Wednesday, February 25, 2015

This Card Drove me C-R-A-Z-Y!

 

Hello! Boy, have I got a card to share with you...a real humdinger and not in a good way. When I reached for this cute Lili of the Valley stamp, I envisioned a fun, cute card that would give me much joy to create. NOT. I colored the little girl, had all my papers cut and trimmed and embossed the exterior white background...all was going famously well. Things started going south when I started sewing on this humdinger. The inside sentiment panel shifted while sewing and the stitching at the top of the panel almost ran off the panel...Grrr...But! I had a fix for that. A punched flower would cover that just fine...tee hee. So after solving that problem, I proceeded with embellishment...that ribbon bow...gave me a fit! I don't know why but I had a personal wrestling match with it. I won!

Continuing the headache of the making of this card...I cut out a 4.25"x11" piece of white cardstock for the card base and after I glued the card interior to the base, I realized that the card interior was wider than the card base. Grrr...I thought, "Hmm...I'll just trim that edge when I'm done." So, I glued the card front to the card base and that was a little larger, as well. You'd think, I'd check all that before gluing, wouldn't you? So, then I try peeling the whole card base away from the card front & card interior and the thing starts ripping. DRIVE ME CRAZY! Did I mention that yet? So, I got it peeled away and cut a new card base a little larger than the first one and then I saw that the card front was too long, so I proceeded to trim the bottom white area (which was below the green scalloped bottom on the front of the card). It finally fit the dang card base and I was so over this card by the time that I photographed it, that I'm only blogging it out of principle.  AAAUUUUGGGHHH! - As Charlie Brown said. I'm so glad this card is DONE.

Below, is a photo of the Copic colors
used in the main image.


The card interior, photographed below
with coordinating design and papers.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley "Blossom", Inkadinkado "Hello, Girlfriend", "There She Goes "Blossom By Blossom" Interior Sentiment
Papers: Lili of the Valley NitWit Collection "Pastel Dreams" Designer Paper Pad, Paper Trey White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools/Accessories: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebud Argyle Embossing Folder, Spellbinders' Circle Die, Martha Stewart Scalloped Border Punch, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Copic Sketch Markers, Sewing Machine, Thread.
Embellishments: Paper Trey Ink Aqua Mist Ribbon, Teresa Collins, Doodleug & Queen & Co. Enamel Dots
Techniques: Machine Stitching & Copic Coloring

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

He Who Dwells...


Hello! This is my second journal entry that I finished today. I've been wanting to journal Psalm 91 and thought that a double spread would contain all the verses but as hard as I tried, I did not get all the verses in. But the entire Psalm is printed on a coordinated tag that I spiral punched as shown in the photos below. I left the tree on the right page white on purpose...I wanted it to represent Jesus, white with splendor, our Tree of Life. I think the pages turned out a little busier than what I visualized, but after all that work, I decided it was a good time in the Lord and with the Lord. The first photo is the journal double spread, the second photo is the coordinated tag with the entire Psalm 91 printed on it, front and back, and the third photo is the journal with the tag in place. The tag colors are a little darker due to the vanilla coloring of the tag and the white coloring of the pages. I'm not sure how to get around that without a lot of extra work.


Below is a photo of the coordinated, printed tag
with the entire Psalm 91 on it.


Below, is the journal with the tag in place.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Memory Box Tree Dies
Lawn Fawn Sun & Cloud Dies
Lawn Fawn Lawn Border Dies
Clear Dollar Stamps Sheep Stamp
Stampin' Up! Apricot Appeal and Rose Romance Inks
Copic Sketch Markers
Regular Sharpies & Fine Point Sharpies
Micron Fine Tip Marker

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bless the Lord, O My Soul...


 Hello! Today, I have something different to share. I have started a new way of bible study/scripture memorization through Faith Art Journaling. This has become a very popular hobby/bible study method and many people do their art journaling in their bibles and they even sell journaling bibles for just that. Who knew? After viewing countless videos on Faith Art Journaling, I decided to do mine in a mixed media spiral-bound journal. I knew right away what scripture passage I wanted to journal...Pslam 103:1-3. This passage of scripture has been life-changing once I got hold of the truth of it and rejoice that the Lord has given us so many benefits! If you haven't read Psalm 103, and you are a believer, I urge you to read what Christ died for to give you so many benefits. I really had no plan for design, I just went with the flow and mediated on the Word, while the Spirit led me to this design and layout.  I wanted to include Psalm 103 in the journaling, so I borrowed Diane Marra's (a well-known faith art journaler) idea of printing it on a tag insert. Pictured below is the tag insert that I sponged and stenciled to match the background of the double spread, then punched it to fit the spiral notebook. The psalm is printed half on the front and half on the back of the tag.


Below, is a photo of the journal double spread with the tag inserted.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Canson 9x12 Mixed Media Journal
Prismacolor Pencils
Fine Point Sharpies
Stampin' Up! Summer Sun, Bermuda Bay and Glorious Green Inks
Various Stencils & Sponges

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Friday, February 13, 2015

A Little Out of the Zone...



Hello! Today, I'm sharing a card that definitely put me in the no-comfort zone. I typically make cards along the cutesy flavor and rarely do cards that are romantic or femininely girlie. I purchased this cute Taylored Expressions Tea Stamp and wanted to make something feminine. So, after 2 or 3 days of doing and undoing the main layout and design, I finally said to myself, "Let it go....it will be fine." I'm not sure how I feel about the finished card, but hey, it's finished, lol.

The photo below is of the Copic Sketch Marker
colors used in the image.


Pictured below is the card interior with coordinating design & layout.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Taylored Expressions "In Other Words - Tea", Paper Trey Ink "Autumn Abundance" Sentiment
Papers: Basic Grey "Mint Julip" Designer Paper Collection, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories/Tools: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss Embossing Folder, Spellbinders' Large Scalloped Border Die, Spellbinders' Circle Die, My Favorite Things Fishtail Die, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Copic Sketch Markers
Embellishments: Paper Trey Ink Polka Dotted Satin Ribbon, Flower Brad, Doodlebug Sprinkles Enamel Dots
Techniquies: Copic Coloring, Machine Stitching

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Birthday Stash


Hello! I'm trying to increase my birthday card stash, so I have a simple birthday card to share. I used a Lili of the Valley stamp but I don't know the name of the stamp, as it now is retired...sorry. I colored the little girl and balloons with Copic Sketch Markers, popped her up on Stampin' Up! Dimensionals and added a few embellies and Voila! Below are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used for the image.


Below, is a photo of the card interior with matching designer papers, layout and design.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley Girl and Sentiments
Papers: Pebbies "Family Ties" Designer Paper Collection, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories/Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders' Circle Die, Paper Trey Ink Cloud Die, EK Success Border Punch & Corner Rounder Punch, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Zots, Millinneum Fine Point Marker
Embellishments: Really Reasonable Ribbon Polka Dotted Sheer Ribbon, Doodlebug Buttons, Doodlebug Sprinkles Enamel Dots
Techniques: Machine Stitching, Copic Coloring

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Hug & A Squeeze From Me


Hello! I have another card made with another Lili of the Valley stamp! Am I hooked or what? This stamp is called "Kitten Cuddles". I just love that sweet kitty face! Lots of die cuts (clouds, grass, oval opening) made this card come together fast. The slowest part of making this card was the fussy cutting of the girl in the swing...I had to leave 2 small white areas uncut, as I didn't want to make the image too vulnerable to tearing. Below is a close-up photo of the popped up clouds behind the popped up girl in the swing.


Below, are the Copic Sketch Markers used in this image.
I also used a few Prismacolor Colored Pencils
to highlight and deepen the overall image.


Below, is a photo of the card interior
with coordinating papers, layout & design.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley "Kitten Cuddles", Stampi' Up! Exterior Sentiment, Stampendous "Squeeze from Me" Interior Sentiment
Papers: Lili of the Valley Nitwit Collection "Promises" Designer Paper Pad, Docrafts Papermania "Capsule Collection" Designer Paper Pack, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories/Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders' Oval Die, Lawn Fawn Grassy Border Die, Paper Trey Ink Cloud Dies, EK Success Scalloped Border Punch, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Zots, Adhesives, Copic Sketch Markers, Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Embellishments: The Twinery Baker's Twine, Doodlebug Button, Jolee's Boutqiue Flowers

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

So in Love with Annabel


Hello! I have another card that I made with a Lili of the Valley (United Kingdom) stamp set, called "Posey Trio". I am so in love with Annabel Spenceley's illustrative style...she is the illustrator of so many of the Lili of the Valley stamps. I'm convinced that you cannot make an ugly card with Annabel's stamps! I am also in love with the NitWit Collection of designer papers that Lili of the Valley sells, as well. I have grown so tired of the dark, dreart and large print designer papers that have been on the market for the last couple of years. So, when I found the NitWit Collections of designer papers with the sweet dainty floral papers and coordinating solids, I was sold! Below is a photo of the card interior with coordinating papers, layout and design.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley Posey Trio, Lili of the Valley Scroll Sentiments
Papers: Lili of the Valley NitWit Collection "Country Meadow" Designer Paper Pad, Michael's Pink Cardstock, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools/Accessories: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders' Circle & Scalloped Circle Dies, Spellbinders' Large Scallop Border Die, My Favorite Things Blueprints 21 Dies, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Adhesives, Copic Sketch Markers, Prismacolors, Zig Millienium Fine Tip Marker
Embellishments: Doodlebug Buttons, The Twinery Pink/White Baker's Twine
Techniques: Machine Stitching, Copic & Prismacolor Coloring & Blending

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