Wednesday, May 30, 2012

More Sweet Herbs

I'm just finishing up the last of the cards I made for my columbine seed recipients. I'm sorry it's taken me so long, but I hope the wait was worth it. I wanted to give each seed recipient a card, so I started looking through my stash and, as usual, took the long way round about doing things. Instead of picking already-made cards, I decided to make some new ones. I did use one I already had, but the rest are new. I just can't help myself. ;-P

This is one I finished last night. It kind of came together at the last minute and it was a bold move that actually gave me the inspiration. I had colored the Sweet Herbs stamp and was going absolutely nowhere with it when I started sponging Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the edges. Then I messed up and just covered the whole image in Vintage Photo ink! Well, that got me going and I went wild with Vintage Photo sponging all over the card! I hadn't even intended on using it on the Sweet Herbs piece, but once I did I was thrilled with its vintage-y look and then couldn't stop.



What I thought was the coolest thing ever was the aqua blue paper done with Cuttlebug's D'Vine Swirls embossing folder and then sponged with Vintage Photo ink on the raised parts. Bam! Zow! I was happy! Gotta do more of that!

And wouldn't you say I've gotten my money's worth out of that Stampin' Up! Ticket Corner punch? I am addicted to using that thing! Isn't it funny how we keep grabbing the same things for almost every card we make, or am I the only one?

So, I think I need to get back to sponging. I love the look and it unifies the whole card.

Btw, have you seen the movie, Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown with Dame Judi Dench and Billy Connolly?



Wow! Loved that film! It's on Netflix streaming if you have it. Both actors were amazing! I always love Judi Dench in anything she does, but I had no idea Billy Connolly was so good at serious acting. I knew he was a comedian, but that's all.) This is a great story about a man's loyalty to his queen. (As an aside, there is some male nudity in one scene where Billy and his brother are rushing out in the water to swim - just an fyi.)

Thanks for looking, and seed recipients be watching your mail!

Recipe:

Stamps: SU Sweet Herbs, SU Curvy Verses

CS: Black, White, various deco papers

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Other: Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls and Floral Screen embossing folders, Martha Stewart Arch Lattice border punch, SU Ticket Corner punch, Nestabilities Labels Four die, sponge dauber, various Copic markers, dimensional stickers, cream organdy ribbon

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sweet Herbs

I got the urge to make a card and Sweet Herbs was calling my name. If there's one stamp I love to color it's the potted herbs stamp from Sweet Herbs.



For this image I used a lot of the Copic Warm Grays to give it a shadowy look. I very lightly used a little Special Black 110 to give the darkest shadows on the pots, then blended it with the darker grays.

For the pots I started with a light warm brown and added an light orangy color over it. Then some more brown, then more orange, then I worked on it with the warm grays. Fun stuff!

For the plants I stayed in the grayer, more muted greens and tried to mimic the natural colors of the flowers.



Inside, I couldn't think of a word stamp to use so I've left it blank for now. You wouldn't believe how much trouble those corners were!

It's not really visible in my pics, but I used the Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder on all the designer papers except the one under the front word phrase.



I might use this stamp again soon because I just need to color some more! Thanks for looking!

Recipe:

Stamps: SU Sweet Herbs

CS: Black, K&Company K-ology Hannah 6"x6" designer paper, White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Old Olive, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Antique Linen and Vintage Photo, Versafine Onyx Black

Other: Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder; Nestabilities Long Classic Rectangles, Long Scalloped Rectangles, Standard Circle Large, Blossom, and Large Pinking Circle dies; Copic markers, dark yellow gems, beige satin ribbon, foam tape, sponge dauber

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

For my regular readers: Columbine seeds



If you're a regular reader of my blog(s) and would like to have some columbines that look like this...



...growing in your yard for free, please email me your address (or just a request if I already have it) at nuttnhoney at gmail dot com and I'll mail you some seeds! This offer does not apply to freebie-hunting trolls!

This offer is available until I run out of seeds!