Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fishing Funnies

Are you familiar with the Old Characters line of images and sentiments from Rubbernecker Stamps? They are a hoot! When I first saw them, I laughed out loud at each and every one of them. They are too funny.

The image on this card is "Ralph Fishing" and I teamed it up with the sentiment "Fishes". I stamped Ralph onto Neenah Solar Crest white cardstock using Marvy black dye ink. I colored him with Copic markers. I then created a mask for Ralph, using a Post-It note, and proceeded to create a scene through sponging. The colors of dye ink I used in the bright morning sky are: SeaShells Conch Shell, Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, and Adirondack Sunset Orange. The water was then created using Copic markers and a white gel pen. I attempted to draw in Ralph's reflection using Copics, and sponged some Sunshine Yellow for the sun's reflection.

I framed the image panel and a layer of patterned paper from Hot of The Press with black cardstock. I then mounted the card onto a piece of kraft. Three small black brads, and a tag cut from kraft and tied with baker's twine for the sentiment, complete the card.

I have some more Old Characters from Rubbernecker to share with you during the next couple of months, so check back for some laughs.

Thanks you so much for visiting my blog today. Have a fun, safe weekend.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sparkling Happiness

I truly can't get enough of these Fairy Cynthia images from The Stamping Boutique. This particular digital image is called "Cynthia Pushing the Mushroom Cart".

In real life, this card sparkles. It is my first try with Curious Metallics Cryogen White cardstock, and I must say the Copics take to it very well. There is such a subtle sparkle to the paper...very nice, though I think X-Press It cardstock and Neenah seem "whiter" if that makes any sense. It is a plus that my printer accepted the Cryogen with no problem.

So, I printed the image onto the Cryogen cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I added some Stickles to the wings for some more sparkle. The sentiment is from Studio G, one of those $1 stamps from Michaels. I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black.

Patterned paper from My Mind's Eye provide the layers for this particular card. One panel was run through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. I paper pierced around the larger panel. The image panels has dimension due to Pop-Dots. Buttons with twine were added to the card for the finishing touches.

So glad you dropped by my blog today. I wish you a pleasant weekend.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sun Dance

With all of the rain we've been having, I'm thinking I will break out in dance the next time the sun comes out.

That's just what Demetri, from the Rubbernecker Stamps African American Collection, is doing on this card. I stamped the image with Versamark and Marvy black dye ink onto X-Press It cardstock. I heat embossed the image with Judikins clear embossing powder. I then colored Demetri with Copic markers. After I completed that, I covered Demetri with Versamark ink, using a Versamarker, and applied and heated clear embossing powder again to create a mask for sponging.

I sponged the following dye inks onto the cardstock to create background: SeaShells Conch Shell, Adirondack Lemondade, Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Distress Ink Wild Honey, Adirondack Butterscotch, and Adirondack Rust. I then used a reverse mask of a circle, to create further definition for the sun.

The sentiment is also from Rubbernecker Stamps. An orange rhinestone was also adhered to the card, and then the card was mounted to a black cardstock frame.

This card was inspired by the current sketch challenge, #338, on Splitcoast.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope this card brought a little sunshine your day...I know I got a little Vitamin D just from making it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hot Diggity Dog!

I'm extremely excited to be joining the Rubbernecker Design Team. My dachshund, Sloopy, insisted that this dachshund image be the first image I use for my first official creation. How could I resist and argue with her?

Both the dog and the sentiment are from the new animals collection at Rubbernecker Stamps. I stamped the dachshund onto X-Press It cardstock with Marvy black dye and colored with Copic markers. I then cut the image out and set it aside. Using a Nestabilities circle die, I made a circle and proceeded to create a scene of clouds and grass, sponging on the following dye inks: SeaShells Cloudy blue, Whispers Savoy Green and Adirondack Oregano. I paper pierced around the circle and placed the dachshund and bone charm onto the scene. I cut another circle with a Nestabilities die, to frame the circle.

Patterned paper from Front Porch by Traci Sims, Lasting Impressions and an unknown source (sorry, it was a scrap), help create the layers to the card, along with brown and kraft cardstock. The paper from Front Porch was dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. More paper piercing around the layers occurred. A corner punch was used to round two of the corners. A ribbon and a dog paw brad complete the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, and letting me share my news. And, thanks to Rubbernecker Stamps for giving me this wonderful honor.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sassy Graduation Tent

My husband needed a graduation card, so he commissioned me to make one. He's trainable...he used to go to Hallmark. What was so bizarre about making this card is the recipient graduated from my high school. So, I knew all about the colors I should use...though I won't tell you how long it has been since I donned the beloved white gown. How on earth did it become 2011 anyway???!!!

This card was inspired by the current challenge on Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog. Challenge #68 is to make a tent card. I've never made a tent card before, so I thought I'd give it a try. I used the easy-to-follow tutorial on Splitcoast as my guide.

One of my go-to images for a girl graduate is this digital image from Sassy Cheryl's called "Frantic Girl Graduate". I printed this image onto X-Press It cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. Not much coloring needed (boo-hoo!), given the white gown. I cut around the image, later to be placed on the card. I also used $1 Studio G stamps from Michaels for the graduation cap and the sentiment, also cut and to later to be placed around on the outside panel. The patterned paper on the front panel is from Lasting Impressions. I paper pierced around it. The circle window was cut using a Nestabilities die, as was the white circle frame around the window.

The inside of the tent card uses a panel of patterned paper that looks like notebook paper, also from Lasting Impressions. I stamped "Class of" with Karen Foster Snapstamps (Oh why did they stop making these?), and then adhered 2-0-1-1 from the actual graduation announcement onto the panel as well. I was trying to go for a little doodling, ransom note effect. Thought that helped with the card's whimsical feel.

I then brought the front and inside panels together with a scored piece of cardstock, mountain/valley style. That forced me to find my neglected Scor-It.

All in all, a pretty cool card...and an unavoidable trip down memory lane. Oh, to be that young again.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hello, Sunflowers

I wanted to share with you today a new digital image from The Stamping Boutique. It is appropriately called "Sunflower".

I printed the image twice onto X-Press It cardstock and colored both with Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, and a Lemon atyouSpica marker. I then set out to make this scene dimensional by cutting around parts of the image and using Pop-Dots to raise portions of the scene. My Cutter-bee scissors get the credit for the intricate cutting.

Then, I placed the finished image onto patterned paper from The Paper Studio and Creative Imaginations. These panels are framed with a brown cardstock. The loop decoration was cut from a Memory Box die.

The sentiment and butterfly were stamped with Marvy Dark Brown ink and are from a My Favorite Things set called "Bundles of Bouquets", both stamped on the Creative Imaginations paper.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you visit again soon.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


I was in the mood to color today. I decided that Tracey's digital image "Alone" from The Stamping Boutique would be a fun one to tackle. I was right. Also, I think three straight dreams about being at the beach might indicate I need some type of vacation, and could have influenced my choice. For now, beach images are all I've got, LOL.

I printed the image onto X-Press It cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. Some light marks with a Sakura glitter pen highlight the mermaid's fins. I cut around the image, and then printed it a second time onto some tan cardstock. I adhered the first image to the second image, allowing me to hold onto to the details of dots, stars, etc. of the entire image. From there, I stamped a shell border from PSX with Brilliance Pearlescent Beige Pigment ink and colored with various colored pencils. I didn't want to detract from the main image, but thought there needed to be a little ground clutter. Then, with Marvy black dye ink I stamped the bird from My Favorite Things 'By the Seashore" set onto the image once, and off the image twice. The sentiment is also from PSX, and was stamped onto a torn sheet of white cardstock. Some light sponging around the sentiment panel with SeaShells Sandal dye ink was done. A black cardstock panel, and then a white cardstock panel frame the tan panel.

This was a fun card to make, though I know an actual beach would be a lot more fun. Oh well, here's hoping.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope it was a little escape for you too.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cocktail Wieners

I have a warped sense of humor and a huge collection of dachshund stamps. So, when I saw the CAS#122 Challenge on Splitcoast, which is "Play on Words", I just had to play along.

The stamps I used include "Mixed Cocktails" from Stamps Happen, and two dachshund stamps from Cowtown Stamps. I inked the Stamps Happen image with a Memento Tuxedo Black marker and stamped onto X-Press It cardstock. Then, with my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I positioned the two different dachshunds from Cowtown Stamps into the cocktail glasses. I colored the scene with Copic markers.

I place the image panel onto a scrap of patterned paper from Lasting Impressions. The sentiment, which is my play on words, was computer-generated. The two dog paws are a portion of a stamp from Hero Arts. A ribbon was tied around the card to add the finishing details.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I hope it made you smile.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Laundry Line

As promised, here's the card I made for this past weekend's One Stop Blog Hop for The Stamping Boutique.

I absolutely adore this image from The Stamping Boutique. It is called "Summer Laundry Line." I printed the image onto X-Press It cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I added the ocean to the image by drawing it into the image. Faint whitecaps were made with a white gel pen. I sponged the clouds with SeaShells Cloudy Blue dye ink. I framed the image with black cardstock. The large panel behind the image is patterned paper from The Paper Studio. Bakers twine was tied around the card, and the sentiment is from Fiskars. It was stamped with Marvy black dye ink.

Summer??? Are we there yet??? Oh yes we are!!! So glad to be off now for a couple months. Woot!

Check back again soon. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Stained Glass Desert

I can't resist southwest images. I can't. It truly is an illness.

When I saw the current Inspiration Challenge #287 on Splitcoast, I knew I'd be playing along when I spotted this southwest stained glass piece from the Daniel Maher Stained Glass Studio.

I immediately thought of this image from Rubbernecker called Desert Cactus from their stained glass line. I stamped the image twice, first on Neenah Solar Crest white cardstock with Marvy dye black ink, and then onto a piece of acetate with Stazon Jet Black. I colored the image on the Neenah Solar Crest white cardstock with Copic markers. I then cut the image from the acetate, and added a little Copic coloring on the back of the acetate. I merged the two together in my best attempt to get a stained glass effect, having run the acetate through my Xyron machine.

Since the image itself does all of the work, I limited the layers to a piece of black cardstock covered with copper mesh and a piece of patterned paper from Lasting Impressions. A small circle clip and ribbon complete the card.

In real life, this truly looks like stained glass. The acetate, and the faint Copic coloring on the acetate help make the whole project look like shiny glass. I'm loving it.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

One Stop Blog Hop

I made a card to share with you today, but it is a part of The Stamping Boutique's One Stop Blog Hop this weekend.

So, hop on over there and guess which card is mine. Then, vote for your favorite card for a chance to win an image from The Stamping Boutique. You will totally fall in love with the summer laundry line image. It is perfect for summertime cards.

And, be sure to check back on Monday for a full post on the card that is mine.

Enjoy the weekend. I'm off to enjoy summer, or laundry. Decisions. Decisions.


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