Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dutch Dare Challenge #219 - Sketch

The challenge this week at the Dutch Dare is to create a card using a sketch.  The design team was able to pick their digi from our sponsor The Stamping Chef.  The image I am using today is called "Lift Off".  The design team has come up with some great creations using the sketch below, so I hope you will be able to join us this week.

Here is my take on the sketch this week.

The image was colored with my Copics.  It's a little hard to see in the pic, but the little cloud puffs are popped up and I added some Stickles to the stars for some dimension.  I also added Glossy Accents to the window on the rocket.  This sketch is great for using up the different colored papers I have in my scrap bin.  I ran the strips through a Cuttlebug folder to give them a little texture.  The sentiment was computer generated.  It really doesn't show well in the picture, but it the colors are really bright.  I think it works well as a birthday card for a young boy.  Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to seeing what you all have come up  with for this week's challenge.       

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Make It Monday - Photo Postcards

This week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge was making postcards from photos.  This is a really fun project, so to view Ashley Cannon Newell's video, just click on the Papertrey Ink link above.  Who knew you could stamp on photos and make your own customized postcards.  First off, I used Memento Black Tuxedo Ink with HP photo paper.  On my first attempts I ended up taking off the finish of the photo when I peeled back the stamp.  They really stick to the photo.  But after a couple of tries I got down how much pressure to use.  My first photo is our pond with a pair of geese.  They like to nest on the island in the spring.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Lovely Layers.

My second postcard is my dog Teddy.  I thought the sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Funky Flowers fit this photo perfectly.  The photos were printed on my HP inkjet printer and as per the video I added white cardstock to the back.

Thanks for stopping by...

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop - Bouquet Builder

Today is the Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop.  The challenge to create a card using one of the Bouquet Builder color combos shown on Nicole's blog.  They have some really terrific inspiration photos and I love all the color combos she has listed.  For my card I selected the pink bouquet builder photo.

I had to improvise a little on my color palette, but I think I came pretty close with the ink colors I had.  I am slowly building my Papertrey Ink stamp sets, but I was able to use quite a few that I have.  Of course, my favorite is Rosie Posie.  I combined that with Rosie Posie #2 and the die set.  I used the largest stamp from Fancy Flourishes for my stems.  My small dot grouping is from Harvest Berries and the sentiment is from Embroidered Blooms.  I scored 3 lines to give a break to the flowers and the sentiment.  Here is my card.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look...


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Make It Monday - Adding Texture To Stamps

For today's card I am playing along with the Papertrey Ink "Make It Monday #116 - Adding Texture to Stamps".  Betsy Veldman has a video showing how to add texture to stamps by using a comb.  For my card I used the Papertrey Ink Rosie Posie set.  I added texture to the petals only and kept the centers solid.  I used Stampin Up inks Early Expresso, Crumb Cake, So Saffron & More Mustard with the rock n' roll technique to add a little depth to the petals.  The sentiment is from a retired SU set, which was inked around the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I also used the Distress Ink on the ribbon to dirty it up a bit.  

Here is a closer view of the texture using the comb.

 I think this is a very interesting technique to use with solid stamps.  
It really does give them a different look.  
Until next time...

Dutch Dare Challenge #217 - Recipe Card

This week's challenge at the Dutch Dare Card Challenge is to create a project using the following recipe (1 image, 1 sentiment, 2 pattern papers & 3 embellishments).  Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps.  The design team was able to pick an image, so I went with "Seashells for Sale".  The image was colored with my Copics and the pattern paper is from My Mind's Eye "Dolled Up" collection.  I debated on how to use the 2 pattern papers and ended up just using the 2nd pattern on the corners of my card.  The sentiment is from the "Pursuit of Happiness" set from Stampin Up.  The image was cut with my Nestabilities largest oval die.  I try to get the most from my die cuts, so I cut 2 pieces of color cardstock (SU Bashful Blue & Pear Pizzazz) with the largest Nestabilities Label Eighteen die.  Trimming down the Pear Pizzazz piece I was able to layer it to look like a larger die cut.  For my embellishments I used 3 shells we  picked up off the beach when we were in Florida this winter.  I going to count my grouping of shells as 1 embellishment along with the 2 brads.  

Hope you can join us this week and look forward to seeing what you did with the recipe!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Quick Birthday Card Using Bugaboo's Gus

Here is a really quick card for today's post.  I used the Bugaboo "Gus Collecting Wrinkles" image.  I have been using a lot of their images lately, but I really love these Gus & Stella images.  I think these really make for an easy male themed card.  The image was colored with my Copics with Antique Linen Distress Ink around the edges.  The same was done with the sentiment that came with the image.  I just used scraps of card stock and pattern paper for the front and inside panel.  And as always I used Glossy Accents on the balloons and the glasses.  Very easy and simple card.  Well that it for today...  

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Dutch Dare Card Challenge #215 - Sports

We have a new sponsor this week - Dr. Digi's House of Stamps.  The card this week for the Dutch Dare Challenge should be sport related, so I selected Dr. Digi's Anglin' Andy.  I think their images are so whimsical and fun that you can make some really cute masculine cards.  I colored my image with Copics and fussy cut it out.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I added some Ice Stickles to the fish to give him a little sparkle like scales.  The paper is from Basic Grey "Hey, You!" and the sentiment was computer generated.  I also knotted some twine and ran it behind my brads for a little something extra.  

I hope you can join us this week at the Dutch Dare Card Challenge.