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Monday, February 28, 2011

Outlines -Furry Friends

Today the Outline's Design Team Challenge was to create a card that featured a kitty or a dog image somewhere on it. See what everyone else created:  Bev GerardJeanne StreiffLisa SilverRobin Kirkpatrick, Sandy Hulsart and Vicki Garrett.
Surprise, Surprise! A dog and not a cat image!  I think this sentiment is a hoot! I cut out the dog image from a larger layering stamp that has several images and then paired it up with the sentiment. I used Spellbinder's Lacey Squares to stamp the sentiment on and added some soft airbrushing around the edges. To create more of a rectangle, I cut the Lacey Squares and stretched it, leaving a gap, which is covered with the blue band of paper.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bunny and tiny Bits of Ribbon!

Serendipity Stamps has another DT challenge for today. Today it was all about using leftovers.... bits of ribbon, bits of card stock. Check out what the other team members created: Amy,  AnyaKathie and Lynda.
ALSO - Serendipity has brand new images just release for Easter and Spring, so make sure to check them out using this LINK! My card today features one of the cute new bunnies just released.

I used Spellbinder's Beaded Ovals to frame my cute little bunny. Where the die had small openings I added bits of ribbon through them, fastening them on the back of the oval. I wasn't sure if would turn out or end up in the can..... but I liked it and think it worked perfectly with this die and Easter Bunny! 
You can see in the close up, they just tuck through the opening. Looks like it would take some time, but it was only a few minutes to go around the oval. I wanted a softer look to the card, so I opted to stamp the image in Memento Rich Cocoa, my favorite brown ink. I colored the bunny with Copics, adding some light airbrushing while it was still inside the die, keeping the edges clean. Both the oval bunny and the green panel are popped up with foam tape adding a little dimension to the card. Finished card size is 5" square. Can't believe I've done two Easter cards this week....I'm never early to anything, never ahead of the holidays... it's a strange feeling!!!

  • Stamps: #1245 F - Bunny with Eggs by Serendipity Stamps
  • Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
  • Paper: DP by Graphic 45 - Once upon a Springtime Collection, Neenah Classic Crest Natural White, Pink
  • Other: All Ribbon by SU, Spellbinder's Beaded Ovals, Bow Easy Tool, Copics/ABS, Polka DOts CB Folder

Monday, February 21, 2011

Outlines - Stripes

Today the Outline's Design Team Challenge was to create a card that used STRIPES somewhere on it. See what everyone else created:  Bev GerardJeanne StreiffLisa SilverRobin Kirkpatrick, Sandy Hulsart and Vicki Garrett.
 Ever since this Easter stamp arrived on my doorstep I have been itching to color it up! Today was the day! I know the challenge was all about stripes.... so I included some striped DP in the background layers.... kind of a cheat, not making stripes the focus. But I was set on using this image!!  I only used one stamp today, but it's so pretty I wanted it to shine all by itself!
My addiction to the Viva Decor Pearl Pens continues.... using four different pens on this Easter Egg! I used Ice White, Lt. Green, Lt. Blue, and Lilac. I also embellished with Swarovski Crystals, using the following colors: Olivine - Sizes 5 and 7, AB - Size 7, Lt. Rose - Size 16. Everything is colored with Copics. I used foam tape to pop up layers of the egg adding a little dimension to the card. A row of paper piercing down each side frames the image. On top of the butterflies and also the center flower on the egg, I added Glossy Accents... so they shine too! Three little teensy bows made from 1/8 silk ribbon go down the side. This card was all about embellishments! OK.... and maybe layers too! Finished card ends up just shy of 6" square. I really liked the combo of the crystals and the pearl pens on this! 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dragonfly Smiles


New papers, New stamps. I love it. After CHA and the new stuff starts rolling in to the stamp store.... my favorite time of the year! So this card is all about the new stuff piled high on my desk right now. This dragonfly image is from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps - using a one of their clear sets "Clearly Beautiful Dragonflies" which also has a coordinating die to cut out the dragonfly. I added to die cuts of the dragonfly, using silicone to prop up the wings in between the layers. The scalloped circle die behind the dragonfly is also from Prickley Pear.... love the small detailed eyelet edging on it! The small white dots on the edge of the blue circle and the edge of the card is Ranger's White Enamel. I created a pool of it on a small scrap piece of paper and then dipped a toothpick in it, using the toothpick to apply small tiny dots. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

IO Challenge - It's a cupcake kind of day....

Today the Impression Obsession team's challenge was all about cupcakes. 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 KoerberKelli RichardsonLaura Fulcher and Shirley Ross.


I'm sharing two sweet and simple cupcake cards today. With the last release of stamps there were several FUN cupcakes that had a beach theme incorporated in the design. Both are colored with Copics, use Spellbinder's Dies, a CB folder and are fairly simple in design, showing off the images. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Books in Black and White

Serendipity Stamp's Challenges are back.... after a bit of a break for the New Year. Today's challenge is to create using Black and White. Check out what the other team members created: Amy,  AnyaKathie and Lynda.
ALSO - Serendipity has brand new images just release for Easter and Spring, so make sure to check them out using this LINK!
So this black and white challenge was more difficult than I would have imagined. What I love so much about Serendipity images is how most of them lend themselves to being colored so easily, so I had to think on this one for a little bit before I decided what images to use. I ended up using the stamps from the Books Cling Set. The books image was stamped multiple times, masking previous images using Eclipse Tape. I guess I cheated on the challenge a weee bit, because you can see I added a few touches of grey with my Copic Markers. I stamped the sentiment and used Spellbinder's Curved Rectangles to cut it out, adding a little soft grey airbrushing before removing it from the die. As a child I devoured books and still love to read today. But now I am reading books on my iPad, times change! 
  • Stamps: All stamps by Serendipity Stamps - Books Cling Set
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Black and White card stock
  • Other: Misc. RIbbon, Pearls, 1/8" WHite Silk RIbbon, Bow Easy Tool, Copics/ABS, Spellbinder's Curved Rectangles, Black Micron Pen, CB Folder

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Marvelous Nature....

I'm soooooo ready for warmer weather. This is a simple card featuring one of the new Impression Obsession images. The image was colored using Copics and the card base created with a few simple layers and a Martha Stewart Edge punch. I added the sentiment using dimensional silicone under it to keep the bend of a banner and added two blue gems. Along the bottom edge I used a Viva Decor Gold Pearl Paint Pen to create the golden pearls. Finished card is an A2 size.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Outlines - Color Challenge

Happy Valentine's Day!
Today the Outline's Design Team Challenge was to create a card using Red, Black and White as the only colors. See what everyone else cooked up:  Bev GerardJeanne StreiffLisa SilverRobin Kirkpatrick, Sandy Hulsart and Vicki Garrett.
This is a card I made a few weeks ago and there is a full tutorial available showing the how to on the Outline's website - you can find the instructions using this LINK. I love this color combo and think it so striking on a card. The Tattoo Heart Image was stamped twice, cutting out and popping the center heart from the second stamping. I gently curled the sentiment like a waving banner and then adhered it using dimensional silicone to keep the bend in the paper. I used Copics to color the image and embellished with crystals and a. Finished card is an A2.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Love and Chocolate.....

This is one of the newer Cat's Pajamas stamp sets "Got Love".... that I of course, could not resist. Also a newly acquired CB folder is in the background... I'm addicted to that large polka dot folder. I may have to give it to a friend to hold for a little while, or it will be used on every single card I make!!! I stamped and cut out the penguin and the balloons, adding little jute strings to the balloons. The penguin and balloons are all popped up using silicone for dimension. I used my fingers and gently curled the balloons and the penguin -- it made the penguin's belly look like it was poking out... in a cute way! LOL! Spellbinder's Lg Scalloped Rectangles are used to create the background panel. I embossed it in the CB folder after cutting it out. I added a touch of Glossy Accents to the roses to give them a little shine and make them pop a little more.

  • Stamps: Got Love - by The Cat's Pajamas
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Hearts DP by SEI, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Red
  • Other: Spellbinder's Large Scalloped Rectangles, CB Folder Lg Polka Dots, Dimensional Silicone, Black Ribbon from May Arts, Bow Easy Tool, Black Jute String, Glossy Accents

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Daisy Love....

Leaving white space is always a challenge for me. I always feel compelled to cover it all! And, all though there is not a lot of white space on this card.... I still had to resist the urge to add! I used Flourishes' Hearts and Flowers set. I always love the sentiments they use in the sets, just as much as I do the images.  The daisies are actually shaped in a heart image, I just changed it up and used it a bit differently. I used a mask to cover the first stamped image, and then overlapped the hearts... to create a strip of the flowers. I only added color to the centers -- Y26 and Y28. I also colored my ribbon with Y26, as nothing in my stash matched. Which is hard to believe, lol! So sweet and simple and am patting myself on the back for leaving white space. I know it's not much.... baby steps. A few little silver pearls to finish it off.



  • Stamps: All stamps from Flourishes' Hearts and Flowers set
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Misc. card stock, Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Silver Pearls, Copics, Ribbon by SU, Eclipse Masking Tape

Monday, February 7, 2011

Outlines - Make it Metallic!

Today brings a new challenge from the Outline's Design Team.... Make it Metallic! Which is pretty self explanatory. But we were also challenged to use Liquid Metal Acrylics Paints on this project as well. I think each of us used this neat paint in a completely different way!
So be sure and hop around and see who used the paint and how they used it -  Bev GerardJeanne StreiffLisa SilverRobin Kirkpatrick, Sandy Hulsart and Vicki Garrett.
I used the Liquid Metallic Paint -Silver to create my background pieces. I embossed a black piece of card stock with a Cuttlebug folder and then used a small 2" brayer to add the paint to just the raised portion. I inked up the brayer and then rolled excess off on a scrap paper before applying it to my embossed panel. It is very liquid and this helped to prevent any excess splatter. The center silver piece was coated entirely (again using the brayer, but this time I didn't roll the excess off.) with the silver paint after being embossed with the CB folder. In person it really does have a metallic finish to it and I am looking forward to playing with these paints a little more! Not being very patient, I gave it a quick shot with the heat gun to dry the paint, which worked easily. If you got too close the paint would bubble... so I kept about four inches away, which seemed to work nicely!
The two flowers are D-92 Dotted Flower Medium and B-93 Dotted Flower Small.... both heat embossed with Silver EP on black card stock. I cut them out and used dimensional silicone to add dimension. The center, of course is a Viva Decor Pearl Pen- Silver  - I'm really developing a serious addiction to these pens! Just got some new colors -- pastels for Easter cards---- so pretty!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

IO Challenge - Is it Spring yet?

Today brings another Design Team Challenge for Impression Obsession. It's all about Spring today. It's freezing and windy here in Atlanta. All though I feel like I can't complain too much, since many folks are covered up with the white stuff! Check out what spring themed designs the team cooked up this week: Daniela DobsonDeborah MarchDina KowalJeanne StreiffJulie KoerberKathy MenziesLaura Fulcher and Shirley Ross.

I'm back from CHA and trying to get back in the swing of things and catch up on everything! One thing I saw all over the show was big flowers! I loved this big rose image from the moment I saw it, so many things to do with it from paper piecing, coloring it, using just a portion of it on a corner, creating a background with it, cutting it out and creating a layered floral image.... I think it has so many possibilities! Here I have created a simple card with it, coloring the full image with my Copics and then stamping a gardening sentiment in the corner. I kept the background simple letting the beautiful flower remain the focus. Finished card size is an A2.

  • Stamps: All stamps by Impression Obsession - L8535 Romantic Rose, B3668 Time Began
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pink, Green
  • Other: White Signo Pen, Copics