Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It IS spring, chickie!

Today I decided that if I don't look out the window, that I won't see the rainy, windy, grey slop we're supposed to call spring! Instead I've been making some springy cards! This one went together quickly. The image is colored in Copics and I doodled around the edge. Designer paper is Heidi Grace, flowers are Primas, ribbon is May Arts, glitter dot is Dress It Up! I used Fiskar's Threading Water Edge Punch again....I should put it away so you don't see it on every card for a month!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Warm Hello!

There are roses in my kitchen, and they are fading fast....so I grabbed some photos quick so they last longer! Really makes me anxious to get out in the flower beds....true beauty!!
Check out this little cutie....looks like she's been out to the garden! She's all dressed up in Copics and Spica Glitter pens. I layered her over Nestabilities ovals for fun.
card base: SU! River Rock
designer paper: Cosmo Cricket
sentiment: Hero Arts
ruffled flower: Stampendous!
glitter brad: Creative Imaginations

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Thank You Hug!

This Huggin' Bunny from Inky Antics just cracks me up....that is one deathgrip he has on that carrot! I colored him with Copics, Thanks is by Impression-Obsession. Designer paper is by Heidi Grace, as are the glittery flowers.

I made this card for Paper Garden Projects Birthday Blog Bash Week 3 Challenge.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Embossed Vellum Mother's Day Card

Hi there! I'm back from a little *blog break* I guess! I've been busy catching up after being sick a bit earlier this month. I've been busy with design team work and workshop preparations....so now just to get posting some of what I've been up to!

This card features vellum embossing again. I got a question about this technique, and it is really quite simple to do! For this card, the flower petals are embossed.

  • For this technique you need some white vellum. I have several kinds here that I use...one is 30# and one is 36#. Both work, but the 36# is heavier and holds the embossing better I think.
  • Stamp your image on to the vellum with Stazon or Memories ink....make sure it is one that dries on vellum, and let it dry.
  • When it is dry, flip the image over and place it image side down on a foam mat, mouse pad, or something of that sort. I use the red foam pad that I picked up at Joanns. I also use one of these for all of my faux stitching and piercing....but I have a *special one* that I keep with no holes in it for vellum embossing.
  • Then, using a dry embossing tool, gently rub the areas that you wish to emboss. When you do this, the pressure and heat of the tool rubbing will gently stretch the vellum and turn it white! Once you get a feel for your vellum, you will learn how much pressure you can exert before you tear the vellum.

For this daisy I embossed the petals, turning them white. Then I took a Copic Marker and colored the leaves on the back side of the vellum and the flower center on the front side of the vellum. I wanted the green to be a bit more muted and the yellow to be brighter. Test your copic colors on a scrap piece of vellum as the colors look different on vellum!

I cut the flower image out and attached it to my prepared card with glue dots. A little hint here....you can easily hide glue dots behind your embossed areas without them showing!

This card is a flocked card by Heidi Grace that has an embossed window in it. I lined the inside of the card in this instance so I could tuck my flowers into it. Butterfly punch is by Martha Stewart and has been embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots Embossing Folder. Ribbon is May Arts. Both stamps are by Printworks. All of these products besides the Martha Stewart punch can be purchased through The Stamp Shoppe.

A few last ideas on Vellum Embossing:

  • The embossing turns the vellum white where you apply pressure.
  • To add color, you can color the right side of your image after you've embossed, but be aware this will cover up any white areas that you've embossed; they will be *bumpy* but no longer white. This will be the most vivid coloring method.
  • For subtle color, color the back of the image *BEFORE* you pressure emboss, then use *GENTLE PRESSURE* and add your embossing highlights; this will allow a *frosty* version of the color show through along with the white.
  • You can also color the backside of the image *AFTER* you've embossed what you want. When you add color now, the white embossing will stay white...just how cool is that?!

Hope this is clearer than a mud puddle to you.....

I made this card for a challenge over at my SBS2 sister's blog....check it out, there are goodies to be won!! Good Luck!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Birthday Grass

I just *love, love, love* this Grass Edge stamp from The Rubber Cafe! For a very simple but pretty card, I vellum embossed again! I told you I'm on that kick now!! I stamped the image, colored the grass on the back of the vellum with Copic YG67 and embossed the flowers, so they turn white.

I separated the happy birthday outline stamp (the rubber cafe) by stamping each word separately so it fit the space I had. I also colored the letters with Copic YG67 for added *pop.*

Other details: Flowers by Prima, glitter brad by Creative Imaginations, dragonfly brads by Creative Impressions, and Cuttlebug branches folder for my background.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Embossed Vellum Butterfly

I'm on a vellum embossing kick these days! I go from one to the next...and this image just is perfect for this technique! I stamped the Large Swirl Butterfly from The Rubber Cafe on teal vellum with Stazon ink. I then flipped the image over on a foam mat and used my embossing tool to apply pressure in various areas. When you rub gently it will turn the vellum white! You will need to play with the correct pressure to be sure you don't rip your vellum. In this case I then also divided the wings into three sections and colored four of the sections with Copic BG39 (on the backside of the vellum) to add some more interest. I then cut out the image and attached it with glue dots.

Designer paper is from BasicGrey's Marrakech Collection. The base cardstock is by SU!
From the Heart is also from The Rubber Cafe. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Miss Ladybug!

Yesterday I went out and enjoyed the lovely weather....upper 60's and and sunny....have I mentioned that I *LOVE* spring?!

This little ladybug stamp from Whippersnapper was just begging to hop onto this card! I colored her with Copic Markers, highlighted her with Copic Spica markers and cut her out.

She is layered on two panels that have been die cut and embossed with Nestabilities Labels Two dies. The ribbon is layered on a piece that has been punched with Fiskars Threading Water edge punch.

Designer paper is by Cosmo Cricket and has been faux stitched and distressed with the Memory Memories distressing tool. I just love the summery feel of it!

I used some Conchos by Scrapworks over some adhesive gems for a fun look. They are easy to use, just pop them through the cardstock over the gem and then flatten the legs on the back with your paper piercer or bone folder.

Just for you is from Printworks.

All of these items can be purchased through The Stamp Shoppe, a local stamp store I blog for.
JoAnn and Heidi would be happy to work with you, let them know I sent you!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Together

I've been MIA for a few days here....seems I can't shake this cold...it starts to go away and then it comes back with a vengeance! I'm on an upswing today though, so I'll post a card quick!!

This card features papers from BasicGrey's Marrakech Collection and stamps from The Rubber Cafe.

For the Paisley Dragonflies I used the babywipe technique on glossy paper, then simply stamped the image in black ink and cut them out. This makes for a very fast and easy way to add color to a beautifully detailed stamp.

I stamped Together in navy ink and then surrounded it with adhesive gems and the dragonflies.
For the flower I punched out an element from the designer paper and stuck a clear adhesive sticker over it for the effect of an epoxy brad.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

If nothing ever changed....

I made this card a bit ago....and it is another top note card....this time I just stamped on it for the design.

Card base is white cardstock, the layer is some Imaginisce Designer Paper from Fairest of them All Collection. I used faux stitching to add some dimension.

Top note die is run through as a folded piece, so that is the opening portion of the card.
Stamp sets used are Inspired by Nature (grass in Certainly Celery) and Flight of the Butterfly.

Flower centers are glittered with Art Institute's Flax Ultrafine Transparent glitter.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Springtime!

Ok, so I'm dreaming....we got lamblasted again today with snow! Probably 6 inches out there....YUCK! I saw grass this morning...but tonight it's a winter wonderland again!

This lace flower (K-1118) and springtime are by The Rubber Cafe. This card is quick and fun to make. (If you like the flower, contact Melissa at The Rubber Cafe and give her the item number I provided above)

I embossed a white panel with Cuttlebug's Paisley Embossing Folder and layered it on a white card.

The background is the Baby Wipe Technique. I use a piece of glossy cardstock, a wet wipe, SU! reinkers and an unsharpened pencil. I make a *stamp* by quartering the wet wipe the long way and wrapping it around the pencil. By *pinching* the ends together, you make a stamp of sorts. Add your reinker drops to the bottom of your stamp, leaving space between them if you what white streaks in your background paper. Then just pull the pencil over the glossy cardstock.

Finally I stamped the image, trimmed and faux stitched the panel. Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Punch Art Owl Tutorial

It's Friday and time for our Design Team challenge over at Embellish-Online.com. Our challenge was to alter chipboard. For this card I glittered the photo corners and frame with Art Institute's Teak Ultrafine Glitter.

Cardstock: SU! Chocolate Chip
Designer Paper: BasicGrey's Granola Collection
Stamp: Pink Paislee's Vintage Moon Set
Chipboard: Making Memories

Here is a quick tutuorial on how to make the punched owl with SU! punches. Here are the punched pieces you will need:

Next I cut the Scalloped Circle to make wings and the flowers to make the feet and the beak.
I already have punched some tummy feathers with the Scalloped Circle punch.
Next, attach his tummy feathers as shown.

Next attache his wings and beak.

Attach his head and feet.

Finally assemble his eyes as you wish. I liked mine peering out of the corner of his eyes!
Here is your owl!!


This is not my original idea...I found it while blog hopping this morning and had to make him my own. If you make a project with this little fellow, I'd love to see it, pop me a link in a comment!
Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pretty Paisley!

hee hee....I see this card uses Friendly Flowers too! I love using SU!'s Top Note Die as the card on a flat panel. I love the Paisley Embossing Folder by Cuttlebug on this card....with all the embossing, the simple card elements are really dressed up.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

One More Friendly Flower

One more card with this set and then I'm movin' on!! Not much to tell, it's a quick card.
SU! Night of Navy and Brocade Blue, Cuttlebug's Paisley Embossing Folder, Yellow Marvy Scalloped Circle Punch, SU! Oval Punches, Stampendous! HI!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Joy!

Here is another card with SU!'s Friendly Flowers set. This card uses Chocolate Chip cardstock and one that I don't know if I've ever used much: Pixie Pink! For this card I colored the flowers with the coordinating markers and then used the generation stamping technique to make the background. I colored, stamped, *huffed* to remoisten the ink and the repeated two to three more times. The verse stamp is by Stampendous! and is glittered up with a Copic At You Spica Glitter pen in Pink.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Friendly Wishes!

I've been busy with SU!'s Friendly Flowers set this week. This one is a simple card to make. I stamped the large flower stamp and then used my Creative Memories Circle Cutter to cut out the flower.

I then used a hand-held heart punch to punch out all of the *dots* that were there. I added some little green gems for some bling!

The flowers are by Imaginisce and are finished off with a glitter dot from Dress It Up!

For the small medallion I punched it out with a Marvy Scallop punch....the yellow one, and popped it up on foam tape.

Birthday Wishes is from Impression-Obsession and is stamped in Night of Navy.