Saturday, July 31, 2010

Last Day!

Quickly, and I'll be back with new projects later: today is the last day to upload a card for my challenge on StampTV! Use the colors navy, olive and ivory on your card OR create a stamped focal point that looks similar to the DP you choose to use on your card. Do both to get two chances and you can also use Gina K stamps for another chance to win my new set coming out in August!! Hope you play! Thanks to everyone who has already entered!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

It All Starts with Pretty Paper...(plus a challenge)

Here is some "faux paper piecing" I did with some punches and October Afternoon "Report Card" DP, which inspired the design and colors of this card. I love the pattern, thought the navy, olive and ivory combo was both classic and fresh, and the repeating flower, dot diamond pattern (not a technical term LOL!) would work really well with the elements I had in my "Fun Year Round" set. After stamping the frame in Vivid Inky Blue, I punched circles out of the DP and Pure Luxury Fresh Asparagus and In the Navy in sizes ranging from 3/4" to 1 3/4". Then it was just a matter of placing them around the frame, making the colors weave back and forth around the card. The circles sometime were exact fits or just bigger, which still looks paper pieced! :) I added just the "happy" from the "oh happy day!" greeting in the bottom and stamped a few large and small flowers in the Inky Blue and olive. An olive button as a final touch gave it dimension and texture.

Go through you papers today and find a pattern that speaks to you!

It's almost Friday! )

PS A challenge throw down for a chance to win my new set coming out next month from Gina K Designs! Read all the details here on StampTV, you have until Saturday night to enter! Please play!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Week 4 with Sharri! (the Incredible Shrinking Woman)

This week Sharri gets shrinking, with Polyshrink that is! Inspired by the possibilities with Fun Year Round and shrink plastic, Sharri has three simple projects today! Sharri describers in her own words below how to make all three!
For the card, I stamped the circles on the frame and was contemplating what to do with the centers when I remembered I had picked up some shrink paper at a stamp and scrapbook show last year. This shrink paper can be used in a inkjet printer so took a chance and stamped the circles on the shrink paper with Memento's inks, punch out the circles, shrank them in the oven and attached them to the card with score tape. I love how vibrant the colors turned out! The sentiment is from Gina's Punchy Words and was cut out with a Pinking Circle Nestibility.

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Fun Year Round, Punchy Words
Paper: White, Kraft, In the Navy Pure Luxury papers
Ink: Paris Dusk, Danube Blue, Summer Sky, Desert Sand
Other: Shrink Paper, Pinking Circle Nestibility

After seeing how well the memento ink worked on the shrink paper, I got the idea to make a key chain. I stamped the frame and circles on the shrink paper and let the ink dry. Because the shrink paper is white in color and you can faintly see through it until it shrinks I wanted both side to have the pattern so...After the ink was dried, I cut the frame out, flipped it over and stamped the frame and circles again on this side. After the ink dried on this side, I punched a hole toward the top center and shrank it in the oven. After it was cooled, I attached the key ring. I really like how it turned out and already have some more started. :o)
Key chain Supplies:
Stamps: Fun Year Round
Ink: Memento Dandelion, Rhubarb Stalk, Lady Bug, and Angel Pink
Other: Shrink Paper, Key Ring
The bookmark was very easy to make. I punched a flowers using two different sizes of the Marvy Flower punches, stamped the circles in the center of the smaller ones, attached a button and attached the flowers to the extra jumbo paperclip using score tape and foam pop dots.

Bookmark Supplies:
Stamps: Fun Year Round
Ink: Memento Rhubarb Stalk and Rich Cocoa
Paper: DCWV Crafty Stack
Other: Buttons, Foam Pop Dots, Score Tape, Extra Jumbo Paperclip

CAS Butterfly

Here is a recent card I made for a Quick Cards call, it didn't get accepted but how I can be upset when it only took anbout 5 minutes to make? ;) I love this design though and will use it again when I am in a pinch for a card! Simply add a rhinestone flourish* to a Pure Luxury White card base, and add a cut and colored butterfly, traced with glitter pen, from "A Beautiful Life" with a pop dot. Use markers to ink up the greeting, giving it a two toned effect.

*I get these at Hobby Loby when they are on sale, they are a little more pricey of an embellishment but add so much "WOW", and look at all the money it saved me here on cardstock layers and DP! LOL!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Citrus Aloha

Here is a super simple "Aloha" card I made with the appropriately named "Citrus" DP! Love the glitter on this and great matches for Pure Luxury colors in this DCWV pack. I colored the toucan with Copics and then cropped it with a circle die, then layered onto the DP and Red Hot base. Those showy flourishes on the paper complement the bird and prevent the need for a complicated sketch!

Anyone gone or going on some exotic vacation this summer? We head for Disneyworld in less than two weeks, so excited!

Hope you had a great weekend and a wonderful week ahead!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Dare to Get Dirty Week!

"It's Dare to Get Dirty Week at Splitcoaststampers! If you're a Fan Club Member this is your chance to play along with Dirty Girls, past and present, in a ton of fun challenges. ) If you're not a Fan Club Member, this is the perfect time to become one! You can get all the info here.) We'd love to have you play with us this week! There are 33 challenges to choose from - play one or play them all. if you do play them all (and you can combine challenges on your cards so it's not as many as it sounds like!), you can enter for the Challenge Queen Prize pack, which consists of 12, count em 12 prizes that have been donated, I don't know what all of them are yet but one is my "A Beautiful Life" stamp set! All prizes go to the winner, go for it!

The card I'm sharing today is for a challenge hosted by ME and you can see the details here. (It almost meets the requirements for 6 ther challenges, so you can combine them! :) You WON'T be able to combine 33 into one project thugh, several are sketches!) This shadowbox uses "A Beautiful Life" and Gina's butterfly from "Hope is Faith". Cardstock is Pure Luxury White on the front, Grass Green on the back and lined with Lemon Drop. Front and back layers are 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", score at 3/4" and 1 1/2" on both ends of the green and white, fold on the scores, and adhere the end flaps together with Scor-Tape. When pressed flat, it fits into a large envelope. Butterfly and bee are colored with Copics and covered with Crystal Stickles. I also embellished it with adhesive pearls and some flourish punches.
It's a good time to get dirty! :)
I hope you play!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

StampTV Technique Challenge Hop!

Welcome to our Gina K Designs Stamp TV Technique Hop! Tonight our team is sharing samples that use techniques showcased on StampTV, it's pretty amazing when you see just how many videos Gina has loaded to STV in a little over a year, so much to learn and do! I decided to try a Christmas shaker card with my new "Fun Year Round", and this time I embossed the frame in silver, I just love this look, so sharp and festive for the holidays! Shaker cards are always so fun, I especially love to make round cut out for them, so this frame totallyfills that bill! (Putting them in multiple places on this card would have been super fun but I was almost out of pop dots LOL!)

Cardstock is Red Hot, White, and Silver Lining, ink is Versamark and Vivid Brick Red. I filled the inside off the shaker window with microbeads to go with the snowflake theme and embellished the centers of the snowflakes with rhinestones, some colored with a red Copic. The stamped snowflake inside the shaker has a rhinestone on the outside of the clear plastic window instead of on the inside, kind of fun floating like that!

In the following videos, Gina shows you step by step the techniques for creating this card!

and these two are also helpful if you've never done a reverse cut or inked up a background stamp:

For more projects from the other designers participating in the hop tonight, please check out these links:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Stained Glass Hummingbird

Hello! I've been meaning to ink up this hummingbird from "Hugs and Prayers" , and all I see when I look at it is stained glass so I wanted to create a little round window so to speak by tracing a Circle Nestability I placed over the stamped image on white and tracing with a black pen to frame it up. TIP: Find a size die that just fits your image allowing it to touch on three or more sides or places like it is connected to the panes. Using the Nestability allows you to see inside the die for positioning the image the way you want.
I colored it with Copics, but didn't go for a smooth Copic look this time, instead mottling the colors by using two or more shades in dabs and removing color with the blender to give it a spotty swirly look like colored glass. Then I covered the whole die cut with Versamark and embossed with white Iridescent Ice EP. Love the sparkly and texture that created, looks like the real thing, wish you could see it in real life as a completely glitter colored image is so hard to photographed but still show all the colors! I stamped some of the flowers from the set on the Innocent Pink mat and sponged the sides with coral ink after coloring the flowers. Other card stock is Pure Luxury Ocean Mist and Black Onyx. Flourish punches in Grass Green and a sateen Copic colored flower and a rhinestone finish the card.

To be completely honest, I made this before Brenda posted her Inspire Stained Glass Challenge, but it fits so perfectly I will be tagging it in the gallery LOL!

Have a great day! Blog hop coming up tomorrow night! :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Week 3 with Sharri Seffens

When I first opened Sharri's sample for the week, I was so taken at first with how CaYUTE the little "Fun Year Round" elements look in these pinking circle Nestabilities die cuts (Sharri, I think you just sold me a set of dies!) I didn't even realize I was staring at a gorgeous tiered cake made from these DP layers! Just two rectangles in the sketch plus a few embellishments and you are ready to celebrate! This is a design I want to CASE again and again in different patterns and colors! Simple and simply brilliant!
The greeting is from "Candles on Your Cake", she says this is for a baby birthday; I get that from the sweet pastels (love this two tone look with these images in these colors) but I think these fun and elegant prints would make it perfect for a lady of any age! (Look closely and the blue pattern on the bottom layer with the green and blue concentric spots and dots I bet was the inspiration for these little stamped die cuts she created!) The tilted banner gives it a lot of energy and the sponging around the die cuts give each a soft glow.

Here is the card recipe, straight from Sharri:

This is a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card. I used the pattern papers from Basic Grey's Lilykate to make the shape of a tiered cake and decorated with the fun circle and flower shapes.

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Fun Year Round, Candles on Your Cake
Ink: Memento - Dandelion, Pear Tart, Summer Sky
Paper: Gina K - Green Apple, Little Boy Blue, White
Other: Spellbinder's Pinking Circles & Scrap Mart Custom Dies, Ribbon, Pearls

Now let's go see Sharri's next project!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Aloha Gifts...

Ever since I first saw Theresa's "Aloha" set, I have been wanting to use it with "Gifts from the Sea"! Finally did, and I love the results!
I started creating a ginormous moon to be a backdrop for the quote from "Gifts from the Sea", just sponged around a large Circle Nestability with Vivid Inky Blue and sponging below a sheet of scratch paper covering the top to make the horizon. TIP: If you are using similar colors to color in your images as what you are stamping with, try using that same ink for the whole card, here I used the Inky Blue for everything, greeting, sponging, and images, and it really unifies it all and goes so much better for a "sea" card than black would, at elast in this color scheme. Even though this ink is not waterproof, the green, brown and gray Copics I used to color over the tree and shells look okay! (now trying to color pink or yellow over the blue would give you some trouble LOL!!)

Then I added my birds and stamped Theresa's little reflecting islands (I love these!) on either side and a palm tree in the foreground. I created the waves* with an Inkssentials white pen and the little stippled shoals from "Aloha". For a more feminine card, her flowers cut out and popped up would be perfect embellishments , but I was going for a more masculine feel so I used my shells and the seashell border....
Card base is Pure Luxury Tan Leather sponged with Vintage Photo Distressing ink, which I also used for the sand, this was my first time to use this color and I love that warm golden, rich brown, very different from any of my other "brown" inks! It's a little hard to tell from the photo, but I also scored three lines to the right of the scene in the Pure Luxury In the Navy cardstock, lovin' my new Scor-Buddy for these 1/8" scores!! :)

* My son Jonathan peeked over my shoulder just after I finished sponging and asked what the quote meant. I explained, "You know, like the waves go on forever, it's endless," I replied. "But there AREN'T any waves Mom! Your water is flat! Now that is a huge problem!" Yeah, he was right, but I wasn't finished yet! :D

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Throwing You a Curve

Hello! Just playing with some of my new goodies I bought from the last Gina K Designs release: buttons, ribbon, Spellbinders Scalloped border petite die and the Seeing Spots folder!
To make the stems I curved the line in the Fun Year Round set, it is so long it's really flexible to bend and shape it as you see fit! Then I stamped the little bubble bursts and punched them out, centering the Marvy Flower punches over the images, and added a button to each center with a glue dot. I made the little leaves from trimming off a petal punched from green toward the middle in a "v" then popped them up! I am SO glad I threw this ribbon in my cart, I could have thrown several more colors on this card and t would have matched them all! Probably will have to go back and buy all the other stripey colors... :)
I used this greeting a little differently this time, just inking up one of the "thank yous" from the round greeting in the set and stamping it so it curves around the punched flower, this tiny sentiment in an unexpected spot makes it extra playful.
Cardstock is Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea, Sweet Mango, Grass Green and Lemon Drop. I selected these colors because of a recent color challenge on StampTV, but then just had to throw the yellow in at the last minute!

Hope your week starts out great!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Single Layer Mahalo

This card literally took about 5 minutes! I wanted to create a scene with no layering so I stamped the frame from "Fun Year Round" onto Pure Luxury Base Weight White and then stamped in Theresa's palm tree, island and greeting from "Aloha". See how the circles help with placement, as well as spotlighting and grounding the images? I also added the little sea gulls from my "Gifts from the Sea". Last I placed a reverse mask of the frame over it (stamp frame onto scratch paper, cut out the inside and save the window) to do my sponging with the tan, pink and orange and colored the tree in with Copics. (The sponging could have been better I admit, but I was in such a hurry that day! Hope you can relate LOL!) I like the post card feel of this card without any DP or layers of colored card stock...has a "wish you were here" vacation vibe :)

Have a terrific weekend, I have to crank out some serious projects for this next week, some hops and a special somethin somethin for Splitcoast, stay tuned!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Piu! Piu! Thank you! Piu Piu!

Do you know what piu piu! is? It's that sound my kids make when they are playing Star Wars or chasing each other around with pretending to shoot things laser guns: "piu, piu!! piu-piu!!" Get it now? (If you got it without me explaining, I'll bet money you have little boys!) I don't really know how to spell that sound effect so help me out if you can come up with something better! Anyway, this past weekend we had a laser tag birthday party for my son Jonathan, fun was had by all! (I, ahem, won.*) Although I can't decorate cakes like Janice does, I do like to order a huge yummy sheet cake from Costco** each year but skip having them decorate it, I just put my own spin on it to suit our themed party (see this post for the Diego cake a couple years ago, that was a fun one!)

Anyway, this past weekend we had a laser tag birthday party for my son Jonathan, fun was had by all! (I, ahem, won.*) Although I can't decorate cakes like Janice does, I do like to order a huge yummy sheet cake from Costco** each year but skip having them decorate it, I just put my own spin on it to suit our themed party (see this post for the Diego cake a couple years ago, that was a fun one!) Jonathan and I had blast (hee!) piping on some glitter gel laser beams together in blue and green onto the cake then adding a large water gun from the dollar store and a bunch of glow sticks coming out of the cake, the 8 year olds boys just went nuts for this! (If it had been up to me we would have done just a few less frosted beams and glow sticks, but the birthday boy wants what the birthday boy wants! ) Wish I could have gotten a better pic, especially after we lit the candles (the lights wouldn't go off completely in the party room!), I lined them up in front of the gun like the gun lit it, he loved that!

We needed to make a bunch of nice thank you cards for everyone after it was over so I took inspiration from our game and the cake that day to come up with fun and easy design, great for boys, using Fun Year Round, can I just say again how great it is to have that extra line in the set?! ;) I stamped the line in red and turquoise on three sides, not bothering to mask, like they were bouncing off the walls of the maze and added some of the large and small elements from the set to look like little explosions ! I made 10 of these cards in a flash, just punching out the greeting with a 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punch. Card stock is Tempting Turquoise, Black Onyx and Red Hot. There are so many other cool, spacey color combos you could use or take the colors from your party supplies to coordinate.

Laser tag, anyone?

* Which was very fortunate because I might have talked a biiiig talk to everyone before the game started that I would, LOL! My wining strategy: hide upstairs where you can snipe and keep the gun on rapid fire the whole time; who cares if your final accuracy percentage stinks, fire off the most rounds and you'll win! ;)

** Their cakes are the best deal ever!! $16.99 for a an iced, decorated and filled sheet cake that serves 40, moist, delcicious and icing that's not too sugary

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Week 2 with Sharri Seffens

I love this card Sharri made today sooooooooooooooooo muuuuuuuuuuuuuch!
I'd been thinking using just a cut corner from the "Fun Year Round" frame would be super cute on a card, but Sharri's 5 1/2" square card using both top and bottom corners along with this super cool sketch with the large offset circles and repeating circles prints and embellishments is just over the top awesome, don'tcha think?!! Just adore the colors and energy, just seems to move like clockwork!
Here are Sharri's card making deets:

I stamped the frame on a piece of Basic Grey's Eva paper in burgundy and cut off the ends of the frame making sure I cut along the rounded circles. They look like bigger corner pieces which I love. Can't you see them used on scrapbook pages, mini books etc? ("Yes, I can, Sharri!! and more, thanks for the great fresh inspiration!") :) I made different sizes of flower buttons and popped them up inside the circles. To make the buttons, I stamped the flowers then stamped the buttons with Versamark over the flowers and heat embossed with clear and Iridescent Ice embossing powders. This made them really shiny or sparkly. I punched them out with circle punches and then added thread to the middles. For the larger flower buttons, I used the matching button image from "Square Pegs".
The other pattern papers are also from the BG Eva pack and the cardstock is Gina's Wine With Everything and Fresh Asparagus.

List of supplies:
Stamps: Fun Year Round, Square Pegs (button stamp)
Ink: Versamark, SU - Bravo Burgundy, Pale Plum, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose
Paper: Basic Grey - Eva, Gina K - Fresh Asparagus, Wine with Everything, White pl
Other: Burgundy Thread, Circle Punch, Circle Nesties, Pearls Ribbons

Now let's go see what else Sharri made!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!

Thank you everyone for commenting on my blog candy! The winner of the "Fun Year Round" set is:

Ravengirl has left a new comment on your post "Blog Candy: Love Joy Peace":

What a fun card! I love non-traditionally colored Christmas card and this totally fits the bill!
Posted by Ravengirl to Hands, Head and Heart at July 12, 2010 11:38 AM

Congrats!! Please send me your snail addy and I will put the set in the mail to you!!

Post coming up with some pics for my son's laser tag party this past weekend and a thank you note I designed with my new set to match, I would never have though laser tag while designing that set LOL!! The cake turned out pretty sweet, too (so say the guests)! Then, another guest spot from Sharri! You are gonna flip for her design this week!!

Oh, PS! I just heard back on some of things I submitted for publication recently: one got picked up yay!) but the others did not, which means...I get to go ahead and share them here with you (yay!) coming soon!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Blog Candy: Love Joy Peace

Happy Monday, hope you had a great weekend! Today's card uses a fun color combo I don't think I have done before: navy*, lavender, violet and white. I love this non-traditional Christmas mix!
I stamped the "Fun Year Round" frame in Vivid Inky Blue on Pure Luxury White and then filled in a few areas outside the circles with different shades of purple Copics. Next I stamped the bubble burst and snowflake elements in blue, purple and lavender. TIP: to make the elements inside look more layered, mask the surrounding circles before stamping, see how the little heart in a circle is behind the larger one? It may be a little difficult to see in the pic, but I filled in some of the little spots inthe flakes with a Stardust pen, gives wonderful silver shine! I added some adhesive metal dots and rhinestones to the centers of the flakes for some sparkle and popped up the circle punched greeting centered over the large circle in the lower corner. The circles in the frame insure perfect placement opportunities for all your greetings and embellishments! Frame is layered on Pure Luxury In the Navy and Lovely Lavender. I really enjoy making more graphic, modern Christmas cards like these!

How about some blog candy? I have one copy of my new "Fun Year Round" set to give away. Leave me a comment below, I will randomly choose and post a winner tomorrow. Followers and subscribers can leave TWO comments! Not following yet? Go ahead and add me to your Blogspot or Google reader today and get two chances to win!

Thank you for visiting today! I look forward to finding some time after finsihing all my kids' activities to go through the CSS color challenge hop and hopefully make a card for the challenge myself! :)

*the navy may look a little black, but this combo looks so fresh in real life! I just can't figure out how to make my navy look more blue in pics (without distorting the other colors, of course!)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

"Fun Year Round" Tip Sheet

Here is the beginning of my tips and ideas for "Fun Year Round", I will probably need to do a Part 2 as I have more time to experiment and make examples for the ideas below, I just didn't want to delay posting this any longer!
Mount the trimmed frame on a 6x6" block, which Gina K carries here. Align the top of the frame with a line on the block. See this post for a pic and instructions for how to stamp it perfectly into a corner with out needing a positioner and only have to trim on both sides, faster and less waste of paper!

Stamp focal points, from the set or other images, onto round die cut and place over the frame.

Create masks to keep with your set: one where you trim out the entire inside of the frame so you can place this window over your stamped frame and then stamp or sponge inside of it and remove your mask, see this post. Punch out circles of various size, keep the circles to place over areas you don't want to have a stamped image in, but also save the negative part, so that you can center a round window over a circle on the frame and stamp something it it, then remove the mask.

The circles have been thoughtfully arranged with your greetings and other stamp images in mind! You can flip this frame 4 different directions for vertical or horizontal cards and you will have a large or small circle waiting for you to add your sentiment or image in a pleasing spot that follows the rule of the thirds.

The tiny circles in the corners are perfect for adding a little brad, eyelet or button.

The circles range inside from 1/2" to 2", so Circle Nestabilities are terrific for layering, paper piecing, or creating masks.

Create a paper pieced look by just punching circles of various sizes from DP or colored cardstock and then placing them over the stamped circles in the frame.

Center small images inside the small circles, large ones over the large circles. Offset them for a little more whimsical feel or stamp several of the images from the set into one of the larger circles.

Stamp onto colored paper with a coordinating ink for a more subtle look or dark or contrasting ink for a stronger look.

Stamp over DP to frame up parts of your prints in circles or to create a different look to the print, make a vintage one more modern or whimsical, etc...

If you are adding a die cut focal point over the frame, place it in the center of a group of circles like the circles in the frame are radiating out from it, or place it over a spot where two or three circles intersect.

Punch out a larger area of the frame to reveal a stamped greeting or sentiment inside your card.

Stamp the frame and then create a scene with your stamps or stamp large images over it, then use the different circle with the spotlighting technique coloring in just certain parts of the images framed up in the circles, or color them all but use slightly different colors. This will give a fun magnified or "bug-eye" effect!

Punch small circles or flowers out of the frame to reveal the mat underneath like I did in the sample below, I used a Cropodile and 1/2" circle punch. You can then stamp another round or flower element inside this cut out area.

Frame up round embellishments in the circles on the frame, large and small buttons, brads, paper or punched flowers, pearls, rhinestones, etc.

Color in the different circles with different colors to create a multi layered look, or color in the areas around the circles inside the frame to really make the circles pop. each image has coordinating smaller images that you can 2 step stamp inside the larger image in another color. It is easier to stamp the larger element first and then the smaller element inside. use the matching one of r mix and match the different elements.

The flowers and "snowflakes" fit the Jumbo and Extra Jumbo Marvy Flower punches. The jumbo will be a perfect fit and the Extra Jumbo will provide a rim around the image or be perfect for creating mats for the smaller jumbo punched elements.

The snowflakes also look like the middle of flowers when you stamp them over the flowers. You get two very different looks by lining up the 6 pointed images, or offsetting them so that the second stamp image falls between the 6 points of the first stamped image. Try both. Similarly, you can get two different looks when you line up the Marvy punch to punch it out exactly or turn it a few degrees so they end overlap the punched sides, try both ways!

Stamp the round greetings over the larger flower or snowflakes elements or stamp the smaller images or button images inside. Stamp these in Stazon Ink onto buttons or circle punches.

Create terrific patterns using the smaller elements without the frame. Make your pattern symmetrical by using the line provided in the set, following instructions in this post.

Small elements make beautiful tags and borders, and are perfect for stamping into the inside of your card or flap of your envelope for perfect coordination.

The small elements also are perfect for stamping on the backs of you card like a logo where you sign your name.

Create a photo collage by punching out circles in various sizes from photos, magazines, post cards, etc and placing them over the stamped frame.

Use the long line to create interesting geometric backgrounds, by either stamping at random or diagonally to have them cross like Gina did here, make stripes by stamping them parallel, perpendicular for a grid or checkerboard, and in different colors for plaids, etc.

Okay, more later, that should get you started!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Special CAS: Just Around the Corner...

Here is a pretty clean and simple card made using Nina's new "Hugs and Prayers" flower, colored with Copics (Coral, Strong Red and Cardinal for the flower, my favorite red combo!), I used Gina's trick of having my image overlap the long rectangle Nestabilities, click here for the video on how to do that. Today's TIP: When getting a new set of Nestabilitlites dies, and you have the choice of Large or Small, start with Large! Although you will probably want to go back for the other size later for creating 1/8" mats for your other set (which I always do) I find I use the largest dies in the set more often than the smallest dies in each set, and the very smallest ones , sometimes not at all unless I'm making a tiny tag. It's nice to have larger scale dies for framing up larger images, IMHO! After sponging some yellow ink for a warm glow into the top and bottom corner using my die as a stencil, I then matted it onto Black Onyx and added some pop dots to the back.

The greeting is from Asela's new "Pretty as a Peacock", and the "You're Special" wraps around the corner of a peacock square. I thought that would be a fun way to add the greeting around this flower but you don't even need to omit the image part: just stamp on your card, then place your matted focal point (needs to have a right angle corner like a square or rectangle) to fully cover the peacock up. That's it, just add ribbon! This dandelion 5/8" gingham is one of my favorite new Pure Luxury ribbon wraps form Gina K, I hope you put at least one in your cart! It's just so cheerful and look so sharp with black white and a pop of red!

Thank you for visiting today, your readership and comments are very special to me! :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Week 1 with Sharri Seffens

Hello, and welcome to our first week with Sharri Seffens designing with "Fun Year Round"! :) Sharri created this beautiful 5.5" square card layering the new frame stamped in red on white and layered with the different stamps and buttons in these fun colors to match the different Basic Grey Cupcake DP! The patterned number paper for a birthday and large and small polka dot and circle prints were perfect with the stamps!

She also used my "Square Pegs" and "Candles on Your Cake", taking a greeting, candle and cupcake from each, the style of these three sets coordinates perfectly and the round elements will make any birthday card that much more fun!

Stamps: Fun Year Round, Square Pegs (Cupcake), Candles on your Cake (Sentiment)
Ink: Vivid - Red, SU - Yoyo Yellow and Pacific Point
Paper: Basic Grey - Cupcake, SU - Pacific Point, Gina K - White and Red Hot PL
Other: Ribbon, Buttons, Scalloped Circle Punch, Cuttlebug EF, Rub on Paste, Liquid Applique, Glitter

I love it, Sharri, great sketch and design, can't wait see your next card with it! But before we hop over to Sharri's blog, a little more about Sharri herself:

Describe your style/what you think you do best: I really do not think I have a set style. When I sit down to make a card, my mood usually determines the style I go with and changes for each card I make.

FAVORITE TECHNIQUE: Oh my gosh! Where do I begin! There are a lot I love like cracked glass, polished stone, paper piecing and sponging or brayering to create a scene.

COLORS/COLOR COMBO: One of my favorite color combos is pink and brown. Another combo I love right now is aqua and soft sand or aqua and kraft.

FAVORITE EMBELLISHMENTS: My favorite embellies are ribbons, buttons, prima flowers and pearls.

FAVORITE GINA K SET BY MELANIE: Seriously all of Melanie’s sets are a favorite. There is no way I could pick just one as a favorite! I love how all of her set can be mixed and interchanged with each other! I just adore Hand in Hand, Just so Hippy, Just so Hoppy, Sporty Accessories and I love all of her frames and flowers sets…see they really are all a favorite!

FAVORITE GINA K SETS (FROM ANY ILLUSTRATOR) Oh my, another hard question! I love Asela’s Friendship’s Garden and Flowers for Daisy; Nina’s Lovely Labels and Vintage Borders; anything of Theresa’s; Gina’s Botanicals, Take Flight, Quite a Catch, The Kindred greetings, Tropical Flowers, Thanks A Million; Rupa’s Spring has Sprung, Easter Blessings: Tami’s Stars; Carolyn’s Framed Flowers…see! It’s hard to choose just one as a favorite!!!

CRAFT SUPPLIES I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Definitely my Nestibilities, Embossing Folders and of course my copics!

I’VE BEEN STAMPING FOR (HOW LONG): I started stamping about 8 years ago after my youngest daughter was born. I was invited to a Stamping Up! party and once I saw how easy and fun I was hooked.

I GET MY INSPIRATION FROM: I find so much inspiration magazines, nature and pictures but the majority of my inspiration comes from surfing the internet, visiting blogs, SCS, and Stamp TV.

Tell us about your FIRST stamping experience!! My first stamping experience was a Stampin' Up party that a friend invited me to. I had never stamped before but when I saw how easy and fun it was to make a card I was hooked. I ended up buying a Christmas Stamp set and made my own Christmas cards that year.

Tell us about your most memorable stamping experience!! My most memorable stamping experience is actually a gift I made for a very good friend of mine. It was for her baby shower and I made her a star book using Melanie's Just so Hippy, Just so Hoppy and Hip Hop Accessories stamp sets for the pages in the star book. Kelly actually cried when she started looking through it.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT STAMPING/CARDMAKING ARE: The stamping community is huge, supportive and full of such talented people who are so willing to share and teach what they know. I have found so much inspiration and learned so much from this community.

SOME OF MY STAMPING/CRAFTING GOALS ARE: I am very lucky to have been able to cross a couple of goals off my list this past year. Two goals that I have on my list and am sure many other have, are to be published and to be a permanent member of a Design Team.

ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS: Have fun and enjoy yourself. But most importantly, believe in yourself, what you can do and accomplish.

FAVORITE THING TO MAKE THAT AREN’T CARDS: I love making treat holders, scrapbook pages, and mini albums. I also like doing other crafts like crocheting and floral arrangements.

SOME OF MY STAMPING/CRAFTING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Being chosen to be in the spotlight by Gina K; being a part of one of Stamp TV’s Center Stage Spotlight Design teams and continuing on as an Alumni; a Challenge Hostess on Stamp TV; a guest designer for Theresa Momber and now guest designer for Melanie, which an honor for me!

CHALLENGES I LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN: I like to participate in the Stamp TV challenges. When I can I try to do the Card Positioning Challenges and other challenges on some of the blogs that inspire me. I would do a lot more challenges if I could squeeze a few more hours into the day. Lol!

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THAT MIGHT SUPRRPISE US! I am a quiet/shy person which may or may not be a surprise to some people. But this story surprises a lot of people when I tell them because I am so quiet.
When my husband and I had been dating for about 5 years, all of our friends started to ask when we were going to get married. My husband always responded saying the senior partner has to do the asking…yup, I am older than my husband and so for Christmas that year I bought him an engagement ring and proposed Christmas morning. He of course said yes and we were married the next year on 9/11, exactly 6 years to the date we met. *

WHAT I DO WHEN I’M NOT STAMPING: I work full time and am a Business Analyst for a major insurance company. When I am not working or stamping, I enjoy reading, walking, biking, movies and most of all, I love to spend time with my daughters and husband.

A FAVORITE QUOTE: "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

I just love reading these responses from my guests each month! Now let's go visit Sharri, ready, set GO!

*"Wow!", says Melanie!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sweet Seeds and Stitches

Here is another card I made for our release party, using Gina's new "Seeds of Kindness" set. This was on of the first images I stamped from the set and enjoyed carefully coloring this and some some others from our new sets with my Copics while watching TV! Normally I choose my DP first to pick the colors I want to use on my image, but this time I didn't. (Fortunately the many springy colors in this Basic Grey Lemonade DP I had were perfect and the print gave it some sweet country appeal. The cornflower blue pots were inspired by some I bought the other day four our patio, I hesitated at first spending four dollars a pot (x4!) on these glazed ones instead of the usual buck a piece terra cotta, but I am so glad I did, they look so cheerful on our deck! :)

Now you wouldn't know it, but before I had time to crop this image for my card, I managed to drop an inked stamp on the left side and got half of a different image on and around the coloring I'd labored over! Wahhh! There was no die that could possibly crop it all out, although this one came close. It looked like the only way to save it would be too cut it all out, which, I did NOT want to do. Instead, I chose this Labels Eight Die that was just slightly bigger than the image, sponged ink around it to hide the lighter bits of the boo boo, and then adhered this button over the edge and hiding worst part...and I actually like the way that button looks there, even going over the image for no good reason at all! Yay! Crisis averted! A truly "Make it work!" moment!
So a good lesson to be learned there, don't give up! (oh, maybe another lesson to is to clean your stamps and those stray images in your binders and away from your curent project! hmmm!)

I added a stitched border from Tami's "In Stitches" to the DP, stamped in Vivid Coffee Bean. Card stock is Little Boy Blue and Chocolate Brown , I also used what I call the storybook die (Labels Seven) to mat under my image and a bit of stitched ribbon, pleating it to create a little tab for my button.

Tomorrow night, first week with my guest designer for "Fun Year Round"...Sharri Seffens! Can't wait to share her Q&A and project with the set! :)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Button, button...

So how many new jars of Pure Luxury Buttons did YOU buy the other night? (I think I started with four...started! I believe I have red, orange, yellow, turquoise on the way! Soon to be followed by blue, pink, purple, green, masculine...)
Buttons are too beautiful and fun to hoard, they must be played with! Fun Year Round is the prefect backdrop for adding an assortment of buttons in contrasting colors and various sizes, and even adding one of its round greetings to a button with Stazon! Until my new buttons arrive (I'm crossing my fingers for Tuesday, we'll see!), I am working on using up my Basic Grey Cupcake mix here! After I adhered all the buttons with glue dots, I chose coordinating Copics to fill in the tiny spaces in between the circles, making the color bounce around, for instance putting red in corners opposite a red button, etc. This is a single layer card stamped on Pure Luxury White in Memento Black ink. This card just shouts happy!

I made this card for Theresa's "In the Round" challenge to use 9 more circles, be sure to play and upload your card this weekend to StampTV, you could win a free set of stamps! :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

New Gina K sets now available for purchase!

I hope you were able to catch part of the Gina K release party last night! My son Jonathan turned 8 yesterday so we were out having our own celebration for most of it, but here is one of the cards Theresa posted for me while we were out, thanks Theresa! It has the "Fun Year Round" frame stamped in Black on Pure Luxury White, with Theresa's flowers from "Aloha", directly over it. No masking! Stamping the large one at the bottom and the smaller ones at the top opposite corner balance the design, and all the different circles create wonderful spotlighting opportunities, I colored each bit of the flower in slightly different shades as I moved from bubble to bubble. The many lenses kind of gives you a compound bug's eye view, which I love!
TIP: When coloring "white flowers" use a very pale green near the center to emphasize the pure whiteness of the petal, I use Mignotte Copic, or a very pale aqua to outline the edges, this keeps them from looking like you just "forgot" to color your flower petals! Alternating the different colors to the circles surrounding them is like a playful bunch of beach balls, I just think it goes wonderfully with the festive, tropical theme of her set! Finally I layered it onto Passionate Pink and Lemon Drop and then added some white paper flowers with yellow brads for more texture and dimension.

I hope I make it to Hawaii myself one day! :) Have a terrific 4th of July weekend with your families as we celebrate our Independence! Safe travels!

PS My tip sheet for this new set will be posted shortly; as usual, it is pretty long!