Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Gina K sketches

Last night was the Gina K release party in their member forum at SCS. I joined late, and only stayed for about 30 minutes, but the pages of comments were flying up. This morning I was able to get some time to look at the sketch challenges, and complete all three :)

My coluzzle got quite the workout with the first two sketches.

Sketch 1 by Julie Koerber (Out to Impress)

I really like how this turned out with the band of "thanks". The scallops are circles that are punched out and taped to the back of the circle. The thanks stamp is from Papertrey, and the flower pot is from Gina K.

Sketch 2 by Erika Martin (Stampin Mama)

When I saw Erica's sketch I immidiately thought that the round bum of the hippo would fit in with the oval card she had designed.

I curved the sentiment from the Just so Hippy set to make it fit along the oval. I would have like to have curved it a bit more, but it wouldn't stay.

I stamped a second hippo and cut out the hips and popped them up to add dimension. I couldn't find my white gel pen, so I used my liquid applique to colour the tooth and toenails.

Sketch 3 by Joanne B. (Stamped by Hand)

Joanne's sample was very masculine, and I not only used the sketch, but her sample as inspiration.

Stampers often say it is difficult to make masculine cards, but this one was easy-peasy. The image is stamped with brown ink on Kraft cardstock. No colouring needed, as it fits with the simple and two-toned card.

This is a view from the top to show that the card is like a book where the jumbo brads create the binding, and the card opens from inside the line of brads.

Friday, May 16, 2008

My good friend JCQ completed her education degree in April, and just found out that she has a contract for next year. I made this card for her to celebrate her first "real" job as a teacher. My sister is also a teacher, so I actually bought this this stamp set for her, but she is in the process of moving so it's at my house right now. How fortuitous.

I used my SU markers on all of these stamps so that I could easily use different colours, and so that there would be a bit of a distressed look once the image was stamped.

The charm was bought from Stamping Bella to be used with Teachabella, but I think it works really well on this card.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Belated Mother's Day

I recently got an order from Rubbernecker, and although most of the stamps I ordered were from the "old characters" collection, I also picked out two stained glass flowers.

This card was made by stamping the image on velum paper with versamark, then embossing with black powder. I used my SU markers, coloured on a CD, and used a paint brush to water colour the image. Then I created a black border out of cardstock, and used glue dots to stick it to the velum cardstock base. I wanted to be able to still have the light shine through the stained glass, and the velum card base is perfect.

I will be giving this card to Deron's mom this weekend when she comes to town to celebrate his birthday. I should have sent it to her for Mother's day, but I was falling behind, and decided just to hang on to it until I would see her in person.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Stamping Bloggers ROCK!!

A while ago I won some blog candy on Lisa Strahl's blog. I had actually forgot about it, until last week this arrived in the mail.

Not only did it have this great backgrounder from CHF, but also flowers, pins, inchies, tags and this fabulous card.

She was thankful for my patience in waiting for the blog candy, but *I* am the one who is thankful for the awesome treats!

Although I should probably make a card using some of my new supplies, I am sending her this card that I made during the last CHF release party.

I hope she likes it :)