June 17, 2015

Garden Collage Card

What do you do when a tropical depression is racing through your city? You stay indoors and make cards of course. I have several new stamp sets that I haven't used, so brought out a couple of sets to make a few cards. I was thinking black and white cards, but then decided to add a bit of color to the idea. The two cards below is what I came up with.

The first card is an A-2 card. I began with a black base card then added an embossed white layer. On a white strip (backed in black), I stamped the bird collage from the SU Garden Collage set then a sentiment from the SU Whimsical Words set. I added it to the center of the card then added a polka dot ribbon to the bottom.

I made a second stamped strip and backed it with a coral color card stock. I added it to turquoise 5" x 5" card then added a polka dot flower embellishment to balance out the card.

May 23, 2015

MISTI Stamping Tool

Today is the day. Today I try out my new MISTI. I bought it from My Sweet Petunia after seeing the videos on YouTube and hearing so much positive feedback about it.

I began by gathering my supplies...the MISTI, magnets, baby wipes, card stock, ink pads, mini daubers and my new stamp. I saw a YouTube video of someone using this exact stamp with the MISTI, so of course I had to have it.

I first used a light green ink for the stems and leaves. Once stamped on several cards, I repeated the process using a little darker green for the edges of the leaves. It was so satisfying to see the way it stamped right on top of the first image, giving just a shadow of a color. Once I was satisfied with the stems and leaves, I started on the flower petals. I used a light pink first, followed by another application of a darker pink closer to the center of the larger flower and on the edges of the top flower. Lastly I added a red color to the center of the large flower by using my new Fantastix coloring tool (mini daubers). These little daubers have both a brush tip and bullet tip, so they work great for dabbing on color in tiny areas.

I then stamped on the sentiment, my friend, in red. I made the card using a coral colored card stock to back the stamped piece then a blue decorative card to attach the layers to. I must say, this being my first time using the MISTI...I am impressed. It was also a lot of fun using different colored inks to add color then raising the lid and seeing the results.

Gentle Whisper Clear Mount Flower Stamp - Penny Black
my friend clear mount stamp - Stampin' Up!
SU Stampin' Spot - Rose Romance, Rose Red & Forest Green
Memento - Angel Pink & New Sprout Green
Fantastix Color Tool - Tsukineko ImagineCrafts

May 20, 2015

Polka Dot Blended Bloom

I just purchased a Stampin' Up! rubber stamp set titled Million & One. I love the script font of the two images, so had to have it to use on my cards. Today I embossed a few more Blended Bloom images, this time using red and white polka dot paper. I love the brightness of the blossom. Starting with a coral colored base card I made the card below, adding a layer of white dot embossed card stock under the images. Love it, love it!

April 22, 2015

Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge #537

I really enjoy all that the Splitcoast Stampers website has to offer...inspiration, tutorials, challenges and more. Today is a sketch challenge that I had to participate in. I had recently purchased some gorgeous card stock at our local art supply store, so wanted to create a card using some of the brown.

I began by making a 5-1/2" x 8" card base using the decorative brown card stock. On a tan strip I stamped NATURE is the ART of GOD Dante quotation. For the left image layer I attached branch die cuts and a redbird on another piece of decorative card stock. I really like this card.

Dante Quotation - Impression Obsession
Branch & Bird Die Cuts - Memory Box

February 11, 2015

Chinese Peony Birthday Card

I love the Stampin' Up! set, Oriental Gardens. I'm up late, so I decided to make a few cards using the Chinese Peony image from the set. I saw a pretty card on Sandi MacIver's website and just loved everything about it, so thought I'd try and make one. On a white A-2 card, I attached a blue card layer, then added a layer of white that I embossed with my new Anna Griffin cuttlebug folder. A piece of decorative card stock was added to the bottom with white ribbon across the center.

I used the Chinese Peony image and colored in the leaves. I then cut out another flower that had been stamped on pink card stock, and attached it to the image on the white card. I made a blue frame for the flower and attached it with pop dots. The framed flower was then attached to the card. I colored a separate leaf image and added it on top of the blue frame. I made a white bow and attached it to the corner of the blue frame and finished the card with three small pink pearls.

February 5, 2015

Mojo Monday Challenge #383 - Pink Lady

This morning I had a card idea in my head. When I saw the sketch for the Mojo Monday challenge this week, I thought the sketch would work well for the card idea I had in mind. I started with an A-2 light pink card then built up the layers from there. I added a strip of pink and green floral paper, then added a stencil-embossed white layer (backed with green). Following the sketch, I then added two smaller pieces of the pink and green card stock.

I've had the Stampabilities That look rubber stamp for years, so used it as the main focus of my card, stamping her in pink on a white circle die cut. I added a pink tulle diamond studded veil and then added three pink pearls to balance the card.