Monday, August 31, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #144

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #144 - which measures the normal A2 size.

Still into the fall season and colors with this one!

I used the crackle back ground stamp from TAC (which is retired) on the light brown paper with Palette Burnt Umber ink. Using my scor-pal I scored a line above and below this panel.

Circle and rectangle nestabilities are used to cut out the shapes prior to stamping. The leaves are stamped on white card stock in Palette Noir, dryed with a heat tool and then colored with Copic markers. I used brown card stock from American Crafts to layer both the rectangle and circle.
Using a hand slot punch, I punched a hole for the ribbon on the circle and tied a piece of brown gingham ribbon to it. Quick, sweet and simple.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Stamps - Crackle back ground and the Leaves stamps are retired from TAC. Sentiment is from Pick of the Patch, which is in the new Inspiration Avenue Magalogue.
Card stock - American Crafts
Brown Gingham ribbon

Friday, August 28, 2009

Digital Sunflowers

Here's a card I recently did with a digital stamp from Sketching Stamper Digi Stamps.

I printed this out on white card stock after sizing it down and it's colored with Copic Ciao Markers. Deckled nestabilities are used to cut out the image and the layer of light blue card stock. The designer paper is from Making Memories and is layered in dark navy. The tag is also cut from a nestabilities die and the sentiment is from The Angel Company. A golden grosgrain ribbon is tied onto the tag to match the golden yellow back ground layer.

Sketching stamper digi stamps has a wonderful collection of summer flowers that are so much fun to color! Check them out!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thank You's!

My mail box has been rocked lately with some wonderful birthday RAK's. I want to give a shout out to some wonderful ladies for thinking of me!

Starting at the bottom and going clockwise.

Awna Stark from the Stamp Shack
Judy Parlin from Victorine Originals Yahoo group
Beth from Victorine Originals Yahoo group
Wanda G. from SCS
Cindy from SCS
Marie Krueger from Victorine Originals Yahoo group
Middle card is from Mary O'Farrell a long time Angel with The Angel Company.

Thanks again ladies, you made this a very sweet birthday!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #143

Happy Tuesday!

Here's Sketch #143 which measures the normal A2 size!

I mixed in a oval with all the rectangles on this sketch!

With the weather starting to change, the leaves beginning to turn, it makes me want to dust off all the fall stamps in my collection.

The mesh (for lack of a better word) under the main panel is actually ribbon that I cut to size and unraveled on the ends. This adds a bit of texture to the card and is fun to work with. The wheat designer paper is from the Harvest & Holiday collection from Debbie Mum. The brown and gold card stock is from American Crafts.

I added a three "studs" to the brown and gold panels, which are from Prima Marketing and self adhesive - I used the smallest one's which are pretty tiny but add more texture and interest to the piece.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Out on a limb from Papertrey, Ink.
Ink - Memento rich cocoa and cantaloupe, Palette Noir
Card stock - American Crafts
Designer Paper - Debbie Mum
Studs - Prima Marketing

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mini Memories book

Hey all! Here's a mini memory book I created out of chipboard.

I covered two 4 x 4 square chipboard pieces in card stock that matches the Amberley Grace Soar With It paper from The Angel Company. The turquoise ribbon was added between the papers prior to gluing things in place. I added a band of the Amberley Grace paper and a tag out of the paper pack to the front of the book. Then embellished with flowers and buttons from the Hilary and Audrey collections. This is the Noteworthy collections made by Making Memories that TAC carries. The sentiment is from the Creative Inspiration set that can be found in the Serendipity magalogue.

I cut eight 3 x 3 ivory card stock pieces up and rounded the corners and inserted them into the mini book for embellishing later.

This is just the right size little brag book to keep in your purse for showing off pictures of your family.

Have an awesome weekend!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #142

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #142 measuring the normal A2 size. Simple layers with a large main panel is the focus on this sketch.

I dug out some of my scraps from the Willoughby and Hemingway Soar With It Collections to build this card.

The peacock is colored directly on the stamp with the following Marvy Le Plume II marker colors: Teal, Peacock Green, Brown, Butterscotch and English Red. Did the ol' huff and puff method and this is what came out.

I added some sparkle to his plumage with a stardust gel pen, but it didn't really show up in the picture above.

I found these really cool self adhesive studs which I put on the corners of the designer papers. Overall, this is a pretty simple card and sketch, however it could be really dressed up with lots of layers and designer papers.

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

TAC Angel Blog Hop - New Images

Hello! This month some very talented Angels are featuring some of our new images from TAC's new catalogue.

This card uses the Wishing Happiness set. I stamped the dragonfly in Versamagic Oasis green and then stamped it again. Then I embossed with clear embossing powder. I love the shadow effect this created. The designer paper is from the Amberley Grace soar with it collection, and the base of the card is from the Hemingway collection - Dark Turquoise. The sentiment is also stamped in Versamagic. This is a clean and simple card that can be recreated in bulk if need be.

This stamp set is not really new, but it's definitely a good one! Treasure it! I made these origami boxes and decorated them prior to folding. These will hold some cute trinkets for a friends up coming birthday. The ink used are: Palette Noir and Colorbox Marigold.

This last card uses the stamp set Fairy Birthday. I colored her with Copic Markers and a stardust gel pen to give her some twinkles!

I added a piece of white grosgrain ribbon to the end of the sentiment panel for visual effect. The blue plaid paper is an oldie from DCWV.

So, here are a list of Angels who are participating in this blog hop. There are some awesome examples which might tempt you to open your wallet and buy some new rubbah!!! Thanks for visiting!


Friday, August 14, 2009

Nuts, I'm Squirrely!

Hey there!

I just got the Stamp of the Month from TAC and had to make a card to share with you all! He is just so darn cute!

Everything is stamped in Palette Noir ink and the squirrel is colored with Copic Markers. The card base is dark brown and I used the branches cuttlebug folder on the white panel. The sentiment and the squirrel are cut out using nesties and layered on black card stock.

I finally was able to find some brown gingham ribbon, which I put it to use on this card! Here is a picture of all the stamps in this set. It's $9.75 with a purchase of $30.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Woo Hoo!

Guess what I got in the mail today?

This free copy.....

and that means that one of my cards was published!!!!!

Woo Hoo!!!!

Autumn Watercolor

Good afternoon!

I just completed the sketch challenge over at SCS and was very pleased at how my card turned out and thought I'd share! It took a while to get there.....

I started stamping around 10:15 PM (I had to watch America's got talent).

The main image is from Papertrey Ink and I colored directly on the stamp with Marvy Le Plume markers in English rose and Olive green. Misted with water and stamped on watercolor paper. I had some designer paper from Making Memories that I wanted to use for the right panel, but it just wasn't working. So, on the hunt I go for something else (this is at 10:45 PM). I tried so many other colors of paper, nope not working, then reached for my back ground stamps. I tried several before finally deciding to use the weathered BG stamp from TAC which is retired. I used the same marker in english rose to color the stamp and ta da !!!

Ok - then I was on the hunt for the perfect Olive green. Talk about frustrating and I guess that I'm all out of my favorite from Bazzill. Time to restock! I ended up going with a darker olive from DCWV. It works, but not what I really wanted. Olive green grosgrain ribbon is used in the corner and as a tab of the main panel.

I did stamp the inside of this card, but can not get a good shot of it! I just repeated the flower image and will stamp a sentiment for the occasion that I need later.

I ended up finishing this card at 12:30 AM! I wasted a good two hours searching and destroying for the perfect back ground stamp and the right color olive green. Sheesh - why aren't things ever easy? Or is it just us stampers and scrapbookers who have to have things perfect (in our minds) and just so? What do you think?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #141 - Recycle

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #141, which uses a bit of recycling on it! It's finally raining here, which we desperately needed. Autumn is right around the corner and inspired this card.

The recycled part is the left panel and tag. It originally came off a top I bought at Coldwater Creek. It was one piece, but had to cut it apart to get rid of the logo.

The base of the card is a piece of rust card stock from Bazzill. Dark brown card stock from American Crafts is used next and for layering the panels. The designer paper is from K&Company that just hit the major craft stores. I stamped the leaves (retired from TAC) in versamark and embossed with Glacier White Embossing Powder (CHF). The sentiment is from Stampendous and stamped in Palette True Black and also embossed with clear. Three yellow brads were added to the bottom and twine is used in the top portion of the tag.

So, here's the challenge this week, not only make a card with the sketch, but add on something that you have recycled. Us stampers/scrapbookers are always saving things that we think might work on a card or project. Show me what you have saved!

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Inspiration challenge

Good Morning! I finished this card over the weekend based upon the inspiration challenge at SCS.

This is what inspired me.I did some sponging around the perimeter of the main stamped panel using faded jeans distress ink. The dragonfly stamp is from The Stamp Doctor that I picked up just recently at the stamp and scrapbooking expo. I did add some twinkle to it with a clear spica pen, but it really does not show up in the picture. I used the grass and sentiment from Stampin Up Inspired by Nature set as it seemed to go right along with the vase above! Versamagic tea leaves ink was used for the grass.

The designer paper is from Deja Views and Paper Pizazz. The lattice border punch from Martha Stewart Crafts was used on white card stock and added down the left side of the main panel. I did use one of the label dies from Spellbinders for the sentiment - I can never remember which number it is though, 1, 2 or 3? Using a dauber, I sponged more distress ink around the edges of it and used foam tape to pop it up on the card.

Thanks for stopping by - by the way, what do you think of my interpretation?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Pleated ribbon

Here is a card I created for the ways to use it challenge over at SCS. We had to pleat something on our card - and I chose to pleat my ribbon to go with the stamp I used.

The stamp is a level A hostess set from The Angel Company called Rose collage. I colored it with Copic Markers and also did the white satin ribbon with the same blue marker in the collage. To get the ribbon to pleat and stay in place I used some ScorTape. What wonderful stuff!!!

The crackle back ground on the right hand panel is also from TAC (retired) and the sentiment is from the new Purchase with purchase stamps set called sincere sentiment. Added a few butterfly charms which I found at M's on sale. The brown and pink card stock is from PTI.

So what do you think?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Buttons and bows

Hello! Here's a limited supplies challenge (or motivational) card that I created for Paper Wings. The rules are:

Use two buttons
Make two bows

Those are the only two embellishments that you can use. You can use any designer paper and stamps on your project or card. Here is my example:

All supplies are from The Angel Company, except the DMC floss I used to tie a bow in the middle of the button on the sentiment flag.

I'd love to see what you come up with on this challenge! Have a great day!

Stamps - Wishing happiness, great greetings
Paper - Amberley Grace
Ribbon - organdy by TAC, tied with the Bow-Easy
Buttons - TAC - MM noteworthy Audrey collection
Card stock - TAC

Monday, August 3, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #140

Hello! Happy Tuesday! Here's sketch #140. This one measures the normal A2 size.

Get out your patterned paper and punches for this sketch! I did a little tone on tone stamping with this one too!

The base of the card is ivory card stock and Versamagic chalk ink was used in Wheat to stamp the butterflies. The lattice punch from Martha Stewart Crafts is put to work on the middle edge. I almost ran out and got some thin ribbon to thread through those holes, but ran out of time! =)

I had no idea what I was going to use for the sentiment on this card. The more I looked at it though, the more I thought about an anniversary card. With the pair of butterflies, it just made sense. I'm going to need a few anniversary cards in my stash, as I have a some coming up soon!

Stamps - The Angel Company; Wishing Happiness, Trendy Greetings
Ink - Versamagic in Wheat and Sea Breeze
Paper - Amberley Grace from The Angel Company
MSC - lattice punch
Organdy ribbon in creme - TAC
Turquoise card stock
Ivory Card stock

Thanks for stopping by and have a fun week!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Inspiration challenge

This card comes from the inspiration challenge over at SCS. The hostess typically picks a web site for us to visit and get inspiration from. Today's was an apron company that has so many different styles and fabric's to choose from.

Here's my card and this is what inspired me.

I used Aged Ornaments from TAC to create the back panel and the sentiment is something I had made up from Victorine Originals. I saw this verse on the web somewhere and thought it would make a great sentiment stamp. I actually did a whole 8 x 10 sheet of sentiments and verses that you can't get anywhere else, and at a reasonable price!

Hope your having a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!