Showing posts from May, 2011

LIzzie Anne Designs' Weekly Sketch Challenge #167!

This week, I was in charge of the Lizzie Anne Designs' weekly sketch challenge. You can see the sketch design at left, and my version above. Actually a very simple design needing just one focal image and one sentiment. The focal images is repeated three times. I used the "Tweens and Teens" set for this card, repeating the guitar on the panels, and stamping and embossing the sentiment on the circle at the bottom. Come play along with us this week and post your own creation to the Lizzie Anne Designs Facebook page HERE using the LAD-WC167 tag.

Lizzie Anne Designs "Tweens and Teens"
Rich Cocoa Memento ink
Versamark ink
Stampendous Baby Blue Pastel Embossing Powder
MME patterned paper
light blue cardstock
foam adhesive
circle punch

Oops...I Collaged it Again!

Since this is a free week for the Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Team, I chose to post this card that is the perfect example of how to cover up errors. While Lynell, Lee, and I were at the NAMTA show in Phoenix in April, I was demo-ing various techniques with the stencils (in other words...playing the whole time!), and this card was the result of some experimentation. I wanted to play with the Copic "denim" technique with the Apron stencil, so I airbrushed the apron on the white panel with various shades of blue. To get the texture, you are supposed to use a scrap of denim fabric, which I did NOT have with me. However, I did have this piece of plastic that Lee had and was throwing out. It had a cool texture to it, so I thought that I could spritz it with the Colorless Blender solution and press it on the blue apron. The problem is that on denim it will soak in slightly, whereas on the plastic
  it just sits on the surface, so as I pressed it on the surface and it "noo…

This Card is a Crack Up!

Another quickie post. This time featuring the StampendousPerfectly Clear Vases set again. What a  versatile set! To create the "cracked vase" effect, I stamped and embossed in various shades of embossing powders from the Razzleberry Kit the vase. I stamped and embossed it again in Bark on textured brown cardstock. I cut this one in several pieces and adhered them to the original one slightly separating the pieces to reveal the colors beneath. The rest of the card is fairly self-explanatory. To look back at other creations I've posted using this same set, click HERE and HERE.

Painting with Powder and Proud as a Peacock!

Quickie post today featuring the Blockart Peacock image from Stampendous. I used the "Painting with Powder" technique for this card in that I covered the main panel in Wild Plum Embossing Powder, stamped and embossed in black the focal image over the top, and using a Versamarker and the other three colors in the Stampendous Razzleberry Embossing Kit (my fave!), I filled in and added more color to the image. The end result is sort of a faux cloissone look. The border at the bottom is one of the Class A' Peel Scrollwork Border velvet stickers in Olive, highlighted with a sprinkling of the Dot Sparklers in Holographic black. These same bits of sparkle are also added to the "eyes" of the peacock feathers. Pull out all of your fun Stampendous colors of embossing powders and play with this technique. The results are unique and gorgeous! Happy Monday!

MIxin' It Up with Lizzie Anne Designs Sketch #165!

Quickie post today featuring my version of Lizzie's sketch for Lizzie Anne Designs this week. I've been dying to break out this "In the Kitchen" set, so here was my opportunity! I love the mixer...just like my Kitchen Aid that my hubby bought for me over twenty years ago and is still going strong, mixing up cookies, and cakes, and muffins, and bread. I have the cutest pictures of my kids helping mom mix batches of goodies and licking the beater or the spoon. Of course, my mixer is the traditional white version rather than a wild red patterned one with a yellow bowl. Artistic license...and too much cute paper from October Afternoon and American Crafts to play with! I added little buttons on the top of my muffins and used the fun "Love Muffin" saying to finish it off. I can hardly wait to play with this set again! Now is your opportunity to play along with this week's challenge and post your creation to the Lizzie Anne Designs' Facebook page HERE.

Dreamweaver Stencils' Sketch #6-Good Girl or Bad Girl?

Deborah from the Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Team provided quite a challenge with her sketch for this week. She told us we could take creative license with it and either have both "sides" on the front of the card, or create a fold down the middle. Every time I looked at it without the fold, it reminded me of a corset or leather bustier! Lol. Hmmm...what does that say about me? Anyway, I decided NOT to go that route, and went with the folded version instead. The shape reminded me of a cathedral window (biiiiggg difference, eh?), so I went with the Large and Small Cathedral Window stencils. I used the edge of the new Paste Spreader as a template to recreate the top of the card, and lined the card with some new paper I bought recently. The pattern mimics slightly the pattern of the stencils, and I love the colors. The card front was machine embossed with the larger version stencil. I folded the top over to show off the fun paper inside, and paste embossed the flap with the …

Nesting Spirit

My post today features one of my favorite images from Stampendous, "Bird Frame". This images fits in perfectly with the new Fran-tage theme from Stampendous. You can see a wide variety of amazing samples with these images on the Stampendous web site. For my version, I took a few colors of cardstock panels and stamped the image on each with Rich Cocoa Memento ink. Then I cut them into several pieces, numbered them on the back for easy reassembly. The end result is a process to create several of the same card. The sentiment was stamped on twill ribbon, and a feather was tucked in for the perfect simple embellishment. All of these new images from Stampendous make you feel like the ultimate artiste, even when you are just creating a pile of quickie cards! What will you do with these great collagy stamps? Leave me a comment letting me know what you would like to do with this image.

Lizzie Anne Designs' Team Challenge and 50% Off Sale!

This month for Lizzie Anne Designs' team challenge, we have a color inspiration as seen at left. Don't you love these colors? I'd love to have this room! Predominantly mint and beige, with touches of pink and yellow. My card was slightly more than "touched" with pink, but I'm still happy with the result. This was my first opportunity to break into my "Vintage Birthday" Little Bits set, and I used one image and two sentiments from this set. I also created a pink "lace" border using the border stamp from "Timeless Textures" Sixlets set. Unbelievable, with all the paper I happen to have, I didn't have a true mint green, just a darker jade green. So I created my card base from this and dry-brushed ivory acrylic paint over it to tone down the color and add some texture. I stamped the birthday sentiment over the MME plaid border, and paper-pieced the hot air balloon from the same paper. This was popped up on layers of Nestie die c…

It's Raining New Dreamweaver Stencils' Releases!

The Dream Schemers have a free choice this week, so I chose to post this card that I created for the Dreamweaver Stencils' newest release. I loved the idea of paper-piecing the Umbrella with hounds-tooth patterned paper, and of course, had to put my pom poms on there as well! The background of the umbrella panel features the Rain stencil paste-embossed with Translucent Paste. I used the fun paper on the background card as well. This time I covered the Umbrellas background stencil with clear ink and ran it through my Big Shot with the paper. I then embossed with black embossing powder the transferred ink on the panel to show off the great outlines of the umbrellas. The sentiment is one of many Rain Words to choose from, and was paste-embossed in white. Now is your opportunity to play along. Soak up some more inspiration from the Dream It Up! blog as well as all of our fabby Dream Team members as listed at right. Link up your creation to inspire us!

Dreamweaver Stencils:
LG737 Umbrell…

Dream Schemes Mother's Day Colorway

Our Dream Team member, Georgia, gave us a double-challenge this week...Mother's Day and an orange/blue colorway. I knew that I wanted to use the Apron stencil, love, love it! I love that it has all the open spaces that leave so many opportunities to play in different ways. For this card, I ran a panel of ivory cardstock through my Big Shot with the Apron stencil to emboss it. I placed the stencil back over the embossed image and taped it down. Then I used sections of the Fringe Border stencil with a small stencil brush and the Splendor "Circus" ink pad. I rouged a little of the orange and the blue on the edges for shading. The sentiment was 
stenciled in the same manner on a new Nestabilities Ribbon Banner which I layered for more dimension. The background of the card was Core'dinations cardstock run through the Big Shot with the Fringe Border and then sanded to highlight the embossed detail. Cute patterned paper, a little lace, a few flowers, rhinest…

Super TWEET Garden Lantern

Quickie post with a super cute, super simple project featuring Perfectly Clear "Block Art Tweet Friends" from Stampendous. A garden lantern was created with a Mini Pail within a Short Pail. A flameless tea lite was placed inside the Mini Pail with a strip of vellum slipped inside to soften the light. A strip of acetate stamped and paper-pieced was placed inside the Short Pail. A Ric Rac Class A' Peel border, ribbon bow, and layered Prima flowers are the embellishments on the outside. One of these makes a nice little touch on a patio table, or several can be created to be hung as a garland for patio parties through the summer. This project was created for the January 2011 catalog which can be seen HERE. Visit the Stampendous web site, blog, and the rest of the team blogs for more inspiration.

SSC1091 Perfectly Clear "Block Art Tweet Friends"
Short Pail
Mini Pail
AC653VW Class A' Peel Ric Rac Borders
PC75 Thermo Acetate

Tsukineko Black Stazon ink

Published Online Again! Going iTech!

My fourth ARTICLE with Magazine was published online May1st, featuring these three projects that I have previously posted HERE.

Hey! It's May! And Lizzie Anne Designs Singles Day!

Wow. May 1st. How did that get here already? It really is not fair that the older you get, the faster time seems to fly by. But, along with growing older also comes the joy of having good, true, friends. The kind that stand by you through thick and thin (and I'm not just referring to weight fluctuations!), the kind that just...get you. Know what I mean? Lizzie Anne Designs has two new Singles releases today, which both refer to the comfort of a good friend. "Favorite Jeans" and "A Good Friend" are perfect together. The jeans image is really fun to play with. For this card, I
used the Copic "denim technique". Super easy. Just color the image with the various shades of blue you select to create the color and shading of jeans. Let dry for a few minutes. Place some Copic Blender solution in a spray bottle and spritz on a scrap of denim fabric. Press this on the colored image for a few seconds. When dry, the solution will have "nudged" the col…