Sunday, March 16, 2008

Swiped from Archiver's (sort of)

I initially started this card to do the embossing resist technique that I was re-introduced to at my Stampin' Ladies Club last month. My genious friend Pam had made a beautiful card using this technique (which I would love to show you but it is lost in the Bunker right now) and I thought....oooohhh...I want to try that. So I went home and started this card using the Wild Rose stamp set. This is a two-step stamp I stamped the darkest part of the flower on white cardstock and embossed it in clear. Then I brayered over the entire thing in purely pomegranate and stamped the leaves. I kept trying to figure out how to get the detailed part into the card without it coming out too dark. I tried a bunch of things....none of which are coming to mind at the moment, but they looked...well....awful. So I just walked away for a little bit.

Anyway, so I was cruisin' around town and felt the need to stop in at Archiver's. Sometimes I just go there to see what's new and what they have come up with. An inspiration stop of sorts. Anyway, I was looking at some of their card samples and had been struggling with this card....when I saw that they had stamped some flowers on transparencies, cut them out and then put them on their card over another flower. I thought....ah-ha...that's it. So Icame home, used my fancy pants stamp-a-majig to line up the detailed portion on a transparency. Used my heat and stick powder and added the glitter. The glitter is from Martha Stewart. Her glitter rocks by the way. The leaves were stamped in always artichoke and the saying is from the True Friend set stamped in purely pomegranate and punched out with the scalloped rectangle punch, mounted on artichoke. The ribbon is the satin pomegranate ribbon from the holiday mini. Hope this was fun for you.

Happy stamping!

Paper Trey Just Hatched....

I got to play with the Just Hatched a little bit and it is pretty fun. Nichole has some little egg holder boxes that this set coordinates with. I don't currently have any.... but wanted to see what else I could come up with. I decided to make this birthday card. The saying if you can't read it says "Friends are like flowers each with it's own beauty". I used nicholes new spring moss cardstock (love it) for the base of the card. The flower is from limitless labels. I stamped it in the coordinating ink color and then filled in the centers with my white gel pen and a dot of pink stickles. I inked the outer edge of the frame with chocolate chip (the stampin' spots work great for this) and stamped it on my white paper. Then I went back and stamped the saying in pretty in pink in the center. I punch that out with my marvy punch and then layered it on chocolate chip. The pink strip is pretty in pink and the green is actually the twill tape ribbon in spring moss. I love the ribbons...they are such good quality. The flower is a Heidi Swap flower folded in half and stuck behind the ovals. The saying was stamped in Chocolate chip and is actually two saying put together from Limitless Labels. I love the flexibility of clear stamps for this reason. I stamped the "happy birthday" first and then went back and could see right where to put the "friend".

Happy Stamping!

Playing with Ellen....

I have waited a long time to order some stamps from Ellen, only because, well let's face it, my income for buying stamps has to be limited somewhere. I only have so much plasma to donate. Ha! Seriously, I just kept forgetting to place my order (that's actually more sad isn't it?) But alas, I now own some stamps from Ellen's store.

So, I decided to just play and see what happened. Sometimes you just want to stamp to see what it will look like on paper...ya know what I mean? So I just stamped the images - a bunch of them and started coloring to see what I liked. Then I made them into cards. So this is whatcha got. The cherries card is a base of real red cardstock and I can't remember where the blue striped paper came from (it's about 99 years old - seriously) but I thought a strip of that would bring out the bowl on the cherries. The "friend" stamp is from the hostess set For A Friend from Stampin' Up! I stamped it in Brocade Blue. The ribbon is from May Arts and is a red stripe. I used my marvy scalloped punch (blue I think) to stamp out the cherries. I colored the cherries with my real red marker and added crystal effects to make them shiny.

The second card is using the Vintage Garden Chair stamp. I bought this because I actually have two of these chairs from my grandparent's house. After they passed away, I asked if I could have them and they are in the process of being stripped and repainted. They hold a lot of memories for me. I colored the chair with apricot appeal and the grass with certainly celery. I used river rock to color the river rock - bwahahahahaha - hope somebody else thought that was funny! =) Pretty much everything was watercolored. I edged the white with my sponge and river rock. The apricot appeal was embossed with my Bloom Dots embossing folder. The saying is from the SU level 3 hostess set Time Well Spent. I stamped it in versamark and embossed it in clear. The paper is cameo coral. The ribbon on the edges of the apricot is from May Arts. The card base is certainly celery.

I hope you likey. Happy stamping!

Lazy Sunday....finally....

I finally have had a minute or two to get some pictures taken and post a few things for you. I swear that takes the longest. You think I could figure out a quicker system....but not so far. So, I have been busy in the bunker stamping....still haven't finished those pages from the last post...someday....ha! But, in the meantime I have been making cards.

I got the chance to put together one of the cute little nugget tins from Paper Trey this week and what fun they are and how cute. A friend of mine at the gym was having a birthday this week so I wanted to put something together for her. This is what I came up with. The nugget tin comes wtih a window in it, but I wanted my window to be a little smaller so I used my nestabilities scalloped rectangle to cut a frame out of a piece of au chocolate paper (retired Stampin' Up!) to place over the front. In my usual stamping manner, I adhered it to the front, opened the lid and realized...crap, this looks really crappy from the I then had to carefully cut out another to match the first one for the inside of the tin. I am sure that some if not most of you would have thought about this ahead of time....I tend to do things the hard way....always. =) Anyway...then I cut a strip to go along the outside and had to make two notches for the hinges in the back...after I adhered it, I once again realized that the paper and the metal made the box to thick for the lid to close. Duh! So I had to trim the paper down to come just above where the lid comes down. (live and learn huh?) The flowr is actually three flowers layered...the first two are from DCWV called posies. They are actually textured flowers that my friend Amy sent me. (Big shout out to Amy...still love all my stuff. Hope you feel better!) I have no idea where she got them, but I am telling you what....I wanna go shop with her. The inside flower is a prima flower that is embossed (it came that way) and then I used a cupcake for the center from PTI's Limitless Labels set. I love this set. It is so much fine and I have used it so much since I got it. Fun fun fun!!! I also made the nugget blankets using this set. I stamped the circle background in Pretty in Pink then stamped one of the "watch bands" in close to cocoa. I stamped the cupcakes in Basic brown on watercolor paper and then watercolored them with my aquapainter and punched them out with my 1/2" punch. I adhered them with dimensionals so they would sit up a little bit. Cupcakes are so hot right now. Isn't that funny? Kind of funny to me. ha! The ribbon is the satin close to chocolate chip ribbon from the holiday mini catalog.
Here is the card I made to go with it. I used the inside piece of the frame that I cut for the box for this card. The card base is pretty in pink and I embossed it using my Happy Birthday cuttlebug folder. The ribbon is the same as for the tin. This little cupcake comes from one of my favorite stamping people...Ellen Hutson. She is really a nice nice lady and besides she is always on the cutting edge for stamping. Check out her site sometime if you can. I stamped it in basic brown on watercolor paper. I find that I am using this more and more for watercoloring because it stands up to the task. The Stampin' Up! paper is nice but pricey. I have found similar quality in the art department at my local craft stores. I then watercolored the cupcake with pretty in pink and basic brown. Added some stickles to the wrapper (pink) and some sprinkles for the top. The cherry is a rhinestone brad from Stampin' Up!
Hope you are well. Happy Stamping!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

I love the way this turned out!

I had the idea for this card literally in the night. I think that people think I am NUTS when I say that these things come to me in the night....but really...they do. Maybe I am nuts, probably should be sleeping....but what are you gonna do? So, I started thinking about what Easter meant to me. What this lenten season really means to me. I live literally minutes from the mountains....they are almost close enough to touch. I feel amazingly blessed to have such beauty in my backyard. I often stare in wonder at the magnificence of those mountains and I am amazed again by God's creations. This is what Easter is to me. We have a sunrise service at Red Rocks ampitheater in Morrison and I imagine this is what it is like to be at that service (I have yet to go...but will someday!)

This was not a "lickety split and it's done card". It definitely took some time to put the images in my mind onto paper using stamps. I created the mountains using the square at an angle from the B&C Monogram set. I masked off the areas underneath with post-it notes and created my mountains. I used Tim Holtz distress ink in vintage photo. (I got this from my new friend Amy who is newly pregnant - hip hip hooray! and I LOVE it!) I then watercolored them in the same color. The sun was made with the double edge circle from that same set, stamped in pumpkin pie. I water colored the image with summer sun and pumpkin pie and my aquapainter. I then added lavender lace, bashful blue and pretty in pink to the sky to make it look like the sun was rising. I embossed the cross from Everyday Blessings in gold on black paper and cut it out. Then I embossed the saying in gold. The card is made out of a black base and then I cut an additional piece for the saying to lay over the top. I tore the edge of the paper because it looked too straight. I hope you like it.

Happy stamping!
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