Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Santa, Take A Bough...

Here is a Papertreyink card I made last week, utilizing, the set, Take A Bough. I turned one of the branch ornaments into a Santa head! I know...isn't he the cutest? And oh so simple! Here's what I did: I stamped my image on red cardstock with Papertreyink Fresh Snow. While still wet I sprinkled ultrafine prisma glitter for his beard, leaving the little circle for the mouth. Using my glue pen, I also went in and added more glitter. I wanted a solid glitter look for his beard. I think the design of the wave line separated the beard/mustache from the eye region beautifully. I wanted a solid red hat, so after cutting stamped image out, I trimmed off at the stamped line, leaving a triangle, that is turned over revealing solid cardstock, topped it with an adhesive pearl, added a pop dot and Santa now has his hat on!
I used my scorpal to add some interest along the card edges, and ground my sentiment; season's greetings. I LOVE how this turned out! So simple, clean and great use of a set I already had! And that's a good thing since my stamp purchasing has been limited after our move this year! Have you seen all the new PTI sets this year...I have a lot of catching up to do!!!
HOPE you all had a wonderful weekend, a marvelous Monday, and are off on a terrific Tuesday! Fall is here...the leaves are falling and the chill is in the air. Thanks so much for stopping by, I so appreciate it! TAKE good care!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Santa Dear meets Stamp Simply Challenge109

Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge this week is to create a gatefold style card! Gatefolds are cards that fold on each side and meet in the middle (or off center if you like) and open like a gate. When thinking about this challenge, I had a layout pictured in my mind, but translated to paper, it didn't work as a regular gatefold. Mine is vertical, with the folds at the top and bottom of card! I fiddled forever trying! Don't know if we can really call this a gate fold card...but you get the idea! And the great thing about Sharon's challenges is to have FUN...no worries! So I think I'm OK!

Let's talk about supplies. Paper used: Papertreyink Vintage Cream and Aqua Mist, along with designer paper from Jolly by Golly/Cosmo Cricket (purchased from Ellen Hutson). AquaMist ribbon and button are also Papertreyink. My "Dear Santa" stamp is from BoBunny and I purchased this guy from Joan's Gardens. Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, distress ink (old paper) around edges. I colored his suit, with a dauber and chalk! I love to do this, and go back in using an eraser to remove extra chalk or where I went over the lines. I do lightly mist my chalked images with a matte finishing spray (or hair spray works too, remember lightly!) to seal the chalk and prevent it from rubbing off. The aqua mist panel is edge distressed, as are the circle papers on the embellishment.

Take a look at Santa's beard, with my glue pen, I applied FlowerSoft (ivory) to add a little dimension to his face! And a bit around his hairline and eyebrows! This "Dear Santa" card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" when closed. My top fold panel measures 4 1/4" from top edge of card stock. Leaving the bottom fold panel measuring 1 1/4" in from the bottom edge of card stock. DP is adhered on upper and lower panels, machine stitched as is the DP circle of button embellishment. The Santa panel and embellishment extends off the bottom edge allowing the lower panel to catch and stay closed, kinda like a gate latch! No, not really...LOL! I hope you get a chance to play along with this weeks challenge. You can play anytime and as many times as you want. Please upload to your blog or Splitcoaststampers (using keyword: ssnotime109) And let us know so we can take a peek!

Check out the other fantastic Stamp Simply team members to see what they have created for you! Take a look at Sharon's fabulous card on her blog, No Time To Stamp. Take good care! Thanks so much for stopping by, it is much appreciated!
Amy Janine Julie AJ Tammy Deb Barbara Jenny

Thursday, October 15, 2009

2Sketches4You and a $100 JustRite Giveaway!

That's right! JustRite is giving a $100 gift certificate to one lucky recipient in celebration of sponsoring this weeks sketch challenge at 2Sketches4You. Here's my take on the sketch. I used my new Crafty Secrets paper, Earthy from their Heartwarming Vintage Collection. (purchased at Joan's Gardens) As you can see, I chose a pretty simple interpretation of the sketch!
And here is the JustRite set, CHRISTMAS JOY I used along with my 1 3/4 x 2 5/16" oval wooden block. I chose to use a circle punch to follow the sketch challenge. That's what I love about JustRite, the possibilities are endless! I Copic colored the bell image after stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Old Paper Distress ink is placed around stamped image cardstock, Kraft paper, and patterned DP. Stampers Select White, Kraft, ribbon and button are from Papertreyink. Teal is SU.
You have until Saturday, October 17 midnight, Mountain standard time to enter! Get on over to 2Sketches4You and check it out! Take good care!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sweet Candy Corn!

One of my favorite things to do is using stamps for ideas other than what was intended. This card is a perfect example. I was browsing my Papertreyink stamps for a sentiment when I glanced at Take A Bough...I saw candy corn instead of bough ornaments! Maybe it's just that time of year...lol. Super simple 4x4 card. Starting with a Kraft cardstock card base and stamping the "Sweet" sentiment from Piece of Cake with watermark ink adds a bit of interest! I applied three ink colors liberally to the stamp, then went in with a sponge to muddy up where the inks met. Clear as mud? If you have any questions, please email. All products used are Papertreyink! This card will accompany a bag of candy corn for a special neighbor! SWEET!
Are you having a good week so far? I hope so. Tomorrow I will have another out of the box, clean & simple holiday card for you! Take good care! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Gradient is Radiant!

My second attempt with Cath Edvalson's MOXIE FAB Challenge! Totally different from my first try. True, they both contain butterfly images! LOL This image is from Flourishes. I stamped my image then proceeded to Copic color.. Flower is MM, sentiment is from Papertreyink's Mixed Messages set, all patterned paper & cardstock with the exception of teal (SU) is also from PTI, as is the ribbon. A little stitching on my sew mini, a patterned paper liner for the envelope completes my creation!
Closeup of the butterfly, colored from light to dark, gradually! I also Copic colored pearls to add below the sentiment...this works great! I hope you enjoyed my Gradient is Radiant challenge creations! Be sure to check out the MOXIE FAB BLOG...you are in for a treat!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Take good care!

It's been a Gradient Radiant Kind of Day!

I have been wanting to play one of challenges over on Cath Edvalson's MOXIE FAB BLOG forrrr-evah! Well, today is the day! The challenge: Gradient is Radiant- an effect that is achieved where color changes gradually. Here's my take: I stamped my butterfly stamp from Inkadinkado's "Beauty Stems from Here" clear stamp set. (I purchased the set from Joan's Gardens) So...the yellow color is the stamped image, and the gradual coloring on the butterfly images is accomplished with Copics. Pretty simple! Colorbox chalk ink was used.
Using another image from the same set, I stamped along the bottom and right side of my Papertreyink Vintage Cream cardstock piece...then cut out utilizing my Spellbinders rectangle die. Here is a close up of the butterfly, and a peek at one of the french knots placed on the end of a stamped vine. All cardstock and ribbon is Papertreyink, flowers are MM, and the bakers string is Martha Stewart.
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend...be sure to check out the Moxie Fab blog, talk about radiant, it's fabulous! Take good care and thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Krafty Black

Hooray! I will be playing along with Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Team for the remainder of October! Every Friday, Sharon issues a challenge that is fun, no worries, and filled with inspiration to get that mojo going! This week, we are to use Kraft cardstock (or similar color) and black cardstock. You can add other colors, just be sure to use Kraft and Black on your creation. Upload to SCS using this keyword: ssnotime108 or upload to your blog and leave a comment so we can come visit! There is no time limit, you can play this challenge anytime! So have FUN! Check out Sharon's creation on her blog, No Time To Stamp.
Be sure to check out the Stamp Simply team blogs to see what they have been up to! Take good care! Thanks for stopping by!
For this card, I used my snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder on kraft cardstock, and machine stitiched around edges. I edged my white circle with Polar White FlowerSoft to mimic snow! The stamped images and ribbon are from Papertreyink. Tag is cut with my Spellbinders die. White plastice snowflakes are from JoAnn's, embellished with adhesive gems.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Singing Hedgehog

My first Penny Black stamp set! I have always adored this little hedgehog! Isn't he cute! This is one of the sets I took with me last week and colored to my hearts content! So, more of this little guy to come! The set is called "the wonder" and includes their little mouse image too. I purchased this set when I visited my friend, Joan Fricker of Joan's Gardens, a wonderful store- Indiana storefront and online store- with excellent service. Go check it out! The hedgehog is copic colored...I had my copics all over the bed at the resort and placed them back in the container before writing down the letter/numbers. I love Cosmo Cricket papers and recently purchased Early Bird, Jolly by Golly from Ellen Hutson. I also backed my clear button with the Cosmo Cricket polka dot paper and tied it with Martha Stewart bakers string. There is FlowerSoft added to brown/black portion of his body! It gives the little guy a bit more dimension!
Take good care, thanks so much for stopping by today! See you tomorrow!