Friday, October 31, 2008
Happy Halloween! (yesterday was crazy and I did NOT get our Halloween favors photographed; that's okay, we had fun making them , but they weren't going to win any prizes!) Be safe tonight!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
It's a very simple design, but with this classic white tee as the focal point I liked this design better than any of the other more complicated layouts or added colors I was trying out before deciding on this (and I'm very happy with it!) The tee outline and cause ribbon from the "Little Tees" set were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on white CS, colored with Blush and Peach Copics (finally bought a WHOLE box, A, expect a post later about how I decided on this one!) and outlined with my Prismacolor Warm Gray 20% marker to give it a nice curvy shape (and "support the girls"!)
One more thing I have to share, another direct quote from Theresa's email to me:
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
There are several ways to reverse the sleigh, but here I'm using vellum paper (not the thicker vellum CS). Stamp your sleigh in Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black).
Now turn it over. It is important you color on the opposite side from which you stamped, otherwise your Copics will remove your stamped lines(even with a fast drying ink)! Copics don't blend the same way on vellum as they do on CS, so you may have some streaks if you apply it heavily.
I'd planned on covering the whole mat with the vellum, but then decided just to trim the sleigh out. I mounted it using glue dots(strategically hidden underneath my self adhesive rhinestones on top and just a touch of the Quickie Glue pen on the delicate areas.
The greeting on the Nestie tag die cut is embossed with Gold EP to match my Gold Cord reins (also attached with the Quickie Glue Pen) I added some Real Red Large Flourish punches that go so nicely with those antlers and "blinged" these and my punches up with rhinestones, too.
I love how festive this card turned out!
*I almost added to the inside"Does this make me look too hippy?"... But didn't.
Monday, October 27, 2008
This is a picture Nancy sent me of Marcus and her daughter Jessica (his cousin) last year at Thanksgiving (and the last time they would see each other). He'd been fighting cancer for about a year at that time. As you can see, he looks very different here from his previous pics.
but then I saw these adorable PINS at the Target Dollar Spot, and knew just what I wanted to make!! 9 on a sheet makes those some pretty hot/cool bling at only 12 cents each!! (they had another sheet, too, just as cute, with 9 completely different designs) You can make two holes through your card to thread the pin through so the recipient can detach it, or here I just attached it with a pop up glue got (the big ones). Target had all sorts of other fun "Green-themed" items there (notepads, bandanas and such) so I picked up a few to put together a little grab bag for her, I just think these are super cute to put on cards or pages or to give to your kids or crafty earth-lovin' friends! and on this daisy (I also think "Peace!" when I see daisys) it's a super cute, super simple "green" design! :) Flower is stamped on PT Vintage Cream CS*, in Old Olive ink with SU! 1/4" ribbon to match, cut a slit under the the flower and thread your ribbon through to knot, easy peasy!! (I love how fresh this daisy looks in green, reminds me of sweet limes, cucumbers, and other good stuff) :)
I made this card with my friend Joanne Basile in mind, if you read her blog you know she does a post on "Going Green" every week. She just had a birthday, so please go leave her some love!! :)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Simply stamp the flower (here in Basic Gray) at the top half of your mat.
On a personal note: I started out making this card for Cammie's Land Cruise Water Challenge, but as I worked, decided I would be sending it to the Russell family. (Thank you again everyone who has been sending their RAKS and prayers!) I got a little philosophical and thinking about what I wanted the finished artwork to convey, and remembered reading on Karen's blog Marcus talking about work he had to do on "the other side", which made me "reflect" on this reflection. I thought about how perfect and close God's love and presence is to us, and how close our loved ones are (in our hearts and memories, perfectly preserved in time) even after they've passed over... It's not a perfect metaphor, of course (since a reflection disappears if you have no light, and God is always present), but anyway, for what's it worth...
Friday, October 24, 2008
I really like those little feathers in the design that spell out "Trick or Treat", and saw how easily I could add a few rows to my card with my SU! large oval punch. You will need 8 punched ovals for this card: 4 Pumpkin Pie, 4 Old Olive. Cut your ovals in half, you can save time and cut through three or four with your rockin Tim Holz Scissors.
Now ruin a strip of Dot n Roller across your Chocolate Chip base. Begin in the middle with one feather and work outward so the edges will be even and you don't have a whole feather on one end and skinny feather on the other. Add more adhesive and two more rows, centering each new feather in between two below it. Layer them low enough to cover little gaps in between. The great thing about this adhesive it rubs easily off if you have extra, but I just covered mine with 5/8" Chocolate grosgrain(which makes it look extra purty and covers the bgaps in my top row), the adhesive also held my ribbon in place!
Last I added my "Owl Always Love You" owls, colored with Koh-i-Noors and cut with a circle Nestie. I kept my shading simple since the shirt was so graphic looking.
I just love the texture this adds, and it looks like a lot more work than it was, doesn't it? You'll see I left room at the bottom for my greeting, stamped in Basic Brown, and used a corner rounder on my base. I am popping these in the mail for a special someone who surprised me last week with some fun mail! Hope she likes them! Have a great weekend!!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Here's a close up of the ornament, which she colored with Sharpies, and highlighted with a coloreless blender after it dried. Doesn't it look fabulous??
PS I have so many things to post, one of the few times there aren't enough days to put everything up that I need to instead of the other way around! RAKs I've gotten (thank you!!) , samples, tutorials, etc!! It's coming, it's coming!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I wanted the flowers coming off the top of my card, but I needed a flat spot across the top for folding, so I cut this CS down to 10 inches and scored at 5" and folded. This gives my a half inch at the top to attach another sunflower. Stamp some flowers in a bunch on the top half of the front, masking and adding leaves as needed, and stamp one part way of the edge to cover with your cut bloom.
Now draw a simple pot to the bottom edge( or make it fancy, or make it simpler and just draw a stright line if you want! Remember you'll be cutting it out, so if you don't like your first effort, you can try again, going inside those first line you made, they'll get cut off! For best results, use pencil :) Fold card, and cut through both layers around the flowers and pot.
Color the front and stamp, then color (I used the Peerless watercolors again) and cut more blossoms to layer onto the card with dimensionals. See top pic for finished card! (Sorry I didn't do more step-by-step coloring pics on this one, I was kind of in a hurry, (and it wasn't my best work!) but it still turned out pretty cute, I think.) :)
Our land cruise party is tonight 7-10 PM CST (aw, heck we might be partying even later!), hope you'll join us for fun and a special one day only coupon code when shopping at Gina K Designs!!
Have a glorious day! (if you have time, send someone flowers!) ;)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
A few other things I did differently from my previous rose samples (hee hee!): stamped the rose in Basic Gray ink instead of black, which really softens the look. (You can also do this to make your drawing look more like a pencil sketch on your cards.) Also, instead of shading with color, I pulled out my Versamarker and really got into those areas I needed shading with the brush tip, now I have subtle, creamy shadows! So this is a great way to get fast tone-on-tone shading. Now roses are some of the best flowers for the paper tole technique: here's a pic that shows how I stamped two roses, but made three layers by cutting out the top and the bottom to layer under and over the whole rose instead of having to stamp and cut a third time. They are numbered to show what order to layer them on your mat, sandwiching dimensionals in between to really make it 3D.
I chose to line them up perfectly with the image below, which you usually do in tole, but I experimented before adhering them all and saw it looks super frothy to place them at angles, not matching up with the image, you get more petals that way, like a double bloom variety! (I'll post one like that another time)
Here's a side view of the card top show the dimension, I curled the leaves (painted with Old Olive and an Aquapainter) out a little with my fingers, just attaching them at the base. I also added a little Leafy Branch Cuttlebugging to the bottom and my new Ivory 5/8" grosgrain (it looks a little yellow in this pic). The mat underneath my Nestabilitie die cut is Basic Gray to match the ink. Quote is from "Say it With Flowers".
Monday, October 20, 2008
Here's a closeup showing all three 'bugs moseyin' along on the Cuttlebog embossed Leafy Branch, stamped in Memento Ink, colored with Red Cadmium Copic and covered with Crystal Lacquer, which makes it somewhat difficult to photograph because of the shine fom the lacquer but they are a bright red underneath). The three different angles of the bugs allow for nice groupings and the ability to place one in your composition wherever it needs a little somethin' ("bug embellishment"? LOL!) As you can see one is crawling on the edge of the leaf, one is plunked in the middle, and one stamped on the bottom looks like it's about to walk right out of the frame! I stamped "just because" from "Say it With Flowers" and decided to center it at an angle under my square Hodgepodge frame. I haven't used the square frames that much because it's harder to find greetings to fit, but I'm liking it slanted this way and it gives me more room! Dotted ribbon is from the Pure Luxury Holiday collection, adhesive rhinestones look like brads this way, also from Gina K Designs. Had to repeat my spot pattern one last time with the Threading Water Punch down the side...
The "land cruise" is just a few days away, you won't want to miss all the good times and goodies going on in our forum Wednesday night, please come!
If you missed my post this morning, please scroll down to read, thank you SO much to everyone who has been sharing the info about Marcus on their blogs and spreading the word/praying!! :)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Tragically, Nancy’s sister Karen, has a son Marcus (Nancy’s nephew and Jessica’s cousin) who is also terminally ill, with cancer. You can read more about Karen, Marcus’s recent Make a Wish trip to Pearl Harbor, and see pictures they just had taken of their lovely family on Karen’s blog “I Made it Through Another Day”. My original intent was to ask you to send cards to lift up the lot of them: Nancy, her family, Jessica, Karen and her family and Marcus. Recently, however, Marcus is not responding to chemo, hospice has been called. It is difficult to summarize in one post the depth of their pain right now and their need for prayers and support more than ever.
Marcus Russell is 17, and has been battling brain cancer for 2 years. He was diagnosed on Oct. 2nd of 2006 with a brain tumor and had surgery to remove it the very next day. He underwent chemo and radiation treatment and did quite well during that time. Marcus has been very active in marching band and church. His family, friends and community have been very supportive of him. While on his Make A Wish trip in Hawaii in August, Marcus became very ill and it was then that they found a new tumor. Within a couple of week's time he developed multiple tumors throughout his brain. He started a brand new chemo treatment (which made him quite sick) and this last week the MRI showed that it wasn't working. He has already become blind and is now unable to walk. They've been told he only has days left.
When I asked Nancy what they needed, she said: “Just asking for prayers would be awesome. Prayers really do help. Back when we placed Jessica into hospice I got so many emails with good thoughts, prayers and love that I knew I would be okay. I also knew that God heard each and every prayer and those who offered up the prayers were also blessed.”
Your prayers and RAKs would be amazing. I had one other idea that you might be able to help with: If you are able, would you consider putting Marcus's pic and part of this post on your blog? Can we let others know who he is, that he was here? When Karen asked Marcus what he would like the world to know about him and he said, "I am the dark night - I am batman". (When you read their blogs, you'll see they are always ready to lighten the mood with a joke, no matter the circumstances) Nancy says: "He is a man of few words and he doesn't even want to think about what to say. (But they were excited about this idea of posting his pic and gave it their blessing) "BTW, Marcus has always been a fan of batman and a WWII buff. (Family) recently took Marcus to an air force base and the airman presented Marcus with a helmet and other things. They were impressed with Marcus's knowledge of the jets and he even knew all about a new one that will be available next year."
Here is an address for RAKs (they gave permission to list it here)
Karen's address is:
Karen Russell or Marcus Russell
100 W. 500 S
Providence, UT 84332
... to create coneflowers! I went back in with my Peerless Watercolors on watercolor paper, using a little Sepia Brown on the center and Wisteria Purple on the petals. As you can see I worked quickly and a bit sloppily to give it a more painterly look. "You're in my prayers" is from "Say it With Flowers".
I hope you enjoy this easy option when inking up your flowers! Any other varieties hiding in the set... ? We'll see! Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I started tracing the inside of my Classic Square Nestabilite die with a pen (using a similar width as the line in the image, this is an .03 milimeter Prismacolor)
Netx I masked in three posinsettias and colored the leaves with Copics, Red Cadmium, Coral and Yellow Green for the centers. I really liked the "sleekness" of the finished card above, but decided I'd try some Cuttlebugging with Floral Screen through both layers to give it a textured glass or quilted look, shown below.
I like 'em both, but prefer the top, I'm kind of into simpler-looking things lately), but really appreciate all the work it looks like you must have done when embossing a pattern over a colored image like this! ;) Love that Cuttlebug!!
Friday, October 17, 2008
I love how these two 5 point stars when layered create this really intricate-looking pattern!!
Start embossing one star die, choose the size you want. After removing the die, turn the die so that the points now line up in the middle of each star arm, as shown above, and emboss. You can create some different nested looks by varying the size of the star die for your second (or even third layers) but here I used the same one. Because they are offset, you must emboss one die at a time, do not attempt to stack them like this and roll through together!! I stamped a single snowflake in the middle in Handsome Hunter with one adhesive rhinestone in the middle and wrapped my matching Gina K Pure Luxury Ribbon around , ta da!! How's that for simple elegance?!
I decided to add a kicked up version with two punched fancy corners (bejeweled with one rhinestone each to match the flake) My husband actually really liked both, which is saying something, 5 thousand cards later, he's a bit numb to them all now! For him, usually the plainer the better, but he also liked it with the punched corners...) Which do you prefer?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I made a 4 1/4" square card with my Basic Black CS and embossed a Classic Square border with my largest die. Next, I selected a Scalloped Circle slightly smaller than my daisy and cut in the center. Inside I have a 4" square mat with the daisy stamped in the middle and "blessings" at the bottom.
The daisy is colored with Peerless Watercolors (in Wisteria Purple, Brilliant Yellow and Deep Yellow), back in stock, yippee! I outlined the flower with a Prismacolor warm gray 20% marker to make it look more dimensional. The card front can be displayed the way you see it in the first pic in this post, or flipped over to show the white layer if you wish. (Personally, I love it both ways!)
Where can you write your message with this design? On the back, try an Inkssentials White Opaque pen to carry that black and white them through, also back in stock! (off to order one (or two) right now!) This design would also be so fresh and happy looking on white paper (but I've been using so much white lately I thought I'd change it up!) or with a coordinating or contrasting colored CS to go with the color of your bloom.
Thanks for stopping by, I'm off to check out Gina K's Guest Designer this month, come with me!!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Stamp, color (I kept it really simple here, just a few colors), and cut out your image. Rub your Versamark pad all over the mat, then cover with Glassy Glaze or other Ultra Thick Embossing Powder and heat (it has super huge flakes, and I did a couple coats, too, to make it extra thick.) This pic shows before heating. After heating, you'll have a nice, smooth glossy finish (you can stop there if you're going for that look.)Then throw it in the freezer. Come back after awhile and give it a little bend. Is it cracking? It's ready, crack away 'til you like the look, can't crack no more, bend different directions to get those lines going every which way. If it's not cracking, put it back in the freezer. Here's a closeup to show the cracks. Cool, huh? It's a fun technique...
I also added some sateen flowers (one colored with a Red Cadmium Copic layered on a plain one) and made a little loop of Pure Luxury silver cord which I threaded though my hanger I made from punching a 1/2" circle, then a 3/4" circle around that, and glued to my round tab and threading water punch out. Yummy red ribbon is from the Pure Luxury Hoilday collection. Background is Cuttlebugged with the Snowflake folder.