Friday, August 27, 2010

Fast and Fabulous

I have a wonderful, clean and simple card today.  I CASED (copy and share everything) this card from Theresa Momber.  Here is her website, Crafting the Web.  She illustrates for Gina K Designs.  She is a very talented artist and I have just found out about her work.  I am sure there will be more offerings to her work in my near future :).  Here is my card.

Naturally, there are a few things I changed.  Here is my recipe:
      Stamps:   Fast and Fabulous (flowers)
                     Great Friends (Leaves)
                     Sincere Salutations
      Paper:     Melon Mambo, white, black
      Ink:         Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive

Creation Tips:
      1.  The small, black lined square on the white inset was made using a ruler and the fine tip of my black Stampin' Up Marker.  This was done according to Theresa's method!  I did a little practice run on white paper before I attempted it on the card itself.  I also used the Stampin' Up grid paper.  I aligned the white piece of cardstock and used one of the 1/4" grid lines to set my indentation and spacing.  It worked like a charm!  I think I may be using this method again in the future!

      2.  Two-step stamping:  I have always found this to be hard to do.  I stumbled upon this method clearly by accident. This tip is for the clear mount stamps. I stamped the outline stamp first, and then the fill-in second.  On the fill-in stamp, I made sure that I cut the rubber much closer to the image.  This way, you can actually "see" the first image you stamped and the exact point where you need to stamp. (You really only need one point of orientation.)  It made it much simpler!  I won't be afraid to use my other two-step stamps in the future! (after cutting the rubber, hahaha!)

     3.  Leaves:  I used my Stampin' Up markers for the leaves.  I colored the stamp with Pear Pizzazz first, and then took my Old Olive marker and lightly marked down the center of each leaf and also marked 3/4 of the stem.  This gave the leaves the two tone look of shading.

I have to admit, I really enjoyed making this card.  This is the first card in a long time, that I have had this much enjoyment in making.  I'm not sure what the difference was, but it was there!

I hope you try this out and see if you enjoy it too!  Have a wonderful weekend.



Thursday, August 26, 2010

You are My Sunshine

Hello everyone!  I got some new stamps this week.  (Shhhhh, they are not Stampin' Up!!!  Don't tell on me.)  I wanted some stamps with flowers.  I really don't have enough in my inventory. I'm sure my darling husband would disagree!  Naw, he doesn't really care.  Anyway, I was on SplitCoast Stampers and saw something that guided me to Flourishes website and I decided on the Sunflowers. Here is my card. I hope you like it.
I was happy the way this turned out.  Of course, everything else I used on the card was Stampin' Up.  I have been dying to use the big wide ribbon and now I have finally used it, YAY!  Here is my recipe:
      Stamps:  Sunflowers, Set #105 by Flourishes
      Ink:        Early Espresso, various SU Markers
      Paper:    Early Espresso, Old Olive, watercolor paper
      Other:     1 1/4" wide grosgrain ribbon, Early Espresso
This stamp is the second smallest sunflower.  There is a bigger one that I think I might do next.  I have been enjoying the watercoloring aspect of it as well.  Also, I noticed that I have been gravitating toward fall colors.  Hmmm, I must be subconsciously wishing for Fall!  It could be because here in Virginia, we have been having fall like weather.  I even saw a few trees starting to change their leaves, woohoo!  I love fall around here!

Anyway, that's all for me today.  I hope you have a great day!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

MOJO 153

Hello everyone!  I am so sorry I didn't get this posted yesterday.  It was finished, pictures taken, etc., but I was working in the yard; got carried away and before I knew it, I was too tired to do anything else for the evening.

This card is actually my second take on this week's MOJO!
  I really wasn't happy with my first one...  not gonna post it.... so here is my second one.  This one I like very much! 
Here is the recipe:  (All items Stampin' Up except where noted)
       Stamps:   Morning Cup, Take A Sip Wheel
        Paper:     Misc from Craft Store
        Ink:         Black, red
        Other:     Buttons (misc)  Twine, Tiny Tags Punch, scallop punch, square punch

There are so many great samples of this sketch.  You'll have to check them out!  That's all for me.  Have a great day!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Color Inspiration #137

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I saw a few challenges in my emails this weekend and I chose Stampin' 411's Color Inspiration Challenge.   

Here is my take on it:
Here is my recipe:

        Stamps:   Autumn Splendor
        Paper:     Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie
        Ink:         Wild Wasabi, and other autumn colors (SU Markers)
       Other:      Square lattice EF, Gold EP, dimensionals

I took a few liberties and made a few changes.  I used Pumpkin Pie instead of Tangerine Tango and I only used the Wild Wasabi in my watercoloring.  I embossed the middle leaf with gold embossing powder to make it stand out. Here is a close up of that:
This shot makes the background card look totally different doesn't it? The top card is a truer representative of Certainly Celery.  I'm not a pro photographer, so you'll have to forgive my discrepancies.  When I cut the leaves out, you could see the white of the paper, so I took a dark brown SU marker and marked along the inner edges.  I think it gave it a more three dimensional look.  I didn't mark the center leaf.  I didn't want to take a chance on messing it up. Maybe, I'll give it a try later on and see how it works!

That's it for me!  Have a wonderful day.



Saturday, August 21, 2010

Unchartered Territory

After seeing all the beautiful cards made with this weeks Splicoast Challenge, I knew I had to make a card using this sketch.  I love, love, this sketch.  I am definitely going to have to use it more than once. 

However, even though I REALLY loved this sketch, I found it difficult to put together for the stamp I wanted to use.  I really needed a masculine, get well card and thought this sketch would work well.  Hmmm, it is an average card to say the least.  To make a point, I WILL BE USING THIS SKETCH AGAIN!  LOL!!

    Here is my card:
Here is the recipe: (all items Stampin' Up)
        Stamps:   Unchartered Territory
          Ink:         Night of Navy, Multiple Stampin' Up Markers
          Paper:     Night of Navy DSP, Night of Navy, White
         Other:      Square Latttice EF (used on the solid navy strip)

I hope everyone is enjoying your weekend.



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Heartfelt Thank You

Hello everyone!  I'm finally back.  I have been in Georgia visiting family for two weeks and it has taken me about a week to get readjusted to my normal routine.  Today is the first day I have even felt like making a card.  I get a little depressed when I get back home after being with my family.  It's hard not being closer to my family. I'm sure many of you know what I mean.

Anyway, while I was there, I attended a Choir reunion at the church I grew up in.   It was more or less our youth group at the time.  Most everyone who was in the youth group was in the choir.  It wasn't a prerequisite of any type, it just seems we all liked to sing and it was wonderful. I was in the choir from 1972 to 1977.  We disbanded some time in the 80's.  I guess the future generations just weren't as interested as we were.  We have been having reunions since 1996.  Our choir director is Mrs. Patsy Spradlin; she is now 78.  This is the two of us together.   She is still playing the piano and still directing choir at another church.  She is a spectacular woman. 
It takes a lot of work and effort to get these reunions organized.  I appreciate her work very much.  The card I made today is for her:
Mr. Emerson could not have been more accurate when he made this statement.  Patsy is one woman who has given many portions of herself and those around her are grateful for her sacrifices and gifts.  Thanks so much Miss Patsy, I love you!

Here is my recipe for the card: (All items Stampin' Up except where noted)
     Stamps:   Beautiful Flowers (Innovative Stamp Creations)
                     Of the Earth (sentiment)
      Paper:     Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Bella Blue DSP (Ret'd)
      Ink:         Night of Navy
      Other:     Ribbon white satin colored with Night of Navy Ink

This sketch is MOJO 151.  I have been a little behind on my Mojos! I've got a few to make up for. 

I hope all of you have been well.  Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings to you all!