Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Swirled Dove Joy

Embellish-It Scrapbooking Challenge #13 was hosted by Heidi.

Our Challenge was to Create a Layout or Card using cardboard. Stamp with it, cut it into shapes, paint it, distress it! Just have fun!

If you choose to play along...be sure to use keyword FC13 when uploading your card so we can all find it! To view everyone's card in the gallery click here.

I used the Swirled Dove from The Rubber Cafe....I so love this stamp. I added some gold glitter to this one after I stamped it on white pearlescent cardstock. The gold ribbon is vintage as is the button....check it out...it has holly on it! The cardboard is from my daughter's birthday packaging! The white scalloped piece is still packaging from my Fancy Pants Storybook....recycling is so much fun! The gold desiger paper is by Penny Black and the base layer is SU's black cardstock. JOY are brads from JOANN Fabrics that are layered on a gold cardstock that has been run through the brocade cuttlebug embossing folder.

This is a lucky post! I will be sending some lucky commenter a few little goodies!
Leave a post on this card by Friday, October 31 and I will have my son pull a name from the hat.

For an extra chance to win....go check out The Rubber Cafe's new website and tell me your 2 favorite stamps! The have some sales...so check it out and Good Luck!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Time Spent With a Friend

Check out these new Prima Flowers!!! They are Collage Primas and how fun they are just to look at! The come pre-collaged....so you just pick out the ones that match your project and they make for a quick and easy embellishment. I finished mine off with vintage buttons and some narrow sheer ribbon. Base cardstock is white, the designer paper is BasicGrey's Sugared Collection. I used the Script Cuttlebug Folder on pink cardstock and faux stitched the pieces to an Archiver's scalloped circle. Butterfly punch is by Martha Stewart, photo corner punch is by SU! The happiness stamp is by Penny Black.

Also, I'd like to extend and invitation to you and all of your Copic-loving friends to pop on over to Embellish-Online.com for a COPIC CHAT with our representative EmilyLaurel. Come with questions you may have...what an awesome opportunity to learn more about these art tools!
When: Thursday, October 30, 7:00PM
Where: http://www.embellish-online.com/ in our Copic Forum
RSVP: If you choose to join us or extend the invitation on your blog, be sure to let us know where you received the invitation....just post here, we'd like to know!!! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hang In There!

Hope you're not sick of owls....'cause I'm here with another one! I love this Quickutz die cut....he's a big fellow for his branch....but I thought it was a fun get well card. The collage flower is by Prima. The leaves are another prima cut and arranged into leaves. The vintage button and May Arts Ribbon finish it off. The moon is a metal edge tag. I punched some cork and then layered cream cardstock on foam tape. The sentiment is stamped with Karen Foster Snap Stamps. The branch is by Pink Paislee...the leaves are embellished with gems. The pins are from Michael's jewelry aisle. The cardstock is Chocolate Chip by SU! and the designer paper is by Basic Grey's Mellow Collection.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Vintage Moon - Friend

I couldn't wait any longer to cut this image from Pink Paislee's Vintage Moon Stamp Set. I doubled the images up....one flat and one popped up on foam tape. Another chunk of cardboard for embellishment. The sentiment is from SU, ribbon is from May Arts, BasicGrey Buttons are from the Archaic Collection. I embellished the center of the leaf medallion with a clear epoxy sticker. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fall's Flourish

This card is the last of the challenges I'm catchin up on at Embellish-Online.com. Suzy's challenge was to make a fall card with flourishes. You can check out the chatter and some of the other cards made for this challenge here.

The card base is SU!'s Chocolate Chip cardstock. The designer paper is from BasicGrey's Mellow Collection. I used faux stitching to *sew* the pieces to the card. The branch and owl stamp are from Pink Paislee's Vintage Moon stamp set. The owl is colored with Copic Markers and the eyes are highlighted with Spica Glitter pens. The Flourishes are from Maya Road and have been run through the Swirls Cuttlebug Embossing folder. I then followed the embossed swirls with my attached gems....perfect swirls!! Flower is by Prima and the leaves are a flower that has been cut apart. I higlighted the leaves on the branch with little orange gems.

Are you a Copic Collector....or a wannabe?! Embellish-Online's Copic Representative, EmilyLaurel, is going to hold a chat on our forum. Click here to vote on when the chat should be and find out the exact date the chat will be held. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Insignia Wishes

This card isn't what I was expecting to pop out.....but I like the end product. The card base is black glossy. The embossed paper is from an unknown source. The white paper is specialty pearlescent paper from The Paper Cut. The flower stamp and medallion stamps are from Basic Grey's Insignia set. The lable stamp is from Basic Grey's Journal Block set. The medallions are stamped on shrink plastic and are shrunk....very fun buttons! Martha Stewart butterfly punch.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Butterfly Wishes

This isn't really *in season*....but I was using up some more odds and ends...this time some flourishes from Maya Road that needed a home! I ran them through the Xyron machine and covered them in Art Institute's Cornflower Ultrafine glitter. The card base is white. The photo corners (SU! Punch), the butterflies (Martha Stewart Punch) and the sentiment (BasicGrey's Journal Block Set) are out of some specialty pearlescent cardstock (The Paper Cut). I ran some miscellaneous designer paper through the Paisley Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and sanded it for contrast. The flower center are two punches from Martha Stewart's line. The flower center is SU!'s 5 Petal Flower punch that I used on white shrink plastic. I stamped it with a BasicGrey stamp before punching. I colored it with Spica Glitter Pens by Copic after shrinking. The butterflies are stapled on and then the pearls are over the staples.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Some More Embellish-Online Challenges

Ok....so here is an odd little thing about me. I like lists. They are so fun to make and then I get to cross things off when I get them done! (if I haven't lost them first!)

I have a few challenges on my stamping list of things to do that I don't have crossed neatly off....so I'm playing catch-up now!

This card is for Friday Challenge 10 which Julie was the hostess of. Our challenge was a sketch challenge and to make it crisp and clean. This one was truly a challenge for me with SO many layers and crisp and clean too! I pulled together a few scraps from my drawer and this is what I came up with. The sunflower is from SU! and Just because is by A Muse. The button is vintage, the ribbon is SU! The image is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. You can check out everyone else's creations here.

This card is for Friday Challenge 12. This challenge was hosted by Daniela. Our challenge was to create a card using the color red, buttons and a bit of stamping. I used another SU! image and used my Copic Markers to color the image. I used the tip to tip method of shading on this image. This involves taking the lighter color marker and pulling color off of a darker coordinating marker. This allows you to shade without having definate shading lines as well as extends the shades of colors you can have with just a few markers. I punched the designer paper with the Martha Stewart Doily punch. You can see the other challenge cards here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Empunchlar Anniversary Card

I made this card for the Friday Challenge at Embellish-It Scrapbooking....don't tell anyone I'm a few weeks late on this one! I was away the week it posted...but I definately wanted to play along. The challenge was to make a card edgy with sweet scallops or pinked edges as your finishing touch.

I had some punched panels here that I made with and Empunchlar tool some time ago. I hand cut around the outside edge of the frame and then layered it on a scalloped circle panel from Archiver's. The purple flowers are punched and the flower centers are actually tiny sun punches! I added the adhesive pearls to pretty it up some.

The opening portion of this card is the white part. I embossed it with the Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls Embossing Folder. Ribbon is from Martha Stewart's line. The Journaling Frame is from BasicGrey's Journal Block set. The Happy Anniversary is by The Peddler's Pack Stampworks. I cut around the journal block as well.

If you've been inspired to play along, please join us and put the code FC8 in as a keyword so we can find your work in the gallery!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Something Old and Something New~

Another dove card....you know me...I get on a roll and then you see a few cards with the same stamp for a bit! This card was for a color challenge....blues, greens, teal and white. We also had to use pop dots...the dove is raised up. And we had to use something *green*....I used several things. My flower is recycled, my button and the seam tape are both vintage, and the netting is leftover from some wedding birdseed thingys. Another fun thing to note is the leaf swirls are actually parts of the dove stamp! I stamped the dove on some irridescent green cardstock and then cut them out...they pop up a bit like a real vine would.

The something new would be From the Heart and the Swirled Dove from The Rubber Cafe....it is so fun to stamp and embellish. This time I used transparent glitter from Art Institute. I'd tell you the color if I could find the container in my mess! The scalloped punch is my Martha Stewart Doily Lace one that I finally found at Walmart. Now I see MORE at Michael's...argh! The little diamond thingys are from Martha Stewart's line as well.

A touch of Faux Stitching to *finish off* the card. The designer paper is by NRN Designs. The blue base of the card is some very shimmery stuff as well. I'm not sure of the source.
Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Butterfly Wishes

Received my Inspired by Nature set from SU! this week and am loving that grass image! I stamped the grass on white glossy with black stazon ink. I punched a 1 1/8 inch circle from scrap paper and taped it over my grass with removable tape. I brayered over the image with my Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor ink pad. Wish is from SU!'s Small Script set. The oval punches are from SU! as well. The butterfly is punched from some specialty paper...it's shimmery and slightly ridged giving them a bit of subtle texture. I bent the wings up and attached them with glue dots. The pearls are added for the bodies. Very simple card...but it reminds me of sea grass or grass by a lake. I'm not sure butterflies sit there there though....probably more like dragonflies!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sweet Summer's End...

It was in the 80's here today....pretty warm for October! Not many more of these days left for this year I'm thinking! Not much sweetcorn left either...but this image was a fun one to color, so pretend it's still in season! I used Copic Markers to color the image. I used prismacolor pencils and Gamsol to ground the image. Doodled with my pen to frame the image. The verse is also from the Stampin Up set....and I stamped it before running the panel through the Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. Edges are sponged with Chocolate Chip ink by SU! Ribbon is SU!

Friday, October 10, 2008

A NEW Winner!

Had fun playing with this SU! set, Copic Markers and Prismacolor pencils! I stamped the smaller leaf image repeatedly on the cork and colored it with the Copics. The ribbon is actually olive....kinda got funky on me in the bright sunshine! Simple and Crisp....just like fall air!

A little housekeeping:
I never heard from the winner of the blog candy.....so here is our NEW winner!

Lori Barnette wrote:
WOW!! How cute is THAT!!! awesome I say...AWESOME!

Email me with your info and it goes postal. If I don't hear by Tuesday, I will pick another winner.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

From the Heart and a WINNER!

These were the other stamps in the package I received from The Rubber Cafe. The Floral Heart is one stamp....I cut away the center from an image that I stamped on white shimmer paper. The heart frame is the outside of the stamp which I stamped on BasicGrey's Euphoria paper.
For the center of the framed heart I ran it through the Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and then ran a black ink pad over the embossing. May Arts ribbon is soft and ties easily around the heart frame. For the button I colored the image and punched it out with a circle punch, then applied to a clear button with Diamond Glaze. I finished the button off with some embossing floss....no naked buttons here! LOL! I'm loving the Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch, and layered over some shimmery Bazzil cardstock for some contrast! The heart on the shimmer paper is colored with Copic At You Spica Glitter pens. From the Heart is also from The Rubber Cafe.

Now for the Trick-or-Treat box winner:
MichelleH said...
WOW that is cute!
October 6, 2008 4:30 PM

Michelle...you have until Friday night to email me your snail mail address. If I don't hear from you by then I will select a new winner. Thanks to each of you that responded....I appreciate your comments! 20,000 hits and my first blog anniversary isn't too far away.....so stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Swirled Lovey Doveys

In my true to form *use what's on my desk fashion,* this card came together! The heart is on a piece of thin junky typing paper that I used to protect the inside of my card of the previous post. This was too pretty to toss....so I prettied it up some. I stamped the Swirled Love stamp from The Rubber Cafe in black ink and then ran it through the Cuttlebug Script Embossing Folder and faux stitched it to a black panel. The Swirled Doves were stamped on acetate. As I did with the eagle, I flipped one over before doing the glitter and acetate technique on them with Art Institute Glitters. (276 Salmon Ultrafine Transparent and 189 Pearl Ultrafine Pearlescent)
After they dried I cut them out and ran them through my Xyron Sticker maker machine. A little tip.....rub the back of the release paper with a bone folder to push the adhesive into the glitter. Another little note....I cut off the top wing so I could get both birds on one card....they are sitting!! The embossed flowers are by Prima Marketing, the black flower pinwheels are from Paper Wishes. The base cardstock is Glimmer Paper for added sheen.

Thanks for taking a peek at what I've been up to! Tomorrow night I select a blog candy winner....so check it out for a chance to get some spook-tacuolar goodies!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Swirled Dove

These fun stamps showed up in my mailbox today from The Rubber Cafe...and what's a girl to do but ink those babies up?! The card base is black SU! cardstock. I had a glossy die-cut heart card from The Paper Cut that I altered with alcohol inks....a quick version of the polished stone technique. Then I stamped LOVE randomly on the panel with black Stazon. I Faux Stitched around the heart and the panel. The Swirled Dove is stamped on some Shimmer Sheets by The Paper Company with black Stazon. I used my Alcohol pens in Cool Gray tones to highlight the swirls and added some pearls by Mark Richards to the bird's tail. The corner punches are by SU! I layered the larger and smaller shapes. The smaller corner was run through the Cuttlebug Brocade Embossing Folder. The Designer Paper behind the heart is from Hot Off The Press's Classic Cardmaker's Pack.

Thanks for stopping by...and be sure to check out yesterday's post if you are interested in some BLOG CANDY!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Embellish-It Scrapbooking Gallery Opening

The Design Team Gallery for October is open at Embellish-It Scrapbooking! Come on over and check out all of the Spook-tacular Creations!
Above is a little treat box by Maya Road that I've embellished with Imaginisce's Hallowimsy paper line. I'm offering this little box up as blog candy to a random commenter on this post. I will fill it with some stamping *treats* and send it with a few other goodies!
I will have my son pick a name on Wednesday night! Thanks for taking the time to stop by...and hope to see you in the gallery too!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Thinking of You Boxer Style

Still finding Boxer Chipboard Stickers on my desk...and they found their way onto this card for Heather. I sanded the corner pieces and then inked them with navy ink. The stamp is from BasicGrey's Journaling set. Thinking of you is by Paper Inspirations. The navy ribbon is wired and stands up nicely. The background flower (SU!) is stamped in navy ink that has been stamped off several times. Prima flower and Dress It Up! Glitter Dot. Faux stitching finishes it off nicely.

Don't forget to pop back in tomorrow for the opening of Embellish-Online's Design Team Gallery! ....I'm *still* just sayin!! ;)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Just Because.....I Have Ovals!

This card uses some oval cut-offs that I picked up at The Paper Cut's Annual Warehouse Sale. They are pieces cut out of their oval frame cards. I stamped the flower images (SU!) on the smaller one, faux stitching and distressing the edge. Just because is by A Muse. The large oval features the smaller flower stamp which I colored with markers. (Night of Navy and Always Artichoke; SU!) May Arts ribbon. I pierced the Chocolate Chip panel. The Certainly Celery panel is stamped tone on tone with the small flower stamp. I then ran it through the Script Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and applied Chocolate Chip ink to pop out the writing. The dragonfly is a punch. This one is on Night of Navy cardstock and is embellished with At You Spica Glitter Pens. (turquoise and clear)

On later copies of this card I punched some vellum of the same tint and I like the softer look of that embellished with the glitter pens.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Two More!

I'm in that cleaning off my desk mode....and I've got the last of the The Rubber Cafe Eagle Petroglyph images I stamped here! For the first card I did the eagle with the acetate and glitter technique. I stamped the image on acetate. Since it was on acetate I was able to apply the glue to the stamped side of the image and reverse his direction....is that cool or what?! I use Art Institute Glitter and their clear glue for this technique. The colors I used were:
  • 189 Pearl Ultrafine Pearlescent (white)
  • 154 Twig Ultrafine Opaque (dark brown of eagle)
  • 208 Fauna Ultrafine Transparent (rock)
  • 276 Salmon Ultrafine Transparent (beak)

I apply the colors from lightest to dark, allowing the image to dry in between contrasting colors. Then, once dry I run the image through the Xyron sticker machine. I rub the backside of the sticker paper with my bone folder to push the glue into the dried glittered surface. It should then release easily and you can apply it to the designer paper.

The cardstock is Core'dinations and the dark panel was run through the Distressed Strip Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and then sanded. This paper is fun to sand and distress since the core color pops out and adds a fun contrast.

The circle was punched from SU!'s Always Artichoke cardstock, run through the cuttlebug, faux stitched, distressed and inked with SU!'s Chocolate Chip ink. The HB are from Cuttlebug's Tag Sale Alphabet. I hand lettered the happy birthday on them.

This card also is the Eagle Petroglyph Stamp from The Rubber Cafe. I stamped the image 8 times and then cut a 1 1/4 inch square from them. I folded them all into a kite shape making sure to orient them all the same. When putting into the medallion I noticed the flower shape pop out at me. I accented the lower beak of the eagle with a Melon At You Spica Glitter Pen for my leaves. I colored the area under his beak with an Orange At You Spica Glitter Pen. I put eyelets into the *eyes* of the eagle. This is the first time I've ever tried faux stitching on my medallion itself...I may have to try that again!

Thanks for popping by....Oct 5th the opening of the Embellish-Online Design Team Gallery is right around the corner.....you might want to come back! ....just sayin'.....