Thursday, February 28, 2013

G45 Secret Garden - Thank You

Loving the new G45 Secret Garden Collection! I think the addition of the 6x6 paper pad that contains solids and small scale patterns makes it much easier for me to use. It takes the hunt for matching solid card stock out of the equation. I cut out the main image from the paper using Spellbinder's Reverse Wonky Rectangle Dies.... which I sadly discovered are now retired and pretty hard to find. Sorry! I try not to use too many things that are no longer available. Check out the basket weave embossing folder, it's a new one from Darice and I'm loving it. I have a feeling it will be a new favorite. I lightly inked up the edges on all of the papers with the exception of the ivory... leaving that with a clean and crisp edge.

Here's the inside... I added the Thank you to coordinate with the sentiment on the front, stamping both in Versafine Olympia Green. I added a 1/16" Green border down the striped paper using my Perfect Layer Rulers.

You can see I curved the sentiment on the acrylic block to match the shape of the nestie's edge. A bonus of working with clear stamps! A little foam tape between layers adds dimension. And of course... a little bow! Finished card is an A2. 

  • Stamps by Flourishes: SS217 Inside and Out Just Because, SS210 Sentimental Favorites
  • Ink: Versafine Olympia Green
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White (ivory), All other paper from G45's Secret Garden Collection 12x12 and 6x6 papers
  • Other: Bow Easy Tool, Perfect Layers Rulers, Ivory Seam Binding Ribbon, Darice Basket Weave Embossing Folder, Reverse Wonky Rectangle Dies by Spellbinders, Foam Tape, Cat's Eye Ink - Olive Chalk

Monday, February 25, 2013

No one can fill your shoes...

 I was inspired by a friend to pull out this little Mo Manning image and color it up. The current Challenge on Mo's Challenge Blog was to not use squares on our card. So I pulled out Wonky Rectangles to use to frame this little cutie and entered it in this week's challenge.

Skin and Hair... certainly not my strong points! You can see the Copics I chose in the above picture.

Here are the colors I used for the rest of the main parts on the image.  It was certainly fun to color something different. It definitely reinforced to me where I need more practice! I over colored the shirt completely. Bringing the RV66 in to the mix ended up being a mistake!

 Heres the up close.... I used E51 to airbrush around the edges of the image. I also airbrushed around the edges of the pink floral paper. 

And here is the sweet sentiment on the inside. I used Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio 3 to cut it out. Used a few scraps to add the same papers on the liner for the inside of the card. Finished card is an A2.

  • Stamps: Stamping Bella #Mo162 - Big Shoes 
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Grey, Yellow, Neenah Classic Crest White, Floral Print by SU!
  • Dies by Spellbinder's: Wonky Rectangles #S4-306, Ribbon Tags Trio #3 
  • Other: Bow Easy Tool, Perfect Layer Rulers, Ribbon by SU, Copics/ABS

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pretty Primrose Birthday

 New Graphic 45 papers are in the house! Typically I buy them all... because who can resist G45, nothing else like it! But it's too pretty to cut up and I struggle to use it too.... so it sits on my shelf being pretty! But I am committed to stepping outside my comfort zone and making some G45 cards! The printed floral is called Pretty Primrose from the new Secret Garden Collection. I stamped the sentiments in Versafine Olympia Green. I used a paper shim when I embossed to get a deeper impression. I use 110# Neenah Classic Crest White for the card base, love the feel of the heavier weight paper.

On the inside I added a white liner and used my scraps to add the strip on the liner. Using a liner on the inside helps balance out the weight when you have layers on the front. The finished card is an A2. 
  • Stamps by Flourishes: Inside and Out Happy
  • Ink: Versafine Olympia Green
  • Paper: 12x12 Pretty Primrose by G45 Secret Garden Collection, Green DP from SU, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Misc. Yellow
  • Other: Misc. Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool, Spellbinder's Oval Nesties, Piercing Tool, Perfect Layer Rulers, Adhesive Pearls

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Impression Obsession - Ruby Slippers

Welcome to DT Thursday with Impression Obsession. Our theme today is about sharing a creation based on a hobby. You can always play along with the team for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to shop at IO Online. You can find all the Challenge Details on the Impression Obsession Blog
Check out the creative ideas the team came up with today:
I have been itching to use some of the Wizard of Oz stamps paired up with older G45 papers. So... I stretched this Hobby Theme a bit.... Some people collect Oz memorabilia as a hobby. It's just not my hobby! I used the Ruby Slippers papers from an older Graphic 45 Collection "The Magic of Oz."  I used Spellbinder's Labels 26 to frame the sentiment. I stamped on ivory paper and airbrushed using Copic YR24 while the nestie was still in the die to maintain the clean border. I hand cut the additional red and black layers around the labels. 

There were two Oz Collection clear sets that were released:

 Here is the inside of the card. I used the 1/16" edge on my Perfect Layer Rulers to add the red layer. The small black scallop edge is from the Border Duo 2 Set Die.

I used Foam Tape to pop up the layers. I cut out two pairs of shoes, curved them a bit and added them on to the card using dimensional silicone for paper.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SSCB #6 Completely Different

Here our the links to see what designs the other DT Ladies are showing off today... 
The Serendipity Challenge this week is all about using a stamp in a completely different way than the image suggests. You can play along with us at the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog. 

You can shop online and receive 40% off the highest item in your cart. Use the promo code "40fromhigh2013" when you check out. 

Check out how creative the ladies got with this fun challenge:

Our challenge today was to use a stamp in a away that it was not intended. A challenge to look at things different and see what creative directions you can find for the image.I used a brayer to ink one side of an embossing folder with Versafine Sepia ink. When I embossed the folder the ink was transferred on to the impression part of the paper.

 I used the Tiffany Lamp image to create the bow layers. I stamped it six times amd then cut the different layers along different lines. I inked up the edges using Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy. This helped hide the flaws in my cutting and define the edges making it easier to see the layers.

I gently rounded each bow piece and used dimensional silicone to pop up the bow pieces tacking them up together. Circle punches and an adhesive pearl made the center piece. I stamped the Baby Girl sentiment at the bottom of the panel and added a few score lines above it.

I added a liner on the inside and stamped the little baby booties. Finished card is 4 1/4" by 5" and opens tent style.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Cute Little Chickie

Cute Little Chick! A pretty quick color and of course spring colors are always easy and fun.

I cut the image out using Spellbinder's Labels Twenty. You can see the Copics I used to color the image. 

After coloring, I decided to add some airbrushing... Typically I airbrush prior to coloring. My colors were soft enough that I did not need to mask anything. I did tape it back in the Nestie to keep that nice white border. After I airbrushed I also used the inside edge of the die to add some piercing.

The background..... I used an embossing folder from SU and embossed a white piece of paper, I used a heavier paper and a paper shim to get a deeper impression. The hexagon die is from a Quilt Die Set from Wplus9. The hexagons fit perfectly into the embossed spaces, as if they were made to go together.

Here's an up close view. I embellished the small eggs with Glossy Accents. I added Crackle Accents to the bill and feet on the chick. A few Viva Pearl Pen drops and also a line of the Viva Holographic Glitter Pen to add a little sparkle. And of course Chickie needed a bow! I added a little Black Pearl Pen to darken his eye.

 I stamped the inside sentiment using Distress ink Scattered Straw. I added a liner with a layer... I used Perfect Layer Rulers to add a 1/16" blue layer. I die cut some cute little grass and added it along the bottom edge. Finished card is an A2.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Springtime Bunny Hot Air Balloon

Santa has the sleigh. The Easter Bunny has his mode of transportation too... the Carrot Balloon. This image was a new release from Impression Obsession. The little clouds are a new die set too. I hand cut the banner and used the 1/16" edge with Perfect Layer Rulers to add the green layer.

Here are the Copics.... I airbrushed a little B41 around the outside edge of the circle while the paper was still in the die, leaving the nice white edge. I also used the inside edge of the die as a guide to add the piercing. I used a bunch of different colors for the flowers and did not include those in the picture. They can really be any color.

I added a little border edge on the inside using Border Duo Three. Both sentiments on the card are from another new clear set called On Easter Morn. Finished card size is an A2.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Quilt Block Thank You

Another card with no Copics... shocking. Don't worry my Copics are still front and center on my desk. I used this Quilt Die as the main focus on my card. These little quilt dies are quite addictive. You cut a few colors and then you have plenty of pieces to make lots of little combination quilt squares... using the different color papers to create endless patterns.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Please be Mine

Hello! New dies in the house from Impression Obsession... just what I needed to get the juices flowing. I've been awful quiet here on the blog. Finally hoping I can get back to a better schedule. Lots of little things have been getting in the way of crafting lately which just plain stinks!
Impression Obsession has released a HUGE amount of new dies. We will be having a Blog Hop to show them off in March, but you can already check them out in advance in the IO Store with this link! I used the new Floral Lace Heart die in for this card.
 In creating the layers I used the Square Shaker Die to add some corner detail in to the mix. I used Perfect Layer Rulers to add my square layers.... the smallest layers are 1/16" which is my favorite.

I used foam tape to pop up the heart, hiding it behind the bow and the circle sentiment.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #5 - Easter

The Serendipity Challenge this week is all about Easter and we were to combine the Easter theme with a project from ScorPal's project listing!  You can play along with us at our new Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.... This week we will be giving away a ScorPal Board to a random winner.
Here our the links to see what designs the other DT Ladies are showing off today... 

 I used a project that was designed by Carolyn King and here is the link to view it. Its a simple gatefold with a belly band, made quick and easy following the dimensions and instructions in the tutorial. I'm sure you are wondering where the stamping is.... all on the inside! My card base is white and I used pattern paper to cover the panels. I hid the seam of the belly band with my flower.When the card was folded I used a Corner Chomper to add the notch edge in the four corners.

 This is my inside panel and I just loved the Easter Corner Floral. It's not too overwhelming in the time that it took to color. It could easily be used on the liner for a card. I knew I was going to use a bunch of markers with all the eggs so I broke the Copic Markers used in to two pictures. 

Here are the rest of the Copics I used to finish the image.

I also covered the inside panels with patterned paper and stamped the sentiment as show. 
I used Versafine's Olympia Green to stamp the Happy Easter.

 Here it is opened up. I think the notched corners look so much more interesting than just the regular corners.... Chomp when t is folded up! That's the big advantage to using a Corner Chomper versus a Corner punch, you can go thru several layers of paper easily. 
  • Stamps by Serendipity Stamps - 842F Easter Flower Corner, 325E Happy Easter
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Olympia Green
  • Paper: 6x6 Carta Bella True Friend Collection, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Corner Chomper, Copics, Misc. Flowers, Brad by Basic Grey