Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Butterfly Love

Morning, friends! I wanted to share a vintage-feel card that I created with lots of Papertrey Ink goodies. I will admit that I've been a little slow to jump on the whole doily trend, so this is the first card that I've created with the Parisian Lace Doily die. I've found that I love to cut it with text-weight paper (this is an off-white text weight from Neenah). The best part? By simply folding your paper in half, you can cut two doilies at the same time - the text weight is light enough to do this without any problem. I added a little Chamomile ink from the Tea Dye Duo to age the edges slightly.

So, more details...the card base is Spring Rain cardstock given the impression plate treatment with the Sheet Music plate. I inked the edges first with Spring Rain ink, then with Chai ink from the Tea Dye Duo. The focal point is a great combination of stamps; first I stamped some Rustic White cardstock with Text Style, the die cut it with the Angled Label dies. The label edge is from Label Basics (this set fills such a gap in my stamp collection! It's going to be the under-rated hero for me, I'm sure.) The butterfly is my favorite image from Butterfly Dreams. Colored up with the Spring Rain Copic trio, it reminds me of the beautifully colored butterflies I saw in Costa Rica when I was there many years ago. The sweet little die cut tag is from Tiny Tags; the sentiment is from Mixed Messages (LOVE how this combination matches up!!); I used a little silk ribbon to tie it on to the label. There's a fair amount of stuff on there, but I really like how it doesn't look busy in an overpowering way. (I know just who the perfect recipient is, too! I hope it will make her day!)

And don't forget - it's Tuesday, so that means I'll be over at Angela's Happy Stamper today at lunchtime for Technique Tag Tuesday. Stop by to try out Tsukineko's new GlazOn for StazOn. It's a fun way to try out a brand new product.

Have a great day! Be well.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Jelly Bean cupcake

It's Spring Break this week, and it's been lots of fun here at our house. The boys have been running around, and my sister and her family came for a visit. There's nothing better than watching cousins play!

I wanted to pop in quickly and show you this fun Jelly Bean Cupcake from Lockhart Stamp Company. I wish you could see it in person - I colored it Copics, Prismacolors and Smooch and the effect is really cool. The top of the cupcake is cut out and layered up with foam tape. It was done first with Smooch, then colored pencils for a little shading. The cupcake paper was colored with Copics, then Pearl Smooch over the top. It's a fun, sparkly way to color any image, but especially one as fun as this one.

I hope you have a wonderful (holiday) weekend with your family. Be well.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

purse holders

Morning, friends! I hope you all had a nice weekend. Lots of fun spring activities here, sports for Wally and the Beav, we took in a DC United game and on Sunday I took a cool beading class at Potomac Beads in Alexandria. (I haven't taken a picture of the necklace I made yet, but it was with ribbon, so it's pretty unique.)

I wanted to show you something I've been doing a bit of lately - check out these purse holders! Aren't they the coolest? I found them on Etsy, and I've been having fun making them suited to different people. My mom has always had a thing for quilting, so I made the one with the Quilt Block for her. The block is from Papertrey's Quilter's Block Additions. To make it, I stamped the block onto Fine Linen cardstock; you can't tell in the picture, but the cardstock was also stamped with Text Style background in Chamomile ink. (I found that it was a good subtle background to give it a little extra depth.) I colored the quilt block quickly with Copics (from the Scarlet Jewel and Enchanted Evening trios).

Since I didn't know how big of an area I would have, I just inked up the raised edge (in this case, the raised edge of the heart). I 'stamped' it onto the cardstock, giving me an idea of the space I had to use. Since the edge is metal, the ink wiped right off. The one with the butterfly is from Butterfly Dreams - great choice because it has several smaller images in it. It, too, has a stamped background with Text Style.

Once I had the images stamped, colored and cut, I adhered them in the purse holder with Diamond Glaze, then filled the area with more Diamond Glaze. To avoid bubbles, I try to keep the flow of glaze continuous and not lift up the tip. Not foolproof, but it seems to help. This next part may as well be torture for me, but once the area is filled, I then put them aside and left them alone for a day. See? Torture.

Here's a bit closer look. It's kind of tough to not get a lot of glare in the shot between the glaze and the metal, but you get the idea.

I'm really pleased with the way they turned out. When I ordered them, I wasn't really sure how it would be, but I'm glad I took the chance and followed my instincts. They're the perfect kind of gift that I like to give, too - pretty and purposeful.
I hope this inspires you to take a look around and see what else you can use your stamps with - the possibilities are endless! Have a great day - be well. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring means Ducks in A Row!

Does spring bring new ducks to your house? Not the quacking kind, but all those little issues to keep in a row? It does here, that's for sure! That's why when I saw Karen Lockhart's new Ducks stamp and coordinating sentiment, I fell in love. Whenever I refer to laundry list of to-do's, I have always referred to it as the ducks I need to get in a row - and when something falls between the cracks, it is the duck that left the row. My mom and dad visited last week, and it was when my husband was away at a conference, and Wally had soccer, Beav had baseball and I was definitely busy lining up ducks. My mom kind of giggled, because I have a list written down that I referred to often - a trait that I come by honestly because my dad does that very same thing.

Enough about crazy life ducks, I have to tell you about these cuties! I used colored pencils for the grass and sky, but instead of coloring the ducks, I applied yellow flock. Oh gosh, you have no idea how CUTE these are in real life! When I applied the flocking, though, some of the details (like the eyes and wings) were covered up; you could still see them, but not well enough. Solution? I grabbed a fine tip black pen (I used a Copic Multiliner) and went right over the flock. It worked like a charm!

Have to say, if you see this one in your stamp store - snag it up! It's a classic and a great way to send a faraway friend a sweet and whimsical thinking of you card. Have a fantastic weekend! Be well.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

To brighten your day!

Ribbon Tails is one of the March release sets from Papertrey Ink. It coordinates with the Double Ended Banner dies in a really fun way! When I first got it, I was trying to decide what color to use it with, and promptly decided I needed a rainbow to curb my indecision! ;) I used Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky and Royal Velvet cardstock. I alternately stamped each one with Versamark, then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. So easy and so cute!

Coordinating button die cuts add just a bit of interest, and the silk ribbon keeps everything nice and flat for mailing. Really, other than the die cutting, this is a really quick and easy card that could serve for a bunch of occasions. (Don't you just love a go-to design?)

I hope you have a great day! Be well.