Monday, March 29, 2010

DT Call for "Sweet Pea Stampers"

Hello and a happy Monday to all! I'll bet you're amazed to see me on  day other than Sunday..... "Sweet Pea Stampers" is a brand new challenge blog for all stamps from Sweet Pea. The blog and info can be found HERE. A Design Team call went out a few weeks ago and I decided to try my hand. Wish me luck! I have always wanted to be on a design team that echoed my love for a type of image and challenged my passion for thinking outside the box. Any card I have designed has come from a great sketch. The sketch is what gets my creativity moving..... I hope you enjoy my submission.

The details:

Stamps:   Sweet Pea Stamps (ching-chou kuik's "ocean Fantasy"),
                CHF  Tiger Strips Backgrounder 

Paper:     Neenah Solar Crest #80, Coordinations, Bazzil

Ink:         Momento Tuxedo Black, SU Craft Black, Various Copic markers (C0 C3 C5, E000 E02 E11,
               YR20 YR02, RV11 R85, G82)

Other:     MS border punch, Nestabilities Rectangle die, Zing Black glitter EP (tiger stripes) Sizzix embossing
               folder (leopard print), Stickles (stardust) Prima black flourishes, Butterflies from Joanne Fabrics
              wedding section, Silk flowers from Michael's, Clear jewel heart.

Thanks for considering me. Regardless of whether I'm chosen for the DT, I look forward to participating in the weekly challenges!


Sunday, March 28, 2010

"Hope......." Midnight Madness" Sketch Challenge #46

Wow! This weekend went by too fast! Here is this weeks sketch challenge card for "Midnight Madness" # 46.
My card was inspired by all my friends and family past and present fighting this terrible cancer. Through my art I would like to encourage all to keep fighting on.......The little "Pink Ribbon" charm was fashioned out of Fimo Clay and decorated with a lt. pink crystal. The distressing was done using my new toy the "Distrezz-it-all". It does a wonderful FAST job of distressing the edges of all kinds of paper, cardstock and chipboard. The papers used in this card were of a DP weight. They were not mutilated  at all due to their light wt. I really recommend this tool!

The details are:

Stamps:     SU Illuminations (Hope)

Paper:       SU Ivory, K and CO. DP's

Ink:           SU Sage Shadow, Copic marker R85 (airbrushed frame), Ranger Distress Vintage photo

Other:       MS punch, Spellbinders Oval nestie, Paper Roses and buds, Prima swirl, Fimo clay, Ribbon, Machine stitching, Sahura glaze sparkle pen ("H" in hope)

Thanks for taking a look! See ya next week.....


Sunday, March 21, 2010

"Another Brick in the Wall...." Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge" #45

It's another Sunday!! Gee do ya think I could EVER pick another post day? This weeks sketch challenge made me think immediately of a brick wall. Now, anyone that follows my blog knows a simple paper wall just wouldn't do. I created 2 versions of this wall using embossing paste and a cardstock template. I translated the size of the bricks using a ruler to best fit my square card front. Next I recreated the "sketch" using my KNK Groove die cutter software. I cut the template out of 120# cardstock. This weight gave me a little deeper grid. Using a spatchula (sp), I applied the embossing paste over the entire template/grid and made sure I left some raised sections on each brick to simulate real bricks. The terracotta colored bricks were made by dying the white paste with SU reinkers ( 3 drops really rust, 1 drop chocolate chip). Gesso was painted on some of the terracotta brick for an "old brick" effect. The sketch challenge details can be found HERE.  Below are the 2 versions of my card and a few closeups.

The Details:

Paper:   7 Gypsies "Umbria", SU Really Rust, Neenah Solar Crest #120

Ink:       SU Rally Rust, Ranger "Vintage Photo" and "Rusty Hinge", White Gesso
            Copic Markers ( E95, YR21, YG11, YG99, YG17)

Other:   Prima Roses, MM frame, computer generated sentiment, Sizzix (acetate flourishes), Sizzix vine
             Butterfly from Michael's (airbrushed), Kaiser pearls, airbrushed gems, Stickles (diamond).

Thanks for looking and have a great week!


Sunday, March 14, 2010

"Life is Sweet!".........Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #44

Once again I hope you've had a fun weekend! Here is this weeks Midnight Madness creation. Details can be found HERE. I decided to try my hand at stamping on fabric. I used a piece of white muslin and lightly stamped a diamond background with pink ink. Next I stamped the focal image with black "Versacraft" ink. This ink is formulated for use with fabric. It's truely the only ink I have found that doesn't bleed. The image stamps sharp and crisp. First I tried to color the hummingbird with SU markers. Not liking the effect I switched to KOH.I.NOOR "Gioconda" soft pastel pencils. These are like chalk in a pencil form, much softer looking and again don't bleed outside the edges.

Here are the details:

Stamps:  Unknown diamond background, Inkadinkadoo clear stamp Hummingbird, CHF's Sheet Music Backgrounder

Paper:     Neenah solar crest  80#, SU "Taken with Teal", "Pretty in Pink" and Black

Ink:         Vesacraft black, SU Taken with Teal and Pretty in Pink, Pastel pencils 8820/15 and 8820/38

Other:     Nestabilities, Muslin, Pink velvet ribbon from Joanne's, Crystal flourish, crystals , Kaiser pearls, Stardust stickles, MS leaf punch, Prima rosebud and a generic white flower, black lace from Joanne's.

Thanks for taking a look and have a great week!


Sunday, March 7, 2010

"Come fly away".......Midnight Madness Challenge #43

Gee, am I stuck on Sunday posts or what! This week went by pretty quick, the weekend even faster. We did manage to go to see "Shutter Island" Saturday nite! This weeks challenge can be found HERE. I just loved this sketch and the butterfly suggestion. I also got to play with my new "Viva Decor" Pearl Pens and made some " home made" pearls. This is really a nice product and performs exactly how it is marketed. The pearls in this card were made using the "Ice White" pearl pen and then airbrushed a peach color using my copic markers and airbrush. A little photo "how to" on how I get my pearls a uniform size follows. The pens can be found HERE and there is even a video you can watch!

Stamps:   SU French Script, Inkadinkado Dot Flouishes

Ink:          Versafine Vintage Sepia, SU Groovy Guava, Ranger Distress Walnut Stain, Copic markers

Paper:      Sandy Lion DP "Music", SU Groovy Guava, SU Ivory, PTI Dark Chocolate, heavy weight Vellum

Other:      Viva Decor pearl pen Ice White, Prima flowers, Jolee's jewels butterfly (pin), Butterfly punches and diecuts, MS glitter, Airbrushed jewels, Nestabilities, Computer generated sentment, Beads colored peach for pin

Here are the pics for making the pearls:

Thanks for taking a look and I have more cards to post on Wednesday!