Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Hi - what a funny month, there are actually five Wednesdays in this one! And as luck would have it, three of those were Wee & Whimsical Wednesdays, where I show a different way how to use Inchies Squares, the great little squares made from premium archival matboard from Inchie Arts. I really love this surface because it accepts different coloring mediums so well; there is no flaking with Prismacolors pencils and no feathering with Copics. I even use watercolors beautifully.

For this card, I first stamped the Inchie Square with Lockhart's Itty Bitty Leaf Border and then with the Itty Bitty Teapot. A quick coloring with Prismacolors really brought it to life! (For an easy way to center this, please refer to this post.) I used a square Nestabilities for a debossed frame around the Inchie Square, just to highlight it a bit more. Topped with a ribbon, it makes a simple focal point for this card that is very eye-catching. Paired with the sentiment "I was in hot water and you were there" (also from Lockhart Stamp Company), it makes a nice card to have on hand for a friend who really helped you out in your time of need.

There are so many great Itty Bitty Stamps from Lockhart Stamp Company, that you can create a multitude of cards just like this one to have on hand for when that specific occasion comes up. The fun products from Inchie Arts make it fast and simple! Give it a whirl!

Friday, July 24, 2009

True Friend

There are days, like today, that I just LOVE what I do. I'm so incredibly fortunate to work with Papertrey Ink in the capacity that I do. For those of you who don't know, I'm Nichole Heady's assistant (which comprises a lot of interesting things), as well as the newsletter editor. My responsibilities are growing and soon I will be wearing a new hat or two with the company. So what is so great about working with this amazing company? For me, it all boils down to the products and the people.

When I started out as a design team member, I was totally in heaven. I had already been a loyal PTI customer for about 6 months at that point (remember those very first sets? Paper Tray, Green Thumb?) and loved Nichole's style. Since then, I've been along for one of the best rides of my life. The growth has just been so much fun to watch.

I whipped up this card so quickly the other day using one of the sets from the last release, In Bloom. I love the sentiment with this set, and the flowers are so beautiful. Unfortunately, I stamped this with Versafine instead of Memento, but I'm still pleased with the way it turned out. The color combination was inspired by this week's CAS Challenge on SplitCoast - the summery feel is light and breezy.

Thanks for letting me share my Papertrey Ink love today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Be well,

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Lockhart Window

I didn't mention it beforehand, but I've just returned from a great vacation to Portugal! I scheduled a bunch of posts prior to leaving (I love this feature!) so it wouldn't seem too empty here. My family and I really love to travel, and this trip was a fantastic addition to our passports. We hiked, we swam, we learned a little of a new language, and really enjoyed each other's company. I know looking at other people's travel photos can be a little tedious, but if you're interested in learning a bit more about an under-rated destination, I'm blogging about it at here; our internet access was a little spotty there, so I'm doing a little restrospect for family and friends.

When I returned home, I found a great package of the latest Lockhart Stamp Company images. I was positively giddy to see them in person, because these new window stamps just made me smile widely! I had to jump right in and color up this one! I went with a brighter color palette than I would usually choose because I really wanted it to scream summer. My color inspiration was the background paper (Basic Grey), but then I laughed a little when it was finished because the image covered up the orange and turquoise in the paper - the two colors I used most in the image! (Does that ever happen to you?) I was still really pleased with the finished product, though, and think it is a happy summer image. I can almost smell the cupcakes passing by this airy window! ;) And of course, the "Happy Cupcake Day" sentiment was just perfect along the bottom of this.

The details in this image are just amazing, and though you can't tell in this picture, I added a few extras to them with Glaze and Souffle pens (from Sakura). The image is otherwise colored with Prismacolors. As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

The new Lockhart stamps are available in stores; a store locator can be found here, in case you're doing a little traveling of your own. Be well!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Lemony goodness a la Flourishes

Flourishes stamps have been really catching my eye lately. Their fresh illustrations are truly beautiful. So when we were given the opportunity to do a product swap between our Shimmerz team and their DT, I was thrilled. I knew that the set that I chose, Life, Love and Lemons would be fantastic paired up with Sunny and Celery Shimmerz. Take a look and tell me if you agree!

There were so many great images in this set that I couldn't make just one card - this topiary was definitely calling out to me!

I went with a very Clean & Simple design to let the focus be on the Shimmerz and beautiful image. Here's all the shimmery goodness:

Be well,

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Summer Mosiac

I was inspired to create a collection of Inchie images over the 4th of July weekend, and when I decided to use that theme for Wee & Whimsical Wednesday, this Summer Mosiac card came together quickly! First, I grabbed nine White Inchie Squares from Inchie Arts. Next, I pulled out my Lockhart Stamps and decided which ones really said "SUMMER!" to me. I chose several Itty Bittys, including Cupcake, Ice Cream Cone, Plant Stakes, Pear, Pie, Cherries and Sand Pail. I couldn't leave out the Bowl of Strawberries or the Picnic images, either, so I used my Inchie Finder (a pre-cut 1" square of tinted acetate, that is perfect for identifying a certain part of a pre-stamped image; it is packaged in the Inchie Papers.). Because I really wanted these Inchie Squares to pop, I colored them with Copics and placed them all on a black piece of paper. The finished card is 5" square.

I would love to see your Mosiac cards, so post a link if you get a chance! In the meantime, be well!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Almost time for peaches!

Peach season is right around the corner, so I just wanted to remind you! ;) The Lockhart Peaches image is really fun to color. You can get so much color variation in this (you can click on the image above for a larger image). Plus, the bowl made out of lettuce is just too fun.

I pulled out my Copics for my coloring medium on this one and then cut it out using Labels One from Spellbinders. I loved how PTI Melon Berry was a fun cardstock color to use with the Peaches!

Don't peaches just make your day? Coloring this great Lockhart image certainly made mine! Be well,

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thank you, Impression Obsession!

I couldn't resist using this fun candy jar image to create a Thank-You card for the crew at Impression Obsession. They were super sweet in sponsoring our Shimmerzteam this week!

Once again, I colored the image in different colors of Shimmerz, then went back and added shading with coordinating colored pencils. I love this effect! Take a closer look:

Thanks so much, Impression Obsession!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sending a Happy Hello!

I picked up this sweet stamp from the My Favorite Things booth at the Great American Scrapbook Convention when it was in VA two weeks ago. It was my first time meeting Kim in person, and she was just the sweetest! I had the honor of being a teaching assistant for her class, and I made this card as a little thank you for her. It was a lot of fun to color this image! I used my Prismacolor pencils with a little baby oil to blend. I added a little Pink Shimmerz to it for a little added detail. Here's how it looks:

Isn't it darling?! :) I have to admit, the idea of a mouse in my teacup is a little unsettling, but this one has stolen my heart.

Be well,

Cardstock: (Hibiscus Burst, Stamper's Select)
Papertrey Ink
Stamps: (Tea for Two)
My Favorite Things; (sentiment from Everyday Classics, not for retail sale) Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper: Doodlebug
Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Liquid Pearls (Ranger), machine stitching

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Out to Impress!

Impression Obsession did a little product swap with the Shimmerz team recently. I have several Impression Obsession images and have been long been a fan of their stamps. This pairing is absolutely perfect, too - Shimmerz makes the perfect medium for coloring in these great images. Just take a look at the shine I was able to add to this coffee cup image from the "Smell the Coffee" set:

All I added there was a touch of pink and celery Shimmerz! The image was initally colored with Copics; I applied the Shimmerz right over the top for a great look.

One of the things that is so fun about Impression Obsession is the wide variety of stamps that they carry. This stamp is such a beautiful garden scene, and I used a bunch of Shimmerz products on it without it being overpowered. The background is covered in Shimmerz Spritz in Baby's Breath, which shows well here:

This picture lets you see the Evergreen, Sky Blue, and Royal Red that I used on other areas:

I added a little Flower Soft and pearls and created a gorgeous card with tons of detail!

This series of topiaries is just a delightful stamp! I knew right away that this image was just MADE for Shimmerz! I painted the image first, then added in shading with matching colored pencils. Just look at how beautifully it turned out!

For a closer look at the gorgeous effect that you get with Shimmerz, take a look at this:

Thanks to the generous crew at Impression Obsession. These stamps are a lot of fun to use with Shimmerz.

Be well,

Monday, July 6, 2009

Old-fashioned wicker

I just can't get enough of this wonderful wicker chair from Lockhart Stamp Company! It just begs to be paper-pieced, and I love the old-fashioned touch the pink gingham gives this. The ribbon frame is a beautiful touch that I learned from Claire Brennan (thanks, Claire!).

Remember how I mentioned the other day about Karen's fantastic ability to work with a variation of a theme? This beautiful wicker chair is a great example of just that! The brand new rocker chair exemplifies that as well.

I hope this encourages you to kick back and relax! Be well,

Friday, July 3, 2009

All Occasion

I've been starting to work on a pile of cards for a craft show that I plan on doing this fall. I'm hoping to do some of the creating now, and I will determine sentiments later (so I can see what I'm missing). I've never done a craft show before (although I helped my mom with many growing up), so this will be a bit of a new experience for me. Since I'm waiting on the sentiments, this card really fits the bill. It has all Papertrey Ink products and will fit the bill for many types of cards, I think. There is just something about this card that I'm really drawn to - I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

I hope you all have a fun & safe 4th of July! Be well,

(All supplies from
Papertrey Ink except butterfly punch.)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select, Kraft
Patterned Paper: Green Tea Leaves, Bitty Boxes
Stamps: Background Basics (Text Style)
Ink: Ripe Avocado
punch: EK Success

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Welcome to the July 1st installment of Wee & Whimsical Wednesday! If anyone has any idea as to where the time has gone, please feel free to let me know - JULY 1st?! (Shaking my head...)

So, back to the project! Today's card features a fun technique with White Inchie Squares from Inchie Arts. The technique is one that Lisa Lee (owner of Inchie Arts) calls the Exploding puzzle. It's such fun that I'm sure you will want to try it! First, you place your Inchie Squares together, select your stamp, and with a steady hand, stamp onto 4 squares (or 9, or however many you have chosen!) at once.

I chose Lockhart Strawberries to work with on this card. Many of the Lockhart images are perfectly sized for this technique. When you seperate them slightly (as I did here), it really draws your eye in to examine the details of the image.

Speaking of details, I colored this with two mediums - Copics and Shimmerz paints. Here's a closer look:

The finish on the White Inchie Squares is perfect for so many mediums! It accepts the Shimmerz paints perfectly! You can see from that picture that I painted the strawberries (with Fire Engine Red Shimmerz) and the polka dots on the bowl (with Celery Shimmerz). Plus, Shimmerz works with Copic markers without any feathering or bleeding. GREAT combination to pack a lot of punch into a small area!

You should give this Exploding Puzzle technique a whirl - it's a great way to incorporate Inchie Squares into your card in a fun way!

Be well,

Inchies Squares:
Inchie Arts, LLC
Strawberry Stamp:
Lockhart Stamp Co.
Paints: Shimmerz Paints
Cardstock, sentiment stamp: Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper, ribbon: A Muse Art Stamps