Monday, February 28, 2011

Lemonade Sketch

Cardabilities - Sketch #26

Paper Makeup Stamps is sponsoring this week's sketch challenge at Cardabilities.  One lucky participant will win a $15 gift certificate!  Be sure to check out some more samples from the Makeup Artists on the PMS blog

The half circles on this sketch reminded me of the citrus stamp from Freckled Lemonade.  I used some yummy papers from from the Sparkle and Ruche collections at Paper Temptress for a very sparkly card.  I embossed some extra shimmery lemons with Versamark Dazzle Frost ink and clear powder on Sparkle Mangue cardstock.   The red paper is Sparkle Vermillion cardstock and the glass of lemonade was actually stamped on Sparkle Blanc for a shimmery effect there too.  If you click on the photo to enlarge it, I think you can see all the sparkle a bit better.

White Crepe Ruche cardstock gives my background such great texture and it absorbed the ink perfectly for my sentiment without bleeding or omitting any of it.  Love it!  {grin}

Thanks for passing by today!  I hope you'll play along with us at Cardabilities - can't wait to see what you create with this fun sketch!  

Stamps: Freckled Lemonade by Paper Makeup Stamps
Paper: Sparkle Blanc, Sparkle Vermillion, Sparkle Mangue, White Crepe Ruche from Paper Temptress
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark Dazzle Frost
Accessories: Copic Markers, MS Bubble Bath Punch, Baker's Twine, Dimensional Tape, Clear EP  

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tickled Pink

Splitcoast Clean and Simple - CAS2011springDT2

The next challenge in the Spring Showers CAS DT search is to use the colors pink, kraft, chocolate plus vanilla or white.  I have had the woodgrain technique on my "to try" list for awhile now and I decided these colors could work nicely for it.  I scored a piece of pink pirouette cardstock every half inch and then rubbed over it with my Crumb Cake (kraft) and Chocolate Chip ink pads for the grainy look. 

This cute piggy is from Kitchen Sink Stamps Ducks and Pigs set.  I sponged over the white panel with Crumb Cake ink to mute it a bit.  It's hard to tell, but the pig panel is popped up on dimensional tape.  I used a clear stardust glitter pen to outline each of the panels taped to the chocolate chip cardstock, just for some subtle sparkle on my card.  Then I thought a little bit of twine would go well with the rustic look of my card.  It's finished size is 4-1/4" square.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all the beary best!

Stamps: Ducks and Pigs by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Twine Thread, Dimensional Tape, Clear Stardust Glitter Pen, Nesties Labels, Scor-Pal

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Expecting Showers

Splitcoast Clean and Simple - CASspring2011DT1 Showers

A friend just asked me to create a card for a baby shower she's going to this weekend. I chose to paper piece a digi stamp called Expecting by Shaela Odd at Yellow Umbrella Designs. I just {heart} how this turned out and hope my friend likes it too. {grin}  I kept the design simple to fit the first Spring Showers CAS DT challenge as well. The sentiment is computer generated.

Thanks for visting and I wish you all the beary best!

Stamps: Expecting Digi Stamp by Shaela Odd at Yellow Umbrella Designs
Paper: Gina K. Pure Luxury White, Basic Grey Eva and Sugar Rush
Ink: Printer Ink
Accessories: Oval Nesties, White Gel Pen, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

True Beauty

Flutterby Wednesday - FBW143 Open
Sweet Stop Sketch - SSS96

This week at Flutterby Wednesday is everyone's favorite challenge - an open one!  Just remember to have a butterfly, fairy or angel somewhere on your creation. 

For my card, I followed the sketch from The Sweet Stop and this week there's a spin to use a spring theme.  Can't get more springy than butterflies and flowers!  {grin}  I embossed my image is from the True Beauty set by TAC and colored it in with a blender pen and ink pads.  Then I went a little crazy for a few minutes cutting around all those tabs for the postage stamp look, haha.  

Thanks for fluttering by today!  I look forward to seeing your own fluttery creations at FBW this week!

Stamps: True Beauty by The Angel Company
Ink: Colorbox Black Pigment, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Handsome Hunter
Paper: Bashful Blue, Basic Black, GKD Pure Luxury White, Kaisercraft Utopia DP
Accessories:  Dimensional Tape, Black EP, SU! Flower Punch, SU! Corduroy Brads 

Monday, February 21, 2011

CAS Guest Designer

Splitcoast Clean and Simple - CAS107 Make Your Own Background

This week I have the honor of being one of the guest designers for the CAS Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  It's a technique challenge to make your own background.  I had lots of ideas and finally settled on some faux embossing.  I played around with some circles first and that made me think of Angie Angelfish.  {grin}  I love how one idea leads to another.  My son has a red and blue betta fish that he has named Captain America - isn't that cute?!  So, my inspiration for Angie's coloring came from his pet fish.  I went back to my stamping roots and shaded her with chalk pastels.  I like how I can swirl together different shades of chalk for new tones of color. 

For some added interest, I pressed each of the background circles on my Versamark Dazzle Frost ink pad.  It gives them just the right amount of a slightly darker, sparkly tone to them.  Love how they shimmer in real life.  Angie's circle is popped up on dimensional tape.  Her little "happy day!" saying is one of many from the Little Moments set.  The baker's twine was gifted to me from my fellow DT member Jami Bova ~ Thanks Jami! 

I'm so happy you stopped by today!  And I'm wishing you all the beary best! 

Stamps: Angie Angelfish and Little Moments by Paper Makeup Stamps
Paper: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Gina K. Pure Luxury White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark Dazzle Frost
Accessories: Chalk Pastels, Bakers Twine, Dimensional Tape, SU! 1/2" Circle Punch, SU! 3/4" Circle Punch

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Square Silhouette

Splitcoast Ways to Use It - WT310 Silhouettes
Splitcoast Clean and Simple - CAS106 Sketch

Here's a simple card that I made for two Splitcoast challenges today.  How nice to have a quiet day and some time for stamping!  February really seems busier than December for me every year.  There are just lots of extra school things that happen these winter weeks that are good and fun, but extra work and running around too. 

The center square of this card is the part that opens.  The textured scallop square on the black mat is just a backing for the card.  I masked the center square and sponged a few colors over the floral silhouette from Faith Hope Love.  The sentiment is from the Will to Daydream Kit.  

Thanks for visiting and I wish you all the beary best!  

Stamps: Faith Hope Love by Paper Makeup Stamps, Sentiment from PMS Kit Will to Daydream
Paper: Basic Black, GKD Pure Luxury White 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Almost Amethyst, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Cool Caribbean 
Accessories: Sponge, SU! Lg. Scallop Square Die Cut, Cuttlebug EF Oriental Weave 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rainbow Rose

Flutterby Wednesday - FBW142 Rainbow of Colors
SCS Sketch Challenge - SC320

Today's Flutterby Wednesday challenge is to use a rainbow of colors on your creation with your butterfly, fairy or angel.  I've colored this delightful Rose fairy with my prismacolor pencils and highlighted the word art with copic markers. 

Thanks for fluttering my way today and I look forward to seeing your colorful creations at Flutterby Wednesday this week!

Stamps: Rose and If I Had a Flower by Paper Makeup Stamps
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Gina K. Pure Luxury White, TAC DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Copic Markers, Pearls, Dimensionals, Cuttlebug EF

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hearts A-Flutter

Flutterby Wednesday - FBW141 at least 3 hearts
Michelle Perkett - Passing a Note/Valentines
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - #46 Hearts a Flutter
Digital Tuesday Challenge - #97 From the Heart
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Have a Heart

This week's Flutterby Wednesday challenge is to have at least three hearts with your butterfly, fairy or angel on your creation.  On my card I have used a digi image by Michelle Perkett called Butterfly Fairy.  I flipped her to face right before printing and colored her in with copics.  The butterflies are coated with a stardust glitter pen and her wings with a clear spica glitter pen for a softer shimmer.  I used the smallest heart nestie shape for the corner hearts and covered them with dazzling diamonds glitter.  {grin}

Stamps: Butterfly Fairy digi by Michelle Perkett, SU! sentiment
Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White, Basic Black, Pale Plum, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Printer, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Clear Spica Glitter Pen, Stardust Glitter Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Xyron, Heart Nesties, MS Border Punch

Monday, February 7, 2011

I {heart} birthdays

Paper Makeup Stamps is turning 2 years old! And to celebrate the occasion, we are having a super fun VIP blog hop with the theme "the things we love". The entire design team invited special crafters to play along in this hop. To see everyone involved, please go back to the Paper Makeup Stamps company blog for a master list as well as to enter yourself to win a super fabulous prize!  

Today is my younger son's 11th birthday and I found this perfect sketch at Stamp With Fun for his card.  I have used our favorite colors, which he expects on all of his hand-made cards from me.  {wink}  Gus the Birthday Monster is the type that you just want to cuddle and not run and hide from, haha.

Next you want to hop on over to my special guest's blog {Nancy} and see the sweetest card ever that she's created for you!  

Stamps: Gus the Birthday Monster and Birthday Cheer by Paper Makeup Stamps
Paper: DCWV All About Boys DP, SU! DP, Real Red, Basic Black, Bashful Blue, GKD Pure Luxury White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Heart Nestie, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF, Copic Markers

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Football Fan Thanks

Bearly Mine Challenge - #3 For Men and/or Boys
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays - Dots & Stripes

This might seem like an odd pairing of image and sentiment.  My son went through my stash of cards for a teacher thank you and declared that they were all "too pretty" for his English teacher at school, {LOL}.  He said he would like a football thank you for him in Steeler's colors since his teacher is a Steelers fan.  He liked this crazy image called Football Fan Monster and I colored him with copics to match Steeler colors.  Then we thought this Shakespeare quote was good for an English teacher.  I thought the dotted texture on the background was like a football and added a couple strips of paper to mimic the stripes on the helmet. 

Thanks for visiting and I wish you all the beary best

Stamps: Football Fan Monster and Everyday Thanks by Paper Makeup Stamps
Paper: Gina K. Pure Luxury White, Basic Black, Summer Sun
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Cuttlebug EF

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Birthday Time

The Sweet Stop Sketch - SSS93
ABC Challenge -
N is for Nestie

Happy 2nd Birthday,
Paper Makeup Stamps! To start the celebration, this Natalie Fairy has been released as a digi stamp. I had to color her pink since that's the "official" PMS color. {grin} And that led me to the yummy papers and flower in the Mon Cheri kit.

We'll be celebrating Paper Makeup's birthday all month long! Be sure to come back for a special blog hop on the 7th about the Things We Love and that night we'll have a birthday chat in the
PMS forum. I've heard whisperings about some sales coming up too so get your wishlists ready! {wink}

Stamps: Natalie Fairy digi stamp by Paper Makeup Stamps, Little Moments sentiment
Paper: Be Mine DP by Echo Park, Pink Passion, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Printer
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Stickles, Labels Four Nestie, Flower


Flutterby Wednesday - FBW140 Open Challenge
Michelle Perkett Studios -
Scallops & Frames

It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means we have a sponsor at
Flutterby Wednesday. Check out all the beautiful digi stamps at Michelle Perkett Studios Etsy Shop.

For my card I have paper pieced the lovely Amore Fairy. I was in a very sparkly mood, so I have colored her wings and flowers with Sakura Stardust glitter pens. {sigh} I just love the shimmer of those pens! I highlighted her frame with one of those pens too, and the black cardstock is some Sparkle Noir from Paper Temptress.

Thanks for fluttering by! Remember to use a fairy, angel or butterfly on your creation this week for the Open Challenge!

Stamps: Amore Fairy Digi by Michelle Perkett Studios
Paper: Sparkle Noir from Paper Temptress, Wander and Sugar Rush by Basic Grey, GP White
Ink: Printer
Accessories: Sakura Stardust Pens, Prismacolor Pencils, Scissors, SU! Ribbon, MS Border Punch