Monday, February 23, 2009
Yes, I made the last one without an ear! Couldn't help it, as it is the first thing that I always eat with Peeps. It was so easy to do, that I thought I would share this simple masking technique with you today and you could give it a whirl, too.
First, grab a Post-It Note. I decided that for the appearance of 'teeth marks', a scalloped edge would be perfect. I cut my Post-It with a petite scalloped circle die from Spellbinders, but you could just as easily use a scalloped punch to achieve a similar look. Once you Post-It has been edged, you're ready to stamp.
Lay your Post-It down on the surface that you're going to stamp. Use your favorite technique for positioning your stamp (eye-balling, stamp positioner, etc.) and stamp, making sure that the ear portion stamps onto the Post-It, while the rest of the image goes onto the white.
When you take away your Post-It, you have a great edge that looks like someone was being sneaky with the Peeps! See how easy it is? By playing around with your stamps, you will find that masking can give new life to your images. I hope you give it a try and post back so we can see it!
Be well, Jenn
Cardstock: (Stampers Select, Summer Sunrise) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Summer Sunrise) Papertrey Ink, Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps: A Muse Art Stamps
Dies: (Classic Square, Petite Scalloped Circles) Spellbinders Paper Arts
Other: (Waterfall Stickles) Ranger
Monday, February 16, 2009
My name is Anabelle and I love to make cards! ;)
Lately, I've been finding myself drawn to some of the many card sketch or challenge sites that are out there. It's really fun to participate in the challenges. Usually, they involve trying something I didn't think of doing. And the sketches are great, too. I love how you can interpret them literally or take pieces of them that work for you. I decided that for today's post, I wanted to assemble as many sketch/challenge site links as I could find. I'm sure the list is incomplete, but here are the ones I've found.
CPS Card Sketches
2 Sketches 4 You
Kristina Werner Color Challenge
Our Creative Corner
His Holy Name Challenge
Cute Card Thursday
Everybody Art Challenge
Roses on Paper Challenges
Thank God it's Friday
Magnolia Vs. Stampavie
Just Christmas and Birthday Cards
Tales from Pollycraft
A Spoon Full of Sugar
Whiff of Joy Challenge
Dutch Dare Card Challenge
Forever Friends Challenge
House Mouse Monday Challenge
The Pink Elephant Challenge
Sketches! (By Tamara)
Penny Black Saturday Challenge
Fab's Big Christmas Cards Challenge
Splitcoast Stampers: Try a New Technique Challenge
Created By Courney Sketches
Inspirational Card Sketches
Splitcoast Stampers Color Combinations Challenge
Splitcoast Stampers: Card Sketches Forum
Splitcoast Stampers: Ways to Use It Challenge
Prairie Paper and Ink Sketches
Splitcoast Stampers: Limited Supplies Challenge
Tag You're It Challenge
Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge
Splitcoast Stampers: Inspriation Challenge
Ann's Creative Nook
Basic Grey Challenges
Card Sketch a Day
My Time to Craft Challenge
Scrummy Stash Cafe
Cupcake Craft Challenge
3D Design Challenge
Di Hickman Card Sketches
Little Book of Sketches
Card Maps (On Becky Fleck's Pagemaps Site)
My Sketch World
Ooh La la Creations
Sketch and Stash
I'm sure this is not a complete list of all the card sketch and challenge sites out there. So, if you know of another, please link it and I'll add it to the list.
So, here are a few examples of cards I've made using some of the sites...
This first one is a card I did for Cardalicious' challenge last week. I needed to make a thank you card using the color pink, some stitching and some felt.
This next one was based on this week's CPS sketch, 103. I made a gift tag. I used a Tattered Angels glimmer screen and sprayed Key Lime glimmer mist onto it to create the background.
And finally, here is the one I did for 2 Sketches 4 You last week. It's based on Laura's Sketch 19.
(I can't seem to stop using pink right now. Must be because I live in a house filled with testosterone. I gotta get my girly fix somehow!)
Well, I hope this list will help get your creative juices flowing! And remember, if you have another site you'd like me to add, please leave it in the comments.
Have a great day~ Anabelle
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I think you get the picture...I heart Valentine's Day. And I love to leave a little bit of that around me..and not just for the holiday. I've grown to love finding unique ways to incorporate decorations that I can make into my home decor. And when I mix those ideas with flowers..my other love..it's a win-win or maybe I should say love-love!
Here's my newest creation for the holiday that just may stay out quite a bit past the 14th!
Bo Bunny Sweetie Pie Squeeze, Bo Bunny Sweetie Pie Sigh, Bo Bunny Sweetie Pie Smooth, Bo Bunny Double Dot Licorice Ribbon, Blush dot, Tutut Dot, Wild Berry Dot Pink Punch Dot Cardstock, Bo Bunny Gettin In Shape Bleached Chipboard, Mega & Giga Marvy Uchida Scalloped Circle punch, Felt Heart, Heidi Swapp Felt Butterfly, Foam Adhesive, Paper Shaper Large Heart Punch, Colorbox Chalk Inks: Warm Red, Lime Green and Blush.
1) I used a green, stryofoam circle for the base of the flower. I covered the back and front with the pink dotted cardstock. The front circle is larger than the styrofoam circle...extending about a 1/4 past.
2) I then added layers of chipboard and papers using foam circles to pop them up for dimension. The felt heart I found at Hobby Lobby and could not pass it up! I tied a small length of the black polka dot ribbon. Added a small Heidi Swapp pink felt butterfly.
3) I punched hearts that I layered around the backside of the circle.
4) For the stem I painted a wood dowel then added diecut leaves (Cricut - Accent Essentials) that I layered the new Bo Bunny Chunky Charms Swirls in Clover on.
5) Last I used black river rocks I found on clearance at Target. Added those to a cute red, speckled bucket..and added in the flower.
After making this I realized it would look cute to tuck in two smaller, simplier versions of the flower on shorter stems...so I may just do that.
But for now..this definitely is one flower that will "Be Mine!"
Monday, February 2, 2009
I find that quotes can be a wonderful starting point for a card or layout. With Valentine's Day less than 2 weeks away, I thought this would be a great time to share some inspiring love quotes.
All love is sweet, given or returned.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
If I know what love is, it is because of you.
Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
The life and love we create is the life and love we live.
For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
Trip over love, you can get up.
Fall in love and you fall forever.
Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.
A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.
A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.
True love stories never have endings.
Love is being stupid together.
Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto.
-Lope de Vega
Love is friendship set on fire.
My heart is ever at your service.
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.