Friday, 24 August 2012

QKR Stampede Challenge!!!

QKR Stampede is currently holding their second weekly challenge. This week's challenge is Anything Goes. There are some great prizes: 

2 Digital Stamps of Your Choice From the QKR Stampede Store 

However, if you enter and win using a QKR Stampede Image, You will Win 4 Digital Stamps From the QKR Stampede Store!

Check it out at:

Here's my entry

Here's how this project, I call her Teddy Girl, came together. 

I really like the look you get when you stamp in black and white, and then highlight a portion of the stamp by cutting it out and mounting on a contrasting color.  I have to give credit to my friend Barbie for the great idea of coloring a further portion in that contrasting color. This technique also looks spectacular when the image with the contrast paper completely fills a card front without any further decoration – stay tuned, I’ll demo that on another occasion.

Girl with Bear was simply printed, then I used a Spellbinder square to cut of a portion of the image that I wanted to highlight. Then I cut a slightly larger square in your contrast color. Adhere the layers, add a bow, some flowers and pearls and you’ve created something very special.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Baby's Beautiful Room

One of my girlfriends needed a special baby card, and I remembered a real beauty I'd spotted on Splitcoaststampers by Pat Smethers. So I CASED her work as seen here:

This card base is Stardream metallics. For a tutorial on how to create a side step card, see this tutorial

The dresser is SU Whisper White, cut with a portion of a Spellbinder die to create legs for the dresser (the cut-out part was stamped with SU words and used for the sentiment). I ran it through the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug folder and sponged with Distress Ink Tattered Rose. Then I cut drawers, Cuttlebug embossed with the Madison folder and sponged with Distress Shabby Shutters. The drawer pulls are pearls colored with Copics. The little dress and bow are cut from a stamped image done with Tina Winke's Leanne and Hedgie

The window frame is a Heartfelt Creations die cut. A piece of SU cardstock was stamped with Inkadinkado and colored with Copics. Then the background was sponged with Distress. Liquid Pearls and Stickles complete the embellishment.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Nurse Ann

This is an August QKR Stampede Design Team project – Nurse Ann. Framed art is a great gift for that special someone. Consider it for a very personal memento which will be cherished and displayed for years. This project was named for the featured Raggedy Ann but it was made with my favourite nurse in mind, so I might have titled it Nurse Renee.

Here’s how it came together. Start with a patterned piece of paper cut to fit your frame. If you need to use more than one piece of paper to make it big enough, go ahead and simply cover the seams with a strip of ribbon.

Next, print http://Digi Nurse and color. I used the following Copics:
Dress: YR000, YR00, YR01
Doll Body: E50, E51, R20
Medical Chart: E71, E74
Shoes & Clip: C00, C1, C3, C5, C7
Hair: E17, E18 and Spica pens in Orange and Gold

Cut and emboss the image with a Spellbinder shape, and sponge while still in the die with Distress Ink Dried Marigold.

Pull two colors from your patterned paper, and mat the image with two increasingly larger Spellbinder shapes. My sentiment was cut with Cricut’s Calligraphy cartridge and backed with the second color, but you could easily stamp a sentiment or use the recipient’s name. Fill out the remaining empty corner with a Spellbinder decorative shape, a flower, leaves and a bow in the dress color.

Almost any image can be used to create framed art. Give it a try!

Friday, 17 August 2012

End of Summer and Back to School

It's the first day of a new challenge at QKR Stampede. Check it out, cause the prizes are pretty generous!

Here's my entry. It's all about the downs of summer ending, but all the highs of going back to school and seeing good friends again - and wearing new school outfits! Here's how this card went together.

Print the At The Park image in the original size and color with Copics to match your cardstock choices.

In some of the coloring here (his pants), I used the shading technique of waiting till a portion of color was dried, and then going back with that same color to feather in a second layer and create shading. I’ve used:
Doll body: E40, E41
Pants: B41
Shirt and his Socks: G40
His Shoes: E35, E37
Dress: Y000, Y00
Apron, her Socks, Cheeks: RV000, RV00
Her Shoes: RV19
Hair: E30, E31, E33, E35

Cut a 5 ¼ x 7 ¼ inch card in the first color. Add a panel cut slightly smaller in a second color. Cut 1 ¼ inch squares in a third color, and attach to the image. Add brads in a fourth color. Adhere image to card.

Print Ups and Downs sentiment. Add a triangle and brad in the upper right corner and adhere to card inside.

 Almost any of the fanciful QKR Stampede images could be used in this colourful format especially suited for kids.

Bye, bye summer!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Autumn Splendor

There's a bit of a nip here this morning in beautiful British Columbia, and it has me thinking of Fall with it's beautiful display of the best that Mother Nature has to offer. The people at the Oozak Blog have Autumn on their minds, too, and their current challenge calls for a project all about Fall.
This is my entry.

This card is 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, cut in Stampin Up cardstock. Another layer of SU card was added.

I went out into the yard and picked a nice leaf, and then traced it onto watercolor paper a number of times with a Copic pen. I then sponged with Distress Ink in Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I misted with water and allowed the piece to dry. I then added random streaks of VersaMark and heat embossed with gold.

I stamped a scrap of the watercolor paper with Stampin Up's Loving Thoughts and heat embossed. I back the sentiment with more of the second cardstock. I then cut a Spellbinders shape from the second cardstock, and snipped pieces from it to decorate the corners and sentiment.

A bit of ribbon and dots of Liquid Pearl complete the project.

Monday, 13 August 2012

My Kind of Weight Watchers

I created this card as an entry for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge for Fan Club Members on Splitcoaststampers. If you want to get in on all fun - and all the inspiration - join the Fan Club! This particular challenge was to create a scene. 
This image is from Art Impressions, Girlfriends collection. I just love their images. However, the idea for this card design came from a My Favorite Things stamp, their Who's That Girl collection. The image and caption just made me giggle. Being a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, I can certainly relate.
The card is 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, cut in Stampin Up cardstock. The window frame and label are cut with Spellbinders. The awning I cut by hand and scored with my Scor-Pal.
The restaurant layer is SU Whisper White, cut at 5x7. I then drew the bricks at 1/2 x 1 inch with pencil, and then went over them again with Copic V25. Distress Ink Pumice Stone was then sponged over all.
The image is stamped in Memento black on X-Press It cardstock. I like to use a lot of colors on these AI images, cause it's so much fun. Copic colors used here are:
Left Dress: V25 & 28
Right Dress: R22 & 24
Cup and Plate: RV63 & 66
Table Cloth: B66 & 69, with W03 over all
Cake and Right Hair: E21, 23, 25, 27, 29, R24
Left Hair E08, 19
Earrings: G17, YR24
Glasses B00
Skin: E000, 00, 01, 11
Dots of Liquid Pearls and a scrap of ribbon top it all off!
Shading: W1, W3, Blender

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Wonderfully White

I created this card as an entry for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge for Fan Club Members on Splitcoaststampers. If you want to get in on all fun - and all the inspiration - join the Fan Club! The challenge was to use all white.
This card is cut in fabulous Petallics cardstock which is just a shade creamier than pure white, and just a shade smaller than my normal choice at 5 1/2 inches square.
The next layer is cut twice with a fancy Spellbinders retangle and pieced in the centre to create a square. Another piece of cardstock is cut to fit within the fancy square and embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots. The crowning centre is done with Stampendous Jumbo Tulip in VersaMark and heat embossed with Recollections Pearl Snow.
Three buttons with their shanks snipped off were adhered to the corners and a multitude of Liquid Pearls in White Opal completes the card.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Butter Cream

I created this card as an entry for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge for Fan Club Members on Splitcoaststampers. If you want to get in on all fun - and all the inspiration - join the Fan Club! The challenge was to use hand-made flowers on a card.

My favorite rolled flowers are made with dies from My Favorite Things. You can see the results of two different styles here. I've also used Heartfelt Creations dies to create the beautiful lace patterns at the top of the card. Spellbinders foliage and carnations dies complete the cutouts. Stampin Up cardstock is used in this project. Dots of Liquid Pearls and a ribbon die complete the project.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Sweet Citrus Splash

I created this card as an entry for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge for Fan Club Members on Splitcoaststampers. If you want to get in on all fun - and all the inspiration - join the Fan Club! This card was especially fun for me because with it I won a gift certificate to Cat's Pajamas stamp company!

The image I used on this card is available on the CD included with the Copic Coloring Guide Level 2: Nature. The coloring technique and Copic colors used are exactly as described in the book. I cut out the oranges with a scalloped circle Spellbinder.

Next, I cut a 5 3/4 inch square card in lemon-yellow cardstock and three squares embossed with Cuttlebug. I topped the card with a slightly smaller white card and a lime-colored patterned paper cut a shade smaller yet. Three white squares provide a nice constrast between the yellow and green.

The sentiment is from a My Favorite Things stamp set, stamped in VersaFine and heat embossed. Back the sentiment with more yellow card.

Adhere all layers and top with a double orange bow.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Blush Lilies

I created this card as an entry for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge for Fan Club Members on Splitcoaststampers. If you want to get in on all fun - and all the inspiration - join the Fan Club!

This card is my favorite size - a 5 3/4 inch square. It's cut from Stardream Metallic cardstock. Another layer, cut at 5 1/2 inches square, was cut with Stampin Up cardstock and embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots.

Stamping Up cardstock is used to cut Spellbinders Parisian Motif Shapeabilities centre circle and corner shapes.

The flowers are cut from the same SU cardstock with Heartfelt Creations' Perfect Petals, sponged with Distress Ink Tattered Rose, and curled genty. Stamens from Petaloo finish the blooms off nicely and add a pop of color. Wires from the stamens, twisted together, serve as stems.

Finally, four pearls and a ribbon add a bit of interest.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Bear It All

Here's an August QKR Stampede Design Team project called Bear It All. This is very unique card because it's a multi-layered project that features a shaped front. How cute is this sneaky bear who's trying to escape the hospital? He's guaranteed to bring a smile to that special someone who is in hospital and might be feeling the same urge to get away.

Here's how to make this project.

Start by cutting a 5x7 inch card in blue and then cut the front panel down to two inches high. Next, cut a slightly smaller card in white and attach the white back panel to the blue back panel.

Print the front and back of the bear ( Sneaking Bear and Sneaking Away ) and the sentiment ( Bear It All ). Color the bear with Copics.

For the bear’s fur, use E55, E55 and E57. When totally dry, moisten a scrap of washcloth with a couple of drops of Copic Colorless Blender. Dab randomly over the bear, holding the cloth to the image for a second to allow the solution to remove some of the color. When dry again, color the night shirt with C00, C1 and B41. The band-aid can be done in E11.

Cut the front and back of the bear out with small scissors. Adhere the front of the bear by his feet to the card front. Then adhere the back of the bear to the front.

 Decorate the front of the card with strips of cardstock embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, strips of ribbon, a button and a brad (looks like a paw print if you squint), and dots of Stickles.

Back the sentiment with the blue cardstock and attach to the inside of the white card.

This bear image just made me giggle when I first saw it. I’ve been in hospital a few times and I certainly felt that baring it all was turning me into a bear!