Friday, April 30, 2010
The ribbon and mat are a dark chocolate brown they always photograph black.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Finish it off with some twine in the background and a row of buttons. :)
Monday, April 26, 2010
My hostess duties with Hero Arts end this month and I am sad to see them end. I enjoyed being part of the hostesses for Hero Arts. My fellow apronettes Arlene, Linda aka Oz, Vera, Sue, and Jill (as we dubbed ourselves) are fantastic! They will be sharing projects/cards they created all week long on the Hero Arts blog this week too.
My project was inspired by my fellow apronette Arlene. She had traded with me a lovely ATC.
Which inspired the project I created for the blog:
Just wanted to share my fun news! Hope you have a lovely day!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
- Paint the cork using adirondack cool peri acrylic paint. (Love that color)
- Stamp the friends definition using the purple StaZon ink across the background. (Didn't like the effect after I was done)
- Stamp flowers and grass using versamark. Heat embossed the grass and flowers using different colored embossing powders.
- Stamp butterflies and dragonflies multiple times on white cardstock using black pigment ink.
- Color Butterflies and Dragonflies as desired. Cut out and attach butterflies to push pins.
- Glue dot on dragonflies.
- Tie ribbon around top of corkboard.
- Glue down cork board to back of frame.
- Attach name in corner.
- Accent with flowers, gems, pearls...
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Here are the details on how to create the birdhouse:
- Spray three sheets of white cardstock with yellow glimmer mist and orange glimmer mist. (Shake well until all sediment raises from the bottom.) Dab up excess with paper towel.
- Cut 5 x 7” from glimmer mist background.
- Measure 2 ½” from the top on both sides and mark.
- Measure from the side to the middle 2 ½” across top and mark middle of paper.
- Cut on diagonal from mark on side to middle. Repeat on other side.
- Create roof by cutting out a 4 ½” by 5 ¼” piece from glimmer mist background. Measure to center at top and mark with pencil. Measure 1 “ from bottom on side and mark.
- Create punched border using edger.
- Cut from marks on side to top center on both sides to create roof.
- Emboss roof with embossing folder in die cut machine.
- Sponge orange dye ink around edges.
- Sponge brown dye ink around edges and lightly on embossing.
- Punch tag from glimmer mist background. Stamp sentiment using brown pigment ink. Sponge edges using orange dye ink and brown dye ink.
- Cut 5 ¼” x 4 ½” from glimmer mist background.
- Punch circle ¼” from bottom in center.
- Lay front of birdhouse over back. Sponge orange dye ink inside and around the edges of the circle
- Sponge edges of circle with brown dye ink.
- Move front of birdhouse and stamp branches along bottom using green dye ink.
- Attach flowers onto branches and accent with pearls.
- Stamp birds on glimmer mist background using brown pigment ink.
- Shade using watercolor pencils and orange dye ink.
- Accent birds using white gel pen.
- Cut out birds.
- Punch hole under circle opening.
- Run tape along sides of back of birdhouse.
- Attach one side of front of birdhouse along edge. Bend the front slightly and attach right side of house.
- Attach bird inside birdhouse peeking through opening on right.
- Attach bird on outside of the birdhouse on left side.
- Find tiny stick and put in hole through front of birdhouse under bird. Attach using glue dot on inside of birdhouse.
- Tie twine with tag attached around rough of house.
- Attach roof by applying glue dots on left and right side of top of front of house. Bend slightly to get dome effect.
- Sparkle Clear – My Art
- CL428 – Earth Flowers
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Lemon Zest, Tuscany Sun
- Rangers Distress Ink – Wild Honey
- Tsukineko Sponge Dauber
- Memento – Rich Cocoa, Bamboo Leaves
- McGill Tag Punch
- Marvy Uchida – Circle Punch
- Hole Punch
- Prima Flowers
- Versafine – Vintage Sepia
- Signo – Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
- Light Green Pearls
- Martha Stewart Edger
- Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Forest Branches
- Hero Arts – CG152 – Two Birds
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I decided to go with the earthy inspiration and create one of my wildflowers and butterflies card with a touch of woodgrain.
The background is the Hero Arts Woodgrain stamp. The sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous Purely Random CMS088. Isn't that an awesome thought? I think the fear of many things does hold us back.
The butterflies are Spellbinders Shapeabilities and are stamped with the Hero Arts Cling Variety and Quality. The flowers are from the new release from Hero Arts (Real Garden Petals).
The inks are Ranger Distress Inks Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass and Versafine Smokey Grey.
Happy Earth Day!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Here is what I sent to Alice:
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Sarah provided this colour splash challenge.
I think I might have spilled a little too much orange in my splash... :)
I started with these lovely poppies from Hero Arts. They have a lovely background stamp with poppies.
- Stamp poppies background stamp on white cardstock using black pigment ink.
- Heat emboss using clear embossing powder.
- Sponge orange dye ink on poppies. Cut out poppies leaving black outline.
- Cut a circle from white cardstock. Stamp Hero Arts Kanji poem using black pigment ink on circle.
- Edge circle with orange dye ink.
- Stamp background with houndstooth stamp using black pigment ink.
- Assemble all pieces.
- Hero Arts - Houndstooth K5175
- Hero Arts - CL371 Essential Messages
- Hero Arts - CG140 Poppy Background
- Hero Arts - K5191 Kanji Poem
- Versafine Black Onyx
- Ranger Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade
- Clear Embossing Powder
- White silk ribbon
- Orage buttons
- Tag - McGill Tag Punch
- Nestabilities - Circle
and our guest designer ...
I thought this was a lovely verse as I am constantly inspired in my art from nature. The verse is from Stampscapes Scenic Sentiments Sheet #5.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The background was first stamped using the Hero Arts woodgrain stamp with the Hero Arts shadow ink Soft Sand. Then I stamped again with the Stampers Anonymous Lace border. I stamped it multiple times in both directions. Loved the soft lacy background that it created.
I so love this queen's anne lace flowers stamp from Penny Black. They remind me of the little woods that lay between all of our houses and the fields for the grade school I attended. Very suburban and not at all countryside but there was a little grove of trees at the end and I loved that little patch of woods and the wildflowers.
The flowers were stamped with the Versafine Toffee and edged with Versafine Vintage Sepia. The little flowers are an older stamp from Hero Arts. The sentiment is also from Hero Arts and stamped using the Versafine Orange mixed with the Vintage Sepia.
In searching for a texture on my card I looked over and saw my Hero Arts flowers and decided to take two of them and fold them in half cut off the extra petal and glue dot them together. Instant butterfly!
I hope you are having a lovely day... We are going to be having some very springy weather this week. (Warmer and wet!)
Monday, April 12, 2010
I have this lovely mini deck of papers from Cosmo Cricket called Material Girl and haven't really used them. So I decided today to pull them out and make a patchwork bacgkround. (No sewing for me although I think it would add a beautiful touch)
Love the pretty golds, yellows and reds mixed in the various papers. I tried to emulate that with the stamped image. The Northwoods stamp was inked up with Toffee and Crimson Red from Versafine. The Sentiment is Hero Arts and stamped using the Crimson Red and Vintage Sepia from Versafine.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010
I have had this Graphic 45 paper that I purchased for another project which never got used and decided to use that as my circle. The rest are bits and pieces that I have lying around. Very little stamping. (Always scares me when I get to the end of the project and don't have a lot of stamping on it.) :)
Quick simple little tag.
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Friday, April 9, 2010
This bowl is from the Hero Arts clear set (What's the Scoop?) In the set it has some fun sprinkles, hearts and misc with it. I cut the clear stamp to remove the toppings. I then stamped it using my brown pigment ink. I copied it on my color copier and increased it to 250%.
After the bowl was re-sized:
- Cut the bowl out.
- Stamp the antique brocade background using blue dye ink.
- Sponge edges with brown dye ink.
- Accent lines from bowl stamps with brown watercolor pencil to add shadows.
I then created a set of apples: (the bites of wisdom)
The apples were also stamped on a sheet of paper and copied to re-size to fit in the bowl. :)
I attached them all to white strips of paper that you can pull the little bites of wisdom from the bowl. One of the apple stems says "Happy Mother's Day!"
Now I am going to get my DH to give me some of his mom's bites of wisdom that will make her laugh to hear them now, I will have him write them on each apple stem.
The apples are from the Hero Arts clear set: Designer Fruit.
The inks I used were Memento Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Ranger Distress Inks - Fire Brick, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed.
Hope you are having a lovely day.... Enjoy your weekend!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Mona provided this creativity challenge. I love Lilacs and these colors are beautiful!
The colors inspired me to pull out a few stamps that I haven't used in awhile...
- Cut a circle from ivory cardstock. (I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle)
- Stamp the Hero Arts Cling Friends Definition stamp using Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Soft Lilac).
- Stamp the flower (Inkadinkado - 95866 K) with versamark. Heat emboss using clear embossing powder.
- Lay the Nestability over the circle and sponge on Memento Sweet Plum over the entire surface.
- Cut ivory panel and emboss using Cuttlebug Embossing folder.
- Stamp sentiment with flourishes stamp from Flourishes Sweet Violet set using Sweet Plum Dye ink on ivory cardstock.
- Stamp friends definition on ivory cardstock using versamark. Heat emboss using clear embossing powder and sponge with plum dye ink.
- Punch butterflies from definition background.
- Fold prima flowers in half and glue dot together. Attach to edge of circle.
- Assemble card. :)
and our guest designer ...
Monday, April 5, 2010
This Mother's Day is going to be a little difficult for me and my family. My mother passed away last year. My big sister is going to get a card from me as she and my mom always were big puzzlers. They always worked on the Sunday puzzle in the Trib and shared answers at times.
My sis is a great mom and she is divorced so she is always handling everything on her own. So this was a fun way to send her a puzzle card and this is how it is going to be sent to her.
The fun part is you take the card out with the clues. :) and fill in the answers using the little pencil.
I think she will have a fun time with her little puzzle and it will be a sweet reminder of mom.
The stamp and gems are Hero Arts.
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