Friday, September 28, 2007

Black and White

This is the first time I've joined the 4 X 4 Friday challenge. Their theme this week is black and white. I used an Ornare brass template to pierce the design on metallic white cardstock, stamped the baby face (Tin Can Mail) on white glossy cardstock with Coal Black Ancient Page Ink, glued it "off-centre" on a circle of black-grey cardstock for a shadow effect, and pop-dotted it onto the ornare background. Fun challenge! Thanks so much for visiting.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Do YOU Moo???

The challenge over at Wednesday Stamper this week is to create eensie weensie "Moo Cards." I'd never heard of them before. LAST week's challenge was FISH, so my first thought was "I had no FISH stamps for last week's challenge, and NOW I have no COW stamps!"

But that's not what these little things are all about. They're simply created on a TINY base of 2.8" by 1.1." I created mine as little cards that open. They may be tiny, but they were a HUGE challenge for me! The Eiffel Tower card has the SU Cheesecloth stamped background underneath acetate onto which I printed the image, and stamped a 7gypsies sentiment. I also scanned my own Canadian passport and miniaturized it, and added it to the Eiffel Tower image in Photoshop.

This "Thoughts of You" card uses an image from ArtChix and two tiny Michael's stamps coloured with Sakura Glaze pens, and some freehand doodling and dots.

This pensive little girl was printed on ecru cardstock, the HA stamp is done on acetate with Top Boss Gold EP, and the "Missing You" is a mini HA stamp in Brilliance Moonlight White.

Now just for fun, I'm posting them again beside this 5 1/2" by 4 1/2" card just for comparison purposes, so you can see how TINY they are! I can see using these as little interactive surprise elements inside cards!

Such FUN challenges at Wednesday Stamper, hope you make your way over there and join in!

Thanks again for visiting my blog.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wednesday Stamper Challenge

This week's challenge at Wednesday stamper is FISH. Well, I didn't have a fish (lol), so I used a seahorse from Old Island Stamp Co. stamped with Brilliance Moonlight White on a transparency, layered over a cuttlebugged metal sheet altered with alcohol inks (lettuce and stream). I computer generated the sentiment (but have the stamp on order from Impression Obsession!), and added a charm from Frost Creek.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Black and White wedding

This card uses a Cuttlebug background (Textured Textile) and an All Night Media stamp and ribbon punch.

This one uses the same Cuttlebug embossed background, an All Night Media punch, and a Stampin'Up dress.

These little favour boxes use All Night Media and Heather's Stamping Haven stamps. The first box used stamped acetate for the "windows." The second box has a rose stamped and embossed on vellum.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Wedding Triptych

I did this for the Wednesday Stamper challenge, to construct a triptych. The centre photo is a stained glass window in one of many churches I visited in England. (I think this one was St James Church). I altered it in Photoshop and added a couple (lower left corner of the centre panel) from one of Melanie Sage's vintage image CD's. Then I painted Gesso behind the couple in an effort to have them show up a little clearer against the dark background. I used silver embossed white mulberry paper from the Paper Company to cover the side panels. I stamped (Encore Ink) and embossed (Top Boss Gold EP) on acetate with a new Inkadinkado corner flourish stamp. Then I stamped an Inkadinkado flower on iridiscent vellum, embossed with gold ep, and pop-dotted onto each side panel. The congratulations stamp is Stampabilities. I added Swarovski crystals to the centres of the flowers, and Tulip Fashion Bead Paint to some areas on the flourishes. Even though they don't look like it, the two side panels really ARE the same size, honest. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Tealight Candle Topper

I made this one to match the wedding card below. Using a stamp produced by Heather's Stamping Haven in Ottawa, I stamped with a multicolour Encore Inkpad, then embossed with Silver Pearl EP (also from Heather's). I added a little floral ribbon trim around the top and bottom edges, and dotted each flower centre and parts of the stamped area with Tulip Fashion Bead Paint.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Transparency Wedding Card

For this one, I used a Staples transparency (LOVE these, they're embossable!). Stamps are from Heather's Stamping Haven and Stamp a Mania. I embossed with Top Boss White and Gold EP s after stamping with the Top Boss Tinted Embossing Pad. I heat set these, then added a small white cardstock panel underneath the sentimen. I punched all those little gold flowers from metallic paper (couldn't sleep last night, lol) and glued them onto the transparency with Aleene's Fast Dry Glue Pen. I did that mainly because the white panel looked really "stark," so I wanted to soften it a little. Then I dotted Tulip Fashion Bead Paint into each flower centre (LOVE that stuff, use it by the gallon! ), and added the little wedding rings as an afterthought becayse there was too much blank space underneath the sentiment.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Wednesday Stamper Challenge

This week, the challenge is to use mulberry or handmade papers. I used handmade glittered paper from India and stamped on a transparency with StazOn, using a Quiet Fire Design calligraphy stamp and the Penny Black flowers stamp. Great challenge, I really had to WORK at this one! (lol)

Monday, September 3, 2007

Stamping/digital/photography combination

Okay, so my husband says "What on EARTH are you DOING "in there" all day!" He'd never understand that, all because of Nancy's Gothic Arch challenges, I've been playing with this for HOURS! (lol) This week's challenge, as selected by Linda, is "Moon." The arch is a photo shared by a friend, taken in Ireland when she was there on a cycling tour. I'll be using this a LOT. The blue-moon-and-water image was found on the 'net. I digitally selected the colour and added that colour as a base to the collage. I added the text and the stars and the music collage in the upper right corner digitally. I uaed Auto FX to "acidify" the edges of the blue. Then I printed it and Staz-On-stamped with this lovely Tin Can Mail stamp, which seemed to go with the "blue mood" of the whole thing.

Nancy, I'm in the dog-house with my husband, but this was such FUN!

You can see LOTS more from this challenge on TwoPeas.

Wednesday Stamper Challenge...more blue!

I've had Adirondack Colour Washes in my stash for two years, and simply could NOT find a way to use them to create anything I liked. Then I saw Daria's post on Two Peas and I was SO inspired! So, even though we don't have wonderful classes like that here in Nova Scotia (lol), here's my version of "living vicariously through Daria!" I stamped and clear embossed a Judikins background stamp on glossy white cardstock. Then I sprayed two colours of the colour washes (Lettuce and Stream) on a craft mat, spritzed them with water, and dipped the tag in the wash twice, heat setting after each dip. Then I used Ancient Page Coal Black ink with a Quiet Fire Design Calligraphy Stamp on SU Whisper White cardstock, and layered everything together.

THANKS for the inspiration dear Daria! Thanks so much for visiting me today.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Caardvarks Beads Challenge

Decoupage with Aleene's® Paper Glaze™, seed beads in centres of roses, Tulip® 3-D Fashion Paint™ dotted around the edges, assembled with Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue® and pop dots. I did this one yesterday for yet another friend diagnosed with cancer.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Easter already!?

I'm working on Easter cards for submission. It's so odd to be doing these now, but all the magazines work about six months ahead of a theme. I used a Cuttlebug background on this centre fold card which I'd cut with the Creatve Memories oval cutting set. I used a peel-off for the egg, which I filled with Tulip Fashion Bead Glitter Paints by Duncan, cut and mounted on a scrap of Paper House embossed paper. Anna Griffin punched shapes on gold glossy cardstock surround the egg. I was trying to achieve a sort of "Ukranian egg" look.

This one's done with glitter cardstock, peel-offs done with Bic Art Markers and Tulip glitter paints, Anna Griffin corner punch, and another little scrap of Paper House embossed paper.