Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Although a clear jar wouldn't like "white" on and black background, I like the contrast and thought the large black layer was perfect for a spooky night.
So, what are you going to be for Halloween? Just a couple days left to find or maake that perfect costume! :)
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Here is a side view so you can seethat gorgeus glaze she added to the flowers and leaves...
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
First find a piece of patterned paper you like and flip it over. Now stamp the top of the jar, here inked up in Memento London Fog, on the back.
I DO have a couple fun and simple Halloween card ideas I hope to get done this afternoon and post for you, but in the mean time, I know so many of you have little ones, so here is a short video made by the children of Aviva Goldfarb who authors the "The Six O Clock Scramble" meal planning service I recommended here a few months ago (By the way, I have made over 130 unique dinners from her menus since I started subscribing back in March!) Her daughter shows three super cute, easy, and HEALTHY snacks your kids can make to celebrate Halloween. After watching, I now have plans to pick up some cream cheese, pita breads, and pretzels after watching (we have the other stuff on hand already!), the kid will be so excited to make these when they come home. :)
Ok, off to try to get some work done! I pray you are well and good but if not heal up soon!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Since this card turned out different than I originally planned, I thought I'd go ahead and make up the sketch of it for you! Enjoy! If you make something with it, please let people know about my sketch with a link to this post and share a link to your card in the comment section below! It would also be great even if you can't participate to link this post on your blog to spread the word about the card drive, thank you in advance!
Jerry's is just a few miles from my house, too, so if you come shopping at Jerry's, we should maybe meet up! :)
Friday, October 22, 2010
Carla Suto &
All five of these women have been guest designers for my stamp sets in the past, they are some of my favorite designers in all of STV! As you know "life" gets in the way sometimes of being able to stamp as much asone would like, and I am so fortunate to have so many people that love our stamps and fill our StampTV gallery with so much inspiration when I can't! They are all very precious to me for their support of Gina K Designs and my sets, as well as being the sweetest, most encoruaging ladies! So when we come out from under this sickness (and frosting a zillion cupcakes and cookies I volunteered for the school bake sale tomorrow!) , I'll be sending out five cards!! :)
And Jessica Fick has put together a free download of all the challenges they have done during their term, what a great resource, thank you Jess for assembling!
Start hopping here! Have a great weekend! I hope I can come back later today or tomorrow with some stuff! (but new stamps are arriving tomorrow for our November 4th release! eek!)
(hee hee, I just noticed 3 of my sets were used in the gorgeous samples above, woot! Finally a "cover girl" LOL! thanks again ladies!) :)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Didn't want to go though without leaving a pic so here is something to tickle your funny bone this Wednesday morning, one I snapped with my phone recently, just for you all! Oh, the memories that giant styling Barbie head on the top brings (1979, 6th birthday), her blond hair blowing back down the freeway is truly a sight to behold!!
Yup, and you can bet I wasn't the only one who stopped to take a photo! We'd seen this car out twice the past few months tooling around town, I could not miss my opportunity to capture this stunningly original altered vehicle at a standstill! (If I should happen to run into them again I might have to leave a tiny bag of clothes and accessories for all these nakey dolls!) If you never been to Austin, this speaks loads about my city, lots of people eager to share their, um, individuality! (In my 19 years in Austin, this car so far is only rivalled by the Van Gogh Van (muralled VW van in the style of Vincent with sunflowers and self portrait fo him with one ear), the mirror car, and the Godzilla car!! (I'll try to get those for you too! I tell you they would make the best coffe tabel book and maybe I will just bite the bullet and do it one day! LOL!) ;) My silver Explorer is remarkably unoriginal, but I make my presence known in other ways, hee!
We're not just about crazy cars, though , here is a spectacular view of downtown and the Colorado river from a beautiful, hilly overlook just minutes from my home...
Well, please have an amazing day! Besides those coloring tutorials I promised, I have loads of personal stuff to share that I haven't really had time to blog about when they've happened because of the timing of our releases etc. Looking forward to catching up with you! XOXO
Thank you for visiting!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Here is one I created for it, love those Pure Luxury Buttons!
Holiday issues are always my favorite pubs to browse since I have SO many cards to make this time of year! This issue is sure to inspire! :)
Have a great day!! This week will be busy creating for our new release next week! I am so excited about my newest set we are releasing, can't wait, can't wait!
Friday, October 15, 2010
I got these little roses from Jessie Rone ages ago (source unknown!), and have been saving them for something special, thanks Jessie! Paper flowers are always a hit on cards and the pots and vases in this set make for easy, eye catching arrangements! Now I didn't have any cardstock or paper that was an exact match for the flowers , which is probably part of why it took me so long to use them, but today I found a few things that would b-l-e-n-d. I started by stamping the vase and then drawing in some dark green stems to match the paper leaves under the flowers. TIP: To make extra leaves on the stems, press the brush tip of your Copic down onto the stem and give it a quick flip UP, the the left or right. After sticking the roses on, I finally found a Basic Grey Lemonade pattern that had LOTS of different colors in it with just some very small hints of a darker rose, not quite the same but close. All the other stuff going on in this pattern makes it work. Now the Passionate Pink CS I have was the closest match and I found that in the light the highlighted parts of the flowers do work with this brighter pink. Yay! The Fresh Asparagus I used was darker than my pattern paper and not quite as dark an my stems, but mixed with all these other brights and pastels and in between like this in just small amounts worked out, too. The softer Sweet Corn elements tone down these deep colors.
It's important to sometimes embrace a color that's not quite a match or doesn't fit in to your other colors at all, sometimes it's just the pop that's needed! Thank you for visiting today! :)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Stamp your flowers and vase on glossy cardstock and color in the flowers with a white crayon. Don't worry about them getting completely covered, I love the little scribble scrabble that peeps through after sponging the ink! After coloring the leaves with green Copics, I sponged over the whole image with Tumbled Glass and navy ink, then wiped the excess away from the flowers with a napkin. I used Janice's color challenge this week as inspiration, vase is pieced with Kraft, and mats are Grass Green, Ocean Mist (Cuttlebugged with Victoria and sponged) and In the Navy .
Thank you for visiting me!For more of the design team's favorite background techniques, please visit these designer's links participating in tonight's hop:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Anyway, what a fabulous design for a wedding or anniversary! The script is the love chapter from 1 Corinthians and the roses add just the right touch of beauty and romance! Change the greeting, and the script with the flowers becomes a classic and elegant design for any occasion. I love how she used colored ink to match the roses for the script instead of just black , using this block of script on the middle of your card is a terrific base for a single layer card, adding a "layer" without needing to mat or use dies! The popped up flowers with the colore version of the same image behind the cut ones add so much depth, and the placement of the button with the tied bow is perfect: your eye just travels down in a Z over the card left to right and back again, then ending with the greeting, Gorgeous, Giovana!
Coming up tonight, a blog hop with the GKD design team!
Just a tiny snippet of another project I did for Crafts 'n Things this month, hope you can check it out! (The holidays are coming, time to stock up on waterproof labels, hee hee!) ;)
Monday, October 11, 2010
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Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
We live in Washington State, in a very country area, we are surrounded by the most beautiful farms.
I am a SAHM, homeschool my daughter and also work at home as a baby-sitter.
Describe your style/what you think you do best: My style is pretty classy. Love everything elegant and sometimes a little bit vintage. I love layers and layers :)
FAVORITE TECHNIQUE: Love sponging and embossing.
COLORS/COLOR COMBO: My favorite colors are pink/brown, red/white, just plain white.
FAVORITE EMBELLISHMENTS: Ribbons, pearls, rhinestones.
FAVORITE GINA K SET BY MELANIE: It has to be "A Year of Flowers", that was my first set I got from Gina K. and I love it very much.
FAVORITE GINA K SETS (FROM ANY ILLUSTRATOR): I love "Botanicals", "Blessed is the Season"
CRAFT SUPPLIES I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Pure Luxury Cardstock, Scor-buddy, Paper cutter, glue dots, foam tape, etc.
I’VE BEEN STAMPING FOR (HOW LONG): 4 years.
I GET MY INSPIRATION FROM: It comes from blogs, magazines, TV, my daugter's outfits, my dreams, :)
Tell us about your FIRST stamping experience: Not too good. I tried to CASE a card I saw online and it didn't turn out the way I wanted, it was really bad, LOL, but after so many mistakes I learned so much.
Tell us about your most MEMORABLE stamping experience! When a lady over at SCS asked me if she could CASE one of my cards, it was an awesome feeling :)
THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT STAMPING/CARDMAKING ARE: A handmade card always brings a smile, on you because you love your project and in other because that is something
SOME OF MY STAMPING/CRAFTING GOALS ARE: Learn how to color with Copic Markers, I just got few markers and sometimes it is frustrating not to get the results I want. I need more time practicing and more markers too, LOL
ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS: Always try your best, don't be afraid to try new techniques and never give up.
FAVORITE THING TO MAKE THAT AREN’T CARDS: Tags and boxes.
SOME OF MY STAMPING/CRAFTING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Being part of several Design Teams. Being invited by Gina to be part of Center Stage Spotlight and also be published on Paper Craft Magazine and soon in a Swedish Magazine !!!
CHALLENGES I LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN: I like the challenges from Stamp TV, CardPatterns, 2S4U, Stamping Sisters in Christ .
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MIGHT SUPRPISE US! I was an OB/GYN in Peru, now just a mommy who loves to make cards, and love it very much.
WHAT I DO WHEN I’M NOT STAMPING: Watch TV, play with my daughter and bake cookies, now I found a new love, my "Treadmill" :)
A FAVORITE QUOTE: "Never say I can't, because I know you can do it"
I love how the pot turned out, I used Dull Ivory, Putty, Brick Beige, and Warm Gray No. 5 (Is it easier to give you the numbers, what is your preference?) I colored this before the release but I will be back to show step by step pics for coloring each. The dark and light areas stay the same if you have the light source coming from the right, so once you are familiar with these areas, it's just a matter of substituting different colors from your palette to make a terracotta pot, green pot, etc.
Stamps: Gina K Designs Buds and Vases
Paper: Gina K Pure Luxury, Lovely Lavender, Vibrant Violet, White
Ink; Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Up! Lavender Lace, Copics
Accessories: Cuttlebug Victoria folder, Cuttlebug die cutting machine, Spellbinders Labels One Nestabilities, lace, buttons, glue dots
Monday, October 4, 2010
The flowering vine is clematis (here is one site for coloring inspiration), but their flowers look like SO many others in the plant kingdom, so they can be almost anything you like! Have fun coloring them any shade of the rainbow! Many step by step coloring tutorials will be provided. The simplest way to color is the color the entire blossom a light shade, then take a darker color and swipe out form the middle in quick strokes. Blend them for a softer, shaded look or leave a hard edge to give a striped petal look.
You can create the appearance of a smooth flat petal with uniform color, or a more gathered, petal by taking a darker marker and starting from the outer edge of the petal making quick small strokes in toward the center of the flower which suggest folds and frills, see sample below.
Add a little glue to the bottom of the vase and add some tiny rocks or clear beads like those gorgeous decorator floral arrangements you see in magazines!
If your flowers and leave will be draping over the pot or container, stamp the flowers first, then cover them with a mask and stamp the container below.
If you are adding the stems (or pencils or some other tall stamped image) to the clear vase or jar, you DO want to see the lines of the rim going over the image in the front but NOT in the back, SO ink up the jar or vase omitting that top rounded curve which would be behind the stems, and stamp. Now stamp the stems over it. Then take a pen and fill in the missing curve in between where the stems are (will show step by step of this on the blog) You may not even need to fill in that line if your flowers drape over the edge.
Stamp some flowers to leave outside of the container for a more casual still life, as if the arrangement it still a work in progress.