Monday, September 15, 2014

Eat Your Veggies

Today begins a nine-post series on my annual adventure at the NJ State Fair.  This year, I submitted nine cards and was thrilled to win ten ribbons:  six Firsts, three Seconds, and for the frosting on the cake, a Best in Show for one of the Firsts!  The categories in which I entered were Birthday, Baby, Holiday, Wedding, Anniversary, and Other.

Here's a pic with all of my satin glory . . .

Now on to the lineup . . .

This card was submitted to two magazines and rejected by both of them.  OK . . . I can take it.  Onward and upward to Plan B:  submit to the NJ State Fair . . . 

. . . where it promptly won a Blue Ribbon.  Humph – so there!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Carrot Cake, Leapfrog, Rain Forest, Beckett
                          Iceberg, watercolor paper
Stamps:         Whipper Snapper Designs Carrot Trio, SU’s Itty Bitty
                          Backgrounds, text from A Stamp in the Hand Veggie Set      
Inks:               ColorBox Black, Distress Markers Spiced Marmalade,
                         Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Peeled Paint,
                         Ancient Page Coal, Gelly Roll White pen
Emb Powder:  Judikins Detail Black, PaperTrey Ink Fresh Snow
Dies/Punches: Punch Bunch Tiny flowers, Spellbinders Ribbon Tag
                             Trio Two, Memory Box Vegetable Border                  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dream Big

 I just got a card from my brother which had a terrific color scheme: chocolate, light gray, orange and white.  Sounds a little strange, perhaps, yet the reality is anything but.  So I dashed downstairs and put together a card with the same colors . . .

I thought that it would look neat to have the webbing on the dream catcher be a metallic gold, but that didn’t work at all – looked sleazy, in fact.  So I tried to cover it up with a dark brown alcohol maker.  Guess what?  Despite marketing claims to the contrary, alcohol markers do not cover up absolutely everything.  Nonetheless, my beleaguered webbing went from gold to copper in a sort of reverse process of alchemy and I’m quite happy with the results . . .

Cardstock:               Bazzill Smoky, Neenah Solar White
Stamps:                    PSX Dream Catcher, Frog’s Whiskers Straight
                                     & Narrow, Technique Junkies Simple Sentiments
Inks:                           Adirondack Espresso, Terra Cotta, Vivid Butterscotch
Emb Powder:          Vippies Transcendence
Colored Pencils:    Prisma Orange, White
Dies:                        Quickutz Feathers , AccuCut Title Blocks 2
Doo Dads:               Jute twine, deckled scissors, Uni Ball Gold pen,
                                    Bic Marker Woodsy Brown

Monday, September 8, 2014

Play, Explore, Learn

Since tomorrow is my husband’s birthday, that means it’s time to get out some of my chess-themed stamps and see what happens . . .

The layout on this one took some pondering.  I was fine with the colors, the splotchy background and the line of chess pieces, but couldn't figure out how I could work in the checkerboard . . . way too big.  But that's what they invented scissors for – to cut things down to a size we can handle!  Once the idea of a frame border arrived on the scene, everything fell into place . . . with a little help from some glue, of course.

Cardstock:   Watercolor paper, Generic Textured Black, Bazzill Horizon
Stamps:        Stampers Anonymous Chess Pieces, Starving Artistamps
  Positive Words: “Play, Explore, Learn”
Inks:               Distress Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Weathered
                         Wood, ColorBox Black
Emb Powder:  Judikins Detail Black
Stencil:          Delta Checks and Dots      
Doo Dads:    Dark Brown eyelets 
Emb Paste:  USArt Quest Light 101 Artist's Cement

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Beautiful In Its TIme

Surprise . . . More feathers!  I don’t think I’ll ever run out of ways to use such lovely  images . . .

I tried using Ranger’s Frosted Crystal EP over the background texture stamp but it barely shows – even in real life.  I need to experiment to find out the best way to showcase this beautiful embossing powder.  Possibly on a darker image?

One happy surprise is that the camera actually picked up some of the glints from the crushed glass background.  I love the glassy clear look and am hoping it isn’t too risky to use it:  after covering with a sheet of paper, I firmly seated the glass bits into the random dots left over from the tape runner, and then brushed like crazy to get rid of anything that wasn’t anchored down.  This card is for a grownup – probably not a good idea to give it to a child . . .

Cardstock:               Bazzill Mud Puddle, Neenah Solar White
Stamps:                   Gotcha Images Texturized, Starving Artistamps
                                      Feather stamp from the Altered Stitches Set,
                                      Goods Stamps Stamp Goods Large Feather,
                                      Unknown Small Feather, Stampin “Everything
                                      in its time . . .”
Inks:                           Distress Old Paper, Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood,
                                       Bundled Sage, ColorBox Frost White
Emb Powder:          Ranger Frosted Crystal, Judikins Opaque White
Dies:                          Dee’s Distinctively Lattice Two,
Doo Dads:                Glass glitter, deckled scissors, Perfect Pearls mist

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Leafy Birthday

Anyone out there remember (or still own) the original Sizzix press-style die cutting machine?  It’s so easy to use – no complicated sandwiches, and their dies cut beautifully every time.  I have quite a collection of them and am really happy to give them a good workout . . . this one is the Jelly Frame . . .

As this card was for the July birthday of our grandaughter, I went to town with summery Distress colors.  These were smooshed on an acrylic block, spritzed twice with water, and stamped.  For extra texture looks, heat dry and then stamp again with what’s left on the block.  You’ll get instant splots and dots of interesting color variations.  Easy peasy!

Cardstock:               Papers by Catherine White, Generic White, watercolor
Stamps:                    Stampin’ Up Happy Birthday
Inks:                          Distress Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Mustard
                                      Seed, Salty Ocean, Wild Honey
Emb Powder:           Stampendous Shabby White, Stamp A Mania
                                     Desert Evening
Dies:                         Sizzix Jelly Frame, Die-Namics Layered Leaves,
                                      Prima Donna Petals, Tim Holtz Tattered Banners
Doo Dads:                Inkssentials Enamel Accents White

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Awesome Day!

At Summerfest – an annual vegan conference usually held in Johnstown PA – I have the privilege of working alongside some of the most wonderful people I have ever known.  My usual job centers around Registration where I get to work with Roz, a  remarkable young woman who really is one of the world’s truly irreplaceable souls.  As my husband’s health remains a little on the iffy side, unfortunately, I wasn’t  able to attend this year.  

I missed Roz as much as I missed the conference . . .

The background is one of those startling revelations that lurk within the stamping world and then pop up every now and then to surprise us all.  I used three distinct flower shapes for the background and I defy any of my readers to be able to actually pick out even one!  These were solid images which sort of morphed into becoming used as shadow stamps, so they wound up as soft areas of color rather than recognizable flowers.  I like the result, even though it wasn’t what I was after, and will probably drive myself crazy trying to make it happen again for other cards in future . . .

Cardstock:    Generic textured White, American Crafts Bright Pink,
                          Watercolor paper
Stamps:         Hero Azalea Blossom, Rubber Stampede Periwinkle Blossom,
                          Cosmos Blossom, Chicken Wire, Raindrops on Roses
                          Texture, The Stamp Bug Squiggles, Simon Says
                          Tilted Banners Hope your day is awesome!”
Inks:                Sea Shells Tropical Raspberry, Sea Brights Bikini Pink,
                           Adirondack Wild Plum, ColorBox Frost White
Emb Powder:  Judikins Opaque White, Stamp Zia White Sparkle
Dies:               Memory Box Prim Poppy, Simon Says Tilted Banners
Doo Dads:      Perfect Pearls spray mist

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wishing you . . .

This one was for my niece’s birthday in June – we’re on opposite coasts, hence the non-traditional text for her birthday card.  She collects wonderful palm tree images and loves Hawaii, so this stamp seemed tailor made for her . . .

For the background, I smooshed the two Distress pads on a wavy-edged acrylic block, spritzed twice, and laid it down on watercolor paper.  I loved the resulting texture but knew the stamped image would never show up against it, so I simply sponged the same two colors on a watercolor scrap and then stamped.  Before attaching the image with foam dots, I traced around the background with a stylus for a little added dimension and then cut it out freehand – really not difficult or time-consuming to do.  Of course it’s not perfect, but I’m hoping that counts for a little added charm . . . yes?   Say yes . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Jacaranda, Watercolor paper, Neenah Solar White
Stamps:        Great Impressions Palm Trees/Hut, all text from Simon
   Says Sketchy Banners
Inks:               Distress Stormy Sky, Antique Linen, Hero Black
Dies:              Spellbinders Classic Squares Large, Simon Says
   Sketchy Banner Greetings, Impression Obsession
   Tiny Flowers
Doo Dads:    Gelly Roll Clear Star pen