Friday, November 28, 2008
I had stamped the tree and used my heat gun to set the ink. When I went to cut the image panel down the ink smeared. Obviously I did not heat it enough, so I restamped it and spent a little longer with setting it the second time. I then pulled my brushed gold paper and matched it all up with Riding Hood Red.
I used the sketch from Jen's blog for my card. I think it made a really elegant card. Here is the sketch and my card.
Wait until you see this card! No, don't scroll down and not read all my info first. When I pulled this reindeer out to use it wasn't until I had finished my card that I realized I had used it on an earlier card. I guess that means I really like the image. :)
This was another card just seemed to come together so easily. I gues my mojo is really cookin'! I began with the patterned paper and matched the basic card to the tree on the paper. I then needed another color to use on top and pulled out River Rock and it matched perfectly. I paired those up with Riding Hood Red (I seemed to be using this color a lot lately).
I purchased Anna Wight's North Pole Post from Whipper Snapper Designs and it had this great saying that went perfectly with the image. I also had this great ribbon I had gotten from Michael's. When I put it on the card it was the "piece de resistance" to tie the whole card together.
I used the sketch from Our Creative Corner for the layout. This was a great sketch with some variety to really make the card interesting. I just may use this one again. Here is the sketch and my creation.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The sketch is from Prairie Paper & Ink. Amy has some great sketches that are fun to work with. She also has a stamp set she put together with some great Christmas card sayings. I wanted to use one of those on this card.
I needed another color to give the card some variety so I chose to use Summer Sun. When I put it on the card it was so bright and seemed to dominate the card. I decided to use my Spica Gold micro glass flake pen to tone it down a little. I like how it looks in real life as it is sparkly but I don't think it shows in my picture. I also used the last of my gold ribbon from Pink Hedgehog so I will be ordering some more (this is the same ribbon we used in our Christmas stamp-a-stack this past weekend).
This card turned out so cute and I hope you like it also. Here is the sketch and my creation.
Stamps: Flaky Friends, Greetings 4 You (both retired), Christmas Card Verses (CC Designs Rubber Stamps) Paper: Always Artichoke, Summer Sun, Very Vanilla, Patterned Paper (Lasting Impressions - did not have a name as it came in a stack in a clear envelope) Ink: Always Artichoke, Ballet Blue, Palette Noir Black Accessories: Always Artichoke - Creamy Caramel - Summer Sun markers, striped gold organdy ribbon, Spica gold micro glass flake pen, slot punch, small and large oval punches, photo corner punch, gold brads, sponge, dimensionals
So what do you think, isn't this the cutest card ever! I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. Enjoy your turkey and come back on Friday for some more gorgeous creations! Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I have several blogs I read that offer sketch challenges each week. Yesterday I spent the day doing several of them so you would have some creations to look at. The first sketch I tried was from Beate at Fresh and Fun. This was a fun sketch and I really like my card. I chose the sentiment first and then found an image to go with it. It very quickly fell into place after that. To ink the saying I used markers so I could highlight certain words. Here is the sketch and my creation.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
As I was sitting at my table I spied a patterned paper that I thought would look good with the red glittered leaves. So I pulled everything out and started creating. Here is what I came up with.
Stamps: Small Script Paper: Riding Hood Red, True Thyme, Very Vanilla Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Glittered leaf branches, ribbon
So what do you think? It does look better IRL as glittery/sparkly things do not photograph well. I may not post again until after we are finished with the stamp-a-stack this weekend, it will depend on how easily we can pull things together. Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
One layer cards are what we all create when we begin stamping. It is usually easy and beginning stampers feel more confident creating them. There is a current trend in stamping to create one layer cards again but with all of our expertise we now create more elegant one layer cards than when we first began stamping.
Amy had a challenge on Friday to create a one layer card. I thought it would be fun to see what I could come up with since I have not create a card like this in quite a while. I used a saying from Amy's Christmas Sayings and paired it with the Christmas tree from Stampin' Up's Fun & Fast Notes. I stamped the saying first then masked it and stamped the tree. I like this simple card but I must say it is not my usual style. What do you think?
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes, AmyR Stamps Christmas Verses (All That Scraps) Paper: white Ink: Palette Noir Black, Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel, Riding Hood Red, Summer Sun Accessories: Spica Gold & Red Glitter pen, Always Artichoke - Close to Cocoa - Summer Sun markers, Christmas red and green stickles, aquapainter, mat pack and piercer
So what do you think of this one layer card. Will you try your hand at a 1 layer card? Thanks for looking and have a great evening.
Monday, November 17, 2008
All That Scraps had a design team challenge last Wednesday. The challenge was to create a Christmas card you could mass produce. When I think of mass production, I think quick and easy. Knowing it was a Christmas card you would be sending out, it also had to be eye appealing. Knowing that I came up with this creation.
The latest trend in card making is to decorate the inside of you card as well as the front. This is a great idea for dark cardstock as well as a great way to use up all your scraps. I have included a picture showing how I decorated the inside of my card. The scrap used on the inside was actually the side of the patterned paper I cut off to make the paper fit my card.
Stamps: Christmas Blocks (TAC) Paper: white, Vintage Holiday PP (TAC - last year) Ink: Real Red, Palette Noir Black Accessories: Ballet Blue - Bashful Blue - Close to Cocoa - Creamy Caramel - Green Galore - Real Red markers, ribbon, sticky tape, dimensionals
We are busy in the final preperations for our Christmas stamp-a-stack this weekend. It will be lots of fun. Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Today's card is for the Penny Black Challenge. You were to make a card with only a sentiment, no image. I only have a few sentiments from her line so I choose to use the upbeat one with these fun colors. I decided to do some color blocking as I thought card could use something since there was no image. It is cute the way it turned out.
Stamps: To Smile (Penny Black) Paper: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, white, Nana's Kids (DCWV) Ink: Bashful Blue Accessories: Bluebird ribbon (Stampin' Up), dimensionals
This was a quick card once I decided on all the colors. Think about a simple layout like this when you have a saying you want to use without an image. Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Since this is the third post today I will save the chatting. Here is the sketch and the card.
Stamps: Bitty Bolds, Lots of Thoughts (both retired) Paper: Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, plaid background (don't remember where I got it) Ink: Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red Accessories: corner rounder, horizontal slot punch, ribbon (online store), sticky tape, dimensionals
I hope you are having a great weekend. Enjoy this lovely weather as I think we are in for the cold weather in the next few days. Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Here is the sketch for Verve's Holiday Release.
Stamps: On the Lake (TAC) Paper: Close to Cocoa, white, dark brown patterned (not sure where I got it Ink: Staz-On Timber Brown Accessories: Creamy Caramel - Old Olive - Summer Sun markers, ribbon (online store), sticky tape, dimensionals
Well there is one more sketch that I will be posting today. It has been fun to work with several sketches. Hope you spend some time with a sketch today! Thanks for looking and have a great day!
I did my favorite coloring again and watercolored the image. I colored the cornstalks with So Saffron and then went over randomly and very lightly with Creamy Caramel. This was a cute layout and I love the look of this card. Here is the sketch and my card.
Stamps: Happy Blessings, Fantastic Foliage (retired), Thoroughly Thankful Paper: Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, white, Le Jardin DS, tan background paper (not sure where I got it) Ink: Always Artichoke, Cose to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, So Saffron, Summer Sun Accessories: scallop edge punch, ribbon (not sure which online store I got this from), sticky tape, dimensionals
Leter today I will post my cards for sketch 4 and 5. Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Stamps: Camp Out (TAC), Alphabits (retired) Paper: More Mustard, Old Olive, white, River Rock Scrap Pad (Provo Craft) Ink: Chocolate Chip Accessories: Natural Hemp Twine, 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals
What do you think? Great guy card right! Thanks for looking and have a great evening!
For this card I did 2 challenges in one. I used Julee's Mojo Monday sketch for the layout. I just love the scarecrow from Happy Blessings and used him again on this card. I wanted to show you the versatility of this stamp and how it can fit many different layouts. Our Creative Corner has a challenge this week for any kind of coloring. I love watercoloring with the aqua painter and used that technique to add color to the image. Here is the sketch and the card.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Stamps: variety of sayings and images from different sets Paper: Bashful Blue, Soft Sky, True Thyme, Very Vanilla, various DS paper that is retired Ink: whatever matches the box Accessories: ribbon, punches, Sizlets snowflake die, glitter felt, crystal effects, Zots, sticky tape, dimensionals
Sorry this is so vague. If you are interested in what was used for a specific box e-mail me and I will let you know. Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!