Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fluffles le Chat

Can you believe this is my first "Fluffles" stamp? I don't know why I haven't purchased one before, 'cause I think they're cute, but I just really like this one. My friend Tara first showed me this stamp, and I guess I just had to have it!

I wanted this to be a really quick card because I'm designing a class that centre around punches and Copic markers for Precious Memories, and this was a quick and easy sketch.

Here's the original layout (you can see the challenge here) and ofcourse I changed it to suit a square card - this time measuring 4.25 square. It's subtle, but the kitty is actually grey (like my son's cat) because any other colour would have clashed with the Piggy Tales paper.
Have an awesome day!

Stamps: fluffles (Stampendous)
Paper: piggy tales, bazzil
Ink: lamp black (ranger)
Accessories: copic markers, punches, gel pen (sakura), rik rak

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Featured Stamper: Starofmay

So todays featured stamper is "Starofmay" aka Kristina Werner. She is my paper-crafting idol (she does both layouts and cards) and her graphic artist's eye is do die for!!

I cased this card, and changed only a few details. To stamp this card I used a Technique Tuesday alpha, and stamped it in Lamp Black (Ranger) which, by the way, works AWESOMELY (it's a word) with Copic markers. I coloured in the overlapping areas with watercolour PENCILS, then blended it with a copic marker, I then coloured in the rest of the letters. I haven't tried the watercolour pencil/copic thing before, but am LOVING the results....

Supplies: Stamps: technique tuesday; Paper: bazzil, DCWV, papertrey; Ink: charcoal (versamagic), lamp black (ranger); Accessories: felt flower (AC), ribbon (WeR), copic markers, watercolor pencils

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sketch Challenge

I have always loved the sketch challenge at SCS. For me, it's always the layout that gives me the hardest time. I can always come up with colours, patterned papers, stamps, etc., but it's the layout that I'll "hum and haw" about for hours sometimes. I would NEVER be a graphic artist, that's for sure. So playing the sketch challenge is somehow freeing for me. I get to think about other things.

I wanted to use a tree from the memory box clear set I have on loan from my LSS. The set is full of non-traditional trees and I love it. See my other post here for another time I used the set.

I began with the card base, which is, as usual, 5x5. The next two layers are 1/8 of an inch smaller. The middle square is cuttlebugged, and then ticket-corner punched. I stamped the tree first, then stamped the ornaments in different colours. The only colour you can't see is the Ballet Blue (Palette) and I have to say, I HATE that ink. I keep giving it a second chance to prove to me that it's a real colour, but it keeps letting me down. If it were the colour is says it should be, it would be pretty, but it's not. I love all of my other palette colours, but hate this one.. moving on.. I then punched the tree out with a marvy punch and adhered it to the card with foam squares. Now I'm off to bed. I have early morning choir rehearsal (7:00) and I need to be alert!!! "Night.

Check my SCS gallery for supplies. Thanx!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Just for Fun..

Tara, I know this will annoy you (posting on a Blog without a picture....) but I had to. This quiz was funny 'cause I always correct my best friend's grammar, and these are the exact things he messes up. Take it if you have a minute...

You Scored an A

You got 10/10 questions correct.

It's pretty obvious that you don't make basic grammatical errors.
If anything, you're annoyed when people make simple mistakes on their blogs.
As far as people with bad grammar go, you know they're only human.
And it's humanity and its current condition that truly disturb you sometimes.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Fall Colour Combo

I saw the colours for the colour combo challenge (River Rock, Chocolate Chip, and Really Rust) at SCS and I knew I wanted to play, but I've been feeling like all I do is cards lately, so I chose to alter a coffee bag I got from Papertreyink. I'm thinking this would be a perfect hostess gift. (Maybe for my Gramma at Thanksgiving dinner?!)

The "F" was originally River Rock, but it didn't stand out enough, so I airbrushed it with dark brown and black with Copic markers. I stamped "all" with Technique Tuesday stamps, and filled them in with a blender and versamagic ink. The rust-coloured heart in the corner was originally pink, but I airbrushed it with Copics again to be a rust colour. The large monogram was traced from a cardstock punch-out by Basic Grey. I didn't have any letters that matched this colour scheme, so I made my own.
I LOVE how this bag turned out. Thanx for looking!

Paper: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, KI Memories; Stamps: Technique Tuesday (small letters) Leafy Flourish (Inkadinkado); Ink: Jumbo Java (Versamagic); Chipboard heart (K&Co.), twine, Copic markers and airbrush system, coffee bag (Papertreyink).

Beate's Sketch

SO.... I have the Copic airbrush system (compressor and all) on loan from my LSS where I teach, and I just HAD to play around... This airbrushing stuff takes some getting used to. Because I only have a couple of the original Copics for airbrushing, my other mission was to defy all odds and use some of my Ciao markers with the airbrushing, and guess what? It works! You have to hold the markers in place, but hey... I'll do whatever it takes.

This is for Beate's sketch found here. I kind of melded the flower and the sentiment so I hope she doesn't mind! ;)

Directions.. I stamped the Bella on papertrey white CS. I masked off her body and head (it makes a pretty funny looking image) and airbrushed the background. I cuttlebugged the two cardstock layers, and punched the corners. I then punched the corners of all the other layers and assembled the card. Before gluing down the cool caribbean CS, I wrapped the ribbon around the card-front, and attached the tag/flower with a jeweled brad. Measurements are: Brown: 5x5, Cool Caribbean: 4.75x4.75, patterned paper: 4x4, purely pom: 3.75x3.75, Bella: 3 5/8x2.

Paper: Cool Caribbean, Purely Pomegranate (SU!), Java (Bazzil), SEI; Stamp: Bunchabella (Stamping Bella); Ink: Jumbo Java (Versamagic by Tsukeneko); Copic markers and airbrush system; Ribbon (American Crafts); Flower (Prima); Chipboard Tag (K&Co.).

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Micro Mini...

CARD... not a skirt.. Me in a micro miniskirt would just be scary.. lol..

This is a challenge over at {Caardvarks} and I haven't done one with them, and this seemed fun! I chose this tiny little polar bear as my feature image. He's SO cute. I coloured him with Copic markers and added a little liquid applique for fun. The finished card measures 2.5x3.5, the size of an ATC.

Paper: Card (Amuse, trimmed to size), unknown patterned paper; Stamps: Polar bear (Memory Box), Sentiment (Inkadinkado); Ink: Noir Black (Palette); Copic markers, liquid applique.

Pretty KI Cake!

This is for a submission call from Papercrafts magazine. I traced and then covered the chipboard file folder with KI paper. It was especially helpful that all the paper I used was double-sided, so I had a lot of different patterns to choose from, and they all coordinated! After gluing the paper to the chipboard with Zip-dry adhesive (LOVE it), I sanded the edges and inked with Jumbo Java ink. I traced the top flap of the file onto the green paper to make the sentiment pop. To add special interest to the cake, I used the paper-piecing technique, in which I stamped the cake on patterned paper, cut it out, and placed it on the cake stand. I used foam squares to pop it up. To finish off the card I tied ribbon around the circular patterned paper, adhered it to the card base, and glued the file folder to the card.

Supplies: Paper: All patterned paper by KI Memories, white cardstock by Papertreyink; Ink: Jumbo Java (Versamagic by Tsukineko); Stamps: Sentiment (Stampin' Up!), Cake & accessories (Technique Tuesday); Ribbon: American Crafts; Chipboard file folder (My Minds Eye).

Friday, September 14, 2007

Geometry Lesson

This was my first full week of teaching... MAN am I tired!! Two mornings this week I was up at 5 am for choir rehearsals at 7 am.. Those are gonna take some getting used to! But I LOVE my students. For those of you who don't know me, I teach at a fine arts secondary school, and I'm spoiled rotten with the talent these kids have to offer. I'm loving life right now.

I made a card for today's Inspiration challenge.. This is the inspiration photo:
The first thing that caught my eye was the colour scheme, and it's a good one! I then started to think about how I could create the circle cut-outs and geometric lines, and I grabbed my giga and mega circle punches... This is what I came up with:
I added the brads as an afterthought because the card looked kinda flat, but it ended up looking really space-aged or something. lol... Thanx for looking, and have a great weekend!

Cardstock: Bazzil, Basic Grey, Papertrey; Stamps: Papertrey (Beautiful Blooms); Ink: Vandyke Brown (Ranger Inks); Accessories: Copic markers, brads, Marvy punches, glitter pen (Sakura).

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Almost forgot VSN!

VSN (virtual stamp night) is something I look forward to on SCS. It's a bunch of challenges posted every hour over two nights, and you only have 45 minutes to complete your project. My participating in it has been waning over the few VSN's because I found that I would make a card for a challenge, and it would turn out ugly or impractical. So now I just pick and choose which challenge I want to do, do it in 45 minutes, and upload before the deadline (today at 3:oo EST). Here are my projects:

Details for all of these cards can be found at my SCS gallery here.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Gettin' Back to my Roots

I think many of us "carders" started out as "scrappers" and I am finding that I have a lot of memories that have gone un-scrapped for too long. I started making cards and posting on SCS about 1 year ago, and I've missed scrap-booking, but at the same time, I've learned a gazillion new techniques and layout ideas from doing the card thang. I will always love making cards (I think MORE than scrapbooking), but you will see me posting a lot more layouts as I try to re-kindle my love of scrapping..

Here's a layout I did last night using Scenic Route paper and embellishments.

I started out doing a color challenge from Twopeas that said to use blue, green, and brown, but since the paper and accents were black instead of brown, I didn't end up doing the challenge correctly! oh well.. I got a l/o done at least!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Wine me and Dine me...

I just wanted to share a little sump'n sump'n I've been working on for Precious Memories. It turned out really well and I hope the class is a hit.

It's a wine holder! It comes blank (white chipboard) and it's up to your heart's desire how you decorate it. I didn't go overboard with the bottle-holder part of it, but instead paid special attention to the tag. I love tags, I don't know what it is..

anyway... Here's a close-up of the tag. I used little Robin's Eggs with Simple Shine to make the concord grapes 3-D. The grapes are oval-shaped and the eggs are round, so they weren't a PERFECT match, but it turned out pretty well. I coloured the stamped image first with Copic markers, then applied the eggs.

If you want to make something like this for yourself, the wine holder is made by Creative Imaginations, and there are some directions on their web-site. You need two sheets of 12x12, and you basically glue two pieces of 7.5x12 cardstock and add a border (or ribbon, whatever) to the top/bottom because the container is actually 13" high. It's a really easy project, and a GREAT gift, I think. Have a nice day, and thanx for looking!

Tobi's Tag Tent-Topper

I made this for a class I'm teaching at Precious Memories that features Copic markers, and todays "Ways to Use it" challenge inspired me to make a card with a pocket. I LOVE how it turned out, and what's more fun than an interactive card??

I did a tent-topper layout (4.25x4.25) and instead of attaching a "tent-topper" I made the removable tag the topper element! I sewed the vellum to the top layer as a means of attaching it to the card and stamped on the vellum with Palette ink (heat set).

I used one of the new Hero Arts collage stamps for the sole purpose of learning how to use them!! I've looked at them many times not knowing what to do with them, so this was kind of my own personal experiment. I first stamped the image on plain white paper (Papertrey) and cut out the dove. I then stamped the image on patterned paper (Basic Grey) and shaded some areas with copic markers. I paper-pieced the dove, shaded it with a grey Copic marker, and that was it.

Stamps: hero arts, inkadinkado
Paper: basic grey, bazzil
Ink: palette- noir
Accessories: copic markers, sewing machine, eyelet, ribbon

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

With Gratitude

It's been a week of wonderful vacations, friends getting engaged, and starting my brand new job as a high school music teacher. Needless to say I've been busy, and this has been the first time I've sat at my craft table for over a week. I missed it!

I received my Papertreyink stamps today, and I just had to use them on this Colour Combo card.
I stamped the flowers in Brilliance black ink, heat set, coloured with Copics then die cut them with my cuttlebug. I created the background on the groovy guava CS using the "poppin' pastels" technique in which you stamp first in Versamark, then you rub over the stamped image with chalks using a cotton ball. I love this technique! It makes a water-marked image more prevalent if the versamark isn't showing up very well...

Stamps: papertrey (beautiful blooms)
Paper: SEI, groovy guava, always artichoke
Ink: brilliance black, versamark
Accessories: chalk, eyelets (WeR), ribbon, Cuttlebug, Copic markers
Techniques: poppin' pastels