Inspired by a friend

Earthy Brown Carte PostaleYesterday I shared the beautiful card called “Bonjour…the Sequel”. My friend Helen over at All Things Stampy made it – she is a Stampin Up demo in the UK (she also happens to be many other things besides a demo, I just thought I’d post something about her that was stamping related!).  Scroll down a post for all of the details about that card.

What really struck me about it was the offset swirly thing (nice description, huh?). It just looked so….neat. And vintage. And I was immediately jealous that I had not thought of it myself, lol! I also loved her main panel, with the flower image paired with “Bonjour”. So lovely!

I was in a brown kind of mood when I made this (obviously). I used the Leaves a la Carte wheel on the Kraft panel, and sponged some Close to Cocoa very lightly on it. On the Confetti Cream panel, I started by stamping the retired French Script background in Creamy Caramel. Then I inked up the large swirly thing with Close to Cocoa, and stamped it on the right edge and top of the panel. In the lower left corner I stamped the fleur-de-lis in Chocolate Chip, but I stamped it off first. If you were really holding the card, you would see that the French Script shows through it a bit, which I love. Next I sponged the edges with Creamy Caramel (lots), and lightly did the middle of the panel as well. I went back over the very edge with the sponge and Close to Cocoa ink.

My smallest panel is also Confetti Cream. The flower and “Bonjour” are stamped with Chocolate Chip ink. I sponged that panel and the Kraft mat with Creamy Caramel, and after I distressed the edges I ran them over a Close to Cocoa pad. I put a piece of chocolate gorsgrain ribbon behind the panel (which is up on dimensionals), to help highlight it. Finally, I added a cutout bird, stamped with Close to Cocoa ink and popped up on dimensionals.

So, as you can see, I went in a totally different direction than Helen’s original card. But it was wonderful inspiration!!!!

Stamps: Carte Postale, Leaves A La Carte, French Script
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Confetti Cream
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: gg ribbon, dimensionals, sponge
Techniques: sponging, distressing

Tempting Blackbird

I made this for this week’s sketch challenge on SCS. I am really pleased with how this card came together. And all day long I have been singing “Blackbird” to myself! I love that song.

I discovered this ribbon at Michael’s recently, in the dollar spot area. I got several spools, all of them a bold color with black and white accents. I haven’t made a card yet with any of them, so I was pretty determined to make that happen today! The stamps on this card are more from the set I won from Rose Ann (Paper Delightz) – I’m totally lovin’ it! It makes beautiful cards 🙂

The sketch this week is so great — I did have to flip it on end, though. Sometimes when you flip a sketch on end, it doesn’t work. I do think this one does, thank goodness! I stamped the large bird and the small flowers in Versafine Black ink. I stamped the French Flair background on the white panel and on the card base in Temtping Turquoise.

Stamps: French Flair, Garden Assortment (inkadinkado)
Paper: Tempting Tuquoise, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Versafine Black
Accessories: $1 ribbon, crystal brad

Birthday Bird

I must know a zillion people (okay, I’m exaggerating slightly) that have a birthday in May. I am trying to get a jump on the cards I know I need to mail out. So far, I’ve made…one! I’m a bit slow, okay??

The inspiration for this color combo came from the fabulous dp, which is by Me & My Big Ideas. I got the whole pad on clearance at Michael’s awhile back. The card base is Bashful Blue, The large accent panel is Real Red, and the small mat is Old Olive. I stamped my image and sentiment on textured (no SU) watercolor paper (with Versafine Black ink) and colored it with ink and aquapainters.

I added *bling* to the bottom of the image panel (but noticed when I took the picture that one side had slipped a bit – I have fixed it now!) and to the center of one of the circle designs on the dp (bottom corner). The other circles all had red dots in the middle, so I left them alone. Click on the picture for a better view of the dp!

I think this is a fun card, and I hope it makes the birthday girl smile!

Stamps: Inkadinkado – Bird Assortment
Paper: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Old Olive, non SU watercolor, My Mind’s Eye dp
Ink: Versafine black, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Accessories: aquapainter, mme bling, white gg ribbon, blue organdy ribbon
Techniques: watercoloring

Friendly Little Birdie

I got these fab clear stamps by Inkadinkado on sale at AC Moore for $5.99 on Saturday — I love them! I super-duper love them because they were so cheap. Who doesn’t love cheap and fabulous?? (Okay…that looks bad when I type it!)

The card is pretty self explanatory.  The bird is stamped with my new Brilliance black inkpad — holy goat that thing is wonderful! The image came out so dark, and crisp — I’ll definitely be buying more (truth: I bought a Cosmic Copper one, too!). I watercolerd the bird using Wild Wasabi, Bayou Blue, Old Olive, and Groovy Guava. I added some Wild Wasabi around the edge of the panel with the aquapainter, too. I just think this bird has the funniest loook about  him — so sassy!

Stamps: Bird Assortment – Inkadinkado
Paper: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Fabriano Medioevalis, Me & My Big Ideas dp
Ink: Brilliance black, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava, Old Olive, Bayou Blue
Accessories: spiral clippie, ribbon, cutter kit, ticket corner punch

Finally! Some time to stamp!

I’ve had this super great set, L’Amour, from Lizzie Anne Designs for a couple of weeks – I treated myself with some holiday money. I’ve wanted it ever since they released it. Unfortunately, it’s been sitting unused, uninked, still in its plastic packaging. Pitiful, huh?

I managed to steal a few minutes while my sweet daughter was taking a nap on Sunday. As luck would have it, our fiesty little puppy also decided to have a snooze. My husband was focused on the football game, so I grabbed some card supplies and joined him on the couch.

It’s a pretty straightforward card, because my time was limited. But hey – at least I got to make one! The bird is mounted on dimensionals, watercolored with a Watercolor Wonder Crayon and an aquapainter, and finally coated with Stickles for some sparkle and shine.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your new year is coming along nicely!

the details:

Stamps: French Flair, L’Amour (LAD)
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Naturals White, Basic Grey Blush dp
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: brown offray ribbon, teal thread, paper piercer/mat pack, stickles, wwc, aquapainter
Techniques: sponging, watercoloring, handstitching

A Stunning Simple Sunday CASE!

This week’s Featured Stamper was Kristina, better known as starofmay. She is an AMAZING artist – check out her supergreat blog, kwernerdesignblog! She photographs her work beautifully, and everything in her gallery is stunning. I had a really hard time picking a card to CASE today, so I narrowed it down to my *Fab Five* and plan to do them all!

The first one I did was this jaw dropping *Friend Bird Card*. Ummmm, hello?!! Could it be more gorgeous?! I agree – nope! I actually had a hard time trying to think of ways to change it, becuae I was so in love with her original. I ended up switching the cardstock to Confetti Cream, and doing a tent fold card rather than a traditional fold. I switched the stamp to the cutie patootie birdie from Natural Beauty – he is so darn adorable! I stamped him in Black Stazon, and used my Aquapainter and ink (Really Rust, Old Olive, and Ruby Red) to color him. Beneath his feet I spread a bit of Close to Cocoa. I colored one word from the sentiment stamp in the same set (with an Old Olive marker) and stamped it below and to the right a smidge.

Next I ticket punched the corners, and tied a piece os Close to Cocoa grosgrain ribbon at the top.  Aaaaaannnnddd….done! I spent hours after I finished this dreaming up other stamps I could also do this with — I love the simplicity, the cleanness, the white space — all of it!