Archive for June, 2008

Technique Challenge

This week’s technique challenge at SCS provided the opportunity to break out my chalks, which had been gathering dust in the closet for so long!!   This is such an easy and forgiving technique I often wonder why I don’t do it more often. 

The main image for this card started on a piece of textured card stock from DCWV.  I started by rubbing light blue chalks around the edges.  Then I stamped the images, which are all from the Lilac set from Flourishes,  with versamark and lightly pounced green, pink and purple chalks over the versamark.  This technique almost always comes out great the first time!  This panel was mounted on a purple panel with corner punch pieces and a chocolate half pearl added for detail.  Oh yes, that pretty chocolate half pearl….is also available at Flourishes in lots of lucious colors!!

The base card of lavender was stamped with versarmark using the branch and small leaf images also from the Lilac set. SU’s chocolate grosgrain ribbon accents the base card.

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June 30, 2008 at 11:22 am 4 comments

Not so Ten Minute Tuesday!!

This was supposed to be a card for Sharon Johnson’s Ten Minute Tuesday Challenge, but it took longer than ten minutes!!  Here it is Thursday and I am just getting around to finish it!!

I started with a base card of Lavendar and stamped SU’s canvas stamp with versamark. I then went to work on the main image.   The coffee mug, heart shaped steam,  and flourishy background are all from the Coffee With Friends set from Flourishes.  The set is a first in a series we call “Stamp Simply”, which was designed to provide stampers with easy to use images, yet enable them to add pretty paper, ribbons and other embellishments to create a beautiful card quickly.

The heart shaped steam was stamped on a white panel in lavender.  The coffee mug is stamped on designer paper from the Basic Grey Euphoria series, cut out and popped up just underneath the steam.  Lavender was sponged around the edges.  This panel was mounted on pink and purple designer paper all from the same Euphoria pad with the purple panel corners cut to make a tag.  I stamped little flourshed elements on the purple tag with lavender as well.   That glazed brad?  Yes, that is from a set of Basic Grey brads specifically designed to match the Euphoria paper!  The ribbon is from JoAnn’s.

Now take a closer look at the card.  I used a stardust gel pen and went over the little flourishes, steam and mug to add a little punch of sparkle.  I am convinced that whoever invented this little pen is a genius!  I have used this pen so much  – I never liked to use glitter because of the mess involved and often it was just was too strong for the cards I make.  This pen adds just enough sparkle and there is no mess involved!

June 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm 7 comments

Beautiful, easy backgrounds

Most stampers I know have at least some idea of what they want to create when they sit down at their craft table.  Today I wanted to use my Twinkling H2O’s and a silhouette stamp set, Spring Ephemerals.   The nature of this set,  solid images instead of detail or line images, meant that I could focus on creating a nice background and this is where the “twinks” come in. 

If you’ve never seen or used twinks, you are missing out!  These little pots of watercolor cakes are incredibly shimmery, come in dozens of colors, are semi transparent, non toxic archival safe and are about the easiest things to use.  If you can dip a paintbrush into water you can use these! 

The background for each card was created in the same manner, using different colors. I started with a piece of watercolor paper and wet it down.  Then I selected the colors I wanted to use and sprayed a little water in each of the pots to activate the color.  Starting with the lightest color, I loaded my brush up with color and just swished it on the paper.  I added the other colors in the same manner.  Once the color was on I then sprayed a little bit of water over the entire piece and let the colors blend and then set it aside to dry.

Shooting Star:  Papers used are rust, banana, and black.  The images on the base card are the leaves from the Bleeding Heart image from the same Spring Ephemerals set.  On the bottom portion I brushed on Twinkling H2O color on the image and then stamped it to the paper.  The Shooting Star was stamped with Palette Noir ink.  Twinkling H2O colors used are Sunflower from the 12 pot set #1251 and Dreamsicle and Deep Coral from the 12 pot set #1258.  The ribbon is black scallop satin.  The tiny rhinestones I found in my stash of “stuff” and I don’t know who the manufacturer is.  I wish the shimmery look of the twinks came out better on camera – it just does not do the colors justice.




Bleeding Heart:  Papers used are teal, burgundy (I think!) and black.  The Bleeding Heart image was stamped using Palette Noir.  The background image on the burgandy piece is the Forget Me Not image from the same stamp set.  Black scalloped ribbon was also used on this card on each side of the burgundy panel.  Twinkling H2O colors used are Navajo Pearl, Meridian Blue and Purple Sage, all from the 12 pot set #1262.








June 24, 2008 at 5:36 pm 5 comments

Thank You

I finally sat down today and put together a few Thank You cards that I was in dire need of making.  This card uses some paper I picked up  during my recent vacation.  We stopped in a small card store (somewhere in Germany – I can’t remember where!) where they carried cards, journals and a small selection of decorative paper.  The paper is not card stock, but similar to heavy duty wrapping paper and is just gorgeous.  They had several different sheets and I selected this one for the soft pretty colors.  The store clerk carefully folded the paper and wrapped it in between two pieces of cardboard and I was able to place this on the bottom of my luggage – it made it home in one piece! 

 Now,  I used to  hoard paper, especially paper I just buy….I’m always thinking I should save it for something special, but I have since changed my ways and am determined to use what I buy.  These thank you cards (I’ll be making several)  are for some special people I want to thank and the paper is perfect! 

I started with a Barely Banana base and added a piece of Sahara Sand on top.  These colors were chosen because they matched nicely with the colors on the decorative paper. Since the paper is not cardstock, I took a piece of chipboard and wrapped the paper around it, to give it some weight.  I wrapped some ivory scalloped ribbon around this section.  Thank You, from the Many Sentiments set from Flourishes was stamped in Sahara on banana and Oval Nestabilities were used to cut this and  a slightely larger scalloped piece of Sahara   The paper has a touch of gold in the design and the Thank You looked a little dull, so I simply wrote over the stamped words with a stardust pen to add a little sparkle!  This is the fastest and easiest way to add just a touch of glitter. 

Stay tuned for more Thank You cards and other cards and I get back to stamping!!

June 22, 2008 at 2:55 pm 5 comments

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June 2, 2008 at 5:50 pm 1 comment

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