Monthly Archives: June 2009

Black & white

Just one more day until Canada Day and ughhhh…it’s still raining. Seriously…I think this is the wettest June that I can remember. At least everything is nice and green and I haven’t had to do much watering. I WOULD like it to clear up a bit so we can hit the beach tomorrow….but who knows?

I have a couple of cards to share with you today. We’re going with lots of black today. I think it was the elegance of the stamps that inspired me in that direction. These two designs use stamps from the All Things Considered line by CHF.

Ever After

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This first card was actually based on a CPS sketch from a few weeks ago. I love these Jenni Bowlin mini papers..they are so much fun to work with on cards.
Stamps: Botanical Bliss
Ink: Black Memento Ink byTsukineko
Paper: Black cardstock bay Bazzill, Simply Smooth Vanilla by CHF, 4×4 mini patterned papers by Jenni Bowlin
Other: sewing machine, ribbon by May Arts, gaffer tape by 7 Gypsies, 1 1/2 ” circle punch, Copic markers

Black & White Wish

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I went for bold and black on this card. So many times I color and embellish but the stamps are so beautiful on there own, it was a fun exercise just to play around with design and texture and leave color totally out of this project.

Quick Tip: Anchor a corsage pin in chipboard for a different look.

Stamps:
Key Elements (ATC line) by CHF
Vintage Text Scrapblock by CHF
Ink: Black Memento Ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Simply Smooth white cardstock by CHF, black cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Other: chipboard letters by Chatterbox, felt by Queen & Co. , butterfly by Heidi Swapp, corsage pin

Happy creating!

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It Ain’t Much

It ain’t much…but it’s mine. My little corner of extreme mess creativity. I’ve had a few people ask me lately about the status of my craft room. You know the new one I’ve been talking about for oh…hmmm… 18 months now. It’s still there and waiting. I actually got my hopes up as I really thought I was going to be able to get in there for July. I’m just dying to get organized and have my own little space. One with a door that I can close now that the kids are now home for the summer.

Anyhow…I did a massive clean about a month ago and decided to take some “before” pictures. Before the new craft room…not before I tidied up pics. I’m crazy but not THAT crazy! I’m sure to some of you it still looks messy but believe me…this is as organized as I’ve been in a few years. Sad thing is, it only looked like this for two days. I just keep telling myself that a messy desk is the sign of a creative mind.

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When I get into my new space, I’ll share details on how exactly I store all my goodies but until then, I’ll just highlight a few of my new favorites…

  • I’m loving my new stamp storage from Organize More so much so that I’ve ordered one more 48 ink pad organizer…I’m totally addicted to ink
  • The two new units from Best Craft Organizer are fabulous. I was amazed at how much stuff these would hold. I wish I had more space in my upcoming room as I would definitely order more if I had the space.
  • The Clip-it-ups rock! One for the top of each craft organizer…these are amazing for holding all my favorite stamps and goodies so that I can find them easily.

That’s the peek at my workspace, such as it is. I can’t wait until I have after pics to show you. Of course…I think I’ll have to wait, at least a few more weeks. Patience, patience….

Have a good one!
Julia

A Sunday Drive

 Well…I’m not sure if anyone still goes for a Sunday drive or not but I thought it would be fun to share a few car designs today. Camaros actually. They are such a fun car, don’t you think?

I’m not driving too far today…just to church and then plan to spend a relaxing day with my family. I’m super excited about tomorrow though. The CHF Summer Stamp Star Design Challenge kicks off Monday. I hope you’ll join us this week by submitting a design for it. If you’ve missed the details…click on the Will It Be You star in my sidebar.

Camaro

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This first car is super fun. I love the graphic look and no masking involved…just stamp and color. Bright fun Copic colors worked perfectly for this look. To make the Camaro sentiment pop, I used a white gel pen to highlight the letters.

Supply List:

Stamps: Camaro Collage (GM line) by CHF
Ink: Black Memento Ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Simply Smooth white cardstock by CHF
Other: Copic Markers, rhinestones by MAMBI, white gel pen by Signo

Happy BRTHDA

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I thought it would be fun to create a “girlie” car design. 16th birthday perhaps? The combo of polka dots, pink and glitter make this car totally feminine. Isn’t that license plate sentiment CUTE?

Supply List:

Stamps:
Camaro Style (GM line) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Distressed Circles Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Black Memento Ink by Tsukineko, Adirondack ink by Ranger
Paper: Simply Smooth white by Cornish Heritage Farms, Intense Pink & Blush Red Dark by Prism, black by Bazzill
Other: ribbon by Michael’s, copic markers, glitter by Art Institute, heart chipboard

Have a beautiful day!

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Simply Saturday…Simply Saying Hi

hi there! More scraps to share today. This is another quick card I made weeks ago while doing some cleaning and yes…I squeezed a little more of that October Afternoon paper in there. Actually, I think these cards are numbers 5 & 6 that I’ve shared here so far. It’s amazing how far one piece of paper will go!

This first card is super simple…just a lot of scraps set on the diagonal. To make it easy to get perfect clean edges…I adhered the strips over a thing piece of cardstock that I had cut to size. I left the strips long so that I could just flip it over and cut back to the original square size. Perfect clean edges. :)

Hi

edited to add: this card has been removed for publication…be back soon

Good Friendship

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This is a super simple friendship card. I recently came across dotted cardstock by Bazzill at my local scrapbook store. I LOVE it! Such a fun graphic look. This design is paper pieced with the Shady Tree Studio “The Cafe” set.

Supply List:

Stamps: The Cafe (Shady Tree Studio line) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Black Memento by Tsukineko
Paper: black cardstock by Bazzill, patterned paper by October Afternoon
Other: Nestability die by Spellbinders, foam dimensional tape, buttons by AUtumn leaves, linen thread

Have a simply wonderful Saturday!

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Con”grad”ulations

It’s all done! School is out as of yesterday and summer vacation has officially begun in our household. Graduation night was Wednesday evening and my boy had a great night and we were definitely proud parents. Yes…I finished those 200 place cards on time…yay! Now I remember why I never make a design more than once. :) I get my joy in designing a project…definitely not by mass producing them. To those of you who do…hat’s off to you!

Now that the event is over I can share the card I designed for the occasion.  I paired up my Reach 4 the Stars stamp set with a new CHF Backgrounder, Graphic Tapestry. This is such a great image, with lots of detail and it works well on both masculine and feminine projects. I’m loving the new American Crafts glittered chipboard letters I picked up the other day. I believe it is the Thickers Roller Rink Glitter package. They are such a fabulous size for cards and you really get a lot of letters for the price. I think I need some more!

Congrats

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Supply List:

Stamps: Graphic Tapestry Backgrounder by CHF
Reach 4 the Stars (The Rummage Bin line) by CHF
Ink: Black Memento Ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Black cardstock by Bazzill, patterned paper by MME
Other: sewing machine, punches, glitter chipboard by American Crafts

And here’s my very handsome graduate. He cleaned up pretty well didn’t he? It was a special night and I actually got some great pics from a boy who usually runs from the camera. I’m feeling a scrapping bug coming on.

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Last of all…I have a winner for the Sweet Bee draw! Random.org picked #3 as my winner. Congratulations Jean Beck! Please e-mail me with your address and I’ll get it off to you!

Take care!

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Bold & Bright

Bold bright colors and funky combos are a trend that is showing up more and more in the papercrafting world. While I’ve always been a fan of subtler combos…this trend is really catching my eye. It’s fun, funky, warm and it’s perfect for summer. I thought it would be fun to give it a whirl and also plan a challenge around it. Your WT challenge today is to find ways to use bold and bright combos. Check out the challenge here.

Welcome Home

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A wild mixture of products, colors and patterns seems to work for this trend. What I think ties this card together is the white in each of the layers. Looking for the stamps in this project? The key from the Key Elements ATC set, the Vintage Text Scrapblock is stamped onto white cardstock and home from the Key Expressions set is stamped into the chipboard painted house.

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Quick tip: To keep the project from looking oh so 80’s, use fresh papers and patterns to bring it up to date.

Stamps:
Key ELements (ATC line) by CHF
Key Expressions (MLM line) by CHF
vintage Text Scrapblock by CHf
Ink: Rose Bud & Black Memento Ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Kraft cardstock by Bazzill Basics, Simply smooth Vanilla cardstock by CHF, patterned paper by Fancy Pants Designs & MME
Other: sewing machine, chipboard by Maya Road, Watermelon Paint Dabber by Ranger, dymo label maker, rhinestone heart by MAMBI, labels 1 Nestability die by Spellbinders

Don’t forget…you have until tomorrow morning for a chance to win the Sweet Bee set.

Happy stamping and have a great day!

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Still Buzzing…

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I’m still buzzing here with yet another Sweet Bee design to share with you today. Actually…I have a little more than that so be sure to read to the end of the post.

I’m buzzing around today trying to get ready for my son’s graduation. Pick up the cake, iron the shirt, tidy the house, help decorate the community center, get teacher gifts ready for last day of school…etc. I’ll be sure to share some pics when it’s over.

Do you like coloring? One of the images in particular in the Sweet Bee set is perfect for it. This image would look great in chalks, watercolors or colored pencils but today I pulled out my Copic markers and airbrush system. I could have masked off the specific details of this image but rather…I just went ahead and airbrushed the entire thing, trying not to get too much spray on the image. I’m a busy girl, what can I say?! :) Actually…using the Copic colorless blender works great for lightening up areas where you don’t want the sky to be. To get the shimmer on the wings and flowers, I used a clear Copic Spica pen.

Bee Happy

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Quick Tip: Spray the sky is two shades to get a realistic effect. I used a soft blue and a purple-tinged blue to airbrush in the background of this image.

Supply List:

Stamps: Sweet Bee (The Rummage Bin line) by CHF
Ink: Black Memento Ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Simply Smooth white cardstock by CHF, patterned paper by MME
Other: Copic markers and air brush, sewing machine, Spica glitter pen by Copic, vintage insertion lace

As for what I have to share with you…I have one Sweet Bee stamp set to send to one lucky winner. Simply comment on this post between now and 8 am EST Friday June  26th for a chance to win. I’ll announce the randomly drawn winner on Friday morning. Good luck!

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Off to start my buzzzy day. Take care!

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