Friday, June 10, 2011

CSS Inspiration Hop

I cannot believe it is the middle of the year and summer is almost upon us. I think someone pushed the fast forward button. :o) Well with summer comes picnics, flowers, and lots of other inspirational elements that surround us. For this CSS Blog Hop we were given an image made up of several photos.
I took my inspiration from the big flowers on the bottom right hand corner.

I also used the sketch from CPS this week and for the Moxie Fab challenge to incorporate sewing images. The latest rage in paper crafting seems to be doilies and lace. Gina shared a project using doilies a few weeks ago and she sells them in her online store. I found some fun lace trim at a local craft store and had to incorporate that into my card as well.

If you've not come from Lori's blog, you will want to start at the beginning over at StampTV and make sure you take time to see what everyone on the team has to share with us.

Next on the hop is Miesje. I know she will have something awesome to share.

Here are the deets about how I constructed this:
I first cut a circle using a Spellbinders die from white card stock.
I stamped the circle frame with Vivid Chocolate Ink.
After allowing the chocolate ink to dry, I stamped the lace doily from Nana's Needlework with VersaMark ink. And then embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I sponged orange onto the outer part. I sponged read along the edge. And I sponged brown in the center.
I colored the lace trim with a red Copic marker and adhered it around the perimeter of the circle.
I sprayed the paper doily with some green glitter mist.
After everything was dry, I layered them together using foam tape to give it dimension.
I added some pearls and a button.
I stamped the sentiment from Nana's Needlework Sentiments onto some white and sponged with the same orange and red. I layered it onto a tag die and added a few brown peals.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Stamping While Camping

One of my favorite things to do while camping is also one of my favorite things to do at home. Stamping! When we go camping for at least 4 days, I take some of my stuff along and stamp in the woods. It can be very inspirational to me. Here are a few things I stamped last month while camping.

I made the cover for a journal using several sets illustrated by Theresa Momber for Gina K Designs. I was actually very impressed with myself when this was completed because I sometimes struggle with this type of stamping and coloring. I found some really cool looking wood paper which I used for the cover and to paper piece the sign and the logs in the fire. I colored the scene with Copic markers.You can click the photo to get a closer look.

This fabulous little shopping diva image is from Mo Mannig's Dani and Friends digital set. I love all three of the images in this set. The paper is some old Stampin' Up from my stash. The pennants are paper pieced using a stamp I found in the dollar bin at Michael's. Love that!

Lots of dimension and texture on this one. The basket image is an older stamp I found in my huge stash. I am challenging myself to use my old stuff. A lot of stamps that I own, I've only used once or twice and some not at all. So I really need to challenge myself to use them. I think the paper is from Basic Grey and the Enjoy sentiment is from a Unity kit (more stamps that have never touched ink). LOL!

Well, it's super hot and humid here. So tryin' to stay cool! I pray you are staying comfy where ever you are in the world. I am hoping to stamp a bit tonight and may have something to share tomorrow night. If not, I will definitely share something Friday for the CSS Blog Hop for So please stop by any time after 10 pm EST on Friday to see what the CSS Team has to share this time around. You won't be disappointed. :o)

Monday, June 06, 2011

MFT Personal Challenge - Coffee!

My Favorite images from MFT Stamp Company are the adorable a la Modes. And my PERSONAL favorite is of course the lady holding the big honkin' to go cups of java goodness. Yummo! So I started with that stamp as the base for my personal card. I also used some of my favorite colors; green, guava and blue. I also used my PERSONAL favorite shape the circle for the main image, offsetting layers and the fun buttons on the flowers. I colored them with Copic markers to match. Fun!

Enjoy a cuppa joe (or whatever drink you prefer) and have a super day!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Sunday Stampin' Fun

I had the whole weekend to stamp. Yeah! I mostly caught up with blogs and surfed the web for inspiration Saturday. But after a few hours last night and this afternoon, I have a few cards to show for it.

First up I made a card for both the CPS Sketch Challenge and the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. I used the sketch from CPS and for my new item for the Stampin' Sisters In Christ challenge I purchased this fabulous digi paper from Amber Ink yesterday. I love the bright colors and the fun circles. The best part about this paper is that I can print as many sheets as I want. So I have no paper hoarding issues. LOL!  Here is my card:

I even cut out some of the circles and popped them up on foam tape to add dimension to the flower centers. That fun flower stamp is also fairly new. I bought it a few weeks ago and finally had an opportunity to use it. It is from Hampton Art and is called Fab Flowers. Love that name :o)  The sentiment is a dollar stamp from G Studios. I think I found it at Michael's a few months ago. I colored the different letters with different colors to match the colors in the paper.  The flowers are paper pieced. I stamped them on a piece of the digi paper and cut the whole thing out as one piece. I thought is added a fun effect. It may be hard to see in the photo, but I added a ton of small white pearls in the centers of the larger circles. Love the bling. :o)

In an effort to be a more active blogger, I will be scheduling the rest of the cards I made so I can share a different one each day. I hope you will stop by a visit again. And I always love to hear what you think. So feel free to leave a comment. I don't use any type of word verification and I allow anonymous commenters, so feel free to tell me what you think.

Have a super fabulous week.