Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A sketch Challenge with Basicgrey, and Mardis Gras

I finally got my SCS sketch challenge card finished. Whew! I just got the New GORGEOUS "French Flea Market" from the Bella Bella line, by My Mind's Eye, from Stamper's Dream. They are stunning!! And this gorgeous bird cage and bird are from the Basicgrey clear set called Porcelain Aviary. Talk about beautifully exquisite bird cages!!

The bird cage was stamped with Black Onyx (Versafine) directly onto the MME dp, and was embossed with Detail Clear ep.

The bird was rock and rolled with Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress ink) and stamped onto Neenah Natural White cs. I aged all the papers by ink distressing with Old Paper (Ranger Distress). The flower was made with Martha Stewart and CarlaCraft punches. The leaves, border punch, and tiny flowers on the Velvet Ribbon (Making Memories), are also by Martha Stewart. And the Rectangle shape and scallops were achieved with the use of my Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders). Finally, the pearls are Pewter and Bliss (Kaisercraft).

Stamps - Porcelain Aviary (Basicgrey)
Paper - "French Flea Market" Bella Bella (My Mind's Eye), Cream (Prismatics)
Ink - Black Onyx (Versafine), Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain and Old Paper (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Circle and Rectangle Nestabilties (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Flower Leaf, and Border Punches (Martha Stewart), Flower Center Punch (CarlaCraft), Velvet Ribbon (Making Memories), Pewter and Bliss Pearls (Kaisecraft), Sewing Machine, Dimensional Tape, Clear Detailed ep (JudiKins)

That about sums this card up, now for a completely polar opposite:

Mardis Gras is celebrated the whole month of February...well, so I hear. *grin* I've only ever lived in the midwest and California, so I'm not very familiar with that tradition. Well, I would imagine there are a variety of parties being planned in celebration of this tradition, so I made a Mardi Gras party invitation with this cool Blossom Mask (Judikins) that Michelle has at Stamper's Dream. I colored with with copics and mounted it onto Metallic Champagne cs (Prism), that I scored with my Scor-pal. I then added Pewter and White Opal Liquid Pearls to it. The background piece was punched with a Martha Stewart punch. I just took a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square, started in the middle of each side and worked my way out. It lined up perfectly.

I made the sentiment with my Harmony Rectangular Set and the Trompe Script Font by JustRite. I tell ya, these are a staple of mine. You can write whatever sentiment you want and there are three sizes to write them in.

The Clear Rhinestones are stickers by Kaisercraft, and the dots on the mask have glitter on them that I attached with my Quickie Glue Pen.

Stamps - Blossom Mask (Judikins), and JustRite
Paper - Blush Red Dark, Black (Prism), Brushed Silver (Stampin' UP!), Neenah Natural White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories - Copics, Cuttlebug, Oval Punches (Stampin' UP!), Clear Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Scor-Pal, Pewter and White Opal (Liquid Pearls), Fibers, Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Dimensional Tape

That's it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you're having a fabulous week and that it keeps getting better.
Happy Stamping!


StampOwl said...

oh these are both fabulous Tosh!!

Anonymous said...

Tosh, the birdcage stamp looks great, nice card. Also the mardi gras card is very creative.....great work as usual! Pam

Paula Barin said...

Love these cards. The bird cage stamp is so pretty and the mardi gras card took my breath away.Just beautiful!

Denise Marzec said...

WOWZA! Super elegant cards, girl!!

Unknown said...

Girlfriend, BOTH of these cards are totally fabulous!!! So elegant and beautiful! I swear, I just don't know how you continue to do this so consistently. Awesome work, my friend!!!

Elena said...

wow! They are gorgeous! Mask card is fabulous! Love the bird with the cage too!

Sandra MacLean said...

Just gorgeous Tosh! I'm hoping that one of these days your soft and elegant card making skills will rub off on me and I too can create such dreamy beauties! In the meantime I'll just pop in and daydream a while. :D

Gabriela said...

Exquisite times 2 (squared)! This post really showcases your versatility and ingenuity. Don't you just love all the bird cage stamps that Michelle carries at Stamper's Dream?

Judy Rozema said...

Tosh, you are always coming up with such amazing designs -- I don't know how you do it! Both are fantastic - I especially love that mask!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cards-- I especially love the first with the bird cage-- what a beautiful image and design! The second is fantastic too-- I also am not very familiar with that celebration but find your design very striking!

Deb Saaranen

Norine said...

these are both very pretty love the bird cage and the second one is a work of art

dpkennedy said...

These are beautiful! Awesome job on that sketch! The bird and cage are gorgeous! I have that mask stamp! I used it once years ago, but I have never seen anyone else ever use it. You did a great job with it! I feel inspired to pull it out again!

Anonymous said...

The first card is just lovely, pretty ribbon and flowers, great layout!
The second is just too cool, so fun!

Cindy Haffner said...

Wow girl these are amazing, really honest TOSH cards, I love looking at them.

Kimberly Crawford said...

Holy buckets! AMAZING! WOW! AMAZING!!

Anonymous said...

Girl - these are awesome!!! I love that Mardi Gras one - so fun!!!

Amy Johnson said...

Wow! Fabulous job with the sketch challenge! I love the bird card!

Gigi's World said...

Stunning! I want the mask stamp! Your work is fabulous and a wonderful inspiration to many. Thanks for sharing it.

Rose Ann said...

Both of these are fantastic, Tosh!! I love what you've done with your bird cage and that sketch, and your mask card is so beautiful and unique!! Love these!!

Joan Ervin said...

WOWZER, girl...these are such stunning cards!!!! I love the bird cage card...I just got this set in the mail and can't wait to ink it up...thanks for the beautiful inspiration!!! I love the mask card, too...sooo elegant!!!!

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