Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Shabby Train

I had to have this set immediately when I saw it in the SU catalog.... a year ago. Then I found this perfect paper last fall from Graphic 45. I am just now getting a card made with it. I love this train image. I inked it up with Baja Breeze first then pounced some black ink over that to get the multi colors on my image. I cut it out with my Spellbinder's Labels Small, and added a few doodles around the edge. I lightly airbrushed some Grey around the train while it was still in the Nestie. Then I matted it to the grey and pulled out the needle and stitched some Skinny jute string around the border. I meant it to be random and uneven -- just in case you were
thinking my sewing was really really bad!!! I added the kraft paper behind the image as the final layer and roughed up the edges with my scissors, adding to the shabby feel. I am showing off pics of the inside and the envelope as well.... This is the PERFECT way to use the scraps from your card creations. I often will line the envelopes with the remaining DP, but I saw a card from my Step-Mother where she added the edge of DP on the envelope and really liked it. So I copied her idea! Thanks Barb! Finished card is 5 3/4" Square.
  • Stamps: Friends Word Block by Hero Arts # c3002, Train Image by SU "Happiness is a Journey" Set
  • Ink: Baja Breeze, Black
  • Paper: Train DP by Graphic 45 "I think I can" #450037, Baja Breeze, Neenah Environment Ivory, Gray, Kraft
  • Other: Photo Corners Punch by SU, Spellbinder's Labels Small, Skinny Natural Jute from Sharon, Buttons by SU

Monday, June 29, 2009

Skinny Silk Ribbon "Tutorial/Tips"

When I find something I like and I seem to use it often.... I want to share it with you guys. Sometimes I ramble on with descriptions of what I have done to a card, other times I'm quick like a bunny and don't share any of the deets. So, I am putting together this little picture tutorial to share a couple of things that people have asked me about...

  • 1/8" Silk Ribbon - coloring it with Copics, the Bow Easy, adding extra bow tails
  • How I adhere small things like bows and crystals to my cards
Please remember I stamp and color in the lines -- I am not a photographer! So don't make fun of my amateur pictures. Please click on any picture to enlarge the view.

1/8" Silk Ribbon is really skinny, but it is not difficult to work with. In fact, it is easier to use a smaller ribbon with the Bow Easy than a wider ribbon. Lately I have been coloring a lot of ribbon with my Copics. As much as I love all my ribbon, my collection is growing a bit out of control.... so I have a spool of the White Silk Ribbon in different widths from Sharon and I am now using it more than anything else.... It ties beautifully, multiple loops are very easy with the Silk because it is so light. It colors easily for the same reason. Sharon sells the silk by the spool and the yard in 1/8", 1/4" and 1.25".


After coloring up the ribbon, I used my Bow Easy Tool to make a triple loop bow. Another advantage to the Silk Ribbon is that it cinches down so nice and tight in the center. You need to play with the bow's tails pulling them and adjusting them- while the bow is still on the Bow Easy to tighten the tails. If you take it off to tighten the bow, you risk messing up your perfectly matching loops.

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This is a view of the backside of the bow - the tails come from behind the bow. While your bow is still on the Bow Easy, take another piece of your ribbon and thread it through the legs of the Bow Easy, you want to keep the pretty front of your bow - so make sure the flat part of the ribbon is in the front, or under your knot as shown in the picture.


Tie a knot with your extra piece of ribbon, the new "extra tails" are coming out towards the bottom and your knot will be hidden in the back of the bow. Repeat this for as many extra tails as you want to add.


This is the bow flipped over- showing the front view. The center knot
is still nice and clean.


After you have tightened the tails appropriately, and added any extra tails you might want, then you can slide your bow off the Bow Easy.


I use Crafter's Pick Ultimate Glue to adhere my bows as well as anything and everything else to my cards. It is by far my most favorite glue ever! It goes on white, dries quickly, absolutely clear and things do not fall off later. I have taken the glue from it's original large bottle and transferred a small amount in to a little airtight jar, I use a toothpick to get a little drop and put the glue exactly where it needs to go. This prevents a big gloppy mess plopping out from the large bottle. You can use an old embossing powder container, film canister... Doing it like this is just easier to control and keeps things neat.


I do exactly the same thing when I adhere little gems.... using a toothpick to put a dab of glue just where it needs to go.


These little micro crystals are non adhesive and to pick them up from the container, I give it a little poke with my craft knife and it picks right up, then I can place it exactly where it needs to go, the glue grabs and holds it wherever you put it.


I usually wait until the end before I trim the bow tails, so I can see exactly where I want to cut them off in relationship to my images.


The cat of course, must have final "bow" approval, sometimes he helps fluff it up a bit.

He also has to approve of the final card.

I inked my image and sentiment in Crushed Curry, then I added a little Real Red... which turned brown, wasn't what I intended, but I went with it! I used my Spellbinder's Peony Nesties to frame the image, with the brown layers of the Peony Shapes being hand trimmed. A little soft airbrushing, some score lines made with my Scor Pal, Cuttlebug Action in the background, and some little detail dots. Finished card size is an A7.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

OCC Sketch Challenge - Margarita Time!

It's Saturday! Time for the OCC Challenge! For this week’s challenge Jennifer has provided us with a fun sketch to get the creative juices flowing. Check out the OCC Blog to see what goodies are up for grabs this week and all the details of how you can enter to win. So please join us, get your stamps and Go Get Inky! For a close up view on the OCC's great projects for this week please visit the OCC Ladies on their blogs -Silke Ledlow, Cindy Haffner, Jennifer Meyer, Frances Byrne, Vicki Garrett, Loretta Lock and Joycelyn Turner.
Yes, I know, the elements of my card are off a bit in comparison to the Sketch. That is what happens when you go from memory and don't print it out. When will I ever learn? This card was FUN. I have been cranking out the summer cards lately, as it still blazing HOT here, and I guess the summer heat is sparking the ideas. Lots of doodles and dots on this card. I started with the large Polka Dot paper from Rubber Soul and built my card around that. I added the black circles to each large dot with a Micron Pen. The right side of the card was created with the "Happy Summer" sentiment stamp, a Micron Pen and Copics, adding some small polka dots and high lighting the words. I used my Spellbinder's Labels Small to frame my Margarita image -- and liberally dressed the edges up with Copics and a Micron. I added some layers of card stock and used decorative scissors for the little jagged edge on the green. The tag was created doing the same thing, but coloring the entire oval with the Copics and then adding some White Gel Pen. I added some bling to the stem of the glass and a little glitter glue on the rim of the glass to mimic salt. The last element was a coat of Crystal Lacquer over the glass. By the time I was done, all I was thinking about was Mexican Food and a cool Frozen Margarita. Click on the pics for a close up view. Finished card size is an A2.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Soft and Sweet - Lily of the Valley

My VERY exciting news to share today is that I am now a "regular" with Sharon and the talented crew for the Stamp Simply Challenges every Friday. I enjoyed my guest spot with them soooo much in April. I am thrilled to be joining them each week going forward!

Stamp Simply #93 - This weeks challenge is a double -- Sharon asks us to use the colors Sky Blue and Grass Green and to use piercing on our projects. Upload your project to Splitcoast and use the keyword "ssnotime93". Head to Sharon's blog No Time to Stamp to see her creation for today and get all the details for the challenge.

Please check out the great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: Sabrina, June's Guest Designer, Janine, Jennifer, Julie, AJ, Tammy, Barbara and Deb. We are all uploading and linking Thursday night-- so bear with us as we coordinate the links!
These are not colors I would have reached for on my own -- which is exactly why I love challenges. I do really like how the colors paired up. I colored the "Lily of the Valley" image with Copics and added a little soft airbrushing to the edges. I used my Scor-Pal to create the criss-cross embossed pattern and dropped a teeny little pearl in each cross point. I pierced the border around my Labels 4 Nestie, it looks like my usual little dots -- but it is tiny little holes! I added the eyelets and ribbon tags along one edge. The little blue bow is embroidery floss and the four loop bow was created with the Bow Easy. One bow tail seems to have a mind of his own and is sticking out kinda funny. Of course, I did not notice until after I had my picture already edited and loaded in Blogger! A little cuttlebug action in the background with my fave folder "Textile". Finished card is an A2.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Sprinkle

Sprinkle is hittin' the Beach! It's still hot as ever here in Atlanta, the poor air conditioner runs non-stop. My stamp room gets the afternoon sun, so I feel like a roasting chicken in there. The other option is wait until the sun goes down to stamp and it cools off... which makes me seem like a vampire. But no matter.... Sprinkle always brings a smile! I added a little airbrushing and colored the scene with Copics. I used a Spellbinder's Tag for the Sentiment, but then trimmed one side off using a decorative edged scissor. The paper was so busy, I felt if I added my usual doodles, dots and ribbon I might blind someone. So I opted to keep it on the simpler side. lol! Finished card size is an A2.
Oh... and to keep you coming back.... Thursday night's post should bring some fun news AND as if that tease was not enough.... Monday, I have a tutorial coming your way. A tutorial on what you ask? Well, I am sharing some FAQ tips about my bows, silk ribbon, and some Krafty Kat secrets of how I do things! So you better come back and check it out!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Baby Boy Buttons

Repeat Impressions recently came out with a new line of stamps called Quartets. They are square stamps that contain four smaller squares of related images. There are 12 different Quartet Stamps in the latest release! The possibilities to create different cards with one stamp is endless, use one square, two, punch them out and line them up.... anything. Today I am showing off the "Button Quartet". Want to see more samples of the Quartets and maybe win something to boot? Head to Sandy's Blog to see what she created. Then go to Robin's Blog to see what she came up with! One of them has some Celebration Blog Candy up for grabs today!
To create my card, I inked up the stamp with Baja Breeze, then added some Not Quite Navy to it by just tapping it here and there to mix the colors. I used needle and thread -- did you fall out of your chair?? I think I threaded more buttons on this card than I have in my entire life. I pre-pricked holes in the paper to make it easier to get the needle through the card stock. I threaded the Skinny Jute string through all the buttons..... I love that stuff! I added some dots and doodles, also I used a light blue/green Copic around the edges of the buttons to just take the hard edge off. Then I stamped some extra of two panels and added some layers behind them to mix it up a little. I used my Bow Easy to create the tiny little embroidery floss bows. Finished card size is 5" Square.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Christmas Kitty

This is a quickie Holiday card. I stamped the cat image in black and Airbrushed some green around the image. I left the paper in the Nestie while I airbrushed to get the white border around the image. The hat is colored with Copics and I added white Liquid Applique to give the white areas some dimension. The sentiment I stamped in red, outlined with a .05 Micron Pen, and airbrushed a little blue in the background. I layered with additional circles and scalloped circles underneath. I added the bow (made with the Bow Easy) and pearls to finish the card. Final card size is an A2.
  • Stamps: All Stamps by Coronado Island; Small Cap Right #1169-AA, Hugs & Kisses Sentiment #117807-DX, Kitty1 #1194-E
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Riding Hood Red by SU, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: DP by Pinecone Press, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Black, Red, Green, Blue
  • Other: Spellbinder's Classic Squares and Classic Circles, Pearls, Liquid Applique, .05 Micron Black Pen, Ticket Corner Punch by SU, Ribbon by SU, Copics/ABS

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Chill Out!

It is really HOT here. I mean HOT! We have been in the high nineties this week and I am already ready for Winter! I used my baby brayer to ink up my Cuttlebugged background with some Vanilla Craft ink, it takes longer to dry but the effect is rather like weathered paint when you use the textured side of the card stock. Again my Baby Brayer worked wonderfully to ink only what I wanted. I love that thing -- hmm, I think I might have said that once or twice before. This little stamp came from the $1 Bin at Michael's. It is a fun little image to color up. I cut it out with my Spellbinder's Labels One and then used the Jute from Sharon.... larger Jute Natural and then the smaller Green Jute to accent. I thought it went with the beachy feel. Final card size is an A2.
  • Stamps: Chill Out by Studio G
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Vanilla Craft by SU
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, So Saffron, Green, Dark Red
  • Other: Spellbinder's Labels One, Cuttlebug Folder, Baby Brayer, Bead, Jute from Sharon, Black Micron Pen

Saturday, June 20, 2009

OCC Challenge - STARS

It's Saturday! Time for the OCC Challenge! For this week’s challenge Jennifer asked us to use a STARS on our cards. Check out the OCC Blog to see what goodies are up for grabs this week and all the details of how you can enter to win. So please join us and Go Get Inky! For a close up view on the OCC's projects for this week please visit the OCC Ladies on their blog -Silke Ledlow, Cindy Haffner, Jennifer Meyer, Frances Byrne, Vicki Garrett, Loretta Lock and Joycelyn Turner.
I decided to use some of the NEW In Colors from Stampin Up for my card... Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede. I inked up one of my all time fave background stamps French Flair (minus the birds, which I cut out!). I inked both the background stamp and the damask design I used for the star in Bermuda Bay first, then mushed it around here and there on the Soft Sued ink pad to get the two tone colors. A little sponging of both colors around the edges. I used my Spellbinder's Star Nesties to cut out the first star, then hand trimmed the additional layers. My ribbon, from Sharon, was white and brown, but I took a Copic to it to tailor it to my card colors. Doodles and Dots to finish it up.
  • Stamps: French Flair Background by SU, Damask Pattern in the star by PaperTrey, Dante Quote by A Muse - Follow Your own Star #9-8160B Add Image
  • Paper: Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, White, Black
  • Ink: Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede
  • Other: Copics, Souffle Pen, Black Micron Pen, Ribbon from Sharon, Spellbinder's Stars, Spellbinder's Ribbon Tags

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The DT for Impression Obsession has two challenges a month and we create something with the chosen theme and then share it on our blogs. Today's theme was to use NO Pattern Paper! Please check out these links to everyone's blog to see what the Impression Obsession DT ladies created for today... Daniela Dobson - Laura Fulcher - Julie Koerber - Dina Kowal - Deborah March - Kelli Richardson - Shirley Ross - Jeanne Streiff.
----------------------------------------------No pattern paper. Why is it when you can't use something, that is all you want to use!!! I created my swirly background with a cuttlebug folder, then inked up the baby brayer and lightly colored the embossed portions with some black ink, then inked it up with Mambo Melon and ran it over the entire thing, filling in the remaining white embossed areas. I split my cuttlebug panel, making a little pocket to nest my Tim Holtz Swirly Piece. Not sure how I feel about the end result of this card... I keep thinking it's not quite right -- does it need more??? Maybe a bow? I may have to change it up a bit. Card is an A7 Size.
  • Stamps: All Stamps by Impression Obsession
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: White, Black, Mambo Melon
  • Other: Misc. Ribbon, Copics/ABS, Tim Holtz Grunge Piece, Spellbinder's Labels and Circles Nesties, Cuttlebug Folder, Black Micron Pen, White Signo Gel Pen, Silver Pearls, Pink Mini Crystals

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Slivers of Silver

Ohhhh------- it is mighty hard for me to leave this much white space, but I am getting better at resisting the feeling that I MUST cover it all! The flowers are from Hero Arts, I used my Copics to color them, and also outlined the circle to add a softer edge to it. The little strip of Kraft paper -- I embossed using a Cuttlebug Folder, then used my very best new tool - the mini brayer to ink the raised portions. I had to add the silver strips of Rainbow Tape to go over two small black ink spots that somehow happened. The Rainbow Tape comes in Metallic Colors too! I only put 300 dots on this card, around the white layer and also the inner circle, refraining from the usual 600! The red paper is a little like linen, with small embossed flowers on it. It does not show well in the picture. Finished card is an A2.
  • Stamps: Flowers by Hero Arts Clear Set # CL275, Sentiment by A Muse "Journey" #9-8236C
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Kraft, Red DP, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Black
  • Other: Cuttlebug Folder, Mini Brayer, Copics, Micron Pen .005, Silver Pearls, Silver Rainbow Tape

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Another DOG on my Blog!!

I know Westies are supposed to be white or grey -- this guy obviously has some bad breeding.... he's more my style of dog, just a good old lovable mixed mutt! If you like the image then you need to head to Sandy's blog and leave her a comment on this fab card she made - cause this is also one of the stamps in the blog candy bundle from Dog Gone Stamps that she has up for grabs.
For my card..... I pulled the sketch from Jen del Muro's Saturday SFYTT "Sketch for you to Try". To create Mr. Mixed Breed's checker color shirt, I used a pencil to draw some grid lines, then used two blue and two yellow Copics to fill in the squares. On the three yellow panels I ran them through the Cuttlebug Folder Geometric Squares, but I turned the paper at an angle in the folder so the grid lines would be diagonal. The gingham ribbon is from Sharon, and was brown and white, BUT the white was "too white" for my card, so I used a Copic to change it to yellow and brown! Lots of little doodle dots around the borders with a blue Souffle pen. Finished Card is an A2.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

OCC Challenge - Punch a Border

It's Saturday! Time for the OCC Challenge! For this week’s challenge Jennifer asked us to use a border punch on our cards. Check out the OCC Blog to see what goodies are up for grabs this week and all the details of how you can enter to win. So please join us and Go Get Inky! For a close up view on the OCC's projects for this week please visit the OCC Ladies on their blog -Silke Ledlow, Cindy Haffner, Jennifer Meyer, Frances Byrne, Viki Garrett and Joycelyn Turner.
I used a Fiskar's Border and Corner Punch "Lattice" for my card today. I love these punches that include the corner punch too. Very clever of someone!!! I wanted to keep my image simple and clean since the border is so pretty and a little busy -- I didn't want too much going on and it looking a bit over done. It is very hard for me to leave this much white space!!! This a new set from SU and I used new In Colors too... Inking the flower stamp up with the Crushed Curry first, then dabbing it around in the Dusty Durango ink to add the orange. I used a Micron pen and added some black outlines to the flower.... I had so much white space I felt the black lines helped it pop a bit. I also added some Spica Yellow and then finished the flowers off with a glaze pen over them for a little subtle shine. The ribbon was white 1/8" silk and I used a Copic to color it and tied the little triple bow with my bow easy tool.... a little bling to dress it up and finish it off. Completed card is 5 1/2" Square. No Copics or Spellbinders products used on this card-- Whoa! That does not happen very often!!
  • Stamps: Kind and Caring Thoughts Set by SU
  • Ink: Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Dusty Durango, Black, White, Gold, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Fiskars Border Punch "Lattice", Crystals, Silk Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool, Black Micron Pen, Paper Piercer, Glaze Pen

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fisherman Father's Day

Where did my creativity go this week? I think I cleaned it up and threw it out when I did the 10 hour cleaning job in my stamp room! But I just got a big fat shipment of some new stuff -- 'cause you saw the pics.... I need more stuff, right???? A big fat box landed from Stampin Up and also another big fat box is coming from my favorite company The Cat's Pajamas. Ohhhh, can't wait. So with the thought of new ink, rubber and paper in my little hands the creativity got a little jump start! Would you believe I was up at 7:30 in the AM this morning and in my stamp room... the cat and husband still fast asleep, actually its 9:00 now and they are still asleep, those bums! If you know me, you know I am NOT a morning person.... so this is not a normal thing! No stamping for a few days and I guess I was ready to get to it!!!
I wanted to use this image today. I think its a fun image for Father's Day. AND my pal Sandy has this image along with four other neat stamps from Dog Gone Stamps up for grabs on her blog! All you have to do is go leave a comment on this fab card she made!
My card is simple today -- it's early for me! The sentiment is new from Stampin Up's Teeny Tiny Wishes set and also I used the new label punch from SU. The yellow is one of the new SU In Colors: Crushed Curry. When I put the black jute string through the eyelets the ends of the string were flopping around and one was stretching towards the top, and that's where the idea came from to string the label to all four corners. See... how my brain works, totally visual. Finished card is an A2.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

OCC Sketch Challenge -- Birthday Cake!

It's Saturday! Time for the OCC Challenge! For this week’s challenge we have a sketch to jump start our creativity. Check out the OCC Blog to see what goodies are up for grabs this week and all the details of how you can enter to win. So please join us and Go Get Inky! For a close up view on the OCC's projects for this week please visit the OCC Ladies on their blog -Silke Ledlow, Cindy Haffner, Jennifer Meyer, Frances Byrne, Loretta Lock , Viki Garrett and Joycelyn Turner.

Heehee! How cute is this little pup from Dog Gone Stamps with his tummy all poochin' out from eating too much cake! I thought I followed the sketch for today pretty well, until I went back and looked at it, after my card was completed, of course!! Seems the two panels in the back are a wee bit slim compared to what they should be. Ooops. This is a fun image to color and I paired it up with funky paper from DCWV's Pet Stack, which is all shimmery and glittery in real life-- so it is a little more eye catching than the picture shows. Completed card is an A2.

  • Stamps: Chihuahua by Dog Gone Stamps, "It's Your Birthday" Sentiment from TCP
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: DCWV Pet Stack, Yellow, Brown, Curious Cryogen White, Blue
  • Other: Silk Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool, Cuttlebug Folder, White Gel Pen, Orange Fine Tip Pen, Mini Crystals, Orange Rainbow Tape

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Baby Boy!

I was recently invited to join Impression Obession's Design Team. I am thrilled to be a part of this talented group of ladies! The DT has two challenges a month and we create something with the chosen theme and then share it on our blogs. Today's theme was to use the Color Combo: Red, White and Blue. Please check out these links to everyone's blog to see what the Impression Obsession DT ladies created for today... Deborah March - Laura Fulcher - Julie Koerber - Dina Kowal - Shirley Ross (Shirley has blog candy up for grabs!!) - Jeanne Streiff.
I wanted to do something other than a patriotic themed card since that is usually what immediately comes to mind with the theme of a Red, White and Blue Color Challenge. So this little baby card is what resulted. I colored the little baby bib with Copics, then I added some little white polka dots with a gel pen. I added lots of polka dots around the edges of my circle nesties. Also, the last red scalloped circle I punched small holes in each of the scallops using my Japanese Screw Punch. Next, I threaded white and blue embroidery floss up and through each hole to create a "rope" edging. The cuttlebugged background I inked with some Baja Breeze Blue using my mini brayer (love that little thing!!!). The small little 1/8" ribbon along the bottom was white, I inked it with a Copic to match the blue and added some pearls and gems. Finished card is an A2.
  • Stamps: All Stamps by Impression Obsession - Clear Set #CL131 Baby
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Riding Hood Red by SU, Baja Blue by SU
  • Paper: Misc. Red, Baja Blue by SU, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Mini Red Crystals, Mini Pearls, Embroidery Floss, Spellbinder's Classic Circles, Cuttlebug Folder, Mini Brayer, Blue Souffle Pen, Red Fine Tip Pen, Black Micron pen, Red Buttons, Baja Blue and Riding Hood Red Ribbon by SU, Ticket Corner Punch by SU, White Gel Pen

Monday, June 1, 2009

Pearly and Girly!

How "Girly" is this card?!?! I love this little fairy kitty from Stamping Bella called "Felix Ketto with a Star"! I colored Felix with Copics and added a little Pink Spica Sparkle to the fairy wand and also the crown. Some little pink polka dots around the edges. I cut a slit in the taupe oval and tucked the oval with the image on it down in to it -- just to do something different. I adorned little Felix with lots of bling around the scalloped oval! I thought the sentiment paired up well with the image. Finished card is an A2. I was thinking you could use this image at Halloween too, just put a witchy hat over the crown.