Sunday, June 29, 2008

I came across creating a mosaic through Stampin when I can and although I didn't follow the idea as suggested I did take the time to make a mosaic using Mosaic Maker. There are lots of pictures to choose from and you could literally spend hours just randomly looking at them. Here's what I came up with:


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Topsy Turvy

I got this little guy from a fellow Wish Raker (Thanks cinman1964). When I think of turtles I think dimension so I paired up the image with a Cuttlebug embossing folder to add texture and dimension to the card. When I was rummaging through some of my embellishments I ran across a mesh sheet that I bought way back when and said to myself, why not. I used my Copics to color the image and created a sand like scene on the bottom of the image. See below for a close up picture of the image.


Stamps: Unknown turtle image
Paper: Gable Green, Basic Black
Accessories: Copics, CB Embossing Folder, Misc. Mesh


Here's the close up of the colored image:


I have to say that I do like the sand on the bottom. I used E33 and the colorless blender to acheive the look. I am still working on my blending but am slowly getting there.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Celebrate the Simple Life

Another Splitcoast challenge. This one was for the Ways to use it challenge #WT172 (Ways to use birds). This is the first time using my Inkadinkado stamp. I decided to go back to my standard sized cards. This one is 4.25 X 5.5 inches.


Stamps: Inkadinkado, Unity Stamp Co.
Paper: Certainly Celery, Basic Black, Bashful Blue, White
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Black Grosgrain ribbon, Silver brad, Dimensionals

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bicycle Riley

I had a little time to play so I ended up making a card with today's Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch Challenge (SC182). I was surprised to find out that the sketch focused on squares, hence another non traditional sized card. The image is from Hanna Stamps and as you have probably noticed I can't seem to get enough of this little guy. I can't wait until my next Hanna Stamps order arrives (yep you guessed it more Riley's).


Stamps: Hanna Stamps -bicycle moose, Club Scrap - lattice bg
Paper: Bashful Blue, Blue Bayou, Basic Grey, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Bashful Blue
Accessories: Copics, Slot Punch, Copper eyelets, Dimensionals, Grosgrain Ribbon

Here's the sketch:

Believe in the Beauty

This card measures 5.5 X 5.5 inches. Although I tend to keep to standard sized cards I thought I'd change things up a bit today. The main image of the card is larger than most images so it was easy to adapt to a larger project size.


Stamps: Unity Stamp Co.
Paper: Certainly Celery, Blue Bayou, Basic Grey
Ink: Stazon Black, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Silver brads, Distressing Tool, DMC Floss

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Happy Birthday

I'm an active member of Splitcoaststampers Wish Rak group. I happen to be a birthday fairy so I am always needing birthday cards. My obligation as a fairy is to send out 4-5 birthday cards to fellow Wish Rakers each month. Here's one of the July birthday cards. I hope its not too simple. I've been really strapped for time this week.


Stamps: Stamping Bella- cakeabella, Birthday Whimsy
Paper: Pink Passion, So Saffron, White, Basic Grey
Ink: Stazon Black
Accessories: Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Copics, Prismacolor Pencils

Tag You're It

I've been tagged by my friend Jenn at StampinAngelJenn. This is the first time I've been tagged so here it goes:

Name 5 things that I do for myself:
1. Stamp. I love making cards and other projects. It give me time to relax and to be creative.
2. Shop.
3. Attend cardmaking classes often.
4. Computer time-blogging and reading blogs.
5. Make time for the Wish Rak group.

Name 5 kind things I do for friends, my children or partner:
1. Read to the kids daily.
2. Tell my kids that I love them and am proud of them.
3. Get a babysitter on occassions to spend quality time with the hubby.
4. Send cards to online friends, hoping to brighten their day.
5. Encourage hubby to play golf and/or poker with his friends.

Name 5 kind things I've done for a strangers:
1. Helped pay for lunch when someone couldn't afford to.
2. Donated hand made cards for a Cancer survivor walk.
3. Gave up my bus seat to someone who needed it more.
4. Allow others to check out first even though it was my turn.
5. Offered to buy someone a drink when the machine would only take staff charges.

Name 5 hobbies I enjoy:
1. Making cards and scrapbook pages.
2. Blogging
3. Reading
4. Taking pictures
5. Occassional gambling

Now I get to tag others. I know it takes a little time to fill out the information but it is a great way to get to know each other better and is a lot of fun. Its also a way to share blog links. Here are my 5 picks from my friends from the SCS Wish Rak group. Have fun!!

1. Giovanna at
http://giovana-believe.blogspot.com/
2. Robin at
http://robin-ramblings.blogspot.com/
3. Bree at
http://stampsscraps.blogspot.com/
4. Lisa at
http://alittlesugarandalotofsnails.blogspot.com/
5. JenMarie at
http://taylormadebyjenmarie.blogspot.com/

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Celebrate the Simple Life

It's been awhile since I inked up my Unity Stamps. For some reason I prefer cupcakes in threes. I added a little glitter to give it more of a party feel. I also used two step stamping on this one since the pink passion ink was a little too bright. I inked up my stamp, stamped it lightly on a piece of scrap paper and then without reinking stamped it on the white cardstock. The result was a less bright image that was a little darker than the card base.


Stamps: Unity Stamps-Simple Pleasures
Paper: Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, White, So Saffron, Homespun Collection DP
Ink: Pink Passion, Basic Black
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 5/8 inch Rose Ribbon

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Time for Chantigo

Do you have stamps that you to buy only to find them on the bottom of the bin, uninked? Here's two of mine.

I have to say that I did find the tire swing stamp a little challenging. Its not that easy to color a tire. I guess that's why I ended up stamping it on a blackish/grayish marble scrap of paper instead. I picked up the paper at a local rummage sale. It was one of those mystery grab bags. One that was disappointing to open at the time. Of course I hung onto its contents with the well you never know philosopy. I suppose if you wait long enough you'll find a use for it. I covered the thank u sentiment in the flowers center with a button.



Stamps: Stampendous- Thank U
Paper: Textured Wild Wasabi, White, Ballet Blue, Misc. DP
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copics, Grosgrain Ribbon, Slot Punch



Stamps: Stampendous -Tire Swing, Sanded
Paper: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Rose Red, Marcella DP, White
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Basic Grey
Accessories: Copics, Karen Foster's Scrappers Floss, Single Hole Punch

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Scoop

At My Favorite Things June Release I decided that I had to have it all and I am glad that I did. This set is called Here's the Scoop. I'm new to paper piecing and have to say that I just can't help myself. I love the technique and all that can be done with it. The hardest part to paper piecing is finding several coordinated papers. Most of my stamping supplies are packed away in totes since my last move so that is a difficult feat. I have plenty of supplies just limited access to them. I hope to change that soon.


Stamps: MFT- Here's the Scoop
Paper: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Pretty in Pink DP, Homespun Collection DP
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: SU Flirty Ribbon, Silver Brads, Dimensionals

Monday, June 16, 2008

Bathing Riley

This is my card for the Hanna Stamps Sketch HSC21 (see sketch link below). Believe it or not I currently do not own any Riley stamps but hope to soon after the next release on Friday, June 20 th.

I was fortunate to receive stamped images from my friends on the Wish Rak group. To make Riley suitable for the tub position I colored and cut out his body from a Tractor Riley image and colored and cut out the head from a Plane Riley image and pieced them together. I used my copics, I love the sound of that but in truth I only have a handful of them. I started by buying Riley colors and hope to slowly expand one copic at a time if necessary.

The tub is from My Favorite Things Presents(Annie LaPointe). I stamped the image, cut out the tub and since the tub was too long I cut out a section and pieced it together to make it fit on the Mega Scallop punch. I used several scraps for the card including two pieces of blue ribbon that I tied together to make a bow. I also cut out a line of bubbles to make it look like a real bubble bath and used the matching paper to follow the sketch. Although this challenge wasn't a limited supply challenge it certainly felt like one. The overall card is 4.25 by 4.25 which happened to be the size of the scrap piece of cardstock.

Hanna Stamps Riley the Moose
Stamps: Hanna Stamps-Tractor and Plane Riley, MFT Anne LaPointe Flowers, By Design
Paper: Ballet Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue, Flair Designs DP, American Crafts DP
Ink: Stazon Black, VersaMark
Accessories: Copics, Mega Scallop Punch, Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

Here's the link to the sketch:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=355265

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Fore!

Here's a masculine card in honor of Father's Day. To all the father's out there: Enjoy your day! I received these wonderful images from Cincimom on the Wish Rak group on Splitcoaststampers. Thanks Debbie!! It was a fun image to work with.



Paper: Mellow Moss, Rose Red, Kraft, Misc. DP
Accessories: Copics, Natural Hemp Twine, Copper Brads, Dimensionals

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Little Lavender

I thought I'd make another attempt using the Annie LaPointe stamps from My Favorite Things. I kept the color scheme the same as the card listed below but as you can see it is very different. It's not exactly what I was going for but I am getting there. I hope to get my Mojo back soon.


Stamps: MFT -Annie LaPointe
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Sage Shadow, White
Accessories: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Silver Brads, Copics, Misc. Ribbon, Dimensionals

Take A Break

Have you ever had one of those days when you decided that you are going to stamp no matter what? Well last night was one of those days. I was determined to make a card at any cost and here's what I came up with. I had trouble finding a patterned paper that matched so I used a background stamp to supplement. Normally I pick out my colors and cardstock before coloring my image-its always a good idea and will save you a lot of frustration unless you live in a scrapbook store and have your pick of everything. If you do, can I come visit?


Stamps: MFT, Unity Stamps
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Bashful Blue, Homespun Collection DP
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Stazon Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Black Gingham Ribbon

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Friendship

I wanted to make sure that I posted a new project today so here's a quick and easy card. The image is called Embrace and is made by Penny Black. I really wish I would have made the flowers yellow instead of green. At the time I was worried that the yellow would stand out too much. Live and Learn.


Stamps: Penny Black - Embrace, Unity Stamps, SU Friendship Flowers
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Reminsce DP, Homespun DP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Dimensionals, Double Stitched Ribbon

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Aloha

I would like to introduce Sophie by Hanna Stamps . You may already know that I love Riley the Moose but now he has some competition. Sophie, Riley's wife, has emerged and she is here to stay.

I put my handful of Copic Markers to work on this one. I need to work on my blending and shadow placement but overall I love the results. I can definitely see why these markers are so popular. I also used the paper tolle technique, the act of cutting out a piece of an image and layering it with dimensionals. Its hard to see in the picture but Sophie's hula skirt has been raised to add more dimension. I also stamped and cut out flower that Sophie is wearing. She's a well put together moose, don't 'cha think?

Hanna Stamps Sophie the moose
Stamps: Hanna Stamps-Hula Sophie, Karen Foster Snap and Stamp
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, White, Creative Memories DP
Ink: Stazon Black
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Copics, EK Success Punch

Friday, June 6, 2008

Thank you Trio

This card set is for the My Favorite Things June Ambassador Challenge #1. The challenge was to create a 3 x 3 card and a matching envelope. Since I don't routinely mail cards this small I decided to embellish a library card envelope instead. Although it is time consuming I do enjoy paper piecing.


Stamps: MFT- Happy Mother's Day
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Textured Pink, Basic Grey, Pretty in Pink DP, Mat stacks
Ink: Brilliance Archival
Accessories: Library card holder, dimensionals, Square punch, Rose Red 5/8 inch ribbon


In the end I completed three cards using the same set. The hardest part for me was picking out my color scheme.