Friday, July 31, 2009

Hanna Stamps Friday Challenge

Sorry, but this is going to be a quick post so I am not late for work. Joycelyn was the host today and our challenge was to watercolor. Boy my copics were screaming and the longer I watercolored the ruder they became...spoiled brats!

I love the Happy Halloween scarecrow from Hanna Stamps that came out last year, I use it a lot for fall cards and I have been known to use it on a scrapbook page (once) Hey, I've only made 3!!!.

Pretty self explanatory card, I stamped the scarecrow and masked him to stamp the pumpkins. I used my SU Water Color Crayons to do the watercoloring.

Kept the embellishments to a minimum so you could see the Halloween stamps used on the dp for accents. A couple of buttons and a strip of brown and white checked ribbon and this Not so Scarey scarecrow is ready to work.

Tomorrow is the weekly Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge post and the........ much anticipated ....FIRST.... of three posts of the Hanna Stamps Guest Designer Round #2 projects. Tomorrows entry will be a card. Be sure to stop by and check it out and then go scout out my competition from the other 14 girls. The projects will be posted on the Hanna Stamps forum on Split Coast Stampers.

Okay, gotta run.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Is your day a little Rough around the Edges?

Some days this is exactly how I feel :) Who wouldn't smile when they got a Get Well card this cute?

Some days you just want to stay in your comfy shell, hot liquid, favorite blankie and warm ..who cares what they look like socks!

This is another new image at KLM Digital Designs called Sick Turtle. Colored with copic markers and then to emphasize the not feeling sharp I distressed all the edges of the main image and mats. Added a contrasting horizontal band, a strip of olive satin ribbon and my card was almost done. The GetWell is a Quikutz die that I use in my cuttlebug.

Hope this isn't you today but if it is, this card's for you!

Have a great day.


There's gonna be new Artistic Outpost Stamps!

New Stamps Coming Soon...

Creative nostalgia is a term we use around The Outpost to describe our style. Others might say "vintage grunge", "retro", or just plain "vintage". However you describe the AO style, we hope that you inspiration in our art rubber stamps and other sundries.

We have three new collections coming out in September that are some of our favorites. Inspired by nature, simple surroundings, and the people that make up those surroundings, our next three releases will make you want to sit down, take a deep breath, and CREATE.

If you like these previews you will love the new sets. More information will be available later so keep checking Artistic Outpost for more details and Release date.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lighthouse Sketch

I don't know what it is about the tranqil beauty of a lighthouse, but...Some of the new sketch designs offered right now at KLM Digital Designs are two light house images. Here is the larger and my personal favorite:

The main image was colored with copic markers and then the light beam was airbrushed with my copic airbrush system. Did you know that each light house in the world has a different beam sequence so that sailors know where they are by the beam sequence. Face it, when you are on the ocean and not that close to shore after dark, you need the navigational guidance. My husband and I have a 25' sailboat so I know just enough to be dangerous :)

Back to my card, sorry about the side story, after I had the beam airbrushed the way I wanted, I airbrushed the night sky around it. I got just enough spray from the airbrush to give the image a foggy look very reminiscent of evenings along the shore.

The dp is from the Ocean Glass paper pack, by K & Company, that I got a while back at Michaels. I sewed a zigzag stitch around the back layer and horizontal layer. The main image was stitched using a straight stitch. A navy blue ribbon , an antique button, and blue dew drops and my LightHouse card is finished.

This image is large enough to color and frame too. Because it is a digital image you could size it larger to make an 8X10 picture for framing. Wouldn't that be a wonderful gift for a guy.

Be sure to check out the other DT members blogs for more new releases and sneak peaks of the new images arriving August 1.

Gotta go get ready for work, but since I promised you this card ummmm yesterday , I wanted to get it posted before I went to work.

Have a great day, see you tomorrow with an Artistic Outpost card.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

KLM Designs Sneak Peak and new release cards

KLM Digital Designs is releasing 3 new designs on August 1 and this darling little baby in a swing is one of them. Isn't she just the cutest?

The images are digital images so they can be sized to fit your card or scrapbook page, there are endless possibilities.

This little cutie was colored with copic markers and sponged around the edges with Tim Holtz broken china distress ink. The dp seemed to match the color scheme I used to color the baby and I used the MS border punch for the edge. The tag was created just be cutting two strips of cs and the ends of the white piece were trimmed using the corner rounder punch. The red ends were punched with the same MS border punch used for the patterned dp edge.

The checked prima flower and blue button finished the card.

My second card is using a new sketch designs called Mother and Child that was added yesterday. I absolutely love this sketch and had to stop everything I was doing tonight and create this card. Hope you like it as much as I do.

I wanted this to look like a framed portrait in sepia tones. The coloring is copic marker and the sponging is Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink and Weathered wood distress ink.

The embellishments were kept simple so that the picture was the focal point, a picture mount in the upper right hand corner and in the lower left bottom a simple sentiment "cherish" covered with a Tim Holtz fragment tag. I love the way the clear tags accentuate the sentiment without adding another colored layer to the card.

I think I am going to send this card to my daughter and her husband who are expecting a little girl any day now.

This image and several more new images are available right now on KLM Digital Designs website so go check them out and while you are at it check out the other awesomely talented Design Team members blogs for sneak peaks of the new releases.

See you tomorrow with more cards.


Hanna Stamps Friday Challenge Circular Bookmark

The Friday Challenge on Hanna Stamps was to make a circular card. I finally got around to getting my card made this afternoon but didn't have time to photograph it and post it before I had to go to work. Don't you hate it when work interferes with what you love to do?

I decided that I wanted to use Bookworm Hanna, from Hanna Stamps of course, for my card and then I decided that it would be a perfect bookmark since I had cut it out to open at the top, it would fit perfectly over a page to save my place.

The sponging was done with the nestie die still over the cs. Oops, forgot to mention that I used a large circle spellbinders nestability die to cut out my circle. I stamped the image with Momento Tuxedo Black ink. I have a large pad for most things but I also have a dew drop Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad which I used for the lettering so that I could only ink up the words one at a time.

The image was colored with copic markers, no shock there, and in about the time it took me to color the image my project was done. I think it was 30 minutes start to finish and for me that is an instant card :)

Tomorrow I am going to have 2 projects from KLM Digital Designs using two new images that are being released on August 1. There are also some new WONDERFUL new images available on the KLM Digital Designs site so be sure to check them out.

I will see you all later, I can't say tomorrow because it is already tomorrow :)



Saturday, July 25, 2009

Queen of the Parking Lot!--Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge

Happy Saturday!!!

Time for another Artful Sentiments by Kimm BT Copic Challenge. The colors this week are RV25 YG03 and V06. Here comes Granny!!!:

I just love this image from GinaK Designs from the You know you're Old When... It was in my very first order from GinaK Designs almost two years ago. Still a great go to set for a silly card.

I didn't have all the copic colors this week but I came close. I had RV23 which was the pink that I used for her hair and dress. I used YG03 as the second color on the car and V06 is the lavendar used for the shading on Granny's hair.

I used my marvy scalloped oval punch to punch out the main image. and used my plain oval nestie for the black circle and larger scalloped oval nestie for the lavendar scalloped oval. The lavendar dp is from a recycled stack pack I got at WalMart which I added a neat border with a MS border punch.

I needed to incorporate the green from the car so I added green brads and a green grosgrain ribbon.

The crown is my favorite touch. Tim Holtz has a new line of mini masks and the crown is one that I got last week. I really like the Tim Holtz masks but the majority of them are huge and perfect for scrapbook pages.

It may have been a little odd to merge the vintage elements with the very "hip" granny but it was fun. When you are a Granny you can do what you want, and I qualify.

Hope you have a great week-end. Be sure to stop by the other DT members blogs and check out their interpretation of the colors for this week.

See you later,


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Rooster Says it All!!

The Artistic Outpost Home stamp plate is so versatile and makes it so easy to make a simple card that doesn't look simple KWIM :)
I stamped the rooster stamp with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and sponged lightly around the edge with Tim Holtz Broken China distress ink. I have to admit that turquoise is one of my favorite colors. Maybe the fact that I was born in December and my birthstone is turquoise has something to do with it....
I used an ATC background that I got as a free download from several months ago and I hadn't used any of them until now. I chose the teal/mauve group and I love it, just don't usually make ATC sized cards.
The edges of the sahara sand SU cs were all sponged with broken china distress ink. I love the teal striped cs that I picked up at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago and I think I just cut into my last full 12X12 sheet for this project. I will have to try to find more, it is a nice subtle stripe dp I love :)
A few turqoise buttons, some tan/grey brads, a piece of twill that I had dyed and this quick and easy project is ready to send.

Don't forget that Artistic Outpost is have a big sale and if you don't already have them Snowy Woods and Vintage Halloween seasons are fast approaching.

I may not have mentioned it on my blog before but Artistic Outpost has a monthly promotion that if you make a project using their stamps and post it in a gallery you could win a stamp set just for using their stamps. Here is a link to the Program:

Not sure what I will have for you tomorrow but I am finally getting caught up with my postings but there is a lot of DT stuffs going on right now and a lot of it is stuff that I can't show you yet...I know I am such a tease. I have a couple of KLM Digital Design cards that are almost ready to post.
Have a great day!


Monday, July 20, 2009

My Favorite Jerk!

What? My favorite Jerk is a Soda Jerk, of course :)
I got my Round 2 BubbleBath Sophie from Hanna Stamps for the next round in the Guest Designer Challenge. She is adorable. I also got the super cute Ice Cream Riley. I couldn't resist the title....

I created a Peek-a-boo box but created a lid for it as well. I added stripes to the IceCream Riley's uniform. you can see in the second picture that I made a scalloped edge for the box lid using my fiscars border punch. The tag was created using microsoft word and punched out with the SU scalloped circle punch.
The box was sponged with Tim Holtz Lipstick red distressed ink as well as Vintage Photo. I added a strip of the red and white polka dot paper, that was left from punching my border,on the scalloped circle tag. A red button was glued to the center of the tag and my gift box was completed.
Instructions for making the peed-a-boo box were on SCS a long time ago and I have had the pattern since then but it was just brought back as a tutorial a couple of weeks ago and you can find the directions here.
I created the Riley Golf Gift box below for the Hanna Stamps Friday Challenge. The challenge was hosted by Adela this week and her challenge was to make a 3-D item and use acetate. Here is my project:
I was able to cheat a little on the challenge since I already had the acetate sleeve I made a lid and bottom for it using white cs and I covered that witih the polka dot dp. I thought a couple of golf balls and tees would be a nice little gift item. I colored Golf Riley with copics and I have been know to dress him in a shirt and knickers but this time I left him au natural :) I wrote the tag out because I was too lazy to print it out on the computer. I hate to waste a whole sheet of cs for one sentiment, KWIM!
I tied the package together with a piece of brown and white checked ribbon to keep it a masculine gift and punched a tiny hole in each tag and strung the ribbon through the hole. Easy Peasy!

Hope you had a great week-end.

Not sure what I will have for you tomorrow but it is my day off so you know I will be creating!!!

See ya then...


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Artful Sentiments Weekly Copic Challenge #17

Well, it is Saturday and that means Kimm BT's Artful Sentiiments Copic Challenge for this week.

I had a little trouble with this one, I am not really a pink person as a main color. I guess that is why they call them challenges :) The challenge was to use R20, R83, RV00 and another pink of your choice, Okay, I had R20 R32 and BV00 and that was as close as I could get. I have a Copic Color Chart so the colors aren't as far off as the numbers may appear.

Here is the card that I came up with:

I used My Cuppa Joe stamp set from GinaK Designs, designed by Rupa Shevde, that I just love.

I made this a long card that would fit in a business size envelope. This is a size that I really like but very seldom do. Maybe I was just too lazy to cut my stamped images apart but we'll go with the first reason :)

I colored the cups using the copic gradiant technique. I used the two pinks and the lavendar all on each cup. I then mounted the cup panel on lavender cs, punched a border along top and bottom of a hot pink piece of cs and placed it on an angle on the pink checked dp that was sponged with Tim Holtz worn lipstick distress ink and dusty concorde distress ink.

I don't use my large spot eyelets very often but they are so easy to set with the crop-o-dile so I decided to get carried away with them. The sentiment was punched out with the SU scalloped circle punch and after tying a ribbon under the main panel, my card was complete.

I used all the colors, yeah me! Check out the other DT girls blogs( their blogs are listed on my sidebar) and see what they came up with for today, I know you will like what you see, they are a very talented bunch. There is a new DT Member, welcome Shelley that I still need to add to my DT blog list, sorry Shelley :)

Have a great day. I am off to Bailey's 2nd Birthday party at my daughter's house and then I will go to work tonight.

See you Sunday


Friday, July 17, 2009

Weekly StampTV Color Challenge Card

My fellow DT member on KLM Digital Designs , Sue Morris, is also a member of StampTV and this month was chosen as a Center Stage Design Team Member. She got to host the Color Challenge this week and she chose that the cards should be Red, White, and Black. Here is the card that I created today in 30 min for the challenge:

I know that I always take a long time to create cards usually a couple of hours minimum, so I was amazed that I started this card at 3:00 knowing full well that I had to go to work at 4:15 :) Hey, when you have a thought sometimes you just have to roll with it.

I wanted to do Susan's challenge for two reasons, I know Susan as a DT buddy and I love color challenges. I wanted to do a silhouette type card with the new Many Wishes and this was the perfect opportunity to do it.

I cut all of my papers knowing that I wanted to use the red polka dot paper for my red. I sponged the Tim Holtz firebrick red distress ink around the edge of my main image cs leaving the center to reflect around the dandelion heads. I sponged just a little black soot Tim Holtz distress ink along the bottom and very lightly along the sides and top.

I stamped the dandelion heads and stems from Many Wishes and the small leave branch from Tropical Flowers with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and added the stray dandelion fluff flying away. I mounted all the pieces together and added a piece of wonderful GinaK red with white stitched ribbon (that was included in the Eclectic Summer StampTV kit that is availble now), and tied a bow knot in the upper left corner.

Finally I added a few 3 dot high lights randomly on the card and added a small white dot in each corner. I thought a brad or eyelet would be too large for the effect I wanted so used my handy dandy white gel pen for the corner dots.

I finished my card at approximately 3:30, photographed it, posted it to StampTV and I was upstairs getting ready for work at 3:50. I think that is a speed record for me. I see a couple more StampTV challenges that I am going to try to complete this week. My favorites are of course the color challenges and the sketch challenges. I'm going to check the out more as soon as I finish this post.

Tomorrow is Friday and you know what that means...the Hanna Stamps Friday challenge. I am going to sneak a peak over there too because sometimes if I am very lucky, it is Francis turn and since she lives in Australia she posts late here but daytime for her. Great for night owls like me because even though I don't usually do the challenge until the next day I don't have to wait to see what the challenge is. More info than you probably wanted to know about me, but...

Off to see what Challenge world has in store for me the next couple of days.

See you all later.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hello Punkin--Vintage Halloween

It is not too early to start thinking about Halloween cards. Artistic Outpost has the best Vintage Halloween set I have ever seen. Added bonus, this and many other Artistic Outpost sets are on sale now until the end of July... Don't miss out, I waited last year until they were sold out, but I have it and I love it! Here is my card for today:

The image was colored with copic markers and sponged with Tim Holtz Distress ink. The tree and Halloween sentiments were used on the Always Artichoke card base stamped with Momento London Fog ink so that you could see them but I wanted more of a watermark look.

The hearts were created by running my cardstock through the cuttlebug with my favorite vintage look embossing folder and then cut out with Spellbinder Nestability Scalloped hearts. I love the texture that the embossing adds to the heart. The edge was sponged with Adirondak Sunset Orange ink.

Hope you all have a great day.

I am waiting patiently (I'm lying) for my Hanna Stamps round 2 Guest Designer stamp to arrive in the mail. I think there should be another stamp in the package too as I won a stamp at the Release Party last week. Okay, everybody won the stamp but I still get it too !!!

It's about time to start stalking the mailman as my Hanna Stamps might arrive and my long lost package from Kimm should be getting here today or tomorrow.

Catch you all later,


Monday, July 13, 2009

Swing Keel Starboard!!

That so reminds me of the wonderful days that my husband and our family used to spend on our sailboat on week-ends. The weather I depicted in this card was the weather where we would head back to dock, small sailboats with white caps was not fun, all you did was go up and down, time to drop the sails and hope the motor starts :)

Here is the sailboat image from KLM Digital Designs that I promised you earlier, see you aren't disappointed are you?!? I was in the mood to color today. Sue does such a great job drawing these images that I have a ball coloring them and I can really get carried away as you can see. I can turn a perfectly beautiful ocean scene into a hurricane :)

I was all out of the medium/dark blue cs that you see here so I went to the LSS which is just a block away. I walked in the door with the intention of only getting 4 or 5 sheets of the blue and 4 or 5 sheets of Kraft cs. I walked in the door and what do I see but a display of Tim Holtz masks. They had the new mini masks. I love the Tim Holtz masks but unless you scrapbook they are usually too big, OMG these are so perfect. I used the single compass mask on this card. It was only 1.99. They had two more that I couldn't live without too, but.... sorry, back to the card:

Copics were used to color the image. The clouds were created with post it notes torn in the shape I wanted to form cloud, sponged with Tim Holtz Weathered Wood distress ink.

The white caps were created with a white gel pen, if you look closely at the rocks you will see that the ocean is washing hard against them and creating a white spray (kinda), I even added a bolt of lightning. I guess I was in a playful mood and really enjoying coloring.

This really is the last post for today. Tomorrow I will have an Artistic Outpost Halloween card. No, it is not too early for Halloween cards, it is only 3 months away, and besides I love the Vintage Halloween stamp plate and can't stand not using it any longer! It's my blog and I can if I want to :)

See you tomorrow,


Happy Monday!

I can say that since Monday is one of my day's off :) Today I have a new digital image, Garden Shed, from KLM Digital Designs. Sue (the artist) keeps coming up with the neatest images. You really should check them out if you haven't already, there is definitely something for everybody.

Colored with copic markers I tried to keep it kind of rustic looking without being browns. Tin roof and barn red siding was what I decided on. The hucca plants and tall grass behind the lawn chair are beautifully detailed.

I just added some tiny prima flowers in lots of fun colors to bring out the flowers in the image.

The next new image I am going to do with the KLM Digital Stamps is a sail boat scene. I should have that one done in a couple of days.

I don't mean to ignore my wonderful followers and friends but if I seem a little lax in my postings summer is just really busy and I have a lot of special secret projects going on right now. I try to post every day during the week .

On the bright side, Kimm from Artful Sentiments had sent me a package that we thought got lost in the mail. I was so bummed thinking that it was gone forever and couldn't be replaced. Today she sent me an email to verify my mailing address because she got the package back. Would you believe that the address that she had sent it to was correct. I think what happened was that we have had a lot of substitute mail carriers lately and they took the package to a similiar address a couple of blocks away and when they sent it back as the wrong address they never thought THEY might have delivered it to the wrong address and sent it back to Kimm. Hopefully my long awaited package will be here in a couple of days as she sent it Priority this time.

See you later tonight or tomorrow, since it is my day off I am liable to have a project posted again today.

Have a great rest of your day, I know I will.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Artistic Outpost is having a Sale!

Just wanted to let everybody know that Artistic Outpost is having a Christmas in July Sale:

A Cool Sale for a "Hot" Month

Visit Artistic Outpost from now until July 31st and celebrate Christmas in July. We're featuring 10% all of our holiday stamps including:
Cutie Pie
Vintage Halloween
Snowy Woods
Christmas Stories
Ave Maria
Stamps are already marked down on our website. Just simply add them to your cart and check out! Now, you can get started early and maybe finish up all your Christmas cards by December 25th! (We know it's difficult.)

Boy, now would be the time to order Vintage Halloween because last year it was sold out before I got it ordered. I have it now and I am going to start showing some cards and projects with it next week.

I should be back later to post but I am expecting company and have to work so it may be Sunday. While you are waiting for me to upload another post check out the stamp plates at Artistic Outpost.

Catch you later,

Friday, July 10, 2009

It's Friday--Hanna Stamps weekly Challenge!!!

Hi everyone, It is the end of the week for most of you but I still have to work Saturday night, oh, well, I don't mind. The Friday Challenge this week, at Hanna Stamps, is hosted by Nikki and it is my favorite type of challenge, a sketch challenge. I behaved really well and followed the sketch to the "T"...almost. I added a ribbon and an extra brad :)

I decided that I wanted to use my Kiss the Cook Hanna that I bought with the intention of making an altered recipe box with my Mother's recipes that she collected over the years. Mom has been gone for a long time but I still make some of the recipes that she shared.

I bought the Flair Designs kitchen paper at a LSS and I hoard it but decided it just had to be used for this project. I had a piece of orange plaid from K & Co Sea Glass paper pack.

The accessorie stamps that came with the Kiss the Cook Hanna are so cute so I used the wine bottle, salt and pepper shakers, and Kiss the Cook to stamp all over my orange plaid dp.

The sentiment is also included and epitomizes the way I cook, a sprinkle of this and a dash of that.... :)

Added the bottons tied with embroidery floss to match the brads, tied a ribbon and I was done with this fun sketch challenge.

Have a great day.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Look Ma no Copics!!!

I know, what is up with that? I wanted to do an old favorite watercolor technique to create a card for Theresa's color challenge on StampTV this week. The challenge was to use purple/lavendar flowers on your card.

The way I do this technique is that I swipe a damp paper towel over my stamp that I want to use and color in with my SU watercolor crayons. I wet the paper GP white lightly and dab off the excess water. I stamp immediately with the colored stamp and wallaah you have a stamped image that looks watercolored. After I have several images stamped on I then just use a damp paper towel to wet the area that I am going to stamp so that I don't get any bleeding.

I know this isn't the technical way to do this technique but it has worked for me for a long time and I don't have any watercolor paper so do the best I can with what I have.

The stamp set I used was GinaK Designs Tropical Flowers. They are perfect for this technique.

I just punched the top and bottom of the watercolored image with my MS border punch, mounted on a pretty purple cs I got at WalMart. It is recycled paper that is produced by K & Company. It is a 5/7 matt pack and there are 3 or 4 color choices.

Hope you like the card today. Tomorrow I will have the weekly Friday challenge card for Hanna Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Summer Fun

Summer Fun was created as a reminder to young and old alike how much fun the small town carnivals are. When you are raised in a small rural community a Carnival in town is just as exciting as a Circus.

Send in the Clowns from Artistic Outpost was the perfect choice to use for my Summer Fun card. I colored the carnival image and sentiment with copic markers. I wanted to keep the color scheme bright and happy so I chose this fun polka dot and orange plaid dp.

I just happen to have lots of bright colored buttons in my button stash and thought they would add a nice touch. The scrabble tiles are something new that I just acquired. I have been looking high and low at thrift shops and good will stores but couldn't find any tiles so I finally went on e-bay.

I knew that in order to spell words I would need more than one set so I went with groups of 4oo or more. I set my limit including shipping and spent one whole Sunday bidding on 3 different auctions before I finally won a 511 tile group. The seller had a 100% rating and I know why. I paid with pay-pal the same night and my tiles were here on Wednesday. Awesome.

I spent the morning on Thursday sorting the tiles by letter. Went and bought a nuts and bolts drawer chest at Wally World to hold them. Everything went great until I had them all in their little drawers and realized that I had multiples(at least 4) of each letter except for V. I didn't have one single V. I guess the only word I can't spell out is LOVE but I will figure something out. I think the V's in my scrabble game are destined to become card embellishments :)

Sorry my post is late today, we had thunderstorms last night and my internet was down until noon.

Thanks for stopping by, Tomorrow I have a card that I made for a challenge on StampTV. I made a card without using any copic markers, I know... what's up with that? I used one of my past favorite techniques of watercolor to create the card. I think you will be surprised!

Have a great day!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy Camper Scene 2 Altered Notebook cover

The one and only Theresa Momber has a new set out this month at GinaK Designs called Happy Camper. Remember the scenes I created with her first set Out West? I can't stop making scenes with her beautiful stamps, makes me feel like an artist!!! :)

I created this notebook cover using her new stamp set Happy Camper.

As you can see I haven't actually gotten the notebook yet but I have used my SU spiral punch and even if I use it for a composition book or scrapbook it will be a nice decorative touch.

I wanted to created a mountain camping scene with the rascally racoon fishing in the nearby stream. I really like the way that it turned out. The mountains and trees were stamped with Momento London Fog because I wanted a subtle line to appear as a distant image. I used my copic airbrush for almost everything except the tent and the racoon. The tent and racoon are cut out and popped up on foam picture mounting tape.

This would be a perfect camping journal or scrapbook cover for those of you who are campers.

It took me longer to photograph this picture than it did to create it. I had to darken the sky 3 times before you could even see it and the airbrushing tends to give off unwanted highlights with a flash.

Thanks for stopping by. Tomorrow I have a summer project for Artistic Outpost be sure to stop back, love to see you.

Have a good rest of the day, I have to get ready to go to work.

Bye for now,


Monday, July 6, 2009

At the Beach--DogGoneStamps

I promised you a Dog Gone Stamps card today and this is one of my favorite 1926 images called At the Beach. In 1926 being coy and innocent was very feminine...boy have times changed! :)

Colored with copic markers, you would be really surprised if I said anything different!!!, and sponged with Tim Holtz Distress inks Broken China and Vintage Photo.

The background is a faux marble dp that I created using Tim Holtz reinkers and metalic mixative pearl. I used bottle, denim and pearl with a felt applicator pad and a little Tim Holtz blender fluid. I had been waiting for the right image to use the dp and this was perfect because it looks like the ocean to me.

I really wanted the image to be the main focus so I just added a wide dotted swiss ribbon, tied a bow knot and added 3 antique pearl (real pearl) buttons from my grandfather's button collection.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the great sales and stamps that Dog Gone Stamps have right now.

Have a great day and I will of course have another project tomorrow, just not sure which one yet.

Good Night.


New Release today KLM Digital Designs!

Ryan the Frog Catcher is one of the new digital images released by KLM Digital Designs today. Isn't he just the cutest innocent looking little guy? Ryan has already caught a frog and is carrying it in his overall pocket, now he is after the butterflies.
The card is self explanatory, just a little sponging around the edge of the image colored with copic markers.
Butterflies were punched with MS butterfly punch. I just added a few pen accents to keep it very masculine.
I will be back later with another project but I have to go watch my daughter's Day Care kids for a little bit.
I about forgot, Hanna Stamps is having their July Release Party tonight at 8:00 Central time in the Hanna Stamps forum on Split Coast Stampers I plan to be there. Stop by the sneak peeks are awesome!

Artful Sentiments Weekly Copic Challenge and GinaK Designs card

I postponed putting my Artful Sentiments card on the blog because I didn't want it to get lost in the Oh Say Can You See Blog Hop which had to stay up for Saturday and Sunday. What a lot of fun it was to create the projects for the blog hop, but to get so many wonderful comments was amazing. Thank you everyone who stopped by and especially those who left comments, I really appreciate it and look forward to seeing you again.

Here is my Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #15 card. The colors this week are B26, R29 and C0. I know you saw it last week but I created it for this challenge but I like it enough to show it twice :P

I colored this darling Patriotic dog from KLM Digital Designs with copic markers and highlighted the fluffy areas with a white gel pen. I used the red and blue in the bandana and the C0 for the main dog color.
Be sure to check out the rest of the DT cards, they are wonderful.

I got some new GinaK Designs stamps this week and today was the first day that I got a chance to play with the Many Wishes free set with 3. I have seen so many beautiful samples from the GinaK Design Team using this set I knew I would love it. Here is my first card:

I stamped the dandelions with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. The background is SU certainly celery, and Adirondak lemonade and Sunset orange.
The wonderful sentiments are interchangable in this set making it very versatile for many different occassions.
This is one of those cards that looks sooooo much better in person. You can't see the embossing, the faux stitching aount the main image or the sponged background. Oh well, maybe you will be able to click on it and enlarge the detail.
I am enjoying a long week-end of stamping and just relaxing. See you tomorrow with a project from Dog Gone Stamps and possibly more from my new GinaK stamps, you never know how many I will get done. I need to get started on my daughter's birth announcements too, this month will go really fast.
Have a great day, Catch you later!!!


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Welcome to the Oh, Say can you See Blog Hop!

I'm so glad you could join the SNR Card Universe Blog Hop!

Grab your cup of coffee, glass of tea or bottle of water and relax by viewing the last half of the blog hop. If you are at my blog you are less than half way through the 93 blogs that have joined in this wonderful Holiday treat of Red, White, and Blue!

If you came from Tenia's blog you are on the right track! If you didn't you may want to hop to go back to the first blog on the hop which is: here and start at the beginning.

My first card is created using GinaK Designs StampTV kit flower barrel stamp:

The paper is a digital download from StampTV freebie's.

Next is a darling little Patriotic Girl from KLM Digital Designs.

Colored with copic markers, which is my weapon of choice usually. There is also a Patriotic Boy with a watermelon and a Patriotic Dog that will be featured on my Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge this week.

I have many styles that I love so being a Guest DT member for Artistic Outpost is so much fun for me. I love vintage, maybe because I remember it all too well :)

The 4th of July collage was created using Artistic Outpost stamp plates Hero and She-roes. I printed a music score of the Star Spangled Banner off the internet(it was free) and used that as the base for my collage. I just love the American flags on the lower right corner from the Hero stamp plate.

My final project is from Theresa Momber's newest stamp set available at GinaK Designs and is called Happy Camper. It isn't Red,White, and Blue but it to me is the epitomy of America the Beautiful. "From the Mountains"... God Bless America...My Home Sweet Home!

Next on the hop is Sheri Willshire be sure to stop by visit. Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and happy 4th of July!!!

Let it Snow! Hanna Stamps Friday Challenge card

Kerry D-C is the host this week for the Hanna Stamps Friday Challenge. Her challenge was to make a Christmas themed project. I love this little Riley moose building a snowman. I thought it would be fun if he was building the snowman with a gentle snowfall.
The image was colored with copic markers, snow is added to the accent areas with a white gel pen. The image needed a little something to fit nicely on the Top Note die so I drew in the two pine trees on the left side and colored them with copic markers, highlighted with the white gel pen and a clear gel pen for sparkle. I also drew in the horizon.
The falling snow was added with a Micro pen which is the same pen I used to draw the trees. I added a dot of blue and grey copic marker to each snowflake on the main image. I then went over the entire area with the copic blender pen to soften the copic ink.
To finish the card I added a scalloped edge at the bottom, added a blue ribbon, my favorite touch is the Tim Holtz fragment that I glued a die cut snowflake to the backside. The snowflakes on the dp were outlined with the clear gel pen for added sparkle you just can't see it in the picture unless you look reeeaall close.
Have a great week-end and be safe.

Friday, July 3, 2009

America the Beautiful

I got my long awaited new stamps from GinaK Designs on Wednesday, got them cut out on Thursday and got to play when I got home from work! I love Theresa Momber's new stamp set, Happy Camper, but my favorite stamp is the mountains and trees.

I stamped the mountain scene stamp side by side. After finishing the project I wish that I had not lined them up quite so well, so just pretend that the mountains on the right are closer than they appear :)

I wanted this to look like a framed portrait by placing the sentiment where I did at the bottom like a plaque on a portrait frams.

I colored with copic markers and used a post-it-note mask to create the clouds using my Tim Holtz distress ink and foam applicator pads. These are the products that I almost always use to sponge around my image and edges but when doing clouds I only use the narrow end of the pad.

After creating this project with Theresa's wonderful set I will be singing America the Beautiful at work all night :)

I can't wait to play with my other GinaK stamp sets. I have to work tomorrow during the day, and then I will watch the Firewords from my front yard. There is a golf course that puts on one of the best Fireworks Displays in Omaha that is only about a half mile from my house. At 10:00 I will be sitting in my front yard watching their wonderful display and never have to leave home. Works for me!!!

Be sure to take time this week-end to check out the Forth of July blog hop sponsored by Scrapbook News and Review which starts at 9:00 AM tomorrow. You can start here:

Follow the directions on the next post from here.

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday week-end. Be sure to check my blog tomorrow for the Blog Hop, Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge and who knows what else I may have up my sleeve by tomorrow night.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Artistic Outpost July 4th Collage

I just want to wish everybody a Happy 4th of July with this beautiful (in my opinion) collage using stamps from Hero and She-roes stamp plates available at Artistic Outpost.
I printed a free copy of The Star Spangled Banner on white cardstock and then I airbrushed it in waves of red and blue.
The large flag image is from the Hero plate and the saluting girl with the flag background is from She-roes. Miss Liberty is cut out and mounted in the lower left hand corner with the sentiments freedom and liberty beside her. At the top of the music score I used Happy 4th of July and USA from the sets as well.
I am including projects from the companies that I am on a DT or a Guest Designer for on Saturday when Scrapbook News and Review is sponsoring a HUGE blog hop.

There are 96 blogs participating. The blog hop will begin at 9:00 am July 4th and you won't want to miss any of them. I think I am about 20 or so down on the list.
I got new rubbah from GinaK Designs today so expect to see something from those tomorrow.
Gotta go for now,