Sunday, September 30, 2007
I changed the photo- poor lighting today, oh well...
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
All stamps by Starving Artistamps (Flora & Fauna, Cherish Definition, large leaf print, medium torn paper background)
Paper: White, Old Olive
Ribbon: White organdy, gold cord
Ink: versacolor- khaki, topaz, cocoa
For this card, I wanted something simple, but elegant. I started by scoring each side about 1/4" away from the edge. Next I stamped the botanical definition on white, then stamped small floral images overtop is rust. I carefully coloured them in with twinkling h2os. Then punched them out with circle punches.
All stamps by Starving Artistamps (Flora & Fauna, Botanical definition)
Ink: Summer Sun, Really Rust
Paper: White, really rust
Accessories: twinkling h20s, circle punches, scoring blade
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Stamps: Autumn Leaf Prints, It's Your Birthday
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Gold
Paper: Glossy White, Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Ribbon: 5/8" cappuccino grosgrain, may arts satin
Tools: oval nestabilities, horizontal slot punch
Stamps: Au Naturale, Paper Tray
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Paper: vellum, white
Markers: art markers (alcohol based)
Tools, etc: bone folder
So, at approximately 2PM I received my nestabilities dies. They are fantastic. I got the whole set of ovals and the whole set of circles. Plus, Ellen, being the sweetheart that she is, included a set of star nestabilities as a gift! I SO can't wait to make some glittery star ornaments with those! I also got the tan polymer mats that help to make the embossable function of these dies compatible with the cuttlebug. On this card, I did the embossing on the vanilla oval. I also used the polymer mats to texture my background with a Fiskars texture plate. I love the effect! I also had to use some more of my new 5/8" ribbon. This one uses the vanilla. I haven't heard back yet from DWB about the ETA of the other 2 colours.
*Is how I'm doing my supplies on here something you'd all like me to keep doing?*
Stamps: Do the Hula, Paper Tray
Ink: Versafine Black, Stazon Timber Brown, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Olive brads, 5/8" vanilla ribbon
Tools: Nestabilities, grass texture plate
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
I'll be busy this weekend. I am in a wedding tomorrow, so don't expect much updating until maybe Sunday night. We'll see how energized I feel.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I felt Christmas-sy this morning, so I looked at my little black book of inspiration and saw this sketch. I received the Dashing paper the other day, so that required using. It also helped me choose colours. The paper is vanilla, red, olive, and river rock. I started with a vanilla panel (3-1/8x4-3/8) and stamped three ornaments from the gel-a-tins set Holiday Cheer. The greeting is also from that set. Next I cut a tiny strip (~1/2" wide) and adhered that to the panel. I finished it off with a bit of red grosgrain and matting it on a 3-1/4x4-1/2 red panel. Once again, I wished I already had the 5/8" red grosgrain, but alas, it's on its way. My original plan was to put this on a vanilla card base, but it was too washed out, so old olive it became! I can't wait to use this layout with the new gel-a-tins set . Oh Christmas Tree I think a little cluster of trees would look super cute in this same layout
The next card was done for the Ways to Use it challenge. The product to use: Basic Gray or Charcoal cardstock. I really liked the outcome of my first card, so I thought, why change things. At first I struggled with what I wanted to pair with the grey. I had already chosen a set- Stem Silhouettes. Finally, I remembered this awesome ribbon I found at Fabricland on the weekend. It matches Purely Pomegranate practically perfectly (sorry, couldn't resist the alliteration). So I stamped the stem once in the, then I stamped the faded image once to either side of the brightest one. I wanted to do the designer paper panel again, but don't have any printed paper to match. So what to do?? Looking back, I realize my Rose Red papers from the Palette of Prints would've worked just fine. However, I made my own designer paper instead. I pulled out an old favorite- Houndstooth, and stamped with white onto the grey. I wanted this card to have a little something more, so I also stamped the card base with Linen.
***Just to note, there is still ONE spot left in the 5/8 ribbon share. For $33.00 CDN(that includes shipping!) you get 10 yards of colours that closely match the 8 colours in this year's Stampin' Up catalog, PLUS your choice of a basic grey colour OR a white. Email me if you are interested.***
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The next card features some of Kristin Soboloski's Artful Inkables . I used this lovely flower. Once again I stamped with stazon, I masked the flower then stamped the leaves. I thought twinkling H2Os would work well for this image. I kept blending and added colour until I got the look I wanted. The sentiment is also by Kristin. This card features many interesting Dollarama finds. Both metallic papers (the maroon and the gold) are from there, as are the rhinestone brads. This card sure shimmers in real life!!
Monday, September 17, 2007
And if you happen to be local to Winnipeg or will be in the area on Oct. 20th, be sure to check this post: http://palmtreesandpogosticks.blogspot.com/2007/09/winnipeg-meet.html
Sunday, September 16, 2007
In other news, and some of you congratulated me already- THANKS! I was one of the guest star stampers on Paper Trey Ink! I was so busy looking at all the stamps that I forgot to even check the gallery at first. Well was I ever excited to see my name up there! So here's the card that won for Spooky Sweets. It was really tough to pick which set I wanted- they are all so amazing. I have a soft spot of ornaments, so I went with Take a Bough. It's got a good mix of images and cute sentiments.
In other, other news, the Dirty Dozen released a few a changes to make being in the Fan Club more interactive and fun! Each month, upon gallery release, we'll be sharing our theme post. That contains the central theme and 4 other challenges- more is more, product/material focus, inspirational and sketch. I was really excited about the sketch because I provided it this month. I can't help but beam with pride when I see all the amazing samples from the other team members, and now from other Splitcoast community members! It's such an awesome feeling! So if you're a fan club member already, be sure to check out here. If you're not a Fan Club member, and are considering it then check out here.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I really had no idea what kind of card I was going to create tonight. My sister and I visited my grandma for lunch today. She was wearing a shirt that had inspired this colour combo- white, teal, turquoise, river rock, and celery. I had those colours in mind, but no idea what I wanted to do. I had pulled out the Bloom set by gel-a-tins first, but it wasn't coming together. Next, I tried Funky Flower Garden. It slowly began to come together. I hadn't wanted to cut out any flowers, since I was cutting for about 2 hours yesterday doing the favours. So what happens? I ended up cutting out the flowers! At least it was only 3 of them. I liked the idea of putting them together in a flowerpot formation. I used some dotted river rock paper and some ribbon as the "pot". Finally, I thought this card just screamed HELLO! So I put together some letters from the Oh Gosh By Golly alphabet in a fun way and stamped that greeting on there. The card measures 6-3/8x3-1/2.
Anyway, I just had to share my silly excitement. I will do some card making later this evening, so expect another update then
Monday, September 10, 2007
I received my samples and have colour-matched the colours to Stampin' Up!'s paper. The Vanilla, Burgundy, Red, Rose, and Brocade are all excellent matches. The Celery, Olive and Chocolate are good matches- they match the paper but aren't 100% perfect matches. I just want to be honest with everyone before going through with everything! In a workshop situation these colours would definitely be usable!
I was also going to still go ahead with getting the 9th "bonus" colour. I was thinking about it. Originally I was going to do a colour that closely matches the Basic Gray colour. Now, I'm giving you the option, 5/8" white OR 5/8" grey.
The total cost (including shipping) comes to an even $33.00 CDN. That gives you 90 yards of 5/8 ribbon total. (8x10 yards matching the SU! catalog available ones, and 1x10 or either white or gray). I prefer paypal payment.
So, let me know if you are still interested in the share by email (on the right!), what extra colour you are interested in (the white or the gray), and how you intend to pay if you are joining the share. If you expressed interest in this a week or so ago and still want in, check you're email. You should have received a message from me on Saturday!
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
I stamped the spiders, punched them out then coated them with the glue pad and glitter. I matted them on black squares.
Next, I stamped the Trick or Treat medallion with versamark and embossed them with orange you happy, and get in lime gelly powders (found here).
I tied some ribbon on, but it wasn't feeling done, so I added a little spider charm. It still wasn't "there" so I stamped the word spooky. Then I added in the Happy and the Night from the Happy Fright Night sentiment. I punched that out with the large oval punch then mounted it on gable green and carefully trimmed to give it a nice mat. I must admit it was kind of frustrating making this- basically I do not recommend attempting to pour glitters or embossing powders while on the phone!!!