Monday, February 24, 2014

Floating Chicken

I wanted to try out embedded embossing technique that my friend, Kim found.  Though I liked the card samples I saw on line, they looked kind of flat so I decided to use this technique as a background and to build on top of it.  I've been feeling bad for people I know who live up in New England and are really tired of snow.  I thought a funny summer card with a message that it will be over soon might make them laugh so I used this floating chicken stamp from Whippersnapper and made a beach scene!  I glued paper together to make the water, sand, sky and sun background and them put it through my Big Kick using a Stampin Up embossing folder and then again using a swirly embossing folder.   Then I added the sand castle, pail and crab to it.  I made a spring with some wire and attached it behind the chicken so when you move the card she bobbles like she is really floating on water!!  

Here's another shot showing how much texture the embossing folders gave to the background.  I'm thrilled with the result!

If you have some time or want to try something new…I think you would like this!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Whippersnapper
Cardstock: Stampin' Up
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Assorted Copics
Dies : Taylored Expressions wave die 

Miscellaneous: embossing folders, chalks, wire

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Kind & Cozy

I had to make a challenge card for a small local group that I'm a member of.  They post 2 challenges at a time and you get to pick which one you want to do.  This time it was "make a card using sequins or Flower Soft"  and a Fusion sketch, where you had to use the card sketch, the theme or the color combo!  I decided to combine the 2 challenges into one card and this is what I came up with…

It's a variation on the sketch, but I think it works!  I just got the Kind & Cozy set from Stampin' Up so I had to use that and I saw a great video tutorial on this fun fold by France Martin.  You can see it here if you want to try making one!  You should watch the video anyway because she has such a cute accent and way of saying things!  It makes me smile every time I watch it :)  The card is a tri-fold and doesn't stand up well on it's own so I added an easel to the back of it using Sizzix Bigz Easel Die by Tim Holtz. Here is what the card looks like when you open the first fold…

…and the 2nd fold…

And here is a picture of the Fusion Card Sketch that I used.  I think it's a fun take on card sketches.  Here's a link where you can find more…  I love that they post lots and lots of sample cards for you to see!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a good week :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stampin' Up Kind & Cozy
Inks:  Stampin' Up markers
Dies : Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circle dies
Miscellaneous: sequins, washi tape

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Card Tricks by Lindsay Ostrom

This post is about something brand new!  It's a product from Lindsay Ostrom called Card Tricks.  They are kind of like Digi stamps except that she sends them in sets through the mail.  You can purchase them on her Etsy store here.  The images are also being produced as rubber stamps by Rubbermoon!  You can get them wood mounted, cling or unmounted.  You can also get the wood mounted stamps at Lindsay's Etsy store.  All the images have been submitted but are currently in production so the stamps aren't all available yet.

I was very excited to be chosen to color some of the Card Tricks images and make them into cards.  They are adorable and fun to color and they work well with all the embellishment stuff I have in my stash…really…I couldn't wait to finish coloring so I could add glitter, buttons and jewels...little flowers and swirls and ribbon.  Can you tell I'm excited!

For the 1st card I used Copic markers to color.  I didn't keep track of the colors I used, but if you need to know, leave me a message and I'll figure it out.  Isn't she the cutest???  I loved the flowers in her hair so much that I decided to use a leafy vine die from My Favorite Things and a flower punch to make a matching embellishment for the bottom of the card!  I added a bit of glitter to the flower centers and the heart for a little sparkle!
 For the second card I colored with Prismacolor pencils because I like how they pop when you use them on Kraft card stock!  I also used Souffle and Glaze pens by Sakura.  The Souffle pens have an opaque ink that works really well on Kraft card stock, the white is my favorite.  The Glaze pens are great too because they add a bit of glossy shine.   I used the yellow and dark purple on this card.  Then I added MFT buttons, rhinestones and twine!!
 For the third card I used Copic markers again.  This little tree makes me happy and it was really easy to color.  I added some black Glaze pen to make the little dots pop and then I decided to add clear glitter to the leaves of the tree.  WOW…it is gorgeous!  This picture doesn't do it justice...

so I decided to take a close up in the hopes that you could see how amazing it is.  It's a little better but not even close to seeing it in person!

The last card is another little girl.  Isn't she sweet?  I love her hair and the flowers in it and I love her striped stockings and the ball fringe on the bottom of her skirt!  Again I colored with Prismacolor pencils and used a Souffle pen for the white dots and a Glaze pen for the black dots.  I added yellow rhinestones to the flower center and to dot the "i" in thinkin' and I found some tiny red rhinestone hearts in my stash that were perfect on her blouse and to embellish the ribbon!

Hopefully all the images will be available as stamps from Rubbermoon soon, but if you can't wait and you want to start coloring now…check out Lindsay's Etsy store and get yourself some Card Tricks to play with!!

Thanks for stopping by :)


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

More Dictionary Page Stamping

It was really fun to stamp on dictionary page paper.  I really liked the extra depth that the text added to the image.  I made this set of three cards with the Pleasant Poppies background from Stampin' Up!  They were all quick and easy to make.  

Monday, February 3, 2014

Stamping on a Book Page

Where did January go?  I can't believe it's February already and I haven't posted anything yet!  I'm hosting the Katy's Corner UK challenge for February and chose stamping on a book page.  This is the first card I made.  I really like this technique because it adds depth to the stamped image that stamping on a plain card doesn't have.  I used Vivid ink pads to stamp and stipple.  I'm really pleased with how bright and cheery it came out!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Stampin Up Easy Elegance 
Cardstock: Dictionary Page, Stampin Up Old Olive, Island Indigo, Yoyo Yellow
Inks: Assorted Vivid ink pads, Momento Tuxedo Black
Markers: None
Copics: None
Dies : MFT Fresh Cut Grass die
Miscellaneous: Martha Stewart butterfly punch