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I love crafting, especially rubber stamping. Most weekends I can be found surrounded by paper, rubber stamps and ink.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Somebunny. . .

Hi and a very happy Friday to you,

I got home from a week long work trip around noon today and as always, it's good to be home. Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight! The weather here in SoCal is pretty great and I will be hanging with my crafty buddies tomorrow for our monthly get-together. I'm bringing supplies for Easter tag make & takes.

Speaking of Easter, I made this card Sunday night, but didn't get around to photographing it for my blog before I left for my trip. I made it using the SSSC #260 sketch.




I rotated the sketch for the stamp that I wanted to use. I also used a larger "wonky" panel because I wanted to see more of the patterned paper.

Here is the inside:



Supplies
Stamps: You've Got Mail - Spring set and Tag-a-long Easter set both by Taylored Expressions
Paper: XPress-It Blending card stock and SU Pink Passion card stock. I'm not sure of the patterned paper, it's pretty old.
Ink: memento tuxedo black and Copics, white gel pen
Other: Die-namics stitched rounded rectangle dies, Die-namics pierced fishtail flag stay die, Wink of Stella glitter pen, enamel hearts, The Big Shot, foam tape

Thanks for looking in. Have a great and restful weekend,
Colleen

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Love Life...Live Life


Hi all,

Another of the Sunday blog challenges that I like to play along with is The Paper Players challenges. This week, for PP235, Anne Marie's color challenge is for us to use Crisp Cantaloupe, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron and Crumb Cake. After dinner on Sunday, I decided to try something a little new to me. I've been seeing all the watercoloring projects on blogs lately and I've been wanting to give it a try. Here is my attempt. It was fun!





I started with the Freshly Made sketch 176. As you can see I rotated the layout for my stamp. The image is stamped on SU watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed with SU white EP. I used my distress markers in colors to match the challenge by coloring on an acrylic block and using a water color brush to paint the images. For the yellow background, I first wet the paper with only water, a lot of it, and then picked up the color and let it absorb into the paper. I used my heat tool to dry the watercolor paper when I deemed I had enough yellow in the background. Using the marker direct to the paper, I darkened some of the poppies, then added a little more water over the top.

Finally, I added the scalloped borders, wooden button, and twine and adhered it to the Crumb Cake card. I cut the small tag from Crumb Cake card stock and stamped the sentiment with Wild Wasabi ink. For some shimmer, I used a very small amount of Stickles on the poppies and some randomly placed white sequins.

Supplies
Stamps: Pleasant Poppies and You're A Gem sets by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU watercolor paper and Crumb Cake card stock, Crisp Cantaloupe DSP
Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress markers in Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, and Peeled Paint, and SU Wild Wasabi
Other: SU white EP, heat tool, TE small tag and large scalloped border dies, TE wooden button (notice the lady bug), SU linen thread, TE white sequins, the Big Shot, hot glue gun and Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue the sequins.

We are going to see the 2Cellos guys in concert tonight. It should be very entertaining.

Thanks,
Colleen

Sunday, March 8, 2015

HAPPY

Hello,

After traveling all last week, I am enjoying some stampy time this weekend.

My mom's birthday is next Saturday, so of course I need to get her card made and in the mail. Since I always like to see what Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch has for us on Sundays, I went to the new SSSC blog to check it out. It's a fun one this week where we get to pick a sketch from all the previous sketches. It was a hard choice, but I really wanted to use my new Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Frame dies so I picked sketch #195.



This is not one of those 10 minute cards, LOL. Lots of coloring, paper piecing and die cutting, and boy, was it fun to make! I think mom will love it too.

I used some SU mini glue dots to glue the banner pieces and hair bow over the stamped image. They are just fat enough to give some dimension without being too high. After coloring her shoes with black and gray, I used my Wink Of Stella clear glitter pen to add some shine. I also used it on the white polka dots in the hair bow. After using my R20 Copic to color her cheeks, I used my white Gelly Roll pen to add white freckles.

The inside gingham frame is raised with foam tape to look like a true frame around a picture.

Here is the inside, much simpler.


Supplies
Stamps: Pure Innocence Happy Banner set by My Favorite Things
Paper: SU Pale Plum and XPress-It Blending card stocks and My Mind's Eye Kate and Co patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Strawberry Slush, White Gelly Roll pen
Other: Die-namics Rectangle Stitched Frame dies, Wink Of Stella pen, SU small banner punch, Doodlebug brad, the Big Shot, SU mini glue dots, foam tape

Thanks for looking in today,
Colleen

Monday, March 2, 2015

Find Vodka and Party

Hi all,

I hope your Monday is going well. I love this sentiment in the new Avery Elle set called Berry Good. I did a little shopping at my local paper crafting store on Saturday afternoon and picked up this set and the co-ordingating dies. I had seen it on the Avery Elle website and was excited when I saw it in the store.

New toys, had to use them. The layout from this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch fits it well I think.





I colored the lemon with Copics then stamped the sentiment in MFT Hybrid black ink. The image was cut out with the Avery Elle Berry Good dies. Instead of the "flags" element, I decided to use the martini glass die from MFT. It's popped up with dimensionals and I glued on some gold sequins. I kind of like the way it turned out.

Supplies
Stamps: Berry Good set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Daffodil Delight and Gumboil Green card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock, Doodlebug Fruit Stand patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, MFT Hybrid black and Copics
Other: classic circle Nestie die, Avery Elle Berry Good die, MFT martini glass die, SU large dots EF, Fiskars corner rounder punch, yellow sequins, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy Spring

Hello,

After doing laundry and packing for my next business trip tomorrow, I found a little time to stamp. On Sundays I like to see what The Paper Players weekly challenge is. This week Laurie's theme is Spring. It gave me an excuse to ink up some newish Taylored Expressions stamps. (I know, we don't need excuses do we?)





I used the Mojo Monday #386 sketch, Tall & Skinny. My sentiment is on the inside.



Supplies
Stamps: Tag-a-long Easter set by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock, retired SU DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: TE Tag-a-long Easter dies, TE scalloped circle die, Die-namics pierced Fishtail Flags die, TE tiny border flowers die, Wink Of Stella glitter pen, gold sequin, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

I'll be in meetings all week in Northern California. At least the last two week's travel has not been to the cold midwest or east coast.

I hope you all have a great week and thanks for looking in.

Colleen

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Thank You

Hello,

I hope you all had a great weekend. I've been feeling pretty miserable for the last two days. I was in Chicago last week for work and came home with a nasty bug. I'm not sure if it's the flu virus or a cold virus because I have symptoms of both. Unfortunately, I have to get back on a plane tomorrow for another business trip.

Most of my weekend was spent reviewing 110 slides for a presentation that I'm giving on Wednesday. After having enough of it by around noon, I made a card. Coloring helped take my mind off my stuffed up head.

This card is a thank you card for a very talented young man. He is the son of my housemate's co-worker, and a senior in high school. Besides being an awesome baseball player, he is a potter and he made us two very exquisite pots. We wanted to make a special card to thank him.



No sketch challenge used for this card. Just a simple layout to showcase the image.
The image is a Kenny K digi printed on XPress-It Blending card stock and colored with Copics.

I hope, as a fellow craft artist, he enjoys it.

Supplies
Stamps: Kenny K digi and SU Sassy Salutations set
Paper: SU Bordering Blue and Night of Navy card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock and Americana by Pebbles patterned papers
Ink: Copics and SU Night of Navy
Other: Die-Namics stitched rectangles, Fishers corner rounder punch, Pebbles enamel dots, the Big Shot and dimensionals

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Thanks for looking,
Colleen

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Thanks So Much

Hello,

I hope you all had a great weekend. For those of you in the Northeast and New England areas, I hope you are all safe and warm. We have friends that live in Franklin, MA and they have been giving us updates on the piling snow. I'm headed to Chicago tomorrow for the week. I expect to be pretty cold after checking the weather channel for this week's forecasted temps.

I didn't get much stamping time this weekend, but I did manage to finish a couple cards this afternoon. (I should have been packing, but I'm really good at procrastinating.) This card I made after checking out this week's The Paper Players challenge. It's a fun bird theme this week. Here's what I came up with:




The layout comes from the Case This Sketch #110 challenge. I pulled out some older SU stamp sets and inks. The flower is stamped in Crushed Curry ink, then I used the Dusty Durango marker to color over the center before stamping onto Very Vanilla card stock. The sentiment is stamped in Dusty Durango ink. I colored in the flower at the top of the sentiment using the Crushed Curry marker, then added a tiny yellow rhinestone to the center of the flower. The bird is stamped in Dusty Durango as well and fussy cut. Notice a second tiny yellow rhinestone in the center of her wing. The leaves are cut from retired SU DSP in matching colors. For added embellishment, I rounded the lower right corner and tied some yellow embroidery thread at the top.

Supplies
Stamps: SU sets Betsy's Blossoms and Swirls and Curls Verses
Paper: SU Very Vanilla card stock
Ink: SU Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango
Other: Taylored Expressions leaf die, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles rhinestones, yellow embroidery floss, the Big Shot and dimensionals

Thats' all from me tonight. I really do need to get that packing done! Have a great week.

Thanks for checking in,
Colleen