Monday, August 31, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge PLUS September Contest deets

It's a Jacksonbelle Embellishments CONTEST!!!
 (details after my card, haha...)

Today's challenge (remember this when you read the contest details..) was to make a one-layer card. Now, do you remember my Martha Stewart Cake card that was so popular? I made a BAT-themed card with the same layout using, you guessed it, a Martha Stewart punch

 
I airbrushed the background with Copic markers. It was really fun!!!

 
I used some Hallowe'en papers from Cosmo Cricket, 
so close up you can see the cool patterns. 
Here are the Copics I used:


******************Now for the contest*****************

Here’s the deets: Starting Today we (the
fantastic Design Team and I) will be posting the Tuesday Challenges,
and THIS month all the challenges will be what you need to follow for
the contest! We’d LOVE for
you to play along!

The grand prize winner will receive a $50.00 Gift Certificate to my
store! 2nd Place, $30.00 and 3rd place $15.00! There will be a goodie
package going out to ALL winners!! If you decide to play each week, you
will need to email your card to jacksonbelleembellishments@gmail.com.
Make SURE to link your card to the store blog as well. That way we can
ALL see the cards and your name will be entered into
a random drawing. THAT person will also win a goodie bag!

SO, here's the rules. You have to
use Inkadinkado, Stampavie, Prima or Basic Grey stamps. (Any stamps that can be purchased at the store) as well as
use one of our Tuesday challenges that I will post here each Tuesday! You can
enter as many times as you’d like! As always, we will post coordinating Keywords for the challenges if you
are posting on Splitcoaststampers.com, so we will all be able to see your
card(s)!

Following the last Tuesday’s challenge (Sept. 28th), you will have
until Thursday, Oct. 1st at midnight (EST) to get your cards to us!
After that, the design team and I will need a few days to decide
on the winners!! Make sure to check out the design team’s blogs and
store blog each
week for LOTS of inspiration using the weekly challenges! We hope you
will have time to play with us and if you have ANY questions, please
feel free to ask!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Clean and Simple Design Team Call

I thought I would submit a few cards to the Clean and Simple challenge DT call at SCS. You don't "get" anything product-wise out of it, but I think it would be AMAZING to make the cards that inspire hundreds to play along with this great new challenge every week. These are the three cards I made:

 
This was a challenge to make an autumn-themed card!

 
This was a sketch challenge, and this card literally took 5 minutes. 
It's great having a sketch handy to tell you where to put things!

 
And this last one was to make a brown monochromatic card with a punch of red. 
I love this one. Here's a close-up

 
I used copics (duh) to colour this pretty Elzybells image. 
So I guess we'll see what happens with the call, but at least I got a few cute cards done! ;)

Friday, August 28, 2009

My wedding photos.. the professional ones!

Nothing craft related here, so if you wanna skip these photos, I understand. These are some of my favourite pics from the professional wedding photographer. We ended up getting over 600 shots and they are all gorgeous. I am so grateful for the memories!  
my (our) son, Phoenix...
I've already started to cry here.  
  
the wedding party in all it's Scottish glory
 
 my dear friend Jim Sparks and his Chamber Choir (these were my students last year)
 My boy and I
 
 this is a pretty great shot of my siblings. My brother cannot smile normally. He just can't. 


My immediate family with Ian. 

Wedding party shot

the happy couple.. they made us kiss ALL day. Yuck.. 
Our puppy Kitara.
 
this signals the beginning of the "bride shots." 
It made me uncomfortable to do them, but they turned out great. 

This is, by far, my fav of me like, EVER.. 

We  drove by convertible to a photo location and this was my head scarf, lol.

a cool montage of Phoenix
 
Martha Stewart eat your heart out.. 

 Reception area

"just married" was photoshopped in. Isn't it great??
So that's just a taste. haha.. hope you enjoyed them!

Limited Supply Challenge

Well tonight was a good night. I taught a group of 6 ladies (hello, if you're reading this!) how to get started in scrapbooking and it was a blast. There is so much to share and so much to talk about that I couldn't possibly fit it all into a 2 hour block, so I hope they continue to take classes, read blogs, and read magazines for more support. It's a great hobby, and I love being able to share tips to getting started..

So after teaching this evening I wanted to come home and create something, so I played today's (tomorrow's) Limited Supply Challenge. The challenge was to incorporate 3 things:

  1. it has to be a birthday card
  2. you need to include at least one butterfly (easy for me as I've been obsessed lately)
  3. use chocolate brown
So I pulled out an Elzybells stamp and got to work. How did I do?


Stamps: elzybells
Paper: basic grey, neenah, prism (brown)
Ink: momento, versamagic (jumbo java)
Accessories: amy butler butterfly, button, twine, basic grey rub-ons, copic markers

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

You are my Sunshine, my only Sunshine

It's another Jacksonbelle challenge, and today we are saying goodbye to summer. :( We're already having cooler weather here in the Pacific Northwest, and yes, I feel like the hot days and warm nights are a thing of the past..

This is a card I made using Pink Paislee papers as well as a piece of Jenni Bowlin paper that's now at the store! YAY!! I made the flower with Marvy Punches (purple, pink, blue) and then I scraped the edges, crumpled them up, and sanded them. OUCH!

 
The sentiment is by My Favorite Things. 
For more “You Are My Sunshine” inspiration, check out the rest of the Jacksonbelle Rockstars:
Kristine Breach ~ Ink Something
Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Mitzi Koons ~ Stamps Jubilee
Loretta Lock ~ Love to Create
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Melissa Bove: Keepsakes By Melissa
Jennifer Buck: The Buck Stamps Here
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss
Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life

Monday, August 24, 2009

Make your own art: a tutorial

Remember my trip to the Ketto store? One of the treasures I bought was a HUGE greeting card that I immediately envisioned as a piece of art hanging in my house somewhere. I will take you through the process of how I made the card into a work of art!
Here's the card on a canvas. 11x9
 
 I glued it to the canvas using Zip Dry adhesive. That stuff is da bomb!! 

 
the supplies I used to make the rest of the project:
Paint Dabber for sponged edges
Making Memories paint and sponge for larger areas (like the sides)
Golden Gel Medium and spatula (to make it shiny)
 
 
I painted around the picture and on the canvas using the dabber and sponge applicators. Notice how the picture is matte and the paint is drying matte, this is why I have the gel medium. I love shiny pictures. The colours are a lot richer so....

 
Wait till the black paint is COMPLETELY dry before you start to add the gel medium. Black streaks will not look good.. 
Start blobbing it on and spreading with the spatula.  When it's wet it's white, but it dries clear. The coolest thing about this stuff is that it keeps its form. ie, when you spread it on and it has all kinds of texture, it keeps that texture. So if you want it smooth, you have to make it really smooth before it starts to dry. I like mine all bumpy like oil paint so it looked like this:

 
 Because it's water-based it warped the picture, but once it dried it pretty much smoothed out. 
Let it dry for however many hours it takes. I left mine over-night. 
Close-up of the texture:
 
And finished product:
Isn't it awesome?!? It's going in my kitchen, I just don't know where yet.... 
Take care!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A little Clean and Simple Stamping

 
I'm using my stash of Amy Butler die cuts and I'll be darned if there's one left after I'm done. I swear to you that I will use them all. It's time I start using what I have!! 
Sorry, a tangent, now I'm done. 
But in all seriousness I need to cut down on my spending after our VERY expensive honeymoon (30 days of hotels, meals out, and sight-seeing... YIKES!) and the best way to do that is use the many supplies I already posess. I re-organized my craft area in our bedroom to make room for our new king-size bed, so I was able to put more of my need-to-use supplies out where I can see them, so I use them!
Want to see a coincidence? Here's a pic of our new bed/bedding:

 Colour-scheme? Same as cards? Weird..... Anyway.. 
These cards were made for today's Clean And Simple challenge, so check it out. Here are the cards individually:

 
 

Stamps: polka dot basics (papertrey ink)
Paper: prism, papertrey ink
Ink: fresh snow (PTI Palette)
Accessories: amy butler butterfly, button, ribbon, twine, su! scallop punch

Featured Stamper Challenge

This week's featured stamper at SCS is jo-jot and here's the card I "cased." I was on a mission to use stickles, so I chose the "Crazy for Cupcakes" set from Stampin' Up because I could fill in the icing with pretty, sparkly stickles! Aren't they fun? Here's a sideways view that shows the sparkle better:


and here's the whole card:

 
Stamps: crazy for cupcakes
Paper: basic grey (Lemonade), papertrey ink
Ink: Momento
Accessories: ribbon (amuse), brads (bo bunny), making memories tag, copic markers, stickles, cuttlebug embossing folder

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Do you like Houndstooth?

I actually don't really like houndstooth, but the cards I made feature the pattern and now I kinda like it!! haha..

Today's cards are for the Inspiration Challenge at SCS and the thermos to the left is what I chose as my inspiration. I like the colours in it, so that's what my cards are based on!








 
  
Stamps: October Afternoon (houndstooth)
Paper: papertrey ink, pink paislee
Ink: fresh snow (PTI Palette)
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder, twine, Jenni Bowlin tag, button, copic airbrush system, Bigz Beautiful Butterflies die


Take Care!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bella Sketch Challenge

I've never played along with a Bella sketch challenge, but since I have a huge box o' bellas I figured, "hey, why not?" So this is the sketch:

 
And here's my card:


I airbrushed everything with Y26 to unify everything with that vintage flavour. I accented certain areas with Ranger "Stickles" in Crystal.

 
(click to enlarge)
Just a touch of sparkle here and there makes all the difference!
Stamps: Happy Birthday (AMuse), "Tatiana" Ketto (Stamping Bella)
Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Kraft (Bazzill), Papertrey Ink
Ink: Momento
Other: Copic markers and airbrush system, stickles, nestabilities, May Arts ribbon

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

It's a sketch! I love sketches. Last week we had a lot of people play along with our challenge, which was awesome, so please don't hesitate to play this week too! Use the keyword JBE067 for this week's sketch:

I had a lot of fun with this one using Cosmo Cricket papers and a Whipper Snapper stamp. I drew in the tree to complete the image. I am actually doing a class on this very topic upcoming at my LSS. I am really excited for it. I`ve discovered you don`t have to be a great artist to doodle! Here`s the image close-up.

 
So I drew the tree (it was really easy...just a few squiggles here and there) with a Copic multiliner pen. Make sure you`re using those pens with the Copics and NOT any other because they will run. Trust me! ;) 

 
Okay.. I`m just realizing now that the bow from the middle button is missing! hahaha... I`ll go look for that right now... 
I cut out the image with a Nestabilities die. The buttons are Basic Grey and the Ribbon is May Arts!
Check out what the rest of the DT did with today`s sketch:
Kristine Breach ~ Ink Something
Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Mitzi Koons ~ Stamps Jubilee
Loretta Lock ~ Love to Create
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Melissa Bove: Keepsakes By Melissa
Jennifer Buck: The Buck Stamps Here
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss
Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life

Monday, August 10, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge: No stamps!!

There was a time in the not-so-distant past that making a card WITHOUT stamps was not a challenge. In fact, I didn't really do stamps.. So now when I am "challenged" with making a card sans stamps I laugh at myself as I try to find a focal point and put a half-decent card together.

My family and I are approaching our final days of our month-long trek across Canada and the US, so these next cards (as well as the few previous) were all made with VERY limited supplies, and time!  All I brought with me was a tote-full of supplies, and most of my card-making was done in a hotel after a 9 or 10 hour drive. FUN!

PLEASE play along and if you upload to SCS or PCP use the keyword: JBE066

 
  • Papers:  Kraft, K&Co.
  • Kaiser rub-on, Basic Grey buttons, October Afternoon die-cut tag


 

 Check out what the other DT ladies did with their NO STAMP cards!


Kristine Breach ~ Ink Something
Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Mitzi Koons ~ Stamps Jubilee
Loretta Lock ~ Love to Create
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Melissa Bove: Keepsakes By Melissa
Jennifer Buck: The Buck Stamps Here
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss
Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life

Thanks for stopping by today!   Don’t forget the HUGE Jacksonbelle Dollar Days sale going on!