Monday, April 28, 2008

Card Sketch #65 - Mini Book Card

Here is sketch #65! I made this one out to like a book that is binded on the end. Card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

The card base is folded on the left and scored at the 1 inch mark on the top layer. I punched two holes that are evenly spaced apart (once I had added the strip of DP) and then set the eyelets. The grosgrain ribbon is threaded through and tied off.

These colors are a little different for me! The designer paper is from My Minds Eye and I used my marvy scalloped giga and mega punches to create the circles. The smaller circle is also a marvy brand punch that I'm about ready to throw away! It always hangs up! Thank goodness I just got my set of nestability scallops and regular circles!

The DP has a bit of a flourish in the paper (you can't really tell with the circle covering it up) and I stamped a flourish from TAC with versamark and then embossed it with clear EP. Then I added the sentiment.


Paper - White CS, My Minds Eye, Magnolia line

Stamps - TAC flourishes, sentiment from Studio G

Turquoise grosgrain ribbon and green eyelets

Ink - versamark and Palette Noir

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Another Justrite stamp

I don't know about anyone else, but I've been on the lookout for open flower stamps to color using my new Copic Ciao Markers. I haven't had much luck! I recently found some nice clear stickers that would make just wonderful stamps! So, out comes my Justrite stamp making kit and off to work I go! This is the result!

I ended up making some adjustments to the image due to how large it was! Overall, I'm very pleased with how it turned out!

The image was stamped twice and I cut out parts of the flowers and then popped them up with foam tape to give them a 3-D effect. I used colorbox Queue colors in Canary, Marigold and Orange direct to paper for the boarder. The designer paper in the back ground panels comes from Daisy D's (I think?) and is layered with Bazzill card stock. The grosgrain ribbon on the side is a last minute addition to finish the piece off. The sentiment is from Penny Black Salutations.

Here is a picture of the stamp and Copic markers I used.

As you can see, the black Palette ink pad does stain the stamp. Well, off to play a bit more! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Happy Admin. Day!

This is a card that I made for my Administrative Assistant - she does just a wonderful job day in and day out for a lot of people! So, here's to you Joanne - I hope you were showered with cards and gifts! Thanks for all that you do!!

Stamps - Out on a limb
- Sentiment from Faux ribbon from Papertrey Ink.
Ink - Palette burnt umber, Memories chalk ink in cloudy coral
Grosgrain ribbon, brads
Paper - bazzill

Card sketch #64 - lots of layers

Here is sketch #64 - a lot of layers on this one to play around with! Card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

I put my cuttlebug embossing folder to work for the back ground on this one! I just love how it looks on white!

The main image is colored with Marvy LePlume II markers - did the old "huff" thing and ta da! I added the gingham ribbon in the middle because I didn't like how blah it looked.

This card was made to give to my administrative assistant today, but ended up giving her another card - see above post.


Stamps - SU! - Happy Harmony

Marvy LePlume II markers

White, red and black card stock

Black gingham ribbon

Sunday, April 20, 2008

April Snow day projects

Here's what I did while I watched the crazy weather on Saturday. My SBS sister Lorraine sent me some House Mouse images to play with and I ended up buying a few stamps. Thanks for getting me hooked on HM, Lorraine!

Sentiment is from The Angel Company.

Both sentiments on the above two cards are done on the computer and printed on adhesive vellum. All images are colored with Copic Markers.

I can see blue sky and the sun appears to be out - but for how long we never know! Which is typical for my Sunday chores! The laundry is piled up and I need to vacuum up the dog hair on the carpet - yuk! Not to mention cleaning the dreaded bathrooms! I'd rather be stamping!!! It just might be time to look into a cleaning service! lol! Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Crazy Weather

This year has been so weird when it comes to our weather - you have to wonder if this is all caused by global warming or what? Anyway, this is what I woke up to this morning! In April!!
I think this is the latest I've ever seen snow. They are forecasting it through the weekend, but we never hold stock in what the weatherman never happens! Or you wait 5 minutes and it'll change. That's what you get when you live in the Pacific Northwest!

At least this will give me a chance to clean up and organize the stamp room! Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Card Sketch #63 - Tilted

Hi everyone! Here's card sketch #63 - kind of an off center tilt! Card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. Here's my card I made using this sketch. There are several things going on here, lots of fun to do and also adds a chance for a little creativity!

I stamped the main image in Palette Noir ink and then distressed it all over with creamy brown chalk ink from Colorbox with a stipple brush. The edges are torn and distressed further with scissors. I stamped another image and cut out the butterfly, which I colored using prisma color pencils and blending it with OMS. As you can see, it's also popped up with foam tape. I layered this onto a piece of light creamy brown card stock that I tilted at an angle.

The mesh was from a card kit I got at the $1 store at Christmas time and gold in color. I stamped over it with versamark and embossed with copper EP. I wasn't sure how it would come out, but it turned out great! The hardware is stamped with versamark onto chipboard and embossed with the same copper EP. Copper brads hold it in place. Click on the photo to enlarge and see the detail!

Overall, this sketch offers a way to use up some of those strange embellishments that we buy but never use. So, have fun with this one and show me what you make with it!
Stamps - butterfly collage by Stampin Up!
Hardware stamp by The Angel Company
Paper - Bazzill browns
Copper embossing powder
Palette Noir ink
Colorbox creamy brown chalk ink
Prisma color pencils - OMS

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Technique challenge - Masking

I did this for the next technique challenge over at ASB. I really struggled with this card! It's one of those that just didn't want to come together - no matter what I did.

The center daisy is masked - which is the challenge - and then I worked the daisies into the other panels. So, I get this all done (except for the sentiment and the top right hand daisy) and it's sitting on my work space. I'm on to the next project - I look down and what do I see??? A big black smudge of ink in the top right corner of this card. GRRR! Now, I'm about to throw this in the trash - but thought, Hmmm, how can I save this one? I stamped another two daisies, cut them out and popped them up to cover the ink spot! Whipper Snapper Stamps has this stamp saying (which I almost used on this card!) "There are no mistakes in stamping, only embellishment opportunities" - you can see the stamp here. Can you say stamping MacGyver!

By the way, if you head over to A Shade of Blue, you will see one of my cards that won their spring stamping contest! Woo Hoo! I never win anything - so this was really exciting!

Stamps - Daisy and back ground stamp from TAC, sentiment is from Studio G
Card stock - DCWV
Copic Marker in Honey Y3
Palette Noir ink

Friday, April 11, 2008

Card Sketch #62 - Legal size

Ok...doing something a bit different on this one! Let's make it long - legal sized or 3 3/4 x 8 1/2, which is just a little shorter than a legal envelope.

The picture is too dark to actually see the dark purple card stock that was used to layer the panels. The main panel measures 3 1/4 x 4 and the two side panels measure 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 without the purple layers.

I used my Copic markers to color the main panel. The bottom right panel is done with Palette Muted Violet chalk ink, stamped off once, which matched the main panel just perfectly!

I couldn't decide what to put in the middle of the was too much white space for me and thought it needed something! I played around with some ribbon...didn't work. In the end I used some purple brads that matched the background card stock.

I added some crystals to the center of the flowers and then used the stardust gel pen for highlighting the smaller flower centers.

The weather here is just gorgeous today...sun is out, I see blue skies! Hopefully this bodes well for a wonderful weekend....time for spring - out with the rain and in with the sun! But you never know here in the Northwest....wait a few minutes and it'll change! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Stamps - CTMH Friendship blessings
Ink - Palette Noir and Muted Violet Chalk
Copic Colors - bv00 (Mauve Shadow) bv02 (Prune) and YG67 (Moss)
outlined in c1 (cool gray)
Purple Card stock - Bazzill
Purple Brads

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Card Sketch #61 - Party Chic

This sketch measures 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 square. This is a quick one to use for that last minute forgotten birthday card.

When I was browsing through the isles of a Ben Franklin Craft Store a couple of weeks ago, I ran into a table of Studio G clear stamps for $1. This table was LOADED down with the recent sets that were just delivered. I had so much fun digging through those stamp sets to find the ones I liked and thought I'd use. I fell in love with this party chic set on sight.

I colored the image with my Copic Markers, used my marvy mega and giga square punches to cut out the image and it's layer. The sentiment is done using smaller square punches and adhered with foam tape on a diagonal. The swiss dots cutttlebug embossing folder worked really well with the red DCWV cardstock. I like how the white core shows through on it. Grosgrain ribbon in red was added to the top and tied in a knot.

Studio G clear stamps
DCWV red and yellow cardstock
White CS
Red Grosgrain ribbon
Palette Ink in Noir
Copic markers - y06 (yellow) yr07 (cadmium orange) r29 (lipstick red)

Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

You make my day award!

This arte y pico award is fabulous! I got this award from Barb and Kelly.

Here are the rules:

1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language.2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award. To show these rules.

The 5 blogs that I choose are:

1. Meg at Peacock Paperie

2. Laura at Whirlpool of Imagination

3. Kelly at Diaries of a Stamper

4. Lorraine at Taviascharmsfavoritethings

5. Kerry at Cards by Kerry

Thank you ladies for continually inspiring me and the rest of the blogging community!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Card Sketch #60 - Delight

Sketch #60 is simple with lots of layering for you to play around with. Sample measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

The background is done with an old BG stamp from The Angel Company called stripes. It's done in gray pigment ink from Colorbox on white card stock. The medium gray cardstock is layered with a darker gray and are both from Bazzill. I had this yummy 5/8 grosgrain ribbon that I added to the corner of the main panel and across the bottom layer, then embellished with light gray brads. I stamped the sentiment in Palette Noir at the bottom of the panel.

The main image is stamped in Palette Noir and I used white Liquid Applique to add dimension to the pussy willows. This is the third and final image that I did with the LA. I did one first without heating the LA up to make it puff....looked OK, but didn't have the WOW factor I was looking for. The next time I added some brown chalk to the puffed up LA to give them a realistic look...they just looked dirty to me, and aren't pussy willows gray in color anyway? So, I ended up leaving them naked. So, how do you think they came out?

Background stamp - TAC
Sentiment - TAC
Pussy willows - The Stampin Place
Grosgrain ribbon in light gray
Gray Brads
Bazzill card stock
Liquid Applique