Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Summer Studio

Hello There.

I have resisted joining a kit club. Not because I don't think they are so fun and have wonderful products, but working at my local store I tend to have too much stuff. That never stops me from lurking at Studio Calico. Not only are they right here in Ky, but their designers are amazing and put together the best sets! The also often have exclusive papers and stamps that they design, which I love. This month's kit sucked me in, as soon as I saw this stamp, I was sold.

After I ordered, I felt a little shoppers remorse, but quickly got over that and just decided to enjoy! This kit was so much fun to work with! I used it to document all my pictured from The Derby this year. Thanks for looking! (and try not to get too dizzy from the sideways ones? Not sure what that is about?








Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer Obsessions

<* First I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been leaving comments on my projects. It is so nice to read all the encouragement and ideas you guys are sharing! And, I have 5 FOLLOWERS!! Hi Friends! I love the blog world! *

Summer heat makes me want to stay inside and indulge in a few of my current summer obsessions (after a dip in the pool!). Enjoy:

{CRAFT BLOGS)
A GREAT time killer and a huge source of inspiration. A couple of goodies:


Hero Arts
They are debuting a new web site this week. Stamping, cardmaking, color fun.

Write.Click.Scrapbook.

They call themselves an inspiration collective from some of the former staff of Simple Scrapbooks. What they don't tell you is not only do they support scrappers, but also wanna be scrappers, and anyone who loves photography and preserving memories-however they choose to do so.

BudgetTravelOnline


Sigh, I need a vacation. Like yesterday. A girl can dream, right? Don't feel too bad, just bought 4 tickets here and totally excited to plan a weekend!


{ICE CREAM}
aka reason # 345 I am not a size 6 =). Last week I had one of these and I enjoyed every bite and thank god I can't buy them at the store
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{CAR SHOPPING}
This has ruled my life for the past two months. I am searching for the perfect this:



{BIG BROTHER 11}


I know, trashy, but I love it. Please don't call me Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday night....just kidding. BigBrotherOnline

There's a few-more soon. Have a great week!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Waiting For Dinner...

...a very nice person is in my kitchen right now cooking me fettuccine alfredo, YUM! So, I thought I would check in to share a few projects I made for this week's SPCC Blog Challenge.

Here are the colors we had to work with:



Here are the projects I made:


(supplies: cardstock, patterned paper: Love, Elsie and SEI, flower embellishment: SEI, quote: DCWV, ribbon)
a card for my hair stylist who is a newlywed. A pretty obvious translation of the color scheme.


(supplies: patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers for Archivers, stamp: can't remember but will post when I find it =), apron lace punch: Fiskars,brads, kraft cardstock, ribbon)

This is a picture I have been waiting to scrapbook. For this project I took more liberties with the color scheme. The patterned paper is a little darker, but the bubbles in the picture are just the right color. Lots of dimension with good old pop dots. Here's a close up:



The journalling reads: 'It is my experience that people without any vices often don't have many virtues- Abraham Lincoln'

Will be back soon to post pictures of an awesome baby shower invite I just finished. Off to mange! CIAO!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Quick Share

Two new online sites I have been visiting lately.

Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combos (SPPC) - a weekly challenge site with a new color combo each week. This week was a summery combo of pink, green, and yellow.

Two Pea's Thinking Inking Class- led by the very crafty Jennifer McGuire. An online class exploring new inking, painting, embossing techniques. I am not a huge stamper, but it has been kind of fun playing around with all the techniques and getting out of my usual style. This week has been about using paint, masking, and layering.

This week, both sites were hosting challenges, so I made this card to enter to both.


I needed a sympathy card for my uncle who lost his mother this week. I thought the lighter colors would make this card a little happy instead of sad and somber. My hope is to remind him of all the happy memories he has, instead of being too sad that she is gone.

In case you were curious about how I put it together, here's the basics:

I took a 4x6 white cardstock and stamped it randomly with the Stampedous Polka Dot Background stamp. I used my Silhouette machine to die cut a flourish and lightly adhered it to the background. I used pink paint mixed with a bit of shimmer and smeared and swished it on the paper over the die cut. I left alot of white showing. Then I mixed a lime green paint with shimmer and filled in the white spots. I had a bottle of Adirondack alcohol ink in a dark green and I wondered what would happen if I droppered it over the paint. I even tried to use the negative white piece to create another mask effect in the bottom left hand corner. Did not really turn out as planned. The alcohol ink just spread and went where it wanted and really was too dark, but oh well. I just went with it and left i there. Now I know what happens when you do that. =)

Now that I had my background good and painted I removed the die cut to reveal the original stamped background. I highlighted the dots by stamping a few more with silver ink in the corners.

Then, the flower. I embossed it!! I know! I had no idea you could do that! You just cover the flower with ink, sprinkle on the powder and heat! It makes it look so cool. The flower was originally white and looks like metal, right? Definitely going to try that with other embellishments.

Lastly, I added the pearls, stamped the sentiment, mounted the whole thing on a lovely yellow paper, and put the whole thing on the front of the card.

seesh...that is a lot of work for one card, but it was fun playing around.

Go check out these sites, let me know if you decide to join in and make anything!