Monday, March 18, 2013

another turtle from Stampers Best

Another card with this super cute turtle from the Stampers Best OWH fundraiser stamp set. This turtle is my favorite of the 3 sets. :) I used the same Basic Grey papers as the card from yesterday. Instead of coloring his skin, I stamped him on green and then pieced his eyes and shell on top of the green. I did color his toe nails with a light green copic. His eyes are covered with glossy accents to give them a nice shine. I then popped him up on the white circle with dimensional adhesive by Sticky Thumb. The sentiment is part of turtle set. The sketch is from OWH, #152.

Now back to creative mess & see what else comes out of it.... ;)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

turtle awesome-ness!

I ordered the new OWH fundraiser set from Stampers Best last Sunday after completing the blog skip. :) I had those 3 awesome stamps in my hands on Wednesday!! Super fast shipping & a couple of freebies included as well!! I've been working on finishing up some triage for Sandy so I haven't had a chance to play until this weekend.

I started with the cute turtle. He's my favorite of the 3 sets. :)  I stamped him on white and pieced his shell with patterned paper. Eyes have glossy accents on them to make them shiny. I then trimmed him out and popped him with dimensional adhesive on the sentiment piece. The patterned paper for the shell and background piece is an old line from Basic Grey, Hang 10. The sentiment stamp is one that came with the turtle. Ribbon is from May Arts (loving that I can get a whole spool at a time of the ribbons I use all the time from Amazon at much lower cost than at my favorite scrapbook store by the yard). I used sketch #26, but I used the 3 pieces of ribbon instead of a single solid piece under the turtle piece. I wanted to use some of the new ribbon that I just arrived. :)

I have another card done using the turtle, but I'm waiting for the glossy accents to dry so I can put it on a card base before taking a picture... Hopefully I'll get it posted tomorrow!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

card for ski club

Today's card started with some patterned paper that is well aged & from the stash. :) It's from Susan Branch by Colorbok. (so aged, that is 8 1/2 x 11 & light weight like copy paper, so I added some heft by matting it with a nice heavy cardstock...). The ribbon is May Arts. Sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts & stamped on velum, then matted with another layer of velum to help it stand out a bit more from the flower paper. Heart brad is from an unknown source. I went to my favorite place for sketches, OWH, for sketch #123.

This card will be heading to a newly engaged couple at the Ski Club. :) I don't normally make congrat's cards for OWH, so it was nice to be able to make something a little different. :)

Now to finish up the sheets of patterned paper & turn it into cards for OWH. No stray scraps to hit the scrap file. It's full enough already! ;)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pilot Monkey

here is another of my finds from Saturdays field trip. :)
I used the last small piece of old Bo-Bunny paper for the patterned paper & matted it with cardstock to give it a little heft. The image is colored with copics & matted on the same green as the patterned paper. The clouds are a memory box die cut. Sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

Now that I've used the last of this paper, I'm kinda sad. Now that I found a use for it, I really like it & wish I had a sheet or 2 more. Crazy huh. I have a room full of paper and long for more... Now it's time to find another set of scrap to use up...  Maybe find a great card to use some of the new ribbon from Saturday.....

Monday, March 11, 2013

Design Bootcamp- focal point

This months bootcamp lesson was creating a focal point. I started with OWH sketch #81. The original sketch has the sentiment off in the upper right corner and an embellishment in the lower left corner. I grouped the embellishment and sentiment together to create a stronger focal point.

Here's another card using the same sketch and idea with grouping the sentiment and embellishments.
This card started with OWH sketch #152. The sentiment is stamped on white cardstock and matted with dark purple to help it pop. By keeping the flower sticker on the same piece as the sentiment it all stays tied together as a single focal point.

Creating cards with a strong design is easier when design elements are grouped together. Add in last months lesson on color, and great cards are sure to happen. :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

some new goodies

Yesterday I took a little road trip. Covered just over 150 miles in 6 1/2 hours. Stopped at 5 new to me, scrapbook & stamp stores. All as part of the Northwest Paper Chase. I had a great day exploring some new shops. Had mostly good experiences at the stores. There were a couple that I wouldn't drive special to go back to though. Customer service was a bit to cold and uppity for me. You don't have to act like my BFF, but don't look down your nose at me like you are better than everyone else in your store. I have to many ways to shop and spend my $$ than to reward that kind of attitude.

Off the soap box now...

One of my finds yesterday--
was this cute guy by Stampendous. I loved the sentiment that came with the oh so cute little monkey. :) The back ground paper is a really old piece from early bo-bunny. The copyright stamp says Jan Lanoy Bo-Bunny Press 1998 on it.... Yikes! I had an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet and a few scraps from another card challenge in the scrap file. I thought it worked well with the monkey. Since it is a light weight paper, I matted it with a heavy cardstock. The kite is paper pieced with another old scrap from early Doodlebug. The monkey and grass were colored with copics and then matted with the blue cardstock. The sentiment was matted with the same blue cardstock as the base and popped with Sticky Thumb dimensional adhesive.  OWH sketch #138 was the starting point for this card.

Something new used right away AND scraps & a well aged paper used up!!! YEAH a most productive morning!