Friday, March 29, 2013

A Happy Place

Good Morning! Whenever I go to the mailbox and find a new stamp set, that is my Happy Place! I recently purchased this cute stamp set, "Blossom to Blossom" by illustrator Torico by There She Goes Stamps and couldn't wait to start coloring her supercute images. I don't usually use a lot of purple or lilac in my cardmaking but I envisioned shades of purple, pink and aqua to compliment Torico's image. Below is a closeup of the epoxy stickers that I used to create polka dots on the little girl's dress.
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Pictured below is the card interior with coordinating papers & design and one of the sentiments included in the stamp set.

Here's the Deets:
Stamp: There She Goes "Blossom to Blossom"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze
Paper & Cardstock: Doodlebug "Hello Spring" Paper Pad, Clear Dollar Stamps Cardstock, Paper Trey Ink
Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Circle, Blossom & Big Scallop Border Dies, Paper Trey Ink Cloud Die, Sponge Dauber, Sewing Machine, Thread, Embroidery Thread, Adhesives, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Embellishments: Doodlebug Buttons, KaiserCraft Pearls, Recollections Epoxy Stickers
Copic Sketch Markers: RV000 Pale Purple RV11 Pink, RV23 Pure Pink, Y11 Pale Yellow, Y15 Cadmium Yellow, Y21 Buttercup Yellow, Y26 Mustard, BV11 Soft Violet, BV13 Hydrangea Blue, BG000 Pale Aqua, BG11 Moon White, BG45 Nile Blue, E00 Skin White, E31 Brick Beige, E34 Orientale, YR21 Cream, YR24 Pale Sepia, B000 Pale Porcelain Blue, B00 Frost Blue
Techniques: Copic Coloring & Blending, Machine Stitching, Sponging
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Nautical Fun

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Well, it certainly was nice to work on a card that didn't take days and days on end, like the last one! I bought a new (well, new to me) stamp from There She Goes Stamps, called "Float My Boat" by their illustrator Torico and as soon as it arrived in the mail, I was inking that cute image up. I love all of Torico's illustrations and hope that There She Goes Stamps never, never lets her go!

I decided to go with a nautical color scheme and envisoned, a pale lime green, pale aqua, bright red and royal blue and all the elements just flowed like the ocean. I curved the "Ahoy Matey" polymer stamp on the acrylic mount to ge the curved sentiment over the image. The little flag is stamped twice, one on the main image, and another cut out and popped up on Stampin' Up! Dimensionals for 3D fun. The corner larger green button was created by tying down the green button then affixing the royal blue metal star brad to the top of the button with Zots. I don't know if you can see the embossed pale aqua background but I used a Cuttlebug circles embossing folder for that.

Pictured above is the interior of the card with a computer-generated sentiment and coordinating papers and layout. I added another metal star brad to add a nautical touch to the interior. Below is a closeup of the main image:

Here's the Deets:
Stamp: There She Goes "Float My Boat"
Papers & Cardstock: October Afternoon "Seaside" Paper Collection, Various Paper Trek Ink and Clear Dollar Stamps Cardstock Solids
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools & Embellishments: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Paper Trey Ink Border Die, Martha Stewart Circle Punch, EK Success Corner Rounder Punch, Sewing Machine, Thread, Embroidery Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Adhesives, Zots, Doodlebug Buttons, Star Brads, Ellen Hutson "Freebie" Ribbon, Computer-Generated Interior Sentiment.
Copic Sketch Markers: RV000 Pale Pink, RV23 Pure Pink, R02 Flesh, R08 Vermillion, YR21 Cream, YG03 Yellow Green, YG94 Grayish Olive, E25 Caribe Cocoa, E31 Brick Beige, B32 Pale Blue, B41 Powder Blue, BG11 Moon White, BG15 Aqua, BG45 Nile Blue, C2 & C5 Cool Greys, 0 Colorless Blender
Techniques: Copic Coloring & Blending, Machine Stitching
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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Card That Almost Wasn't

Have you ever stamped an image, got less than inspired to finish the card and just let it sit on your work table? Well, this is it! I love the stamp image from Whipper Snapper but when I stamped it, and die cut the oval around it, I remained stumped for inspiration, stumped for creativity, stumped for design and layout and so it sat on my table for days and days. Then one day, I decided to finish the card and once I got the papers cut, the inspiration starting to seep in and I ran with it.

I didn't have a sentiment to match the frog, so I snagged "Wart's New" from another card creation and things began to come together. But, I'm tellin' you...this is the card that almost wasn't! My favorite part of cardmaking is always embellishing, so after I Cuttlebugged the big dot embossing on the green bottom background, I got inspired to add some green expoxy stickers to serve as the warts on the frog! It's the little things that excite me, lol Here's a closeup of the expoxy warts:

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Below, is a photo of the card interior with a computer-generated interior sentiment. I decided to add the green expoxy stickers for some extra warts inside. Whatcha think?
Here's the Deets:
Stamp: Whipper Snapper "Fish Friends"
Paper/Cardstock: Heidi Grace "Sunshowers" Designer Paper Pack, Paper Trey Ink Yellow and White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Green Galore & So Saffron Inks
Tools: Spellbinders Oval and Scalloped Oval Dies, Spellbinders Label Die, EK Success Corner Punch, Martha Stewart Border Punch, My Favorite Things Die-namics Sentiment Strips Die, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Big Dot Embossing Folder, Sewing Machine, Thread, Sponges, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Adhesives, Signo Uniball White Gel Pen, Recollections Green Epoxy Stickers, Doodlebug Button, The Twinery Twine, Computer-Generated Sentiments
Copic Sketch Markers: B000 Pale Porcelain Blue, B000 Frost Blue, BG000 Pale Aqua, RV000 Pale Purple, RV11 Pink, YG000 Lily White, YG03 Yellow Green, YG63 Pea Green, E25 Caribe Cocoa, 0 Colorless Blender
Techniques: Copic Coloring & Blending, Sponging, Machine Stitching
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Friday, March 1, 2013

Sing in the Rain!

Good Morning! Today I have a card that has been on my mind and heart for awhile...I've been wanting to use my new Stampavie Gillian Roberts stamp, "Under My Umbrella" with a sentiment that would encourage a friend through their storms in life. I computer-generated the "Sing in the Rain!" sentiment and matching verse on the interior of the card, shown below:
I wanted to create some rain drops on the main image, but was a little leary of doing so, for fear of messing up my whole image, but I grabbed a Sakura Stardust Clear Glitter Pen and just drew some straight flicks with the pen and hopefully, in the closeup photo below, you can see my efforts. What do you think? The pink flower in the middle of the gingham ribbon bow was a decorative pin - I removed the stick pin part with wire cutters and glue-Zotted it onto the center of the bow.
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Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Stampavie Gillian Roberts "Under My Umbrella"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Sage Shadow
Tools: Cuttlebug, EK Success Mini Scallop Corner Punch, My Favorite Things Mini Tabs Quartet Die, Sewing Machine, Thread, Zots, Adhesives, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Sakura Jelly Roll Stardust Clear Glitter Pen, Spong Dauber, Copic Sketch Markers
Embellishments: K&Co. Decorative Pins, Pebbles Gingham Ribbon
Techniques: Copic Coloring & Blending, Machine Stitching, Sponging
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