Thursday, November 29, 2007

Card Sketch #38 - Angels Sparkle

Here's another simple sketch for those last minute Christmas cards. I know that I'm still working on all of mine. Sometimes, I feel as though I'm never gonna get them done and in the mail.

I cut my card base to a 5x5 square and covered the front with the Flurries and frost paper from Deja Views. I stamped my main image and colored her with prismacolor pencils and OMS. I added glitter to her wings and used my stardust gel pen to add some sparkle to the snowflakes. Both the main panel and the sentiment panel are matted twice with different colored blue cardstock from Bazzill.

Designer Paper - Deja Views, flurries and frost
Angel Stamp - Lockhart stamp company
Sentiment - Impress rubber stamps
Small snowflakes on the sentiment panel are from TAC
Ink - Palette Noir
Stardust pen

Monday, November 26, 2007

Technique Challenge - TP casting

I just wanted to share with you a technique challenge over at A Shade of Blue. I just recently decided to be a part of their challenge team and came up with this fun technique to try!

It's called TP casting and you can find the instructions here.

Scott single ply toilet paper
Stamp (Snowman from The Angel Company)
Sentiment - The Angel Company
Tree's - SU, lovely as a tree
Paper - HOTP
Stardust glitter pen

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Card Sketch #37 - Make a Wish

Here is sketch #37. I decided to get out of the Christmas card making stretch with this one, and went totally in a different direction.

First of all, use your embossing buddy and go over your card stock. Stamp images with versamark and sprinkle with embossing powder. I just love the Glacier white EP I bought from CHF, it's the best on the market in my opinion. See link below. Anyway, I had a little bit of the EP left on the card stock when I heated it up, but thought that it looked like someone had blown on the dandelions to make a wish! I didn't plan it that way intentionally, but it worked out great in the end!

I cut the main panel in three separate equal parts and mounted it on white pearlized glimmer paper. Then popped that up on the yummy designer paper! I added the gray ribbon and cut out the sentiment with the window word punch and attached it on the ribbon!

Stamps by Heidi Grace
Black card stock
Glacier White embossing powder by Cornish Heritage Farms
Pearlized white paper by paper accents
Designer paper is from the luxury stack by DCWV
Gray ribbon

Criss-Cross Card

I finally got to do a criss cross card! I had to make one and totally muck it up before I got one that looked half way decent. How fun this was to make and oh, the possibilities with all the great designer papers out there!

Green and red Cardstock by DCWV
Designer paper - Best Creation, Inc.
Green ribbon
Stamps - Gina K Designs

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Card Sketch #36 - hello

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Here's my latest sketch design. Fast, simple and very versatile!

The main image is Flaky Friends from Stampin' Up! I just love this group of snowmen! Stamped with Palette Noir ink and colored with my Glaze gel pens from Sakura.

The hello sentiment is from tag tidbits from The Angel Company. I cut the scalloped squares from my cuttlebug dies and mounted them with dimensionals. The two background panels are also popped up with dimensionals.

White card stock base
Designer paper - Deja Views flurries & frost
White textured card stock by DCWV
Ink - Palette Noir
Glaze gel pens

I get to host Thanksgiving dinner again this year. It's going to be a rather small affair, but cozy all the same! I hope that everyone has a safe and fun Thanksgiving with family and friends! Don't eat too much, remember that Christmas is right around the corner and we need to save room for all the goodies that that Holiday has to offer!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Direct to paper polished stone technique

Here's a way to get that polished stone technique even if you don't have any re-inkers.

Gather your supplies:
Pigment inks
Glossy white card stock

Start off with a juicy pigment ink. I used colorbox petal point inks in slate blue, midnight and frost white.

Using the direct to paper technique, dab the midnight and slate blue onto your glossy card stock.

Next, wet your cotton with alcohol and dab onto the card stock blending the two inks.

Add more ink if desired and keep blending until you get something you like. Lastly, add the frost white and blend in a bit to lighten and highlight.

Once done, let dry and use as a back ground for your card. I used mine for the card sketch challenge on SCS, see link here.

Here's my finished card.

Stamps used:
Snowmen is from Winter tags by The Angel Company
Sentiment by Great Impressions

Other supplies and details

Inks - see above and Palette Noir
Colored with glaze gel pens.
Glitter used on the left snowman for his hat and for the snow.

Paper - Hot off the Press
Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Card Sketch #35 - Many Thanks

Here's my latest sketch that uses a ATC as the main panel.

I stamped this image before leaving on a business trip and colored it in while I was away. This image is also blended with baby oil instead of my faithful OMS.

I distressed the ATC with my edge distresser and then used tea stain distress ink from Ranger along the edges. The dark brown panel is stamped with the weathered back ground stamp in versamark and then embossed with clear EP.

Putting the back ground layers at a slight angle creates some visual interest to the main stamped image and sets it off.

The card base is corrugated craft by paper reflections.
gingham paper from DCWV
Brown card stock by DCWV
Photo corners/brads
Ink - Palette Noir
Distress ink from Ranger
Clear embossing powder

Weathered by Stampin' Up
Sunflower by The Angel Company
Many Thanks by The Angel Company (tag tid bits)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

I've been tagged

By Niki over at paper creations. Her blog link is under the SBS badge.

Here we go....

1. If you could have 100.00 worth of scrapbook paper or assorted embellishments, which would you choose? Embellishments! I have a lot of designer paper that I haven't used, so more paper would be too daunting for me to try and use up.

2. If you had to choose between using only stamps or ribbons, which would you choose? Stamps....hands down, no choice for me there.

3. If you knew how to do both awesome cards and layouts but could only do one for a whole year…which would you do? Cards, they're quicker and I tend to spend too much time on layouts and change my mind on them way too frequently mid stream.

4. Would you rather own a scrap booking store or have your own scrapping room at home? I have my own stamping/scraping room already.

5. What is your CURRENT card making or scrapping style? Simple because I like clean lines, however I'm trying to broaden my style with new ideas and designs.

Here are the rules…………..Please answer the questions on your blog and tag 5 more people to answer the same questions……….make sure you list on your blog who you are tagging….

Tagging these people:
Jennfier Liebelt
Becky Stewart
Samm Livett

Friday, November 9, 2007

Sisterhood of the blogging stampers

I've been married for 21 years to a wonderful outdoor's man. We love to travel, RV and fish during the summer months, or whenever we can. We are the proud parents of a furry four legged dog (half siberian husky, half golden retriever) named Dylan.
I'm an Angel Company demonstrator/hobbiest and respect and enjoy just about any stamp companies images. You know how it is, if you like it, buy it!
When people first meet me, they think I'm a girlie girl. But I'm a tom boy at heart! Please visit some of the excellent blogs listed under the SBS badge on your right! There are a lot of really great ideas and lots of inspiration for you to browse through.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Card Sketch #34 - Cardinal

Here is sketch #34, nice and easy with lots of possibilities!

The main image is colored with prismacolor pencils and blended with baby oil. I tried this technique while I was on the road and couldn't bring my OMS with me. I was actually very pleased with the results. I took some creative license with the image, and made it into a Cardinal. Hopefully it looks like one!

My white card base is covered with paper that is from Paper Pizazz (Christmas 8X8 papers). The main image is matted with red bling and green that matches the plaid. Twine is added in the back ground to match the nature theme of this card. Instead of using black brads in the corner, I added black dots using my gel glaze pen. Basically this was an after thought, since I already had the image popped up and on the card. Thanks for looking and have a great week.

Stamps: The Angel Company - All things nature
Sentiment - Inkadinkado Silhouettes

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Card Sketch #33 - Snowflake Medley

Card Sketch #33 is all about snowflakes, or shall I say rectangles and diamonds. I repeated the diamond shape from the previous sketch but changed some things around.

I found this really great winter/Christmas paper at the local Ben Franklin store from the Paper Company called Snowflake Stripe and Snowflake Medley, and thought I'd put it to use for this sketch.

The snowflakes are stamped using colorbox ink in Azurite and then embossed with clear embossing powder. Both panels are matted with dark blue card stock from DCWV. I used my cuttlebug snowflake die to cut out the white snowflakes that are attached on the right side of the card. Two of them are attached with some small blue snowflake brads from Making Memories. I also used a white big brad and attached the "Believe" rub on to it, both are from HOTP.

Stamps: Provocraft let it snow

Hope everyone is having or had a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Card Sketch #32

Here is card sketch #32, which has a lot of layers, but is fun to work with. Using some really nice designer paper on the layers really adds interest to this sketch.

I started off with white cardstock as my base. I used the swirls stamp set by stampendous to add the holly swirl background, which was inked up using Palette Jardin Moss. The striped paper is from Impress rubber stamps. I used some gold metalic paper and cut out a square using my marvy giga scalloped punch. Punched out another square and stamped the sentiment on, which is from stampendous. The corner stamps are from the set Curly Q's by Fiskars. Both were stamped in Palette Jardin Moss. I added some green ribbon to finish the card off.

Stamps used:
Stampendous - Swirls (clear acrylic)
Fiskars - Curly Q's (clear acrylic)
Paper: Impress rubber stamps Holiday collection (green stripes) Gold Metalic

Can you believe it's November already? Where does the time go? Have a great week everyone!