Friday, May 29, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I have always loved this sentiment: "Dreams come a size too big so we can grow into them." from SU's Happy Harmony set. Add the gorgeous paper from the Bella Rose DSP and a sweet Sarah Kay stamp and you
indeed have a dreamy mixture. I sort of reversed my process of starting a card for this piece. Usually I flip through my paper and select a combination. Those colors then influence the colors I use in my stamping. For some reason, I did this the opposite. Maybe because I am new to this type of outline stamp and to using Copic markers, I decided to color the image first. Then I went looking for DSP with red in it and struck the jackpot with the Bella Rose paper pack.
I had a feeling that this little sweetie was dreaming of being an artist so I went hunting for sentiments that would fit. The small charm says "Follow your heart" while the inside sentiment wishes all dreams to come true. From there, I added the butterflies thinking of the transformation from catapiller to butterfly has to be a dream come true. I added a few ribbons, a handmade flower and glittered, embossed die cut butterflies and think this card really is dream come true!
Because my cards are 5.5x5.5" and thick, it is hard to send them in regular envelope so several months ago I started using small boxes instead of envelopes. The boxes provide a great opportunity to continue the theme of the card with decorations on the front plus a label to write the recipient's name. Slide the box into a bubble envelope and it is ready to mail.
Stamps: Sarah Kay, Stampin' Up Happy Harmony, Rubbernecker (inside sentiment), On Gossamer Wings
Paper: Whisper White shell, Neenha Solor White for coloring with Copics, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Real Red and Bella Rose DSP.
Ink: Chocolate Chip ink for stamping and Copics for coloring image
Accessories: Various gingham and solid red ribbons, button, brad, jewelry rondell, Cuttlebug, Rectangle, Oval and Mega Rectangle Nestabilities, CB Butterflies die and embossing folders set, red cord from SU, Martha Stewart branch punch, sewing machine
Friday, May 22, 2009
Here's a 12x12 scrapbook layout I just finished. I really like making these shabby style layouts. They take me awhile with all the distressing and sponging of the edges. Plus I handmake a lot of my elements rather than using prepackaged chipboard stickers. I spent one entire evening making the paper flowers for this layout. Plus I cut the chipboard letters out with my Cuttlebug. I had originally covered them with a lighter blue floral paper, but I didn't think they popped enough so I cut another set with brown paper and glued it to the original set - that took awhile too!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Stamps: Whiff of Joy, Inkadinkado, Stampin Up, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Tuxcedo Black, Versamark, Copic markers
Paper: Melissa Francis DP, SU Bashful Blue, Neenah Solar White
Accessories: SU Round Tab Punch, Cuttlebug and Vintage Die (on envelope), trim from Jo-Ann's, K&co. jewel, Prima roses, Stickles, craft foam, scrunched ribbon on front is Chatterbox artsy.licious and on envelope is BasicBasic from Michael's
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
I started out by making the photo mats - triple layered. The first layer in Chocolate Chip is gold embossed with a script stamp. The next layer up is Creamy Caramel and is clear embossed in a flourish pattern (Baroque Motifs), not that you can really see either stamping, but it adds some texture and interest to the elements. The edges were distressed with scissors and sponged with Creamy Caramel ink. The top layer of all the mats is Very Vanilla and each one is stamped and gold embossed with a different vintage/toile type of stamp plus I added some paper piercing to one mat. The stitching is done in gold thread - did you know that gold thread is $15.99 a spool??? I almost had heart failure at the checkout register at Jo-Ann's earlier this week! Luckily I had a 40% off coupon but it was still $10! But I digress...the top right element is a new Spellbinders frame die that you can also use as a stencil so I stenciled with Versamark and then gold embossed that too.
Then I cut and matted a 12" strip. On the bottom strip I gold embossed a beautiful filigree pattern and then trimmed along the edge for a variegated type of effect and sponged the edge with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink. I added a pretty strip of crinkly ribbon and hand sewed a V pattern in gold cord. I topped it off with tiny little paper flowers that I punched with a CM flower punch. I spritzed all the paper I made the flowers out of with Tim Holtz gold alcohol ink for a golden shimmer before I punched them out. The large paper flowers were made with my CM heart maker by punching four hearts of two sizes each and fastening them together with a brad or glue. The centers of the largest flowers are gold buttons. I thought they were plastic when I bought them but was unable to snip off the shank so I had to pound it off with a hammer.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Stamps: Garden Silhouettes, Laundry Line, Inkadinkado. Wishes Awash
Ink: Adirondak Alcohol Ink Butterscotch and Stream, SU Always Artichoke and Tempting Turquoise, Superior India Ink
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive, SU Glossy White
Accessories: Fiskars Corner Punch, Creative Memories Heart Maker, Tim Holtz Fragment charm, Bead end cap, SU brad, clear embossing powder, white rick rack, silver heart charm, sewing machine