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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Faux Designer Paper in Brilliance Inks

Sorry about the poor photo quality - I could not capture the essence of this card adequately, but wanted to show the shimmer of the inks. If you click on the photo you will be able to see a bit of detail...

STAMPS: I purchased the face, muse and leaf branch stamps used as unmounted and don't know who made them. If you do please leave a comment and I'll give credit - thanks! viney flourish - PSX, corner floral - Rubber Monger, large bkgd - JRL 'Floral Tapestry'

INKS: Brilliance Pearlescents - Orchid, Coral, Lavender and Purple, Versamark

SUPPLIES: All Night Media border punch, clear embossing powder, craft iron, heat gun, glue pen, colored pencils

TECHNIQUES: Technique Junkies Faux Designer Paper

the border was punched from the face panel and a white strip was applied behind it ~ hard to see, but I stamped 'Muse' over parts of the bkgd ~ the edges of the panels were sponged with color direct from the Brilliance pads

Thanks for looking, and PLEASE believe me when I say this looks so much better in person!! LOL

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Faux Designer Paper

I love being able to take a blank sheet of white cardstock and turn it into something as colorful as this card! The Faux Designer Paper technique is perfect for this as it gives you some white highlights in the background and lots of color variation.

This card is not this bright in real life, but the general idea is there LOL

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Card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

STAMPS: face - Renaissance Art Stamps, corner flourish - G Studio, dream word - Inkadinkado, bkgd words - Stampers Anonymous, flowered medallion - Paper Parachute, border and bkgd pattern - Stampa Rosa

INKS: Versamark, VersaColor Split Pea, Topaz, Paprika and Bark

SUPPLIES: white gel pen, clear embossing powder, heat gun, iron, copy paper, pearlized beads, gold cord, vellum

TECHNIQUES: Technique Junkies Faux Designer Paper, paper beads

NOTES: I used the bkgd paper colors on a white scrap, then stamped the face, then highlighted areas with the white gel pen ~ for the paper beads I just swiped the bkgd colors on a white scrap, then overstamped this with the bkgd stamps. I cut skinny triangles, rolled these around a paper piercer starting with the wide end, and sealed the ends closed with double-sided tape. For the large one, I wrapped a scrap of coordinating paper around the middle.

Have a great rest of the weekend!! :o)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Day at the Beach

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Card measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

STAMPS: I Brake For Stamps - Time To Stamp sheet, and words from Inspirational half sheet

INKS: Stampin' Up! Taken With Teal and Lovely Lilac, Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze

TECHNIQUE: Technique Junkies Spectrum Roll from the Aug 05 newsletter

SUPPLIES: brayer, silver thread, paper piercer, water spritzer, glue pen, pop-dots

NOTES: to get a the mosaic frame I cut strips of four colors and then cut them into squares by angling the cuts randomly ~ for interest I stamped some images on four of the lighter 'tiles' ~ words are pop-dotted ~ cardfront was stamped with the mesh bkgd image

Hope your week is going well :o)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Warhol Birthday Boy

I love when someone else picks my colors for me, being somewhat challenged in that area! LOL I chose 3 of Stampin' Up!'s In-Color pads for this technique, hoping they would all blend nicely and still pack a punch ;o)

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Card measures 6 3/4" x 3 3/4"

STAMPS: I Brake For Stamps - boy and phrase from a Time To Stamp sheet, Happy Birthday and swirl bkgds on a sheet here

INKS: Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, and Tangerine Tango, Staz-On Jet Black

SUPPLIES: sponges, small colored brads, stamp positioner, crown punch by 2 Grrrls, flat-back rhinestones, pop-dots

TECHNIQUE: Technique Junkies Warhol

NOTES: The swirl bkgd was stamped 3 times, once in each ink ~ After stamping the boy block 3 times in black ink, I overstamped each with one of the inks and the Happy B-day bkgd, then used a small stipple brush to do just the inside edges of the coats


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Newsprint Reveal Bird

I bought an old textbook on soil the other day and wanted to try the Technique Junkie Newsprint Reveal technique on that instead of newspaper. The pages were yellowed a bit and gave it a warmer tone and didn't bleed thru as much, which I'm happier with.

STAMPS: I Brake For Stamps - bird, nest and phrase from a Time To Stamp sheet, and flower stems from the Stampinback line

INKS: Staz-On Jet Black, Versamark, Marvy Black

SUPPLIES: punches - Martha Stewart flowers and leaves, unknown sunburst and 2 Grrrls crown, brayer, white gel pen, black embroidery floss, paper needle, glue

NOTES: didn't want to move Chevy from his perch near the Ott lights so I propped my card in front of his furry little self LOL that's the orange you're seeing behind it


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Flowers for Card Group

Card group was Tuesday night and I didn't feel like cutting up a lot of paper so I dug out this beautiful set of long pink notecards with matching envelopes. It was a set put out by Hero Arts a few years back. I had purchased the set for $0.25 at a used stamp sale gauging by the price tag and after not using them all this time I suddenly wish I had more! LOL

Card measures 6" x 3"
STAMPS: large branch - Rubber Stampede, linen bkgd and tag - Stampin' Up! (Too Terrific Tags set)
INKS: Stampin' Up! Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss and Close to Cocoa, Staz-On Timber Brown, Distress Antique Linen
SUPPLIES: Dove blender pen, pop-dots, irredescent glitter glue, and sheer green ribbon, Fiskars hand-held rectangle punch
  1. Stamp branch on white cardstock using Timber Brown.
  2. Use blender pen and inks to color in branch and flowers.
  3. Stamp branch on scrap white, color, and trim out three flowers.
  4. Using Antique Linen ink, stamp over branch panel with Linen bkgd.
  5. Apply pop-dots to spare flowers and adhere in correct position over branch panel.
  6. Use glitter glue to highlight all flower centers.
  7. Stamp tag on white cardstock using Timber Brown.
  8. Color in branch on tag and use watered down Close to Cocoa around edges.
  9. Trim tag closely and punch with rectangle punch.
  10. Thread ribbon thru hole and loop as shown.
  11. Apply all layers to cardfront using pop-dots on the back of the tag.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Floral Stem

Could not get this color green to scan true so I took a picture in daylight. The flowers and green panel are pop-dotted.

STAMPS: I Brake For Stamps - half sheet of Asian images
INKS: Stampin' Up! Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Creamy Caramel, Tango Mango, and Riding Hood Red, and Staz-On Timber Brown
SUPPLIES: corner punch, pop dots, Lemon Ice Stickles, fun foam, Cuttlebug, Distressed Stripes CB folder
NOTES: The main image was stamped on the background, then twice on white. The first image was stamped on white, colored, trimmed out completely and layered to the bkgd. Then I just trimmed a few flowers and layered them with pop-dots. ~ The white background was stamped with the larger butterfly on this sheet in pink ink.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Drywall Stitching Flowers

These two cards feature a new technique from the current 04/09 Technique Junkie newsletter called Drywall Stitching - so fast and easy! The second card I made up quick after the first one using a scrap with a misplaced phrase.

Click on photo for detail... the colors didn't scan quite true on the cardfront - the reddish browns are all pinkish and the cs is a soft speckled green. The words were stamped in the same color as the "stitching".
Card measures 6" x 5 1/4"

STAMPS: I Brake For Stamps - distressed flower cluster from the Stampinback line, flower stem from a half plate of foliage, and phrase from an inspirational plate

INKS: Adirondack Pesto, Caramel, Currant and Raisin

SUPPLIES: assorted flower punches, circle punch, Magic Mesh, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Glue Dots, Tombow marker #757, sponge, sheer polka-dot ribbon, Pink Stickles and tissue paper

TECHNIQUE: Technique Junkies Drywall Stitching 04/09 newsletter

Card measures 4 1/2" x 6"

I just love this phrase, "Leave nothing to chance, and then leave everything to God". Kind of says do what you can on your end but have faith that God will work it out. The great balancing act! I have another stamp that reads "Pray to God but continue to row toward shore. ~ Russian Proverb" - I just love that! I'll try to remember to use that one with a cool boat stamp and post it here one of these days...

I just came across a corresponding verse in the Old Testament. When the Jews were rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem after returning after so many years of being in exile, right around 450 BC, some adversaries weren't happy about it and made no secret of it, and planned to attack. In Nehemiah 4:9 he says "But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat." All bases covered! LOL

I'm finding Nehemiah a fascinating man - as the commentary says "Provincial governors normally assessed the people in their provinces for their support. But Nehemiah, like Paul, sacricficed even what was normally his in order to serve as an example to the people." What a good pattern that would be for today's politicians, right?! ;o)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Looking for more storage ideas?

I have lots of storage ideas and organizational tips for your stamping area on this page , which you can always find using the sidebar label "Storage Tips" :o)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Another Dream Silhouettes Card

This is another card featuring the same group of stamps as the previous post's card. It's from the Dream Silhouettes by Sweet n' Sassy Stamps.

Card measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
STAMPS: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps "Dream Silhouettes" set
INKS: Distress Peeled Paint and Scattered Straw, Staz-On Timber Brown
SUPPLIES: distressing tool, Cuttlebug, ribbons, fun foam, sponge, corner punch, heat tool, CB folder Bird Call
TECHNIQUES: Technique Junkies Cuttlebug Stamps and Torn Frames
NOTES: the entire back panel is the same piece but under the ribbons I stamped the phrase in brown and the word in the green ink, then sponged green ink over the edges and towards the center
Thanks for stopping back!

Glitter Stripes and a Sneak Peek!

I have a little surprise for you today! The stamps used on this card are from a brand new set being released tonight by Sweet n' Sassy Stamps! AND I'll have another totally different card using them later today... so check back!!

Click on photo to see the gold embossing...

Card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

STAMPS: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps #1075 Dream Silhouettes - these are a set of clear stamps designed by the talented Korin!

INKS: Distress Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick, Versamark

SUPPLIES: asst. markers, mainly Stampin' Up!'s Old Olive, oval punches, scallop-edge scissors, white gel pen, glue stick, gold embossing powder, flower punches, water mister, craft sheet

TECHNIQUES: bkgd is Glitter Stripes from the current 04/09 Technique Junkie newsletter over Watercolor Distress scraps

Thanks for checking in and don't forget to stop back around dinnertime to see the other card I have using this stamp set! Here's a hint: it uses a Cuttlebug and doesn't have any flowers on it... :o)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Storage for Ink Pads

One of my favorite inks to work with for backgrounds, these little DewDrop pads can be tricky to store. This idea popped into my head the other day when I realized I had too many sets to store the way I had been. I love keeping them in their 4-in-a-family sets, and they were getting all jumbled.
I actually store the pads upside down (don't know if it makes any difference) but for the sake of prettier pictures I have flipped them over LOL

This case is from a Stampin' Up! bkgd stamp.

I cut a piece of white cardstock to the same width as the inside of the plastic case and then did mountain folds as shown above to seperate the color families.

I used black marker to write the color family on the folded area that stands up, and the individual pad names on the flat surface so I can't possibly mix them up (which would be the end of the world >;o)

I think this system would work really well for Cat's Eye pads and mini square pads too.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy Baby

Card measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
STAMPS: I Brake For Stamps ~ baby collage and texture stamp behind flowers - Time To Stamp line, distressed flower - Stampinback line, border is from a frame image
INKS: Staz-On Jet Black, Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink
SUPPLIES: Stampin' Up! chalks, stamp positioner, white eraser, Q-tips, cotton balls, sponge, Quickie Glue pen, foam tape
TECHNIQUE: Technique Junkies CHALK LINES 04/09
  1. Make background panel according to TJ directions using desired colors.
  2. Over-stamp two edges with ornate frame edge, using stamp positioner.
  3. Stamp white strip with texture stamp inked with Pretty in Pink and sponge edges with same color.
  4. Over-stamp with distressed flower grouping and black ink.
  5. Adhere to bkgd.
  6. Stamp baby collage in black ink and trim.
  7. Use Q-tips to add chalk to image.
  8. Cut scrap of texture stamped cardstock into triangles and sponge edges.
  9. Apply corners to image panel with glue pen.
  10. Layer panel to black panel and pop dot to cardfront as shown.
Okay, I have to think about going to bed now!