Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gina K Designs December Blog Hop

I am always looking forward to the Gina K Designs Member Blog Hop as it is the best way to get inspired and see what other crafters are creating with the same stamp sets :) Love it.

December Blog Hop from Gina K Designs was to create a card or scrapbook page using the latest December Release set. You can read all about it, and link your own projects and also get some inspiration - here.

Here is my card. I used Theresa's Life is Good set and tried to create a winter scene and I personally loved how it came out. I kept it simple and clean. :)

I colored the image very lightly with Copic Markers to give it a weathered cabin look and then added some Y11 on the windows for the light effect. I also dotted the Trees and shrubs with some green to give an illusion of green shrubs and trees covered with snow. Of course star dust stickles to give the snow effect.

Stamp - GKD Life is good Designed by Theresa Momber
Paper - GKD Cardstock - Fresh Asparagus, Ivory and Generic Red CS
Ink - Memento Brown and Copics
Other - Stickles, SU Word Window Punch

Friday, December 18, 2009

Grammie Giveaway

Grammie Diaries is giving away Adobe Photoshop Elements 8....Free :) So hop on over there - via this link and try for a chance to win this :)


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mass Produced Holiday Cards

Hello All, I have not participated in challenges this past week. Have been busy with Holiday cards and preparing my handmade Holiday gifts etc :) So, I wanted to share some of the holiday cards that I mass produced and the inspiration for them :) So, please bear with my long post.

1) Seasons Greetings and Peaceful Poinsettia Cards- These cards were inspired by Nichole Heady's cards and here is the link where she gave instructions on all the details for mass producing these cards.

I changed a few things on these, but kept the overall theme same. I made like 10 cards of these and it was so easy to do with the instructions.

2)There was a challenge on Stamp TV to create cards with partial cuttlebug embossing...So again, I felt this was so easy to mass produce and you can always change the focal image - which is what I did with the two cards here :) One has two punched snowflakes and the other one has a stamped snow flake.

These are also good for emergency cards. If you have the embossed sheet done and then put the ribbon and mount it on card base, then if you need a card in emergency, just put the focal image and a sentiment and you are ready to go. You can even leave a bit more space for the sentiment and you can punch out a bunch of sentiments and keep it ready :)

3) I made this card with PTI Warm Happiness set inspired by Mish Mash's card as shown here. I did not have the exact sentiment set etc and so I improvised :)

4) This card was inspired by one of the mass producing ideas from Nichole in this post. I used the Festive Cards Idea by Niki Estes, but replaced it with another image that I had. But I used all the cutting measurements that she had mentioned along with the new Rustic Snowflakes paper from PTI.

5) This card was inspired by Sharon Johnson (No Time to Stamp Blog). She had mentioned on how to utilize a 6x6 paper completely so that there is no wastage to mass produce the cards. I used her technique, but instead of the cutting it at 4 1/4 as she has mentioned, I cut it at 4 as I was using another layer on the card base. Here is her post that talks about it. I used the new Dear Santa Designer Paper from Kaisercraft.

I also used the new justrite stamps - square border and merry Christmas sets, embossed it and did a mass production. It was quite fun.

6) Last but not the least - I did this card using the Warm and Wonderful card kit from Jessica Fick sold on Gina K Designs. I purchased some extra paper and I had this stamp set as well, So instead of the 4 cards, I ended up making 10 cards. I had to substitute a different snowflake as the kit came only with 4, but still it was lots of fun.

So these are my mass produced cards this year and it was lots of fun doing it. Thanks for your patience :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Copic Challenges with MFT Digital Image

I have been creating more and more cards with Digital images now a days. This image is from MFT - My Favorite Things. I printed it on PTI White CS and colored it with Copics. This was for two challenges,

1) Copics Color Challenge #43 - To use colors YG63 (Pea Green), R59(Cardinal), BV23(Grayish Lavender). I did not have BV23 and instead used a few other to get a color close to it.

2) Copic Creations Challenge #17 - Coloring Snow/Snow people.
I got my inspiration and tutorial from Theresa Momber's card and her blog.

Here is my card,

It was so much fun coloring this image. I could do better on the snowman..Have to practice more :)

Stamp - MFT Digi Stamp - Baby it’s Cold Outside
Paper - PTI White CS, SU White CS and Basic Grey Blitzen collection DP
Ink - Copics
Other - Martha Steward Snow flake punch, Gem, Ek Success Snow flake border punch, nestabilities

Thursday, December 10, 2009

2 Sketches for you - Kazan's Sketch 41

I am in the middle of doing a bunch of thank you cards for my friend and this sketch #41 from Kazan was the perfect sketch.

I used the Justrite - Just a Note stamp set along with the new borders that they released last month for this card. Some SU Bella Blue papers and ribbon finished up my card.

Here is my card,

Here is the sketch,

Stamp - Justrite stamps
Paper - PTI Enchanted Evening, SU Bella Blue DP, GKD Gold Metallic CS
Ink - Vivid Blue Ink
Other - PTI Enchanted Evening Ribbon, Nestabilities

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Delightful Sketches #12

I was browsing through some stuff online and found out that Riley and Company is sponsoring a sketch on Delightful Sketches. I have never done any sketches from this blog but the temptation of winning the Riley stamps were quite strong and so I did a card for their sketch #12.

Here is my card,

Here is the Sketch,

Stamp - PTI Autumn Abundance
Paper - Basic Grey Indian Summer DP, PTI Melon Berry, Rustic White, White, Smokey shadow CS
Ink - Memento Black, copics
Other - Nestabilities, SU Oval Punches, PTI Terracota Tile Ribbon

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Just Us Girls Week 10 - Sketch challenge

Just Us Girls Challenge #10 - Was a sketch Challenge. I had to work on some thank you cards this week for one of my friends and this sketch was perfect for it.

I used the PTI sets - Giga Guidelines and Big & Bold Wishes. I stamped the sentiment from the Big & Bold Wishes set and then cut it out in a rectangle. Images from Giga Guidelines were stamped and punched out with circle punch :) Then it was just a matter of putting it all together.

Here is my card,

Here is the sketch,

Stamp - PTI Giga Guidelines, PTI Big and Bold Wishes
Paper - PTI Rustic White CS, PTI DP, PTI Vintage Cream DP
Ink - PTI Raspberry Fizz, PTI Dark Chocolate
Other - SU Circle Punches, Ribbon

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Squigglefly challenge combined with Copic Color challenge

Copic Color Challenge #42 was to use the colors YR04(Chrome Orange), RV06(Cerise) and YG03 (Yellow Green). I did not have RV06 and instead used a combination of RV11 and RV16. It was an interesting combination to use.

This card was also done for the Squigglefly Challenge #30 to make a holiday card with at least one candy cane embellishment.

Here is my card,

Stamp - Squigglefly Digital Image - The season of giving
Paper - Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP, PTI White CS
Ink - Memento black, Copics
Other - Candy Cane Embellishment, Nestabilities, Stickles

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Some more Holiday cards based on Sketches

I am back with two more holiday cards based on sketches.

1) Sketch Girl SG9 Sketch.

My friend Chris who is on the DT for Sketch girl made this sketch look so easy, but I had some trouble with it :) The panels are still not even (considering this was my 2nd attempt at it), but still wanted to share it with you all.

Here is the card that I did using PTI Mailbox Greetings,

Here is the SG9 sketch,

Stamp - PTI Mailbox Greetings
Paper - PTI Enchanted Evening, PTI White CS, Basic Grey DP
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - Stickles

2) The 2nd card was done for the OCC sketch Challenge - but some how I ended up flipping the sketch :(

Here is my card,

I also did this card for Pals Paper Arts Challenge #18 to keep it simple.

Here is the OCC Sketch,

Stamp - Snowflakes from GKD StamptV Kit - Holiday Cheer
Paper - GKD Pure Luxury White, GKD Red CS
Ink - Versamark
Other - Stampendous Glitter Embossing powder, Circle Punches, Offray Red Ribbon

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Cards and Sketches Galore

I wanted to share the holiday cards I had done for three different sketches. So, please bear with my long post.

1)Kazan Sketch #40 from 2Sketches4You

I used the Justrite stamper Merry Little Christmas set for this card. Stamped the bell image with Memento Black and colored it with Copics:) Kept the card very simple and really liked it that way.

Here is my card,

Here is the Sketch,

Stamp - Justrite Merry Little Christmas Borders & Centers Round
Paper - PTI Aqua Mist, Rustic White, Enchanted Evening CS, PTI Holiday DP
Ink - Memento Black, PTI Pure Poppy, Copics
Other - Photo Corner Punch, Circle Punches

2) Mojo Monday Week 114 Sketch

I used this 1 dollars stamp that I had bought from Michaels ages ago and never used :) I went all blues for this card :)

Here is my card,

Here is the Sketch,

Stamp - Michael's 1 Dollar Stamp
Paper - PTI Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening, Rustic White CS, Basic Grey Blitzen Collection DP
Ink - Memento Paris Blue
Other - PTI White Ribbon, Nestabilities, Border Punch

3) Unscripted Sketch #32 -

I again used another Justrite stamp set for this card :)

Here is my card,

Here is the Sketch,

Stamp - Justrite Christmas Joy Borders & Centers Oval 1-3/4” x 2-5/16”.
Paper - BasicGrey Blitzen Collection Pack, PTI Enchanted Evening CS, PTI DP
Other - SU Ribbon Slide, Nestabilities, PTI Enchanted Evening Ribbon

Sunday, November 22, 2009

PPA 17 Sketch using Just Us Girls Color Combination

I used the PPA 17 Sketch along with Just Us Girls Week 8 Color Throw down - which was to use Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, and Bashful Blue. I did not have those exact colors, but substituted with what I thought was closest to those.

I somehow had made up my mind to create a holiday cards and these are not traditional holiday colors, but I am quite happy how it turned out.

Here is my card,

I used PTI Aqua Mist as my card base. I used Really Rust ink on white CS with Darling Dots and Cute & Curly stamp sets :) I had this SU DP from a while ago, while it was not Pumpkin Pie, that was the closest I found :) Some PTI Orange Ribbon added another color to it :)

Here is the PPA Sketch,

Here is the JUGS - Color Challenge,

Stamp - SU Darling Dots, SU Cute and Curly
Paper - PTI Aqua Mist and White CS, SU DP
Ink - SU Really Rust
Other - PTI Orange Zest Ribbon, Recollections Pearls, SU Curly Punch

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #92

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #92 is a real fun sketch and I have been wanting to use the Taylored Expressions Stamp set called Wings of Joy that I had ordered a while back. This sketch was perfect for that stamp set.

I stamped the bird house in memento black and then colored it with Copics. It was so much fun using this image.

Here is my card,

Here is the Sketch,

Stamp - TE Wings of Joy
Paper - Basic Grey Blitzen Collection, Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly DP, PTI White and Enchanted Evening CS
Ink - Memento Black, PTI Dark Chocolate, Copics
Other - Nestabilities Ribbon Tag, Offray White Sheer Ribbon, Stickles

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gina K. Designs November Blog Hop

A very first Gina K Designs Customer Blog Hop. I am of course super thrilled to be part of this. :) I love their stamp sets and this is a great opportunity to see all the beautiful creations that can be done from their latest release. You can go to Gina's blog and add a link to you blog so we can admire and get some eye candy.

For my card, I used the latest StampTV Kit - Holiday Cheer. I have to say I love this set. Has versatile set of images and the possibilities are endless. The only thing stopping me is TIME :)

This image from Holiday cheer set is so much fun to color with Copics and is very forgiving also :)

Here is my card.

I also did this card for Copic Color Challenge #40. The challenge was to use the colors RV23 (Pure Pink), YR04 (Chrome Orange) and YG06 (Yellowish Green). I did not have YG06, so used YG09 instead and used RV25 instead of RV23.

I also used Unscripted Sketch #31 for this card.

>Stamp - GKD Holiday Cheer StampTV kit
Paper - Basic Grey Blitzen Collection, PTI Enchanted Evening and White CS
Ink - Memento Black, Memento Bahama Blue, Copics
>Other - PTI Enchanted Evening Ribbon, Circle Punches, Stickles, Nestabilities

Altered Notepads for Christmas Gifts

I wanted to share some of the Notepads that I have been doing as Christmas gifts for some of my friend's daughter's :) I need to do one Masculine also for my friend's son. Had forgotten about it.

I used the Junior Legal Pad from Staples and got it cut into half. It has been so much fun doing these :)

Some tips from my side,

1) I attached the notebook to the cardstock using scortape (or any double sided tape). It felt easier for me to put the scoretape on the card stock and then attach the notepad than the other way. :)

2) It was easier to get a few notepad fronts done as designing is only involved there. Then you can mass assemble the notepads because then you just have to score and attach :)

3) I cut my Card stock to 8x5 1/4. And to make the scoring easier, I put it on scorpal and scored it at 2.5 and then turned it around and again scored it at 2.5. This gave me a perfect 1/4 inch spine.

Stamp - PTI Take a Note, PTI Damask Designs
Ink - PTI Raspberry Fizz, PTI Dark Chocolate, PTI Scarlett Jewel
Paper - PTI DP, BG Eskimo Kisses DP, PTI Kraft, Ocean Tides, Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, White CS
Other - PTI Ribbon, PTI Buttons, Circle Punches, Generic Gemstones.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #58 - Roman Holiday

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #58 this time was inspired by the movie Roman Holiday. I cannot tell you how much I love this movie. I have seen it N number of times and still never get tired of it. :D I have plans to see this movie again this weekend :)

Some of my fav scenes are when she does not realize she has to pay for the flower :) or when Gregory Peck puts his hand in that Idol or statue and pretends he was hurt :) Or even the last party scene on the boat :) Amazing movie and amazing acting by my two fav actors....

I was so enthused by this challenge that I ended up doing two card for this.

The first one was inspired by the Vespa that they drive around in Rome. I kind of imagined it to be of a pale or dirty green :) So here is my card using the Scooter image from Rupa Shevde's "Are We There yet" set.

Stamp - GKD Are we there yet set
Paper - SU DP, SU Grey and PTI White CS
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - Buttons, Pearls and Nestabilities

My 2nd card was inspired all these beautiful A cut dresses that Audrey wears in the movie. I used another Rupa Shevde set called Retro Boutique. I paper pierced the dress and added some pearls and flowers :)

I used the Unscripted Sketch #31 for this card.

Stamp - Gina K Designs - Retro Boutique
Paper - Making Memories DP, PTI Melon berry CS
Ink - Memento Black
Other - Prima Flowers, Pearls, Offray Satin Ribbon

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 113

I really liked the Mojo Monday Sketch 113 this time and it had been a while since I played with Mojo Monday sketches.

This card was also done for the Squigglefly Challenge #28 - To create a Thank You Card.

Just this past week when I was down with cough and cold, one of my neighbor who is also a very good friend of mine helped me out so much, so this Thank you card is for her. :) Have to drop it off tonight with some of the Banana Bread that I made :)

Here is my card,

I used the Squigglefly Digital Image - Flower Vase for this card. It was so much fun to color it with Copics. Sentiment is from PTI Mega Mixed Messages.

Here is the Mojo Monday 113 Sketch,

Stamp - Digi Stamp from Squigglefly - Flower Vase
Paper - PTI White CS, BG Lemonade DP, Making Memories Fa La La DP
Ink - PTI Pure Poppy, Copics
Other - May Arts Ribbon, SU Circle Punch

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Just Us Girls - Technique Challenge

Just Us Girls Week 7 - Technique Challenge was Dry Embossing. I have been wanting to CASE one of Dawn McVey's card from her latest set that was released yesterday..Signature Greetings. You can see her card here in this link. I do not haver that set yet, but I used another PTI set called Handwritten note.

Here is my card,

I created a background panel that is dry embossed using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. I stamped the image from Giga guidelines on Spring Moss CS and used some ribbon. The sentiment was just cut out and popped up to give it some dimension. Some pearls completed the card.

Here is the Just Us girls Challenge,

Stamp - PTI Giga Guidelines, PTI Handwritten Notes
Paper - PTI Spring Moss CS, Gina K Pure Luxury White CS
Ink - PTI Spring Moss and Dark Chocolate
Other - Offray Ribbon, Pearls, Cuttlebug

Friday, November 13, 2009

Copic Color Challenge #39

Copic Color Challenge #39 was to use the Colors G05 (Emerald Green), R29 (Lipstick Red), Y08 (Acid Yellow).

I wanted to try out some new Digital Stamps :) to use with Copic Markers. That is how I found out about Squigglefly. They have some real neat images. I bought this image April Showers from them and it was so much fun coloring with copics. There were minor mishaps with ink smearing....but overall...it was fun.

Here is my card,

I did not have G05. So, I used a combination of G02 and G09. I added some stickles to the Rain drops.

Here is the copic color chart,

Stamp - April Showers - Digital Stamp from Squigglefly
Paper - Basic Grey Lemonade Collection, Generic Card base, GKD Pure Luxury 120lb white CS
Ink - Copics
Other - Nestabilities, stickles

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Holiday Cards

I wanted to share some Holiday cards that I have been working on. So, sorry in advance for the long post :)

1) I found this real cute ginger bread man stamp in Michael's dollar stamp bin. I had not bought PTI's Holiday Button bits stamp set but have been ogling all the neat cards made from that set and this stamp reminded of the gingerbread man from that set. So here is my card from that stamp,

It is not as cute as the image from PTI Set, but still was a fun card to make.

Stamp - Generic Gingerbread Man stamp
Paper - Fa La La Collection from Making Memories, Generic Card Stock Base, GKD Pure Luxury 120lb White CS, PTI Smokey Gray CS
Ink - Memento Brown
Other - Generic Golden Satin Ribbon, Nestabilities, Buttons

2) This is the card that I did for the Squigglefly Monday Sketch Challenge. They have a new challenge on their blog every Monday. I also used another Digital stamp from Squigglefly. This is their latest release - Mr. Snowman. There are some wonderful samples out there with this stamp. I kept my card pretty simple.

Here is the sketch,

Stamp - Mr.Snowman - Digital Image from Squigglefly
Paper - Fa La La Collection from Making Memories, GKD Pure Luxury 120lb CS, GKD Metallic Gold Paper, Generic Card Base
Ink - Copics
Other - Nestabilities

3) The last card I am sharing uses a stamp image from Gina K Designs StampTV Kit - Holiday Cheer and it also uses a technique called Split Negative - showcased by Gina on StampTV. Here is a link to the video that has the tutorial for this technique. Mine of course has not come out as Gina has showed..but I am quite happy with the outcome considering this is the first time I am doing it.

I used the bow easy (sold at Gina K Designs) to create this beautiful double looped bow. I cannot tell you how easy it was and how professional and neat it looks. This is one of the best purchases I have made. Gina also has a tutorial on how to use the bow easy on stamptv.

Stamp - GKD Holiday Cheer StampTV Kit
Paper - GKD Black, GKD Metallic Gold CS, Martha Stewart Christmas DP, Generic Card Base
Ink - Versamark
Other - Black and Gold Embossing Powder, Generic Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Nestabilities

THANKS for your patience and for looking. :)