Jul 26, 2008
1.Elena The Red Haired Girl (I just recently started visiting her blog and we have been emailing each other as well. She is a wonderful person and I am looking forward to getting to know her better and she has some great art work on her blog and interesting stories as well. Check it out for yourself.
2. Laura Scrapnextras Another new blog that I've come to enjoy. She's so creative and her cards just inspire me.
3. Kendra The Dog Ate My Stamps - She has such a bubbly personality (even though I've never met her) but it just comes out when your read her blog entrys and she has a nice fresh and clean stamping style that I enjoy.
4. Karrie Burnin' Rubber...rubber stamps that is... - What a FUN style of stamping. She's always very creative and I just love seeing what she comes up with.
5. Kathie Just an Inkling She's is one of the fellow (Blogger's Challenge) members that I belong to and her work is, "To Die For" wonderful.
6. Tammy Stamp Happy - Talk about talented, this lady most certainly is! Her cards always inspire me.
7. Andrea Sunny Stampin' - A blog I just discovered this week. She focus on Stampin'Up! and has some really great cards/projects on her blog.
So there you have it...I could have list way more as there are so many talented stampers out there but I hope you'll visit these blogs and see why they were top picks of mine.
Jul 25, 2008
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - NOT!
Good Grief it's 90+ degrees here still so Christmas is so not on my mind right now. None the less our Blogger's Challenge this week was, Christmas in July!
I started trying to create a card last night but wasn't getting very far plus I wanted to watch the results show for (So You Think You Can Dance)...Anyone else watch that? I love watcing the dancing even though I personally have 2 left feet. But enough about dancing let's get back to the card.
This morning I got out all kinds of Christmas Stamps, Papers, Stickers etc...trying to find something that inspired me and nothing was jumping out at me. Instead my desk was beginning to look a lot like (a "Tornado" had hit it) rather then Christmas. I posted that I was going to give it a rest and see what happened. One of my fellow blog challenge members, (Barb Hardeman) e-mailed me some encouraging words, Hi Ida,
I know you can do it. You've got all you need, and your work is always so wonderful. Just pick one stamp and let it happen! I know that whatever you come up with will be delightful. I'm counting on you now, so don't let me down......Barb
So I took her advice (Thanks, Bard) and here are the card details: Stamps: Penguin, Bear, Snowman (Hampton Art Stamps), Sentiment by Lizzie Anne Designs.
Ink: Palette Noir Black , Copic Markers (various colors)
Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Rectangle Spellbinder Nestabilities, Oval Punches, Photo Corner Punch, Dew Drops, Lavender Ribbon (JoAnn Essentials) White Craft Pad, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and Foam Mounting Tape.
It's not exactly the fanciest card I've ever done but it's cute (IMHO) and meets the challenge. Maybe close to Christmas I'll actually be a little more inspired then I was this week. - Be sure to check out all the other great projects and be inspired to create your own Christmas in July card.
Jul 21, 2008
My card uses 2 of the upcoming "In-Colors" from Stampin'Up! - Kiwi Kiss and Tangerine Tango.
I stamped my cat image (Hero Arts) with Palette Noir Black ink on Watercolor Paper and then watercolored the image with an Aqua Painter and Reinkers. I have to say that I am still "water-color" challenged. For some unexplained reason I have the most difficult time using an Aqua Painter. I always seem to get either to much water or not enough instead of just the right amount. I so wish that I could get Anna Wight to come give me lesson on watercoloring. She is my watercoloring idol!
I added hightlights on my "Mums" with an Orange Spica Glitter pen. The image was cut out using Nestabilities and mounted on an Tangerine Tango Scallop Circle and pierced. I punched small holes with my Crop-a-dile and threaded through some ribbon (May Arts).
I used some Designer Paper ((We R Memory Keepers - Pewter Press - Noche). The Orange side was mounted on the Tangerine card stock and then the floral pattern was mounted on Kiwi Kiss. I stamped the sentiment with Kiwi Kiss ink and mounted it on the Tangerine Tango card stock and added 3 More Mustard Brads. The focal image and sentiment were then mounted using foam mounting tape to complete my card.
Also on today's Cattitude menu is this adorable picture of our newest kitten, Harley. Let's hope at the end of the day you are able to "Crash" like he did! - Have a great week.
Jul 18, 2008
Happy Friday! - It's time for another Challenge from the Blogger's Challenge Group. - This week we were assigned a "Color" challenge and I must say it most certainly was a CHALLENGE!
The colors we were given were: Sahara Sand, Mellow Moss, Regal Rose, Blue Bayou and Really Rust. Mind you I rarely (if ever) use that many colors for a card. I started out trying to figure out first what stamp set to use and then some kind of a layout that I liked and how to fit all those colors in as well. This was not an easy task but I'm happy with the outcome of my card.
My card base is: Sahara Sand which I stamped the En Francais BG stamp in Really Rust ink (that was the color I was having a hard time with for this challenge.)
Then I added a piece of Mellow Moss that I ran through the Cuttlebug with the (Birds and Swirls) embossing Folder. I distressed the emboss piece by lightly running it over my Mellow Moss ink pad. Then I ran a small strip of Regal Rose card stock down the side to offset the 2 pieces of card stock.
My focal image is from the SU set (Always) which I just love. I stamped the bird with Blue Bayou ink on Sahara Sand and then stamped one of the small flowers with the Regal Rose on White card stock and punched out just the center with a 1/4" circle punch. I highlighted it with a Spica Clear Glitter Pen. I stamped the sentiment with Really Rust ink. This was cut out using Nestabilities Rectangle Dies. I mounted the piece on Blue Bayou and also embossed it with a Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangle Die.
I stamped the flower with Regal Rose ink on Whisper White card stock and punched it out with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch, colored it with the Spica Clear Glitter Pen and then mounted it on Mellow Moss punched with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch. Then I added a Mellow Moss Eyelet. The focal image and flower were mounted on the card using foam mounting tape.
So there you have it. - Now don't forget to check out all the other members projects by clicking on the Blogger's Challenge Icon on my side bar.
Jul 17, 2008
The inspiration for my color scheme came from a piece of Polished Stone background paper that I had laying around in my UFO (Un-finished Objects) piles. - I wasn't the first to claim the UFO phrase but for the life of me I don't recall where I heard it first but I liked it so I've adopted the phrase myself. I'm sure most of us have UFO piles in our stamp rooms just waiting to be used on a project when the right inspiration hits.
For my Polished Stone piece I believe that I used Orchid Opulence, Pretty in Pink and Bliss Blue (retired now) plus a Metallic Gold reinker (Tsukineko).
Jul 14, 2008
This next piece is titled: Kitties II and is by Jenny Newland. I just love this piece. It's so adorable, who can resist a cute and cuddly little kitten? I know I can't!
Jul 12, 2008
I have a watermark coming soon too but am having issues trying to figure out how to add it to my photo's so that may be awhile yet.
Leave a comment here and let me know what you think. - Hugs, Ida
Jul 11, 2008
The inspiration for my first card came from two sources. The layout (or sketch) is from Julee's Mojo Monday Sketch http://poeticartistry.blogspot.com/2008/07/mojo-monday-week-45-mojo-madness.html
The other part of my inspiration came from a scrap piece of Vellum that I've been saving for some time now. I'm not even sure who makes/or made this particular printed piece of vellum. It was printed in white and I brayered on the color using my Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor Rainbow pad.
I layered the Vellum onto a piece of Gable Green card stock that I had embossed using my new Eyelet Lace Embossing Punch (Fiskars). I added a strip of Green Galore to the top and pierced it using my Crafter's Tool kit. Then I embossed the sentiment (Hero Arts) using my VersaMark pad and Bold Black EP. This was layered onto some textured Green Galore card stock and my card base of Basic Black.
I stamped the Dragonfly (Close To My Heart) twice with the Kaleidacolor pad on Whisper White card stock and highlighted it with a Clear Spica Glitter Pen for some subtle shimmer. I cut out all of the 2nd dragonfly except the antennae and glued it down over the first image. The wings were raised slightly by using a small piece of foam mounting tape tucked under the wings. Green rickrack (JoAnn Essentials) was added to the corners and 3 green brads (Queen and Company)to complete the card.
Card #2 features absolutely NO stamping at all! - I found this adorable bug dimensional sticker (Debbie Mumm for JoAnn) and fell in love with them and just had to make a card using one of the stickers. I chose the Grasshopper and paired it with some patterned paper (also Debbie Mumm) that already had shimmery highlights in the stripes.
My card base is Only Orange layered with Green Galore and the Designer Paper. I added a strip of Only Orange that I cut using some zigzag scissor (SU-retired). Then I added some piercing and a strip of Brilliant Blue with a row of brads (Queen and Company). The sentiment was computer generated using (SU Journaling Font 1 - PittyPat). I also added a Prima flower with a center of Green Galore and a small orange brad. This just makes me feel good and I hope it does you as well.
Don't forget to go a little "buggy" yourself and check out all the other projects by clicking on the Bloggers Challenge icon on my side bar.
Jul 9, 2008
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Jul 4, 2008
Happy Birthday America!!!
For our Blogger's Challenge this week we were assigned, Color Blocking. I like this technique as it gives you a chance to use several colors and patterned papers to create a fun pop of color on your projects.
I chose a (Red, White and Blue) color scheme since today is the 4th of July and I wanted to show my appreciation for those who serve in the military to help protect my homeland and those abroad as well.
The stamp set I chose to use is an "oldie" but a goodie in my book. It's called, (Americana). I love this set, its very Nostalgic.
Card Base: Brilliant Blue, layered with Whisper White.
Color Blocked Pieces: Confetti - Kaleidoscope Collection - My Mind's Eye, Red and White Stars (source unknown) and Brilliant Blue
I stamped the Rooster Image with Basic Black ink and colored it with a combination of Copic Markers (R27 Cadmium Red, Y15 Cadmium Yellow), Ultramarine Blue Prismacolor Pencil, Spica Glitter Pens in Red and Clear (they don't show up all that well in the scan but are very shimmery in real life. I then cut it out using my rectangle Nestabilities Die and layered it on another rectangle die of Real Red. I stamped the sentiment in Real Red on Whisper White and cut it out with a Circle Nestabilites Die and layered that onto Brilliant Blue. Then I stamped the heart in Brilliant Blue and colored it with a Blue Spica Glitter Pen. I mounted my images with foam mounting tape and added Real Red Photo corners pierced and also mounted with foam mounting tape to complete my card.
So help celebrate America's birthday by visiting the other Blogger's Challenge members blogs to see what they came up with for this challenge.