Friday, January 29, 2010

Watercoloring Technique

Good evening!  I thought I'd post a quick note that I've posted a new technique today at Cornish Heritage Farms.  The project was super fast and I had a chance to channel my inner artist!


You can see the step by step details on how to recreate the central image at the CHF Technique forums ---> HERE.  Even if I forget to post about the tech, you can see the weekly article posted in the forums.  Stop by sometime.  I'd love to see you!
Thanks for visiting,

Gone Hiking (Sara England) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Vintage Text Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms

Jet Black Archival ink by Ranger

Simply Smooth white cardstock by CHF
Kraft cardstock by Prism
Hot Pressed watercolor paper by Fabriano (this is smooth textured)

Studio paints by C. Hellmuth / Ranger - Sable Brown, Blank Canvas, Dash of Red, Dab of Yellow, Charcoal Black, Smidge of Blue
Brushes by Ranger
water and paper towels
non-stick craft mat
craft sticks
ribbon, flower clip and pin by Maya Road
Tiny attacher by Ranger

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

CPS Sketch # 151 - Prism Papers

Hello!  I have another sketch project to share with you today.  The CPS sponsor of the week is Prism Papers.  The texture of these papers are truly wonderful, almost an "orange peel" / watercolor paper feel to them.

Appreciate Beauty:

While the quality of the Prism papers is understated in this design, it's truly the foundation.  It's always been a favorite and "go-to" cardstock for me.  I'm not sure I can make a card without Prism Kraft cardstock.  Hah!

Be sure to check out the other designer samples at Card Positioning Systems this week.  We'd love to see your take on the sketch too - for a chance to win a great prize.
Thanks for visiting!
Paper: Herbal Garden Dark, Mystic Dark and Kraft cardstocks by Prism
Stamps: Flourish by Stampers Anonymous, “beauty” sentiment from {delightful moments} December KOM by Unity Stamp Company
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress ink by Ranger and Champagne Dazzle Versamark ink by Tsukineko
Patterned Paper: Life Stories by My Mind’s Eye
Tools: sanding block, sewing machine and thread, clear embossing powder by Ranger, Rock Candy clear Distress Paint, ink blending tool
Embellishments: cream rose by Prima Marketing, vintage lace from personal stash, precision scissors
Markers: Copic markers- BG93, BG96, E53 by Imagination International

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Gone Hiking Release at CHF

No... I haven't taken a hike, but maybe I should.  I need to get my rear in gear!  Hah!

The latest release at CHF in the Sara England line is really beautiful.  The images have a rough sketch quality to them and I knew exactly what I would create with my first project.

Missing You:

I loved the sketchy lines so much that I really didn't want to alter it too much. I used a regular #2 pencil to give a few additional bits of shading. I also punched the side to look like the image was pulled from a sketch book... something done quickly / on the fly...

And there's something so touching about this man looking out over the hills to the setting sun that makes me wonder if he's missing someone (or if someone is missing him).

Thanks for visiting!

-Gone Hiking (Sara England) by CHF
-Vintage Text Scrapblock by CHF

-Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko

-Fabriano watercolor paper (main image)
-Kraft by Prism
-Simply Smooth white by CHF

-pin (sewing supplies)
-lace - Wright's and Making Memories
-flower by Prima
-#2 pencil
-dymo label maker
-hairspray (to set pencil shading)
-notebook edge punch by EK Success
-Tiny Attacher by T. Holtz

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

CPS Sketch # 150 - October Afternoon

The weekly sketch at Card Positioning Systems is fantastic.  It's so versatile... I know I'll be tucking this away for future use!

The prize sponsor for the week is October Afternoon.  Now... before I gush, I have to give you the following disclaimer... I'm addicted to all designer paper, but I have a SPECIAL place in my heart for October Afternoon.  I adore the colors, the designs, the patterns.  I was positively giddy with this loveliness!

Way 2 Go!

This was a perfect sketch for the large rub-ons in the Report Card line.

Be sure to stop by the CPS blog to join the design team and create with this sketch for a chance to win an October Afternoon price pack.

Thanks for visiting!
Patterned Paper: Report Card by October Afternoon
Rub-ons: Report Card (RT-653) by October Afternoon
Stickers: Word Stickers – Report Card by October Afternoon
Paper: Kraft and Black Prismatic (Prism Papers)
Tools: Nestabilities by Spellbinder, Dymo label maker, ¾” and 1” circle punches by EK Success
Embellishments: buttons by Paper Studio, crocheted flower by Fancy Pants

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

CPS Sketch # 149 - The {Stamps} of Life

This week's prize sponsor at Card Positioning Systems is The {Stamps} of Life.  I just fell in LOVE with this sketch and the Love2Hug stamp set.

Happy Heart Day:

I think I should have put a few more hearts into this design... what do you think?  Hah!! 

Stop by the CPS blog for inspiration from the other designers.  And be sure to play along with the sketch for a chance to win prizes from The {Stamps} of Life.

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Love2Hug (set#4) by the {stamps} of Life

Ink: Black Soot and Fired Brick Distress inks by Ranger
Paper: Cryogen White and Black Prismatic by Prism
Embellishments: Circle rhinestone frame bling by Heidi Swapp, XL heart ghost shape by Heidi Swapp, ribbon by Offray, black brads by Making Memories
Tools: Nestabilities by Spellbinder, sewing machine and thread, clear embossing powder by Ranger

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Purrfect Friends

The latest release to the Classic Collection at Cornish Heritage Farms is called Purrfect Friends.  It has a couple of darling vintage images that I just loved.

Hello Friend:

Doesn't this image have you wondering if this cat is up to devious things or not?  I'm going to vote for friendly.  Hah!  It truly reminds me of the illustrations from some of my childhood books.
I hope you're week is going well.  Thanks for stopping by!
-Purrfect Friends (Classic Collection) by CHF

-Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko

-Simply Smooth White by CHF
-Kraft and Light Yellow by Prism

Patterned Paper:
-Early Bird by Cosmo Cricket

-Nestabilities by Spellbinder
-Dymo labeler
-Copic markers and airbrush system
-sewing machine and thread
-brads by Making Memories

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

CPS Sketch # 148 - Gina K Designs

Oh yeah!!!  Today I'm posting my first design with CPS and I couldn't be more thrilled!  Gina K Designs sponsored us this week and I really had a ton of fun.

Sketch # 148

Cool Beans

"Cool Beans" is one of my mom's favorite sayings.  I had to incorporate it into the card for sure.  And the corrugated kraft cardstock really reminded me of those wraps you get on a yummy sugar-free vanilla soy latte at Starbucks.  I'm craving one now!

Be sure to stop by Card Positioning Systems to check out the other great designs of the week... and join in the fun.  Link to your projects with the same sketch we use and you can win.

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: My Cuppa’ Joe (Gina K Designs)
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento and Moonlight White Brilliance inks (Tsukineko)
Paper: Kraft (Prism Papers)
Patterned Paper: The Daily Grind (Fancy Pants)
Tools: precision scissors (EK Success), corrugator (Fiskars), sewing machine and Thread, sanding block, 1-1/4” and 1-3/8” circle punches (EK Success)
Markers: Copic markers- YG63, YG67, W1, W3, 0 (Imagination International)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Years!!!

Yep... It's not a good sign that I'm just logging in and chatting with you today.  It's the forth of January, for goodness sake!  But I have been stamping and have a TON of projects to share with you over the next few weeks.

As a sidenote, I did finish all the Tim Holtz holiday tags and will take a full picture to share all of them with you.  Of course, I didn't get my act together soon enough to participate in Tim's giveaway, but I couldn't be more pleased with the results... and that I stamped for the fun of it.

Shifting gears from the holidays, I thought I'd share a project using a stamp set that is all set to release at Cornish Heritage Farms tomorrow.  This fun, called Bear Essentials, is darling and part of a new collection of images by Tom Allen (the same artist responsible for the Friendly Kritters).

Color Blocked Hugs:

Isn't this darling little bear sweet?  I thought a quick card of color blocks would make a perfect Valentine?  And seriously, can you believe I'm ahead of the game?  No, I can't either!

Thanks for stopping by,

p.s. I have a post for tomorrow with my first CPS card.  Gina K Designs is the sponsor and I can't wait to share!

-Bear Essentials (Tom Fun Collection) by CHF

-Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko

-Cryogen White, Kraft, red and pink by Prism
-Simply Smooth white by CHF

-Nestabilities by Spellbinder
-piercing tool
-Opaque white pen by Inkssentials
-Copic Markers