Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Garden from the Heart

Here is a card we made at Stamp Club using the Watercolor Wonder Crayons and the stamp from the Garden from the Heart set. Just lightly spray the stamp with water, then color directly onto the stamp with the Watercolor Wonder Crayons. Mist the stamp again and stamp image onto cardstock. You can use a blender pen to add color to the image. When it dries you can add details with a white gel pen. Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fun with Woograin and Embossing

The following card was CASE'd from the Squareheaded Stamper, Brandi Wiggins. I just had to try this technique. Thanks Brandi for sharing the instructions. Brandi used the En Français background stamp, which I don't have, so I replaced it with the Woodgrain background stamp. Voila! That's what professional CASEing is all about. :-) Here is the recipe for mine:
Paper: Soft Sude, Whisper White, Dusty Durango, So Safron, Very Vanilla, Woodgrain DSP Autumn Meadows
Accessories: Big Shot Top Note Die, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, Oval Punches, random eyelets, Crushed Curry Ribbon, Jumbo Eyelets
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Vintage Labels
Ink: Chocolate chip for edges and Markers named below;
1) First I colored onto the stamp Inspired with Nature using the following markers: Elegant Eggplant, Yo Yo Yellow, Crushed Curry, Only Orange, Dusty Durango and Mellow Moss.
2) Huff on the stamp and stamp onto Whisper White Cardstock. Before removing your stamp, put the black part of the Stamp-a-ma-jig into place so you can reposition the stamp for the next step.
3) Be sure to keep the Stamp-a-ma-jig in place when you remove the stamp. Clean the stamp and ink with Versamark. Stamp directly over the Inspired by Nature image again with Versamark.
4) Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
5) Using the Woodgrain background stamp, stamp over top the flower image using Versamark. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
6) Starting from the center working out, gradually sponge on three different colors. I used Yo Yo Yellow in the center, then Crushed Curry, then Dusty Durango.
7) Cut out the image with the Top Note die. Ink the edges in Chocolate Chip.
8) I distressed the edges by running my nail across the edges.
Check out Brandi's webpage. She does some awesome doodling on the edges of her cards.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dream Now - Dream Big!

Here is my creation for the inspiration challenge, inspired by Robin Sharma's Dream Now photo below and the following card created by Lyssa Zwolanek (Song of My Heart Stampers). . .

Lyssa graciously shared her technique with me for these cards. This is such a great idea! I used the Very Vintage Wheel jumbo wheel found in the Occasions Mini (available until the end of April). I purchased an Uninked Jumbo Cartridge (page 189 IBC) and used my Versamark re-inker to create my own cartridge. Then I rolled the wheel and embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. The letters were created from the the Big Shot Sizzlit Decorative Strip Die called Billboard (p. 196 IBC).

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Weekend Inspiration Challenge is Back!

Hello friends! It's time for the Weekend Inspiration Challenge! Use your imagination to create something: a scrapbook page, card, bracelet, or work of art inspired by the photo below. You can use the colors, the shapes, the feel of the photo, or the layout. There is no right or wrong way to use your imagination. When you are done with your creation, take a picture of it and post a link in the comments so everyone can see it.

The photograph featured this week is used graciously with permission from an inspirational author and speaker named, Robin Sharma. You can check out his website here.
I created the Dream card below and I am re-posting it because I love how the sentiment reminds me of this challenge. I cut out the butterfly from the SU DSP Kaleidescope and used colors from the bold brights textured cardstock. The dream letters are cut out with my Quickutz die alphabet called Dragonfly.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Stampin' Up's Color Renovation

This month, Stampin’ Up! announced some amazing changes to the color lines which will begin July 1 when the new Idea Book & Catalog is released. Three of this year’s "In Color" favorites are NOT going to retire and will be available for purchase into next year: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Soft Suede. Kraft has been renamed as Crumb Cake.

The new lines will be called Color Collections instead of Families and have been rearranged into four color collections as: Brights, Neutrals, Regals and Subtles. Several colors from the last couple of years have returned, including Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red, River Rock and Tangerine Tango.

In addition, five new In Colors will be available in July that will now remain for purchase for 2 years instead of just one. The five brand new colors will be: Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist. I received some swatch samples in the May issue of Stampin' Success, my demonstrator newsletter. I can't wait to share those with you!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Scrapbook Page Dessert

This is part of March's second double page layout which uses the Big Shot Bigz dies: Circle Scallop and Build a Flower and the Sizzix Die Buttons #5. I love the combination of the So Safron and Lavender Lace!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Another Recipe for Delicious Scrapbook Pages

This was part of a double page spread for our March scrapbook page. This layout uses paper from the Sweet Pea Designer series pack and the Tiny Tags stamp and jewelry punch. I used a white gel pen to give definition to the flowers on the tags and strung them with Linen Thread.

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