All blog content, including designs, text, and photographs are COPYRIGHT © Janette Olen. Everything posted here is shared for your personal inspiration and enjoyment only and may not be used for publication or for design team submissions. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Hanna Sneak Peek Day 2

First off I just want to give a shout out to my friend Janice (catcrazy on SCS)- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Hope it is a good one.

Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd! Well today is all about baseball folks. There are 2 regular sets and 2 mini sets being released at hanna stamps on Friday the 4th. This is one of the mini sets- baseball hanna. My cards with this set are on the masculine side. A couple of the other DT members used hanna for feminine cards. It is so cool to see all the different things that everyone does with the same stamps.

For my first card I used Julee's mojo 44 sketch this week. I started by taking my dp piercing it and using the faux stitching technique with my red SU marker. I triple matted it. I then stamped my image with pallette noir ink and colored with my copics/prismamarkers and double matted it. I stamped my white strip with sanded bg, faux stitched it,double matted it and attached to the card. I made my photo corners by using my square punch, cutting it in half (so you have 2 triangles) and cutting out the notch. I added 3 silver brads to them and attached to the corners with glue dots. I then attached my main image and stamped the baseball mitt (stamped off once) and overstamped my sentiment punching them out with the circle punch. I finished off my card by adding some stars as accents.

stamps- baseball hanna
ink- pallette noir, real red, going grey
CS/paper- DCWV dp, real red, basic grey, going grey, GP white
accessories- silver brads, square punches, paper piercer, SU mat pack, real red marker, star punches, copics, prismamarkers

My second card is for my hubby which I am saving for his birthday, it was going to be father's day but I did not finish it in time. When I first received this set I knew I was going to have to do a blue and white one because my dh is a Yankees fan. So that was my inspiration for this card and I made her a brunette like me so it looked like I was dressed in a Yankees outfit for him...hmm maybe TMI there LOL. Anyway, I stamped my hanna image and masked her to stamp the home plate stamp over it. The image was colored with my copics and sponged with caramel around it (kinda like dirt). I then double matted it but I used my tag corner punch on the middle layer because it has the same shape as the plate. I made my bg by using the glove stamp in the set and sponging the edges of that and again double matting and using the tag corner punch on the middle layer. I stamped my caramel strip with the sanded bg, sponged that and added 3 navy eyelets. My image was then attached over that.

stamps- baseball hanna
ink- pallette noir, creamy caramel, night of navy
CS- creamy caramel, night of navy, PTI white
accessories/tools- SU tag corner punch, crop a dile, SU navy eyelets, sponge, copics (navy, E00, E33, E27), white gel pen

I hope you enjoyed my projects today. I may be back later with the color challenge of the week if I get a chance to play with it. Thanks for stopping in.

Hanna Sneak Peek Day 1

Oh my I am so excited about my first official sneak peek week as a hanna stamps design team member. So this is my very first release post- how cool is that? The fun will begin in the hanna stamps forum at 9PM on Thursday July 3rd for the release party. There is always great chatting, prizes and guess what a challenge being hosted by me! There are 4 new sets being released from hanna stamps on Friday July 4th. So I have not one but TWO sneak peeks for you today. Both of these cards use the new bridal Hanna set.

I started out with my white card base which measures 5.25" square. I layered on my bazzill bling and dp. I added a strip across the middle which was then tied with silver organdy ribbon. My bride image was stamped with smokey grey versafine ink on PTI white. I colored in only the flower bouquet with my copics to add just a subtle hint of color and added stickles to the dress and veil. This image was then double matted. I finished off my card by adding 3 bridal flowers from Michaels (how appropriate huh?) in the upper corner which were accented with clear rhinestones.

stamps- bridal hanna
ink- versafine smokey grey
CS- PTI white, bazzill bling, dp from Michaels
accessories- SU silver organdy ribbon, bridal flowers, clear rhinestones,stardust stickles, copics (G21, RV11, RV13)

For my second card I was looking for something simple and elegant. I started out by stamping my image with white craft ink on vellum CS. I did originally try to emboss it but even with using the CS weight vellum it still curled up pretty badly- oh well. So anyway, once my image was dry ( I let it dry overnight since I was not in a hurry) I turned it over and created an embossed frame around it using a scor-pal. I then attached it to black CS using brads in the corner. I was too afraid to use adhesive because I did not want it to show through. I added tiny clear rhinestones to the bouquet for a little sparkle. This was then glued to my card base and my most favorite awesome double sided ribbon was tied around the side.

stamps- bridal hanna
ink- SU white craft
CS- PTI white, SU black, SU vellum CS
accessories- clear rhinestones, scor-pal, black brads, double sided satin ribbon from Michaels

Well I hope you enjoyed the first sneak peek and I will have more with a different set tomorrow. Be sure to check out the other DT members creations in the hanna forum on SCS or by visiting their blogs which I have listed to the right here on my blog. Let me know what you think of the new stamps and I hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks so much for visiting.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Basic Grey Cupcake

Hi there, hope you are having a nice weekend. It has been kinda busy here. Yesterday our exchange student graduated from high school and we had a party for her afterwards. She will be leaving one week from today. I am so excited that tomorrow starts sneak peek week in the hanna stamps forum on SCS. So stay tuned there and on my blog where I will be posting my first sneak peeks. Anyway, on with today's project. I used the sketch from Taylored Expressions as my layout and chose my dp based on the Our Creative Corner challenge for this week which was to use Basic Grey paper.

I started with my choc chip CS and cut it vertically so I would have a top fold. I then layered on my pink basic grey paper and cut out two strips of my coordinating dp to layer at the top. I cut along the scallops in the dp and then adhered them and curled upsome of the scallops for dimension. I stamped my cupcake in choc chip on cryogen white shimmery paper and colored with my copics. I stamped the image a second time and colored only the top of the cupcake and cut it out. I stamped, colored and cut out my cherry and glued it onto the cupcake. I attached the top of the cupcake with pop dots and added stickles of course. I used my ticket corner punch on the corners, sponged with pink ink and double matted my image. I attached both chocolate and pick satin ribbon to the top strip one ontop of the other. I tied my twill into a bow beneath my image according the sketch and added my circle sentiment. The card was finished by added 3 dew drops to the corners of the cupcake image. Here are some closeups for you...

stamps- hero arts cupcakes
ink- chocolate chip, pretty in pink
CS/paper- Basic Grey dp, choc chip, close to cocoa, cryogen white
accessories/tools- ticket corner punch, dew drops, PTI sweet blush satin ribbon, choc chip satin ribbon, choc twill from joanns, stardust stickles, fruit punch stickles, sponge, CM circle punch, pop dots

Have a great night and hope to see you tomorrow for hanna sneak peeks.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Hanna, put your clothes on!

This card is for the hanna stamps weekly challenge which was to use masking and the limited supply challenge this week which was to use brads and no other embellishments. Take a look:

I can't help but laugh because my 3 yr old daughter keeps telling me that I need to put clothes on that girl because she is in her underwear LOL. Anyway, I stamped my hanna and my accessories on my CS with pallette noir. I then took a piece of acetate and cut it in the shape of a cloud. I also stamped hanna on some scrap paper and cut her out to use as my mask. I then put my mask over hanna and took my acetate cloud and makeup sponge with bashful blue ink and created my clouds. Here is a tutorial on how to do the clouds- my clouds did not come out as well but I did try. I then used a stipple brush to make the rest of the sky. I colored my images with copics and highlighted with my clear spica glitter pen. I used my white gel pen to make the dots on the red layer. I really wanted to pierce but I already had it on the card so it was too late. I used my scallop punch and circle punched to do the sentiment. Here is a closer look for you:

Hope you like my card today. Gotta run- have a great evening!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Riley takes the day!

First, I want to share my excitement with you guys. I was one of the winners last night for the papertrey bog hop. I was one of 4 names who were chosen at random. I got to pick out a free stamp set. I chose guidelines because I wanted to order that so badly but did not order PT this month because I put in too large of an SU order to help keep my active status.

So on for my projects today. I actually made these yesterday using the sketch challenge of the week on SCS. I could not decide which of my new rileys from hanna stamps to use so when in doubt use both LOL!. Here is the first one- snowman Riley and you can find him here.

I stamped my image with pallette noir ink and colored with my copics and prismamarkers. I picked the colors from dp which I ended up not using. I used my ticket corner punch, sponged the edges and double matted it. I added brads to the corners, rhinestones and stickles to the snowman. I ran my olive ctmh paper through my cuttlebug and sanded the high spots with an emery board. The paper has a white core so the white peeks through when you sand it. I used my square punch to cut out the squares and matted them all placing them on my CS according to the sketch. I placed some yellow hardware in the upper corner and tied some banana grosgrain around the middle. I placed my Riley on pop dots and adhered over the ribbon. I punched my word window 3 times and stamped my sentiment on the white and layered on my other 2. Here is a closeup of the image for you.

stamps- snowman riley, things Riley would say
ink- pallette noir, brocade blue, barely banana
CS- ctmh olive, bashful blue, brocade blue, barely banana
accessories/tools- cb snowflakes folder, emery board, ticket corner punch, SU brads, ctmh hardware, yellow grosgrain ribbon, diamond stickles, word window punch, sponge, copics (E31, E33, E37, G21, B00), prismamarkers (cream, light cerulean blue, blue slater, deco yellow, 10% cool grey)

The second card uses another newly released Riley. Take a peek

I stamped Riley in pallette noir ink and colored with copics and prismamarkers. I intended on raising the tree image up but oops- I forgot oh well! I used stickles on the snow and part of tree. I sponged the images with moss ink and matted it. I punched out my squares of dp and CS and laid them out again according to the sketch. I tied some wide organdy ribbon into a bow and attached at the top with a glue dot. I used a sparkly snowflake embellishment in my lower corner that I got from my friend Sue (thanks a bunch!) to finish the card.

stamp- riley carrying a tree from hanna stamps
ink- pallette noir, mellow moss
CS/dp- mellow moss, bazzill bling, GP white, PT white, ctmh dp
accessories/tools- light blue organdy ribbon, snowflake embellishment, stardust stickles, CM square punch, copics (E31, E33, E37, G21), prismamarkers (dk green, 10%cool grey, light cerulean blue)

thanks for stopping by to visit today,

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Papertrey June blog hop

Today is the night for the blog hop over in the papertrey forum. It is a neat way to visit people's blogs and get lots of inspiration from all the cool projects that they post. This month's theme was to use transparencies on your projects. I am assuming that includes acetate and similar products. Well I guess this was my lucky month because I already had my project done as I entered it in the June GSS contest at papertrey and I did not post it yet. I was awarded an honorable mention for this project by Nichole too so how cool is that! Now for my project...

This is a 2-4-6-8 box that I made for my friend who recently found out she was pregnant. I took a sheet of 8.5"X11" CS and cut it down to 6"X 8.5". I scored it with my scor-pal at 2", 4", 6" and 8" vertically and then scored 2" up from the bottom horizontally. You can find a picture of the instructions here. I cut off approx 2" from all but the second panel because I wanted that to fold over the front of the box. On the fourth panel I cut out my oval with my CM oval cutter. I then cut out an oval from my sunrise CS which had a 1/4" smaller oval so that it would create a matte inside the lemon oval. I then attached a rectangle piece of acetate to cover the opening on what would be the inside of the box. I stamped the 1st and 3rd panels on the outside with my honey bee image. I stamped my sentiments on the outside of my oval cut out section panel. I cut my bottom sections and then folded them and used red sticky tape to adhere the panels to form the bottom of the box. I filled the box with bit o honey candies that I wrapped with labels decorated with the honey bees and limitless labels set. I punched out a decorative floral border using my Fiskars punch on the lemon edge and attached a piece of sunrise to the bottom of the lemon tart section and folded it over and attached with red sticky tape. To finish off my project I tied a bow with my satin ribbon and attached it.

stamps- PTI honey bees, limitless labels
CS- PTI lemon tart, summer sunrise, acetate
ink- summer sunrise, lemon tart
accessories- scor-pal, sunrise satin ribbon, fiskars floral border punch, CM oval cutter, red sticky tape

I hope you enjoy this project and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Enjoy visiting everyone's blogs and have fun!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Gentler Times Mojo

Today's card uses the color challenge on SCS and Julee Tillman's mojo43 sketch for the layout.

For today's card I pulled out my gentler times set. I literally have not used this one in years but I still love it. I started out by stamping my image in pallette noir ink on PT white. I cut it out with my CM oval. I then watercolored my image using my ink pads and my blender pen and aquapainter. I sponged wasabi around it, added some stickles to the flowers and matted it on my scalloped oval and another regular oval. I cut my rectangle of dp and matted it on black. I ran my white section through my cuttlebug and sponged wasabi over it which is not showing too well in the photo. I stamped the wasabi secion with another one of the stamps from my set in versamark ink. The sentiment was stamped in pallette noir and the rhinestones were added beneath it. These sections were attached to my black matte and I added my black scallop strip which was done with my slit punch. I tied my double sided ribbon around that and adhered it to the black. This was then matted with teal and attached to the white base. The oval and rectangle section was the attached using pop dots to raise it up and give dimension. Here are a couple of closeups for you to see.

stamps- SU Gentler Times, Warmest Regards
ink- pallette noir, wild wasabi, taken with teal
CS/paper- afternoon tea dp, wasabi, teal, black, PTI white
accessories/tools- cb stylized flowers folder, blue rhinestones, black brads, stardust stickles, aquapainter, blender pen, perfect layers, giga scallop punch, CM oval cutter, double sided satin ribbon from Michaels

Thanks for stopping by and hope you'll stop by again soon,

Monday, June 23, 2008

Watercoloring with ink pads

In the try a new technique challenge for today you were required to use reinkers or ink pads to watercolor your images. This is a great technique and one which I enjoy. It is a nice change from using copics or pencils.

I stamped my image on watercolor paper with pallette noir ink and colored it using my inkpads and an aquapainter. I matted my image and set aside to dry. I layered my papers on my card according the sketch in the gina k forum for their June challenge. You can see the challenge sketch here. I tied my ribbon around the center and stamped my sentiment in cocoa ink. I finished off the card by attaching my image using my pop dots to give it some dimension. Here is a closeup for you below.

stamps- gina k wishing you the best
ink- close to cocoa, pallette noir, wild wasabi, sage shadow, chocolate chip, cream caramel, soft sky
CS/paper- close to cocoa, watercolor paper, afternoon tea dp
accessories/tools- aquapainter, ribbon, pop dots

Have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Challenge Day

The cards I have to share today are both challenge cards.

This first card is for the featured stamped challenge which also uses the color challenge of the week which I love. Here is the card of Diane's that I chose to CASE. I changed the stamp set, sentiment, ribbon. I also added brads, piercing ticket corner, extra layers and bg stamp. I stamped my image on the kraft with pallette noir- I never stamped on kraft but wanted to try it. I stamped my flower in versamark on sky and embossed it with black ep. I cut it out, punched the small circle and attached it with a pop dot for dimension. I stamped my sky layer with the sanded bg and sponged the edges and double matted. I added my strip layer which I pierced and tied the ribbon around. I used the ticket corner punch and brads on my main image and double matted and attached to the card. I finished off by stamping my sentiment in black.

stamps- sanded bg, PT garden of life
ink- pallette noir, versamark, soft sky
CS- kraft, soft sky, black
accessories/tools- ticket corner punch, brads, black ep, stitched ribbon, slot punch, sponge

The second card is a triple challenge card- woohoo!

The sketch I used is Taylor's cupcake challenge and that is also why I chose this Riley- because he is holding a cupcake. I did the hanna stamps PJ challenge 4 which required you to use more than one punch. You will definitely want to run not walk over to the hanna forum and participate in the challenges because you can win some awesome stamps! There are 4 different challenges you can enter for. The last challenge is from the Our Creative Corner which required the use of both buttons and brads on your card. You can check out the deets on my fellow hanna DT member Cindy's blog. I started with my white base and added the red layer which I added white get dots on and my dp layer which I sponged. My half circle was run through my cb. I colored my Riley using my copics and prismamarkers. The cherry on top of the cupcake is a red brad covered with stickles. This was double matted and added to the card after the ribbon was tied. I used my brand new riley sentiments available at hanna stamps which was just released and punched with my CM circle punch. I finished my card with my buttons which were tied with red cord.

stamps- coffee Riley, things Riley would say
ink- pallette noir, pretty in pink
CS- white, real red, pretty in pink, SU berry bliss dp
accessories- pink buttons, red cord, red grosgrain ribbon, red brad, candy cane stickles, cb swiss dots, slot punch, CM circle punch

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

PJ Party Challenge 2

Here is a graduation card that I made for the hanna stamps PJ party tonight. I used these colors because they are the school colors.

I stamped my bg paper using stars from Papertrey and then sponged around the edges. I attached this to my matted card base. A strip which I paper pierced was added. I colored my Riley with my markers double matted him and attached to my card. I added my punched stars which are up on pop dots.

stamps- plane riley from hanna stamps, PT limitless labels and mailbox greetings
ink- pallette noir, night of navy, bashful blue
CS- bashful blue, bliss blue, night of navy
accessories/tools- star punches, silver brad, paper piercer, copics (E33, E37, E27navy), prismacolor markers (light cerulean blue, 10%cool grey)

Hanna Stamps!

Today the hanna stamps forum on SCS is the place to be! We are having a jammie party tonight and there are some amazing surprises in store for you.

Where: hanna stamps forum
When: Friday June 20th 7pm- 11pm
What: a night of fun, challenges, surprises and give aways

So I promised I would be back with my hanna stamps challenge card. Amanda was the hostess of this weeks challenge which was an awesome color challenge. These colors are great together. If you would like to play along you can find the details for the challenge here.

I started by cutting my CS in half the long way so my card would open from the top rather than sideways. I rounded the corners of the bottom and on my banana layer which was run through my cb. I stamped my adorable hanna image which I finally got a chance to use on cryogen white which is a shimmery ivory white. I colored my image using my prismamarkers and copics. I rounded 2 corners of my image and the matte. I used my stardust jelly roll pen and added sparkle to hanna's dress, shoes and headband. Arn't those shoes just the cutest? I used my prints pack for the strip and matted it on celery which I scalloped using my slit punch and hole punch. I stamped my sentiment by omitting part of it on my circle and added my polka dotted organdy ribbon at the top. Hope you like!

stamps- cafe hanna
ink- pallette noir, banana, bashful blue
CS/paper- bashful blue, celery, banana, cryogen white, prints pack hostess
accessories- slit punch, hole punch, cb swiss dots folder, organdy ribbon from pinkhedgehog, CM circle punch, SU corner rounder, prismamarkers (cream, light cerulean blue, 10% cool grey, light peach), copics (E00, G21, RV11)

Hope to see you all at the party tonight,

Verve Project Parade

I made this card a couple days ago using Julee's mojo42 sketch for the Verve project parade. They are giving away a $15 verve gc to the winner which is drawn randomly. I don't own any Verve stamps so I am really hoping to win this so I can try them out.

My card measures 4.75" square so I cut my dp 4.5" square and then cut off 3/8" from one end to allow for the 1/8" space between sections. I stamped my main image in red on white and then stamped another flower in both saffron and red, cut them out, staggered them and layered them on top of the red flower using a pop dot. I also added a rhinestone in the center. The corner was embellished with 3 black brads. I tied one of my favorite ribbons around the card and adhered my image onto my card. I stamped the sentiment and double matted it and put it on my card to finish it off.

stamps- SU true friend, blossoms abound, and baroque motifs
ink- versafine onyx, saffron, real red
CS/paper- dp, saffron, black and white
accessories- black brads, double sided satin ribbon, red rhinestone

I am waiting to hear from artful inkables today because they are supposed to be announcing their new DT today. I am driving myself completely nuts waiting on this. I keep checking my email like every 5 minutes LOL. I will be glad when the waiting is over because for me this is torture!

Anyway, I will be back later with my weekly hanna challenge card. See ya later.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sketch challenge 181

You can find today's sketch here. First time using this whipper snapper stamp which I have had for quite some time.

I colored my image with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I double matted it and then adhered to my nestability scalloped rectangle. I stamped my sentiment and attached that. I used a paper piercer to pierce around the scallops. I tied my ribbon around the image and added brads to the upper corners. This was then attached to the dp and double matted and adhered to the card base. To finish off the card I used crystal effects on the dog's nose and stickles on the flower centers.

here is a close up for you- the crystal effects shows up pretty well

Have a great day- I'm off to the gym to workout- yuck!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday- color challenge day!

I love today's color challenge on SCS- CC171. It is soft sky, black and kraft. I hardly ever use kraft probably because it lends itself to masculine cards which I don't do enough of. I must say that I really love my card today. I did well with the challenge and believe it or not there is no ribbon or bling or sparkles- can you beleive it LOL? Take a peek.

I started out with a kraft card base and layered black onto it. I added my sky layer which was stamped with my linen bg and sponged around the outside. My next layer was stamped using the sanded bg and sky ink and again sponged and the sentiment stamped in black. I inked up my main image with soft sky and highlighted the lighthouse with my black marker directly onto my stamp and then stamped on shimmer white. I distressed the edges with a metal edged ruler. This is the first time I used that technique and I love it! This was then double matted and twine was added. I added a strip in the middle of twill, black and kraft. I embellished with 3 black brads before attaching to my base. I used my word window punch and brads to finish off the 2 corners of my card. The inside of the card was sponged with black and I used stipples shells to stamp some shell images in soft sky.

stamps: SU linen bg, sanded bg, Light unto my Path
ink- pallette noir, soft sky
CS- shimmer white, kraft, black, soft sky
accessories- wide twill, black brads, antique brads, hemp twine,word window punch, ruler, sponge

Have a blessed day!

Papertrey honorable mentions

Yippee!! This is a short post for now and I will post later too with some projects but I wanted to share some news with you. I received 2 honorable mentions from Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink for my June entries. I am so excited! They are not my favorite projects that I submitted either so you never know what she is going to pick. The 2 projects that won are the mailbox card that I shared with you yesterday and another project that I did not share yet because I am going to feature it on blog hop day. You can see Nichole's post here on her blog. Be back later.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Some more Papertrey star stamper entries

Good Monday morning to you! Well, I am bummed to say no GSS for me this month. I am still hoping for an honorable mention though and I will keep ya posted. At least this month I thought the winners were good. I even picked out 2 of the 3 winners myself.

For this card I started out with my white card and did my red and navy layers. On the navy I stamped my snowflakes in versamark and embossed with my silver jewels powder. I stamped my mailboxes in pallette noir on white and colored them with my markers. I used a versamark marker to fill in the snow and to put some snow on the mailboxes and embossed with iridescent ice ep. I then matted that image. I used my Fiskars snowflake border embossing punch for the white snowflake layer. I attached that and my grosgrain to the navy and then attached my image. I also stamped my little envelopes on both white and red, cut them out, then trimmed them and glued them onto my image to make the mailboxes look like they had mail in them.

stamps- PT mailbox greetings
ink- pallette noir, versamark, white craft for sentiment
CS- PT white, real red, night of navy, brushed silver
accessories/tools- Fiskars punch, SU red grosgrain ribbon, silver jewels ep, iridescent ice ep, copics (B00, E33, E37), prismamarkers (crimson red, 10% cool grey)

Have a great day and stop by anytime!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Occasion cards

Today I have a couple cards to share. I really like to do challenges so I was able to do the hanna sketch challenge and Taylor's cupcake challenge with these. The first card is a father's day for my dad fitting as this is Father's day.

This cards uses a sketch that was posted by Niki in the Hanna stamps forum. I started with a base of garden green and layered on my sky layer which I pierced in rows at the top and bottom. I colored my Riley using my prismamarkers and copics. I punched it with my Marvy mega punch which is where I went wrong. I did not want to matte it on a scalloped circle and the next size circle I had was too big. So, I punched another circle out that was the same size and cut it in half and matted it that way. I punched my white circle and stamped "dad" on it. I then ran it through my cb upside down to make it look a golf ball with the dimples which is hard to see in the picture. The pics are not the best this time as I was low on time but still wanted to share them.

stamps- golfer riley from hanna stamps, studio G letters
ink- pallette noir, choc chip
CS/paper- garden green, soft sky, Crate dp
accessories- copics (G21, E33, E37, E27, B00), twill, SU pewter hodgepodge, paper piercer, swiss dots cb folder

This next card is a last minute graduation card. I did not know that the graduation we were going to was a double graduate and so I needed one in a hurry. I wanted to do Taylor's sketch but knew I was low on time so I did the grad rather than the traditional cupcake. This picture really is bad as the colors are not coming out well even after editing and I am sorry for that but you will get the general idea.

I used Taylor's sketch which was tough for me since you had so many panels. It could also be that I was in a bit of a rush and could not think about it as much either. Anyway, here is the sketch. The school colors are blue and white so that is where I got my colors from. I used my prints pack for the paper and matted it on navy and attached it to my white base. I colored with my prismamarkers and copics and double matted it and attached my silver brads. I tied navy grosgrain underneath. Stickles were added to the tassel and flowers.

stamps- diplomabella
CS/paper- white PT, SU night of navy and bashful blue, bashful blue dp from the prints pack.
accessories- SU navy grosgrain ribbon, silver mini brads, prismamarkers (light cerulean blue, blue slate, deco yellow), copics ( E00, RV11, RV13, G21, not sure which navy)

Enjoy what is left of the weekend and see ya when I see ya...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Papertrey June GSS entries

I have been working on some June papertrey guest star stamper submissions lately and I thought I would share some with you. I will probably split them into 2 posts and share them on another day as well. I always get so nervous about submitting things into contests. Tonight the winners of the contest will be announced so I am crossing my fingers.

For this first card I started with my card base of PTI white stampers select. I LOVE this paper for card bases because it is so thick and easily stands up to be used as the base. I then stamped my images on vellum CS in white craft ink and set aside to dry for awhile. I also stamped my sentiment on vellum with white too. I cut my mattes of black and summer sunrise. When the ink was dry I used a scor-pal to make a frame around the image and attached my vellum to my mattes with black brads. The sentiment was "attached" by threading the ribbon through it. I finished off the card by adding rhinestones to the middle of the flowers.

stamps- PT honey bees
ink- SU white craft
CS- PT white and summer sunrise, SU black and vellum
accessories/tools- scor-pal, Brenda Walton rhinestones, making memories black brads, black polka dot organdy ribbon

This next card is another simple elegant card done very similar to the first card so I won't describe the process again. I chose to do some simple elegant cards because Nichole Heady is know for that and since it is her contest I was hoping to be able to appeal to her. I used my scor-pal to again create a frame for the image. I used my CM oval cutter to cut out my oval and adhered my image to the back of the white and that way you would not see the glue through the vellum. Vellum can be tricky because you need to use certain adhesives so it does not show. I still find that even the special ones show sometimes though.

stamps- PT honey bees
CS- PT white and lavender moon, SU vellum
ink- SU white
accessories/tools- scor-pal, rhinestones, CM cutting system

This next card I wanting to make my bee look like he wrote the sentiment so I stamped both my sentiment and my bee and then drew with a pencil lightly a curvy trail. I pierced the trail and erased my pencil marks. I made my honeycomb bg paper using another stamp from the set and then sponged it. I am not sure if I should have done that though. Oh well not pulling apart this time. I punched out 3 circles on the yellow strip and ran it through my cb. I stamped my 3 bees on white and attached under the yellow. The rest is pretty self explanatory.

Stamps- PT honey bees
CS- SU black, PT lemon tart and white
ink- pallette noir, PT lemon tart
accessories/tools- cb swiss dots folder, SU gingham ribbon, paper piercer

This next card I posted previously under my blog hop entry but I will also show here to keep them together but won't list details as you can look under blog hop on the side for more info.

The last card I will share with you today is much more "busy". I am not sure that this one will appeal to Nichole but I like it anyway. I used it for my dd's teacher for the end of the year. I started out with a square base this time of 4.75". My colors were chosen from Verve's May color parade which can be seen here for the challenge. There is another challenge for this month so be sure to check it out on their blog. I hope to play along if I get the chance.

I stamped my images using the verve colors. I then used a stiple brush to create the sky and the grass. I pierced my strips, card base and around the sentiment. I used my SU oval punches and scallop punches for the sentiment.

stamps- PT honey bees
CS/paper- Dp from SU just delightful, soft sky textured, pumpkin pie, regal rose, saffron, celery, GP white, SU saffron buttons, grosgrain ribbon, SU oval and scallop punches, paper piercer

Well I thought I would share all my honey bee projects. I will be back with the rest in the other 2 categories another time. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Artful Inkables

Well today I am having a serious case of self doubting. I know that this probably sounds crazy after announcing my good news yesterday. The reason that I am so freaky today is that I applied for a design team position with Artful Inkables and I understand that there are alot of applicants. I guess I was hoping that there would not be so much competition because now I am wondering if I made a mistake by applying for the fear of rejection LOL. I am also wondering if by actually telling you all that I applied if I am setting myself up even more. I decided that I needed to vent though and you all have been so wonderful and supportive of me that I figured who better to share this with. I am going to post my cards that I submitted for you all to see. Part of me wonders if I should have submitted some more complicated cards. My theory behind it was to submit a variety of techniques and degree of difficulty so as to appeal to a wide audience of stampers. LMK what ya think.

Artful Inkables are wonderful rubber stamps that are mounted on foam cushion. They come with the cling already on and they are cut for you too. I found them to be very reasonably priced and I got perfectly stamped images every time. My review of these stamps is that they are awesome!! The style is right up my alley and the quality is fantastic so I highly recommend them to you- even if I don't get picked LOL. You can visit their web store here.

The first card I submitted was the wedding mojo one from Saturday's post (the black and white one). I really liked this card but it did not win the mojo Monday contest so now I am wondering if it was really as good as I thought- make sense?

Here are the rest for you to see:

The next two use the friendship flowers set.
The first card is a simple but elegant card that I watercolored with my aquapainter and ink pad.

close up of coloring

The second card uses my copics and prismacolor markers

close up of coloring

The next 2 cards I colored with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol. This card uses the adorable daring ducky set. The sign in the stamp reads "no swimming" but I masked that off and stamped "hello" instead.

close up

Last card uses the adorable pond friends set

close up

So there they are. I guess the question is do I email them and withdraw my application or not LOL???

Thanks for reading all my babble today....