Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Knock Knock...Housekeeping



he he did that get your attention?

Actually I just wanted to let you all know that I have added a couple ways to contact me on the sidebar there. You can email me or you can use the Cbox to ask me questions you may have and then I can post the answers back whatever way you sent them :)

I feel so badly when someone asks a question about how I did this or that and I have no way to respond because it comes via the Blogger - No Reply address to me. Sooooooo am hoping that this will make things a little more interactive. I will also try to watch better for questions that are asked and try to respond via a housekeeping post if need be :)

Hope you all have a wonderful day...

hugs,

Just Breathe


I love this combo of pink, Hot Fudge and green together! The May Arts polka dot ribbon sets it off too! The stamps are from Just Breathe (Again) from FireCracker Designs by Pamela. Papers edges with Palette Ink and mounted onto a Pop Tones Hot Fudge Card base from Paper Temptress. Inside is lined with a matching white flecked card stock and stamped with a single tree and some birds. This really is a great stamp set if you haven't been by FCD to check it out make sure you do and fit in a little shopping!


hugs,

Monday, June 29, 2009

Paneled Note Card


Can you see the glitter of the papers (DCWV - Once Upon a Time) and what about that writing Quill? Pretty isn't it! Have you ever used one to write with? They make such pretty letters really it is a shame they are not used more frequently anymore.


Elemental Doodles put out a new set called Just a Note and this image is my favorite from it - well 2 images really the quill and the ink bottle. I added them to this card made of 3 panels of glittery aged looking paper. I added a sentiment from the set also that says "right next door or miles apart, friends are always close at Heart" How true is that! I also added a trio of mini stick on pearls from Basic Grey to the top of one of the panels. Inside I lined the card with some matching cream paper that I had used stamps from the Mini Just a Note (which beautifully goes with the regular Just a Note set) set to tie it all together and allow for a lighter writing surface. Wouldn't you love to get this card filled with news of goings on from a friend? I would!


hugs,

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Monster...ohhhhh....Scary...NOT!


ok so it really isn't scary LOL but how can you call a monster CUTE?
The image is from Doodle Factory and I just love them!

I used 2 different techniques from TJ on this card, the Double Bugging and also the Bingo Blast. The sketch was my sorta following along with my SBS24 sister Wendy's - Yes I know I say follow very "loosley" here but that is where the inspiration came from!

Not really a lot to say about this one - just wanted to send you a "scare" for the day!


hugs,

Saturday, June 27, 2009

FCD Goes Outdoors


Hi everyone! Welcome to another fun hop with the FireCracker Designs DT team! We are showing you the wonderful outdoor stamps that Pamela has and a fistful of ideas to give you some inspiration to get creating on your own!

This is a roundy style hop again , no set beginning, no set end. Wherever you start is also your end point and no one knows where the blog candy is hidden along the way so if you want a chance you have to make the complete circle and leave comments for everyone since you don't know which one the winner will be chosen from! The hop is open from today June 27th through Tuesday June 30th at 8 PM.
You can check out Pamela's blog for the posting of the winner after the end.

So are you ready? Let's check out the Outdoors then!



I had a horrible time getting this card to photograph, it looked blurry or dark (too much shadow) and then scanning it didn't work due to the buttons and it wouldn't lay flat - so you have to trust me when I tell you it is a very nice card! LOL

I did the scene with stamps from Pamela's new set - Just Breathe (Again) and then used cosmetic sponges and Palette Inks to dab on and color around. He coat and hair were colored with a Copic Marker. I used a mask of the main image to lay over while I applied the greens and browns and then used a torn piece of paper to fashion the mountains. The sky (clouds) were simply done by not rubbing the sponge across and just dabbing it instead.

Now off to Lisa's blog to see what she has done for the hop.


hugs,


P.S. If you are just now joining us and it is past June 3oth (8 PM) you are free to carry on with the hop just know the candy is already claimed.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Funky Bird


This Hero Arts stamp of the bird makes me smile and so while trying to clean up my desk of scraps, get a little stamping inspiration going, reading blogs and trying to make my swap card I came up with this :) (nope my desk didn't get to clean LOL!) I stamped the bird 4 times and colored 3 of them with Copic Markers I choose while trying to participate in Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #11 which I couldn't cause I didn't have the right colors. So I choose close colors and went with it. I mounted them onto orange card stock and some scraps of paper from a previous Card Makers kit. Added a strip of funky ribbon down the center and here is a bright, funky bird birthday card!

hugs,
P.S. Tomorrow 11 AM starts the FireCracker Designs Blog Hop so make sure you pop on to check it out! Don't forget too that comments count and that is how you get a chance to win the blog candy that Pamela offers.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just a Note



I don't know if you can read the sentiment I stamped inside this note card or not but it was such a nice quote to have on the inside of a note card to send to a friend. It reads: "The art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. ~Walt Whitman"
The stamp is from the Just a Note set from Elemental Doodles. This set is a great one for making simple note cards to have on hand to share the news with your friends and family.




I used the depth of field technique from TJ Junkies along with the large envelope from the set to make a piece of background paper for the front. I didn't like how it still looked a little flat so I wrinkled it up smoothed it out and swiped some ink across the top. I coordinated some ribbon to match the ink I had used and then stamped various images from the set to cut out and mount to the top of the card.

hugs,

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Unique Fold Card


This is another of the cards I made from the Friendship Card Maker Kit. I love the unique fold of the cards in this kit! I turned the card inside out so the white was the outside and it is green inside. Instead of using the latch/knotch I put the flower on and added the ribbon to tie it shut. Inside I lined it with white paper and one of the floral stamps in green that they had included. Outside is patterned paper from the kit and I cut out some of the flowers and added them with pop dots. Pretty simple and look at the end result!


Great card to put a note to a friend in and send it on it's way!
Don't forget to join us on Saturday for another fantastic FireCracker Designs blog hop! We have some terrific things to share with you!

Hope you all have a pleasant day...


hugs,

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Post It Holder

When my DT package from Elemental Doodles arrived this month I was excited to see some coasters in there! It is going to be a new product they are carrying and I knew I wanted to show a sample of something you can do with them!


For this Post-It notepad holder I used 2 of the 4x4 square coasters.
1 piece of heavy card stock that measured 4" x 8 5/8" which I backed with a piece of lighter patterned paper from a stack I acquired at Joann's a LONG time ago LOL! ( I used my Tombow glue to attach the 2 pieces together. Then I scored it using my Scor-Pal at 4" in on each side. I also rounded all the corners to match the coasters.
I cut a length of ribbon to use as a "holder" for a pen. Using a sticky dot I put the ribbon in the center leaving an open loop for the writing utensil to slide through. (I probably should of made my loop smaller - have a pen handy to test it before adhering everything tightly!)
I adhered one of the coasters (the bottom) to the inside of the heavy card stock piece I had scored with red line tape, this also helped to keep the ribbon in place. The top coaster I decorated with some of the same outer patterned paper and a strip of white that I had stamped with the ink spot from the new Just a Note set. I then added some more of the same ribbon across to blend where the papers intersected. (you can see better in the photo what I mean LOL!) this also kept the opposite side of ribbon in place and left the loop open in the center for the writing utensil you plan to place inside.



Before I adhered the Post-It note I added more ink spots with the stamp from the Just a Note set and then using red line tape again I adhered the Post-it notes inside.


For the front cover I stamped and trimmed out a writing quill and also the ink bottle with coordinating Palette Ink and then adhered them with sticky dots. I decided to stamp the "Just a Note" and add it to the upper corner to finish it off. This will be a nice sturdy holder that can slip into a purse for someone to use. it won't end up that crumpled piece of paper we all seem to be able to dig out of our purses! LOL.

Please not the directions were some I found online, measurements are what I used however since papers vary you may find it necessary to alter your measurements and/or trim once you start assembling to get the results you desire.


hugs,

Monday, June 22, 2009

Design Team Call


It is time once again for Design Team try-outs for Elemental Doodles. I have been a Guest Designer for them for the past few months and enjoyed the camaraderie of the other DT members. The owners Mel and Kim are great fun and have tons of ideas for their company. They are fairly new and still a few things being worked out along the way but oh so much fun to be involved with in the new growth stages! You can find all the details on the DT Call page by clicking here or on the photo above.

Good Luck!

hugs,

Chickadee


A Little Bird Told Me... this is the name of one of the new sets from FireCracker Designs and the birdie told me (stamped this inside) "Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul... ~ Emily Dickinson" I really liked this set when I saw it - actually the whole DT loved this set and it is truly an awesome set of drawings from Pamela with great quotes and sayings added in! You really need to check it out! I stamped the bird on Kraft paper and cut it out - coloring with some yellow and green tinged Copics. I used a scarp of previously cuttlebugged paper and then did a bit of the Heavenly Holes TJ technique on it. Matted it onto a piece of scrap paper I got in a swap extra and then adhered the bird to the edge of the Kraft Cuttlebugged paper. Added some double layered Prima flowers which were held together with fuzzy brads and then matted it all onto a piece of green cardstock then mounted it to the Kraft card base. Inside as I said I stamped the saying on a piece of Kraft cardstock which I cut into a square and mounted to the lower right corner of a matching piece of the green and layered inside to write on.



hugs,

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all you dads, step-dad's, grandpa's, husbands out there! I know I am very thankful for my wonderful dad (who currently is at Walt Disney World with my brother and his family - you lucky ducks!) he was and is my hero! I hope you take time today to tell your special person how you feel about them too!

While playing with my card kit that I happened upon I made up these 3 cards...




This is a neat one with the die cut on it and cut out of the paper to make it look more layered than it actually is. Nifty idea I will be duplicating in the future too!




Crinkle the paper up smooth it out, repeat as needed then swipe your ink pad across it to get a vintage worn look for your paper. This always makes a great card and I love how it worked with the pattern and wrinkles to make it very unique just like Grandpa is! I was putting this one together and realized it made me sad as I no longer have either of my grandpa's here to give this too. I miss them bunches and am glad for the many happy memories they gave me and all the lessons they taught me over the years. I miss them very much!



Don't you always wonder where those dad's get their super powers? It's in the tie baby! LOL ok so maybe not really but I think it has a little merit I mean why is it always ties associated with dad's day? LOL This card uses a cut and fold technique that was rather difficult to do without the help of a hard guide. I think they make stencils for these decorated cut and fold designs and if you plan to do them - invest in the stencil! It will go much easier and not end up a little wonky like this one! LOL! As I said earlier this is for the genuine super dad I have! I hope he is having a wonderful day today!


hugs,

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Time


So as I dug out the friendship kit the other day I also found an unopened kit! It was Father's Day themed with greens, browns and blues in it. What perfect timing being that it is nearly Father's Day, my SBS24 group had that as a theme too so I am really on the ball here - Yeah ok I lucked into it by "finding" these kits but still I am posting according to themes you know!

Sooooo today I am sharing a Happy Birthday "Time" (get it?) card. The clock, hands and the scallop and jagged edges are all die cuts from the kit. The stamp was also included and all I had to do was ink it up with my own ink! Easy peasy and what a cute little square card I was able to whip up. It is hard to tell but I ran the greenish piece of paper through my criper so there is a bit of texture to it also.



hugs,

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friends are Flowers


One of my SBS24 themes was friends recently and I thought it about high time I got out the craft kit I hadn't done a thing with yet and make some friendship cards. So here is one of them with a flower shaped card base. The lines on the base were achieved through sanding :) Neat texture now on the card base too as well as the pattern left behind. I used the plaid paper in the kit to make the center scalloped circle to which I added a sticker that was in the kit also with the sentiment on it. I was digging in my Die Cut container and added the yellow flower to a scrap of Ribbon and added a rhinestone center to it. This is a fun card kit, watch for another card soon.



hugs,

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stamp Something Sketch Challenge

Wow 2 posts in one day - you all count yourself special now ok!
I wanted to say to my regular readers and commenters - don't forget that I will draw for a little something at the end of the month and send it out to one of you :) I appreciate all your lovely comments and feedback too. So many times I want to answer you something but the email comments come to me with the noreply@blogger address so I can't respond :( Please know I read each and every one and I very much appreciate them.

Someone suggested I get one of those sidebar things where comments/questions can be answered - I will have to look into that and then I can answer there too...might be a great idea!

Ok so now onto the art!

Stamp Something Sketch Challenge this week is a sketch designed by
past Stamp Something designer Emily Weems!


I couldn't help playing with this funny monkey today he made me grin :) I stamped him while I was in WI with Anna and just got around to coloring him this AM before heading to work. Isn't he cute! Anyway I hope you like my take on the sketch this week.

Technique used was the TJ Double Bugging on the white with lines and circles. Rest is layering and coloring was done with Prisma Watercolor Pencils and my SU Blender Pen. Ribbon is just a scrap left on one of the paper wheels, sorry I don't know who by. I used a chipboard balloon colored it with my copic marker, used a Sakura glaze pen on top to give it some shimmer, hit it with my heat gun a bit which made it bubble some and get some texture, pretty cool! Added a bit of Scrappers Floss to it to make it look like it was tied on a string.



hugs,

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #9

My Favorite Things hosts a Raspberry Suite Color Challenge and this week the colors are:


Well I don't have a color called Grass Green nor a plain Cream so I used Paper Temptress Gumdrop Green and Whipped Cream to make this card along with some scraps of black from Hollo's. I really like this one A LOT! Hope you do too!

Stamps from FireCracker Designs by Pamela
Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Pearls from Basic Grey
Palette Landscape Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Cuttlebug - TJ tech Double Bugging
Sketch is from SC #183 (Yahoo Group)

in order to stick to the color scheme I didn't color the picture in but only edged the image and sentiment pieces with the Landscape ink before mounting it on the black card stock.

So what do you think?

hugs,

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Butterfly


This fun butterfly is one I really like but don't use often enough! When I saw the new TJ newsletter with a fun technique called Depth of Field I thought this one would work nicely and it did :) The Fly-Butterfly set from FireCracker Designs has a couple different ones to choose from actually but this one with his wings wide open appealed most to me today.

I added some ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and also some flowers I had cut using my Slice from various scraps I had lying around. I added a rhinestone center to the flowers and painted on some Shimmerz Angel Wings which ended up curling the edges up a bit so I didn't have to! YAY!!!! LOL! I had stamped the main image of the butterfly onto white cardstock, punched it out and then colored him with Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils using my SU Blender pen to move the color around. I did scribble a little blue around the outside of him and used some water to spread it but it is so light you can't hardly see it in the photo. I matted it onto a scalloped circle that matches the card base. I decided the butterfly needed a little rhinestone trail so added those right above the flower at the edge of the punched circle he is stamped on.

Inside I layered a piece of white cardstock to write on instead again of the dark cardbase. Then I stamped a saying from the set along the bottom of it, stamped the small butterfly to the left of the saying and added another rhinestone trail for him.

I like this one and am sent it off to Pamela to use in her packing of orders. I hope that whereever it ends up the person will enjoy it also!



hugs,

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Challenge Card



Artful Sentiments by Kimm has a Copic Challenge 12 listed this week of R32, BG09 and B02 plus one R marker, I added R20. I used them to color this faerie from Lindy's Stamp Gang that I had stamped onto Cosmic Coloring Paper from Paper Temptress. Matted it with some Pink Armadillo bright blue paper from Paper Studios, added some glitz with the rhinestone swirls then mounted it onto background paper again from Paper Studio's Pink Armadillo stack.
I added some corner pieces of the bright blue paper behind the swirls and then added some matching blue ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. The card base is Pop Tones Bubblegum from Paper temptress. I found the glittery dragonfly in my die cut round and used half of a red line dot to adhere him tot he knot in the ribbon. Kinda looks like the faerie is blowing on it or blowing it a kiss that way :)

I put one of the coloring techniques to use from the Copic class I took, the flicking :) I think it really came out nicely on the dress.


hugs,

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Double Bugging - nothing to do with bugs!



This card is done using one of the new techniques from TJ newsletter called Double Bugging. I have used the lines and the snowflakes on this card. I highlighted with brown and blue inks. I matted a stamped tree from the Just Breathe (Again) stamp set from FireCracker Designs. The snowflake was cut with my Fa La La Slice disc and I added small rhinestones around the edges and to the center of it. Mounted it on top of a wide piece of ribbon, stretched that across the Bugged card stock and then placed the matted tree atop. Inside I added a bit of swirly rhinestones to the lower left corner, leaving plenty of room to stamp a sentiment or write a note inside. I think this will make a fun Christmas type notecard with it's non traditional colors!


hugs,

Friday, June 12, 2009

Gorjuss Girl on Paisley


I love Susan Woolcott's Gorjuss girls and have a couple of stamps I got through the House of Sugar. This one with her fun striped stockings fit nicely on a small bit of card I had cut off of a long and skinny I was making.I ran the top through my cuttlebug with the Paisley A2 folder and then I added the scrap of pink punched paper that I got as an extra in a swap to the side after I wrapped some sparkly ribbon around it. The girl was colored with Copic markers and I added a mini pearl from Basic Grey to the flower in her hair. Inside I stamped Happy Birthday with my Happy Everything set from FireCracker Designs and it is off to a friend for her special day.



hugs,