the umbrella with the reverse side of the dotted paper. Oh, and BTW, the Copics I used are B00, BG72, E35, R39, Y11, Y23, YG03, YR02, and YR21.

Hope everyone is ready for the Easter Bunny. Many folks will be enjoying some well deserved time off. Some will have to work to keep things perking for the rest of us. What ever you may be doing, do it safely and and enjoy.