Monday, 30 July 2012

Masculine Birthday Cupcake

This card was created in response to the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge for members of the Fan Club at Splitcoaststampers. Check it out to get in on all the fun!

My brother will be the recipient of this card. Don't you find masculine cards a bit difficult? My natural crafting thoughts seem to go to girly things - go figure. So I have to work to come up with something good for a man, but I'm happy with this color and design combination. Here's how it came together.....

Start with a 5 1/2 inch card cut from Stardream Metallic Cardstock. Add a 5 inch square in a contrasting color. Cut a 4 3/8 inch square from the base color. Cut a die shape, just to the left of centre, and then run through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder. Cut a small Edgeabilities border with Spellbinders in a third color and attach to the right of the embossed piece, and adhere all to the card front.

Stamp both images from the My Favorite Things It's A Cupcake Kind of Day in Momento Rich Cocoa. Color the one image with Copics (E21, E23, E25). Apply a piece of Scor-Tape just over the icing and sprinkle on microfine glitter (warm highlights). Color the cherry from the second image and color with R29, allow to dry, cut out and adhere to cupcake. Cut a small oval with Spellbinders in the third color. Add a smaller oval in the centre and emboss all. Adhere saucer and cupcake to card.

Stamp sentiment, heat emboss and trim. Cut and trim label from third color. Adhere to card front.

Looks good enough to eat!

Dare to Dream

This card was created in response to the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge for members of the Fan Club at Splitcoaststampers. Check it out to get in on all the fun!

Start out with a 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch card cut from Stampin Up cardstock, and add a second layer at 7 x 5.

On a generously-sized piece of watercolor paper, sponge Distress Ink randomly in Chipped Sapphire, Bundled Sage, Stormy Sky and Brushed Corduroy. Spritz with water, allow to blend and then dry with a heat gun. Stamp Hero Art's Metal Fourish in Distress Tea Dye. On the bottom of the paper, stamp the sentiment from SU Loving Thoughts and the SU bird (name escapes me) in VersaMark and heat emboss with Whispers Embossing Powder copper. Trim the watercolor paper into two panels. Adhere ribbon to panel, and all to card front.

Cut two circles with a small Spellbinder and cut in half. Adhere to card, and top with Imaginisce hot fix metal spots.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Wonderfully White

This card was created in response to the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge for members of the Fan Club at Splitcoaststampers. Check it out to get in on all the fun! I had a devil of a time trying to get a good photo of this card cause it's so shiny and white!

The card is totally constructed with Petallics metallic cardstock. I started with a 5 1/2 inch square card base. A recent project by my friend Jo on Splitcoaststampers reminded me that you can cut and paste die cut images to create one larger piece, and that's what I did with a fancy Spellbinders rectangle. Then I added a smaller piece of cardstock embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots.

Finally, I stamped a Stampendous Jumbo Tulip with VersaMark and heat embossed with Recollections Snow Pearl Embossing Powder. I then cut out the image and popped it up with Pop Dots.

Three pearl buttons with their shanks cut off, and a multitude of Liquid Pearl dots completes my effort to create in all white.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Semper Augustus Tulips

This might be my most favorite project - ever! After practicing the feathering and blending techniques in Marianne Walker and Colleen Schaan's Copic Coloring Guides, I've been trying a lot of different color blendings. I knew the Heartfelt Creation's Semper Augustus Tulips would be a great image for this technique. Don't hesitate to try blending outside color families, you'll be excited by the results.

This is a 5 3/4 inch square card, done in Stardream Metallic Cardstock. Stampin Up cardstock is the green layer, and American Crafts makes the purple that I used to cut Heartfelt Creations intricate lace die.

I used the wrinkle free distress technique to get such an interesting background piece. Simply sponge on Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold, Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord Distress Inks in a random pattern. Spritz with water to start the magic blending of color that Distress Inks are famous for, and allow to dry completely.

I stamped the tulips on X-Press It Blending Card with Memento Rich Cocoa, and colored the tulips with the following Copics:
YR20, 21, 23
R81, 83, 85
YR000, 00, 01, 02

A Spellbinders oval and Heartfelt Creations Dutch Iris leaf die completes the pieces. Finally, add dots of Lavender Liquid Pearls, and call it done - fabulously!

Here's a peek into the inside of the card, done with another image from Heartfelt Creations' Semper Augustus Tulips and Stamp Up's Three Little Words.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Every Mother's Child

Isn't that the truth? And isn't it wonderful that Mother Nature ensures this is so? I had to smile when first saw this image. Beautifully said!

This is a creation for the QKR Stampede design team. The digi image can be found here: Pretty Child. I printed it in the original size. It was then cut and embossed with Spellbinders and sponged while still in the die with Distress Ink Milled Lavender.

This shaped card was cut with Spellbinders and the bottom trimmed off so it would stand. Cut a piece of cardstock large enough for the card base, fold it in half, and place the die on the doubled paper so that the fold is just inside the cutting edge of the die. Then cut another piece of the same cardstock, emboss and adhere to the front of the card.

The safety pins were cut with Cricut's New Arrival cartridge at 2" default. They were then outlined with Stickles. Stickle dots are also featured on the sentiment.

I learned a trick for eye-catching embellishments - it's buttons! Wait until your favorite fabric store has a sale on buttons and then stock up on some really pretty ones.  If they are the kind with a shank, just snip them off with a cutter from your garage tool box. I then adhere them to the page with a dab of E6000 adhesive that I purchase in the jewellery making area at Michaels.

The double bow is tied on the fingers. I learned this technique from the blog of the fabulous Ann Schach.

Friday, 20 July 2012

July QKR Blog Hop

Give Me a Hug!
Hello and welcome to the QKR Stampede July Blog Hop!

If you just happened upon my place in the hop, you'll want to go back to the beginning so you won't miss any of the wonderful projects our Design Team members have created for you. Start by visiting the QKR Stampede Blog.

Today's Blog Hop will introduce the newly appointed members of the QKR Stampede Design Team. We have a variety of projects created by the team members, all designed to showcase the wonderful QKR Stampede digi stamps!

My project is shown above, and directions will follow.

The next person on the blog hop is Jamie Lindstrom

Be sure to wind up at the QKR Stampede Blog and tell us what you thought of the hop - we value your comments. Don't forget to check out the QKR Stampede Store to browse their amazing variety of digi and rubber stamps!

Directions for Give Me a Hug:
Cut a heart shaped basket at 6" with Cricut's Tags and Bags cartridge and adhere sides. Yes, there really is a heart shaped basket behind the green oval - LOL.

Print the Porcupine in the original size. Color with Copics: C00, C1, C3, C5 and RV23. Cut with Oval Spellbinder and sponge inside with Distress Ink Spun Sugar. Cut a larger decorative oval with Spellbinders and adhere all layers.

Cut a flower and leaves with Spellbinders and adhere. Wrap handle with ribbon, and add a bow to the flower. Print the Hug Sentiment, trim, shape, ink edges with Spun Sugar and adhere.

Finish with dots of Stickles and a pearl for the centre of the flower.

How could you possibly not get a hug after presented this basket filled with, perhaps, chocolate kisses?

Thank you for visiting and hope you enjoyed the QKR Stampede Blog hop!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

King of the Jungle

When I first spotted this not so ferocious-looking Lion image from QKR Stampede, I knew he was very special. I ordered him in a digital version, and that makes it so easy to customize his size to exactly fit your project.

This lion is printed in the original size onto X-Press It Blending Card. He was then colored with Copics E30, E31, E33, E34 and E35. His crown is done in Y26 and Y28, with a touch of Stickles in Star Dust. After I allowed the Copics to dry well, I moistened a piece of a washcloth with Blending Solution and dabbed gently to create fur. Gold, Buttermilk, Gold and Chocolate Spica pens put extra sparkle in his main. Frayed Burlap Distress Ink was used to sponge the edges of the white paper. Dots of gold Liquid Pearls add a little bling.

The card base is a 6" square, and is cut of Stardream Metallics. Bright Gold Stardream is used here for the photo frame. Spellbinders dies were used to cut the frame and flourish. The patterned paper is SEI.

Isn't he just cute enough to snuggle?

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Happy Flowers

Doesn't this make you want to smile?

My first project for QKR Stampede is something that (as the ribbon says) represents a carefree, happy summertime with its bright colors, blooming flowers and happy faces. This card features the digi version of  Smiling Flowers

The image was printed onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics R81, R83, R85, R89; Y21; YR21; YG21; YG17; E55, E57 and E59.

The card base is Stampin Up cardstock and measures 5 ¾ inches square. The patterned paper is K & Company, and is cut to 5 ½” square. The frame is cut with Spellbinders dies. All the layers are adhered with Scor-Tape.

The ribbon is something from my stash, and the design is all topped off with hot-fix crystals.

QKR Stampede Design Team

I am so excited to share the big news that I have been selected as a member of the new design team for QKR Stampede !!!

QKR is known for images that have a unique, somewhat quirky, style with lots of humor and character. I find their stamp collection invokes warm thoughts of love, the important people in our lives, and our animal friends. As I present my choices from the QKR collection, I hope you find a few that just speak to you.

I’ll be posting to the QKR Blog on the first and third Saturdays of the month for the next six months. Pop over there to see all the exciting projects the design team will be presenting. There will also be a Blog Hop once a month that should stir your creative soul. We’d all love to read your comments on the blog, so don’t hesitate to leave us a message.