Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A quick peek at August's Sheetload.....

Here's a quick peek at one of the cards I created for August's Sheetload of cards. Be sure to stop by on August 1st for the full reveal!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Getting So Sketchy with some Wild Saffron

Be sure to stop by the So Sketchy blog today for another wonderful card Sketch by Ally. This is the sample card I created for this sketch.

TIP 1: Add more interest to your patterned papers using stamps and coordinating inks. I stamped on the background paper in brown ink using my new Scroll Scrapblock stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms.

TIP 2: Add more dimension to your cards by using foam tape or pop dots. I used some pop dots on my sentiment and butterfly to add more dimension to my card.

Papers, tag and die cut journal box: K and Co Wild Saffron
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms (Scroll Scrapblock and sentiment stamp)
Other: Prima flowers, Offray ribbon, button, Stickles, Nestabilities die

Monday, July 28, 2008

A Christmas Kinkade card

Here's another detailed image card I created last week using the Thomas Kinkade "Skater's Pond" stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. Although it's a bit difficult to see in the photo, I added a lot of sugar glitter on the white snow portions and some glossy accents to the pond to give the illusion of ice.

I coloured the image using Prismacolor pencils and Gamesol. I made the image the focal point of the card and accented it with some paper from Basic Grey (Figgy Pudding) and a single poinsettia.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

This stamp is "Noteworthy"

Hopefully you're not bored of seeing three cards in a row with this fabulous Cornish Heritage Farms stamp (Sandra Kuck Sisters).

I paired up this one with papers and die cuts from the Making Memories Noteworthy collection.

The image was coloured using Prismacolor pencils and Gamesol.

The sentiment is from Kim Hughes' Scripty words set from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Thanks for looking! I'll try to work on something different for next week LOL!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Did I tell you how much I love this stamp yet?

Here's another card I did with the Cornish Heritage Farms Sandra Kuck Sisters stamp. This is actually the card I wrote about in the post below but then I realized I had the wrong photo so I corrected the text below and now here's the correct post.....I was having a blonde day LOL!

This is one of the first cards I created with my stamp. I coloured the image using some Copic markers. Since my Copic collection is still in it's infancy stage, I used only two markers and the colourless blender to create my image and layered the colours to add intensity. I added some Stickles to the water to add a bit of shimmer. For the card, I cut the image into an oval and mounted on a chocolate brown nestabilites cut out. I used some ancient Basic Grey paper (gives a really vintage feel!!) and Cuttlebugged a portion of the paper.
I finished off the card with some ribbon, Prima flowers and a stamped sentiment from the Kim Hughes Silhouette Blooms II set (also by Cornish Heritage Farms).

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sisters, a Sandra Kuck stamp

I fell in LOVE with this Cornish Heritage Farms Sandra Kuck "Sisters" stamp and finally was able to add it to my rubber collection. I love the vintage, feminine and romantic feel to the stamp. original text that was here was for the wrong bad!! Here's the correct info:

I coloured the image on this card using Prismacolor pencils and Gamesol. The papers are from K and Co, the ribbon is from Martha Stewart and the flowers are Prima. I created the pleated ribbon by folding and gluing with Fabrictac glue.

I have a few more cards made with this stamp that I'll be sharing in the next few posts.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Feeling a bit artistic

I was really busy this week practicing my colouring skills on this Thomas Kinkade image (Make a Wish Cottage) by Cornish Heritage Farms. I'm quite happy with how it turned out for my first attempt at a detailed stamp. I guess all those high school art classes paid off after all LOL!

I coloured the image primarily using Prismacolor Premier artist pencils and blended the colours with Gamesol and blending stumps. I found the trick to colouring in this stamp was to apply colours in layers and build them up to achieve the finished look. I also applied colour over the entire image including the parts of the stamp that was really dark---it adds to the overall look of the stamp. It also helps to have a lot of different pencils to chose from which had me running to Curry's Art supply store a few times this week LOL! I did use some pink Copic markers on some of the flowers due to my lack of pink pencils.

After completing the colouring it was time to figure out how to put this into a project. First I added a layer of Plaid paper glaze paint (similar to Glossy Accents) to the completed image. My intent was to allow it to dry and then crack it to give it a vintage look but I didn't apply enough of the glaze to do so and I didn't want to add more in case I ruined the image. So I was left with a stamped imaged with a really glossy surface. It almost looks like a porcelain painted plate IRL and the slight sepia tint to the glaze really polishes off the look IMO. I mounted the image on a spellbinders scalloped die cut (created by gluing two squares together to form a rectangle) and then used some Basic Grey papers for my card. I finished it off with some Prima flowers, Offray ribbon and a wood button. The sentiment is from the Kim Hughes Silhouettes II set also from Cornish Heritage Farms.

To stamp the original image I used Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black stamping ink. It gave me the crispest image and still left enough "white space" in the stamp for colouring.

Although this card took longer than my average card, it certainly won't be my last Kinkade coloured card!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Be sure to stop by Sheetload....

....for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!

All you need to do is show us your July projects. Read all about it here.

You can also win by posting a shout out to Sheetload. Read about it here.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

My first So Sketchy assignment

Here's the card I created for this week's So Sketchy July card sketch. Be sure to stop by the blog to check out the sketch and all the other wonderful creations.
Papers: Basic Grey Sultry
Bracket stamp: Inque Boutique
Sentiment stamp: Cornish Heritage Farms (Kim Hughes Silhouettes set)
Felt embellie (surrounding sentiment): Prima (cut from felt trim borders)
Flowers: Prima
Rhinestone brad: Dollerama

Friday, July 18, 2008

More scrap cards

Here are my final two cards that I created using the scraps of my Vita Bella papers/embellies/stickers from the Scrapping Turtle. The first card is a wedding card where I used a left over circular cardstock sticker as my focal point. In the second card I used a left over journalling card and stamped with blue distressing ink. I covered all the stamping on this card with Stickers for some bling. I finished off my card with some ribbons and Prima flowers.

Papers, Cardstock Stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle Vita Bella line
Stamps: Inque Boutique, Kelly Pannaci
Other: Stickles, ribbons, buttons, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinders circle scallop die

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hi and Happy Thoughts

Here's two cards I created with my scraps of Vita Bella papers from my Scrapping Turtle kit. Both of these cards use the new Chatterbox clear stamps (Botanico and Happy Day sets). I just love the little mushroom stamp!!

Tips: get the most of your supplies by using the negatives of cardstock stickers. On the owl card I cut around the outside of the one of the journalling box stickers and used it as an accent on my card (the dark brown bracket type sticker).
Tip #2: Create interesting stamped images buy stamping on patterned paper and cut out design. The trees on the one card were stamped onto scraps of paper and then hand cut. Then stamp the image with ink and adhere cut out image on top.

Papers and cardstock stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle Vita Bella
Stamps: Chatterbox
Other: Stickles (Cinnamon), Prima flowers, buttons, kraft cardstock

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Old Ironsides

Here's another layout I did with my Vita Bella kit from the Scrapping Turtle. When I first saw the background paper I used in this layout it immediately reminded me of historical paper and I knew that I had the perfect photo (Old Ironsides from my Boston trip). I did some paper layering and inking to add to the vintage feel of the layout.

Papers and embellishments: Little Yellow Bicycle Vita Bella
Mini letter stickers: Making Memories
Title font: Quickutz Diesel
Flowers: Prima
Rhinestone Brad: Dollerama

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It's July 15th....and that means

It's reveal day for the rest of the Scrapping Turtle design team projects!!! As you may remember from my sneak peek layout, I was given some papers and embellishments from the fabulous Vita Bella line from Little Yellow Bicycle.

Here's another layout I did with the kit I was given. I have one more layout and a few cards to share but I'm going to spread them out since I'm still getting caught up on my scrapping LOL!

Papers, cardstock stickers, die cuts: Vita Bella line Little Yellow Bicycle
Stamp (journalling box): Teresa Collins
American Crafts Thickers
Cardstock: DCWV
Making Memories mini letters

All of the items on this layout (with the exception of the last two) can be purchased in the Scrapping Turtle store. Hurry though because these LIMITED EDITION papers aren't going to last long :)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

More Havana!

These are some of my favourite shots from Old Havana and part of "modern" Havana. The first and second photos are in the Plaza de la Catedral (Old Havana). The third photo is El Morro. The fourth picture is Havana taken from El Morro. The fifth picture was taken in the streets of Old Havana. The sixth photo is the Ministry of Interior Defense Building in Plaza de la Revolución. The seventh photo is the Capitol building. The last photo is the streets of "modern" Havana (the Capitol building in the background).

Friday, July 11, 2008

My two favourite photos from Havana Cuba

So I finally got around to uploading and processing some vacation shots and these are two of my favs so far. I used an Urban Acid action in Photoshop to process them.

The first photo is a row of old cars parked in Old Havana and the second is a view of the street across from the Capitol building. The architecture and old cars were just amazing in this historic city.

What do you think??

I'm back!

OK, so I know most of you didn't have any clue that for the last week I've been sitting poolside drinking mojitos in sunny Cuba (thank you blogger scheduler LOL!) but I'm back with some good news.....

I've been selected to be a card designer for the new sketch blog SO SKETCHY! I love working with sketches and I'm really looking forward to working with Ally and the other designers. Be sure to check out the blog for some fabuluous sketches.

Since I haven't done much scrapping in the past two weeks I'll probably be sharing some of my photos from Cuba while I get back in the scrapping groove. Unfortunately that means first going throught the 1200 + files from my stay tuned !!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

These boots are made for walking

This is a fun and (very pink card) that I created using stamps from the Rummage Bin Shoe Boutique set from Cornish Heritage Farms.

In order to add more interest to the card, I stamped the boots in pink ink, added adhesive and flocking powder. I also added flocking powder to the brad that I used in the center of the flower. I used my Cuttlebug swiss dot embossing folder on the oval. I also used the Cornish Heritage Farms houndstooth scrapblock stamp on the top paper. The papers are from Basic Grey.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Kraft and white round 2

Here's another card I created in the white and kraft theme. The large center stamp is from Hero Arts and was heat embossed in white (I'm getting better at it, huh?!?!). Then I simply mounted on white cardstock and mounted on kraft paper that I embossed in my Cuttlebug (swiss dots).

Sunday, July 6, 2008

I know it's a bit early but here's a few fall cards

I don't normally create items specifically for magazine calls but I had the chance to use some new Cornish Heritage Farms stamps a while back and I created these two fall cards to use for submitting.

For the first card I used some tree stamps from the Kim Hughes Making the Grade set (CHF) and coloured them in with Prisma pencils and Stickles. I used a sentiment from the Rummage Bin Fall set.

The second card uses two stamps from the Rummage Bin Fall set (the scarecrow and the sentiment). I used Basic Grey Mellow papers for both cards.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Some vintage baby cards

These two cards started out as one 9 x 4 but I just wasn't able to make the long card work the way I envisioned so I cut it in half and created these two separate cards.

The papers are some really old Basic Grey (Sweet Pea Jack collection) and have a lot of distressing printed on the paper.

The baby shoe stamp and the congrats sentiment are both from Cornish Heritage Farms (Kim Hughes Tag You're it and Rummage Bin Shoe Boutique). The bunny is a Quickutz die and I used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder for the top.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Just Because

First of all HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY to all my American friends. I don't have any red, white and blue cards to share so pink will have to do LOL!

This very pink and cheery card was created with lots of stamping and layering of stamps (a technique that is still relatively new to me).

The bracket containing the flowers is an Inque Boutique stamp. I layered stamps from the Nature's Silhouettes set (from Cornish Heritage Farms) in different colours of pink. I then added some dragonflies and sentiment in black ink.

The papers are from Basic Grey and I added some swirl stamps from the Rummage Bin collection (also Cornish Heritage Farms). I finished it off with some lace and buttons.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

A whole lot of heat embossing

I've recently noticed a few cards out there that use kraft paper and white inks and I decided to try my hand at it. Although I'm usually hopeless when it comes to heat embossing, I embossed with white powder onto my kraft cardstock.

This is a rare card that uses NO patterned paper. The background was created using the tiled scallops backgrounder stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. I stamped in Versamark ink first and then heat embossed. I will admit it took two tries LOL!

The flowers and sentiment are also from Cornish Heritage Farms (Kim Hughes Silhouette Blooms) also stamped in Versamark and embossed.

I really like the way this card turned out and I'll definitely be trying more similar cards in the future!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

July Scrapping Turtle sneak peek

This month my design team kit from the Scrapping Turtle contained products from the Little Yellow Bicycle Vita Bella line. This LIMITED EDITION paper is just stunning and definitely won't last long so be sure to get over to the Scrapping Turtle store today to get some!! You can find the products here. Note that many of the papers have foiled accents and the colours and designs are very versatile.

This is my first layout from the kit with more to come on July 15th!

Paper: Vita Bella Brown Batik and pieces from the Vita Bella fold out album

Cardstock sticker (journalling box): Vita Bella Journal pieces stickers

Jewel brad: DéjaViews Vita Bella Jewel Teardrop Brad

Epoxy sticker: Vita Bella

Cardstock: DCWV

Font for title: Iskola (cut on QK Silhouette)

Mini letter stickers: Making Memories

Flowers: Prima

Scalloped edging made with Fiskars Threading Water border punch

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

It's July 1st which means a new issue of Sheetload is available!

This month it's Christmas in July over at Sheetload of Cards. The designers were to create Holiday or Christmas themed cards with the fabulous pattern.

These are the two cards I created. The first card uses Basic Grey papers and my Cuttlebug snowflake embossing die. I used stamps from MSE and Provocraft.

The second card uses stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms. I created the plaid background using the scrapblock stamp. The sentiment and the rest of the stamps are from the Christmas Cheer set by Kim Hughes. Papers are all Basic Grey.

Be sure to download this month's issue