If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I take a yearly summer field trip with the kids to the butterfly museum. And every year I take pictures...I just can't help myself. I'm giving you a sneak peek photo. To see the rest, hop on over to my lollipop blog (the link is on the right).
Well, summer vacation has started this week and I can count on one hand the number of minutes I've been able to get in my studio and stamp. That would literally be, 5 minutes. I see the summer is going to do a number of my productivity!
Recently, I had the sad occasion to make a sympathy card (sadly, that is happening all to often lately). The gentleman who passed away and his wife are originally from Ireland so I wanted something with a celtic feel to it.
This cross was made with a metallic green paper using one of the Spellbinder cross dies. I decided not to layer because this alone gave me the feel of a Celtic cross. The sentiment is from River City Rubber Works and stamped with hunter ink (Stampin' Up).
I'm off for another summer filled day. I think I need to start stamping at night......
Another round of red and white coincides with the last day of school. I wanted to give a little something extra so I made up these cards to hold a gift card inside.
The apple set is from Papertrey and is stamped with Memento tuxedo ink. The inside of the apple is stamped with Memento ladybug and the leaf is stamped with Stampin' Up garden green. The stem is colored with a copic marker. The sentiment is also from Papertrey and stamped with tuxedo ink.
The patterned paper is from Doodlebug - ladybug boutique. I went with an A1 size on this one rather than the full size and it fit the gift card perfectly. I've been playing around with this size a lot lately just to change perspective and layout ideas.
Crazy day tomorrow but really more for Mo than me so I hope to see you then!
I'm taking a break from my red and white stamping today. Since the World cup has been on, I thought I'd ink up this little soccer boy from Lizzie Anne stamps.
He is inked with Memento tuxedo ink and colored with copic markers. (and if I could find the sheet with the marker info, I would tell you which ones I used!). The sentiment is from Papertrey (really, who else do I use for sentiments???) and inked with Memento paris dusk ink.
Tomorrow I will be back again with more red and white. Have a great night!
I think that one of my favorite clean and simple color combo's is red and white. There is something so crisp about the contrast that really appeals to me.
The flower is die cut and layered together with a brad. I added a sentiment from Papertrey stamped with real red (SU) ink. I think the hardest part of this card was deciding which sentiment to use! I think I may do a whole series with different colors and different sentiments so stay tuned.
The basis of this card is a Stampin' Up roller stamp. The first thing I do when I get these is unmount them off the roller and re-mount to use like any other unmounted stamp. This one is big enough that I can use it like a background stamp. I used Memento ladybug ink for the image and then added some layers of cardstock.
I am embracing the color of red this week so look for more red (and maybe white and blue) creations!
Don't you just love challenges? I have a customer who asks me every year to make a birthday card for her brother who owns a blue truck. Since I only have one truck stamp, I use the same stamp every year. The challenge is to create something totally new each year.
I make a conscious effort to not look at past year's cards. I kind of know in my head how they basically look and I don't want to mess with the mojo by looking at them too much before I sit down to the create the new one.
Here's what I came up with this year....
The truck image is from River City Rubber Works and this year I stamped it with Stampin' Up night of navy ink. The sentiment is from Papertrey and stamped with navy ink also. The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up.
Simple, but that's the creative place I am in at this moment. I like it.
There is a dearth of lacrosse stamps out there so what is a girl to do when she needs a card for a lacrosse coach? You have to get creative. (and thank your lucky stars for google).
I googled lacrosse stick in google pictures and ended up with the picture of a stick. That's when the creative aspect came in. (And I'm so not a computer graphics guru so if I can do it, anyone can). Using my picture program, I manipulated the stick so it was at an angle. I then copied that and pasted it in a flipped position, this giving me the two crossed sticks.
The sticks are colored lightly with a gray prismacolor marker for just a hint of color.
The words are stamped with Memento grape jelly ink. I used purple because Meghan's team was named Northwestern and their colors are purple and white.
I plan on making some more in other colors and loading them up my store so if you are looking for a lacrosse card, you'll know where to find them!
Recently we went to a wedding and I found myself in need of a wedding card. The groom was Mo's cousin and our family is heavy on the Irish side so I wanted to create something that was Celtic in nature.
I found this paper by Basic Grey and built the card around that.
The image is from Scottish Borders Stamps and is stamped with Palette giverny green ink. The paper is from Basic Grey - Origins (aloe).
The wedding was lots of fun but I forgot to bring a camera so no pix to show. Have a great night!