Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Double the Fun

I love participating in the weekly challenges held by Splitcoast Stampers. Not only are the challenges fun but they can help you to overcome the creative block that many of us tend to run into. You must check them out!

With today's card, I combined Monday's Clean & Simple challenge (CAS08) and Tuesday's Color Combo challenge (CC212) This is the card I came up with....

CAS was inspired by a particular sketch and the color challenge was to use Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip. I think I rose to this double fun challenge.
For the flowers, I used the flower stamp from SU!'s Best Wishes & More stamp set. I did the Rock-N-Roll technique...ink image with light color first and then 'roll' the outer edges in a darker color. I then punched them out with the 5-Petal Flower punch.
Then, I re-punched the flower using the 1-1/4" Circle punch. This just creates a 'different' flower image. I LOVE using my punches for double duty!

A quick tip: Before re-punching, adhere punch piece onto scrap paper to easily insert and hold for punch.
Here's a close up of the finished flowers.
Below is a card where I used the same technique only I re-punched the flower using the same punch (slightly askewed).
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you find inspiration everywhere. Stop by again soon.

Stamps - Best Wishes & More, Yummy
Ink - Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip (card 1), Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point (card 2)
Paper - Whisper White, Pink Pirouette (card 1), Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, Delicate Dots DSP (card 2)
Accessories - 5-Petal Flower punch, 1-1/4" Circle punch, Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Choc. Chip Dbl. stitched ribbon, So Saffron 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot Backgrounds #1 texturez plate, brads

Monday, March 30, 2009

Fast Forward....

...to the present. Today, I know a lot more about paper crafting, card making and the different techniques. I have evolved...to some extent anyway.

I still enjoy markering direct to the stamp. This card uses the 'thumping' technique. It's a great way to add more color to your unstamped image.

Inspired by my soon-to-flower dogwood tree out back, I wanted my image to 'blossom'. So, I added clear micro beads. It's difficult to see in the photo but in real life (irl) it sparkles and I love the outcome.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you find inspiration everywhere!



Stamps - Thoughts & Prayers

Inks - Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Regal Rose markers

Paper - Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand, Garden Green, Whisper White, Delicate Dots DSP

Accessories - Build-a-brad Antique Brass, Certainly Celery ribbon, clear micro beads, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A First Post

Hello! A warm welcome to you all. This is my first blog post. I've been a blog stalker for way too long now and thought it time to jump in and have the opportunity to share my creativity with others. I love sharing the art of rubber stamping and paper crafting. Please know that you are never alone. There are many of us out there willing to share and be of inspiration. That is my wish for you....to be inspired.

Since this is my first post, I thought I would share with you my very first card ever. It is always fun to take a look back through the archives and see just how far we have evolved as artists. I feel I have come a very long way. It has been a fabulous journey for me and I hope yours is, has and will be for you too. So, here's my card....

I had just received my first stamp set and markers from Stampin' Up! The demonstrator showed how to block color your image with markers....I was hooked! And have been ever since. I still have this set...don't use it anymore. But don't we all have those sets that we just can't part with?

Thanks for stopping by today. Come back again soon!

Creatively Yours,

Supplies: unknown card stock, decorative scissors, pink brads, SU! markers, SU! stamp set - Fun Filled