Furry Friends…









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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Bronze, Papertrey Ink in Fine Linen, Bazzill Textured in Snow;
Decorative Paper: Basic Grey “Max & Whiskers” Collection. Jenni Bowlin “Victoria” Mini Papers;
Artwork: Cricut Imagine, Cricut Imagine “Enjoy The Seasons” Art Cartridge;
Ribbon: Stampin’ Up! 1″ Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Chocolate Chip;
Tools: EK Success “Deco Scallop” Corner Punch, Stampin’ Up! Modern Label Punch;
Stamp: “Friends” sentiment from Teresa Collins “Freestyle” Clear Stamp Set;
Ink: Tsukineko Memento in Rich Cocoa;
Miscellaneous: AdTech Mono Adhesive, Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Up! Basic Rhinestone Jewel Accents;

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Pretty In Pink…








Monkey Love

This is a quick and easy card made predominantly of Stampin’ Up! supplies. I am in absolute love with this monkey stamp. He is too cute for words!

The base of the card is Stampin’ Up! cardstock in ‘Soft Suede’. The bottom mat is Stampin’ Up! ‘Kraft’. The images were stamped on ‘Whisper White’ cardstock. The edges of the white mat were puched using an EK Success Postage Stamp Edge punch and inked with Chai tea stain.

The monkey stamp is from the Stampin’ Up! clear mount set ‘Fox & Friends’ (#118565, $14.95). The heart stamp is from ‘I {Heart} Hearts’ (#118571, $18.95). They were stamped in a random pattern using Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip Classic ink. I also used a piece of Stampin’ Up! 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon in Chocolate Chip as a matching embellishment. A bit of Sakura Stardust clear glitter pen accents the outline of the white mat.




Happy Thursday…and I hope your day includes a little bit of monkeyin’ around!

Picturesque

After an internal battle with my will and common sense ended in gory defeat, I finally succumbed to this itch that has been plaguing me for nearly two months and begrudgingly (with a slice of giddiness) gave in an purchased the illusive Cricut cartridge ‘Picturesque’ on the secondary market. It goes without saying that this has become my most expensive cartridge yet (replacing ‘Potpourri Basket’).

Finally, it came down to a simple matter of supply. It does appear (via information from a well-placed source) that ProvoCraft will NOT be making ‘Picturesque’ available for individual sale any time in the near future. Originally, paired with a champagne-colored Expression, ‘Picturesque’ was to be an exclusively bundled cartridge to Home Depot. However, a contractual problem occurred and the deal fell threw. It is my understanding that the rumored 300-500 bundles were sold to a warehouse club–and were quickly broken up to sell on the secondary market by some savvy consumers. My source says that the cartridge will reappear in a new set of exclusive machine bundles that will be exclusive to a major retailer in approximately the same quantity. The retailer has been chosen, but has not been officially announced. Meanwhile, there are no plans through 2010 to offer ‘Picturesque’ as a solo cartridge.

In my opinion, that really is a great shame as this is a bursting-at-the-seams chock-full content cartridge. The artwork by Noralee Peterson is intricately detailed and filled with decorative flourishes and embellished elements. The cartridge features the following creative features: tags, corners, frameworks, cards and seals, shadow and blackout on over 99 individual pieces of artwork. Among the images included are: florals, dragonflies, butterflies, birds, nests, swans, vines, scallops, celtic knot elements, greek key elements, and iron work elements.

Here are a few photographs of some of the elements from the enclosed handbook:





My first project using ‘Picturesque’ was a quick greeting card. The three lighter blue cardstock pieces (card base, mat, and die cut) are all Bazzill cardstock from a Fourz pack with a grasscloth texture. The mat cardstock was punched with an EK Success border punch called “Swiss Cheese”. The backing paper on the diecut tag is an SEI glitter cardstock. The “love” sentiment was cut on the Making Memories Slice (from the ‘Think Pink’ card) out of silver foiled SEI cardstock. The actual diecut tag I chose to cut on my Cricut Expression is called “cotton blossom” and was cut at 4″ (Shift + Tag). The polka-dot ribbon is from Papertrey Ink’s “Enchanted Evening” collection and the mabe pearl accent is from the Stampin’ Up! Pretties kit. I used my ATG 714 adhesive to assemble the card. The inner sentiment is from a Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration stamp set entitled ‘Whimsical Words’ (#119119). Finally, I used a Martha Stewart corner rounder punch to shape the final card.







With the addition of ‘Picturesque’ to my cartridge library (and Gypsy), I am now only down three cartridges of all that have been released thus far: ‘Keystone International’, ‘Don Juan International’, and ‘Pink Journey’. As always, the search continues…

Well, I was rather wordy today. I hope you enjoyed the peek at ‘Picturesque’. If you have a way to add it to your collection, I highly recommend it. It really is a beautiful set of images.

As always, have a terrific Friday ahead…and keep crafting!

Quilting In The Greenhouse

The art of quilting is an amazing source of inspiration. Taking needle and thread and combining two or more layers of material produces a landscape of textures, colors, and patterns. Adapting ideas from quilting into your cardmaking is an easier transition than you might first imagine.

Today’s card project uses the illusion of quilting blocks to create a background for stamped images. You can really use your eye for color and pattern to create some mesmerizing tableaux. You can go bold or subtle. You can go for harmonious or contrasting designs. You’ll find yourself playing with your paper blocks–rearranging, rotating, and replacing them over and over.

I chose the following papers to work on this card: the card base is Stardream Fuse Mica Paper in Copper cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″; the decorative papers are Basic Grey 6″ x 6″ from the Marrakech collection; and a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Papertrey Ink Stamper’s Select white cardstock.

To begin creating the quilting pattern for my card, I used an EK Success 1″ square paper punch. The 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ white cardstock will be the base upon which I’ll layer my quilting blocks. Using the punch, you’ll need to cut out ten (10) 1″ x 1″ squares of each piece of your patterned paper selections.


Now is when your creative juices really need to kick in. Play with your blocks and look at colors and patterns. Lay them out like a puzzle and try to find the best patchwork design for your project. Once you’ve settled on a pattern, you can begin adhering your blocks on the cardstock base. I used Stampin’ Up! SNAIL adhesive to begin attaching my quilt blocks.


Next, I chose to use my Cuttlebug and the Sizzix Bigz Top Note Die (a Stampin’ Up! Exclusive) to add another element of visual interest to my quilted background. Sandwiching the die and quilted cardstock between the two “B” plates, quickly and easily runs through the Cuttlebug.


For the stamped image to complete the look of my card, I chose to use the Stampin’ Up! Greenhouse Garden stamp set (I LOVE this set!). I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to create a two-step floral image and stem. The inks I chose to use are Tsukineko Memento in Pear Tart and Cottage Ivy. I stamped my image on Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock and trimmed around the the images. I also chose to add a piece of Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon to the quilted background.


I attached the stem using a Zig 2-way Glue Pen and tucked the end behind the ribbon. The flower is attached using Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also chose to adhere the entire quilted block with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give my card the layered visual interest that allows the images to pop from the very deep and glittery cardstock base.




Until next time, keep crafting!

New Toys, New Cards

In the “I’m Sure This Is Not Breaking News” department, I must report that I’ve been a very, very bad boy on the spending front. (*gasps ring out from the stunned masses–or not*) I’ve recently become a big fan of Unity Stamp Company and their deeply-etched red rubber stamps. They’ve got some terifically quirky artwork. Many of their stamps are already mounted on cling mount foam and ready to use. The quality is superb. I recently joined their “Kit Of The Month” club, as well as purchased several sets that I just “had” to have.

I’ve also another terrible confession to make. As much as I love my Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol, as well as my Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write Many Marverlous Marker Set, I’ve succumbed to that Japanese virus called Copics. I embarrassed to say that my first purchase was a set of twelve (12) of the Original Copics. I bought them without really knowing enough to make an informed purchase–or realizing that I much prefer the Sketch marker. That said, I now own seventy-two (72) and counting Sketch markers and I LOVE THEM! Now, I am no where near the talent level of many of my fellow crafters when it comes to Copic technique and blending accumen. But I am certainly enjoying self-teaching myself. I can definitely see progress, but I have of hours of practice ahead of me. The major problem with Copics is that they are truly, hideously ADDICTING! No matter how many you have in your collection, it is never enough.

Of course, I also have been through the new 2009-2010 Stampin’ Up! catalog (several times) and have been honing my lists up and down. Needless to saying, I’m chomping at the bit for July 1st to arrive so that I can place the first of what I’m sure will be several orders. So far, I haven’t had the intestinal fortitude to add up the total of my current list. But, I do love surprises, LOL!

Well, enough about my shopping habits. Here are a few cards I’ve worked on in recent days. I’ve tried to include all the product information, but if you have any specific questions (and/or comments), please feel free to drop an e-mail or leave a comment and I’ll try to get the information you need to you.


Feel Better Card: (base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Citrine; mat cardstocks: Stardream Fuse Mica in Lapis, Stardream Fuse Mica in Fairway, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White; punches: EK Success Corner Adorner–Fountain Fun, Martha Stewart Branch punch, EK Success Corner Rounder; stamps: Stampin’ Up! Pretty Peony Set (retired), Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages; inks: Palette Hybrid Ink in Water Lily Green and Prussian Blue, Tsukineko Brilliance in Starlight Silver;)


Friendship Card: (base cardstock: Bazzill Bling in Emerald City; decorative paper: Basic Grey Offbeat Collection; mat cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White; punch: Stampin’ Up! Tag Corner Punch; stamps: Gel-é-tins Sheltering Tree Set; inks: Tsukineko Memento in Cottage Ivy, Tsukineko Brilliance in Pearlescent Thyme, Tsukineko Memento in Potter’s Clay, Tsukineko Memento in Rich Cocoa; accent: Uniball Signo UM-153 in Gold;)



Missing You Pocket Card: (base cardstock: Bazzill Textured cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White; decorative paper: Papertrey Ink Men Of Life Collection; punches: Stampin’ Up! Scalloped Circle Punch and 1 3/8″ Circle Punch; ribbon: Stampin’ Up! Striped 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon in Pacific Point (retiring); stamps: Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages set; ink: Tsukineko Memento in Tuxedo Black; tab: K & Co. Mira collection;)



Anniversary Card: (base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Citrine, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White; mat cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Rose Quartz; decorative paper: Papertrey Ink Hodge Podge Collection; punch: EK Success Corner Adorner–Fountain Fun; stamps: Stampin’ Up! Fifth Avenue Floral (#113734), Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages set; copic markers: RV21 (Light Pink), RV04 (Shock Pink), R24 (Prawn), R27 (Cadmium Red), R32 (Peach), and V12 (Pale Lilac); ink: Tsukineko Memento in Tuxedo Black;)

Raining Inspiration

This morning the loud crack and roar as thunder and lightning dueled in the black sky was my wake-up call…literally. What followed was a very rare downpour to clear the dust away for the morning’s arrival.

I’ve been told I’m strange. (Whoa, big surprise there!?) I’m one of the (apparently) few people that is inspired by dark and gloomy weather. Unfortunately, I live in the middle of a desert. So, dark and gloomy are rare visitors. I’ve always wondered if I shouldn’t be living in Seattle, but I digress. Something about dark, overcast days really gets my creative juices flowing. It inspires me to write–and craft.

Here are a few of the cards I made in a thunderstorm of inspiration:

(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Azalea; mat cardstock: Core’dinations in Love Potion; Cuttlebug folder: Floral Fantasy; ribbon: American Crafts; sentiment: Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages; ink: Tsukineko Staz-On Jet Black; accent: Sakura Glaze Pen in Black, Clearsnap Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in Siren; distressed with Basic Grey file set)


(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Kunzite; mat cardstock: Die Cuts With A View La Creme; stamps: Papertrey Ink Floral Frenzy set; accent: Sakura Glaze Pen in Black; punches: corner rounders; EK Success & Stampin’Up!)


(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Lapis; mat cardstock: Core’dinations in Love Potion; Cuttlebug folder: D’vine Swirls; stamps: Stampin’ Up! Crazy For Cupcakes (#111618); inks: Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write Markers (#105541), Clearsnap Smooch Pearlized Accent Inks in Azure, Gold Lamé, Green Apple, Silver Fox, and Siren; distressed with Basic Grey file set)


(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Fairway; mat cardstocks: Stardream Fuse Mica in Gold, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White (#100730); stamps: Kitchen Sink Stamps Multi-Step Lilies; inks: Tsukineko Memento Ink in Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Tuxedo Black, and Potter’s Clay)


(base cardstock: Die Cuts With A View Tahiti Beach; mat cardstocks: Stardream Fuse Mica in Lapis, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White (#100730); stamps: Basic Grey Ambrosia Halvah set; inks: Tsukineko Memento in Danube Blue and Bahama Blue, Palette Ink in New Canvas; punches: Stampin’ Up! Corner Rounder (#109047) and Tag Corner (#107215))


(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Aquamarine; mat cardstocks: Papertrey Ink Hodge Podge Collection, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White (#100730); stamps: Clearsnap Rollograph Wheel Chinese Noodles; inks: Stampin’ Up! Brilliant Blue Stampin’ Around Cartridge (#100871), embellishment: K & Co Layered Accent from Wild Raspberry Collection; accent: Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write Marker in Night Of Navy (#100069))

I had a few more, but I think you get the idea! 🙂 I love these bursts of creativity and inspiration! The problem is sustaining them. So, no matter what weather you awake to…Keep Creating & Crafting!