Thursday, October 29, 2009

Flower Petal Card

Today I'm showing two cards that don't have any stamping on them. A few days ago I was visiting Dana's Dabbling Studio and she had posted a wonderful modern looking card and a tutorial and how to make it. I love the design so I made two versions, one in white and red and one in black and red. Easy cards to make and I love the results!

 It would be great to mix two different patterns for this design. The possibilities are really endless!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ribbon Ornament Redo

Another card for Hero Arts Simple Holiday challenge. I decided to do a simple version of the ribbon ornament cards I made earlier here. I had a fun time making the ribbon ornaments but it's by no means a quick project. Hero Arts has been presenting cards that use non-traditional Christmas colours such as pink so I wanted to try and incorporate that into the simple ornament card.

I'm usually a traditionalist when it comes to holiday colours. Red, green, burgundy, white, silver and gold. Those are my colours. This year I've played with blues and silver. Next was going to be pink! And here it is!
The background is stamped with Antique Flower in Brilliance Platinum Planet. The pine boughs were stamped with Memento ink in Bamboo Leaves and the sentiment was embossed in silver. The ornaments were embossed in white and quickly coloured with Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick and Dried Marigold. I added some Stardust pen hilights to the balls, cut them out and attached them with foam dots. I finished with silver metallic cording and attached to a pink card. This was a super speedy card. Just a bunch of quick stamping. The longest part was cutting out the ornaments (I'm very slow and shaky at that). I really enjoyed making this card and love how the colours turned out! I think a pretty good card with non-traditional colours!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Challenge

Hero Arts challenge this week is to make a simple holiday card. Sometimes those are the hardest! I have two cards today and the pictures aren't that great. I've been playing around with ways to take good pictures when there is no sun around and so far I'm not that impressed.

I find embossing is always simple and easy to do. The background is stamped with Brilliance Platinum Planet, it's a nice soft shimmer. The flowers are stamped with Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy and embossed with clear powder. I punched them out and added a brad and some gems. I added a strip of red paper and used foam dots for the flowers. The sentiment is embossed in silver.
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The kraft cardstock was stamped with a pretty flourish stamp in Brilliance Pearlescent Beige. Again it has nice subtle shimmer. The tree was stamped with dye ink and the star and tree trunk coloured with Stardust pens. The sentiment is also in dye ink and the edges were distressed with scissors. Mounted this onto green and added a strip of red paper that has score lines on it.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

It's Monday!

Just a quick share of cards I made this weekend. Very simple and fast holiday cards that are easy to produce in quantity.
The cards vary a little by colour. The light blue card has the scalloped square and the tree attached with foam dots while the navy card has the scalloped square adhered flat to the card and just the tree has foam dots. In person the light blue one is better with both elements elevated off the card. The snowflake background is a Cuttlebug folder that has Brilliance Platinum Planet ink swiped across the raised images. The scallop squares are punched from paint chip samples and the silver tree is embossed.
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Yeah, it's Friday!

I'm so glad Friday is here! A quick post to show some cards I made for Hero Arts paper tearing challenge. Last night while falling asleep I came up with a couple of vellum card ideas. The purple vellum is overlayed on white cardstock and the edge is torn. The flowers are stamped and embossed in white and coloured with Stardust pens and the floral squares are a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
On this card the stamped and embossed image is torn out of white vellum. I stamped the scallop border in white ink, cut it out and adhered it to the inside of the card.

The mulberry paper was torn on this card. The snowflakes were embossed with distress embossing powder and torn (with a ruler) into a tree shape.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Paper Tearing

I've been creatively challenged this past week. I can't come up with any good ideas and then the ideas don't pan out. Ughhhh! Very frustrating! I did make a couple of cards for the Hero Arts challenge. This weeks challenge is to use paper tearing on your project. I made a holiday card with the Snowflake Tree which I embossed in Distress Powder and the music sheet paper was torn and distressed. I was trying to go for an old world feel with this card.
The next card I stamped the Three Ferns with Distress Ink on cork and tore the edges and inked that. There's some stamping on the background papers but it's hard to see.
I'm hoping to get my mojo back soon!
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Christmas Packages

Another card for this weeks Hero Arts Challenge. I made little gift packages which were punched out of paint chip samples from the hardware store. This is a great place to use larger background stamps or ones with design elements, as only part of the stamp will be used on a package. I stamped on one with red chalk ink and embossed on another and added gems and ribbon. The background is done in Evergreen Colorbox pigment ink to match the cardstock.


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Challenge Cards

Here's a card done with techniques from Jennifer McGuire's Stamp Camp Class at Two Peas in a Bucket. I love all the techniques she teaches and shares with us and it's so fun playing with all the Ranger products. This one is done with Distress Inks and Clear Embossing Powder. Very fun! Go watch her video and learn how to do it!
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This card is for Hero Arts Holiday Accessory Challenge this week. I made a button tree and tied red ribbon through the holes and the background is embossed snowflakes. Different but fun!
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Ribbon Ornaments

This weekend I was playing around with ribbon scraps, trying to figure out what to do with them because I tend to keep any piece no matter what size! I had seen some cards on the internet that used iris folding in different cutout shapes and that inspired me to make these ribbon cards. I also think these cards would be great for Caardvarks "Take A Bow Challenge". Go check them out!

The background was stamped with Hero Arts Antique Flower Background with Brilliance Moonlight White Ink. I used my nesties to cut out the circles and a Stampa Barbara Pine Bough stamp to add some interest around the edges. I then placed the ribbon pieces to get my stripey balls. For the ornament toppers I used an embossing pen to draw them in and embossed with silver embossing powder. I added some cording and embossed a sentiment in the corner.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Paper Piecing

This weeks challenge at Hero Arts is to use paper piecing on stamped projects. Since I don't have many stamps that will work with this technique I found it a bit of a challenge.

I used the Scallop Circle stamp for this. I inked each scallop with different coloured pigment inks and embossed with clear embossing powder. I cut them out and mounted them with foam dots. I used nestie dies to make the inner layers of my flower and added a button. I thought the Large Dot Flourish stamp looked like a flower stem so I embossed parts of it onto dotted paper, one for the big flower and one for the small flower. I like how this turned out, a happy flower with its rainbow colours.

 All stamps - Hero Arts
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

I created this card for a challenge on Courtney Bakers blog One Day at a Time. The challenge is called Everything but the Kitchen Sink. Each month the challenge will be to use a specific item from around the house on a card or scrapbook page. This months challenge is use something from the mail. I received an ad magazine in the mail and there was a page that had an ad for yarn so I used that to stamp my butterflies. I embossed the butterflies in black, cut them out and attached gems and the background is stamped with pigment ink.
This was fun! It definitely makes you look at junk mail in a different way. Normally I would have just pitched the magazine!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

One Stamp - Two Looks

Here's a PSX calla lily stamp that I used for an Anniversary card and a Wedding card. This one is embossed with Pearl Silver embossing powder on white. I added a small soft green mat for just a little colour. Quite simple but elegant.

This Anniversary card was embossed with Pearl Gold embossing powder on white. I wanted the image and sentiment to be the only colour on the card so I added some fancy corners and used foam dots to give some dimension and interest.

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Quick Card

Just a quick post of a masculine card I made. The image from Lasting Impressions with Panache was stamped with Stazon onto acetate. I attached it with brads to some paper I had watercoloured with Twinkling H2Os. I didn't add a sentiment so it can be personalized inside for whatever occasion the card is needed.
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Card Making Day

Happy World Card Making Day! I made a few Christmas cards for the occasion! This card was made using a brass stencil and embossing paste which was sprinkled with glitter. It's a nice snowy scene with dimension and it sparkles!

Supplies - Dreamweaver Stencil (LL459 Row of Houses), Dreamweaver Stencil Paste (Glossy White), Martha Stewart Glitter (Fine Crystal), Brilliance Pigment Ink (Moonlight White)

Here's a close-up so you can see the dimension.


For this card I used the cuttlebug and embossing folder on some very textured, almost plastic like paper that I had from who knows where. I swiped a Brilliance Inkpad across the raised surface to add a little bit of shimmer. I stamped the little tree and matted it and added the velvet ribbon which gives some next texture.
Supplies - Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Snowflakes), Stampede Collection Tree Stamp, Sentiment unknown, Brilliance Pigment Ink (Moonlight White), Vivid Dye Ink (Vintage Green)

This card is made with a brass stencil and embossing paste. This time after the embossing paste dried (takes about 30 minutes) I placed the stencil back on top of the paste and used iridescent Shiva Artist Paintstiks to colour the ornaments. This is an oil paint in a stick form and I used a stencil brush to apply it.

The sentiment was done with a brass stencil and silver pigment ink.

Supplies - Dreamweaver Stencils (LM240 Greetings, LL468 Christmas Ornaments), Dreamweaver Embossing Paste (Glossy White), Shiva Artist Paintstik (Iridescent), Yasutomo Pigment Ink (Silver)

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Teeny ATC's

This week at Hero Arts the challenge is to make ATC's or Artist Trading Cards. This is my first time making them so here's a little info for those that haven't heard of it. ATC's are 3.5" x 2.5" in size and are made to trade with other artists/crafters. They are made, traded and collected around the world! What's great is that they are so small you can use up a lot of scraps you may have lying around.

This ATC is my favorite! I just love how it turned out. The background is coloured with distress inks and stamped with a script stamp. The swirl was stamped with green pigment ink and clear embossed and the scallop border was stamped onto distress coloured paper and cut out. The dragonfly is from a digital kit that I printed onto acetate and covered with Stickles so it's translucent and sparkly like a real dragonfly!
Supplies - Distress Ink (Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Tea Dye, Broken China), Colorbox Pigment Ink (Evergreen), Clear Embossing Powder, Hero Arts Stamps (S4878 Old Letter Writing, K5133 Swirl with Flowers, CL288 Scallop Borders), Papertrey Ink Stamp (Sign Language), Hero Arts Digital Kit (Winged Friends), Memories Ink (black), Stickles (Star Dust)

The green background on this next ATC is a scrap of paper coloured with alcohol inks. The definition is from a digital kit which I printed on paper coloured with distress inks (I love playing with that stuff). The flourish was embossed onto acetate with orange, copper and red speckled powder but I used the reverse side of it to get the white with little flex of colour. The butterflies I coloured with dye ink and added gems. I finished it off by adding some ribbon.

Supplies - Alcohol Inks (Lettuce, Bottle, Meadow), Distress Inks (Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Red Brick), Versamark, Stampamania Embossing Powder (Desert Sunset), Hero Arts Stamps (K5280 Large Dot Flourish), Hero Arts Digital Kits (Winged Friends, Friendship Definition)

This ATC was coloured with distress inks again and put through the cuttlebug. I black embossed the flourish onto acetate and attached it to the card with some ribbon and the butterfly is punched out text from a digital kit.

Supplies - Distress Inks (Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Dusty Concord), Colorbox Pigment Ink (Black), Clear Embossing Powder, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Mesh Texture)
It's been fun playing with such a small size. I didn't think I would enjoy it so much!

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