Archive for April, 2007

a little toile goes a long way

I was in Michael’s over the weekend with some friends, primarily to look at the new Martha Stewart products, but also to scavenge through the $1 bins. I like Martha’s products – her color palette has always been very pleasing to me, so we purchased some of the paper (and split it up so that we each got at least one of each color).

I was intrigued, so the next day I ventured out to another Michael’s, a little further away. I scored big on the clear $1 stamps, and while I was walking around the discount bins, something caught my eye.

In an otherwise empty $1 bin, sat two round buttons. I reached in to get a better look and ….oh no……..toile.

Why “oh no” you ask? Well, I don’t care for toile…so why were these button calling to me? I found them very pretty. BUT I don’t like toile. I stood there thinking….then it hit me.

I don’t like toile because whenever I see a room done in toile…..well the ROOM is DONE in toile!!. Toile overload!! The wallpaper, bedspread, curtains, pillows, upholstrey. I get toile vertigo when I see something like that.

A little toile goes a long way.

I realized with this one little button, I would create a simple card with the button as the focal point. My little creation is below. And guess what….I love the little toile scene.

(Martha Stewart paper (swan color), cuttlebug EF (textile), stamp by Fiskars, misc ribbon and a $1 toile button)


April 30, 2007 at 5:48 pm 1 comment

Take Ten Design Challenge

The Sring issue of Take Ten magazine Issued a challenge to all readers to submit cards using their design sketch on page 25 of that issue. I’ve participated in their challenges before and have had cards published, so I thought I would try again. Their deadline is May 1 – here are my submissions.
Martini: stamps from Autumn Leaves (Swirls) and Vap! Scrap (martini), background paper from Provo Craft
Lighthouse: stamps from SU (crosshatch) , PSX (lighthouse) and ERA Graphics (Dream); colorwash sprays from Stamp Zia
Car: unknown stamp, cuttlebug embossing folder

April 28, 2007 at 9:59 pm Leave a comment

Cut away

This month we tried another technique – cutting away at part of an image to allow the background paper to show through. Alice showed us this technique using a butterfly image and this is my take…..I started with a piece of glossy card stock that I had previously colored using reinkers and water. I embossed the dragonfly images (company unknown for the larger ones, SU for the small) and stamped the cattails (Stampscapes). Using an exacto knife, I cut away at the larger dragonfly wings, to allow the blue card stock to show through. The purple background is stamped with canvas (SU), along with swirls and flowers (Autumn Leaves). The “imagine” embellishment is from Making Memories and is mounted on an oval die cut from sizzix.

April 25, 2007 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Photo Tinting

We had a great meeting of our stamp group this month!! Four different techniques!! Here is my take on one of them, photo tinting. Sherry showed us this technique, where she took a black and white photo and used pastel chalks and a stencil brush to rub color on certain parts of the picture. Now, I know that there are special pens and inks to do this technique, but not having those supplies I used what I have. I took this photo from my photo editing software (Printshop), changed it to black and white and printed it on glossy photo paper. Then I used Ancient Page inks and a makeup sponge to apply green to the leaf and pink to the flower. On my first attempt I used too much pink, so I tried again and this time the pink is more subtle.
For the sentiment (from Impress) I stamped using Staz On opaque cotton white. I have had limitied sucess with this color. It never seems white enough for me…so I used my white signa pen and wrote over the stamped image.

April 24, 2007 at 4:30 pm 1 comment

more tri fold….

Another tri fold – cami style. Some time ago I purchased a set of bicycle stamps from Sunday International and have been trying to figure out some way to incorporate them into my cards. While doing these tri fold cards, I began to search through my stash of smaller stamps, ones that would fit in the small window of the tri fold and came across the bicycle stamps. This stamp is just so cute that I will have to find other ways to use it. The paper and ribbon are from SU and the flower is a prima.

April 18, 2007 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment


I finally found Prima’s at our local Target store!! This is my first creation using these pretty flowers. I started with a red card base and matched the orange prima with a sheet of Basic Grey paper from the Romanii collection. I wanted to have the sentiment (Stampin Up) peek through an oval shape, but just punching one oval did not seem right, so I did a double punch to allow a piece of orange card stock to show through. I layered a smaller white prima over the larger orange flower and found a matching brad to hold them together.

April 16, 2007 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

It’s been awhile

Yes, I’ve not posted in awhile – been busy creating some cards to be submitted for publication. I’ll post the creations once the deadline for submission has passed. In the meantime, more watercolor!! I love these easy to use colorwash sprays from Stamp Zia – the colors are so vibrant. All the stamps used are also from Stamp Zia.

April 15, 2007 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment

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