Thursday, July 22, 2010

Beautiful Butterfly CASE

First I have to say HI! to all my Convention going Pals!! I know you are all having a blast, can't wait to hear all about it!!

This card was CASED by DoStamper, Dawn Olchfeske. I loved the design, but to make it my 'own', I wanted to tweek a few elements!

* Very Vanilla cardbase
* Very Vanilla butterfly kreated with the Big Shot and Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die

My tweeks:
* Distressed the edges of my butterfly using a sponge dauber inked in Soft Suede ink
* GOLD EMBOSSED image and sentiment - the floral spray, as well as the sentiment, from Elements of Style, were inked in VersaMark and then sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder. Then with my Heat Tool, heated for a beautiful shiny raised image. SO pretty and you'll have to trust me as it was very hard to capture the look of the embossing. TRY IT :) You'll like it! ;)
* Colored in the images with Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Old Olive inks using a fine tipped q-tip
* With my Color Spritzer, added some Soft Suede and Pretty in Pink speckles for a more aged look.

Without having to reinvent the wheel, a few little tweeks and I've added my own touch! Hope you like my tweeks ;)
Thank you to my faithful followers, I can't believe how quickly summer is going by! I'm glad to have taken this breather from blogging and really enjoy these lazy, crazy days. Unfortunately I know they are quickly running out - ugh, only about 6more weeks :( But that means back to more time for kreating and sharing with you :) Thanks for stopping by for a little dose of me ;)

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

irRESISTible :)

Not only could I not resist this sweet bird, but I could not help but use him with the emboss resist technique! And a cute 3x3, BONUS cute factor!! :) This was a new technique for my class and they loved how easy it was to do and of course how cool it was. So if you've never done this before, get some supplies and get ready to be wowed ;) Quick and easy, I promise!

* Start with a 3x3 Whisper White card base
* Ink up your hummer from Elements of Style with VersaMark, sprinkle on Clear Embossing Powder, and with Heat Tool, emboss to a shiny raised image.
* FUN part!! Take any color classic ink, I used my favorite returning in-color, Baja Breeze, and inked up a piece of sponge.
* In circular motion, apply your ink on top of and around your bird. Go ahead, its ok, the clear embossed image RESISTS the ink. How cool right? One of my ladies happened to get nervous that she did something wrong because there was 'blue' on her bird... nothing wrong, this bird has a very intricate design, so the blue does show up on the bird. If you'd like a darker hue around your bird, continue to ink up your sponge and reapply around your bird.
* Many of you know that I enjoy my daubers for distressing. After seeing my Pal Ann Schach using the Color Spritzer, I decided it high time to dust mine off!! For the longest time I could not get this little tool to work right (either too much ink or nothin?!) After some playing, it seemed to definitely make a difference to hold the Color Spritzer with the marker on top (an aha/dah moment for me- insert embarrased look here!) With a firm quick squish, you get those pretty speckles (Yeah Ann I got it, with no 'splat') It really adds a great effect, with minimal effort. Once ya figure it out LOL
I hope I'm not the only one that struggled with this little tool!
* So, I Color Spritzed with Soft Suede and then with my handy dandy dauber, distressed the edges with Soft Suede too.
* Each image from the Elements of Style set was used to kreate each card just slightly different. Soft Suede was my ink of choice with a little bit of rhinestone and pearl bling!!

Can you resist these hummers? LOL Let me know what ya think - I love to read your thoughts :)

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Not quite what I had in mind!

Here I am ;) Did ya miss me? ;) Summer brings new schedules, routines, to-dos, and lots of time with my kiddos, so I haven't been blogging or stamping as much. I know, {gasp}, but I am enjoying the summer to the fullest, it always ends way too soon for me! All sorts of new goodies from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog, will be coming my way shortly, so I'm sure I will be more than eager to play a bit and of course share :)

Jeesh, it hasn't been that long, but already I am a bit rusty. Don't ya hate when that happens?? I'll share my 'rust' with you anyway, is that ok? The colors were definitely a bit of a challenge for me, so can I blame my rust on my 'failed' color challenge?! 'Nough complaining... PPA50 challenge today is So Saffron, Choc Chip and Basic Gray.
I chose the very versatile set Elements of Style - such beautiful images and really, I think you can do any occasion with it!
*The Circle Scissors Plus is the perfect must have tool for making circles. I love this tool!!! Cut out circle from Watercolor Paper (approx 3" diam)
*Inked up the floral image in Choc Chip ink and stamped on Watercolor Paper. Using my Aquapainter, I lightly went over some of the choc chip to blend into the flower and stems - left it to dry a bit
*On my standard So Saffron card base, I stamped the flourish image in Choc Chip and highlighted with my White Signo Gel Pen. Distressed the edges of the card with more Choc Chip ink using my dauber
*Sentiment was inked in Basic Gray between flourishes
*Bird image was inked in Basic Gray and stamped off once to get a softer/lighter image. Snipped out my bird with precision using my paper snips. Daubbed the edge of my bird with more choc chip ink
*Returned to my floral image and 'painted' my yellow roses with So Saffron reinker. TIP: kreate depth and division of florals with darker and lighter flowers. Use a dryer brush for a darker pigment. When completely dry, go back in with your coordinating marker to highlight/darken an area.
* Added a little Vanilla Smooch Spritz to the floral image and placed on dimensionals.

Hmmm, what went wrong? Looked so much better in my head. LOL Can't win 'em all!

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