Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Beauty of the Season

Hello friends and stampers - hope you are all doing well.  I have a special post today in celebration of this week's Queen for the Day challenge at SCS.  Trish invited me to be this week's Guest Designer, and I'm so honored that she did.  I'm honored to be asked and overjoyed when I found out that this week's queen is Cindy Gilfillan, aka Frenziedstamper on SCS!!  Her gallery is just amazing.

There were so many beautiful designs and wonderful techniques to choose from, but my search stopped immediately at one particular card - which you can see here:  Vintage Pink Flower. Below is my version of Cindy's card - changes were with type of flower, embossing folder and added pine & pinecone die cut.

Poinsettia & Pine Cone Christmas

Cindy had an excellent tip for creating a more realistic flower shape - to use washi tape rolls as a mold for the flower petals while they dried - I tried it and it works!!!  To make this card I started with the flower.  I die-cut several layers and a few leaves, then layered 3 different shades of color using ink and daubers.  Then I curved each petal using 2 styluses, played with the layers to get them 'just right', then went to work gluing each in place one over the other.

I didn't mist the petals so my technique wasn't exactly like Cindy's, but while the glue was still wet I placed the flower in something as close to a washi tape roll as I could find - a very small glass. Not quite the same, but it achieved the same result - a more 3-D realistic shaped flower. Below is the first close-up.

Poinsettia and Sentiment Close-up

While the poinsettia was drying I went to work on the flower center.  I started with the little die-cut piece that came with the poinsettia, and after it was sponged I put glue on all the little end berries and dipped them in mini gold beads.  To finish it off I punched a couple of pine sprigs using my MS Pine punch, scrunched everything a bit and glued it into the center of the flower.

Here's one more close up so you can see all the textures and layers:

Poinsettia Close-up

The pine and pinecone die is a new purchase that was fresh out of the package on my craft table - and somehow it seemed to be calling out to me.  I couldn't resist - so I die cut the Pinecone Corner Die, sponged a bit of color and gave them some texture and shape with the styluses, and added it to me card.  I cannot wait to use this die again!! The last step was to add the Vellum embossed layer and the sentiment panel.  After the card was finished I decided to curve the edges on the sentiment panel just a bit, to soften that layer.

Thank you Trish for the special honor, and thank you Cindy for sharing your talent and providing so much inspiration!!

Card Recipe

  • Bazzil White Card Stock (One Layer Card Base), Vellum embossed panel
  • Sweet 'n Sassy Christmas Joy Sentiment
  • Coral, Rose Red and Cherry Cobbler Ink (Poinsettia), Pear Pizzaz and Artechoke (leaves and Pine needles), Baked Brown Suger, Soft Suede and Espresso (Pinecones) and Soft Suede for the Sentiment
  • Poppy Stamps Poinsettia Die, Memory Box Pinecone Corner, SU! Embossing Folder

Blessings everyone!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Peacock for a Friend

Hi Everyone - for those of you celebrating the long weekend I hope you're enjoying every moment of it!!  I am :)!!  So happy to have played in a couple of challenges today too - that's quite a treat for me lately.

This card is for a very special friend who loves Peacocks (well, peacock art anyway) so a few months back I found this great Digi image from A Day for Daisies.  I then set out to color it using Copics.  I spent much time perfecting the colors and finally today took it to the next level by adding more vibrant colors with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.  

Let Your Light Shine Alt View 1
After the coloring was complete I sponged the edges and matted to the SB rectangle.  Then I worked on the base/background panel.  That was fun - I created the background by first sponging Soft Sky onto white card stock, then using the ODBD Fancy Foliage Custom Die as a MASK, I sponged Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding over it.  This created a cool mottled look.  

Peacock Plume Close-up
The photo above shows a closeup of the feathers and the background.  The background panel was also embossed and lightly glittered for added texture.  At this point I was ready to add a sentiment. Although I really wanted a big feminine ribbon and bow, no matter how I tried it just didn't work - the Peacock image was just too large.  I had to go with plan B...  

Sentiment & Peacock Close-up
Which was to carefully trim and mat the sentiment, add a glittery border and mount it over the same die-cut flourish I'd used for masking/sponging earlier!  (Well, not the exact same one - a newly die-cut one :), also sponged and lightly glittered.

Peacock Full View

The finished size of this card is 6.5" x 4.5"...  Yep, just a bit oversized.  Still, I wanted a top fold - so to make that work I scored the back panel 1/2" from the top and adhered it to the front using Score tape.  I love how well this works.

Hope you like this one - a lot of work went into it, but for me coloring is one of the most peaceful activities there is, so I enjoyed every minute of it LOL!!

Card Recipe:
  • A Day for Daisies - All for Show Digi Image, ODBD Spread Light Stamp
  • White and Pacific Point Cardstocks
  • Black Ink for stamping, Copics, Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol for coloring the Image, Soft Sky, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana and Pacific Point for Sponging
  • Copic Markers Used: BG000, BG001, BG009 / B06 / YG03, YG05 / YR07, YR09
  • ODBD Custom Die - Fancy Foliage, SB Romantic Rectangles, SB M-Bossabilities Design B, Stickles, Clear Art Glitter
Card Challenges:
Thank you for stopping by - your sweet comments bring me smiles every time and I Thank You for that :)!!!!!!!

Blessings and Hugs,

Sunday, September 1, 2013

ODBD September New Release!!

Hi Everyone!!  I'm back with a new release post and Hop for Our Daily Bread Designs. This is a fun release and the projects that the other designers have created have blown me away!!  I hope you'll have time to take a peek at some of their creations - see links further down in this post.

Prize Details for Today's Hop:
One winner will be randomly chosen from one of the designer's blog comments to receive a $50.00 Gift to be used toward the purchase of Stamps at the ODBD Store!  You'll have until September 3rd 2013 at 9:00pm EST to make your comments.  The Winner will be posted on the ODBD Blog on September 4th - so be sure to check back there to see if you won!!

I've created two different looks using the  O Little Town of Bethlehem background stamp and the new Fancy Foliage Dies.  To make the first card I started by stamping the background twice on white card stock. then I sponged a few different yellows around the town scene and blues around the sky.  Then I cut the buildings and star, and popped those elements.  The windows are covered in tinted glassy glaze and the entire scene is glittered for a light snowy effect.

Bethlehem all A-Glow - One Layer Card
The last steps were to outline the sides and Foliage Flourish with Gold Leaf Pen and stamp the tag, then assemble it with the ribbon bow and flower.  The tag says Christmas is...  and on the inside of the card is the entire quote:
"Chirstmas is... tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.  It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."  by Agnes M Pharo
Bethlehem Close-up

I went in a different directly on this next one - using the same background and similar elements but still very different.  First I stamped and embossed the background in gold, then sponged the edges in warm tones and gold leafed the border.  I also dotted some gold liquid pearls for added texture.

Town of Bethlehem in Gold

Next I die cut the Poinsettia and Fancy Foliage flourishes & leaves, sponged these elements, colored the Poinsettia using Copics, added gold mini beads to the flower center and assembled. The Rejoice tag was added last.

Poinsettia and Flourish Close-up

It was fun working on these Christmas projects - we're seeing definite hints of Fall here so the Seasons are changing and I'm ready.  Fall is one of my favorite times during the year!!

Here are the stamps and dies used for these projects:

Thank you for visiting me here today - I hope you found some inspiration.  Also hope you'll find time to visit some of the other designer's blogs - the more comments you post the better your chances to win!!!  See below for all the Links!

Sandee * Grace * Julie

Dawn * Lori * Silke

Angie * Lisa * Audrey(Me)

Card Recipes:
  • White and Pistachio card stock
  • Black, Gold for images, Crushed Curry, More Mustard, Soft Sky and Midnight Muse for sponging Card 1, Pistachio, Mustard and Strawberry Slush for sponging on Card 2, R37 and YG95 Copics for Poinsettia and Poinsettia Leaves (copics over More Mustard)
  • ODBD O Little Town of Bethlehem Background, The Babe and His Gift Stamps
  • ODBD Fancy Foliage Dies - Flourish and Poinsettia Leaves, Spellbinders Poinsettia Die
  • Gold Leaf Pen, Mini Gold Beads, Gold Liquid Pearls, Glassy Glaze, Glitter, Ribbon, Paper Rose

Thank you again for stopping by!!  I hope you enjoyed your time here, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!!!

Hugs and Blessings,