Friday, October 12, 2007

Grateful Autumn Harvest Card

Here is my first attempt at the Stained Glass Window Technique. I just love these pumpkins and look my watercoloring is getting a little better!

Stamps: Autumn Harvest, Small Script, Sanded BD, Linen BG
Cardstock: Vellum (3"x4"), Whistper White (3"x4"), Wild Wasabi 3 1/4" x 4 1/4"), Chocolate Chip (3 1/2" x 4 1/2"), Creamy Caramel (8 1/5" x 5 1/2")
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Stazon Jet Black, Watercolored with: Ruby Red, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mr UPS Let Me Down Today

Usually the guy with the big brown truck stops by my place in the morning around 9 a.m. so I am so lucky! I knew my package with my backorder stamp sets was scheduled to arrive today so I was so excited. I checked the front door about every half hour. He didn't even come before I left for work at 2:15 p.m. I was so bummed. But, I called home and found out that it did end up coming sometime after I left. So in 5 minutes when I get off I'm off to go get my new stamps! Yay! I ordered Stem Silhouettes and Carte Postale and they were both backorded. I can't wait to create with them! I'm outta here in 4 minutes (yes, I'm at work again)!

Happy Stamping Everyone!!

The Stained Glass Technique

I saw this new technique (at least new for me) in the November Stampin' Success:

To create the stained glass look you take a piece of vellum cardstock to the size you need. Take the stamped image you want to use (use a line art stamp - something you can color in) and stamp it on the vellum, use StazOn or Craft inks. Next, flip the vellum over and fill in the image with color using Watercolor Wonder Crayons. Strong, vibrant colors are the best since they are more visible on the reverse side. Use an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen to blend the colors of the image. Then just mount the vellum (colored side down) on to a piece of Whisper White card stock using Mini Glue Dots. Then, adere the image and background to your project using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Sounds Simple! I am looking forward to trying it! I think I'll try it tomorrow! Hopefully, I'll find the time!

Tips Of The Trade: Planning Your Design

I read this in the November Stampin' Success:

Like puzzle pieces coming together, elements of your design can fit perfectly to make your creation uniquely you.

START by asking yourself what message, emotion, or tone you want to evoke with your creation. If it motivates you, challenge yourself to fine exactly the right elements - stamp sets, accents, and colors.

FOCUS by choosing your stamped image and then coordinating it with supporting images, background patterns, your greeting (if you have one), accents, Designer Series pager, etc.

CHOOSE colors to compliment your focal image. Your color choices can complement or detract from your art. Typicaly, fewer colors work best. Three colors plus one neutrol color is optimum.

LAY OUT your design before you glue anything down. This eliminates card stock anxiety.

WORK for balance in your art. Look at your planned layout. Where does your eye rest? Are all the elements balanced? You don't need to fill your entire page or card front.

TAKE TIME to stamp.

"WHEN IN DOUBT, USE OLD OLIVE!" Have a favorite color combination to turn to when you're stumped.

I thought that these were some really neat tips! I just wanted to share them with you!

True Friend, Thank U

I really like this card! I hope everyone else does too! I wish it was a better picture. I used stampin' write markers to stamp the flower. The "band" that seperates the certainly celery and the ruby red I like to call "Faux Ribbon" I think that's something I made up though! I really like the True Friend set from the Holiday Mini. I'm so excited about all the different things I'll be able to create with it!

Stamps: True Friend
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Markers: Certainly Celery, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Whisper White (2" x 3"); Certainly Celery (5 1/4" x 4"); Ruby Red (2" x 5 1/4"), (5 1/4" x 1/4); Chocolate Chip (5 1/2" x 3/4"), (5 1/2" x 8 1/2), (2 1/4" x 3 1/4")

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Spooky Skyline #2

Last year I went to my upline's upline's stamp class and we did a card Very similar to this and when I got the Spooky Skyline Jumbo Roller I had to try it. I don't know if you can tell or not but I used the Reverse Poppin' Pastel technique. So, on the black cardstock I took a cotton ball and slid chalk across it horizontally. Then, you ink the roller with versamark and it takes the color off! It's like magic! So cool! I wish I would have put a little bit more chalk on it, but next time I will!

Stamps: Spooky Skyline Jumbo, Web Wishes, Sanded BG
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Versamark
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie (8 1/2" x 5 1/2"), Wild Wasabi (2 1/2" x 5 1/2"), Basic Black (2 1/4" x 5 1/2")
Stampin' Pastels: Green Galore, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White

Spooky Skyline #1

I saw a card similar to this in the October Stampin' Success and put my own spin on it. I like these colors together for Halloween!

Stamp Sets: Spooky Skyline Jumbo, Dots Are Hot, Web Wishes, Flannel Plaid BG
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Pumkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie (11" x 4 1/4"), Lovely Lilac (2 1/2" x 5 1/2"), Whisper White (5 1/2" x 2 1/4")
Ribbon: Wild Wasabi Double Stiched Ribbon

My First Autumn Harvest Card!

When I first saw the SU Holiday Mini I was just kinda thumbing through it online. But the one set that just screamed BUY ME in it was the Autumn Harvest stamp set. So, since I got the set yesterday I HAD to make a card today with it! Bare with me though, because I'm not the best watercolorer yet. But, give me time!
Stamps: Autumn Harvest, Holidays & Wishes
Cardstock: River Rock (11" x 4 1/4"; 1/2" x 5 1/2"), Wild Wasabi (5 1/4 x 4), Really Rust (2 x 5), scraps of whisper white for the pumpkins

Ink: Chocolate Chip (for the greeting, leaf/acorn background, stem on pumpkins), Basic Black (Pumpkins), Pumpkin Pie (to watercolor pumpkins), Really Rust marker (to accent on pumpkins)

I hope you like! It's my frst Thanksgiving card!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

My First Post!

Wow, my first post. Well, I want most of my posts to have to do with my creations. But this one wont, because I'm at work and I don't have anything to upload here. Oops, did I just admit that I was blogging at work? Ignore that tidbit of information and read on!

Mr Brown Truck himself pulled up to my house today (UPS)! I finally got my order. It always feels like it takes forever to get my order... probably because I'm impatient and I want things RIGHT NOW!

I finally got the Priceless Stamp Set. Oh! Have I mentioned that I usually only stamp with Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted?!?! Well, now I have! Anyways, I'm excited about this set and the Autumn Harvest set. Autumn Harvest is so my taste! Because I'm more of the country type of taste, but as I'm sure you'll see I like all kinds of stuff! My goal is to go home and stamp tonight... but, I'm getting awfully tired... it's 10:44pm and I don't get off until 11:30pm. Maybe when I get home I'll get a boost of energy! I hope so! I got some new BG stamps! Yay! Time to create! Now, if I could just get off of work already!

Oh! My goal is to make a halloween card for everyone! So, I need to start on that soon too!