Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's a Joint Effort

Ian coloured the majority of the owl, but I just received this super cool-looking frame stamp from Unity and really wanted to use it and his coloured image was sitting there un-loved, and un-carded... SO.. I masked around the branch and stamped/coloured the frame, and added a little more highlights/shades to the owl... I really like this image (whipper snapper), and am loving this frame (thanx Unity!)...

I am really digging Ian doing the Copic thang. It's nice to just FIND a completed image all ready to go..

I used a wildly unpopular stamp by Stampin' Up called Park Ave Patterns for the background of the card. It's kind of bird-cage-ish so I thought it worked well...

It's funny.. I seem to choose these stamps that no one else likes and then because I have no inspiration, I don't use them as much... I like using background stamps more and more though, so maybe this one will become part of my arsenal. Who knows...
Stamps: Owl on branch (Whipper Snapper), Frame (Unity), Sentiment (CHF), Background (Park Ave. Patterns SU!); Paper: Kraft (SU!), White (PapertreyInk); Ink: Versamark, Black (Momento); Other: Copic Markers, Signo white gel pen,

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ketto! With Kristina's Color Inspiration

I requested some new Ketto stamps from Stamping Bella at my LSS so I could teach some classes featuring these funky designs, and this is my first time playing. Hope you like her! I played along with Kristina's Color Inspiration. (Did you see she chose my card in the Top 10 last week??)

Sparkle was added with Copic Spica glitter pens
After paper tolling some pieces I found there wasn't a lot of dimension so here is how I added some POP to her petal dress:

I used a tiny pop-dot


Pushed right under the top of the petal
Finito!

What can I say? I'm in love with Ketto..
Supplies:
Paper: Stamping Up designer paper (bella rose) and Tangerine Tango, Papertrey (white); Ink: Momento: Stamps: Ketto by Stamping Bella, Sentiment by Cornish Heritage Farms; Copic markers, Sizzix Butterfly die cut (SU!), Amuse jewels, nestabilities. Pictured to the left are the orange/yellow markers I used on the card.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Free Shipping at Elzybells!!!

If shipping from England is what's been keeping you from ordering some Elzybells, well guess what?? Elizabeth just announced on her blog:

FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING!!
This weekend (March 28th-30th)
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Meanwhile....
 
My desk sits empty and vacant. Dark and cold. Lonely and so afraid... Will it be used again? Ever?? 
Busy week at school.. But I have some free time tonight!!! Maybe we will meet again today. 
Take care!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Lollipop Card

I watched this video by Julie Fie-Fan Balzer and thought, yah, that's nice, but I'll probably never do it... It's funny but I've actually never seen these "Lollipops" in stores so I didn't know how much they ran for, but then last week on my vacation I finally saw a package of 2 for $4 and I was like, OK, I will make this.

I used "Radiant Rain" by the going-out-of-business LuminArte as the wetting agent. It added that special pearlescent shimmer.

Here's the video:






















I used today's sketch from SCS and changed it a little. I also used my new stamps from Pink Cat Studios. His name is Billy. I made this card because the flower shop where I sell my cards needs cards from men to their women so I am determined to make more mushy cards...Thanx for looking!!



Stamps: Billy (pink cat studios), damask designs (Papertrey ink)
Paper: papertrey ink, riding hood red, bazzill (black)
Ink: fresh snow (PTI Palette), momento (black)
Accessories: copic markers, making memories brad, white gel pen, luminarte glimmer mist

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ian colours too!

Ian (my fiance') took one of my Copic colouring classes because he was sick of looking at all of my markers and not knowing how they work. Yes, he could have just asked me at home, but he probably wouldn't have got 2 hours of ME, and lots of practical experience.. so...

I made him colour this for my brother (note I said MADE), and he did not a bad job. I told him he needs to start with a lighter colour of green so there are highlights because even if you add darker tones they don't show up as well when you don't have light... It's a good lesson. Always start with a light light colour because highlights are what give an image dimension and depth.


So IAN coloured it and I made the card. I told him he has to learn how to do that next so he can make some cards for me!! Hahaha... I think it turned out pretty cute too. Here's the inside:
 
Supplies: Paper: Papertrey Ink (kraft and white), October Afternoon patterned paper; Ink: Momento (black), versamark; Stamps: Whipper Snapper (dino) and SU! (sentiment from Crazy for Cupcakes); Copics. 

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Elzybells DT Challenge


I am a couple days late posting this challenge because of my mini vacation, but I HAD to play because like many of you this was right up my alley!!
This week's challenge is: USE POLKADOTS!




I used a newly released set with a couple of sets released only a month ago. Polka dots everywhere, the ribbon, the paper (American Crafts) and I added tiny dots around the postage stamp! Play along and add your link to Elizabeth's blog

Another KWerner Colour Inspiration

Paired with today's Inspiration challenge at SCS. I have been "tagging" cards lately that pair black with bright colours and I LOVE the look.




I used a very unloved-by-me set from Stampin' Up called Upsy Daisy. It's a gorgeous stamp and I don't use it nearly enough... It's so easy to create the sunset look by stamping the image with pigment ink, embossing with clear embossing powder, then sponging on varying degrees of pink and red.


** I hope you enjoy your last couple of days of spring break if you've had one! I hope to visit the ocean tomorrow. I'm being optomistic about the sun!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

"Spring" Break in Victoria BC

I put "Spring" in quotes because it sure doesn't feel or look like spring around here. We had one afternoon of sun peeking through the clouds, but that didn't dampen (haha) our spirits.. Here were some of my favourite moments:
 
  
 
  
Pictured above are various butterflies from the "Butterfly Gardens" as well as the rear view of the Legislative Buildings in Victoria.To the left is an Orchid Preying Mantis.. Pretty huh? That was at the "Bug Zoo."
  
 

oh yummy... I think I will go make one of these right now....

P.S. If you are thinking about visiting BC (if you're American your dollar would go a long way right now..) you have to go to Victoria. It's beautiful, and there's so much to see. Email me if you have any questions about BC or Victoria and I'll give you some tips, my fiance Ian lived in Victoria for 8 years so I had my own personal tour guide..

New Stamps

While in Victoria, BC I visited a few scrapbook stores because EVERY store carries something different, and to my surprise, Scrappers Anonymous carried bunch of Pink Cat Studio stamps! I got to work on Kristina Werner's color inspiration along with this week's CPS sketch and here's what I came up with. I made two slightly different cards, one on kraft, one on white.



Supplies:
Paper: Basic Grey, Papertrey Ink (berry sorbet, white, black, kraft), SU! (riding hood red)
Ink: Momento Black, Papertrey ink (berry sorbet)
Stamps: Pink Cat Studio (Lily and Billy), SU! (scallop border), TCP (sentiment)
Other: Felt shapes (Fancy pants), Making Memories (paper clip), SU! punches, Copic markers

Monday, March 16, 2009

For your information

I took these pictures for a thread on SCS, but I thought I would share this info with my readers.. The question was about size. Size matters, right? Or is it how you use it? I can never remember..

The size of A*muse Elzybells, versus the real deal is what I'm talking about. Here's the evidence:



By my math the AMuse Elzybells are 1/2 to 2/3 the size of the real Elzybells. The little ones are super cute ofcourse, but I like the bigger ones because they are easier to colour (you can see how all of the details on the little ones are tiny, and the big Elzy they are more defined) and a LOT of fun to paper piece
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I hope this cleared up any confusion for you all!
I'm off for a two-day vacation in Victoria, BC. I'll return with pictures on thursday!

Release Day!

This has been a very fun release and I've really enjoyed playing with Elizabeth's cute images. Her store is now stocked up with the new releases so you can head over there now and check out all of the new sets. You may want to head over to her blog for





I have to thank Jessica Acs, a fellow instructor at Precious Memories, for inspiring me today during her mini book class because as I sat at my table thinking of what I could do for the last day of reveals for Elzybells and I said "DO A MINI BOOK." So there! (P.S. check out her book on Mini Albums. It's so awesome!)

The Faux Postage set is so versatile because you can use it to frame any image you want, cut it out, and it's suddenly a neat embellishment or tag on your layout or card.

















The *edited* (thankyou!!) SPIDER and sentiment are from the Mini Messages - Critters set. Aren't they cute together?







Here's one more page from my mini album. I will show you more in a few days.. I need to go to bed, it's now 1:37 a.m.!!!!



p.s. this is what Phoenix looks like when I say "Smile!" I no longer ask him such futile requests since he is clearly not able to "Smile." Lol... kids. Gotta love them.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Elzybells March Sneak Peeks day 3

It's day 3, and what a coincidence... I have 3 cards for you:





These cards were made with one image and one sentiment from the "Spring Cubes" clear stamp set. I coloured the daffodils 3 different colours combinations (the three combos I was sure of at least... is there an all-white variety??) and I just happened to be hoarding a Basic Grey "Bittersweet" paper pack that was full of yellowy inspiration, so that went on the cards too. Here they are inidividually:





All different layouts that I dreamt up in my head, they are also a return to my more funky style verses the clean and simple cards I've been doing lately. Head over to Elizabeth's blog to see what she has up her sleeve, and tomorrow; IT'S RELEASE DAY! Have any of the images the past couple days caught your eye? I hope so... Here are the other DT's blogs:

 Supplies:
Paper: Prism (white), Bazzill (pink and yellow), Basic Grey Patterened paper
Stamps: Spring Cubes (Elzybells)
Ink: Momento (black), Versamagic (Jumbo Java)
Other: Fiskars and SU! punches, Cuttlebug embossing folder, twine, buttons (Basic Grey, Autumn Leaves), paper flowers (Making Memories and Prima) Copic Markers

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Elazybells March Sneak Peek Day 2

It's day two of Elzybells sneak peeks for the stamp release on Monday. Yesterday when I posted this card I said I would talk more about it today. So here I am today telling you how to make cutting out the "faux stamps" a little easier. When I started to cut this out I was like "there is NO WAY I am cutting out each little bump in the stamp. There has to be an easier way," and there is...



  1. First thing's first: you will need a Stampin' Up SLOT PUNCH to replicate what I did. If you find a punch that's small enough to do this, GREAT! Start by cutting around the stamp along the outline so you have a square or rectangle. 
  2. Hold the punch upside down so you can see the little white half-circle you need to clip off and punch!
  3. It's a little messy. White flecks everywhere, but that's it!

















This is a really cute way to frame small images, and the set that Elizabeth has put together has 3 different sizes of postage stamps, and 2 styles in each size, along with a bunch of sentiments too!

The other design team members have sneak peeks again for you, so be sure to check our their blogs:


Here is another card I made using the outline version of the rectangle postage stamp. I used the same method to punch out the half-circles.

Stamps: Elzybells
Paper: SU! (kraft) and Papertrey Ink
Ink: Momento
Other: Chipboard (Basic Grey), Copic Markers, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Glitter (Glitter Ritz)

See you tomorrow with another sneak!