Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sparkles Everywhere!

Today, it's all about sparkle! Here is my submission for Splitcoaststamper's inspiration challenge - IC165. I tried another square card, and again I'm unhappy with the results. There's too much white space, which really stinks since the DSP underneath the squares is super cute, and you can barely see it! Oh well, at least I got to try my new heat and stick powder!

All I did was cut the squares with my nesties and big shot. Then, I stamped using the Darling Dots stamp set by Stampin' Up! in a versamark pad. Next, I sprinkled hit and stick powder over the versamark image. Then, I used my heat gun to melt the hit and stick powder. Sprinkle the glitter over the melted powder, and heat set with the gun!

Simple Sympathy

Hi - Here is my submission for Splitcoaststamper's LSC205. This is one of my favorite cards, and I'm pretty sure it's a CASE, but I apologize I do not know from whom anymore! The limited supply challenge was to create a card that was very simple. I don't think it gets that much more simple than this!

I just used my Elegant Eggplant SU! marker to color the grapes. Then, I used the always artichoke stamp to color the leaves. I "huffed" on the stamp (really this is just breathing hot air on the stamp to moisten the ink), and then I stamped on the base cardstock! Super simple, and super easy!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Block is Banished!

This is the last card I did for my class on Saturday. I needed a sympathy card earlier this week, but before I even knew I needed it, I knew I wanted to do one for my class this week. I really wanted to use Thoughts and Prayers in my class, but it was on backorder. Grrrrrrrr. So, I put this card together, but inspired by the Thoughts and Prayers card in the new SU! catalog. I added the pearl beads to the side, so that people could see what a little extra bling with do for a card!

The main image was stamped once in Always Artichoke, and then again without reinking. I used the tearing edge tool for all the edges, and finally the eyelet border punch for the last layer. I used my linen background stamp in always artichoke on the kraft layer. Finally, I also sponged the edges of the main image lightly in always artichoke.

I'm pleased with the results, and I'm confident my ladies will like the card in the class!

Down with Stamper's Block!

You'll notice this card is awfully similar to my other truck one from today. I actually started with this card as a V-Day card for my husband, Frank. Once it was done, I thought..."Hey, this would be a great card for my stamping class!". So, there you have it!

It is my second submission as well for Splitcoaststamper's Wednesday sketch challenge! I wanted to make a slighly non-traditional valentine for Frank, and I like how it's still very obviously a Valentine's Day card, but the colors are slightly different!

I used stazon black to stamp the truck, and I used a blender pen and reinkers to color the main image. I thought it was a nice masculine touch to add the large eyelets in the corner. The word image is popped up with dimensionals, as is the main image. (Have I mentioned I might be obsessed with dimensionals?!)

Hope you like it!

Stamper's Block - HA!

Since I hate coming up with the card layout (well...maybe hate is too strong a word...but I do find it darned difficult) I decided to use today's sketch challenge to help me with a card for my class on Saturday.

I used the same layout as the one for DH, I just turned the card! I'm trying to get rid of some retired product, so I used old DSP and an old stamp set mingled with current product. I think it helps my customers see how well the two can mix together!

I used reinkers and a blender pen to color the truck image. That was really the most complicated part of the project. I'm hoping my customers will love watercoloring as much as I do!

Thanks for looking!

The Block Fails!

Today was much more productive than yesterday! I got over my case of stamper's block, and put together 4 cards! Woohoo! Two cards were quite similar, and three were for an upcoming class, but I still feel good that I got so much done.

This card was made for a class I'm teaching. I think it work well as a Wedding or Anniversary card. I cut the ovals and scalloped oval with my nesties. The white background piece was embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder. After I stamped the flowers on the white oval, I put a drop of crystal effects in the centers of the flowers. Then, I sprinkled chocolate fine super nova glitter over the dots. The effect is really cool and sparkly in realy life. Finally, I used the new satin-organza ribbon from SU!. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this ribbon. I think it is just so beautiful and elegant

Ack! I almost forgot to give credit where it's due! My card was cased from the following card:

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Stamper's Block!


Today was just not my stamping day. I'm trying to prepare for a stamp-a-stack on Saturday, and it felt like nothing came out right today. I even gave up in the middle of trying to participate in today's color challenge! Oh well, here is one card I did complete (although I'm still not 100 percent happy with it). It is one of the cards for my Saturday stamp-a-stack.

I used my oval nesties to cut out the two oval shapes. I then stamped the chick in stazon black. I used blender pens and my stamp pads to color the so saffron on the chick. The beak I just did with my SU! pumpkin pie marker. I then stamped the bottom half of the chick again on DSP, which I then cut out. I adhered the DSP with a stampin' dimensional.

This card was a total case from the one below:

Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sympathy Card

Today I decided not to do any challenges on splitcoaststampers. It was a bit of a rough day as our team got into work and found out that a co-workers teenage daughter died over the weekend. Our co-worker is really a very kind person, and I cannot imagine what a hard time this is for him and his family. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Tonight I came home to make him and his family a sympathy card from our team. I drew inspiration from the card below.

I embossed the vanilla cardstock with a cuttlebug embossing folder. Then, I lightly sponged over the embossed cardstock in mellow moss. Next, I sponged the edges of the embossed carstock in perfect plum, and ran the edges through the plum stamp pad.

I used the Dreams du Jour stamp set to create the butterflies. I watercolored the butterflies in perfect plum and so saffron, cut each butterfly out, and added pearl beads down the body of the butterflies. They are adhered with a mini glue dot, and the wings are slightly popped off the page.

Again, please keep my co-worker in your thoughts and prayers.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Second Card of the Day

Ok, so I don't want to toot my own horn, but I'm so in love with my own card! Even DH said, "Wow, that is really nice!" when I showed it to him!

This card was made for splitcoaststampers' Wednesday's sketch challenge, SC212. I didn't have time to participate earlier in the week, and it's one of my favorite challenges!

I used some non-SU! DSP for the background and layers. Then, I used my oval and square nesties for the image and word pieces. I then took my color spritzer tool to spritz all over both of those pieces as well. Eyelets added a little extra detail along with the ribbon. BUT, my favorite addition of all is the dazzling diamonds! I cut out the pieces of the little boat, punched out some stars, and ran my two-way glue pen all over the pieces. Then, I sprinkled dazzling diamonds over the boat pieces and stars. I think the result is marvelous!!! Finally, the pieces were adhered with dimensionals for a little added...well, dimension!

I hope you like it as I'll be wearing dazzling diamonds for days! LOL!

What do you think?!

The First of Two Cards Today!

Today's Splitcoaststampers' challenge was to take insiration from a Lang calendar. I just love the Lang designs, so this was a fun one for sure!

Here was my inspiration:

Clearly I'm done with winter and ready for spring, and January isn't even over yet! I used a cuttlebug embossing folder on the So Saffron cardstock background. Then, I used some nesties to cut out the cardstock for the main image. I used my reinkers to watercolor the main image along with a blender pen. For the word piece I used a couple of different corner punches, and both main pieces got some pearl beads for added bling. Finally, I adhered both of the primary images with some dimensionals for added pop!

I hope you like it!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Goody-Goody Sparkly Gumdrops

I'm finally getting back to stamping after a long weekend with my sister in town (she lives in Seattle). Her visit was sandwiched by a bout with the stomach flue and then a cold. Needless to say, I'm ready for things to get back to normal!

This card was created for a Splitcoaststampers challenge. The challenge was to create a card where black cardstock was used for the card base. This is actually one of my favorite card bases, so I was excited to give it a try! Here is the card I came up with, I love the bright colors against the black cardstock. I also lovely the sparkles on the gumdrops!

I stamped the gum drop images in black ink, and then colored them with my SU! markers. Then, I went over the colored images with my 2-way glue pen, and sprinkled dazzling diamonds over them. I think it makes the gumdrops look more realistic! (Although, I am wondering if it would have been better to use my chunky sprinkles?!)

It wasn't intentional, but I really like the way the large oval pixie pink piece is peaking (say that 3 times fast!) out from under the stylized silver hardware!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

This card was made for Split Coast Stamper's sketch challenge!

Hello All!

Well, this is my first post on my blog, and it's my first card since I got back from a long weekend with my parents and husband in New York City. It was a great few days (our Christmas gift to each other), but I was definitely missing my stamps and ready to partipate in today's challenge. (My favorite, as the card layout is the most difficult part for me!)

I used Stampin! Up's "Close to Nature" for the stamped images. In fact, all supplies except for the Dew Drops are from Stampin' Up!. I watercolored the bird using my stamp pads and a blender pen. I then sponged the edges of the bird piece and the words piece in So Saffron and Blue Bayou.

I used my spritzer tool to speckle all over. Finally, I roughed-up the edges using the cutter kit. I also used hodgepodge in either corner along with ribbon scraps for embellishments.

Finally, I used some dew drops for added embellishments. These are the first I've gotten, and I really like them!

Thanks for looking!!!