Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Church

Here's the first card I created using my new LOTV stamp, Summer Church. Wouldn't this image be perfect for a wedding card?

The image is stamped on Cryogen White with Tuxedo Memento Black and then die cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 22.  The pink mat is also cut and embossed with the next largest die.

Instead of including a sentiment on the front of the card, I focused on the image itself and added a beautiful white bow from my stash of ribbon.  I just love how simple this card looks.  The inside was left blank so it could be used for any occasion.

The image is colored with Copics: YG63/67, G20/21/24, C00/1/3/5, E31/35/41/42, BG02/05, Y21/23, and R81/83.

I added Cotton Candy and Waterfall Stickles and gold liquid pearls to the flowers and butterflies. White gel pen stitch marks finish off the perimeter.  Pop dots give the image added dimension.

Check it out... and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

You Can Do It!

This is the first card I've made using my new LOTV Sailing Boat stamp.  Isn't he adorable?  I grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay so I fell in love with this stamp instantly.

A friend of mine also suggested that I try selling my cards at the Gift Shop at work.  I work at VIMS School of Marine Science so anything nautical is worth a shot!  I'm going to add this card to my collection of samples to see if the Gift Shop would be interested.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Sister Act Challenge #17 - Anything Goes
SP&Co Trends Challenge #11 - Red, White & Blue

LOTV: Sailing Boat stamp
My Pink Stamper: Itty-Bittylicious stamp set (sentiment)
Paper: Cryogen White, Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Cardstock - Red, Stampin' Up Cardstock - Blue, Kraft Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Copics: E000, E00, E11, R20 / B93, B97, B99 / C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9 / R22, R24, R27 / E50, E53, E55, E57

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Fun Tags on Birthday Cards

Here are two different cards I created using distress inks and Avery standard office shipping tags.  

The crinkled up tag add lots of dimension to the cards which compliments the distressed edges of the cardstock layers.  Before inking up the tags, I randomly stamped brick and cracked glass images along the tag using an emboss resist technique with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  It's more noticeable in the purple/blue combo below.


Both sentiments are from the Lili of the Valley Quotables: Celebrate stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Barn Door/Spiced Marmalade/Walnut Stain
Dusty Concord/Tumbled Glass/Vintage Photo

Versamark Ink & Clear Embossing Powder

Stamps: Stampendous Ultimate Grunge, LOTV Quotables: Celebrate

Embellishments: Color Me Crazy - All White Flowers by Petaloo, Assorted Ribbon, Yellow and Purple Rhinestones

Assorted Cardstock

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Believe in your Dreams

My husband, Scott, is an avid golfer so when I saw the Lili of the Valley Playing Golf stamp, how could I resist?  He is too cute for words!  When I first colored the image, the cardstock got wrinkled and I didn't think I would be able to use it --- I did after all color him to practice with my Copics.  He didn't actually come to life until... I played with my distress inks for the first time last night.

I love how this card came out!  The distressed edges give the card dimension and a more masculine feel, I think.  I am super happy that Faded Jeans, Shabby Shutters, and Vintage Photo distress inks compliment the Copics I used on the image.  I used clear embossing powder to resist emboss the Decorative Diamond background from SP&Co.  The LOTV Dreamy Days Circular Sentiment and edges are inked with Vintage Photo.

C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, G20, YG63, YG67, B91, B93, B97, E00, E11, R20, E53, E55, E57

So... I am surprising my husband with this card tonight when he returns from his latest golf endeavor in Myrtle Beach. Hopefully, he has a wonderful job opportunity ahead.  

He was only gone two nights, but I have to say it's noticeably different when he isn't here.  We will all be happy when he gets back!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Wishing You a Magical Birthday

We've been pretty busy the last few weeks traveling so I finally had an opportunity this weekend to make some cards with my new Lili of the Valley stamps.  The inspiration for this card's color scheme came from this month's LOTV challenge Pretty in Pink which was a perfect chance to practice with my Copics.

I fell in love with this Birthday Fairy and the Dreamy Days Circular Sentiments set the moment I saw them online.  "Wishing You a Magical Birthday"... what's more perfect than the birthday fairy granting wishes for a little girl's birthday... ???

I used SP In Color Ocean Waves chalk ink for the sentiment as well as Memento Rose Bud to ink the edges and topped it off with a Flamingo Pink button.

Copics: R81,R83, R85, BG0000, BG10, BG11, BG32, C00, V12, V15, V17, E41, E42, E57

Here's another close-up.  Hopefully, you can see the Waterfall and Cotton Candy stickles on her wings, headband, and wand.

In addition to LOTV, I'm entering this card in two "Anything Goes" challenges at MarkerPop and Color Me Creative Classroom.  Wish me luck!!

This is also the first card I made for Operation Write Home.  When I ordered my cling mount cushion for my LOTV rubber stamps, I discovered that you can request a free Operation Write Home stamp from StampersBest. I hope my card makes it to the troops serving overseas so they can enjoy sending it home to their little girl for their birthday one day.  It's a wonderfully creative way to show our support and gratitude.  Thank you, Operation Write Home!