Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge

Technique Junkies is sponsoring the challenges at Gingersnap Creations all month
and this week the challenge is a color challenge--Denim, Rust, and Dust and there's an overall Western theme for the month. On top of that, Pat asked that our TJ design team sample feature the Faux Denim technqiue from the December 2008 newsletter.  That's a lot for my brain to keep track of, but I think I got it covered.

My cowboy is from the DoodleFactory Costume Party collection from Starving Artistamps, and the sentiments is also from Starving Artistamps.  I colored him in various shades of denim, rust, and dust using my Copic markers and made him a lasso out of a piece of twine. 

Happy Trails!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Scrapbook Page to Share

Yes, you heard right...a scrapbook page.  I used to scrapbook all the time.  I swear, I would do things just so I could take pictures and scrapbook them.  I even signed on as a "consultant" for one of those home-party companies.  Then I started rubber stamping and gradually my scrapbooking fell by the wayside.  I never really gave any thought to combining the two hobbies.  Until now, that is.

Technique Junkies has a new CD, Stampbooking, coming out next week that's chock full of stamping techniques to use in a scrapbook.  When I first had a chance to look at the 75 tutorials that are included I thought, "Cool, I can use most of those on my cards."  But then I made some sample pages for the CD and I was hooked on scrapbooking all over again.  Now, I don't know that I'll ever go back to scrapbooking everything I do, but an art journal/scrapbook that I add to when the mood strikes me sounds like something I could really enjoy.

Anyway, to make a long story short, this new CD is just full of inspiration for scrapbookers, card makers and journal keepers alike.  It's available for preorder HERE right now and will begin shipping first week of June.

The page I'm sharing with you today is one of my favorites from the samples I did.  The technique is called Brayered Frames Border and the stamps are from Starving Artistamps

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Another Busy Week

Wow, what a week! I have no idea where the time went. Last week the weather was nice so I spent most of my time outside. This week it rained so I've spent the week catching up on indoor projects which I plan to share with you over the next few days. I'll start with this Father's Day card. I know Father's Day isn't until next month, now is a good time to get your cards made and ready to go. For this one, I used a zebra stamp from Class Act, Inc. and a computer generated sentiment. I also used two tutorials from Technique Junkies: Faux Artisan Tiles (May 2011) and Torn Paper Frames (Dec 2008).

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back soon with another project to share.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Gingersnap Creations Spicy Supply Challenge

Technique Junkie is sponsoring the challenges at Gingersnap Creations all month
and this week the challenge is the Spicy Supply Challenge - Take on Twine. No problemo--I love twine! What proved to be a real challenge was keeping with the overall theme of Cowboys and Cowgirls. Aside from the fact that I totally forgot that the month had a theme, I don't have any Western stamps except for a few horses. Hmmm, looks like my stamp collection still has a few gaps that need to be addressed. Imagine that.

Back to the card I made for this week. I had this new stamp (Beach Bonita by Victoria Case for SCACD) from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design sitting on my table and I think twine looks great on ocean inspired designs so that's the direction I took.  I colored Bonita with Prismacolor pencils.  Having just returned from a portrait drawing seminar, I decided to experiment with some of the colors that were recommended for auburn hair.  I used several different colors in the hair, including cream, mineral orange, sienna brown, dark umber, goldenrod, vermillion, poppy red, and indigo. Fun!  I can't wait to try those colors on a real portrait.

For the background, I used watercolor pencils with my Blended Blotches technique from the April/May 2011 Technique Junkie Newsletter.  The Kraft brown mat also has a TJ technique--Cuttlebug Highlights from the October/November 2008 newsletter. 

You're all invited to play along with the Gingersnap Creations challenges and there are prizes to be won, too.  To see how to enter and got tons of inspiration, visit the Gingersnap Creations blog.

Thanks for stopping by my studio today!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Class Act Blog Challenge

It's time for the May Class Act Blog Challenge, and the challenge this month was to use fabric or stitching, either real or faux.

My card uses a real piece of fabric which I backed with adhesive tape and die cut with my Cuttlebug.  The rooster and sentiment (new from Class Act, Inc.) are foiled with variegated green metal leaf.  I used Heat and Stick powder to apply the metal leaf.

Be sure to stop by the Class Act Insider blog and see what the rest of the design team came up with.

Thanks for stopping by my studio!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cupcakes and Kittens

Hi again...just a quick post to share a card I made for the current sketch at Cardabilities, sponsored by Technique Junkies.  I used a tutorial from the April 2010 Newsletter called Corduroy along with an image from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design.  The image is stamped on light blue card stock and then colored with colored pencils.

See ya later!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rustic Birdhouses

I made this card last week with every intention of posting it as soon as I finished, but you know how it goes.  One thing leads to another and before you know it days have gone by. It's downright scary how fast time flies sometimes!

I used a technique on this card that I've been wanting to try for quite awhile now.  I made a custom stamp pad by stamping my image (from Class Act, Inc.) on some Cut 'n Dry felt pad.  Using the stamped image as a guide, I inked the pad and then stamped it directly into my paper.  Then, I stamped the image over the colors with black ink.  Very cool!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!