Sunday, February 8, 2015

Build A Bouquet Challenge

Getting my mojo back and playing along again today with Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Celebration. Today's challenge is to Build A Bouquet using more than one floral stamp set. For this card I've used Year of Flowers: Larkspurs and Botanical Silhouettes (Anniversary Set from 2010). I started with a base of Distress Inks in purples and greens, laying down color before I stamped in order to keep it loose and fluid. I then stamped the larkspurs and added the floral silhouettes in around them, an attempt to subtly suggest a riot of spring flowers going on in the background. I went back in with markers and colored the larkspur to give them more definition and pop, since they are meant to be in the foreground. Also added a bit of collage-feel to the background with Background Basics: Text Style and Fancy Flourishes. The sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Dreaming of spring.....

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Papertrey DT Inspiration

Catching up with the first day of Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebration challenges.... this card is for the DT Inspiration challenge and combines the last color recipe and the second sketch:

I started out stamping the "sky" using Background Basics: Text Style in aqua. A strip of washi tape and some Dearest Jane patterned paper ground the houses, which were created using the Love Lives Here stamps and dies. The sentiment is from the same set, die cut with Spellbinders' Labels One die.

Getting those Valentines done.... just might get there in time this year!

Bagged and Tagged

Moving right along with the challenges for this weekend.... this little Valentine's packet is for Papertrey Ink's Bagged and Tagged challenge. I designed a little treat bag (the prototype for about a dozen more to come....) for my daughter to give out cookies to her friends. I started with a pre-printed dotted kraft bag and stamped circle hearts from Love Lives Here. The two tags are cut from Tremendous Tags and Tiny Tags dies - they make a bunch at once so it saves some time! The sentiment is from the Mega Mixed Messages set. A bit of twine and washi tape keeps everything in place. This went really quickly so I'm thinking of passing the task along to my daughter.... along with the baking of the cookies (it's so easy once they get to be teenagers!)

Jumping Back In....

Ok it's been a long time (no small exaggeration), but I'm jumping back into blogging with something a bit clean and simple. I'm playing along with the Papertrey Ink Anniversary challenges, and this card is for the Maile Belles Inspiration Challenge. It uses the 2010 Anniversary set Botanical Silhouettes, as well as Calendar Basics for the sentiment. It was inspired by the technique Maile used for this card:

I was also inspired by the fact that Maile's new series is all about watercolors - so I used a watercolor stamping technique of inking up the flower stamp with a couple different Distress Inks (Seedless Preserves and Worn Lipstick) and misting it with water. I then splattered some of the same inks onto the entire front of the card.

Special thanks to the Farm Girls (you know who you are) for giving me an extra bit of incentive I needed to get back in the stamping saddle again!

Friday, October 26, 2012

On Hallowe'en Night...

All sorts of costumed lovelies are parading.... such a fun time of year!  I made a little card using a cute winged lady from Oxford Impressions' Masquerade stamp set.  I stamped her three times - once on cardstock to color, and twice on vellum to cut out two sets of wings for her - the top wings and the bottom, to give a little depth.  Her she is close up:

The background is my first experiment with some National Geographic pages soaked in CitraSolv - Oh. What. Fun!!!  The CitraSolv is a little pricey, but if you look at it in the context of "art supplies" (think how much you might pay for gel medium/distress inks in every color/a paper stash to last a century) it's not so bad, LOL!  Especially since you can clean up with it too, heeeheeeeee!  There are lots of tutorials on the web, and it just comes down to experimenting.  I highly recommend it, especially for some spooky Hallowe'en backgrounds.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Haunted Party House!

I've found a few moments here and there to play with two gorgeous new stamp sets from Oxford Impressions - Masquerade and Dr. Coffin's Apothecary.  I absolutely love Hallowe'en, and I've had this little house from Hobby Lobby for*ev*er!!!  I finally put it to some use.  Here are some close-ups....

I adore this little Victorian bat lady... so cute and so proper for a ghoul!

I did a little "surgery" on Mr. Skelly here.... Made a few snips at his shoulder and at his elbow so that he could take the hand of his lady..... I guess the cat got freaked out by that, LOL!

A fine and festive welcome!  Hope you are having a festive time this fall, too - my favorite time of year!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Rogue Redhead's Rebel Challenge and an Unruly RAQ

Today I have a quick, clean and simple (mostly) card for the new Rogue Redhead Designs Rebel Color Challenge, which this month is Lilac, Navy, and White.  I went with crisp white for the background, embossed with microdots for interest and to coordinate with some of my dotty lilac-hued patterned papers.  I've used Rogue Redhead Designs' banner (bunting) stamp from the Just Sayin' plate and the "Miss You" sentiment (from Relish Reading) stamped in Midnight Blue StazOn.  Done in a flash, and in two of my fave colors!  I hope you can play along... check out the link *here* - there's a very nice prize up for grabs. ;)

Elsewhere in blogland.... Unruly Paper Arts has two Reader Art Quests (RAQs) that are going on through Sept. 25.  Being the gluebook junkie that I am, I couldn't resist RAQ2: Glue Book Pages!  You can click on the link to take you to the challenge.  Here's a few that I did for inspiration - any size, any theme will do!

Link up your artwork, then help vote for your faves!  'Til next time! :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

More Oxford Impressions

And today for something completely different .... a feminine take from the Abraham Lincoln stamp set!  This first card I wanted to do in the style of vintage sheet music covers.  I've collected, oh, maybe a few hundred of these, so it's no surprise that I found my muse in them for this project.  Yes, I'm taking liberties with history, but I just loved the mix of girly images.

Another little lady from the set.  I stamped her and cut her out, then pasted her strategically on some 6x6 Webster's paper, which was the perfect scale.  I also love the patterns that are on the backs of these papers, they mix together so effortlessly.

Hope you all have a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Oxford Impressions Abraham Lincoln Set

I've finally gotten to do a little stamping, with some wonderful new sets from Oxford Impressions!  Once I started creating with this set, I saw lots of possibilities - not just projects related to the 16th president of the United States.  The set has some wonderful, inspiring quotes from President Lincoln himself.  My first card could be for a new graduate (my original idea for it), but could also be sent for a Support Our Troops mission, where every job counts.  Once I started down that road, I came up with another card with a military feel.....

For this one, I used Distress Ink Markers to ink up the flag, then stamped it onto a piece of plastic first, then rubbed the wet image onto the background cardstock - giving it an ethereal effect. The other flag is stamped normally, using Distress Markers to ink it up.  Hopefully an encouraging message for our troops.

I'll have a few samples from the same set tomorrow, and you won't believe how different they are! ;)  Can you tell I'm having fun?