Sunday, September 5, 2010

Corner Bookmark

Once again I was inspired by a fellow Angel. This time it was Angie's bookmark seen here. We've never done those in class, so I figured it was the perfect "non-card" project for the evening.

Once again, we used the Scor-Pal and Scor-Bug to add texture. In class we colored with Copic Markers, but I made the sample using Tombow Markers so they could see the difference in how well Copics blend (I had samples of both). This sample uses Tombows.

Isn't that smug look on the golfball's face hilarious?!?! :-)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Color Over Technique

When I saw this card by fellow Angel Trudy, I knew I wanted to try the technique. I've seen it several times over the years, but can you believe I never tried it myself?!?!? So, after a quick consult with Trudy and the inspiration of Debra Miller's layout on page 9 of Serendipity, here's the final result. The ladies in class really liked how pretty and unusual it is, yet it is soooo easy!

We stamped in Brilliance Moonlight White on TAC's brown cardstock. We colored with Prismacolor pencils without blending anything. We just colored!
The lovely pearls are from our Gem Collection, and the beautiful paper is Maggie. Of course the great texture comes from the Scor-Pal and Scor-Bug then lightly sanding with sanding blocks. ;-)

Friday, September 3, 2010

CASEd Card

Lucky me! I got the second card in this post from Carol in the swap I mentioned in the last few posts. I really liked it a lot and wanted to CASE it for my Nestabilities class--how perfect! I just changed a few things, and voila! A card using Nesties!

Hopefully you ca see the embossed frame around the Nesties as well. I stamped the frame and THEN cut with the Nesties die. Each gal at class got a white panel with the stamping/cutting/embossing already done. It was up to them to stamp the pumpkin image.

We used watercolor crayons on the stamp, then spritzed with water before stamping. It's a great effect! Because the brown Scrapper's Floss wasn't dark enough, we colored the floss with Copics. The background leaves are stamped in Versamark.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Another Swap (and class) Card

In the same swap I mentioned yesterday, I swapped this card. Again, since it worked so well for a class focusing on Nestabilities, I used it!

I tried to get a few close-ups so you would see the ribbon behind the oval and see the embossed edge of the Nestie. Can you see them?!?!?!

The Thank You stamp is a PWP (only $2.95!), and it fits almost perfectly with our oval Clever Lever Punch. The background is done with 2 images from Damask Backgrounder. I love how the Bordeaux Palette ink matches the Bazzill!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Swap (and class) Card

A few weeks ago I participated in a swap for Paper Wings. We were to use images from the newly-released Catalogue. I liked the two cards I swapped, so I decided to use them for our August stamp class focusing on Nestabilities. The gals who were there like them too! :-)

If you look carefully on these cards, the dark layer is actually a dark green Bazzill. Oh, and I know I cut off the very tips of the green layered Nestie--that's why I kept this one as my sample. ;-)
I used Copics to color the cattails--made it quick and easy. The main image is from Joy, Found--a fantastic new set. It's certainly a must have.

Tooting my own horn...

Even though I have a post scheduled for later this evening, I wanted to "toot my horn" a little bit to let you know that The Angel Company (TAC) asked if I would design the projects for the Stamp of the Month for the corporate website this month! Of course I was honored and said YES!

I usually create as inspiration hits, so it was a new challenge for me to be told what stamp set I had to use and given a deadline. I ended up falling in love with the set--it's called "Autumn Leaves," and I found it to be so versatile. You can view my projects here and click on each one for a larger image.

This first card below did not make it onto the TAC website. That's okay--I wasn't even sure I liked it that much anyway! LOL I like the simplicity of it, but I think it's lacking pizzazz.

The close up is so you can see the embossed frame on the orange cardstock. Can you see it?
All the projects below made it to the website so remember to click here to see the full project. I just wanted to show a few details that TAC can't show due to space limitations.
The tag in the photo below is popped up with Pop Dots, and I colored the pumpkin with Prismacolor pencils and OMS (oderless mineral spirits). Later you'll see one colored with Copics, and it gives a different look/feel.

I'm showing you the note cube below so you can see the "rock and roll" technique that I did to add the L'Amore Red and Burnt Umber to the Sunflower ink. Did you notice the ribbon is different on the TAC website? I told them to feel free to change it to brown! I thought it needed more contrast. Because I was allowed to use only TAC products, I had to use the ribbon in this photo when I sent it in--I was completely out of ALL my brown TAC ribbon!!!
This little jar was photographed from the left side, so I figured I'd show you the right side as well as a close up of the pumpkin. This is the one I colored using Copic Markers.

The card below has some dimension that I thought you might want to see.
Hope you enjoy! :-)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Album or Fancy Card?

Back in June, I posted some paper and a sample album on my blog in this post. I'm a little delayed getting the final product posted. Sorry!

It can be used as an elaborate card or a mini album, or even both! It makes a great gift.
I took the basic idea from Heather's album and stepped it up a notch or two by adding more panels for photos or journaling and adding a super-mini album in the middle.

The above photo shows a close-up of the super-mini album in the middle.
I hope you like the way it turned out. I'm really pleased with the extras and with how the Angelee paper changes the whole feel of the project.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Breaking News!

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wedding Book

Back in June another gal and I were putting on a bridal shower for a girl at church. Her outdoor wedding was to have a country western theme, with the bride wearing a plaid shirt, jeans and cowboy boots! We found some great tablewear to go with the theme. That same evening I found the perfect sheet of paper at a garage sale for 10 cents! It matched the tablewear almost EXACTLY!!!

That's how the card below came about...

I already had the "denim" looking paper at home so the card came together pretty fast. I was stumped by the advice book I was going to make until I saw this post by my Angel buddy Seleise. The book couldn't be assembled until AFTER the shower, though, since we were going to pass the pages around and let the ladies offer words of advice, humor, Scripture, etc. That's why it's not bound yet...

We also used a few pages at the beginning to write the list of gifts she received that day. I really wish I would have pix of the finished book because I added fun ribbon to the binding. It turned out really cute, and should be something she can hang onto for years to come. ;-)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Black/White Wedding Card

If I need to make a wedding card and have no idea what color the bride is using, I generally go with black/white. I needed one for June 5, and went with the card below. Guess what color the bridesmaids were wearing?!?!? Gray! Yippee--I nailed it without even knowing! ;-)

I really like the huge bow, and it worked because we were hand-delivering the card the day of the wedding. Unfortunately the cardstock strips I used at the bottom are now retired from The Angel Company. :-(
I didn't do any coloring at all--just used Stickles to glamour it up a bit. It looked really pretty in person.

Supplies: white ultrasmooth cardstock, black Bazzill mono pack (retired), cardstock strip (retired), scalloped punches, Nesties Labels 1 die, Palette Noir ink, ribbon, Swiss Dots embossing folder.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Blossoms & Blessings--pt. 4

This is the final segment--for now! This is such a great set and very versatile. ;-) I hope you've enjoyed the different posts showing you different ways to use it. Oh, and I never even stamped any with the LEAVES! That gives the set even more uses!!!

Supplies: Blossoms & Blessings, ivory ultrasmooth cardstock (not sure why it looks so white!), Copic Markers, Cardstock Caboodles C and G, Elizabeth Buttons (I think...), pop dots, scallop scissors, paper piercer (hard to see in pix).

Friday, July 30, 2010

Blossoms & Blessings--pt. 3

Still not sure why these are so tiny, but...oh well...

I colored this one with Copics, and used white Prismacolor Pencil with OMS to give even more depth/highlights. This was my first attempt at a button groupin, and I really don't like how it turned out. They loook like they're in two rows. Sigh...I'll keep trying...

Supplies: Blossoms & Blessings, Copic Markers, ivory ultrasmooth cardstock, purple Bazzill from SWIC collection, Lemonade Buttons, Momento Tuxedo Black ink, ribbon.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Blossoms & Blessings--pt. 2

More Blossoms & Blessings! I stamped the background with Versamark to give the watermark look. After stamping the flower, I colored around the outside edge with Copic markers, then used my Colorless Blender to give the edges of that a more subtle appearance. Quick and Simple!

Supplies: Cardstock Caboodles B, white ultrasmooth cardstock, Cote d'Azure Palette ink, Copic markers, Copic Colorless Blender, Versamark, ribbon.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Blossoms & Blessings--pt. 1

I'm loving the new Blossoms & Blessings stamp set in TAC's new Inspiration Book! Over the next several posts I'll be showing you different cards using the same set. Each has a very different look. BTW, not sure why the pix are so tiny! I did the same thing I always do!?!?!?

This one is based off this one that Maria made. We did a similar one in purples at my Open House/Catalogue Premiere. Notice the black gems--I'm tickled with the touch that they add!

The one below is an adaptation I made for a wedding we attended on July 10. Since I didn't have to mail the card, I knew the "bumpy" gems wouldn't be a problem! ;-)

The photo below shows how "bumpy" the gems truly are. They are BEAUTIFUL in person and add so much to a card! The large one is raised much higher than the hearts under the sentiment.

Supplies: Blossoms & Blessings, white ultrasmooth cardstock, black cardstock, Corner Chomper, Palette inks in Noir and Charcoal, Black Gem Collection, border punch.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy...

After I made this card and stamped "Joy" three times, I had that old song going thru my head. :-)

Sorry I've been MIA on my blog, but I've had other things to do and still not enough time to do them. sigh... I promise I'll try to do better, but I'm not promising WHEN I'll get the next things posted. I've got to edit the photos first.

My post today is part of an Angel Blog Hop--demonstrators from The Angel Company are participating, and the theme is "Christmas in July."

I know it seems odd to have the rounded corner in the upper left of a card, but I decided that's where I wanted it. :-) IRL the colors match much better--the ink really does match the paper, but I just couldn't get it right. Sorry!

Supplies: Joyful Ornaments, white ultrasmooth cardstock, Cardstock Caboodle D (both purples), Violete Palette ink, Crystal Stickles, Corner Chomper, Diamonds Impressies and ribbon.

Hopefully you can see the Impressies embossing as well as the Stickles on the Joy.
Be sure to check out all the other Angels' art!

Rita W -
Shirley -
Christine -
Carol -
Kim -
Julie -
Seleise -
Angela -
Michelle -
Chelsea -
Betty -
Candi -
Angie -
Teresa -
Diana -

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Samples

I've got lots of sample projects from Seminar, plus I've been busy in my craft room creating more! I'm choosing not to post them until after my Open House/Catalogue Premiere so visit again soon. :-)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

It's here! It's live! It's BEAUTIFUL!!!

This new Inspiration Book & Catalogue from The Angel Company is the BEST in years!!! My own wish list is HUGE! My Open House/Catalogue Premiere is Saturday, July 10 from 2-4 p.m. Join me!
If you'd like a Catalogue and can't come to the Premiere, feel free to contact me for a copy of your own. You won't be sorry!