Whimsical inspiration

I don’t have many cute and whimsical images, but when I saw this cute birdhouse stamp from Art Impressions,  it had my name all over it!  There are several people in my family who have birds, so I know I will get alot of use out of this stamp!

My first step was to chose the designer paper for the background – Basic Grey Urban Prarie.  The colors for the birdhouses were pulled from there.  The image was stamped in Palette Burnt Umber on watercolor paper.

I used copic markers to color the birdhouses and I must apologize for not knowing which colors I used.  I just went to my copic box and started pulling blues, pinks and yellows and trying them all out.   At least two and in the case of the pink birdhouse, 3 different shades were used for each color.

While copics were used on the birdhouses, water based markers were used for the greenery, flowers and sky. 

Note the button on the uppper left corner…..I don’t own any buttons (have not jumped on that craze yet!!!), but I do have a few sizzix dies of buttons and that was used here.  I actually like the paper button better than an actual button – it seems to go with the whimsical look of the image.

Sizzix oval dies were also used for the sentiment, which is from Flourishes.

Thanks for stopping by!

January 3, 2010 at 11:49 am 6 comments

A clean and simple inspiration, and cutting your stamps?

How do you like this – two days into the new year and two posts!!!   I’m an a roll!

This card was inspired by a piece of jewelry at the etsy shop Design Spriti Studio, which uses recycled glass to create jewelry.

This square card  started with Papertrey’s soft stone cardstock.  I stamped  the images with versamark and embossed in black.  The flowers and sentiment are from Flourishes, the dragonfly is from Meer Images.    I really like how the black works against the soft stone.

The ovals were cut with sizzix dies with a black satin ribbon placed behind it.

Here is a look at the inspiration piece  – I liked the soft, clean and simple look of the pendant and tried to keep that look in this card.

Now……about cutting your stamps apart.  The floral image shown on the card is from Flourishes Birds and Vine set, which contains a large background stamp.  But…..there are times when I want just pieces of the image and just inking those parts never seemed to work for me, so I cut the image apart!  I did it in such a way that it can be put back together again for a large background, so nothing was lost.  I’ve cut apart several of my stamps and have never regretted it.  Of course, if you are worried about doing this you can always buy two of the stamps and keep one intact!

I hope things are going well for you today – thanks so much for stopping by!

January 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm 8 comments

Happy New Year!!!

I mentioned in my last post about my crafting goals – one of which was to expand my horizons, to push myself more with my stamping and try something different.

This first post of the year gets me off to a good start!  First, its a bookmark, not a card, second it has a collage-y and vintage-y look – which I tend to shy away from since I don’t feel comfortable with that style, and lastly I used a cutting stencil in the corners – a tool that I’ve had for ages and just never seemed to use!

I’m happy with the way it turned out!  I also realized that I have alot of “time/clock” related image.  I used 9 different ones on this tag, and probably have that many more that I did not use!!! The stamps are from either  Above the Mark or Limited Edition, but they are all unmounted and I failed to write the stamp company name on them, so if you recognize any of the stamps and they are not from either of these two stamp companies, please let me know so that I can give proper credit.

The main panel was stamped and masked with a variety of Ancient Page inks – browns, blacks, greys, rusts, etc. and sponged around the edges.  The main clock face is popped up.  You can’t tell from the photo but the charm at the top of the tag is a clock face – and it is a new year miracle that I was actually able to find a clock charm in my stash of stuff!!

The main panel was mounted on a piece of scrapbook paper that looked like sand – I was able to use it without any sponging! 

Take a closer look at the corners.  I used an Incire cutting stencil to cut the paper, then folded the cut part down to reveal the black cardstock underneath.  Have you used these types of stencils?  I’ve had them for years, hardly ever use them, but thought the look would be right for this bookmark.

Incire stencils are made of metal (like the brass stencils), and they have sections cut on the stencil where you use a kraft knife to cut, then fold the cut part over.  I’m not sure if that makes sense!!  Here is a look at a sample stencil – its not the one I used for the bookmark, but you get the idea.

I hope the year is starting off well for you – thanks for stopping by!

January 1, 2010 at 12:05 am 3 comments

End of the year – goodbye 2009, hello 2010

This is my last card for 2009!!  I wanted to get one last card in before the end of the year.

I love the image, from Inkadinkado, but I’m not 100% happy with how I stamped it.  I think next time I’ll use a grey or black ink instead of burnt umber used here.  I colored with prisma pencils and odorless mineral spirits, so I’ll try copics next time.

The background paper is Basic Grey periphery, the pink is some textured cardstock I had on hand – don’t know who it is from.    The card base is Papertrey’s Soft Stone cardstock , and I think it may be my newest favorite neutral!  I love the soft look  of  it and think it will go so well when you don’t want a white or a cream.

Here is a close up  – the photo corners are just the regular tan colored photocorners – I just colored them with a grey copic marker to get the color I wanted.  I also placed a small pewter rhinestone in each corner and popped up the butterfly.

So, now that 2009 is winding down I took some time to reflect on this past year.  I did not blog nearly as much as I wanted to, and although I tried a few new techniques, i know I could have pushed myself more in terms of crafting.

I had some significant ups and downs this year, and  came out  of it with some “lessons learned” that I will carry with me going forward.     I look forward to 2010 and what the future holds!!

While I am not much for “resolutions”, I do want to set some crafting goals for myself – here a just a few..

-create more – take the time to really push myself creativly by trying more techniques and  different styles

-use my supplies!! No more hoarding supplies just for that “perfect” occasion, and give away/sell those items that I know I will never use.

-submit items for publication – I did this when I first started stamping and for some reason stopped. 

-relax and enjoy life!

What about you?  Do you have some papercrafting goals for 2010?  I’d love to hear them!

Finally, I want to thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.   I’ve come into contact with so many different people through the magic of the internet and am grateful for the friendships and inspiration this technology has provided.  I wish all of you a very happy new year!

December 30, 2009 at 12:09 pm 4 comments

Gift Card Holders

If you are doing that last minute shopping and wrapping and have some gift cards to give out, here is a simple way to dress them up  and a way to use that 12 x 12 christmas paper you bought!  This photo shows a bunch of the gift card holders I made this year – all using holiday paper I already had on hand.

I started with a FREE template of a square petal card from Mirkwood designs.  Mirkwood has a bunch of free templates so be sure to check it out.

I printed off the template, but realized that I needed a slightly larger size, so all I did was copy it at about 125% of the original size onto some holiday scrapbook paper.  You can also use cardstock as well.  I cut out the shape, scored and folded it  and attached a ribbon to the back.

Since I was using 12 x 12 paper cut down to letter size to feed into my printer, I had a strip of paper left in the same design, so I made tags to coordinate with the gift card holder.  Nestabilities labels eight were the perfect shape. 

These came together so quick and easy!  They were still relatively flat and I was able to mail them off with a Christmas card.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying this holiday season.  

December 17, 2009 at 10:00 am 3 comments

Star of Peace

This card was made with another one of the images on the Inkadinkado stamp set – the same set that I used in the previous post.  I really like all the images in the set – you’ll be able to put together a bunch of cards in different styles  quickly.

I started with Bermuda Bay cardstock and stamped the image in black and embossed it with stardust embossing powder (from Custers Last Stamp).  I needed to use black ink to allow the image to show through.  The image was mounted on vanilla.  All the embossed areas really sparkle – its so hard to get a good photo of cards like this!  The star itself was colored in with a stardust gel pen.

The background was created using SU’s Filagree stamp, with versamark and the same embossing powder.  Chocolate cardstock with a Martha Stewart punch were used for the lower portion along with  some trim for a little more texture.  I left the lower portion just stamped – unembossed – beacause I did not want the background to overtake the main image.

Thanks for stopping by!

December 16, 2009 at 1:58 pm 2 comments

Clean and Simple Christmas

The lights are up, the tree is  decorated and my shopping is done!!!  All the gifts are wrapped and all I need to do is head on out to the post office to mail them off.  Whew!!!  I’m hoping I can just relax the next few weeks and enjoy the holidays.

This card was created for todays Clean and Simple challenge at SCS.  Just one stamp did the trick!    The cardstock is SU – Riding Hood Red and Vanilla, the ink is also Riding Hood Red.  I stamped the image, from Inkadinkado, twice and cut out the center portion, then popped it up.   You can’t tell from the photo but the sentiment and small stars on the image have a touch of sparkle by using a stardust gel pen.  I like this particular stamp set because it contains 6 holiday images, similiar to this one in size and style.  You could easily  create a bunch of clean and simple cards by just changing out the images and colors. 

The cuttlebug folder, tapestry, was used on the background panel, but leaving a small portion on the bottom blank where sheer red and chocolate ribbon were added.

I hope you are enjoying your holiday season!  Thanks for stopping by!

December 7, 2009 at 11:23 am 4 comments

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