Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday



Whoo hoo - Wednesday is here! Time for another Wee & Whimsical. I don't know about you, but when I think of a space 1" square, my first thought is "that's small!". What I wanted to get you thinking about today was the incredible amount of detail that you can pack into that small space! Just take a look at that cupcake! When I break it down, you'll see just how easy it is to replicate.

First, start off with your Black Inchie Square. Using the blackboard technique, (you can reference this post and this one to learn more), stamp the Itty Bitty Checkered Border and Itty Bitty Cupcake. First add your white pencil, then color in the frame with pink on top of the white, along with the cupcake frosting. Add white pencil for shadows on the cupcake paper, as well as the ground.

Next, apply a strong liquid adhesive (I use Glossy Accents here) to the frosting, and apply clear micro beads. Allow to dry. Add Red Stickles for the cherry on top for the perfect touch. Once that's all dry, I added a little white paint to the edges of the Inchie Square.

I repeated the process a couple more times to create this:



By mounting them on a coordinating pink paper, the pink accents on the Inchie squares come shining through. I used two sets of Megabilities (this rectangle and this scalloped rectangle) to create the look. I mounted it all on 3M transparency cut to a 3" x 6" card base, and added more white paint to edge. The "Happy Cupcake Day" is a Lockhart sentiment that is a must have in any cupcake collection!

So, what do you think? I hope this inspires you to pack a huge punch into one little inch! Give it a try and don't forget to let me know where to check it out.

Be well,

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Spring!



Happy Spring to you! I'm convinced it has arrived (even if it is a bit cool, still). I thought I would post a first for me today - I never post my published projects on my blog (somehow I always forget to do this!). This card appears in the March/April issue of Paper Crafts and features one of my new paper obsessions - GCD Studios. Their papers have a beautiful, subtle texture and their collections are fresh and bold without being overpowering. Yummy stuff - and it is now available at Michaels (whoo hoo for Michaels putting some new stuff into the mix!). Heidi Sonboul, one of my former Anna Griffin teammates, is heading up their blog and just happens to have a little giveaway today (hint, hint - go over there now!).

I hope spring sunshine touches you happily today. Be well.



SUPPLY LIST
Patterned Paper: (Bright Squares, Wild Flowers)Whoop De Doo Collection -
GCD Studios
Cardstock: (Kraft, Vintage cream)
Papertrey Ink
Stamps: (Just Hatched)
Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: (Spring Moss Twill)
Papertrey Ink
Dies: (Ribbon Tag, Pinking Pierceability)
Spellbinders

Monday, March 23, 2009

Little Ren Hen



Oh my - where did the time go? I had such a nice week last week. See, having moved to a new area, it's been hard for me to meet people (you know how that goes!). The boys are at that age where they're not crazy about me hanging out at school (which is ok! I remember how that was!), so I haven't been meeting people in the ways that I have in the past. I have been trying to reach out to some local crafters in an effort to meet new people (which is really unlike me!). So, last week, I was so lucky to spend time with three local crafters, all on different days - so blogging ended up taking a back seat, I guess! (A great big HI! to Eileen, Elena, and Marti!)

The above image is the sweet Buttermilk Hen from Karen Lockhart. I can't get over the amount of detail in this image - which makes it so much fun to color. Since it has such a homespun feel, I decided to mat the image with a felt square. A little satin ribbon, some matching paper from my stash (an old Laura Ashley paper when it was licensed through EK Success) and it finished up beautifully!



A sweet reader asked me last week about the insides of my cards. I'll be perfectly honest, most of the cards I post here don't have anything on the insides. I like having the ability to tailor it to what I need later on! You have made me consider doing some once and a while, though - so I appreciate the little catalyst! Watch for some in the near future. (And thanks so much for the idea.)

Be well.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Oops!

Sorry about that, crafty friends! I was playing around with something yesterday and forgot to delete it, hee hee!

Thanks for putting up with my craziness! ;)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Made in the Shade!



This Hydrangea and Berries image is such a classic Lockhart image - so much detail with such vivid illustration. I always find myself drawn to this particular stamp, too. I really enjoy coloring it and adding just the right shading and highlights.

So I stumbled upon something really fun about my Shimmerz paints and my Prismacolor pencils - they go together amazingly and in a way that you probably wouldn't expect! (Or maybe you would - but I didn't, lol!) The image above uses Spiced Cider, Evergreen, Sky Blue, Ultra Marine, and Pink Shimmerz. (I stamped the Lockhart image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto PTI Stamper's Select.) Using a fine-tip paint brush, I painted the image and allowed it to dry (which, thanks to the water-based nature of the paint, is very little time!). Then I went back in with coordinating pencils and started adding shading and highlights. One of my coolest finds was that you can add lighter colors - typically with pencils you need to start lightest and go darker; not the case here, as seen on the leaves (I painted them in Evergreen Shimmerz and added Chartreuse pencil for highlights).

And the best thing? The pencil doesn't block out the shimmery effects! I'm just fascinated by this! You should give it a try - it adds phenomenal detail to your image! Here's how it looks put all together:



I used some papers from Anna Griffin and Fancy Pants, added a little ric rac that I had on hand and finished it off with some machine stitching that was similar to the ric rac. The image was die cut using Spellbinders Labels One. Give me a shout if you have any questions!

Friday, March 13, 2009

AMuse me today!

For as long as I've been doing this paper craft stuff, there's been one thing that has always held true. I work with companies whose products I ADORE. Honestly, if I'm talking about it here, it's out of passion, not obligation. That being said, I'm a stamp lover, pretty much equal opportunity - clear, rubber, mounted, unmounted. I love them.

All of that is a little precursor to the fact that I don't work with A Muse Artstamps - but oh good golly, do I love them! So, today is AMuse Me day, because I've been having fun this week!

Here's a card I created for Glenda's Random AMusing Challenge this week. The challenge was to create a card using the color that is toughest for you. I don't have much trouble with green as an accent, but to do it monochromatically is a challenge for me, so I created this fun one:



The reason I realized that I like green as an accent (but not ALL green) is due in part to this week's Clean And Simple Challenge at SplitCoast. This challenge was to use blue and green, and a neutral accent if needed. This was the second card I did for this challenge, the first one was more elegant (and with less white). But here's the fun one I did:



Beav has a birthday party tonight, so I created this for him to give his buddy. This stamp has paid for itself many times over by the sheer number of 'tween boy cards I've made with it. (Highly recommend it if you have boys the same age!) Beav's favorite color is orange, so that's where that came into play.



And two for the Spring challenge on the A Muse board - love the warm feel of both of these!





I hope these AMuse you as much as they AMuse me, lol. (Sorry - too hard to resist! You're all so good to put up with me!) Be well.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday



I don't know about you, but spring means lots of showers for me, baby showers, bridal showers - you know the sort! I came across these darling bud vases at Target the other day and thought how beautiful they would look lined up on a table as a decoration/favor. They came four to a pack and were relatively inexpensive.

So I decided to gussy it up a little by tying on an Inchie. As you can see, I chose a White Inchie Square and the Lockhart Itty Bitty Vase. I first used my CropADile tool to cut a hole for the ribbon, then stamped and colored (with Prismacolors). Then I took Baby Blue Liquid Pearls to edge the Inchie Square. Once that was dry, I filled in the front with Glossy Accents. Once again, set it aside to dry. After, back it with some fun paper with a scalloped edge and tie it on to the vase. Here's a closer look:




This is a project that you could easily (and affordably!) recreate for any occasion. Change the colors, or the image, and you get a whole different feel - one perfect for the occasion you're celebrating.

Be well.



SUPPLY LIST:
Inchie Square: (White Inchie Square)
Inchie Arts, LLC
Stamp: (Itty Bitty Vase)
Lockhart Stamp Company
Other: Prismacolor, ribbon, Liquid Pearls, Glossy Accents

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lucky Day



Time for St. Patrick's Day fun with Lockhart! If you look closely, you can see that this is actually the Folk Heart. I used my stamp positioner to place the hearts into a clover shape, but you could just as easily stamp this four times and cut and paste into a clover shape.

Since I stamped this onto patterned paper, I really debated about coloring it. It was great without it, but I liked it a bit better with the colored accents. After I glued it down, I outlined it and added the stem with some Copics. So easy!

I hope it inspires you to look at your stamps a little differently!



SUPPLY LIST
Stamp: (Folk Heart)
Lockhart Stamp Company
Paper: Mara Mi, Paper Salon

Monday, March 9, 2009

Violet Cupcake



Isn't this the sweetest - a darling cupcake from violets! Leave it to Karen Lockhart to come up with something so cute. You can color it in no time flat and have a great looking image. I paired this up with some paper from PTI and added ribbon and Liquid Pearls accents for a quick look that looks like you spent a ton of time on it.

I hope it inspires you to try something beautiful. Be well.



SUPPLY LIST
Stamp: (Violet Cupcake)
Lockhart Stamp Company
Paper: (Plum Pudding, Guidelines)
Papertrey Ink
Ribbon:Papertrey Ink
Other: Prismacolor pencils, (White Opal Liquid Pearls) Ranger

Friday, March 6, 2009



Good morning, sweet neglected-blog friends! :) Thanks for the well wishes, they mean the world to me.

I've been in a total clean & simple mood this week, so I thought I would just quickly show you some of the cards I've been doing. The card above is 3" square and has a cool effect on it, thanks to my new Shimmerz paints. Here's a different angle:



Isn't that perfect for the water? I was so pleased with the effect! OK, here are a few others to make you smile (hopefully!)






The inside sentiment on this one is Happy Birthday, so I thought these chicks with party hats were just too cute. It's going to a dear friend of mine (and that's all I'm going to say, in case she's reading this!).

These next two are for challenges. The first one is for the Clean & Simple challenge on SplitCoast - where this week we're being challenged to make dots either with piercing or markers. That's all that counts!

Here's another dotty one, but it also is for Glenda's Random AMusing Challenge to use curves. I pulled out a french curve to cut the paper for this (in case you wondering how I achieved the consistency - if you want to know how to do this in more detail, let me know!). I also used some pierced dots for raindrops - they have a little glitter pen, too, in real life that is pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself.



OK, I think that's pretty much all for now. LMK if you have questions on the materials (I'm being lazy today, lol). All the stamps are A Muse, and the card sizes are a bit smaller than usual for me this week (lots of 4 Bar and some 3" and 4" squares).

Thanks again for the well wishes! Be well.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Ickie Sickies



OK, truth be told, I've been full of the ickie sickies...caught the cold from Wally, only - and I swear, this for me is THE worst thing about getting older - it's taking me forever to kick the darn thing. It's got my asthma all worked up and all night coughing fits are becoming the bane of my existence. (Dramatic enough for you?)

So, as much as you might like this card, it's for me. :) It's to make me smile, because it was inspired by something very special to me - my blanket.



I've had this blanket since I was four. My great-grandmother made it for me, and it has seen me through countless bouts of strep throat, dozens of colds and even mono. It's seen me through college heartaches and cold late nights rocking little babies back to bed. I adore it and it was the color inspiration for my Ickie Sickies card - because the sunshine-like colors have been comforting me for so long.

So why the story? I would love to see you do the same - find something that means so much to you sentimentally and use it to inspire you. Take something about it and translate that into a card. LMK when you've finished it, because I would love to see what you do!

In the meantime, I'm off to cuddle up with my blanket. ;)

Be well,



SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: (Robe, Ickie Sickie)
Lockhart Stamp Company
Cardstock: (Summer Sunrise)
Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Scenic Route
Dies: (Deckled Rectangles, Tags 5)
Spellbinders Paper Arts
Ribbon: (Summer Sunrise Satin)
Papertrey Ink
Other: (border punch) Fiskars, Prismacolor Pencils

Monday, March 2, 2009

Crazy Monday



Those two crazy snow-covered boys are Wally and the Beav from this AM - here in Virginia! Needless to say, they were home from school - which means lots of fun: Rock Band marathons, hockey games in the basement, fresh-baked cookies and the dryer running more than normal to dry those snow-soaked clothes! It was a nice change of pace having an impromptu long weekend.

Wally's school had a bake sale/talent show Friday night. I spent Friday baking up a storm and the house had a great aroma of chocolate chip cookies and brownies - ahhhh! So I forgot to take a picture of the finished products, but I did take a pic of my 'special' labels for the sale:


I ran them all through my Xyron machine and simply adhered them to the front of the ziploc bags. They were such a big hit! I love how adding something so simple can give something such oomph! (The stamps are Papertrey Ink Holiday Treats.)

Nothing else too exciting to report, I guess. It was a quiet weekend, apart from that howling wind! I hope it's warm where you are!

Be well.