Friday, July 31, 2009
Cardstock: So Saffron, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah), designer paper (Bo Bunny)
Inks: Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue, Versamagic Night Sky (Tsukineko), Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up!)
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I did a little "just for me" stamping on Wednesday evening... no challenges, no design team work, just something I thought would be pretty! I adore these little Penny Black hedgehogs, and wish I had all of them to play with! This little guy was fun to color! After I cut the image out with the Labels 4 Nestabilities die, I sponged Cool Caribbean ink around the edges for sky (since I sadly don't own a Copic airbrush system... boo hoo!) I layered my Hedgie on some Urban Prairie paper from Basic Grey, added some clear dew drops and a border using my new Apron Lace border punch from Fiskars (thanks for enabling me, Julie!) Finally, for a finishing touch I pulled out my fabulous new Bow Easy that I got from Sharon Johnson and this gorgeous gingham ribbon (also from Sharon!) and added a beautiful bow! So how do you like my Hedgie?
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic), Cool Caribbean (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: clear dew drops (Robin's Nest), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (May Arts).
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Welcome to another Whachadoin' Wednesday? with the team from Storage Units, Ink & More! This week we have an inspiration challenge for you to try! Check out the picture below for inspiration... isn't that a beautiful scene? I can see myself napping in that chaise!
I used the Mojo Monday #97 sketch for further inspiration, and some pretty Die Cuts With a View paper.
Inks: Nightfall (SU Ink), Versamagic Jumbo Java (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: corner punch (Stampin' Up!), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), scalloped border punch (EK Success), Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder (ProvoCraft) buttons (craft supply).
It's time for another Color Throwdown, and this week our hostess is Danielle! I hope you'll take time to play along! Remember, if you don't have these exact colors, just use whatever you have that is similar! We're not technical about it... we just want everyone to have fun! Leave a direct link to your creation on the Color Throwdown blog, and you will then be in the running to be chosen as Featured Stamper! We choose one person from all the Featured Stampers each month to be our Guest Designer for September, so put your best foot forward, and good luck!
For my card, I chose to check a few more of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges from Splitcoaststampers off my list, so this card is not only for the Throwdown but also for the DP by Me challenge from Betty Wright, the non-traditional card size challenge from my HSE Sweetie buddy, Carolina Buchting, the Born to be Wild challenge from Amy Sheffer, and the Sew Unexpected challenge from Bev Rousch.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamagic Aegean Blue (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Monday, July 27, 2009
This second card is for a sketch challenge from Susan Roberts, and a challenge from my fellow HSE Sweetie, Bonnie Sharp to use something with wings in the design! For this one I pulled out some of the new June Bug paper from Basic Grey (that you can pick up at the Hope Stamps Eternal store!)
And finally, we've got The Big Kahuna! Isn't he cute??? Some of you read last week that my Mom was visiting, and we spent some of the weekend doing a semi-remodel and complete redecoration of my daughters' bathroom. The bathroom now has a beachy/seaside/nautical theme, and the girls are just thrilled. My Mom is a garage sale queen and always finds the neatest "finds" so she's been picking up cute items for decorating this bathroom for a few years now (yes... this was definitely a project that was overdue!) so not everything is hung up on the walls yet, but I'll get some pictures to show you as soon as I can! In the meantime, I thought my girls would like to have a little something from Mommy to hang in their bathroom, so I set to work creating a framed piece, and The Big Kahuna here from Whipper Snapper totally fit the bill! I used the sketch challenge from Cindy Haffner to create this piece. And I know it's a stretch but Krystie Lee challenged participants to create something with a clear element so I figured this worked since the glass in the frame is clear, right? (Like I said... I know it's a stretch!) I printed the sentiment on the computer using the Joyful Juliana font from Kimberly Geswein, and it's mounted on a chipboard flower with embellishments. The inspiration for this piece came from a gift I received from Kim Howard.
Cardstock: bright pink (Hollo's), Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!), designer paper (Basic Grey)
Inks: Memento Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko), Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: ribbon (Creative Impressions), brads (Stampin' Up!), Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), chipboard flower, circle punches, red hemp (Stampin' Up!), button, frame (craft supply).
Sunday, July 26, 2009
It's time for another Cupcake-Inspired Challenge from the Sweeties at Hope Stamps Eternal! I hope to see LOTS of players this week, because HOW could you not be inspired by this yummy display? The fact that they're chocolate alone is inspiring enough, but look at those colors! Bright and summery... you can't go wrong! Link your creation back on the Hope Stamps Eternal blog using Mr. Linky so we can see what yumminess you come up with, too! And if you upload to an online gallery like Paper Craft Planet, be sure to tag your photo using CIC17!
So, you can probably guess that I was inspired by the bright colors, right? Here's my card using some fun new paper I got from Kaiser, and some of the new Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo cardstock and ribbon. Someone I know has a birthday coming up very soon, so I just had to get a birthday card ready to send her and this cute Mouse and Candle from Whipper Snapper was the perfect stamp to use!
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (available at Hope Stamps Eternal), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Cardstock: Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!), Parakeet (Bazzill), white (Neenah), designer paper (Kaiser)
Accessories: ribbon (Stampin' Up!), concave corner punch (EK Success), gemstones (Mark Richards), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Yellow Stickles (Ranger available from Hope Stamps Eternal).
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
We have a really fun challenge for you today -- it's a product challenge, sponsored by MyGrafico. To play along, create ANYTHING using one of the MyGrafico images -- they have a ton to choose from, but if you're trying to cut costs, here's a link to some free images.
Post your project in the Paper Craft Planet photo gallery, and use the tag "PCPgrafico". (Here is a tutorial on adding pictures to the gallery, if you need it.) MyGrafico has generously offered a $10 gift certificate to the store to one of our lucky challenge players.
Just a note about working with digital stamps:
- You do NOT have to have a photo editing software. You can just open and print these jpg images.
- If you have a photo editing program, the images come in both jpg and png files. You can resize the images and combine them into scenes with just a click of the mouse.
- Digital images last forever and require very little storage space!
- There are several great tutorial videos over on Paper Craft Planet that will show you how to use digital images, if you have any questions.
Here is what the rest of the Super Novas came up with:
Now, it's your turn! Take the challenge and let's see what you make!
For my card, I chose to use this cute owl sitting on a branch and colored him with my Copic markers. The eyes and beak were colored and cut out from an extra image, then added to the main image with some foam tape. I used some designer paper from October Afternoon, a sentiment from Kim Hughes' URA Hoot stamp set, and the Sketch for You to Try from Jen del Muro.
Thanks for stopping by so many times today! I appreciate your patience with all the posts I have up today!
Stamps: owl from Forest Friends (MyGrafico)
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Bahama Blue (Stampin' Up!), Reed (Bazzill), white (Neenah), designer paper (October Afternoon)
Inks: Versamagic Ocean Depth (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: concave corner punch (EK Success), scalloped circle, circles (Stampin' Up!), clear embossing powder (Ranger).
It's time for another Whachadoin' Wednesday challenge with the girls from Storage Units, Ink & More! This week our challenge is to create a masculine card.
I picked up this great paper over the weekend on my mini vacation with the Stamp Simply girls! I thought all the gears on it, and the more "manly" colors would be great for this challenge along with my Thanks a Bot SU Inkie stamp! I stamped my Bot and colored him with Copics, then added some Angel Wings Shimmerz for extra shine to his cool, metal body! I cut him out with a Nestabilities circle and embossed the edges. And I used the reverse scalloped circle for the border. Some of the other SU Ink girls have some great masculine cards for you to see, too! Check them out...
Cardstock: Marine Blue, Apple Green (Core'dinations), white (Neenah), designer paper (Bo Bunny)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), brads (Making Memories).
It's time for another exciting Color Throwdown, as this week we have another great company sponsoring our challenge... Clear & Simple Stamps! Please be sure to stop by the Throwdown blog to read about this wonderful company and to see the generous prize they're donating for one lucky random participant this week!
The challenge this week is being hosted by Barbara, and she chose Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip and Perfect Plum for you us to Throwdown! So why not see what you can do with these colors, and try to win the prize or be chosen as our Featured Stamper? Remember, the colors are only meant as a guide! If you don't have these exact colors, just use whatever you have that is similar! Link your creation back on the Throwdown blog using Mr. Linky and make sure you're using a direct link! Links that take us only to your blog, and not directly to your entry will be deleted and ineligible for prizes!
The ladies at Clear & Simple Stamps also generously donated a stamp set to each member of the Throwdown team to use for this challenge, and the set I received is called Glam Girl! The sentiment included with this set (shown here) just kept calling out to me, so I had no choice but to create my own mirror on the card for a princess to gaze into, hoping to see Prince Charming staring back! The stars are also part of the set and I stamped them using Versamark Dazzle for some extra bling along with the added gemstones. If I'd had some smaller gemstones, I would have encircled the mirror with them!
Cardstock: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up!), silver mirror cardstock (craft supply)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), gemstones (Mark Richards), ribbon (Creative Impressions).
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (American Crafts).
Friday, July 17, 2009
Well, by the time some of you read this I will be in Shipshewana, Indiana having a blast with some of the Stamp Simply girls, both past and present including
"The staple of every women's wardrobe -- or so they say. How many of you actually HAVE a little black dress? Not me! Anyway, today's challenge is to make a project of understated elegance using black and white. If you need to add in a little pop of another color, that's fine, as long as the project is primarily black and white and its overall feel is that of understated elegance. I think this one will produce some real beauties! Can't wait to see!!!"