Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Card Sketch Challenge

Card Patterns publishes a new card sketch every Saturday. This week's sponsor is Hero Arts so I inked up two of my new stamps-F5352 sweet daffodils and K5314 silhouette fern and gave their sketch a whirl.

Here we are still watching the snow melt so I have been buying my daffodils to get my spring time fix.
In the meantime I send wishes for a Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

New stamps

New stamps are always fun and particuliarly exciting when they are RAKs for playing challenges. I recently posted many cards I created for the 2 peas Winterfest challenges.

My friend Daria hosted two Winterfest challenges and kindly sent all the participants a RAK. This beautiful Gloxinia stamp set by Innovative Stamp Creations arrived Friday. I wasted no time in getting it inky! However, the stamp did create a wee challenge for determining the best coloring technique. This faux watercolor technique is my favorite result so far. I used white shimmer watercolor by Yasutoma to add the white accents. The background is glimmer mist. The small leaf in front is Fred Mullett's Italian Parsley stamp. Thanks Daria for the added fun!

If you enjoy Ranger Products as much as I do, I hope you make a regular stop at Roni's blog-Ink Stains. She is oh so creative! This week she posted a wonderful tutorial on making bottle cap charms. She loves sharing techniques and getting inky too!
This week she also posted a sketch challenge so I gave it a try with stamps from Inkadinkado. The bottom half of the card in paper from Basic Grey the rest is sprayed with glimmer mist. I used green embossing tinsel on all the images.
Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The challenge of spring

This has been an usually difficult winter for many. I don't recall so many folks commenting in a single week on awaiting for the return of spring. So that thought was running through my head as I played Anne's monthly challenge. Her challenge this month is to find inspiration in one her cards and to use it in creating your own. That is easy because Anne provides lots of beautiful inspiration! I loved the softness of the sky colors and the swirls in the sky on her "Hello Friend"ATC which she created for last month's challenge winner. So I tried to capture that in my springtime card.

I enjoyed bringing out the Adirondack bright pigments for this card and misted them with some perfect pearls.
Thanks Anne for the terrific inspiration and fun challenge!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

2 Peas Winterfest Challenges

The 2 Peas Winterfest is an annual event that offers a broad selection of stamping challenges.

I hosted a batik technique challenge that called for stamping versamark on glossy paper but not using embossing paper and ironing as is usually required. Spray shimmer mist provided soft colors for the background.

Here are the cards/projects I completed for the for Winterfest during the past week.

For the challenge requiring special folds I made this double slider card.
The outside is sprayed with shimmer pearls.
The children's book The Hungry Catepillar became my theme for the LIT challenge. It was fun to use the catepillar stamp than had sat in my collection for a long time uninked. I inked a small honeycomb background stamp in shimmer pearls and stamped on gold paper. The catepillar is covered with glossy accents. The butterfly is on the inside of the card and is a 2 part die fromQuikuts.

I used Crayola Model Magic for the clay challenge. It air drys overnight and is very light but thining rolled embellishments are fragile when dry.

The flower challenge required stamping on a printed background.

I brayered the image background for this reflection card and used some scraps behind.

This tulip was stamped on a reused scrap of paper that I used to catch the shimmer mist overspray. I added several coats of embossing powder over the entire piece to create the inlaid effect.

I punch many scraps from the week to cover this empty envelope box to create a storage box for my completed cards from this event.