Saturday, July 24, 2010

S&S Sketch Challenge 26 & The Dragonfly

Woo-Hoo!  I've managed to participate in an S&S Challenge and get it posted!

I've had this Hero Arts "Silhouette Spray" stamp for several months and never used it.  (isn't that illegal?)  Anyway, I stamped it using Adirondack Bottle Green then colored the tips with the best ever white gel pen, the Uni-Ball Signo "Impact White."  Love this pen.  The patterned paper is from a very old paper pack from DCWV's "Old World."  The jury is still out on which is most favored, the green or the pink...

The Dragonfly:
I've been looking for the perfect dragonfly punch... this isn't it.  BUT, I very much appreciate Dixie loaning it to me to play with!  I'd love to find a dragonfly punch that is as cute as this one, only a little larger...but not too large.

For this card I punched the dragonfly in both black and yellow card stock and then layered them with 1/16" foam mounting tape.  I wanted to give the illusion of a shadow.  I embossed the base with the Cuttlebug "swirls" and used my new Stampin' Up "word punch" for the sentiment base.  The sentiment is from a Basic Grey "value" set.

Thanks for reading!  Now go get creative...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Time to clean up

It's been a fun week, but the time has come that I must clean off the kitchen island.  My husband and some friends are coming up for the weekend and since the island serves as our dining table, it might be nice to have a place to eat.

My last card to show is using a new EK Success edger punch I purchased yesterday. It was on sale at JoAnn's in Christiansburg, VA.  I briefly looked away and it jumped into my basket!

All total, I will be handing over 54 cards to OWH's shipper Dixie when I return home.  (And I promise, family, I am going to return!)  The backs of all the cards have been stamped and they've been lovingly tucked in envelopes.

Thanks for reading!  Have a wonderful, crafty weekend!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Could it be another one?

Late last night another idea popped into my head... and no, it wasn't painful!  (I can hear my peeps asking)

Here's the prototype.  It may be my new favorite masculine card.  I might make 10 or 12 of these!

I may do some tweaking when I start assembling but for now I think it works.  
Ingredients: Tim Holtz Gears Die on kraft paper then distressed with StazOn Timber Brown ink.  The blue and maroon paper is from 7 Gypsies "savannah" collection.  The background paper is Basic Grey's "dialect" from the Basics collection.  Sentiment from Hero Arts.  Brads from Michael's.

Thanks for taking a look!  The weekend is just around the corner -- hope you get a chance to get inky!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Personal Challenge

Patterned Paper.  I have a problem working with patterned paper for some reason.  So I challenged myself to make cards using something other than card stock and stamps.  Then, for some reason, I had to go and make the challenge even harder by making masculine or gender neutral cards.  UGH!

I think I did pretty good thanks to the "Savannah" paper pack by 7 Gypsies!  The paper is double sided.

The card on the right is suppose to have one final touch but I don't have my CM corner rounder with me. Rounding the two bottom corners will give it an extra little "humph."

I'm really enjoying my workspace at the river.  We jokingly call the island in the kitchen the "landing strip" and I'm practically using the entire thing.  Only problem, you definitely need to have some sort of craft mat under your project when using small brads!  And somewhere on this island is a clear sentiment stamp...

Thanks for reading.  Take a few minutes to create today...even if it's only dinner!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Let's Get Crafty

It's been a while since I posted.  It's been a while since I made anything to show.  But that's about to least that's the plan.

I packed up my craft supplies and headed to our Virginia getaway place (lovingly known as "the Gorilla") on July 1st.  My family soon followed and we had a wonderful 4th of July extended weekend.  We did things like read and nap after playing in the river.  This is my sister Amy and her youngest, Gabe.
Everyone has returned home and I have elected to stay behind and hopefully be creative for several days.  I've wanted to do this for a while now and this seemed like the perfect time.

Last night I made these two cards for Operation Write Home.
Card on the left: I used a Hero Arts sentiment stamp.  I can't recall where the flower stamp is from.  I used Adirondack "brights" Watermelon for the flowers and Memento Bamboo Leaves for the stems.
Card on the right: I used Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and the Tim Holtz compass mini mask on inexpensive kraft paper.  The word stamp is also Hero Arts stamped with Brushed Corduroy.

Thanks for reading!  I hope everyone's weekend will include something crafty...