Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Amethyst Mother Card

This is another Sunshine Designs stamp I've had for a long while. Perfect for a Mother's Day card. Paired with SU's DSP, colored with my colored pencils, and some gorgeous Iris colored seam binding ribbon. I added some dimension around the large flower's center with Liquid Pearls. Love those little bottles of shimmery paint!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Sunshine Designs, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Palette, Paper Salon
Paper: SU, PTI
Accessories: Stickles, Liquid Pearls, colored pencils, OMS, ribbon, brads, Spellbinders Labels Trio

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Groovy Bunny

I've posted a bunch of cards and notebooks/journals on Etsy, check them out if you're interested!

I've been putting off getting some stamps from The Greeting Farm for a while. Sometimes I do this to make sure I reeeeaalllly like them. A lot of times, I do impulse buying, without thinking, and later regret buying. So when I find something new I like, especially from a new company I've never purchased from before, I will wait for a while. If I still want them a couple of weeks later, then I'll allow myself to get some. If I end up using the stamps over and over, they'll have a long time customer, LOL. Well, I liked them so much, when they had a DT call a couple of weeks ago, I applied. But, it was not meant to be, boo hoo! Oh well.
The only thing I regret about this stamp is that it was part of a set, and I wasn't really crazy about the other stamps in the set. The bunny is what sold me. I love the bunny!
Yeah, yeah yeah, tell me you've never purchased an entire stamp set just for one stamp! In my case, I liked two of the stamps. The mushrooms and the bunny.

Of course, these images were made for the mushroom paper by K & Co.! Bright bold colors that remind me of the 60's. Grooooovy!
Stamps: The Greeting Farm
Ink: Palette, Paper Salon, Adirondack
Paper: Bristol Vellum, PTI, K & Co., Bazzill, SU
Accessories: Sheer lime ribbon, Stickles, colored pencils, OMS, Nesties, Buttons, MS leaves punch

Friday, March 20, 2009

Gorjuss For Everafter...

Sorry for the corny title, but I couldn't resist! There are so many adorable character stamps out there lately, it all started with Magnolias for me. Then the Rachelle Anne Miller stamps, then Sara Kay and Elisabeth Bell, now Gorjuss girls...with more on the way. Sigh...I am always broke. Just yesterday I received my adorable stamps from The Greeting Farm. I'll be posting one of those cuties soon.

I used the new Cosmo Cricket paper collection Everafter for this card. I had a heck of a time trying to line up those scallops though! Went through a couple pieces of the DP till I got it right. I hate when that happens!

Hope it inspires!
Samps: Sugar Nellie
Ink: Palette, Distress
Paper: PTI, Cosmo Cricket, SU
Accessories: PTI ribbon, colored pencils, OMS, McGill flowers punch, glass glitter, self stick pearls

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Gently Falling Fairy

Well I was digging through my wood mounted stamps the other day, and came across this uninked from Stamps Happen. Now, I don't really mind using wood mounted stamps, they're nice to have, but I just don't have the room for them. I try to avoid buying them because of this. I end up having to store them in a box buried under other boxes of supplies I use everyday, so I forget about them, LOL. This one is a perfect example. I actually have two very similar stamps like this (unintentional, I meant to buy another one instead of this one). They are beautiful, though. I love most of the designs from Stamps Happen. This is a large stamp, too. The card measures 5" x 7" to give you an idea.

FYI, to answer a question left in my comments yesterday. I have many different brands of colored pencils, the whole set of Prismacolors, many Faber-Castell Polychromos, some Lyra's, old Spectracolor, Walnut Hollow oil pencils, Raffine, Design Spectracolor and a lot of Derwent. I usually use my Polychromos and Prismacolor's the most, since I have most of those colors. But I do use the others as well. I rarely just use one brand of colored pencils. HTH.

Thanks for looking, see you soon!

Stamps: Stamps Happen
Ink: Palette
Paper: Papertrey Ink, My Mind's Eye, SU, Bazzill
Accessories: Button, Seam Binding ribbon, Stickles, colored pencils, OMS,

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Berry Sweetest

When I first saw PTI's new Melon Berry collection last month, my first thought was 'Strawberries'. I haven't done anything with it until I remembered the little strawberry stamps from 'Green Thumb'. So I quickly colored Lola holding her little kitty in matching colors.
I like the strawberries so much, I'm going to have to do it again, maybe devote a whole card to them, LOL.
Thanks for looking, see ya later!
Stamps: Stampavie, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Palette, Perfect Match
Paper: w/c paper, PTI
Accessories: Nestabilities, Liquid Pearls, Stickles, colored pencils, OMS, PTI ribbon

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fairy Flower

It's almost 60 degrees today, and I am stamping flowers and more flowers! There's no sign of flowers around here yet, but in my paper crafting haven, they're everywhere!
I've had this stamp from Sunshine Designs for a long time. I think it's one of the first stamps I purchased, right at the beginning of my stamping hobby a couple of years ago. I love their designs, but unfortunately, they're hard to find around here. I used my favorite colors on this one, a combination of periwinkle, pale violet and lime greens. I wish I had a little fairy stamp, because it looks like it should be the home to a tiny little fairy! LOL.
Colored with my Prismacolors and Polychromos & OMS. Added some glittery sparkle as well.
Thanks for looking, come back soon!
Stamps: Sunshine Designs
Ink: Palette
Paper: Bristol, Memory Box, PTI
Accessories: Stickles, self stick pearls, Liquid Pearls, colored pencils/OMS, Stickles, MS scallop punch, PTI ribbon

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Gorjuss Girl & Porcelain

Paired up this sweet Gorjuss Girl with some Porcelain paper from the Basic Grey collection. The colors are so beautiful, I love the watercolor washes they included in this kit instead of the usual solid color papers. I punched the flowers with a McGill flower punch I picked up at Michael's a little while ago, embossed them to give them dimension and glittered them up with Stickles. Who needs Primas?!! LOL.
Well, I'm off to enjoy the warm temperatures, resume my daily walking routine now that I won't get frostbite!
Till later!
Stamps: Sugar Nellie
Ink: Palette
Paper: Basic Grey, Papertrey Ink, Bristol, Stardream
Accessories: PTI ribbon, colored pencils, OMS, McGill flower punch, tiny buttons, Stickles

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Bright Spring Day

Isn't this little girl adorable?! She's a Rachelle Anne Miller design made by Ladybug & Friends. They have a collection of her designs a bit different from the clear ones put out by Stampavie, but every bit as adorable. The only difference is Ladybug & Friends are EZ mount rubber.
I used a lot of my new Polychromos colored pencils for this image, they are really wonderful to work with, especially for blending with OMS. I like their color range better than Prismacolors, especially the greens. I now officially have too many colored pencils, LOL!
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!
Stamps: Ladybug & Friends, Studio G
Ink: Palette, Perfect Match, Adirondack
Paper: Basic Grey, PTI, Bristol
Accessories: Spellbinders flowers dies, Brads, Seam Binding ribbon, adhesive pearls, colored pencils, OMS, Copic Spica pens

Friday, March 13, 2009

CPS # 106

I haven't played along with a sketch challenge in a long time, so when I saw this sketch on the CPS blog, I knew I had to create a card with this layout. I really like it, and will keep this one in my faves.
No DP, no layers of paper, just simple stamping and a couple of popped up flowers. All supplies are Papertrey Ink.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Last of DT Magnolia Cards

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I love tree images, especially stamps, and this Magnolia tree is so pretty! Can’t you practically smell the cherry blossoms on this card?! I am so ready for spring, and this card is a reflection of my need for warmth, and sunshine, and flowers. The DP is from Basic Grey, and the little punched flowers are from a multi blossom punch from McGill. The images are colored in with colored pencil and OMS.

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And finally, my last card. Pretty simple compared to the others, I think. That’s what I like about it. Clean and simple. Tilda is water colored with markers and Twinkling H2O’s. So sad they’re going out of business…I think they had the best shimmery watercolor paint around. It’s a good thing I have a good selection of colors!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

DT Magnolia: Easter Bouquet

Wow, no Tilda in this Magnolia card! Well, the bouquet was so pretty by itself I didn't have to add anything else. This image was colored with my colored pencils and OMS.
I just got a new set of Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils for my birthday, and let me tell you, they are amazing! Unlike Prismacolors, you can sharpen them easily, and they are sooooo smooth. I think my quest for the perfect colored pencil may be over!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Magnolia, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Palette
Paper: Bristol, PTI, unknow DP
Accessories: Michael's $1 ribbon, Stickles, Nestabilities, colored pencils, OMS, Liquid Glass, MS Scallop punch

Monday, March 9, 2009

Tilda in Church

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It’s Monday…ugh.

I struggled a bit with this card. I left the window stamp for last, because I just wasn’t sure how to incorporate it into a layout. I knew it looked like a church window, and Tilda was too big to sit on it, and Tilda wouldn’t do that in church now, would she?! LOL. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a church pew stamp for her to sit on, not even a simple bench. (Must remedy that ASAP). Sooooo, I drew my own bench. Problem solved! Now Tilda is sitting primly listening to the choir on Easter Sunday.

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I water colored the window with Adirondack reinkers using Butterscotch and Rust (my fave combo for lit windows). Then applied Liquid Glass over it, to make it look like a real window. Love the effect. I want to try this window colored with jewel colors on the top, for a leaded glass effect.

Hope it inspires!

Magnolia stamps

Palette Ink

Markers, Adirondack reinkers, Seam binding ribbon, Copic Spica pens, Liquid Glass, Dimensional Paint

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Edwin the Farmer

I don't make many cards using adorable Edwin, but this time I got the cutest stamp with him holding a pretty chicken! I love the wagon of eggs!! After I colored the eggs, I put a thin layer of Liquid Glass on them to make them shiny and dimensional. I did that on a couple of cards actually, I love the effect it gives.
I want to say thank you to all of you for all the very kind comments you leave me. I love to read each and every one of them, they inspire me to keep going.
Thank you!
Have a beautiful day!
Stamps: Magnolia
Ink: Palette, Distress
Paper: W/C paper, Bazzill, SU, unknown DP
Accessories: Markers, Sakura Glaze pen, Faux Dichro Liquid Glass, Fiskars texture plate, flowers, buttons

Saturday, March 7, 2009

DT: Magnolia Easter Scene

I was very happy to see this beautiful Easter scene arrive in my Magnolia DT package! I love coloring scenery.
I've been doing a lot of detail cutting instead of masking with this new batch of stamps, it's just easier for me. Masking requires too much thought and planning, LOL. I usually just wing it with my cards layouts. I plop everything down as I go along.
Don't forget to change your clocks tonight, Daylight Savings Time starts!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Magnolia
Ink: Palette
Paper: PTI, W/C paper, Bazzill
Accessories: MS scallop edge punch, Liquid Pearls, Michael's $1 ribbon, Stickles, Peerless watercolors, markers, paper piercing template

Friday, March 6, 2009

DT: Spring/Easter Magnolias

I finished all my cards for the Magnolia Design Team! Wow, their stamps just get better and better with every new release. I love the french country look this card seems to have. The basket of eggs, the rooster, the earthy colors of the DP. I am very happy with this one!

I watercolored everything with a combination of Tombow markers and Distress inks, then just used a green colored pencil for the shading and stripes on the little girl's dress. The rooster was stamped with Vintage Cream Perfect Match hybrid ink from Papertrey Ink on the brown cardstock.

The DP, buttons, flowers and other embellishments are all courtesy of Magnolia, so I can't list the manufacturer's. Other than that, I just used my usual supplies, hot press watercolor paper, some Bazzill, etc.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My Gorjuss Girls Are Here!!

I just had to take a break from my Magnolia DT cards to play with these beauties! Isn't she stunning?! I love the simple, sweet expression (or lack thereof) on her face.
Anyway, I just came up with this one very quickly, just to get it out of my system so I could continue doing what I should be doing! LOL.
From what I understand, there are to be more Gorjuss Girls from Sugar Nellie coming soon...sigh. These stamp companies are out to get me...
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Sugar Nellie
Ink: Palette
Paper: Heidi Grace Designs, PTI, Bazzill
Accessories: Prismacolor colored pencils, OMS, Prima flowers, Self stick pearl, rhinestones, Seam binding ribbon, SU scallop punch

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Blustery Spring Day

I made this card a while back, and kind of forgot about it, so I decided to share it today. I looooove coloring Magnolia stamps, long before I was on the Design team, I was emptying my wallet getting as many as I could, LOL! The sweet faced girls and boys just tug at my heart strings.

I want to ask you all a question, and get your opinion regarding sentiments. Do you prefer cards with sentiments, or blank cards suitable for any occasion? I do a lot of blank cards with the intention of adding a sentiment when I know where the card will be going. But if I'm selling them, I'm not sure which is better. Please share your opinions with me! Thanks a bunch!
Stamps: Magnolia
Ink: Palette
Paper: Bristol, Papertrey Ink, MME
Accessories: PTI stitched ribbon, Spellbinders flowers die, lime green brad, Stickles, Prismacolor pencils, OMS, sewing machine