Monday, March 28, 2011

My Favorite Things-Being Cute

Today's post features a little card I made using My Favorite Things-Being Cute Is What I Do set.  I really changed things up-NO COPIC markers.
I decided to pull out my good ole' colored pencils and Gamsol.  I have not tried this in years!  I was really surprised at how well I was able to shade using this technique. 

If this is something you would like to try you'll need the following:

high quality colored pencils (i use the Prisma brand)
Gamsol (I purchased some from Inky Antics long ago in a special bottle.  You can also purchase it from Gina K Design in a pump and The Stamping Bella)
paper blending stumps (the Taiwan brand is better than the China brand)
high quality paper (#80  is best)
sanding tool or nail file ( to sand your stumps to change color and keep even)
ink (waterproof- I use Momento ink)


Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink-Stamper's Select (White)
D.P:  Basic Grey -Curio
Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Being Cute Is What I Do
Ink:  Mometo (Tuxedo Black)
Color Medium:  Prisma Colored Pencils
Punch: Fiskars (Scalloped Sentiments)
Other:  button and hemp cording

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Papertrey Button Cards


Today I am posting some cards I created with Papertrey Ink's new button card stamps and Basic Grey's new Luscious collection.

All of the cards were stamped with Momento Ink.  I think the PI stamps work so well with this ink.  As you might already know, I use Momento Ink whenever I color with my Copic markers, but this ink also has a wide range of colors.  So often I will stamp with dye ink and get an image that is well- not as crisp as I would like it to be.  Not the case with these inks.  I also can find them in a dew drop size, so I am not spending a fortune stocking up (especially with my discounts at JoAnn's).

This stamp set is so awesome.  There is also a coordinating die that I am waiting for.  I have yet to see it in stock-it is taking forever!
The stamps come in an array of vintage images with words and a couple of choices for the card itself.  There are plenty of possibilities.

I have also been dying a lot of my own wrinkle ribbon.  Super easy to make and I use all of my Distress Ink to color them.  I just wish Tim Holtz made a teal distress ink.  I guess I will just have to go out and purchase some Glimmer Mist (which also works great for coloring your ribbon).

Hope you can find some uses for the buttons in your stash as home!

Cardstock:  Stamper's Select-White Papertrey Ink
DP:  So Luscious-Basic Grey
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink -Button Boutique and Hero Arts-Sentiment 
Ink:  Momento Ink (various colors)/Distress Ink- Antique Linen
Buttons:  JoAnne's 
Ribbon:  Offray and Handmade Wrinkle Ribbon/American Crafts (scallops)
Jute:  American Crafts

Thursday, January 13, 2011

If We Didn't Have Change...


Have you been crafting lately?  Hope so.
A few weeks ago, I created this little card with my Unity KOM.  "The sentiment reads, "if nothing ever changed, we wouldn't have butterflies".

Here is the card:

Instead of coloring with my Copic markers, I used Distress Inks.  It made putting the card together really quick!  Papers are from Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934. Hope you enjoy!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers:  Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934
Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. (KOM)
Ink:  Distress Inks-Ranger
Die Cuts:  Nestabilities
Paper Punch:  Fiskars-Scalloped Sentiments
Ribbon:  Papertrey Ink
Corner Rounder:  We R Memory Keepers-Corner Chomper


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Snow Man Day!


At school, we've been talking about snowmen.  Or shall I say, snowpeople.
In one of my favorite children's books, the author Lois Elhert, saves all sorts of good stuff in a paper sack and creates a snow family-including a snow cat and dog.

My card today is inspired by this very book.  The December KOM has, as always, has some very fine images. The snowman on this card is no exception.  I just love how cute and simple he is.

Check it out:


Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink, Bazzill Embossed Swiss Dots
Patterned Paper:  Sassafrass (Indie Girl)
Ink:  Momento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Stormy Sky)
Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. (Dec 2010 KOM)
Copic Markers
Die Cuts:  Nestabilities (large ovals)
Other:  Button, String

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hero Arts and Basic Grey-Butterfly


I made several cards over the big holiday break and will be sharing them when I have the chance to post.

For today's post, I made a classy card featuring Hero Arts' antique engraving set as well as Basic Grey's Curio paper.  When The Paper Clipping Roundtable chit chatted about this new line from Basic Grey, I was pretty much drooling.  I love the colors, images and well even the smell of this line.  (Oh, I really like the smell of paper...such a sicko!)

So here's the card:

  Hope you enjoy!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Papers:  Basic Grey (curio)
Stamps:  Hero Arts (antique engravings)(happy birthday sentiments)
Ink:  Momemto Ink ,Distress Ink (vintage photo, antique linen)
Punch:  Fiskars (Scalloped Sentiments)
Ribbon:  Michael's (Back to Basics)
Twine:  Wal-Mart
Copic Markers

Monday, December 27, 2010

My Favorite Things Winter Stamping


We had a very Merry Christmas in the Gates household this year.  The plumbing and heating tech just left our home.  A new water heater was put in-YIKES!  Not the cheapest thing to have installed.  My husband was able to score a dented 50 gallon water heater for cost at work so that gave us a little better total, but not by much.

So on to the post....                       

Today's image is from My Favorite Things. Love the stuff from the Pure Innocence collection! I used papers from Basic Grey and added coloring with my Copic markers.  I love adding winter blues and greens to my cards this time of the year-so cozy!
Hope you enjoy!

2010 Christmas Card


I am finally posting my 2010 Christmas card.  This year I made a minimal amount of cards-40.  I decided that it would be enough-well it wasn't.  Less time and a more challenging card is what I was dealing with this year.

So here is what I came up with:
And the inside features:


Lots of painting with Distress Ink and perfect pearls.  In real life it looks all sparkly and pretty.  I hope you enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!