Friday, May 29, 2009
For this card, I chose a colorful paper from Basic Grey's Lime Rickey 6 x 6 pad. These condensed versions of the papers are great for cards! I stamped the "congratulations" band with Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink. The stamp is from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings. "You did it" is also from that set. The tag was cut with a Spellbinders die. I added the pink edge with a Copic marker. A couple flowers, big brad & a narrow grosgrain ribbon to finish it!
Basic Grey Lime Rickey 6x6 paper pad
Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Hero Arts Everyday Sayings
Bazzill Silk Flowers
Stampin Up Scallop punch
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I'm posting a second card for CHF today. Scroll down to see the original card posted yesterday.
I created this card from some leftovers from yesterday's card......the ribbon & star and back side of a scrap of the Reminisce paper. I added a Co'ordinations panel embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, then distressed with Adirondack Denim ink. I cut "celebrate" with a QK die. I didn't like the color of the first one.....light blue Co'ordinations paper, same as the star. I cut a 2nd one out of navy......better but not quite right so I cut the tan one & layered them all. I know, I can be a bit obsessive with my designs! smiles
You can start at the beginning of the CHF Blog Hop here!
Lianna's next in the hop. Stop over to see what wonderful card she has created for our "heroes"!
Her blog is Llama Tales
A huge Thank You to everyone who left comments! It's so fun to read them! Smiles to all of you!
I'm still working my way through the Blog Hop. The weather is way too nice to be inside on the computer so I'll get back to it tonight.
Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Cards for Heroes sends handmade greeting cards to servicemen all over the world for them to use for family & friends. Head over to the Cards for Heroes website to start the Blog Hop! There are over 100 blogs participating. My blog is number 110! I posted the link for the next blog at the end of my post........
Thank you so much for stopping.........please come back soon! I'll be posting another card Sunday.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I used the large moth rub-on with a few tiny flowers added for my focal image. I used Spellbinders dies to cut the circles & scalloped circle. The card opening is offset so the circle extends beyond the edge. I used a border punch to add scallops with 3 green Hero Arts Pearls for accent. The message is stamped in Memento Sweet Plum.
...the inside says "soon".
Stampin Up Scallop border punch
Thank you for visiting!!!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I love the colors of Wisteria! I'm not normally attracted to purple.......yet these color combinations sure entice me.
For this card, I applied the flower rub-on to the cream floral print. Then I used the largest die of the Spellbinders Small Deckle Rectangles set to cut & emboss it. I matted it on a coordinating Bazzill paper......sorry, I don't know the name. I used two of the Spellbinders Large Deckled Mega Rectangles to cut background shapes. I stamped the verse from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings on the same paper as the main image. I used another Spellbinders die to cut & emboss it. I couldn't find a ribbon that I liked in my stash so I colored a light grey ribbon with my Copic RV04 marker. I added a few HA Pearls which I colored with Copic Y21.
To all my friends.....from blogger land to home......You're the Best!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
I stamped the framed baseball player with Memento Rich Cocoa on white card stock. Then I created a mask for the player so that I could stamp the words background with Memento Danube Blue. I used Copic markers to color the whole ATC and added Distress inks to "age" it. I stamped the top & bottom titles again with Danube Blue & cut them out to mount with foam tape. I stamped the baseball with Memento Rhubarb Stalk, cut it out, and mounted it with foam tape. I cut around the image......dark blue edge......and matted it on red card stock. I used an ATC stamp from "Mini-Masterpiece" for the the back. I was trying to make this ATC look like a baseball trading card.
I hope you're enjoying all the new art from the AO designers for Cracker Jack & She-roes. It's always amazing to me to see what everyone else thinks of to create with the very same stamps.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I call this simple stamping!!! ....no distressing, no coloring, just stamped images. Adding the red to "Boston" is the most difficult for stamping on this card. To accomplish that, I put a small piece of a post-it note over "Boston", then I inked the stamp with Versafine Black Onyx. I removed the post-it and added Memento Rhubarb Stalk to "Boston". It was easy to do with the little "teardrop" ink pad. Then stamp it. Voila! a 2 color image.
Did you get a chance to look at the blogs of other Artistic Outpost designers? I posted links to all of them in yesterday's blog.
Be sure to check out AO's Gallery on their website. There are so many wonderful samples!
Have a great day!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I had the opportunity to work with Cracker Jack, a collection of vintage baseball images. Here's one of my cards........
The image and verse are stamped on white glossy card stock. I used Distress inks to add color and shading. I wanted a very vintage look. The background on the card front was created with various words and a baseball from the set, all stamped with Adirondack Espresso ink. The check paper is from Graphic 45.
Can you imagine going to a baseball game in a suit??? That was the practice early on in the history of baseball. How that has changed!
Check out all the other AO Designers' blogs for more inspiration!!!
To celebrate this release, Artistic Outpost is offering discounts on the new sets. Here's the info from the website:
As we celebrate both our new summer releases as well as our new website, we're offering 20% off both the unmounted and mounted versions of Cracker Jack and She-roes. Please enter the following coupon code at check-out: cj-sr-20off We are also offering 20% off the purchase of both She-roes and Hero unmounted sets. This is a special item in our store located here. (Please note you can not combine the coupon code with this set. However, you can purchase this bundle at 20% off and use the coupon code to purchase Cracker Jack.)
What a great opportunity to get these new sets at a discount!
Have you seen the new Artistic Outpost website? It's all new and much improved. The gallery is full of beautiful art! Each stamp set has it's own collection. A super good place to go for inspiration for any of the AO sets!
I'll be posting some of my other art created for Cracker Jack over the next few days. Be sure to stop back!
Thanks for visiting!
Smiles to you!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
She often checks my blog (which is why I couldn't post this earlier today before I could give her this card)......... so here's to you, Mom!
This is the card I created for Mom.I chose a sewing theme for Mom's card because she loves to sew. For many years, she owned and operated a fabric store. She sold sewing machines, gave classes and designed quilts. Before that, she sewed lots of clothes for my sisters & me. I remember many times that she stayed up late to make a new outfit for me because there was some special occasion that I thought I needed something new. She taught me to sew. She helped me alter patterns to create more unique styles. I learned to value quality fabric. I learned about color combinations. I learned to appreciate good craftsmanship after sewing my own clothes. She encouraged my creativity. I later learned to apply a lot of what I learned from sewing to other creative crafts. For all that you taught me and much, much more........Thank you, Mom! You're the best!
I hope each and everyone of you had a wonderful day!Supplies:: Stamps - Oxford Impressions "The Dressmaker", Paper Inspirations; Inks - Distress Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Ranger Archival Jet Black; Papers - Graphic 45, vellum, cream cardstock, gold stripe; Silk Ribbon, Buttons, Gold EP , Fiskars Punch
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
.........a high turn preparing for another swoop close to the earth......
It was fascinating to watch him make pass after pass to cover all the pasture land.
I'll try hard to get something pertaining to stamping to post soon!
Until then, enjoy the little things!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I just created this card for Artistic Outpost using stamps from the Happiness set. I started with the "learn how to fly" image knowing I wanted to stamp & cut out another butterfly to create dimension. Since I wanted to color the butterfly with my Copic markers, I used the Memento Danube Blue for stamping because it's water based & won't react to the Copics. Once I had the main image created, I couldn't find a paper that I liked for the card front......I only have about 3 Iris containers of DP. You'd think I could find something to coordinate!
....some of the supplies that I used.
I also used Spica markers, Copic YR04 and Glossy Accents on the butterfly.
I hope you're inspired to "learn how to fly" when you create! Get outside your box & try something new. It's so uplifting to try something different.
Enjoy the beauty of this day!