Sunday, February 22, 2009

One More Virtual Stamping Night Challenge

After having missed a few birthdays recently, I thought it would be clever to have some belated birthday cards stored up...
So I used the FEB09VSNO challenge (Joy Fold Card) to create this snail birthday card. I used this image (by Whipper Snapper Designs) recently on another card, but I had so much fun trying it for a joy fold card. The sentiment is by Stampendous. I stamped the image with Versamark and embossed it with black powder, then colored it with Tombow markers and watercolors. The design paper is by Basic Grey.
Look at this wonderful tutorial written by Beate to create a Joy Fold Card, too!

Virtual Stamping Night at Splitcoast!

This weekend there's the Virtual Stamping Night at the Splitcoaststampers Forum! This means that there are posted challenges every hour at Friday and Saturday evening, and you have 45 minutes to complete a challenge. You can do as much challenges you like, and the best cards later will be presented in an honor gallery. GREAT FUN!!!!

This is for the FEB09VSNL challenge: A Wee Bit O' Love.
The challenge was to use at least three inchies on the card. I decided to use stampoboard inchies and an African theme.
The images were stamped with Palette Noir ink onto the stampboard inchies, then colored with Tombow markers and sponged with Fluid chalks. Finally I scratched some white highlights into the stampboard with a carving tool.
Images by Judi Kins, "wild" by Art Impression, zebra brad by Eyelet Outlet, ribbon by Basic Grey, dp by Bo-Bunny-Press.
Do I have to explain that I would really love to travel to Africa some day???

Okay, this is a FUN card. It's for the FEB09VSNH challenge: You're My Obsession. Well, my obsession is...surprise, surprise... STAMPING!!!!
I own a lot of funny "stamping stamps", so I combined the Traffic Sign (by Stamps In Motion) and my Stamping Bella (by Stamping Bella) - looks like she just jumped out of the car and let her husband drive his way alone - she has to make a stop at the stamp store know this situation?!?
Design paper by Crea Motion, heart brad by Rayher, images stamped with Versamark, then embossed with violet embossing powder and colored with Tombow markers.

This is for the FEB09VSNG challenge: As You Wish.
The challenge was to stamp something about a quote from The Princess Bride movie.
I chose the quote: You be careful. People in masks cannot be trusted.
I have this wonderful large mask stamp (by Judi Kins) and wanted to use it. I stamped it onto shrink plastic so that the size would fit onto my card, colored the image from the back with pencils, shrinked the image and added some wire and beads. The sentiment is handwritten. Design paper by Junkitz, I stamped some hearts onto it from the Build-A-Swirl clear stamps set by Prima marketing.

Hey, take part in the challenges, too! It's FUN!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Loriot's 60th Birthday

I needed a masculine 60th birthday card... As I'm VERY bad at masculine cards, I wanted to combine it with today's Splitcoast featured stamper challenge to get some inspiration. Today's featured stamper is Julie - you have to visit her wonderful blog: Stamps and Taxes! Julie creates really beautiful cards in a very distinct style - many layers, clear and crisp layout.
I used a stamp with a scene from a German animated cartoon comedy which I really love. It has a very special subtle humor, and I was soooo happy when I once got these stamps...
I took Julie's Halloween Frights card as my inspiration piece, but changed the number of layers, the dp (thought it is also striped), the cuttlebug folder and the size of the whole card. Yeah, and I'll NEVER be able to tie such perfect bows as Julie does...
And... I used the tiniest of all my tiny flowers on the man's suit. You know what the problem with tiny little flowers is? Hmmm, they are TINY and SMALL and hide behind my whole stash of flowers, LOL!!!
So...this card was stamped in two minutes... but it felt like hours to assemble it with this ... bow and this TINY flower!!!!

Card details:
* Loriot stamp: manufacturer unknown. Sentiment stamp: Kaleidoskop. Numbers stamps: Hero Arts
* Ink: Palette Noir
* Colors: Tombow markers
* And: Green and brown cardstock. The dp is from a series called Bohemian Christmas, but I don't know the manufacturer. Burgundy sheer ribbon. Black metallic brads (Making Memories). Cuttlebug embossing folder. TINY Prima flower. Red rhinestone.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Red Bridge

This is for this week's Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
I didn't know this movie before, so I ordered it and received it on Wednesday - just in time to create a card for the challenge. I was very impressed of the whole movie. It was totally different from what I expected. Almost no blood and cruelty, but beauty everywhere: the dresses, the swords, the architecture, the landscape.
For my card, I used an Asian landscape which I stamped with Palette Noir ink onto watercolor paper. I watercolored the image with Twinkling H2Os and other watercolors, then mounted it onto some green Asian dp (by Far and Away Scrapbooks), added an Asian brad (by Where Memories Are Created) and a die-cut Chinese symbol. My "splash of red" which was demanded in the challenge is the bridge which I colored red - I call the whole card "The Red Bridge".
I hope you like it - anyway, it was fun to get to know a new movie and to create this card!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Flowery Thank You

Today's Splitcoast challenge was to use the color combination pink - plum - kiwi. I don't do color challenges very often because I don't own much Stampin'Up inkpads, so I'm never sure if I use the right colors. Nevertheless, this time I wanted to give it a try, and I hope I managed to get close to the right colors.
I got this new Hero Arts clear stamps set one week ago and finally had to use it. The flowers are stamped with plum Memento ink onto pink cardstock, then cut out. The branches are clear-embossed onto green cardstock. I added some buttons from my stash and finally sponged the whole card with green Fluid Chalks.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Find Joy in Little Leaves

Today's Splitcoast technique lovers challenge is to cut out embossed pieces and create a design with these pieces. What a simple and stunning idea! I had to try this with one of my cuttlebug folders immediately! I sponged the embossed image with several shades of fluid chalk inks (Colorbox), then cut out parts of the embossed image. Some design paper (7gypsies), a sentiment (Stampin'Up), a ribbon - voila!
What do you think?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Pawprints On Your Heart

Today I had some time to stamp... and, as I felt some stamp withdrawal, I really longed to stamp. I checked out today's Splitcoast Limited Supplies challenge - and at first, I was a little bit disappointed that we were to use only ONE stamp... you see, I'm in kind of a stamp withdrawal, LOL! We were to use a sentiment stamp, a single sentiment stamp, no more stamps... But then I thought of this wonderful sentiment - it is oh so true... and I really enjoyed this challenge!
The stamp is by Eureka Stamps, the design paper by DCWV (Scrapbook Kit in a Stack - Dogs), the heart brad by Reprint of Scandinavia, the clips by Around the Block, and the dog is die-cut with the CuttleKids Hamilton die.
This card is for Baxter, my wonderful Australian Shepherd, who really leaves his pawprints EVERYWHERE at rainy days, having had fun in the mud... and each and every day on my heart...