Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sweet and Simple

One of my dearest friends is expecting her first baby... It's a Girl! These are some little Thank You notes for her. I don't like making the same card over and over, so I mixed it up but still used the same paper, stamps and inks. The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny Press. The polka dots are embossed using one of the new cuttlebug folders, Swiss Dots. I embossed the onesie in White Detail EP and then used a marker around the embossed lines to help define the edges. She requested pink and green, not colors I often use together. It's really a fun color combo, although my scans don't show the pastels very well, I'm pretty happy with the way they came together and I think the Swiss Dot cuttlebug is perfect on baby notes. To add a little "cute" I put a little punched flower on the front of the onesie and used a little white liquid pearl drop in the center. Hope she likes!

RECIPE: Stamps: Stitched, SU By Ones and By Twos, Thank You by Endless Creations Paper: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Ivory, Bo Bunny Press Ink: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Versamark and White Detail EP Other: Swiss Dots Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, White Tafetta Ribbon, Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Certaily Celery 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Liquid Pearls White Opal, Small Flower Punch, Perfect Layers

Saturday, February 23, 2008

One Teal Star

I made this card for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challnge #23 Flourishes (keyword ssnotime23) posted on her blog. You were to use some kind of Flourish on a card... you can see Sharon's challenge info here. I black embossed French Flair on White cardstock (I cut the birds out of my stamp). Then I used my water brush and Taken with Teal to shadow around the black swirls. The star I black embossed, then embossed a second star with Taken with Teal, trimmed the edges a little smaller and popped the Teal one over the black one. I did some little doodles around the white edge because it just looked really white in the upper left corner. I added some glitter pen (well a lot of glitter pen) on the edges of the swirls and star, but it does not show up in the scan. I outlined the black layer with my white signo pen.
RECIPE: Stamps: French Flair, Star (Art Impressions), Sentiment is by Amuse Ink: Taken with Teal, Versafine Black, Craft Black and Clear Detail EP Paper: White, Black, Taken with Teal Other: Water Brush, Glitter Pen, Taken with Teal and Fine Tip Black Markers, White Signo Pen.

Cute Chick!

I know I've gone completely cutesy crazy! I think this little chick from Stampendous is just too cute... I think it would always bring a smile from whoever opened the card, how could it not? I recently purchased several little chick stamps... so more cutesy chicks to be posted soon. I paper pieced the hat and colored my chick using my Copics. I added some glitter pen here and there on her hat and in the feather to give her some glitz! I really like the Stitched background stamp. I keep thinking it would be a good pattern for a cuttlebug folder. The dark red is not not paper but fake layers I created with a Copic marker. I used the fine tip of a Rose Red and Black marker to do the little doodles around the edges of the sentiment and the chick's oval. More chick cards hatching soon!

RECIPE: Stamps: Plumeria Chick, Stitched, Misc.Sentiment Ink: India Ink, Versamark and White Detail EP, Rose Red Paper: White, Yellow, Stripes from Ginger Blossom Other: White Taffeta Ribbon, Nestabilities, Glitter Pen, White Signo Pen, Rose Red marker, Fine Tip Black Pen

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pinch Me Again!

More Teensy Green Pearls... I love these things! I used the new Pinch Proof SU set... I think it's a pretty cute set. Leapin' Larry only has two layers- one white oval and the Garden Green Scalloped oval. I used my Copic Markers and White Signo pen to create the other color borders. No, I'm not running out of paper... I just did it this way! I used my nestabilities Frame to draw a thin black inner circle and then just added the other colors. I wanted to keep it kind of fun, so my lines are not perfectly straight and I blurred the colors a bit. The DP is from the Prints Pack in the current catalog's hostess gifts. I used SU's white taffeta ribbon for the bow... this is my favorite bow ribbon, it goes with any card and is so easy to tie.

RECIPE: Stamps: SU! Pinch Proof Ink: Versamark & White Detail EP, Garden Green and Clear Detail EP Paper: SU Prints Pack DP, Garden Green, Handsome Hunter Copics: YG99, BG93, E11, G000, G82, G24, FYG2, Blender 0 Other: White Signo, Clear Glaze Pen, Gold Pentel Gel Pen,White Taffeta Ribbon, White Sticky Dots, Teensy Green Pearl Strings, Nestabilities, Perfect Layers

Pinch Me!

Pinch me! First of all, I'm surprised that I am making St. Patrick's Day Cards, second I can't believe I have made some almost a month before the holiday! I'm that stamper that is usually still making Christmas cards on Decmber 23rd, Then finally giving in and saying well ... I'll send New Year cards! St. Patrick's day was an excuse to drink some green beer and party ten years it means........ CUTE STAMPS! I made these cards on a Saturday night.... oh how life has changed! This little kitty is from The Cat's Pajamas Rubber Stamp Company - the little kitty has an entire series of stamps... his name is Sprinkle and I love him! On to the details.... The background... I stamped the shamrock on white cardstock and embossed with Clear Detail EP. I used stipple brushes and shaded the rest of the background. I used a Garden Green marker and colored over the text portions in the shamrock stamp and outlined the edges, then wiped away excess ink with a kleenex. I added the dots with a black sharpie and the little dots of gold on top. (My recent dot obsession is from drooling over Markie's Mom's cards, Faith is the Queen of Dots, I love how she edges everything with millions of little dots!) "Pot o' Sprinkle" is stamped in India Ink and then I used my Copics and a gold gel pen to color. The edges are not additional layers. I drew an inner black line using the nestabilities frame and used copics to add the color borders. Then I layered Sprinkle on gold and then black, both with a 1/16" edge. I used my Copic G000 to shadow around the image so it wasn't so bright white, usually I would do this using a light grey or blue, you can't see it very well in my scan. Oh ... and my little gren pearls, almost as cute as Sprinkle! When I stamp a small image like this and don't emboss I like to go over everything with a clear glaze pen at the end for a finishing touch.

RECIPE: Stamps: SU Pinch Proof, The Cat's Pajama's "Pot o' Sprinkle" Ink: Garden Green, Glorious Green, Green Galore, Versamark & Clear Detail EP, India Ink Paper:White, Gold, Black, Garden Green Other: Mini Green Pearl String, Pentel Gold Gel Pen, Black Sharpie, Clear Glaze Pen, Nestabilities--love 'em!), Perfect Layers, Garden Green Marker Copics: G24, G82, FY2, G29, G000

More Sprinkles.... These are in my SCS gallery posted with the details.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Dots & Teensy Pearls

More new SU! This is from the Bloomin' Beautiful set available in March. I am still getting the feel of my Copic markers, I really enjoy them so far and am glad I splurged. I stamped the flower in India Black, the blackest ink I know of, and used my copics to color. I cut the ovals with my nestabilities, I don't think I could make a card with out using them anymore. The red frame on both ovals is a copic marker... after I cut my oval I left it in the die and used it as a template to draw the black inner circle, removed the die, then I used a red marker to color the edge... my new favorite thing the signo pen for dots and anything else I can work in! This is the BEST white pen I have ever had. The black and white paper is from Paper Parachute and I colored in portions of the flower with a marker to help tie in a color. My favorite part of the card.... see the teensy little pearl string.... this was a find at Michael's in the Christmas ribbon they had this year, it is on a roll with red, green and white. I love it. I already started thinking about the little green ones on St. Pat's cards! The striped background is from the SU Prints Pack (hostess gift).

RECIPE: Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful, Thinking of You (Endless Creations) Paper: Black, White, SU Prints Pack DP, Paper Parachute B &W Other: Ticket Corner Punch, White Signo Pen, Black Brads Ink: India Black Copics: Y28, YG99, BG93, R39, R32, R37, N5, N1

Friday, February 15, 2008

Same Stuff, New Card

After making my husband's card last night I did not clean up my stuff (lazy) and the same paper and stamps were still on my desk. So I made another card using the same goodies. The flowers were embossed with Clear Detail EP on White cardstock and then I used a fat stipple brush to ink it up with Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip. I cut the circles out with my nestabilities and used my Signo pen to outline the circle in white. Stitched background stamped in Chocolate Chip on White and again I dirtied it up with my stipple brushes. I used my nestabilities to emboss an inner sqaure on my Stiched background. I stamped Stitched in Chocolate Chip on the card base as well so it wasn't so plain looking.

RECIPE: Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Versamark & Clear Detail EP on the Flowers, White Detail EP on Sentiment Paper: Chocolate Chip, White Stamps: Stitched, Essence of Love, Warmest Regards Other: White Taffeta Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain, Halfback Pearls

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Chocolate Valentine

My husband's Valentine... He is still working so I had plenty of last minute time to get a card made. This one of the new SU sets available in March... Essence of Love. I love the quote and the image. I first stamped the image three times in in a row using Close to Cocoa. Then I used my stamp positioner to stamp over that in Chocolate Chip. I roughed up and sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip. I matted to Close to Cocoa with a 1/16" edge. Then mounted to one more layer-- the new Stitched background stamped in Chocolate on White. Card base is Chocolate Chip. Finished with a bow of Satin Chocolate Chip ribbon... this ribbon is heaven, I wish I had bought more! I did get some real Chocolate for him too!

RECIPE: Stamps: Essence of Love, Stitched Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip Paper: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White Other: Chocolate Satin Ribbon

Monday, February 11, 2008

Ultra Quick Valentine!

Ok... My brother-in-law needs a Valentine's Day card. My husband tells me this of course after I have sent all my cards out! So here is the quickie card I made tonight. Usually I labor over any card I make, moving things here and there.... But this one was ultra quick for me... under 15 minutes which I never do. Found the lace in the $1.00 bin at JoAnn's and have used it on several Valentine's Day cards. It is a quick embellishment for sure and I love it on a Valentine! The love I cut off center with my nestabilities. When the rectangle was still inside the Nestabilities frame, I used my White Signo pen to do the white frame outline. I added a little glitter pen here and there for some extra sparkle that you can't see in the scan.

RECIPE: Ink: Versamark and White Detail EP Paper: Real Red, Whisper White Stamps: Wonderful Words, Always, Tres Chic Other: Nestabilities, Stardust Glitter Pen, White Signo Gel Pen

Saturday, February 9, 2008

My First Blog Entry!

Well, Here I go... If you're reading this then I thank you for your time and for visiting my brand new little blog. I guess I'll tell you a bit about myself. I work full time four days a week, and try to stamp the other three, which never seems to work out quite the way I plan. I am a fairly new Stampin Up! demonstrator. I joined SU in Fall of 2007. I have been stamping for about 6 years now and last summer got completely hooked with the matching paper, ribbon, inks.... Stampin UP! makes it easy and saves my creative time by not having to hunt down the right colors for my project. So I enjoy SU products but still love to mix and match and have a huge range of companies that I could list as favorites. I have been married for six years. My husband sometimes thinks I'm nuts with all my stamps, but he loves that I have a hobby that I enjoy so much. We have one beautiful, totally smart, spoiled cat (Breed: Humane Society), who runs the entire house. I named my blog "One Krafty Kat" for several reasons ....

  1. I have one cat... and he is pretty crafty, just not in a paper and ink kind of way.
  2. I have a group of friends that are my main stamping and shopping enablers, there are four of us and we are the "Krafty Kats". Three of the four have cats and yes, we are those "cat people". We get together often and share our work, go to dinner, shop for stamps, try new techniques... the emails are always flying updating each other on the latest and greatest new thing that we must have. We always have a blast! So my blog... One Krafty Kat.
  3. And the last reason... it was the only name available out of the ones I thought about!
I think that's enough of the boring stuff for now. I want to post a card! For now I am scanning most of my cards as I try and work out the best way for me to photgraph my cards so you can see more detail.

So here is my first ever Fluffle's card. I have to admit Fluffles was a bit on the cutesy side for me... but this stamp was soooo adorable I had to have it. I used my Copics to color and added a touch of of glitter pen to the fish and a clear glaze pen on the hearts. The circles are all cut from Nestabilities and I used my Japanese Screw Punch to make the holes in the scallops. I used embroidery floss in between the scallops, this idea came to me when I was trying to bring in the color of the fish to the rest of my card. Orange and Red.... not so hot, but I think the color combo turned out OK. The corners on the left side of my card well, that was a mistake I made with a punch and needed to cover it up, so I just overlayed another piece of the patterned paper and used a red marker to outline for detail.
Remember I said I was not a big Fluffles fan in the beginning of my post well I thought this stamp was sooooo cute I went looking on line... I bought seven more Fluffles stamps. Just too cute too resist. Now I love Fluffles.

RECIPE: Stamps: Fluffles Fish (by Stampendous), Love You (SU Short and Sweet) Ink: India Black Ink, Versamark and White Detail EP, White Signo Pen, Stardust Glitter and Glaze Pens Paper: Pattern Paper is Paper Pizazz, Flat Red Metallic Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock Other Products: Cuttlebug Hearts Folder, Nestabilities, Small Country Heart Punch, 1/16" Eyelets, SU Small Oval Punch.