Saturday, July 31, 2010

Thanks Friend -- RBD stamps

Well, it's the last day of July and my reign as guest designer for Renaissance by Design stamps has come to an end.  It was a lot of fun to create with the fantastic stamps and ribbons.  Thanks Devon for giving me the opportunity!!

For this card I used July 2010's stamp of the month--Baroque Friends.  I created a layered stamping effect using Ranger Distress inks and added texture with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and some decorative edge punching.

In the second photo you can see I used the large flower image to create a 3D flower as an embellishment.  I stamped the flower twice onto cardstock, cut out and layered them on top of each other with a pearl added for the center.

To see the rest of the cards I created this month with the RBD stamps, click here.

Stamps:  July 2010 Stamp of the Month - Baroque Friends by Renaissance by Design
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink - Broken China, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters
Paper:  K and Co, Georgia Pacfic cardstock, Coredinations cardstock
Accessories:  Martha Stewart edge punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Prima pearl

Friday, July 30, 2010

It's Cardabilities reveal day!!

Once again we reach the end of yet another month and therefore it's time for my Cardabilities reveal for sketch #8.  This month we switched it up a bit and Karan made a circular sketch for us to work with.

Here's my take on the sketch.  To create the scallops, I used a circle punch and adhered them around the outside of my circle base.  Yes it does take a bit of work but if you don't have an electronic cutter (or you can't figure out how to get yours working on a new computer---- as what happened with me for this card) then you can still create a scalloped card base easily. 

I chose to work with a garden theme for this card and used papers from Cosmo Cricket (mostly Garden Variety) and this cute Pure Innocence "Mud Buddies" image from My Favorite Things.

Be sure to stop by the Cardabilities blog and check out all the other interpretations and the sketch.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Pure Innocence Mud Buddies set from My Favorite Things (P.S.  I linked to all the Pure Innocence images.  If you don't see this particular set, it's just sold out so check back later)
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Material Girl, Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories:  Ribbon from Renaissance by Design, Stickles, Copic Markers, button, Marvy circle punch

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Feeling a bit Krafty with 2S4Y (sketch 57)

I finally got around to trying out a new technique that has been on my "to do" list for a while:  colouring with Copics on non-white/cream cardstock.  I used some Gina K Pure Luxury kraft cardstock, stamped the image onto it with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and then coloured directly onto the cardstock.    Colouring directly onto the kraft gives such a different effect but I just *LOVE* the way it turned out!!  The chalkboard was paper pieced with black cardstock and the sentiment stamped in white ink.

Oh and I managed to squeeze two challenges out of this card......I used this week's 2 Sketches 4 You sketch AND used some ruffled ribbon for this week's MFT Wednesday Stamp Club challenge over on Splitcoaststampers.

Stamps: Pure Innocence You Make the Grade by My Favorite Things stamps
Ink: Joann Essentials white pigment ink, Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper: K and Co, Coredinations, The Paper Company, Gina K Designs Pire Luxury Kraft cardstock, Bazzill
Accessories:  Copic Markers, ruffle ribbon (Fabricland), white Signo pen, Prima flowers, wood button, Quickutz apple embossing folder, Spellbinders dies, Making Memories sanding block

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fun in the Sun --- Embellish Magazine colour challenge

In the hours and hours and hours time I spend blog surfing I've noticed that there are lots and lots  of wonderful colour challenge blogs/web sites out there.  Since I had some time to work on some cards this week, I gave the Embellish Magazine Ric Rac color challenge a go----my first ever color challenge.

The colours for the current challenge were turquoise, brown, kraft and orange.  My first step was to gather some papers meeting the colour criteria.  I happened to have some October Afternoon paper sitting on my floor desk and I was able to pull out some patterned papers matching the color scheme. 

I purchased this cute new Pure Innocence "Beach Bum" stamp set recently and thought she would be perfect with these colours.  I used my Mom's Friendly Critters Cricut cartridge to cut out the sand castle and pieced the rest of the card with papers.  I added my strip of ric rac across the bottom and voila.....all done!!  It was definitely fun to start with a colour palette for something different----I'll definitely be giving this a go again soon!!

Stamps:  Pure Innocence Beach Bum set from My Favorite Things
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers:  October Afternoon, The Paper Company, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock, Colorbok
Accessories:  Ric Rac (Lens Mill Store), Copic markers, Cricut "Friendly Critters" Cartridge, Fiskars Threading water punch

Friday, July 23, 2010

Love Grows Here

Hi everyone!!  I must apologize for my lack of posts the last few weeks but I was away on a mini vacation and then working madly on a special project.  I did finish over 15+ new cards but I have to hold off a bit until I can share them *wink wink*.

Here is a new card that I made yesterday using the "Curly Tree" set from Renaissance by Design. If you look at the background paper you will notice that I created it myself using heart images from the set stamped in red ink.  The beauty of clear stamps is that you can see exactly where you are stamping so I was able to add some hearts to my tree and then add some red stickles for some bling.  I finished off the card with some awesome red polkadot ribbon (also from RBD) and of course a heart stick pin.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps:  Curly Tree set from Renaissance by Design
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Adirondack Red Pepper, Ranger Barn Door Distress Ink
Paper:  Making Memories, K and Co, Bazzill
Accessories:  Fancy Pants pink, Renaissance by Design ribbon, Stickles

Thursday, July 15, 2010

When life gives you lemons......Cardabilities reveal day!

It's July 15th and time for this month's first Cardabilities reveal! 

I'd love to share today how this card came into being.  During my blog surfing last week someone shared a card using a digital freebie from the Facebook group for Whimsie Doodles.  Right away I thought to stamp some lemons from my Renaissance by Design "Summer Fruit" set to use as scallops and to use the digital sentiment as the focal point.

I printed the sentiment onto Copic-friendly cardstock, coloured the lemon and created a scalloped mat with some green paper and my Spellbinders die.  The lemon scallops were created using two different tones of yellow Distress Ink and punched out with a circle punch before adhering to the card base.  The green ribbon (from RBD) was pleated and adhered with my new favourite adhesive---Beacon 3 in 1---which dries completely clear and is SUPER tacky.  So after all that blabbing, here's my card:

Stamps:  Summer Fruit set (lemons) from Renaissance by Design
Digital sentiment:  Whimsy Doodles (Facebook group freebie)
Papers:  Sassafras, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink (Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw)
Accessories:  Ribbon from Renaissance by Design, Making Memories pin, Marvy circle punch, Copic Markers, Spellbinders die

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sending you a little happy....Unity style!

It's Friends with Flair Friday and today I'm sharing a fun card with you that I created using the May 2010 KOTM

For this card I used Hip Hop Sketch #13 from the Unity Challenge forum at Splitcoaststampers and some fun papers with a retro vibe from Sassafras.

For a list of all the FWF participants please visit the Unity blog and don't forget that if you find the flair, you could win some stamps!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Unity Stamp Co. May 2010 Kit of the Month (A Little Happy)

Ink: Unity Stamp Co
Papers: Sassafras, Bazzill
Accessories: Copic Markers, Fiskars border punch

Monday, July 5, 2010

Introducing Baroque Friends from RBD

A while back I was surfing around the web and came across a CANADIAN based stamp company called Renaissance by Design.  They just happened to be looking for a guest designer for the month of July and I was the lucky person they selected!

Renaissance by Design (RBD) manufactures clear polymer stamps.  The stamps give a wonderful impression (I used distress inks) and come in several different designs, many of which are designed for layering.  In addition to stamps, RBD sent me some AMAZING ribbon.  Seriously, I need to buy one of every colour they sell.  It's GORGEOUS quality ribbon that ties soooo nicely. 

Now onto my creation.....This is the first of my creations for the month using the July stamp set called Baroque Friends.  First I created a layered stamping effect using some patterned paper , the vine images and two different colours of distress ink.  Then I added the flower stamps to the bouquet (which was very easy since I could see where I was stamping) and embellished the centers with pearls.  My current obsession with doilies also found it's way onto the base of this card under the stamped image mat.  The ribbon on the card is from RBD and I used a Maya Road pin through the center of the bow.

Stamps:  July 2010 release Baroque Friends by Renaissance by Design stamps
Papers:  October Afternoon, Coredinations cardstock
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink (Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Worn Lipstick)
Accessories:  Ribbon from Renaissance by Design, Maya Road stick pin, Spellbinders dies, Kaisercraft pearls, Wilton doilies

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Some sad news from the Farm

It's a sad day for me.....the design team learned yesterday that Liz and Richard are moving and are not taking Cornish Heritage Farms stamp business with them.  The business is currently for sale and all the current stock will be cleared out.  You can read all the details on the CHF blog.

I would like to thank Liz and Richard from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity to design for this wonderful company.  I wish them all the best in their future endeavours!

*Update*:  I forgot to add that due to the changes, the 12 Weeks of Summer Fling is being discontinued.  The CHF gallery and message boards will continue to operate to provide inspiration.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Thank you bear-y much!

I have a bunch of Stampavie stamps sitting in my basket of new stuff to play with and I finally got around to inking up this Gillian Roberts cutie.   

I created this card for this week's Stampavie blog challenge to use "dots".  The image itself was perfect for this challenge as it has dots on the dress.  I also used a new Cuttlebug dot embossing folder, some dotted ribbon and some Basic Grey papers with a dot motif.  *Phew*, that's a lot of dots!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamp:  Gillian Roberts "Teddy and Me" by Stampavie
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Basic Grey Max and Whiskers, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Offray Ribbon, Fiskars Apron Lace punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Making Memories sanding block, Making Memories sticker, Making Memories rub on sentiment