Monday, June 29, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #135

Hello - happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #135 - measuring the normal A2 size.

This one is easy peasy, since I know a lot of you have your hands full trying to get ready for the 4th of July weekend.

Card base is white card stock, layered with dark and light blue. I found the designer paper in my stash and layered it with the same dark blue. Added the navy grosgrain ribbon behind the dp panel and then put my stamped image up on foam tape.

This stamp is a long retired image from The Angel Company and I colored it using the marker watercolor method. The light blue in the back ground of the stamped image is done with chalk.

I added some light blue self adhesive pearls from Kaiser Craft onto the corners and on the grosgrain ribbon as finishing touches.

White, dark and light blue card stock
Designer paper is unknown
Memento Tuxedo black ink
Le Plume markers
Blue chalk ink from EK Success
Light blue pearls
Stamp - The Angel Company

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Frames and buttons

Hello! Thought I'd show you a card I made while playing around with my new Quickutz cookie cutter dies.

I took a piece of designer paper and adhered it to a thin piece of chipboard using a glue stick. I brayered over it to make sure it was good and stuck and then ran it through the cuttlebug with two of the Quickutz dies. There are three dies to this pack and they all have a thin border that cuts off as well. Since this was thick DP and thin chipboard, it stayed together like I wanted it to and embossed as well!
Here's a close up picture of it and how I did the ribbon and button. I stamped the little sprig onto the Olive green card stock and embossed with clear embossing powder, then added the "hello" sentiment. The same sprig is used on both sides of the card alternating ink colors to match the designer paper. I thought this came out pretty well, considering I was just goofing around! What do you think?

Designer paper - Willoughby by TAC
Stamps - TAC, deco designs (sadly retired) Hello sentiment from TAC
Inks - Versamagic - Spanish Olive, Jumbo Java, Hint of Pesto. Palette noir
Satin green ribbon
Green buttons
Brown DMC floss

I just found out that I have a card sample in the new Angel Company catalogue that is set to be released on July 1. I have not seen which one was chosen, but I'm so excited and honored to see my name published a second year in a row! We got a chance to see the front and back cover and who contributed to the catty on Mischelle's Smith's blog today.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hang in there!

Hi all! I worked from home today, and on my lunch break I got a chance to whip up this card for the sketch challenge over at SCS.

I used a piece of light green card stock and ran it through the leaf cuttlebug embossing folder. This matched the stamps that I had picked out for the main image. I used my Copic Ciao markers to color the leaves and the caterpillar. I played around with a few different leaf stamps for the two little back ground panels, but nothing was really working for me. I had punched out a few leaves with my MS punch and they were sitting on my desk for another project - when they caught my eye - my mind said "yes! that's it!!!" I just needed to find the right color of green. I almost had one of those - OMG I'm out of that color, I can't believe it momments, when you get your heart set on a specific color. I had to dig deep into my scraps to find enough for the layers and leaves! That's what took the most time on this card...digging for those scraps! LOL!

Stamps - Memory Box, sentiment from Studio G
Paper - Bazzill olive green, colorbok light green, white card stock
Punch from MS crafts
Copic Ciao Markers
Palette noir ink

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, June 22, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #134

Hello everyone, Happy Tuesday!

Here is this week's sketch, measuring the normal A2 size.

I re-purposed the tag on this one! I ordered some tops from Coldwater Creek and this is what the extra buttons came in. I loved the kraft color and saved it for future use.

The rectangles are nestability dies called deckled. I cut out two of the same size, one using designer paper, the other a solid textured card stock. I stamped the leaves onto the tag and then used the same green to go around the edges a bit to distress. I added a antiqued copper eyelet with my crop-o-dile and tied a green ribbon through it. I had to color the ribbon with a Copic marker since I didn't have any green ribbon that thin. The sentiment plate is actually a die cut from Quickutz that I got on clearance. I added two antique copper brads to hold it in place. The olive green card base is from Bazzill. I'll probably use this one for a masculing birthday card down the road.

Stamps - sentiment from Stampendous, leaf from K&Company
Ink - Palette Jardin Moss, Noir
Paper - DCWV, Bazzill
Antique copper brads and eyelet - TAC

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Friday, June 19, 2009

Father's Day Card

Here is my card that I made for my Dad for Father's Day!

I used the tree from the TAC set Mountain Scenery and stamped it in Palette Jardin Moss. I got out my air compressor and air brushed the sky onto the card using my Copic's, and added the geese (SU) at the last minute to fill in the empty space on the card. I did use black card stock for the base of this card - I just could not find any shade of green that looked half way decent behind those tree's. I also thought that the black really made things pop. he he he - no pun intended.

Have a great Father's day!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Creative flower petals

Hi all! I wanted to share with you a card I did that used a stamp from the following TAC set - Memo fun - in a different and creative way.

The pear in the red circle above was stamped in Versamagic in Spring Pansy and then cut out. The leaves on the top of the pear were cut off too, by the way. I attached these "pears" which are now petals to a base (snowflake punch out) with Mono Multi and once dried, curled them up to resemble flower petals. I did add a bit of highlights to the end of the petals with purple hydrangea ink from Versamagic.

I decided to use white buttons for the center of my flowers, once I had them all assembled. I added some two step stamping of leaves to anchor my three flowers down, then layered with some green card stock. The purple designer paper is from the Genevieve collection from TAC. This was a lot of fun to do, but tedious in the cutting of all those "pears". However, you never know when a stamp can become something totally different than what it was orginally intended to be.

Hope you're having a great week!

Stamps - Memo Fun, Rose Garden, sentiment from Ordinary Greetings all from The Angel Company.
Paper - white and green card stock, Designer paper - Genevieve collection, TAC
Satin ribbon
White buttons


Monday, June 15, 2009

Card Sketch tuesday #133

Hi all! Here is this weeks sketch! Card measures the normal A2 size and I mixed up some shapes this week.

I also got out some fun designer paper to use with this sketch! The card base and the circle papers are from Making Memories.

The Chrysanthemum is colored with Copic Markers. I used the top part of the stamp, some veramark and clear embossing powder to make the pink back ground strip. The oval, scalloped oval and circle are all cut out with nestabilities.

I did add a green border around the circle with a Copic marker to make it stand out just a bit more. The sentiment is stamped directly on the dp - which luckily for me, came out right the first time!

I decided to go outside of my normal comfort zone with the color combo on this one. But I think mother nature knows what she's doing, don't you? Have a fabulous week!

Stamps - Chrysanthemum from KandCompany, sentiment is from Studio G clear stamps
Paper - white card stock as the base, Making memories DP, Green and pink card stock
Copic Ciao Markers
Palette Noir ink

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Color combo inspiration

Hi everyone! A while back, Nicole Heady had a feature on her blog about inspiration and where to look for it. I thought that her insight was fresh, thoughful and right on target. I periodically watch the shows on HGTV (love House Hunters) and found myself on their web site recently. I ran across this picture and thought that the colors were a really interesting mix. Well I just had to try my hand at seeing if I could duplicate it on a card.

Well, this is what I came up with.

I really liked the putty or gray color of that one wall and used a gray card stock as my base. I dusted off my linen back ground stamp and inked it up with a warm wheat color and layered it with black. The lime green accents came into play with the circle nestabilites. I've had this piece of green polka dot paper in my scrap pile for about two years and finally found somewhere to use it! I tied a black satin ribbon with my new Bow-easy (this tool is a must have) and called it good.
So, what do you think?

Gray, black, white and lime card stock
Circle and scalloped circle nestabilities
Enjoy sentiment from Studio G stamps
Linen BG stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms
Palette Noir ink, Wheat chalk ink from Versamagic
Black Satin Ribbon

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #132

Good Afternoon! I got a little behind yesterday and didn't get this posted on Monday night like I usually do.

Here's sketch #132 which measures a normal A2 size.

This sketch actually came about as I was playing around with some different techniques, ala Tim Holtz.

The tag is kraft paper (lighter than card stock) and is crumpled up to get it good and wrinkled. I added some distress ink in vintage photo (direct to paper) and then spritzed with water. Using my mini iron, I ironed out and dried the tag and got a really cool looking tag. Using a variety of stamps and inks this is the end result of my collage tag.

Next I decided to get out my grunge board and found a key that would work as an embellishment. It's colored with a black Copic Ciao marker (which worked really well) and then I decided to add a bit of design to it. Using copper embossing powder, versamark and a swirl stamp - this took on a really interesting texture. Very cool in real life! I used the copper embossing powder around the sentiment label to tie things together.

I very rarely do anything grungy, but this was fun to experiment with! Have a great week!

Kraft paper
Black card stock
Distress ink - vintage photo, black soot
Copper Embossing Powder
Stamps - Swirl on key is from TAC, sentiment from Stampendous, dotted line stamp from Savvy stamps, All stamps used on the tag are from Limited Edition.
Extra large eyelet - We R memory Keepers
Grunge board


Friday, June 5, 2009

Water coloring

Hi everyone! I've been playing around and practicing on my water coloring technique. I just love this way of coloring, but just can't seem to get the hang of it. I think I'm going to look into taking a class at my LSS. Some of the cards that I see in blogland are so fabulous and I so want to be able to master this! Anyway, below is my latest attempt.

The stamp is from Yvonne Albritton designs and I used a water brush and normal cake water color paints. The back ground is done with wax paper and a Quickutz embossing folder, that I ran through the CB, ironed onto a piece of cardstock and then colored with pine needle green distress ink. It didn't come out at all like I wanted it to, because some of the wax paper design from the previous one transferred over as well. But thought it looked good enough for framing this flower. The corners are done using the Fiskars border punch in just the two corners. The word label is cut (cuttlebug die) from water color paper and then stamped with a sentiment from tag tid bits from TAC.

So, overall - not a bad start - but more practice is definately in order for improving my watercoloring technique! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

June Stamp of the Month from TAC

Hi everyone! Here is the Stamp of the Month for June from The Angel Company. I was asked to design some samples around this set and wanted to show you the one's that I didn't send in.

I embossed the star fish, crab and shell in gold embossing powder then colored with gel glaze pens, which really gave them a shine! The "sand" is actually kraft card stock that I ran through the crimper. The "foam" on the water is liquid applique and the "fishing net" is magic mesh.

I used vellum as waves on this card. The foam is white ink that is applied directly to the vellum after it was torn. Again, using kraft card stock for the sand. Blue card stock from DCWV is used as the sky and I had drew some birds in.

The shells on this one are embossed with silver embossing powder.

And this one, the crab is embossed in copper. I used my crimper on some kraft card stock to simulate sand.

This is a super fun set to work with that has loads of possibilities. I can just see some fabulous scrapbook pages done with this! Actually, that top card could be done as a scrapbook page with some beachy photo's added right in. Check out the samples on TAC's home page (the stamp of the month is under promotions) to see more ideas using this set.

Have a great day!


Monday, June 1, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #131

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #131.

The main image is done with markers and then a spritz of water. I stamped another image, colored the butterfly in prisma color pencils and blended with OMS, then pieced it on. I used card stock from DCWV that matched the color of the marker I used on the flower and went with the vine designer paper.

Black grosgrain ribbon is tied around the right hand panel and I added three black brads to the corner for some detail. This is a simple sketch card that came together very quickly and has lots of possiblities with some nice designer papers.

Stamps - Want to Fly, BooKoo Blessings sentiment - all from The Angel Company
Ink - markers for the main image, Palette Noir for everything else.
Paper - Designer paper from Making Memories, white card stock and Burgundy cs from DCWV
Black grosgrain ribbon
Black brads

Have a great week!