June 27, 2008

blog candy!

Stampin' With Markie's Mom - quick! this one ends today at 11:59 PM EST... each comment you make (you're allowed one a day from June 20th until today) will be entered in the draw...

Just Crafty - ends June 27th at 1 PM EST...

My Favorite Things - ends June 29th at 6 PM CST...

Storage Units, Ink, & More! - ends June 30th...

My Life's Inky Escape & More - ends June 30th..

Starving Artistamps - ends June 30th...

June 26, 2008

WT172 / SC182

i made this for two card challenges, Ways To Use It 172 (Birds) and Sketch Challenge 182... i'm not thrilled with how the sentiment came out (my inspiration was to have the yellow be like a bright light shining out the window), but in the end, i didn't have any time to mess around with it as J was just waking up from a nap...

Inspiration: WT172 & SC182 card challenges on SCS
Paper: Night of Navy, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun
Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark
Stamp Set: Just Celebrate, In the Stars © Stampin' Up
Embellishments: gold embossing powder, brushed gold brads
Tools: Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, 1/8" hole punch, paper piercer, heat gun, tape roller, dimensionals, paper trimmer

June 17, 2008

My Scrapbook Table Blog Candy Card

so this is my entry for my scrapbook table's blog candy challenge... on the left, you'll see the picture that we were given as inspiration... i ended up doing a pretty literal translation of the picture, with a few alterations to accommodate colours and tools... i knew right away that i would be using the Always stamp set for this challenge...

i started by stamping the background layer of Close to Cocoa cardstock with the branch from Always, using Close to Cocoa and Cameo Coral ink... i sponged around the edge of the cardstock with Close to Cocoa as well... i cut the next layer (Whisper White) and sponged the edges with Cameo Coral first, then Close to Cocoa (i repeated this around sentiment as well)... the Nestabilities circles were adhered with Mini Glue Dots and i hand drew the trunks of the trees with a brown Crayola Washable marker (highfalutin, i know!)... i added the ribbon using the Xyron 150 and then mounted my sentiment on dimensionals...

what excited me most about this card was how the bird stamp turned out... i ended up doing a strange hybrid of two techniques, Rock n' Roll and Thumping... i inked up the stamp in the Cameo Coral and then rolled the edges in the Close to Cocoa... i then took my Close to Cocoa Stampin' Spot and lightly tapped it all over the stamp... the result was a weathered look that let lots of the pink tone show through... not sure if this technique has another name - anyone? Bueller? here's a close-up of my lovely little bird...

finally, i don't know if you can tell from the smaller version of the card, but if you click on it you'll see on the enlargement that i fudged a rectangular Nestabilities behind the sentiment by shortening one of my squares... it's a little noticeable, but a quick little fix until i can afford to buy the rectangles (and ovals)...

Inspiration: Sarah from my scrapbook table
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, pink and peach cardstock
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral
Stamp Set: Always © Stampin' Up
Embellishments: ribbon
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities (circles, scallop square), Crayola Washable Marker in brown, Mini Glue Dots, Xyron 150, double-sided tape, dimensionals, Cutterbee scissors, paper trimmer

Mojo Monday 42

because i'm on a roll lately, i decided to do another card challenge this week... this one was for the Mojo Monday challenge that Julee has weekly... please check out her blog, Poetic Artistry... i only changed the sketch slightly by having a few less stripes/panels on the left hand side...

Inspiration: Julee's Mojo Monday sketch
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, off white, black & pattered paper from a Costco block
Ink: Purely Pomegranate
Stamp Set: Garden Whimsy, Baroque Motifs © Stampin' Up
Embellishments: brads
Tools: sponge, dimensionals, double-sided tape, paper trimmer

Nestabilities blog candy...

Sarah over at my scrapbook table is celebrating her 50K visitor in style: she'll be giving away a set of Nestabilities to the winner!

of course, she's not just giving these babies away... you've got to work for it... so get on over there, see what you have to do to qualify and enter before June 20th at Noon...

June 16, 2008

Card for Baby Julia!

if you've perused the SCS gallery at all, you've probably noticed the work of markie's mom... her style of card-making is one of the most distinctive in the galleries... sponging, contrasting colours, layering and dots are key to her designs... needless to say, i've been stalking her blog for a good while...

one of my friends, S, was blessed with another little girl yesterday morning... i wanted to make something special for baby Julia and i knew i wanted to use the lovely little elephant stamp from the Just Celebrate set, as the raised trunk is a sign of good luck... once i started to play with colours, i decided to use markie's mom's style, mostly to see if i could do it...

each background layer of the Soft Sky and Pumpkin Pie cardstock was stamped with the large Baroque Motifs stamp in it's co-ordinating ink, and then i sponged the edges with the ink as well... i've come to learn that i much prefer sponge daubers to do my edging, as markie's mom posted in a tutorial last week... i ran out of them and had to use a regular craft sponge for my edging and, while it looks great in person, it doesn't show up as much as i'd like on camera...

since the dots tend to add all the embellishment one would need, the only things i added were a piece of orange ribbon and i coloured the elephant and flower with Sakura Gel Pens...

Inspiration: markie's mom
Paper: Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Ink: Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, Dew Drop Brilliance in Graphite Black
Stamp Set: Just Celebrate, Baroque Motifs © Stampin' Up
Embellishments: orange polka dot ribbon, Sakura Gel Pens (Stardust pens in clear & blue, Gelly Roll pens in white & orange), black Zig marker
Tools: Cuttlebug, Petite Scallop & Standard Circle Nestabilities, double-sided tape, dimensionals, paper trimmer, X-acto knife

June 15, 2008

Father's Day Card 2008

nothing says Father's Day like sock monkeys... i don't have any Father's Day stamps, so the origami shirt that i had seen used many times on SCS seemed like a good idea... i CASE'd westamp's card...

i found the origami shirt folding instructions here...

Inspiration: westamp
Paper: Sock Monkey DP by Daisy D, Bordering Blue, More Mustard, Real Red
Ink: Bordering Blue
Stamp Set: All Year Cheer I © Stampin' Up
Embellishments: yellow eyelets
Tools: Crop-a-Dile, Cuttlebug Spots & Dots folder, Cuttlebug, double-sided tape, dimensionals, paper trimmer

Beate's Challenge WSC52

while i've been a big fan of Beate's for a long time, i've yet to participate in one of her challenges... having a little bit of free time this afternoon, i sat down and made this little something something... clearly, i need to work on my sponging technique, but i kind of like the heavy-handed effect in the end...

Inspiration: Beate's WSC52 Challenge, this card by the fabulous Ms. M...
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Not Quite Navy, Purely Pomegranate, River Rock
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Not Quite Navy, Purely Pomegranate
Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs © Stampin' Up
Embellishments: none
Tools: sponge dauber, double-sided tape, dimensionals, paper trimmer

June 12, 2008

the fabulous Ms. M...

so, i've posted before about the fabulous Ms. M who is my card-making guru and SU dealer... she gave me this card the other night that, by chance, just happens to use the same technique as the "Make Your Own Dew Drops" link i just posted...

i love these little Popsicle cards...

link: Make Your Own Dew Drops...

Heather posted this tutorial on her blog a little while back but, due to some computer difficulties, i just saw it yesterday... all i can say is genius! i've never been able to find Dew Drops locally in colours that i'd want to use...

photo credit: Heather @ Stamp With Heather

June 9, 2008

Card Exchange - All Occasions

this card is for the third card exchange i've participated in (the first one can be seen here and the second here)... i bought a few packages of Soft Sky and River Rock and decided i finally should start using them... this exchange was an "All Occasions" theme, so i opted to omit the sentiment to make them a universal card...

i CASE'd 3 different cards for this project... thanks to Lynn Larson (the colour scheme), scrapshappen (the layout), and kaloso05 (the paper piercing for the band) for their inspiration...

Inspiration: Lynn Larson's Baroque Motifs Scallop Note Card, scrapshappen's Cherish Challenges, and kaloso05's Monochrome Old Olive Kindess
Paper: River Rock, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky
Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs © Stampin' Up
Embellishments: River Rock double-stitched grosgrain ribbon, brushed gold brad
Tools: scallop, 1 3/8", 1 1/8" and 1/16" punches, paper piercer, SU Mat Pack, paper trimmer, double-sided tape, glue stick, dimensionals card (the paper piercing on the band)