Monday, June 27, 2011

Something Fun on Monday

Hello everyone! I spent some time in the ArtLab today tinkering with papers and ribbon. Lately I seem to gravitate towards stencils and a certain sentiment from Gina K's latest Stamp TV kit.

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I know I've said it many times, but I just REALLY appreciate how well all of the Gina K Designs sets work with one another. I love that she thinks about the font styles over time with different releases so that your finished products look so pulled together. She makes our work look so easy!

I painted my stamps with SU waterbased markers rather than ink this time. I'm also loving the marker technique. All the cardstock is Gina K's (in a class all their own) and the patterned papers are Basic Grey - Sugar Rush (do I use anything else??). I did a little stitching, accented with nailheads, tied Twinery baker's twine through a button to create the Prima stacked flower, and tucked the image (from Stenciled Spring) and sentiment under a scrap of ribbon.

Thanks so much for stopping by - I hope this brings a little brightness to your world. Your visit brightens mine!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Piece of Cake

Hello friends! One of this week's challenges at Stamp TV is to use the paper piecing technique on your project. So, I pulled out a great stamp set, Melanie's Inspiration Mosaic, and some wonderful Basic Grey and Bo Bunny papers to make this card.

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I stamped the mosaic on 5 different papers, then arranged a selection onto a base grid for this patchworked look. The upper sentiment is from Signs of Autumn, the lower is from Framed Greetings with the line-art flower from Nina's Hugs and Prayers in the background. It's hard to see, but the two sentiment panels are popped up, one higher than the other. I love the wild fibre flower/bow, and the playful brads on the corners.

I hope you enjoy this sample, and that you'll head on over to Stamp TV and play along with the fun challenges. As always, this one's headed to OWH! Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Today we celebrate Dads. I love it. Here are a few cards I created to help our soldiers send positive messages to the men in their lives - be it Dad, son, brother, uncle, get the idea.

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All cardstock is Gina K Design's Pure Luxury, and the patterned paper is by BoBunny. I hand cut the glass and faux soldered the edges, added a little bling, embossed one feather and there ya have it.

Don't forget - I make card sets for all occasions, and I'll be starting on Christmas cards for our heroes in July. Hope you have a great weekend!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wear White!

This week, Cat challenged us to wear our whites, now that it's past Memorial Day. That used to be such a big thing when I was little. We couldn't wear our white shoes after Labor Day. I always thought it was weird!

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This card uses Gina K's Pure Luxury Base Weight (Copic-proof) cardstock (white & baby blue). I masked the card with the nestability die and sponged the sun, sky and water with Ranger Distress Inks. I colored the images with Copic markers.

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I used a border die from Tim Holtz Sizzix line to create the left edge of the tag, cut glass and soldered the edges to highlight the phrase "Stand Out", added a button with nautical twine, and added a seagull. I played up the unique factor with 2 'plain' nail heads, and a ruby crystal brad.

The images are from Theresa Momber's By the Sea set, and the sentiment is from Vintage Chic, the latest Stamp TV kit, both from Gina K.

Hope you get to play with some paper and ink this weekend. Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wacky Wednesday

Hello there my friends! Here is a card I made recently. Yes, this is heading to Operation Write Home for our heroes to send home - we're working on the 2nd million cards!

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I made this card for one of the recent challenges over on Stamp TV (it's already closed, but they have more!). I created my own background pattern on the lower half of the card, smooshed a Nestability die into the face of the card, and lightly stamped the wand and rings.

I can just imagine a soldier sending this home to his young bride. I love this sentiment - it's from Tami Mayberry's Fairy Tales set from Gina K Designs. I love it, and I really need to pull this set out to make a bunch of Daddy-to-princess cards. It's a great set!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I really appreciate it!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

OWH Spotlight

Hello friends! I'm so honored and excited to share some cards with you. I was asked to make samples for this week's Operation Write Home sketch challenge! Here are my samples and info, and you can play along. Simply create a card using the sketch and link it up on the OWH challenge post.

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I used Bo Bunny patterned papers, Gina K pure luxury cardstock and stamps, EK Success and Martha Stewart punches, Hobby Lobby ribbon, Sizzix and Cuttlebug embossing folders, Memories and Distress inks, Prima flower, seed beads and fishing line.

Now, you don't have to make your cards for OWH, but it'd be nice if you did. We just passed 1 million cards shipped to our heroes, and we're starting on the 2nd million. There are a few requirements for cards being shipped out to our deployed military, but that's easy to follow. Read up on the OWH blog.

It's your turn, so get busy!


Saturday, June 11, 2011

More OWH Stuff

It's been a busy week. I worked on art journal things part of this week, but I did manage a little card time for our overseas Heroes.

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I made a whole bunch similar to this, with different colors and arrangements. You can see these and more in my gallery at Stamp TV. I used Gina K's pure luxury cardstock and Basic Grey patterned paper. The images are from By The Sea (Theresa Momber) and Vintage Chic (GKD), Ranger Ink distress inks, Copic markers, misc. twine, eyelets and embossing powder. I also pierced the lower right corner and added rhinestone accents to the corners and the light of the lighthouse.

What ya think? Did I do ok? I hope you have a great weekend (what's left) and a good start to your week. See ya soon!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

More OWH Goodness

Here are a few other cards I made for the big OWH hop over Memorial Day.

You can click on any image to enlarge it. All stamps are from Gina K Designs, and I used her cardstock as well. Patterned paper is Basic Grey. Side note: the ring in the lower right corner of the last card is a flattened milk jug seal ring.

Thanks for stopping by - I'm always happy to share a little sweetness with you!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Manly Cards

Here's some of my recent work. I really took a lot of inspiration from Theresa Momber from Stamp TV for these cards. She is one of the best scenery background creators I know.

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I used stamps from Theresa's Sending Sunshine, Gina K pure luxury papers, and going grey ink from SU.

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The train is from Theresa's set, Life is Good. I added the scrollwork from Lovely Labels 3, sentiment from Springtime Silhouettes, and trees from Follow Your Dreams. I love how these sets all work together. Gina and her artists are nothing short of genius!

These will be heading overseas to our Heroes to send back to their families. If you would like to help our heroes stay in touch with home, check out Operation Write Home.

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Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!