Thursday, May 31, 2007

Just Because

As I mentioned yesterday - I received a couple of pre-made base cards from Krista Schneider of Sunshine Designs (Thanks Krista!) that were all ready for me to put my watercoloured image on to. Yesterday I showed you the first one and here’s the second one.

Just Because:
Card dimensions – 5 1/2” h x 4 1/4” w.
Materials: Card Base (Krista Schneider, Sunshine Designs) with pre-stamped images (all stamps from Sunshine Designs). Main image of Purse from the Fashion Stamp Cube (Sunshine Designs) in black Staz-On, watercolour paper, Tombow Markers, Waterbrush (CTMH), glitter glue (Crayola).

I watercoloured the Purse image with various Tombow markers, did a bit of piercing in each of the 4 corners of the main card base, added a bit of glitter to each of the coloured dots on the purse (hard to see in the photo though) – and that was it! Fun and fashionable!

Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Another Sunshine Designs Card

Good morning!
I recently received a couple of pre-made base cards from Krista Schneider of Sunshine Designs (Thanks Krista!) that were all ready for me to put a watercoloured image on to. Here’s is the first one.

Spring Has Sprung:
Card dimensions – 5 1/2” h x 4 1/4” w.

Materials: Card Base (Krista Schneider, Sunshine Designs) with pre-stamped images (all stamps from Sunshine Designs). Main image of Rubber Boots from the Spring Stamp Cube (Sunshine Designs) in black Staz-On, watercolour paper, Tombow Markers, Waterbrush (CTMH), Sakura Stardust pen, Liquid Glass (CTMH).

I watercoloured the Rubber Boots image with various Tombow markers. The fine details are hard to see in the photo but I added some sparkle to the flower petals with a Sakura Stardust pen, then cover the puddle area in Liquid Glass – to look like water. Fun!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Turtle Tuesday Again!

It’s Turtle Tuesday – again!
Hope everyone had as wonderful a weekend as I did – everyone made my birthday so special – thanks!

It’s a bit hard to nail down exactly the best description of today’s card – what do you think?
It is a sliding latch card (using the Word Window punch for the slider through the slots to latch it shut), it is also a tri-fold card of a sort, and the turtle is definitely not your usual type – he’s gone a bit WILD!!!!!!!!!

Howdy! Card and Vellum Envelope:
Card dimensions – 3 3/4” h x 4” w.

And here it is open, with the little sliding latch on the envelope - so you can see how it works:
Materials: CS – Terracotta, Black (CTMH); PP – Wild Adventure paper pack (CTMH); Stamp – Sporty Turtle (Inky Antics); Ink – Black (CTMH); Word Window, Horizontal Slit punch (SU!), black photo hanger (CTMH), Ribbon - Blue, Black grosgrain ribbon (ribbon share texasjodylynn), vellum envelope.

I finished this card off with a little vellum envelope that I lined in the same patterned paper as the card front – just for a bit of pizazz. I like things that match!

I often forget to send out cards “just because” – you know what I mean? We send out lots of special occasion cards for this and that, making sure we remember everyone’s special days – but how about those cards “just because” you are thinking of someone? See if you can do your own Howdy! card, just to say “Hi, I’m thinking of you!”
Oh, and don’t forget to put it in the mail to someone special!!!!!

Until next time, have a great day!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Happy Birthday - To ME!

Well - today is my birthday and I got a very special card - handmade by my DH, DD and DS!!!!!
I thought I would share it with you too - it is so sweet!

Happy Birthday to Me:
Card dimensions 8 1/2" h x 5 1/2" w.

Here's the front:


Here's the inside:


And here's the back:


Materials: CS - White, Blush (CTMH), Ink - Heavenly Blue, Key Lime, Blush (CTMH), markers (Inkadinkado), Stamps - My Favorite Teddy Bear (SU! - soon to be retired!), Princess, promo stamps from Michaels), Punch - Daisy (Marvy).

DD is not quite 3 and loves to "cut, cut, cut" and stamp too. She has her own little collection of stamps (mostly $1.50 CAN Michael's stamps, and some princess ones OF COURSE!). DS is not quite 11 months and really only wants to put things in his mouth or bang on the table with the stamps. DH got them together and helped them make this creation for me - complete with hand prints, feet prints and even lips (DH and DD only).
I'll be back on Tuesday with, of course, a Turtle Tuesday creation!
I hope you have a special day along with me - Enjoy!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Diorama Day

It’s Diorama Day! And it’s Friday!!! Ya Hooooooo!
These little diorama cards are so fun to make and the possibilities are endless as to the stamp sets you could use, and the themes you could do! AND – they fold flat for mailing!!!
The complete instructions on how to make these diorama cards comes from Split Coast Stampers, and can be found HERE. I had a couple of fellow stampers over yesterday to make these, and every one turned out so well!

Hoppy Birthday:
Card dimensions – 3” h x 4 1/2” w.


Materials: CS – White, Sweet Leaf, Cocoa (CTMH); Stamp – Unfrogettable (SU!); Ink – Cocoa, Heavenly Blue, Sweet Leaf (CTMH); 1 3/8” and 11/4” circle punch (SU!), Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps, glitter glue (Crayola), sponge, Stamp-a-ma-jig (SU!).

The back wall of the diorama is stamped to look like clouds, using a cloud template that I cut out of cardstock. The Heavenly Blue ink was sponged over the cloud template, which was placed at different angles to get a more natural look.
I added a strip of Sweet Leaf green CS along the bottom front, which I cut to look like grass. Once the grass strips were cut, I cut various strips at different heights and then sponged the tips with Sweet Leaf ink to highlight it.
I added some glitter to the dots on the toadstools and flowers after I took this photo – just to add a bit of zip to the card. Also, the stamp-a-ma-jig came in handy to get the sentiment on the back piece to fit in the centre of the punched circles – so that it can be read easily.

I am going to punch a small hole in one side, and hang a tag on there so that I can write a personal message without ruining the diorama piece. Then it is off in the mail to a friend who has a birthday coming up at the end of month (and friend, if you’re reading this – keep your eye on the mail!)

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Pawprint on your heart

Today’s card is another special request that I received – for a couple who recently lost their dog companion of many years. These cards are a bit hard to make, but I am happy with how it turned out. The verse is printed on the computer, with the font colour set wtih the r/g/b to match the colour Cocoa from CTMH.

Pawprints:
Card dimensions – 6 ½” h x 5” w.


Materials: CS – White, Twilight, Cocoa (CTMH; Stamp – Dog, paw print and sentiment (Inkadinkado); Ink – Cocoa, Twilight (CTMH); Ribbon – Designer Ribbon Round – Twilight series (CTMH); Ticket corner punch, Large oval punch (SU!), computer font.

That’s it for today. Short and sweet. Get out and enjoy the great warm weather!

Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

In Harmony

Here’s a card using another of my House Mouse stamps – if you don’t have any of these cute stamps check out the House Mouse website HERE. Along with a bunch of new mouse stamps, they just also launched a line of bunny stamps that are just as cute! These stamps are a lot of fun to colour in – using your favorite colouring techniques.

Choir Practice – We’re In Harmony With You:
Card dimensions – 6 ½” w x 5” h.


Materials: CS – White, Black (CTMH), Burgundy (Bazzill); Stamp – Choir Practice (House Mouse); Ink – Black (CTMH); Ribbon – Black gingham (Offray); photo hanger (CTMH), Word Window punch (SU!), computer font, jump ring, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps, Liquid Glass (CTMH).

This card was a special request, made for a choir director who needed to know that his choir was thinking of him, and supporting him at this time. The photo doesn’t show it well, but there is Liquid Glass on each of the berry to add some nice shine to it.
The sentiment was printed on the computer, and then punched out using an elongated Word Window.

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Turtle Tuesday!

Happy Turtle Tuesday – after the long May weekend!! Hope everyone enjoyed themselves and got some time to relax.

This card was inspired by a “stamp-off” sheet that we ended up with after last Thursday’s crafting morning. One of my friends had a very interesting sheet of stamped-off balloons in a bunch on her scrap paper – and it looked great.
So I had to make one just like it, with the little turtle hanging from the balloons.

Turtle Balloons:
Card dimensions - 9” h x 4 ¼” w.


Materials: CS – White, Sweet Leaf (CTMH); Stamp – flower turtle (Inky Antics), Birthday Bash (CTMH), sentiment (Inkadinkado); Ink – Black, Sweet Leaf, Hollyhock (CTMH); Ribbon – white grosgrain (CTMH); horizontal slot punch (SU!), hollyhock eyelets (CTMH), waterbrush (CTMH), Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps.

To get the flower turtle stamp without the flowers he usually has in his hands, I taped off the flowers on the rubber, inked up the stamp, removed the tape and then stamped the turtle. To stamp the many balloons in a bunch, I made 4 balloon masks out of post-it notes, randomly stamped some main image balloons and covered the ones that I wanted to be in the front of the image with the masks. Remember – always stamp from the front of the image (the balloons that would be at the front of the bunch, so that they are shown in their entirety) and then continue to stamp the background ones after masking the front ones (so those ones show as only part balloons).
The grass was painted with my waterbrush and Sweet Leaf ink pad to finish it off.

This card would be great if packaged in a clear cello bag with some nugget chocolates covered in PP to match! A nice little gift!
Tomorrow I'll have another House Mouse creation to share.
Until next time, have a great day!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Box, Lid and Tissue to match - Oh My!

We made it to Friday – YEAH! – and I wish everyone a very safe and happy long weekend! Enjoy yourselves!

Today’s post is a CASE (Copy and share everything) of a project that was highlighted on Nicole Heady’s blog for the new Papertrey stamp set. I don’t have the Little Lady stamp set she used so I used one of the SAB sets from Stampin’ Up.
This little box project is so cute and easy! Check out the link to Nicole’s complete instructions on how to make this oh-so-cute box. I took it a step further, added a matching tag and then made tissue paper to match as well. I love things that all coordinate like this – so I couldn’t stop without the tissue paper too!

Delight Box, Tag and Tissue:


Materials: CS – Breeze (CTMH), White (Paperbilities), Tissue paper; Stamps – Delight in Life (SU!), Ink – Breeze, Black (CTMH); Ribbon – black grosgrain, black gingham (Offray); ¼” hole punch (Staples).

I started off with a 12” x 12” piece of the white cardstock (make sure you measure first to ensure that you cardstock is 12” x 12” – as some come slightly varied – example 12” x 11 ¾” and you need it to be completely square). I decorated it with my stamp set, and followed Nicole’s instructions on how to make the box. I cut the square for the box base slightly smaller – by 1/8” – so that it would fit into the top securely. I stamped the same pattern and colours on the tissue paper as well. The whole project came together very quickly and was a lot of fun. I am really pleased with the results!! Make sure you give this one a try!

I’ll be back on Tuesday (because of the long weekend) – with Turtle Tuesday! Hope to see you too!
Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Almost to the Long Weekend - Hang In!

It’s Thursday – and we’re almost to the first long weekend in a long time, kicking off the summer season! Not sure if the weather will cooperate and give us real “Summer-like” weather – but we can always hope!

Today – I thought I would show you a little set for those of us with a sweet tooth. Yep! I love treats! The layout is the same for all 3 designs, and I just played up different colours for each. Would make a nice set to give as a little gift of All Occasion note cards. I just LOVE the bright colours!

A Trio of Sweets:
Card dimensions: 3 7/8” w x 3 3/8” h.

Materials: CS – Black, turquoise, raspberry (Bazzill); Paper – Professional Grade Watercolour paper (Hilroy); Stamps – BonBon Cube (Sunshine Designs), Ink – Black (CTMH); Ribbon – ribbon share texasjodylynn; Tombow markers, waterbrush (CTMH), Ticket corner punch (SU!).

I have some friends coming by again today to work on some things - I hope to post the finished projects tomorrow - should be fun!
Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

It's Wednesday!

For today – we have another Birthday drive-by, but no moving parts this time! I really do love that little truck! So glad it is not on the retiring list!

Birthday Truck:
Card dimensions: 6” w x 3 ½ ” h.

And since it is a donut card - here it is open:

Materials: CS – green (Bazzill), Ocean, Black, white (CTMH); Stamps – Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories (SU!), Ink – Black (CTMH); Tombow markers, waterbrush (CTMH), 1 ¼”, 1 3/8” circle, slit punch (SU!), Black eyelets (CTMH).

The Tombow markers do such a nice job of the watercolour look, and the colours are so vibrant – great to match the Ocean coloured cardstock.

Tomorrow – a trio of sweets – to start you looking forward to the May long weekend!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Happy Turtle Tuesday!

Happy Turtle Tuesday!
The colours I used today can’t but make you smile – they are so bright and Spring-like! (Who says turtles have to be coloured in ‘real’ colours! Not me!)

Thank You Turtle:
Card dimensions: 6 ½” w x 3 ¾” h.


Materials: CS – green, pink (Bazzill); Paper – professional grade watercolour paper (Hilroy); Stamps – All Natural (SU!), Flower Turtle (Inky Antics); Ribbon – polka dot grosgrain (Offray); Ink – True Black Archival Ink (CTMH); Tombow markers, waterbrush (CTMH), dimensionals (SU!).

If anyone is looking for a great black ink to stamp images they want to watercolour – this True Black Archival Ink from CTMH is worth a try. It is waterproof, and does not smudge when you apply the water to the colours. I am always frustrated, as ones that say they are for watercolouring rarely work as they promise or they are not a true black, and look almost purple. But this ink does as it says – no smearing! I also got the cleaner especially made for this ink as well - worked very well!
I drew the grass on either side of the turtle by hand with the brush style end of the Tombow marker and then inked up the Thank You sentiment with the same marker.
Nice and simple with a clean look.

I believe this All Natural stamp set (from which I used the Thank You stamp) is on the Stampin’ Up list to be retired. I am glad I have it – I really like the font of this Thank You and use it quite often.
Tomorrow…. it is another Birthday drive-by!

Until next time, have a great day!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to everyone! Hope you spend some time with a special person today!

Here is the card I made for my Mom (although we say Mum in my family!). I went for a more elegant look, and thus used only 1 shade of ink to stamp my images and sentiment. I love the flourishes in this stamp set - can be used for anything!

My Mom:
Card dimensions 6" square


Materials: CS - Grey Flannel, Blush, White, Black (CTMH); Stamp - My Mom (CTMH); Ink - Grey Wool (CTMH); Ribbon - ribbon share (texasjodylynn); heart charm, 1/4" hole punch (Staples), Poem "When you thought I wasn't looking". computer font.

On the front, I first stamped the base flourish with a second generation of ink (stamp first onto scrap paper, then onto your card), then stamped the highlight with a first generation ink (ink up and stamp right onto card). This gives a very nice tone-on-tone look for these two-step stamps.

Inside, I printed out a poem I got from Split Coast Stampers called "When you thought I wasn't looking". Here are the words, I thought it was so appropriate for a Mother's Day card.


WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN’T LOOKING
By Mary Rita Schilke Korzan

When you thought I wasn’t looking, you displayed my first report, and I wanted to do another.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, you fed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, you gave me a sticker, and I knew that little things were special things.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, you put your arm around me, and I felt loved.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw tears come from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things hurt--but that it’s all right to cry.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, you smiled, and it made me want to look that pretty too.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, you cared, and I wanted to be everything I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking--I looked...and wanted to say thanks for all those things you did when you thought I wasn’t looking.

I hope you have a great day - whatever you may be doing today! Until next time......

Friday, May 11, 2007

A Drive By

Happy Friday - Yeah! It's the weekend! Hope you have a great one!

Today's card is a fun one - it's a Birthday Drive By! It is a slight variation on the usual slider/pull card, and makes it look like the little truck is driving by - take a look.

Driving By:
Card dimensions 8 1/2" w x 3 3/4" h

First view - "Driving By":
Here's a close up.


Second view after sliding/pulling open - "With a birthday Hi!":
Here's a close up.


Materials: CS - Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, Blush, White, Desert Sand (CTMH); Stamp - Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories (SU!); Ink - Black (CTMH); Ribbon - ribbon share from texasjodylynn, large pink brad (Making Memories), Punches - 1/2" (SU!), 1/4" (Staples); Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stump, Sakura Stardust Pen, Pop dots.
The sentiment is actually all on one stamp, so I masked off the words that I did not want with regular Scotch tape, inked up the stamp, removed the tape and then stamped on the cardstock.
So much fun to make! And makes me smile every time I pull it open!
I have another Mother's Day card to make, but I'll post that later - perhaps this weekend or Monday! I needed a birthday card for Saturday - so I worked on this instead.
Have a great weekend - get out and get some fresh air!
Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Finding Inspiration

Hope everyone is out enjoying the nice warmer weather that has finally arrived (at least in Ontario!). Mother's Day is coming up this weekend - and I hope everyone has a least one special lady in their life that can celebrated! And don't forget to celebrate yourself (and pets do count as kids, as does DH at times!)
I was looking at paint chips in Home Depot the other day, and saw a wonderfully coloured inspiration pamphlet from Behr Paints. It was the Subtle Blends palette and the colours were so beautiful together - take a look:


I know doing card using paint chip samples in not new - but it is new to me, as I never felt inspired by them. But this Behr pamphlet really caught my eye. So I grabbed the paint chips that matched the cover, and the contrasting flowers - and here is the result. I just had to use the In Full Bloom stamp set from Stampin' Up - to honour it, as it is now on the retiring list!



Materials: Stamp - In Full Bloom (retiring soon, SU!), Inkadinkadoo sentiment; CS - white; Ink - Black StazOn, Black (CTMH); Ribbon (Offray), Word Window punch (SU!), white small brad (CTMH), Cuttlebug and Cuttlebug embossing folder - textiles (Provocraft); Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stump, Liquid Glass (CTMH), glass microbeads (Halcraft), paint chip - Behr (Home Depot).
I really like the microbeads in the centre of the flower, they add a bit of dimension and sparkle - but thank goodness for tweezers - those little things kept running away from me!
Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Another Faux Wood background!

Here is the other card I made using a Faux Wood background, with a twist. I sprayed the CS lightly with water and then crumpled it up to add some texture. Keep in mind that wood grain does not run in all directions - just up and down, so keep your crumpling to a linear, almost fold action, so that the texture runs with the grain you add using your ink pads.

After you crumple - let it dry and then lightly smooth out the paper until it has as much texture as you like. Take at look at my sample.


Heard you're moo-ving:
Card dimensions: 6" w x 5 1/2" h


Materials: Stamp - Walk this Way (retired, SU!); Ink - Black, White Daisy, Grey Wool, Bamboo (CTMH); CS - Grey Wool, Black, Grey flannel, White (CTMH); black fine point marker (Marvy), mini pop dots, Word Window punch (SU!), computer font, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stump.
Hope you are inspired! The rest of the week will probably be centred on Mother's Day cards - so don't forget your Mom (or Mum as we say in our family) or Grandma or other special mother-figure in your life!
Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Happy Turtle Tuesday!

Happy Turtle Tuesday! YEAH! I really missed not having a turtle last week – so I had some fun making this one!

This is one of my new stamp sets from Inky Antics – Sporty Turtle Set (great for boys!).

All Aboard:
Card dimensions 4 ¼ “ w x 5 ½ ” h


Materials: Stamp – Sporty Turtle Clear Set (Inky Antics); Ink –Black (CTMH); CS –White (CTMH), green; PP – Sandbox Stripe (Chatterbox); white grosgrain ribbon (CTMH), white brads, white photo hanger (CTMH), word window punch (SU!), pop dots, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps.

I was having a little laugh to myself as I stamped each of these critters on top of each other – ALL ABOARD THE BOARD!!!!! LOL!

Tomorrow I will post the other card using my second Faux Wood piece, with a slight twist to the Faux Wood – so hope you can drop by!

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, May 7, 2007

Chickens!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

I was playing with the Faux Wood technique last week and had a blast working on Barn-like cards with this great background technique!

Strut Your Stuff:
Card dimensions 6 ½” w x 5” h

And here is a close up of the fence and the chicken:


Materials: Stamp – Walk This Way (retired, SU!); Ink – White Daisy, Black, Grey Wool (CTMH); CS – Grey Wool, Black, Bamboo, White (CTMH); black fine point marker (Marvy), mini pop dots, Word Window punch (SU!), computer font, copper deco wire, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps.

To do the Faux Wood background, I used a CS base of Bamboo. I ran the White Daisy Ink pad along the CS lengthwise, and then ran the Grey Wool ink pad over this, in the same direction, until I was happy with the look and colouring. Then I used the black fine point marker and a ruler to draw the board lines and nail dots. I was really pleased with the look when it was done – and it was just calling for a chicken to walk across it – so I borrowed the Walk This Way stamp set from a friend (Thanks PITA)!

I searched for a Chicken wire stamp, but the one from SU! retired a few years ago, and the one at stampingfreak.com is out of stock (both mounted and unmounted) so I made my own with copper decorative wire. I don’t think I would do this again, as it was way too time consuming!!!!!
I have one more card like this, with a slight twist to the Faux Wood – so I’ll post it on Wednesday after Turtle Tuesday tomorrow! Yeah!

Until next time, have a great day!

Friday, May 4, 2007

Sunshine Designs Highlight Week Day 5

It’s Day #5 – and the final day - of designs highlighting Sunshine Designs stamps! To end the week I am celebrating with a Sweet Waterfall!
For the previous designs, see Day #1 HERE, Day #2 HERE, Day #3 HERE, and Day #4 HERE.


The Sweet Waterfall:


And here are the 3 other images in the waterfall as it opens - and reveals the word SWEET.


Materials: Cardstock - Topiary, White (Close To My Heart); Patterned Paper – Background & Textures, Topiary (Close To My Heart); Stamp – BonBon Cube (Sunshine Designs); Ink – Black (Close To My Heart); ribbon (Offray), Ink – Hollyhock, Topiary, Buttercup, Black (Close To My Heart); watercolor brush (Close To My Heart), 2-way glue pen, fine point (Zig), Dazzling Diamonds glitter (Stampin’ Up!), horizontal slot punch (Stampin’ Up!), Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug alphabet die – Olivia (Provocraft), white button nail heads (Close To My Heart).


Colouring Technique: Watercolor brush and water-based ink pads – on white cardstock.

Other Techniques Used: Glitter, and Waterfall Card design.

This is another design using this Sunshine Designs stamp cube (or Nuggitz) – and you can see all 4 images from this stamp cube on the one card! This waterfall style is a great way to showcase coordinating images or text – and HERE is a link to the tutorial on how to do waterfall cards from SplitCoast Stampers. Don’t limit yourself to images that are this size – you can change the dimensions to work with whatever stamp sizes you want!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s highlight of some Sunshine Designs stamps. Remember to ask your LSS to see if they can order some of these in for you!

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Sunshine Designs Highlight Week Day 4

It’s Day #4 of designs using Sunshine Designs stamps! And today and tomorrow are for those of us with a Sweet Tooth!
For the previous designs, see Day #1 HERE, Day #2 HERE, and Day #3 HERE.

The Cupcake:



Materials: Cardstock - Cocoa, White (Close To My Heart); Stamp – BonBon Cube (Sunshine Designs); Ink – Black (Close To My Heart); ribbon (Offray), Prismacolor pencils, odorless mineral spirits, blending stumps, paper piercer/mat (Making Memories), dimensionals (Stampin’ Up!).


Colouring Technique: Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps – on white cardstock.

Other Techniques Used: Paper piercing around main image border.

This is another Sunshine Designs stamp cube (or Nuggitz) – so there are actually 4 images of various sweet things or Bon Bons!
Make sure you drop in for tomorrow’s card – it’s a Sweet Waterfall, where you can see all 4 images from this stamp cube!

Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Sunshine Designs Highlight Week Day 3

And on to Day #3 of designs using Sunshine Designs stamps!
See Day #1 HERE, and Day #2 HERE.

I thought we would change up the seasons and take a look at Christmas! Christmas in May – what do you think??!! And instead of a card, it is a scrapbook page layout.

Dear Santa:


Materials: Cardstock – Red (Bazzill), Breeze, Black, White (Close To My Heart); Stamp – Whimsey Santa (Sunshine Designs), Christmas Memories (Close To My Heart); Ink – StazOn – Black (Tsukineko), Breeze, Desert Sand, Black (Close To My Heart), Blush Blossom (Stampin’ Up!); watercolor brush (Close To My Heart), Sakura Stardust pen, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug alphabet die – Olivia (Provocraft), white square brads (Close To My Heart).

Colouring Technique: Watercolor brush and water-based ink pads – on white cardstock.

I think this would be perfect for a photo of a little one opening up a present that they had SO hoped Santa would bring them. The photo would be slipped under the photo corners for ease of insertion.
I have such a photo of my DD opening her TMX Elmo this past Christmas – the face says it all! She just about jumped out of her skin when he spoke to her! So much fun!!

For Thursday and Friday, we will end out the week with something for those of us with a sweet tooth!
Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Sunshine Designs Highlight Week - Day 2

And on to Day #2 of designs using Sunshine Designs stamps!
See Day #1 HERE.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m going to skip this week’s installment of Turtle Tuesday – since Sunshine Designs doesn’t have a Turtle stamp! (Again, Krista, if you’re reading this – I need your oh-so-cute turtle illustration turned into a stamp cube! Pretty please!!!!!!!!!!) I did, however, make the card in a green colour so that it is not WAY off base for Turtle Tuesday (which will return next week, with a brand new design!).

I used the Boy’s Life stamp cube again for today's card (on the cube there are 4 images: the shoes featured on Day #1, a car used today, an old fashioned TV with the game Pong on it, and a comic book)

The Car:
Card dimensions 8 ½” w x 3 ½” h.


Materials: CS – solid, striped (Wild Asparagus, My Favorite Things); Paper – Professional grade watercolour paper (Hilroy); Stamp – Boy’s Life Cube (Sunshine Designs); Ink – Black (Close To My Heart); Prismacolor pencils, odorless mineral spirits, blending stumps, grosgrain ribbon (Wild Asparagus, My Favorite Things), ¼” hole punch (Staples), Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart), jump ring, key charm, dimensionals (Stampin’ Up!).


Colouring Technique: Prismacolor pencils, odorless mineral spirits, blending stumps – on watercolour paper.

Other Techniques Used: Liquid Glass on front window and headlights – for that ‘glass’ look. It doesn't show this very well in the photo, but looks (and feels) cool!

This would make a great card for someone turning 16, getting a new car, getting their learners permit or drivers license, or even taking a road trip! Even though this is from the Boy’s Life stamp cube, it doesn’t have to be for a boy – it could really be for anyone!

Until next time, have a great day!