Sunday, June 28, 2009

How Sweet It Is!

Here's a simple and sweet card that I meant to share a week or so ago! I was thinking that I really wanted to make a citrus themed card, but I wanted wedges. I thought for a moment a realized that these images work just as nicely if you cut them in half! I coated on two layers of yellow Spica to make them all sparkly and juicy looking, arranged them just so and added this cute sentiment. Next I found various oranges and a nice textured yellow from my paper stash. Finally I added a bit of ribbon and found that this Melon Berry button matched almost perfectly!
Stamps: Tart & Tangy, It's a Celebration
Ink: Summer Sun, Melon Berry
Paper: Hawaii Papaya DSP, Groovy Guava, Tango Tangerine, White, Textured Yellow
Accessories, etc.: Ribbon, button, scalloped rectangles, pop dots, Spica yellow marker

Monday, June 22, 2009

SA sponsored 2S4U

It's time for another sketch from the sketches site, 2 Sketches 4 You. Starving Artistamps is a sponsor this week, so once again, the design team decided it'd be fun to play along. I enjoyed the sketch and decided to feature one of my favorite DoodleFactory images, Fern the deer from the great outdoors set. I coloured it with Copics, cut it out and place it on the circle. I added a matching sentiment and then pieced together the rest! The card ending up being 5.5 square.
Stamps: The Great Outdoors and matching sentiments
Ink: Rich Cocoa
Paper: Pink Pirouette, White, Regal Rose, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa
Accessories, etc.: Copics, pop dots, nestabilities

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Glossy Leaf

I was so focused on my sketch over at my clean & simple blog that I thought I'd take a stab at a not-so clean & simple card. I used the same basic sketch but added several steps. First I stamped the leaf, then I coloured in the non-inked parts with Copics. Next I cut it out and embossed it, twice, with ultra glossy embossing powder. I placed that over a background stamped oval. Next up, creating the matching patterned paper. I cut a piece of glossy white paper, stamped several leaves, then brayered a few inks until I got a colour I was happy with. Then I stamped the Weathered background over that and embossed the whole thing so it would set. I added an extra mat to the patterned paper layer. Instead of going with an ultra neutral card base, I stamped Linen on mustard paper, then sponged the edges. Remember when it was the "cool thing" to use tons of background stamps. It's fun to go back to that style every now and then.
Stamps: Men of Life, French Script, Weathered, Linen, Autumn Leaf Prints
Ink: Really Rust, Dark Chocolate, Cognac, More Mustard, Versamark
Paper: Really Rust, More Mustard, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla, Glossy White
Accessories, etc.: Die Cuts, Scalloped punch and scissors, button, twine, brayer, sponge, pop dots, UTEE

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Teal, Orange, Dots, and a Bird

Well, this fine Tuesday (and it really was, it's finally decided to be summer here!) I received my PTI anniversary set! So I had to put it to use immediately. I stamped the larger bird and cut it out. Then I saw that it went nicely with this Loves Me paper, and I just so happened to have a perfect sized scrap of it. I placed the bird and sentiment, added an orange mat, then placed it onto a Cool Caribbean card base. So quick and easy, and cheerful!
Stamps: Everyday Classics
Ink: True Black, Cote D'Azure, Orangerie
Paper: White, Pumpkin Pie, Loves Me DSP, Cool Caribbean
Accessories, etc.: pop dots

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Van Gogh

A while back, Irene posted a cool card with a really neat way of colouring. Flash forward a few months and you've got Starving Artistamps and Technique Junkies pairing up for a few contests. Be sure to go here to find out how you can enter the contest.

Here's my card. I kept it pretty simple, using the technique just on the two birds. After doing the technique, I realized how easy it was and that I should tackle something larger. I will try to work on something this weekend, so stay tuned :)
Stamps: Pip & Ollie (DoodleFactory Animals), Dot Background, Greeting- all can be found at
Ink: Rich Cocoa, So Saffron
Paper: Barely Banana, Tango Tangerine, Close to Cocoa, White, Summer Sun
Accessories, etc.: Copic markers, scallop punch, ribbon, pop dots