Thursday, June 30, 2011

Embossing Folders 2 - Oh Happy Day

This is a sample of sponging dye ink on the embossed card stock.  This was Close To My Heart Ink.  I think that distress ink would work even better as it has more open time.  Pigment ink works well too, but can stay wet a long time and get quite messy.  The Oh Happy Day stamp is from Stampin Up. 


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Embossing Folders 1 - Pink Posies

Embossing Folder Demo Cards -This card was made as a sample for using ink with embossing folders.  The top half was made by inking the embossing folder with a brayer first then running it through the embossing folder (similar to a letterpress technique).  The smaller lower panel was made by first running the paper through the embossing folder than inking the raised image with a brayer.  The same color of Close to My Heart ink was used for both panels and as a dye for coloring the flower ribbon, but you get three different colors depending on the surface you ink and method you use to add ink.  The stamp, oval punch and ticket punch are made by Stampin Up.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Margaret's Paint Dauber Card - WooHoo!

Look at the great card that Marge (AKA Margaret) made using the paint dauber technique on acetate.  The colors are fabulous and I do love those jewels.  You did such a great job, I am so glad you shared it with me and allowed me to post it on my blog.  Keep up the good work and thanks for your questions and comments on my blog.


Purple Surprise

Here is another one of the cards I made at Linda Howard's paint dauber class.  I love the texture on the purple paper which came this way, but we could do the same thing with our embossing folders.   


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pretty in Pink

I copied Linda Howard's card as close as possible on this sample.  My paint colors were slightly different and cannot be controlled anyway with this paint and smash process, but everything else about the card is completely borrowed from Linda.  I have since decided to get out my embossing folders, patterned paper, mettalic paper and some glittler and experiment.  I will post my results.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Butterfly Birthday

This birthday card was made for a friend who loves Asian themed cards and her favorite color is green.  I found this origami paper by Hero Arts and the shimmery green card stock by Denami and thought they worked well together.  After I got the origami paper and and strips of black card stock on the card I thought what now.  So after digging around on my very messy desk I found these leftover butterflies and pearl swirls from another project and decided they can work.  I hope she likes the card.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I Love Paris in the Spring Time or Any Time for that Matter

This month our local stamp club swap was ATC cards with the theme "I love...".  Well I had too many ideas, but a crafty internet friend brought me down to earth and I finally settled on Paris.  I have been to Paris a couple of times and loved it everytime. 

I used a Stampin Up Eiffel Tower stamp,  cannot remember who made the background stamp, Flower Soft, Close to My Heart dye ink, Tim Holtz distressing ink and the Amore frame was cut out with my Cricut cartridge "French Manor" using my Gypsy to get the size the way I wanted it.  I believe the blingy brad was made by Making Memories.  If you need to know who made the background stamp, leave a comment and I will look it up for you.



Monday, June 20, 2011

Dreamweavers Foil Technique

Another card designed by Rebekka of Dreamweavers using this cool clear shimmering foil that looks like little rain drops on the umbrellas.  This photo simply does not do it justice.  We used the umbrella stencil and colored with pigment inks and a stencil brush.  Then we added the sticky powder and heat set.  Put the shimmering foil over the top and run it through a laminating machine (without the laminating plastic - I believe it is the heat and pressure that helps the foil to adhere).  Last step is to pull off the shimimering foil and it leaves those fantastic rain drops.  Dreamweavers sells three different patterns of the shimmering foil, all of which are lovely.  Rebekka always has something new to share.


Elizabeth Craft - Glitter Ritz, Shimmer Sheets and Peel Off Stickers, Oh My!

I LOVE BLING!!!  Kimi, of the now closed Island Images, designed this card and I made it in the very first class that I ever took using the Elizabeth Craft products.  I still marvel at those Shimmer Sheets every time I use one and the black one used on the background of this card is my favorite.  The shimmer sheet is run through one of the Sizzix embossing folders which I think is supposed to be cracked glass, but doesn't it make a great piece or coral for this card?  The gold stickers are by Elizabeth craft with the fish mounted on a lavender piece of shimmer sheet and cut out.

The best news is that Els of Elizabeth Crafts will be teaching at Scrapbooking Made Simple on June 25th - two classes.  I will be there I hope to see you too.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Childhood Memories

Years ago my father loved to fish and hunt and camp and I can remember my parents telling me stories about their trips.  By the time I came along they did not seem to have time or perhaps their interests changed, but when I needed to make a card that used a masking technique I was looking through my stamps and saw these Stampscape stamps and it made me think of those stories.  Now I know that there are techniques that people do with these stamps with fantastic results and I have tried them, but they do not work for me.  I am probably too impatient so I simply cut three masks, one for the water, one for the rocks and one for the trees and sky.  I then masked two of the areas and brayered on some ink, masked two different areas and brayered a new color and so on.  I added the guy in the boat thinking of my dad.

I used Stampscape stamps, Close To My Heart Ink, DCWV card and Stamping Up paper to make this card.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Ranger Paint Daubers are Wonderful

Linda Howard came to our local stamp club not long ago and taught a class with a technique using paint daubers.  I think this is a Penny Black stamp that was stamped or copied onto acetate.  Then you randomly add paint on the back and while it is still wet you squish it on some white cardstock or tissue paper, let it dry then trim to suit.  Linda gave us some black card stock, colored panels and black doodads to embellish and I added the black edge around the blue panel with a Sharpie marker.  I love the serendipity of it and the result is a quick and easy card that shines.  I think that any acrylic paint will work.  Linda is so good with cards that are quick, but still give us a lot of WOW.  She teaches classes regularly at Scrapbooking Made Simple in Canyon Country.  Thank you Linda.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father's Day Howdy

I had a crafty weekend working on some cards for swaps that are coming up soon.  I will be posting my work, but in the midst of it all I knew I had to make a Father's Day card for my dad who lives in Florida.  Dad does not have a computer and so I can post now and he will still be surprised.  I chose some paper with his favorite colors and made this quick card.  My dad is a very down to earth Howdy kind of guy so I hope he likes it.  I ordered some Mrs. Fields cookies for him that should be delivered today so hopefully he will have a sweet week.

I used K & Co. paper and embossed the Howdy so that it would be shiny and stand out.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Friendly Tulips

Another Dreamweavers stencil card inspired by Rebekka.  Tulips are one of my favorite flowers and we used a light box to emboss the tulips and "friends" on this card then colored everyting with pigment ink and a stencil brush over the various brass stencils.  Dreamweavers actually sells these cards with the oval cut out, but we could do it ourselves these days with all the dies and cutting machines that are on the market and in our homes.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dreamweavers New Stencils

Rebekka of Dreamweavers taught a class at our last stamp club meeting and this is one of the cards that we made.  We used the brass stencil as a stamp spraying Memories ink on the stencil and then running the stencil and paper through and embossing maching.  The thank you was another stencil with some pigment ink added with a stencil brush. 


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bling Fling

I actually made this card for a swap and then didn't use it.  This is one of two and I inadvertantly laid this card down on the other card while the glue was still wet.  I do things like that a lot and it put me out of the mood to make another one so did something else.  I do like all the bling on the card though.  This was the first time I used the sparkly flakes on the corners of the card.  They are much chunkier than glitter, but add a little pow!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Birds of A Feather - the Straggler

This is Donna's "Birds of A Feather" swap card.  She forgot her cards as home at the last stamp club meeting and she mailed this card to me.  Isn't it clever the way it folds diagonally and becomes three dimensional?  Everyone did a great job with their cards this month.  It makes me wish I could fly away into the clouds...


Friday, June 3, 2011

Shades of Green - Thanks

I always love monochromatic cards when other people make them.  I had to make one for a recent swap and struggled.  I used my favorite color, at least for the moment, and found that it was so much harder to do than I realized.  I have new appreciation for all you monochromatic artists out there.  I am going to keep practicing, but I do really like those velvety leaves.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sale - Addicted To Rubber Stamps

As many of you may already know, Addicted to Rubber Stamps is closing their doors and liquidating everything.  Today everything that is left is 70% off!  If you would like to take a look click here.  Hope you find a great bargain.


Sizzling Dragons

Perhaps we have trouble in cyberspace or no one was interested in the blog candy.  There were no comments last week so I did not do the drawing for blog candy.  If you tried to leave a comment and were unable to do so, let me know and I will try to figure it out.  In the meantime, hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend.  Thank you to all of the soldiers, sailors and marines who have served and to their families.  

This card was made for a swap entitled "Red Hot Sizzle".  I love these dragons so went Asian with my card.  I used the stamp with Versamark for the watermark effect on the card and then embossed with Judikins detail black embossing powder on the main panel.  I cannot seem to resist that little bit of bling for the finishing touch.