A woman who works with her hands is a LABORER; a woman who works with her hands and head, a CRAFTSMAN; but a woman who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an ARTIST. ~ Louis Nizer
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I'm so excited...
Also, some exciting news coming tomorrow from Gina K Designs!!
AND, our next release is less than two weeks away sneak peek starting in just 8 days!! (and I saw ALL the sets today, neener neener NEENER! They rock!!)
okay, back to writing my post...see you 'round midnight :)
One Cute Cookie!
I used an Apricot Appeal base covered with a favorite DP print from the Basic Grey Ambrosia pack and added a strip of the Apricot and 1/4 " red grosgrain for the obi. Untie to reveal a little message from the "Have a Cookie" set, "You are one cute cookie!"
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Two Turtle Doves with a Twist
Please play this one day challenge, a winner will be chosen randomly tomorrow and will win a set of stamps!
Guest Designer: Gabriela Arriaza
"I turned this note tote into a "gift bag" and filled it with a stamp set, ink pad, and acrylic block. Next I'll be making and ACTUAL note tote with note cards. This is cute to hand out at stamping parties as a door prize...or maybe even raffle it." Template and instructions for tote: found here- EDITED TO ADD: I found this is actually a template listed in the Splitcoast Fan Club gallery, if you aren't a member of the fan club, you won't be able to view it, and if it's a fan club project, template and instrcutions aren't supposed to be posted elsewhere, I'm aplogize to anyone who doesn't have access! I will say Gabby has her supplies listed at the bottom, if you want to try to "wing it!"
And here are my questions for Gabby:
Technique~I'm a direct to paper stamper, but I also like masking and I dabble in brayering, a technique I wish to one day accomplish beautifully.
Colors/color combo~I love elegant looking cards, black & white or neutrals, although sometimes I do go a bit "color crazy". I also like using a lot of brown with pink, mint, & aqua...or any other color that looks fabulous with browns.
Type of project to make that’s not a card?~TOTES!!! I do like making boxes and treat bags as well...but totes are my all time favorites by far.
Gina K set by Melanie~HA...it's a toss up between Little Tee's and Just So Sporty. I'm a tee and hoodie type of gal when I have my "downtime".
Gina K sets (from any illustrator)~my all time favorite that I really don't use often has to be Owl Always Love You (reminder to self...next project...break that set out!) I have a thing for cute looking owls.
Craft supplies I can’t live without:~STAMPS & Prismacolor markers are the tops!!! LOL...but, I also CAN NOT live without my Zots, trimmer, & Scor-Pal! Oh...and Basic Black ink is a MUST have.
I've been stamping for a bit over 5 years now
I get my inspiration from~awesome stampers that are drool-worthy on SCS or many blogs I've visited and just life itself and what's around me or what I'm going through.
The most important things I’ve learned about stamping/cardmaking are~anything handmade that you give to family or friends or just anyone is worth more because it comes from the heart and it's made with love and care. I've also learned to treat stamping like a baby and be patient and have those "sleepless" nights just to see the creations that come from YOUR hands.
Some of my stamping/crafting goals are~to reach the levels of those master stampers and maybe one day be published in a magazine...or even become a design team member.
Some of my stamping/crafting accomplishments are~graduating from single layers and stickers! I may not be a pro yet...but I have come a LOOOONG way!
I like stamping because~it is my creative outlet. Stamping allows me to express myself and share who I am without saying too much. It's also a great way for free therapy. LOL! Well...not too much free...but cheaper and I can do it on MY time.
Supplies used:CS: Basic Black & Riding Hood Red from Stampin' Up! Bright White from Wausau Papers DP: Black & White Collection from Making Memories Ink: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red from Stampin' Up! & Crimson Red Prismacolor marker Stamps: Little Tee's, Tee Talk, & Flourishes from Stampotique Embellishments: Silk flowers on bouquet from Mike's, Build-A-Brad, & Grosgrain Red ribbon Others: Bamboo skewers & make-up sponges
Thank you Gabby for this terrific project and introducing me to these cool totes! Bamboo skewers, very cool!! :) Look forward to seeing more of your work!
BTW: have you seen my Guest Designer Carolina's Advent Calendar?? (that she made with cookie cooling racks?? Brilliant!) Oh my word, YUMMY!
Papercraft Plant Sketch Challenge #4
Friday, November 28, 2008
Antiqued Votive Lantern Tutorial
Start by scoring a piece of CS at 2.5, 5, 7.5, and 10 Inches. Cut off the last three quarter inch to leave a small flap.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Whole Lotta' Coffee
I needed a longer card than normal with this long focal point, which is fine because I recently broke down and got the long rectangle Nestabilites sets that had been haunting me! (although the white was too large to die cut, that's why the little handle is hanging off (trimmed with a craft knife), but the scalloped mat is. If you don't have these, just make a large card using one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 folded in half that fits in a long envy. :)
Card base is Kraft, I love this color on coffee themed cards like the wrap around a "to go" cup. When I drink coffee, I add a lot of milk or cream, so mine doesn't usually have that standard Chocolate Chip color, so I used a Copic and some Textured DCWV Earth Element CS to match. I could have made the cups different colors, but I was diggin' the "all white" here.
Although I forgot to take a pic of this addition and was too lazy to photograph it again, it looks adorable to stamp some of the sprinkle bits or flour dust or crumbs on the the top of the latte foam from "Have A Cookie!" like cinnamon or cocoa*, I know I said it already but I am just SO excited to use these sets together (it was like getting an early Christmas present when I first saw Rupa's set, coming out the same month as mine!) :)
I don't drink coffee on a regular basis, but, I am willing to learn! I'm sure you've all been reading abut Gina's dad on her blog, please say a prayer for her family today or leave her some love on her blog! If you haven't yet watched the cardsforheroes video, please take time to do so, it is as my mom would say "a three hanky movie"! I just cried and cried, it was so moving! (in a good way!) God bless, happy Thanksgiving!
*I'll do this on another sample so you can see ;)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
One Sweet Apron!
I started stamping just the gingerbread cookie and greeting in the middle of the bib. Make sure you use a fast drying ink that won't run on fabric. (I do not recommend craft ink, as it fades quite a bit after washing.)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Coffee Kisses in a Pizza Box with lots of Challenges!
Just drop a KISS into your MUG!
Your coffee or cocoa now will say,
“I wish you a
HAPPY Christmas DAY!” "
When your Cocoa (Coffee) needs a HUG,
I hope you enjoyed this project, have a great day!!! (You don't have to make the box, but I hope you'll try the sketch challenge! Upload a project using the sketch to PCP with the keyword SK112208 by Friday and you could win a prize! Good luck!)
Color your rolled out dough image from "Have a Cookie" in a color to match you Play-doh or other modelling dough (here I used "Fun-Doh", a cheap alternative to Play-doh, and I do not recommend it LOL! I bought it not for the price but because I like the "white" rather than Play-Doh's "Yoyo Yellow" container! Thumbs down on Fun-Doh's texture however and their sloped sided container, you'll have a much easier time wrapping Play-doh's cylinder!!) I added my heart shaped cookie to a die cut circle for the top and some of Gina K's Pure Luxury ribbon.
Add a shaped cutter, rolling pin or other cutting tool and it makes a fun stocking stuffer, party favor, gift for classmates or treat for a Valentine! (Who doesn't love play-doh?? )
Or, try making your own dough with salt, flower and water and bagging it up with a little stamped tag instead! As a child, my mom and I spent many an hour making little ornaments and figurines with this homemade stuff, which can either be painted after baking or you can add food coloring to the dough when you make it :)
I'll be back with my sample for this week's PCP sketch challenge, I worked in all sorts of other challenges hee hee! Just gotta finish writing it up!!
(eek, I just looked at the date, only one more month of stamping/shopping days til Christmas!!)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Guest Designer: Carolina Buchting
2. Favorite Colors/color combo
Single color would have to be Basic Gray - love using it as a background, as a mat, or even on it's own. For combo I would have to say Brown and Pink with Black and Pink a close second. Brown and Pink has a lot to do with my two favorite indulgences - Brown for Coffee since I drink it with milk and Pink like my favorite cupcake flavor, strawberry.
3. Favorite type of project to make that's not a card?
Anything altered! If it's not nailed down or glued down I'll alter it...well even then I'm sure I can find a way to alter it - LOL!
4. Favorite Gina K set by Melanie
Hard one...but I'd have to say "Have a Cookie" because I love the versatility followed with "Little Tees" a close second because it was first of it's kind and love that about your sets - just how original they are and fun to work with!
5. Favorite Gina K sets (from any illustrator)
Used to be "Retro Boutique" by Rupa because it reminds me so much of my grandmothers, but now hands down "My Cuppa' Joe" set...I'm sure you know why - "wink". I do have to say that I also love all the Stamps for a Cause sets because of the meaning behind them. It's one of the reason I started buying from Gina, her generosity and those of the artist that design for her are always so heart warming.
(I won't put you on the spot and ask favorite stamp company, hee hee!) ;) -
Thanks, this would have been hard to decide on...I would have been sitting on this email until next week - LOL!
6. Favorite craft supplies I can't live without
Oh this has to be tie for me - LOVE halfback pearls with ribbon really, really, close behind - I think my 200 plus rolls can account to that!
7. I've been stamping for (how long)
On a mostly daily basis I would say for about 5 years, but I had my first collection of stamps at the age of 8...I just took a break for a while and experimented with other mediums.
8. I get my inspiration from
Just about everywhere and everyone. I see things in a different way than most. I look at things as potential of what they could be and always take time to admire their beauty and draw inspiration from the color, the texture or even the shape of that particular thing. From people, I draw inspiration from the clothes they wear, how they accessorize, the way they style their hair or as simple as the shoes they might have on that day. I also love to look at fashion, interior design, and food magazines and love to blog hop and check out what others are coming up with...so much talent out there!
9. The most important things I've learned about stamping/cardmaking are
The joy it can bring to another person. Whether it is through a card I sent to a friend or even a complete stranger; to the friends I've met through this amazing obsession, um, I mean hobby of ours. I'm greeted daily by an email from a friend or a stranger sharing with me their feedback on a card or project I've posted on my blog...it's always so sweet to read how much what I do means to other and/or gives them inspiration to create something for themselves.
10. Some of my stamping/crafting goals are:
To improve my watercoloring; get better at using my Copics; learn new tecniques; and at some point down the line desing my own line of designer paper.
11. Some of my stamping/crafting accomplishments are
I have two big accomplishments this year, first is my blog and second is my design and guest design team invitations. I'm honored and so touched by the companies that have invited me to design with their stamps.
Chicken Soup for your Soul
Omitting part of an image to get more mileage from my rubber is one of my favorite things to do, it's a little "game" I play with myself (Find the Shape!) I used my Memento dew drop to carefully ink up just the bottom of the pot from Rupas' adorable new coffee set "My Cuppa Joe". I can honestly say it it the cutest coffee set I have ever seen! "Get well soon" is from "Say it with Flowers" (I love the italic soon, it's like you blowing on your hot soup to cool it: "sooooooooon...........") ;)
I thought it'd be fun to have some hearts rising out of the bowl somehow, so I went flipping through my paper packs and the perfect sheet was in Basic Grey's Sugared pack! (and the heart strip was in the perfect spot, too LOL! and the right colors!! That's "Stamping Serendipity", ladies...) The shadows are created with Copics, but I didn't have the right shade for my golden broth so I colored that with a So Saffron marker. I stopped there, didn't feel a ribbon or other embellishments were needed. (I'm trying to "edit" lately...it's a Project Runway/Top Design thing...:)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
C'mon, Get Funky!
I liked it this, but why not keep going? (I had a few minutes to kill, hee hee) ;) I placed a Classic Rectangle Nestabilities die around the my images and traced both the inside and outside of the die with a fine black pen, skipping over my images when I came to them. Then I removed the die and just sketched in a simple divider between my outlined borders (you can use a ruler if you really want, but sketching it loosely goes nicely with the artwork in the set, I think) :) I filled in each new frame this created with Copics to match my colored images.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tic Tac Dough!
I cut out a large square of magnetic paper and covered one side with brushed silver CS like a cookie sheet; the other side I covered with some DCWV Spring Stack paper, the large plaid design conveniently made a cute tic tac toe grid!
EDITED TO ADD: the pic on the fridge is the moment my sons first met, Jonathan fell in love with his little brother on sight, the look on his face is like "Christmas"! (these days, it's often a different story LOL!!) I used this pic on William's birth annoucnement that I cropped, changed to black and white and then handtinted with some baby blue, maybe I'll share that here sometime...BUT, I didn't stamp on it!! (the horror!)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Threading water punch is used along the bottom and faux stitching along the bottom with the Inkssentials white gel pen bring out that beautiful ribbon (gift from my peep Joanne)
And the Winner is....
So awesome how you made it so masculine! I love the versatility of this set. Just convinced me to get Little Tees this last release, and I NEED Just So Sporty to go with it!! I wanna be just like you when I grow up, Mel. ;)Hugs.
November 17, 2008 7:10 PM
Nicole, please email me your address ASAP! Thank you everyone for playing!
Sweet Sprinkles: Dollar Spot Alert!
The white CS is cut with a 1" circle punch, the larger Real Red or Garden Green mat is 1 1/4" punch. I tied a festive bow with one of the ribbon from the Gina K Pure Luxury assortment, put it in abasket with my cutters and some mix, and my gift is done! Great for a neighbor or family with kids to use all season long*! :)
*This same idea could be carried over to a decorating kit for Easter cookies, fall cookies etc just by selecting a different color or shaped sprinkles set... ;)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Masking & Sponging a Sunset in Seconds: tutorial
Stamp your trees in the lower right corner, staggering like they're on a hill, and stamping off to create depth. Stamp your greeting (this is also in the set) in the top left corner.
Use a straight edge to mask a "horizon" and sponge some ink (here Regal Rose) above it. (I'm not doing anything with that "diagonal", just moved the paper away so you can see!) Doesn't it already look like mist floating off the water?
Sponge some areas above and below in the same color ink to create the "cloudy sky" and the reflection on the water. You don't have to worry so much about whether your reflection is exactly the same.
Now use a punch circle and place it over your greeting, (this will draw special attention to your sentiment, giving it a beautiful glow!) sponging your pink ink around it.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I Am Not a Painter...Paint by Stamp Tutorial
First I painted a bright yellow background (then I wouldn't have to go back and try to paint around everything) leaving a little bit of white around the edge. I painted the sides later with a bright red since I planned to leave it unframed (and add a little somethin' in that space, you'll see...) Next I stamped my flowers in Going Gray classic ink (you could use a different light color, too, you're going to paint over it.) Be sure to put something up underneath your canvas like a book first so you have a hard solid surface to stamp (since the pulled canvas will give when pressed). I still lost a little detail in the center, but I was able to add in a little bit of detail with a pen at the end...
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tee Talk: You're a Classic (Candy!!)
"You're a Classic" is from my new "Tee Talk" set, one of my favorite greetings from it, so fun stamped on a "vintage" tee or by itself on a tag for practically anybody/occasion. This casual button down I made from the jersey in "Just So Sporty". This is the first time I've made a man's dress shirt from it, and I'm so thrilled with how it turned out! (and it was so easy to do!) To alter the jersey: ink up just the outside of the sleeves (omitting the stripes), the body of the shirt, and the inside vee of the collar (omit the outside of the collar). Then stamp onto DP. I found a really masculine print in the Basic Grey Ambrosia pack (this looks like most of the shirts in my DH's closet, invarious shades of course) Add a "w" on either side of the V neck for the collar points and a line down the middle to separate the front. A few little o's for buttons (filled in with the Inkssential pen) and you're done! I traced over the lines and filled in the inside of the neck with my C-3 Gray Copic to add a little shadow and keep it from looking flat.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Buds & Branches Tutorial
It may look like some very tedious cutting, but it wasn't! Imagine if this was a line art image: you would really see every little place that I didn't cut exactly up to the line. But here with embossing on this colored cardstock, I could cut near it, on the edge, or even inside and it looks just fine, so this is a very forgiving process, I cut the whole branch in about 2 minutes. Next I snipped it into three different pieces so I could layer them onto my card in the places I needed. (It actually looked really nice as just one piece but a lot of it was covered by my quote that way, so I decided to separate a few leaves to spread it out a bit more.)