26 March 2009

Lost In Thought

Remember yesterday when I told you I had something else to post? Well, here I am to share a couple of items.

First, I won a some blog candy from Pat's Technique Trail blog and recieve a wonderful package of paper from Pat at Paper Temptress. Yes, some of that yummy paper you're seeing everyone play with lately! A few of those sheets were Comic Coloring Paper. Well, I took one of those sheets and stamped a new image that arrived in the mail. Of course I used my Copic markers to color my image in and wow, what fun! The paper is thin but not vellum thin and the markers just soaked right in. I loved how the paper felt with my Copic markers! Thank you Pat for this wonderful paper!!

Now this leads me to my next share, the stamp I received from Susana at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD). Now I make no secret of loving butterflies and fairies. Well, I saw on someone's (two someones actually) blog this lovely fairy and broke down and ordered her.

(Side note: I've mentioned before my heartburn over paying for Priority Mail prices to ship unmounted rubber. Well, I checked out Susana's website, didn't see shipping prices so I added this fairy to my cart and checked out to find out about shipping. Dang it, $4.95 for shipping. I close my window and move on. A while later I recieve message from Susana herself and she told me she can ship priority just ask for it in the comments section. Don't you know I had this order finished within minutes! She also had refunded the difference in shipping to my PayPal account within minutes.)

Susana had my order shipped by that same evening and I received my fairy within two days! That is some great customer service! Thanks so much Susana! Without further ado, here's my fairy:
The reason I may not make her into a card is that my green copic marker started leaking on me while coloring the grassy area and ran into other parts of the image. I was able to fix most of it (except that far right 'shroom) plus I'm not real happy with my grass. I need to go back to Marianne's blog to see what she says about grass. :)

25 March 2009

AI Elephant

I have been looking at this Zany Zoo set from Artful Inkables for quite a while I just didn't have the time, energy, mojo, or what-have-you to use it. So today I grabbed this elephant and used the SCS CC221 for this week and came up with this.

The scanner misses some of the soft sponging along the edge of the base layer of Sahara Sand, (I rarely use this color but it just fit so well with the elephant's coloring.) It also misses some of the sponging on the whisper white scallop edges. This looks better IRL, not as stark as the scanned picture looks.

I love Kristin's artwork, it is so easy to color! I used my ever growing Copic markers. *sigh* I just can't get enough of them!

I actually did some more coloring today, but I will post it tomorrow. I'm not sure I'll even make a card out of it, but I'm so excited about it I have to share, it's just bedtime and I'm beat!

Stamps: Zany Zoo (Artful Inkables); Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Wild Wasabi, various Copic markers; Paper: Sahara Sand, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Far East Mat Stack (DCWV); Accessories: Rectangle scallop Nesties, Leaves CB folder, Distress tool (SU).

23 March 2009

Fairy Wishes

I can't believe how long it has been since I have posted. I've been pretty busy and hardly stamped. I did create this card for a friend/neighbor's daughter's birthday.

I've had this fairy (Artful Inkables: Fairy Whimsey) stamped on my desk for quite awhile waiting to be put to use. I used lots of glitter/stickles on this card. You can't tell but even her wings have some sparkle from my new at you Spica clear pen. The blue scallop edge uses Distress Stickles, while the fairy herself uses Diamond and her hair yellow Stickles.

The Ballet Blue layer beneath the sentiment is actually two punches, a circle and ticket punched the four corners of a rectangle. You don't really notice it unless you are looking at it.

I used Dots and Daisies background stamp (SU- Retired). The sentiment is from Gina K's Make A Wish stamp set. The fairy is colored using Copic markers. It was stamped on Whisper White before I really grasped that you can't blend very well on that cardstock.

It is a simple card that I enjoyed playing with.

Stamps: Fairy Whimsey (AI), Make a Wish (GinaK), Dots & Daisies (SU); Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), So Saffron, Basic Black Marker (sentiment), various Copic markers; Paper: So Saffron, Ballet Blue, Whisper White; Accessories: Designer Label, 1 3/8" circle, ticket corner punches (SU), Various Stickles, at you Spica Clear, Oval & Scallop Nesties.

01 March 2009

Brunished Velvet

I just had to try the Burnished Velvet technique that I saw on the Cuttlebug Challenges blog. The technique is the large white layer, so all those swirls and birds were burnished with glitter. Yes, it was a bit of a mess but not too bad. I used that large Powder Pal I received from Stampin' Up! that I never thought I'd use! The cardstock is actually a Shimmery White whcih I think looks great with the shimmer of the glitter. Here's my card:

The sketch is from the current sketch challenge at Our Creative Corner. I really think this is a lovely sketch, but that middle layer gave me fits! The lighter layer is actually vellum over the Tempting Turquoise. I just couldn't figure out what to do with it so I just left it. It does help soften the card as it is a bit bright and sparkly.

The scanner faded the sponging on the sentiment layer. I used the Nestie to mask the edge of the oval, thus a faux layer.

For the two butterflies I used my Martha Stewart punch and used my Quickie Glue Pen all over the butterfly, then as soon as it turned clear I pushed it into the glitter. The glue did make the vellum curl up so I let it wrap itself around my finger while I was waiting to dip it into the glitter. Although in the scan the butterflies are flat once the card was released from the scanner the butterflies did curl a bit so it really gives the card dimension.

The glitter I used is from P K Glitz and is just gorgeous! The colors are China Jade, Azure & Eggplant.

Stamps: Dreams du Jour (SU); Ink: Wild Wasabi; Paper: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Tempting Turquoise, Vellum; Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nesties, P K Glitz glitter, butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), Quickie Glue Pen, Border punch (Fiskers), stipple brush.