Monday, January 28, 2008

Spring Solitude ...

Maybe it's all the rain we've been getting lately that prompted me to go with lots of flower designs in the cards I made for my January stamp class. I used the 'Spring Solitude' set for this card.

I opted to keep the stamping simple (another "ooh, I need a card quick" option). Images are stamped in Purely Pomegranate, Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive. The greeting is stamped in Versamark and embossed with black embossing powder - tho' you can stamp this in Black ink or color of your choice (Old Olive looks nice) if you want to save a tiny bit of time on the embossing step.

Monday, January 21, 2008

A Lil' Thanks ...

Getting ready for stamp class this week. Here's one of the featured projects, a 4x4 inch "Thank You" notecard.

I used the new "A Beautiful Thing" stamp set and a piece of Bali Breeze double-sided designer paper. Cardstock colors are Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. The greeting is from the "Much Appreciated" stamp set - stamped in Whisper White craft ink.

The Flowers: The flower was stamped in Pumpkin Pie ink on Pumpkin Pie cardstock and then punched out with the 5-petal punch. I inserted a small white fabric flower (from Stampin' Up!'s "Pretties" kit) colored with some Pumpkin Pie pastel chalk and a marker for the flower center.

The Ribbon: To decorate the ribbon, I stamped the tiny flower images (4 in a row on one stamp) from "A Beautiful Thing" in Pumpkin Pie ink on to a piece of white grosgrain ribbon. This is a great way to make sure your ribbon ties into your project!

These notecards go together quickly ... perfect when you're short on time.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Good Things in 2008!

Happy New Year!

I'm finally getting back to a somewhat normal routine and looking to do some more stamping. I stamped this card with the new 'Time Well Spent' stamp set on watercolor paper using Timber Brown Staz-On ink. I played with a quick watercolor wash in Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Summer Sun using watercolor crayons and, you guessed it, water. By using more or less water I was able to create lighter and darker shades of the same color.

For a bit more bling, I added a touch of glitter in the center of the flowers. It doesn't show up too well in the photo.