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, June 30, 2009
The Pair of Us
A couple months after my husband and I began dating 13 years ago, he built two Adirondack chairs, one for each of us, to sit on the porch together. Like me, he likes making things with his hands. He's a man of few words, but this romantic gesture was loud and clear: he would provide a place for me and we'd always be together. In these low slung chairs you can't help but relax, and talk about happy times past and dreams for the future. We still have these chairs, they have been repainted three times. I'm glad he's a handy guy and knows how to fix things, so we can keep these chairs through whatever repairs they'll need and our memories of sitting in them forever.
They've been dragged all over our yard, to find the shade or get a better view of the kids, but we always keep them together. Most often they are parked in front of the Koi pond he dug and landscaped himself 6 years ago, shortly after the birth of our first child. He had just gotten laid off, and decided it was the perfect time to spend a lot of money building a pond, which he had always wanted-now he finally had the TIME to do it! (He's an eternal optimist.) With me not working and a newborn, I had to hold my breath and tongue about the wisdom of adding a pond then, but of course he found another job (better one) soon after, and that pond is still one of our favorite things about our home all these years later, it has given us thousands of hours of enjoyment. It was a great investment.
Every 3 years or so, the chairs need a new coat of paint or a bit of wood filler to heal the occasional crack. To me, they are kind of symbolic of changes that seem to happen in life every few years for our family, the good and the bad, the blessings and surprises; we weather through them.
These are just a few reasons why the best part of me is my husband.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Framing with Nestabilities
If you have Nestabilities, it is very likely the Scalloped Rectangles are part of your collection, they were one of the first few sets I bought, as most stamp images fit and frame nicely in a rectangle and look so elegant in this classic shape. To perfectly frame this large image, trim the stamped image on the line. Die cut two of the largest Scalloped Rectangles of the same size, here I used Pure Luxury White.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Big and Beautiful
I haven't made cards larger than A2 very often in the past because most stamp images are a better scale for a smaller format, but I really like this look! (Perfect for when you need write to bunch inside!) ;)
The frame is stamped in Memento Black on one of the "solid" distressed sheets from a Basic Grey pack, colored with Copics and mounted on Pure Luxury Black Onyx.
This week I will be sharing how to mat this onto Nestabilities and using Peerless Watercolors with it. :) Happy Sunday!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Fun at the Beach
TIP: Paper piece the space inside the goggle straps if you are placing it over a patterned paper, this is easier than trying to cut out those tiny areas!
Friday, June 26, 2009
"Arranged with Love" Tip Sheet
This card was done with several shades of brown Copics after stamping the image in Vivid Coffee Bean on to Pure Luxury Ivory. I went over it with the Crackle image from "Bold Flowers" and mounted onto Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss and the new Soft Sand.
- Next up, my favorite tips for the new set! :)
- There are many ways to trim the image after stamping! Cut on the line and mat on colored cardstock as you normally would, or leave a 1/8" border around it to layer on your card base, that leaves a 1/8" inch of your card base showing. This second way creates the illusion of lots of layers, in only two!
- Cut along the outside of the border with a pair of decorative edge scissors: following the line makes it easy to get it straight and a scalloped, zigzag or postage stamp edge adds a lot to your design!
- Cut it shorter or narrower and run a marker the same color as the ink you stamped it with along the edge to frame it up again, easy!
- Pop up blooms from "A Year of Flowers" over "Arranged with Love". This gives more dimension, allows you to add more of your favorite blooms, and customize it even more according to the season (ex: adding tulips in Spring and sunflowers in Autumn).
- Layer "A Year of Flowers" bloom directly over the matching flower in the "Arranged with Love" layout to have its edges extend outside of the border, a great look! (Ex: a lily over the second lily from the top, will peep just outside the frame but still fit on the A2 card)
- Stamp the frame onto DP for a subtle pattern. Color over the flowers with light colors to make them pop but leave the pattern showing through.
- Stamp in color on a neutral cardstock and mount on a base to match the ink color for a soft monochromatic look. Stamp the little card onto white or ivory CS to layer over it like paper piecing to really make your greeting "pop".
- Stamp the image over a printed "Summer Fabrics" page(the freebie digi pack from Gina K Designs) which will look like rich floral tapestry over the canvas, twill and gauze backgrounds!
- Stamp the image onto acetate in Stazon and color the back to create a stain glass look!
- Stamp the crackle pattern from "Bold Flowers" to create a vintage style card.
- Sponge the edges with a distressing link to give it a beautiful, time-worn patina.
- Stamp over the page of a book "a la Gina K" and then color the blooms to allow the words to show through for a really romantic "love letters and flowers" feel!
- This image would be gorgeous with the cracked glass technique!
- Paper piece just the background around the flowers or certain flowers the background with DP.
- Embellish the little card nestled in the flowers with brads, rhinestones, flowers or piercing in the corners or underneath the greeting.
- Create a square card by cropping the image smaller and layer onto square card base.
- Crop the image with a large die to create a smaller version of the image for a focal point you can use to layer into a completely different sketch.
- Add a little bow to the side of the card.
- Cut out the little card like a window on your card front and have the greeting stamped on the inside of the card base so it shows through.
- Personalize your special delivery by handwriting your own greeting on the little card, "xoxo" the recipient's name, or add a real lipstick print, ooh la la!
- Substitute a die cut Nestabilitie over the little card to add a fancier shaped card to the layout, like the Labels One or labels Four. Try a heart for your sweetheart!
- Watermark with Versamark on colored Cardstock or use an ink similar to the cardstock color for a beautiful tone one tone pattern.
- Decorate your envelope flap and inside of card with "A Year of Flowers".
- Emboss in black or white and color.
- Emboss it with a metallic powder for a card that shouts "elegance"!
- Stamp in a waterbased colored ink and run your waterbrush or wet watercolor brush over the flowers to blend the ink and give a soft colored look.
- Use a craft knife to cut around some of the leaf tips or petal ends and gently pull them outward, adding dimension like they are growing off the page.
- Use a card base that is smaller than the image and cut around the flowers to make them extend off the card as if they are growing.
- Add punched corners or flourishes to the corners of the frame to make it even fancier.
- Add drops of Crystal Lacquer to the petals to make your bouquet look "fresh cut from the garden"!
- Add some ladybugs from "A Year of Flowers" or butterflies from Gina's "Take Flight".
- Stamp the image twice and cut blooms from one to layer onto the other for a paper tole effect.
- Stamp the image on an envelope and hand write the person's name in the little card in the center.
- Cut out just the flowers from a corner or side to add to the corner of your card, it works to decorate your card like a flourish would, like a little cluster or border of flowers!
- Color just one flower for a spotlight on that bloom.
- Layer a mat with another image over the little card if you want to use the large image like a background. If you use a single image from "A Year of Flowers" you already have a custom mat like matching DP to match behind it!
- Make an extra large card with this extra large stamp by layering it onto a 5x7" base. This way it looks like a smaller focal point and you can go to town adding more layers and designer papers to match for a different sketch.
- Color ideas: look to nature for some great color combos when coloring your arrangements or grab color challenges and add a green if it doesn't have one for leaves. Your favorite combos will be very striking. using several different colors will be very eye catching or a one color bouquet (like all white) says "Luxury!".
- Choose all pastels for a very springy card, earthy tones in the fall for Thanksgiving, an "all pink" or "blue" color scheme for a baby's arrival, etc.
- Search the Internet of floral sites and find the meanings of different colors in flower arrangements to really customize your bouquet.
- Color the bloom you really want to "pop" with the brightest color.
- The 10 greetings in this set will get you through the entire year of occasions: "Congrats" for a new baby, engagement, promotion, "On Your Special Day" works for any of those as well as a shower, anniversary, or Mother's or Father's day for moms and dads! These also work well in combination with each other to lead into the inside of your card, for example, "Beautiful Friend... Happy Birthday!" Sending Prayers...Feel Better Soon" "To the Mr. and Mrs. ... Congrats!" "On your Special Day...Thanks So Much!"
- These large classic script greetings are a beautiful new option to go with "A Year of Flowers" images or any other images in your collection , sized to fit almost all shapes of Nestabilities and Tags.
- The majority of the greetings from "Say it with Flowers" fit on the little card, which measures 1 1/2" by 2". Have fun going through your other greeting to see what you can add to that little card! The new "Free with Three" "Many Wishes" are a beautiful match, in both size and font, and fit!
- Stamp an initial on the little card for a monogram, perfect for gift sets or to frame for someone's room!
Frame it in a 5x7 or 8 x 10 mat for piece of giftable art work. For a girl or woman's bedroom night table, write her name on the little card in calligraphy.
Slide the colored stamped image into a small acrylic frame to make a little message board, the little blank card space is perfect for writing the phone number or "I'll be back later, I love you!" :)
Place a small photo of yourself and the recipient over the card in the center instead of a greeting.
Create a quick set of matching cards using someone's favorite colors and add the different greetings to the centers for a gift she can use year round. Put in an acrylic box and tie a ribbon, you're done!
Stamp the image into Polyshrink and color, then shrink down to create a keyring or suncatcher.
For the brave: stamp the image onto canvas and embroider! :)
Use the image to alter the cover for a personalized blank book journal. Make it a book to keep track of birthdays using the "Happy Birthday!" stamp or any time gift with "Beautiful Friend".
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sneek Peek Day 3: "The Journey" and "Many Wishes"
I glued a few shells to the corner of my embossed Nesabilities rectangle frame for an accent, and broke off a tiny piece of one to put in her hand. After making a diagonal tear in some scratch paper, I placed it across the top corner and sponged in three layers of foamy surf with my Cream White Pad. The figures are colored with Copics and popped up, I followed along the underside of the image with my Versamarker to make the shadows and added two little rows of simple footprints. Last a piece of hemp, I can almost never do a beach card with it. (I have smokin' hot card for the party with this set, completely different, hope you can make it!) :)
Next up is Gina's "Many Wishes", full of dandelions and dreams.
Here is a simple single layer card created by stamping and stamping off the different dandelion heads in Staz On on Glossy CS, then matching up the stems to each, tilting them this way and that make a soft breeze. I added a little more greenery from Gina's "Tropical Flowers" to flesh out the field a bit more. I sponged on a bit of pink and purple allowing some white to peek through, I love doing nature silhouettes like this with sky in the background, like you're lying on your back in the grass with flowers towering over you as the sun sets. She also included lots of different wish greetings to accompany those little spores floating away in the breeze... ahhhhhh!
More peeks from our team here:
Gina, Carolyn, Cathy, Cindy, Donna, Emily, Erika, Jessica, Joanne, Kurtis, Lee, Lynn, Melanie, Theresa , and Asela
Our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team members Selma Stevenson and Pam Imholz are joining us this morning with previews as well!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The winner of my new "Arranged with Love" set goes to Stephanie B. with this beauty of a card you see above!! I just loved the pinks and oranges with the neutrals and all those repeating circles: the flowers, their centers, the spots on both the DP and the spiral clip, it just had such a fresh, modern, cheerful feel! And the pale pink envelope to go with was such a fun touch! Congrats Stephanie! Please send me an email with your contact info to make arrangements for you to receive the new set!
The winner drawn form the comments section is:
terriavidreader (IN-USA) who said...
I'm one of the few who doesn't own this set. But I'd love to win a new set! Being unemployed isn't fun!
June 19, 2009 8:19 AM
Congrats Teri! Please email me with your address and let me know whether you would like the"A Charmed Life" or "Sporty Accessories" set!
Please scroll down and see two sneak peeks if you have not already gone on our Gina K hop today! Next two peeks at midnight CST! :) we are less than 24 hours away from the PAR-TAY!!!
Sneak Peek Day 2: "Arranged with Love" and "Bug Me Anytime"
In my newest set "Arranged with Love", releasing this Thursday from Gina K Designs, I have taken all the time and guesswork out for you with this large frame stamp image, which I painstakingly arranged and edited a few of my favorites from "A Year of Flowers" to give you an extravagant, layered-looking bouquet, ready to layer onto your card front, that you can send for any occasion, year-round! It's like sending a real bouquet! The framed flowers image has a tiny blank "card" nestled in the center, and I've included 10 different greeting options for all occasions. You will adore the large, elegant font. I colored this with Copics and trimmed it with a pair of postage edge scissors, it is so easy to change the look with decorative scissors and sooo easy to cut, just follow the line! Card base is Pure Luxury Rocket Red.
Now, if you don't want to color, this set is also for you! Check out how beautiful it is stamped in a colored ink! (You won't believe how quick it was to put this clear gift box of cards together!)
"Arranged with Love" is a wonderful stand alone set, but also the perfect companion to your "A Year of Flowers". By using a single bloom to decorate the inside of the card or your envelope, or if you don't see your favorite flower in this new set (or want to change this up to match your season, for example: sunflower for fall), simply cut one out and pop one into this arrangement, it will fit right in! :) Here I've stamped the frame image directly onto my card base and turned it sideways, then covered the little sentiment card with some masked "A Year of Flowers" lilies. It's like custom DP for the first set, but in a frame!
Below you can see how I stamped the individual lilies on the flap to decorate the back. I stamped the background one more time on some white CS and in plum ink and stamped another greeting from the set over it in Memento Black.
The next peek is the new set from Nina Brackett: "Bug Me Anytime". It is such a fun, funky set! It includes flower parts and pieces so you can make your own modern-looking arrangements, plus, of course, BUGS!! I stamped the big dotted strip from "Ribbon Stripes" for the side and bottom , it is such a nice match for the large dots that accent the majority of the images in this set, and the ladybug! So cute!! This time I used Almost Amethyst with the Rocket Red and I am lovin' this color combo!
and, be sure to check out our CenterStage Spotlight girls joining us in Previews today: Carla Suto and Melisa Waldorf , my Guest Designer this month: Selma Stevenson plus a couple more rockstar special appearances from Denise Marzec and Dawn Lusk! Thank you everyone! :)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sneak Peek Day 1: "Happy Camper" and "100% Sweet"
I masked this scene from a couple different images, starting with the sign (which is blank for you to fill in with what you need for your card) and then stamping the landscape behind it. Without removing the mask and without reinking, flip the mountain scene over and stamp again for a reflection. I sponged around a punched circle above and below and colored everything with Copics, keeping it all muted to look like a still morning. I went out in the yard and found a little twig to create the cane pole and tied on some thread for the line, and popped up one little fish at the end. This little image is great for creating borders too, here I stamped them all along the bottom to look like you are getting a view of what's under the water. This was really fun to make! :)
Next, Rupa's new set is appropriately named "100% Sweet"! I had a really hard time deciding which card to share today (kind of like picking from the dessert cart, my samples all looked so yummy to me, LOL!)
Gina, Carolyn, Cathy, Cindy, Donna, Emily, Erika, Jessica, Joanne, Kurtis, Lee, Lynn, and Theresa
We are also thrilled to have a couple of our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team join us in our previews this morning: Carolina Buchting and Jennie Harper
Mark your calendars for the Gina K designs release and party (this link explains the what's to expect!) this Thursday night, June 25th!
Monday, June 22, 2009
keeps lifting me....
Sneak peeks start at midnight!!!! can't wait, two new sets revealed! :)
Reminder: You still have a few hours left to enter "A Year of Flowers" project for a chance to win the new set, click here to upload before 11 PM CST!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Hope you have a very happy Father's Day! Sneak peeks starting soon! Don't forget to check out the "Year of flowers" Blog hop from Friday's post, there are a couple more days to play ( so far we have 8, I thought it would be more like 8 HUNDRED!) I will assume you are all working on something extra special ;)
Saturday, June 20, 2009
You're a Classic
I hope you have a terrfic weekend celebrating the fathers in your life! (I think our weekend inolves laying low and smoking brisket, how the dad in our family likes it!)
Be sure to scroll down to the post below for the flower blog hop, even if you are not adding a link, click on the Mr. Linky at the bottom of that post to see the list of players who are already up! :)
Only 5 more days til our next release!!! I am going to say: one of these new sets contains probably my favorite image in my entire collection of stamps! and I have a TON after 6 years of collecting! So excited to reveal it to you!!!
Friday, June 19, 2009
"A Year of Flowers" Blog Hop! Come join the fun!
Score a 5 x 10 1/2" piece of baseweight Pure Luxury White at 1 1/4", 2 1/2", 4 1/4", 6", and 8 1/4". Fold. Now stamp out three rows of roses on another piece of CS in Memento Black, masking them to fit within 5 1/2"(so it will fit in your A2 envelope) and mask in the leaves. Here you can see my scrap mask covering one rose so I can stamp the leaves. I did 3 in my bottom row, 4 in the second, and 5 in the third for a total of 12. Gotta go for the full dozen! :) Masking will save a lot of time in just cutting the three orws and not having to cut out and adhere 12 individual flowers!
I will pick one winner to receive a copy of my new set (and you WILL want it, NEED it!), which is releasing June 25th from Gina K Designs. Winner will be announced here June 24th, the day we peek the new set in our design team blog hop!
Just post your creation to your STV or SCS gallery or blog and then add your link to it by clicking on the Mr. Linky below, thanks for joining, should be a beautiful couple of days, I can smell the flowers already... :)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Blog Candy Winner!
Darlene L said...
Wild, wild, guessing here. We have had wee tees, teen tees, adult tees==how about something for us fun loving senior citizens?
Congrats on your publishing achievements. I'll be sure to check them out next time I get to a "big" town that has book stores.
June 15, 2009 8:20 PM
Congrats, Darlene! Please email me your addy and I will send you your prize!
Thanks to everyone who threw in a guess about my new set! I will say, there were a few of you who are on the right track! :) I guess everyone will know for sure in a few more days!! :)
Didn't win this time? Play my flower blog hop challenge for more chances at prizes, it's posting in just one hour!!!
Week3: Tina Gilliland
Now check out a FANtastic 3D project on Tina's blog, your sporty family and friends will LOVE this!! (GIRL, could I use one of these right now, it has been over 100 degrees here every day this week!)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Blog Candy!! :)
Please leave me a comment on this post with your guess about what I might be doing for my next stamp set (releasing June 25th!), I will pick one random winner to receive a signed copy of the magazine and the web bonus sheet, along with the original signed card and envelope you see above!
This candy is open until June 17, 11PM CST, winner announced the following day!
* if I run into her before I send it out, I'll ask her to sign it, too, she's just "up the road" from me! ;)
The different horizontal strips inspired me to use Theresa's horse from "Out West" set and create some bridle straps, I used Gina K's "Ribbon Stripes" for these as well as using the diamond stripe image to create a faux bandanna patten on the Pure Luxury Rocket Red CS by stamping it in Vivid Coffee Bean and accenting it with the Inkssentials White Pen. Base is Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss. I rubbed ghe pad directly onto the paper to give it this suede look (such a velvety, juicy pad!) and then distressed the edges. The different buckles are from the SU! Antique Brass Hodge Podge kit.
More later, I just got back in town from a long weekend, lots to do!!! Have a great day!!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Make Time to Read
Stamp the clock onto a strip of Pure Luxury White or Ivory CS, leaving room at the top so you can trim 1/8" around the clock top carefully. Layer onto a larger Chocolate Kiss rectangle (1/8" larger all around) and cut around the top again. The clock was colored with Copics and the edges were sponged with Antique Linen distressing ink. I added this little silver heart charm on a brad to decorate the top, the engraved silver adds a richness and vintage touch. (The charm is a little feminine maybe, but what grandfather wouldn't want to to reminded of the love of his grandkids? :) I also think adding an ornament and leaving off the long ribbon gives this bookmarker a more masculine feel.)
Have a great day!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Sporty Ties in Time for Father's Day: Tutorial
Friday, June 12, 2009
His team was the "Yellow Jackets" and they had those beautiful shimmery yellow jerseys so I made the stars, jersey from "Just So Sporty" and card base from Paper Temptress Gold Metallic paper, these metallic papers are GREAT for sports jerseys! (and are on sale this month!) I stamped "#1" and "Thank U Coach" from the same set and drew some wrinkles around the jersey outline with a yellow Koh-i Noor to give them some depth. TIP: Use Staz-On Ink with these metallic papers , some inks are slow to dry on this specialty finish and can smear or not show up as well, but Staz-On dries instantly!
For a spinner card, you need two pennies and two pop dots, the stack goes in this order: stamped image, pop dot, penny, pop dot, punched slot, penny!
Here it is above in action! :) Yup, that's what I sound like (when I'm cheering, that is, but not nearly as loud as I would at the actual game!) ;)
Hope you got a kick out of this! Blog candy coming up!! :)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Week 2: Tina Gilliland
This card is actually a birth announcement, the front has a very clean and simple design with the onesie, a nice little baseball background and "It's a boy" from "Just So Sporty". I love the summery, patriotic colors and elements she used (my older son has a July 1 birthday, so we've had quote a few red, white and blue parties here!) ;) Cardstock and ribbon from the Stamp TV kit "Eclectic Summer", DP is the free "Stars and Stripes" digital paper.
Now look inside!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Images are stamped in Memento and colored with Copics. TIP: When mounting the rackets over a colored CS, color through the netting in a color to match so it looks like the racket is really strung and you're seeing the colored CS beneath it! Red CS is the new Gina K Pure Luxury Rocket Red, die cut with a Nestabilites heart. The tennis ball is popped up on the racket and then stamped and colored along the bottom, kind of like a brad or eyelet border but much easier!
I love all the texture (and perceived texture!) on this card. The white background paper you see is the new "Summer fabrics" digital paper, you can print your own canvas FREE, isn't that beautiful? The striped ribbons are from the new StampTV "Eclectic Summer" kit. Base is Gina K In the Navy.
Have a great day, love you!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Isn't it Romantic...?
Begin stamping your silhouette image in Memento Black. Mask in the middle of the image with a straight piece of scrap paper and sponge above it to create the horizon. Rip some small "islands" from scratch pieces and sponge black ink into these negaative spaces. Place a die cut Nestabilities heart over the couple and sponged Pumpkin Pie and Regal Rose over it, when you remove the mask it will remain bright white. Remove masks. Rotate the heart a half turn and sponge around it lightly below the boat, remove the mask, then sponge over it in the same inks to make the lower reflection blurrier and more subtle.
To give it a lot of contrast (and to keep from blinging it up too much for my sweetie!) I matted it in simple blacks and whites (Pure Luxury of course!) like an art gallery print. EK Success Curved Corner punches at the top and bottom.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sporty Accessories Tip Sheet
Stamp the numbers from Just So Sporty onto the cheer top ("3,2,1...happy birthday!"), row of lockers, pennants for your team players numbers or to represent an ago.
Give the lockers a pattern with the new "Ribbon Stripes".
Tape a piece of white printer paper across the lockers and handletter a message with a marker, it will look a painted banner for "Spirit week", "Game Day" or "Summer's here!"
Using a hobby blade, carefully cut around the top bottom and left side of the locker and score the right side to have a door that really opens! This can reveal something on the back of the door, sport accessories crammed inside (to the top if it's like my son's closet) or even the inside of your card. ::) Check out Theresa's fabulous pull card sample, complete with money holder!!
Piece the inside of the locker with fabulous paper and add a little mirror. some taped up real photos of BFFs for a girly locker!