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, February 28, 2010
In the Nick of Time...
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Rockin Rocking Horse Tutorial
Color and cut out the rocking horse. I decided to use one of Nina's "Lovely Labels" as the base to frame it. You will need 2 pennies and two 1/4" pop dots, just as you do with a spinner card to create the tilting mechanism. Adhere a pop dot on the back of the horse in the center, then a penny. and a pen. Take a craft knife and cut a hole slightly taller and 1/8-1/4" wider than the pop dot in the the middle of the label. Put the second pop dot on the back of the penny, then put the pop dot through the hole and adhere the second penny to the back. Your horse is ready to rock! Pop the label up with more pop dots onto your card base ( more Lavender and Pure Luxury White, embossed with Swiss Dot to give the penny room to move back and forth behind the mat. That's it!
Friday, February 26, 2010
Twiggy Tuesday Trigger
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Gina K Designs February Illustrator Hop
I noticed the fancy tag die would make a beautiful bookmark base, and a rose at the bottom would look like it was climbing a fancy trellis. After die cutting the tag from Pure Luxury White, I stamped the greeting from the set at the top in Memento Black and rubbed a little yellow ink in along the top edge while the die was still in place, gives it a glow like a sunrise or sunset. TIP: I placed my tag die onto Pure Luxury Lemon Drop CS and traced around the outer edge, which gives your tag a perfectly shaped mat once you cut it out! Next I inked up my rose in Vivid Lemon Ice, added just a bit of shading directly to the stamp with a Memento Cantaloupe marker, then stamped onto White Pure Luxury and trimmed it with Cutter Bee scissors. I stamped two of the leaves onto Creme de Menthe card stock and cut these out too, then adhered all the three pieces to the bottom of the die cut. Before gluing the mats together, I put a long strip of ribbon between the layers in the middle to look like a stem, which hangs out the end of the book. TIP #2: I refrained from using dimensionals or adding any thick bling like pearls, while that could take the project up a notch aesthetically, from a practical standpoint, I don't want any bumps on it: flat I think is better in this case for marking your place!
A bookmark like this would be perfect for Easter or a Mother's day gift, and was so easy and inexpensive to make. I really hope this Spring project inspires! :)
Tonight, we welcome you to join us by using one of the newest February release stamp sets from any of our fabulous illustrating team. Choose any two of our new spring colors to create your card. The colors can be in the card stock, buttons, ribbon or patterned paper. Then, add your project to the Mister Linky on Gina's blog here.
Gina will view every single project linked and she will choose one winner who will be invited to join the Design Team for the month of March. The winner will receive the entire March release including the brand new StampTV kit, stamp sets, card stock AND will participate in our Design Team preview party, release party and special Senior DT and Illustrator blog hops!
The Mister Linky contest will end at Wednesday night March 3rd at 8:00 PM CST. The winner will be announced on Thursday morning and his/her DT package will ship out on Thursday in plenty of time to get ready for their term on our Team! For complete details on this exciting blog hop event, please check out GinaK's blog! We'd love to have you join in the hop by adding your project's direct link to Gina's blog in the Mister Linky box.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Week 2 with Guest Designer Diana Queen
Not only are the colors and design superb, but I really love how she layered several of the frilly flower this way to make it a much larger, dramatic bloom, like a morning glory, or peony or ranunculus to name a few! She added the outline from" A Year of Flowers" over each in a deeper ink. The layered leaves in two shaped and colors and flourishes draw your eye all around the card, and the little curvy border layer she created from the ivory and pumpkin makes a charming flower box! The understated floral print in muted green and delicate swiss dot were perfect choices to allow this show stopping flower center stage. :)
Card base is Gina K Pure Luxury card stock in Ivory
2nd layer is a DP framed in Gina K Pure Luxury card stock in Pumpkin Spice
3rd layer is Gina K Pure Luxury card stock in ivory embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and framed in Pumpkin Spice pure luxury card stock
Window box is made from pumpkin spice and ivory Gina K Pure Luxury card stock and an EK Success edge punch. The flourish die cut is by Quickcutz.
Stamps: Gina K Designs Pressed Flowers and A Year of FlowersInk: All inks Tsukineko: Dye inks Bamboo Leaves and Potters Clay, pigment ink in Pearlescent Ivy and chalk ink in Pumpkin Spice
Now let's go see what else Diana has for today! :)
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Gina K Goes Moxie Fab!
Thank you very much for visiting me today, my wish is that you'll return often! :) Now go check out our other designers links for more samples with all the prize sets at Gina's blog, and then stop over to The Moxie Fab World Blog (you do not need to make card for the Tuesday Trigger to win, just leave a comment in the comment section) for a chance to win those fabulous stamps!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Pressed Flower Technique: Emerging Color
First stamp some of the different leaf images randomly on the glossy CS in olive ink. Next stamp the big daisy three times over the area covering up the leaves in Versamark. I already did it in this step but you won't be able to see my stamped flowers until I emboss and sponge it in the next step.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Today's card uses Spring colors and "Square Pegs".
I wanted to put something on this card a little extra special to highlight this "eggstra" greeting in my set, so I decided to stamp two of the bold eggs in pastels, leaving them plain, and then adding the flower border to the third one with some sparkle and pearls to bling it up above the sentiment! I added a large stamped flower to match, punched the flower with the yellow Marvy Extra Jumbo flower punch, layered over the black punched with the blue Super Jumbo flower punch and embossed this large Cuttlebug flower border. Card base is Innocent Pink.
Hope you have a great week, some exciting hops coming up in the next few days, so stay tuned!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Tan, White and Red All Over
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Today I wanted to use my new "Pressed Flowers" set to make a flower that looked like it really had been preserved between these pages long ago. To give it that really delicate, almost translucent quality that aged pressed flowers have, I stamped on tissue paper today, but you can also use vellum paper.
Thank you for visiting me today and all the wonderful comments this past week! Take some time when you can very soon to reflect on yesterday's memories, today's joys, and create some dreams for tomorrow... :)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Week 1 with Guest Designer Diana Queen
Wow!! I want to make one in every color, it's just so precious! To make this you need to stamp out 8 of the frilly flower from the set. What perfect proportions for an A2 card! Use a craft or chalk ink like Diana did here onto darker CS and then trim to leave a little border isn't that a great look? And I love how she repeated the same image to make that frothy looking background and border.
Here's card creation details from Diana:Stamps:Pressed Flowers
card stock: GKD Pure Luxury in White, Vibrant Violet and Fresh Asparagus
ink:Spring Pansy Versa Magic chalk ink and Bamboo Leaves Memento dye ink
other:ribbon, lace, and topaz colored jewels
"The flowers stamped on the white card stock as well as the ones on the purple are stamped using Spring Pansy and misted very lightly with alcohol before stamping.
The leaves are stamped with bamboo leaves dye ink and not misted with alcohol.
I cut a heart base to arrange the purple flowers on, then added it to the middle layer which is embellished with ribbon and lace. (It looks like I used "A Year of Flowers"...but I did not! A light colored ink stamped on a darker card stock gives the illusion that both stamp sets were used!"
And here's more about the lady herself!
FAVORITE TECHNIQUE: I adore paper piecing! I enjoy cutting out tons of lovely, little stamped images and putting them back together again!
COLORS/COLOR COMBO: Whatever color my DD Anna Lura is wearing is my favorite color that day!
FAVORITE GINA K SET BY MELANIE: I will always list Festive Frame as my favorite set by Melanie. I feel like I really grew as a card maker when I was assigned that set during my Center Stage Spotlight month. I always liked to make cutesy, whimsical cards...with Festive Frame I learned I could do create more elegant cards. I was thrilled!
That being said...Pressed Flowers just may take over my favorites spot...I am having so much fun with this set! I can't even sleep at night sometimes because I think of something I want to try with this set!
FAVORITE GINA K SETS (FROM ANY ILLUSTRATOR) I only recently purchased Take Flight and I love it! Nina's Bug me Anytime is a really fun one to paper piece and I have a feeling Theresa's Hang in There is going to be another favorite when the mailman delivers it! How's that for name dropping? LOL
CRAFT SUPPLIES I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Paper: Gina K's Pure Luxury card stock is to die for! Scissors: EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors are wonderful for paper snippers like me. Glue: I love my Glue Glider PRO and Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive (it's a white glue that dries clear and my cards never fall apart!)
I'VE BEEN STAMPING FOR (HOW LONG): I'm a late bloomer ;D...I've only seriously been stamping for about a year now and I love it!
I GET MY INSPIRATION FROM: I love to visit my Stamp TV friend's galleries and blogs. That is truly where I find the most talented paper crafters! Technique wise you cannot beat the videos Gina K makes for us and the GKD design team and illustrators have really taught me a lot!
THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I'VE LEARNED ABOUT STAMPING/CARDMAKING ARE: I don't have to be perfect...some of my better cards are the ones I just have fun with. I tend to over think some of my projects.
SOME OF MY STAMPING/CRAFTING GOALS ARE: I just want to have fun...wherever that leads me will be great!
FAVORITE THING TO MAKE THAT AREN'T CARDS: Oh! I love making the little note pad covers everyone is doing right now! I buy my little legal pads and have them cut in half at my local office supply store. They are fun and quick to make and my friends love them!
SOME OF MY STAMPING/CRAFTING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The best thing to happen for me was the e-mail I received from Gina K inviting me to participate with the October 2009 Center Stage Spotlight Team! It was a little intimidating, especially when I saw the list of talented ladies I would be on the team with! They are brilliant card makers!
My family still teases me about spilling my coffee when I saw one of my cards featured on your blog!
I'm loving getting to be your Guest Designer this month!
CHALLENGES I LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN: I enjoy participating in the Stamp TV challenges. Those are the ones I usually try to make something for first...then if I have time lately I've played with Stamping B's, Just Us Girls, Card Patterns and Embellish and our Vicki Dutcher hosts a color challenge on the Scrap booking and Crafting Friends site.
WHAT I DO WHEN I’M NOT STAMPING: What I'm trying to do when I'm not stamping is keep up with my eight year old twins, Anna Lura and Connor! They are so full of energy and so delighted with everything life has to offer! They are a true joy to my DH and I!
Now let's go see another "Pressed Flowers" project on Diana's blog here!
Sure tickles me when I look at it, maybe I'll make some real cupcakes to match! What do you think?
Monday, February 15, 2010
Emboss Resist Patterned Roses
First print your piece of patterned paper or use regular DP. Stamp the roses in Versamark, cover with clear embossing powder, and heat.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Stamp On it
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Final Week with Guest Designer Brenda Turner
Let's go see what else Brenda has for us today!
Pressed Flowers Tip Sheet
Depending on your arrangement and how you apply your color, you can make these images look very flat, like a pressed, preserved flower in a book or give them a lot more depth. Both looks will be very versatile!
When masking or putting a flower together, work in this order: flower, stem, leaves.
Stamp the bold flowers tone on tone to create a dry embossed look without embossing. Example: Versamark or aqua ink on the Ocean Mist cardstock in this sample to create floral patterns or scenes that will look you have Cuttlebugged them!
Beyond just inking and stamping, these bold images are glorious using the following techniques(these are some of the most common but by no means all techniques for bold stamps)
Embossing: Versamark, add embossing powder and heat! Example: Silver or gold roses for an elegant wedding or anniversary card!
Use them to create gorgeous gift wraps, tags and bags for your gifts!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Pretty, Pink and Pressed
Here is a super simple card I made by inking up my new daisy with a light pink pad, deeper pink marker with a bit of yellow and mustard in the middle before stamping. I cut it out and popped it up over the stamped leaves. White Pure Luxury is embossed with a Classic Square Nestabilitie and mounted on Innocent Pink. That's it!
I will be posting my tip sheet tomorrow, so be on the lookout for it! Can't wait to see the new stamps in action next week after your orders start arriving! Thanks for all the flower love!
The WINNER of my blog candy from our sneak peek is:
I love the set - as I knew I would! Can't wait to have it come home to me. I especially like the way you did the first card with the lavender. Truly I love them all!
February 9, 2010 4:32 AM
Please send me your snail addy, Miesje! Congrats!! :) good night!!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sneak Peek: Lovely Labels and Inside & Out
You are going to flip when you see all the beautiful patterned labels in Nina's "Lovely labels" set that will take some of your favorite Nestabilities dies to a whole new level! here I used this large one in Labels One Die, it has a beautiful patterned border plus a curling vine up the side. This vine allows a wonderful opportunity to work in paper or stain flowers to transition into your background, or a stamped image like this one from my new "Pressed Flowers".
Then, check out these designer's links for even more samples made with Nina's stamp set as well as the new Free with Three stamp set called Inside & Out as well as the Spring Florals card kit:
For some helpful tips on how Gina's Release parties work on SCS, check out this discussion on StampTV.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sneak Peek: Dream Birds and Spring Florals
Then, check in with each of these GinaK designers to see all the beautiful projects they've made with the two stamp sets previewed tonight!
Spring Florals Illustrator: Gina Krupsky
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sneak Peek: Pressed Flowers and O Baby
This first card uses just "Pressed Flowers". I wanted to show direct to stamp as well as what beautiful custom backgrounds you can make to match them in any color, no need for DP! I inked up my flower with a light purple waterbased marker, loosely adding a darker purple to the middle and then yellow and darker mustard to the flower center before stamping, then stamping once again without reinking to create the second flower. I cut them out and popped them up over my stamped leaves and stems. the background I inked up just the flower in lavender and went back adding some green leaves, didn't even bother with masking, hee hee! I sponged on more purple ink to soften it and on my focal point before removing my Labels Eight Die. "Bloom" on the tag is also from this set, perfect for spring or an anytime reminder to enjoy growing! Base is Vibrant Violet and embossed CB background is Victoria.
Here is a closeup to show the coloring. I added a little button again for the Spring Collection as well as some yellow ribbon from the Spring Ribbon Assortment to match the Lemon Drop base (I pierced this with the Scor-Bug). Isn't the little safety pin sweet? The beautiful polka dotted DP is from Nina's new "Spring Into Spring" Digi paper, which coordinates with the other Pure Luxury pastels.
Jessica Fick *
Suzanne Dean *