November 30, 2007
I wanted this to be more than just a card so added some cold season essentials to the inside of the card. There's a little tissue packet and a couple of cough drops. They are held in place with small sticky dots. This little dimensional card will not fit into a standard envelope but I would most like give these to teachers and friends that are a little under the weather. You could certainly mail it in a larger type envelope though. What do you guys for your friends under the weather....take chicken noodle soup, send a card, take over a dinner.......or stay as far away as you can? LOL!
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Soooo, if you've been following Ellen's blog you've been hearing the buzz about *inchies*. If you're having a *duh* moment because you're clueless and have never heard of them, don't worry! They're new to us too!! Inchies are simply 1" x 1" little pieces of artwork. They can be on any type of surface including chipboard, glass, metal, wood, plastic, shrink plastic, etc. The possibilities are endless. What do you do with inchies? The concept is that inchies are like artist trading cards. You can trade them, collect them, frame them, use them on cards, put magnets on them, have the kids make them for lockers, put them on a key ring. Whatever you want to do with them! You can use tiny images like the miniature ones Karen Lockhart has designed or you can punch out a portion of a larger image. If you are trading inchies, be sure to sign the finished artwork with your initials. A Copic .005 fine tip black marker works wonders! (I forgot to sign mine, oops!)
On with today's fun projects, I have lots to show you! The first photo below show what *inchies* are. These three inchies were created from one stamped image that I colored with Copic markers. Each separate image measures 1" x 1" and is adhered to chipboard squares. So the finished card has lots of dimension to it.
Here's the finished card using inchies. The stamp on the top is a new Lockhart image called Clothesline. Look for it in the NEW section of Ellen's online store. The bottom image is also a new Lockhart image called Bib and coordinates perfectly with the Clothesline image. I stamped the word *baby* from the Baby Cakes Lockhart stamp onto the bib. Patterned paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Sugar line. Solid card stock colors are from Memory Box. Top scallop portion is cut from a scallop cut and embossed Spellbinder's large rectangle. And check out the green ribbon....it doesn't match one single color on this card! So why did I use it? I love to just throw in a random color sometimes to liven things up. I love how it just sets this card off! This next card below is another new Lockhart image called Best Cupcake. I think it's simply adorable and I know I will use it a ton. I just watched this Food Network show down with Bobby Flay and this cupcake lady. Wouldn't it be fun to own a cupcake shop? I have ALWAYS wanted to run a little bakery business from my home. I could put cupcake tags with this stamp on all my cupcakes! Ahhhhh, to dream. The recipe for this card includes Memory Box card base and card stock, Cosmo Cricket Sugar patterned paper, Spellbinder's scallop rectangle and a delightful sprinkling of 2 pink Dew Drops from Ellen's store. I also used the Vine Ribbon Millinery Lockhart stamp on the bottom of the card, Copic markers to color in the image and SU! Groovy Guava ribbon. Notice how I cut the main image with the scallop rectangle die this time. Usually I cut the image out plain then mount it on a scallop mat. I love how the bright white is enhanced with the scallop cut and embossing.
This card cracks me up! I always say *Well, that just stinks* so I just had to create this sentiment on my computer and print it off. These socks are from another new Lockhart image called Warm Socks. I turned them into stinky socks for this card though. But I made this stinky sock card as elegant as I could by adding the pretty ribbon, Cosmo Cricket paper and more of the fun Dew Drops. I colored the image with Copic markers and achieved the dirty sock look by just dabbing the finished colored image with shades of tan markers. I can't wait to maker more of this card......it seems that the *down to earth, tell it like it is* kind of cards are always a hit!
Here's my final card I made using Karen's new Adirondack Chair image. I colored it with Copic markers then airbrushed in a cloudy sky with the Copic Air Brush System, available at Ellen's store. Base card is from Memory Box, patterned paper is from Cosmo Cricket Sugar line. Sentiment is from Stampin' Up!. I can't wait for summer to roll around so I can use this image tons!
Okay, so what do you think? Do you think you'll try to make some inchies? I'd love to hear your ideas about what you can do with inchies.
TIP OF THE DAY: COME BACK LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND I'LL HAVE ANOTHER NEW LOCKHART STAMP PREVIEW. I'M HAVING SO MUCH FUN I JUST CAN'T STOP!!!!
November 27, 2007
Update on the family: My mom is doing wonderful, although she backed her pickup into my dad's tractor which had a fork loader on the front of it. She now has this nice hole through the tail gate! Josey has chicken pox and Jordan was up all night throwing up! Niiiiiiiice!
Have you seen the little pink pencil Christmas trees this year? I have noticed them everywhere and think they are SO dang cute! I wish I had a room in my house to totally decorate in pink Christmas items.....but I don't so I'll stick to making some cards! All of these images are from Rubber Soul. They have tons of cute Christmas trees and Christmas themed stamp images.
This card uses a pink (yes it's pink but doesn't show up well in the photo)Auturo card and envelope available at Ellen's store. They make card making so easy! I found some Christmas patterned paper scraps from last year and added some big pink buttons and glitter and I was done! This little stick tree reminds me so much of those cute pink trees. Here's a close up of the buttons and glitter! Pine will be so proud that I threaded those buttons! Oh and check out the envelope, I used a Copic multiliner in pink to add some sketchy lines.
Here's another one that has a green theme. More of those big buttons from Foofala and hand drawn lines on the envy.
This one's made from some paper scraps I had left over and more cute Rubber Soul images.
Here's a close up of the envy. I love making little ensembles out of stamps. The tree and car are one image, the star and sentiment are two more separate images and the line for the road is hand drawn with a Copic multi liner.
These cards are made from one Rubber Soul set called Rose Border. (When I click on this link, it comes up with an *X* so I hope it shows up for you). It's a more formal set with beautiful sentiments. What I really love about this set is that the main image is the vase and the rectangle border. The sentiments come as separate stamps so you can add what verse you want depending on the card's occasion. For Christmas gifts for the ladies of my family, I go through my stash and package up 10-20 cards for various occasions. I know some of these will make it into those packages. I might make up some more and do these as sets with a different sentiment on each card. Base card is SU! Blush Blossom. Copic markers for coloring the image. Patterned paper by My Mind's Eye. Green canvas twill from Martha Stewart at Michael's.
November 26, 2007
After dinner at my mom's house, it's time to clean up and snack on the turkey skin and left over desserts. Have a happy holiday!
Tip of the day: Next time you're waiting at the doctor's office or are sitting at your kids' practice, take along a little sketch book and your favorite marker and sketch out some card designs. It's fun to go home and create a card with a sketch you've drawn......then to see if it turned out like you planned. The hardest thing to do when creating cards is to get out all of our supplies and then to stare at that blank piece of cardstock with no ideas. By having a journal full of sketches, the inspiration will come quick and easy. Then it's just a matter of putting together the design elements like color, patterned paper, embellishments and ribbon. Try it, you can do it!!
November 23, 2007
After having my girly girl Card Club last weekend, I was in total girly mode when creating these cards. This first one uses Karen Lockhart's adorable Child's Stocking stamp. I love all the toys and candy sticking out of the stocking and the little blanket stitched round accents too. I drew the color inspiration from the SU! polka dot patterned paper and used Copic markers for coloring. It's hard to see but the stocking is all glittery from a Copic glitter pen. I die cut and embossed the main image with a Spellbinder's rectangle die template and then mounted that onto a scallop cut and embossed SU! Certainly Celery piece of cardstock. Card base and SU! tab punch are in Pixie Pink. For You sentiment is from SU! also. The two white brads are from StarLit Studio. Cindy's brads are THE BEST, I love them......need more, making note to self! I love this card and will save it for a perfect little angel for Christmas. This card is so fun! Pocket cards are a favorite design of mine so it's also easy to come up with some fun creations. I used Karen Lockhart's Kitty In My Stocking stamp and colored the stocking to match my patterned paper by adding in a few extra polka dots with my Copic markers. The main image was cut with a Spellbinder's Tag Die Template which I LOVE, I use it a ton! I attached the tag to the pocket card insert with a brad. When the white card insert is slipped into the pocket, I simply slipped the tag onto the outside of the card. So when you pull out the white card, the tag comes out too. It's a great way to show off a fun image! The *meowy christmas* is stamped from Karen Foster's discontinued snap stamps. Ribbon is by Martha Stewart, available at Michael's. The pocket card is stapled together with two staples, one on each side of the pocket under the ribbon.
I couldn't resist getting my pets to pose with this card. On the left is Emma. I tried to get her to pose by herself with the card but she wanted to be pet so badly that she just kept nuzzling the card....I think she likes it! On the right is Hammy, our new man of the house since our beloved Tiger disappeared recently. Not house cats actually but they would like to be. That's Josey with her *metal mouth* in the middle. I'm secretly trying to find a calico kitty for us as a Christmas surprise. Living near a timber, our cats disappear often from wild coyotes we suspect. Calicos are my favorite and I've spied about a dozen at this farm. I'm hoping the owners will love to give my girls a new kitty for Christmas. DH will not be thrilled but he likes whatever makes us happy! Anyone getting a new pet for Christmas?
November 21, 2007
Secondly, let's talk weather.........it's FREEZING here in Kansas! I am definitely not a cold weather fan so I'm a little grumpy about it! But the cold weather season does enable us to create fun wintry cards though right? Today's card features Hanna from the set Tis the Season. I used Copic markers to color the images then airbrushed the stars for a pretty blue blow. The starts are twinkling with Stickles. I wanted more of my patterned paper to show through so I cut a semi-circle out of the main image with a plain Spellbinder's Circle Die Template. Then I added a Spellbinder's cut circle and stamped and airbrushed the big snowflake. This is adhered to the card front with SU! dimensionals slightly off center. Hanna's skirt is also paper pierced from the same Basic Grey Figgy Pudding patterned paper. The strings for the stars are hand drawn.
So who would like a FREE Hanna stamp set? The two sentiments below are from a brand new all sentiment set called Things Hanna Would Say. You could be a lucky winner of this not yet released stamp set. Check out Kristi's blog HERE for more details and be sure to visit the other Hanna Stamps Designer Team blogs.......we're all giving away a FREE stamp set!!
To enter for the drawing, which will be held on Sunday, please reply to this post with an answer to the following question: What do you do AFTER Thanksgiving dinner? Do you nap? Play games? Go for a hay rack ride? Head off to another dinner that you're too full to even think about? I know for us, we'll not be having a Thanksgiving dinner on my family's side. My mom needs her rest and having her home and recovering is what I'm really thankful for this year. Have a great holiday, eat some turkey for me and be safe travelling!
November 19, 2007
Now on to today's creations. This first card has a whimsical take on the holidays. I used Rubber Soul's wood stamp set called Christmas Stick Love and the sentiment is from the clear set called Vacation. These stick people images are super easy and super speedy to color in. I simply used the pointy end of Copic Sketch markers. The round Season Greetings sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink along with with the circle frame. A Spellbinder's small circle Die Template was used to mat the sentiment. Background paper is from the Winter Soulstice 8 x 8 paper collection from Rubber Soul. Card base is from Memory Box, available at Ellen's online store. This card features another cute stick person from the clear set called Vacation. This sassy little girl is flaunting her winter wear and cute little boots. Very simple image but oh so cute! I paired her with a Rubber Soul/Wordsworth sentiment, love the script on this one. I colored the girl in with Copic markers and used a sticky scallop page pebble from AMuse to highlight the main image. The bracket is a fun die from Spellbinder's Brackets Die Template set. Have you noticed that brackets are everywhere these days? Card base is Memory Box from Ellen's online store. Tip of the day: Remember that all of your holiday themed cards don't have to be just Christmas cards that you mail out. You can send holiday cards out for birthdays, thank you cards, etc. I like to keep a little stash handy that are generic enough in nature to use as just note cards. That way if you run short on a Christmas card, you can grab one from your stash....or if you need a birthday or thank you, you'll be right in tune with the holiday season! So happy stamping? Are you guys making your Christmas cards this year? I usually do just one design and mass produce but I think I've got a good head start with all my blogging cards this year. Woohoo!!
November 15, 2007
November 14, 2007
Another photo overlooking Branson. My girls sure wished that Ferris wheel was working that day!
Me and the family outside of Branson Landing......one of the newer additions to Branson built in Old Downtown Branson. I love the shopping, the girls got new Build-A-Bear critters and I got a new Vera Bradley tote bag and accessories. (Yes, we love the redheads.......No, they're not twins...I know you'll ask, LOL!)
Okay, I have two stamp sets to give away this month from Rubber Soul. The set is called VACATION and features some cute, cute stick people. I love the dude with the camera and the sentiment *like you blend*....totally cracks me up!! I will be giving away one set to one lucky person who comments on today's post. I'll save the other set for another day so check back soon.
So here's the question you must respond to: Where would you suggest I go for the best mini vacation? Tell me somewhere I can take my family for an extended weekend and why I should go there. I love the beautiful scenery the best but the city life can also be fun! I will pick one winner by the weekend......be sure to leave your name so that I can mention you as the winner. I'll then have you contact me via email with your mailing address. Good luck, I can't wait to read your comments.
November 13, 2007
This card has two page pebbles adhered over the big polka dots to resemble giant rain drops.
Below I used red sequins to accent the umbrella.
Clear sequins pose as glistening rain drops on the card below. The paper's fun circle design reminds me of water rings in a water puddle and the polka dots on Hanna's raincoat were made with the sketch tip of a red Copic marker.
Hanna gets fancy on the card below...she's sporting 5 green sequins on her rain coat.
And finally, the double duckies don't mind the rain at all. I drew the grass line with a fine tip marker.
November 12, 2007
On to the cards. These are some more baby cards that I made up for my stash basket. This first little cutie uses the Lockhart images Sweet Pea along with some background stamps from the millinery collection for the card base and the envelope. The main image is colored with Copic markers to match the Cosmo Cricket baby patterned paper. I love the hint of vintage that this card has. Image was cut and embossed with a circle Spellbinder's Die Template and then mounted on a scallop cut blue circle. Two cute pink Dew Drops add a little accent to the card along with some cream SU! grosgrain ribbon and the SU! *adorable* sentiment.
The boy baby cards feature the Lockhart image called Snip & Snails. Again, I colored my images with Copic markers to match the patterned paper. I cut and embossed the images with a Spellbinder's circle die template but left off the scallop mat this time. SU! *adorable* sentiment and stamp was used for the envelopes.
Tip of the day: Whenever I use patterned paper, I usually finish off the top edge of the paper with some kind of horizontal element. For the girl cards, I used ribbon and for the boy cards, I used a strip of blue cardstock. I think this finishes off the *edge* of the patterned paper and creates a nice transition from the patterned paper to the solid cardstock base.
November 6, 2007
I think would make an adorable little gift filled with baby items like cotton balls, qtips, lotions, etc. Or it would also make a nice little memory box that could be filled with baby's first onesie, booties, hospital bracelets, hair ribbons, etc. Oh, and the nice thing about the lid is that the handle can be removed for easy placement of the patterned paper for the top of the lid.
November 5, 2007
Step 1: Stamp your full image onto white card stock. Color in all of the parts that will not be paper pieced. For these samples, the dress will be left white because that's what I'm going to paper piece out of patterned paper. Set aside. Step 2: Cut scraps of patterned paper just big enough to fit the dress on. No need to stamp the entire image because you'll just waste more of the pretty paper.
Step 3: Place the acrylic image onto a large block and turn image side up. Ink the stamp, just concentrating on the dress since that's all that is needed.
Step 5: Place another clear block over the piece of scrap paper, making a *sandwich* of sorts. The scrap paper will be in between the two clear blocks. Press down the top block firmly, but do not rock.........you can put on some AC/DC and rock out.......just do not rock your clear block.
Step 6: Remove the paper scrap from the *sandwich* and you should have a stamped portion of the dress. Cut out the dress with fine tip scissors. A nice pair of fine tipped scissors is key here so that you can get into those tiny little spaces. When I cut out the dress, I like to cut just on the outside of the black, stamped line. This adds a lot of definition to the image and makes the dress really stand out.
Step 7: Adhere the paper pieced dresses to the main colored images. I like to use Hermafix Removable Dotto adhesive because you can remove any leftover adhesive once the dress is in place. Step 8: Create the cutest cards EVER with your new images! These cards have fun accents of red A Muse Creative Candy available at Ellen's store, a scallop circle from a Martha Stewart punch and some red binding ribbon from Martha Stewart. Base card is Stampin' Up! River Rock. Images are colored with Copic Markers.