Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June Calendar Cat...

I know that June is almost over, but Dora wanted to ensure that her picture gets on the blog. For this page, I cut out the photo using a Spellbinders Labels Ten die and added a couple punched flowers to the ends. The flower border under the calendar is made with an EK Success border punch.

Just another fun way to use your stamping supplies to make a gift for someone!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Purple Posies - and a Quick Trick!

This card was made using one of the fun flower images from Outlines. I call them posies, because that is what I think of when I see them. They call them serendipity stamps, but I like posies better. Anyway, I stamped the image with Momento and colored the flowers with Copic markers. I wanted to add some pearls to the little circle parts of the image, but did not have any purple pearls of the right color. Not a problem with Copics! The purple flowers are colored with the BV series and I just went up one color darker from the darkest color I used and ran the marker over the pearls. See image below. I used BV02 in this case for the pearls. Then I simply allowed them to dry and added them to the finished card. This is a great way to make coordinating embellishments with your markers. You can always airbrush the embellishment and it will likely give you a more even layer of color, but the pen seemed to work just fine for these little pearls.

Thanks for making us part of your day today!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Edwin with Butterfly

This is one of the Edwin stamps from the Magnolia Butterfly Dreams Collection. I wanted to make a simpler card with the image - so many of the samples out there are very heavily adorned with embellishments. I colored him with Copics - colors can be seen below the card. The hardest part of the card was cutting him out. I love to cut, but some of you might find this challenging. I layered a stripe DP with some coordinating Bazzill cardstock and wrapped a May Arts ribbon around the seam for Edwin to sit on. The "hello" stamp is from a Flourishes set.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy First Day of Summer!

To celebrate the first official day of summer, I have chosen a beachy card to show. This is using some great stamps by Stampendous! To make this card, I used Ranger's alcohol inks in red, orange and yellow. This is what I call the alcohol smash and twist - you put drops of ink on a craft sheet, add a little blending solution and then take a piece of glossy cardstock and smash it into the ink and twist off. Allow it to dry, pick the spot you like best and stamp the image over the spot with Ranger Archival ink. I trimmed the image out and layered it to make a fun card - full of sunshine.

Sorry for the delay in posts - the last week and a half just got right away from me!


Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Pirate Moose!

I had to make a card for my nephew who is turning 22 on Monday. These are the toughest cards to design - in my opinion. Guys between 17 and 30. Seeing that the pirate theme always goes along well, I saw the Pirate Riley image and thought "This might work!" So I colored him with Copic markers (colors are shown below). It is a lot of colors, but there are a lot of little things to color on this stamp! I used the BoBunny Double Dot Designs striped cardstock for the background and the red and teal colored standard double dot cardstock for accents. I added the black ribbon with the white stitching for some accent (not too girlie, mind you!) and punched out the happy birthday design and layered it to a black scallop circle cut from a Spellbinders die.

I think he will like the card - now we just have to hope that the rain ends before his surprise party!

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Stacked Dogs!

And who says dogs are not talented! Nothing like 3 dogs stacked on each other to make someone smile. This is a fun image from Whippersnapper. I colored the dogs with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. The border punch is a fun pawprint punch from EK Success. I added some grosgrain ribbon to dress it up a bit.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lovely Violets...

This card is using the violets set from Flourishes. Of all the flower stamps by Flourishes, this set is one of my favorites. I stamped the image on white cardstock with Memento ink first, then cut it out with a circle Spellbinders die so that the image is mostly on the left side of the circle. After cutting it out, but before I popped the circle out of the die, I applied Ranger Wild Honey Distress ink around the edges of the circle - the die protects the edge so you get that nice white contrast when you remove the cardstock from the die. The violets are colored with Copics and the Happy B-Day stamp is from another Flourishes set - Mix-n-Mugs. I used an EK Success border punch to create the 2 purple layers that cover the left edge of the circle. The ribbon is from May Arts - another of my favorites!

Thanks for checking out the blog today!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

More Fun with Butterflies...

Sorry I have been so bad about posting. It was a very busy week at work - followed by my niece coming out from Colorado with the new baby! I guess that makes me a "great aunt," but I like the term my sister came up with better - grauntie! We had a lovely weekend here - sunny and not hot, so everyone had a wonderful time.

Back to stamping... This card is back to one of my favorite things - butterflies. I used a die from My Favorite Things to create these double butterflies. I cut them from Bazzill cardstock and again from vellum. Attached them only at the center, then added a couple pearls to their bodies. The stamp image is a Penny Black image that I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder on white cardstock, then spritzed with a couple colors of Luminarte Radiant Rain spritzers. After it slightly dried, I wiped off the excess with a paper towel to get the white flowers to pop out. The ribbon is from May Arts - of course!

I hope you had a glorious weekend!