Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Another card published

I was lucky enough to get another card published.  I had submitted a card made with inchies for a design challenge in Stamper's Sampler sometime in 2008.  When the magazine issue came out, my card wasn't published.  

I have to confess that I was disappointed at the time, but that's the nature of submissions like that.   You never really know what's going to be accepted.

Then last week I was at Michael's and started looking through this catch up issue and lo and behold!!!  My card made it in.  I was very happy.  Now I'm just wondering where MY copy of the magazine is.  

Monday, May 25, 2009

SFYTT challenge

My first time to try one of Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try designs.  I thought that this looked fairly simple and straight forward.  I've gotten a couple of Kit of the Month sets from Unity Stamp Co and have wanted to get them inky; so I used some of those stamps today.

Materials: designer paper/cardstock: Basic Grey Granola; stamps: Unity Stamp Co.; ink: Walnut Stain Distress Ink (Ranger); flowers: Prima; brad: making memories; adhesive: Pioneer mounting tape; die cuts: Nestabilities.

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Weekend Sketch Challenge #82

It's been awhile since I've done a Weekend Sketch Challenge.  This one was fun and relatively fast for me, since I'd already stamped and matted the main image.

I had found the main stamp at Hobby Lobby 2 weeks ago and was enchanted with it.  It's named Fantasy from Penny Black; how could one be anything be enchanted???  As soon as I got it I started playing around embossing it on cardstock; first white, then black.  Both came out very nice.  But what to do with the embossed images?  

The sentiment is straight out of Lord of the Rings; it's the second line of the poem: The Riddle of Strider, written by Bilbo Baggins about Aragorn.  I printed it on photo paper and attached the star eyelet to match the sketch design.

Materials: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific), silver (Bazzill Bling); stamps: fantasy (Penny Black), swirl (Stampin' Up); ink: Tim Holtz distress embossing ink, eggplant (Colorbox); embossing powder: clear (Stamp-n Stuff), liquid platinum (Ranger); die cuts: Nestabilities; ribbon: Joanns; star eyelet (Making Memories); adhesive: Xyron, Pioneer mounting tape, mini pop-dots; corner rounder.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Double shot: MLSC #70 & SSnotime88

This is a late post for Mary Jo's Sketch Challenge #70.  And I combined it with the color choices from this week's Stamp Simply challenge.  I've been thinking about this design for most of the week.  Then going through the Cards for Heros blog hop this week helped me to mentally finalize how I wanted to use the sketch design.

Materials: July 4th stamp (Inkadinkadoo); ink: cranberry (Colorbox); acrylic paint; mini elements Grungeboard (Advantus); cardstock: white (Georgia Pacific), silver (Bazzill); designer paper: Stardust Royal Blue (MakingMemories); adhesive: Xyron, pop-dots; ribbon: Michaels; die-cuts: Nestabilities (oval and round scallops).

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Sympathy card

I made this sympathy card for my co-worker.  It's really a pretty simple card. Sorry that the picture has so much reflection; I had a choice of over- or under-exposed.  I chose the over!

Materials: tree branch (Artful Legacy), flourish (Stampin' Up), sympathy (Delta); ink: Ranger embossing ink, Versamark; embossing powder: liquid platinum (Ranger), clear (Stamp-n Stuff); cardstock: Bazzill; adhesive: Xyron; ribbon: Michaels.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cherish frame

The Stampin' Up Blog tour this weekend was a totally inspirational activity for me. I've been "blurfing" on and off for the past couple of months (see last post in March), but........ the initiative needed to get something made just wasn't there.

Well, Heather Wright-Porto posted some projects using the Baroque Motifs stamp set from Stampin' Up, which just happens to be the ONLY SU stamp set that I own.  And when I saw her frame project, I knew that was a project that I had to case.

One of my co-workers lost her mother last week and the memorial service will be tomorrow.  I thought that the frame might be a lovely way for the family to preserve a copy of the memorial (with photo of her mom).  So.........  here is my take on Heather's frame project.

I first white-washed the wooden frame with some thinned-out white acrylic paint, then lightly stamped on different Tim Holtz' Distress Inks to mute the white color further.  A combination of both ColorBox and Distress Inks were used along with a couple of background stamps.

Many thanks to Heather for a wonderful project.  I'm hoping that my co-worker will like it.

Materials: wooden frame (Michaels); white acrylic paint; inks: dune, stucco, brown & merlot (ColorBox), antique linen, broken china, old paper, weathered wood (Ranger); stamps: Baroque Motifs (swirl, flower & cherish), harlequin (Inkadinkadoo), Italian poetry background (Hero Arts); paper: Bazzill Basics.

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