Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Belli Challenge #88 - Color Spray

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another Belli Challenge! This week's challenge is to use color spray - Glimmer Mist, a home made mixture using Perfect Pearls, Walnut Ink sprays, or even airbrushing with your Copic markers - whatever you desire! We also have a sponsor this week - The Stamping Boutique, who provided us with several digital images to use.  My card features an image called First Dance.

My card base is plain brown textured card stock that I covered with a Glimmer Screen template and sprayed with gold PK Glitz Ritzy Ditzy Glitz spray.  It has a LOT of shimmer to it, but I was unsuccessful in my attempts to capture that in a photograph.  My mat layer is black textured card stock with a scalloped border, which I also sprayed with gold spray. 

The image was colored with Copic markers and I used a nubby old washcloth dampened with Colorless Blender and dabbed on their clothes to give them some texture.  I used a black Spica marker to color the music notes and a clear one on the ribbon on her bonnet.  The sentiment is from Flourishes Tag Lines set and while it was still in the die, I sprayed it with the Ritzy Ditzy spray, too.  I wish you could see all the sparkle!

Please be sure to check out what the other Belli Girls have done with their Color Spray and Stamping Boutique images!  If you would like to play along, please leave a link to your project on today's Creative Belli Blog post, or use CBC88 for your keyword if you upload to Splitcoast Stampers or Paper Craft Planet.

The Stamping Boutique is having a sale until April 20, 2010. Use coupon code, "candy" for a 35% off discount!  Not bad!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

OCC Guest Designer - Happy Easter!

Good Morning! I'm thrilled to be this week's Guest Designer over at Our Creative Corner! Thank you so much for inviting me, Silke!! The challenge this week is a sketch challenge, which is my favorite kind of challenge, and I liked Silke's sketch so much, I ended up making two cards with it!

This first card was made using the Tulip Bouquet stamp from Repeat Impressions. Wendy, the owner of Repeat Impressions, is very generously offering a $25 gift certificate to the winner of this week's OCC challenge, so be sure to submit a project on the OCC blog no later than Friday, April 2nd by 10:00 PM EST in order to qualify.

I colored the tulip image using Copic markers and then I airbrushed it while it was still in the die.  I hand cut the two mat layers under it. My patterned papers are from BasicGrey's new Green at Heart 6x6 paper pad.  I used the same papers on the inside, and also used the leftover 'trash' from punching the scalloped layer on the card front to make a border.

I flipped the sketch horizontally for my second card so it would accommodate this beautiful deco dragonfly, also from Repeat Impressions.  The image was stamped using Memento Bamboo Leaves and colored with Copic markers.  After I colored it, I cut it out and painted it with some Iced Lavender Shimmerz paint.

Here is a close up of the dragonfly showing how shiny the Shimmerz paint is.  The music background on my two Nestabilites Curved Rectangle panels is also from Repeat Impressions.  The dragonfly paper is from Kaisercraft.  The ribbon is white silk from May Arts that I colored using a Copic marker.

Thanks for stopping by today and please be sure to head over to the OCC blog for this week's sketch and to check out what the OCC Design Team has created using it!  Thanks again for having me as your guest designer this week, Silke!

Finally, Repeat Impressions is looking for some new Design Team members.  I can tell you firsthand that Wendy is a dream to work with, so if you're interested in being on a team with very reasonable requirements and a very generous supply of rubber, be sure to apply!  Please visit the Design Team Call page on the Repeat Impressions website for details soon. Call ends March 31st, 2010.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Wreath

Happy Monday! Hope you had a nice weekend!

This is a card I made last week for two challenges - Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Sketch Challenge (FTTC58) and Color Throwdown's color challenge (CTD84) to use Taken with Teal, Black, Soft Sky and Tangerine Tango.

The wreath, bow and sentiment stamps are all from Flourishes (Seasonal Wreaths and Tag Lines).  The patterned papers are from BoBunny's Kitchen Spice collection.  The wreath was colored with Copic markers (YR00, YR02, YR04, BG0000, BG01 and BG05) and sponged with Versamagic Sea Breeze ink. 

The bow was stamped using Taken with Teal ink, cut out and adhered to the wreath with an American Crafts jeweled brad.  The flowers were white flowers  from Petaloo that I colored with the same Copic Markers.  The corners looked a little bare, so I added some paper piercing.

That's about it! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Belli Challenge #87 - Clips and a Sketch!

Hello! Welcome to another Belli Challenge! This week's challenge is two-fold.  The first part of the challenge is to use clips - paper clips, binder clips, swirly clips, whatever you have in your stash! The second part of the challenge is to use our first-ever Belli Challenge sketch:

I turned the sketch vertical and used a flower shaped clip.  My card base is Papertrey Ink Terra Cotta Tile and my patterned papers are Bo Bunny's Kitchen Spice - Allspice and Clove papers.  My focal image and sentiment are from Papertrey Ink's Blooming Button Bits and Birthday Basics sets. The center flower is popped up on some foam tape.

The flower shaped clip is from Spare Parts and my rhinestone-centered paper flower is from Petaloo.  It was originally white and I colored it with a Copic marker to match my patterned papers. 

I layered two different ribbons behind my focal image - the polka dot is from American Crafts and the chocolate brown is from Martha Stewart. 

For the inside, I used strips of my patterned paper and a sentiment from the Birthday Basics set. 

Please be sure to check out what the rest of the Belli Girls have done for the challenge.  If you would like to play along with us, please link your entry to today's Belli Challenge post and use keyword CBC87 if you upload to SCS or PCP,

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Buttermilk Hen Hello

Hello! Hope you're enjoying your weekend! I've gotten a little stamping time in and made this card for three challenges:

Mojo Monday - Sketch Challenge #129
CARDS Blog - make a card using any birds except owls
WT261 at Splitcoast Stampers - use new supplies (the buttermilk hen, ruffled ribbon and Cosmo Cricket papers)

I have had this Buttermilk Hen stamp from Lockhart Stamp Company for months and have been wanting to use it but just haven't gotten around to it, so when I saw the challenge on the CARDS blog to make a card using any bird other than an owl, I decided it was time! I thought it paired well with the little chick paper from Cosmo Cricket's Garden Variety collection.  I stamped the image on an Inchie Plus square and colored it using Copic markers.  The background was sponged with Versamagic Sea Breeze ink.

To make the hay she's sitting on, I cut up a length of raffia and glued the pieces to the bottom of the Inchie Plus square.  I added strips of Scor Tape to the back edges of the square and then adhered the ruffled ribbon to form the mat. 

I created my ruffled paper flower by stamping some ivory card stock with Papertrey Ink's Background Basics Text Style and then I cut out 5 scalloped circles, layered them and crumpled them up using Dawn McVey's technique.

For the inside, I used another corner of my scalloped black card stock and some of my patterned paper scraps. 

That's about it!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

CC260 & OCC - Love You Muchly

Happy Wednesday! I decided to play along on last week's Color Challenge (CC260) over at Splitcoast Stampers (Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray) and with Silke's sketch challenge this week over at Our Creative Corner, although my card is A2 (4.25" x 5.5") rather than square like the sketch.

I just picked up a couple of these Pure Innocence stamps from My Favorite Things. They are not my normal 'thing', but they are fun to paper piece like I've done on this card, plus I think the images are adorable and the sentiments that go with them are perfect. I used Cosmo Cricket Early Bird papers (Apron Strings and Sunrise). I added lots of bling (too much maybe...) to my image where it had hearts and a flower. For the Basic Gray component, I stamped my image and sentiment using Memento London Fog and I used some pewter self-adhesive nail heads in the top right corner.

Here's a peek at the inside. I just used my scraps from the front. I punched the borders using a Martha Stewart border punch.

Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments - they really mean a LOT!

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Thinking of you butterflies

Happy Monday! Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

I was able to get some stamping time in yesterday and whipped up this little number for the CAS56 challenge, which was to make a square card.

The background paper is from the DCWV Mariposa 8x8" paper pad. My stamped butterfly is from Papertrey Ink's Butterfly Dreams set and was cut out using their new butterfly die, and then colored with Copic markers to match the ones on the background paper. The white edge of my butterfly was a little stark against the background, so I distressed the edges with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and added a few gold beads for its body.

The sentiment is from PTI's Through the Trees set and was heat embossed using Versamark ink and Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder. For the inside, I stamped a smaller butterfly from the Butterfly Dreams set and discovered that this size butterfly worked with one of my Spellbinder's Flying Beauties butterfly dies. I layered it over a leftover strips from the card front. I also stamped some butterflies on the front of my envelope, shown above with the card.

That's about it - thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Denami Design Color Challenge

Happy Saturday, sorry I have been MIA lately. Work has been really busy and last week we had a sick kitty that needed some TLC, but she is doing much better now.

Last weekend I started working on this card for the Denami Design Color Challenge, but didn't get it finished before I had to go out of town on Sunday. I finished it up this afternoon, just in time to get it in the challenge. Here are the challenge colors:

There isn't much to my card, it's pretty self-explanatory. The card base is kraft, and I scored a few lines above the patterned paper layers and above and below my sentiment. I don't know who made the tulip paper, but the green polka dot paper is from the DCWV Nana's Nursery Boy paper pack. My flower is from Denami Design and I airbrushed with Copic markers for its background.

I punched two different butterflies out of each of my patterned papers and stacked them on top of one another, then added a couple of green pearls for the body. The buttons and twine are from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment is from Endless Creations.

Here's a peak at the inside. I punched a scalloped border out of the green polka dot paper and layered the tulip paper on top. The polka dot strip in the middle is what was leftover after I punched the border.

Hope you're enjoying the weekend! Thanks for stopping by and please come back again soon!