Friday, May 30, 2008

Believe in the Beauty

I have to admit that I am a scrabooker at heart although I do find myself making more cards these days. I decided to mix things up a bit and to gradually get back into scrapbooking so I decided to re-start on a smaller scale with 8 X 8 pages. I prefer 12 X 12 pages. The great thing about making smaller pages is that they can be done quickly and you'll have a completed album in no time. Just think of it as a big card.

Stamps: Unity Stamp Company
Paper: Bazzill Textured, White, Rose Red, DP from Denmark
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: SU Build a Brad

A Little Bamboo

Here's another card made with my Gratitude = Joy set from Unity Stamp Company. This card started a lot different than originally planned. I started out with a white piece of paper that was embossed with the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder. I thought the white was too white so I stamped my image on it, sponged and sponged some more to give it a more natural look. I thought the main image needed to match so I duplicated the sponging to reduce the brightness of the white. I finished the card by adding a little hemp and dimensionals.

Stamps: Unity Stamp Company- Gratitude = Joy
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, SU Markers, Basic Black
Accessories: Distressed Stipes Embossing Folder, Natural Hemp, Dimensionals

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Little Notebook

Here's a handy little project that is quick, easy and more important functional. It's a great notebook to doodle in or sketch on. This time I used one of the new singles from Unity Stamp Company. The singles are great for larger projects such as scrapbooking. I bought this notebook at Target a couple of months ago. It even has a pen and a stretchy bookmark. I thought they would make nice teacher gifts someday.

Stamps: Unity Stamp Company
Paper: Rose Red, Basic Black, American Crafts DP
Ink: Stazon Black, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Wire bound notebook, Turquoise and Pumpkin Pie Ribbon

Friday, May 23, 2008

Tractor Pull

Have you ever been to the Little Paper Shop? If you haven't you may want to take a look at the stamps that they have to offer. Doesn't the tractor look realistic? What a great masculine stamp. There's a cute little farm animal set and a fun construction set on their site, just to name a few. Definitely worth checking out.

I couldn't find the right patterned paper -I'm new to masculine cards remember-so I dug deep into the pile of unused stamps (I know you have them too) and created my own paper. To make the paper look aged I did a lot of sponging, I even sponged the hemp twine so it would match. I searched high and low but couldn't find the right sentiment for the card so I left that out for now. I really need to look into getting some word stamps. I couldn't even muster up a Happy Father's Day stamp. Sad I know.

Stamps: The Little Paper Shop, Club Scrap
Paper: Garden Green, Sahara Sand
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Chocolate Chip, Copic Marker
Accessories: Spareparts Brads, Natural Hemp, Sponge, Dimensionals

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

You're a Blast

I wanted to make sure that I posted a new card today so I made this quick little number. I used Stampin Up's Pun Fun set. Its a great all occasion set.

Stamps: Pun Fun
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Jersey Shore DP
Accessories: Primacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Silver Brads, Miscellaneous Ribbon

Monday, May 19, 2008

Fish Pond

I rarely make cards that are for the male gender. I suppose its because I have daughter's rather than sons. I decided to try my hand at another one (similiar to the Gone Fishing post). This was also my version of the SCS card sketch challenge (SC154). I would have liked the coloring of the image to be darker than it turned out and may experiment a bit more with it. Since I received the image from the Wish Rak group I only had this one image to work with.

Stamps: High Hopes, Magnolia, Embrace Life, Karen Foster snap-n-stamp
Paper: Sage Shadow, Basic Gray, K-ology DP
Ink: Versamark, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, Dimensionals, Hemp Twine

Card Sketch SC154:

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bloomin' Beautiful

This card was made with Stampin Up's Bloomin'Beautiful stamp set. I wanted the image to look like a packet of flower seeds so I added score lines in 1 inch increments before stamping the background image. I used chalk so the image would take on more of a worn look. I wanted to keep focus on the main image so I added a simple ribbon to complete the card.

Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful, Sanded
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Textured Wild Wasabi, White
Ink: Stazon Black, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Distressing Tool, Organza Ribbon, Chalk, Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Life is not a matter of...

This card's main image is from the set by Unity Stamps called Gratitude = Joy. I wanted to make a simple yet elegant card and I really like how this came together. I used the slot punch technique to make the scalloped border. I'd love to get my hands on the Nestabilities dies but since it will be awhile I'll have to come up with some creative ideas.

Stamps: Unity Stamps "Gratitude = Joy", Canvas BG, Penny Black (WRAK PepperRN)
Paper: Garden Green, Pretty in Pink, Pink Passion, Basic Grey "Sultry Collection"
Ink: Garden Green
Accessories: 5/8 inch Rose Red Ribbon, Paper Piercing Tool, Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Warmest Wishes

I bet he's saying "Wish you Were Here". This is Hammock Riley from Hanna Stamps. Since I don't have a true vacation coming up any time soon I thought I'd live through Riley for a day: Riley on vacation. So far he has been spotted relaxing in a hammock, fishing and swimming. What a lucky guy! I ended up digging out my brayer and glossy paper for this one. Its amazing what you can do with a re-inker and/or Spectrum pad.

Stamps: Hanna Stamps-Hammock Riley (WRAK JustPaintingAround), All Year Cheer I
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Glossy
Ink: Cool Caribbean, Green Spectrum Pad, Stazon Black
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Rhinestone Brad, Misc. Flower, Dimensionals, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

Gone Fishing

Another Riley the Moose card using Hanna Stamps. This card was made for the SC175 card sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers. See the sketch diagram below. I also wanted to make a masculine card for a change and thought that since I was still in my Riley mood, this image would be perfect. The card design is very different than what I am used to but it felt good to step out of my comfort zone. I wish I would have changed the dimension of the circle halves but since I only had a 6 X 6 scrap of patterned paper I didn't want to chance it.

Stamps: Hanna Stamps-Fishing Riley (WRAK dorworth), Magnolia Stamps-Tilda's sign (WRAK McBetty), Karen Foster Snap-N-Stamp
Paper: Old Olive, Ballet Blue (WRAK afancycat), Basic Black, Misc. DP (WRAK sbs81)
Ink: Stazon Black, VersaMark
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Natural Hemp

Here is the sketch:

A Happy Hello

Its hard not to like Riley the Moose from Hanna Stamps. He leads a high profile life to say the least. I've been holding onto that fabric strip for years now. I thought the card needed a little something so I started rummaging around and came across a pile of fabric strips that I bought at a craft sale way back. Its a little weathered and beach-like. It adds a little texture to the card.

Stamps: Hanna Stamps-Swimmer Riley (WRAK Dorworth), All Year Cheer I
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Daisyd's -Scroll stripe-Ocean Line
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Sponge, Dimensionals, CB Embossing Folder-Bubbles (WRAK Cork1035), Miscellaneous Fabric