Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Good morning! As you're reading this, I'm on my way to Chicago for this year's Craft and Hobby Association's Summer trade show. I love Chicago! And since I'm heading towards the Windy City (which I think is such a misnomer, but I digress...), I thought it would be appropriate to have today's Wee & Whimsical Wednesday to feature a kite!

I started out with a Inchie + Square from Inchie Arts. This one started out white, but I had a little fun with it. First, I created a checked pattern with a Copic marker and a ruler. Then I pulled out my Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers) and rounded the corners with a 1/2" corner. To finish it off, I added a trim with Stickles (in Mermaid). I love all the great things you can do with these Inchie Arts products!

The kite image is from the Itty Bittys Collections from Lockhart Stamp Company. One thing that I love about Karen's stamps is that there is always a way to illustrate them just a bit further! Here, I created a polka dot pattern so easily and it really jazzes it up a bit. (Nothing like adding a bit of additional visual interest to wow your recipient!)I cut out the image a popped it up with foam tape, placing it on the Inchie + Square. The additional dimension helps pull it away from the checked pattern a bit.

Let me know if you have any other questions about today's Wee & Whimsical Wednesday card! I'll chat with you when I get back from CHA. In the meantime, be well!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rose Window

If you've ever taken a coloring class with Karen Lockhart, you know that one of her challenges is to color her images with a color theme. It's something that I've carried along with my work since meeting her two years ago, and this piece is no exception! I love yellow and blue together, it reminds me of French Provincial.

I have decided to create a series of these framed pieces with all of the beautifully illustrated Window Images from Lockhart Stamp Company. (If you're new to my blog, {and I am so happy to have you here!} then you may have missed this previous post when I created a similar project with the Tulip Window.) I think they'll look great lined up together! Here's a closeup of this beautiful Rose Window:

You can see that I cut out the center of the window, popped up the image on foam tape and layered some yellow gingham paper behind it. The Itty Bitty Jar of Jam looked so perfect there - just like it was on the window sill! I am so pleased with the way this image turned out! It makes a great next installment in my little framed grouping.

Have an amazing day! Be well.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A giggle for the day!

This new image from Lockhart Stamp Company has been getting a lot of attention all around the internet lately! But what really makes it is the sentiment! Doesn't it just make you giggle? I wanted to show you how I used the sentiment a bit differently; as you can see on the webview, the sentiment is two lines curved together. Karen always does such a great job making the sentiments full of fun and whimsy! But on this one, I wanted to separate them into two lines. That's when your favorite stamp positioner will really come in handy.

The key to this is to ink each line by itself and stamp it onto your positioning sheet. (I used a Memento Dew Drop pad to achieve this easily - the point on the inkpad really helps with this!) Next, align the sentiment on the positioning sheet until the angle matches your piece, then using the positioner, stamp away! Wipe off your stamp and repeat the process with the next line of the sentiment. Using this technique allows you to get more mileage from your sentiments.

The cute swimsuits were colored with summery colored Copic markers. I used the same colors behind the image for the color blocks. Fun, summery and easy!

Have a great day! It's going to be a warm one here - I might just have to do a little chunky dunkin', too! ;) Be well.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Welcome to another Wee & Whimsical Wednesday. If you're new to my little blog, I try do this every other Wednesday - and it always features fun products from Inchie Arts. Today, I'm using a Twinchie square paired up with a new image from Lockhart stamps. Since the Twinchie is two inches square, you can get a good-sized image on it, just like this new web lawn chair.

I giggled when I saw this new Lockhart image the first time, because it reminds me of being a kid. Seemed like my parents always had a couple of these chairs around! I remember one in this color scheme, too - so you know what they say about art imitating life! Since there are fine details on this image, I used both Copics and Prismacolor pencils. The silver pencil added great metallic detail for the aluminum frame of this chair, and the green vertical stripes were done in pencil to match the green horizontal stripes (done with Copics). Since the Twinchie is made from artist-quality matboard, it takes both of these coloring mediums beautifully! (You can even use the Copic Blender pen well with these Inchie Arts squares. The Blending solution doesn't get away from you like it does on so many surfaces.)

Of course, I had to choose 'Sit back and relax' for my sentiment on this. I used my stamp positioner to get the orientation to how I wanted it for this card - which is a great tip to remember with Lockhart sentiments (more on this tomorrow!).

I hope you have a wonderful day - and you get a chance to sit back & relax! Be well.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Night Night Moon had absolutely perfect timing in my life because I've had several friends who have either had a baby or who are going to have one soon - which of course means lots of baby cards.

This set has a unique combination of images, from the fun border strip to this adorable little duck! On this card, I've paired it up with the frame and die from Fillable Frames #1 as well as one of the dies from Tea For Two. I always love a soft yellow for baby stuff, so Lemon Tart is a great choice and machine stitching accents it all with nice detail.

Sweet cards for sweet babies! :) Is there any better reason to make a card?

Have a fantastic day! Be well.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Lockhart Guest Artist!

I am so fortunate to be surrounded in my creative life by the most generous and kind women - and Karen Lockhart is one of those very special people. She called a couple weeks ago and asked if I would like to be the next Lockhart Guest Artist, and "Yes, please!" was running through my head in as many languages as I could muster! I decided to use this amazing new Peonies image for my featured piece; you can learn a little more about the process here.

I'll be creating new cards with the latest release over the coming weeks. They're so much fun, and there are some great additions to our favorites series (a new chair and a new window!). I think you'll like them nearly as much as I do! ;)

Thanks for letting me share my fun news with you! Have a great weekend and be well.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

All About You

All of the stamp designers at Papertrey Ink make my mind just spin with possibilities, but if I had to choose one whose stamps I turn to time and time again (not counting my super sweet boss,Nichole Heady, of course!), it would be Melissa Bickford. Her clever designs and fun layering make her stamps ones that I grab often. This card shows exactly why! I started with a color combination of Enchanted Evening and Hibiscus Burst. The Enchanted Evening cardstock got a healthy dose of Background Basics: Botanicals in Fresh Snow ink (yum!). The Hibiscus Burst got to have a little fun, too, after a rendevous with Linen & Canvas Impression plate. The stamped focal image was done on a piece of Stamper's Select cardstock punched with a Marvy punch. The "Make Me Happy" is actually a straight sentiment that I curved on my block (LOVE that about clear stamps!).

And you may be wondering about those scrumptious felt flowers - you will not believe how easy those are! I simply cut Fresh Snow felt with the Large Scalloped Border die, rolled them up, then started folding back the layers. (They were easy to adhere with Glue Arts Adhesive Squares.) So easy - and it looks great!

Hey - speaking of Glue Arts, I wanted to let you know that there is a brand-new blog! Some of my design team projects will be on there, and I think you will get some fun sneak peeks of the innovative products coming out for CHA. (I'm working on my trade show projects right now, and I can tell you, the product I'm working with has me wondering where it has been because it is SO COOL! I think it will really open up crafting possibilities...stop by the Glue Arts Blog to learn more! ;)

Alright friends - thanks for stopping by today! Have an amazing one - be well.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! We sure did at the Ellefson household! It's been crazy hot here (as for much of the East Coast!) To try and escape the heat, I thought I would show this is a new-to-me color combination of Spring Rain and Melon Berry - and I love the light, airy feel to it.

Take a look at the flowers on the Spring Rain cardstock - I achieved that with the In Bloom Impression Plate. Oh, goodness - is this ever a COOL impression plate. I fell in love with it the second I tried it! Just look at that unbelievable detail! And when paired with the In Bloom stamp set, you get a veritable garden on paper. The sentiment (from Year Of Flowers: Lily of the Valley) and the stitching add just right amount of understated elegance, I think.

Stay cool today - it's going to be a scorcher here in DC (100+ degrees - not sure if I'm ready for that!). Be well!