Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bright Boots

I have been laying around a lot this week. I watched a couple of movies, and I colored a whole bunch of stamped images. I really like to color, it is relaxing to me, and much better than just laying around waiting to feel better. I just got this new set "Cowboy Boots" from The Angel Company, what a fun set to color or paper piece. I think these must be Cowgirl boots, because I can not imagine any Cowboy actually wearing boots in these colors. I really don't even know if they make boots in these colors. These are the colors in my daughters room, bright! As I was coloring them I thought of this saying from "Bookoo Blessings", Live in Full Color, what a great sentiment. I kind of threw this card together with the scraps laying on my table, it's the only thing I have made all week. It's not exactly what I had pictured, but I think I kind of like it anyway. What do you think?

Stamps: Cowboy Boots T3227,Bookoo Blessings T2892
Ink : Momento Black, Palette Burnt Umber and Claret
Paper: White Cardstock,  Bo Bunny Double Dot
Colored with Copic Markers             

Monday, February 22, 2010

More Funny Farm

Just wanted to make a quick post today. I made this card awhile back, it is using the set Funny Farm and Funny Farm Phrases again, from The Angel Company. These animals are so silly, they just make me smile. My family is all fighting a nasty bug right now, including me. The only one feeling good is my seven year old son, he is at school right now. So I think I am going to go lay back down, while it is quiet and calm here. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you are having a great day!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Feb. Angel Art Blog Hop : Go Green

This months Angel Art Blog Hop theme is "Go Green"! We could use the color green, we could make something for St. Patrick's Day, or we could recycle something to use in our project!! So I made a trio of cards using green as my pop of color, kind of and Irish feel, and I used a soda pop can for a decorative element!! I know that I have done this soda pop thing before, but this time I added some alcohol inks and embossed them with the spellbinders impressabilities that we are now carrying in the catalog. I also used my nestibilities labels 4, and scalloped hearts to create some of the shapes I used. This was such a fun theme, I can't wait to see what all the other participating Angels did for their projects! Please stop by their blogs and take a look too! I am sure they would all love a comment or two about their projects too!


Rita W

I love how these cards turned out, the embossing really adds so much to the metal, but the alcohol ink gives it even more! Did you know that you can use your Copic refill inks for this technique! I also lightly sanded the surface after I did the inking technique, just to bring out a little silver color and I think i gives it more depth. Cutting the shapes with the nesties works beautifully and kind of curves the edges so you don't have any sharp spots to worry about.
If you want to try this all you need to do is cut the ends off a soda can , be careful the edges get really sharp!! Cut it down the seam line and fold open, then use a paper cutter to trim edges straight. I then ran it through my Big Shot with one of the impressabilities. Slightly sanded the surface, and added the alcohol ink, 2 separate colors and blended with blending solution. When I had the color I liked, I heat set it and then sanded the surface again to bring back a little silver and give it more depth. Then I cut my shapes and made my cards, I was able to get all three of these cards from one pop can! There are photos below what I did. If you are an Angel and you would like to join us, head on ove to Paper Wings for the details!

For these cards I used:
Stamps: Script Background t2898
Bookoo Blessings t2892
Fabulous Frames t3255
Great Greetings t3114
Unexpected Joys TB 3149
Paper: Ivory and Kraft Cardstock
Ribbon, alcohol inks, buttons, crimpper, nestie hearts and lables4, lables1

Friday, February 12, 2010

Funny Farm

These stamp sets crack me up, they are "Funny Farm" and "Funny Farm Phrases" from The Angel Company. This chicken is my favorite, but the pig runs a close second. I don't usually manage the "simple clean" style of card very well. I always end up adding just a little more here and there, until I no longer have a clean and simple style card. But I really like the look of clean and simple, and I would like to be good at all different styles, so I am trying to branch out. I love how the score bug gives you just a little texture, (honestly, without it I think I would have added a layer of paper!) I like how this one turned out, what do you think?

What I used for this card:
Stamps: Funny Farm t-3115
Funny Farm Phrases t-312
Paper: Kraft Cardstock v-244
Scarlet Cardstock v-237
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Score Bug Embosser F-361
Colored withCopic markers

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Creative Challenges...

Sometimes it is good to step out of your "box" and do something totally different than you would normally do things. I do not often join in on online challenges, because, well... they're challenging! Challenges have rules, and I am a rule follower. (seriously my husband refers to me as "a cross walk girl") I find that kind of restricting when doing something creative. When creating I , like my friend Linda says," let the squirrel out of the cage!", I am kind of all over the place. So challenges are challenging for me, but I decided that maybe I need to step out of my box a little more often, and try some new things. This card is the end result. There was an inspiration challenge over on Paper Wings, the inspiration piece was very Victorian, very pretty, very not me. But I wanted to join in the fun, and this is what I ended up with. I followed the layout of the inspiration piece as close as possible, and the colors kind of, but I definitely added my own style in there too I think. I was not sure if I even liked it, I thought twice about posting it to be honest. But I am so glad that I did because, I received a lot of positive comments on this card! So sometimes it is good to step out the box and do something totally different!! So what do you find challenging when creating, working with a set of guide lines (rules), or flying but the seat of your pants?

What do you think?

What I used for this project:
stamps: Cheery Thoughts R-2043
Ink: Palette Burnt Umber
Paper: Willoughby SWIC, More Mimi SWIC, Kraft and Ivory Cardstock
Accessories: Heart and Flower punches, Nestibilities circle and label dies, dew drops, Copic markers, scrappers floss.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

More Mimi Acrylic Album

"More Mimi" is one of my favorite paper lines from The Angel Company, it is even double sided for more creative possibilities. That means 10 different paper patterns to work with, plus a set of double sided tags!!
This is a clear album a we also carry in the catalog, so much fun with all the different shapes.

I love how this album turned out. If you have not made an acrylic album before , you should give it a try, they are so much fun and look so beautiful when they are done.

I hope that you enjoy this little album, and maybe it will inspire you to create your own clear album to use for yourself, or as a special gift...

I would love to hear what you think! Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!!

For this project I used:

More Mimi SWIC V855
Mimi Cardstock B311
All Mixed Up acrylic album K600
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