Saturday, September 20, 2008

Simply Silhouettes

I love these little Pocket Silhouettes by SU. They make such simply but elegant looking cards. I wet the watercolour paper slightly then brushed across the colour blending as I moved up.

I made two of the image inlays, the second with the image stamping outside the cropped white area, but it actually looks better with a bit of space between the stamped image and the border of the paper.

The progression of the colour in the background did not show well on camera, much nicer in RL.

Cardstock: SU - Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, watercolour paper
Stamps: SU - Pocket Silhouettes, Rubber Stamped sentiment
Ink: Cameo Coral, More Mustard, Summer Sunset

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ornamental Card & Scrap-pages

I first thought of making Christmas ornaments with my large circle punch last Christmas season, but never saw it to fruition. I found some lovely striped Christmas paper last month that just begged to be made into ornaments, so the idea was born again. Originally it was just suppose to be for a card, but when I was shading in all of the circles to give them depth, I loved them so much that I decided they would make a great scrapbook layout and although I try to make my kids pages look different from one another, these darling ornaments made it into both of their scrapbooks over the weekend.

Last night I worked on a card using an ornament that I embellished with Versamark and copper Ep. I am not sure that I LOVE the Ep, it didn't turn out as I had envisioned, but it an interesting look, but I think it takes away from the 3D effect.

various Sandylion Dp, punch with a large Megapunch, edges antiqued with bronze pigment, and adorned with copper paper cut onrnament tops. I also used the antique feature in iPhoto before printing my photos.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Take Two - ssnotime51

I just wasn't happy with the card that I made for the Stamp Simply challenge (ssnotime51) on No Time To Stamp - Dancin' With Dee! Check out Dee Jackson's awesome cards here.

I already had this card layout made, but was just waiting on the right stamp for it. Actually this layout is a mock up I did for a scrapbook page for my daughter.

My hubby being the wonderful man that he is came home with the Garden Delight set from Inkadinkadoo for me. I had mentioned I wanted it, so he picked it up for me. Great Guy!

I am much happier with the results this time. I think if you are not using the stamp positioner then clear stamps are the way to go.

Stamps: Inkadinkadoo - Garden Delight, SU - Warm Words
DP: Amy Butler Sola - Cherry Blossoms, Chatterbox - Holly Stripe, Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow
Ink: Sage Shadow, Tombow marker

Dee's Two Steppin' Blossoms ssnotime51

"Today’s challenge is Dancin’ with Dee!!! So get out your dancin’ shoes because we are going dancin’ — and that would be doing the 2-step, or 3-step, stampin’ that is!!!" - Sharon (No Time To Stamp?) re: Dee Jackson

I really struggled
with the challenge on No Time To Stamp (ssnotime51gallery) not because it was difficult per say, but I just didn't have the equipment. I don't have any two or three step stamps and I had a hard time envisioning any of my stamps in the alternate shadow technique or the kissing technique. I did try both alternate techniques using various stamps from SU - Mixed Bouquet & SU Looks Like Spring.

I quickly gave up on the kissing technique, then I stamped and I stamped and I just was not satisfied because I couldn't quite line up the stamps with the shadow technique not having a stamp positioner.

After much frustration I reminded myself, that this is a Stamp SIMPLY challenge. I don't need to make it harder then it needs to be and I need to have fun and keep things simple. So letting go of my frustrations I picked the stamped image that came closest to being lined up properly.

Here is the final outcome in shadow technique.

Stem: SU - Mixed Bouquet
Blossom: SU - Looks Like Spring
DP: double sided Scenic Route
Piercing Mat

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Haunting Good Time

It's that time of year again. I am trying to be good about not buying any large stamp sets, but had to get in on all of the Halloween fun so I snapped up a few of the Michael's Dollar-fifty stamps last week.

Indigo Versamark pigment
White Color Box pigment
Versa Magic Chalk - Purple Hydrangea
Sandylion Dp - Halloween Circles
various cardstock
various ribbon

Monday, September 1, 2008

Scrapbook Alert

I have no cards to post this evening, but that does not mean I haven't been up to my elbows in ink and paper. I did 5 scrapbook pages as well another from late last week and that's not counting one more page that is on my desk waiting for some journaling. I've been busy!

The layouts of the snow pages in pink and in blue were cased from SplitCoastStampers, however I made my own pink paper.

Pink page: stamped in white color box pigment using various Hero Art Stamps, Cuttlebug snowflakes, dollar store sticker letters. I like the affect of making my own patterned paper, I've never done that with a scrapbook page before. Original here.

Blue page: Figgy Pudding Dp - Silent Night, Sandylion Dp - Let It Snow, Hero Art Stamps, Cuttlebug snowflakes, white ep, corner punch, traced dollar store letters. Original here.

Christmas page: My Mind's Eye Dp, Sandylion DP - O Christmas Tree / Florentine Ribbons, Sentiment Sandylion - Season's Greetings, Quick Kutz - flourish, Distress Ink

I love this Harvest layout , it is simple, but very effective, I borrowed the layout from Scrap Maps.

Harvest page: My Mind's Eye Dp, Scenic Route Dp, Title by Bo Bunny Press - Pickin' Pumpkins, Michaels Dollar stamp, Distress Ink, bronze brads.

These last two pages are photos from the same day. I was planning on doing a double page layout, but when I put the pony photos onto the brown gingham paper from My Mind's Eye, it didn't work because of the orange ribbons I used. I kept going back to the polka dot paper also by My Mind's Eye which is almost identical to the hat my daughter was wearing, hence no more double page.

Harvest page: Bo Bunny Press embelishments - Pickin' Pumpkins, My Mind's Eye Dp, coorinating ribbons from the kid's nana.

Pony page: originally the journaled tag was going to go on the upper left hand corner and the Title where the tag is now. I glued all the photo's into place then started moving things around and liked the journal on the bottom better, but now had a big blank space in the upper left hand corner so I borrowed the layered bubble idea from my son's swimming page. I like the effect of writing around some of the bubbles, although in this case I guess they would be polka dots, not bubbles.

Hey, I think that's all of them "phew". Have a great day!