Monday, June 29, 2009

smARTworks - Masculine Birthday

Making masculine cards is always difficult for me but I love the challenge. Here is a super easy one. I took this great dotted circle stamp from the Swirly-gigs stamp set from smARTworks. I decided to try some stamping with bleach. I used Night of Navy cardstock and I really like how it turned out. The rest is obvious!! Stamps – Swirly – gigs, extra sentiments (smARTworks); Ink – Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up!); Paper – Night of Navy (Stampin’ Up!), trail mix and honey from the Granola collection (Basic Grey); Other – kitchen twine, bleach, paper towel, corner rounder. Thanks for dropping in!! Donelda

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Garage Sale bargains!!

Look at what I picked up at a garage sale today....all for just $25.o0 .... love it!!! Have a great weekend! Donelda

Friday, June 26, 2009

smARTworks - Sunflower Hello

And another card using some stamps from the smARTworks Petal Power stamp set! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this particular flower. I love sunflowers!! They are awesome. I used my Copic markers to color them and added some scraps from my scrap bin. A quick and simple card. Stamps – Petal Power (smARTworks), Ink- Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Paper – Whisper White (Stampin’ Up!), brown (unknown from my scrap pile), yellow polka dot (Making Memories); Other- alcohol based markers Y13, Y26, YR04, YG03, G17 (Copic), waterbased markers Creamy Caramel (Stampin’ Up), scallop scissors (Provo Craft). Thanks for dropping in today. Leave me a comment and let me know if you like this flower stamp as much as I do. Donelda

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

smARTworks - Elegant Love

This is one of 2 posts today....make sure you scroll down to see the smARTworks Tea Party Challenge! So this is a card made from the smARTworks stamp set called Petal Power. It is sold in a full page of rubber and there are so many aweosme petals to choose from!! This one particular petal happens to be my favorite of the bunch. But instead of using it to make a flower, I used it to make this great edge. I stamped it in Pure Poppy ink along the edge of a piece of what paper and then added a few additional stripes. I added a few half pearls to each image. I cut along the bottom of the
petals and adhered it to a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock. Finished the card off with a piece of black satin ribbon and a sentiment.
Supplies: Stamps – Petal Power, Birdhouse Trio (sentiment) (smARTworks); Paper – Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink), Whisper White (Stampin’ Up!); Ink – Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink), Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko); Other – black satin ribbon (Papertrey Ink), black marker (Stampin’ Up!), half pearls (Dollarama).
Hope you enjoy!! Thanks for dropping in.

smARTworks Tea Party Announcement - Salted Background

Okay so it is my turn to come up with an idea for the next Tea Party challenge. Mmmmm, what to do?? Well, let's really have some fun. I absolutely LOVE the look of salted backgrounds! I've mostly created them with watercolor paint on watercolor paper and then a sprinkle of salt while it dries...but I am curious to see if I can use my new reinkers I just received. Now, you don't have to use an entire background, you could choose to use just a little bit of your salted background in some interesting way. Have fun with it. If you've never made a salted background, HERE is a great tutorial from Splitcoaststampers. I hope you all join us for this one. The smARTworks design team members will all be posting next Wednesday (July 1) and we'd love to see a creation by you. Just create a card or project using a salted background. If you have smARTworks rubber, show it off but if not, use what you have!! Make sure you comment on one of our blogs so we can all admire your work!! See you next week!! Now, where did that box of salt go???? Donelda

Monday, June 22, 2009

CAS20 - Paper Piecing

This is the card I made for the CAS20 challenge over at SCS. It is to use paper piecing on your card.
I actually made 2 - one without ribbon and one with. I can't decide which I like better. I like the plain one for it's simplicity...but the ribbon seems to balance the whole card. Opinions always welcome!! The flower center is gold microbeads. It doesn't really show up very well in these terrible pictures (it is rainy and grey out today) but it gives the card a nice bit of pizzazz in real life.
Supplies: Stamps-Flower Garden (Papertrey Ink); Ink-Chocolate Chip (SU!); Paper- Select White, Sweet Blush Bitty Dots (Papertrey Ink); Other-Sweet Blush twill (Papertrey Ink) 1/8" hole punch, gold microbeads.
Thanks for dropping in!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day and Blog Candy

Happy Father's Day.
Here is the card I sent my dad. It is all made from scrap pieces that were sitting in my scrap bin. I love the Distress Ink background piece and the popsicle stick sentiment.
Kelly is giving away some candy on her blog. Go here to check it out!!
Have a great and special day!

Friday, June 19, 2009

More CAS19 - I couldn't stop!

Okay, so on Monday I really enjoyed the Clean and Simple #19 card challenge that you might remember (or check it out HERE). It was based on a card layout that Natasha created ... she's a great CAS (Clean and Simple) stamper!!
In fact, I enjoyed the sketch so much that I just kept creating...again, and again, and again....
I started out with this awesome sunflower card.....
.... then created this sweet pea card.....
...... and finished off with this soft flower card.
You too should try this layout!! It is quick and easy and a great way to make cards at the last minute!!
Supplies: Everything is Papertrey Ink - Stamps: Green Thumb, Paper Tray, Text Boxed, Pond Life.
Thanks for dropping in!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

smARTworks Tea Party - Sketch

For this Tea Party, it was Dina's turn to decide what the challenge would be. She picked this pretty interesting image as a sketch challenge. She found it on one of those freebie calendars. She's not quite sure why it was on the beautiful scenic calendar but figured it would be a neat sketch for a card. I can't agree more. I actually made 2 cards for this challenge. I wasn't particularly happy with my first attemps (It is always frustrating when what you see in your mind doesn't transpire into the paper at your fingertips) so I just made a second. I'll post both if for no other reason than it took me forever to get the first one made!! I'll start with my second attempt since I think it is a much nicer card. I started out with this wonderful pot of tulips. I think of all the smARTwork images I have, this might just be one of my very favorites!! I colored them in with Copic markers (RV11 Pink, YG03 Yellow Green, and YG95 Pale Olive). I don't have a good Copic brown so I used my Creamy Caramel Stampin' Up! marker to color the pot. Then, I used my Cool Grey 20% Prismacolor marker to add a shadow below the pot. With all that finished, I just had to add a sentiment and finish off the card with some designer paper, a few buttons, and some green hemp cord. Dina was right, a great layout!! My next card was a great idea in my head, but like I said, didn't turn out quite like I was hoping. Maybe I'll give it another shot!! So, this card was inspired by that solid red circle on the sketch. I thought it would be cool if it were a tab card where you pulled a flower or something up to reveal the inside tab where you would write your greeting or message. Then I saw this great growing heart set and thought that would be cute!! So, I started by making the outside pocket, cutting the half circle using my coluzzle. Then, I carefully positioned the heart flower so that only the flower itself would be sticking up. It is, esentially, what you pull to get to the rest of the card. The rest is pretty straight forward. Supplies: A friendly Hello: Stamps: Spring #1, WD-60 (smARTworks); ink - Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko); Paper - Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), 3 sheets of designer paper from Me and My Big Ideas pad sold at Michaels'; Other - White buttons (Hero Arts), Copic Markers, Stampin' uP marker, Prismacolor marker, hemp cord (Fashion Naturals), 1 1/4" and 1/4" circle punches, coluzzle, corner rounder. Heart Flower: Stamps: Plant Love, WD 183 - Great B-day (smARTworks), ink- Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!), Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink); Paper - red, blue (paper stash), Kraft (Stampin' Up!); Ohter - coluzzle, copic markers, brown marker, white gel pen (Signo). Now off to see what all the other smARTwork Cookies have created. I can't wait to see: Dina, Susan, Donna, Giovana, Trish Did you make a card too?? If you did, just make sure you leave one of us a comment and I'll edit a link to your card on my blog!!! Thanks for joining our tea party! Donelda

Monday, June 15, 2009

CAS 19 - Berry Clean and Simple

A quick post for a quick card. This was done for the CAS19 challenge over at SCS. A great sketch!! All products are from Papertrey Ink. Stamp set is Green Thumb....still one of their best!! Thanks for dropping in! Don't forget that Wed. is our smARTworks tea party!! Come and join us for the fun!! Donelda

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Loonie Stamper's Challenge #44 - Sympathy Trio and Baby Boat

This week's Loonie Stamper Challenge uses some great soft colors together. I started out with a bit of a cheat (as I used each color seperately) because I needed some Sympathy cards and I figured that these colors would be perfectly for what I wanted to do. But I felt badly for cheating so I pulled all the colors together to create a baby card, also perfect colors for that!!
So, here are my Sympathy cards. I really like the simple layout. I also like the swirls on the colored cardstock, a nice subtle touch. If you have not used Papertrey Ink's satin just have to know how wonderful this ribbon is to tie!! A delight!! See that sentiment. Of all the sympathy sentiments I have (quite a few I discovered), this one is the one I keep coming back to again and again!! It is from the Birds of a Feather stamp set sold by Papertrey Ink. And look at that....some tearing on my card, a technique I think can add a lot of texture and interest to a card but I rarely think to incorporate
And here is the second card I created using all of the colors together.
I really like the twill and button embellishment that I added to go with the baby boat theme! I can't help but feel like this card is not finished...I think it needs something under the aqua water...maybe a strip of yellow?? A strip of black?? a piece of Lavender Moon ribbon?? What do you think?? I think I will play around with it a bit and see what I like best.
Now, off to see what the Loonie ladies have created with this color combo:
Sympathy Trio: Stamps-Lift up our Hands (Our Daily Bread), Flourishes v.2 (Autumn Leaves), Birds of a Feather (Papertrey Ink); Ink - Brilliance Graphic Black, Versamark (Tsukinmo), Lavender Moon, Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink) Close to Cocoa (Stampin' Up!); Paper - Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon, Lavender Moon Bitty Dots (all Papertrey Ink); Other - Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon, and Lemon Tart satin ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Aqua Mist twill (Papertrey Ink), white button (Hero Arts), purple floss (DCM), paint brush (I brushed the color onto the boat), small scallop scissors (Provo Craft), sponge, dimensionals.
Thanks for dropping in!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

smARTworks - Aqua Squares

As many of you might know, I'm addicted to inchies. Well, I sometimes find myself wondering how many different ways I can use 1" squares on my cards. For this card, I took the little pieces from the smARTworks Petal Power set all over a piece of white cardstock with Aqua Mist ink. Then, I cut the sheet into 1" squares, sponged the edges with more Aqua ink and reassembled but in a random placement. I love the look!! The rest of the card is fairly straight forward. I do love this color combo.....what do you think??? Stamps - Petal Power, Great B-day (smARTworks), Ink – Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink), Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko); Paper – Whisper White (Stampin’ Up!), Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink), Remember the Moments designer paper (Dream Street Papers); Other - Labels One die (Spellbinders), black brads (Making Memories large, Stampin’ Up! Small), flowers (Prisma), sponge, 1” square punch (Marvy), dimensionals. Thanks for dropping in. Donelda

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

smARTworks Tea Party #20 - Sketch

So Dina picked this ever so interesting visual as inspiration for a sketch. She found it, strangly, on a calendar amongst a beautiful picture of a bonsai tree. It is possibly related to the eye clinic as the calendar was one of those freebies from there....go figure. (ETA - I think it might be a large letter M as the eye clinic is Murni Optical... just a thought).
Regardless, I agree, it is a very interesting sketch layout for a card. I hope you will all join us next Wed. when the Design Team members show off what they did with it! And we'd love to have you play along too!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

CAS18 - Summer color challenge

Time for another Clean and Simple Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers (see link below right on my side bar). This time it was called "A Fun Summer Color Challenge" where we were to use "pinks/corals, kraft, & one other coordinating color of your choice". Now, is it just me or do these colors feel more like fall??!! Call me crazy!!! Anyway, I decided to make a little window for my first card. It was actually inspired by my son who was doing a little stamping with me today. He created the layout and I really liked it!! I rotated it 90 degrees to the left!
And once I got started I figured I'd might as well create another card with the colors while they were out. So, I was searching through my scrap bin when I came across the swirl on a piece of Cameo Coral cardstock. That swirl is actually made with light moulding paste with some brown paint added to it. Then, it was applied into the Stampin' Up embossing template called Finest Flourishes. Perfect for this challenge. I added a thin chocolate mat and a few stamped "faux ribbons" and a finished card.

And, finally, I wanted to share this little gem. My son asked what it meant to be 'clean and simple' so I expained it to him. He wanted to play along and this is what he created!! Awesome :-)

Supplies: Stamps: Birthday Basics (Papertrey Ink), Year Round Fun 2 (Stampin' Up!, retired), Basic Lowercase Letters (Hero Arts), Remember (Papertrey Ink), Faux Ribbon (Papertrey Ink); Cardstock-Kraft, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral (SU!); Ink - Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Cranberry Crisp, Close to Cocoa (SU!); Other - 1" square punch (Marvy), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), light modeling paste (Liquitex), brown acrylic paint, spatula, brass template (SU!), Cameo Coral marker (SU!), watercolor brush.

Have a great day!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Butterfly Background

I thought of this background in the middle of the night ... had to try to remember it and then created it the next morning!! Sheesh!! LOL I took these 2 butterflies that come in the smARTworks Cookie Plate set and, using double sided tape, attached them to an acrylic block beside each other (that is how I use my unmounted stamps - double sided tape). Then, I stamped them repeatedly onto white cardstock using blue ink. For each stamp, I rotated the image so the wings would "fit together". The focal image is created by coloring onto a silhouette image using my markers, misting with water, and then stamping onto white cardstock. I then cut and embossed this out using an oval nestability making sure to leave some room along one side for the sentiment. I added the sentiment by curving it (it is from a PTI clear set which means I could curve it on my block to match the shape of the oval - love that) and some dots. I attached this with dimensionals. A little ribbon and some scallop edge and the card was complete.

Question for you.... a friend of mine was irritated by this card because the sentiment was sideways, she kept wanting to turn the card vertical. What do you guys think?? Are you good with sentiments that are on the card sideways, like this? Or do you prefer your sentiments to run horizontally??

Thanks for dropping in! Donelda

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Loonie Stamper's Challenge #43 - Birdy Hello Friend

So it was Wendy's turn to pick the Loonie Stamper's Challenge colors and she picked a tough one for me. I know that Grey and Yellow are very common these days in the fashion industry!! But the addition of pink really threw me. My first attempt...well, let's just say you won't see it as it ended. I did take it apart and you will likely see bits and pieces of it in various projects in the future. In fact, I used the card base in the project I did post here.
I love the Birds of a Feather set from Papertrey Ink so I pulled it out to stamp this cute little bird. I also love the sentiments in the set. The combination of fonts is awesome. I decided that I should pull out some of my decrative scissorsand use them for a change. As you can see, I added a tiny bit of the pink under the button here. It perplexed me to find a way to add it into the color scheme in a way that made sense. Not sure if it works here but it's in there.
Well, I have to go see what all the Loonie Gals did with this color combination (no, I don't look first, it influences me too much and I can't think of my own ideas.... ):
Supplies: Stamps-Birds of a Feather, Background Basics Retro (Papertrey Ink); Ink - Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink); Versamark, Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko); Paper-Baisic Grey (Stampin' Up!), Select White, Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart Bitty Dots (Papertrey Ink); Other - Grey ribbon (Michael's), button, white floss (DMC), decorative scissors (Provo Craft), dimensionals.
Thanks for dropping in!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Bleached Leaf

Hi everyone. First of all today is my son's birthday. I can't believe he is 10 - a preteen!! Wow!! He is the greatest kid ever and I just love him more and more each day!! Okay, on to the card. Here is a great technique for you!! This was a lot of fun. I took this great leaf image, stamped it on the green cardstock and then drew a light box around the inside of the image with a pencil. Then, I used a paint brush and brushed on thick bleach (the stuff you get in the hand held tube). I left it for a while and then drew around the box with a thick black marker!! While this was a stinky technique, it was fun and I like the results!! I'll have to consider what other images I have that would leand to this technique. Supplies: Stamps-Beyond Basic Borders (Papertrey Ink); Cardstock - Basic Black (Stampin' Up!), New Leaf (Papertrey Ink); Ink - Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko); Other - bleach (Clorax), paint brush, wide twill (Stampin' Up!), black brads (Stampin' Up!). Thanks for dropping in. Donelda

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

smARTworks Tea Party - No White

So this time it was Trish who gave us a challenge for the 19th smARTworks Tea Party. And what a challenge it was...for me at least!! She limited us and would not let us use white!! Is she kidding, I mean, I use white all the time on my cards!! But I was determined to give it a go!! In the end, I like my Clean and Simple card. I started out with a card base of Kraft cardstock. Then I repeatedly stamped some leaves from the Petal Power stamp set along the bottom using Chocolate Chip ink. Next, I decided to add some color by using my Copic markers. Well, YG03 Yellow Green, to be precise. I colored over one end of the leaves to create some shading....I like!! Next, I punched out the butterfly with a Martha Stewart punch and colored it in with the same marker. I added the dots with more chocolate ink and a dot taken from the same stamp set. I finished off the card with a simple sentiment and a dotted line where the butterfly has been fluttering!! So now maybe I'm convinced that you can actually make a card without using long as you can use some Kraft cardstock!!
Now you have to go see the other smARTwork Cookies to see what they have created!
And make sure you add a comment with a link if you have played along! I can't wait to see what you have created!!
Thanks for dropping in for tea!!