Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Friendly Flowers in a few stolen minutes

I just stole away a few minutes from my much too busy agenda to stamp a quick card. I received these wonderful flower stamps (Autumn Leaves, Rhonna Farrer collection) recently from my dear blogging friend Sankari and couldn't wait any longer to use them.
Because I only had a very few minutes, I decided for a back-to-basic card and stamped the flowers with brown Memento ink randomly on some pink cardstock. Then I stamped the flower twine with Versamark onto brown cardstock and embossed it with "strawberries & cream" embossing powder, also the sentiment (Wordsworth Stamps). The sentiment was mounted onto a scallop square punchout (Marvy Uchida punch) which I sponged a little bit with Chocolate Brilliance ink (I used Brilliance ink to sponge because the Memento ink pads stamp GREAT, much more detailed than Brilliance, but are just unusable to sponge because they are too stiff for that) and mounted onto the card with dimensionals. I added a few pink rhinestones.
Sankari, I had sooooo much fun with these stamps! I'm sure they'll become some of my favorites! Thank you again so much! For sure, these were the most funny fifteen minutes I had during the whole week!!! Yeah, how do you say - born to stamp, forced to work...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A neighbour asked for a wedding card, and I found this fun stamp just a few weeks ago in a Swedish craft shop - so this was the perfect moment to let it see some ink!
I stamped the image with Black Memories ink and colored it with the Gamsol Magic technique (well, or something like that, we don't have Gamsol or Prismacolor crayons in Germany, so I used my Karisma and Polychromos crayons and some odorless terpentine). I added highlights with some crystal laquer (clear and red) and white stickles. The border is punched with a Fiskars Border Punch, I added the little white dots in the holes with a white gelly pen.
The main image is from Panduro, the sentiment from LaBlanche and the little hearts from Kaleidoskop. I used red Adirondack hues for sponging, red HeroArts pigment ink for the sentiment (I embossed it with clear powder) and red ColorBox Fluid Chalks for the little Hearts.
This is a very easy card - only two layers, no design papers, no ribbons... nevertheless, I like this fun car - what do you think?

Monday, September 15, 2008

My first autumn card for this year... days are pretty cool now, it's getting dark quite early, and we have REALLY cold nights already! The leaves aren't yet red or brown, but I guess it can't take long anymore.
I used today's Splitcoaststampers' featured technique: Glitter surprise. I wanted to catch some autumnal mood in my card, but I didn't have glitter in green or orange colors. So my copper glitter had to work for it...
I stamped the background (Judi Kins) onto brown cardstock with my Glue Pad and added copper glitter, let it dry FOR A WHILE (!!!), then brushed away the excess. The leaf image (Stampendous) was stamped onto green cardstock, embossed with copper powder and colored with some Stargazers' colors. The two large leaves are punched with an embossing punch (Woodware) and sponged with Brilliance copper ink, Colorbox Fluid Chalks brown and green inks, wiped with some rust luster rub-ons and highlighted with copper stickles. I sprayed the right part of my card with some green Shimmering Mist and stamped some dots (Kaleidoskop) with Brilliance copper over that.
Finally, I added a green leaf ribbon.
The card is VERY sparkling IRL, it doesn't really show up on the scan. Hope you like it anyhow!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Back to normal...

I'm trying to come back after long weeks struggling with my dh's kidney transplantation. Now life slowly gets to be more "normal" again, and so I hope there'll be regular stamping times for me again...

I had the chance to take part in a Splitcoaststampers' challenge today. It was the Featured Stamper challenge, and featured was Liz, a really talented stamper with an inspiring gallery. I chose her Vellum Snowflakes card to CASE (which means that you are to Copy And Share with Everybody a card, you should only change at least two things on the original card):
I took up the idea to cuttlebug a vellum stripe and to use dots on the paper, but I changed the theme and colors. I changed her pearls on the tree into rhinestones on my flowers, and I used the black magic technique (okay, more a purple magic, LOL) for the image. That means I stamped the image (stamp by HeroArts) with white pigment ink onto the purple design paper, then colored the white image with crayons and added some accents with a white gel pen.
I hope you like it!

Sweet Sankari...

You ALL are just WONDERFUL friends and kept me up during those difficult weeks with my husband's surgery. I really loved your comments, get-well-wishes and mails. But there's one dear and special blogging friend who is really hard to top: Sankari! First of all, she is such a talented and creative girl who makes the greatest cards out of just nothing, a Photoshop wizard and a color queen. Make sure to check out her blog: Sankari's Sunshine Corner
Besides that, she just sent me the sweetest and most encouraging mails during the last week AND THIS INCREDIBLE PARCEL filled with one of her WONDERFUL cards, a stamp set that makes you smile immediately with its funny and friendly flowers and those little wooden pot scraper (which is excellent to use as a bone folder) and fork!

Sankari, I can't believe I got all these wonderful things, and I can't wait to use these flower stamps! Thank you so much!