Monday, May 26, 2008

One more card made with scraps on my stamping table. I may never get my table clean! I keep getting sidetracked with all these little scraps of paper and ideas. I used my 1 1/4" square punch to punch these out of some retired DP. The card is 5x5". I used chocolate chip marker to make the faux stitching. The stamp in the middle is from an older retired SU set called Quilts Give Comfort.

Paper: tempting turquoise, regal rose, retired DP, whisper white
Ink: stazon black
Marker: chocolate chip

I made this card while cleaning my stamping table. These were bits & pieces left from other projects. I cut around the negative space of the chipboard star & heart and since I used kraft paper for the card I decided to leave them "unfinished." I cut a small piece of DP by tracing around the heart and glued it behind the heart using mono adhesive. The papers were distressed using close to cocoa. I had a small piece of twill laying on my table so I tied it and placed it at the top of the star. A card made from leftovers!! Hey now I don't have to find a home for these pieces!!

Paper: kraft, wild wasabi, always apricot DP from hostess prints pack
Ink: close to cocoa

Friday, May 23, 2008

WOW! I have been so busy I have not had time to post or surf or stamp!!! So many graduations! So many clothes & dishes to wash, etc. (I did manage to sneak in a couple of movies and trips to the amusement park.)

My daughter & I went to Worlds of Fun (a local amusement park in Kansas City) last Monday and had such a great time. The weather was beautiful, the crowds were pleasant and the lines at the rides were fairly short. She & I rode in the front car of one of the roller coasters, the Timberwolf. I really do love roller coasters and I must admit riding in the front is an exhilarating experience!! My favorite coaster there is actually the Mamba but my daughter likes the Patriot. She would rather go upside down than drop 200 feet. I sit on the bench and hold the cell phones while she rides the Patriot. However, the weather was so beautiful that I did not mind.

This is a card I made using most of the 2008 in colors (no soft sky). I clear embossed the flower and punched it out with the 1 1/4 square punch. The main card is my favorite soon-to-be-retiring color River Rock. This is a fairly quick card to make. Only the embossing takes a little time. Any sentiment could be used on the front or leave it blank and stamp the sentiment as needed.

Ink: versamark, stazon black
Paper: river rock, groovy guava, wild wasabi,purely pomegranate, blue bayou
Stamps: In the Spotlight

Friday, May 9, 2008

I have a new toy and I love it. It cuts, it perforates, it scores (no it's not a football), and most importantly IT DISTRESSES (paper that is)!!! I had a stamp club member ask me about the cutter kit from SU and I had seen it demonstrated but did not own it sooooo I decided to buy it and try it. This is a great set of tools. The perforating tool works better than the one I have now, the cutting tool is great for cutting curvy lines and the distressing tool works so much better than your fingernails. This card came together quickly!!

I don't use blush blossom very often but happened to have a stray piece out on my table. The heart is chipboard covered with DP. The flowers were watercolored with markers.

Now if only this cutter kit could cook . . .

Paper: mellow moss, blush blossom, natural white, retired DP
Ink: mellow moss, creamy caramel (on the edges of natural white)
Markers: mellow moss, blush blossom, so saffron

Friday, May 2, 2008

Here is another artsy attempt. There are some stray marks but I worked so hard on it that I decided to post it anyway. I also learned that quality makes a difference. I used an off brand embossing pen that went on blue and was supposed to dry clear-notice the blue background in the flowers. It actually looked cool on the vase but not on on the flowers. I have a versamark pen ordered! My clear embossing powder did not emboss evenly but I am not sure if that is because it is old or if it is because of the off brand embossing pen.
The flowers were colored using blender pens and ink from classic ink pads; the colors are ruby red and pumpkin pie. The center of each flower is colored using more mustard marker. I then outlined the stamens with chocolate chip marker and outlined each flower with the corresponding color marker. The vase was a large shadow stamp from the retired SU set The Shape of Things. I rocked it in bordering blue classic ink to make the outside darker. The background was sponged using post it notes for clean edges. The top background is soft sky, which I sponged.
Paper: whisper white, always artichoke, ruby red
Ink: ruby red, pumpkin pie, always artichoke, so saffron, soft sky, bordering blue,
Markers: chocolate chip, ruby red, pumpkin pie, more mustard,
Accessories: blender pens, old olive polytwill ribbon, embossing pen, clear EP
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