Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Yellow Tea Pot



Hi - yes, it's yellow. Yes, I meant to post it for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Monday night. Yes, I forgot.

Yellow is my favorite color, so I had to join in on the fun, even if it was late. Everything is pretty straightforward on this, with the possible exception of the DMC floss (it was white and I colored it with my Copics). I used y38 Honey to color - one of the coordinating colors for Summer Sunrise. Speaking of which, have you seen this page with the coordinating colors? There is even a spot to click for a downloadable page - very handy!

Before I go, I wanted to mention that you can stop by the Shimmerz Blog today for a fun blinkie and to be entered to win a fun Shimmerz prize pack.

Not super chatty this AM, but wanted to say thanks for stopping by this morning. Be well.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Coloring on kraft



Oh goodness, I had so much fun creating this card! It sounds really odd, but I've never just done a one-layer card with colored pencils and kraft cardstock, but I can tell you that I am now seriously hooked! Just look at the way that color popped.

The image is the Roses of Sharon image from (who else!) Lockhart Stamp Company and the frame is just an embossed label from Spellbinders (no cut, just emboss). To create the layered color for the flowers, I did just as I do with the Blackboard Technique, laying down my white first, then layering the color on top of it. I colored these this way because I had a Roses of Sharon bush in my side yard in Pittsburgh, and it always made me laugh because it so had a mind of its own (I got it from my next door neighbor who pleaded with me to take some of it because it just took over!). The card is 4 Bar-sized (3 1/2" x 4 7/8"); I really like making cards this size because they make such nice notecards. I have a box of envelopes that I got from XpedX, so I'll never be stuck for an envelope.

Thanks for stopping by today. I really appreciate it - it means a lot to me! Be well.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Take Time for Tea



One of the perks of my job with Papertrey Ink,/a> is that I get to see stamps pretty far ahead of the release. When I saw Tea For Two, I knew that this was a set that I would cherish for years to come - and I'm not even a huge tea drinker! I just adored the fluid lines of the tea pot, and the fonts and quotes just topped it off for me. I made this card a while ago for my mother-in-law. I used Background Basics: Retro for the great shaped background - and then I added in the tea bag tag from the anniversary set, Everyday Classics. It fit in beautifully, and since they're clear stamps, it was a cinch to place. I added a little colored pencil to it to tie it all together. I think the rest of it is pretty straightfoward, but as always, if you have any questions, just let me know and I'll do my best to answer them.

Oh, and don't forget - tonight is the PTI Blog Hop!

I hope you're having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. It's an amazing weekend in the DC-area - it really makes you stop and think. Be well.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wee & Whimsical...Thursday?

So much for my affinity for alliteration, right? (Thanks for understanding about postponing Wee & Whimsical. Beav's still home, but I'm hoping he's on the mend. This lil' bug has really taken him down for the count, not an easy thing to do with that one, I tell you!)



Every so often, I get a real treat - a phone call from Karen Lockhart. The creativity that this woman has in her little finger probably outweighs all that I will have in my lifetime. I so wish that I lived close to her - she's just so inspiring! She spouts off so many ideas during the course of a conversation that I always grab a notebook when I know it's her on the line! During out last chat, we were discussing bookmarks, which leads me to today's project. I was having fun coloring the new Itty Bitty Seed Packets with my Copics the other day (while watching the upteenth episode of Phineas & Ferb with my couch-bound Beav). When I remembered the idea about the bookmark, I thought it would be the perfect time to try it out.



I started by making this from some Spellbinders dies. I adhered some magnet tape on the inside (tip: remember to double check your polarity before adhering). Then I layered on my Inchie. I colored the image on white cardstock, so I wanted to layer it onto a Black Inchie Square. I used a white pen to put a dot border on it, then added a little white ink to the edges.



I love how cute it turned out, and can completely see making a bunch of these. What a fun way to mark your favorite pages in a cookbook! I hope this inspires you to create some of your own - the possibilities are endless!

Be well.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Spritz Release Day!

It's finally here - Shimmerz Spritz! I'm so excited to show you this QUICK & EASY project to highlight its amazing, shimmery goodness. Take a look at how chipboard can be transformed:



Quick change to: (You can click on the picture for a larger image.)



I stamped the sentiment with Staz On, but that's it - not other preparation. It doesn't get any easier than that. Since Spritz dries so quickly, too, it doesn't take any time at all to put on a second coat. And unlike other sprays, it doesn't 'spit' out blobs of spray, and any inconsistent spots quickly fade into the background. You're left with an effortless, consistent coverage - that's what makes this product right up my alley!



Look how it makes this simple card look - again, Spritz kicks it up a notch effortlessly! I wish I could do this spray justice with my photos, but I hope you get a good idea at just how shimmery this really is.



You can head over to the Shimmerz website to see all 20 colors.

I need to postpone Wee Whimsical Wednesday until tomorrow, so I hope you don't mind! I have Beav home with me; poor lil' guy has been home for the last few days with a fever and general yuckies, so I've been hanging with him instead of in my office, so my creating time has been limited. Thanks for understanding! :) Be well,


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Memorial Day Picnic



Anyone have big plans for this weekend? We do! I hope the weather holds - and I hope it holds for you, too!

This picnic image from Karen Lockhart is the perfect image for this weekend. I colored this one with Copics and paired it up with some old Paper Salon papers - I think it makes for a fresh, patriotic look equally perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July. You could use it for an invitation or a thank you for the kind person hosting you. It's a classic!

Speaking of classics, Karen's latest release is just that! The Patio Pots are beautiful, and I couldn't resist coloring up this great English Daisy image.



This one is colored with my old standby, Prismacolor pencils. I used a little baby oil on the terracotta pot, in case you were wondering about the effect on that. The background is stamped with the Climbing Vines backgrounder from CHF. I used a fancy flower stitch for the machine stitched accents, and a Martha Stewart border punch to pull the look altogether. This card is 4 Bar sized, so it really allows the focus to be on your image - and when you spend time and care coloring it, that's really what you want, right?

I'll be back tomorrow with a little more information about Shimmerz Spritz - so don't forget to keep checking at the Shimmerz Blog for sneak peeks.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Happy Friday



This week has been totally crazy for me, so just in case yours has been the same, I wish you (and me!) a BIG TGIF!!!! Lots more craziness scheduled, so let's get right to it. Today is the day that I can tell you about Shimmerz Spritz! You can read all about it on the Shimmerz Blog, along with a chance or three to win some of this great product. I'm having a ton of fun playing with it - and all I can tell you right now is WOW! You are in for a treat with this stuff! Make sure you head over to the blog for a chance to win.

Have a wonderful weekend! Be well,

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hostess with the Mostest!



I have another new Lockhart image for you today! Look at how seriously adorable this apron is! There are really endless possibilities for this stamp. Here I've used it as a thank you note for a sweet friend who had us over this weekend, but I think it would equally perfect for a kitchen-themed shower, don't you?

The best thing about this stamp? It's ability to change looks. For this image, I stamped it on a piece of patterned paper (this is a piece from Paper Salon) and cut it out. SO EASY! The colored accents and shadows are done with coordinating Copics and took no time whatsoever. If you would like a closer look at those details, you can click on the picture.

I think I'm going to whip up several of these cards because it came together so quickly and easily. It's such a nice card to have on hand and always makes such a nice impression on your hostess.

I hope you're having a great week so far. I'll be back later in the week with some exciting news from Shimmerz! (hint, hint...)In the meantime, be well.



(supplies: New Leaf cardstock and ink, Mega Mixed Messages - Papertrey Ink, lattice punch - Martha Stewart, patterned paper - Paper Salon)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Easy Breezy



There's just something about wicker that I adore, so when Karen Lockhart told me that one of her new images was a wicker chair, I just sighed happily. Wicker for me is just instant comfort, and this brand-new image is, too!



I wanted to take a minute to tell you what I did with this image, because when you think of wicker, you probably think white. You could easily leave this image untouched, but I really wanted to give it a little dimension. I grabbed my French Gray Prismacolor pencils and started adding some subtle shadows, starting with my 20% and working my way up the darkness grade. The majority of this was done with 20% and 30%, though, so you don't have to do too much! (If you click on the picture, you can see a larger image with some more detail.)

The cushion was simply pieced in and then I added some shadows with more French Gray and Lavender pencils. If you're not familiar with how to do this, it's really easy! Just stamp your image again on the patterned paper of your choice. Now, with a craft knife and/or fine-tip scissors, cut out the parts that you want (in this case, the cushion). Apply glue (I like the Sakura Quickie Glue pen for small, detailed areas such as this) and place it over the original stamped image. See how it really gives the perfect touch?

Since wicker is so light and airy, a clear card base was a great choice to give the card continuity. There are a lot of details on this card without it being too busy, I think. There's some machine stitching (to create the pleated ribbon and the borders on the Spring Moss cardstock), painted edges on the clear base, and a punched border. I love adding special touches like those to create a card that enhances the image even more.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend! Be well,

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday



OK, you have to let me know if I'm the only one this has happened to - I need to basically schedule a date with my husband. Somehow in our 16 years together, we've forgotten to take time for the two of us. So I thought this would be a fun little note to leave him! Pizza, a movie and ice cream would be a heavenly date(what can I say? I'm a pretty simple girl!), and these Itty Bittys from Karen Lockhart sum it up perfectly! I used three white Inchie Squares to start my card. I stamped them in Memento ink and colored them in with Prismacolors. The rest just sort of fell into place, making a fun, whimsical reminder for my husband! ;)

One thing that I hear sometimes is the difficulty stamping on an inch, because let's face it, it's kind of small! I thought I would show you how I love to do it, because it's the opposite of what most of us stampers were taught to do. I turn my stamp upside down, ink it up, then place the Inchie Square onto it.



This lets you center your image with much more precision than the traditional way. I hope it gives you a new way to approach your Inchies!

Be well,

Friday, May 1, 2009

Phew!



I wanted to share this with you; I had posted it earlier this week at the Shimmerz Blog in celebration of National Scrapbook Day. There's a great contest going on with a chance to win some Shimmerz, in case you're interested!



I love this pic of the Beav and Wally. I took it with my phone after Opening Day ceremonies for baseball. Beav was in a mood ('nuff said) and refused to wear a coat - he learned the hard way on the way home, though! Lucky for him that his brother was kind enough to share, because the boy was cold! Makes for a great layout, though, lol.

Have a great weekend! Be well,