Thursday, July 31, 2008

Mojo Monday Week #48 With Love

Oye vey! I didn't know if I would EVER finish this card. Some cards come together effortlessly. Then there are those cards that fight you all the way. This be one of them. But I was determined to not let it get the better of me.

I made this card for a dear friend who had a harrowing experience getting a very unpleasant and invasive medical test done. Bless her! I thought she'd be cheered up by this card. It's ironic that I suffered so much making her a card. Life is strange.

I had Julee's current Mojo Monday design already in my head and I think it went so well with showing off the papers I chose, don't you? Here's the design I used:

I fell in love with these papers at Michael's yesterday and knew I had to make something with them. The floral one is an Anna Griffin paper (AG024) and the red one is called "Starburst Translucent" by The Paper Company. They went so well together that I just knew I'd love whatever I did with them.

The red paper is made of weird stuff. My mono adhesive wouldn't stick to it! I had to use mono multi (a liquid glue) to get it to stick. It's kind of wallpaper-ish, slick and smooth. Beautiful, but boy, is it persnickety!

As you can see, I made a scalloped border!!!!!! Yes, and it about drove me crazy, I must say. First I tried doing it with the slit punch. Not good. You have too many little things that can go wrong with that method. So I then tried making one by using the edge of one of my rectangular Nesties. So-so. It wasn't quite wide enough for the piece I needed and the look was o-kay.

So third try was the charm. I used the 1/2" circle punch and made 8 circles of Vanilla cs. Of course, wanting them to adhere to that pesky red paper, I had to use the mono multi messy glue. That was a bit of a pain. But I finally got the circles lined up and attached. I had to trim off a bit on the ends to make them line up with the red paper as you can see. This method, while still quite a headache, was the easiest of the 3 I tried. All I can say is that the scallop punch is going to be worth every penny! EVERY penny!

After not using any Cuttlebug embossing folders on that last card, I made up for it on this card. hee hee! Yes, 3 Cuttlebug folders this time! :D I used "Script " on the floral paper, "Tiny Bubbles" on the red, and "Swiss Dots" on the Mellow Moss circle. I LOVE texture!

I also love ribbon! I used a lot of different kinds, didn't I? This is the kind of look I love: solids, dots and checks. Can it get any better? I want my house to look like this card! lol

And then I went and put a checked red pattern on the main piece of Mellow Moss cs with the SU Canvas stamp using Ruby Red ink. More whimsy, more "texture"!

Lessee, I think the rest is self-explanatory. If not, please ask questions. I'm so tired after making this card that I am probably staring right at something I should explain. Please help me if I forgot something important.

Oh, the moss, black and red circles were made using Nesties. The vanilla circle was cut out using a 1&1/4" circle punch. The heart was punched out with the 1/2" circle punch and the heart has Diamond Glaze on it to pop it out. I used Real Red ink for the heart and colored it with the marker to make it look more "out there" Then I put on the Diamond Glaze.I sponged the edges of the vanilla circles with Basic Black ink to give them some definition.

See, I knew I'd forget something! Dimensionals pop out several of the circles and were also added to the floral/black piece to pop it out from the Mellow Moss.

Phew! I think I got it all. Maybe? Too tired to care.

Thanks for looking! zzzzzzzzzzz

Stamps: SU Canvas, SU Riveting

CS: Mellow Moss, Black, Anna Griffin floral (AG 024), "Starburst Translucent" by The Paper Company, Vanilla

Inks: Ruby Red, Basic Black, Real Red

Other: Cuttlebug embossing folders: "Script", "Tiny Bubbles", and "Swiss Dots"; Nestabilities regular circles and scalloped circle, Dimensionals, 1/2" circle punch, 1&1/4" circle punch, Sponge, Diamond Glaze, Real Red marker, Moss grosgrain ribbon, Black plaid ribbon, Red plaid ribbon, Black polka dot ribbon

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Making a scalloped border

I've seen so many cards with nice scalloped borders that I thought there must be a scalloped border punch out there. And there may well be, but until I find it I can make a border by hand. I did a quick Google search and found several links to ideas on how to create one.

This one uses a circle punch and connects the circles on the back for a pseudo scalloped circle. I imagine any size circle punch would work if the circumference of the big circle you attach them to is just right.

This one uses a corner rounder punch without the guide attached.

This one uses a slit punch.

Ah, I found a scalloped border punch by Fiskars called "Threading Water" or "Treading Water", not sure which. Pic below.

It's nice, but I think I'd prefer a plain scalloped border if I can find it. I can always add the holes myself.

Now, I just need to try some of these methods. Do you do any of these?


I was just not happy with that last card, so I deleted it out of my SCS gallery. Sorry to those who liked it and wanted me to leave it there. But I did leave it here at least. I think if I had put the fold and the ribbons on top it would've been better. What say you?

This card makes me much, much happier. I used the elements from the last card and created this one. No waste! Woot! Ahhh, it feels good to be layering again. I may still try another one-layer white card, though. I'm not convinced that I can never make a card I'm pleased with. Just wasn't happy with my first attempt (I think it was my first. I've made so many cards I can't remember!).

I used Chocolate Chip, Kraft and Black cs to go along with the colors in the ribbons. And I cut out one of the dresses from one of my failed attempts at creating the previous card on Kraft cs. I stamped the SU Canvas background stamp randomly over the dress. I carried that theme onto the Chocolate Chip and Kraft cs using Basic Brown ink for the Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel for the Kraft (including on the dress). It looks kinda like tulle, doesn't it?

I popped the dress and the white area behind it with Dimensionals. I used the Mat Pack for the white border. Does anyone else have trouble keeping those holes in line? I'm still trying to get that right. I think I'm nice and straight and then I see I'm off. *sigh*

I used a bit of the ribbon to make a sash for the dress. I punched 2-1/8" holes, one on either side of the dress on the white cs and ran the ribbon through them once using a large embroidery needle. I had to add some bling to the card as it was kind of blah to me at this point; probably because of the muted colors. So I used some gem stickers I had found at Michael's, including putting one on the dress. I think it added just the right touch, don't you?

Btw, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to arrange the 2 main Dawn Houser stamp images on the white cs. I used 2 clear sheets, each with an image stamped on it. Then I arranged them together to get the look I wanted and stamped the dress first and then the saying. That Ginger Rogers stamp stamps beautifully!

This card is a 6 x 6 size. I think that's everything. And no Cuttlebug anywhere on this one!

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: SU Canvas, Dawn Houser "My Mother's Dress" and the Ginger Rogers word stamp which has no name on it, only a number: 8357 N.

CS: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Black, White

Inks: Basic Brown, Creamy Caramel, Basic Black

Other: Mat pack, Plaid and polka dot ribbons, Dimensionals, Gem stickers, 1/8" hole punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Monday, July 28, 2008

You'd think this card would've been easy to make...

...but nooooooo.

This card is for an SCS challenge by Julie Ebersole (JulieHRR). She is the queen of the white, single layer card. Layering is my life! Okay, maybe it's not that important to me, but layering is a must on pretty much every one of my cards. So this was a TRUE challenge for me.

I started out using white cs and had a different set of stamps in mind. So I commenced to creating and ran into a huge snag when I forgot that I had added mono adhesive on the inside cover for some ribbon I was going to add. So while I was fixing something on the front of the card, the inside was quickly being ruined as it glued together. Ugh! Scrap that one.

Then I decided to use some different stamps and go with Kraft cs. Oh, it looked good, but once again I had ribbon and adhesive issues. After scrapping several attempts I decided to go back to the white since that was really more the "Julie" look. I almost ran into ribbon and adhesive issues again when I finally got the dern card made and without smears for once.

So the card above is what I ended up with. I think I'll stick with layers.

Stamps: Both by Dawn Houser

CS: White

Ink: Basic Black

Other: Plaid ribbon, polka dot ribbon, 1/8" hole punch for ribbon around the dress, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Friday, July 25, 2008

Dressing in Style - DTGD08Jody

Another card that was created because of the inspiration of another. This time it was a card by Emily Giovanni. I love the look she achieved with the designer-papered dress and the ribbon, so I had to pull out my Dawn Houser dress stamp and get to work!

This is also done for the same SCS challenge as this card.

For the dress, I chose a Basic Grey paper that was soft and relatively small in scale. This is from their "Blitzen" collection. (Man, I wish it was easier to find Basic Grey paper locally because I know I'd just have to stock up and then I'd spend too much. Maybe it's better that I don't have such an easy time finding it after all!) I stamped on the DP using Basic Black ink. Isn't it great that the new Basic Black is actually black and not that bluish color it's been for so long? I'm so happy they fixed that! Anyway, because the stamp didn't ink a nice solid black image I doctored it a bit with the Basic Black marker in the heavier areas. Can you tell? I hope not.

I cut the dress out except for the straps and the hanger, as if it was strapless. I attached the light blue narrow organdy ribbon by running it around and around the waist and then tied it with a bow.

Here's a close-up of the tiny bow:

After cutting the white cs out with a rectangle Nestability, I stamped the dress image and one of the word stamps from the SU I Like Your Style set in Basic Black ink using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the images just where I wanted them. Then I ran the white cs through the Cuttlebug machine with the rectangle Nestability again to emboss the edges. I attached the cut-out dress over the stamped-on-white dress with Dimensionals. Then I adhered that to the scalloped black cs with more Dimensionals.

I used the Cuttlebug "Perfectly Paisley" embossing folder on the big blue background. It was smaller than the area I needed to cover, so I hid the line of demarcation with the polka dot ribbon. I added a bit of the blue organdy ribbon to that to keep the color theme going, although it might've looked just fine without it. Then I attached that to the black cs.

So there you have it. Another card that comes from the inspiration of another. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Dawn Houser's "My Mother's Dress" stamp, SU I Like Your Style

CS: Black, Basic Grey Blitzen Collection designer papers, White

Inks: Basic Black

Other: Cuttlebug "Perfectly Paisley" embossing folder, Nestabilities regular and scalloped rectangles, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Basic Black marker, Dimensionals, Polka dot ribbon, Light blue narrow organdy ribbon

Monday, July 21, 2008

Summer Joy

Two cards in one day! Whoa! I'm doing a little stamping therapy as I've got some heavy issues on my mind.

This card is for a challenge on SCS that involves picking ribbon first and then picking all the other elements for the card afterwards. I'll admit that I don't usually operate this way, but I'm glad for the challenge. It helped me use ribbon I might not have picked had I done it my usual way.

This one is a fairly simple card with no sponging at all! lol Nope, went much cleaner this time. I needed a cheerful, upbeat card and this one fit the bill. Who can't be cheered up by orange and lime green?

I chose 5 ribbons that were coordinating colors and decided to let this card inspire me. I liked the way she used her ribbons.

I used my new Nesties circles which I just love. I thought this image from SU Summer By the Sea was a perfect choice for a circle. I stamped it in Basic Black and colored all but the grass with markers. For the grass I used Gable Green ink and a water brush so it would look soft. After coloring all the flowers with Summer Sun I glittered them. Just a little something to oomph it up a bit. I also oomphed the ribbons up by cutting the ends in a forked pattern.

As you can see, I used the "Swiss Dots" embossing folder on the Only Orange cs. It worked out well because I could repeat the pattern since the folder was narrower than the card (5" x 5") and I needed something that would line up.

The circle is popped up with Dimensionals to raise it off the ribbons. Oh, and I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to put the sentiment in place.

That's about it. A fun and cheerful card. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: SU Summer By the Sea

CS: Green Galore, Only Orange, Summer Sun, White

Inks: Basic Black, Gable Green

Markers: Only Orange, Summer Sun, Gable Green, Blush Blossom
Other: Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" embossing folder, Nestabilities regular and scalloped circles, Various ribbons, Iridescent glitter, 2-way glue, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Water brush

Paper rose thanks

Well, are you ready for another rose card? I'm binging on them, of late. Just in a rose making mood, I guess. This time I wanted to try some different, non-typical colors. So I went with Bashful Blue and Apricot Appeal.

For the Apricot cs I stamped the SU Filigree background stamp in Apricot Appeal ink. I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the "Swiss Dots" embossing folder. Then I sponged the edges with Basic Black ink. For the Bashful Blue cs I sponged Bashful Blue ink all over the cs and then stamped the SU Canvas background stamp in Bashful Blue ink. Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the "Textile" embossing folder and sponged the raised parts with more Bashful Blue.

I cut out the ovals, embossed the white one and used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to properly place the "thanks" stamp. What would I do without my Stamp-a-ma-jig?

For the roses, I stamped one in Apricot Appeal and one in Bashful Blue on white cs. For each rose, I stamped the biggest stamp 3 times, the medium stamp once, and the smallest stamp once. I cut them out and then sponged more ink onto the layers and sponged Basic Black ink on the edges and very lightly on the middle parts. I curled the edges and bent them until I got the look I wanted. Then I assembled them with Dimensionals onto the ovals. I stamped the leaves in Old Olive ink and stamped the smaller leaf stamp in Always Artichoke on top of the Old Olive. Then I cut them out and sponged them with more Old Olive ink and sponged the edges with Basic Black. I added them to the roses and glittered the flowers and leaves with iridescent glitter.

For the plaid ribbon I rubbed it on the Apricot Appeal ink pad thoroughly and let it completely dry before tying it to the polka dot ribbon.

Well, there you have it! Another rose card. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: SU Filigree, SU Canvas, SU Roses in Winter, PSX "Thanks"

CS: Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Black, White

Inks: Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Old Olive, Always Artichoke

Other: Cuttlebug "Textile" and "Swiss Dots" embossing folders, Nestabilities, regular and scalloped ovals, Embossing mat, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Polka dot ribbon, Plaid ribbon, Iridescent glitter, 2-way glue, Sponge

Friday, July 18, 2008

Roses in Winter from the heart

Can you stand this design one more time? Actually, 2 more because I have one more planned. This look just popped into my head and I had to make it. But I am slightly regretting the glitter being used on the rose. I'm not a heavy bling user, but I do like some. I had intended the glitter to be much, much lighter, but it wasn't to be for this card.

I stamped the Always Artichoke cs with Always Artichoke ink using the SU Canvas background stamp. Love that stamp!! For the red cs I did the same thing as on this card. I sponged Rose Red and More Mustard on Purely Pomegranate cs. If only Stampin' Up! would come up with a cs that color! Wow! I'd buy a bunch! I stamped the SU French Script background stamp over that using Baroque Burgundy ink. Loved the look that gave! Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the "Traffic Jam" embossing folder and then sponged more Rose Red and More Mustard inks over it to pop the embossing out.

Nothing new to mention about the Always Artichoke part with the "Swiss Dots" embossing folder. Pretty self-explanatory. The ovals, as well. Pretty much like the other 2 cards I described recently except that I used a sentiment (from SU All Year Cheer I) instead of an image. I lined it up using my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig. The ribbons are also pretty self-explanatory.

The rose was made similarly to this card except that I stamped and cut out parts of another leaf stamp from the Roses in Winter set and Dimensionalled them to the tops of the leaves to add more oomph. I also glittered the edges of the rose with a rose-colored iridescent glitter. Still not sure that was a good idea, but oh well. I used lots of Dimensionals to put the rose together, and the leaves have several Dimensionals stacked on top of each other to keep them in place.

Well, there it is. Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoy this card. I enjoyed making it (except for the glitter part!).

Stamps: SU Roses in Winter, SU All Year Cheer I, SU French Script, SU Canvas

CS: Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate (sponged with Rose Red and More Mustard), Black, White

Inks: Basic Black, Rose Red, More Mustard, Baroque Burgundy, Old Olive, Certainly Celery

Other: Cuttlebug "Traffic Jam" and "Swiss Dots" embossing folders, Nestabilities regular and scalloped ovals, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, 2-way glue, Rose-colored iridescent glitter, Sponges, Plaid ribbon, Polka dot ribbon

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Summer By the Sea - Bliss

This card is the same basic design as this one I did the other day. I liked it so much I decided to play with a different image and colors, but kept the original sketch design. I'm planning to do one more after this, so I hope I don't bore you with the repeated elements! ;)

The only thing I'll say about this one, since I already described the making of the card similar to it, is that I messed with the main image a bit. The boat normally doesn't extend that far back, so I extended it with the narrow end of my Basic Black marker. The water line was added and I realized it was crooked (!!) after I finished it. I hope it's not too noticeable. I was NOT going to start over! Too much work involved!

For the streaks in the water I used a mostly-dry brush and some Night of Navy and CTMH Dutch Blue inks to get the lines after coloring in the water with Bordering Blue and Bashful Blue. It was a blue fest! ;) I just kept layering colors over each other until I got the desired effect, adding more Night of Navy under the boat. The same with the boat - layer upon layer.

I love these sketchy images, don't you? I hope to see some new ones in the new SU catalog next month!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamps: SU Summer By the Sea, SU Canvas, SU By the Sea wheel, "Bliss" stamp from Jody Poesy

CS: Creamy Caramel, CTMH Dutch Blue, Black, White

Inks: Creamy Caramel, Basic Black, Night of Navy, CTMH Dutch Blue, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom, Bordering Blue, Bashful Blue

Markers: Creamy Caramel, Basic Black, CTMH Dutch Blue, Blush Blossom

Other: Cuttlebug embossing folders "Spots and Dots" and "Swiss Dots", Nestabilities, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Water brush, Black ribbon, Plaid ribbon

Monday, July 14, 2008

Petal Prints in 3's

This was not a hard card to make for the most part. I punched the Basic Grey "Blitzen" collection designer paper out with a square punch and the black cs as well. Then I ran the dp squares through the Cuttlebug using the "Mesh" embossing folder.

The reddish background is Ruby Red and I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the "Perfectly Paisley" embossing folder. Glued everything down (using Dimensionals for the squares) and put the whole thing on black cs.

The main piece was the only part that was a bit difficult. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig, which I cannot live without, and stamped the top flower first. The flower is from the SU Petal Prints set. Since I was going to heat emboss it for a dramatic effect I first dusted the vanilla cs with my embossing pillow and then stamped the flower in Brilliance Graphite Black ink. The neat thing about Brilliance inks is that they stay wet just long enough to heat emboss with them, but do dry soon enough if you just want to use them as a regular ink. Since I was heat embossing and didn't want to smudge the other flowers I did them one at a time, heat embossing each and letting them cool in between so nothing would smear or smudge.

Once I got that done I needed to hide some stray flecks of ep, so I used a couple of the speckled stamps from SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds with the Brilliance ink and just let it dry. That did the job.

I wanted to oomph it up a bit, so I did 3 black eyelets in 2 separate places. But there was too much black. I had gotten rid of almost all of my colored eyelets awhile back and only kept my black, white, gold, silver and copper ones; and now that I have a Crop-a-Dile I wish I hadn't. Oh well. So I covered the eyelets up with some clear gems. That fixed it pretty well. You can hardly see them. And it saved me from having to start over on that piece.
I had wanted to use a different-colored ribbon than the one I chose, but nothing else looked as good to me. Black stamping accessories are like the little black dress of stamping. They go with everything and always look good. Plus they flatter everything around them. How could I not use them? ;)

To set the main vanilla piece off I put black cs and then a different dp (from the Basic Grey "Urban Couture" collection) behind it, then added the polka dot ribbon. I mounted it on to the squares with Dimensionals.

That's about it. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: SU Petal Prints, Itty Bitty Backgrounds

CS: Black, Ruby Red, Vanilla, Basic Grey "Urban Couture" and "Blitzen" designer papers

Inks: Brilliance Graphite Black

Other: Cuttlebug "Perfectly Paisley" and "Mesh" embossing folders, Square punches, Detail Black embossing powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Clear gems, Black eyelets, Polka dot ribbon, Dimensionals

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Roses in Winter SC184

Oy vey! Was this a hard challenge! I nearly gave up several times, but I am so glad I persevered because I'm pleased with the final result. However, I think trying to photograph this card was as much trouble as trying to design it! That pointed square on the bottom kept the card tilted when standing by itself, so I had to come up with a way to keep it straight. I think I need to get one of those cheapy plate/picture stands for cards like this. For now I had it stuck with Dimensionals to a big square punch. You can see it a little underneath.

Where to start? I originally was going to try doing this color challenge with this sketch challenge. But I got this wild idea to sponge Rose Red and More Mustard on the Purely Pomegranate cs and liked it so much I canned the color challenge (for now).

But first I stamped both the SU Print Pattern and the SU Canvas background stamps in Rose Red ink on the Purely Pomegranate cs. I always love that stamp combo as a background. But I'm not sure how easily you can see it in the pic. Click on it to enlarge and then maybe you can see least a little...maybe. Trust me, it's there.

I wanted to cuttlebug the background (of course) and went with the Diamonds in the Rough embossing folder. Then I sponged it with Rose Red and More Mustard. Wow! What a great color that came out! Kind of an orangy red. Looks really rich in person.

My squares go off the card, unlike in the challenge design. I couldn't see going with a really small square punch, as it would've limited what I could stamp in the squares. And although this card would be a challenge to get into an envelope, I still like the way parts stick out. After I was done with the card, I thought that had I realized before stamping the sentiment and gluing everything down that this card would've looked really cool standing on its short side I would've changed the sentiment around.

For all the green square backgrounds I sponged Old Olive ink along the edges of Certainly Celery cs. For the little squares I stamped scenes from a SU Friendship's Journey stamp and 2 SU Botanicals stamps and a girl's face stamp from Rubber Cottage on white cs. I sponged them with Rose Red and More Mustard to match the background. I mounted them with Dimensionals on the green and then on black.

For the big square I knew I wanted the rose from SU Roses in Winter done in 3-D, so I stamped the biggest part of the rose 3 times and the middle part 1 time. I used Rose Red ink. I cut out 2 of the 3 biggest rose images and the center of the third one. Then I cut out the middle image. I sponged them all with Rose Red and More Mustard and then sponged the edges with Basic Black ink. I stuck the 2 largest rose images together, rotating one a bit to add a swirling effect. I stuck the middle rose image on next and then cut a piece of a Dimensional to stick the smallest piece on. The 3 leaves were stamped in Old Olive squiggled with a bit of Always Artichoke marker right on the rubber. Then I huffed on the stamp and stamped it. Then I sponged the edges with Basic Black ink.

After I stamped the sentiment from SU Happy Harmony I ran the white cs through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Then I adhered the rose and the leaves using Dimensionals.

Before putting all the squares on the background I added 2 polka dotted ribbons to continue the polka dotted theme of the main piece. I adhered the ribboned background to black cs. Then I added the squares...with Dimensionals. You can see I love Dimensionals a little too much.

Phew! It doesn't sound complicated, but it sure felt that way!

That's about it. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: SU Roses in Winter, SU Print Pattern, SU Canvas, SU Friendship's Journey, SU Botanicals, SU Happy Harmony, Rubber Cottage "Girl Face LG"

CS: Black, Purely Pomegranate, Certainly Celery, White

Inks: Rose Red, More Mustard, Old Olive, Basic Black

Other: Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" and "Diamonds in the Rough" embossing folders, Big and small square punches, Polka dot ribbon, Always Artichoke marker, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponges

Friday, July 11, 2008

Playing with Nesties and the CC172 Color Challenge

This card may not look like it made me crazy, but it did. The one thing I didn't struggle over was the main image. That I had down right away. The rest was *ugh* grueling to say the least. I had wanted to combine a sketch challenge with a color challenge, but ended up more focused on the color. The sketch challenge I was aiming for was SC183 but that little extra piece #2 was just baffling me. So it's that challenge minus the #2 piece. :)

The SCS color challenge this week is not my cup of tea. I felt no excitement at the thought of trying to create something using Groovy Guava (a peachy color), Barely Banana (pale yellow) and Chocolate Chip (dark brown). But I did like the choice from 2 weeks ago - CC172 - of Taken with Teal (a dark turquoise), Wild Wasabi (a soft green) and white. And of course, being who I am I threw in some black to pop those colors out. Couldn't help myself.

This is the first card I've made with my new Nesties, and may I say that they are the coolest! For some reason I thought they were going to be heavy, but they're incredibly light, yet sturdy. I used a plain oval and a scalloped oval. You probably already could tell that, though, right? ;)

As usual, I went nuts with the Cuttlebug. I can't get enough of that Cuttlebug!!!!! Help me someone!! It has been one of the best investments I've ever made in my card making.

For the square green piece I used the Swiss Dots folder. Then I mounted it on black cs. On the Taken with Teal piece I rolled the SU By the Sea wheel in Basic Black, then ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Spots and Dots embossing folder. Then I mounted it on the main Wasabi cs piece. The spots folder reminds me of water a little, this being a beach scene and all. I figured I'd give the Tiny Bubbles folder a rest. Wouldn't want it to become overheated, ha!

I cut out and dry-embossed the white oval for the main image. Then I stamped it and had to touch up parts of the image that ran across the embossed parts with a marker. Next time I will stamp before embossing. I mostly colored the image with markers. But I used Creamy Caramel ink from the pad and a water brush for the sand.

I want to point out that watercoloring on regular white cs will cause a bit of warping. So keep that in mind if you try it. The oval is a tad warped on the bottom. Not a biggie, but it slightly ruins the perfect look of the cut oval. *sniff*

The "friends" stamp was kind of a last minute thing. It was hard trying to place it in a comfortable spot on the card. So I had it kind of opposite the bows for balance.

For the bows, I used pinking shears to trim the ends which gave the ends of the black and white plaid ribbon a frayed look. I like that.

I almost forgot to mention that I used the SU Canvas background stamp on the main green piece, stamping it with Certainly Celery ink because I don't have Wild Wasabi ink, only paper. Worked perfectly, though. I just love activity all over my cards, don't I? ;)

I used Dimensionals to pop up the oval and the square pieces. Love those Dimensionals! I should buy stock!

Thanks for looking!
Stamps: SU Seaside Sketches, SU By the Sea wheel, SU Canvas, SU Smorgasborders (sentiment)

CS: Wild Wasabi, Taken with Teal, Black, White

Inks: Certainly Celery, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel (for sand)

Markers: Taken with Teal, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Summer Sun, Baroque Burgundy (for red highlights in brown hair)

Other: Cuttlebug embossing folders "Spots and Dots" and "Swiss Dots", Nestabilities ovals, Dimensionals, water brush, Plaid ribbon, Thin organdy ribbon

Thursday, July 10, 2008

My Nesties have arrived!!

I'm so excited to finally have some Spellbinders Nestabilities in my possession! As soon as I have time I'll get to creating something with them. I'll be using my Cuttlebug and learned how to properly sandwich the dies by watching this video:

I've been really busy canning and running errands, so haven't had much time to stamp. Soon!

Monday, July 7, 2008

House Mouse is in the house!

I have always wanted a House Mouse stamp collection, but being the cheapy I am I could never plunk down the money for one, knowing I wouldn't use it often enough to justify the cost. But while I was in Hobby Lobby the other day, lo and behold, there was a House Mouse stamp on clearance for 1/2 off! How could I pass up such a deal?

Yesterday I played with it and used the Gamsol/Prismacolor method for coloring the scene. What fun! I stuck with very muted tones to keep with the hot cocoa theme. I colored the mice dark gray in honor of our newest pet rat, George, who happens to be that color and who has big ears and an inquisitive little face (he's a baby rat).

I used Chocolate Chip cs as the base and layered it with black and Sage Shadow, attaching the muted plaid ribbon to the black and Sage cs first. But first, the Sage Shadow cs was stamped in Sage Shadow ink using the SU Canvas background stamp. Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. After coloring the main piece, it was run through the Cuttlebug using the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder (natch!) and adhered to black cs. I used Dimensionals to pop it up over the ribboned part.

For the sentiment, I stamped the SU Canvas stamp on white cs in Sage Shadow ink. Then I stamped 2 words from the Geometric Thoughts set by CTMH. I sponged More Mustard ink over that and punched it out with a circle punch (turning the punch upside down to see where to punch). Then I punched out a bigger circle of black cs and adhered them together with a Dimensional. I punched a 1/8" hole in them and tied the tag to the bow with black hemp cord. I used a Dimensional to position the tag on the card so it would float, but not move.

The main image was colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol was used to blend the colors. I used mainly greens and browns. The mice are a blend of black and white with 2 peach colors for their exposed body parts.

This was a fun card to make. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for looking!

Stamps: House Mouse "Hot Cocoa 02", SU Canvas, CTMH Geometric Thoughts

CS: Chocolate Chip, Black, Sage Shadow, White

Inks: Sage Shadow, Basic Black, More Mustard

Other: Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" and "Tiny Bubbles" embossing folders, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stump, Dimensionals, 2 circle punches (1" and 1.25"), 1/8" hole punch, sponge, plaid ribbon, black hemp cord

Thursday, July 3, 2008

SC182 a second time

Playing with this design challenge again. The hardest part of doing this design is in placing the squares in the right places. I goofed in that respect and had to cut out the squares along with the black background they were attached to. It turned out alright in the end, but my squares are still not perfect. I need to get. over. it. Too perfectionistic.

I don't know if you can see the embossing on the designer paper (can't wait till I get that OTT-LITE I ordered!), but I used the Cuttlebug "Bloom Dots" embossing folder. The Making Memories paper I embossed for this card tends to be a bit too thin for embossing, as embossed image pierces the paper a bit; and if you look closely, you can see the white inner core of the paper. I often sponge it with ink to cover that up, but left it alone on this card since it wasn't terribly noticeable.

And of course, I had to use "Tiny Bubbles" somewhere on my card because I am obsessed with that folder! I used it to emboss the orange cs behind the scooter girl from SU Paris in the Spring.

The scooter girl image was stamped in Basic Black dye ink and was colored with markers. I popped out the package, vase and one of the flowers to add some visual interest. I also used Diamond Glaze on the sunglasses to mimic glass and added some to the headlight, as well. I used the sentiment on one of the stamps in the SU Life Cycles set. I cut the sentiment away from the image and mounted it on the edge of the wood block so I could use it without having to block out the image. Do you ever do that?

I used a water brush and the Bordering Blue ink pad to give the smoke puffs some color. The marker was too intense for that job.
I put Dimensionals behind the white cs, the black cs and each individual square. Yeah, a lot of Dimensionals! That wasn't my original plan, but oh well. I love the popped out look.

The rest of the card's info is pretty self-explanatory. See recipe below.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Paris in the Spring, Life Cycles

CS: Only Orange, Black, Making Memories Cheeky Collection - Abby designer paper, White

Inks: Basic Black, Bordering Blue

Markers: Pixie Pink, Basic Black, Only Orange, Sage Shadow, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Summer Sun, Bordering Blue, Creamy Caramel, Blush Blossom

Other: Cuttlebug embossing folders, "Bloom Dots" and "Tiny Bubbles", Square punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Diamond Glaze, Water brush

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

OTT-LITE on the way!

I have been schlepping along with bad lighting for long enough! Besides trying to get colors right in my artwork, I've had a time of it trying to photograph my cards so that they look the same in a picture as they do in real life. Some colors just don't photograph well under my lighting situations. Reds and pinks are the hardest to get right.

I saw a post at Emily Giovanni's blog one day and saw how she sets up her cards to be photographed and I decided to do the same thing. She uses an OTT-LITE and 2 pieces of white cardstock and that's it! I thought this was the most frugal way I'd seen (apart from setting the card near a window IF the lighting was just right) to photograph a card. So I ordered this one from Joann's today (40% off and free shipping) and will begin experimenting with it as soon as it arrives. It had been rated 60 times and still had a 5 star rating. I think I can safely assume I'll be happy with it. ;)

What do you do to photograph your artwork? Are you happy with your set-up? Would you buy it again?