Well, I have to warn you. Cardmaking has not been on my mind this week! I was asked to help be a part of something really, really cool! Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came to my hometown of Billings and I am helping with the volunteer effort. It has been such a huge rush. I can't even believe what it takes to build a home in 6 days! Not to mention, it's cool to see a television show being filmed while this all happens! So.... needless to say, I am going to be away from the computer this week! Thought I'd share some photos!!! If you want to know a little bit about the project - click on www.jeffjunkert.com!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Well, even though the temperature is in the 90's today, I really couldn't resist this little snow couple that came in the mail from Impression Obsession recently. They are just precious! All I did was stamp, watercolor (watercolor pencil and blender pen) and then matted the cuties on a light blue paper that I stamped with a IO snowflake in light blue ink. The little circle is also a stamp that I then punched out with a 1-1/4" punch. Tie a bow and call it good!
As I am thinking Christmas in my stamp room, happy second day of summer!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Well the mail man brought a surprise today! It was a manilla envelope with the Rubber Stamper label on it! Turns out, the card I submitted for their 'Inspired By' column made it for their July/August issue! Fun stuff! It was a card inspired by the Sunday funnies. There's plenty of inspiration packed inside this issue - alcohol inks, stamping on tiles (BTW is very fun) and good ideas for summer cards. So, check your mailbox or pick one up at your LSS!
Ok, This card was a lesson in what looks good in your head isn't all that practical! I punched circles from the front of the card, masked, stamped with an Alesa Baker flower by Impression Obsession and then chalked through the circle, watercolored, and glitzed with Stickles. Well, after I painstakingly arranged this card to make sure the holes matched up, etc. (No, I was not smart enough to assemble it and then stamp) I realized, where would you write a sentiment or note???? I might go back to the drawing board on this one but I thought I would share so you can help me laugh at myself!!!
Have a happy Thursday!
Here's a peek at the inside of the card! See what I mean?????
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I'm hoping today's card rubs off on me a bit-- It's sunny and fun. Pink. Polka Dots. Fun!
Anyway, This card was one of those that was fun to create because I just kept stamping circles from the Mod Flowers set by Impression Obsession. I used black ink and then filled in the space with the small flowers in the set. I also wanted to create some "movement" in the design, so I took a dotted line from the Borders set and bent it to reach from one circle to another. I honestly have never bent clear stamps before but it is neat. The possibilities are endless there.
I used a scalloped edge scissor to create the black edging and used a 1/8" hole punch to get the eyelet look. (I haven't let myself buy any of those fancy edging punches yet!) The scalloped circle is a punch. I added a pop of color to the center using one of the IO Accent Templates and a sponge. Stamped the sentiment, added a ribbon and done!
Off for now.... Happy Hump Day!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
This card was a lot of fun to create because instead of sketching out an idea, I just kind of went with it. All stamps are from Impression Obsession. I measured out a center path, stamped one of the Solid Flowers down the center, used the line stamp from the Borders set to separate and then chose another stamp from the Solid Flower set down the other two sides. I antiqued the paper using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea color. I just brushed it on with a duster. The rest is simple, I edged the black mat with gold leaf pen, stamped one of the Solid Flowers using markers and popped the stamen of the flower just by coloring it with a Permaletter pen. The rest is just matting... and DONE! I loved the way this turned out.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Well, the box from Impression Obsession arrived sending my head into a tail spin of creative ideas. Guess my little brain couldn't handle the big box the UPS man delivered! This was my first card. Something quite simple! I just layered patterned paper and then stamped and cut out the mod flowers in different coordinating colors. I accented one with a rhinestone and another with one of those circle pebbles. I could see making this a set in different colors and giving as a gift!!
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Ok, imagine John Mayer sitting in my living room singing his song Waiting For The World To Change. Then, imagine me sitting looking at the mail box, waiting for that little man in purple or brown and wondering... "Is today the day?" After moving a few weeks ago, my stamp room is still not set up and I am waiting for that event to make it happen. Needless to say, I have never been a patient person! You might wonder, what is she waiting for? Well, the IO box of stamps to come. I can't wait to create. I thought about looking in boxes and showing some of my recent creations, but that doesn't seem spontaneous. It's not really the point of a blog is it??? So, here I sit, lookin' out the window. Sing on John Mayer!