Monday, February 25, 2013

Dreaming of Spring

Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog today. I've been dreaming of Spring lately as a warm weather fan and my backyard songbirds have been singing lately. So, I wanted to use this cute stamp set from Clear Dollar Stamps, which was a purchase 2 years ago and it was screaming for some ink. I decided to make the bugs in the image ladybugs and added black polka dots to their bodies. Below is a closeup of the colored image:

The cute illustration by Laurie Wilson had a great selection of sentiments with the stamp set, but I decided to go with a Paper Trey sentiment to convey what a gift each day is and how we should embrace each one. Below is the card interior with coordinating designer papers and design. The interior sentiment is computer-generated.
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Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps' "Loving Ladybugs", Paper Trey Ink "Everyday Button Bits" Sentiment
Cardstock & Papers: October Afternoon "Modern Homemaker" and Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Green Galore
Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Circle & Scalloped Circle Dies, Spellbinders Tag Trio Die, Martha Stewart Loop Border Punch, EK Success Corner Rounder Punch, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Uniball Signo White Gel Pen, Sponge, Adhesives, Embroidery Thread.
Copic Sketch Markers: B000 Pale Porcelain Blue, B00 Frost Blue, BG000 Pale Aqua, Y11 Pale Yellow, Y13 Lemon Yellow, Y15 Cadmium Yellow, Y21 Buttercup Yellow, Y26 Mustard, YR12 Loquat, R02 Flesh, R08 Vermillion, G20 Wax White, G24 Willow, G82 Spring Dim Green, G94 Grayish Olive, YG03 Yellow Green, YG63 Pea Green, YG67 Moss, E29 Burnt Umber, E34 Orientale, 0 Colorless Blender.
Techniques: Copic coloring & blending, sponging, machine stitching.
I'm working on another card with a Gillian Roberts illustration - another Springtime card! Thank you for visiting...I always enjoy thoughts, comments and hello's.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Little Spring Fever

Hello, and thank you for visiting my blog. I treated myself to a new stamp from Stampavie and couldn't wait to color it with my Copic Sketch Markers and use some new paper I purchased 2 years ago before my shoulder surgery, lol! The artist of the stamp is Gillian Roberts and I love her style of drawing...always so cute.

Pictured above, is the interior of the card with coordinating cardstock & papers. The sentiment is computer-generated. Click on any photo to view it larger.

Here's the deets:
Stamps: Stampavie "Looking at You", Paper Trey Ink "Birds of a Feather" Sentiment
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze
Paper & Cardstock: My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose "Gertie" Designer Pad, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Tools: Spellbinders  Label Die, EK Success Corner Rounder Punch, EK Success Daisy Border Punch, Stampin' Up Dimensionals, Black Fine Tip Marker, Sewing Machine, Thread, Embroidery Thread
Embellishments: Paper Trey Ink Pink Blush Polka Dotted Ribbon, Making Memories Mini "Button" Brads, Doodlebug Button, Hero Arts Fancy Felt Flower, Computer Generated Sentiment
Techniques: Stamping, Copic Coloring & Blending, Machine Stitching

I'm working on a cute Clear Dollar Stamps' Ladybug card and hope to share that in a few days! I always enjoy thoughts, comments & hello's.

Monday, February 18, 2013

A Tweet Return

I'm back! I bet I've lost my blog followers after a 2-year absence but, I'm hoping that's not the case. Much has happened in my absence, including an extensive rotator cuff repair/partial shoulder replacement operation and that is not a surgery that I would wish on anyone, but the surgery was successful. The recovery on that is very lengthy and I'm just now feeling about 75%, but I made a card! I must admit, I had to re-orient myself to my stamping nook, re-familiarizing myself with where I stored all my supplies and even forgot what I had regarding tools, embellies, etc. My first card after 2 years was a 2-week process...LOL! And, I inadvertently made the card 6"x6" instead of my favorite size, 5"x5"...but I have transparent polyethelene envelopes that will work nicely for that, I think. ; )

I decided to break out a Clear Dollar Stamp set, "A Tweet Hello" that I had purchased before my surgery, illustrated by Laurie Wilson. It's a small image, but very cute and I couldn't wait to use it. Below, is a photo of the interior of the card with a computer-generated sentiment and coordinating stamp images from the same set:

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Here's the Deets:
Stamp Set: Clear Dollar Stamps "A Tweet Hello"
Paper & Cardstock: My Mind's Eye Stella Rose "Gertie" Collection & Paper Trey White Cardstock
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Sahara Sand & Sage Shadow
Tools: EK Success Eyelet Border Punch, EK Success Mini Scallop Corner Punch, Spellbinders Circle & Scallop Circle Die, Spellbinders Oval & Scallop Oval Dies, Sewing Machine, Thread, Round Corner Punch, Stampin' Up Dimensionals, Embroidery Floss
Copic Sketch Markers: RV000, RV13, B000, B00, BG000, E25, E27, E31, E34, C1, C2, C5, 0 Colorless Blender
Embellishments: Paper Trey Pink Blush Polka Dotted Ribbon, Doodlebug Buttons, Basic Grey Opaline Pearls
Techniques: Copic Blending, Sponging, Machine Stitching
Thanks for looking and checking up on me! I love comments, thoughts and hello's!