Thursday, August 27, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #15

I hate it when I have to photograph at night. I just can't ever get the colors to look right, no matter how much post editing I do. Oh well. ;o) Dawn was having a Color Challenge over at My Favorite Things, and I barely made it in time. Seriously...I think it was 9:59 when I linked. Whew!

The colors were Melon, Pink, Moss, and Cream. I don't have any of the PTI cardstock (note to self: buy PTI cardstock). So I used Stampin' Up! Groovy Gauva, Pixie Pink, Kiwi Kiss, and Very Vanilla. This is also a little sneak peek of the Hot Air balloon from the Sweet Centers stamp set that will be available on Sept. 1st from the Holiday Mini. And it is so much more than a stamp set...wait til you see it! Surprises! Hope you enjoy and be sure to check out all of the other fantastic entries by clicking on the Color Challenge banner.

Edited to add: Now that I have a little free time I thought I should add some details about the card as well as the Supply List.

I actually had a lot of fun making this one...even if it was in the 11th hour. LOL For the balloon, I used Versamark to stamp a Martha Stewart background pattern on Pixie Pink cardstock and then sprinkled it with embossing glitter for some sparkle and punched it out using Stampin' Up!'s 1 3/4 inch circle punch. The fun part was adding the sky in the background. I hand cut a cloud shape out of cardstock to use as a mask. Then I used a q-tip and my Stampin' Up! pastels to lightly color in a sky moving in circular motion. I moved the "mask" two or three times as I colored it in. So easy, and a beautiful subtle effect IRL. The stamp has cute little bows on the basket strings, so I added real ribbon bows for pop. To pull it together, I repeated the scallops and polka dots from the stamp with the background paper and border. Here's a better, close up view.

Project Supplies

Thinking of You
Paper: SU! Groovy Guava, Pixie Pink, Very Vanilla cardstock; SU! Bella Rose (retired) Designer Series Paper
Stamps: SU! Sweet Centers
Ink: SU! Kiwi Kiss, Pastels chalk; Pink Colorbox liquid chalk ink; Versamark
Other: Ribbon, corner rounder, 1 3/4 circle punch, scallop border punch, glittered embossing powder, heat tool

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree just happens to be my husband's favorite childhood book. So when I saw it, I just had to get it as a present for him to share with our boys. This card was inspired by the book. That poor tree is finally recieving a little "thank you". I got to play with my Prisma color pencils and mineral spirits. I rarely do the whole coloring in thing, but rather liked how this one turned out. That swing looks so inviting, doesn't it? Enjoy, and thanks for looking!

Project Supplies

Thanks for Everything
Stayzon in black; Stampin' Up! Kiwi Kiss
Stamps: Hampton Arts acrylic stamps
Paper: Stampin' Up! Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Accesories: Twine; Papertrey Ink buttons; Prisma color pencils; white gel pen (for highlights)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Double Duty: Scattered Showers

Yeah, I did it! I am so excited, I FINALLY figured out how to stamp with PTI's clear stamps! OK, so some of you are scratching your heads, going huh? What's the problem, I don't get it? But if I have some fellow acrylic challenged stampers out there like me, there is a funny story below for you and a tip.

I have had the Scattered Showers set for about a month now, and I could not for the life of me get a solid, crisp image. At first I thought it was surely the ink. I tried pigment ink, stayzon, chalk ink. Nope, none made a difference.

So I took a look at Nichole's blog and read her Acrylic Stamps 101 post. Oh.....OK, I have to "condition" them! Ah ha, that's it! So I get out my trusty white artist eraser and ever so gently rub over the stamp. I'm so excited. I'm finally going to get to use this fantastic set! I stamp my image, and....UGH! No, I'm sure this is not what it's supposed to look like. Just to make sure, I go and check out Dawn McVey's examples, and her's are sooo flawless! So on to tip #2, I wash it in warm soapy water. Of course, that's it! Noooow it's going to work. I ink it up and stamp and....NOPE! OK, now I'm thoroughly disgusted and put the set aside, as I am sure it has to be operator error at this point.

Then, last night, Papertrey Ink has a new release, and the sets are sooooo cute! But, of course, I'm acrylic stamp challenged. But I want those stamps! I HAVE to figure this out. So last night, I got out my set and every type of ink I own, and I was not going to get up until I figure this out! After about an hour, a ton of card stock, and much mood is less than delightful and I begin to "condition" my stamp with that eraser like I am trying to erase it from existence. And you know what? After I stopped and calmed down a bit, I looked at that stamp and noticed it had a nice haze on was no longer "tacky". HMMMMMM...out of curiosity, I ink it up and give it a try. OMG...this is it! It worked! I tried it a couple more times, just to make sure, and I am laughing hysterically at myself (as my husband watches me cautiously with phone in hand...just in case). Originally I was "conditioning" it too lightly. So if you are having issues like I was...try rubbing the eraser over the stamp with a little more vigor, you will see a nice haze on the stamp...this should give the ink enough grit to grab onto. Surely I can't be the only one out there that couldn't figure this out..or maybe I can be! LOL

Project Supplies

I Love You Rain or Shine
Paper: SU! Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo, and Whisper White card stock, Apricot Appeal designer paper
Ink: Black Stayzon; SU! Melon Mambo
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Scattered Showers
Accessories: SU! Certainly Celery ribbon, dimensionals, corner rounder; Martha Stewart border punch

So Happy For You
Paper: SU! Kraft, Whisper White, and Melon Mambo card stock
Ink: SU! Melon Mambo, Baja Breeze (retired), and Close to Cocoa
Accessories: SU! Melon Mambo ribbon, dimensionals; Papertrey Ink buttons, twine; Martha Stewart border punch

Friday, August 14, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challeng #14

Like so many of you this was a streeeetch for me. I would have to say, out of all of the colors in the world...purple is my least favorite. But alas, the colors were raspberry, plum, cream, and scarlet.

Be sure and check out the other fabulous entries by clicking on the image above. Have a wonderful night, I know I will, it's release night over at Papertrey Ink!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

I've recieved my 1st award! Thank you, thank you. *sniff* I just don't know what to say. First, I'd like to thank the academy, god, and.... OK seriously, I would like to give a great big cyber-hug to Rose. I'm flattered as she has some mad creative skills. If you've never visited her blog, you should, she's a great creative inspiration.

The rules for this award are:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you for this award.
  2. Copy logo and place it on your blog.
  3. Link the person's blog that nominated you for this award.
  4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
  5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
  6. Post a link to the 7 you nominated.
  7. Leave a comment on each blog to let them know they are nominated.

Here are my 7 nominees...

  1. Lucy
  2. Elise
  3. Winter
  4. Andrea
  5. Kimberly
  6. Kimberly T.
  7. Stacey

Seven things you might find interesting about me.

  1. I am a Design and Usability Analyst by day, which is a fancy way of saying a graphic artist who focuses on user friendly design for web design.
  2. I started crafting and painting when I was 9, helping my mom sew those old victorian bunnies made out of burlap.
  3. I actually never wanted to have children, but now can't imagine my life without them.
  4. I not so secretly want to be a stay at home mom.
  5. I LOVE cheesecake, but only allow myself to have it once a year, on my birthday!
  6. I am horrible at mailing out cards.
  7. I am a military brat and attended 11 different schools growing up.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Who Care's What's Inside...

...when the bag is this cute! I had so much fun decorating this gift bag.

I scored a pack of 13 of these plain kraft gift bags from Michaels for under 5 dollars. I thought they would make the perfect 3d item for Stamp Club this past weekend. I started by using the Stampin' Up! Circle Circus stamp set, along with the Stamp-a-majig, to create two different background papers. I then adhered them together, wrapped with ribbon, and used dimensionals to adhere to the front of the bag. To finish it off, I made a matching little gift tag to hang from the handle. I added the buttons as an after thought, but am now having second thoughts about them. What do you think, should they go?

To My Friend
Stamps: SU! Circle Circus, Fundamental Phrases
Ink: SU! Whisper White craft ink, Old Olive craft ink, Close to Cocoa
Paper: SU! Whisper White, Kraft
Ribbon: SU! Chocolate Chip grosgrain; Offray olive satin, brown satin; twine (generic)
Buttons: Papertrey Ink
Tools: SU! circle punches, Stamp-a-majig, dimensionals, liquid glue

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Double Duty: On a Pedestal

I love, love, love this set. It is so much fun, and it really is versatile. Here are two cards both using Stampin' Up!'s On A Pedestal stamp set, and both using the same colors and paper; pink, black, and white. I've starting making 2 cards at a time now, why not? I've already got the supplies out, right?

I tried to make it look like a little bakery shop window with a black stripe awning. What do you think? Here I used the "Happy Everying To You!" sentiment to create a background on the lower card base. Then I added some some pink glass beads to emulate some frosting, and finished it off with a little Melon Mambo ribbon and a button (extra buttons from clothing, nothing special).

This one's a little more simple, but still just as cute if you ask me. I love how the text looks like a layered cake (in hindsight, I'm thinking that I should have made the word "Sweet" black), and that little cherry on top is the finishing touch. I really like that black and white paper. I snagged it from my mom, I believe it is by Me & My Big Ideas.

Happy Everything To You
Stamps: Stampin' Up! On A Pedestal
Ink: Stampin' Up! Regal Rose, Melon Mambo; Stayzon in black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette (retired), Whisper White
Paper: Me & My Big Ideas
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo ribbon, scallop edge punch, corner rounder, dimensionals; natural twine; generic button; glass beads

Amazing, Thoughtful, Sweet, etc.
Stamps: Stampin' Up! On A Pedastal
Ink: Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo; Stayzon in black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Paper: Me & My Big Ideas
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds, scallop edge punch, dimensionals; black grossgrain ribbon

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Inspiration Challenge #1 Glitter and Chipboard, Oh My!

I took some time to create my own glittery chipboard embellishments using my Big Shot. The little cutie above uses some left over pieces from the Lattice Sizzix Die from Stampin' Up!. I just LOVE this die. I have done so much with it already...but I have submitted some for pub, so if I don't hear something in a week or so, I will post them as well. Here is a shot of some of the pieces I made today.

I tried a few different techniques. I left the little curly brackets naked, covered the front with Stampin' Up! liquid glue and then glittered them up with Dazzling Diamonds. The big heart is also naked, covered with glue, and then sprinked with red cozmo glitter. For the little petals of my flowers above, I first covered them with white craft ink by pressing them directly on the pad. Once dry, I covered with glue, and then sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. For the large black curly bracket, I used some black embossing powder and then applied a light sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds. Nothing earth shattering, but it saves a little cash when you already have the product on hand. ;o)

OK, now it's your turn. Let's see your inspiration with chipboard!

Here's the details: Create a card, scrapbook page, altered item, or anything using chipboard. It can be totally unique or something tried and true. I will keep Mr. Linky opened until ETA: 8pm Friday August 15th. Have fun and I hope you decide to play along!

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