Saturday, December 31, 2011
When we came into the year 2011, I was considered a Libra. Who knows what I am now since they recalculated all of the signs. It doesn't really matter to me. I just needed a way to begin this post, LOL!
Reflecting on the year, I feel like I have very much neglected my colored pencils. Probably because it is way quicker to color with markers. So, I decided to end the year with a relaxing coloring session with a Terry Medaris Zodiac image, called "Libra". Guess I'd better figure out my new sign...reason to buy a new stamp, LOL!
I stamped "Libra" onto Strathmore Bristol smooth paper with Stazon Jet Black ink. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and Caran d'Ache pencils. When finished, I sprayed the image with workable fixative.
I framed the image with black cardstock, and then placed it onto a sheet of orangy-rust cardstock. I stamped some small stars (also included with this stamp of Terry's) with Versamark, just to add a subtle background. I paper pierced around this panel. I then framed this panel with black cardstock. The thing about working with a Terry Medaris image, I truly believe the image speaks for itself and needs very little if any embellishing or layers. I finished the card with a circle clip and a gold cord bow.
I wanted to thank you all for visiting my blog this year, and hope you will continue to follow my creative journey into the new year. I hope everyone has a 2012 that is filled with happiness, good health and love (regardless of your sign, LOL!)
Friday, December 30, 2011
I got the idea for this card from a card on Zazzle. It made me laugh, so I knew I had to try and replicate that humor.
I decided to use Rubbernecker's "Blake" (SKU:593-01) for the snowman image. Using a Tuxedo Black Memento marker, I inked the image (leaving off the sign Blake carries). I stamped the image onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. I then placed a Post-It mask of Blake and snow onto the cardstock and brayered the following dye inks: Vivid Bermuda Blue, Adirondack Sail Boat Blue, and Adirondack Stone Washed. After removing the masks, I colored Blake with Copic markers, and then added a line of Crystal Stickles on the ground.
With a brush, I added many snow flakes (dots) with Copic Opaque White.
The sentiment is computer generated. I used my Cricut (George and Basic Shapes) to get a template for the speech bubble.
I placed a panel of acetate over the square scene I created.
Sheer white ribbon and a snowflake ribbon put the finishing touches on this card. The image is framed with black and blue cardstock.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Hope you don't mind another card with Rubbernecker's "Zac" (SKU 596-01) on it. He is a cutie, after all.
I got the idea from two actual Christmas cards I received this holiday season...both which were long, tall cards that spelled the word "SNOW" on them. One of the cards used a snowman for the letter "O". So, I guess you can say I am CASE-ing my mail now.
To make this card, I stamped the image of Zac onto a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock with Marvy black dye. I colored the image with Copic markers. Then, I proceeded to color over Zac and his bird friends with a Versamarker and used clear embossing powder to heat emboss over the image. This created a mask.
I then proceeded to brayer the following dye inks onto the cardstock to create the sky and horizon line (which was made with a torn Post-It note): SeaShells Seashell Pink, Vivid Bermuda Blue, Adirondack Sail Boat Blue, and Adirondack Stonewashed. I added some Crystal Stickles at the horizon line. I then sprayed the entire card with Tsukineko's Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz.
With my Cricut and the "George and Basic Shapes" cartridge, I cut out the letters of S-N-and-W using blue cardstock. I placed these letters onto the scene, spelling "SNOW", allowing Zac to be the letter "O".
Using Copic Opaque White and a paint brush, I added snowflakes to the scene, and painted some fallen snow on the letters. The card is frame with white and blue cardstock.
A sheer white ribbon and a snowflake brad complete the card.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I have another card in my mind using Zac...and so I'm thinking why put away these inks and the image before I make it? Check back real soon...providing that I pull it off, it will be my warped sense of humor at work again.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I truly love having time off from work because it allows me to sleep in and then make cards throughout the day and into the late night. I could get used to this.
I wanted to share a card I made using Rubbernecker's "Zac" (SKU:596-01).
First, I used my Cricut, along with the cartridge "Cricut Cheer" to cut the shape of the snowglobe...twice, once with X-Press It cardstock and once with a glossy light blue cardstock.
Using the X-Press It globe, I stamped Zac using Marvy black dye ink. I then masked Zac with a Post-It note and sponged the following dye inks to make the background, also using a mask for the line of snow: Distress Ink Spun Sugar, SeaShells Seashell Pink, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Adirondack Sail Boat Blue, and Adirondack Stonewashed. Then, after removing the masked, I colored Zac using Copic markers, and added Crystal Stickles at the horizon line. Falling snow was added using Copic Opaque White using a paintbrush.
I then cut out a circle of acetate to place on top of the circled globe, to appear as glass.
I cut off the base of the snowglobe made with the glossy light cardstock and placed it on the bottom of the X-Press It snowglobe. I sponged some Adirondack Sail Boat Blue along the edges of the base.
I placed the completed snowglobe onto a panel of patterned paper from Me & My Big Ideas. I paper pierced around this panel. A sheer white bow and a snowflake brad put the finishing touches on this card.
I sure appreciate that you visited my blog today! Thank you so much. Enjoy your day.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
It occurred to me that I never shared my official 2011 Christmas card. You know, the ones sent to friends and family. Not surprising, because Christmas came and went in a flash this year. I didn't even arrive at the design of this card until December 17. And then the massive production and assembly line took place for three days. Each and every year, I always say I'll have my design by July. Each and every year, it seems I get the design in mid-December. Oh well.
I'm pleased with this year's card, not because of the design or level of difficulty with it (it was rather simple to make)...just because I think it is funny. Just plain funny. (I know, my sense of humor could be considered a bit warped).
At the beginning of December, this was on display at my local grocery store. Unbelievable. Christmas music in the background, Christmas displays all over the place, and yet this was in front of every checkout.
A couple weeks later, I go back to this picture and bizarre sighting and behold...the 2011 Christmas card was born, along with this picture from the Peeps fan page on Facebook.
I printed the digital Peeps image called "My Peeps" from Whimsie Doodles onto X-Press It cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers, and cut around the Peeps using my Cutter-bee scissors. I then sprayed the Peeps with Tsukineko's Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz. I drew the Santa hat and placed it on one of the Peep's head.
Then I simply created the snow scene using patterned paper from The Paper Studio and torn white cardstock. I covered the white cardstock with Polar White Flower Soft.
I then attached a sheer white ribbon and bow to the card. The sentiment "Peeps on Earth" was computer-generated. A punch was used to round the bottom corners of the card.
So, all of this begs the question...what will my Easter cards look like? Halloween? LOL!
Monday, December 26, 2011
It's Monday! The Monday after Christmas, which means it is time another challenge from the Outlines Challenge Blog. This week the challenge is to make a holiday thank you card, which will surely come in handy as we thank our friends and loved ones for the special memories of the holidays. Make sure you play along with us this week for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate from the Outlines Rubber Stamp Company.
For my card, I decided to use the beautiful Outlines image of "Holly Background" (J-984). I stamped it with Marvy black dye ink onto Cryogen White cardstock from Curious Metallics. I colored the image with Copic markers, and added some highlights with Crystal Stickles onto the berries.
I also stamped "Posy Greeting Center" (F-1049) onto Cyrogen White cardstock with Marvy black dye ink. I used Copic markers as well to color the sentiment. I cut around the circle and placed it on the side of the image.
I framed the image panel with gold cardstock. I also used patterned paper from Crate Paper for the background, which is also framed with gold cardstock. A sheer gold ribbon completes the card.
You will be thankful when you visit the gorgeous creations on the blogs of the Design Team this week. Be sure to visit:
I hope you had a great holiday, and I THANK YOU so much for visiting my blog today.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree. Yes, that song has been in my head ever since I saw a recent documentary on the band Chicago. They recorded a new Christmas album and this song is on it. So, there is no surprise at all that the song served as inspiration for this card.
I stamped the Rubbernecker image of "Ethel and the Group" (SKU:562-10) with Marvy black dye ink onto X-Press It cardstock. I colored it with Copic markers, and then cut around the image with my Cutter-bee scissors.
The Christmas tree image was cut from green cardstock with the Cricut using the cartridge Christmas Cheer. I then dry embossed the image using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and sponged around the tree using Adirondack Lettuce dye ink. I decorated the tree with Jolee's dimensional sticker lights, Viva Decor Pearl Pens (Ice White and Red), Baker's Twine, and Tsukineko's Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz.
Patterned paper from Amscan was used to create the card panel and red cardstock frames this panel. I paper pierced around the patterned paper, as well as added dots from the red Pearl Pen.
The sentiment is computer generated.
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Thank you so much for visiting my blog on this Christmas Day. Wishing you all happiness, health and hope this season. Rock on!
Friday, December 23, 2011
In this post, you will see two cards, one being a blooper.
Let's start with the one that is passable first:
The images used on this card are digital stamps from Kaye Winiecki at The Lily Pad. I printed the tree multiple times and the presents onto X-Press It cardstock. I colored the images with Copic markers, and added some sparkle with Crystal Stickles. The tree is pop-dotted for dimension.
I placed tree and the presents onto a piece of torn white cardstock that was sprayed with Tsukineko's Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz. The "snow" was then placed on a piece of patterned paper from The Paper Studio. A punch rounded the corners, and the scene was placed onto a white piece of cardstock that was dry-embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts and was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. A sheer ribbon and a snowflake brad complete the card.
And now, for the blooper...(I'm sharing because I think it is passable to the untrained eye):
Very similar to the above card...all images from Kaye Winiecki at The Lily Pad. They too were printed on X-Press It cardstock and colored with Copic markers and highlighted with Crystal Stickles.
The "snow" is simply torn cardstock sprayed with Tsukineko's Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz and is placed on patterned paper by The Paper Studio.
The sentiment is from Anna Wight's Cling Mount Set "Got Mistletoe" from Whipper Snapper Designs. This was stamped with Versafine Onxy Black ink.
The problem with this card is in the tree construction. When I was pop-dotting for dimension, I accidentally made the tree wider/fuller at the top than at the bottom. But, I thought I'd share anyway. ;-)
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog on during this very busy time of year. I do so much appreciate it. Season's Greetings to you and yours.
Monday, December 19, 2011
It's Monday! Time for another challenge from the Outlines Challenge Blog! This week the challenge is to "Let It Snow" by using the theme of snow in your creations. You know, snowflakes, snowmen, etc. Make sure you play along with us this week for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate from the Outlines Rubber Stamp Company.
What was difficult about this week's challenge is that the Outlines Rubber Stamps Company has the best snowmen images...it was so hard for me to choose! I finally decided to go with the image "Star Light, Star Bright" (H-1123). I stamped it with Marvy black dye ink onto X-Press It cardstock. It is colored with Copic markers, and some glitter highlights were added with Crystal Stickles. Fresh fallen "snow" was added using Polar White Flower Soft.
The sentiment "May the..." (C-1136) is also from Outlines and was stamped with Marvy black dye ink onto X-Press It cardstock.
The image, sentiment and card panel were all framed with red cardstock. In some instances, a corner rounder punch was used. The white card panel is simply a texturized piece of white cardstock.
Small snowflake charms from Dress It Up were used to complete this card, along with Flower Soft adhered along the bottom of the entire card.
There is a blizzard of gorgeous creations on the blogs of the Design Team this week. Be sure to visit:
So glad you had the chance to visit my blog today. Have a wonderful week!
Monday, December 12, 2011
It's Monday! Time for another challenge from the Outlines Challenge Blog! This week the challenge is to "Make It Sparkle" by using metallic papers and Swarovski Crystals. Make sure you play along with us this week for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate from the Outlines Rubber Stamp Company.
For my project this week, I chose to ink up the gorgeous Outlines image of "Partridge" (I-989). I used Marvy Black dye ink to stamp the image onto Curious Metallics Cryogen cardstock. This particular paper has a subtle sparkle to it. I colored the image with Copic markers.
I applied Swarovski crystals (Clear Size 9 and Crystal AB Size 7) to the image. I also added some Crystal Stickles to the pears.
The image is framed with shimmery gold cardstock and patterned paper from Hot Off the Press. I sprayed the patterned paper with some Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz from Tsukineko for some more faint sparkle. The image panel is raised with Pop Dots, and metallic gold ribbon complete the card.
The blogs of the Outlines Design Team are just glistening this week. Don't miss visiting:
So glad you had the chance to visit my blog today. Keep calm and SPARKLE on!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
It's Sunday! Make sure you head over to the Rubbernecker Stampin Sisterhood blog for this week's challenge. Remember, if you play along, you will have chance to win a FREE STAMP from Rubbernecker and be queened Sunday Sister. And, at the end of each month, all the month's Sunday Sisters will be put in a random drawing to win a STAMP SET from Rubbernecker Stamps!
For this week's challenge, we were given an inspiration photo:
With all of those Christmas tree lights, I couldn't help but break out one of my favorite Rubbernecker images, Desert Cactus (SKU:227-04), and make it more Christmas-like. I stamped the stained glass image with Marvy black dye ink onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers. To create some dimension, I then stamped the image again, in order to color and cut around the cactus portion of the stamp. I then pop-dotted the cactus onto the scene. I added "presents" along the ground by stamping the image onto scraps of patterned paper from The Paper Studio and Bo Bunny, and cut out pieces from the border of the stamp, and arranged them to appear like presents. Bows of Baker's Twine and gold metallic cord were added to the tops of the presents.
I drew a Santa hat for the top of the cactus with a Memento Tuxedo black marker, and colored it with Copic markers. Some Polar White Flower Soft was added for the white fuzz on the hat. An elaborate, bendable sticker from Jolee's Boutique from EK Success was added around the cactus.
The scene was frame with patterned paper from Hot Off the Press, Bo Bunny and The Paper Studio provide the framed layers on this card.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today during this busy time of the year. I appreciate it very much.
Monday, December 5, 2011
It's Monday! Time for another challenge from the Outlines Challenge Blog! This week the challenge is to make a tag or two using Outlines images that could be used on holiday presents. Make sure you play along with us this week for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate from the Outlines Rubber Stamp Company.
I was able to make two tags for this challenge. Both were made using the Outlines images of "Wavy Poinsettia Large" (I-981), "Wavy Poinsettia Medium" (H-982), "Wavy Poinsettia Small" (E-983) and the sentiments from "Posy Winter Greetings" (F-1124). I stamped all with Marvy black dye ink onto X-Press It cardstock. I added color with Copic markers. The largest poinsettia was actually colored green for the poinsettia leaves, and the small and medium poinsettia images were used for the actual petals of the poinsettias. I did do some highlighting with a white gel pen and added some shimmer with some Pebbles Pearlescent Shimmer Chalks. I cut around the images. Some Stickles were added to the center of the flower.
Patterned paper from My Minds Eye was cut by the Cricut into tags using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge. Lace, sheer ribbon, and gold ribbon were added to the tags for the finishing touches. I paper pierced around one of the tags, and faux stitched with a white gel pen.
Make sure to visit the blogs of the design team to get some great ideas for gift tags.
So glad you had the chance to visit my blog today. Have a terrific week!