Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Belles 'n Whistles Mystery Candy!

If you've never seen Elisabeth Bell's beautiful stamped images, then you have to check them out asap here!! They are the most precious, innocent child images I've ever seen made into rubber. Currently I own a few in digital format, but I'm saving up to get some in clear acrylic (so much easier to see where you are stamping)!

Through the end of this week Elisabeth Bell is offering everyone a chance to win 8.....YES, I said 8 mystery Belles 'n Whistles stamps!! Check our her blog here for details!!

I sooooo hope I get blessed with another win because her images are beautiful!

Just an update: My main computer got a stupid virus so I'm working from my laptop. I have several cards in the making and will try to post them from my laptop soon. I was hoping to get my Adobe Photoshop loaded onto my laptop, but I can't find the disk, darn it!

Keep your fingers crossed that I win!!

Rosemary :)


I've been admiring some cute, cute stamps over at La-La Land Crafts for a little while now called Marci & Luka. They were created by Irina and boy are they totally AWESOME and did I say CUTE, CUTE?! You can view all of the newly released Halloween images here.

When she first introduced Marci and Luka, she put them up for presale in digital form. Of course, I snatched up every digital image there was! Now, they are available in her store here in rubber form!! Go get these cute images won't be disappointed!!

On her blog, La-La Land Crafts, Irena was offering up some fabulous blog candy for leaving a comment on one of her posts. If your name was picked you won 3 of her newly released Halloween stamps: Pumpkin Marci, Witch Marci and Pirate Luka. Well, guess who was named the winner?........drumroll please.......YES, it was ME!! I'm so excited!! Can you see my huge grin?!!

Here is a pic of Pumpkin Marci:

Here's a pic of Witch Marci:
Anyways, I keep saying I'm going to ink these images up and get something posted, but things have been a little hectic lately with birthdays and projects. But, I promise, when I get a little free time I'm going to make something with these cuties so stay tuned!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Malia's Twilight Birthday Card

My niece's birthday was Sept. 2nd so we are headed up to Owasso, OK today to celebrate with her! Malia is a of course, I had to make her a Twilight card. When The Greeting Farm created images that looked like the Twilight characters I had to snatch them up (cause I'm an undercover Twilighter too....I tried to deny it, but after reading the books I became hooked, ha, ha).

It turns out The Greeting Farm is having a Farm Fresh Friday challenge on it's Splendid Stamping blog to use 3 patterned papers and 3 types of embellishments. I just happened to use that combo on my card so I'm going to enter the challenge, YIPPEE!

These are the other challenges I'm entering my card in:
Crafty Emma's Store - Floral Frenzy
Crazy 4 Challenges - Anything Book Related
Reasonable Ribbon - Flowers & Ribbon
Res-Q Challenge - Use Your Scissors
Stamp Something - Something Cute

Now, personally, I'm Team Jacob. But my niece Malia is Team Edward, and since this card is for her, I used the image that looks like Edward. The Edward image (the stamp is actually called Flirty Edward) is part of the Roll Call Kit at The Greeting Farm. It's an 8 1/2 x 11 set that has several images resembling the cast of Twilight. The image that looks like Bella is called Wild Sprout Camille and she can be purchased here.

I decided to do some paper-piecing so I stamped the image on Neenah cardstock several times and also on some patterned paper for their jeans (the white stitch lines are drawn in with an Inkssentials white opaque pen). Then I cut out the various pieces (jeans, shirts, coat) and paper-pieced them to my original image. I also cut out the images, glue Camille flat to the tan cardstock, but used pop-dots for Edward.

I colored their hair with various Copics. For their skin, I used Copic E51 and then did all the facial shading & blush on Camille with chalks. Since I have a limited supply of Copics, I've been trying out other mediums to do my shading. So far I like my chalks! They take a little more time, but I like the soft blending I get.

For Edward's shirt and Camille's coat I stamped the images a second time on the Neenah cardstock, colored it with Copic BV23, and then shaded the edges with black chalk. I also did some shading on their jeans, but it's hard to tell because the paper is dark. Their shoes were also colored with BV23 and shaded with black chalk. Then I added Glossy Accents to the top of their shoes.

Here's a full view of Malia's Twilight Easel Card:

My card was inspired by a card I found on Split Coast Stampers made by Lorelie Kim. I couldn't find the card on her blog, My Paper Adventures, but you should still check out her blog when you have some time because she has some amazing creations!

I wanted the use the quote on her card, "May your day be filled with Twilight", so I searched her blog to find out how to create it. Since I couldn't find any details on it, I decided to re-create it using MS Word. I used the Constantia font for the top of the quote and used Times New Roman for the word Twilight (I expanded the spacing of the letters to 3.5). I wasn't sure how she made the faint lines on the word Twilight, but when I ran the paper through the printer, the ink smeared. So I got the idea to take a small paint brush, dip the end in water, and drag it through the letters to smear the ink. I think it worked pretty well!

The striped paper and floral paper used for the butterflies came from The Paper Studio Simple Elegance paper pack. The tan cardstock is also from the same paper pack. The black & red cardstock are from CTMH. I think the copper brads are also from The Paper Studio. The paper roses are from Recollections (they started off white, but I colored them with my Black Copic marker).

Here's a close-up of the top of the easel card:

The DP on the top of the card is called Rich Meadows Flocked from The Paper Studio. The tan cardstock used for the sentiment and behind the images is again from the Simple Elegance pack. The black ribbon came from Hobby Lobby. I colored the white roses black and glued them to the centers of the ribbon bows. On the black CTMH cardstock behind the images, I used scissors to distress the edge a little to expose the white core.

So that takes care of my 3 patterned papers (flocked paper at top of card, striped paper at bottom of card, & floral paper for butterflies) and my 3 embellishments (ribbon, paper roses & copper brads). I hope I understood the challenge correctly!

I'll be back tomorrow to post a picture of my sweet niece with her card! I hope she likes it!!



Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ying's Birthday Blog Candy!

I was checking up on some of my blogs and came across this AWESOME blog candy from Ying's blog! Check it out:

The candy shown includes:
Lovely Tilda
Popcorn Box
Sleeping Baby Tilda
Sister and Brother
Tilda with cherries
Tilda with Lace Flag
Twin Tilda
Tilda in Windy Weather
and one Magnolia Doohickeys Die( Paris Night)

She also added one package of crystal garland and one package of gardenia flowers to the blog candy.

To enter this candy, head over to her blog here. She is splitting up the candy to give more people an opportunity to win a prize...AWESOME!

Rosemary :)