Friday, July 30, 2010

Wedding Roses

Ever since I obtained this stamp set I've been wanting to try the watercolour technique that was really popular last summer with Fifth Avenue Floral. To my delight, it worked wonderfully with PTI's Rose set! I based my layout on this stunning creation by Debbie Olsen. I really liked how the text looked with the roses, but it didn't really work with my technique, so I stamped the background onto vellum and adhered that as a subtle background.

In case you're not familiar with this technique- stamp and emboss (with white embossing powder) the desired image. Have plenty of paper towels nearby. Spritz the image so that each section has a small raised bubble. Take an aquapainter and using reinkers dab colour into each section. Mix colours as desired, let dry at an angle to create a natural gradient. Here's a link to a good tutorial by Patty Bennett.

Supplies:
  • Stamps: Year Of Flowers: Roses, Textstyle II
  • Ink: Versamark, Fresh Snow Reinkers: Pink Pirouette, Ridinghood Red, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss
  • Paper: Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo, Vellum, White
  • Accessories, etc.: White Embossing Powder, Aquapainter

Friday, July 23, 2010

FTL100 Blog Hop!

In honour of the 100th sketch over at the Clean & Simple Stamping blog, we've organized a small blog hop!

Here's the list of designers:


Here's my card for the sketch:
Supplies:
Stamps: Up, Up and Away
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Simply Chartreuse, White
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Black
Accessories, etc.: Scallop edge punch, Sunshine impression plate, green satin ribbon


If you play along, be sure to leave your link at the CAS blog!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A few OLCs

I was in the mood for some super simple cards today. I just had to get the set Funky Four from the new Stampin' Up! catalog! These cards feature my favorite images from the set. First up, this adorable leaf. I thought it would look nice to feature it in a rainbow type set up. And it seemed appropriate to say "celebrate today".

Next up, I really wanted to feature these mushrooms by themselves. The original image is a group of 4, but I thought 5 would be more pleasing to the eye. I couldn't really think of an appropriate greeting, so "just because" it became!

Supplies:
Stamps: Funky Four, Round & Round
Ink: Bahama Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Daffodil Delight, Tangelo, Lady Bug, Real Red, Black
Paper: White cardstock

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Go fly a kite!

Here's another card made with Up, Up, and Away. I think it just may becoming my new favorite! This card is ultra simple, but I really like how it turned out. I didn't expect to like the Spring Rain, Orange Zest, and Smokey Shadow so much together!

Supplies:
Stamps: Up, Up and Away
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Fresh Snow, Orange Zest
Paper: Smokey Shadow, Spring Rain, White, Orange Zest
Accessories, etc: Cloud dies