Thursday, July 19, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
stamps: By Air, Itty Bitty Background
CS : Turquoise, Green Galore, Real Red, Whisper White, Petal and Paisley DP
Ink : Red, Turquoise, Green Galore, Brilliant Blue, Walnut stain, Tea dye ink
Acc : Real Red ribbon, silver brads, swirl cuttlebug folder, dazzling diamond, Pop-up dots.
this card is very easy the only things that may be hard to see are that the clouds and the plain are cut out and popped up. The swirl of the cuttlebug was sponged with the Walnut ink to simulate a smokey look. Stars and Itty Bitty background is stamped on the main card and everything else is easy peasy.
Have a great Tuesday and I'm off to stamp some more!
Sunday, July 08, 2007
I wanted to do something fun and whimsical today. I have always loved these House of Mouse images very well indeed and alas my own have been gathering dust for some years! I was trying to get a feel of Ana Wohlfart's work. I very much admire her style and skill with layers and colors. Now this doesn't even come close to hers, but I'm hoping that if I keep looking and trying, eventually some of her skill will rub off.
stamps: House of Mouse, Riveting, Itty Bitty Background
CS : Rose Red, Regal Rose, Caramel, Old Olive, Celery dp, Shimmer White CS
Ink : Old Olive, Garden Green, Creamy Caramel, Rose Red, Regal Rose
Acc : Ribbon, AI glitter in Hot Lips, silver brads, scallop trimmer, Prismas and Gamsol, Cuttlebug stitch folder and wildflower folder
The card is very straight forward. Each layer is sponged with its own color, and the caramel and regal rose of the mouse mat is stamped with Itty Bitty. The mouse is colored with Prisma pencils and Gamsol, sections are straight coloring with no blending. The Rose Red strip is embossed with wildflower folder, and the Olive square has the stitch embossing. thanks alot and enjoy the rest of your day!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
1. I am a total computer idiot, would you believe that I just figured out how to add the hyper link so that I doesn't show the whole address? Also I avoided blogging and uploading to splitcoast for so long because I would have to learn how to do it myself. I admit I am intimidated by computers!
2. I love art, painting, coloring and artist materials. I am such a sucker for a new color or medium. I used to do painting and sketching in school and I always have to have some element of art in my life. The joy with stamping is that I can color to my hearts content without worrying if my image is perfect! And as for artist materials, I own water colors, soft pastels, color pencils, alcohol markers, water based markers etc... do you see the problem? I can't stop!
3. Gardening is another one of my loves, but only outdoors. It would seem that I need natures help to water my plants. My husband tells me that I have a green thumb outdoors, but a black thumb indoors. I once managed to kill an Aloe Vera plant.....and that's tough. Somehow I managed to forget about it for 2 years. It was cannibalizing its own leaves for nourishment. When I finally got around to remembering it, I watered it tons and put it in the sun ( it was in a dark corner). I think the shock killed it. Needless to say unless its bouquet, I am not permitted to have indoor plants.
4. I trained a a professional cook at Cordon Bleu and college for management, I have worked in professional French kitchens, and I am now a stay at home mom! I realized as soon as I had kids that it was a terrible profession to have if you want to see your kids grow up!
5. I HATE creamed spinach. As a child I would gag over it, as an adult I still gag over it. I will be open minded to most things......but not creamed spinach..........or raw onions for that matter.
6. I went bungee jumping when my daughter was 1 and 1/2 years old.
7. Even as an adult on my own I was scared to tell my dad that I had got a tiny tattoo on my back. He found out by accident and his reaction still inspires a chuckle in me.
Well now I'm supposed to tag someone else so I pick:
hope to see you play along and find out more about you :)
Friday, July 06, 2007
This card was done for Beate's Sketch challenge #9. She calls it the Joy Fold Card. It was a relief to have this sketch because I still feel that I am in the midst of a stamping slump. Lately I am more interested in practicing coloring than making the actual card. I did two cards using this image. The top one for the sketch challenge was done using color pencils. The bottom two cards are colored with Copic markers. I am finally starting to get the hang of these things. It is all a matter of paper. I am currently using SU whisper white to get better blending. So far the top card recipe:
Stamps: SU Baroque Motifs ( I love this set), Lockhart Veggie dress and mini radish
Paper: Hunter, Garden Green, Wasabi, Kraft, River Rock, Saffron DP, Shimmer CS unknown
Ink : Garden Green, Caramel
Acc : Prismacolor pencils, Gold brads, Thyme ribbon and gold cord
This card is shown twice so that you can get a better view of the shimmer CS. It is such a beautiful paper. The image is colored straight with Prismas, NO gamsol. The sentiment is printed from the computer and then punched out with the window punch. The directions for the card can be found on Beate's Website http://beate.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2007/07/06/sketch-challenge-9/
Other then that the card is easy.
This next card was the same stamp, but colored with Copic's. As you can see the image is smoother, with less texture, and the colors are somewhat more vibrant. Debbie Olson's tutorial at Thinking Inking http://debbiedesigns.typepad.com/muse_and_amuse/2007/06/strawberries-an.html
was a huge help in achieving good blending. Now I can't wait to get the airbrush tool. the card recipe for this card is as follows:
Stamps: Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Lockhart veggie dress
Paper: Old Olive, Chocolat Chip, Mustard, Whisper White, Hunter, Chatterbox DP
Ink: Same as above
Acc: Copic Markers, White signo Gel pen, Gold eyelets, Sakura Stardust pen, May Art ribbon
The card is pretty easy, and fun to do although I am not sure that I like the placement of the ribbon. As the holes are already cut, i don't have much choice.
Last is the apple card. I am not at all happy with it but thought that i would keep it because I was happy with the coloring of the apples. They are colored with Copic markers. This is also embossed with some old powder that I had kicking around. I just kept adding things to the darn card hoping it would start looking good but unfortunately to no avail!
This picture is of my Husband as he served in Afghanistan. To say that I am proud of him goes without saying. I am proud that my husband serves his Country. I am proud that my husband puts his life on the line so that others will remain safe at home. I believe that what my husband does is necessary, for without his sacrifice and the sacrifice of all our soldiers, the war on terror could very well come to our doorstep. Without his work the people in these Country's would be forced to forever live under a yoke of oppression and terror, and don't kid yourself, never is it all right to stand by while people are being murdered and terrorized.
Afghanistan was once a beautiful land and in its people, that beauty can be seen. Their faces are often filled with pain, both spiritual and bodily. For those people who want only to live without fear, who want to raise their family in safety with the same benefits that we raise ours in......It is for them that we of NATO re-build.
So that their children can grow up never knowing what it is to be hungry, illiterate or poor, it is for them that we re-build.
So that they can worship a true form of their religion, instead of the Twisted hypocrisy that radicals spout, it is for that, that we fight. For all this and so that our children never experience these things.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Phew, I feel like I am swimming in extra time lately. With my daughter gone to camp, I suddenly have all this free time on my hands. So during my son's nap today, I completed today's color challenge. I used their colors but added some celery as it was in the same family as the Olive.
Stamps: Happy Harmony, Linen BG, flower from the Stamp Barn ( Canadian)
CS : Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Water color Paper, Celery DP
Ink : Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Celery, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Caramel
Acc. : Gold Krylon Pen, Cuttlebug vines, Quickutz buckle, SEI Brad, Organdy ribbon, Scallop
punches, pop up dots, stickles
SU markers: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Blush, Olive, Garden Green, Celery
I decided to do a 3-d flower and stamped it out 5 times. I cut each layer out going with smaller and smaller elements in the design. I water colored with the markers and then punched holes through each flower and put together with brad. I popped a few of the leaves and curled up all the edges then added stickles. The Olive background was sponged with olive and Wasabi and then the linen was stamped in Garden Green. The brown scallop was edged with the gold, and the Vanilla scallop was sponged with caramel. Everything else is easy to see from the picture. Hope you enjoy!
Monday, July 02, 2007
And a partridge in a pear tree. I decided to take this water colored pear off an old card and revamp it into something different. I think I actually really like this card.
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Carte Postal,Lockhart pear and itty bitty Pear
CS : Pomegranate, Sky Blue, Groovy Guava, Very Vanilla, Vellum CS, Black, Shimmer CS
Ink : Blue Bayou, Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Sky Blue
Acc. : Cuttlebug Textile Folder, silver brads, Tombow markers, Copic markers, stickles,
Sakura Stardust pen, and Sakura blue stardust pen, black organdy ribbon
mat pack and needle.
Once again this is a pretty easy card. The size is 4 1/4 square. The main base is black with Groovy guava and embossed vellum over top. The next layer is black and Pomegranate. There is piercings along the edge. The final layer is Soft Sky on Black. The Sky is stamped with Baroque flourish, and then every flourish is lined with Sakura Blue. The pear platter is popped and colored with marker and water colored. The little pears were colored with Copic, dotted with Sakura Stardust and added to flourishes to make it look like a pear tree. The bird was stamped on shimmer CS and then stickles were added and finally the bird popped.
Well I'm going back to my movie the First Wives Club. So far its really good!
Ciao and have a great Sunday.