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 28, 2013

And the winner is...

Back in March of 2013 I showed my local Club Members this double sided foam tape roll (or should I call it a wheel?) and presented them with a fun little contest. I asked each of them to write an exact date of when they thought I would be finished using the entire roll up on my projects, then put their predictions in an sealed envelope. Once I finished using the roll...I would open all of the envelopes and the person who's date was closest to the date I used it up by...would win a Workshop On The Go kit of their choice! Just one more way of me saying "Thank YOU!" for all of the on-going support that I get from this awesome group of women!

March 13, 2013

October 27, 2013
Well, it took me eight months to go through that giant roll, and during one of my classes yesterday I had a couple of ladies from my "Stamping Divas Club" (thank you Melinda & Rosie!) be witnesses as I opened all of the envelopes to see who the winner was.

And the winner is...drum roll please......

         Peggy Johnson!!!

Congrats Peggy...the date that you guessed was November 16, 2013!

And a special thanks to all the other special ladies for joining in on the fun!

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!