Tuesday, January 29, 2008
If you'd like to see the challenge with instructions, please see HERE.
Monday, January 28, 2008
IMO... the outcome of your flower will largely depend on the double-sided paper that you use. I used single-sided paper and didn't like the stark white back, so I sponged on Old Olive to make it look like leaves. (?) Then I taped my dp down to Magenta c.s. (remember that color?? Retired SU!, but I have a whole pack of it left) and then I sewed all around the edges with zigzag and straight stitches. No stamping on this. I also had these olive and purpley pink rhinestone brads that went perfect with the colors in the dp. :)
I love learning new folds and techniques, so I'm SO ONTO THIS--join us each Monday at SCS. Just see the Monday link in my right column!!
Well, I decided to go ahead and watercolor on the ultrasmooth and YES, it did seep through and make my paper wavy, so I taped it really well on the back and mounted it to c.s. and it was fine. (actually would work better prolly if you mounted it to colored c.s. and then watercolored it.)
ANYWAY, here's my 2nd card, stamped and colored the same way, (except for the pathway, I used the smaller end of the marker and used Celery instead of Garden Green) but on smoother cardstock. You'll see much more definition--in fact, you can see the Thomas Kinkade signature in the bottom right hand side (I circled it for ya!)
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Anyway, a HUGE thank you to all your comments and answers to my previous questions. Keri emailed me this great link Cornish Heritage Farms Forum and I decided that maybe my black Stazon ink would work afterall. I tried it both on SU!'s watercolor paper and on Whisper White Smooth paper and I have to admit that it was much clearer on the smooth white c.s. I decided to go ahead and try the watercolor paper even though some of the images were incredibly faint or gone altogether, because I know from experience that watercoloring on whisper white makes the water soak in and tear the paper. :(
Maybe I need to look for a smoother surface of watercolor paper? Anyway, after stampin with Stazon, I just watercolored it, and sometimes I used my SU! markers to get the darkness and then went over it to blend with my Aqua Painter. On the pathway, I used grey for most of it...yellow for the light reflection, then after that dried, I went over it again with just water and then took my garden green marker and traced the lines in the pathway and because it was wet, the ink spread out making it look like moss growing up through the cracks! Next time I will use the small end of the marker instead of the painty end--duh! :) The only thing really that I'm unhappy with is that the green in the pathway is so much darker than the actual grass. But I better leave well enough alone!!
What do ya think? :)
CARDSTOCK: Not Quite Navy; Bravo Burgundy; Soft Sky
I posted a few pictures of our fun snow day today HERE if you'd like to take a looksy!!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
I really need to find out what my secret sis uses to color her images with, because I really need help in that area. I watercolored this on wc paper. The umbrella I had to go over with a celery marker because my red bled out from the flowers. I like how it turned out anyhow. I added 2-way glue on the rain and applied Dazzling Diamonds. That's my only form of glitter. The circle saying is from the set "Riveting."
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Awwww.... This is just too Ca-UTE!!! :) I LOVE hedgies and when I opened this card from my secret sis today I got warm fuzzies--and totally lots of smiles. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! :) I also have to say that who ever you are, you are just the best at coloring!! I really want to know what in the world you used to color this with--mineral spirits?? It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!
And, you can't see it well enough in this photo, but the ladybugs and all the flowers are popped up on dimensionals!! And the bugs have crystal effects on them, and the flowers have yellow glitter in centers. There so much details in the little things--just TOO STINKIN' CUTE!! :) THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!
Here's a pic of the sweet flowers stickers she sent me too!! Thanks for making my day. This is soo much fun. Can't wait to meet you!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
I had to alter the measurements because I started out with this cute bunny from the SU! set called "A New Little Someone" but then as I graduated layers it got too big, so I made a pocket card out of a regular sized card... 4.25"x 5.5"...it works! :o)
Colors are Purely Pomegranate and Pretty in Pink. I watercolored bunny on wc paper, cut him out and applied large pop dots to make him really stand out from the card. I used Karen Foster Snap Stamps to make the saying and put those on smaller pop dots. Crystal Rhinestones are attached with Crystal Effects. Oh, and as you prolly know...the background is cuttlebugged with the Divine Swirls folder and sponged over with the Pomegranate ink.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
- Catherine's card at My Stamping Grounds (Such a cute "dressy" card. Reminds me of a romantic night on the town!)
- Kelly's card #3 at Workin' but...wishin' I was stampin' (Oo-La-La!! Hot stuff!! Love this--also very cute!!)
- Karyn's card at Keryn's Cards (Another cute card--made with one of my favorite sets, "Loads of Love"--cute!)
- Jane's card at Jane's Creative Process (Awww...LOVE the penguins!! And take a look at all that paper piercing--whoa! It's soo very cute!)
- Reflections' card at Reflections :o) Crafting Fun (Neat background on the cuttlebugged hearts!! Gives such a dramatic look--sweet card!)
- Trina card at Trina's Timeless Treasures (This image is just sooo cute--makes me wish for lots a Valentine's in MY mailbox! :) Another cutie card)
- Candisue's card #1 at 2 Stamp or Not 2 Stamp (WOW...used beads on there--the whole card is soft and pretty--both of yours are!)
And some entered more than 1 card!! Take a look at these:
- Candisue's card #2 at 2 Stamp or Not 2 Stamp
- Kelly's card #2 at Workin' but...wishin' I was stampin'
- Kelly's card #1 at Workin' but...wishin' I was stampin'
ALL of your cards were wonderful and so fun to look at--THANK YOU ALL for entering. That was very fun!! OH!! Bet you're wondering who won, lol.
And the winner is... TRINA!! Whoop Whoop!!
I have a nice li'l prize waiting to be mailed out, but I want it to be a surprise so I'll wait to post the picture. :) EMAIL ME!! Have a great week, and I wish you all LOVE and HUGS this Valentine's Day!!
You gals up for some winnings?? I've exceeded 40,000 hits on my blog and I'd like to celebrate by offering some goodies to you...but wait! You have to do something first! Don't worry--nothing you all can't handle ;o) I want you to make a card and link it on this post. Since Valentine's Day is coming up (and my Birthday is in February) I want you to make a card...
- with hearts, or anthing Valentiney
- using your favorite sketch challenge (find a list HERE)
- comment on this post with the link to your card by Sunday, January 20th--that gives you a week and a 1/2!!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
SU! Colors: Pixie Pink, Whisper White / the rest is from the Mat Stack, and the green is a toss up between Gable Green and Celery? Guess I will put a saying on the inside on this one. Wonder if this would count for the Glitter Challenge on VSN tonight?? *shhh, I didn't actually put any glitter on it--it's already in the paper!* lol. Have a SPARKLING weekend!!
SO... I did clean up my stamp desk and these pieces of leftover scrap paper were just too cute to throw away, so--I found SC99 to use them up. I LOVE how this turned out. Had to go outside though to take a picture. You prolly can't see that all those stars have glitter and it's really sparkly up close. (click it to enlarge photo.)
P.S. Tomorrow is the last day to upload your cards for my Valentine's Challenge!!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I'll show you the others--as soon as I get them done! So much to do, so little time.
Ciaó for now!
And I also know you happen to have a great sense of style!! I LOVE the goodies you send me!!
Here's what was inside my package: **PAPER SALON*
THESE LOOK SOO FUN!! I've never seen these before. Included was a cardstock/ designer paper pallete with 40 swatches; a pack of designer envelope liners; and a pack of 8 lavendar cards with green envelopes!! WOW!! :) I'm so excited to start using them.
THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!! YOU'RE SWEET!