Friday, February 26, 2010

Friendly Kritters The Waiter release

Cornish Heritage Farms is releasing this adorable image today. It is called The Waiter from the Tom Allen Friendly Kritters line. Isn't that just stinkin cute?

The image was stamped with a gray ink, and then I colored the image using Prismacolor pencils with gamsol and stumps. After I was done, I went over the penguin with the black marker so he wasn't gray anymore. When it was completely dry, I cut out the image with the Labels 8 Nestabilities die, and then cut off the top part of image.

Check out with the other designers have created with this new stamp in the CHF gallery. You can buy this stamp either mounted or unmounted in the Cornish Heritage Farms store HERE. By the way, CHF is giving away free rolls of ribbon with every order over $75, AND you get double CHF Club Points today and tomorrow! So don't wait - go shopping now to take advantage of these great deals.

The Waiter (Tom Allen Friendly Kritters) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Fine Gingham backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms
Friendly Kritters Scripture (Mona Lisa Moments) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Stone Grey (Stazon) - Tsukineko
Lady Bug (Memento) - Tsukineko
Tuxedo Black marker (Memento) - Tsukineko

Simply Smooth White from Cornish Heritage Farms
Wildberry Pie (Bazzill Smoothies)
Cherry Splash (Bazzill Smoothies)

Labels 8 Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)
Circles and Scallop Circles Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)
ribbon (May Arts)
Snowflakes embossing folder (Provocraft)
colored pencils (Prismacolor)
gamsol & paper stumps

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kinkade Arch Window

After making all kinds of cute and pretty things, it was time for me to go in the opposite direction with a masculine card. This arch window card has a Thomas Kinkade scene stamped on the inside so it really does look like you are looking out a window. I used the A2 Arch Window die cut in a chocolate brown cardstock color.

I brayered some brown ink onto the stamp to get the best impression and then stamped it on some ivory cardstock. Look at all those fine details like the man fishing and the smoke coming out of the chimneys. This image works beautifully with these window cards from Creative Cuts and More. Once I was sure the ink was dry, I used a sponge to add a little Old Paper distress ink to age up the image a bit.

I stamped the sentiment on ivory cardstock and punched it out, then layered it on another punched out piece of artichoke cardstock. I added some aged copper brads to the sides and then adhered it to the top of the arch window with some dimensionals. The last thing I did was I wrapped some hemp twine around the side of the card.

If you've been following my blog, you might have seen this type of arch window card before. I love these die cuts! This is my favorite type of card to make. Wanna take some bets on how many more cards you'll see with this arch window die cut here on my blog by the end of the year? LOL

Die Cuts:
A2 Arch Window die cut from Creative Cuts and More

The Good Life (Thomas Kinkade) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Autumn Abundance (sentiment) from PTI

Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Old Paper distress (Ranger)

Chocolate Chip
Always Artichoke
Naturals Ivory

hemp twine
aged copper brads (Making Memories)
Modern Label punch (SU)
word window punch (SU)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More QKR Stampede cards for you

The Belli Girls wanted to show off the other cards they made using the stamps they received from this week's sponsor on the Belli Challenge blog. QKR Stampede was so generous in providing stamps to all the Belli Girls, and we truly appreciate them. Here are two more cards I made using some more of the ragdoll stamps from QKR Stampede.

Can you tell I had fun playing with these? I just pulled out papers and matched my Copic markers to the colors in the papers for each card. Since I wanted the images to take center focus, I kept the layouts and embellishments simple.

This week's Belli Challenge is butterflies and dragonflies, so head on over to the Belli Blog to enter the link to your own card or project. You could win a $30 shopping spree from QKR Stampede! How fun would that be?

Many thanks to QKR Stampede for providing the Belli Girls with these adorable images for us to play with. I look forward to shopping with you again, as I think I will NEED some more of these sweet ragdoll stamps! :-)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wild Turkeys Roosting release

Cornish Heritage Farms is releasing this new stamp today called Wild Turkeys Roosting. This is just one of the cards I've made with this stamp. I used the Aged Tiles technique from the Technique Junkies newsletter (one of my favorite techniques) to create this card. Head on over to the gallery for more samples with this stamp.

Wish I had more time to chat, but I have to hit the road and get to work. I was SO hoping for a snow day, but no such luck.

Wild Turkeys Roosting (Saturday Evening Post) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Friendly Kritters Scripture (Mona Lisa Moments) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Walnut Stain distress (Ranger)
Antique Linen distress (Ranger)

Simply Smooth Vanilla from Cornish Heritage Farms
Simply Heavy Chocolate from Cornish Heritage Farms

distress tool

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

MOJO126 Botanical Bliss

I pulled out this Botanical Bliss set from Cornish Heritage Farms to use with the new Mojo sketch. I stamped the circular floral medallion directly on the designer paper and then lightly colored in the flower with a pink Copic marker.

I stamped the dragonfly on some of the green designer paper, cut it out, and then painted the wings with an Irridescent Medium. The wings are all shimmery, but it's hard to see that in the picture.

Can you see the sentiment that I stamped on the bottom left side? It really just blends right in with the designer paper, doesn't it? I know this isn't a typical "Holly" card, but I just felt like trying something different. :-)

By the way, have you seen the newest tutorial over on the Be Creative blog? Joanne did an awesome tutorial on watercoloring with distress inks. You don't want to miss this one - just by leaving a comment you have a chance to win that Fruit Basket stamp set. Click HERE to check it out.

Botanical Bliss (ATC) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Pitch Black Adirondack (Ranger)

Simply Smooth Vanilla from Cornish Heritage Farms
Simply Linen Black from Cornish Heritage Farms
Victoria collection (7 gypsies)

copic markers
Tim Holtz tiny fastener
pearls (Kaiser)
Irridescent Medium (Winsor & Newton)
paint brush
circle and scallop circle dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)

Belli Challenge #85 - butterflies and dragonflies

Today's Belli Challenge is all about butterflies and dragonflies. We also have a wonderful sponsor who sent all the Belli Girls some stamps to use for this challenge. QKR Stampede is a rubber stamp company featuring over 10,000 designs. Wow! I chose to work with these adorable rag dolls as well as a beautiful sentiment in the cards below.

I stamped these ragdolls with black Memento ink and colored them in with Copic markers. I then punched out the butterflies from the same plaid paper that you see behind the stamped image. This will be a sweet card to send "just because."

For this card, I stamped the sentiment directly on the designer paper with Eggplant ink. I punched out a bunch of butterflies from three different sheets of designer paper and just had fun arranging them on this card. I love this sentiment and I can send this to anyone and everyone just to put a smile on their face.

We have Jess Stockmeyer as our Guest Designer on the Belli Challenge blog today as well. She was a guest designer for us a few months ago, and it's a great pleasure to have her back with us again.

Have you created something with butterflies or dragonflies? Play along with our Belli Challenge and add your link to the Mr. Linky widget. You could win $30 worth of stamps from our sponsor, QKR Stampede!! If you upload your creation to SCS or PCP, please use keyword CBC85. Need more inspiration? Go see what all the Belli Girls have created HERE. Keep in mind, there is only one card from each girl on the Belli blog. Please go visit each blog for more inspiration - you won't be disappointed.

Join us next week on the Belli Challenge blog for even more inspirational samples from the Belli Girls. Yes, we have even MORE to show ya! Come on back now, ya hear? :-)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

TESC100 Puppy Love card

My mom was lucky enough to be able to go to CHA in California last month, and she came back with all kinds of adorable stamps. One of them was this cute puppy love stamp from Taylored Expressions. I checked out her website and she had a sketch challenge on her blog, so I had to play just so I could ink up this stamp. :-)

I stamped the image with brown Memento ink and colored it in with Copic markers. I went wild and picked some papers from the Sugar Rush collection from Basic Grey, and the celery cardstock seemed to be the best match with these papers. It's a quick and simple card that I created just for the fun of it. We should have more days like this - just stamping and having fun, ya know? :-) Alas, I have to go back to work tomorrow. Another day, another dollar!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

PTI Pink Sunrise Birthday

I didn't have much time after work tonight to put this card together, so it's very plain and simple. I liked the colors in Dawn's color palette on Nichole's blog today, so I picked that one to work with. I don't have all the PTI colors, so I tried to pick some colors that came close to what was in the palette.

Dawn's colors were Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, and Dark Chocolate. The only color I have here is the Dark Chocolate (ink, cardstock, and ribbon). I used Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, and Summer Sun for my substitute colors. There's no real trick to making this card - just sponge the color on, then stamp the silhouette flowers with the dark brown ink. Silhouette stamps are a passion of mine - I'm always on the lookout for gorgeous silhouettes. These are from PTI's Life stamp set, and I admit, this is probably the first time I have inked it up! Ack! Bad PTI-er!

Now I have to go take care of some laundry and see if I can find some chocolate stashed around here somewhere. :-) Happy stamping!

Monday, February 8, 2010

PTI Paint by Numbers sketch

Let me tell you how my morning began. I woke up and checked out the newest posting on Nichole's blog, and saw the Paint by Numbers sketch. Since my username begins with an "h" that meant I would have to use the second color palette, and my first reaction was ICK. Orange is NOT one of my favorite colors, and this palette just turned me off.

I started thinking, hmmmm, "I could change my username!" The more I thought, the more determined I was to just let this go and not do this challenge at all. This silly thing nagged at me all day long at work, and I had finally managed to forget about it by the time I ate supper and watched a cake decorating challenge on tv.

Then I walked back into my studio, and there it was, taunting me. I could hear this challenge teasing me, calling me chicken, and finally I gave in. It is supposed to be a CHALLENGE, right? So I sat down and forced myself to work on this.

I don't have all the PTI colors, so I tried to come as close as I could. I did have the Ripe Avocado inkpad and cardstock, so I used those, as well as this sentiment from my Vintage Picnic set. All the other colors are Stampin Up colors that I thought came very close to the PTI colors. I know it's not a card you would have EVER thought I would make, but I had to follow the rules, ya know? LOL

Stamps: Vintage Picnic (PTI)
Ink: Ripe Avocado (PTI)
CS: White, Ripe Avocado (PTI), Orange, Rust, Melon Mambo
Other: pearls, Martha Stewart butterfly punches, EK Success edge punch, Melon Mambo ribbon

Sunday, February 7, 2010

CC&M Blog Hop - St. Paddy's Day and Easter!

Welcome to the Creative Cuts and More blog hop! If you came here from the Die Cut Diva blog, you are on the right track. If not, please start at the Die Cut Diva blog so you don't miss anything! Today we are showcasing projects with an Easter and/or St. Patrick's Day theme.

Here is my sweet little Easter basket made from the Basket with Handle die cut. This reminds me of the cute little baskets my mom gets me every year - yes, she still gives me an Easter basket every year. LOL She always has a cute little stuffed Easter bunny and lots of yummy candy in the basket. I did something a little bit different by placing one of my precious stone eggs in this basket. The egg is pure alabaster, and I love how this looks in this sweet little pink basket.

My next project is something that would be fun to give to a kid. I used the Butterfly Box die cut to create a cute little bunny and egg scene. This is the top view of the box - the handles lock together and look like a butterfly.

On this side, you see the boy bunny looking at the eggs.

On this side, you see the girl bunny with the bow on her ears and tiny butterflies flitting around.

Wouldn't a kid love to open this box and find it full of Easter candy? Mmmmm!

I hope you enjoyed these projects today. Now it's time to hop along to Noelle's blog to see what she's created. If you get lost anywhere along the way, you can always come back here to go back to the Die Cut Diva blog to find the next stop.

Die Cut Diva

Holly Brown - you are HERE

Noelle Reese - go here NEXT

Kayla Dupont

Steph Zerbe

Chris Dickinson

Have a great day!

Pink Easter basket
Die Cut: Basket with Handle die cut in Guava Sensation Bazzill Smoothies cardstock
Buttons: PTI, Rusty Pickle
Flowers: Prima
Butterflies: Martha Stewart punch
Other: Killer Red Tacky Tape

Purple Butterfly box:
Die Cut: Butterfly Box die cut in Grape Delight Bazzill Smoothies cardstock
Stamps: Sweet Spring & Spring Chicks from Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: London Fog Memento, Pitch Black Adirondack, Grape Jelly Memento
Cardstock: Simply Smooth White from CHF, Sparkleberry Delight (Bazzill Smoothies), Apple Crush (Bazzill Smoothies), Guava Sensation (Bazzill Smoothies)
Other: egg buttons, butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), Killer Red Tacky Tape

Friday, February 5, 2010

Botanical Bliss Squares

I created this card for a contest over in the Technique Junkies yahoo group. We were required to use this particular sketch and to use at least two or more techniques from the TJ newsletters. So I pulled out my stamps and inks and tried to figure out what I was going to do.

I used the Watercolor Distress technique on the two green squares with the dragonflies, and I simply embossed the two vanilla squares (no technique). For the pink squares, I used a new technique called Dabbed Shimmers, and I think this is going to be my new favorite technique. If you would like to see how to do these techniques, head over to the Technique Junkies site and check them out. If you don't receive the newsletters, you really should - they are worth the money.

All the stamps are from Cornish Heritage Farms. I combined the gorgeous Botanical Bliss set with the French Script backgrounder, and the sentiment is from Friend Centers. It may look like it took a week to make this card, but I actually put it all together in just a couple of hours. Cross your fingers that I win this contest and become a Technique Junkie For Life! :-)

Botanical Bliss (ATC) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Friend Centers (Mona Lisa Moments) from Cornish Heritage Farms
French Script backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms

Peeled Paint distress (Ranger)
Old Paper distress (Ranger)
Tattered Rose distress (Ranger)
Worn Lipstick distress (Ranger)
Walnut Stain distress (Ranger)
Timber Brown stazon (Tsukineko)

Simply Smooth Vanilla from Cornish Heritage Farms
Simply Heavy Chocolate from Cornish Heritage Farms

embossing folder (Provocraft)
Labels 1 die (Spellbinders Nestabilities)
adhesive foam squares (Fiskars)
watercolor brush
Irridescent Medium (Winsor & Newton)
dew drops (The Robin's Nest)

watercolor distress (Technique Junkies)
dabbed shimmers (Technique Junkies)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Origins Bear Hugs

This is just a fun paper-pieced card I put together Monday night. I just started pulling out papers and stamps and I had a blast cutting all the different things. Why don't you pull out some designer papers and start stamping some images on them? Just cut them out and put them down on a card and see what happens! You might surprise yourself. :-)

Almost all of the stamps in the Kim Hughes line at Cornish Heritage Farms are just perfect for paper piecing. My favorite sets are the seasonal trees - Spring Trees, Summer Trees, Autumn Trees, and Winter Trees. Just stay tuned over the upcoming months. You might see a "few" more cards using these tree sets. ;-)

Bear Hugs (Kim Hughes) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Spring Trees (Kim Hughes) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Pitch Black Adirondack (Ranger)
Espresso Adirondack (Ranger)

Simply Heavy Chocolate from Cornish Heritage Farms
Simply Smooth White from Cornish Heritage Farms
Origins designer paper (Basic Grey)

buttons (Rusty Pickle)
flower punch (Martha Stewart)
white gel pen - on the bear's eye (Ranger)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Belli Challenge #84 - ribbon with SNSS

Today's Belli Challenge is all about using ribbon on your cards and projects. Our sponsor this week is Sweet N Sassy Stamps, and they provided the Belli Girls with two different digital stamps to play with. I chose to use the new Benjamin Bunny image for my card.

Instead of coloring the bunny, I wanted to give him a soft fluffy 3D feel. So I first colored his nose and ears and the pads of his feet with a pink Copic marker, and then I covered him with Flower Soft glue and Ivory Flower Soft. It reminds me of a big soft fluffy stuffed bunny like the ones my Mom gives me every year for Easter. I have quite a collection. :-)

Go check out the fun cards that our Belli Girls have created for this challenge. We also have a guest designer, Melisa Waldorf, who has created a beautiful scrap page with all kinds of ribbon on it. You can see everything on the Belli Challenge blog. I hope you play along with us and share your creations with ribbon.

Stamps: digi stamp from Sweet N Sassy Stamps
CS: Razzleberry, White
Designer paper: Razzleberry Lemonade
Other: Copic markers, Ivory Flower Soft, Flower Soft glue, buttons, Razzleberry dotted ribbon, Spellbinders circle & scallop circle dies

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New CHF release today - Glory of Easter

Today over at Cornish Heritage Farms a new set has been released. This one is called Glory of Easter, and it is a gorgeous set illustrated by Tom Allen. Wanna see more samples? Check out the gallery HERE for some more cards with this set.

I stamped the lilies and colored the leaves with copic markers. Then I stamped the lilies again and cut out just the white flowers, and then popped them up on top of the first stamped image. I wanted the lilies to have a little depth just like real flowers.

The vase was created from an oval die cut from the same designer paper that you see in the background. I cut a tiny bit off the bottom of the oval, and then cut off about the top third of the oval. The edges were a little too white so I sponged the edges with some brown ink.

I stamped the Weave backgrounder on the Kraft card base as well as on the circle with the lilies. It's a very soft and muted texture to bring out the softness of this card.

Don't forget to go check out the other cards in the gallery. Tracy created some beautiful cards and you don't want to miss seeing these. Click here to go directly to the Glory of Easter gallery. You can see the list of supplies I used to create this card here.

Hope you are having a wonderful day!