Friday, July 31, 2009
We have been very fortunate to have some cloud cover recently that brought our temps from 105 down to 95; Funny when you go outside at 95 degrees and think it's cooler. But the clouds were great and we managed just a little rain too!
Cardstock (Bazzill); Stamps (Tilda-Magnolia Rubber Stamps; Saying-Stamping Bella); Butterfly buttons (Doodlebug); Wire (WT); Flowers (Prima); Bling (MAMBI); Ink (image-Versafine; saying-Vivid!; edging-Colorbox Chalk); Color (Derwent Inktense, Copic Marker)
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I paired him with a cute vellum sentiment that says HUG ME! Wouldn't it be nice if people would just give us a hug sometimes? Next time you see someone with this look, go give them a hug!
Cardstock (DCWV), Printed Papers (unknown); Stamp (Tobias-DoodleFactory); Color (Derwent Inktense);
Also--my package from Starving Artistamps is here!! WooHOO. The Doodle Factory stuff is so cute. I am going to go stamp some up right now. Keep your eye on the blog tonight and hopefully a new card will appear featuring one of these cuties.
Since I have a sister named Honey, sayings like this always have a double meaning in our household.
Project Materials: Cardstock (card-Bazzill; Other-DCWV); Stamps (Bear-Penny Black; Saying-Stampin' Up; other-Stampassions); Flowers-(Prima); Brads (large-Basic Grey; other- Bo Bunny); Ink (Bear-Versafine; Bees-Versamark; Saying-Vivid!); Coloring (Derwent Inktense pencils, Blender- Stampin' Up);
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
So, what do you give a hoot about? I give a hoot about a lot of things including stamping!! Other things I give a Hoot about: my husband, my family, my church, my online stamping buddies, my neighbors....how about you?
Project Materials:Paper (DCWV); Borders (Doodlebug); Stamp (Hero Arts; saying-TAC); Color (Derwent Inktense);
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Hope you are having a great day today! Tonight I am off to a concert with my DH, but today I am gonna sit down and do some crafting. Sounds like a great day is ahead.
Cardstock (card-unknown, other-Bazzill); Flowers (Prima); Stamp (CC Designs); Color (Derwent Inktense/Stampin Up); Sewn Background (Linda Weber); Saying (Sticker-Flair Designs); Bling (MAMBI)
Monday, July 27, 2009
Got lots of great things done today including stopping by the University art store to pick up a couple more Inktense pencils. I got Chili Red, Ionian Green, Peacock blue, Red Violet and Baked Earth. They are all nice earthy tones that go together well and will also compliment the colors I already have. Generally when buying pencils in the beginning, I like to get two complimentary shades, i.e. two shades of red, two shades of blue....and so forth. That allows one shade for coloring and at least one color for shading. I often use more than one color when shading an image, but when starting to build up supplies I get two of any particular color.
Cardstock: Bazzill; Stamp: Gorjuss Girls-Sugar Nellie; Flowers: Prima; Brads-Making Memories; Color: Derwent Inktense; Copic Marker: E00;
P.S. don't forget to vote for your favorite card of the week in the column to the right!!
The new week is here! I hope your weekend was great. I have started a new poll on the right hand column to pick a card of the week for last week. I hope you will take a second and vote for your favorite card. The voting helps me narrow down the topics and styles that people want to see. Please go and vote for your favorite. I have also added sentiment under each card. You don't have to add comments to select how you feel about the card, but your comments are welcome.
Cardstock (Bazzill); Sewn Background (Linda Weber); Stamp (Stamping Bella); Coloring (Derwent Inktense/Stampin' Up Crayons); Soft Charm (Around the Block); Ribbon (Fire Mountain); Corner Rounder (Creative Memories)
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I hope everyone will get a fresh start this week. It's super hot here in TX, 105 degrees yesterday with a forcast for even hotter weather today. If you are having cool weather or rain, please send it our way!
Cardstock (Bazzill); Printed Papers (DCWV); Stamp (Emma-CC Designs; Hello-Hero Arts); Color (Derwent Inktense); Tools (Creative Memories Circle Punch); Buttons (unknown)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The winner will be selected from my followers, so sign up to be eligible.
I love the contrast of the blue and yellow in this card. I think the partial blue background makes the blue coloring in the dress stand out. I don't have a large star die cut, in this case I simply used a pen to lightly draw a star on the back of a piece of cardstock and then cut it out. Flipped it over and glued it to the card. I used a souffle pen to outline the star and the remnants from the cutout to give the edges some interest. This is another example of a very flat card that would get past the post office without complaints.
Card (Bazzill); Carstock (DCWV); Stamps (Gorjuss Girl-Sugar Nellie; Saying-Hero Arts); Ink (Versafine); Color (Derwent, Crayola watercolor pencils); Souffle White pen; Copic Marker E00
Friday, July 24, 2009
Cardstock (Bazzill); Stamp (Tilda - Magnolia); Chipboard saying (DCWV); Flower(Prima); Embellishments (Skittles, sheer brown ribbon, blue wide netting);
Tools: Watercolors (Derwent); Hole Punch (Fiskars), Corner punch (Creative Memories); Inkpads (Colorbox Chalk in chestnut roan and black);
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I will take a photo of the prize pack soon, but I will say it includes a brand new Stampin' Up set, some great embellishments, and other goodies. Keep posted for photo, I will likely put it in the right hand column.
I will post the winner on the blog as well as email the winner to get the address for mailing.
For now I guess I will settle for staying in my nice cool house. I am posting this project a little early today as I have been having tons of headaches and need to lay down. If I wake up feeling better you might get a bonus project today. Check the blog again later :)
Cardstock (Bazzill); Flowers (Prima); Skittles (hand dyed); Stamp (Gorjuss Girl - Sugar Nellie); Colors (Derwent); Ink (Versafine); Plastic saying w/Glitter (K & CO)
I love all the shades of green in the same card. It's been so hot here this summer that most of the green is fading away already.
Cardstock (Bazzill, DCWV); Flowers (Maya Road); Stamps (KETTO, Saying-Stamping Bella; Background design-Hero Arts); Inks (Versafine ink Black; Versamark watermark ink); Coloring (Derwent Inktense); Ribbons (unknown)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I love these dimensional velvety looking butterflies that came from a store called A Stamp Artist Place in North Carolina. I have looked them up online, but there doesn't appear to be a way to order from them online. Perhaps someone from the area will see this.
Cardstock (Bazzill); Butterflies (A Stamp Artist Place); Stamp (Gorjuss Girl-Sugar Nellie); Coloring (Derwent Inktense, Copic E00); Brads (Bazzill); Rubon (Basic Grey)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Here's my first card done with the set. I just love the dolls in this set as wells as all the wonderful sayings. You will definitely see more of this set in the future.
As an aside the secondary goal of this card was to make something that's perfectly flat. I love to put the beautiful flowers, dimensional tape and other such accents, but I have also had problems mailing these cards. I have noticed that the post offices differ in their processing. I have one post office that will run their hand over your card and if they feel the SLIGHTEST bump--you get jacked up to package rate! Another has the post office standard mail slots cut out of plastic and they will simply stick it through the slot, as long as it goes through their test slot, it's considered "flat". I don't know why the standards are so different, but package rate for a card seems ridiculous at $1.22 for the first ounce. So, here's an example of a perfectly flat card that will pass any post office test.
Cardstock (Bazzill); Stamps (Ragdolls-TAC); Coloring (Stampin' Up watercolor crayons); Edging (Colorbox chalk ink-chestnut Roan)
Sunday, July 19, 2009
It's sunday so now's time to set up a new vote for the card of the week. The poll is on the right hand column. I have also put a photo of last week's winner.
Cardstock (Bazzill); Stamp (Gorjuss Girl - Sugar Nellie); Chipboard frame (K&Co); Flowers (Prima); Brads (Making Memories); Vellum Saying (unknown); Watercolors (Derwent Inktense)
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I did this card by taking two compatible shades of Bazzill Orange papers. The top layer I used a Fiskar's punch to create a border on both sides of the paper. Then I used Colorbox Chalk to lightly outline the edge. The stamp is done in Versafine ink with Stampin' Up watercolor crayons. The princess word was a rubon, but I don't know whose. The Charlotte Ketto stamp comes from Stamping Bella.
Have a great Sunday!
I love this stamp esp because of her lucious looking long hair. I have always had long hair. (Minus a short stint in the Air Force). I love this line of stamps from Stamping Bella. I hope to post more cards using them in the future.
Cardstock (pink/brown-Bazzill; Mica Gold-California Paper; Printed- DCWV); Stamp (Amplee-tude by Stamping Bella); Flowers (Prima); Brads (Mod); Saying (Sticker); Buttons (unknown); Watercolors (Inktense by Dewent); Blending Pen (Stampin' Up); Adhesives (glue dots -Stampin' Up; Dimensional Tape-EK Success)
Friday, July 17, 2009
Oh how wonderful that it is Friday today! I hope all of you have had a great week. I am looking forward to spending some time with my husband John this weekend. What are you going to do this weekend? some stamping perhaps?
Cardstock (blue/brown-Bazzill; Green/dkl brown-DCWV); Stamp (Wild Things by The Greeting Farm); Saying (printed on computer); Coloring (Derwent Inktense); Dimensional tape (EK Success 1/16" thickness); brad (unknown);
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Later I will make cards with the others for you to see. For now have a bear hug from me.
Paper (Bazzill); Stamps (Girl, Bear Hugs-The Greeting Farm; Bear Paw-Stampin' Up); Watercolors (Derwent Inktense); Ink (Vivid! and Versafine); Blending pen (Stampin' Up); Borders (Doodlebug)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Card (Bazzill), Stamp (Gorjuss Girl w/bird - Sugar Nellie; Saying-Hero Arts); Ink (Black Versafine, Black Vivid!, Whispers White Pigment); Die Cut (Bosskuts); Dimensional tape; Watercolor Pencils (Derwent)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
One thing I do is create cards for my church. This one, along with a dozen more or so, will be given to the Pastor. This is a way for me to share the talents and gifts given to me by god with others.
Cardstock (DCWV), Saying (Sticker-Ms Elizabeth's), Stamp (Stamping Bella), Ink (image: Versafine; distressing-Colorbox Chalk black); Border (Doodlebug); Coloring (Watercolor)
Monday, July 13, 2009
Can't say that I still play dress up, but I do like to dance like no one is watching (except the cat). Can't believe I fessed up to that!
Cardstock (Bazzill, Patterned Vellum); Decorative corner punch (ANM); Flowers (prima); Stickles Glitter Glue (Fruit Punch); Watercolor Pencils (Inktense- Derwent); Copic Marker color EOO;
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I have some other cute projects I completed today including some with the new Gorjuss girls 3 set. I will post them as soon as I get a break. They didn't look good enough in their scans so I need to get new photos of them. Keep posted to see them!
Cardstock (Bazzill, Bazzill bling); Printed paper (DCVW); Stamps (Tilda- Magnolia; Saying- Stamping Bella); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, Vivid!); Watercolors (Inktense-Derwent); Buttons (unknown); Fabric decor (unknown)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I just love all the funny sayings that come with the owl stamps. I have others that I will make cards from too.
Cardstock (Bazzill); Stamps (Owl- CC Designs; You're a hoot- Hero Arts; Woo-Whoo! Hampton); Inks (Black Versafine-Tsukeniko; Colorbox Chalk-chestnut Roan); Watercolors (Derwent InkTense)
There's one new "thing" about this card. A change in my coloring....can you tell what? Hopefully not, as I didn't want the change to be too obvious.....
I started using my copic marker to color in the face/arms. See the difference now? I was never 100% happy with the way the skin tones would come out when watercoloring the faces, but I was also concerned about mixing the copics and watercolors in the same project. I like the subtlety of the watercolors which can be a contrast to the coverage you get with copic markers. But, I think they look fine together, what do you think?
Cardstock (Bazzill); White pigment ink (stippled onto the cardstock to create clouds); Stamps (Gorjuss Girl - Sugar Nellie; Saying - StampaRosa); Sheer iridenscent vellum (unknown); Derwent Watercolor/Inktense pencils; Copic marker #EOO Skin white;
Paper (Bazzil brown, Bazzil Bling Orange; Stardust Mica in Bronze); Stamps (Diane Duda-Sugar Nellie; Saying-TAC); Watercolors (Derwent Inktense); Inkpads (Versafine black; Colorbox Chalk chestnut roan); popdots
Thursday, July 9, 2009
As I am sure you can tell from my blog, I really tend towards warm colors: reds, oranges, browns, and such; I am trying to make myself get away from always using my "comfortable" colors and use other colors (and color combinations) sometimes. Today I went with purples and pinks together.
Project materials: Cardstock (Bazzill); Paper (DCWV); Flowers (Prima); Stamp (Gorjuss girl from SugarNellie); Epoxy brad (Making Memories); Watercolors (Derwent Inktense); acyllic pebbles (adhered with glue dots); Buttons/ribbon (unknown)
I paired the cardstock with an adorable Gorjuss girl colored in oranges and a simple message stamped on Bazzill bling.
Card (Mica stardust in Flame), accents (white bazzill, bazzill bling in tan, gold stardust embossed vellum type paper); Stamp (Gorguss girl from Sugar Nellie, Thinking of You from Stampin Up); flowers (Prima); brads (Basic Grey); ink (image Versafine black; Message/edging Colorbox chalk in chestnut roan); coloring with Dewent Inktense pencils
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Lately my favorite technique has been watercoloring the stamped images after stamping. I use a waterproof ink when stamping, my personal favorite is Versafine by Tsukineko; I stamp many images at once and set them aside so they will have sufficient time to dry. I usually give them a day or so. I have never had problems with running when I do that.
I have a lot of watercoloring tools including watercolor paints, pencils, and crayons. I love the crayons for coloring directly on the stamps; But when coloring in stamped images, I prefer to use watercolor pencils. My favorite pencils are Derwent Inktense. I don't think these are meant to be watercolor pencils, but they are water soluable, so they work for that purpose. They are much softer than any other watercolor pencils so I like the ease that they blend together. I also like that I can color in a single color, wet with a blender pen, then add more color with another pencil. As you can see from many projects, I love the results I get with these.
Cardstock (Bazzill); Stamp (Magnolia); Vellum saying (unknown); Brads (Provocraft and Making Memories)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Cardstock (Bazzil); Stamped image (Gingersnaps-CC Designs); Sewn cardstock strips (Linda Weber); Watercolors; Blending pen
Monday, July 6, 2009
embellishments and thought the saying about puddles went well with this cute stamp.
Paper (Bazzill); Stamp (Magnolia); Flowers (Prima); Charm (Around the Block); sheer ribbon, bling in 2 sizes
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Please cast your vote!!
Stamps (Phoebe KETTO - Stamping Bella; Saying - TAC), Cardstock (Card-Bazzill; Printed paper DCWV); Watercolors (Stampin' Up); Ribbon (American Crafts); Flowers (Prima); Bling
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Here's a little Gorjuss project for the day. This stamp is Lil' miss attitude from the Gorjuss stamp line by Rebecca Woolcott. So cute.
Cardstock (DCWV); Stamps (Gorjuss Girl-SugarNellie; What?-CC Designs); Flowers (Prima); Epoxy Brads (Basic Grey); Buttons (American Traditional); Watercolors, Printed paper (unknown)
Friday, July 3, 2009
I love this stamp because of her long beautiful hair. The darkness of the cardstock with the white bazzill accents makes me think of closing my eyes and floating in the sky.
Cardstock(white-Bazzill; Sapphire Mica); Gorjuss Girl (SugarNellie's); Magic Mesh in white; Clear/black flourishes (Queen &Co)
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Cardstock (Bazzill), Gorjuss Girl stamp (SugarNellie), Flowers (prima), "Cute as a Button" (Hero arts), Watercolor pencils, buttons, printed paper (unknown)
I hope everyone is having a Gorjuss day! I am still so excited for the release of the new Gorjuss girl stamps! I check the Sugar Nellie blog every day. If you haven't seen, they are showing the Gorjuss girls. The anticipation is killing me, lol! I really wanna get these stamps and play with them.
Cardstock (Bazzill), Stamp (Goth Girl by Sugar Nellie), buttons (Making Memories), Magic Mesh, watercolors
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Cardstock (Bazzill), Flower (WeRMemory Keepers), Image (Blossom Leanne Ellis Designs), watercolors (Stampin' Up)
Things that make my heart smile: when a little kid waves at me, when my cat comes up to my leg and rubs me, when I get wonderful new stamps in the mail, when I goto church with a song in my heart and we sing it that day, when my DH comes home from work, the smell of fresh rain, oh, so many things I could never list them all!
Cardstock (Bazzil, Bazzil Bling)
Charlotte KETTO (Stampin Bella)
White rubons (Mini Marks by American Crafts)
Vellum Heart (Momenta)