Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sneak Peek

I made this card for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge for today (CC211) but mostly for you to give you a preview of three of the new SU! products found in the new Occasions Mini Catalog; the new designer series paper (dsp) called "Walk in the Park" and the new oval scallop punch with the coordinating stamp set called "Oval All".
The Baja Breeze card base is 4.25 by 5.5 inches. The DSP is mounted on Kiwi Kiss and Pretty in Pink ; the dsp layer is 5-1/8 by 2-7/8 and graduating 1/8 inch each for the kiwi kiss and pretty in pink layers. Next the mat pack and piercing tool were used to add some dimension to this layer.
The "Fresh Cut" image is stamped in Kiwi Kiss and watercolor wonder crayons were used to highlight the flowers in Pretty in Pink and the edges and scrolls in Sage Shadow; then the aqua painter was used to soften and spread the watercolors. The image was mounted on Kiwi Kiss and Pretty in Pink; it's size is 2 15/16 by 2 3/4 and layers graduated 1/8 inch each. The image is smaller than the Fresh Cut stamp however the lower right image was maintained to coordinate with the silhouette in the DSP.
Last one of the four images in the new Oval All set was selected and stamped once in Kiwi Kiss and one in Pretty in Pink. The Kiwi Kiss was punched out using the new Oval Scallop Punch and the Pretty in Pink was punched out with the oval punch and then mounted on the scallop.
Here's the recipe.
Stamps: Oval All, Fresh Cuts
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, WW, DSP- Walk in the Park
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Watercolor wonder crayons (sage shadow & pretty in pink), oval punch, scallop oval punch, mat pack, paper piercer, aqua painter
Techniques: paper piercing, watercoloring

Celebrate Spring

This is such a beautiful time of year in our area. The ornamental pear trees are in bloom. Can there be anything prettier than rows and rows of trees filled with white blooms?

Here is another one of Sunday's cards. I just love my new stamp set "Cheep Talk" from SU! which was also a new set to this year's Spring-Summer catalog. I used the new hardware, "Jumbo Grommets', and they can be found in the Occasions mini-catalog. (of course! you can order them from my SU! website on 4/1). The sentiment "Celebrate Spring" is one that I picked up at Michael's $1 spot. The background is "tempting turquoise" ink on "tempting turquoise" cardstock using the flower in the "Cheep Talk" set. The white panel's edges are distressed with "Only Orange" ink using a sponge. The branch and the bird are cut out and popped up.
Stamps: Cheep Talk, Celebrate Spring-Hampton Art
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Only Orange, Green Galore, WW
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Only Orange, Green Galore
Accessories: Jumbo Grommets (SU), Pumpkin Pie Ribbon (SU)

Back in the Game

Here is one of the two cards I created on Sunday.
The first one is from the fun stamp set "Game Night" and the "Jackpot" designer series paper. I used the sketch from SCS challenge (SC220)and the real playing cards are tucked into a pocket. Since it was the first card I made since returning from vacation, I called it "Back in the Game".
Stamps: Game Night
Paper: Real Red textured, WW, BB, Jackpot DSP
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: playing cards

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Break Paradise

We just returned home from a week in Paradise~ Cancun, Mexico. A week of fun in the sun refreshes your spirit. Just look at this picture~ who wouldn't be happy spending a week without obligations. The resort was an all-inclusive where food and drink were always available.
A few times I missed my stamps and studio, but life could be tougher, right?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I created this card on Friday for the Splitcoaststampers Limited Supply Challenge. The challenge was to create a card in 30 minutes or less. This one took 20 minutes. One of the ways I create super fast cards is by using the same basic layout with designer paper. Then I add a solid image or a line image like this one but I keep the coloring to a minimum. I add embellishments to dress it up. One other fast trick is the paper piercing is done with the sewing machine. Hope you like it!
Stamps: Singing Swirly Bird (Cornish Heritage Farms CDD-1615E)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Beacon Hill (daisy d's)
Ink: Black, Baja Breeze, extra ink for heavy sponging
Accessories: Buttons (Basic Grey-Periphery), wide clip (SU!), 5/8 baja breeze striped grossgrain ribbon (SU!), sewing machine, rectangle scallop nestability (Spellbinders), aqua painter

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Here is my take on the limited supply challenge (LSC209) for this past Friday to make your own patterned paper, use just one stamp set, no nesties or diecuts unless with the sentiment, the sentiment must be from same stamp set as the images, only use ribbon and brads and don't use textured plates. I also challenged myself to use purples~ as I rarely use any of the purple shades. I did not use an sentiment.
I started with Elegant Eggplant cardstock as the base. I chose Almost Amethyst for the upper half and two step stamped with lavendar lace and eggplant usingthe single flower in Heartfelt Thanks stamp set. The lower half is Lavendar Lace with just the outline flower in eggplant. I two step stamped the stemed flower in Heartfelt Thanks mounted it on lavendar lace. I paper pierced the brocade blue panel and layered it over a smaller eggplant piece. The knotted brocade blue ribbon separates the two half panels. Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Brocade Blue, WW
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, Sage SHadow, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Brocade Blue 5/8 grosgrain ribbon
Techniques: paper piercing