Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Couldn't do the challenge ....

Yesterday's Technique Lover's Challenge TLC217 at SCS was to do a Gesso resist with a magazine page. Ok, so I don't have any Gesso ... I don't have any white glue to MAKE homemade gesso ... and I don't have a magazine in the house. I liked the look, so went ahead with this card.

The background was stamped with versafine onyx with 2 script stamps in collage fashion. The image was stamped in Versamark on white then clear embossed. I used baja breeze and kiwi kiss ink pads to sponge randomly in small circles to highlight the butterfly and flourish then matted panel on olive. The base is olive with an unk DP matching NQN in color. I added a bayou grosgrain ribbon across, threading it through the slot I made with the SU horizontal slot punch. The sentiment is Hero arts on white and punched the circles with CM punch then sponged it a bit with kiwi and baja.

I'm a sucker for the collaged cards, what can I say ... I'll be getting the Gesso, tho, to try out this technique because the samples shown are amazing.

Thanks again for popping your head in. Hope you come back soon.

Gotta love those Stamp Camps

Been in a rut lately - cards all seem to come out the same, so I was grateful to my Stampin Up demo, Eileen, for our stamp camp this weekend.
Here's what we created.

First card was made with vellum that was run through the SU rose embossing plate. I trimmed out the top and layered it on pink striped DP then added white satin ribbon with faux pearls. I added some more pearls at the top directly on the DP. Sentiment was stamped in black on white and punched with oval punch then layered with a pink pirouette punched from the scallop oval. This is such a soft, feminine card.

This next one was cut with an SU die cut out of black then was run through the Harlequin embossing plate for dimension. I used a white signo gel pen to create the stitch marks. Flowers were stamped with pixie pink and punched with the scallop circle punch. Added some black punched circles for the centers. I took one flower (thanks, Norma for the idea) to cut individual petals. The sentiment is in black on white then punched with the oval punch and matted on pixie that was punched with the scalloped oval punch and popped up on dimensionals. Added some white grosgrain ribbon to the handle and beneath the sentiment. Base is pixie with black then white layer that I doodled on with black and pixie marker.

This next one was stamped with versamark on white and clear embossed. I then sponged saffron and cameo coral randomly for the background and matted on grey then added 3 yellow brads. Corner was punched from grey and Walk in the Park DP, fastened with another yellow brad. The sentiment is in rose on white, punched with the oval punch then matted on rose which was punched with the scalloped oval punch. A yellow brad attaches it. The base is saffron with white layer then Walk in the Park DP, using saffron ribbon crossways. I'm loving this color combination!

This card was created by watercoloring the stamped image with aqua pen and ink pads. I then free-hand cut the image out and popped it up on dimensionals. The image panel is sponged on top with baja or bashful, I forget, bottom is saffron, which was then popped up onto a pink pirouette layer. This pink layer was punched in the corners with cropadile punch and threaded with chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon. I knotted the 2 side ribbons at the center. This layer was also popped up on dimensionals. The base is riding hood red then pink then bella rose DP. I stamped the sentiment in riding hood on a piece of DP then folded it over the edge, attaching it with a sparkly white brad and finished by notching the end of the 'ribbon'.

This last card might be my favorite. The flower image was stamped 2 times and colored with ink pads and aqua pen then cut out so they could layer as a cluster of flowers. The butterfly was stamped in saffron and baja and cut out free hand. I should have pinched the yellow layer a bit more for the photo so you could see it, but it's really nice. The sentiment was stamped in baja and punched with the oval punch and matted on baja punched with the scalloped oval punch. The base is Saffron then white, then Walk in the Park DP (yellow on right side and baja on left side) with a strip of baja that I punched with the SU eyelet border punch. I covered the seam with saffron ribbon. Note the silver cord that I tied around my butterfly to give the illusion of antennae.

Thanks again, Eileen - it was just what the body (or should I say mind) needed. I can't wait for the next one.

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to any comments you might have, as always.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Taking me a while to get back into the swing of stamping ... Here's some I've done over last couple of weeks.
First one is from the Ways to Use it challenge from Splitcoasters, WT214, to incorporate a frame. I used a chipboard frame from the dollar store and sponged Tea Dye all over to distress it. The image is one of the NEW Whiff of Joy's "Melinda with muffin Basket" that I colored with prismas and gamsol. The DP was purple and green floral print that I also distressed and upt on some Perfect plum c/s. Finished off with some purple stickles and eggplant grosgrain ribbon at opposite corners. This card is actually 5x7 in size.

The next 3 are from last week's Sketch challenge, SC224 from Splitcoasters. I really liked this sketch & couldn't seem to stop. This first image was from a swap on SCS, think it's one of the gorjuss girls images. I colored with prismas and gamsol and added sparkly blue gel pen to the dots on her skirt. I pierced the corners before matting on real red and popping up on dimensionals. The card base is white with real red, then SU DP. I cut coordinating strips of the same DP for the cross strips and finished with some red brads.
This second card was made with the same sketch. Love Bubbles hedgie ws colored with prismas and gamsol, matted on sage then popped up on dimensionals. The DP was digital paper I printed out then added sage strips for the cross pieces. Finished off with brads on the cross strips and added a sage matted sentiment.
This next one is again, same sketch. Bees were prisma/gamsoled and used CM oval to cut the image and pink mat out. The sentiment is computer generated and matted on same pink. Popped these up on dimensionals. Base is real red with SU dp. I cut coordinating cross pieces from same DP then matted on real red. Finishing touches were faux pearls.

This Changito Slicker was done following Friday's Limited Supplies Challenge, LSC216. We were supposed to use a wheel (Delicate Designs in cameo coral on guava); a sentiment (Changito's "Let it Rain"); one image (Changito's Slicker); and one embelly (guava grosgrain ribbon). I colored him with prismas and gamsol and added clear sparkly gel pen to the raindrops and his buckles. I cut the image and mat in cameo coral using the Nestabilities Scallop rectangle dies and offset them before matting on the ribbon. I'd never think of trying the cameo and the guava, but it works.

I absolutely love this card - it's one of Elisabeth Bell's from the Sugar Nellie company, Girl with Birdhouse. This imag is quite large and had to go with the 5x5 card size. This followed along with the color challenge from last week, CC214, Bordering blue, saffron, pink pirouette. I used the pink pirouette and bashful blue to sponge diagonals to create the 'sky' then colored with prismas and gamsol. The pink and saffron mats were punched on one edge with a MS border punch. I added pink pirouette wide ribbon to the corner and finished it off with faux pearls.
I've had a nasty head cold with congestion last couple of weeks, and just as it starts to get better, I'm feeling lousy again today. I went to a stamp camp with at my buddy Eileen's yesterday and saw Kim and Kristin there too, so I may post those cards too if I get a chance.
Thanks for looking - and as always, I love to hear your comments.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Here's my take on this morning's SCS Color challenge: combine saffron, bashful blue and close to cocoa. I finally inked up this Whipper Snapper "Eggspresso" image in Versafine and colored with prismacolored pencils and gamsol. I used my new EK punch on both the cocoa and bashful layers, then popped the image panel up on dimensionals.
The card base is close to cocoa with a white panel inside to write on. The "DP" is saffron that I stamped all over with an Inkadinkadoo flourish stamp in close to cocoa for a subtle effect. I finished with a pale blue ribbon and some pale blue Stickles dotted strategically around. The sentiment was stamped in chocolate matted on cocoa and bashful and popped up along with the image panel.
Boy did that feel good - to finish a card. I tried uploading it to SCS last night when I finished it, but the site was acting wonky on me, so posted here first instead.
Thanks for looking.
I enjoy any and all comments and suggestions you might have.

Monday, April 06, 2009

I feel like I haven't stamped in weeks ... well, it has been weeks.

DD and her cheer squad took 1st place in the Nationals competition up in the Dells last weekend. Yay! Now that cheerleading is over ... and Spring Break is behind me, I can get back to the stamping table.