Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mum's The Word

I can't stop reaching for this chicken mummy. I've had this card in my mind for a month and I'm so glad I had a weekend that allowed me to have the time execute my vision. (Gotta love Buckeye away games).

This adorable mummy image is from Anna Wight's cling mount set, "Happy Haunting", from Whipper Snapper Designs.

I stamped the image with Marvy dye black ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock. I then colored the image with Copic markers and cut around the image with detailed scissors. I then took a card base of Georgia Pacific cardstock and wrapped it with Post-It Labeling and Cover-Up tape (affectionately referred to as "boo-boo" tape in elementary school land). I did some light sponging with SeaShells Sandal dye ink, and drew the stitches with a black Marvy Artist marker. I added the circle clip to the base, along with two more strips of the Post-It tape protruding from the card. I then framed the "mummy" card base with black cardstock. The sentiment is computer generated.

It has been so much fun sharing my creations this past month using Anna's newest cling mount releases from Whipper Snapper. I hope they have inspired you in some way. I am delighted to be participating in her next release as well, scheduled for mid-November. Until then, "Mum's the Word".

But do come back to my blog before then, I've got some other new things to share.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sponges and Brayers and Stamps...Oh My!

I decided to get my neglected brayer out of a drawer for this next card to attempt a spooky Halloween sky. I've been fortunate enough to have taken classes from Michelle Zindorf, so I know her technique, just haven't quite perfected it yet. This card is inspired by her card Is It Autumn Yet?.

To attempt to mimic such a work of art, I used Anna Wight's new cling mount set, The Witch Is In, from Whipper Snapper Designs. I stamped the jack-o-lantern image with Marvy dye black ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored the image with Copic markers. I then proceeded to cover the image with a Versamarker and added clear embossing powder and heated with a heat gun. This created protection for the brayering and sponging that was about to begin.

I then placed a Post-It Note circle cut from a circle punch to cover and protect the area where I wanted my moon to be. I began brayering Adirondack Sunshine Yellow dye ink, Adirondack Sunset Orange dye ink, and Adirondack Rust dye ink onto the cardstock. I then sponged some Vivid Purple dye ink around the edges of the sky.

I removed the Post-It note circle and then used the negative of my punch to sponge in SeaShells Conch Shell dye ink and Adirondack Sunshine Yellow dye ink to make the moon.

For the ground, I tore a post it note to mask the horizon and proceeded to brayer and sponge Distress Ink Peeled Paint dye ink, Adirondack Lettuce dye ink, Colorbox Olive Pastel dye ink, and Marvy Brown dye ink, thus making the ground. I then used my Cricut to cut a tree image.

Using the negative of that cut, I added the two trees to the scene by sponging Marvy Brown dye ink.

Finally, I was ready for the witch! I stamped her using Versafine Onxy Black ink (hands-down best ink for detail stamping). I added panels of black cardstock and Lasting Impressions patterned paper to layer the card. A corner punch, some ribbon and some black rhinestones put the finishing touches on this card.

The brayer is now put away again. Hopefully will be back to my work table soon. The more I use it, the more I love its effects.

Have a Happy Halloween!!! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

KLM Designs ~ It's Official

I am absolutely honored to be a part of the KLM Designs Design Team! Such great images to color. I tell you, I'm drooling over them.

Here's my first official card as a design team member. I decided to use this bird house water globe image (This digital image will be available from KLM Digi Stamps on November 1). I printed it on Georgia Pacific cardstock and colored the image with Copic markers. So much fun doing the wood and the water! I love images with big open spaces!

I then colored a piece of Georgia Pacific paper with Copic marker B91 and ran it through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. Various pieces of patterned paper from Paper Adventures and My Mind's Eye were used to create the layers, along with some teal blue cardstock from Hollo's in Cleveland. I sponged around these layers with Adirondack Latte dye ink. Brown brads and small flower embellishments were added to this card for the finishing touches.

I'm so eager to share more creations using images from KLM Designs over the next four months, so stay tuned. Special thanks to Kathryn for offering me this opportunity.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Witch Is In

I'm back! And no, I'm not saying that *I* am the witch that is in. I am just the blogger who is back to posting some cards after a rather crazy, exhausting work week.

I am excited to share this card I made using Anna Wight's cling mount set "The Witch Is In" by Whipper Snapper Designs. I love the solid witch stamp image, and am amazed by the detail that this solid stamp has. See her face?

Anyway, before stamping the witch, I took a negative of a Nestabilities die cut and sponged around the edges to create the sky/backdrop. I used SeaShells Cool Peri dye ink, Colorbox Wisteria Chalk ink, and Whispers Starry Night dye ink to achieve this effect. I then used a negative of a circle cut with a circle punch to sponge SeaShells Conch Shell and Adirondack Sunshine Yellow dye inks to make the moon. Finally, I was able to stamp Anna's witch with Versafine Black Onyx Pigment ink, along with the sentiment, which is also included in the cling mount set.

I added some rhinestones and a tree image cut from my Cricut from black cardstock. I layered the card with patterned paper from Recollections and more black cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I promise to be in most of the week with some new cards to share. ;-)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Trying to Bee Happy

It is ironic that I am posting this card during a fanny-kicking of my beloved Ohio State Buckeyes. Maybe I should send this card to myself, or to one of the hundreds of thousands of disappointed Buckeye fans.

I made the card earlier in the day, obviously WAAAAAAY before kickoff. I was inspired by the current Inspiration Challenge, IC254, on Splitcoast. Today the challenge featured a cookie site called Better Bit of Butter. Though I can't really say that one particular cookie inspired this card, it was merely the decorator's use of repetitive images. So, I once again reached for Anna Wight's cling mount set, "Bee-lieve in a Cure", from Whipper Snapper Designs.

I repeatedly stamped the bee image with Marvy dye black ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock, with the help of my Stamp-a-ma-jig. I colored the bees with Copic markers and added just a touch of Stickles to their wings. Patterned paper from Creative Imaginations and an unknown source helped to make the panels. Sheer ribbon was added to the card, along with the sentiment, which is also from the cling mount set. I did a little sponging around the panels with SeaShells Peach Bellini dye ink.

Can't wait to "Bee Happy" again. (Sigh)

Happy Sweetest Day!

I thought this would be the perfect card to share on Sweetest Day.

It is another card I made with Anna Wight's cling mount set "Bee-lieve in a Cure," from Whipper Snapper Designs. Once again, I'm grabbing this set because the cute little bees and sentiments are so versatile.

I stamped the bee image with Marvy dye black ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers. I cut around the image with Cutter-bee scissors.

With my Cricut, I cut the scalloped heart and shadow from brown and white cardstock. I ran the heart through my Cuttlebug for some added texture. The glittered patterned paper (sorry, unknown source) and white cardstock layers were used to create the layout for this card. A small pink heart brad was used to affix the sentiment, which is also from the cling mount set.

I'm thinking this card is good for Sweetest Day, and obviously for Valentine's Day too.

I'm hoping to have a sweet weekend, though I'm thinking it is pretty dependent on what happens with the Buckeye game. I want to "Bee-lieve" in them, LOL. We'll see. Go Buckeyes!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bee-lieve in a Cure

I made a little part of this card every day this week, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to write about it on my much-needed, much-deserved three day weekend.

So many people are touched by breast cancer everyday, so it absolutely wonderful to have a chance to play with Anna Wight's cling mount set "Bee-lieve in a Cure", from Whipper Snapper Designs.

I stamped the adorable bee banner with Marvy black dye ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers and cut around the image with my Cutter-bee scissors. I stamped the sentiment, "Bee-lieve in Cure", also from the cling mount set onto the banner. I used Nestabilities dies to cut the oval shape and the oval-shaped scallop, using patterned paper from Bo-Bunny and Ally's Wonderland. I did some paper piercing around the oval.

I placed the oval dies onto a panel of brown cardstock. I adhered a ribbon strip the cardstock, and added some pink flower brads. I paper pierced around the brown panel, and then used a white gel pen to add some stitch-like marks.

The pink ribbon is actually an ampersand mark cut from the Cricut cartridge George. I just did a little additional cutting and can't believe what a nice ribbon it made.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend. And, I am certainly looking forward to the day when there is no more breast cancer.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Very Happy Bee Day!

I wanted to share a card I made with you from Anna Wight's new cling mount release, "Bee-lieve in a Cure" from Whipper Snapper Designs. Though this set is deemed a breast cancer set, it has a lot of versatility. I was able to make this birthday card from it, because of all of the different sentiments included in the set.

I actually was inspired by a piece patterned paper from Crate Paper. To me, those little hexagons look a lot like hives. So I decided to use this paper and then paired it with the image. (Usually, the image itself drives my creative process, and I frantically try to find patterned paper to pair it with after I've colored the image). I stamped the beehive with Marvy dye black ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers. I then used a Versamarker to cover over the image and then added clear embossing powder and heated. This protected the image, because I sponged some SeaShells Cloudy Blue dye ink around the image to create the faint clouds. I added the little bees around the hive with some other stamps from the set and colored them with Copic markers and added a touch of Stickles on their wings. I cut the panel around the image in the shape of a hexagon, to go along with the pattern in the patterned paper.

Additional panels of brown cardstock and of the Crate Paper patterned paper were also used to create the layout of this card. A corner punch, ribbon, and paper piercing helped to put the finishing touches on this card, along with the "Happy Bee-Day" sentiment from the cling mount set.

I had wanted to share this card with you yesterday on my "Bee-Day", but I was just too busy having fun. I guess that's a good thing, right?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Orange is Boo-tiful!

How adorable is this ghost? He looks like such a friendly little guy, doesn't he? This ghostly image with the jack-o-lanterns is a freebie digital stamp from KLM Digi Stamps .

I printed the image onto Georgia Pacific cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I then cut out the image with my Cutterbee scissors and placed it onto a circle panel that I cut with a Nestabilities die. The circle was sponged with various dye inks including; SeaShells Cloudy Blue, SeaShells Cool Peri, Vivid Lavender, Vivid Purple, Vivid Sky Blue, and Vivid Ultramarine. A Nestabilities die cut was used for the black cardstock frame around the circle. A white gel pen was used to add the dots on this black frame.

Lasting Impressions patterned paper provides the big panel, along with more black cardstock. A ribbon was added to the card, and the "Boo" sentiment is from My Favorite Things.

I just loved coloring the pumpkins, so I'm going to enter this card into the current Copic Creations Challenge, #36, which is to use orange Copics. Orange is so Boo-tiful.

Thanks so much for checking out my blog today. We've almost made it to the weekend.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mummified Chick

This just may be one of my favorite images in Anna Wight's "Happy Haunting" cling mount set from Whipper Snapper Designs. I just love making Halloween cards and this set is feeding my addiction.

I stamped the mummy chicken with Marvy black dye onto Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers. I then took my Cutterbee scissors to cut around the image. I place it on a panel of Lasting Impressions patterned paper which I cut from a Nestabilities die. Other panels were then arranged to create this card, including more paper from Lasting Impressions, Coredinations, and black cardstock. The sentiment is also from the Happy Haunting cling mount set. Ribbon and paper piercing were added to complete the little details of this card, along with some white gel pen dots around the Nestabilities die cut.

Stay tuned for more. I'm certainly not done with Halloween. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cutest Creeps

I wanted to share with you another card I made with one of Anna Wight's newest releases from Whipper Snapper Designs. Once again, I reached for her set called "Happy Haunting".

I stamped the cute, creepy characters with Marvy black dye ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored the images with Copic markers and did some slight shading with Prismacolor pencils. I cut around the images and placed them on a panel of kraft, framed with black cardstock. Panels of patterned paper from Scrappin' Sports and More and Cloud 9 Design were also used. Specifically, I cut the "drippy gooey" images from the Cloud 9 Design paper into the two panels that are just below the main image. Took some patience and persistence, but worth it I think because I really like the effect. A bright orange ribbon was used for a little embellishment.

The layout was inspired by the current Sketch For You To Try, SFYTT10022010.

Aren't they just the cutest little creeps you've ever seen? Stay tuned for more card samples from Anna Wight's newest cling mount release.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Buckeye Graduate

A friend of mine asked me to make a graduation card for her daughter-in-law who recently graduated from The Ohio State University. As a Buckeye alumna myself, I understand what a happy occasion this is...making it through all of those hoops. I immediately thought of this precious image from Sassy Cheryl's called, "Frantic Graduate Girl". I love how the image conveys pure jubilation, and a sigh of relief (LOL!).

I printed the image on Georgia Pacific cardstock and cut the image panel with a Nestabilities die. I colored the image with Copic markers (as I watched our beloved Buckeyes squeak by Illinois). I then added a little faint background clutter to the image with a couple of star/dot images from Stamps by Judith, which I stamped with Hero Arts Shadow Grey dye. I placed the image on patterned paper and framed with more black and white cardstock. Star brads were randomly placed on the card and the Ohio State sentiment is actually from a piece of ribbon.

I am using this card for Sassy Cheryl's current challenge, Challenge #31, which is to make a card using my favorite image from Sassy Cheryl's. Silly challenge, because there is absolutely no way I could deem just one image my favorite. I love them all!

Friday, October 1, 2010

"Owl" Be Honored To Do So

I am still in a bit of a shock. A few weeks ago, THE Anna Wight asked me to be a Featured Designer for her new cling mount rubber stamps being released today by Whipper Snapper Designs. Unbelievable, still to this day.

Because I immediately answered Anna with a resounding "YES!", I have had the opportunity to play with a great cling mount set called "Happy Haunting" for the past couple weeks. The little creatures are so fun to work with and offer so many possibilities in helping to create the perfect "spook-tacular" Halloween greeting.

To create this card I'm sharing with you today, I cut a circle panel from a sheet of Neenah solar white cardstock with a circle Nestabilities die. I made a smaller circle mask from a post it note and sponged around the smaller circle with Adirondack Sunset Orange, Vivid Butterscotch, and Marvy English Red dye inks. Then I took the negative of the smaller circle mask and sponged SeaShells Conch Shell dye ink. I then sliced the circle with plans to use the straight edge along the side of the card.

I stamped Anna's adorable owl on a branch with Marvy Black dye ink onto Neenah solar white cardstock and colored the image with Copic markers. I then cut around the image and placed the image onto my sponged circle.

Black cardstock and patterned paper from Scrappin' Sports and More and Lasting Impressions were used to create panels for this card.

The sentiment, also from the cling mount set, was stamped onto another panel of Neenah solar white cardstock panel cut and embossed with a Nestabilities die.

Some orange rhinestones from Studio18 were used to give the card some finishing bling.

Make sure you go see some of the other fun creations being made with all of Anna's new sets in the Whipper Snapper Featured Designer Gallery on Splitcoast.

The Featured Designers will be posting there throughout the month, so visit often. They are the amazingly talented:

Dawn Lusk
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Denise Marzec
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Kelly Bee
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Holly McMillen
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and, of course, Anna Wight
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I am so excited to see what they create. And hope you'll return to this blog throughout the month for some more cards I have to share using the new sets.

Thanks for visiting, and thanks so much, Anna, for this honor. I'm having so much fun!


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