Monday, June 30, 2008

Cards with Whoops-A-Daisy paper

I LOVE this paper! It is so bright and cheery. I haven't done any layouts yet but have done a few cards, along with the stamp sets With Love (June SOTM) or Happiness, the coordinating stamp set shown with these papers in the Idea Book.

These first few cards are done with the stamp set Happiness. First one used the striped B&T patterned paper. The flower is a combination of watercoloring and chalking. The flower was stamped first with VersaMark, then chalked with the Summer chalk set. The leaves were waterbrushed with the watercolor pencil (Citrus Leaf, I think). I added Hydrangea eyelets, a pewter spiral clip and some Bubblegum Organdy ribbon. I tied one of the Connections Club reward charms with Bubblegum Waxy Flax in the bottom left hand corner.

This card also used Happiness stamp set. The pink paper I used a Watermelon reinker and water and brushed it on the paper. I added some White Bigger Brads to it before adhering. The flower is waterbrushed using the watercolor pencils Hydrangea, Bubblegum and Citrus Leaf and then inked the edges with Hydrangea. The base is White Daisy with Hydrangea using my rubber brayer to cover.

This card also used Happiness but I used the technique where I spritzed my stamp first with water, colored the stamp with the watercolor pencils, and then stamped it on my paper. I love how it's more "impressionistic" than just stamping and coloring. I used my brayer again on the base, with Watermelon this time, then added the dot B&T patterned paper. The flower is matted with Hydrangea. I used a clear button and adhered some of the dot B&T to it with Liquid Glass, then used Waxy Flax for the holes. I stamped Smile (from the same stamp set) in the lower right hand corner in Ocean.

The next two cards used the June SOTM "With Love". I used stripe B&T and Watermelon cardstock on the base. The flower is stamped with Hydrangea and Watermelon, the leaves in Citrus Green. I added some White Daisy Sassy Strands across the card front. The sentiment "Happy Everything" is from the same stamp set, in Hydrangea, in the lower right corner.

This last card used the Hydrangea on White Daisy brayer technique again. I added some stripe B&T and matted Ocean cardstock under it. The diamond shape is Watermelon cardstock. I stamped the vase in Watermelon, the flower in Hydrangea and the stem/leaves in Citrus Leaf. I cut them all out and adhered them on top of the card, with one of our 3D Foam Squares to pop it up a bit. A White Bigger Brad is in the flower center.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Coaster Wall Hanging

I decided to do something different for my June workshop (yep, I'm into June now! LOL).

This is a coaster wall hanging completed with Sweet Harmony papers, Just Blooms Big Pinks, stamp sets are (oops, don't have my list, another thing to add later!).

I punched two holes at the top with my Crop-A-Dile (LOVE that thing!) and tied some twill ribbon through so it will hang (excuse the picture...I straightened out the ribbon so it's not all wonky after the picture was taken). I also used twill ribbon to connect all the coasters, adhered on the back with Liquid Glass (this stuff is the woman's answer to duct tape!). I then took shorter pieces of ribbon and knotted them in between each coaster.

Here is a closeup of the top coaster. Button from the Spring collection for the center of the pink Big Pinks Just Blooms, with some Amyethyst Waxy Flax in the buttonholes. I stamped the stem from the Ritzy Ribbon stamp set, cut it out, then highlighted the edges with Amethyst marker. The Colonial White cardstock is for a photo.

This is a closeup of the middle coaster. Sentiment is from Celebrate Life and stamped in Baby Pink. The flowers (don't have the stamp set name handy!) were cut out and chalked with the Spring Chalk set. Spring Buttons were added in lower right corner. Upper right Colonial White cardstock for a small photo or journaling.

Here is the bottom coaster. Clear buttons with coordinating papers adhered with Liquid Glass in upper left. Butterfly from Celebrate Life was colored with Watercolor Pencils and waterbrush, and wings were adorned with Prisma Glitter. The antennae are Black Waxy Flax. Flower is the large one from Big Pinks Just Blooms. The butterfly has pop-up dot underneath for dimension.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Boys Toys - Sarsaparilla papers

A layout completed with the Sarsaparilla papers. Used the Dimensional Elements - Flowers with the "faux-paint" technique (see my earlier post with the cards). I ended up adding some stars to the DE on the right layout but forgot to take a new pic, but you get the idea. Ink colors Barn Red, Black, and Archival Black (for the DE inking and stamping on photos). Cardstocks Black (base), Twilight and Barn Red. Black Bitty Brads also used. I also sanded the edges of the Black cardstock about 1/2 inch.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

May Card Workshop

Yes, I know it's June but I did say I was behind!!! LOL

Here are some cards we made at my May 6-card workshop 4 1/4 x 5 1/2), all featuring the new Sarsaparilla papers and inspired by CTMH's Originals Card Program.

This card, Tilted Title, used the Large Blue Flourish papers (patterned and solid side), Colonial White cardstock. We stamped in Black with the Western Flourishes stamp set, ink the edges, added a few Black Bitty Brads and we were done!

This card (insert pattern name here! LOL) used the Stripe patterned paper. I used the Lovely Buckles stamp, first stamping in Black ink, then embossing with Silver powder. The belt was stamped with a light Bamboo, cut out, then we used Simple Stitches with Black ink to add the "stitching". I punched holes in mine, but they also looked fine being colored in.

This card (insert pattern name here! LOL) was made with the Words patterned paper. The vertical strip is Barn Red cardstock. The squares were cut from Colonial White, with three of the squares stamped with Western Flourishes in Black. "Enjoy" was from a stamp set whose name I can't recall (if only I would post soon after doing these!!!). We added some Black Bitty Brads in between the squares.

This card (um, insert pattern name here) was made with the Textured Blue paper (I LOVE this paper) with a small strip of the Large Flourish paper on the right edge. We inked the edges in Black. Black cardstock with Colonial White on top, stamped again with Western Flourishes. More Black Bitty Brads completed the card.

This card we actually began working on at the beginning of the workshop but didn't complete it (and the next one) until last. That was because we were working with Liquid Glass and it takes a bit of time to dry. I of course don't remember the pattern name (sigh). On the left is Barn Red cardstock, the right Black cardstock with the edges sanded with our sandpaper. Stamped on the Barn Red is from the stamp set Free Spirit. The Dimensional Element - Flower in the middle is what we worked on at the beginning, covering it with the Large Flourish paper, cutting around the edges (yes, there was some grumbling LOL), then sponging the Black Archival Ink around the edges. We then added Liquid Glass around the edges. When it dries, it gives a really cool black paint look so it was worth the wait :)

This card did the same Liquid Glass effect to the Dimensional Elements. This card used the Plaid patterned paper on Desert Sand (or was it Bamboo? hmmmmm), with the edges inked in Black, with Colonial White strip on the front. I decided to use, in the workshop, a Colonial White base with Barn Red strip instead of the Colonial White on front and thought it looked better. The DEs were covered with the Blue Textured paper, then completed the same technique as with the above card.

As you can tell, I couldn't remember the pattern names for this card either. LOL I'll look up my notes and add them to the post...if I remember!!!

I've been on the computer for the past couple of days working on a huge project I've been wanting to complete for ages. It's going to take forEVER but I will be glad I did it! One is an inventory sheet of all My Acrylix stamp sets...AND which ones I own. I've found that I purchased duplicates and I HATE that! I have also gotten them in drawers, all sorted, and I'm feeling SO organized! If you had seen my room you would know why I am so tickled at this small, yet huge, accomplishment.

My other task is building my website at with techniques, tutorials, etc and am compiling a complete list of what cards/layouts were used in the CTMH Idea Books. I love to look at the artwork but trying to remember where to find it is nigh impossible. It might as well be useful so I am building list after list so that I can look back on it and actually find something!

I'm getting tired again just thinking about it. LOL I had better sign off for now.

Monday, June 23, 2008

5 years old! Birthday card

I am SO far behind in posting!!! I guess I'll start with some happenings from April. LOL

My grandson turned 5 years old!!!! We celebrated at his mom's house with a lovely barbecue. The weather was perfect :) He made out like a bandit with presents and money! He was spoiled just like he should have been.

I have to update later with the stamp sets and other materials's been so long I've forgotten and don't have my list handy! Grrrr....that's what I get for being lazy about updating. I will come back and edit once I have the info. I do remember using the Stitch Alphabet with Cranberry Waxy Flax for the "5". I love that stamp set, even if it does involve sewing!'s the card I made. He couldn't have cared less, of course, he liked the $$$ inside much better! LOL

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