Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday



One thing that I love about the products from Inchie Arts is the way it can make one of your older stamps look brand new! Here, I used the Lockhart Baby Carriage on two Inchie + squares. By stamping on them when they're placed together, then simply separating them slightly, you get a fun look full of whimsy! The artist-quality matboard takes Copics beautifully, so even in this small space, I was able to get some shading techniques to show up very well! The blanket in the image is fun because you could paper piece in a bit of patterned paper, add flocking, or as I did here, just add some polka dots with a white pen.

Try pairing up an older stamp with Inchie Arts products - I think you will have a lot of fun rediscovering your stamp collection in this new way!


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday



It's been a little while since I've done a packaging inspiration challenge here, so I guess there is no better time than the present! This really jumped out at me when I saw it because the colors reminded me of Papertrey Ink's Terracotta Tile and Dark Chocolate. The layout was clean and simple and it had lots of possibilities for a card.

Here's what I came up with using that picture as inspiration:




You can see that I started with a Dark Chocolate card base, then used the Woodgrain Impression Plate. To get a bit more visual depth, I used my Dark Chocolate inkpad direct-to-paper.

Stamp-wise, I used the big glorious damask image from Damask Designs. Working quickly, I stamped it with Vintage Cream ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then framed it with a frame fromVintage Labels. The sentiment is from Year Of Flowers: Daffodils and is a great multi-purpose stamp. I finished it off with a little rustic twine and Vintage Cream ink on the edges.

I would LOVE to see what that packaging inspires you to come up with! Leave a link to your card so I can comment on it.

Have a great day! Be well.

Monday, June 28, 2010

An oldie, but a goodie!



Whenever I see these Lockhart game boards, the saying "It's all fun and games 'til someone loses an eye" pops into my head. It's probably because of this house full o' guys (that I commonly refer to as my frat house) that I live in. Our basement is a magnet for boys of all ages...and that's actually how I like it. We have foosball, ping pong, a wall-mounted basketball game, a pub-style dart board and to top it all off, a storage room that has been transformed into a hockey rink, with regulation size boards and everything. During the day it is filled with teens and weekend nights, it is usually the big boys hanging out.

And now you know why this saying pops into my head so often! :)

I used Prismacolor pencils to color up this Checker Board image. No fancy coloring here, just straight old red and blue. I printed the sentiment after creating it on my computer; the font is a new favorite of mine called Lobster 1.3 - you'll be seeing a lot of this one for a while! The frame is one that I had on hand, and it really adds a sense of completion to the project, even though it only took a small amount of time. Talk about a quick & easy project! You should try one - you'll be amazed at how quickly it goes together!

Have a wonderful day. Be well!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Fillable Frames Fun



I thought this card was very appropriate after a very long week - any reason to celebrate, right? ;) Say it with me now - THANK GOODNESS IT'S FRIDAY!

Lots of fun Papertrey Ink products on this! The focal point uses Heather Nichol's sweet new Fillable Frames 5. You know how much I adore this font! I die cut and stamped Simply Chartruese paper, then paired it up with Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores and Beautiful Blooms paper (I took my color cues from the patterned paper, actually!). The flower on top of the frame is from Beautiful Blooms II. And of course, I had to use my new absolute favorite die - the Envelope Liner Die (where have you been all my crafting life?!?!). Ah, true love! ;)

OK all, have a fantastic weekend! I'm definitely looking forward to a little unwind-time with friends and family, and I hope you get the same! Be well!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Strawberries!



Yummmmmm, does anything say early summer like strawberries? Of course, I devour them year-round, but they never seem to taste as good as they do this time of year, do they?

When I was trying to decide what image I wanted to color, this Lockhart Bowl Of Strawberries practically jumped out of my drawer! I really like this bowl because you can easily make it match the rest of your card. Here, I paired it up with some Cosmo Cricket and Jenni Bowlin patterned papers. Circle punches made quick work of framing the fun image, too.



I colored it with Copics, and here is a closer look. The reds were R24 and R29, the greens YG13 and YG17 and the yellows were Y21 and Y26. Quick & simple!

Stitching accents and ribbon finished off this bright beauty! Just another fun all-purpose card to have on hand when I need it (and something always comes up that I need a card for!). Have an great day!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Flutterby Friend



Lisa Johnson has created yet another ADORABLE set with Flutterby Friend. I just love this little snail (does anyone else remember the little snail that was in every episode of Blue's Clues? It completely reminds me of that!). I did a little masking on the leaves for a fun, layered effect. And lookie there - the sentiment fits in the new die from Tea for Two label. Isn't that great?!

I finished this card up with some fun, subtle details, including the Linen/Canvas Impression plate on the background and a piece die cut with the Small Scalloped Edge die (highlighted a bit with some stitching). I love the clean feel of this card, but I got to color a bit, too - the best of both worlds for me! I hope you like it, too!

Have an amazing day! Be well -


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday



Papertrey Ink's Year Of Flowers: Roses is such a beautiful set! I was excited to get a hold of it and start coloring! Seeing as yellow is my favorite color, it seemed only appropriate that my first go-round with it be yellow! I added lots of accents from the Lemon Tart color collection (cardstock, ribbon, button, and Bitty Dots Paper), so it really added to the bright, cheery feel of this. Since the focal image is a bit larger on this set, I chose to make my card base 5 x 7 - I thought this allowed the rose to stand alone a bit better and not be overcrowded.

The sentiment is just perfect, too! I'm enjoying how the sentiments in this series are all done with the same fonts - perfect for mixing and matching!

Thanks for coming by today - you all make me smile each and every day! :) Have a wonderful day! Be well -

Monday, June 21, 2010

Shabby Wicker Chair



I went a little outside of my comfort zone on my card today - and I am pleased with the way it turned out. It's no secret that I have a real affinity for my Lockhart Wicker Chair, but it has been a long time since I played with my watercolor pencils. This light and airy image seemed like a natural choice. I also paper-pieced in a gingham cushion, inked with a little light brown ink.

The Just Because stamp is also from Lockhart Stamp Company. It is a great one to have in your collection because you can use it for a multitude of reasons. I'm happy to have this on hand for just the right occasion. (And the recipient will be blown away by your thoughtfulness.)

This card has a few more things going on that I usually do on a card, but most of it is probably pretty apparent. If there is anything that has you going "Hmmm...." just let me know!

Happy Monday (the last Monday of school for us - I'm savoring the silence!). Be well.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Friendship Jar



Have you seen Papertrey Ink's new Friendship Jar and the companion set Friendship Jar Fillers? These two sets are just adorable, and this card just begins to show why!

I started out by die cutting the jar out of Stamper's Select White and Cardstock Vellum. I stamped the candy/marbles image onto the white, then the jar outline onto the vellum. The candy reminded me of the sour balls candy I loved as a kid.(Of course, nearly choking myself to death on a time or two - I do have a very vivid memory of receiving the Heimlich manuever thanks to one, too. Hmm, no wonder you can't find these any more!) ;) I decided to color them with the Melon Berry Copic Trio, then place the vellum jar over the top. To add a little dimension to the jar image, I added a little light blue Copic to the edges (it has a glass-like feel in real life). To further embellish the jar, I added the label die and jar-topper die. So cute!



I thought this striped piece had a candy-like feel, too. The stripe is from Distressed Stripes and it is done with Melon Berry Ink. The sentiment, from Cupcake Collection, was a no-brainer for this card! I finished off the card with a little Nichole-treatment with a fine-tip pen and a ruler. Pretty 'sweet', if I do say so myself! ;)

Have a great day! Be well.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday



Hi All! Do you ever feel yourself drawn to unexpected color combinations? I'm so drawn to this turquoise and lime combination, and it's funny because I can't imagine wearing it or having it in my home (way too bold for my personal style - yes, I'm boring!). But oh good golly, I can't help but use it on my cards. ;)

I decided the Lockhart Chintz Butterfly would look fantastic with this color combination, so I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and outlined it with Stickles. I then wallpapered a White Twinchie Square with some patterned paper (PTI), and mounted the butterfly onto the new foam adhesive from Glue Arts. The cardbase is one of the super cute 3" notecards from Inchie Arts, as well. So bright, cheerful and trendy!

I hope this inspires you to play with a color combo that is a little outside of your comfort zone! Have a fun time with it. Be well -

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday



Happy 15th! That means we're waking up to another fantastic Papertrey Ink release day! I bet you love this release as much as I do. Each month I try to do at least one project from each stamp set, and this month I actually succeeded - which means that I have some fun things to show you while you're waiting for your order to arrive.

Tea For Two has always been a beloved set in my Papertrey Ink collection, so when I found out there was going to be a companion set (Tea For Two Additions) as well as new coordinating dies, I did a little happy dance in my chair!

For this box, I used the Perfect Match Box Template (Melon Berry cardstock), knowing it would be a great size for tea bags. I wanted to keep it simple, so I stamped it with the new tea cups from Additions (Melon Berry and Smokey Shadow). The front of the box has the label cut from the new die - just love this!!!!

For the card, I used the new tea pot die, then stamped it with the outline stamp from the original set, as well as a sentiment from the new set. I placed that on Mat Stack 2 which I had stitched. The background is stamped with Turning a New Leaf, which just so happens to coordinate beautifully with Green Tea Leaves paper! Love it when it all comes together. ;)

I used a scrap of the Green Tea Leaves paper to line my square envelope. Since the advent of the nifty PTI envelope liner for the A2 envelopes, I am addicted (no this one isn't a die, but with a little bit of figuring, you can make one!).

So that's today's project in a nutshell! I hope you enjoy it. Have a great day! Be well.


Kitchen Shower



One of the most amazing things about stamping to me is the endless possibilities a stamp can have. I mean, you change the ink, you change the paper, and your stamp instantly has a distinctly different look. It still boggles my mind sometimes just how drastic it can be.



The Lockhart Vintage Apron is just one such stamp. You can change this up so quickly that it makes it so versatile. It lends itself to a variety of occasions, too - as you can tell by this little kitchen shower ensemble I've made. (All the papers are from My Mind's Eye, their Lush Collection.) By adding a few accents with Copics, I was able to make the apron take on a little extra dimension.



For the favor box, I chose another piece of coordinating paper from this collection and die cut a small gable box (an Accucut die). To finish it off, I stamped the Itty Bitty Chintz Heart onto an Ivory Inchie Square. (The Inchie Squares are great in a situation like this where your room to embellish is quite small, but your project really needs a little something!)

Have an amazing day! Be well.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tons of technical fun

Hi All - just wanted to pop in and let you know I'm still around. My computer AND my camera have been misbehaving this week, so this mom had to put them in timeout. They'll be back to play next week!

Couple quickies - don't forget this Tuesday is the June release for Papertrey Ink. There's lots of good stuff to show you from that! :)

Tuesday is also demo day at Angela's Happy Stamper - I'm showing the Fiskars Stamp Press. It's a nice alternative to large acrylic blocks & I will show you why!

I changed my blog layout to a new look. It was time for a change and it was cheaper and less traumatic than a haircut! ;)

Have an amazing weekend! Be well.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sending smiles across the miles



There are very few things that make me smile like hot air balloons! Ever since I was a girl, they've held a special place in my heart. When I was really little, the song "Up, Up and Away" made me think of my dad - he must have really liked it or something (I'm going to have to ask him about that!). When Nichole showed me her ideas for this Up, Up & Away set, I was positively giddy! I loved the designs of the balloons and knew they would be a blast to color.



One question I get quite often is the order in which to stamp and die cut with Papertrey's great dies. I think it is much easier to die cut first, then stamp - which is made even simpler by the clear nature of the stamps. For this, I die cut, stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento and then I chose the Hibiscus Burst Copic Trio to color this in. The Trios make it really easy to get some great shading effects - you don't even need a colorless blender to create this fun look. I like to color with the lightest, add some of the darkest, then go back with the light (or the medium, depending on the look) to pull some of the darker color into the light area. These blend so well that it makes it easy!

On the background of this card, I used the Linen & Canvas Impression Plate for a great, subtle texture. When I stamped the clouds from this set onto it, it once again gave that light, airy feel to it that I have really grown to love! The sentiment is from the companion sentiment set. To finish it off, I added a little ribbon and a length of cardstock cut with the Eyelet Lace Border Die. (Too darn cute!) That's just about it - and it makes me smile! ;)

I hope you have an amazing weekend! Be well.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dream a little dream




Good morning, friends! It is a bright, sunshiny day today, and a little part of me is dreaming of the beach. I think this fun Lockhart Lighthouse is the reason why! I colored this with Copics. The patterned paper is from Cosmo Cricket (and I chose it because it matched my sand). Add a little stitching, a scalloped edge, a few buttons and you're set.

Quick post today - guess I'm not too talkative today! :) Have an amazing one! Be well.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday



Today's Wee & Whimsical Wednesday card is Burberry inspired. I love the classic combination of khaki & black - it's timeless (and a clothing combination that I tend to turn to a lot!) It's really easy to achieve this classic look with Inchies Arts notecards, Twinchies and Inchie Squares.

I started with a 3" square notecard in Wheat. I stamped the background with Papertrey's Background Basics: Diamonds set with Chai ink (part of the Vintage Tea Dye Duo). I then stamped my Black Twinchie square with the same stamp and Fresh Snow ink. Because of the artist-quality matboard that these are made with, it takes the ink perfectly, allowing for a gorgeous contrast.

I then pulled out two Dark Cream Inchie Squares and stamped them with PTI's Outlines Alphabet in True Black. I colored them in with a white Prismacolor pencil, then highlighted the coloring with Pearlized Top Coat from Smooch. (Don't forget my trick about turning Inchie Arts squares of all sizes onto the diagonal! You gain instant visual interest as well as more space.) The edges are inked with PTI Chamomile ink.

I layered them and adhered with my Glue Arts PermaTac cartridge. The Inchies and Twinchies adhere very easily and accept many types of glue without any problem. I added some Liquid Pearls to accent, as well as more True Black ink in the edges. It's a quick and easy notecard that really has a WOW factor.

Have an amazing day! Be well -