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.
http://iheart2stamp.com/2010/08/28/winner-announcement-a-new-sketch-and-an-mft-sneak-peek/ 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-
http://www.birdscards.com/Default.aspx?tabid=60 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 http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/ 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.
http://sliekje.blogspot.com/ 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
http://www.digitaltuesday.blogspot.com/ Cora has such wonderful vintage images! The sentiment is by Pauline on her blog-
http://createwithtlc-createwithtlc.blogspot.com/ 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.