Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Card Challenges

I seemed to have left my motivation at work every afternoon this week but did manage to create a new card tonight. I used the sketch at Caardvarks May Challenge but also tried to fit some other elements in for several other challenges.

For this card I used Cameo Coral, Whisper White and Vellum Stampin' Up CS as well as DCWV Nana's Nursery patterened paper. I used Close to Cocoa and Cameo Coral inks and Offray ribbons.

The flowers on the side are made from CS cut out with the SU scallop circle punch and a smaller Fiskars scallop circle punch. To create these mums you need to punch 3scallop circles and run through a crimping machine many times, as many as 10. This breaks down the paper fibers so that the layers will separate easily. Then you crumple the crimped circles several times. Look at the edges, they should be starting to come apart. Gently pull the pieces apart giving you 2 wrinkled scallop circles per punch. I also inked the edges of my circles on both sides with Close to Cocoa ink to age them slightly. If you choose to do this step, do so gently. Now layer your 6 circles and poke a hole in the center. Secure with a small brad then start with the top circle and start crumpling it toward the center. Continue this step until all 6 circles are wrinkled up and Viola! You have a Mum!!

I ran the Whisper White cardstock through my Sizzix machine with my Stampin' Up texturz plate. I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles for the image and mat paper. The Vellum was cut using my Fiskars round border punch and inked.

The image is a Stampin' Up image from 2003 that was colored using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and an aquapainter. This is easy to do. Take a piece of transparency film and stamp a square of ink on it. Spritz it with a quick mist of water because Distress Ink is activated by water. Now you have a watercolor pallette! Paint away! The skin on the mother and the baby were colored using Copic Markers as well as Mom's hair. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. Thanks for looking and ENJOY!

1. Caardvarks Sketch
2. Doodle Palace: 3'D your image
3. Stamp With Fun: Stripes
4. Practical Scrappers: Patterned Paper
5. A Spoonfull of Sugar Challenge: Cute and Girly
6. Paper Take Weekly: Say it With Flowers
7. Digital Tuesday Challenge: Vellum
8. Stampavie and More: Say it With Flowers

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Little Boys and a Puppy

Making my first card was SO much fun that I decided to create today instead of cleaning my furry house! LOL I will regret that later but right now I want to share my second card creation using the sketch at Caardvarks.

I used a retired Stampin' Up stamp with, you guessed it, a Puppy! I just loved the Sketches style stamps that SU came out with several years back. A stamp needs to speak to me and this one did!

I used Stampin' Up cardstocks: Basic Black, Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red and Ballet Blue. I tried my hand at the Wax Paper Resist technique using my Cuttlebug distressed wood embossing folder but didn't really love the outcome. Looked more like bamboo than barn wood so I used it as a mat paper for my stamped image. The edges of all papers were inked with the same color ink for a more subtle look. I used Watercolor Wonder crayons and an aquapainter to "paint" my image. I stamped a second image, rough cut it and used it to mask the colored image so I could sponge the sky. I used my scallop circle punch to create the accent on the top but also to create the clouds in the sky. The sentiment says Thinking of you 24-7 365 days and I punched that with the 1 inch circle punch. I paper pierced little holes in each scallop bump and used dimensionals on the sentiment as well as the stamped image to add interest. The last little element used is Dew Drops in the Cowboy color combo.

Well, guess I've put off housework as long as I can! Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

1. Caardvarks May Challenge
2. Stampin For The Weekend: A card for a Male
3. Stamp Something : Celebrate Something (Friendship)
4. Creative Belli Blog Challenge: Hole Punches. Used my SU scallop border, scallop circle, 1" circle and 1 1/4" circle.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

First Entry and Challenges

I've been lurking around bloggie-land and have been in awe of all the talent and creativity I see posted every day. I loved the fact that people can enter 1 card in several different challenges because of 1 element or another. This is my first card and I have managed to construct it to fit several challenges myself! Thanks for looking!

I used all DCWV papers, PrismaColor pencils in Beige, Burnt Ochre, and Dark Umber for the puppy; Limepeel for the grass and Cloud Blue for the sky with OMS and stumps. It is hard to see but the yellow mat paper is a damask print.

All paper edges were inked with Chocolate Chip ink by Stampin' Up. The sky was sponged with Bordering Blue and the grass with Kiwi Kiss.

The edges of the puppy piece were distressed. I also used Spellbinders Nestabilities for the scalloped square around the puppy and the Ruff square. The "Ruff" was hand stitched using Bazzill In Stitchz Java thread and Puppy paper piercing template. The square has been raised on dimensionals. The ribbon is by Offray, the enamaled charm and buttons are from unknown sources and the hemp cord is by Stampin' Up. The image is a puppy that I cut out of a Carson Delosa Getting Ready for Preshcool book and colored.

Challenges entered:

1. Sketch from Splitcoast Stampers Wednesday challenge: SC280
2. Doodle Palace Recipe: 1 Ribbon, 2 Papers and 3 Buttons
3. A Spoonful of Sugar: 3 Buttons and 3 Papers
4. Digi Doodle: Ribbon
5. Cupcake Craft Challenges : Buttons
6. Crafty Card Makers : Distressed
7. Crafty Ann's Challenge: Anything Goes!