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
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
It All Starts with Pretty Paper...(plus a challenge)
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)
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)
Stamps: Fun Year Round
Ink: Memento Dandelion, Rhubarb Stalk, Lady Bug, and Angel Pink
Other: Shrink Paper, Key Ring
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
Sunday, July 25, 2010
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!
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.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
StampTV Technique Challenge Hop!
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!
For more projects from the other designers participating in the hop tonight, please check out these links:
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Stained Glass Hummingbird
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
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.
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
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....
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Throwing You a Curve
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... :)
Hope your week starts out great!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Single Layer Mahalo
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!
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!
Laser tag, anyone?
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Week 2 with Sharri Seffens
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!
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
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
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Special CAS: Just Around the Corner...
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
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
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
Hope you had a great weekend!!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
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!
Friday, July 2, 2010
New Gina K sets now available for purchase!
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!