Friday, August 28, 2009

Showcasing Rubber Cafe Stamps

At the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, TX - I bought a few Rubber Cafe Stamps that I just fell in love with. I did a make and take card at their booth and have been wanting to share these cards with you all for a while now...but sometimes I get so caught up in either some sketch challenge or some thing else that I have not had a chance to show some of my other cards - not that I am complaining...challenges and sketches keep me thinking out of the box and trying things out of my comfort zone.

This first card is the one I did at Make and Take. It is a gate fold card and they are sooooo easy to make with scorpal. That is another thing that I learnt at the make and take. The butterfly is colored with copics and coated with Shimmerz. You can see how nice it looks in the closeup.

Here is a view of the Gatefold,

Here is the close up of the butterfly,

I also wanted to share this other Birthday card that I did using the same rubber stamps and the word celebrate from the PTI Out of the Box Stamp set,

I again colored the butterflies with copics and cut them out and popped them up with some foam dots. The background paper was a gift from my friend Rimi and not sure which company it is from.

Here is the last card, a bouquet of daisies. Kept this card very simple.

Stamp - Rubber Cafe - Butterfly, Grass and Bouquet of Daisies, PTI Out of the box sentiments
Paper - Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Red, PTI New Leaf CS, PTI White CS
Ink - Memento Black, Ranger Walnut Ink, Copics
Other - Nestabilities, Dew Drops, Ribbon, Shimmerz

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Raspberry Suite color challenge meets 2 Sketches 4 You

I used the latest Laura's Sketch #33 from 2 Sketches 4 You for this card and the color combination was from Dawn's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #15 - To use Spring Moss, Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst and Cream. I also used some pearls on this card and could enter the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge FTTC30 to use pearls.

I had not initially ordered the PTI Polka Dot Basics II, but after seeing the most amazing samples of it on Dawn's blog, I had to get it and I am not dissapointed. It is just awesome. Loved it :)

Here is my card,

Here is Laura's #33 sketch from 2 Sketches 4 you,

Here is the color challenge #15 from Dawn,

Stamp Set - PTI Polka Dot Basics II
Paper - PTI Vintage Cream, Rustic Cream, Spring Moss, Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst CS
Ink - PTI Melon Bery, PTI Hibiscus Burst
Other - Marvy Circle Punches, MS Butterfly Punch, PTI Spring Moss Ribbon, PTI Vintage Button, PTI Rustic Twine, Generic Self Adhesive Pearls

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

PTI August Blog Hop

It is time again for PTI Blog Hop. This month's blog hop challenge is to get inspired by Autumn..the textures, colors and Patterns.

For me Autumn is always about colorful foliage and pumpkins. I did not have any PTI Pumpkin stamp, so decided to with the colorful foliage. I used the tree trunk for PTI's Father Knows best stamp set and created my own tree. I used the maple leaf from the PTI mailbox greetings to create the tree. I was kind of very happy with this tree and my first attempt at shaded inking. I inked the stamp first in Summer Sunrise and then in Pure Poppy and then stamped it.

I also used the mailbox and colored it in fall colors using Copics. :) A simple sentiment and ribbon completed the card.

Here is my card,

Stamp - PTI Mailbox Greetings, PTI Father Knows Best
Paper - PTI Dark Chocolate, PTI White CS, PTI Vintage Cream CS
Ink - PTI Summer Sunrise, PTI Pure Poppy, Burnt Umber, Memento Black, Copics
Other - Nestabilities, PTI Summer Sunrise Ribbon, Generic Black Pin, SU Slit Punch

Friday, August 21, 2009

Twilight Inspired Challenge

Carolyn King - who is on Gina K designs senior design team has posted a Twilight Inspired Card Challenge on her blog...Which was inspired by her daughter. Being a big fan of Twilight, I had to play this challenge. It was just to create a Twilight Inspired Card. Here is a link to Carolyn's blog.

I used the Edward stamp from The Greeting Farm. Colored him with Copics and added a sentiment that I generated from the computer. I used the Zephyr Font that is available online which is what the twilight book uses...:) I did not use any glitter or bling on it and instead chose to use some bright black and white paisley DP and some Red Polka Dot DP and some ribbon accent. I kind of like how it turned out.

Here is my card,

Stamp - Edward from The Greeting Farm
Paper - Unknown Paisely DP, My Minds Eye Red Polka Dot DP, GKD Pure Luxury White CS, PTI Scarlett Jewel CS
Ink - Memento Black, Copics, SU Oval Punches
Other - PTI Scarlett Jewel Ribbon

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mojo Turns 100 - Day 4

Here is my entry for Mojo turns 100 day 4 sketch. I used this small turtle stamp from - Stamps by Judith. I colored it in Copics. I used G99, B99 and YG63 for the body. I used BG10 for the belly and G07 for the leaves. The DP is from SU. A small ribbon completed the card.

Sorry for the bad picture. I did the card after coming back from work late all the reflections in the card....I might edit this post tomorrow morning and post a better picture.

Stamp - Turtle stamp from Stamps by Judith
Paper - SU Bella Blue DP and some other older SU DP
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - SU Circle Punch, Marvy Circle Punch, Offray gold ribbon

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

One Colour Challenge and 3 Sketches

The Copic colour challenge this time was to use YR04, C3 and E57.
I was so happy as I had all the three colors. Then came the conundrum of which sketch to go with. Mojo Monday is having a sketch each day of the week to celebrate their 100th sketch. Sketch Girls sketch was too cute. I also wanted to try out Kazan's Sketch 33...what is a gal supposed to do? I took the easy way out and did all the three sketches using this color challenge. So, please be prepared for a long post.

1) First up is my card with Mojo Sketch,

Here is a close up of the colored image. I used the pumpkin and basket images from the PTI Vintage Picnic Set. I used YR04 for the pumpkin and used YR09 to give some dark highlights. E57 with E59 for some highlights for the basket. G07 for the leaves.

Here is the mojo sketch,

2) This is my card with Kazan's Sketch 32 from 2 Sketches 4 You.

Here is a close up of the image. I used the stand alone Pumpkin image from the PTI Vintage Picnic set and colored it with Copics.
Here is Kazan's Sketch 33,

3) Here is my last card from Sketch Girls - SG3.

Here is a close up image of the just rite stamp that I used for this card. I colored it with Copics. I outlined the vase with E57, which did not come out as I expected...but I still like it.

Here is the SG3 sketch,

1) Mojo Sketch Card
Stamp - PTI Vintage Picnic
Paper - SU DP, PTI Dark chocolate, Kraft CS, American Crafts Orange CS, GKD Pure Luxury White
Ink - Memento Black, Copics, Ranger Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade
Other - PTI Melon Berry Vintage Button, SU Scalloped Punch

2) Kazan Sketch33 card
Stamp - PTI Vintage Picnic
Paper - My Minds Eye DP, SU Tangerine Tango CS, GKD Pure Luxury White
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - PTI Summer Sunrise Ribbon

3) Sketch Girls SG3 sketch Card
Stamp - Justrite Stamp
Paper - Basic Grey DP, American Crafts Orange CS
Ink - Memento Black, Copics, Ranger Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade
Other - PTI Melon Berry Vintage Buttons, PTI Twine, Marvy Circle Punches

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mojo Monday 100 - Day 2

This is my second post of the day. Mojo Monday is celebrating 100th sketch by having a sketch each day this week. You can see my entry for Mojo Monday 100 Day 1 here.

Along with using the Mojo sketch I played along with the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge - FTTC29. The Challenge this time was to use colors Olive, Red and Black.

Here is my card. I used the Gina K Designs StampTV kit Signs of Autumn. Colored the image with copics. Kept the card very simple. Inside I have stamped a thank you sentiment.

Here is the Sketch,

Stamp - Gina K Designs StampTV Set - Signs of Autumn
Paper - SU Walk in the Garden DP, My Minds Eye Red Polka Dot DP, PTI Avacado and Soft Stone CS
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - PTI True black ribbon, SU Slit Punch

Mojo Turns 100 - Day 1

In honor of Mojo Monday's 100th Sketch - they are planning to have a new sketch every day of this week and I wanted to play along.

Here is my card for the Day 1,

I used the Tree from PTI Father Knows Best set and sentiment was from both PTI Women of life and Men of Life.

Here is the Mojo Monday 100 Day 1 Sketch,

Stamp - PTI Men Of Life, PTI Women of Life, PTI Father Knows Best
Paper - My Minds Eye DP, PTI DP, PTI New leaf CS, Generic Card Base
Ink - PTI New Leaf, PTI Dark Chocolate
Other - PTI Summer Sunrise Ribbon, PTI New Leaf Vintage Button, SU Large Oval Punch

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Triple Treat Saturday

It was fun to create a card combining three challenges. Hence the name of my title. I used a snoopy christmas stamp from Stampabilities that I colored with copics. The sentiment is from the Stampin Up Lots of thoughts set that I punched out using SU Tag Punch. The heart was also colored with Copics and Punched out with EK Success Small Heart punch. Some Basic Grey PP from Blitzen collection completed my card.

Here is my card,

1) I used Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #78 for my layout. Here is the sketch,

2) Second was the OCC challenge of Christmas cards in August. I need to start building up my holiday cards stash anyways. So this was really good.

3) Third was the Copic Creations Challenge #10 - which is Red, Pink and Hearts.

I colored Snoopy using R24, R27 and R29. I used a bit of R89 to add some highlights on his shirt. The same three colors (R24, R27 and R29) were used for the heart as well.

Stamp - Stampabilities Snoopy Stamp, SU Lots of thoughts
Paper - GKD Pure Luxury 120 Lb CS, PTI Vintage Cream CS, Basic Grey Blitzen Collection DP
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - SU Tag Punch, EK Success Small heart punch

Friday, August 14, 2009

Copic Colour Challenge # 26

I have been wanting to participate in the COPIC Color Challenge #26, but I did not have the exact colors that they mentioned, but then decided to go ahead and use the closest I could.

Here is the card,

I used R39 instead of R59 and used my colorless blender to make it slightly lighter in color so that it resembled cardinal color more. Instead of BG09 I used a combination of BG10, B05 and B21. I used YG97 - Spanish Olive instead of G99.

Here is the color challenge,

Stamp - PTI Vintage Picnic, PTI Vintage Picnic Sentiments
Paper - Basic Grey Blitzen Collection DP, PTI Aqua Mist CS, GKD Pure Luxury 120 LB White CS
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - Corner Rounder

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Stitched Ribbon Card

I am always a little bit hesitant to try new stuff, comfortable with what I can do..But my SCS friend Chrissy has been creating the most beautiful cards with pleated stitched ribbon. I bugged her so much about that she created a tutorial for us to create the beautiful pleated ribbon effect. You can see her tutorial on how to do that here.

I am such a visual person and this tutorial helped a lot and I ventured into learning a new technique and as I had told Chrissy, my first try will not be the best, but I will keep trying.

Here is my first attempt at it. I used the Vintage Picnic Set for this and colored the tulips in Lavender shades to match with the Bitty Boxes DP in Plum Pudding. The ribbon is saddle stitched Hibiscus burst.

Stamp - PTI Vintage Picnic
Paper - PTI Kraft, White CS, PTI Bitty Boxes DP
Ink - Memento Black, Copics
Other - SU Oval Punch, PTI Hibiscus Burst Ribbon, PTI Vintage buttons in white color.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sketch #32 Combined with Scrap and Stamp Challenge

The challenge at Scrap and stamp this time was to use embossing along with stamping. I used the Sketch #32 from 52 Sketches 52 weeks for this layout.

These are the pictures from my parents trip to Pier 39 in SFO. It was a little chilly, but we had lots of fun. We went on the ferry trip, ate cookies and ice cream.

I punched out circles and embossed them with CB embossing folders - Swiss Dots, Swirls and another dots one (I cannot remember the name of it) and then attached them with foam dots to the page. I used the remember stamp set from Heidi Swapp to add additional dimension to the page.

Here is my page,

Here is the sketch,

Stamp - Heidi Swapp Remember Stamp
Paper - Cloud 9 Travel Papers, Generic Blue Color CS
Ink - Memento Blue
Other - Circle Punches, Label Maker for journalling

2nd installment cards from Coffee themed swap

Here is my next installment of cards that I made from the coffee/tea themed kit swap.

This kit was from Jen Nevil. It had very nice coffee themed paper and very nice dew drops.

Here are my two cards. I still have some paper and ribbon left over for another card.

Supplies: Coffee themed swap kit from SCS hosted by Jen

Monday, August 10, 2009

Laura's Sketch 32 at 2 Sketches 4 You

This is my 101 post on this blog...WOW.. Time flies quickly when you are enjoying what you are doing. :)

This is another wedding card that I did using Laura's sketch 32. I also used the Raspberry Color Challenge #14 for this. The color challenge was to use Plum Pudding, Raspberry Fizz, Scarlett Jewel and Vintage Cream. I used the PTI Bitty Boxes DP in Plum Pudding - this is one of my fav DP. Some Raspberry fizz ribbon added the color to this. The hearts from Heart Prints set was stamped in Scarlett jewel ink.

Here is the close up of the hearts - that I have stamped in Scarlett Jewel Ink from PTI.

Here is the Sketch,

Here is the Color challenge,

Stamp - PTI Heart Prints, PTI Wedding Day
Paper - PTI Bitty Boxes DP, PTI Vintage Cream CS
Ink - PTI Scarlett Jewel
Other - Circle Punch, PTI Raspberry Fizz Ribbon, Generic Pearl Embellishment

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Kazan's Sketch #32

Here is my take on Kazan's sketch 32. I am doing a spate of wedding cards and this is one of them

Stamp - VERVE Becuase of you, Inkinado stamp set
Paper - SU Bella Bleu DP, PTI White and Raspberry Fizz
Ink - PTI Raspberry Fizz
Other - Ribbon

Friday, August 07, 2009

Mojo Monday 98 combined with other challenges

It is not Monday - but here is my Mojo Monday card :) I guess it had to be a Friday for me to get the mojo :)

I have combined a few challenges into this card,

1) Sketch is from Mojo Monday 98 Sketch
2) Second is the copic challenge of coloring eyes. I did not have any images that had was good for eye coloring and this stamp from Gina K designs caught my eye. I researched on the internet that Horned Owl which is quite common in North America has yellow eyes. So I tried to get that effect using my Copics. I used - Y11, Y15 and W5 for the eyes. A blend of grey and brown for the skin.
3)Flourishes Timeless Tuesday (FTTC27) - The challenge was to use hardware - any kind. I have used a metal ribbon slider and grey brads on this page :)

Here is my card,

In retrospect, If I had made this card in Purple/Lavender shades, I could have completed the OCC color challenge as well. :) Oh well!! Next time :)

Stamp - Gina K Designs - Owl Always Love You
Paper - Making Memories DP, PTI Kraft CS, GKD Pure Luxury White 120lb
Ink - Memento Black, Memento Blue for edging, Copics
Other - Ribbon Slide from SU Hodgepodge hardware, Generic Brads, Marvy Giga Punches

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #76

I used PTI Scattered showers set for this Sketch 76.

I kept it simple with just the DP and some pearls. The scallops of the circle are stamped with this small image from PTI Circle Borders and corners set.

I addes some stickles to the umbrella to give it some added effect.

Here is the sketch,

Stamp - PTI Scattered Showers, PTI Borders and Corners Circle
Paper - Generic Kraft, PTI DP, PTI Vintage Cream CS
Ink - PTI Pure Poppy, Memento Bamboo Green, Memento Black
Other - Pearl Accents, Stickles, Marvy Giga Punches

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

My Fabulous Friends

The definition of Friend in the dictionary says - A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. But Friends are more than that - they are our integral part of our lives, being there when needed without judgment without questions. A Friend is one with whom you can be yourself.

I guess I was becoming a bit emotional. This is my first post of August. Cannot believe it is August already. Time is flowing very quickly. I had knee surgery done last Thursday and had not scrapped or stamped for a while. So, it was nice to be crafting again. And this friendship themed page from Scrap and Stamp was the thing that needed to cheer me up. My friends have been so helpful through all this. So, I ended up doing two pages for this challenge. I would have done another page for my SCS Friends, but since did not have a photos, might have to do something else for them :)

Here is my first page - this is of my very close friends :) BALM Group - Banu, Anjali, Leena and Maneesha. These are the photos from Maneesha's birthday a few years ago. :) Thanks girl for putting up with me and being there for me.

I used sketch #20 from 52 sketches 52 weeks for this page. Here is that sketch,

Here is my 2nd page - This if of my scrapbooking friends who help me through so many things and share the same interests and nature. Thanks for being there and listening to my griping and all :)

I used Sketch # 4 from 52 sketches 52 weeks for this page. Here is that sketch,

Stamp - PTI Friends 'Till The End
Paper - Basic Grey Blitzen Collection, GASC DP, Generic Kraft, PTI Soft Stone CS
Ink - PTI Summer Sunrise, Memento Black
Other - Marvy Circle Punch, Cricut Home Decor Cartridge, Prima Flowers, PTI Vintage Buttons, Making Memories Button Brads, Metal Nail Heads from GKD