Monday, May 18, 2009

She made it onto a card!

Remember Willow from this post? She made it onto a card! I've been wanting to try a Mojo Monday challenge for a while, and today I finally had the time for it. I switched up the template just a wee bit...mostly because I don't have circle Nestabilities yet, and I didn't want to be bothered with trying to find just the right size cup or plate to trace!

All the paper used is SU!. I used Copics to colour Willow, SU! Night of Navy ink, and Heidi Swapp sparklies, and SU! punche (circles, flowers, and sqaures trimmed from tags). I also dry embossed a lattice pattern onto the Night of Navy CS panel using my trimmer. You can see the effect if you click on the picture to zoom in. (You can also see that this image was stamped in the pre-Memento ink pad era...I had to emboss it to keep the ink from bleeding!)

So here she is! Looking at this card, there are a lot of things I might do differently the second time around, but overall, I'm happy with the final result. Let me know what you think!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Get Well Soon!

I've finally managed to both colour an image AND complete the card it was intended for!

Here's a supply list:
CS: SU! Brocade Blue, Night of Nave, Real Red, Whisper White
Stamps: SU! and Penny Black
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and SU! Night of Navy
Extras: Making Memories gold eyelets (set with my CropADile, of course!), SU! Whisper White ribbon dyed with Night of Navy ink, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Nestabilities Labels

Sorry, I forgot to note which Copics I used this time. I'll try to remember for the next one!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Another Hedgie!

This Hedgie is going to make its way onto a wedding card. I stamped the image 8 times to try different colour combinations and blends, saving one for the final attempt. Here's proof...

I started out wanting a pink balloon, wandered over to red, and finally settled on blue. When I found a combination of blues I liked for shading, I noted the colour codes so I could re-create the successful attempt in the final product. I did this for my Hedgies' skin and prickles, the hearts, and the rose as well.

Using my Nestabilities, I die-cut and then embossed the image.

That was as far as I got; I've still got 77 invitations (out of 127) to complete and it's getting late. When I've finished the entire card, I'll post it here!

If you are interested, here are all the Copics I used. (If you click on the image, it will zoom in, making it easier to read the caps.)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner, so I knew I had to buckle down and get a card made! I'm hoping to find a matching bouquet of flowers, all in purples and soft greens, to go with it. Hopefully the flower shops won't be entirely bare by the time I'm able to get to one!

I used SU!s Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Certainly Celery, and Very Vanilla CS. The front panel consists of...

  • a 5-1/4" x 4" Perfect Plum panel on which I clear-embossed the fleur-de-lis stamp from Friends 24-7. I first saw this technique over at I also wrapped a section of Certainly Celery ribbon around the bottom and sponged the edges with Perfect Plum ink.

  • The focal image was stamped with Memento ink and coloured with watercolour pencil crayons and a blender pen. (This image has two encores: inside and on the envelope.) I die-cut the image with a Classic Oval Nestability, and sponged the edges with Pale Plum and Perfect Plum ink. Then I die-cut and embossed a Classic Scalloped Oval out of Pale Plum CS and mounted the image with dimensionals.
The inside started with a 5-1/4" x 4" Perfect Plum panel that I trimmed with the scallop edge punch and sponged with Perfect Plum ink. (The centre of the oval is blurry because I wrote a note to my mom before I took the picture.) I added...

  • custom-dyed ribbon (made by swiping Whisper White ribbon over my Perfect Plum ink pad). I used a sponge to hold the ribbon down without getting my fingers absolutely purpled up!

  • I threaded the ribbon through a Hodgepodge Hardware frame in which I had stamped 'mama' on Very Vanilla paper, lightly sponged all over with Pale Plum.

  • a 3-3/8" x ~4" panel of Certainly Celery; this one also got the spongy treatment!

  • a Nestabilites Classic Oval, die-cut and embossed, on which I wrote my message to my Mama. The edge of the oval is gently sponged with Perfect Plum ink.

  • the same floral image from Friends 24-7, coloured in the same way, cut out with small, sharp scissors.
Happy Mother's Day, Mama!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sneak sister's wedding invitations

Here is a sneak peak of my sister's wedding invitations! As you can see from the picture, I went a little overboard with the Nestabilities (3 separate die-cut and embossed elements), the hand-colouring on the alphabet stamps, and the hand-cutting of the word 'and'! She's getting married in a park, so I tried to capture a fresh, natural feel. When I've finished all 127 invitations, I'll post the pictures of the entire process, card, and envelope.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Julia, this one's for you!

My friend is due any day now! Nobody's telling if it's a boy or a girl, but I've got my fingers crossed for a boy, since this card ended up being predominantly blue and brown. Just in case she checks my blog, I'm only posting one close-up...The oval and the scalloped oval are Nestabilities; I stamped the image with Memento ink and coloured it with Copics...all other materials are SU!. Stamps are Hedgies "In a Nutshell" and SU! Congrats.

Here are the Copic colours I used:
Hope you enjoyed this sneak peak! I'll post the entire card once baby has arrived...I guess I should get busy making a more girlie card too, just in case...

Edited to add: Well, the baby did arrive, and he's a boy! Congratulations, Julia!

Here's the card in its entirety: