Monday, August 30, 2010

Waiting for fall...

Good Monday morning, blog friends! I hope you had a great weekend! I had a great, crafty weekend, spending lots of time creating and meeting some really talented people. I started Saturday bright & early by driving out to West Virginia. The sun coming up through the hills and valleys was just beautiful, and as I crossed the Shenandoah River, a low-lying cloud caught all the sunlight beautifully. I never really got the old John Denver song (sorry if it gets stuck in your head!), but after my early morning drive, it is beginning to make a little more sense. The purpose of my drive was to head out to the FABULOUS Summer In Paris retreat where I taught two classes. I had so much fun with my groups! What fantastic ladies!!

Sunday was a bit of a 180...I was the student in two classes! Jennifer McGuire was a guest instructor at Angela's Happy Stamper. We learned so many fantastic techniques! I was positively giddy! It was nice to be on the other side of the table, too.

Another fun aspect of my weekend was receiving some new Lockhart stamps! The new fall & holiday collection is full of fantastic images to color, and this Autumn Leaves image is no exception! I had to ink it up immediately - it was definitely calling my name.

Here's a closer look at the coloring. I took a little different route with this and started out by coloring the basket with Copic Spicas; they give such a great shimmer! The rest of the image is colored with Prismacolor pencils. I just pulled out reds, oranges, yellows, greens and browns and went to town! (I really enjoy coloring fall leaves because you can put so many colors in them.)

It's the last week of summer vacation here, so I'll be enjoying it with Wally and the Beav. We have a few things left on our summer fun list, so we need to get busy! I hope you'll have a great week, too! Be well.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Been Boo'd

Been Boo'd from Beth Silaika is such a clever stamp set! I learned about this fun Halloween tradition when we lived in a subdivision in Pittsburgh; it's basically a round of ding-dong-ditch with a twist - there are goodies waiting for you at the door! My kids loved this! This stamp set from Papertrey Ink lets you create a great package in no time flat! And the best part (in my mind, at least!) is that the poem is already in stamp form.

PTI's Coffee Bags make a great bag to decorate and leave your goodies in, too. You can easily fit several fun snacks in them - and their surface is ready for ink, so your Boo'd package will be the envy of the neighborhood! (I even stamped the ribbon for a fun touch.)

I hope this gives you some fun ideas for what you can do with your neighborhood or even your co-workers! Be well.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Good morning, Blog friends! It's a Wee & Whimsical Wednesday, so that means I'm going to show you a fun project with products from Inchie Arts. I have had this project fragmented in my head for a while now, but I just recently put all those stray thoughts all together! It all starts with two Inchie + squares! I have mentioned before that because Inchie Arts squares are made from artist-quality matboard, they take a variety of mediums beautifully, and today's project really capitalizes on that feature. I started by stamping and heat embossing the two Inchie + squares with Giga Guidelines from Papertrey Ink. (Tip for my PTI friends: you can heat emboss with the pigment-hybrid inks if you work quickly. Here I used Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartruese.)

Next, I created an emboss resist with the opposite color. You can use whatever tool you like to apply the ink. My favorite is probably just a cotton ball in a binder clip, as shown here. The matboard of the Inchie + square accepts the ink evenly, making it so simple to accomplish a great look!

Next, use a tissue to wipe the ink off the embossed area. Going in a circular motion helps get it all even.

I adhered the two squares back-to-back with my Glue Glider Pro High Tac cartridge. Then I slid the two Inchie + squares into a 1 1/2" square Memory Frame from Ranger. It's a perfect fit! A piece of ribbon makes a fun chain for the necklace, and because I adhered the two Inchie + squares back-to-back, it doesn't matter if the necklace flips over, it will always look great! (A rhinestone in the center adds just the slightest bit of visual interest that I thought it really needed.)

I hope this gives you a fun idea for your Inchie Arts products. The frames come in various sizes, so you'll be able to create a wide variety of projects, too. (I have one or two related projects in mind, too - so keep your eyes peeled!) Be well!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Every so often, I get going on a card that I end up just loving. This one is one of those cards! It uses Papertrey Ink's new release Leaf Prints, as well as the new coordinating dies. I created the leaves by really playing with my inks, doing a lot of rock & roll techniques on them, as well as inking only portions of the stamps and stamping over the image a couple of times. This set is also a two-step stamp, so the leaf veins are separate images.

The leaves were placed on kraft panels that were stamped with Text Style II in Terracotta Tile ink. The sentiment, stamped repeatedly around the edges is from Heather Nichol's Falling Leaves. Patterned paper and rustic cream twine add the perfect finishing touches. The card is 4" x 9" and fits in a business-sized (#10) envelope. It's a great all-purpose card that will make your recipient really look forward to fall.

Have a wonderful day! Be well.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Keep it Simple!

One thing that I hear a lot at the stamp store where I do demos is that people are intimidated by coloring. I try to always assure them that there is NO need to be - you can make any image gorgeous just by keeping it simple! This card is a great example! There is NO coloring on this (gasp!) - just the image and sentiment stamped in white ink on a dark raspbery-like paper. The Lockhart Pie in the Window image is a great choice for something like this - the image is so beautifully detailed that your eye is drawn in to take a closer look. The 'pie oh my' sentiment is a natural choice, too.

You should really give this a try! It's a great technique to do when you're tight on time or if you just want to try something new. Have a great day! Be well.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Pretty Peaches

July and August can be really sweltering in the DC area, but there is an upside: the local peaches. Oh, they are so good! Almost makes you grateful for those days that are so oppressively humid - well, almost.

The Lockhart Peaches image is a really fun image to color. I used my Copic markers on this one. Want to know what makes it fun to color? That adorable bowl made out of lettuce leaves! This image may look simple, but once you get into it, it is a great challenge image, with the shading and highlights that you start working in!

Isn't it great? If you have this image in your Lockhart Stamp collection, pull it out! It's the perfect time of year to color it up and send it out to a friend!

And speaking of your Lockhart Stamp collection, did you see the new Fall & Halloween images that Karen introduced? Oh goodness - what fun I'm going to have with those! I can't wait. I know that they're beginning to arrive at stamp stores (Angela's Happy Stamper got them in earlier this week!), so make sure to take a look.

Have a wonderful weekend! Be well.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Friendship Jar Fall Fillers

So I mentioned the other day how I didn't have a favorite set from the August Papertrey Ink release, but I do actually have a favorite card! :) It is this one, made with the fun new Friendship Jar Fall Fillers. This set works in conjunction with Friendship Jar and the coordinating dies. Way too much fun!

To create the focal image, I stamped the jar first, then the cute ghost image several times onto Plum Pudding cardstock that I had diecut. To color the ghost, I used a white Prismacolor pencil. You can get some fun looks by using the pencil on darker cardstock! It's a great technique.

I couldn't find a patterned paper that I wanted to use once I had the jar completed, so I decided to make my own. We stampers are a resourceful bunch, aren't we? ;) I pulled out Distressed Stripes and created a matching plaid background using Plum Pudding and Simply Chartruese inks. I finished it all off with some Topnotch Twill, Stickles, machine stitching and lots of inked edges. I'm not sure if it is the cute ghosts or the kickin' color combination, but boy, do I love this card! I hope you like it, too!

Have a great day! Be well.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

It's been another fantastic Papertrey Ink release! There are so many fantastic sets this month that it's impossible for me to say which is my favorite - so I won't! ;) But I will say that I think Tiny Treats: Halloween is just adorable! I'm sure you saw last week when the design team did their group post; my post today was what I did to play along with that challenge!

I started by cutting out Mat Stack 4 from Orange Zest cardstock. Fresh Snow is such a great ink that it looks fantastic on the orange, as well as the Plum Pudding. I used the new Gridlines Impression plate on the Plum Pudding piece, then started stamping the ghost image on every other square. I then used Simple Alphabet to create the boo! that is also there. (Cute stuff!)

For the background of this card, I pulled out Background Basics: Retro for the cardbase (I liked the way it mimicked the circles on the Mat Stack!).

The treat container is the small version of the Around Town Tote template. It's the perfect size to put a couple fun-sized candy bars into, or several Laffy Taffy. Whatever floats your ghost! (Yep, sorry about that, probably should have had a bad pun alert ahead of that one.)

Both the card and the little tote were finished off with a white pen, purple stickles and Plum Pudding twill. It's a fantastic look for the upcoming Trick or Treat season - perfect for lots of lil' goblins!

Be well!

Monday, August 16, 2010

A bit of a different coloring technique

I just wanted to pop in & show you this Lockhart Peonies image that I colored in a new way for me. This image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, but all the coloring was done with Pebbles Metallic Creams Chalk. I was using these for a demo at Angela's Happy Stamper a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to see just how much detail you could get with them. I have to say, you can get a pretty good amount of detail, as you can see here. It has a looser feel than you would ordinarily achieve with pencils or markers, but you can still get a great look, and even some shading by using the light ones first, then the dark (as you can see here with the pink flowers and the blue container).

And as I like to do with Lockhart images, I kept the rest of the card very simple so as not to detract from the beautiful stamped image. I love letting the image take center stage!

I hope your week is off to a great start! Be well.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Whoops!

Hi all! So, I tend to preschedule my posts, and I thought I had my Wee & Whimsical Wednesday post scheduled, but alas, I left it in draft mode. Too funny! So here it is for your Inchie fix!

There is really nothing that Karen Lockhart does better than what I like to think of as 'variation on a theme'. These sweet Itty Bittys from Lockhart Stamp Company prove that perfectly! I love the way they pair up on Inchie Squares from Inchie Arts. This is a quick and easy layout that you can use to showcase a variety of images. Here, I pulled out three desserts, the IB Cupcake, the IB Cake and the IB Ice Cream Cone and stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black. I chose this ink because I knew I wanted to use my Copics, and this is such a great choice when using that medium. Anyone who knows me know how much I love my desserts, so this was a fun combination of stamped images for me to use.

A quick design note, I used a piece of twill underneath the Inchie Squares to ground them; if I just left them in the center of the paper, it would have a 'floating' feel, which in my opinion, can really leave the recipient feeling like something is not quite right with it. Something as simple as a strip of paper underneath can fix that quickly and easily.

Let me know if you have any questions. Have an amazing day! Be well.

Monday, August 9, 2010


The Apron series of images from Lockhart Stamp Company always make me think of the wonderful hostesses we all encounter. I love using these images on hostess gifts as well as thank-yous for the special people who put up with you.

This new Ric Rac Apron was a lot of fun to put together. I started by paper-piecing in a portion of the apron (the stripes, from a Memory Box paper), then stamped the image again onto pink cardstock. I added some tone-on-tone coloring with Copic markers, then cut it all out. Once I mounted it onto white cardstock, it takes on a dimension while still being flat (a great trick for cards that you put in the mail!). I think it makes a perfect way to say thank you to someone who opened their home to you!

Have a great day! Be well.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Papertrey Ink Classes at the Summer In Paris Retreat

I am so excited to share this little tidbit of news with you: I am teaching two Papertrey Ink classes at the Summer In Paris Retreat in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia on Saturday, August 28. I am so honored to be part of this amazing event! Korie B. has thought of everything, and it is going to be a wonderful retreat! This is the first time that Papertrey Ink classes have been offered in the WV/MD/VA area, so if you've been wondering what it's all about, this is the PERFECT opportunity to find out! Seats are limited and filling quickly, so don't wait to register!

The first class I'm teaching is called Paper Perfections. All of your Papertrey Ink materials will be supplied, including a Template and a full-sized stamp set!

The next class is called All The Buzz About Buttons, and just as with the previous class, you will be receiving lots of Papertrey Ink goodies, including a Template and full-sized stamp set!

As a former design team member (and current employee), I will be passing along lots of great tips about how to get that classic Papertrey Ink look. The classes are 3 hours long so that we have lots of time to get lots of creations done, as well as learn lots of Papertrey Ink nuances. I am really looking forward to it being a great time! Let me know if you have any questions - and make sure to sign up soon! Seats are going fast!