Monday, June 29, 2009

Gina K's June Release Sketch Challenges!

Gina K has released new stamp sets and products for the month of June, if you haven't checked them out be sure to go and take a look! As part of the Release Party three challenges were announced: Sketch Challenge, One Layer, and Pink and Brown Color Combo. If you want to participate next time be sure to check out Gina K's Forum on SCS. If you participate in the challenges and use Gina K stamp sets you are entered TWICE in the random drawing!! So I broke out my Gina K sets and got to work!!

One Layer Challenge

Recipe: GKD 120 lb. white pure luxury cardstock, QK vine label embossing folder, GKD Make a Wish.

Sketch Challenge

Recipe: Cardstock from Archivers, GKD pure luxury layering weight white, GKD Elegant Flowers, pattern paper by Kaiser, QK vines embossing folder, copic markers, adhesive gem, prima flower, cuttlebug slider, 1 inch square punch, offray white chiffon ribbon. and dragonfly brad.

Pink and Brown Color Combo and Stamp TV Sketch

Recipe: Paper: GKD chocolate and white, neopolitin digital papers Coloring/Ink: memento rich cocoa and tuxedo black ink, sakura glaze clear pen, copic markers Accesories: Eyelets.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Oh Baby!

Everyone is having babies in our family! So here is another baby card for a baby shower! I used one of the sketches for the Verve Release Challenge: VSJUN05. This pickles and ice cream pattern paper is an old pattern paper that I stocked up on, because I thought it would be fun for mommies-to-be! It was made by treehouse designs, I tried doing a google search to find it but didn't have much luck. The focal image and sentiment are from the Amuse set: Baby Wishes. I colored the image with copic markers, and embossed it with nestabilities. The brown cardstock is by GKD and I embossed it with the CB baby embossing folder. The scalloped edge was made with Martha Stewart's mini heart scallop border punch. The ribbon is by American Crafts. For the sentiment I stamped it rich cocoa and punched it out with a 1 inch circle punch. Then I used the ek success 1 1/4 inch scallop circle punch to mat it. The bottom of the card is embossed using the CB swiss dots embossing folder.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Embossed White Birthday Card

I made this card for Stamp TV's technique challenge this week. Gina's video tutorial included how to emboss using the nestabilities in your cuttlebug. I chose to use the oval nestabilities and embossed around the flower image from GKD: baskets of happiness. I colored in the image with copic markers and added stickles to the center of each flower. The embossing done at the bottom of the card was completed with the score pal. For the sentiment I stamped the birthday wishes from Amuse and punched it out with the su oval punch, and matted it with a yellow scalloped pierced oval. To complete the card I applied the ribbon using the stay put bow technique.

For the base of this card I used GKD pure luxury heavy weight cardstock. This is a 120 lb. cardstock that holds up well after all of the embossing, and it does not allow the color from the copic markers to bleed through to the back. As a result I am able to have a single layer card! :) If you haven't tried this cardstock you should really give it a try! You can even order a sample pack to see if you like it!!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hey There!

I made this card for a couple of challenges. The first being the color challenge at Stamp TV. The second being the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. This is a pretty basic card so I will keep the details simple. The pattern paper is by sassafrass lass called "Starry Night" I thought it matched Jennie's purse for the color challenge. I cuttlebugged the top and sponged on some rich cocoa ink. The tan panel is stamped in new canvas palette ink using a polka dot background stamp. I paper pieced the coffee cup by GKD. For the sentiment I popped up the blue oval and glued the ribbon (American Crafts) to the scalloped oval. The button I tied on some dmc floss and attached it with a glue dot. The card size on this is 7 1/4 x 3 5/8 to fit in the rectangle envelopes that I have. And the cardstock is also by GKD chocolate kiss and pure luxury white layering weight.

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Happy Father's Day!

I'm back from my adventure up north, and I have a card I made for my Dad. This layout is an old Mojo sketch that I loved but didn't have time to made when it was originally posted. I started with a kraft base, and added a brown mat to the patterned paper. The pp is really old I believe it is by deja views. For the panels I stamped the canvas su background in rich cocoa. The border is an ek success border punch from Michaels. The focal image is a stamp by Victorine Originals that I had gotten on ebay, and I pierced the bottom of the square. I added a little color using a prismacolored pencil. The sentiment is a dollar acrylic set. I cut it out with 1 3/8 inch circle punch and matted it with the 1 1/2 inch circle punch.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Stamp TV Sketch

I made this card for the Stamp TV sketch challenge! My cousin had a baby boy last week, so I will be sending this to her! I used my sizzix large scallop circle die to cut out the card. Then I pierced the scalloped edge. Next I cut out two circles white and light blue, and embossed the light blue with the CB EF swiss dots. For the focal image (by stampabilities) I stamped it in memento tuxedo black and colored a few accents in with copic markers, and outlined it in prismacolor: cold stone. The buttons are cut out using the sizzix button sizzlit, and I added dmc floss to the center. The sentiment is by studio G, I stamped it on a strip of light blue paper, and made it into a banner. I used my 1/4 inch square punch to make the triangle edges on it.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Clean and Simple

Don't you just love clean and simple cards?! I stumbled upon the clean and simple cards blog, and noticed that they have a card layout weekly. If you are into the clean and simple, check it out the layouts are awesome! SCS also has a CAS challenge weekly, this card used the colors kraft and pinks/corals for that challenge.

Details are pretty basic on this one. I punched out three hearts from the SU 6x6 paper pad using the Martha Stewart heart punch. Then I determined what size the outline would be, and cut out a piece of cardstock that size. Next I stamped my sentiment on the stamp a ma jig and layed it over my template and marked on the template where the sentiment would be. Then I used repositionable double sided tape to adhere the template to the card where I wanted it, and I used my fine point sharpie poster paint white marker to outline the template. Then I stamped the sentiment by Whipper Snapper and adhered the hearts with pop dots, and ta dah! Done, clean and simple! :)

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Challenge Times Three

This card is for three challenges!
1. Stamp TV technique challenge: Polished Stone

2. Stamp TV color challenge: red and brown

3. SCS Card Sketch Challenge

I have to say I didn't intentionally do this, but I think it's kinda crazy that it turned out this way!

The base cardstock is chocolate kiss by GKD! The red is stamped with Hero Arts Design Block: Old Writing Flowers Collage in chocolate by Ancient Page. The script paper is by Paper Studio and I distressed it using Distress Ink: Mahogany. The focal image is done using the polished stone technique. If you haven't tried this or want to know more check out Stamp TV's video tutorial! I used memento reinkers: sand, angel pink, and rhubarb, and the silver alcohol mixtative by Adirondack. I stamped the flower from GKD stamp set comfort and peace in ancient page chocolate and added some self adhesive pearls. The two squares are a Sizzix sizzlet called brushed stroke square. When I was done with my card, I couldn't believe I didn't add any ribbon or brads?! I guess I was going for clean and simple with this one!! :)

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be gone for a few days, but I have scheduled some posts while I am gone (crossing my fingers that they actually post, I haven't tried doing this yet)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Stamp TV Weekly Sketch Challenge

I wasn’t sure if I was going to complete this sketch challenge from Stamp TV on time this week. When I saw the sketch I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but every time I went to make it something came up.

For this sketch I used the set Framed Flowers. I stamped the images in true black ink by Papertrey. Then I cut out and embossed the flowers using the square nestabilities. Next I stamped the sentiment and cut out and embossed it using the label nestabilites, and attached it behind the patterned paper panel. The red embellishments are self adhesive nailheads that I picked up at Archiver’s. The patterned paper is by Kaiser: Ebony and Ivory: Penelope. I attached the squares with pop dots to give the card dimension, and added a red/black ribbon to add some color.

That’s all for now! Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Mojo Monday

This is a card I made for the Mojo Monday Sketch (see sidebar for link). Since it is the first sketch of the month it is also a contest, where you can win a free set from the Verve Store! So head over to the Mojo Monday Site and give the sketch a try!

This card is for my husband's cousin who had a baby girl this week. The elephant is from Stampin' Up called, Just Celebrate. I stamped on Gina K. cardstock using rich cocoa memento ink and colored it in with my copic markers. I then outlined it in Prismacolor Cold Stone. The image was cut out and embossed using the square nestabilities. Next I matted it used the scallop square nestabilities and pierced the scallops. The sentiment is from Papertrey's Mixed Messages set. I cut it out using a 5/8 inch circle punch and then matted it with a cuttlebug flower. The ribbon behind the sentiment is by Martha Stewart.

For the circle I punched out a 1 1/2 inch circle of the Autumn Leaves patterned paper: Paper Precious. Then matted it using SU scallop circle punch, and pierced the scallops as well. The flower is by prima and I added a self adhesive pearl. The brown strip is cuttlebugged with the swiss dots folder. For the border I punched out the Martha Stewart scallop heart border, and edged it with American Crafts swiss dot brown ribbon to match the bottom. Then I made my first attempt at using my Janome sewing machine on a card?! I practiced a few times, and then just went for it. I am happy with the results and will be using this technique more often! This was a fun sketch, hope you go and give it a try!!

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pullin' Pastels and a Sketch

This week Gina K had us digging out our chalk sets to create using the pullin' pastels technique. I have never done this, so I had an "oh cool" moment after I stamped my first image. :) I decided to use this technique to make the background for this card (which is also the sketch challenge this week at SCS.) I used pink, purple, and green on top of a dark grey cardstock. After I cut the strips I matted them in dark grey, and then adhered them to a piece of patterned paper from the Basic Grey 6x6 pad, Eva. Then I tied a piece of sheer purple ribbon by Offray around the bottom of the card. For the sentiment I stamped the Get Well Soon from Sincere Salutations and cut it out and embossed it using the classic rectangle nestabilities. I edged this with eggplant ink by Versamagic, added the brads, and then adhered it to the card using pop dots.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Stamp TV Challenges

I made a card tonight that fulfills two of the challenges at Stamp TV. The first was the Sketch Challenge. I like that there was a circle behind the focal image it was a fun layout to work with! The other challenge was a color challenge. The colors were red and blue, but the theme was not to be patriotic. So I went with the theme of birthday, using the Make a Wish set by Gina K. I think this card will be perfect for my nephew. He loves red!

For the details I' ll start with the focal image from Make a Wish. I stamped it in Versamagic Night Sky ink. Then I colored the stars in with Memento markers: tangelo and dandelion. For the largest star I outlined it in tangelo and then filled it in with the dandelion. After coloring the stars in I applied glue using the quickie glue pen, and added yellow and orange glitter. Now for the largest star, I applied glue to only the center and sprinkled on yellow glitter then went around the yellow with the glue pen and added the orange glitter. It is hard to tell from the picture that I did this. For the sentiment I used my stamp a ma jig to stamp Make a Wish in Versamagic Brick Red.

After I matted the image in blue I cut out the star patterned paper using my nestabilities. Now I don't have the pinking circles nestabilities so I brought out my pinking sheers and made my own decorative border. Then I pierced around the edge of the circle.

Next was the panel at the bottom, I cut out the striped patterned paper and matted it with blue cardstock and then pierced this section. Then I attached the focal image to this panel. For the ribbon I used the stay put bow again! If you haven't tried it, you better you will be hooked!

For the background of the card I knew I wanted it to be red, but when I laid my pieces down I thought it needed some texture. So I ran it through the polka dotted cuttlebug embossing folder. Then I attached the circle and trimmed off the excess, and attached the focal image. To dress it up just a little bit I added some yellow brads in the corner, and attached it to the blue base.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Gina K Release Challenge

Gina K. had her latest release a couple of days ago. If you haven't seen her new stamp sets be sure to go and check them out! In addition to the release of the stamp sets she also has included two more colors in her cardstock collection! I absolutely LOVE her cardstock! The white is excellent for coloring with copic markers, it's smooth and SOO thick!! The rest of the colors are wonderful also, very heavy weight and give your card a sturdy base!

Anywho. As part of the release party there were three challenges posted over at SCS, and a participant would be chosen randomly to win a free set. This card is for a challenge to make a masculine card. I thought this would work for men who enjoy gardening.

I colored the tomato from Summer Harvest using Asela's coloring tutorial. Then I cut out and embossed the image with square nestabilities. I then matted it with brown cardstock. Next I cut out a piece of green cardstock and embossed it using the cuttlebug folder: diamonds in the rough. I also matted this with brown cardstock. I added some brown twill ribbon to the bottom and tied it with twine. The background patterned paper I used is from Chatterbox. For the sentiment I stamped it in memento rich cocoa and punched it out using the oval punch from SU. Then I punched out a green 1 1/8 inch circle, and a brown designer label punch (SU). I glued the pieces together and added a brad on each side, then attached it to the card with pop dots.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Last SOA Challenge Post

This was the last card I made for the Stampin' Out Alzhiemer's Event. This was a Two by Two Card Challenge sponsored by Taylored Expressions. The requirements included using two colors: pink and brown (and neutral color of choice) and only two embellishments: I chose ribbon and a heart brad. And for the layout of the card I used Taylor's Cupcake Challenge #70.

When I saw the challenge colors were pink and brown, I knew I wouldn't have any trouble finding some patterned paper (that is my favorite color combo!) This is an older paper from Doodlebug, the flowers and butterflies are just too fun. For the images I used a cupcake stamp by Endless Creations. I colored it with copic markers and added stickles to the outline of the heart. I also added piercing around the edge, and tied the pink ribbon from Joann Fabrics around the bottom. Then I adhered it to the classic scallop rectangle nestabilities. For the sentiment, this is a stamp by Hero Arts. I stamped it in Gingerbread ink by Versamagic and punched it out with a 7/8 inch circle punch. Then I punched out a brown circle using a 1 inch circle punch. And the scallop is a 1 1/4 inch scallop punch by ek success. In the center I added a glittery heart brad.

That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by!