Thursday, September 23, 2010

An experiment in alcohol inks

So I've found something that I have never tried yet--alcohol inks. Next to my Stampin' Up! stuff I'm a big fan of the Tim Holtz line. I have acquired an array of the products but have never used them yet (I'm very guilty for buying stuff just cuz it's pretty) lol. Or perhaps I've just been a little afraid to delve into an unknown territory! Tonight was the night I decided to give the alcohol inks a whirl and I found a great tutorial on Splitcoaststampers...yeah...looked real easy, but the actual doing was a whole different ball game. This is definitely a technique I'm going to have to practice a lot! In my many attempts I discovered that a lot of ink on that felt piece is overload, the mixatives aren't really all that easy to mix and too much blending solution and your back to white paper:) Well, after many tries and a mess, I managed to get a circle out of the whole thing that I wasn't too unhappy with. I used that circle as a focal point on my card and this is what I came up with:

I got the great idea to sand over top of the inks after it dried...yeah not such a bright idea lol I ended up sanding away all my metallic veins. I'd love to hear some tips or tricks on how to use the alcohol inks, so drop me a line if you have any words of wisdom to impart :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Offset Scallop Gallop Challenge

I had originally planned to submit this card for the PaperCrafts baby call and then totally forgot about it, so I decided to enter it in the Offset Scallop Gallop challenge over at Moxie Fab World instead because I actually put some offset scallops on it without even realizing it :)

There are two things about this card that were very different for me. 1) I used a colour scheme that I've never attempted before and 2) I used a very graphic/modern element for a baby card, well graphic/modern for me. The main image is from the Little Sprout Collection by Crate Paper and I'm pretty sure the image is of 3 trees, but please correct me if I'm wrong :) The three scalloped borders along the bottom are embossed with a tiny polka dot texture which is kind of hard to see in the picture. The toadstools are also a rub-on from the same collection and of course a baby card wouldn't be complete without a bow! lol

Welcome Baby Card

Cardstock: (Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi & Early Espresso) Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: (Wild Wasabi) Stampin' Up!
Run-Ons: (Little Sprout Collection) Crate Paper
Ink: (Early Espresso) Stampin' Up!
Punches: (Scallop Border) Stampin' Up! (Circle) Creative Memories
Texture Plate: (Small Dots) Sizzzix

Thanks for looking and happy scallop challenge!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

PDCC47 with Sarah Anderson

A Tuesday evening isn't quite complete without playing along with the latest challenge over at the Play Date Cafe. This week's challenge is based on this inspirational photo and yummy colour scheme.

And seeing how today is World Gratitude Day I used the word "gratitude" for my sentiment. Being short on time, I made this into a 10 minute card and dug everything from either my scrap bin or my odds and ends pile. I'm amazed at how many leftover rub-ons I have kicking around :) Anyways, here is what I came up with:

I used the Artistic Etchings stamp set again this week and stamped the medallion stamp on the 3 different colours of cardstock, punched out the image in a square and then rounded opposite corners. I stamped the medallion image once more on the white cardstock and then aligned my punched squares over top. The sentiment is a rub-on word that I cut in half to get it to fit (this square is popped up) and then I finished it off with 3 black brads along the bottom.

Gratitude Card (all supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Cardstock: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green & Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Rub On: Making Memories
Brads: Making Memories
Other: Corner Rounder & Pop Dots

Thanks for looking and Happy Gratitude Day!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PDCC46 - Colour Splash with Julie Ranae

I didn't think I'd find time to make a card for this week due to an 8 day stretch at work, but when I first saw the inspirational photo over at the Play Date Cafe this week, I knew I wanted to use the colour copper and do something in a "antique/vintage" style.
I dug out all Stampin' Up! supplies for this one except for the copper embossing powder. I really wanted to try out the new Artistic Etchings stamp set and pair it with my other fave stamp, the Medallion. Here is what I came up with:

The large medallion was stamped in Basic Black and then I brushed some copper pearl-ex over the image to give it a bit of glimmer. The text stamp was stamped over top and then I cut the whole image into four squares. It's hard to see in the photo, but the black background is embossed with a harlequin texture.

For the copper medallion in the center, I layered 4 or 5 layers of copper embossing powder on a black piece of cardstock. When the powder was still warm, I stamped the image in it and then punched it out with a circle punch. The brad in the center is one of the new antique decorative brads from Stampin' Up!

Vintage/Antique Medallion Card (all supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Embossing Powder: (Copper) Magenta
Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Medallion, French Script
Brad: Antique
Other: Super Copper Pearl Ex, Harlequin Texture Plate (Sizzix)

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

PDCC45 with Julie Ranae

I almost sat this challenge out because the colour combo stumped me...I have a hard time being inspired by the colour mustard. Yellows of any colour just aren't my favorite, but I couldn't pass up the challenge because I am officially addicted to the Play Date Cafe. Anyhoo, here is the inspirational photo:

I really liked the barrel in this photograph, especially in this colour scheme. Translating that into a card was a whole different story. I think I started and scraped 3 different cards before I ended up with something I liked. Not to mention I really had to do some digging to find anything with the colour mustard in it (I think I used my last scrap of cardstock in mustard for the Colour Horribilis challenge hehe). And as I sit here typing this I'm looking at my bulletin board of materials and staring back at me are mustard coloured Prima roses! oops :)
Well, here is my card:

  Friends Forever Card

Cardstock: (Purely Pomegranate, Kraft) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: (Indian Summer) Basic Grey
Ink: (Purely Pomegranate) Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: (Purely Pomegranate Satin) Stampin' Up!
Brads: (Indian Summer) Basic Grey
Rub-On: Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking! :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Decor to Make the Season Bright Challenge

This is a Christmas decor item I made in August that I entered in our local craft fair competition and that I put in the "Decor to Make the Season Bright" Challenge over at Moxie Fab World (don't know if entering it is legit where I made it a month before the challenge was announced though lol)  It's a twist on the advent calendars I've seen kicking around on the web that use a canvas board. I made mine using a picture frame that matches the rest of my framed photos in my living room. It was a time consuming project, but it was fun and I love the end result, now I just have to figure out what to stuff in the tiny tins:)

Thanks for stopping by and happy Christmas decor making!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Moxie Fab Trigger Tuesday - Light & Bright

Over at Moxie Fab World they're having a 2 week long challenge based on this beautiful photograph:

What inspired me about this photo was all that "airy" white paired with the three bright colours. I've seen numerous blogs and posts from PaperCrafts and other sources on pleating and ribbon flowers lately, so I decided to give both these techniques a whirl. Here is the card I came up with:

For this card, I picked a plain white background and then added the three colours Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo. The ribbon strips are hand stitched on and each ribbon strip ends with a rolled ribbon flower (what a time getting those to stay together!) The "hi" is an alphabet stamp set from Stampin' Up! that I used the stamp kissing technique with. I first stamped the letters with Bermuda Bay and then took a polka dot background stamp and inked that up with some white, stamped it on top of the Bermuda Bay and then stamped it on the cardstock. I cut the letters out and popped them up to give it more dimension. Here is a closeup of the sentiment:

Light & Bright Card (all supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Cardstock: Whisper White
Ribbon: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry & Melon Mambo Grosgrain Polka Dot
Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet & polka dot (unknown)
Rhinestone Stickers: Bo Bunny & Me & My Big Ideas
Other: White thread

Thanks for stopping by! :)

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