Sunday, August 23, 2009

3 Girls And A Bottle of Wine!

The Timeless Tuesday Challenge this week was to use the colors Olive, Black, and Red. This became quite difficult on Saturday evening to achieve. On what should have been an extremely productive crafty Saturday night with friends, it quickly turned into a giggle fest and absolute madness! At between 6 to 8 hours of a crop night I was able to complete this one card. Yes all night and 1 card! I used barn red for the base of this card and a beautiful olive and black patterned paper that I swiped from one of my friends' collection as well as some more olive and black pieces to matt the focus. The stamped images were from the Close To My Heart stamp set called "Simple Beauty". The flower was stamped in black on olive cardstock and cut out. The image was colored in using some Prisma color pencils and then popped up using some really thick glue dots. These actually worked well in a pinch as I had just ran out of my foam dimensionals. The cardstock pieces were sponged around the edges using black ink and then I finally added the finishing touch of red sparkles to add just a little shine! This card was very fun to make but I have to say most of the amusement came from my 2 favorite crafty girls and a bottle of
Ballatore Spumante sparkling wine! If you are looking to try something new, Ballatore Spumante is super cheap and is a very tasty treat great for summer that can be picked up at any grocery store!

"Tasting notes
The delicate freshness of Ballatore makes it a mostcharming sparkling wine. Inviting aromas reminiscent of ripe peaches and apricots combine to form a delightfully complex bouquet. Well-balanced and rich in varietal character, this sparkling wine refreshes with melony flavors and a crisp, clean finish."

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Christmas In August

Hello Crafters! Today I have created another Christmas card! At least the weather here in Arizona is only in the low 100's today! I can feel Fall coming.... soon I hope! Well this card was so fun to make! I had been wanting to use this cute "Merry Little Christmas" stamp set I purchased through Close To My Heart for quite some time so I finally brought it out today to play with. It features a couple of cute mice and a Charlie Brown feeling Christmas tree among a few other cute images. The Christmas theme challenge comes from the OCC Challenge Page . Make sure to check out their design team members' artwork for some awesome inspiration! The sketch was the challenge from 2 Red Bananas this week! It is a very clean sketch and super simple. The image was stamped using Versa Fine onyx black ink since it is water resistant I used it to feel confident that my coloring of the stamps would not bleed with the stamped images' ink. I decided to color this stamp in using a water brush. If you have never used one before they are tons of fun! You just fill it with water, dip in your ink pad, and paint like you would with a paintbrush. It acts a lot like a blender pen! The edges of the bamboo, white daisy, and garden green cardstock pieces were all distressed and some of the pieces were scored and sanded. The scoring technique was the challenge for Timeless Tuesday this week. I kept the scoring simple by using a stylus and my paper cutter to create some clean lines. Last but not least I did just the tiniest of embellishing by using some green floss and cross stitched little X patterns. I hope you enjoyed my card this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Go Fish!

Hello All! Today I am posting the card that I created for my dad's 60th Birthday! He is quite the fisherman so I used the "Campin Fever" stamp set by Close To My Heart and the "Back Country" paper packet and stickease also by CTMH! The sketch was provided by Mojo Monday's challenge. For my circles I used the Coluzzle cutting system and distressed my edges thereafter! For the Cottage Rumble they challenged us use torn paper or fabric so I tore the edges of my Barn Red cardstock for matting. To embellsih the card I simply tied some navy embroidery floss to the card and popped up some smaller circles that I stamped with fly lures and distressed slightly. This was a very simple card to put together. Thank you for taking a gander at my creation!