Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I stamped the gel-a-tins Wild Things set with craft inks, then outlined them with markers and swirled the colours together with an aquapainter. The main image panel was spritzed with some of my home-made shimmer spray, to match the shimmery designer paper.
The colours were inspired by the American Crafts ribbon on there and the shimmery paper by SEI.
Stamps: Wild Things (gelatins), Paper Tray (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Sage Shadow, Really Rust, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Versafine
Paper: SEI DP, Really Rust, Whisper White
Accessories, etc.: American Crafts ribbon, shimmery spray, pop dots
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms (papertrey ink)
Ink: Olive, Pumpkin, Turquoise, Chocolate, Ruby
Paper: White, Chocolate, Mellow 6x6 paper pad (stripes & red)
Accessories, etc.: hodgepodge hardware (pewter), saddle stitched ribbon, eyelets
So, I was tagged today, but it was a tag I hadn't seen yet, so I figured I'd give it a go. Kim from Clearly Inspired tagged me. What we do is list out 10, 20 and 30 years ago and what we were doing at that time. I find this terribly amusing.
Okay, 10 years ago, it was 1997, I was 13 years old, in grade 8. I found a journal entry from Oct.28/97. I figure that's close enough. It's in pink ink, classic 8th grader, hey? Apparently I was in a volleyball tournament at Highbury that day. There's also some cheesy grade 8 crush material, too funny to go back and read that. Equally funny, since I would have been mortified to ever share some of my journal (I've been keeping one since 1995). There had just been a dance, and I danced with this one boy 4 times. I wrote down one of our conversations, basically I was talking about how my family had been going to move somewhere. Then he says, "Well, I'm glad you didn't, because I wouldn't be dancing with you right now". How sweet is that. And I have no idea whatever happened to that guy. I think we went to the same high school, and then he just kind of dropped off the planet...
20 years ago. Hmm, it was 1987, I was 3. I imagine I was busy drawing with smelly, fruity markers, and getting ready to be a witch or a fairy princess for Halloween.
30 years ago. I wasn't even a twinkle in my parents' eyes. It was 1977, my parents were about to get married- Dec.23.
That was a relatively painless tagging. I'm heading out of town this weekend, so I'll likely not have an update until Monday.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Stamps: Fishy Friends, Dotted, On The Spot, Card Greetings
Ink: Green Galore, Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, Green Galore, Naturals White
Accessories, etc.: aquabrush, pop dots, stickles
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I didn't have any Soft Sky ink (well, I've got the reinker, but that's it) so I went with versamark for my tone-on-tone stamping, something I haven't done in a long time. I stamped the grey sentiment first, then filled in the rest.
Stamps: Hugs & Kisses by gel-a-tins
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Basic Grey, Versamark
Paper: White, Grey, Pomegranate, Soft Sky
Accessories,etc.: flannel gray 5/8'' grosgrain, dimensionals
Monday, October 22, 2007
Stamps: Oh Christmas Tree
Ink: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Handsome Hunter, Whisper White
Paper: White, Burgundy, Hunter
Accessories, etc.: mini scalloping scissors
For this other card, I know you've seen this layout before. I just can't get enough of it, and it always remains classically elegant. I inked up the bright image with 3 spots- first bashful blue, then ballet blue, and just a touch of brilliant blue on the edges. After I stamped the 4 images, I heat set them, then embossed a square around each image. I was going to leave it, but that white organdy was calling to me. Then, to add a little personal touch, I stamped a snowflake on white with the year over top, then punched that out with a 3/4'' circle punch. I tied that on the know with silver cord. It's kind of a nice touch, to add the year to your annual Christmas card.
Stamps: Holiday Mail
Ink: Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Ballet blue
Paper: Naturals White
Accessories, etc.: white organdy, simple shapes embossing template, stylus, silver cord, 3/4'' and 1/16'' circle punches.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Ink: Cool Caribbean
Paper: Confetti White, White, Cool Caribbean, Bazzill
Accessories: Circle and Oval nestabilities, trio of flowers punch, gelly gems, pop dots, cool grey marker
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I was also in the mood for some stamping. At the meet, Christine and Tami were kind enough to bring a bunch of their marvy punches. So after seeing all those scallops, I had to do something with scallops. I stamped two trees from Oh Christmas Tree in celery, then another one in wasabi. I cut that one out and popped it up. The background was done with circles from You Spin Me Round. The greeting was embossed with Get In Lime embossing powder.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms (papertrey ink), Card Greetings I (Green Grass), Linen
Ink: Moss Green (colorbox), Rose Red, So Saffron, Old Olive
Paper: So Saffron, Old Olive, Rose Red, Naturals White
Accessories, etc.: dimensionals, stickle
This second card took WAY TOO long. I don't even love it, but I put so much time into that I don't want to give it away now. See, this is how it all started... I started with Bodacious Bouquet, stamping the swirls and smaller flowers. That turned out decently, but then I stamped with teal craft ink and it got smeared. So, then I started over. This time, I used the Bodacious wheel instead. I coloured it in with celery, apricot, teal, and guava (a blender pen with guava reinkers) markers. Well, despite all my huffing and puffing, and my sister making fun of me as I attempted to reactivate the ink, it barely showed up. It gave me a basic guideline, so I coloured them all in with markers- good times... Now, when it came time to do the greeting, I simply embossed it this time, no smearing! The rest was straight-forward, and mostly quick from this point on- tying a knot, piercing, and dry embossing.
Stamps: Bodacious Wheel, It's Your Birthday
Ink: Groovy Guava, Taken With Teal, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal
Paper: Textured Guava, White, Teal
Accessories, etc.: 5/8'' celery grosgrain, mat pack, piercer, embossing template
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
I recently received the It's a Jungle Out There set by My Favorite Things. This is a very cute set. I love the animals. I felt like doing a bit of colouring, so I started out with that, stamping the images with Timber Brown Stazon onto Natural White cardstock. I coloured them in with SU! markers and an aquapainter. So there I had 2 cute images and sentiments, now all I needed was a layout. My inspiration came from here. I didn't use dimensionals for the one layer, and I went with thicker ribbon. My backgrounds were stamped with the leaves from the jungle set. Click on the photos if you want the close-up view.
Stamps: It's a Jungle Out There
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, bordering blue, pumpkin pie, more mustard, garden green
Paper: garden green, bordering blue, more mustard, naturals white
Accessories, etc.: wide grosgrain (brocade and vanilla)
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Stamps: Sporting, a Studio G baby set
Ink: Yoyo Yellow, Bashful Blue craft ink
Paper: white, thin chipboard
Accessories, etc.: star nestabilities, acrylic paint, mod podge, glitter
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
This next card started out with the me struggling to choose a colour to use on this stamp from Holiday Mail. Finally, I opened up my craft spots, the turquoise jumped out. Well, I've always leaned towards bright blues, so I thought, why not. I inked up the stamp with the turquoise then gently dabbed the brilliant blue spot all around it, which blended the colours nicely. Next, I thought, it'd be nice to bring in some silver to make it a bit more elegant. I found this beautiful silver satin ribbon, my brushed silver cardstock, and to pull it all together, I made some polished stone background using turquoise, brilliant blue, and silver reinkers. I always love how polished stone turns out. It's even more impressive when you bounce the light off of it, it really looks like a polished stone!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
The first card features Oh Christmas Tree. I love all of the other holiday designs, but I was really wishing for a tree one. This one was exactly what I was hoping for. It has 6 funky patterned trees and loads of sentiments and accessories. I stamped and masked several trees here using Celery, Wasabi, and Garden Green. It was cute like that, but those darling birds were calling to me. I thought it'd be cute if they were decorating the trees with a strand of silver. This was one of those ideas that I was unsure of execution. But, with careful planning, it worked. Each silver swoop is a separate piece of silver cord. It taped on either end, under the birds. The birds were then attached to add more strength to the cord sticking.
Stamps: Oh Christmas Tree by gel-a-tins
Ink: Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Bravo Burgundy
Paper: White, Wild Wasabi, Bravo Burgundy
Accessories, etc.: silver cord (last year's, retired), dimensional
Next up is a card featuring the set Holiday Mail. It's got a very cool worn, vintage look, something I really haven't seen much of in clear stamps. If you like the worn look of this set, I'd also recommend Spiral Symphony and Weathered Crate Alphabet. For my first creation with this set, I wanted to make full use of the build a stamp elements. I started with the outline stamp, again using masking to get some overlap. Then I filled in the outlines with 2 of the 4 cute square images. I added the price to the stamps (the set includes 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0,0 for all your numerical needs). The chocolate frame was done using the small double hole punch. I punched into the paper about half way, always using the guide of the one hole to line up the next punch. Once again, my card was at the point of cute, but I wanted to keep going. I wasn't sure how the mail markings would look on top, so I cut a piece of transparency oversize and stamped on that. I really like how it turned out. I was going to just use that, but I didn't want to deal with the attachment issue. I hadn't intended on bringing brads into the design, and I don't have any adhesive spray. So, instead, I stamped the mail markings it chocolate craft ink and embossed them with clear powder. It worked wonderfully! Plus it adds a "reach out and touch me" quality to the card. Now the scary thing with this was, I went and lined up my overlay afterwards, to see how close I had gotten to my test run placement. All elements matched up EXACTLY!! How unlikely!
Stamps: Baroque Motif, All Year Cheer
Ink: Gold, True Thyme
Paper: white, gold, thyme
Accessories, etc: cream half pearls (from the Pretties kit), gold EP, dimensionals
On a completely different note, my mom and I had sneak peak passes to The Jane Austin Book Club. I really had no expectations for the movie, as I didn't know what it was about. It was actually quite good. It's more of a "chick flick", while still being pretty guy-friendly.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Stamps: Oh So Lovely, Card Greetings I
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: White, DCWV textured cardstock
Accessories: Burgundy 5/8'' grosgrain, pencil crayons
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Stamps: Superstar (gelatins), Card Greetings I (Green Grass Stamps)
Ink: Colorbox Magenta, Peacock, Moss Green, Whisper White, Versafine black
Cardstock: White, Old Olive, Blue Bayou, Rose Red, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Willow 5/8'' grosgrain, star eyelets, homemade glimmer mist (hairspray+pearl ex)