If you have two loaves of bread sell one and buy flowers. For although the bread will nourish your body, the flowers will nourish your soul.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Going Digital

No matter what you're into, there's always something new to challenge you. A relatively new (at least to me) thing in stamping is the availability of digital images for purchase. You buy the image, download to your computer, print onto your cardstock, and color away! Some of the advantages of this is the fact you can change the size of the image or flip it to face the other direction. This is all new to me and I am still learning.
This is the supplies challenge week for our Monday CCEE project and our hostess, Frances, purchased for each of us this digital image called "End of Summer" from Mo's Digital Pencil. From that point on, we were free to do what we wanted.

Recipe: stamps- sentiment (Stamps and Smiles), End of Summer (Mo's Digital Pencil); paper- Buckaroo Blue (SU), white, designer paper (Chateau Toile Flat, from KandCompany); ink- black archival; accessories- paper flower (Creative Memories), button, Prismacolor pencils and Turpenoid.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Flower Pot Pocket Card

Say that four times, fast! :)
This is the Monday the 21st CCEE challenge, and there is an excellent tutorial for it on SplitcoastStampers. I had a lot of fun doing my autumn version. The flowers are attached to the panel that slides in and out of the pot. You can write your sentiment on this. I got the idea for using the 'sanded' background stamp on the pot from my Stampin'Up consultant, Carol, and I love the look. We did a beautiful summery one at her monthly stamp club. She also taught us how to do the crimped leaves for another project. You cut an oval leaf shape, fold it in half tip to tip, and run it through the crimper on a slant. Love it!

Recipe: stamps- sanded (SU); paper- white and terra cotta colored cardstock, designer paper (Hopscotch mat pad, K&Company); ink- white pigment (Color Box); accessories- eyelet border punch, green gingham ribbon (Offray), Flower Layers#3 dies (SU), crimper.

CCEE Sketch Challenge

The challenge for Monday, September 7 was this sketch provided by our hostess, Frances.

And this is my resulting card. The bottom half is a jumbo wheel called Bright Blessings. I don't use my wheels as wheels though. I always remove the rubber by slicing with a craft blade right at the seam, and peeling it off. It comes off very easily. To stamp, I lay down the sheet of rubber on a scrap of paper, ink it up, remove it from the paper and lay it close to the edge of my work table. Then I take the paper to it. For this particular one, I stamped the portion that has the 'give thanks' leaf again on a scrap and cut it out.

Recipe: stamps- Whimsical Autumn by Carolyn King ( manufactured by Gina K. Designs) (basket and ivy), Bright Blessings (jumbo wheel, SU); paper- natural, designer paper (Basic Grey "Wassail, spice tea"); ink- always artichoke (SU), black archival; accessories- antique gold brads, brown woven ribbon (Offray), Creative Memories circle cutting system, pop dots, leaf stencil (source unknown), Prismacolor Pencils and Turpenoid.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

August Supplies Challenge

Cindy (Mothermark on SCS) supplied us CCEE'rs with some beautiful materials this month, and this is my result. The large ladybug is copied from the one on the ribbon. I used a circle punch for the head and hand drew the simple torso onto the red designer paper. I often do not add a sentiment right away when I do a card. This allows me to add an appropriate one for the occasion needed at the time.
I'm sorry I don't have any info about the materials used. I will add it later if I find out the sources. Just a reminder- you can click on all the photos for a closeup look.