Friday, February 6, 2015

Masculine Valentine's Card

Howdy, friends!  Are you ready for Valentine's Day?  It's next Saturday, so I decided I better get a move on and get one made for my sweet hubby.  I just got some stamps from Art Neko, and all of the stamps that I used on today's card came from this sheet:

Did you know that Art Neko has lots of non-Asian themed stamps?  There's literally TONS of stamps in this store!  There are Western cowboy stamps, Victorian girls, Valentine's Day, Christmas, and even US state birds and flowers to name a few.  Go check them out and see the variety of stamps they offer at Art Neko.  All of their stamps are wonderfully deeply etched rubber and you can order them as just plain rubber or with cling mount on them.  I've really been enjoying playing with their stamps.

For this card, I used a kraft card base and I stamped the sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink.  I stamped the heart background with a pale pink ink and cut it out and mounted it onto a Chocolate Chip layer.  After wrapping the top of the pink background piece with some twine, I stamped the larger heart with Chocolate Chip ink and cut it out.  The smaller heart was stamped with kraft ink and then cut out.  I adhered both of the hearts with some foam tape and then adhered the whole piece to the kraft card base.

I wanted to use masculine colors because this will be going to my hubby next weekend.  He's not a pink and red and lace and ruffles kind of guy, so I think this card with the kraft and dark brown colors and the twine will appease his male ego, even though there is just a wee touch of pink on it.  :-)

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Gelato Drips and Winnie the Pooh

Hi folks!  I was looking this week's colors for the Color Throwdown Challenge #327, and I thought I'd try these colors with the Gelato Drips technique from Technique Junkies (December 2014 issue).  I love these colors together - they work beautifully when they blend together and drip down the cardstock.  

I paired this technique with this sweet quote from Winnie the Pooh.  This stamp is from Verses Rubber Stamps and it can be found here (scroll down near the bottom of the page - QQ0860-D).  This card is so vibrant and alive, I just couldn't think of anything else to add to it.  I did not want to cover up all those gorgeous drips with any ribbon or butterflies or anything else.  Sometimes it's best to keep it very clean and simple!  :-)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blue Dragonflies

Hi folks!  I was looking through some papers and I found some gorgeous handmade Thai papers from Art Neko in my stash.  These papers are absolutely stunning, and I couldn't bear to cover them up, so I found an Art Neko stamp with lots of open space.  This one is called Dragonflies Framed within a Frame and I stamped it onto a transparency and attached it to the paper with gold brads.

The beauty of the paper really shines through and I kept it simple by adhering it to a black card base.  I wish I knew how to make these papers because the colors are stunning and I love that pop of gold here and there.  You can see all the different colors that Art Neko has here.  You might want to hurry and buy some before I nab them all.  Hee hee hee!!!!!!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gelato Drip Feathers

I've been seeing a lot of artwork using the Gelato Drips technique from the last Technique Junkies newsletter (December 2014), so I had to give this technique a try.  It's so fun and easy and you never know what your background will end up like.  Those are the best techniques, aren't they?  :-)

I used the same gelatos to ink up the feather stamp (Peacock Feather, #SD038) several times before I cut them out.  The sentiment is perfect with this peacock feather stamp, and it is called "Hope is the Thing" (#SD371) from Technique Junkies Stamps.  Pat is working on a brand new website for the Technique Junkies Stamps, but for now, you can find all her stamps at 

Don't forget that the Design Team Call is still going on!  If you love techniques and the wide assortment of stamps at Technique Junkies Stamps, get your application in.  You can check out the details HERE.  We would love to play with you!!  :-)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Distressed Daisies

I decided to play with one of my favorite techniques called Watercolor Distress from the February 2007 issue of Technique Junkies.  This technique is so much fun as you never know what you will end up with.  I used four ink colors - Plum, Wisteria, Wasabi (green), and Marina Mist (blue) - and I love this aged, almost vintage look of these colors together.  When you do this particular technique, every single piece will be totally different.

I stamped the gorgeous Vintage Daisy Collage stamp (Palettini Collection from Technique Junkies Stamps) right over the colored background and I colored in the butterfly and bee wings with a shimmery glaze pen.  The sentiment is from the Einstein Quotes set (Technique Junkies Stamps).  I stamped it on white cardstock and then cut the lines apart and glued them down separately for added interest.

Here's hoping you have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sew Nice (Cardabilities #114)

Hi folks!  Happy New Year's Eve!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Can you believe another year has come to an end already?  I think the older I get, the faster time flies.  Wow.  

I'm playing with a Cardabilities sketch (#114) today, and this is what I came up with.  I just pulled out some paper pads and found some coordinating chipboard pieces and put this together.   It's a fun sketch and I can see myself using this one again.  

Here's to a fabulous 2015!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Color Throwdown #323 - Pink Christmas Ornament

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I know I'm a couple days late, but I have a very good excuse.  My computer died a couple weeks ago!!!  Ack!!!!  We had JUST done a backup and then went to reboot my system and it was dead.  Hubby tried several tricks and nothing worked.  So we bought a new hard drive, thinking we could just restore my backup to the new drive and pop it in and it would boot up.  Well, nope.  So after several days of working on it, we went out and bought a new computer.  I've been taking my time with it and looking for my old files and pictures in my backup files, reinstalling several software programs, and trying to make sense of this newfangled stuff.  :-)

Tonight I took a break and did some virtual stamping with my friend, Chrissy.  We decided to challenge each other to do a color challenge and a sketch, so we are using the colors from this week's Color Throwdown #323 and a sketch that I found on Pinterest.  I went with a Christmas themed card because I didn't share anything with you in the days leading up to Christmas.  Hopefully this will make up for my lack of posting!  :-)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.  Here's to a fabulous new year in 2015!!!