Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bachelor Buttons

Just killing time today.  Background paper is Butcher Block that I've had forever!  Background stamp is Inadinkado wood.  Bachelor Button is Hero Arts cling.  The adornments are from Quikkutz.  Punch used is EK Success.  Flower is colored with Copic B00 and B15.  Background and floral stamped with Memento Cocoa.  Background inked with Tea Dye and Stormy Sky.

Friday, February 25, 2011

More Little People

This is the second set of stamps that I got recently from .  They are OA Buddies from The Greeting Farm.  It took several tries to get it right.  I wonder if all the people that do the fantastic coloring that I see had to go through as much trial and error, or does it come just naturally?

The paper is DCWV stack, punch is EK, die cut Spellbinders.

I love the red/yellow combo, it is just so bright and cheerful.  I think it is psychological because my mother would never let me wear red and yellow together, she said it clashed!  Well, actually I would never 'wear' it together now, but my little kiddies can.  :)   Flower die cut is Sizzix, labels Spellbinders, punch EK.  Paper is from old stash.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Copic coloring

I've really been struggling with my coloring.  I just have to remember that it will get better with practice.  I think the brunnette came out a little better than the blonde.  The brunnette is C.C. Designs Swiss Pixies "Bouquet Birgitta".  Paper is DCWV glitter stack, flowers are from Oriental Trading.  Die cut is Sizzix, border EK Success.
I was inspired by the flower color combo of red and blue and tried to match it with the ink colors and background.  The flowers were cut from the oval Spellbinders die and shaped as with the previous post.  The stamp is The Greeting Farm "Dahlia".  I love these stamps and hope I can get better with my coloring techniques.  Border punch is EK, flourish Sizzix and label Spellbinders.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fun with flowers and markers

The directions for making these flowers can be found at  She is an asolute genius at making beautiful flowers from punches.  I didn't use punches, but my Spellbinder dies.  The large one was cut from the second smallest oval scalloped die, and the small flowers with the smallest die.  You cut each petal and glue them together.  I made several one day with different pattern papers.  What makes it so much fun is that you can re-purpose those old pattern papers that you don't use anymore.  At least, I don't use them so much since I started stamping.  When you cut down a pattern paper it totally changes the looks.  The one was actually a yellow/pink dahlia floral paper, but when it is cut down it looks like a nice pastel marble.  I inked each petal.  The centers are made with a small starburst punch that has been in my drawer for years.  I covered it with glitter, but don't think I will with the next ones.   
 This one is for "somebody" I know that likes orange.  It was meant to be a birthday card, but I didn't get it off in time.  I think she will like it anyway.  Colored with Copics.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Another Bird Cage

Used the same technique for the birdcage, but add a p iece of broken jewelry to the bottom.  Stamps are Inkadinkado and Fiskars, parts from  three different sets.   Flower is colored with copics.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bird Cage

There are several techniques used in this baby!  To start with the birdcage is cut from grunge board.  I wanted to use the black distress poweders on it, but after two attempts, I didn't like the results.  I had a piece of grunge board that I tried to cut a leave out of, but it didn't cut all the way through, so I thought I'd just give that piece a try.  When I cut the birdcage it did show some imprints from the other die cut, so I decided to emboss it to cover up those lines.  I love the way it turned out.  It was a swirly leaf with litle flowers, but hardly distinquishable on the birdcage.  I then airbrushed it with C9, a dark grey, copic.  I like to use the dark grey rather than black.  Then I used a silver pigment ink pad and rubbed over the top of that.  It gave it a really cool metalic look, but not shiny.  There are Making Memories antique finish jump rings in the holes on the bottom of the cage.  The background is also a combination of techniques that I just kept trying untl it came out how I wanted it.  It is creme cardstock that was misted with Green Patina and Pewter perfect pearls.  Then I put Rusty Hinge distress ink on my glass mat and sprayed it again with the pewter perfect pearls and rubbed the paper onto it.  I repeated the process with Brushed Courdoroy Distress ink.  I dried it with a heat gun then embossed it with a Cuttlebug folder.  The flourishes are die cut from Tim Holtz Alterations.  The leaf is a Sizzix die.  Flowers are cut from the Sizzix hydrangea die using two large petals and one small.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cute and Sweet

Same dies, Studio G stamp colored with copics, different DCWV glitter stack, and a little different placement of the elements. 

Tuesday Night Cards

These two cards were really fun to make.  I love this one but already thinking of ways to re-do it.  Guess that might be a project for tonight.  There are 5 different Sizzix dies, 1 Tim Holtz Alterations and 1 Spellbinders die used for this card.  The stamp is Studio G.  Paper is  DCWV Citrus Glitter Stack that I just picked up this week at 40% off.

I don't know why this picture appears upside down, as that is not the way it looks on the disc.  I mounted some of the die cuts with pop dots.

I love the color combo of CTMH Tulip and Juniper.  Stamp is Inkadinkado colored with copics, label is my new Spellbinders eyelet die.  The flowers are cut with the Sizzix big die Hydrangea with the DCWV pack above, but there is no glitter on this piece and they have little tiny polka dots.  I inked the edges with Tulip ink and I think it gives them a real soft look.  Each flower uses two large petals and one small.  The glitter brads are from a set that I bought a couple years ago on Christmas clearance.  I have used these on so many different pieces, they are very versatile and really add sparkle.  Background paper is embossed with large cuttlebug folder and sanded

Sunday, February 6, 2011

New Stamp and Die Cut

It's been a while since I've done cards, but I got new inspiration from my Penny Black stamp and Spellbinders die cut.  Yesterday we went to Snohomish to see Skip and Alexis, and the Mewharters and meandered our way to Marysville and Craft Mart.  Foy keeps that store very well stocked with all the latest and greatest, even though the prices are a little steep.  I got this little Valentine girl on sale, so guess that makes up for some of it. 

The first card is done the traditional way, stamped on the die cut and colored with R27 and R37 for her dress, with G12 for her socks and sleeves.  I used #35, E31 and YR21 for the hair.  Hair should be done with YR20, but I don't have it yet, it's on order.  Blush is R02.  Base card is dry embossed, and the red hearts are from a 12x12 piece that I bought to do a wedding album with that I will be doing for a friend. 

I wanted to be able to use the stamp for more than just Valentines, so I stamped her and cut it out leaving the heart antenae off, and colored her in non-traditional colors, V14, V12 and V00 with the polka dots colored with Rose Star Jellyroll pen.  Hair is colored with E25, E33, and E31 for a slightly darker brunnette than the Valentine.  Skin colors are the same as the first.  Pattern Papers are DCWV glitter pack.