Thursday, February 26, 2009

Monochromatic Swan

It's time, once again, for our monthly Stamper's Dream Dreamy Challenge. This week we were challenged to make a monochromatic card with a light, medium and dark color of the same family. I chose Desert Coral with Iced Orange (Prismatics). Prismatics are fantastic for monochromatic cards, and others too, because they come in a package with 3 shades of a particular color family.

We'd love to have you participate in this challenge also. All you have to do is make a monochromatic card and post it to the comments section of Michelle's blog: Stamper's Dream. If you post it to SCS, please use the key words: SDDC5. Michelle has some fun blog candy for a randomly selected winner too. You can click on the image for a larger view.

To see what the other girls have come up with, click on the names listed here: Michelle, Charmaine, Cindy, Denise, Kim, and Laurie

Now, to make this card...I first stamped the swan image from the Patterned Birds and Bugs set (Inkadinkado) with Black Onyx (Versafine), and embossed it with Detailed Clear ep. I then colored it with an aqua pen and Salmon and Denim Adirondack Dye Ink Reinkers.

The sentiment, from the Elisabeth Bell set, was stamped onto the Medium Desert Coral with the Black Onyx (Versafine) and was punched out with a tag from the Tag Trio die(Spellbinders).

The flowers and leaves were punched with a variety of punches: Martha Stewart, CarlaCraft, and Punch Bunch. The corners were punched with a corner punch by Marvy, the lacy bottom with a Martha Stewart Border Punch, and the bg was embossed with the Perfectly Paisly embossing folder by Cuttlebug.

All the edges were sponged with Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), the Pearls are by Kaisercraft, and the tiny little brad in the largest flower is an Epoxy Brad by Basicgrey.

That's about it! Hope you can play along. Head on over to Michelle's blog: Stamper's Dream. We'd love to see where your creativity takes you!

Stamps - Patterned Birds and Bugs (Inkadinkado), Elisabeth Bell (Whiff of Joy)
Paper - Desert Coral and Iced Orange (Prismatics), Neenah Natural White
Ink - Black Onyx (Versafine), Salmon and Denim (Adirondack Dye Ink)
Accessories - Labels I (Nestabilities - Spellbinders), Punches (Martha Stewart, CarlaCraft Punch Bunch, Marvy), Tag Trio (Spellbinders), Perfectly Paisley Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Pearls (Kaisercraft), Dimensional Tape, organdy ribbon, glitter, Quickie Glue Pen

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thumped Silhouettes

I LOVE Thumping!! Thumping is a fabulous technique to use with silhouettes, so when I received Anna Wight's new Wildflower Silhouette (Whipper Snapper Designs) images, I knew I had to thump. And did I ever thump away. This has got to be the absolute easiest techniques to use. There are no mistakes. All you do is color your image with a water based marker (I used Stampin' Up!), and with a darker color tap around your image randomly. You can even use more than two colors like I did on the Mexican Hat flower. After you have the image inked up to your specification, spritz it a couple of times with an Extrafine Mister (I use's my favorite) and stamp! That's easy. I added a bit of sparkle with Crystal Ultrafine Glitter (Art Institute) and my Quickie glue pen to *amp* it up a bit.

Did you notice the Champagne Silky Crushed Ribbon I used at the edge of the image? LOVE that stuff. It's crinkly and wired, and you can make it into any shape you like!! All the ribbon I used on this project is May Arts, and you can get it at Stamper's Dream. Michelle has a ton of new stuff in her store! It really would be worth your while to go check it out!

I used some of the new Kaisercraft dp called Dancing Jewel, along with Wizard Dark Prismatic cs! I really like the plums that are so popular right now! The images were all stamped onto Neenah Natural White cs.

I also created my little circle medallion by punching out a circle of the dp, matted it with a darker cs, and coated it with 3-D Crystal Lacquer.

Now the photo above is of the front of a card holder I designed to fit 4 cards and their envelopes in two pockets on the inside. It stays closed with Basicgrey Magnetic Snaps. They're the tiniest little things, and you hardly know they're there.

Each card has a thumped silhouette on it, May Arts ribbon, and a different Basicgrey button from the Porcelain collection. Each sentiment is from Anna's Blooming Expressions set. What an awesome collection of sentiments, and with fabulous fonts!! I also framed each flower with different Nestability shapes by Spellbinders: Labels I, Labels II, Curved Rectangles, and the Classic Ovals.

The blue and pink ribbon were crinkled up a bit by gently heating them with my heat tool. If you get the tool too close, or hold it there too long, however, you will burn the ribbon. So take your time...go slow.

Sorry this was such a long post. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Sorry I haven't been posting much lately either. I was in Seattle a little over a week ago for 3 days to watch my son compete in swimming for the college he's attending, and I have to head out of state again tomorrow for 3 days. So I've been busy preparing projects while I'm gone, as I did before. That leaves a hole in between times. Not to mention the fact that I got the flu right before I left on the last trip and ended up with bronchitis. So that's slowed me down a bit. Hopefully I'll be able to be a bit more regular. I have projects scheduled periodically this week, so please check regularly.

Stamps - Wildflower Silhouettes and Blooming Expressions (Anna Wight - Whipper Snapper Designs)
Paper - Dancing Jewel (Kaisercraft), Wizard Dark, Cream (Prismatics), Neenah Natural White
Ink - Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Stampin' Up! markers
Accessories - Nestabilities (Labels I, II, Curved Rectangles, Classic Ovals - Spellbinders), Martha Stewart Border Punch, Buttons (Basicgrey), Ribbon (May Arts), Glitter (Art Institute), Quickie Glue Pen, Dimensional Tape, Clear Ep (Judikins), heat tool, Martha Stewart and CarlaCraft flower punches, Pearl (Kaisercraft), Magnetic Snaps (Basicgrey), Circle punch, Scor-Pal

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

For Ali...

I made this card for a sweet young lady who is having a biopsy done Thursday on a tumor in her brain. She's such a little angel, I thought she'd like this sweet little image called Lily (Stampavie). The image is colored with copics, and the wings are vellum coated with Sparkly Fluff from Our Craft Lounge. It will be available in Michelle's store Stamper's Dream really soon. It's like fun flock, but it has a fun sparkle to it. Beautiful!!

The flowers are velvet brads by Making Memories, and the ribbon is Doodlebug. I added some Kaisercraft rhinestone stickers to the flower centers too.

Finally, the paper is from g.c.d. studios.

My daughter wanted to make a card for Ali too. This is what she came up with.
Now, she has a completely different style than I do. I kept asking her if she wanted to add certain things, and she said..."No, I like my cards clean and crisp." I have no idea where in the world she came up with those words, cause they're never mentioned in MY stamproom. That is one huge struggle of mine...clean and crisp. I actually have to hold myself back from adding embellishments.

I did, however, convince her that her card needed ink distressing...*grin* I mean...after all, the dp already had some on it, so of course the rest needed it too....right? She did it all by herself too...even though she was afraid she'd mess everything up.

The giraffe image is from Imaginisce, and the paper is Archaic (Basicgrey). The circle charm is from Michaels.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you're having a fabulous week!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Payback stinks!

It's time for another CCEE challenge. Now, this month it was my turn to come up with the challenges. And each month we mail supplies to the other members and require them to use certain ones.

I sent everyone this skunk image, Studio G sentiments, velvet scalloped ribbon, dp by Dream Street Papers and a cuttlebug flourish diecut piece.

There is a reason everyone was sent these particular supplies. You see, my good friend Laurie (Lauraly on SCS) knows I don't like working with monkey images. I like monkeys in zoos, just not for stamps...don't know's nothing personal with the companies that design them, I just don't like monkey images. Well, as any good friend would do....she taunts me with monkeys. Even to go as far as sending me a cowboy sock monkey for Christmas. And to top it off, she decided to use that sock monkey for her blog posts while at CHA last month. If you look closely, you might see a hand or arm in those photos. Yep....they're mine!! She made me hold that bugger for the photos!! What a friend, eh?

Well, it's payback time. All the CCEE gals are going to send their skunk cards to Laurie, cause as much as I hate monkeys....she hates Skunks. Her husband even propped a dead one up by a cattle gate so that when she went out at night to check the calves there was a skunk there. I just happened to be on the phone with her when she was frightened by afore mentioned skunk. LOL...she didn't know it was deceased and was totally freaked out. It's a wonder I'm not deaf from the screaming!!!!!! *giggle*

If you want to see what the other girls did with their supplies, click HERE. Fun stuff I tell ya!!
Oh...and's Laurie's birthday Mar. 3, so these should all get there in time for that special day!!! *grin*

Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope you had a fantastic weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Stamps - Pun Fun (Stampin' UP!), Studio G
Paper - Dream Street, Black and White Prismatics, Neenah Solar White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Walnut Stain ( Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Copics, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities and Tags (Spellbinders), embroidery thread, Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Crushed Velvet Brads (Doodlebug Designs), Gingham and Scalloped Velvet Ribbon, eyelets, Crop-a-dile, glitter, Quickie Glue Pen, Dimensional Tape, Scor-Pal

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!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Silhouettes by Anna!!

I'm so excited to share with you Anna's new release this month for Whipper Snapper Designs ...Wildflower Silhouette. They're gorgeous flower silhouettes based on some of her photographs. She included some thoughtful sentiments too: So Sorry..., So Thoughtful, and with Sympathy.

They're fabulous and I can't wait to share some more ideas that I have for them in the future.

But, for now, I'll show you the two I made for today. I was trying out some new My Mind's Eye ink that I got with a gift certificate from my friend Pat (patsmethers on SCS) Thanks Pat. Both image panels are the same, I just added another color to the first one here. And a spotlighting technique to the next.

For this first card, I inked up the image in one of the lighter green inks, and then randomly brushed some brown over the image to get this look. The ink is pigmented so I embossed it with some Detail Clear ep after getting the coverage I wanted. The images are stamped on Champagne Metallic cs (Prism) and are ink Distressed with Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink). It has a really beautiful Sheen.

The striped bg is GORGEOUS printed vellum by Deja Views. I layered that over Kiwi Kiss (SU) to give it the soft green stripe between the rich plum. The panel in between is from the Laundry Line (My Mind's Eye).

I sewed around the edges of the back panel with a shiny copper thread! LOVE it!! And finally, I added a sweet little bee charm to the Mellow Moss Taffeta ribbon by Stampin' UP!

Check out these blogs to see what the other girls have created with Anna's Silhouettes.

Anna Wight (herself)
Amy Sheffer
Beth Matson
Jackie Pedro
Lisa Zappa

Stamps - WildFlower Silhouette (Whipper Snapper Designs)
Paper - Deja View, My Mind's Eye, Brushed Gold (SU), Stormy Dark, Champaign Metallic (Prismatic)
Ink - My Mind's Eye
Accessories - Labels I Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Oval punches (SU), Detail Clear ep, Taffeta Ribbon (SU), Bee Charm (starlitstudio), Copper Thread

Since it's Monday, I made this next card for my weekly CCEE challenge. This week we're featuring the unique SCS name *JustPaintingAround*. Michelle is known for her fantastic spotlighting, and so I challenged the CCEEers to use that very technique also. We will be mailing our cards to her too.

So for this card, I just stamped the Silhouettes onto the same Champagne Metallic Prism paper with MME ink and ink distressed the edges with Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink) again.

Each panel is framed with Brushed Gold cs (SU), and the center cone flower is spotlighted and is lifted with dimensional tape.

The edges were punched with a Fiskars border punch, and the tiny flower was made with two CarlCraft flower punches. The tiny Latte Pearls are by Kaisercraft, and I pierced along with bottom with my Tim Holtz ruler, and an Ornare template under the flower.

To see what the other CCEEers have done with the spotlighting technique, click HERE. We'd love to have you play along too. Just make a card with this technique, and link it in the comment section of the CCEE Stampers blog.

That about sums these both up.

Stamps - Wildflower Silhouette (Whipper Snapper Designs - Anna Wight)
Paper - Deja View, Brushed Gold (SU), Champagne Metallic (Prism), Kiwi Kiss (SU)
Ink - My Mind's Eye
Accessories - Ribbon, Flower Punch (Carlcraft), Latte Pearls (Kaisercraft), Ornare Piercing Template, Piercing Tool, Border Punch (Fiskars), Labels I and Curvy Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Detail Clear ep, Dimensional Tape

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Easter Elegance for the OCC

I had the supreme honor of being asked to participate as a guest designer for the OCC (Our Creative Corner) sketch this weekend. Laurie is in charge of the challenges this month, and designed a sketch for the group to work with.

Here's my take on the sketch.
I used this gorgeous cross by Verve from the Easter Elegance set. I stamped it with Colorbox Chalk inks and embossed it with Detailed Clear ep. I then added a Chocolate Pearl (Kaisercraft) to the center.

The ovals, heart, flourishes and tag were all cut with Nestabilities and Shapes dies from Spellbinders, and the corner was made with a Martha Stewart border punch. The bottom border was done with Fiskars, and the flower is made with a Martha Stewart Flower punch.

Finally, I sewed around the edges, ink distressed them with Aged Mahogany and Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink), and added a dew drop and ribbon to the tag.

Thanks so much for asking me to play along Laurie. I'm honored.
To see what the OCC did with this sketch, click HERE. You won't be disappointed. They have a fantastically talented group of stampers.

Stamps - Easter Elegance (Verve)
Paper - Timeless Collection (Deja Views), Vanilla Cream, Suede Brown Dark (Prismatics)
Ink - Chocolate (Colorbox Fluid Chalks), Aged Mahogany , Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Nestabilities and Doodle Parts dies (Spellbinders), Punches (Martha Stewart, Carlcraft, Fiskars and SU), Ribbon (SU and American Craft), Detailed Clear ep, Chocolate Pearls (Kaisercraft), Button (MME), Embroidery thread, Sewing Machine, Dimensional Tape, Piercing Tool

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Flourishes Trio of Packages

I'm so excited!! Stamper's Dream is going to be carrying Flourishes Stamps, and they are fabulous. There are 3 new sets being released Friday the 13th, and they will be available at Michelle's store at 9:00 pm Eastern that evening!

Yesterday, Charmaine, Carolyn and Kim posted sneak peeks with the *Strut Your Stuff Set*. And today, Cindy, Laurie, Kim and I are showing you the *All Wrapped Up set. Be sure to check out Denise's and Kim's blog tomorrow, along with Amy Sheffer's (she's playing along with us) to see the 3rd and final set too.

This is a small card. It's only 3 1/4" x 5 1/4". I thought it was kinda sweet, and such an easy design for that last minute quick birthday card.

I'm so sorry for the poor photo. The scoring was so hard to photograph. The background is actually diamonds, not just diagonals. *sigh* I colored the packages with Copics, popped them up with dimensional tape, and cut out the shape with my Long Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders). I also added a touch of glitter with my Quickie Glue Pen and Ultrafine Glitter.

Stamps - All Wrapped Up (Flourishes)
Paper - Neenah Natural White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories - Scor-Pal, Copics, Long Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter, Dimensional Tape

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Lets fight!!

Is it Monday already? Sheesh, the weekend flew by!! I made this card for the weekly CCEE challenge that I do with a nutty group of stampers. This week was a color challenge. We were required to use Pink, White and Kraft. We'd love it if you'd play along too. Just click HERE. It will take you to the CCEE stampers blog, and you can link your card there in the comments section. You'll also be able to see what the rest of the gang did with this color challenge.

Now for the card...This was another easy one. I just stamped this darling "Snowfight" (Stamping Bella) image onto White Prismatic cs with Onynx Black (Versafine), and embossed it with clear ep. I then watercolored it with watercolor pencils and an aqua pen. The edges are ink distressed with Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress ink)

Those little white dots on the bottom are Candy Dots, by Pebbles, Inc. They have a mat finish with an adhesive back. I love them!! You can find them at Stamper's Dream, along with a whole slew of new products. Michelle is getting new stuff in regularly. New papers: Gorgeous two-sided Kaisercraft dp is in stock now, and she'll be getting My Mind's Eye and Cosmo Cricket real soon too. She also has new Penny Black images as well as Northwoods. She has some gorgeous new May Arts ribbon too that I can't wait to get my hands on!! So, check out her store. There's a lot more to come too, so you'll want to check back often. She has some really fun new products coming that she got at CHA!! Woot!! Can't wait!! If you click HERE, it will take you to the *new arrivals* section that she's added to her store. You'll find that towards the top left of her store's home page.

And while you're there...check out her SALE. You can find the sale items HERE, or click on the Sales and Specials section of her store on the upper left hand side of the home page.

Stamps - Snowfight (Stamping Bella)
Paper - Sabrina (Making Memories), Kraft, White, Crabapple Medium (Prismatics)
Ink - Onynx Black (Versafine), Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress)
Accessories - Watercolor Pencils, Labels I Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Button (SU), Ribbon (American Craft and SU), Candy Dots (Pebbles, Inc.), Dimensional Tape

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a fantastic and blessed week!
Happy Stamping!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Inspired Thanks

I rarely get to participate in SCS's Inspirational challenge because I'm usually cleaning, or running errands on Sat. Well, I checked it out first thing this morning and the shade found HERE, *spoke* to me. I had some new Making Memories paper that would be perfect.

I stamped the "Thanks" sentiment, from Anna Wight's new Friendly Expressions (Whipper Snapper) set, with Onyx Black (Versafine) onto Neenah Solar White, and embossed it with Detailed Clear ep. The rest is self explanatory, so I won't bore you with all the details.

Stamps - Friendly Expressions (Whipper Snapper Designs: Anna Wight)
Paper - Sabrina (Making Memories) White and Black (Prismatics), Neenah Solar White
Ink - Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories - Gem Stickers (Making Memories), Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Corner Ticket Punch (SU), Boutique Trims Ribbon (Doodlebug Designs), Detailed Black ep, Heat Tool, Dimensional Tape

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Because He Lives...

My mom was a singer. Whether it be in a quartet, the church choir, or while cleaning, she could often be heard either humming or singing a favorite hymn.

One of my fondest memories is of gathering around the piano and harmonizing with her. She had many favorites, but when I saw this image, Lily Cross (Northwoods), it reminded me of a song sung by the Gaithers called "Because He Lives". You can here the tune and read the words if you click HERE.

As a kid, I just sang the words and harmonized, not really thinking about the meaning. But now, as an adult, I can understand why my mom loved this song so much. Times are hard right now for so many, and the message this song brings is one of hope, because He lives.

I stamped the Lily Cross (Northwoods) twice, with Black Onyx (Versafine), onto Suede Brown Dark cs, and embossed with Detailed Clear ep. I then painted the flowers with bleach, let them dry and added a touch of Adirondack Butterscotch, Lemonade, and Lettuce reinkers. I then coated them with Diamond Glaze (Judikins), and popped them up with dimensional tape.

I made my sentiment with the JustRite Harmony Rectangular Stamp Set, and the 50 pt Trompe Script and 25 pt Brayton Fonts. I used Black Onyx (Versafine) and Detailed Clear ep for this as well.

Supplies: Stamps - Lily Cross (Northwoods), Harmony Rectangle Stamper, Trompe Script and Brayton (JustRite) Paper - Silver Strand Glazed CS (Fiskars), Dark Brown Suede and Butter Cream (Prismatics) Ink - Black Onyx (Versafine) Butterscotch, Lemonade, Lettuce (Adirondack Dye Reinkers) Accessories - Bleach, Black and Bronze Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Sewing Machine, Heat Tool, Dimensional tape, Ribbon, Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Corner Rounder Punch, Spellbinders diecuts

That's about it. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope your having a blessed week and that you're stamping away!!
Happy Stamping!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

You make me smile!!!

I stepped out of my usual style today. When looking for papers to use with today's Sketch Challenge on SCS, I found a pack of black and white dp by Kaisercraft called Ebony and ivory. So, I thought I'd give this look a try, figuring it would really make the ladybug pop off the card being that he's the only part that's red.

The darling flower image is from Anna Wight's new set called Fish Friends (Whipper Snapper), and the sentiment is from her set called Friendly Expressions (Whipper Snapper).

There is no dimension on this card...shocking, I know. The flower petals are coated with Frosted Lace stickles, and the rest is colored with copics. I made my own epoxy medallions by punching circles out of the dp and coating them with Crystal Lacquer. The rest is pretty self explanatory.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you're having a fabulous week, and are stamping your hearts out.

Stamps - Fish Friends and Friendly Expressions (Whipper Snapper)
Paper - Ebony and Ivory (Kaisercraft), Black and White (Prismatics), Neenah Solar White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories - Copics, Corner Tag Punch and Circle Punch (SU), Stitched Ribbon, Piercing Tool, Tim Holtz Ruler, Crystal Lacquer, Frosted Lace Stickles

Monday, February 2, 2009

CCEE Sketch with Whipper Snapper

I missed the CCEE challenge last week. But this week, I'm back on schedule.

I was in charge of coming up with this month's challenges, and thought I'd start the month off with a really easy sketch that is very open to interpretation. This is what I came up with, based on the sketch found here:

I used an image from the new Whipper Snapper Designs set Friendly Expressions by Anna Wight. The flowers are gorgeous, and the sentiments are fantastic with a wide variety of fonts and sayings. I couldn't fit a sentiment on the outside, so I finished off the inside of my card too.

The flowers are colored with copics and the Birchtone and Frosted Orange Prismatics are ink distressed with Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink). The flourishes at the top are Doodle Parts Dies (Spellbinders), and the button was ink distressed with Timber Brown (Stazon).

The flower on the inside was made with Papaya Puree Dark (Prismatics), Martha Stewart flower punches and a Pewter Pearl (Kaisercraft).

Don't forget to check out what the other girls did with this sketch. Click HERE to head over to the CCEE Stampers blog. We'd love to have you play along too. Just follow the directions once there.

Edited to add:
I've had a question asked about where I get my papers, and how I distress. If you click on any boldfaced words, it will take you to where I got those specific supplies.

As for the distressing, all I do is ink up a make-up sponge with Ranger Distress Inks and brush it on the edges of the papers. Prismatics (My paper of choice) are textured on one side, and smoother on the other, and take well to the inks!

Hope this helps!

Stamps - Friendly Expressions (Whipper Snapper Designs - Anna Wight)
Paper - Birchtone and Frosted Orange (Prismatics), Neenah Natural White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug embossing folder, Border punches (Martha Stewart), Button, Scrapfloss, Hardware (SU), Velvet Ribbon (American Craft), other ribbon, Doodle Parts Diecuts (Spellbinders), Copics, Dimensional Tape

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Apple Pie with Bella

One of my absolute favorite papers debuting at CHA was the BellaBella line from My Mind's Eye!! That line is just gorgeous!! And I'm so excited to tell you that Stamper's Dream will be carrying it, and will have it in stock very soon.

The bg paper I used for this darling Stampavie image "Time For Apple Pie" is from the BellaBella (MME) line. And the flourishes behind the image are rubons from Maya Road.

I made this card today for the Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS. I adore Bev's style. Her colors, papers and details are fabulous.

The card I chose to case is HERE.
I eliminated a few of the (snowflakes - flowers), changed the colors and papers, and added pearls. This sweet little girl is also VERY paper toled. The basket is actually 4 layers.

The sentiment is from the Elisabeth Bell Accessories and Sentiments Collection by Whiff of Joy.

Stamps - Time for apple pie (Sarah Kay - Stampavie), Elisabeth Bell Accessories and Sentiments Collection (Whiff of Joy)
Paper - BellaBella (MME), Island Mist Light and Black (Prismatics), Neenah Solar White
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories - Nestabilities, Tag diecuts (Spellbinders), Copics, Rubons (Maya Road), Pearls (Kaisercraft), Butterfly punches (Martha Stewart), prima flower, glitter, Organdy Ribbon, Dimensional Tape
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