Saturday, August 21, 2010

Song Birds

Happy Saturday!

I finally had the chance to play with another one of my new stamps. It's a very sweet image and I struggled a bit as to how to showcase it on a card. I still want to do something else, I just don't know what yet. For this card, I wanted to make it look like the three birds were in the branches of a tree. I used a small stamp from the Real Flowers clear set before stamping and embossing the image.



I colored the Three Song Birds with Copics and I decided to add a few more little stamped flowers here and there, but I don't know where they're from. I used some fun, BoBunny paper and a silk ribbon behind the image. The sentiment is from this set.

There are lots of giveaways going on right now. Check my sidebar for a couple of them, and don't forget about Anita's 5 little giveaways. Visit her here to find out all about it, (and to see the CUTEST photos of her son!)

Thanks for coming by today! Enjoy your weekend! :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

What a Mess! (and a card)

Hey ladies!

I had a bit of an accident in the craft room today. None of you know me well enough to realize what a klutz I can be. Most of the people in my life continually tell me to slow down. I walk way too fast, always want to "just get it done" and very rarely even sit down. (except when making cards.) It's your typical Type A personality! So I had just finished a card that I'll show you in a minute. The drawer, where I keep all my Distress Inks, inking tools, VersaMark and foam blending pads, was wide open. I walked around it to put away my basket of pearl embellies, and when I turned to come back to the desk, my leg hit the drawer and "BAM" down went the drawer, everything spilling everywhere!



My first reaction was to gasp in complete and utter disbelief! Then I realized it would make for a good post on the old blog. So after taking a photo, I gathered up the mess, put it back in the drawer, nice and neat, and everything is back to normal again. Here is what it USUALLY looks like. Much better, don't ya think?



So after all that, I can finally show you the card I had finished before the drawer fell out of the desk.



I used one of my favorite flourish stamps called Swirl with Flowers. I clear embossed the image onto white, water color paper. To get the resist look I created a mixture of water with Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey Distress Inks, on my craft sheet, and smooshed the panel with the flourish, all around in the colors. After it was dry I stamped Old Letter Writing with Vintage Photo ink. I also gave it a bit more shading and distressing with the same ink. I used Tim Holtz's distress tool on the edges. (Love that tool!) The scalloped strip is a Martha Stewart punch, the sentiment is from the All Occasions Message set that I use all the time, and I added a few Hero Hues pearls.

Now to tell you about the dragonfly. It was a gift from Trinh. She is so sweet! It's actually a digi image she sent to me and I painted it, again with a mix of Distress Inks and water. I added my new favorite stickles, Rock Candy, to give it a cool sparkly look. I love the way it turned out! Thanks, Trinh! Here is a close-up.



Thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend everyone! :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Embossed Blues

Hi all!

I just went a little crazy and changed the colors on my blog! I already miss my happy, summery pink colors, but I thought with Autumn coming, it should be changed. I really don't like it yet and will probably be playing with the colors a bit more in the next few days.

It's been awhile since I've blogged anything or made a card. I've just been enjoying looking around at my favorite blogs and in the Flickr pool. Did everyone see the Hero Arts blog today? I hope you didn't miss it because there are some AMAZING cards and projects that were awarded for the first half of the challenge this month! So much talent all in one place! Love it!

I hope the end of your week is going smoothly! I'm still off work through Sunday, so I'm a relaxed girl right now. Maybe a bit too relaxed. Not much getting done around here. Being quite lazy actually. But I justify it by telling myself that it's needed. I deserve to be lazy once in awhile, right? Come Monday, I'll be back in the swing of things at work and as busy as ever. One good thing is that Scrapfest is just around the corner, less than a month away now! I am getting so excited for that!

Anyway, enough about me, here is a card I made this morning.



I used a variety of Hero Arts stamps and a few different blue shades of ink. I clear embossed the flowers then stamped the text with a soft gray shade. Distressed and inked the edges of the white panel, added some Hero Hues gems and I thought it would be a fun change of pace to place the sentiment sideways this time.

One more thing. Anita is having 5 little giveaways on her blog! Pop in and say hello and check it out here. You'll love her blog! She is so creative!

Thanks for poppin' in to see me! I love all your visits and comments! They are very much appreciated! Have a fabulous Thursday!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Silver Anniversary

So, I loved the technique Nancy showed us on the Hero Arts blog today and wanted to give it a try. I was asked by a friend to make a card for a married couple, celebrating their silver anniversary. I thought it would be fun to use Nancy's technique with black and gray. I started out coloring the hydrangea and butterfly, from French Writing with Butterfly, with gray and black water color pencils. I then used a lighter gray Copic marker and the colorless blender to blend the colors. I think I could still use some practice, especially with blending, but I do like the way it turned out. It's a fun technique and I plan on giving it another try using some different colors.



I stamped the French Writing with Butterfly twice and cut out just the butterfly to layer it on the stamped image. The hydrangea is also cut out and placed on the card using dimensional adhesives. The sentiment is stamped inside the card.

Hope you are all having a good start to the week!

Thanks for stopping by today!
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