Sunday, June 28, 2009

Delicate Blossom - ISC Sketch Challenge

It’s time for another monthly challenge from Innovative Stamp Creations - this month it’s a Sketch Challenge:

Join us and participate in the Sketch Challenge and you will be entered to win a free Innovative Stamp Creation stamp set of choice. Use only ISC stamps and enter by July 12th. For more info click here.

Here is my interpretation of the sketch:

Delicate Blossom:

The flower was embossed three times on white card stock and then water colored using reinkers. The green background is an office tag that was colored with Shabby Shutters Distressed Ink. I love the pink, green and white color combination.

Hope you are finding time to get inky!


The stuff:
Stamps - Flowers and Elements (Innovate Stamp Creations)
Ink -Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint Distressed Ink (Ranger); Sepia Archival (Ranger), Pretty in Pink (SU), Versa Mark
Paper - White, Pretty in Pink (SU)
Other - Clear EP (Ranger); Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery reinkers (SU); Office Tag

Monday, June 22, 2009

Irrestistible Rose

The Watermark Resist technique is not one that I do very often although I do love the end result.

Irresistible Rose:

All of the dye based inks were sponged on after the Ranger Watermark Resist ink dried. The frame was made from Labels One Spellbinders die.

I hope you are having a fabulous Monday. Me - I am recovering from cooking all day and having my Husband’s family over for dinner - translation - I am having a wonderful lazy day…

Thanks for stopping in!

The Stuff:
Stamps - Sketch of Roses, Fancy Designs (all Innovative Stamp Creations)
Ink - Watermark Resist (Ranger), Choc Chip, Old Olive, Cranberry Crisp, Creamy Caramel (SU)
Paper - Glossy White (Ranger), Choc Chip (SU)
Other - Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Label One (Spellbinders), Gold EP (Ranger), Metallic Rub On

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Don’t know about you but I struggle making Man cards - probably because most of my stamps are not very manly. I wanted to make a Father’s day card for my Father in Law. He is a very special man - he’s warm, funny, giving and he’s always made me feel welcome!

Happy Father’s Day Tom!

This is as close as I come to a one layer card - it was all I could do to NOT cut out the car - because I really wanted to - you know pop it up on dimensional.

Hope you are having a Happy Father’s Day with the men in your life!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Men of Wisdom, Maple Tree Paintings (all Innovative Stamp Creations)
Ink - Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany, Shabby Shutters Distressed Ink (Ranger); Sepia Archival Ink (Ranger); Soft Sky, Baja Breeze (SU)
Paper - White, Kraft, Choc Chip (SU)
Other - Markers, Prismacolor pencils, Glaze Pen (Sakura)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Grunge Paper Rose Instructions

This is my second post of the day so keep going to see today's cards.

Saundra Grose and Di - if you leave me a way to email you I will send you the Grunge Paper flower directions from Liz Walters.

Keep Creating!

Hibiscus in Orange

Today how about some sewing, waxed linen thread, cuttlebugging, nesties and vellum…

Hibiscus in Orange:

I really like how cards turn out when you don’t have everything perfectly lined up - I seems to be drawn more and more to these types of layouts.

A few of the details - the Hibiscus was stamped on Vellum and colored with colored pencils on the back side. Metallic rub on was used on the black frame to make the embossing pop.

We’ve had days and days of rain that we really needed but now I am ready for the sun to shine again!

Happy creating to you!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Hibiscus Flower (Innovative Stamp Creations)
Ink - Black Archival, Black Soot Distressed Ink (Ranger)
Paper - White Core (DCWV), Love Shack Boogie (BoBunny), Black and Cream Script (T Paper Studio), Cardstock Vellum (SU)
Other - Classic Frame (Spellbinders), Metallic Rub On, Prismacolor pencils, black twine, Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Grunge Paper Roses

I wanted to share what I was playing with over the weekend - Grunge Paper.
When I seen the grunge paper Rose on Tim Holtz’s site about a month ago and I was green with envy - How did he do that? He taught it at a class and a very nice lady named Liz Walters attended and she spent a TON of time creating great direction on how to make this Grungy beauty - and she SHARED - THANK YOU LIZ - you are the BEST!

Grunge Roses:

The base of each of the flowers was colored with Distressed Inks. On most of them I stamped a background image using Archival ink (it’s waterproof). After the roses were cut and formed I sprayed them with mists.

Well what’s a girl to do with Grunge Roses - I need a 25th Wedding Anniversary card for my brother and best friend so…
Grunge Rose Anniversary:

Side view so that you can see the dimension:

The background is wrinkle free distress, the blue background flowers are Distressed Pearls. Don’t you just love Tim’s idea-ology hardware!!!

In case you are wondering I timed my last Rose (the 6th one) and it took me 40 minutes start to finish. The hardest one to make was the little one - it’s bugger getting those little pieces to go the way you want them to.

I hope you like the Grunge Roses!


The Stuff (for the card):
Stamps - School Desk, Urban Tapestry, Natures Moments (Tim Holtz - Stampers Anonymous); Ticket to Art (Wendy Vecchi - Stampers Anonymous)
Ink - Jet Black Archival (Ranger), Tea Dye, Peeled Paint, Vintage Phot, Broken China, Fired Brick Distressed Ink (Tim Holtz -Ranger)
Paper - Very Vanilla, White
Other - Grunge Paper, Corners, Ornate Plates, Foliage, Adage Tickets (Tim Holtz - idea-ology); Glossy Accents, Perfect Pearls (Ranger)

Framed Hibiscus

Today’s card is made with beautiful Hibiscus Flower images from ISC.

Framed Hibiscus:

The flower and stems were stamped using Brilliance ink and embossed, then water colored. The frame was cut from vanilla cardstock and then I used rub on metallics to add the colors. The background behind the Hibiscus is a page from an old book.

Thanks for visiting today!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Hibiscus Flowers (Innovative Stamp Creations)
Paper - Cranberry Crisp, Choc Chip, Very Vanilla, White (all SU)
Ink- Pearlescent Poppy, Orchid, Ivy, Olive Brilliance (Tsukineko); Tea Dye Distress (Ranger), Black Archival (Ranger), Cranberry Crisp (SU)
Other - Classic Frame abilities (Spellbinders), Metallic Rub On, Old Book Page, misc reinkers, water color brush

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Honor Duty & Valor

Sorry I am late getting the patriotic mini book to you - my laptop had a virus and it took my DH a couple of days to fix it for me (isn’t he a sweetie).

I love how this mini booked turned out. The paper and the Memories of Patriotism stamp sheet go perfectly together. This was my first time playing with Memory Capsules from Ranger. All the inner pages were made from large office tags that I folded in different ways to make pockets.

Honor, Duty & Valor - cover:

Memory Capsule - see the nation map and stars - these were made from shrinky dink, the Eagle was water colored:

1st Pair of pages - the moments tap pulls out to add a picture:

2nd Pair of pages - faux metal technique for the dog tags:

Close up:

3td Pair of Pages - micro glass beads on nation map and star, white stars are white shrinky dink:

Close Up:

Close Up:

Back Cover:

Hope you enjoyed all the pictures!

Happy creating to you!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Memories of Patriotism (Innovative Stamp Creations)
Paper - Lady Liberty (Karen Foster), Office Tags, Brushed Copper
Ink - Watermark Resist (Ranger), Fired Brick, Vintage Photo Distressed Ink (Ranger); Not Quite Navy (SU), Black Stazon
Other - 4x4 Clipboard Wood cover (Zutter), Memory Capsule and Frame (Ranger); White and Clear Shrink Plastic, Sharpy Marker, Water Color Crayons, Gold and Silver EP (Ranger), Glass Beads (Darice)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Today’s sample is something new from ISC - a kit and to go with the time of year some of the supplies are patriotic themed!


So that you can see the dimension from the Glass Beads and one coat of UTEE:

For me this was the first time working with patriotic stamps and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it! And I’ll tell you the paper in the kit is just perfect to go with the new Memories of Patriotism stamp sheet.

The Kit:

Here are all the goodies in the kit at a very reasonable price ($20):

4, 12x12 c/s sheets of Karen Fosters, Stars & Stripes Collage(not double-sided)
1 pkg 12 pc Karen Foster decorative corner brads
6, silver or copper antique brads
3, metal family or friends sayings
3, metal memory frames, black patina ( 1x3, 2x3, 1.5x1.5)
1 sheet of each - Ranger Memory Capsules (4, 1.5x1.5; 4, 1x1; 4, 2x2; 3, 1x3; total 15)
1, Ranger Watermark Ink Pad
1, Ranger Watermark Reinker
1 pkg of 2, 4x4 Chipboard Wood by Zutter
1 pkg of 2, 3x4 Chipboard Wood by Zutter
1 pkg of 4x4, 20 pages -white by Zutter
1 pkg of 4x4, 20 pages -cream by Zutter
2, 3/4" black coils by Zutter
20, #8 Manilla Tags size 3 1/8 x 6 ¼

More info about the kit can be found here - and remember the discount code of 61509 will get you a 10% discount on your order.

Tomorrow I’ll show you a mini album that I made from the kit using the memory frame (love them).

Happy Creating to You!

The Stuff:
Stamp - Memories of Patriotism (Innovative Stamp Creations)
Paper - Lady Liberty (Karen Foster), Kraft (SU) Office Tag
Ink - Fired Brick, Vintage Photo Distressed Ink (Ranger); Watermark Resist (Ranger), Not Quite Navy (SU)
Other - UTEE and Clear EP(Ranger), Glass Beads (Darice)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pink Roses

Today is the beginning of the June (can you believe it’s June already???) stamp release from Innovative Stamp Creations. I will have something new for you to see every day. From now until June 15th you can use code: 61509 to get 10% off your order at ISC.

Pink Roses:

This is from the new Sketch of Roses stamp sheet. The rose was inked with Brilliance ink and then water colored. What you can’t see in the picture is that I added Perfect Pearls to the “fold” of the rose petals. Ranger Watermark ink was used to stamp the smaller rose image on the pink background panel.

Happy Monday to you!

The Stuff:
Stamps - Sketch of Roses (Innovative Stamp Creations)
Ink - Watermark Resist (Ranger); Poppy, Ivy Olive Brilliance (Tsukineko); Vintage Sepia (Versafine)
Other - Perfect Pearl (Ranger), Water color crayons (Lyra), Double Ended Tag (Spellbinders), Scrolls (Cuttlebug)