Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lockhart Tuesday - Broccoli and Bok Choy

Those words may not have you thinking about an elegant evening gown!  *giggles*

I talked about the serendipity of Karen Lockhart's images last year and I think her Vegetable Couture Collection is the perfect example.  How on earth she found inspiration in green veggies escapes me...but I am sure glad she did!!

I wanted this design to reflect the elegance of a black tie affair and used a simple inchie sketch to achieve that.  Copic Markers, Spica Glitter Pens and a little white gel pen did the trick.  Speaking of inchies, if you have not tried this product, you simple must.  They are made of high quality Alphamat Artcare museum quality preservation matboard.  Whew, that's a mouthful but what it means is that it takes ink and coloring mediums just beautifully.

-Broccoli and Bok Choy Vegetable Couture stamp (Lockhart Stamp Co.)
-Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (Tsukineko)
-White Inchies (Inchie Arts, LLC)
-Copic Markers in BV29 Slate - skirt, R59 Cardinal - bust, YG03 Yellow Green - corset
-Spica Glitter Pens in Clear and Gold - highlighting the dress and flourishes on the paper (Copic)
-Inkssentials White Gel Pen - dots on the top ruffle of the dress (Ranger)
-5th Avenue Spiral Journaling Notebook (Making Memories)
-gold brads (Creative Impressions)
-Black Magic card stock (Core'dinations)

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Memory Box Monday - Scripted Bird

Happy Monday!

Birds always look the most at home when they are perched on a branch, which is what inspired me to create a "home" theme on this card.  It's just a little one - 4.25 x 4.25 inches.  Both the Jenni Bowlin papers and the Memory Box card stock has been sanded for a distressed feel.

The bird has been covered with Sepia Accents (which is fabulous by the way) - be sure to use only permanent or water proof ink under and off the Accents products or you may find the ink will bleed.  If you have used a water based ink you can cover it first with a simple sealer such as quick drying clear nail polish.

The flower is just two punched Hydrangeas layered together and off set.

-Scripted Bird stamp (Memory Box)
-Vanilla Bead Duplex cardstock (Memory Box)
-Labels 11 Nestibilities dies (Spellbinders)
-Town Square Mini Papers (Jenni Bowlin)
-Precision File Set - sanding tool (Basic Grey)
-Coffee Archival Ink (Ranger)
-Kraft Tickets (Tim Holtz)
-Hydrangea Punch (Martha Stewart)
-Brown Ruffled Edge ribbon (May Arts)
-Offbeat Brads (Basic Grey)
-Vintage Photo Distress Stickles - on the branches (Ranger)

Thanks for visiting,

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I {heart} Inchies

Guess what?  Ellen has allowed me the priviledge of running with my dreams for the Inchie Inklings blog!  I am really excited about this opportunity.  Here's a sampling of today's post, please come on over for a visit if you get a chance.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Crafty Secrets Thursday - Java Queen Bracelet

I had the pleasure of working with Sandy Redburn of Crafty Secrets many years ago when she first started developing her darling stamp sets (which stamp like a dream considering the detail).  Her company has come so far in the past few years and developed lots of really fun products!  The images and ideas are charming and too hard for this girl to resist.

I created this poly shrink bracelet a few years ago, but didn't share it at that time but I love it so much that I wanted to make it my first Crafty Secrets post and it's my blog so I can do what I want!  *giggles*

Make sure you click on the picture to see the detail and read the sentiments.  My favorite sentiment on this bracelet is:  Our friendship is a strong as my coffee and your hairspray.  Ha!

It was very simply to make.  All images were stamped with Blazing Red or Timber Brown StazOn and then I just followed the instructions on the Lucky Squirell package about how to sand and bake it.  P.S.  I have tried several types of PolyShrink and Lucky Squirell was far and away the best.  And yes, you need the special sander - it does make a difference.

-Coffee and Tea Photopolymer Clear Stamp Set (Crafty Secrets)
-Timber Brown and Blazing Red StazOn Ink (Tsukineko)
-Translucent PolyShrink (Lucky Squirell)
-Sanding Blocks (Lucky Squirell)


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Webster's Pages Wednesday - Multiply Joys

Lovely paper and embellishments. What else can I say?  Webster's burst onto the scene a few years ago and hasn't looked back.  It is a joy to work with the whimsy and serendipity in each paper collection.

Today's design opens from the front at the seam between the lantern themed papers.  I tied the ribbon with a bow so the card would open like a gift to the recipient.  All papers are from the Garden Gala/Seaside Retreat Petite Paper Pad.  One of the things I *love* about these collections is the value.  The papers are double sided - even the front cover of the package has usuable paper printed on the other side.  Good thinkin'!

-sentiment from Friendship Expressions stamp set (Cornish Heritage Farms)
-flourish from "Beautiful" stamp set (Cornish Heritage Farms)
-Garden Gala/Seaside Beauty Petite Paper Pad (Webster's Pages)
-Arch Lattice Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
-Classic Natural White card stock (Neenah)
-Coffee Archival Ink (Ranger)
-Glossy Accents (Ranger) - applied over tea cup
-tiny red pearl (Kaiser)
-Burgundy 1 1/4 inch Silk rbbon (May Arts)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Lockhart Tuesday

I {heart} Lockhart Stamp Company.  I have tried to define the "Lockhart" style many times and have come up with the following words - whimsical, primitive, folk, charming, humorous and original.  Each Tuesday I hope to bring you an design from this inspiring collection of art.

Please forgive me, but I just couldn't help but pair up the image "In Hot Water" with the Homespun Jenni Bowlin paper.  The image was colored with Prisma Colored Pencils.

-In Hot Water rubber stamp (Lockhart)
-Homespun Mini Papers (Jenni Bowlin)
-Classic Natural White card stock (Neenah)
-Big Scalloped Small Oval Nestibilites (Spellbinders)
-Scalloped Felt Ribbon Pack (Martha Stewart) - can't believe how well this coordinates with the papers!
-Vintage Sew-On Buttons, White (Jennie Bowlin)
-Mango Pearls (Kaiser)
-Glossy Accents (Ranger) - applied over the pot
-Cotton Ball White Flock (Stampendous) - applied to the neck of the chicken with the....
-Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura)
-Silver Spica Glitter Pen (Copic) - used on the handles and rim of the pot
-Precision File Kit (Basic Grey) - used to distress the edges of the card
-Ivory and Black Burlap String

Thanks for visiting,

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Memory Box Monday - Hello Kitty

Ohhhhh-kay.  Time to start bloggin' regularily!  I am going to do some weekly features that I will introduce as I go.  For now, I am going to play with the things that I love and share them with you.  Those of you who are not familiar with my design work might not know that I worked exclusively for one manufacturer over the past few years.  It was a good thing, but I am enjoying my freedom to create and want to share that with you. 

As you might have guessed, Monday's are going to feature Memory Box stamps, card stock, patterned paper or embellishments.  The MB art work is often simple and even cute, but some how it has an sophistication and elegance to it that I am intrigued by.

Cats are notoriously hard to do well when it comes to stamps but this silhouette is purrrr-fection.  Sorry...that was bad!

-Cat and Lamp stamp (Memory Box)
-Vintage Red Line and Trendy Mini Papers (Jenni Bowlin)
-Memo Pin (Tim Holtz)
-Brown Tiny Type Stickers (Cosmo Cricket)
-Dotted Scallop Border Punch (EK Success)
-Ivory 1 1/4 Silk Ribbon (May Arts)
-Coco Lace (Webster's Pages)
-Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura) - used to apply flocking to the lamp shade
-Latte Tan Flock (Stampendous)
-Clear Smooth Round Gemstones (Hero Arts)

Thanks for visiting,