Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I love spring!

Well, I'm optimistic that winter may FINALLY be over and spring on it's way, so I thought I'd share a spring themed card that I made last week. 

The image (from My Cute Stamps) was stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured with watercolour pencils.  The papers are from Making Memories and the chipboard sentiment is from a package of spring themed chipboard from the dollar store.  As you can see in the second photo there is some nice dimension from the paper pleating and the raised image panel.

Thanks for stopping by and hoppy spring!

Stamps:  Jelly Beans set by My Cute Stamps
Ink:  Palette Noir, Colorbox chalk ink
Papers:  Making Memories, watercolour paper
Accessories:  chipboard sentiment (dollar store), Offray ribbon, watercolour pencils

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Whooooo loves Owl-o-ween?

I know it's a tad early to be making cards for fall but I have some great Halloween stamps from My Cute Stamps that I've been dying to get inky for a while now so bear with me......

Here's a Halloween scene card that I created using the Happy Owl-o-ween set, some Cosmo Cricket papers and a Martha Stewart spiderweb punch that I picked up practically free at the end of last fall at Michaels.  I also found some Martha Stewart Halloween baker's twine in my stash and decided to jump on the trend bandwagon and give it a whirl.  The funny thing is that I *think* I've had that twine for at least 4 years and it's just finding it's way into the "hot" category for paper crafting now.

Stamps: Happy Owl-o-ween  from My Cute Stamps
Papers:  Cosmo Cricket, Making Memories (polka dot kraft paper), Neenah cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories:  Martha Stewart spiderweb punch, Martha Stewart bakers twine, Recollections brand rhinestones

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wrapping up St. Patrick's Day week with a Lucky card for FWF Friday

A belated "Top of the Morning" to all my Unity "Friends with Flair" buddies! 

Today I'd like to share with you a St. Patrick's Day themed card I created using the Good Times Vintage Banner set.  This set is PERFECT for creating a greeting across a long and skinny card and you can basically customize your message to read anything you like.  You may recall a while back I posted a "Happy" banner card with a similar layout.  Well, I actually created this card first but it was picked up for publication so I recreated another one with a different theme.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Unity blog for a full list of today's FWF participants and details on how you can win some free Unity stamps!!

I was lucky to have this card published in the March 2011 Cards's aways so fun to see your work in print :)

Stamps:  Good Times Vintage Banner (set SBC-129) by Unity Stamps
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink
Papers:  Georgia Pacific Cardstock, October Afternoon, The Girls Paperie
Accessories:   Offray ribbon, American Crafts glitter chipboard stickers, Fiskars border punch

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fundraiser for the Japan disaster fund from My Cute Stamps

I just wanted to let you know that My Cute Stamps is having a fundraiser for the Japanese disaster relief fund.  MCS is donating $7.99 (which is the retail price of this stamp set) for each Konnichiwa stamp set that is purchased this week.   Now is a great time to pick up some stamps and help those in need at the same time.

Help My Cute Stamps raise some money by letting your friends on Facebook & Twitter know! And thank you for any donations.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Moxie Fab Irish paper piecing creation

Top of the week to you!  This week I have a few St. Patrick's Day creations to share with you. 

Let's start out with an Irish themed card I created using a princess stamp from My Cute Stamps, a hodgepodge of green papers and my favourite technique---paper piecing.  The shamrock was traced onto some of the green Jillibean paper and hand cut.  I added a plain white flower in the center and some Stickles around the outside before "floating" my princess with some foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by!!

This is my entry for the paper piecing stamp challenge for the Moxie Fab blog.

Stamps:  Royal Celebration from My Cute Stamps, Irish Sentiment stamp from AC Moore dollar bin (not sure who makes it sorry!!)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Making Memories, Jillibean Soup, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Hand cut shamrock, Stickles, Recollections flower, Copic markers

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Keep Calm and Stamp On with the new Unity monthly challenge

In case you haven't heard, Unity Stamps started a new monthly challenge blog last month (Keep Calm and Stamp On with Unity).  I just managed to squeak out a card for the February challenge which ends tomorrow. 

The theme for the first challenge was "hearts".  I decided to use one of my never-been-inked Itty Bitty stamps.  I coloured the little monsters and sentiment that comes in the mini set to match some of the colours in some of the Valentine's day papers I had sitting in my scrap pile.

I'm looking forward to seeing the March challenge which starts on March 15th....maybe I'll even get it done a bit sooner LOL!

Stamp:  Itty Bitty Nicest Place to Be from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, K and Co. Kelli Panacci papers
Accessories:  Copic markers, K and Co die cut hearts, Micheals ribbon, Stickles

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Think you have to colour?....think again.

It's no surprise that colouring stamped images (particularly with Copic markers) is *HOT* right now.  But have you thought about using your stamps plain without colouring the image? 

A while back I was asked to make a bunch of simple cards (10 minutes or less) for a magazine feature so I decided to think outside the box and try using some stamped images that would normally be coloured.  I was pretty surprised with how good a card can look just using outlines. 

For the first card I picked a piece of patterned paper with some floral details and stamped the image to the right of it in some dark brown ink.  The base of the card was embossed and sanded to give some more dimension.

For the second card, I stamped the image in red ink to coordinate with the patterned papers I selected.  I used a piece of distressed cardstock that came with the paper line rather than just plain cardstock.

So, don't be afraid to try new things, you never know what time saving things you might discover!!

Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers:  Basic Grey, Coredinations cardstock
Accessories:  Nestabilities die, Cuttlebug Clockworks Embossing folder

Stamps:  Gillian Roberts "Looking at You" from Stampavie
Ink:  Adirondack Red Pepper
Papers:  Pink Paislee
Accessories:  Quickutz rubon, twill ribbon, Martha Stewart punch

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Penny Black Vellum window card

As I've probably mentioned before, what I love about participating in challenges is that it really pushes you to try new things and techniques.  A few week's back, the Penny Black blog weekly challenge was to use vellum on a project and that's exactly what I did.

For my first attempt at colouring on vellum, I stamped the image in black ink and then tried colouring on the reverse side of the vellum as to not have my stamping ink bleed.  So the completed project image would essentially be a mirror image as you would flip it over to the other side efore putting it on your project.  I liked the look but the colours I chose were too muted so I tried option 2.....

I stamped my image in black ink and then heat embossed it with some clear powder to give me some solid "lines" to colour in (as the Copic ink doesn't really soak into the vellum and just gets pushed around the paper).  The image turned out like a stained glass image with the embossed lines keeping the colour exactly where I wanted it.  The one thing I found when colouring on the vellum with my Copics is that you really can't blend that well (at least with the type of vellum I used) so the key for me was to just keep with one shade and try to use even strokes to keep the colours even.  For my completed image, I created a window card so that you can see the transparency of the coloured image. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: Hedgehog Birthday (40-016) by Penny Black
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Cosmo Cricket, The Paper Company cardstock, Vellum, October Afternoon
Accessories: Twill ribbon, Recollections flower, Copic markers, Stampendous clear embossing powder, Maya Road trim