Saturday, March 28, 2009

Foolish Clown Face

I created this bright, colorful card using the new

All the paper designs were created with stamps from the set. I used Copic markers to color the clown. I kept the color theme uniform by using the same markers to color the background on the stamped papers.
Here's how I created the back ground paper...

First, I stamped the clown face with Sea Brights Popsicle Orange

Next, I added the horn stamped in Citrus.

Then the verse with Memento Black Tuxedo.

I added the background color last with Copic V17 Amethyst.
Since all the inks I used were water based,
the Copic marker didn't react with any of them.

To create the paper designs at the base of the card...

I first stamped the unicycle with Memento Black Tuxedo

In keeping with my color theme, I next added Popsicle Orange.....

Then, Citrus....

I trimmed the paper close to the design & trimmed it to size for the card.
I also cut along the top of the wheels for 2 separate designs.
I cut the wheel strip in half horizontally.

I colored each strip to coordinate with the clown.
Copic YG23 for the seats, YR04 for the wheels.

A closer look at the clown.........

I used the Colorless marker 0 to move the color away from the verse creating a highlight. I added glossy accents to all the dots on the clown suit for a dimensional interest. It doesn't really show in this photo.

Stamps: Artistic Outpost Send in the Clowns

Inks: Memento Black Tuxedo, Sea Brights Popsicle Orange, Citrus

Copic Markers: YR04, YR15, YG23, V17, 0

Paper: Classic Crest Avon Brilliant White, Purple, Black

Create joy!


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Live in the Moment

I created this card a couple months ago. At the time, I wasn't sure I liked it.

As I was digging through my cards in search for something appropriate for a birthday, I found it again. It didn't fit the occasion but it somehow looked better now.

The stamps are from Tim Holtz' Nature's Moments set. I used a lot of Distress inks, probably Antique Linen, Vintage Photo & Black Soot. I can't remember for sure.

The frame was created with a Spellbinders die. I used the back side of the embossed image: the debossed side. That's why the design stayed dark in the pattern when I sanded it. I didn't plan to emboss it that way......a mistake that turned out better than planned. I trimmed the paper around the embossed shape & used a corner rounder on the corners.

It looks like it got charred or rubbed with soot........

Make each moment beautiful!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Time Enough

The butterfly.............

.....has time enough!
I was inspired by the Tattered Angels butterfly frame to create this card along with the Artistic Outpost Happiness stamps.

The frame was first sprayed with Dreamsicle Glimmer Mist. Then I rubbed Memento Rich Cocoa ink over it to add color to the embossed areas.

The background was created by stamping the Happiness scrolly butterfly multiple times using Adirondack Stonewashed ink (I have the original pad which didn't have a name). I started with off-white paper.

I stamped one layer of butterflies without overlapping them.

Then I stamped them again filling in the open space by over stamping.

I rubbed Distress Broken China over the entire paper working on a Ranger craft mat.

The girl is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa on white paper.

I colored her with Copic markers: B00, E00, E37, R20 YR07

The verse is stamped in Rich Cocoa also. I embossed it with clear. I added a sheer coppery brown ribbon, a brown mat to frame the background and mounted it on a light peach card. The card is Bazzill but I don't know the color name.

Such a fun color combination!



Friday, March 20, 2009

AO Day 3 - Carnival

Today is Day 3 of the Artistic Outpost preview of the new Send in the Clowns stamps!

This elephant balancing on a big ball is just the perfect size for an ATC.

I used the Carnival background stamp for the base of my ATC. I added the unicycle & a little horn (hard to see in the bottom right corner) all stamped in Adirondack Espresso. I stamped & cut out the elephant & ball so I could mount him on foam tape for dimension. For color, I used Copic markers R29, W1, W3, C3, BG05. To create the tiny flags across the top, I cut tiny triangles out of glossy red paper & glued them in place. I used an ATC stamp from AO Mini-Masterpiece for the back . I added the red dots with a stamp from Send in the Clowns using Colorbox Chalk Warm Red ink. Send in the Clowns has been a fun set to use! Be sure to check out the other AO Designers' blogs for more wonderful creations using this fun set! You'll find a list on the AO blog.
Happy Day! TGIF! ...and I don't have to work on Saturday....hurray! I've worked the past 5 so I'm really looking forward to Saturday morning at home.

Stamps: Artistic Outpost Send in the Clowns, Mini Masterpiece
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Colorbox Chalk Warm Red, Distress Antique Linen & Vintage Photo
Copic R29, W1, W3, BG05
Glossy Accents

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Send in the Clowns!

Another card using the new Artistic Outpost Send in the Clowns stamps.....
This clown reminds me of Bozo.......does that date me?

I used Copic markers to color him. I cut the black circle frame with 2 Spellbinder's circle dies aligned on a magnetic mat to cut both edges at the same time. I used a Spellbinder's Pinking circle to cut the glossy red paper for a rick rack edge. I popped the clown face up with foam tape. Papers are from the Craft Fair collection by American Crafts.
I don't often work with bright red & yellow. A fun challenge!

Stamps: Artistic Outpost Send in the Clowns
Copic Markers: R29, E00, E35, Y06, Y38, B32
Papers: Glossy Black & Red, Cloud9
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

New Artistic Outpost Release!

Send in the Clowns is the newest release from Artistic Outpost featuring vintage images of lovable, funny, clowns. Our clowns are not creepy and they are definitely not scary. This collection comes in both unmounted (8.5" x 5.5") sheets as well as precut, mounted on EZMount foam, and packaged on their own printed and indexed storage sheet.
All images are designed to also coordinate with our
Vintage Circus collection. We are just in love with this collection, and we hope you are too.
As a preview special, when you buy
"Send in the Clowns" ($12.00) you will also get a FREE coordinating collage sheet professionally printed on card stock. This sheet features more circus images including vintage posters and advertisements. This special is good through March 25th. Vintage Circus and Send in the Clowns is also bundled together at the special price of $20 (unmounted) and $30 (mounted). These special prices are good through March 25th as well.

Here's one of my creations using this fun set featuring vintage clowns.

You'll find more wonderful artwork using this set on the Artistic Outpost blog.

Stamps: Artistic Outpost Send in the Clowns
Memento Tuxedo Black
Colorbox Chalk Ink Warm Red
Distress Scattered Straw
Copic Markers: Y21,Y32,Y38,R29,W1,C3,E00
Glossy Accents
QuicKutz Goosebumpz

A Bit O' Luck

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Here's wishing you a bit o' luck on this day!

I don't usually make St Patrick's day cards. I'm not Irish. In fact, I don't think I've ever made one until tonight. I started with a plan to make some four leaf clovers with Spellbinder's heart cut outs so I could post something here to celebrate this day. Once I had those put together, I needed a background to add interest to my photo. Well, that led to an actual card ....a very dimensional card.
What do you think of those four leaf clovers?
I cut small hearts out of green cardstock & added a bit of Distress Peeled Paint ink. I shaped them & glued them to green florist wires. The card top has a green & white oval behind the check paper. I used a small oval Spellbinder's die to trace the oval shape onto the check paper and cut it out with a scissor. The curved verse is from a Crafty Secrets set called "Home Sweet Home".
I used the only green ribbon I had to create the bow. It seemed a little big at first but I love how it looks on the finished card. The tag was cut with a Spellbinder's die out of white paper. I added Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed & Pine Needles inks to it after I stamped & embossed the greeting (Hero Arts Happy Greetings) . A mist of water blended the colors.
This card was so much fun to put together!
Stamps: Crafty Secrets Home Sweet Home, Hero Arts Happy Greetings
Spellbinders Heart & Petite Oval dies, Pinking Pierceabilities
Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Mustard Seed
Papers: Cloud 9 & Imaginisce
Martha Stewart punch

May luck be with you this day!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Scrap Card

I created this card one day on my lunch break. I call it a "scrap card" because I dug through scrap papers until I found pieces & colors that I liked. It's been very popular at Fond Memories (my LSS). The background was created with Tattered Angels sprays: Terra Cotta & Forest Green. I couldn't capture the beauty of it in my photo. It has a nice sheen. Japanese Maple is a new stamp from Penny Black. The verse is also one of their new stamps which has "happy birthday" at the bottom of the verse. I chose to stamp that inside. This was one of my quicker cards.......less than 20 minutes start to finish.


Penny Black Stamps: Japanese Maple, 365 Days
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Forest Green, Terra Cotta

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Coming Up Daisies!

What do you think of these cute daisies?

These were created with a Studio 490 set called Funky Flower Art. After I stamped the flowers on white cardstock, I colored them with Distress Mustard Seed & Orange Marmalade. As I cut out the flower petals, I left a little tab to use to glue them together. I glued them around a Q-tip..... Yes, the black centers & stems are Q-tips! I painted them black with acrylic paint....perfect size! ......just a bit short! I stamped the leaf & cut it in half along the center rib to glue to the stems.
So fun!!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Little Picket Fence

So sorry to be MIA for so long.......

I've been working on a few things but I can't post them just yet. I'm working on projects for Fond Memories' Spring Workshop. I must get those done so all the supplies can be ordered. I have 1 finished, 2 almost done & 1 to go.....

I had fun putting this little card together.....

I was inspired by the Martha Stewart picket fence punch. Isn't it cute?

I used the punch at the bottom, too, and threaded silk ribbon through it. The flowers are from a tiny little set from Technique Tuesday called In Bloom. The little stems are one stamp with 6 little flowers to add as you like. There's also 2 butterflies. The bright papers are from Imaginisce' Let's Pretend-Tea Party. The verse is from a Technique Tuesday Collector's Edition called Beautiful.

Have fun......create!


Sunday, March 1, 2009

My Final Spellbinders Submission

Here's the card I created for the Spellbinders Design Team final submission.......

Each of the Top 24 finalists were sent Spellbinders Butterfly Reflections and Classic Scalloped Heart dies. We were to use at least one of each of the die sets in our card or scrapbook layout. I chose to create a card.

To create this card, I cut one of the Classic Scalloped heart dies out of a piece of gold colored craft metal. I then embossed the metal over a Ten Seconds Studio mold to create the pattern around the cut out heart. I cut a Classic Heart out of black cardstock to layer beneath the scalloped heart. It's mounted with foam tape over the verse.

Here you can see the dimension of the butterfly & the heart mat before the flowers were added.

I used Distress Antique Linen & Vintage Photo inks to stamp the CHF Freesia around the verse, from CHF Scripture Essentials. I rubbed more Antique Linen around the verse to shade the edges. The background paper was also created with the CHF Freesia stamp. I stamped it multiple times with Vintage Photo, Antique Linen and Walnut Stain and then rubbed ink over the images until I liked the color.

The butterfly is cut from black cardstock. I embossed it & then inked & embossed it with gold embossing powder. A second set of wings add another gold edge to the wings.

The little flowers were cut from vellum and embossed with a Spellbinders die. I added Vintage Photo ink and curled the petals.

I enjoyed the challenge of the Spellbinders Design Team contest. I'm still in total awe to have been chosen First Alternate. I look forward to whatever comes next with Spellbinders. Until then, I'm working on projects for Fond Memories' Spring Workshop. That's just a month away! I'm also making a few cards for Artistic Outpost. They have a new release coming out in March.
Once in awhile, I even stamp a card for a family birthday, baby shower or other important event!

I'm working on a few new samples for my blog, too.