Saturday, July 30, 2011

ICopic Weekly Challenge #40

Hi Folks!  Just a quick project to enter into the iCopic weekly challenge #40, which is to make anything but a card--one of my "areas of strength," as my former employer used to say during annual results reviews (although I must admit he wasn't referring to my hobbies at the time).  For my project I decided to make a piece of jewelry.  This simple pendant is made by stamping on a Scrabble tile with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloring in with Copic markers--simple as that!

The stamp set used was Papertrey Ink's Vintage Picnic.  After stamping and coloring, the sides were covered with gold Chartpak tape, and the finding on the back was glued on.  The pendant is hanging from a leather cord to which clasp findings have been attached.  The photo above makes it look very big but in fact the pendant itself is only about 3/4" square.

Here's a tip:  I got the Scrabble tiles directly from the game manufacturer Hasbro's replacement parts division for only $6.50 for 100 tiles including four racks and a tile pouch, by printing up their form and sending it with a check.  I received the tiles in less than two weeks and I thought it was a really good price and service.  Not paid by these folks by the way, just a satisfied customer.

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

One More: Stamp-A-Faire #8

Well, after a short break to make and eat dinner and do our regular evening walk, I came back to do one more card--this one had been brewing in my mind all day.  It's for Challenge #8, which was to cut in one edge of the card and have something interesting going on, on the strip of card below.  Here's my take on the challenge:

Stamps:  Year Of Flowers: Roses, Autumn Abundance.  Card stock:  PTI Stamper's Select white, SU Pumpkin Pie, DCWV Citrus patterned paper.  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic markers.  Embellishments:  lace glued between the patterned paper and the cardstock below, orange rhinestones.

I don't do these colors very often, but I like how they turned out;  maybe I'll do them again sometime!

Thanks for looking,

Papertrey Stamp-A-Faire 1,3,4,5,7

Whew!  I'm exhausted!  Forgot until this morning about the Stamp-A-Faire at Papertrey that was going to issue a series of challenges, and I wasn't ready for it.  Decided to give it a go anyway, and cranked out a few cards faster than I've ever done them!  I'm afraid the hurry shows, but it was kinda fun anyway.  Here they are, in order of the challenges I did:

Challenge #1:  Create a pattern strip from stamps:

Stamps used:  Quilter's Sampler; Card stock:  SU Sahara Sand, Creamy Caramel; Ink: Sahara Sand, Copics;  Embellishments:  tiny buttons.

Challenge #3:  Cut a window in card and tie a ribbon from window to edge of card:

Stamps:  Vintage Picnic; Card stock:  SU So Saffron, white; Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics; Dies:  Spellbinders Classic Ovals, SU oval punch;  Embossing folder:  Cuttlebug Swiss Dots; Ribbon:  seam binding dyed with Copic markers.

Challenge #4:  Color challenge (Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores & Enchanted Evening):

Stamps:  Autumn Abundance; Card Stock:  SU Not Quite Navy, white; Patterned Paper:  DCWV Citrus; Ink:  Black, alcohol markers (Copic & Dick Blick); Embellishments: ribbon from stash, Clay Bord cut to 2"x2", on which the flowers were stamped.  Dies:  Spellbinders Labels 1, Tim Holtz Brackets.

Challenge #5:  Create faux border from solid stamp:
Now this one was really a challenge for me because I don't have any solid stamps from Papertrey.  The closest I could come was the solid car stamp from Enjoy The Ride;  I stamped the upper windshield area in red along the side of the card:

Stamps:  Enjoy The Ride, Vintage Picnic (tiny star); Card stock:  white, red Martha Stewart crepe paper, linen textured grey card stock from stash; Patterned Paper:  yellow from DCWV Citrus; Die:  Enjoy The Ride, Spellbinders stars; Ink:  Black, SU Real Red, So Saffron.

Challenge #7:  Layer images from different sets:
When I saw Betsy Veldman's jaw-droppingly lovely card made for this challenge, I just had to CASE it, colors and all.  I didn't have the same sets or dies, but just about everything else is copied:

Stamps:  Fancy Flourishes, Wonderfully Whimsical, Vintage Picnic, Mega Mixed Messages; Card Stock:  SU Certainly Celery, white; Ink:  SU Rose Romance, Pretty In Pink, black.  Dies:  Spellbinders Labels 1; Embellishments:  SU button, white silk ribbon.

Of course my cards are not a patch on the Papertrey challenge ones, but it was fun anyway.  Don't know if I'll get a chance to do the other five challenges before the deadline, so I decided to post these for now.

Have a nice day!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Make It Monday #24: Dry Brushing

So, this week's Make It Monday challenge from Papertrey Ink is to use dry brushing on a card.  Hmmmmm.  To my knowledge, I've not tried this technique before so it should be interesting, at least.  Here's what I came up with:

I was going for a "Framed Painting On A Wallpapered Wall" look.  The PTI set Autumn Abundance was used.  The background pattern was stamped on honey-colored handmade Japanese paper then colored in with alcohol markers.  Then it was dry-brushed on all edges with gold acrylic paint (didn't want it to be too contrasty and obvious).  The vase and sentiment were stamped on SU vanilla card stock.  The frame was die cut (Spellbinders deckled rectangles) from a paper made from real wood (from my stash--came from the same shop in Chicago that I got the Japanese paper from, at least 20 years ago!).  The sentiment was die cut (Spellbinders petite ovals) and dry-brushed with a dried-up old Krylon gold pen, then backed with a petite scalloped oval die cut in black.  Everything is popped up on dimensional dots.

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Waltzingmouse July Blog Waltz

 Greetings, Waltz partners!  Here is my entry into Waltzingmouse's July Blog Waltz, which features a birthday party theme.  Since it is supposed to be a party, there has to be cake, so I made a matching piece of cake (gift box) using the Waltzingmouse "A Piece Of Cake" template.  The cake on the card was made by die cutting a Spellbinders Labels 6 out of patterned paper, and trimming off the bottom third.

These colors are a little out of my comfort zone, but I thought they should be bright and cheery for a party. The card stats are as follows:

Stamps:  WMS Say It Loud, WMS Sewing Box Hugs, Pic Nic Patterns (plaid texture on cake box top)
Patterned Paper:  from DCWV "Citrus"
Card stock:  white, sponged with yellow and green SU inks (cake bottom)
Markers:  Copic, shading on cake
Accessories:  shrink plastic, stamped with flowers then cut out and painted with tangerine acrylic paint, then stamped again with Stazon black; shrunk and painted with aqua opaque pen.  Candle embellishment from my stash.  White vintage cotton ric rac and seam binding, dyed tangerine with alcohol inks.  Miniature tangerine ric rac, given to me by my mother for card making.  Spellbinders Labels Six (layer cake) and Fancy Labels (cake stand).

Well, I've enjoyed the dance, now on to your next dance partner!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Make It Monday #23: Pocket Card

 Hello there!  It's time for Papertrey's Make It Monday again, and I was happy to see the project featured:  a pocket card, where the pocket was enhanced with one of PTI's edger dies.  I don't yet own any edger dies, so for my pocket card I used hand-cutting of the top edge along with die cutting the pocket itself:

PTI sets used were Vintage Picnic, Fancy Flourishes, and Mega Mixed Messages.  The basket goodies, which act as the insert handle, are fussy-cut out of the pocket insert, which has also been die cut (Spellbinders' Labels 4 dies).  Images were colored with Copic markers, and the pocket was tacked down with 1/8" Scor-Tape.  The red/tan gingham ribbon came from my stash.

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Thank You Waltzingmouse!

About a week ago I won a free stamp set from Waltzingmouse as a participant in the WMS Sketch Challenge.  Yay!  And the set I chose, "Say It Loud," arrived yesterday.  Double Yay!  So of course I need to make a thank you card for this talented and generous lady, Claire Brennan.  I wanted to use one of the stamps in the set for the card, and here's what I came up with:

The "Thanks" (minus the little squiggle on the left of the T) was stamped with Stazon Black on SU vellum paper, along with the ornament from the Rescue Remedies Additions set.  Then the backside was colored in with Copic markers.  The front was embellished with gold leaf (I applied Plaid foil adhesive with a 5/0 brush, then stuck the gold leaf down) to give the whole thing the look of an illuminated manuscript.  The front half of the card was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Divine Swirls) then the vellum was stuck down on top and bottom with 1/8" Scor-Tape.  To hide the adhesive, a line of ChartPak 1/8" gold foil tape was run along the top and bottom.

Since this card mainly features stamping, I've decided to submit it for the Moxie Fab World Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge.  And Claire, if you happen to see this posting before you receive the original in the mail:  Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 54

Greetings Earthlings!  For my card today I wanted to use the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 54 sketch, which it turns out is perfect for the two stylized doves in Celtic Heritage:

All the stamps used on this card came from the Celtic Heritage set.  The background was made by stamping the large half lunette in SU Certainly Celery ink on Certainly Celery cardstock.  The doves were colored in with Dick Blick markers.  The braided ribbon came from my stash.  I sponged Versamark ink around the edges of the card (too bad I didn't think of that BEFORE I glued everything down!).

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Make It Monday #22 and CR84FN33

 Hi folks!  I really liked the Make It Monday technique for this week, featuring multi-color stamping with ink refills, and it occurred to me that this would be a great way to ink the separate words of a group of sentiment stamps in a repetitive way.  For this card I also used the colors from CR84FN33 challenge:  red, pink, and neutral.

I decided to make a Thank You card--can always use more of those.  I gathered all the appropriate sentiments from several PTI sets--Wonderfully Whimsical, Mega Mixed Messages, Vintage Picnic, Quilter's Sampler--and stuck them to an acrylic block in the desired arrangement.  Stamped on white craft foam with Memento Tuxedo Black (turned out to be a bad idea, the ink didn't dry and slightly contaminated the pinks and reds later), then inked the foam with SU Real Red and Pixie Pink:

I actually stamped several of these, thinking it would be an easy way to make a set, and although I will still probably use the rest of them this way, the embellishment of the card was too time-consuming to make a bunch of them.  The oval frame was cut from red craft foam using Spellbinders petite oval and petite scalloped oval dies, then white beads were stitched on at each scallop.  The cotton/rayon lace was attached to the back with Scor-Tape.  The pink patterned paper came from a K & Co stack.

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Make It Monday Masking

Here's a little square card that I made for the Make It Monday: Polaroid 2-step Masking challenge.  I wasn't going to post it since I'm not really happy with it--I think it's the colors--but my husband liked it so I thought, what the hey.  Here's the card:

The masks were cut from a piece of adhesive masking film, using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One dies.  The paper was handmade by me using blue jean fibers and flecks of gold leaf.  I made it some time ago using a kit, and thought it might be useful for this project.  So, the inside mask was placed first, and sponged around the edges with Brilliance Moonlight ink, then the outside mask was applied (inside mask removed), and the images from PTI's Wonderfully Whimsical were stamped in black Memento ink and colored in with Copics.  Also, the internal edges were darkened by sponging Versamark ink around the edges.  The Happy Birthday banner seemed a bit dark so I stamped it on separate white paper (did this with the window as well) and colored in with Copics for a little extra pop.  The pink heart was punched out of pink cardstock and made 3-dimensional with Dimensional Glaze (doesn't show in the photo).  The background cardstock is Stampin Up Green Galore, embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.

Thanks for looking!