Monday, June 30, 2008

Papercrafts Gallery Idol

All I have to say is WHAT THE HECK?!?!?! I can't believe that out of 750 entries my card was chosen to be in the top 20 of Papercrafts Gallery Idol.. It works like AI in that each week there's a new challenge, and every week 5 people get voted off. I have a secret project to work on and next week readers will vote for their favourite card. So... I will try my darnedest to make the best card I can, so please keep me in mind when voting!!! *wink wink* but really... it's just an honour to get this far. I really am SO excited. (Can you tell)...

This is the card that won... YAY

I'll keep you posted!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Chalk Pouncing??

If this doesn't look like something I'd do, it's because using chalks isn't my style, but I thought I'd give this technique challenge a try. I'm not totally sold. I like saturated colour, and chalks are just too wishy washy...

I'm still in love with October Afternoon stamps, and will most likely continue this love affair for a while. I am not looking forward to sleep tonight. It's just too dang hot!!!

Have a great day!

Late-Night Stamping...

It's 12:20 am right now, and I actually feel GREAT! Who else likes to stamp late into the night? I guess I like it because I know all of the chores are done for the day (or it's too late to do them now.. "DARN.. the vacuum would wake up my son.. oh well...") I usually stick a "Friends" or "Sex in the City" DVD in and stamp the night away...

This is a set of VERY high quality stamps by October Afternoon.. Think Technique Tuesday or Papertreyink quality (they even have the same smell).. I airbrushed the background (cloud tutorial coming soon) and after stamping and colouring the fence and house images, I stamped the clouds. I was going to colour/shade the clouds, but then, do you ever forget you have products? Well, I don't think I've used my liquid applique for at least 6 months and suddenly remembered it would look PERFECT for clouds.. like, DUH.. anyway.. I hope you like this card. It was for the featured stamper challenge. Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sketch Cards

Here are two cards based on sketches. The first card is a CPS sketch. I took a loose interpretation of the sketch, but that's what I like about CPS, look at the sketch, get inspired, then create!! I used my brand spankin' new MFT stamps again.. Can't get enough of them. I coloured them with different inks and my SU! blender pen.

This second card is based on SCS's sketch challenge. The person who runs this challenge is fairly strict about adhering to the sketch, so this was quite a literal interpretation..

I used my new CUSTOM blended copic marker ( a diluted Y21 for a softer muted yellow).. I was so happy when I got the supplies to make it!!!

Have a great rest of the week!

Monday, June 23, 2008

I love airbrushing

I know it's awful after the money that I spent on it, but sometimes I forget about my Copic Airbrush system. It's not the easiest thing to master, but I've got a handle on a few of the techniques and my favourite thing to do is make clouds.. If enough people let me know I'll make a tutorial (so let me know!!).

This is my first set of My Favorite Things Stamps. I don't know why I hesitated so long because they are SO NICE to colour in. The stamp is your oyster.. lol

Now... I am still brainstorming the perfect sentiment for this scene, so if you have a lightbulb moment, tell me! I was thinking
-Ewe so crazy
-Caution: Flying sheep
Anyway.. when I saw that flying sheep I knew I wanted it flying behind the girl, and she's like "What the..." and the sheep's like "YEE-HAW!!!!!!!!!"
anyway... my son and i were laughing about it...

This is similar to the other teacher card I made, but I added "music" with snap stamps and doodled some music notes..

Thanx for lookin'!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cards, Cards, and more cards!

I've been loving getting back in the swing of things. I finished grading yesterday and the marks are in, so that means I'm off the hook for the summer. I'm SO looking forward to a break.

Card #1 - For today's colour challenge. I love monochromatic colour combinations. It's somehow freeing.. Stamps are Hero Arts, Memory Box, and PapertreyInk.

Card #2 - I've been playing around with my Copics and really delving into playing with the blender pen to create highlight, and grey markers to create a shadow. I'm getting increasingly better results. The stamp is by Stampendous.

Card #3 - I saw someone do this a while ago and had to use this idea. All the guys in my life golf, so it seemed fitting. It's a piece of white CS embossed with my CB, and the raised portion was covered with clear EP.

Card #4 - This card is for a Copic class I'm teaching in which I will be showing techniques with grey and the blender markers. I used some of that funny ribbon that looks like waffles. LOL

Thanx for looking!!


Thursday, June 12, 2008

I'm on a roll..

After losing my so-called "Mojo" for a little while it's starting to come back. My mojo returning also coincides with the school-year coming to a close, and it's a good feeling knowing that I'll be on summer vacation in a few short days!

I made this card for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge. I've never done one of her sketches before, (don't know why.. just busy) and this one was fun! I also got to use a cupcake stamp which was cool. It was actually kind of a build-your-own stamp (by technique tuesday) so i could use different inks.

This second card is for an upcoming class at my LSS where I will teach Copic techniques that centre around using greys and the blender to create light and shadow. I'm still playing with the effects myself, and it should be fun! I also incorporated a challenge on SCS to use knots. I knotted a scrap piece of ribbon and used a glue dot to adhere it to the handle of the watering can.

Thanx for looking!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sydney's Birthday Card (FS70)

My son had a classmates birthday party to go to and this was the card I made for her. Whenever I sit down to do a card I always take a look at SCS or one of the challenge blogs to see if I can 1) make a card that suits my needs, and 2) play along with a challenge.

This is for today's Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS. I cased this card, and changed all but the layout and embellishment treatment.
I made the "scene" behind Elzybells by using a post-it and my copic airbrush system. I then strategically placed a couple of tree rub-ons, and I was done.

Stamps: elzybells
Paper: american crafts, bazzil
Ink: palette- noir,
Accessories: copic markers and airbrush,
basic grey and scenic route
rub-ons, amuse ribbon, heidi swapp ghost crown

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Scallops, Kristina-style

I have loved watching Kristina create awesome designs using her small circle punch to create scallops and thought I would give it a whirl. I love the results!

This card was make for a friend who just turned 40 (duh!) and I realized I have NO chipboard numbers, or large number stamps. So I printed off "40" from my computer in a font I liked, cut the numbers out, traced them on card-stock, cut those out and doused them with glitter.

Supplies: Paper: Bazzil, A2Z, K&Co; velvet rikrack, glitter, simple stick (Amuse).

This card was for my BF and his partner/fiance for their housewarming party.
Supplies: Paper: American Crafts, Bazzil; Basic Grey rub-on, American Crafts Thickers.

My Stamping/Scrapping Space

t's not ideal, but this is where I create. I currently live in a two bedroom condo with my son and my fiance, so space is tight. I have taken over the "dining room" and it is now my stamping/scrapbooking/office/music space. Takes the word multi-functional to a new level.

This is the table where I stamp. I refinished it myself a couple years ago and it's actually a nice table to stamp on. I do, however, stamp on a basic grey magnetic mat to protect the table. The stuff that surrounds the mat always changes, but the Making Memories carousel and cutter always remain.

Behind me to my left is my paper rack. Each section can hold about 200 pieces of 12x12 paper so I've divided my paper up by brand. There are some brands (Basic Grey) that I've divided up by line because I've had 100+ pieces just in that one line (Blush and Scarlet's Letter to name a few).

This is my newest organizational addition. I have wanted a clip-it-up for a LONG time, but my LSS's don't carry them (and won't be brining them in) so I asked my mom to check out the price in the US. It was $60 and I just didn't want to pay that, so I got her to buy me two packs of clips (100 for $13) and I found this picture display apparatus (by Umbro for $25) that resembled the clip-it-up, so I bought it and tried it out. It's not as stable as I imagine the clip-it-up would be, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper.