Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I made this card for my friend, who just found out she has breast cancer. It's devastating news, but I trust in a sovereign God, who is in control of all things. I hope this cute little bird will cheer her up.
I used my Koh-i-noor pencils and a non-toxic brush cleaner I found at Michael's. It's a safer alternative to OMS, which I can't pack in my suitcase. This is the first time I'm using this coloring method and, though I know I still have lots to learn, I'm more than pleased with the results. I love this new GinaK Pure Luxury Red CS. It has a striped texture. The used this week's sketch from 2Sketches4You challenge.
Stamps: So & So Loves (Unity), Trendy Trees (SU)
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Really Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: GKD Red Pure Luxury CS, cream CS
Other: Brown ribbon by Michaels, MS border punch
Friday, June 26, 2009
Here's a CAS card I made using the Bug Me Anytime stamp set. There are challenges and questions over at the GinaK forum at SCS. Make sure you participate to win some fabulous stamps from GinaK. This card uses Challenge #2 (to make a one layer card with one embellishment) and Challenge #3 (using the pink and brown color combo).
I did the repeat stamping technique (I'm not sure if that's what it's called) where I inked the stamp once and stamped it several times. I drew the outline using the Koh-i-noor brown pencil and the gaps are done by using an eraser.
Stamps: Bug Me Anytime by GinaK
Ink: Pink Passion by SU, Koh-i-Noor pencil
Paper: Pure Luxury White CS by GinaK
Ribbon: Hobby Lobby
And now the winner of the Bug Me Anytime set, according to Random.org is...
Please email me your mailing address and I'll get your stamp in the mail. And I will be mailing the papers from my previous blog candy today too. I'm so sorry for the delay, but we haven't been home more than a day or two. I didn't think we would be this busy, but some things haven't gone as smoothly as I had hoped. But, we're enjoying ourselves.
And these are the coordinating digital paper packs - one with bright summer colors and the other with soft, pastels.
Come back a little bit later this morning and I'll post the winner of my Bug Me Anytime set.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
For the first card, I used Copic markers for the first time! I just got a few to see what the fuss is all about and I must say, I can see myself falling in love with them. The background paper was printed on GinaK Pure Luxury Cream layering wt. paper.
For the second card, I used a sentiment from the latest StampTV kit.
Make sure you leave a comment on my previous post to get a chance to win it.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
For today's cards, I used the paper pack with yummy pastel colors. They coordinate well with SU's So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Pink Pirouette papers. These colors are my current three most favorite colors right now.
For this card, I used the dandelion stamp as border on one side. I just love the look on that snail. And that mushroom is so fun to paper piece.
For this card, I used 3 of the flower images in this set.
This is a quick card using my favorite of the background papers. the sentiment works perfectly well with the paper.
Another quick card using the dandelion to create a background paper. I went monochromatic with this, using Real Red, Pink Passion and Memento Angel Pink inks. The sentiment is from the latest StampTV kit called Eclectic summer sayings.
This card also uses a sentiment from the Eclectic Summer sayings set. I love the simplicity of this card and the color combo is one of my favorites.
Now, do you want to win the Bug Me Anytime stamp set? All you have to do is leave me a comment here. And if you'd like, tell me what your favorite color combo is. Come back tomorrow for more card samples using this new set. I will pick one random winner from the comments from today and will announce the winner on Friday. And don't forget to check out GinaK DT's creations during the blog hop. You can begin at Gina's blog, where you will find all the links to the DTs' blogs and another chance to win more stamp sets.
The release party is on this thread-Thursday, June 25th from 7-10 PM Central Time. At 10 PM, 6 new stamp sets, new Pure Luxury card stock (in one very trendy color) and some great new accessories will be available for sale! Gina will be giving away lots of freebies too, including templates and digital papers!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The release party is on this thread-Thursday, June 25th from 7-10 PM Central Time. At 10 PM, 6 new stamp sets, new Pure Luxury card stock and some great new accessories will be available for sale! Gina will be giving away lots of freebies too, including templates and digital papers! We hope you'll come and party with us!
I'm on the road today until Sunday, but I will be posting cards using my new stamps tomorrow. So, make sure you come back and get a chance to win it.
Monday, June 22, 2009
The first card is inspired by this. I followed the color scheme, but changed my focal image to this seahorse. Both the seahorse and sentiment are from the latest StampTV kit. I did the rock and roll technique using SU's Read Red and Memento Tuxedo Black on GinaK Pure Luxury Cream CS. The Old Olive "seaweed" is actually a branch stamp from There She Goes' Acts of Kindness set.
The second card is inspired by this poster. I used my well-loved butterfly stamp from Inkadinkadoo. It was stamped in Close To Cocoa on an Urban Prairie (by Basic Grey) paper. The swirls stamp is from the Sept KOTM from Unity. The sentiment is from Trendy Trees by SU. The lace is one I found laying around and I just love its vintage look. The cardstock and ribbon are Aquamist by PTI.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Stamps: Eclectic Summer StampTV Kit
Papers: Cameo Coral, Just Delightful SSK
This is my card for the Card Patterns challenge #19 using Stamp Something's color combo this week. I used a smorgasbord of stamps for this card. The tree and bird stamps are from Unity. The branch is from Hero Arts and the sentiment is from the latest StampTV Eclectic summer kit. I used Memento Tuxedo Black and Angel Pink ink. The button and ribbon are from PTI.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Papers: Chocolate Kiss by GinaK, Certainly Celery by SU
Inks: Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa
Others: Baja Breeze ribbon, button by PTI
I inked up my very first Unity stamps for the second card using the SCS Color Combo this week (Baja Breeze, Ruby Red and White). I stamped the leaf stamp from Gratitude = Joy with Baja Breeze. The sentiment is from Birdie Inspiration, stamped with Ruby Red ink.
I will be making a bunch of both cards (with different sentiments) to give away as presents.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Another reason I'm excited today is because it's my wonderful hubby's birthday today. I know this sounds like an exaggeration, but he is the best husband in the world. I am so blessed to have him and thank God everyday for the gifts in my life. Through Kris, God has made everything beautiful and precious in my life - from our 13-yr-marriage to our sweet girls, to my kind in-laws. I love him and I'm still baffled how such a godly, wonderful man could love me so unconditionally. It truly is a picture of God's grace and giving me gifts I don't deserve. Happy birthday, sweetie!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I'm entering this to Verve's It's a Guy Thing challenge. I'm an equal opportunity stamper and love Verve's style, too. :-) I'm determined to win some of their stamp sets. And I'm also submitting this to the Fun Frilled challenge to celebrate dad.
Stamps: Special Fathers (GinaK)
Ink: White craft ink
Paper: Special Fathers red paper pack, Black Onyx Pure Luxury CS by GinaK
Others: ribbon, button, Fiskars rounder punch
Stamps: Special Fathers (GinaK)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Koh-i-noor pencils
Paper: Special Fathers red paper pack, Chocolate Kiss Pure Luxury CS by GinaK
Others: ribbon, button
Don't forget to see Gina's snippets of next week's release. Let me know if you can guess which one is mine. It comes with matching papers, too.
Monday, June 15, 2009
I have been having problems with the internet connection. Hopefully it'll get fixed soon, so I'll be able to post more regularly and join in the challenges again. I miss doing those. We'll be spending all day today getting all our doctor appointments done. It's one of our to-do lists when we come to America. And maybe make a stop or two at Micheal's or Joann's along the way :-). Have a great day!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Send me your mailing address, Crystal, via email (link on the left sidebar) and I will send you a sampler pack and the digistamps. And as a bonus to those who entered in the original blog candy post...the first 5 of you to leave me a comment here and send me their mailing address will also get GinaK's sampler pack. I love this paper so much that I want as many of you to try them out as possible. (By the way, I will send these out sometime after Wednesday. I got so busy packing for our trip to the US that I forgot to order the papers. But I know the wait will be worth it :-)).
Have a good weekend!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I will post the winner of my blog candy a little bit later today, so there's still time to enter. I will close it right before I draw the winner. I just realized that I still have to order some of the GinaK papers I'm giving away. Oops :-), but they're known for fast shipping and excellent customer service, so no worries. I just LOVE these papers and I can't wait to share them with the winner.
Monday, June 8, 2009
I used my own illustration of the bride and groom, which you can purchase from Squigglefly. I printed it to match the Pink Passion CS. The love sentiment is from The Angel Company, I believe.
If you want to try how to work with digistamps, you can download some freebies I offer. The links are on the left sidebar. I just found out one of my cards using my Blossom for Mom freebie digistamp won in the Paper Crafts Mag May Gallery challenge. I'm so excited and honored.
I used my own illustration (avaiable thru Squigglefly), which was inspired by one of my favorite photos of my hubby and youngest daughter. I added the pig tails on my drawing because my DD saw the original and said, "I look like a boy."
First, it's the Auto white Balance setting:
Indoor Lighting Setting
With the Flourescent Setting
I have lots more to learn about white balance. Taking pictures with natural light is always my favorite. I hope to play around more with the camera this summer.
I'm glad I got to play some more today. We're headed to the US in a few days and I seriously have to pack. I am trying to figure out how much of my craft room I will take with me ;-). If you have any ideas, please let me know.
Here are my inspirations. I'm sorry that I forgot to take note of where I got them. So, if these look familiar, please let me know.
And here's my card:
I just love that frame with the different patterns in the third picture. I tried to copy that same on my card. The sentiment is something I designed and can be available for purchase through Squigglefly. I reduced the size to fit in my curly label punch. The DPs are from PTI, SU and Basic Grey.