Thursday, February 24, 2011

Feeling Groovy--Stampavie style

Today I'd like to share a flower power inspired birthday card.  The stamp is designed by Helz Cuppelditch from Stampavie.  For this card I first chose my paper and then coloured the image with my Copics to match.  The paper ruffle was created by just folding a strip of paper, leaving a small amount unfolded to allow the image to be attached.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamp:  Helz Cuppelditch "Flower Power Camper Van" (LW0609) from Stampavie
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Sassafras, Neenah cardstock, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  7 Gypsies rubons, Copic markers, Stickles, Nestabilities, Fiskars border punch

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Matryoshka Dolls thank you

Do you ever have one of those cards that just doesn't really come out like you envisioned when you started out, but then really like how it turned out?  Well for me, this is one of those cards.

I've had this awesome set of Matryoshka Dolls stamps from My Cute Stamps in my "to use" pile for a while now but was struggling a bit to come up with a concept.  When I first started out I had envisioned doing a bit of a folk art theme with some bright colours and cardstock....I actually started stamping out the background on some white cardstock and then....DING the light went on. 

I remembered I had this sheet of paper (by Samantha Walker) in my collection that I thought would work.  So amazingly enough I found it right away, and then my design evolved from there.  I coloured the dolls a light tan to match the papers and then added a pop of pattern with the papers.  I wanted to add some texture to the kraft paper so I rummaged through my collection of embossing folders and found this Basic Grey Christmas folder that had the same vine-y look. 

P.S.  This is my entry for the Moxie Fab Copic challenge.  I used my Copics to colour the dolls.  I only used three shades of markers for the card which goes to show you that you don't need a *huge* collection of markers to colour with (but don't tell my hubby that because I'm constantly still buying more shades LOL!)

Stamps:  Matryoshka Dolls from My Cute Stamps
Ink:  Memento Black, Palette Noir (Sentiment)
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, The paper company kraft cardstock, Creative Imaginations Samantha Walker paper
Accessories:  Wood button, Michaels ribbon, Fiskars edge punch, Nestabilities dies, Copic markers, Basic Grey embossing folder by Sizzix

Friday, February 18, 2011

Nothin' says FWF Friday

Welcome to another Unity Stamps Friends with Flair Friday!  Today I'm sharing a card I made using one of my favourite lines of American Crafts paper (Abode).  As soon as I received my Unity Stamps Kitchen Logic set, I knew it would work really well with this line.  I coloured the image with bright primary colours to match the papers and added a bit of texture to the red circle using a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

For a full list of today's participants please stop by the Unity blog and don't forget to find the flair blinkie and comment for your chance to win!

Stamps: Kitchen Logic set from Unity Stamp Co
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Bazzill, DCWV, American Crafts Abode line
Accessories: Nestabilities, Offray ribbon, button, Copic Markers, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well, Valentine's Day is finally here and now I won't have to bore you any more sappy love cards ;)

At my daughter's daycare they are celebrating "Friendship Day" today and I wanted to send a little treat and Valentine's card for each of the children in her infant room.  I made these quick and easy cards using some stamps from My Cute Stamps, some plain cardstock and a strip of scrap heart themed paper.  All ten cards only took me about 40 minutes from the initial design to the completed project.  You could easily adapt this design for quick thank you cards for a birthday party etc.

To add a bit more interest to the boring white background, I embossed with my Sizzix heart themed embossing folder and added it to the scalloped card base that was just using the scalloped square Nestabilities die.  Each finished card is approximately 4" x 4" and I just wrote directly on the back of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Sweet Kawaii set (all the sweet stuf) from My Cute Stamps and Owl-o-ween (Skull) from My Cute stamps
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Georgia Pacific cardstock, The Paper Company cardstock, K and Co. Kelly Panacci Valentine's papers
Accessories:  Sizzix hearts embossing folder, Nestabilities dies, Copic markers, Making Memories rub on hearts

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A few more Valentine's.....

Here are two more Valentine's Day cards that I created using some stamps from Hero Arts and some scraps of the new Kelly Panacci K and Company papers that you've seen in other posts.

For these two cards I opted to combine the papers with some kraft paper and add some embossing with a new heart themed embossing folder set from Sizzix (purchased at Michaels). 

On this first card (measures approx. 5" x 5") I embossed the background pink paper and sanded off the surface to reveal the white core and then also embossed the kraft paper with the same embossing folder.  I added a few rub ons to the embossed kraft to add a small pop of colour.

On this second card (standard A2 - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4") I embossed the kraft paper with the hearts folder and the sentiment block.  I sanded some of the paper off the sentiment to reveal the white core and then added a die cut under my stamped image.

Other than the sewing on the first card, both cards were created in about 10 minutes each including colouring of the images!!

And here they are together:

Stamps: CL381 Sweet Wonderful You set from Hero Arts
Ink:  Memento
Paper:  Georgia Pacific cardstock, K and Co. Kelly Panacci, The Paper Company, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Copic markers, Stickles, K and Co die cuts, Nestabilities die, Making Memories sander, Sizzix embossing folders, button, ribbon

Stamps: CL381 Sweet Wonderful You set from Hero Arts
Ink:  Memento
Paper:  Georgia Pacific cardstock, K and Co.Kelly Panacci, The Paper Company, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Copic markers, Stickles, K and Co die cut border, Nestabilities die, Making Memories sander, Sizzix embossing folders, button, ribbon, sewing machine, Making Memories rubons

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hey Pumpkin!

I thought I'd take a bit of a break from sharing Valentine's Day cards to show you the latest card I created using my beloved Pure Innocence stamps from My Favorite Things.

I watercoloured the image using a combination of Peerless water colour papers and Derwert Inktense pencils.  The layout of the card is based upon last week's MFT sketch challenge (#5) from Splitcoaststampers.  It took me LOTS of practise to get my painting looking nice.  I finally figured out after much experimentation that the key is to wet the paper slightly before starting with the paints/pencils.  I also found that instead of actually colouring the image with the watercolour pencils and then adding the water, I take my brush to the tip of the pencil and pick up the paint--that way you won't get any lines in your image.  It really just takes practise, practise, practise to get comfortable with using watercolours.

I'll be back later this week with some more Valentine's Day cards :)

Stamps: Pure Innocence L'il Pumpkin from My Favorite Things
Ink: Staz On Jet Black
Paper: Watercolour paper (Curry's Art supplies), Basic Grey
Accessories: Nestabilities, Watercolour pencils/papers, button, Michaels ribbon

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mimi would like you to be your Valentine.....

A snow day from work yesterday meant I had some (rare) time to play around in my scraproom and I was able to produce a few cards using some images that I had pre-coloured over the last little while. 

I may have mentioned it before but I like to stamp out a bunch of images onto a sheet of cardstock and then colour them while I'm watching TV in the evenings or sometimes I'll even bring them to work and colour during my lunch break---I just select colours I like for the image and then worry about matching them up for a card later.  Since I have one of the world's largest hoard collections of papers it's never hard for me to find something to match.

For this card I had coloured this cute Mimi image from Penny Black in pinks and was inspired to make a Valentine's card using some of the new Kelly Panacci paper from K and Co. that I recently bought at Michaels. As you can see in the second image I added dimension to the card using some dimensional foam tape to make the different layers pop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp:  Sweet Thing by Penny Black
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, K and Co. Kelly Panacci
Accessories:  Michaels ribbon, red gingham trim from Etsy, Stickles, Copic markers, button, Spellbinders, Making Memories rub on sentiment, sewing machine
Sketch:  February sketch Penny black blog

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

We're so LUCKY!! Kim Hughes stamps are back (whhoottt!!)

If you've been following my blog for a while, it's no big surprise to you how much I *LOVE* Kim Hughes' artwork---I mean heck look at my header for my blog :).  In fact, those stamps were the reason I was drawn to Cornish Heritage Farms where I eventually was lucky enough to design for them for a few years.  It was a sad day for me when Kim stopped producing artwork for them as well as when Richard and Liz decided to sell the business.

Anyways-----GUESS WHAT???  Kim has started her very own stamp business called Paper Smooches!!  I am one HAPPY girl and we are so lucky that Kim has decided to start her own company.  I can't wait to see what she has in store for us :)