Friday, February 26, 2010

Latest Release at CHF

The Waiter is the newest release at Cornish Heritage Farms.  I thought the image was darling and had a blast coloring this one.


I opted to use a London Fog (gray) Memento ink to stamp this image.  I really loved how it softened the lines of the image... because I thought using all black would be too harsh for the ice.  I colored this with Copics to match the reference art.

Then, in order to mimic the reference art, I used a copic multiliner pen to give definition to the character's eyes. Then, I used a black Sakura glaze pen to color the penguin - after completing the other coloring.  As a word of caution, do not color in the penguin with the glaze pen first and follow with Copic markers because it will damage your marker nib.

And in case you wanted to do a little shopping at CHF, it's Double Points this Friday & Saturday (Feb 26th & 27th).  You can see all the details about Club CHF right HERE.

Also, there's another great deal going on at CHF.  While supplies last, for all orders over $75 CHF will give you a FREE spool of ribbon (10yds) from Cream City Ribbon! This is a $5 value. There are 13 different colors available, so if you are back to shop with CHF again in the next couple of weeks, be sure to leave a note in your order comments what color you already received and CHF will provide you with an alternate color (subject to availability).  This offer is for online orders only and is based on the order value before any fees and after any discounts. Colors subject to availability and offer only valid while supplies last.
OK.  So, are you ready to shop now?  Hah!
Thanks for visiting!  I love when you do!
-The Waiter (Tom Allen's Friendly Kritters) by CHF

-London Fog Memento Ink by Tsukineko

-Simply Smooth white cardstock by CHF
-Baby blue light and White Prismatic by Prism

-Swiss Dots embossing folder by Provo Craft
-Copic markers
-Black glaze pen by Sakura
-fine point copic multiliner
-sewing machine and thread
-satin ribbon by May Arts
-ghost shapes snowflake by Maya Roads
-jewel center by Prima Marketing

My NEW Favorite Things - Pure Innocence

Yes - it's true!  I'm in love!  I have finally caved and purchased a few of these darling little girls in the Pure Innocence stamp line and have been having a ton of fun creating with them.

Sending Well Wishes:

Isn't this little one sweet?  She seems so compassionate, taking care of her little bear.

I colored her with Copics, matching her to the Early Bird Cosmo Cricket paper.  I also had to give a try at making my own ribbon rose again... this time, because my ribbon was a bit thinner than the satin I used earlier in the week, I followed Ms. Julie's great technique HERE.  I felt like I was wearing more Fabri-Tac glue than my ribbon, but it worked.  Let's just not look too closely at this little rose, shall we.  I think I need to practice a bit.  Hah!!!

As a sidenote, I also purchased some Detail Blending Paper by Couture Cardstock from eclectic paperie.  This stuff rocks!  I felt like I had complete control of the markers and had great saturation.  I was SO happy with the results that I think this will be a go-to paper for my Copic colored projects.

Thanks for visiting!  I appreciate it!

Stamps: Better Get Better (Pure Innocence) by MFT
Ink: Black Soot Distress ink by Ranger

Paper: Detail Blending Paper by Couture Cardstock
Patterned Paper: Early Bird by Cosmo Cricket
Other: Sewing machine, Nestabilities by Spellbinder, ribbon, Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives, Clear Embossing powder by Ranger, Copic Markers

Thursday, February 25, 2010

CPS Sketch # 155 - Perfectly Pretty -- Take Two!

I loved the sketch and the fantastic ribbon this week at CPS... so much that I opted to make another project this week.

I've never tried my hand at ribbon roses before.  As soon as I saw all the gorgeous ribbon from Perfectly Pretty (and the length of pale pink satin ribbon in the package), I knew I was going to give it a try.  I twisted and stitched a length of wide satin ribbon (folded in half) to give me a big blossom.

Follow Your Bliss:

Since I didn't want to detract from the simply gorgeous ribbon, I added a simple stamped sentiment and a soft wreath.  I think this card is all about the texture.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you'll visit again soon,

Ribbon: May Arts ribbons supplied by Perfectly Pretty - Carly Robertson
Stamps: "Follow your bliss" sentiment by Cornish Heritage Farms, Bramble Wreath by Memory Box
Ink: New Sprout Memento ink by Tsukineko, Black Soot Distress ink by Ranger
Paper: White Prismatic and Rose Light by Prism / Bazzill
Tools: Nestabilities by Spellbinder, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder by ProvoCraft, needle and thread, clear embossing powder by Ranger

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

CPS Sketch # 155 - Perfectly Pretty

This week's CPS card sketch is sponsored by Perfectly Pretty, where ribbon abounds!  I had a ball this week and created two projects.  I'm posting one today and have another for you on Thursday.


This card was SO super fast.  In fact, there wasn't a bit of stamping involved.  While I'm a stamper at heart, this was so, so fun!  I loved the colors of the ribbons so much that they are center stage in this project.

Be sure to check out the other Sponsor Spotlight designs, all posted on the Card Positioning Systems blog.  And if you're looking for an extra dose of CPS, friend us on Facebook.  You never know what goodies will be there.

Thanks for visiting,

Ribbon: May Arts ribbons supplied by Perfectly Pretty - Carly Robertson
Paper: Natural White Classic Crest by Neenah
Patterned Paper: Girl Friday by Cosmo Cricket
Button: Vintage Buttons Holiday Collection by Papertrey Ink
Flowers: paper flowers by Prima Marketing
Tools: Nestabilities by Spellbinder, Copic markers (R81 and R83) and airbrush system by Imagination International
Letters: Cream Soda foam Thickers by American Crafts

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CPS Sketch # 154 - Keep In Touch

I had so much fun with this week's Card Positioning Systems' sketch.  Pairing it with a card kit from Keep In Touch, I had a card put together in no time at all!

So Very Happy:

The kit from Keep In Touch had loads of vintage bits and pieces that were just perfect for this sketch.  I used a bit of the floral paper to jazz up the envelope too.  Super fast and fun!

Be sure to join us this week at the CPS blog with your creations - and on Facebook fan page.

Thanks for visiting,

Vintage Kit: Keep In Touch ( - Kit included paper, buttons, tulle flower, floral die-cut, envelope and scallop trim
Ink: Old Paper Distress ink by Ranger
Paper: Kraft Cardstock by Prism / Brazil
Ribbon: 1/8" satin ribbon by Papertrey Inc.
NOTE: I used a bit of the pretty floral paper to personalize the flap of the matching envelope.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

I think I'm still in a little shock that it's even February.  It feels like we just put away the Christmas tree!  I have a couple sweet cards to share with you today.

Heart Love Notes:

I love shaped cards. I started with a 5" square card and penciled a quick heart along the edges. I used a scissors to trim and copied on a second card.

I created two similar cards for my kids Valentines this year... keeping it simple makes for a fun project, easy to duplicate and even more fun to give!

Valentine's Lotto Tickets:

And to add to the fun, I created a couple lotto tickets that the kids will LOVE!  They get to take a "chance" at a great prize.  Their cards have a "free" chore associated with them.  I don't think they'll mind one bit, getting a hall pass from a chore.

If you'd like to try to try your own hand at a lotto ticket, you can check out the tutorial I did for Cornish Heritage Farms.
I hear there's a sale going on at Cornish Heritage Farms today on everything in the store (14% off today only).  Have fun shopping!

Thanks for visiting!  I love when you do,

Heart Love Notes:
-Bear Essentials (Tom Fun Collection) by CHF

-Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko
-Lady Bug Memento marker by Tsukineko

-Cryogen White (for card base), red and pink by Prism
-Simply Smooth white by CHF

-Nestabilities by Spellbinder
-ribbon by May Arts and Offray
-piercing tool
-Opaque white pen by Inkssentials
-Copic Markers
-precision Scissors

Valentine's Lotto Tickets:
Bear Essentials (Tom Fun Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink pad and Lady Bug Memento "red" marker by Tsukineko

Simply Smooth white cardstock by CHF
Red cardstock by Prism

Red Acrylic paint (this one is a metallic)
Foam Brush
Liquid dish soap
water and paper towels (optional to clean up any mess)
Clear laminating sheet by Xyron
Wax paper
Precision scissors
Copic Markers by Imagination International

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Guardian Castle Release

The detailed images of the Thomas Kinkade line used to scare me.  Truly they did.  But I was lured into how elegant the projects looked... how classic and timeless the scenes could be.

Releasing tomorrow is the Guardian Castle image in the Thomas Kinkade series at Cornish Heritage Farms.  The castle in the mountains reminds me of a fairy tale.

My Guardian:
I used a combination of copic markers and Prismacolor pencils to get a detailed and vibrant effect.

I truly enjoyed spending an evening coloring this image... Such a pleasure!  It's better than therapy.  I just wish stamping were less expensive than professional help.

Thanks for visiting,
-Guardian Castle (The Thomas Kinkade Series) by CHF

-Smokey Gray Versafine by Tsukineko
-Vintage Photo Distress ink by Ranger

-Simply Smooth White by CHF
-Kraft, Teal light and med, Suede Brown by Prism
-Copic markers
-Prismacolor pencils
-Textile Cuttlebug embossing folder by Provocraft
-sewing machine and thread

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

CPS Sketch # 153 - Papertrey Inc. #2

I really loved the CPS Sketch # 153 that I had to create a second card.

Thanks for Everything:

I loved the simple flower and HAD to try a dimensional project.  In fact, as soon as I saw the image, I knew I'd go that route right away.  I used the paper tole technique, stamping multiples of the flower, coloring with copic markers and trimming to separate the petals.  I sprayed with water to allow me to shape the petals (and leaves) and heat set to dry in the shape I wanted.

For once, what I saw in my head translated to paper!  Hah!

I also airbrushed with my Copic Y32/Y38 to give that glow behind the flower.  And everything is layers of dimension.

I hope you'll join us this week at the CPS blog for a chance at a great Papertrey prize pack!

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: YEAR OF THE FLOWERS: VIOLET Papertrey Inc.
Paper: Paper Basics Kraft and Stamper's Select White by Papertrey Inc.
Patterned Paper: Green Tea Leaves Collection by Papertrey Inc.
Ink: Black Soot Distress ink by Ranger
Color Media: Copic markers and airbrush system by Imagination International
Tools: water spray bottle, skewer, heat gun, dimensional tape, precision scissors, Nestabilities by Spellbinder
Embossing powder: clear detail by Ranger
Embellishment: pearls by Recollections
Technique: Paper tole flower

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

CPS Sketch # 153 - Papertrey Inc.

Hello!  This is just a quick post with my sketch card for the week at Card Positioning Systems.  The sponsor this week is Papertrey Inc.  I'm just beginning to find out how addictive their images, paper and wonderful embellishments can be.  All I have to say is I'm going to be spending a lot of cash with PTI in the future!!!

OK.  So, without further ado - my first card for this sketch.

With Faith:

A few design notes on this card:
  • I paper pieced the flower onto patterned paper.  I think this is a really wonderful and cohesive way of giving dimension.
  • I repeated stamped the flower image with Versamark and embossed in clear on the white layer.  This isn't hugely obvious in the picture, but in real life, it's a subtle and elegant way to dress up a design.
  • I scored a square around the main image.  I think this helps ground the image, as it's raised on dimensional tape, and give added interest to the simple card base.
Overall, I thought it was fitting for Papertrey, which (in my opinion) is the epitome of simple elegance!

Stop by the CPS blog and join us this week for a chance to win a PTI prize pack!  We'd love to see your projects!

Thanks for visiting,

p.s. Did you know that Card Positioning Systems is now on Facebook?  Become a fan for updates on sketches and sponsors.  There will be great things to come... on Fridays, I believe!
Stamps: YEAR OF THE FLOWERS: VIOLET by Papertrey Inc.

Paper: Paper Basics Kraft and Stamper's Select White cardstocks by Papertrey Inc.
Patterned Paper: Green Tea Leaves Collection by Papertrey Inc.
Ribbon: White silk (1/8") and Melon Berry Saddle Stitch ribbon by Papertrey Inc.
Buttons: Holiday mix vintage buttons by Papertrey Inc.
Ink: Black Soot Distress and Embossing ink by Ranger
Embossing powder: clear detail by Ranger
Tools: Scor-Pal, precision scissors, dimensional tape

Friday, February 5, 2010

JustRite Stampers Challenge

Having some new JustRite stamps in the house, I thought I'd participate in one of their weekly challenges... and as a bonus get organized!  You can see all the details of this week's challenge HERE for Crafty Calendars.  Since I was going to go out and buy a simple calendar anyway (but never got around to it because I'm really unorganized), this challenge was calling to me.

2010 Design Calendar:

I created and printed my own calendar from Microsoft Publisher in portrait view.  I chose a very simple design for the calendar so I would have plenty of space to write reminders about design team deadlines and publication calls.

The cover was created from two sheets of cardboard, trimmed to 8.75: x 11.25" (larger than a standard sheet of copy paper to completely cover the insides).  The cardboard was stolen from the backs of two large scrapbook paper pads I had on hand.  I covered all four sides (the inside and outside of the front and back covers) with Girl Friday cardstock.

To give my calendar a fitting title, I used the Times New Roman font.  The numbers, the flourishes, the D and C of the title were in 95 pt.  The rest of the letters were in 50 pt. for contrast.  I stamped in Black Soot Distress ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder.

With all that said, I couldn't be more pleased!  I am using the calendar every week.  I've tons of details added to my calendar and have found that I'm meeting deadlines.  It's a fantastic thing to be organized!!!

Thanks for visiting,
-Times New Roman Uppercase font set (JB-08060) by JustRite Stampers with Horizontal Wood Stamper (JB-08110) by JustRite Stampers

-Black Soot Distress ink by Ranger

-Natural White Classic Crest by Neenah

Patterned Paper:
-Girl Friday by Cosmo Cricket

-Nestabilities by Spellbinder
-Felt Flowers and Swirl by Creative Imaginations
-flower jewel by Zva Creative
-Bind-it-all machine and white o-wire
-print calendar from Microsoft Publisher
-clear detail embossing powder by Ranger
-Y32 and Y38 Copic Markers and airbrush system by Imagination International

Finished Project Size: 8.5" x 11"
Challenge: JRC_004 Craft Calendar

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

CPS Sketch # 152 - JustRite Stampers

This week's sponsor for the Card Positioning Systems sketch is JustRite Stampers.  This was the first time I'd used their stamps.  I was really pleased with how easy they were to use, how versatile the stampers were and how far a few fonts stretched my creativity.

Best Friend

There's a ton of texture with this project.  I'm not sure why, but I've been reaching for my embossing folders more often lately.  It fits in really well with the little portion of a piece of Hambly Screen Print clear cardstock that I'd been hoarding.  I carefully trimmed out one of the frames from the sheet to use as a focal point for the sweet sentiment from the Loving Thoughts Set

I hope you stop by and see what the other CPS designers created with JustRite Stampers and Sketch # 152.  Create along with us for a chance to win!!

Thanks for visiting,

p.s. Did you know that CPS is now on Facebook?  Become of Fan and stay up-to-date with all the latest with the team.  We love it when you get sketchy with us each week!

Stamps: Loving Thoughts Set and 2" Decorative Square Frames by JustRite Stampers
Ink: Black Soot Distress ink by Ranger
Paper: Simply Smooth White cardstock by Prism, Teal by C'oredinations
Patterned Paper: Frame Wallpaper clear cardstock by Hambly Screen Prints (one image trimmed)
Tools: precision scissors, sanding block, Square Nestabilities by Spellbinder, Cuttlebug by ProvoCraft, Textile embossing folder by ProvoCraft
Embossing powder: Clear detail powder by Ranger
Flowers: Zva Creative
Pin: Vintage Findings by Making Memories
Lace: Wright's from Hobby Lobby