Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Smile...tomorrow's a new day!

These colors are not my usual style. Pretty bright and busy isn't it?

But I'm happy with the outcome for three main reasons:
1. I love this darling image - Willow Umbrella Girl (Whiff of Joy)
2. I love the papers - Bloom and Grow *Bloom* (My Mind's Eye)
3. I love the Easy Brad Maker Kit (Chatterbox)

I colored this sweet little girl with copics and popped up the umbrella and her arm with dimensional tape. I then sewed around all the edges of my panels after ink distressing them with either Stream or Lettuce (Adirondack Dye Ink), or Dried Marigold (Ranger Distress Ink). The corner piece is a Cuttlebug corner die, and I added a few dew drops too. The ribbon is Making Memories and American Craft.

I made the inside sentiment with the Harmony Rectangular Stamper Set, along with the Trompe Script and Brayton Fonts:
Okay...while at CHA with Michelle Rodgers (Owner of Stamper's Dream), back in January, one of our favorite finds was Chatterbox's Easy Brad Maker Kit. Not only does it come with the brads and epoxy circles, but it comes with each size circle punch needed for the 3 different brad sizes. Now, before you ask, these punches are not regular sizes. You can't find them anywhere else. But I thought they'd come in handy for those *in between* sizes that I never seem to have...ya know?

Anyway...let me show you how I made my *smile* brad.

Remember: At any time, you can click on the photo for a larger view, or click on the bold underlined words to take you directly to the product in Michelle's store: Stamper's Dream.

First, I designed my sentiment using my Harmony Rectangle Stamper Set , the Trompe Script Font and the C-45 small letters (JustRite), and stamped it with Tuxedo Black (memento) onto Sunflower Light (Prismatic).
I then punched out the sentiment with the middle sized punch, and ink distressed it with Dried Marigold (Ranger Distress Ink).

Then you lift the same size circle adhesive protector, lay the circle on top, rub gently and lift again. Your circle now has the perfectly sized adhesive circle on the back.

Just lay it in the brad center. Perfect fit.

Finally, lay the middle size epoxy circle on top. That's it. There are so many possibilities.

Here's a close-up of the dimension and the finished brad.
Stamps - Willow Umbrella Girl (Whiff of Joy), Harmony Rectangular Stamper Set, Trompe Script and Brayton Fonts (JustRite)
Paper - Bloom and Grow *Bloom* (My Mind's Eye), Intense Teal, Intense Kiwi, White (Prismatic), Neenah Solar White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Stream, Lettuce (Adirondack Dye Ink), Dried Marigold (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Copics, Nestabilties Rectangle (Spellbinders), Corner die (Cuttlebug), Scallop border punch (Martha Stewart), Brad (Chatterbox), Ribbon (Making Memories, American Craft), dew drops, sewing machine, dimensional tape

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope your week is off to a great start and only gets better!!
Happy stamping!


Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

So incredibly beautiful. That's just about my favorite color right this minute. Gorgeous!

StampOwl said...

oh this is so beautiful Tosh

Cindy Haffner said...

Beautiful Tosh.

noora said...

Truly a beautiful card!! So fresh colurs and everything matches together great!

Anonymous said...

I love this card and the stamp of the girl with the unbrella. Great job.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Amazing coloring!!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Just gorgeous, Tosh!!! Love that cool brad, and your ROCKIN' coloring! Beautifully done!

Cheryl (aka CherylQuilts) said...

What a darling card...your coloring is outstanding! And what a dear friend you are to Laurie!

retiredheather said...

Great card Tosh. I love the colors. The brad is fantastic. I am on my way to the store to check them out. They are certainly on my wish list.

nise said...

Darling card, pretty colors and great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

dlove2scrap said...

What an adorable card. The coloring is amazing. TFS!!

Norine said...

love it the colors are beautiful and really like all the details

Michelle (Lady2cu) said...

AWESOME in every way!!! Love the card!!! I mean really, what's not to love? Every detail is over the top! And your tutorial with the bradmaker is fantastic! Isn't that a fabulous tool? Great post, my friend!!!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Tosha she is gorgeous and your coloring is outstanding! Love the color choose as well, very cool brad! Okay I think I love everything on this card. hee hee

Gabriela said...

Holy smokes, tosh, what a wonderful card! I ador the layers and the added dimension. Needless to say that brad is really somethin'. You've outdone yourself.

Niki Estes said...

I love this, Tosh! The colors are perfect and I love all the texture and dimension!

Kimberly Crawford said...

SHUT UP!!! SHUT UP!!! That is way too fabulous! The colors are the first amazing thing and then that BRAD!! I think I need that, no I need it! :) Love your JR font mixing too! I totally need to try that!!! You are way too creative!! :)

Sandra MacLean said...

It might not be your usual 'MO' Tosh, but it is beautifully done none the less!! Three reasons I like this card are:

1. What's not to like about polka dot paper?!
2. The whole card just pulls together so well!
3. Well, simply, you made it.


leenda said...

Picture perfect!

dpkennedy said...

This is gorgeous! I love the bold colors and that brad is so awesome!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Love everything, especially the colour combo.

debbie said...

love your card it is awesome, a true work of art.

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh my goodness Tosh is this ADORABLE! I absolutely adore it!

Joanne said...

OMG, mdf.....this is just a feast for the eyes...first the color combo really caught my attention, then the image, the coloring, the layout, the brad.....etc......fabUlous

Anonymous said...

I love this card...the nice bright colors and the brad maker. How cool!!!! Thanks for sharing...Cheryl in Reno/Sparks, NV

conniecrafter said...

so cute, love these colors and that brad is just too neat!

Rose Ann said...

This is so beautiful, Tosh!! I love the colors, and your brad is so wonderful!! Thanks for all of the details!!

ChristineCreations said...

Hey Tosh! I've been trying for a couple of days to comment on this card and it wouldn't let me!

It's FABULOUS! And I love your brad are awesome. She and her umbrella are just colored amazingly!

Silke said...

Fabulous card!!! Love all the details you added!!! Your colors and coloring are once again superb!!!

Deborah Anton said...

WOWZER!! LOVE this card!! Isn't that kit awesome??

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