Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Card Patterns #57

Whoo buddy... two posts in one week! I am rockin' it! Ok... today is another card challenge. Card Patterns #57, at your service:

And I realized how long it has been since I have crafted at a steady pace cause this baby took me forevah to pull together! I think I may have groaned a few times too ; ) Alas, I introduce you to, todays card:
Have a beautiful day! It's been raining like crazy here which is why I think I needed me some bright colors and spring images! I used some Divine Twine again too (LOVE IT!)
Stamps are Hero Arts and My Cute Stamps.... Purdy darned cute eh? 

I am totally happy about the weekend coming up. DH has friday off (3 day weekend!) and we have some family coming into town. It's going to be great. Can't wait till they get here. 

Hope all is well with you and you get some serious crafting in. I would love to say I will, but I know I won't... family comes first ; ) but I will see you next week with some Pink Persimmon goodness, so come on back now, ya hear!
 
love to you!
k


Celebrate!

Hello my dear friends.... it's 3 in the morning here in NY and I thought I would get my post in now since it's completely impossible for me to do it during the day or even the evening at this point. Last night I was ready to post and fell asleep watching THIS movie. It's the third time I have tried to get through it. It really is fascinating, but I can only last about 30 minutes sitting down until I completely pass out. I feel a lot like my father who cannot stay awake during anything! Anyway... I wanted to share this Pink Persimmon card with you and since I am up feeding baby I thought a few more minutes awake wouldn't kill me:

Celebrate!! I love coloring now days. It's entirely too much fun when you have Copics on your side. I lightened up the pic and it washed out a bit so it's hard to see the great contrast of colors. I also used a T1 (gray shade) to outline the balloons and cupcake to help them pop, which they do a bit better in real life than you can see here.
I stamped my banner on vellum so you could still see the cupcake behind it. I like the sheerness of it! And of course I love the fun colors. They remind me of spring which is upon us now. Well you wouldn't know it by all the rain we have been having but even that is a 'spring' thing.

This week is our spring break so kids are home which means we are having playdates every day! It's loads of fun but that also means nothing is getting done around the house. Loads of laundry are piling up, no dishes are being washed and of course that means posting at 3 in the morning!! 
I hope lots of you are sleeping or maybe some of you oceans away are just getting up? I hope you have a splendid day and look forward to our next late night rendezvous.
loves to you ; )
k

Deets:
Stamps: Vintage Greetings, Vintage Cupcake (Pink Persimmon)
Ink: Graphite Black (Brilliance)
Paper: Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, Stampers White, Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Vintage Button, Polka Dot Ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Copics, Colored Twine (Divine Twine)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Bow-Wow!

Ok folks... it's the weekend already. It seems to me that it was just monday and I was gearing up for a productive week! There has been a lot of time gone to baby but I did get a bit of crafting done. I wanted to leave you with some Pink Persimmon love to welcome in the weekend:

This is from the Little Red Wagon set. How much do you love this dog?? Very simple concept. I used my sentiment as my background and added some nice twine and SU! ribbon.
I colored my dog with some copics. Pretty simple. Well, Bow-Wow! Hope you have a great weekend!! The weather just keeps getting better and better here. I am no longer sick and hopefully we will get to spend some time outdoors. Have a great one!
loves
k


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Moxie Fab: Tuesday Trigger

Hey there folks! Today I got to do a challenge card. The first one in a loooong time. Well actually this card has taken me DAYS to complete. Every time I sit down and get started there is a child crisis. So really what ended up happening was I started one (the last one pictured) and hated it. It's too simple and booooring. So then I made up another one (the butterflies). It was the first one that took two days and the second I made up today while the kids played outside. Ok, let me show you what I mean. Here is this weeks Trigger:
A nice fun easter dress! Here is my card:
As you can see I went with the butterfly as my inspiration for this card. That and the lace which is represented by the doily. On the inside it says" Take Flight" (uh, forgot to photog that one!) 
Here is a close up of the coloring:
Really considering how simple this card is, I can't believe it took so long to complete. That is a true indication of how long its been since I have sat down to create. TOO long! 
And here is actually the first card that I did. You can see I was inspired by the plaid and pastel colors from the Trigger:
I created my own plaid pattern. I imagined this card for over a day. What it would look like, what to try and add to it. Then when I did all that, nothing looked right. So it sat for most of today with nothing else on it and I started on the second card with the butterflies. Finally I realized there is no reason to waste a perfectly good 'started' card. So I slapped on a sentiment and tied up a bow. I'm not proud of what I did, but I won't apologize for it either ; ) Regardless, I can tell I am rusty. Being up with baby all night and then down for the count with Strep last week really has done a number to my creativity and even my photo skills! Yikes! 

Anyway. I want to pull together another challenge card for this week so wish me luck. I am gonna need it!
Thanks for stopping by.
loves
k

Deets: "Take Flight"
Stamps: Butterflies (Gel-A-Tins), Birds of A Feather (Papertrey Ink) Sentiment
Ink: Graphite Black (Brilliance)
Paper Kraft, Stampers White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Doily, Copics,Jute Twine (papertrey Ink)

Deets: "Baby"
Stamps: Faux Ribbon (papertrey Ink), Welcome Baby (SU!) Sentiment
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU!), Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, Plum Pudding (Papertrey  Ink), Soft Pool (Hero Arts)
Paper: Stampers White, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: White Satin Ribbon, Vintage Button (Papertrey Ink), Lace Border Punch (Fiscars)





Friday, March 19, 2010

Pink Persimmon Stool Stamping!

Hey there all. WOAH! It's been over a week since I have posted. So sorry about that! It's not that I haven't been crafting. I have done a little bit but can't post anything yet. And in the process I didn't get a chance to do the extra crafting just for fun that I usually post on regular days. My DH was out of town so I spent a lot of time holding dear baby (um, I'm not complaining!) and then I came down with strep throat! It's still going, but I hope in another day I will feel back on my feet. What a painful thing it is. It reminds me of being sick when I was a kid, which is the last time I ever had this wretched illness. But back then I got to lay on the couch all day and watch movies while my mother doted on me and brought me ice cream shakes and popsicles. But I am the mother now, which means no one is doting! (Well, actually DH took two days off and its a good thing cause I really couldn't get out of bed.) And I have sworn off dairy since it really causes tummy trouble for the little newborn, so I had to say goodbye to milk shakes... boo. 

So now that I am kind of up and functioning a bit I thought I would share with you a little Pink Persimmon project I did for this fabulous month of March. For my project I really wanted to stamp on wood. I made an interesting discovery and revamped my process. Which you might be interested in reading about.

Here is the completed stool:
I picked this up from Michael's for about 6$. I had some paint that we had used for the kids room and put down an orange coat to start. Be sure to sand it well first. Using a sponge brush I added the white edging. A sponge brush really helps you control the paint to keep the edges crisp and clean. I really wanted to stamp right on the stool, but you really need a hybrid ink in order for it to stay on the paint (or even bare wood) and the orange ink I had for the mushroom wasn't hybrid. And all the other colors I had just couldn't stand up to the bright orange. Plus I get a bit stamp-shy when I know something is going to be permanent! So I decided to try something a bit different.
Here is a supply list:
I measured the top and cut it out of tissue paper. I stamped on the paper and then decoupaged it onto the stool. It does a couple of things. First it gives it this cool texture, which is something I love, but also it makes it so you can change the image on the stool. You just sand it off and put something else on when you want. No more being stamp-shy for me! I used the Large Soda Pop stamp set for the name. 
Here is a close up:
I also pulled out some nestibilities and traced around it to give me a stronger focal point. One thing you need to keep in mind is a top coat. Since I used dye based ink on the tissue paper, leaving it unfinished will cause smearing and wear. Especially for this particular stool which lives in the bathroom so little Cache can reach the sink. Any amount of water on it will cause a problem. So a light coat of varnish over the top will keep it protected. 
Here is side view:
Cache was so excited to have his own little step stool. It really helps make potty time fun!

So thats all for my tutorial and stamping project. You can check out the Pink Persimmon stamp sets I used. HERE and HERE. Plus you can see the blog post over at Pink Persimmon as well and if you sign up for their newsletter you will receive in your inbox every month a new stamping project put together by one of the creative team members which is always a lot of fun.

I hope to see you soon. Getting well and having my DH in town to shuffle kids will ensure more crafting time so I am really looking forward to next week!

Thanks for stopping by.
k



Thursday, March 11, 2010

With Thanks

I am still trying to cushion my card stash with thank you cards. Especially now that the baby is here, I need more thank you cards than ever! So many nice people have come out to help me in so many ways. Here's the latest thank you card to be sent out. Using my new favorite color: terracotta:

I pulled out some older paper be K&Co. Wild Saffron. It's one of my favorites that they have done. great patterns and colors.
Here's a close-up of some twine, a gem and fussy cut flowers. Hope you like! 
Ok, it's late and my pillow is calling me... Just got to change the babes and put him to bed first.

nighty night my sweet ones.
loves
k

Deets:
Stamps: Fancy Flourishes, Autumn Tags (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: TerraCotta Tile (papertrey ink), Close To Cocoa (SU)
Paper: Kraft, TerraCotta Tile (papertyrey Ink), Wild Saffron PP (K&Co.)
Accessories: Bakery Twine (Martha Stewart), Adhesive Gem (Studio18), White Gell Pen (sakura)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Wonderful, Fabulous, Genuine Friend...and a baby

Good morning!  Another Copic colored card to share with you today. This is actually the very first image I colored the day my Copics came:

There is something I love about this cupcake. It's just a really cute design.  And of course polka dots make anything that much cuter! I also added some faux stitching and Divine Twine!
Here is a close-up, so you can scrutinize my coloring. Haven't had much crafting time these last few days but I hope to get some more new things for you to look at, plus some challenge cards if I can swing it this week. In the meantime I will leave you with a photo of the latest creation that has been taking up most of my time:
Baby Kai. What a funny little man... (i am currently typing with one hand since he has taken up the rest of me!) He is a sweet little blessing and smells like puke. We love him!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Happy Heart

Just a quick card for you today using some Unity stamps. I colored my heart with copics. Simple stamping background and faux stitching.

it's as easy as it gets. Gotta run and feed the baby but wanted to stop in and say HI! Have a great weekend!
k


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Copics!!


Well, I have to be without a doubt, the most spoiled girl on earth. Mom lovely mother was here not too long ago to visit the new babe. She loved us all u[ and before she left bought me my first set of Copic Markers!! Now I am not much of a colorer. I would purpopsely avoid buying stamps that needed to be colored because the results were always less than stellar. Well, no more my friends!  Coloring with Copics is so enjoyable I now find my list of coveted stamps growing a mile long!  This past week I got to play a little. I still have a lot to learn, but thought I would share a few cards today. (Well, duh... this is a card blog!)

Ok first we have this little turtle from Unity:
I colored him with 4 markers:
YG93, YG95, YG97 and a colorless blender. I tried to keep it simple : )

The second card I used more marker colors but kept the same look with the papers:
Stamp again from Unity. I am totally in love with this TerraCotta Tile (cardstock color) from Papertrey Ink. I've used it a lot this week.
Here is a close up of the coloring. I definitely need more blending practice, but seriously it is so much fun! You can see I added some orange Divine Twine and rhinestone to my sentiment. If you haven't already, you should check out all the different colors at Divine Twine. I love them all!

Ok. I am realizing for the next few months I am going to be a night blog poster. There is just too much chaos with all three of these boys. Hopefully baby Kai will start sleeping a bit better by himself so I can get a few things done! But of course he is too cute, so I forgive him easily : )

That's all for tonight! I am going to get kids in bed and hopefully have a few moments to read and relax. Sleep well my little cherubs!
loves
k

Deets:
Stamps: Unity, Amy Butler (sentiment)
Ink: Brilliance
Paper: Papertrey Ink
Accessories: Divine Twine, Studio 18, Copics, Fiscars, Papertrey Buttons

Monday, March 1, 2010

Hello! & Pink Persimmon WINNER!

Hello Monday! Hello March! HELLO my Friends!!! How are you today? It's amazing to me that we are again at the start of a new week and a new month. My little babe is 1 month old this week! How did time go so fast?? I wanted to stop in today to share a card with you. ALL Pink Persimmon stamps:
Hello my deer!.... I used THIS stamp set using the solid tree image for some background stamping. Orange, Red and White. Lots of fun and bright colors for the start of spring! Is spring really coming? I sure hope so! I am done hibernating and am ready for the park, bikes, shorts and budding flowers! I found my tulips coming up a few days ago... the night before it snowed 2 feet! I have yet to see if they survived, but I am not holding out much hope. But regardless spring always comes and for that I am so grateful!

Today I wanted to share with you my Pink Persimmon winner. I put all the names in a hat and my DH picked out.....
Joanne Gilch!!!! You are the winner of the Pink Persimmon stamp Set SINGING BIRDS! Congrats to you!!!

Thanks to you all for playing along. SO many of you did cards for all 5 blogs and I am super impressed! It was a lot of fun hopping around to see what you created. 

Thanks for stopping by today too. Have a great week!
k