Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rainy Day Fun

Hiya! I stamped the other day and finally had a few minutes to share the card with you. I used a fun new image from the March KOTM from Unity Stamp Company. Now I feel the need to buy a new umbrella and a chic rain coat. But I should resist... must get new windows for the house... blech. :P


I stamped the umbrella on a bit of designer paper and cut out. I then applied VersaMark ink to the umbrella, coated with Ultra Thick embossing powder and heat set. I repeated a couple more times until there was a very thick layer of clear embossing powder over the umbrella. Note: be careful because it can crack if you are not careful. Although a little heat setting will remove the cracks.

I used a scalloped circle of cardstock, a sponge and Bashful Blue Classic ink to create a cloudy sky. I then airbrushed a bit of green ink onton the bottom and drew in the grass with a couple of Copic markers.

Recipe:
Stamps: March KOTM (Unity Stamp Co.). Paper: So Saffron (SU!), Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, White (PTI), Material Girl designer (Cosmo Cricket). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Bashful Blue Classic. Other: Wide oval punch, scallop circle punch, mat pack, paper piercer, Melon Berry satin ribbon (PTI), dimensionals, Ultra Thick embossing powder.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

There She Goes Blog Hop: Poppies

Hello everyone! Welcome to day three of There She Goes sneak peeks! I hope you have been enjoying all of the amazing cards that the design team have been creating. I know I have! :)

This time the Trendsetters are showing off the fabulous Poppies stamp set. If you would like to win a copy of this set you just need to visit all of the Trendsetters' blogs and leave a little love on their Poppies post for today. The hop started at the There She Goes blog where you can find all of the details on winning this set. If you came to my blog from Chris's blog (she drew today's set too!) then you are in the right place, if not head back to the beginning... you really do not want to miss any of the samples today! :)

Without further ado, here is my card!


Notes: Instead of using Copic markers I used a different coloring medium today. I used SU! Classic reinkers and an AquaPainter. I *gasp* watercolored! I stamped the Poppy image in Versamark on watercolor paper and heat embossed using ultra fine black embossing powder. I then painted... or at least my attempt at painting! :)


I think I should warn you... you might be seeing this set on my blog a lot in the future because I LOVE it! So fabulous and quite a bit different from most of the sets in my collection. Yay! :)
For more eye candy head on over to the next stop on the blog hop: the fantastic Donna Wardle! I'm sure she will have a amazing sample to share. :)

Recipe:
Stamps: Poppies (There She Goes Clear Stamps). Paper: Tangerine Tango, Pure Poppy, Basic Black, watercolor, Home designer (My Mind's Eye). Ink: VersaMark, Tangerine Tango refill, Riding Hood Red refill, Cranberry Crisp refill, Memento Tuxedo Black. Other: fine black embossing powder, heat tool, silk ribbon and gingham ruffled ribbon (May Arts), sewing machine and white thread, wide oval punch, edger punch (EK Success), dimensionals.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

There She Goes Blog Hop: Sweet Pea / Chem 101

Hello Sweet Friends!
Welcome to day two of the There She Goes Clear Stamps sneek peaks!

Today the There She Goes Trendsetters are sharing a Sweet Peas and a bit of Chemistry 101! If you would like to win a copy of these sets you just need to visit all of the Trendsetters' blogs (the ones on today's hop) and leave a little (or big) comment on their Sweet Pea / Chem 101 post. The hop started at the There She Goes blog where you can find all of the details on winning these sets! :) Hopefully you came to my blog from Chris's blog (the fabulous new illustrator of the Sweet Pea stamp set!).
I chose to use the Sweet Pea stamp set today... isn't it sweetly divine?

Card notes: I colored the image with Copic markers. For several of the blooms I stamped them a second time on another piece of white cardstock, cut out and adhered over the first image with dimensionals. For additional oomph I outlined the petals with Crystal Effects and then dusted with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. And to accent the main image I had to use a fun piece of mini pom pom trim and a few delightful pieces of My Mind's Eye designer paper.

For more eye candy head on over to the next stop on the blog hop: the fantastic Donna Wardle!

Recipe:

Stamps: Sweet Pea (There She Goes Clear Stamps). Paper: Bashful Blue (SU!), Ocean Tides and White (PTI), Home designer (My Mind's eye). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers. Other: Scalloped oval and oval Nestabilities (Spellbinder's), mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals, pom pom trim (Maya Road), satin ribbon (May Arts), Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

There She Goes Blog Hop: Spring Fever

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today the There She Goes Trendsetters are sharing a bit of Spring Fever! The trees are budding, the grass is growing, the squirrels are feeling a bit frisky and our blogs are featuring some delightful Spring creations using the new Spring Fever stamp set! If you would like to win a copy of this set you just need to visit all of the Trendsetters' blogs (the ones on today's hop) and leave a little (or big) comment on their Spring Fever post. The hop started at the There She Goes blog where you can find all of the details on winning a copy of the Spring Fever stamp set! :)

For my card I had to use the cute little squirrels... they are having a romantic lunch rendevouz in the park. Smoochy squirrels... hee hee. ;)



Card notes: I stamped the bench on white cardstock in Creamy Caramel Classic ink and stamped the two little hearts in red. I then used my Copic markers and an air compressor to add blue sky and green grass. I used Copic markers to draw a bit of grass around the feet of the bench. Next I stamped the larger heart and the two squirrels on another piece of white cardsock and cut each image out. They were then adhered to the bench with dimensionals. A little designer paper, a crocheted flower and some sewing finished the card. Don't look to closely at the stitching... my sewing machine was having fits.
The next stop on the blog hop is the extremely talented Donna Wardle! I am in awe of her coloring with Prisma Pencils. I don't need another coloring medium but oh how tempting it is after viewing her fabulous creations. ;)
Recipe:
Stamps: Spring Fever (There She Goes Clear Stamps). Paper: Pink Pirouette, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, White, Home designer (My Mind's Eye). Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Riding Hood Red, Copic markers. Other: sewing machine and white thread, button (PTI), dimensionals.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Food for Thought? How about Fish Food?

Hi Sweet Blog Readers!

My Dollar Find Friday is posted to the There She Goes blog! I LOVE how this project turned out... the stars must have been aligned or something because it turned out almost exactly how I pictured it would!

Here is a little snippet of the finished project. You can find all the details and the finished project at the TSG blog... maybe even leave a little love and let me know what you think? :)

Oh and before I forget...

TSG is going to be making a few big announcements and now you only have a few more hours to wait! Join us tonight right here on the TSG Forum to make sure you are among the first to find out what all of the excitement is about! Everyone is welcome (even if you have never been to the TSG Forum before) and we love to meet new people :)

Bunnies Here, Bunnies There, Bunnies Everywhere!

Hi Peeps! I have a sweet bunny card to share with you. Seems very appropriate considering the warmer weather and the fast approaching Spring!

I think this image from MFT is too funny - something about the facial expression of the bunny just cracks me up. Maybe a similarity to the gopher from Caddyshack? Hee hee...


For a bit of extra fun I applied Cotton Candy Shimmerz to the inner ears of the bunnies AND I added cottonball white Fun Flock to their tails. Sweet! :)

Recipe:
Stamps: What's Crackin' (MFT). Paper: designer (Melissa Frances), Pink Pirouette, Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery (SU!), white (PTI). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Whisper White Craft. Other: white thread and sewing machine, ribbon (American Crafts), Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug), diemnsionals, Cottonball Fun Flock, Cotton Candy Shimmerz, edger punch (SU!).

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fluffly Blue and Oranges in the Sky

Hi Crafty Friends,

Just thought I would let you know I have a post over on the There She Goes blog on using felt to create a little mountain scene. Check it out and let me know what you think! In the meantime, here is a little snippet of the finished card to whet your appetite. ;)


P.S. I'll be posting to the TSG blog again tomorrow with a Dollar Find Friday project. It is Fishy good! :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

TSG46: Orange You Happy for Spring?

One of my least favorite colors used to be orange but lately I've been loving anything and everything orange! Orange sweaters, orange vehicles and of course cards using the color orange. No I am not going to buy and orange car... but I will oogle them a bit! :)

I made today's card for this week's There She Goes challenge: a sketch by me! You can check it out HERE. If it has not posted yet it should soon. I used another flower image from the Flowers of Happiness stamp set and colored it with various shades of orange and yellow. For the flower center I adhered a bit of glitter and once dry coated it with a liberal amount of Crystal Effects. So purty!

Recipe:
Stamps: Flower of Happiness (There She Goes Stamps). Paper: Summer Sunrise, Ocean Tides and White (PTI), Basic Gray (SU!), My Mind's Eye designer. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Weathered Wood Distress Ink (Ranger). Other: white thread and sewing machine, dimensionals, large and small circle Nestabilities, Lemon Tart saddle stitched ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, orange self adhesive gems.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sweetly Yellow

Woot! I had a bit of time to stamp late last night. :) So I decided to make a card for this (or more like last) week's TSG challenge to make a card with yellow and a flower. I paired a flower image from the Flowers of Happiness stamp set with some lovely Material Girl designer paper and a bit of embroidered ribbon. Nice-y nice!

Recipe:
Stamps:
Flowers of Happiness (There She Goes stamps). Paper: Material Girl designer (Cosmo Cricket), Summer Sunrise and White (PTI), Chocolate Chip (SU!). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Tea Dye (Ranger). Other: mat pack, paper piercer, Large Circle and Large Scalloped Oval Nestabilities, yellow ribbon (May Arts), dimensionals, white thread and sewing machine, corner rounder.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fab Birthday in the Sky!

Hi my crafty friends!

I'm pretty excited to share this card today since it uses some of my favorite new crafty items. I've been drooling over the Aim for the Clouds set from TSG since it was released and had to scoop it up immediately when Jessica asked me to join the team. Love those little hot air balloons! I actually work right next door to a company that makes the balloons... so fun when I drive into work and see them testing a new one. The other new item I'm excited about is the wide silk ribbon. Yummy and I can actually tie a bow with it. LOL!


Note: The sentiment says "High hopes for a wonderful birthday".

TSG News: A new challenge has been posted to the There She Goes blog and it is a fun one! Create a card that features flowers and incorporates the color yellow (the flowers do NOT need to be yellow!). You can find all the details HERE. I'm ready for Spring, are you?

Recipe:
Stamps: Aim for the Clouds (There She Goes). Paper: designer (Melissa Frances), Basic Black, Certainly Celery (SU!), white (PTI). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers. Other: corner rounder, scallop edger (SU!), mat pack, paper piercer, edge distressor, white silk ribbon (May Arts), 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Little Spring

Hi Crafty Friends,

I'm popping in today with a sweet Spring card! The perfect card for this weekend since the weather has been really really nice. Hopefully it will stay that way for a while!


Quick card notes: finished size is 5" square. I paper pierced her little dress from the same designer paper I used on the base layer. I colored the rest of the image with Copic markers. I sponged Creamy Caramel Classic ink on all of the layers for a slightly distressed look.

Recipe:
Stamps: Pure Innocence (MFT Stamps). Paper: Karen Foster designer, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and Not Quite Navy (SU!), White (PTI). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Creamy Caramel Classic. Other: edger punch (EK Sucess), Large Circle and Circle Nestabilities, buttons (PTI), ribbon and jute (May Arts), dimensionals.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy Monday

Guess what? I have some exciting news to share with you today. Although if you read THIS POST on the There She Goes blog then you already know! Yes - I'm joining the There She Goes design team as a Trendsetter for the next 6 months. Woo hoo! Such an exiting day and I just have to say that the rest of this team... wow... just wow! I am in awe of their talent and so thankful to Jessica for the opportunity to work them and with her fabulous line of stamps!

To celebrate I had to make a card to share...
Notes on the main image: I stamped the leaft image on white cardstock and then cutout using a Labels One Nestabilities die. I then used a couple of Copic Markers and an air compressor to add blue around the leaves. Note: if you use the brush tip you can create a fun splattered pattern. Next I colored the leaves with a couple shades of green. I stamped the flower on both white cardstock and vellum and colored both with Copic markers. I trimmed both flowers (keeping only the inner portion of the vellum one). Next I sprayed all of the layers with Pearl Glimmer Mist and heat set. I finger curled the vellum petals inward a bit and attached the two flowers together with a dimensional and then added a corduroy brad. A bit of work but oh so pretty!

Recipe: Stamps: Flowers of Happiness (There She Goes Clear Stamps). Paper: Love Me Do designer (My Mind's Eye), Vellum, Kraft, Not Quite Navy and Soft Sky (SU!), White (PTI). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers. Other: Pearl Glimmer Mist, Labels One Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (May Arts), mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals, Kiwi Kiss corduroy brad (SU!).