Monday, December 28, 2009

D2D Artist's Challenge #2 Be Mine Bear Entry

Here is my latest creation using a digi stamp called 'Be Mine Bear' from Faith Skrdla's Designed2Delight Digital Stamp Shop! This image is so pretty! I really had a great time water coloring and designing this card for her!
The patterned paper and sentiment circle are from MME Be Loved paper kit, and the cardstock's are SU's Sage Shadow, Cameo Coral, and Real Red.This time, I printed the image on watercolor paper several times. I watercolored it with my aqua pen and dye inks after heat setting the black printer ink. It worked fairly well as long as I kept hitting it with heat between each color. I think she looks a little more 'surprised' than happy, now that I painted her face!! :) I used Caramel, Curry, Sage Shadow, Real Red, Bashful Blue, and Cameo Coral inks.
I cut out the heart and paws and popped them up with foam dots!

The shiny red brads are awesome, huh?? I found those on ebay! The ribbon was added in hind-sight! I had already adhered everything to the card front with out thinking of ribbon, when it hit me!! Where's the ribbon, Sherrie?? So I crafted this 'half bow' and stitched it to the card front under the scalloped circle, with a couple of small stitches. It will never fall off! And, no one knows I goofed! :)

Here is the inside! All finished here!
So, things I learned making my second digital stamp card:
1. Heat set the ink! (thank you Faith!)
2. Go easy on the water when watercoloring printed images, less is more!
3. Digital stamps ROCK! So easy and fun!
I love this bear, so much so, that I have another card in the works! I hope Faith is creating more Valentine images, because I am lovin' the hearts today!
Thanks for peeking in at my work today!
Have a good one!

Picture Re-Takes!

Okay, I admit it, this is a little weird! But I was not happy with the pictures of this card in my last post, so I retook them! I am much happier with the lighting, and now you can see the finished insides of the card as well. I had finished making this card front in a hurry to get it posted in time, and had not actually finished it! And it was dark!

So there you have it!
Thanks for putting up with me!

Monday, December 21, 2009

D2D Digi Stamps Artist's Challenge Entry #1

Hey there everyone! I am really sliding in under the wire with this one!! My family has been sick, and so I had to put this off until the last minute. They are better now, and I am back to work! Plus, this is my first time using a digital stamp, and it was so easy and fun!! I just have to 'turn it in'! This card uses the Primitive Snow Angel digital stamp from Designed2Delight Digital Stamps. Isn't it awesome?? As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make a card with it! So cute!!
I printed it out 4 times with my computer to create different layers. I added glitter to the wings, and Crystal Effects to the heart! The paper and buttons are by Basic Grey, the inks, cardstock, and ribbon SU, and the snowflake punch Martha Stewart. The main colors are Wasabi and Ruby Red.

I do not think I have the right ink in my printer for digital stamps, as the image started to blur when I water colored it. I carefully dabbed the ink colors to the scarf and heart, and I like the effect. The scarf looks like fuzzy, soft fleece! So I am sticking with it! :)
I hope you enjoy my card! Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and what you think of my creation!
Happy Holidays to EVERYONE!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

I landed in the TOP 5!! Woo-hoo!!!

Look what I got! :)

How awesome is this??
So very cool to be mentioned in the TOP 5! And, I've got my first blog badge! It's like winning an award! Very cool!
Can't wait for your next challenge!
Have a fantastic day!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Great Friend

Hello! Jumping in with a friendship card today! Extremely non-Christmasy! I have to mix it up, or I lose my mojo!This card utilizes two Stampin' Up! sets, Eastern Blooms and Great Friend. To me, those two sets just go together! The smaller flowers go great with the butterfly stamp too! The colors here are Tango Tangerine, Chocolate Chip, and Natural White. The patterned paper is DCWV, and the border punch is MS.

It seems to be kinda retro with these colors and the femininity. What do you think?
Here is the inside, clean and simple. This card would look great with sewing too, but sometimes I just don't want to sew!
I received my first stamps from Verve in the mail yesterday! I am so happy!! They are gorgeous in the package - how awesome is that? I got Thankful Hearts and Thankful Accents. So pretty! I want to play with them right away, but I am in the middle of a set of snowman cards!! UUGGHH! And, I ordered some new papers from the eclecticpaperie, but they have not shipped yet. I got MME Pretty Please and MME Be Loved Collections!! I cannot wait to get those!! They will look fantastic with these new Verve stamps!! HURRY WITH MY PAPER PLEASE!! I NEED them!
I want to order more Nesties too, but am torn between which ones to get next. Labels 5 or 9?? Ovals? Scalloped circles?....the list goes on and on......!! YIKES!!
Well, I'd better get to work on those snowmen! Got to clear my desk for fresh and new fun!
Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment so I know you were here! I'd love to know who you are!
Go stamp something!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Clearly Inspired Challenge 3 Winter Snow Thanks

O.k, I do not know if you are allowed to enter the Clearly Inspired Challenges more than once, but I am! I was already creating this set of note cards when the challenge was posted! So I just have to submit them! Like I said before, I only have a set of butterfly stamps from CDS, and this is a Winter challenge. The stamp here is an old one from StudioG. It is stamped on SU's Shimmery White cs. I added MS snowflake punches from the Shimmery White as well, with dabs of Liquid Pearls on the centers. (LOVE THAT!) The base is Baja Breeze, and the Pink Pirouette was already on my desk, so I had to add it. I was going to use Ruby Red, but the pink won hands down! Very sweet and feminine! The dsp is SU as well, and the border punch is from Fiskars.
Each note card is 3-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches, which requires an A1 or 4bar envelope. So cute and mailable too!
We all need a good set of thank you cards after the holidays! Hope you like them!
Go stamp something!

Clearly Inspired Challenge Snowman Card

Here is my first entry in the Clearly Inspired Challenges at ClearDollarStamps Blog! If you win, you get to pick a stamp set of your choice!! PICK ME!! PLEASE! I do not have any winter CDS to play with, so I whipped up this snowman card to enter. The snowman is from The Greeting Farm, and I embossed him/her with clear for a polished look! I used SU dye inks and an aqua brush to watercolor the image, layered it over Old Olive and Soft Sky, and added machine stitching. The two background papers are from Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, and I added more stitching to them as well. The Pink Pirouette looks fantastic with this color combo! I added some tiny Kaiser pearls as a final touch.
The sewing turned out great on the inside and out of this card. I guess you should avoid coffee when sewing! :)
Yesterday was my 37th birthday....oh i mean 29th......again!! :) It was a perfect day with all of my guys! They were so super sweet! I love them so much!! O.k.....enough mush!
Thanks for peaking at my work!
Stamp something today!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Inkadinkado Gift Tag Trio & Note Cards

Good Morning Blogger World! I hope you all slept well last night! Me? Oh, pretty well! It was COLD last night here in Washington! COLD!

Today I'd like to share two creations with you. The first is a set of gift tags I made using my Nesties and a Santa stamp from Inkadinkado. They are 3-1/2 inches wide, and almost look like tree ornaments!! I added liquid Applique to the beard and cuffs to brighten and fluff dear Ol' Saint Nick! I added the 'ho ho ho' with some small acrylic letters from Studio G, and had a heck of a time getting them to stay on the acrylic block while I stamped. They had never been used, so they should have stayed put, but no, that did not happen!! But my tags turned out! The other thing I made was this set of 3 note cards. The snowman image is from the same set from Inkadinkado, and I water colored him with SU's dye inks. I added Liquid Applique to the snow around him too! I did a bit of sponging around the image, and it turned out well. (You know I am working on that!!) The scalloped square has heat embossed glitter on it, and I punched out a MS snowflake and attached it with a rhinestone brad over some shiny sheer ribbon.
The sewing went well, and I like the effect of the dark navy thread against the lighter blue background paper. I left these cards blank so that they could be used for any reason this winter!

That's what I have been up to lately! Trying to be Christmas crafty! I am finding it a little difficult this year. Just cannot get inspired for Christmas projects....don't know why I am drawing a blank each time I sit down to create! Weird!
Hope you are having better luck on your Holiday crafts!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

SweetnSassy Stamps Butterfly Gatefold

This is the first set (and only so far) of SweetnSassy stamps I have purchased. It is called 'In His Time' and it is fabulous! The butterflies in this set are so pretty, and the sentimentas are perfect! I know I will use this set over and over! I had originally made a card exactly like this one for my sister, and she liked it so much, I made another! The main colors are Cameo Coral, Taken With Teal, and Chocolate Chip. The flowers were made with SU's 'For All You Do' stamp set. I stamped the flowers with Coral, then heat embossed clear polka dots over the top and cut them out with my snips.
The base is Choc Chip, and the patterned paper is Thoroughly Modern dsp. I added sewing with white thread, Choc Chip satin ribbon, vanilla brads for the flowers, and some half pearls for femininity. Some very light sponging too! I am working on that skill. It does not come naturally to me, and I prefer a stipple brush!

Here it is opened completely. I really like making gatefold cards. They are so nice, and so easy to make. All you have to do is score your folds a little differently, decorate, and you're done!
ClearDollar Stamps just had a new release, and the stamps are mostly singles, which is all good, but they are so small, I am not sure if I want them. (SORRY CDS!) But I do have several of their previous sets on my Wish List that I am going to buy when I can afford to. They did just release a set for Prayer Cards, which I think is fantastic though, and it went right to the top of my chart!
Have you seen the new release by Verve???? SO GORGEOUS! I tryed to win the sets, but no, not me! Then, I went to buy them, and one set is sold out already!! They are that HOT! I made an all new Wish List just for Verve in my notebook, and it filled up fast! They have MANY awesome sets in their shop with my name written all over them! And, their design team ROCKS! Those gals make the most gorgeous cards and just blows my mind! I added most of their blogs to my favorites! So brilliant! The talent is AMAZING!
So, there you go, my opinion for the day! BLAH! I have been brimming with excitement and have no one to talk to about it! My hubby does not want to hear about crafts, and my sons run away!!! Thanks for listening! :)
O.k...I've got to go stamp something!! I am home alone, and typing on the computer!! What's wrong with me?????
Have the most creative day!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Craft Supplies For Sale!!

Hey there! If anyone is reading this, you might be interested in some of the stamping and paper craft items I have up for sale on EBAY ! I listed them as auctions and the starting bids are super CHEAP! There are single stamps and sets, (some Stampin' Up!) clear stamps, and embellishments. A Fastenater and 8 packs of staples, little clippies and some SU! rubons! I am listing many items each day, and tomorrow I will be adding a bunch of Stampin' Up! sets. I sure hope that they find good homes! I know that not many people want things that are second hand for Christmas, but everyone is broke, so it should not make a differrence! At least, it doesn't at my house!! I do not mind used things at all, and actually relish a good yard sale find! Anyways, I am cleaning up my stamping station to make room for crafting!! :) I have too much stuff, and have no where to put it! So, out it goes. My husband is really happy about this, I mean REALLY happy about it! He is not into 'crafts' as much as I am! He'd rather have lots of tools and truck parts! BOO to him.

So please go and take a look! You will love my prices!
Oh, and by the way, the card shown above is one I made a little while back. I just wanted something to share today since I have been so busy with other things. It features stamps from SU's Great Friend and Eastern Blooms stamp sets. The colors are Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, and Whisper White. It turned out pretty well, and I made a tag to go with it from the leftovers!
Have a great day! Hope you find time to create today!