Thursday, October 25, 2007

Seasons of Joy

Here is another card I recently created using my new "Seasons of Joy" set from SU. I just love, love, love this set!! Before I share how I decided on the design of the card, I would like to draw your attention to the new watermark on the card. Beth Silaika over at Freckled Fun Designs created it for me. She is a wonderful talent and has many other designs as well. If you are interested in getting a watermark for your pictures, or a banner for your blog, she is certainly the girl to talk to. She is very quick in responding and works patiently with you until you are happy with her creation.

Ok, on to the design. This was another card created from the sketch Beate gave last week. I have been wanting to use the Christmas tree and flourishes and was looking for something different. I really enjoy embossing and it seemed to be a perfect technique for the pretty flourishes. I think embossings adds such an elegant touch. Also brand new to my stamping supplies is the ticket punch, which I used in the corners. I am so looking forward to learning some other ways of using it. Finally, I sponged with creamy caramel. I like the somewhat weathered look it gives. Enjoy!

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Seasons of Joy, Tag Stamp, Canvas Background
Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Paper: True Thyme, River Rock
Other: Dazzling Diamonds, Vintage Brads, Clear Embossing Powder, Hodgepodge Hardware and Sherbert Ribbon

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Christmas Card

Well I'm really trying to get a step ahead on my Christmas cards, as well as prepare for an upcoming craft fair. This was a fun card to do, because I don't usually think of blues as Christmas colors, yet I really wanted to challenge myself and step out of my comfort box. I think the colors really worked with this particular card. I used Beate's weekend sketch as the layout. It was fun and a challenge and I feel great about how it turned out. I also turned to Beate's blog for some advice on taking pictures of my cards. It took a few photos and changes in layouts before I finally found one I liked. I am THRILLED with the outcome. I feel the new layout really showcases the card much better than my scanner did. Plus, it picks up the glitter, which the scanner just doesn't do very well.

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Seasons of Joy, Snowman Stamp from Craft Store
Paper: Watercolor paper, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou
Ink: Black Stazon, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Going Gray, Basic Gray, Only Orange, Versamark
Other: Watercolor Crayons, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Silver Brad, Silver Cord

Monday, October 8, 2007

Fall Is Finally Here

Well I must say that I'm quite excited about this card. It is one of the new sets from the Holiday Mini. I received it as a gift and I just LOVE IT!!! It's just the perfect set to watercolor to. Something I think looks great, but I seriously need more practice at. The set also comes with a Halloween face to make it a bit more versatile. I used the masking technique for this, meaning that I stamped one of each size pumpkin on a plain piece of white paper, cut them out, and placed them in the picture to stamp over, so the lines to the pumpkin in back would not show through. I love the look of this, though I rarely have the patience to stamp and cut an extra anything, much less two of them. For this it was so worth it. I love the way it turned out. I also did some sponging with the creamy carmel around the edges. It seems that I am in sponging mode at the moment. Everything I do seems to need a little bit of sponging to give it that something extra. Hopefully the weather will cool off soon and really start to feel like Fall.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Autumn Harvest
Paper: Watercolor Paper, Only Orange, Always Artichoke
Ink: Black, Only Orange, Creamy Caramel
Other: Watercolor crayons, Only Orange and Always Artichoke, Vintage Brads

Simple Idea

Well this is another beautiful card that we made at Stamp Camp that I just had to share. It was simple and I can't tell you all the compliments that have been received about it. There's just such an element of elegance to it. I know the scan of the card doesn't reflect it well, but we used the Baroque stamp and clear embossing on the blue. It was interesting to me how dark it make it, but it looks great close-up. We also used the new satin ribbon from the Holiday Mini (SU). It was honestly a quick card to make and there are so many ways to use it. It would work great as a holiday card, birthday, thinking of you and more! I haven't quite decided who to send it to yet, but I know I really want to purchase the Baroque Motifs stamp set now.