Sunday, February 28, 2010

"Into the Wild"....Midnight Madness Challenge #42

Hello and this brings us to yet another Sunday post! For this weeks MMSC challenge (details found here) I thought I'd venture out of my comfort zone and take on a more masculine look. Boy did it KILL me not to use flowers, glitter, and gems! At least I got to string some beads....

Here are the details:

Stamps:      Island Stamps "Persian Prince 2", Cornish Heritage Farms "Tiger Stripes Backgrounder"

Paper:        Bazzill Basics, The Paper Company (Joanne Fabrics), DCWV "Safari" mat stack

Ink:            Momento Tuxedo Black, SU Dusty Durango, Ranger Distress Walnut Stain
                  Copic markers (YR14  YR23  E99  YR24  E55) (YG93  YG97  YG99)

Other:        Copic Air Brush (Leopard and Grass), Black and natural hemp twine, Beads (Darice printed wood beads - Joanne Fabrics), Brown eyelets, Judikins D3 Gel (eyes), MS "Grass" border punch

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Let there be Joy!"...... Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #41

Hello! I hope everyone had a happy and fun weekend. We had lots of sun today which warmed things up into the 30's. This weeks Midnight Madness challenge sketch can be found HERE. Once again I got wrapped up in the details and managed to make another elaborate card. This time I became fixated on the flowers and buttons. I found some Prima flowers at Michael's this week that were dusted with really coarse clear glitter...almost like coarse sugar. They are called "Spring Petal Mix". Naturally the colors weren't right for my project so I just HAD to devise my own rendition LOL. I do love to fabricate!! There is a close up pix further down detailing my version. And of course, the buttons had to be copic airbrushed to match. I inked up some floral wires and inserted them through the button holes and spiraled the ends by wrapping the wires around my needle tool. Small MS butterfly punches were run through the Xyron X and glittered. These winged beauties were glued to the buttons.... All the flowers except the small Prima center rosebuds started out white and were airbrushed to match the paper etc...The flowers came off of a large spray of flowers from AC Moore.

Here are some close ups of the "sugared" flowers....

After pulling off all the petals I airbrushed them in different shades of purple, inserted the rosebud center and applied crystal effects where I wanted the "sugar" to be. I spooned the glitter over the flower andturned the flower over to remove the excess. I let them dry...Below is a pix of the products used to make these.

The other details are:

Paper:     K and CO DP, SU Groovy Guava, SU Perfect Plum, Neena Solar Crest 120# white for the card base.

Stamps:   SU "Illuminations"

Ink:        SU Dusty Durango, Ranger Distress Dusty Concord, Versafine Black, various copics and Spica black glitter pen (I used it to go over the "J" and give it some subtle sparkle)

Other:  Spellbinders  Nesties Labels 10 (4th one in size) Wishblade oval cut out (W: 3.63 H: 2.57) I couldn't find a nestie oval that fit right so I cut my own. MS "Iron Gate" border punch, MS Butterflies punch, white buttons and pearls. Again the small pearls were white and I sprayed them to match. Ribbons from Joann Fabrics. Bow Easy, Janome Sew-Mini.

I hope you get inspired to make your own "sugared" flowers and just have some crafting fun!

Have a great week everyone and see you again soon!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Endless Romance....... MMSC#40

Happy Valentine's Day every one! I hope you all had a great day. We went to see "Avatar" in Imax 3-D. What a visual treat that was!! Tonites posting is my "Midnight Madness" sketch clallenge #40. The details can be found HERE: A lot of "fabricating" went into this card. I made the green and pink layers in the flowers with my new "Nellie Snellen" punches. These create a flower much like the primas. These can be seen HERE.  The cream color layers were a flower purchased at AC Moore. I think mine and the store bought are very hard to tell apart. The gloves were made from a "Stampington" template that I resized on the computer. I printed  2 out on cardstock and traced over the lines. I then ran them trough the Xyron and applied lace fabric over top. I rubbed glitter over the lace which glued itself to the still exposed stickiness of the xyron. It gives them a bit of sparkle.


Paper:    2 patterned papers I believe are by "Sandy Lion", and 2 textured sheets (green and pink) purchased @ Joanne Fabrics, GP White

Ink:        Ranger Distress "Vintage Photo" (edge sponging), Momento "Angel Pink"(sponged around the gloves), SU marker "Close to Cocoa" ( lined the gloves to give more definition), Stazon black (highlites on the lock and key)

Other:    Spellinders die (Lock and Key) cut out of MM metal sheet bought @ Michael's
              Nellie Snellen punches ( 2 size flowers, stamen and leaf)
              Crystal flourish colored pink with Copic R85
              Cuttlebug "Swiss Dot" Embossing folder, cuttlebug "corners" die

I hope you enjoy my challenge card and have a great week!


Monday, February 8, 2010

Second in the "Tini" Card line

I hope everyone has had a happy Monday! The start of the work week is always easy for me with each passing day getting more chaotic. By Friday I've had enough! This is the second "tini" card in the series. For every holiday I am taking the same martini stamp and dressing it up. The first card was a Christmas "Holly-tini" That post is dated Wednesday December 23. Todays libation is called "Valen-tini"

Here are the details:

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Stamps large martini glass and large straw

Paper:     SU Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo

Ink:         Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic  RV10, Prismacolor marker Crimson Red

Other:     Cuttlebug folder, Scalloped square made on my KNK Groove, Acrylic hearts and letters, MS snow glitter (makes for a really great salt/sugar rim), Spellbinders mystery die of 3 small hearts, SU irridescent ice EP, felt trim,  ribbon and a small cupid punch. Red wire and heart  for stem charm.

I rubbed Versamark ink over the red embossed panel and applied EP for a subtle glitter effect. The 3 hearts were airbrushed with a copic red while still in the dies. I added the stripes to the straw with a copic black multiliner pen.

Thanks for looking and stay tuned for the St. Paddy's day tini to come!

I also want to give a big welcome to all my new friends and followers. I hope you enjoy my blog!


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge and MMSC #39

Hey, I"m baaack! Yep, no interest in the Super Bowl, but I did watch the half time show. Here is my challence card for Betty Wright's Challenge FTTC52B.  You can get the details HERE. The challenge was to make a card using a popped up image. I cut out the cupid and set it out with foam dots. I am also entering this card in the "Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #39. Those details can be found HERE

Here are the details:

Stamps:     Flourishes "Angelic Love" and "Clouds", SU's "French Script"

Ink:           Memento black, Melon Mambo

Paper:       SU Black, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette

Other:       Spellbinders scalloped hearts, hearts, MS leaf punch, Cuttlebug setr of 4 scalloped circles, Stickles stardust, White detail EP, MS border punch, pearls and ribbon

The flowers were constructed by layering the 4 scalloped circles which were stamped with French Script. I ruffled up the layers and added stickles to some of the petals. The smaller flowers are just less layers.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a great week!


Fairy of the NIght

Another weekend gone.....Todays 1st post is  February's "Customer Card Challenge" at Sweet Pea Stamps blog. The details can be found HERE. The challenge was to make an ATC (Artist trading card) using a Sweet Pea stamp and only 3 colors. Any embellishments allowed. I decided to use ching -chou kuik's "Fairy of the Night" in Black, White and Purple.

Here's the info!

Stamp:    Sweet Pea Stamps "Fairy of the Night"

Paper:     Gina K , Off  brand of purple ( my go to purple paper for Halloween cards), SU black

Ink/Color:    Momento tuxedo black, Prismacolor pencils  PC932-Violet and PC935-black

Other:      Odorless mineral spirits, MS glitter (sugarcube), Spica markers in jet black and lavender, purple star jewel, irridescent faceted round jewel, Quickie glue pen.

Thanks for lookin!