Monday, April 30, 2012

Can you dig it? Yes I can!

I bought two sets of stamps from Flourishes recently, so I thought I'd participate in their challenge. In this card, I used the From the Garden set, and managed to thoroughly embed the voices from the band Chicago in my head.
Can You Dig It?
This Timeless Tuesday Challenge was a bingo challenge. Participants choose a row, column or diagonal and include all three elements in a card.
I chose the last column: bling, die cut and emboss. I stamped the images on white card stock, and colored them in using my Copics.  I used the Spellbinders' Classic Circle and Parisian Accent dies to cut out and frame the images.  I also paper pieced the gloves, adding a little shading with my Copics.  the bling is from Recollections (Michael's). I stitched around the edge in tight green zig-zags to give my border a finished look.
Can You Dig It? Detail
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Remember when

Remember when life was simple? I'm not sure I do. When you look at these images, please click on them, to see them without the greenish background on my blog.
I made this card for the Crafty Girl's Challenge #2, use two die cuts. I rarely use fewer than two die cuts, so this restraint was not very challenging!
Remember When
I used a stamp from Heartfelt Creations Mystic Hideaway for the focal. I colored it with my Copic markers, using light pink and warm grays, and then added some texture with my Prismacolor pencils. I framed the image with two dies from Spellbinders' Fleur de Lis Squares, cutting away the center of the inside square with a die from Classic Squares. I love the way the vines on the trellis around the image peek out around the frame. I stitched a piece of patterned paper, which coordinates amazingly well with this image, from a set I bought years ago called Girls to Women, from Busy Scrapper's Solution to a piece of brown card stock for the base.

I stamped the sentiment with Justrite Stamper's soon to be discontinued Old Friend set, and then cut it out with the smallest die from the Lacy Circles Spellbinders' die. The frame on the stamp fits just outside the embossed region on that die cut, giving the edge an even lacier texture.
Remember When Detail
I love this card so much, I'm going to share it on the Simon Says Stamp! Anything Goes Challenge page as well. Thanks for looking!

Here comes the sun!

This frustrating pop out card took me three tries to excecute, and I'm still not entirely happy with it. I am moving on, though. I learned many things about designing these flip cards, and I'm going to try again now with a simple circle and my new Flourishes stamps. For today, here comes the sun!
Here Comes the Sun
I used a Spellbinder die for the sun, and some unlabeled tiny letter stamps, but I drew the clouds myself and cut them out on my Silhouette cutter. I'm submitting this one to the Simon Says Stamp! Anything Goes challenge. Have a sunny day! 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Welcome back!

I made this card for the JustRite Friday Challenge #071. I was really happy with this one, so I also submitted it to the Crafty Friends Challenge.
Welcome Back!
This week, Challenge Hostess Sheri Holt, chose a photo to inspire us.  It's funny that she isolated the yellow, pink and peach; when I look at that picture, I am most inspired by the greens. I think what makes this image look so inviting is the back-lighted, blurred background, brighter in parts than the focal elements. I tried to capture that, and the colors Sheri selected (plus the greens) in my card.
I only discovered the JustRite Original stamps a couple of months ago. I love the way the borders and centers coordinate, and fit into the circular die cut doilies that so fascinate me. All of the JustRite Original stamps are currently being retired; I would be delighted to know when a new release will come out! In this card, I stamped a flower from the now retiring Plant a Little Love Set in brown Memento ink. I then stamped a border from a recently retired JustRite Original set called, Birthday Celebrations, and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I used the JustRite 15pt font to stamp the sentiment (retired? I couldn't find it on the site).

I colored the flowers with my Copic markers, beginning by coloring the flowers and leaves entirely in warm grays (W1, W3, W5), to give a sepia quality to the shading. Then I added reds, greens and a little yellowish brown, shading as usual. I colored the background in light shades to capture some of that back-lighted quality I see in the photograph.
Welcome Back! Detail
I cut the flowers out with a Spellbinder Standard Circle die, and then sponged the edges and the embossed border with a pale pink Memento ink, to make the white design pop out. I used Spellbinder Lacy Circles dies to mat the image in green. I stamped the sentiment in brown ink and cut it with Spellbinder Petite Scalloped Circles dies. The border (from a discontinued JustRite two inch stamper set) fell just outide the embossing from the die, giving the edge an ornate look. I sponged and matted it to add even more definition.
Welcome Back! Detail
I stitched the background papers together on my sewing machine (I am really enjoying sewing on card stock! Here's the video about zig-zagging that I watched from Gina K.). Then I assembled the card and added a bow with a cloisonne bead charm (I bought the bead from Fire Mountain Gems, through the wholesaler Jet Beads, to get the best price).

Blockheads Paper Arts is having a blog hop featuring the embossed resist technique. Here's how to play.


Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

You Look Smashing

This one is inspired by the Just Us Girls Challenge blog. Here's the how-to sponge video from Gina K. I watched her stitching on cardstock video as well, before having a go.
I love to sponge, so when I saw the Just Us Girls sponging challenge, I hauled out the stencils that I made a few years ago (here is my post "Butterfly Dresses" from 2010). I drew the dress image in Adobe Illustrator, and then cut it out of an overhead transparency (acetate) on my Sihlouette cutter. Then I sponged through the stencil, and stamped over it with a butterfly background stamp (it's unlabeled, so I don't know where it came from).

I like the idea of stitching on card stock, so I gave that a try here. I now am certain that I need more colors of thread.  Every time I try a new technique, I end up needing more equipment!
I have a confession to make: when I uploaded this card to the challenge, it had fewer elements. I had thought I was done, but changed my mind, and added the charm, bow and sentiment.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Upsy Daisy

I've got one more entry for the "Designer Paper" JustRite Friday Challenge. I'm also going to enter this one in Simon Says Stamp's Flower Challenge.

JRFC Button
Enamored with the mask-stamp-and-sponge technique I used on "Summer Is Coming!" I decided to give it another go, this time making a daisy chain border. I stamped the daisies from JustRite's My Garden Set with black Memento ink on white paper, and then sponged Bahama Blue Memento ink into the background and shadows. I colored the daisies with my Copic markers, and cut the border and shapes with dies from Spellbinder's Parisian Accents, Floral Doily Accents and Fleur de Lis Accents.

I'm still enjoying stamping my own sentiments with JustRite's sytstem. I started to put "Give me your answer true" (as in "Daisy! Daisy!" and the "bicycle built for two" and all that), but I just didn't see anyone using a greeting card to pop the question. So I turned to the dictionary, and found this:
upsy-daisy |ˈəpsē ˌdāzē| (also ups-a-daisy, upsa-daisy |ˈəpsə ˈdāzē|) exclamation: used to express encouragement to a child who has fallen or is being lifted.
This did not seem to be inappropriate for a card, particularly one covered with daisies, so here you have it.
Upsy-Daisy Card
The daisies were so much fun to color in bright yellows and cool grays.
Upsy-Daisy detail
Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Summer is coming!

I know I live in a warm place, but it was particularly warm and sunny this weekend. I decided a big warm sun would be central to my entry in this week's JustRite Stampers Friday Challenge. The sun shape plays well into my doily obsession, which is still going strong.
JRFC Button
This week's challenge was to create and use your own stamped "designer paper." I masked and sponged liberally to create the layered look, and then created this fold-out card to make the doily hills really stand out.
Summer Is Coming!
To make the sun, I stamped a medallion from the JustRite's Kaleidoscope Medallions Set on yellow paper, and then added a very sun-like border from the Smile Set on top, aligned using my stamp alignment system for cheap people (picture of the "Stamp-a-ma-cross" in this post).  I cut it out with Spellbinders' dies,  Classic Scalloped Circles for the stamped image, and Lacy Circles (from a lighter yellow paper) for the outer layer.  I sponged the two die cuts with a dark and a light yellow ink respectively before adding the bling and assembling the sun.

Summer Is Coming detail
I used three shades of green paper to make the three layers of hills. I used wide borders from JustRite's Grandma's Doilies Set and Smile Set to stamp the hills, masking as necessary. JustRite conveniently makes their stamps match well with the Spellbinders Classic Circles and Classic Scalloped Circles, so I just punched out the masks with the Cuttlebug, rather than trying to scissor-cut nice smooth circles and scallops. After stamping an array of hills on each paper, I used my masks to cover the hill tops and sponge shadows into the valleys.

Summer Is Coming! detail
I love that I can write any sentiment that I want using the Justrite system. After my first fiasco (word to the wise: do not stamp the smallest font size with a glue pad), I have gotten quite good at setting the letter. The "designer paper" behind the sentiment is a sunny center from the Grandma's Doily Set. I cut it out and matted it using Spellbinder's Standard Circles and Beaded Circles, again sponging the edges with yellow to bring out the embossing.
Summer Is Coming! detail
I measured and cut and fiddled and fussed to get the card assembled just so. I think I learned enough doing it that my next fold-out card wont be so challenging, but this time, I'll just skip talking about that process.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Floating Away Tag

This week's tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.com is for a technique called Embossed Kisses, in which you ink an embossing folder and pick up the ink on an inked solid colored stamp, and then impress the image on paper. I used Cuttlebug's Paisley embossing folder and a hot air balloon from Local King Rubber Stamps.
Floating Away Tag
The Embossed Kisses technique worked great, and was very easy to do. It took me 7 or 8 perfectly stamped and then otherwise muddled up balloons to figure out what I was going to make with my image. I learned two things:
1)  Tags are fun to make. Spellbinder accents can make any rectangle look like a tag. I used my new corner rounder, too, which made the tag look a lot more finished than it did with pointy corners. I like the shadows that the embossing gives the shapes I get from Spellbinder Nestabilities. When I cut a rectangle without the dies, it looks terribly flat to me, now. Sponging the edge of the paper helps a lot (and makes the paper match the stamped work more closely). Punching the corners helps too.

2) Doilies and round borders make great hills and clouds.  I wonder if I can make houses on a hill with my new JustRite square and round borders?  I'll be trying to make use of that idea for this week's JustRite Friday Challenge! I didn't win last week, but I liked the cards that did win, and I had a fantastic time coloring my bleached image. I'm up for another round!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring Sprang Sprung!

I made this card for a Justrite Friday Challenge #69, to create a card with spring colors and butterflies.

JRFC Button

I am enamored with Justrite Stampers at the moment (and Spellbinder dies). Justrite is having a sale, retiring last year's collection, and well, I indulged myself with some new images and borders, including the one I used  in this card.
Spring Sprang Sprung!
Image from Just Rite Stampers' Plant a Little Love
I have been poking around the tutorials on Splitcoaststampers.com for some time now, learning everything as fast as I can. In this card, I used the technique in Beate's tutorial called Bleached out Images, in which you stamp and emboss the image on colored paper, and then bleach out and color (or not) in the lightened areas. I bleached out the flower, leaves and border in this Justrite image, and used my Copic markers to color it in.

Before I bleached out the image, I sponged on some color (to dim the green paper a bit). I usually mask my image when I sponge the background, but this time, I did not, figuring that I was going to bleach it out anyway. Interestingly, the green from the paper bleached out almost entirely, leaving a very light mint color behind. The ink I sponged on, however, remained in place to a greater degree, leaving behind a subtle but beautiful gradient. This time I ignored it and simply colored the image in, but I want to explore that effect. The shades of yellow and green were lovely.

I used Spellbinders' Standard Circles, Scalloped Circles, Lacy Circles and Fleur de Lis rectangles (two medium sized rectangles rest side by side here, with the gap between them covered by the central image) to make the layout. The solid-colored pink and green paper is from Recollections (Michaels), sponged with Memento ink to adjust the colors. The two patterned papers are from DCWV, Old World stack and Black Current stack respectively. I love how the polka dots make the image pop. It reminds me vaguely of Mary Engelbreit and all of her black and white stripes.

The little butterflies are Tibetan Silver beads, attached with glue-dots. I wrote a little about Tibetan Silver and attaching a charm to card stock in an earlier post.

It took me a long time, last night, to decide what I was going to do for the required butterfly element, and it was very late by the time I finished coloring my flowers. In the end, I gave up and went to bed without finishing my card. I had a meeting until 6 PM today, and I was hard pressed to get the thing assembled by the 8 PM deadline. I posted it at 7:56, no less, with both children doing their best to hinder me, saying, "Mommy what are you doing?" Mommy can I touch the butterfly?" "Mommy, I want to color." Not with my fancy pens you don't (don't get me wrong, they have *plenty* of markers). In any case, I made it. If I'd had another hour, I'd have added a small label with, "Spring Sprang Sprung!" in the lower left corner.

Thanks for looking!