Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Cute Charlie Horse!

Good Morning! This is Day 2 of Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peeks Week. I want to remind readers today, in case they didn't read about it yesterday here, that we at Clear Dollar Stamps are so excited about the next venture that awaits one lucky challenge submission. Starting this month, and starting today through the end of this month, February 28th, CDS is offering a new Monthly Guest Designer Spot Challenge, and YOU could be the next Guest Designer for one month! The chosen winner will be the Guest Designer for CDS for the next release month (in March!), and will receive three stamp sets FREE of his/her choice from the stamps that are released in March! How exciting is that? If you think that you'd like to submit a card for this great opportunity, please DO YOUR BEST WORK, and for more details, see Lori McCroskey's blog, here.

Today I have a supercute stamp set to share that will be released on March 1st by Clear Dollar Stamps, called "Charlie Daisy". This set has the popular Charlie Horse frolicking among daisies and butterflies, and the other stamps in the set include several daisies and butterflies and a floral border. "Charlie" is great fun to color in this set and with all the different daisy stamps, you can create a variety of designs.Ordering and pricing details may be found HERE. Be sure to see my team members' blogs, Alex, Alysabeth, Candy, Katie, Kim, Laurie, Monique, and Stacy for their beautiful samples using "Charlie Daisy".

Stamp Sets Used: Clear Dollar Stamps "Charlie Daisy"
Cardstock & Papers: October Afternoon DP, K&Co. "K-Ology Addison" DP, Recycled Navy Cardstock, Paper Trey White Cardstock
Inkpads: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Stampin' Up! Barely Banana, Summer Sun & Bashful Blue Inks
Markers: Copic Sketch Markers: Y11 Pale Yellow, Y15 Cadmium Yellow, G21 Lime Green, G28 Ocean Green, G82 Spring Dim Green, G94 Grayish Olive, B06 Peacock Blue, BG15 Aqua, YR21 Cream, E25 Caribe Cocoa, E33 Sand, E34 Orientale, 100 Black, Signo Navy Gel Pen
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Regular Square Dies, Nestabilities Tag Trio Dies, Stampin' Up! Mat Pack, Piercing Tool, Tsukineko Sponge Daubers, Cloud Template, EK Success Photo Corner Punch, Karen Foster Click-It Hole Punch Kit, Sewing Machine, Thread, Adhesives, American Crafts Dimensionals, Karen Foster Button Brad, Michael's Ribbons.
Coloring Medium: Copic Coloring and Blending
Special Techniques: Basic Stamping, Masking, Machine Stitching, Paper Piercing & Sponging

A 5"x 10" card base was cut from Paper Trey White Cardstock and set aside. Two square mats were cut to size: Yellow 4.75", Teal/Baja Breeze Floral Print 4.5". I glued the two square mats together, and then using my Janome Hello Kitty Sewing Machine, I stitched along all four sides of the two mats. I cut a strip of K&Co. "K-Ology Addison" Teal dp 1.75" wide x 4.5" high and glued to the left side of the two square mats. I machine stitched up the outer right edge of this strip using a zig-zag stitch. Using my EK Success Photo Corner Punch, I punched a corner mat from the coordinating yellow polka dotted dp and glued to the upper right corner.

I stamped the main focal image onto Paper Trey White Cardstock and colored with Copics Sketch Markers and blended, as well. Using the Masking Technique, I stamped another "Charlie" horse, cut it out and put it over the understamped "Charlie" horse, and while using my Cloud Template and a Tsukineko Spong Dauber with Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue Ink, I sponged the clouds in the sky around "Charlie". Using Nestabilities Regular Square Dies, I cut out the colored,.stamped focal image, as well made a navy blue mat out of recycled cardstock. The white mat around the stamped image was hand cut, as there was no Nestabilities Square Die in that size. I glued the stamped, colored image to the white and navy blue square mats and using the Stampin' Up! Mat Pack, and a paper piercing tool, I paper pierced the upper right and lower left corners of the colored, stamped image.

The sentiment was stamped onto Paper Trey White Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then die cut using the Cuttlebug and the Nestabilities Tags Trio Die. Using a Tsukineko Sponge Dauber, I lightly sponged around the tag die with Stampin' Up! Barely Banana first, and then again more moderately using Stampin' Up! Summer Sun. Using a Signo Navy Gel Pen, I dot-doodled around the stamped sentiment on the die cut tag.

To embellish, I ran an 1" wide polka dotted grosgrain ribbon strip up the left vertical side of the card and anchored to the back of the card front. Running another narrower polka dotted grosgrain ribbon in teal through the die cut sentiment tag, I anchored that strip to the back of the card front, too. I added two matchng polka dottag grosgrain ribbon bow knots to the ribbon strip. The stamped, colored image was popped up overtop the wider polka dotta grosgrain strip using American Crafts Dimensionals. Then I added a Karen Foster Button Brad (these, are adorable and are a combination of a button on a brad -- so cool!) to the upper right corner mat. To finish, I glued the card front to the 5"x10" white cardstock base..


Cassie said...

Linda, all of your sneek peaks are so fantastic. You are so talented, and I can't wait to get all of the sets!

peggysue said...

The colors on this are so bold, wow! This card just pops! You've done Charlie a fine service.

Chef Mama said...

So cute Linda! I love the colors and feel so springlike just seeing him! Very cute!

Laurie tx stamper said...

What fun tthis blue and yellow horse card is! That is just perfect paper for him and gorgeous coloring.

Joan Ervin said...

Such a beautiful card, your coloring and the colors and papers you used are gorgoeus!!!

Shawne said...

Great colors again! And I love your fluffy clouds! I notice the way you leave instructions, that is very cool of you, I'm sure it takes some time! It would be hard for me to even remember all of the steps I've done. LOL!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Oh my - look how cute he is with that butterfly on his nose!! Love the clouds and all the flowers on this!!