Sunday, July 27, 2008

You make a difference!

Here's another card I did based off of sketch #81 - however I left off the sentiment on the lower right and added it to the main image.

The flowers are colored with Copic Ciao Markers in R37, carmine. That color of ink was the closest I could come to matching the Palette Moulin Rouge ink I used on the back ground strip. All flower centers are filled with a Black glaze gel pen. I added some paper piercing to the four corners of the card to finish it off. I tried to frame it, but the SU paper piercing template that I have does not make straight lines for nothing and it's so frustrating. Looks like I got a defective one!

Now to explain this. Since the message of the card is "you make a difference" I used red stickles on only ONE of the flowers. Seemed to work and looks really cool in real life!

Well, I'm off for a week at the Beach in the RV. Time to relax, play and be a little lazy. See ya when I get back!

Stamps - TAC - Sprigs, Linear Sentiments, Ordinary greetings
Red and black paper by Bazzill
Copic Ciao Marker
Black glaze gel pen
Red stickles

Friday, July 25, 2008

Card Sketch #82 - cattails

Here's sketch #82 - normal A2 measurements. This one came out very masculine. Which is a bonus because it seems I'm always short on those types of cards in my stash.

The back ground is done with creamy brown chalk ink (stamped off once) with the sanded back ground stamp from SU.

The cattails are done with Marvy LePlume II markers and a few huffs! That layer of burlap is really ribbon. I bought it a Wal-Mart in their half off Christmas section in January. It had red string stuff and wire on both sides. So, I bought it for like 50 cents and decided I could cut off the ugly red stuff and use the middle section for a lot of different things. Great investment, huh? I pulled a few of the fibers out to give it a distressed look. Overall, love the texture it added to the card!

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

Stamps - Sanded back ground by SU, Cattails by Sunday International, Sentiment and dragonfly from Penny Black clear stamp set called Salutations (this is an awesome set!!!)
Paper - Bazzill
Antique Brads
Palette Noir ink
Colorbox chalk ink in creamy brown
Marvy LePlume II markers

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A few TAC cards to share

Hello everyone! I wanted to share two sketch challenge cards that I did over at SCS that use TAC stamps.

This one is Butterfly Bits. I stamped the butterflies in Memories Muted Violet chalk ink, that was stamped off once. Then came back with the same ink full strength to do the flowers. I added liquid pearls in white opal to the centers. The back ground strips are done using my direct to paper polished stone technique. If you want to see my tutorial on that, click here. The back ground paper is a pearl sparkle from paper accents.

This next one is done using the Everyday Events stamp set. It's colored with prisma color pencils and blended with OMS. I also used the black glaze gel pen for the centers of the flowers in the window box. The cloud back ground was air brushed with Copic Ciao markers and a cloud stencil. As you can see I used my nestabilities rectangle dies to cut out the main image. Paper is from the Core'dinations line. The red prima flowers were added to match the window box flowers. I had to cut a flower apart that looks like a leaf, to make one.

These sketches are from SCS - numbers 184 and 185 and can be seen here.

I'll be leaving for a weeks vacation on Sunday - will post another card sketch before I go tho!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Card Sketch #81 - What's Brewing?

Here's sketch #81 - sweet and simple! Normal A2 measurements.

I just recently picked up this stamp and sentiment at my LSS! I hadn't seen it before and thought it was way cool!

The image is colored in Copic Markers and I added a thin layer of Crystal Lacquer to give the cup a glass like look! The diamonds on the back ground layer are stamped in Colorbox pigment ink and then embossed with clear EP. I decided to unearth my corner rounder and went to town on this one! By the way, I used stamps from three different stamp companies to make this card. But they all just seem to go together, YKWIM?

I liked this sketch so much that I did another card using new TAC stamps. However, I think I'll hold off on posting that one until later.

Well, off to address some RAK's - my cards are piled up high and I need to get rid of some! Have a great week!

Stamps - latte cup from Impression Obsession, What's brewing? sentiment from A Muse, Diamonds from Penny Black's Salutations.
Paper - DCWV
Ink - Palette Noir, Colorbox canary pigment ink
Copic Markers in colors - C1, C3, E33, Y06, and B02
Crystal Lacquer

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A really belated WHOO HOO!!!

OK - So I'm really behind the times - and for a very good reason, too!

I just found out that I was published in the Autumn 2007 Take Ten magazine! (Thanks Jenn!) You see, I didn't know - I never got my free copy of the magazine and I by-passed it at J's or M's because when I flipped through it, nothing caught my eye! Now I'm kicking myself!

I ended up emailing Stampington and Company and they sent me out my fee copy! So, WHOO HOO - I'm published on page 127!

So, lesson learned - always look through the magazines on the shelves in detail if you have submitted something to them! The magazine staff is human and sometimes do make mistakes and forget to mail off your free copy! =)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Card Sketch #80 - Imagine

Here's sketch #80! Measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

OK - this started off as the Gina K sketch challenge (see post below) and I forgot that I had to fold over the lower right hand corner! Well, after a few short four letter words, I stuck it in my stash and figured I'd use it later. Then I got my new TAC stamps and liked the swirl (ya, enough swirls already) and thought I'd get a little creative with them.

I stamped them in light pink chalk ink from Memories - I got the set of four cubes of pinks - love 'em! I did emboss the swirls with clear embossing powder - gave it a little more depth! The Imagine sentiment is stamped in a darker pink included in the set. I used the cube direct to paper to outline the layer.

Then I couldn't find a good match on ribbon in all my stash - getting a little frustrated at this point - So, I thought, let's see how well Copic's will color on this satin ribbon - looking good - a little stiff - let me work it a bit - ok, now to add some eyelets to thread it through! Whaa lah!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Stamps - Euphoric elements and elegant sentiments
Ink - Memories chalk in Angelic pink and Cloudy coral
Pink card stock - Core'dinations
Silver eyelets
Satin Ribbon colored with Copic marker

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Card Sketch #79 - Enjoy

Here's sketch #79 - Simple, but fun to play around with!

I used my Copic Markers to color the image, except for the tiny flowers in the pot - had to revert back to my Marvy LePlume II's for the fine point on the marker. Those flowers are way too small for Copic Ciao's. I punched out some flowers and used the black glaze gel pen for the centers - used it on the small flowers, too!

I added the faux stitching along the top and bottom of the brown layers using a .005 Copic multi liner and a ruler!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and counting down the days till the weekend! I have a few more sketches to post and some other cards that I've been playing around with. More to come later!


Stamp - TAC

Paper - DCWV (brown and yellow stripe) Coredinations - solid yellow

Copic Markers - E33 (sand) and C1 (cool gray)

Copic Multiliner .005

Black glaze gel pen

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Gina K Sketch

Have you seen the sketch over on Gina K's blog? She's going to randomly pick someone to win a cool prize, however you have to use her stamps. Well, you know that I'm hooked on the Botanical dreams set, so I thought I'd whip up a card using her sketch and post it over at SCS and here.

The flower is stamped with Palette Noir and colored with Rose Red (R85) Copic marker. I decided to take the time to cut out the flower - it's actually pretty easy to do, just time consuming. The oval was cut out using my coluzzle - it think it might be time to invest in some oval nestabilities! I used acrylic paint and a tooth brush to splatter paint onto the oval, let dry and popped up the flower. I really like how this turned out! Thanks for the challenge Gina - you can see and read about it here!

Botanical dreams set by A. Hopkins from Gina K designs
Pink card stock from coredinations
Designer paper is from ???, I've had it so long I can't remember and it's not marked
Pink jewel brad
Sentiment from TAC

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Card sketch #78 - Believe

Here's sketch #78 - measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

This one is a little different, with some off center layers and embellishments.

This is another stamp image from A. Hopkins from Gina K Designs, Botanical Dreams! This set is just amazing and so versatile! The leaf is colored with Copic marker in Willow green (G24) and outlined in gray. I used a store bought acetate tag and colored it with my Copic Marker air brush system! I really liked how soft the color turned out!The small square is a piece of cork that came with sticky back on it already that I purchased eon's ago at Michael's. I just punched it out using my small square punch, pealed off the backing and placed it on the card. It's a pretty thin piece of cork but it took some wiggling to get it out of the punch in tact.

Thanks for stopping by - hope the rest of your week goes quickly!

White card stock and Ivory CS (base)
SU designer paper - distressed with Palette burnt umber
Bazzill green CS
Palette Noir and burnt umber inks
Copic Markers
Acetate tag

Sunday, July 6, 2008


Do you know the song by Jimmy Buffett?

Well, that is what came into my mind when I saw this huge statue of this shark in front of The Last Mango in St. Martin. Which is what they intended, I'm sure! The store was all Jimmy Buffett souvenirs! Tons of fun!

We vacationed there in October of 2001 and I'm just now getting around to scrapping these digitally. Glad I have a scanner - because I have no idea where the negatives are for these pictures. I'm also glad for Un-Do as that stuff is wonderful in getting things off - and out of the old scrapbook so that I could scan it! LOL !!! Anyway - thought I'd share my latest creation with you! Another card sketch coming soon!

Papers and page elements are from: Phuong Ton’s graphics, except for the mesh which is from AWP by Vicki!

Done on Photoshop Elements 5.0

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Card sketch #77 - pink orchid

Here's sketch #77 - great for showing off some wonderful coloring and great patterned paper! This measures 5 x 5!

I just got these new stamps from Gina K designs - called Botanical Dreams by Asela Hopkins. They are just a dream to color and offer a lot of possibilities!

I colored the orchid in Copic Ciao Markers and outlined in gray. The back ground paper is from stampin up. The middle layer is basic grey and matted with Bazzill light green, which I distressed with burnt umber ink. I attached the "enjoy" zipper pull (making memories) on the right side as my sentiment.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday with family and friends!

Copic Ciao Markers in: Rv10 pale pink, RV23 pure pink, E33 sand, G24 willow and C1 cool gray.
Paper - Stampin Up, Basic Grey, Bazzill light green and pink
Ink - Palette Noir and Burnt Umber