November 20, 2013

Huntington Layout & Cards

This Huntington kit is one of my absolute favorites from the Fall/Winter Idea Book! I love the warm color tones in the papers and I also really, really like the fact that the stamps that come in this kit are generic enough that any pictures taken this time of year would work beautifully on this layout!

In addition to the items found in the Huntington kit, I also used the D1550 Happy Autumn stamp set (pictured below), not only because it was designed to coordinate with the theme and designs found in the patterned papers, but I also personally loved it! My favorite image in the whole set is the little stemmed flower cluster in which I stamped across the bottom of the layout. I was able to get three different colors on each image by first inking it the whole stamp with Olive ink, then used a craft sponge to swiped off the ink that was just on the four flower heads. Afterwards I hovered the stamp over a corner of the Autumn Terracotta ink pad so I was only getting that color on the flower heads and not the stems. The last step was to "stamp roll" the flower heads onto the Barn Red ink so all three colors were on the image prior to stamping it each time. It sounds more complicated than it actually is and is totally worth it when it's done! What do you think?


The final thing that I want to point out is the Cocoa colored lattice at the top of both pages. This overlay came from the New Cricut Artbooking Cartridge. I sized the shape to "fit the page" before cutting it which allowed for the perfect size for this layout. 

I also created these fun cards using the same kit. As you can see, I used similar techniques and ideas from the above layout and incorporated them into their designs. 

I hope that you enjoyed what I have had to share today. If so...feel free to leave me a comment! I'd love to "hear" your feedback!

Thank you for stopping by!

October 14, 2013

Laughing Lola Cards

Below are a group of cards that I created using the Laughing Lola Workshop On The Go kit and the C1563 Cityscape stamp set. This first card ended up (for me) to be a tribute card to 9/11 by adding my own Twin Towers in the back drop of the little city that I stamped. Little accents like the lit up windows added the touch of gold needed to make this card feel balanced in color. 

Card One

The flower that you see on this second card is part of the design from one of the pattern papers in this kit. After cutting it out, I tapped my VersaMark ink pad all over the top of it, then added Clear Detail Embossing Powder to it and heated it! I repeated this process a couple of times just make the coating a little thicker than had I just did it once. This not only made it shiny but durable as well.

Card Two

The word "Amazing" that you see above and the banner that you see below both came from the same stamp! I just stamped it on two different papers and cut out the image on Card Two leaving a little bit of the black around it to give it a nice border. I love being able to get entirely different looks from the same stamp!

Card Three

One of the images found in the Cityscape stamp set is this cute little tree stamp. The trunk and the tree top are two separate images which makes it super simple to get different colors where they belong. I first stamped the trunk below in Slate ink then stamped the tree top in 1st and 2nd generation Lagoon giving the canopy an element of depth. The sun was inked with Honey ink then rolled into the Slate ink prior to stamping it. This muted the image so it coordinated with the Laughing Lola Gold cardstock that the card base was made from.

Card Four

These cards were actually created and finished during the middle part of September. Shame on me for not having them posted earlier, however, let's just say that I have had a few things come up that have made it difficult to sit down to blog like I have wanted to. I have been busy creating though, with both the Sarita and  Huntington Workshop on the Go kits so please stop back by to check it out! I plan to take pictures of my artwork tomorrow and will post them soon. Thank you for stopping by! 

September 8, 2013

A gift for Claire & Adam...

In December of this year my niece and her fiancee will be getting married at the Black Horse Inn in Virginia. I was asked by my sister-in-law if I could help out by making a cobblestone photo mat to frame the black-and-white picture of the Inn (seen below), where each guest attending the wedding can sign on it. While I agreed to help in whatever way I could, I kept thinking that the special matting (especially after being signed by everyone) would totally overshadow the picture and wouldn't look as good as she had hoped for. I quickly realized that this picture that she wanted to use looked very similar to an image that is stamped in Black ink. This thought got my wheels spinning...

Shortly after having the above thought, I made a trip to Virginia and stayed at my sister-in-law's house where I proposed a different option to her. Since she had this picture on her computer, why not print the picture out on different color cardstocks and paper piece the picture back together in a 3-D fashion which would make the Inn the focal point, not the matting. We then made a trip to Michael's Arts & Crafts and picked out papers that represented the various images found in the picture itself. After returning to her house, we printed off the copies that you see below.

I took these pictures back home with me and proceeded to cut out the sections for the different images and reattached them using the sky blue paper that was intended to be the main base. I used foam tape to pop the building and hedges and used my Alcohol Markers to add color to the trees, chimney and stone hedge. When I finished it, I mailed it back to my sister-in-law and she had it matted and framed...ready to be signed by all. Here is a picture of how it turned out. I was really pleased with the outcome and can't wait to sign it in December!