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
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
"You Must have been a Beautiful Ba-BY..."
More later! I have family in town this week, miss you!!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
A Charmed Wreath
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Guest Designer: Cathy Edgar
Here's more about Cathy:
Technique: My favorite technique is the copic gradiant color blending technique
Colors/color combo: I tend to like muted earthy colors in browns, greens and mauve
Type of project to make that’s not a card? I really enjoy creating Name/Theme frames and altered journals
Gina K set by Melanie: This is a no brainer, A Year of Flowers will probably always be my favorite set from any designer, but there are many close seconds like Just so Sporty and Jumping for Joy
Gina K sets (from any illustrator): Take Flight just took over first spot from Botanical Dreams, sorry Asela J
Craft supplies I can’t live without: My copic markers and copic airbrush system
I've been stamping for (how long) about 2 ½ years
I got started stamping… I attended a SU party at my daughter’s, made a card, and the rest is history!?! I think that the ink I got on my fingers permeated my brain.
I get my inspiration from: I get my inspiration from everywhere, but mostly I pick up bits and pieces from all the different blogs that I visit of the stampers that I truly admire. I then figure out how it works for me.
The most important things I’ve learned about stamping/cardmaking/scrapbooking are : There are thousands of very talented creative people who are willing to share what they do for the love of sharing. I have also learned that I NEED to color or create something daily (when mama’s happy everybody’s happy!)
Some of my stamping/crafting goals are : I set 3 goals for myself this year.
1. Was achieved when Melanie picked me as her guest designer this month, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
2. To be published: this would require submitting—still working up to that one
3. One more Guest Design invite that has been my dream for over a year. If you know me, you know which one it is--
Some of my stamping/crafting accomplishments are: DT member for Dog Gone Stamps, Guest Design Team Member for Artistic Outpost, and I think my biggest accomplishment is Guest Designer for Melanie because it was not one I applied for, she asked me!
When I’m not stamping, I’m probably: working or with my kids(four grown kids) and grandkids(11.5) and husband of 38 years.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Potluck Friday Challenge
Here I tried to recreate those cool "cup splatter" stamps I've seen before which look so great on collage style cards or similar, using a real wine glass to compliment the wine glass image! I rolled the bottom of wine glass base onto my Cranberry Crisp ink pad, then spritzed it with a little water to blur it and stamped it onto some natural antique parchment paper from Paper Temptress. I love how it looks like a used placemat now, LOL! I painted in the wine with ink from the pad and my Niji waterbrush. I added a teensy bit of shading with a warm grey Copic and painted on a little white from my craft pad to the glass.
I hadn't had a chance to ink up this quote yet from "A Charmed Life", it really reminds of the days BK (Before Kids) when I would show up at my neighbor friend's place after work to moan about "my 8-5" over a glass of vino, there's just something about "whining" to your BFF over some wine! To go along with my little 'tude (that's "attitude" for short! snort!), I used "DIVA" and my tiara stamps (don't forget the rhinestone bling!), both from my "Little Tees" for my charm, LOVE how well these go with the quote LOL! Think thi would be a really fun "having one of those days??" kind of card! :) I ran my black marker along the edge of the mat and adhered it to my Gina K Pure Luxury White Base.
Hope you'll try this challenge, upload your creations to Stamp TV with the tag STVPF5, can't wait to see what you dig up! (Who knows, it just might become your favorite new stamp!) ;) For ore details on the Potluck Friday Challenge, click here!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Spotlight on Hands
Have a wonderful day, thanks for visiting me! :)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
When Life Gives You Wine... Make Lemonade!
For this card I inked up just the liquid part of the glass and stamped onto yellow and green DP from the Black Market "Letters from Paradise" pack Gina K sells!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sketch Challenge: Clean and Simple (CAS)
Cheers! Clean and Simple...
Have a great day!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
What's for Dinner?
Saturday, March 21, 2009
One of a Kind
Have a one of a kind weekend! do soemthing new! (even if that just means takign a risk stamping!) ;)
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
"A Charmed Life" Tip Sheet
With 1 beautiful glass, 21 whimsical charms, and 36 greetings, this set has endless options and is sure to be a year-round favorite! I've drawn it in this sketched style that lends itself towards "still life" designs, works with your antiqued/distressed/vintage print papers and colors for a old world, cozy "cafe" feel, or when paired with with trendy urban ones gives a cool cosmopolitan look! You'll be making the most fun and elegant cards and gifts in no time!
While there are many wine related quotes in this set, it is not exclusively "a wine set". Think about drinks the glass could hold other wine, party beverages as well as non-alcoholic beverages (because everything is more fun/tasty when served in a pretty glass !) Make the liquid orange for some brunch mimosas, lemon-lime for chilled margaritas, pale yellow or pink for a summer picnic, or clear for water! etc
Colors to use for wines: deep red, burgundies for your red wines (Cardinal Copic is nice!)
Pale yellows golds for whites
Pinks for white Zinfandel or Rose
I am pleased to report that I have tried just about every coloring medium I own with the glass and all give fabulous results! I will share samples with each, along with coloring tips for each, you can be sure!
The Gina K rub-on paste is stunning and an easy way to color you wine and highlight the glass. The red, silver and gold are all in the Holiday Rub on Paste Collection, a very economical (less than 5 bucks!) and festive way to color this set, the shimmer says "celebrate!"
Paper-piece the liquid with shimmery papers to make a sparkling, effervescent-looking drink (like champagne!)
Stamp a flower from "A Year of Flowers" into the wine glass, makes for a beautiful still life arrangement, like you just clipped a rose from your garden and placed it in a water-filled goblet!
Omit the stem and base and it will look like a little water-filled clear vase!
Put some Stickles or Chunky Glitter around the glass edge for a sugar or salted rim, very sparkly and festive!
Stamp the glass onto Acetate or vellum and cut out, it will look like a real glass!
Stamp the charms directly onto the wine charm ring on the glass image to customize it for occasion. The tiny toasts fit perfectly on the tag. Emboss it to give it a metal edge.
Don't see your favorite charm in this set? Have fun stamping other small images you own on to the charm ring! Ex: the ladybug from "AYear of Flowers" or the shamrock from "Just So hoppy"
OR use Polyshrink for stamping your favorite large images, then shrink them down to create a 3D , proportionally sized charm for the glass, looks really cool!
Trace your wine charm ring with a metallic pen or Stardust glitter pen. Don't forget to glue on clear, colored or metal beads or crystals to bling up the ring! My favorite are these self adhesive rhinestones, easy to put on, come in different sizes and can be colored with Copics to match your cards!
Omit the jump ring on each charm, inking up only the charm and use these as a tiny image on your cards, or stamp it onto the wine tag!
Punch out the tag with a circle punch on pop up onto the wine ring for a 3D effect, do the same with the charms. The 5/8" Marvy circle standard punch Gina sells is perfect, will leave a perfect tiny rim!
The individual charms look ADORABLE when stamped onto the end of your greetings, like they're hanging from the end loop! Have fun hanging these up on the many greetings from this set or others in your collection!
Stamp them out in a row under a piece of metallic cord like they're dangling from a chain. Makes a sweet charm bracelet card for "a young lady".
Punch your cardstock edge with scallops. Then stamp the little charms into each cut out hole in the scallops for a blinged up border!
Cover the goblet with Crystal Lacquer.
When you stamp the glass onto white cardstock, add very pale grays or blues to give the glass dimension. Stamp into onto a pale cardstock or neutral (Kraft for example), and add white reflecting highlights with a white pencil, craft pad or pen.
Omit the line of the liquid in the glass and then redraw your own to make the glass look more full or empty!
Omit the liquid completely and color to look like a silver goblet (think weddings anniversaries, or stamp it onto metallic paper, no coloring needed!
Omit the stem and base and draw a tiny vertical line in the "liquid" with a pen to create a wick and you have a beautiful little votive candle!
Make reverse mask of your glass by stamping the glass, cutting out and saving the outside piece. Place this over your stamped glass, lining it up, then stamp the crackle background from Elegant Flowers in the Floral Frenzy kit all over it in Versamark and emboss with clear EP or a glittery one like Iridescent Ice. it will look like one of the those beautiful crackled glasses!
To add color to your layouts or to match a favorite patterned paper, think about beautiful colored tinted glasses you've seen (like deep red or cobalt blue) or ones with hand painted stems!
Stamp, doodle or emboss beautiful flourishes, flowers onto the bowl and base of the glass!
Emboss your charms in silver or gold EP and then shade them with a gray silver or gold pencil, will look very life-like.
The glass is a very tall stamp, approx 3.5" but you can put it on smaller or square cards and extend the glass of the top for a really cool design! The 4.25" large round acrylic block is perfect for accomodating this unmounted stamp.
Stamp two together for clinking glasses with your favorite toast greeting for a very celebratory card!
Tie a bow around the stem to dress it up: white or ivory organza or taffeta for weddings, bright red for Christmas, the appropriate color for an anniversary, etc. see sample above
Stamp two glasses for "his and hers" goblets "for a very charming couple" (wedding or anniversary) To make them truly his and hers ( for example a white and red wine if they have a different preferences and a charm that symbolizes that person.
Stamp or draw in a simple wedge of citrus or party umbrella!!
Give your beverage a really funky look by paper piecing the liquid with a hip "swirly" or even flowery print for girls night or a party! (or a masculine print like paisley, stripes, etc for a man's birthday)
The different toasts provided are some popular ways to say the traditional English "Cheers!" or "Bottoms Up!" On my one and only tour of Europe , we didn't speak the same language as the locals, but you were always to welcome to pull up a chair and enjoy a nice
Sante: French (means literally "health", to your health!)
Salud: (Spanish) said in Mexico and Spain
L'Chaim (Hebrew): used when making a toast , or at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah; or is a Jewish naming ceremony, like a christening
Mazel Tov (Hebrew): means "good fortune", said for any happy occasions or accomplishment or recognizing difficult times/trials are over
Use "To a very charming" with Lady, Friend, Couple, Man
You have a little book charm for book club! or your bookworm friends... :)
The diamond ring and bridal couple is perfect for an engagement, anniversary, or wedding.
The shoe and lips are great for girls night or an afternoon of shopping or evening of cocktails!
Dice and images for each of the card suits (heart, spade, club, diamond) are provided for your board games, Bunco, poker, Texas Hold 'em, etc game nights! Make some special invites or create a special thank you for someone who had you over for an entertaining evening of fun.
Great charms to use for "the charming man" in your life: leaf, treble clef, die, playing card symbols, grapes, or the round tag with a little sentiment
You have a little candle topped cupcake and wrapped present charms for happy birthdays!
The leaf charm is beautiful for fall, Thanksgiving, and the present and snowflake are very festive for all your winter holidays.
The Star of David charm can be used with the "L'Chaim" and "Mazel Tov!" to cover almost all of the Jewish holidays and celebrations!
Stamped tile coasters, cardboard coasters or a stamped cheese board
An invite to happy hour or to celebrate a promotion , achievement etc ("can I buy you a drink?")
Memo Chalk Board for kitchen done in White Staz on
Book Club invites
Book plates with the old book quote
Stamped napkins for your book club, dinner party, wine tasting, or game night with the glass and different taosts or wine quotes for some easy and inexpensive matching tableware.
Polyshrink wine charms of course! Polyshrink the glasses for a charm bracelet or earrings, too, these make a great gift for a wine lover
Stamped box,velvet bag, for presenting some wine
Stamp a Kraft handled bag to bring wine and crackers, cheese for a housewarming gift
Create a special wine label with the Gina K waterproof labels
Thank yous for dinner or lunch dates
Wine journal or calendar for a wine lover
create a placemat for "wine tasting flight"
Girls Night Out
thank you card for your sweetie for a night out!
This is just the beginning! I'll have more tips and ideas for you, I am having SO much fun creating with this set!
My PSA: I do not endorse under age drinking! Please be advised: the little graduation cap is intended for college grads only! Please drink responsibly! :)
Monday, March 16, 2009
If the shoe fits!
This uses Donna's sketch for the week over at Stamp TV, have you been playing these?? The DP is from Emily's "Rich and Shabby" Digi pack, CS is Gina K Pure Luxury White and Black Onyx. I used my last two flowers from the "Floral Frenzy Kit" , stamped with the crackle pattern from the Bold Flowers which is also in the kit in Antique Linen distressing ink (used that to sponge around the ostrich mat as well) Sentiment is from "A Charmed Life", too. Image is colored with Copics.
I hope this card inspires you to look at the images you already have and see how the charms in this set can bring new life" and options to some of your favorite stamps!
Have a great day!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
My Design Notes
Here is a sample I shared at the release party using "A Charmed Life" and "A Year of Flowers", but I wanted to give you a few tips for recreating it. This is colored with the peerless watercolors and the Niji waterbrush, just one shade of pink and one shade of green! I used a light gray Copic to add shadows below the flowers and to the glass. Adding the flower laying on its side makes for a nice design instead of just flowers in the vase: instead of just an up and down composition, the second flower creates a triangle for your eyes to travel in.
Something simple that adds a lot realism: I masked the glass with my stamped and cut out image before stamping the stem of rose over the glass's stem so you wouldn't have the black lines going through, but then when I colored it, I painted the very lightest green line behind the stem of the glass lining it up with the stamped rose stem to create the illusion of the translucence of the glass. This is similar to the tutorial where Theresa made the flower show through the glass in this post, just a different way to do it!
Last I popped up the rose in the glass but cutting one out and mounting it on dimensionals. I almost always try to pop up at least one thing on my cards, it makes so much difference in the end!
Notice how the layers here go to the edge of the card, just something different that makes it look "fresh" compared to consistent 1/8" borders which is what I usually do. It's good to change things up! Try this sketch if you want, link it if you do, I'd love to see! (Like playing sketches? Allison is looking for a Guest Designer for April for So Sketchy, details here!)
The digi paper is Emily's "Rich and Shabby", (I will be back to show you a couple "filters" I have on my computer program, I'm sure you have something similar, that really changes the look of this beautiful, leafy print) and the charms are covered with Crystal Lacquer, the little heart hanging from the greeting is a tiny detail that I really like here. And did you see the little music note? Not many stamps out there for music lovers that I've seen, so I hope this included charm is a nice option for many of you! :)
Hope this is helpful to when creating! Have a blessed Sunday!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Have a beautiful weekend, any special Spring Break plans I should know about?? ;)
tip sheet coming up!
PS I got a question from scrappintlc about how to adhere the acetate on the candle in yesterday's post: good question! I covered the entire piece of vanilla "candle" with a thin layer of Crystal Lacquer, and then pressed my stamped wine glass top on the acetate over that lining it up, smoothing out the bubbles. It worked like a charm! (no pun intended!! You don't see the adhesive because it covers all of the pieced paper, would have if I'd just done a few dots. It is not attached at all at the top, but that sucker is not coming off LOL! At first there were a couple bubbles I was having a hard time getting out, but I was kind of tickled when I realized even if they hadn't , that would have just looked like the tiny bubble you sometimes get in glass! :) Hope this helps! Crystal Lacquer just has sooo many uses!
Friday, March 13, 2009
This Little Light of Mine!
Wow, what a party last night!! I was so busy getting ready for it I didn't have a nice long draft of a post today, although I've got about a billion samples made up with all our new sets LOL! Here's a quickie post with my "A Charmed Life" set and a tulip from my "A Year of Flowers" , omit the wine glass stem from the new set or mask it off , draw in a quick wick and you have a little candle! Greeting is from Gina's "Heartfelt Hits". The "wax" is paper pieced with GK Pure Luxury Ivory CS(vanilla candles are my favorite!) and I added a layer of a acetate over it to make it look like a glass votive. Sponging gives the card a nice "glow"
I'll be back with more later, I am SO excited about this month's set and this month's tip sheet, be sure to check out the full "A Charmed Life" set reveal, it has so many options I didn't even begin to discuss or make samples for yet! Have a great weekend, I'm off to spend some quality time with my little boy today, he's been very patient while Mama's been stamping this week! Thank you everyone on our fabulous Gina K Designs design team and THANK YOU all the fans who turned out to the party!!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Sneak Peek Day 3: "A Charmed Life" and "Wreath of Wishes"
Here is simple shaker card I made to celebrate an anniversary. I stamped my glass twice in Memento Black ink, cut out the bowl on the glass, and added a layer of acetate behind it. I pieced some Autumn Hay Glimmer CS from Paper Temptress for the liquid (which I also used for my card base), the shimmery golden color is perfect for champagne or sparkling cider, no coloring needed there! I added some clear beads before sealing it up and just love how festive and sparkling that looks, the way the beads rise and fall like bubbles is almost like the real thing, pop POP!! I chose the ring charm this time, and added self adhesive rhinestones to bling it and the wine ring up and traced with the Stardust gel pen, this pen is perfect for outlining the little wire ring around the stem and adding sparkle to your charms!) Black and white papers here are Gina K Pure Luxury white and the new Pure Luxury Black Onyx! Punch is Large Flourish. I added just a few shadows to the glass with gray Copics.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sneak Day 2: Zoo Animals
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sneak Peek Day 1: Easter Blessings
I colored the cross and vine with Copics. The white layers you see are White Diamond CS from Paper Temptress, the shimmer is amazing! I used my Scor-Pal to score a "cross" behind the cross image and then scored diagonals out to the corners and edges that appear to be radiating out from the cross's center, this little detail really adds to the beauty and symbolism of the card (click the pic to see the closeup). The rich, purple patterned paper you see is from Emily's new "Rich and Shabby" Digital paper pack, available for purchase this Thursday. To recreate the flowering vine, I wound the SU! 1/4" celery grosgrain over and around the mats, tacking it down in a few spots with glue dots and then adhered a few white sateen flowers I accented with a little yellow Copic and some tiny adhesive halfback pearls to the centers. Wish you could see it in real life, it just looks alive!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Colored Lilies and a little peek!
I had to do a little masking to get the flowers and leaves arranged this way, and then cut around the flowers so they'd hang off the mat's edge partly to give it interest but also to make the mat smaller so you could see more of that beautiful patterned paper. Base and ribbon is SU! regal Rose. (The little vase I drew myself, you like? )
I am SO excited about this release, is it Tuesday yet?? Check back tonight at midnight for the first sneak peek! (and mark you calendars for our Gina K release party this Thursday night, March 12th, 7 PM CST, in our Splitcoast forum!)
*I am very excited to report (although feel a little silly doing so) the Koh-i-Noors DO contain a RED pencil LOL! If you've looked at the product pic or have the pencils, it looks like there are three shades of pink but no red! And being the "red person" that I am, although I still love the pencils, always wondered about that glaring color omission! ;) Well, what do you know, when I sat down to color these, found one of those pinks IS red, the barrel of the pencil is just much pinker that the pencil's true color (If you already knew this, pat yourself on the back) :) I think I've had them for 9 months now and I just figured it out, so be sure to try ALL your supplies, you never know what you'll learn! :)
Friday, March 6, 2009
No project pic just yet, I'm having some lighting issues right now, but I think I know what I need to do, back soon! I got some gorgeous cards from Donna and Lee this week I want to share, too but not until I have pics that do them justice!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Another Sketchy Sketch!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Happy Spring! (it really DOES feel like Spring here...)
I punched the bottom of the DP with the threading water punch to go along with the dot theme and used a clear button over some Berrylicious CS from Paper Temptress. Card base is SU! Regal Rose and 5/8 grosgain is SU! Celery.
For more challenge deets, see here!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Hoppy Birthday! (Spring has sprung!)
BTW, my back is so much better! (still haven't stamped yet, but it was fortunately nothing a good trigger point massage, Advil, Epsom bath, glass of wine and 8 hours on a heating pack couldn't fix!) Thanks everyone for your well wishes and prayers! ( now my problem is I'd rather be working on my NEWEST TIP SHEET than making cards, heh heh! it's a good one!!) Sneak peeeks start one week from today!! can't wait, can't wait!