Thursday, October 7, 2010

Stars and Stamps Sketch # 37

I've missed a week or so but here is this week's sketch card. Sort of vintage and masculine.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Stars and Stamps sketch #35 and challenge

Here is this week's sketch from OWH's Stars and Stamps blog. In addition to making the sketch I also went for Barb's challenge. Purple, penguin, and holiday card on moldie old paper for OWH. You didn't have to do all the challenges but I couldn't resist. The penguin is an old digital freebie and I am very sorry to admit I don't know who the artist is. Kinda cute though.

At first I couldn't think of any penguin stamps I had but then I remembered these little guys from The Cat's Pajamas. Little goofballs! I added a sentiment from Hero Arts and a few Studio G snowflakes. The bottom layers are Cuttlebug embossed. I'm still happily using up the pack of purple stripe paper from Lasting Impressions I bought a least a year ago. Not sure if that is actually 'old'! ;-)
I've got an idea for another penguin holiday card so there may be more to come!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Halloween Wishes

Waltzingmouse sketch challenge blog's offering for this week caught my eye. I'm waiting for my first ever WM order and am so excited! I've been making samples for my challenge for the Harvest Home Haven event. Use paint chips! The Waltzingmouse sketch seemed perfect for paint chips. I added some zigzag stitching with my sewing machine.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts. The background paper is from a Christmas stack. (I know, very strange, LOL) The painted wood skeleton was a RAK from Ann in Utah. Thanks!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Barb H CASE for Stars and Stamps blog

I've been a fan of Barb's for some years now so I was delighted with the opportunity to CASE one of her cards. Check out her blog
The butterfly is painted with Twinkling H2Os. There is gold leafing around the edges of the stamped pieces. It is sparkly but you will just have to take my word for it, LOL. The butterfly image was a RAK and I don't know who the stamp maker is. Beautiful though. The background is chalked. Sentiment is Hero Arts.
Thanks for the inspiration Barb!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Stars & Stamps and Michelle Perkett Studio

Michelle Perkett Studio and OWH's Stars and Stamps blog joined together to challenge cardmakers to create birthday cards using Michelle Perkett's images. This digital stamp, Mary Margaret, has an apple in her hands but I gave her a birthday package to hold for this card. It is an old stamp from The Cat's Pajamas. The clothes were paper pieced which was a little bit of a challenge as one has to run the papers through the printer. I used solid origami papers which I tacked to a base of text weight paper before running them through the printer. The bits and pieces were cut out and glued to a previously colored print of Mary Margaret.
Thanks to Michelle for the challenge and the freebie of Mary Margaret she offered to the Stars and Stamps blog recently. How kind! Check out the Michelle Perkett Studio blog.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Stars and Stamps mid week throwdown

The Midweek Throwdown challenge on the OWH Stars and Stamps blog was to make thank you cards with autumn themes. The oval frame and sentiment were printed on the computer. I used Spellbinders dies and a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The yellow and black strip is embossed Core'dination paper that was sanded.
The background paper on this card and the first card are William Morris prints from an old calendar. The round frame is a digital image from Bird's blog I added the text before printing and colored it afterwards. Again I used Spellbinders dies.

This one has actual rubber stamping, LOL. The sentiment is an old one from Stampa Rosa while the frame is from Serendipity Stamps. I love this full sized Cuttlebug embossing folder. The shear ribbon is metallic but the camera doesn't catch that.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stars and Stamps Sketch 34 Thank you

Here is this week's sketch from the OWH Stars and Stamps blog. They had the additional challenges of using yellow and making it a 'thank you' card. I actually have made about a half dozen cards from this sketch now but this was the first one I remembered to use yellow on and make it a 'thank you'. ;-P

The poppies are a digital image by Chrissy Le. The Thank You stamp is a Delta rubber stamp. I used a couple of Spellbinders dies on this one.
If you visit my blog over time you might have noticed I am wild about recycling stuff. On this card I used a worn out hot water bottle to stamp the background. Really!

Googlie Eyed Monsters!

Here come the spooky, googlie eyed monsters! I used Recollections and Studio G stamps on this one and colored it with Prismacolor pencils.
No stamps on this one. A few die cuts with Spellbinder and Sizzix dies and a border punch from SU! The Spooktacular ribbon is a few years old and no longer available.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Yolanda's digi challenge

Yolanda offered up a digital stamp she drew to challenge us to make cards for OWH. Well I didn't make mine into Any Hero cards so they don't fit the challenge but I think they will work as cards to mail home to family. The card uses the current Stars and Stamps sketch. Hooah!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

OLC Tree challenge

This is my first time posting a challenge card for the One Layer Challenge on the Simplicity by Late Blossom blog. I admire Susan's clean and simple style.

The trees stamp is by Rubber Tree Stamps and, I believe, is no longer available. The sentiment is though. Verve makes it.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Stars and Stamps Midweek Throwdown; Halloween

This card uses a sketch by Leigh O'Brien for The Cat's Pajamas. I used some goofy, puffy skeleton stickers on it.
This little doll is a digital freebie from Glamourie in Ireland. She is adorable! The background paper is done with Distress inks and a Hero Arts background stamp.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I {heart} to stamp sketch challenge

I was on a roll with this stamp and paper. Jen's sketches are a blast. The stamps are from a set by Recollections which I stamped and embossed. I pulled the Twinkling H2Os out to color with. There is lots of sparkle though you can't see it in the photo.

Stars and Stamps sketch#32

This week's sketch from the OWH Stars and Stamps blog. So clean and simple that it really showcases the image. Love that!
This little monster is so fun to color! I used Twinkling H2Os and black embossing powder. A crackle stamp and distress ink on the background. I'm sorry to say I don't remember who made that fun little monster background paper. It came out some years ago. Wish I had more!

Turned the sketch 45 degrees for this one. I used acrylic paints on the background and die cut ends. Old unknown stamps. The howling coyote always makes me think of missing someone.

Last look at this sketch ;-) The carnation frame is a digital freebie from Bird's blog- I just added the sentiment with the computer.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Stars and Stamps midweek throwdown

This week's throw down was a recipe challenge. Use a die cut or punch, ribbon and heat or dry embossing. I finished this card, photographed it and then went online. Such a wonderful surprise to discover it matched the challenge exactly! I use Spellbinder & Sizzix dies and a Cuttlebug embossing plate. The sentiment is heat embossed white on navy. And the pretty white ribbon. Hmm, maybe I should buy a lotto ticket today? LOL.

Stars and Stamps Sketch 31

Here is this week's sketch!
This vintage digital freebie seemed so fun to me. It is an unusual color but that made it a fun challenge to work with. The background is a stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. Boy, I am so sorry they have gone out of business! The sentiment is Hero Arts.

Another digital freebie. I can't seem to get enough of them these days. It put me in mind of cool water which is completely welcome on these over 100 degree days. Delicious memories.

Brayered background Thanksgiving

I cannot resist a pun!

The background is brayered Kaleidacolor pad, Autumn Leaves on glossy white cardstock. The turkeys in the trees stamp is from Cornish Heritage Farms (no longer available). Sentiment was printed with the computer.

I live in a town where turkeys were let loose and now live in flocks here and there. This is not a small town. We have about 161,000 people living here but ambling turkeys stop traffic!

Monday, August 23, 2010

More S&S Throwdown cards

I played more with the Michelle Perkett Studio images for this week's Stars and Stamps mid-week throwndown challenge. They were such fun to work with! While this gal is actually called Goldilocks I went with a different look. The sentiment stamp is from Serendipity Stamps.
Mary Margaret in a crisp red and green combo, lol. I went with the sort of gingham look from the printed paper when coloring her dress. (Thanks Karen for the paper!) The apples are an older Studio G stamp.
Just a couple more fall themed versions of Mary Margaret! This fun Basic Grey printed paper was my inspiration.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Autumn Leaves

Looking through an old (2003) Card Creations magazine I was inspired by a couple of cards to pull out my recycled corrugated cardboard. It is from light bulb packaging. After coloring it with spray inks I had fun making autumn themed cards. This card is a lift of a beautiful card by Sharon Lewis. She used a large velum leaf which had been dry embossed. I went with dyed paper and a Sizzix die.
Using the same Sizzix die, different leaf, I cut small leaves that fit on inch squares. The leaves are embellished with colored wire. The sentiment stamp is an Anna Griffin design. This card and the ones below were inspired by a card from Nancy Church also in the Cards Creations magazine.

I went with pearl cotton embroidery thread instead of wire on this card.

A very simple version. I like all the texture working with the corrugated cardboard gives.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stars and Stamps midweek throwdown challenge

This week's throwndown was to use one of the sweet digital images shared by Michelle Perkett Studios. I chose this Goldilocks drawing. I used this week's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge from Fun!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stars and Stamps sketch challenge #30

Here is this week's sketch from OWH-s Stars and Stamps blog.
Last year I bought this Inkadinkado sentiment stamp too late to use it for any OWH Thanksgiving cards so I'm delighted to get to use it now. Used some punches and dies for the leaves (Cuttlebug), acorns, border strip (Martha Stewart). It was a fun one to make.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Stars and Stamps Midweek Throwdown Challenge

Autumn with no sentiment. That to me was a big challenge! It was fun to use this great tree image from Curtis's Collection along with the Basic Grey paper. The wild fiber seemed like it was made for this card.

Inkadinkado sunflower stamps and a Cuttlebug leaf die. Very simple! Oh and the bee stamp too.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Stars & Stamps sketch #29

Here is this week's sketch from OWH's S&S blog.
This one also meets the Midweek Throwndown challenge, autumn & no sentiment. The cute little scarecrow is an older Studio G image.

This little guy is a digital freebie from Sliekje. She has lots of cute ones.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Stars and Stamps sketch #27

Here is this week's sketch from the OWH Stars and Stamps blog. I love the horizontal strips!
I combined 2 digital freebies on the front panel. The fairy is from Cora has such wonderful vintage images! The sentiment is by Pauline on her blog- Boy do I wish I had her talent at creating text art!
There is an actual rubber stamp used to make this card, LOL. It is from Hero Arts and is used as a resist on the vertical strip and tone on tone for the base. The image is colored with Prismacolor pencils and Distress inks for the edging, resist background and the base layer tone on tone. The strips are paper lace and ribbon.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Stars and Stamps sketch #27

Here is this week's sketch challenge from OWH's Stars and Stamps blog. I happen to think it is a particularly nice one ;-D Thanks Karen!
It just so happens I have a card ready made for this sketch. The Uncle Sam image is in the public domain and I added the sentiment in PSE. That fun ribbon I have had for years. It gets pulled out for patriotic holidays and thank you cards for our troops. The star embossing folder was a treat I bought myself when I could no longer resist it, lol.
You can see a couple more of my cards made with this sketch here-

Friday, July 23, 2010

Stars and Stamps midweek throwdown

This week's throwdown was to use one of the digital images kindly shared with us on the Stars and Stamps blog by Anthony. I chose his manga drawing and it was great fun to work with! I digital paper pieced her dress, shoes and ribbons and colored her skin and hair with Prismacolor pencils. Used McGill and Martha Stewart punches and Spellbinders dies.