Tuesday, March 31, 2009

This is a card I created some weeks ago, but when I wanted to share it with you finally. I stamped the image with white pigment ink (SU) onto black cardstock and added silver stickles... MUCH silver stickles... The image is by Crafty Individuals, the border by Fancy Pants Design.
I like the elegant effect very much. What do you think?

Friday, March 20, 2009

Finally... I had some free minutes for a Splitcoast challenge today: The First Day Of Spring. Oh, I'm so much longing for spring!!! It's still much too cold here, so I haven't seen any cherry blossoms yet (we usually would have at this time of the year).
I used my new Penny Black stamp - isn't it a beauty?!? I colored the stamp with Tombow markers, then misted the whole stamp with water and stamped the image for this watercolored look. The design paper is by Wild Asparagus.
The sentiment translates "Congratulations".

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Bunch of Cards Today...

I was asked to create a card for a 50th birthday with some rose image. I chose this old stamp (Sugarloaf) which I haven't used for a while, stamped it onto watercolor paper and colored it with Twinkling H2Os. The sentiment (Abracadabra) is embossed with burgundy embossing powder. Finally I added some rhinestones.

A neighbour needed a card for a 2nd birthday - so I finally decided to cut up my beloved Disney paper (by Studiolight)... I just stamped the sentiment (Happy Birthday by Kaleidoskop) and added a chipboard number which I first coated with Rose Lumiere paint, then covered with Ranger crackle paint. And I added LOTS of Stickles, LOL! A fun card!

This is a very quick and easy Thank You card I made today. I wanted to try my new border punch (CreaMotion), and then I thought the border was so beautiful that I felt I shouldn't add too much else on the card. So I just stamped the sentiment (Thank You by Stempelbar) and added a punched flower (EK Success LARGE flower punch) with some primas.

I was asked to create a "music" birthday card. As I wasn't sure about the recipient, I created two music cards - one decent and somewhat calssical, the second rocky...
This is the classical card. I used my cuttlebug embossing folder with color-core cardstock, then added some Versamark Dazzle Frost ink. I stamped a large music sheet (JudiKins) onto light blue paper, punched out a flower (EK Success large flower punch), added a music button (Rebecca Sower Designs) and a light blue ribbon on which I stamped the sentiment (Happy Birthday by Stempelmeer). Finally, I added some tiny primas and Perfect Pearls.

And this is the rocky birthday card! I must admit that I copied this card from myself, I already stamped the same design last weekend for a stamping friend, and as I liked the black-white-red color combo and the image, I wanted to do it again! Images by Inkadinkado, swirl by InnovativeStampCreations. The image is stamped with Palette Noir onto red cardstock, then I added highlights with a white jelly pen.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Back from a Stamping Retreat

I'm just back from a stamping retreat, and I had a blast of creativity there! Among many other techniques, I experimented with Gesso there, and I LOVE this medium.
This card is created on an old book page using the Gesso resist technique.
I brushed Gesso over the whole page, let it dry, then overstamped the flower image (Innovative Stamp Creations) with clear ink and embossed it with clear powder. Then I sponged the whole page with several shades of Adirondack inks.
The background is stamped (Stampington) and embossed with clear powder onto dark blue cardstock, and the same stamp as for the background I also used to stamp onto the Prima flower.

Another Gesso card: The background is created with Gesso on dark green cardstock, then I wiped some green acrylic shades over the gesso. The image (Darkroom Door) is stamped with Adirondack white pigment ink and then a little beside the original image again with Memento green ink. Then I masked the image roughly and overstamped it with the SU Linen background.
The sentiment is a bit difficult to read on the photo. It says: all the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today (Indian proverb).

And one more Gesso card... This card is created on an old colorful journal page which I brushed with Gesso. Then I overstamped the image (Stampington) with Palette Noir ink. Mounted on black cardstock, added the sentiment (American Art Stamps), that's it. And I love the result.

No Gesso card...LOL! This is my well-known beloved Teykol technique. I stamped the image (Stampington) onto white Chromolux cardstock with StazOn Jet Black, then brushed Teykol resist medium just a little beside the stamped lines. Then I sponged the whole image with several shades of Adirondack inks, mounted it onto green and brown cardstock, added the sentiment (Stempelbar, the image translates "Thank You"), some dewdrops and a pre-printed leaf (Prima Marketing).

More cards soon...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today's my Dad's 66th birthday. I was asked last minute to create a card for him by my MIL, so this was what I came up with quickly.
The chipboard numbers are painted with Ranger Distress Crackle paint, then overstamped with brown StazOn (number stamp by Hampton Art Stamps). The design paper is by Cosmo Cricket, I overstamped a swirl by Prima Marketing with Ranger Distress ink Tea Dye. The ribbon is by Elsie, and the Fastenater and staple I used are by EK Success. Embossing powder by Judi Kins, sentiment stamp (saying "Happy Birthday") by Stempelbar.

And this is my own card for my Dad. He's GREAT at solving problems, so I thought this image would be perfect for him - this guy has a BIG problem, doesn't he?!? The image (manufacturer???) is stamped with Palette noir onto watercolor paper, then watercolored. The little stamp I used for the brad means "Good Luck" and is by Kaleidoskop. I stamped it with Blue StazOn onto the brad, then added a silk flower and tiny metallic brads (by Rayher). The card was cuttlebug embossed with the Swiss Dots folder.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Dog Accordion Book

What a fun afternoon!
I had two friends at home - both dog lovers - to create accordion fold dog albums featuring our dogs!

The accordion fold books are by Cloud9Design. We used a lot of materials, e.g. dog brads and paper clips by Around the block, die cuts by Cricut and design paper by DCWV. The stamps we used were by HeroArts, Whipper Snapper Designs, Magenta, Penny Black and Elzybells (did I forget anyone?!?). We used Colorbox Fluid Chalks, Brilliance, Palette and StazOn inks and colored the images with watercolors and pencils.

Oh...and I MAY NOT forget the main persons: my dog Baxter (an Australian Shepherd, 2 and 1/2 years old), and my friends' dogs Jerry Lee (a cocker spaniel) and Kaya (a husky).

And this is my finished book: