Sunday, May 27, 2012

On The Lake

On the Lake

Here is a card that could be used for any occasion. The stamp is titled On the Lake and is found in the Frantic Stamper collection. To create this water color look I used water color crayons from Lyra, coloring directly on the stamp. I then misted it with water and stamped it on cold compressed water color paper and allowed it to dry.

The paper is from the Kaisercraft These Days collection and is called History.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Karen Middleton's Sea Splash

Karen Middleton's Sea Splash

Today I would like to share one of the newer Karen Middleton images titled Sea Splash, isn't she an adorable mermaid? You can find this image along with many other gorgeous images at Sweet Pea Stamps.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Frantic Stamper Sketch 5/20/12

Jennifer used the FranticStamper Cling mounted stamp, Peacock Postoid, colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol-ink markers to make the card.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Snapshots of Paris!

Today I would like to share with you a technique to create faux snapshots for your card. Ages ago there were cameras that instantly took a picture and magically spit it out within seconds. These little gems were so much fun remember the moment with. To create your own snapshots like mine, you will need the Eiffel Tower and Absinthe images from the Frantic Stamper collection, white card stock, your preferred coloring tools and background paper (paper featured today is from Kaisercraft's These Days collection titled Ancestry).

I have created two different size snapshots for my card. This is to give you an idea of how versatile this technique can be. The Absinthe image will fit in the smaller size snapshot while the Eiffel tower is a bit taller image. To begin I like to stamp my image before trimming it out, I often miss the mark when trying to hit the center of my stamping surface. Stamp the Absinthe image and trim to 3" x 3".  Cut the mat from white card stock to 3.25" x 4.25". Adhere the stamped image to the mat, centering between the left and right sides and about 1/8" from the top of the mat. I colored my image with copics. Don't forget the background color - I could image this couple sitting on a sidewalk somewhere in Paris having an afternoon drink, so I went with a blue sky.

Stamp the Eiffel Tower image and cut the image to 4" x 4". Cut a mat to 5" x 5.25". Again you will want to center the image between the left and right sides about 1/8" from the top leaving about 1 1/8" of the lower area of the mat exposed. Now you have your snapshots!

When coloring this image I wanted to make sure it looked like a photograph by adding some clouds to a blue sky and extending the bushes to the edges of the paper. A personal touch can be added to the card by handwriting a sentiment on the lower edge of the snapshot, which also adds a bit of authenticity.

To create the card, I used a brown card stock for the base, cutting it to 6" x 6", matted the green side of the Kaiser paper (cut to 5.75" x 5.75"). Adhere the Eiffel Tower snapshot at an angle and the add the strip from the bottom of the printed paper. Adhere the second snapshot at an angle and add some brads in the corners of the card to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed your visit!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Anna Marine's Vixens

Today I would like to share two of the newest Anna Marine images.

The first is titled Trick or Treat - isn't it awesome???

This one is simply Vampire - just gorgeous!

The papers are DCWV and the medium is Spectrum Noir markers.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Frantic Stamper Sketch 5/6/12

Today I would like to share with you my take on the Frantic Stamper sketch - the images can all be found in the Frantic Stamper line of stamps. Pop over to the FS blog and check out the sketch - we would love to see your take on it!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Rosette Wall Art

Rosette Wall Art

I recently saw items similar to these in a popular home magazine and thought they were great. Creating these rosettes is very simple and doesn't take very much time. To create ones like these, you will need the Frantic Stamper's Lg Rose stamp, buttons, a 3" & 3.5" circle punch, decorative edge punches, papers from Basic Grey's Konnichiwa collection (I used Good Afternoon, Jiko, Jasmine Tea and Pagoda), coordinating solid papers and quick drying adhesive (I used a glue gun).

For the smaller rosette, cut two 3" x 12" strips of paper. Adhere the two strips together at one end to create a 24" piece (it is actually a bit shorter). Beginning at one end, make a fold about 1/2" from the edge, fold again in the opposite direction 1/2" and continue (this is the fold you use to create a fan or pleats). When you have folded the entire strip of paper adhere the two loose edges together to create a circle.

Punch out one circle with each of the punches from coordinating papers. Mat the smaller to the center of the larger, push the pleated circle down with the palm of your hand so that it lays flat and adhere the matted circle to the center.

For the rosette with a decorative edge, punch one edge of each strip before pleating and make sure the decorative edges line up when attaching the two strips. Complete the rosette in the same manner as the first.

To create the double rosette, make one in the same manner as the first and set aside. Cut three 2" strips of paper that are also 12" long, punch, adhere and pleat as before. Flatten the larger circle out and adhere the smaller rosette on top, adjusting so that it is centered.

Color the rose image with coordinating colors. Embellish the centers of the rosettes with the stamped image and buttons.

Rosettes can be attached to thin strips of wood for hanging or if you are like me, poster putty works great also!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed your visit.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Fantastic Sale and a Couple SPS cards

Today I would like to share two of the newest Elisabeth Bell creations from the Twinkle Toes line of images.

First up is Crocus a delightful little fairy dancing around.

The second card features Gum Nut Fairy an adorable image.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Joanne Schempp's Abyss

This lovely image is a new release in the Joanne Schempp collection.

The papers are Graphic45 and Core'dinations. Colored with Spectrum Noirs. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

And We have Winners!!!

Thank you all for the fantastic comments and for sharing the candy giveaway. The three winners are
Larisa said...
Fantastic candy! Thanks for the chance! Love the stamps a lot!
9:04 AM
ShersL84bed said...
Fantastic giveaway. Sweet Pea stamps are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win. I saw your post after reading Nataliya's facebook page. Thanks Nat.


Polly said...
Thanks for the chance to win some cute stamps!
8:40 PM

please email me your mailing address by the end of the month to claim your prize.