Thanks Judi for the opportunity to work with your fabulous images!
Here is a link: Simply Flowers and Flowerpot
It's been a many of firsts for me this week...I received this Friendship blog award from Diane from My Useless Crafts. I just went over to her blog to congratulate her on the award and I was one of the honorable mentions! I am so touched by this and thank Diane for her friendship. Thanks Diane! You are a sweety!
Hop on over to Diane's blog - she is an amazing stamper and shows off loads of great inspiration for all of you Hannah and Riley fans! She recently became a DT member over at the Corrosive Challenge Blog...Hooray for Diane!
GRANDMOTHER BIRTHDAY CARD
Stamps: Stampin' Up (Well-Worn Words), GinaK Designs (Take Flight); Sentiment: Computer Generated; Patterned Paper: K&Company; Cardstock: Unkown (Kraft); Stampin' Up (More Mustard); Fiber: On the Surface (Light Neutral); Chipboard: Joann Chipboard Pack (Butterfly); Flower: Crochet Fleurette, Button: Unkown
* Chipboard butterfly used in place of PP2; Sentiment was used rather than an image for CS3; Fiber placed underneath butterfly embellishment *
DRESSMAKER BIRTHDAY CARD 1
Stamps: Stampin' Up (Warmest Regards); Digital Images: Melstampz (Dressmaker, Sewing Pattern Text, Arabesque Keyhole Template), Angel's Landing (Simply Flowers); Patterned Paper: Me & My Big Ideas (Value Paper Pad); Cardstock: The Paper Company (Dark Brown, Vanilla), Unkown (Kraft); Stampin' Up (Ruby Red); Ribbon: Earth Friendly (Crochet Ribbon); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen); Flower Center: Panacea Decorative Accents (Clear Mini Accents); Ribbon: Offray Spool O' Ribbon (Wine)
I THANK GOD FOR YOU
Digital Images: Digiments (Scripture sentiment), Melstampz (Roses, Sewing Pattern Text); Patterned Paper: Magnolia; Cardstock: Unkown (Yellow), Georgia Pacific (White), Unkown (Kraft); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen), Stampin' up (Ruby Red, Old Olive, Pink Passion); Punch: Stampin' Up (Slit for Scallop Border); Flower Center: Panacea Decorative Accents (Clear Mini Accents); Stitching: Janome Mini Sewing Machine (Zigzag)
* Used the Roses border in place of the ribbon/fiber embellishment *
Stamps: Stampin Up (Well-Worn Words); Sentiment: Computer Generated; Patterned Paper: Magnolia; Cardstock: Unkown (Kraft); Ink: Tim Holtz Distrss Ink (Antique Linen), Stampin' up (Ruby Red); Punch: Fiskars (Apron Lace); Ribbon: Offray (White Grossgrain); Stitching: Janome Mini Sewing Machine (Zigzag)Chipboard: Joann Chipboard Pack (Butterfly); Button: Unkown; Wire: The Beadery (Craft Wire)
I kept the original size of the bunnies. Not only did Mel share some images, but she went above and beyond the digi images and offered paper piecing pieces for both the boy and girl so you wouldn't have to print the whole image multiple times. But in this case, I chose to paper piece the parachutes with patterned paper. Because the bunnies had small details, I chose to color the bunnies with some colored pencils that I've had since college (Crayola and some generic brand). I can't wait to play with my new prisma colored pencils. DH let me buy the whole kit and kaboodle (colored pencils, stumps, sharpener, colorless blender pencils, etc) for our 10th anniversary! Saawwwweeeeetttt, huh? I've been admiring all of the images colored with colored pencils and prisma pencils came highly recommended (thanks Diane - thanks for the enabling *wink). I thought I would experiment a bit (before my new toys came) and used the tip of a cotton swabs dipped in a little bit of baby oil to blend in the colors a little better (hard to see in the pics) but it did the job. Although I had to be careful to use a clean one for every color because the colors blended altogether creating a mess (don't ask me why I know this?!!!). The bunnies and parachuted were layered for a 3D effect using Scotch mounting tape.
For Easter gifts, I altered 2 electronic banks that I purchased from an Avon rep for a great price of $8 (retails for $16 in Avon catty). She was offering these at such a low price that I decided to get two since my son and daughter have recently been learning about the value of money. There is an electronic counter on the top of the bank which tells them how many coins they have saved. The banks were clear so it was the perfect excuse to alter them. I was planning on giving the banks to them this past Christmas, but the holidays got way too busy. The kids had their own Easter egg hunt here at home this morning and filled some of the eggs with coins so they could get a good start.
I chose to follow the sketch challenge on Dare U 2 Digi stamp...this is a new upcoming challenge blog where you can only use digi images on your cards. They post challenges every Friday. If you love digital images, you should come on over and check it out! Lots of great inspiration and awesome talent.
stamps: disney princess stamps, digi stamps from melstampz, computer generated sentiments paper: white/yellow/purple cs, unkown manufacturer patterned paper ink: bliss blue for sky, colored pencils accessories: scotch foam mounting tape, baby blue and purple wide grossgrain ribbon, buttons, crochet fleurette, string, prima flowers, glue dots, 3D Cars Movie stickers, nestabilities, glitter glue, red tacky tape, electronic banks from Avon
When I saw this other sample from sketching stamper's blog here, I really wanted to create a card with this particular image. Now, even with some patterned paper already chosen for the project, I had a hard time figuring out how I could paper piece or color or how to even make it into a card, but in the end, I divided and conquered! I really like how this one came out. I originally wanted to make an oval card, but wasn't working too well, but kept the size of the printed egg and this is how it turned out (thus the odd size of the card). I really love the bright colors of the flowers and love the complimentary purple cuttlebugged paper piece. I also layered the middle piece twice. For the first layer, I cut out the entire flower bouquet and for the second layer, I only cut out the middle attached flowers (you can see a close-up above). After finishing the card, then I was trying to figure out where to attach the sentiment (computer generated). I finally decided on a place. I added some glitter glue on some of the flowers and sentiment for the final touches.
For the inside the card, I computer generated the poem as in the first card and printed out a lillies as the focal point. I colored in the image, distressed the edges, and added more glitter glue (I love this stuff).
I know the recommended coloring medium for digi images are copics or prismacolor pencils, but since I don't have either of those, I colored with the images with an aquapainter. It works quite well. After printing, I heat set the ink with my embossing gun and after each color added, I heat set every time so that the ink doesn't smear too much. I found that as long as you don't have your brush too wet and don't brush over the lines too much that the ink barely smears (very minor). And if you are mixing colors together, you can't even tell. The more coloring area the image has the better if you are to use the watercoloring method. I think if you have an image with delicate details, you would have to emboss the image so that the ink doesn't run. Now, I jsut read on Pink Petticoat that there is a spray fixative you can buy to set the ink, but I wouldn't know where to buy one here in the US. I also read recently in Memory Makers magazine (May/June issue) that they carry this special product called Strap-N-Tap Perfect printing pouch in their store. It normally retails for $9.95, but currently on sale for $6.95. This is what is says in the description:
This ravioli-shaped pouch eliminates smearing and bleeding and stops ink from resisting on vellum, shiny papers, textured cardstock, and more. It contains an acid-free, talc-free powder that is applied to the paper surface before printing with your inkjet printer or using markers, gel pens and dye stamping inks.
This product might be a great find...will have to post on this at a later date.
I am going to try to work on more cards this week. It's such a good feeling when my son asks me to make him a card for Easter - this just means that how much he appreciates my work. How sweet! I will be working with digi stamps from Mel from stampztoomuch (she is offering some cute bunnies to play with). So stay tuned...
stamps: no stamps used - digi stamps from sketching stamper paper: white/yellow/purple cs ink: antique linen distress ink, garden green, old olive, pretty in pink, pink passion, yoyo yellow, only orange, taken with teal accessories: clear mini decorative accents, aquapainter, scotch foam mounting tape, ultra thick embossing enamel, sponge for distressing, sewing machine, heat gun, glitter glue, cuttlebug heart blocks and swiss dots embossing folders, yellow and purple wide grossgrain ribbon
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