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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lenten Roses

New Stamps, New Nesties..... it's a good week! I have been a shopping fool lately. I colored this new image  from the Lenten Rose Set from Flourishes tonight and gave myself a challenge to leave some white space.... always difficult for me. The sentiment is from the Hello Hyacinth Set. I paired the image up some simple layers using new Nesties - Wonky Rectangles and Labels 21
Here are the Copics I used to color the image. You can see several of the newly released colors...loving these pinks. And I am not a PINK person normally! The top right flower is cut out and I used to pop up over the others adding a little dimension on the finished card. I traced the inside of the Nestie shape and then cut it out by hand leaving room for the leaf to extend outside the shape.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Outlines - Easter Bunny

Today the Outline's Design Team Challenge was to create a card with an Easter theme. See what everyone else cooked up this week: Jeanne StreiffLisa SilverRobin Kirkpatrick, Sandy Hulsart and Vicki Garrett. I know a few of us used the same image as below.... I love to see how everyone uses the same stamp so differently! And this stamp is 20% off today too! Here's a link- Sketchy Easter Bunny 20% off!
Why is a bunny tail so cute? I dunno, but it is! There is a few layers and embellishments going on here, but all in all, a pretty simply made card. 
You can see the stamped image and the extra stamped elements above. The extra cut out pieces will be used to "pop" up over the originals. Only four Copics used... R81, R85, BG11 and the 0 Blender. Only four markers.... a rare occurrence at my desk! I always have emails asking me what markers I used, so I'm gonna try and take an extra pic when I use Copics to show the colors. 
You can see the finished front above... embellished with a combination of Viva Decor Pearl Pens and Swarovski Crystals. On the flower centers, I used a gold pearl pen and then embedded a crystal in the center.... I love how that turned out! More Viva Decor Pearl Pens were used, of course: Ice White on the bunny tail, Light Yellow on the bunny collar's flower and Light Green decorates the small little dots on the swirls. The pink spring paper in the background is Jillibean's Blossom Soup 6x6 paper pad. A button and bow finish the card off.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Not older, but newer.....

Today brings another Challenge for the Serendipity Stamps Design Team. Today the challenge was to use  a "Quote" stamp. 
We were also provided with a sketch to use for this challenge, but I messed up and didn't check my challenge list until after the fact.... so I'm half way today. 
Also today Serendipity Stamps is unveiling the NEW Website! 
Which is easy to use and has wonderful galleries of inspiration set up! Check it out using this LINK!
Be sure and check out what the rest of the team created for today's challenge: Amy,  AnyaKathie and Lynda.
I found a small piece of this printed paper sticking out of my stash... it called to me to use it! I don't know whose paper it is unfortunately as the tag had already been cut off. I love quote stamps so I had a pretty good selection to choose from and I selected this one, it's well loved and stained with ink. It's one of my faves for a birthday card. I wanted to color something too so I also inked up this sundial image to pair it up with.
I just got my hands on the 12 new Copic Colors released. I used several of them to color this image. This pic shows all the markers I used to color. I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, my favorite paper for Copics. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Outlines - Spring is HERE!

Today the Outline's Design Team Challenge was to create a card with SPRING theme. See what everyone else created: Jeanne StreiffLisa SilverRobin Kirkpatrick, Sandy Hulsart and Vicki Garrett.
SPRING is here. March 20th, marked the first day of Spring.... the flowers are coming up in my yard and I also noticed a fine yellow sheen of the dreaded pollen on my car this morning. My fellow Southerners are familiar with the Yellow Pine Pollen that coats everything!! I hate the pollen, but love the warming temps!
I went with an Easter image today... Easter Themed and Springy. I stamped the Bunny image twice, cutting the egg out from the second stamping and layering it over the original. When I added the second egg, I used a piece of thick foam tape in the center, but then glued the edges of the egg down flat....making it resemble a rounded egg. I used Copics to color the image, but used Pebbles Jewel Tone Pearlescent Chalks to create a subtle yellow shimmer around the edges of the nestie. Lots of bling dresses up this little egg. I used Swarovski Crystals , which sparkle like none other -- Topaz Size 9, Light Peach Size 5, Clear Size 7, AB Size 9, Olivine Size 5. And of course the Viva Decor Pearl Pens came out to make an appearance too! I used both Lilac and Light Yellow to add pearl embellishments.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friendly Ladybug

A quickie card today! This ladybug background makes for a simple, sweet and fast card. Adding the small touches of color to the ladybug and the leaves took no time at all. I cut it down slightly to fit with the Lacey Sqaure Nestie. Added a few border mats and some pearl embellishments to finish it off!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Outlines - Going Green!

Today the Outline's Design Team Challenge was to create a card that showcased the color GREEN. See what everyone else created:  Bev GerardJeanne StreiffLisa SilverRobin Kirkpatrick, Sandy Hulsart and Vicki Garrett.
Our challenge is about the color green this week! I put away the Copics for this card.... yikes. I gold heat embossed the Sketchy Clovers image and watercolored using re-inkers. I tried to do the Shamrocks in shades of the green, making some lighter and others darker. The hat is stamped twice and I cut the second hat out, popping it up using foam tape. I embellished the shamrocks with a Viva Decor Gold Pearl Pen in the center. A little ribbon detailing with a folded and stacked bow, placed above the Martha border punch running along the bottom. I used a touch of Glossy Accents on the hat band to add a little shine.
  • Stamps: #H-1018 Sketchy Clover by Outlines Rubber Stamps
  • Ink: Versamark and Gold Detail EP
  • Paper: Watercolor paper, Cream, Green card stock, Gold 
  • Other: Ribbon by SU, Martha Stewart Checkered Border Punch, Viva Decor Gold Pearl Pen, Glossy Accents

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hyacinth Floral

I finally got a little stamping time in last night and this is what evolved.... This is one of the latest sets released from Flourishes and it's been on my desk patiently waiting to be inked and colored. I know most Hyacinths are blue, because I googled it. BUT I didn't want to do Blue and it looked like they came in other varieties too. I had an older piece of Basic Grey's Sublime Collection -- the pink/green sketchy looking paper.... and I tried to match that color in my stamped image.
Of course, it's all done with my beloved Copics. The Oval Nestie layers (Spellbinder's Classic Ovals and Big Scalloped Ovals Large Dies) are all popped up for dimension.   I also put Glossy Accents over the top of the bow for a little shine. I also pulled out a new embossing folder from Sizzix. I can't resist those folders! A few little jewels and some ribbon details to finish it up!

I want to give a shout out to two very good and creative friends that both started blogging this year! Welcome to Blogville, Gals!!! Both came up with the most clever blog names!!! Go check 'em out!

Miriam Napier - Miriam's Delirium!
Miriam is part of my stamp group The Krafty Kats (this is where my blog name came from), we meet every month to share and stamp together, ok.... maybe eat and drink too! We have been stamping together for years. Miriam has her fingers in all sorts of hobbies and excels at them all... paper crafts, pottery, gardening, bookmaking.... Stamping and Paper Crafts are the main focus of her blog.

Janet Hickey - SmARTaleck Studio!
Janet is a mixed media artist who has the most inspiring ideas using all sorts of treasures that she finds in vintage shops and garage sale hunting, she dabbles in so many mediums that I can't keep up! She can turn anything in to art! Janet very rarely just uses paper, but today on her blog, she has a fantastic card posted. It is a true example of how her mind sees everything differently! I loved it!
  • Stamps: All stamps by Flourishes - Hello Hyacinth Set
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Green, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Basic Grey's "Strawberry Cream" from the Sublime Collection
  • Other: Spellbinder's Classic Ovals and Big Scalloped Ovals Large, Mini Green Crystals, Corner Rounder, Ribbon by SU, Sizzix Embossing Folder, Copics/ABS, Glossy Accents, Foam Tape

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ballerina

Serendipity Stamps has DT challenge for today. Today it was a call to create a card for a teacher or a coach. Check out what the other team members created: Amy,  AnyaKathie and Lynda.
I have been wanting to color this pretty Ballerina image... so interpreted the challenge to create a card for a ballet teacher. Pretty girly girly for me, but I was in a girly mood, I guess!
I stamped the ballerina twice.... cutting the second ballerina out and cutting her skirt shorter to create a visible layer. I used foam tape to pop it up. I colored with Copics and also added some very soft air brushing around the edge of the Nestie. I used Copic R12 to dye white silk ribbon to create the bow and the ribbon bands in the background to match. I added the sentiment using dimensional silicone to keep the bend in the banner. Around the edges the Nestie layer, I used Ranger's White Enamel to add the small white dots. I created a pool of it on a scrap piece of paper, then used a toothpick to dip in the pool and apply the small dots of enamel. 
  • Stamps: All stamps by Serendipity Stamps - #013H Ballerina, #417K Everyday Words Cube
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Peach Card Stock
  • Other: Copics/ABS, Black Micron Pen, Polka Dots CB Folder, Dimensional Silicone, 1/8" WHite Silk Ribbon, Pearls, Ranger's White Enamel, Foam Tape, Spellbinder's Labels 8

Monday, March 7, 2011

Outlines - Lots of Layers!

Today the Outline's Design Team Challenge was to create a card that featured 'Lots of Layers" and also used Smooch to embellish. See what everyone else created:  Bev GerardJeanne StreiffLisa SilverRobin Kirkpatrick, and Sandy Hulsart.
My card uses lots of layers for sure! 14 layers. But it is an easy card! I used H-368 Spotted Blossom to create this layered blossom. I grabbed Cosmo Cricket's "Circa 1934" 6x6 pad and stamped my image several times on patterned paper from the pad. I added some black and red card stock in the mix too. I stamped using Versafine's Onyx Black and used Clear EP to heat emboss the images to get it a little extra pop instead of just flat black. I used foam tape to add dimension in between the layers. I also added some black scallop circles in the mix too, cut out with Spellbinder's Dies.
I used Smooch Siren Red to add accents to the stamped images. I also used the very addictive Viva Decor Pearl Pen's to add a few pearl dots. I ribbon band and button with a bow finishes this off!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

IO Challenge - Blue

Today the Impression Obsession team's challenge was all about the color BLUE. Check out the challenge details on the Impression Obsession Blog and as always we have a gift certificate up for grabs when you play along with us.
Check out what sweet treats the ladies came up with - Daniela DobsonDeborah MarchDina KowalJeanne StreiffJulie Koerber, Laura FulcherKathy Menzies and Shirley Ross.
Blue was the challenge. I mixed a lot of other colors in, but blue is the main color! I used the Hot Air Balloons stamp to create the background. I stamped the ballon background twice, creating a long panel. I used Copic B12 to color the sky background, and then I used Copic Blendings solution and a rag (the fur technique) to add a bit of texture in my sky. 
I added some pink ribbon and a button with a little bow. I found this sparkle string in the yarn section of Michaels. Can you see the little sparkle thread woven though the fibers? I used Dimensional Silicone under the banner to keep the bends and curves in place. 
  • Stamps: All stamps by Impression Obsession - B-362 Thought about You,  F-2418 Hot Air Balloons
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Blue DP by Heidi Grace, Pink, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Sparkly Crochet Yarn, Misc. Button, Pink RIbbon by SU, Copic Markers, Blending Solution, Pearls