Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Vintage Thank You to JustRite

Greetings blog friends  (I started to type Flog Briends--yike!).  I was so fortunate as to win an honorable mention in JustRite's JRC#056 challenge, for this Christmas shaped card.  So it's time to thank them for their generosity, and I'm doing it with this card:

For this I used JustRite sets Fancy Frames (sentiment) and Applique (blocks).  The Applique blocks were stamped on 1" Inchie Arts squares and colored in with Copic markers.  The sentiment was stamped in black craft ink and embossed with black detail embossing powder.  The vintage cotton rickrack and vintage button were antique mall finds.  The DP is from DCWV's Nana's Kitchen collection, and I sponged Moonlight permanent white ink around the edges of the card.  By the way, the doily the card is resting on is a vintage torchon lace one purchased in Honiton, England on a visit years ago (couldn't afford any genuine Honiton lace!).


 This card was also made for two challenges:  The CR84FN37 color challenge of light blue, aqua, and neutral, and the Moxie Fab World sketch challenge (Horizontal Sketch Challenge).  Thanks for the challenges, ladies!

That's all for now--thanks for looking and have a nice day!


Monday, August 29, 2011

Make It Monday #30

Okay, so I was watching Jennifer's video of the Make It Monday technique for this week ("use colored pencils") and here's an example of how you can forget the technology:  I was watching it on my laptop and I actually blew on the screen to try to move the colored pencil dust off the image while she was coloring.  Duhhhh!

Anyway, I decided to do some jewelry this time:

These pendants were made by stamping some of the images from Vintage Picnic on PTI Stamper's Select card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, coloring in with Prismacolor pencils (I blended with the pencils themselves rather than Gamsol since the images were so small), and cutting out to fit on wooden Scrabble tiles.  Glued them on with Diamond Glaze, then sealed with a thin coat of Mod-Podge.  There is a shiny resin coating that doesn't show in the photo--for that I used Lisa Pavelka Magic-Glos UV resin, and cured them in the sun for 15 minutes or so.  The pendant bails came from Fuseworks (Diamond Tech)--they are manufactured for putting on the back of dichroic glass pendants.  The photo above makes the pendants look pretty big, but in fact they are only about 3/4" square.

That's it for now, thanks for looking and have a nice day!


Friday, August 26, 2011

Sew, How's Things?

  Greetings, gang!  I created this card for the Cosmo Cricket challenge, which uses a sketch by Debbie Olson (I love every single card she has ever made).  Here's my take on the sketch:

I made this card as Debbie-esque as I could without stitching.  The DP is Cosmo Cricket's Cherry Pie.   The stamp set is one of my all-time favorites:  Sewing Box Hugs from Waltzingmouse. The flower stem motif from the set was used to create the wavy edge around the panels. The bird was paper-pieced from the DP and also from SU Real Red.   SU Sage Shadow (retired) is also used on the card.  The floral border is Spellbinders Floral Doily Accent, the seam binding was dyed red to match the card stock, and the pearls are from Kaisercraft.

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Make It Monday #29: Freestyle Copic Coloring

 Greetings fellow blog browsers!  Today I have a card that is my attempt to do the latest Make It Monday challenge:  freestyle Copic coloring as ably demonstrated by Betsy Veldman.

I used the Vintage Picnic set, and the white paper is a very soft, thick Letterpress paper which I thought might be good for what I wanted to do.  After stamping the images in Memento Tuxedo Black, I used Copics to paint broad strokes of color in the right areas of the image, then used a toothbrush dipped in isopropanol to spritz the image and encourage the color to spread.  After drying, a colorless blender was used to push back color that had spread too far.  It's different, but I kinda like it.  The background papers of the card were Black cardstock from PTI, and DP from DCWV's Cafe Mediterranean collection.  Black lace and mini ricrac, and black and orange rhinestone stickers finished off the card.  Because this card is for a man (as are nearly all my Get Well cards), I wasn't inclined to "frou-frou" it up too much.  I figure I'm getting away with a lot, using lace.

Here's a closeup of the image so you can see the texture of this paper:

Cool, huh?  I think I will be trying this paper again in future projects.

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

CR84FN36 and WMSC61

                                                   Hello fellow Earth dwellers--
I think I've mentioned before that I need a steady stream of Get Well/Thinking Of You cards, and today was no exception.  I decided to combine the CR84FN36 and WMSC61 challenges in this card.  CR84FN36 is about yellow, kraft, and neutral (I chose white/black), and the WMSC61 sketch challenge is a cute sketch by Sarah Martina Parker.

I thought this particular image from WMS Rescue Remedies is well suited for a Get Well card. After stamping it on white card stock, it was die cut with Spellbinders Labels 4 and colored in with two shades of yellow Copic markers.  The round flowers were punched out with punches and colored in to match.  The background on the kraft paper was masked off with Post-It notes then stamped three times using the basket background from WMS Pic-Nic Patterns, in SU YoYo Yellow craft ink, then embossed with yellow embossing powder.  The leaves for the large flower were stamped in SU Certainly Celery then cut out, and the pearls  were colored with Copics and adhered.  Just about everything was popped up on dimensionals.  The ribbon was from my stash.

Well, that's all for now--thanks for looking!


A Challenge (JAI 81) and Some Quick Cards

Greetings, folks!  I have not posted many cards lately, but today I have a few.  Many of them were done quickly because for some reason I need a lot of sympathy cards for deceased pets (two cats and one dog, three different owners!).  Sad.  Some of the animals had been in the family 20 years--it's so hard to let them go.  Anyway, the first card is for one of the cat owners (a guy, so I didn't "foof" up the card much).  I decided to do a challenge for this one, and the challenge I chose is Just Add Ink's challenge #81 (colors):

Cajun Craze and Peach Parfait are newer colors that I don't have in my arsenal, so I made do with patterned papers that were close.   The design of this card is very similar to one I did for PTI's Make It Monday.  (Being lazy, I guess).

Card specs:
Stamps:  Stampin Up Sincere Salutations, Waltzingmouse Pic Nic Patterns (pattern on butterfly)
Card Stock:  SU Very Vanilla, SU Bashful Blue, DCWV Citrus, CDWV Adhesive Mat Stack
Ink:  SU Close To Cocoa
Tools:  Spellbinders Labels 21, Petite Ovals Small, Petite Scalloped Ovals Small, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, Mike's $1 cat punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder (Damask)
Embellishments:  Jolee's Jewels hotfix crystals light sapphire.

The next card is for another cat owner.  This one features a tiny "cat angel" stamp from an Inkadinkadoo set called Cats Galore:

The image was stamped in SU Bashful Blue craft ink, cut out, mounted on a Spellbinders Labels One die cut (from SU Night Of Navy), which was mounted on a Labels 21 die cut of embossed Bashful Blue.  Look familiar?  It's what was left from the center of the card above.  See?  Lazy!  The outline was traced in SU Brilliant Blue marker around the outside of the die.  The sentiment comes from SU's Hope For Comfort set.  There's a tiny bit of glitter on the butterfly, which was stamped with a MS punch.

And lastly, I have an ongoing need for Get Well/Thinking Of You cards (about one a week) so I needed to do one of those as well (still haven't done the dog card--need to get on that...). 

 This card was done really fast as I had colored the border quite some time ago, right after taking the Copic certification class (practicing!).  It's from a retired SU set called Nature's Seasonal Borders.  The sentiment came from Waltzingmouse's Say It Loud set.  Background paper is from DCWV Adhesive Mat Stack, and the brads were from my stash.

Thanks for your patience, and have a nice day!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge #056: Shaped Holiday Card or Tag

Hi fellow stampers!  I'm so glad JustRite is resuming their biweekly challenge series--it was always so much fun (and challenging!) to participate.  And thanks for the heads-up, Kelli!   This particular challenge is to create a shaped holiday card or tag using JustRite.  The shape that immediately came to mind is the darling stocking template designed by Claire Brennan of Waltzingmouse fame:

The card is also a gift card holder, so it should come in handy in a few short months :)

JustRite stamp sets used on this card were:  Christmas Nested Sentiments, Christmas Nested Frames & Occasions, and Holiday Cheer.  The background of the stocking was stamped with the holly motif from Holiday Cheer and colored in with Copics and a glitter pen.  The sentiment and holly border were stamped in white craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder, then colored in with gouache paint.  White gel pen was used to add the toe and heel stitching to the patterned paper, and lace was adhered to the top of the stocking with Scor-Tape.  The greeting inside was stamped with SU Ruby Red ink.  

That was fun!  Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tuesday Trigger: Squares To Cherish

 Hi blog buddies!  Just slipping in a quick card I did for the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger.  This idea had been brewing around in my head for a few days and it was time to let it out.

I used all Waltzingmouse sets for this.  The afghan piece was made by stamping the graph paper background from Off Beat Backgrounds on white paper, coloring in with Copics and Dick Blick markers (the 70% warm grey one), adding black and white dots, and cutting apart and reassembling to resemble the afghan in the photo.  Then I made a simple flower bunch from white mulberry paper, lace, paper roses, punched fern, and pink embroidery thread.  It's stuffed with a little bit of toilet paper to give it dimension.  The sentiment (from Say It Loud) was stamped in white craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder.

Edited to add:  forgot that I also made this card for the Waltzingmouse sketch challenge WMSC58!  Duh!  Here's the sketch I used as a guide:

Well, that was fun!  Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Make It Monday #26: Decreasing Apertures

 Hi Folks!  This is my weekly submission to the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday series.  This week's challenge is to use the Decreasing Apertures technique using dies and/or punches.  Although I am distressingly short of PTI dies (hope to remedy that soon!), I do have quite a few other dies and punches to work with.

I also have some really cool patterned paper from DCWV (Cafe Mediterranean to be specific) to work with.  On this card the apertures were cut from So Saffron (SU) and patterned paper (DCWV) using Spellbinders dies (petite ovals, petite scalloped ovals, Labels 21).  The So Saffron card stock had been previously embossed with Divine Swirls (Cuttlebug).  After adhering all the layers together and cutting through the front of the card, the message from PTI's Birthday Basics was stamped (using SU Taken With Teal) through the aperture.  The butterflies were punched out of SU Pumpkin Pie card stock and DCWV paper, and adhered with Scor-Tape.  The bling (Jolee's Jewels) was hot-fixed to the card and butterfly.  The pattern on the butterfly was from the cloth triangle from Vintage Picnic, stamped with Taken With Teal craft ink.  I opted not to do the glittered window on this card as it would have made the sentiment too hard to read, but I will certainly try it on a future card!

Thanks for looking!