Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Feel the magic of the season with Gina K. Designs

First off, I'm going to apologize right away for this horrible photo that I had to take using some artificial light---have I mentioned how much I hate this time of year for photographing LOL!!??

Those of you who know me well, know that I *LOVE* to shop for paper craft supplies and need to try everything out there.  So I while ago I ordered some Gina K Luxury cardstock, as I had heard that it worked really well with Copic markers (which it does by the way---not to mention it's AMAZING for card bases too!!).  So, while I was over there I also ordered some stamps which I've had in my "to use" pile for a while now.

I finally pulled out a few sets and made this Christmas card.  The white scalloped card base was cut out on my Silhouette and then I simply layered a few different squares of Scenic Route paper and an embossed sheet of white cardstock on top. I stamped the polka dot label and sentiment circle in red ink and then layered them on top of each other before adhering to the middle of the ribbon. 

I've had a few people ask how I do this type of ribbon treatment---maybe one day if I get a chance I'll do an in depth tutorial but for now----basically I just use LOTS of glue LOL!!  I use Beacon's 3 in 1 glue (I personally think the glue is the key to the success of this treatment as it dries clear and fast) and just fold back the ribbon and glue it down in an alternating fan pattern.  For each of the folds you will need to put some glue on the paper to glue the ribbon down and then a dot on the back of the ribbon to complete the loop.   I repeat the same technique on both sides and then just glue some kind of embellishment in the center to hide the ugly part :)  It's quite easy but just takes some playing around to figure it out---be warned that it does use a fair amount of ribbon!!

Stamps: Holiday Greeting Set from Gina K Designs, Lovely Labels from Gina K Designs
Ink: Ranger Barn Door distress ink
Papers: Georgia Pacific white cardstock, Scenic route papers
Accessories: Michaels ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Marvy circle punch, scalloped card base cut on my Silhouette

Friday, November 26, 2010

Free Spirit FWF Friday

Howdy FWF Friends!  Today I'm sharing a western themed card that I made using the Melody Ross "Brave Girls Boots" stamp set from Unity Stamps.

I dry embossed some kraft cardstock with one of my Tim Holtz embossing folders and ran some distress ink over the top surface.  Then I distressed the edges with my scissors to give it an old paper look. 

To create the distressed image panel I also used distress ink with a stipple brush.  If you've never tried a stipple brush you really should!  It allows you to instantly "vintage-i-fy" an image by applying a thin layer of ink over the entire surface.  The trick is to work in a circular motion and don't use too much ink at once.

I finished off the card by adding some suede trim from the dollar store and a few brads that I wanted to sort of resemble rivets. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.!

Don't forget to check out the Unity Blog for a full list of today's FWF blog participants and details on how you can win some FREE stamps.

Also, Unity has a HUGE sale going on right now that you might want to check out.  All the details can be found on the home page or the blog!!

Supplies:Stamp: Melody Ross Brave Girls Boots set from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Staz On black, Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Paper: Georgia Pacific cardstock, The Paper Company
Accessories: Nestabilities, Stickles, brads, Tim Holtz embossing folder, western trim

Friday, November 19, 2010

Through the Looking Glass on Bellarific Friday

I picked up this awesome new Alice stamp from Stamping Bella a few weeks ago and I couldn't wait to try her out.

I've been playing around a bit lately with some watercolouring techniques and took the plunge to paint Alice.  I must say that I *LOVE* the way she turned out and it was so fast and easy!!  Please scroll down under the photo for more details on how I coloured her if you're interested.

The card was created using this week's Stamping Bella Bellarific Friday sketch and I used a rub on on the tea cup as my sentiment. 

P.S.  Due to the crappy winter lighting conditions (and the fact that I'm at work during the daylight hours during the week) I have tried scanning this card instead of photographing it.  I did lose a bit of the shimmer on the satin ribbon but overall I think it's a bit better than a poorly lit photo (hope you agree!!)

I stamped the image on some watercolour paper (I use the Curry's Art Supply store brand paper ----140 lb cold pressed) in Palette Noir ink.  Then I used my Peerless watercolor papers for the clothing and hair and a Lyra watercolour pastel for the skin. 

First I dampened the part of the image I wanted to colour with some water (a VERY light application) and then applied the Peerless paints.  The paint wicks itself from dark to light on the pre dampened paper (so make sure you stay in the lines LOL!).

If you're not familiar with Peerless watercolor papers you really need to check them out....they are *WAY* cool!!  Essentially they come as sheets of pigment in a book.  All you have to do is take a damp brush (I use an aquapainter) and touch it to the surface for a really rich pigment.  I dabbed the brush onto a paper towel first and then applied it to the image, pulling the brush and colour from dark to lighter.  Once I got the hang of how the paint behaves it really took me less than 5 minutes to finish the image.  The portability of the Peerless paint book makes it really easy to craft on the go......throw the Peerless book in your purse with an aquapen and some stamped images and you can paint anywhere!!

Stamp:  Alice by Christy Croll from Stamping Bella
Papers:  Watercolour paper (Curry's Art Supply), We R Memory Keepers
Ink:  Palette Noir
Accessories:  Kaisercraft rub on sentiment, Offray ribbon, button, Fiskars border punch, Peerless water color papers

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Quick and Easy Thursday

If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you probably know that most of my cards are as totally opposite from clean and simple as possible as you can get :)

Well I have challenged myself recently to try making easier and quicker cards since my crafting time is pretty limited these days.

Well here's a quick, clean and simple one from me.  I created the background by stamping the Unity wood grain backgrounder in kraft coloured ink and then simply layered the other stamps on top in dark brown and turquoise.  I coloured the button turquoise with my Copics to match the sentiment colour.

Hope you enjoyed this simple card and thanks for stopping by!!
Stamps: Donna Downey Imagine it set from Unity Stamps (branch and sentiment), Grainy Background by Unity Stamps
Ink: Old Paper Distress Ink by Ranger, Timber Brown Staz On Ink, Teal Blue Staz On Ink
Paper: Gina K Designs Kraft cardstock
Accessories: Brown Twill ribbon, button, Copic Markers (for tinting button)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Super boy strikes again!

I don't often reach for masculine or boy themed images so on the weekend I challenged myself to work on one, and pulled out my MFT Superboy image

For something a bit different than my usual Copic markers, I used watercolour pencils to colour my image.  Well, truth be told I wasn't too happy with how my watercolouring turned out so I ended up trying to salvage the image by adding some Stickles over the red paint. 

Using glitter glue is a great way to hide or cover uneven colouring and at the end I was pretty happy with how he turned out.  Since I did this card I have been practising with my watercolours and it seems that I figured out what I was doing wrong---when I wet the paper first and then applied the colour I have been getting much better images (more projects to follow in the next few weeks)!!

I used this week's MFT challenge sketch from Splitcoaststampers for inspiration for the card.  All the papers are from Scenic Route.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Pure Innocence Superboy by My Favorite Things
Ink: Ranger Barn Door Distress Ink (red), Palette Noir
Paper: Watercolour paper, Scenic Route
Accessories: Watercolour pencils, Stickles, Scenic Route Chipboard, Offray ribbon

Friday, November 5, 2010

So Happy it's Unity FWF Friday!!

Hello friends!  It's Unity Friends with Flair Friday and today I'd like to share a very "Happy" card with you.

For this card I took an 8"x 8" sheet of white scalloped cardstock (from Die Cuts with a View) and folded it in half to create my card base.  I layered some green paper and pink paper (embossed with Cuttlebug folder) onto the base and then added my stamped banners.  I used chipboard Thickers in the middle of each letter to spell out my sentiment.  What I love about the Unity Good Times Vintage Banner stamps is that they are nice and big and you can use stickers or chipboard letters in them.  The possibilities are endless!!

For a full list of today's participants, stop by the Unity blog and don't forget to look for the FWF blinkie for your chance to win some stamps!!  The winner will be announced in the Unity Forum at Splitcoaststampers.

Have a great weekend!!

Stamps: Good Times Vintage Banners from Unity Stamp Co.
Papers: DCWV scalloped cardstock (to make base), K and Co, The Girls Paperie
Ink: Adirondack Lettuce
Accessories: American Crafts Thickers, Offray ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder (birds and swirls)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Welcome Little One

I just *love* this hanging hearts stamp from Ippity stamps (a division of Unity Stamp Co.) and used it to create this easy baby card (thanks to my friend Lesley for letting me try it out). 

Although the card looks like there's lots of layers and stitching details, it's actually all the work of the paper!! (from the Girls Paperie) I simply stamped the image onto some blue paper from the collection, paper pieced the hearts and matted it onto the floral paper.  The card background was also just two layers of paper but the patchwork look with the faux stitching makes it looks more detailed.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Moon Beams and Heart Strings from Ippity (Unity Stamps)
Ink: Staz On Timber Brown
Papers: The Girls Paperie
Accessories: Offray Ribbon