Sunday, March 29, 2009

2 Colour Challenges, 1 layout

So I wasn't feeling that inspired today, but I wanted to make something, so I checked out a few recent colour challenges. First up was this one by Kristina Werner . What I like to do with colour challenges is pull out a full piece of paper in each colour and see where it takes me. When I saw these 4 together, I thought Retro, which led me to using the Retro Background Basics. I like this diamond and circle pattern and thought it would look cool stamped in white on chocolate. Next, I grabbed Stem Silhouettes. One thing I really like about silhouette images is you can pair them with almost any colour group and any type of greeting. I thought this leafy image matched the whole retro vibe nicely.

Next, I thought about doing this challenge by Dawn McVey. As I assessed the colours, I realized they would work well with the exact same layout. I kept the chocolate patterned part, used celery in place of saffron, and teal in place of tangerine. It worked really well, since the colours in this challenge were of similar brightnesses to those in the previous challenge. The only change here: I embossed the leaves. After the first card was mostly together, I thought, hmm embossing would've worked here. I already had everything adhered so I didn't want to take it apart or emboss over it (since warping would have occurred).

Stamps: Stem Silhouettes, Birthday Basics, Retro Background Basics
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Tangelo, Taken with Teal, Fresh Snow
Paper: Saffron, Tango, Chocolate, White, Teal, Celery
Ribbon: Celery Polytwill, Saffron Grosgrain
Accessories, etc.: Nestabilities, Pop Dots, Brown EP

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Wordy Background

When I saw the mix of words in Friends 'til the End, I knew they would make a nice background. I picked three words that went together nicely, placed them on a grid block and got to stamping. Now, all I needed was a card to put it on. I was in the mood for watercolouring, so I took the flower from the same set and got to work. I stamped it on Naturals White paper with Timber Brown Stazon. I really like using this paper as an alternate to watercolour paper. It doesn't have the ridge-y texture, but it really lets you blend colours without getting destroyed in the process (like regular cardstocks).
Stamps: Friends 'til the End (PTI)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Timber Brown
Paper: More Mustard, Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Naturals White, White
Accessories, etc.: Pop dots, watercolour paints, chocolate brads

Monday, March 23, 2009

A bit more Whipper Snapper

I have a few more cards to share, featuring Anna's latest sets.

The first card features some watercolouring. I didn't do it the traditional way. Instead of using a paintbrush, I used a blender pen. I couldn't find a decently pointy paintbrush for the finer details, but the blender pen worked nicely. I quite like this owl, I like how he's kind of pointing to the greeting.

For the second card, I returned to the Copics. I really love this cute, little potted flower. I coloured it in, cut it out, popped it up, added a bit of piercing and a sentiment. Then I paired that with some lined paper, and keeping with the whole stitching them, some ribbon, thread, and a button.

Stamps: Little Critters, Sending Happy Thoughts (by Whipper Snapper)
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Stazon Black, Rich Cocoa
Paper: PTI Bitty Dots DP, Hawaii Papaya DSP, Watercolour Paper, White, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, New Leaf
Accessories, etc.: Watercolours, Copics, ribbon, thread, scalloped nestabilities, button

Friday, March 20, 2009

A bit of Flower Power

I decided to pull out this fabulous gel-a-tins set. I hadn't used it in a while and I was in the mood for some bold flowers. One thing that I love about solid stamps is mixing the inks right on the stamp. For this flower, I inked up the center of the stamp with Sweet Blush, then I took the Pure Poppy ink pad and only inked the edges. Because I only used the two colours, the result is a lot like the Rock 'N Roll technique. However, I do this by placing my stamp face up on the table. That way I get a lot more control of the inks. I get the colours exactly where I want them. I stamped a few leaves on Spring Moss, cut those out, then place the flower and a greeting on the oval. I added in some patterned paper and a bit of ribbon to finish it off.

Flower Power , Happy Days
Ink: Sweet Blush, Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss
Cardstock: White, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Hawaii Papaya
Accessories, etc.: Twill Ribbon

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Stamp It! Cards

Have you seen the latest issue of Stamp It! Cards? These special issues are always my favorite. They are full of gorgeous cards and awesome techniques, every one of them featuring stamping! I was lucky enough to have six cards accepted in this issue, my first multiple acceptance.

Cath, of the fun and fabulous Moxie Fab World blog, invited me and nine other designers, to create a card for a special giveaway. Each card is signed by the designer that created it and they're being offered up as a prize for you today! Check out the post over at Moxie Fab World blog and leave a comment, you will be entered to win all ten signed cards. You have until Sunday, March 22 at midnight, MST to play along. And be sure to keep an eye on the Moxie blog all week because it's Stamp It! Cards Week and they've got all kinds of fun planned. Be sure to check out the Paper Crafts blog too!

Here's my card, I cannot get enough of Friends 'Til the End, so I created a little something with that set.
I stamped the flowers with Vintage Cream pigment ink onto the cardstock vellum, then I stamped a few flowers in Melon Berry, then added a sentiment and a few buttons. Inside the card is another piece of Vintage Cream cardstock, so when the card lays flat, you get that extra matted effect.

The other designers being featured today are:

Maren Benedict
Kim Kesti
Julia Stainton
Teri Anderson
Angie Hagist
Debbie Olson
Melissa Phillips
Dawn McVey
Jen del Muro

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hybrid Papercrafting

I've dabbled in digiscrapping (perhaps more than dabbled, I just checked my folder, it's apparently 10GB, perhaps it's time to do some purging). I've been stamping for five solid years now. Occasionally, I'll print out a sentiment for a card, but I rarely combine the digital elements with paper ones. So when I saw that Kristina Werner had released some digital papers and elements I decided to give it a try. I also like to support fellow crafters in their new ventures.

First, I went with a zero stamping card. I printed out smaller, card-sized amounts of the patterned papers. I also used the fancy frame brush and a sentiment and placed that onto another one of the patterns before printing it out. The colours when printed were a bit reminiscent of the Loves Me paper (a long retired favorite of mine), so since I still have some coordinating ribbon I added that. The kraft dots ended up printing a bit more caramel in tone, so instead of using a kraft card base, I went with creamy caramel.
Second, I went with a bit of stamping. I printed the frames in several sizes and found that this size held this happy birthday sentiment nicely. Next, I used some more of the stripes, added some more matching Loves Me ribbon and stamped a row of cupcakes. I also brought out the Cool Caribbean, since that coordinated nicely with the printed paper. It's such a good cool!
My verdict on hybrid crafting: I liked it. It's nice to just print out some basic design elements (like the sentiments and frames), as well as papers, and pair them with the other stuff in your stash. Now I may yet put some of that 10GB of digital stuff to work!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A bit of Whipper Snapper

I am so excited to be a featured designer for Anna's latest designs at Whipper Snapper. Some good news for you, there's a sale on Cling Mount (includes case & insert) - $19.99 each - Special through March 20th - $14.99!

I had a lot of fun with Little Critters. Anytime I see a set with different animals in it, I feel the need to stack them. I don't know why, it's just something that I think is cute with animal sets. I stamped the elephant, giraffe, and the bird and got to work colouring them in with Copics. I thought the Dream Big sentiment from Happy Thoughts seemed appropriate

For my next card, I was still on a Copics kick. I stamped and cut out 3 cupcakes, then got to work colouring those in. I added a couple layers of clear Spica on the cupcake tops and the cherries. It adds just the right amount of sparkle. I also stamped my own background paper using the Sending Happy Thoughts sentiment.

Be sure to check out the other March/April Featured Designers:
Bev Rousch
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Danielle Kennedy
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Lori Craig
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Shannan Teubner
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and of course Anna Wight
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Card One: Stamps: Little Critters, Happy Thoughts
Ink: Tuxedo Black
Paper: Basic Grey, Pure Poppy, Spring Rain, White, Hawaii Papaya DSP
Accessories, etc.: Copics, pop dots

Card Two: Stamps: Happy Thoughts
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Close to Cocoa
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Pink Passion, Close to Cocoa, White
Accessories, etc.: Copics, pop dots, nestabilities.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A few Saturday creations

After tidying up my desk a bit and reorganizing a few things, I felt inspired. Amazing what a clean surface can do for creativity.

First up is a card featuring Damask Designs. I was happy with the Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream, and Dark Chocolate colour combination the other day, so I decided to do that again. I added in one extra colour- Sage Shadow. It works quite well with these colours. The card is pretty basic. I did however do one thing I don't normally do... scoring as a means of decorating the card. First I masked off the side, stamped the one repeated background image there, then I scored two lines beside that, leaving enough room for a thin strip of cardstock. I really like how it turned out, I'll have to try that again some time.
Second up is a card featuring Fifth Avenue Floral. One thing I really like about line art is you can use not only for making fun backgrounds, but you can also really bring it to life with some sort of colouring medium. I stamped this flower and stem on watercolour paper, got out a few reinkers and got to work. I added some grey to really contrast with the orange and green.

Card One: Stamps: Damask Designs (PTI)
Cardstock: Sage Shadow, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream
Accessories, etc.: Scor-It, Ribbon

Card Two: Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Fifth Avenue Floral (SU!)
Cardstock: White, Basic Grey, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Urban Oasis DSP
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, Basic Grey, Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sun, Tangerine Tango
Accessories, etc.: Orange Brads, pop dots, white signo gel pen

Friday, March 13, 2009


Time for another colour inspiration. This week, it's all about keeping things monochromatic with black, grey, and white.

I kept things pretty simple. I made some stamped patterned paper using black, white, and grey ink on grey cardstock. I adhered that to the card, added some 5/8'' black grosgrain and a simple knot. Next I added in my sentiment and stamped a few more flowers on the white base. Very quick, and any colours or sentiments could be used to fit any occasion.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Damask Designs
Ink: True Black, Fresh Snow, Basic Grey
Cardstock: Basic Grey, White
Accessories, etc.: Black Grosgrain

Monday, March 09, 2009


This week Starving Artistamps is a sponsor for 2 Sketches 4 You, so the design team played along with the sketch.
This sketch was pretty far from my personal style (clean and simple), but it was so much fun to go back to making something that had so many layers. When I started stamping, I was all about complex and loads of layers. These colours were inspired by the label on a body scrub I have. I really liked how bright and fun it was, so I decided a birthday card was most appropriate. I stamped the cupcake and went about colouring it (just a heads up for PTI fans, I found that Copic G14 Apple Green is a pretty good match for New Leaf). I coated the cupcake top with glue and sprinkled on the glitter. The rest of the card is pretty straight forward. I just kept adding in layers of black to really make the bright colours pop.
Simple Birthday, Fairy Tale Sentiments, Dot Background
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Taken with Teal
Cardstock: White, Black, Taken with Teal, New Leaf, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy
Accessories, etc.: Various Nestabilities, Copics, black brads, glitter

Saturday, March 07, 2009

A couple of one-layer cards

I decided to participate in the colour challenge at the last moment this week. I wanted something really quick, but striking. I decided to do a bit of masking and sponging. I liked the result, but I really wanted to a version with a Pink Pirouette, and I only have the reinker.

So here's card number one:, basic masking and sponging using Pretty in Pink. This version also features some nice double-faced satin ribbon.

For card number two, I started out with the same mask. I stamped the flowers first, in craft ink, then applied embossing powder. Then I sponged a very subtle shading of white. It pops out just a little. For this one, I didn't think the satin ribbon seemed right, so I grabbed this stitched pink and chocolate ribbon instead. It's kind of funny, in person, the pink one is more striking because of the subtle shading and the added texture of the embossing powder. But in photographs the white one pops out more.
Stamps: Friends 'Til the End (PTI), Birthday Basics
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Paper: White, Pink Pirouette
Accessories, etc.: Sponge, Embossing Powder, Ribbon

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

A couple of answers...

Regarding the previous post...
1) The watercolours used here are Twinkling H2Os, they are a solid, and they come if small tubs. They are a shimmery type of paint. I rarely work with watercolour crayons, just haven't been as happy with the results.
2) Flocking glue tips: Use a glue pen. I have both the quickie glue pen (great for fine detailing) as well as the glue that came in the Martha Stewart glitter trios (small tip and opening, easy to control and "draw" with). Work in small sections, glue a bit, sprinkle the flocking powder on liberally, grab a scrap piece of cardstock and press pretty hard on the flock with the paper. This helps to really press the powder into the glue.

Hope that helps!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Flocked Damask and Shimmery Flowers

I was in the mood to do a bit of watercolouring. I've been meaning to do something with a glow type style of painting. Since I received my PTI order today, I figured, might as well give it a go. I actually started with the glow (just a bit excited to get that done), then painted in the rest of the flower. I didn't want to take away from the watercolouring, so I just added a sentiment and a mat and put that on a Raspberry card base.

As soon as I saw the Damask Designs, I knew I wanted to try giving them some texture with flocking powder. I stamped these two images in Melon Berry, then got to work with my glue pen and powder. I thought I'd add a cute little button and a nice sentiment. Again, I didn't want to take away from all that work (and that would not have looked good anyway), so I matted the image and put that on a Melon card base.

Stamps: Friends 'Til the End, Damask Designs
Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, Melon Berry
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, Melon Berry, Watercolour Paper, White
Accessories, etc.: Twinkling H2Os, Vintage Buttons, White Flock