Sunday, September 23, 2012

OSW Cult Challenge

Two weeks ago we decided to stamp a half sheet of paper using the SU stamp set: By the Seashore. I bought this new set because I love shells, but haven't been real thrilled with the cards I have seen using it. So, I challenged the Cult to make some DP using this set and their choice of colors and create at least three cards. We are going to share our cards/directions this week. I used Baja, Midnight, Crumb and a touch of Suede ink on Vanilla cs. I used Crumb or Baja for the card base and then layered with Midnight and Suede and Baja (one uses Pool because I grabbed the wrong color!)

We all used the new set and then raided my stamp drawers for a smaller shell image that we used to fill in the blanks. One of the problems with this set is that there isn't much variation in size or texture. I also dug out my air splatter tool and sponges to add some depth and interest. I used an SU embossing folder and a variety of SU ribbons; as well as, a variety of punches and dies and sentiments (new and old) to complete the cards. I have included the cutting diagram if you want to create your own pretty paper.



 Here are some of the other cards made by the cult:
 Kitty - with lots of nice glitter

Anita and one from Jan


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Finding Time to Color

It has been so hectic this year at school that I haven't had any time to be creative. Last weekend, Sept 14 and 15,  Kitty and I attended copic certification classes with Colleen Schaan. We were blown away; her work is awesome and she is a dream teacher. We both learned so much that we are on overload. I really need time to practice what I learned so I don't forget it all. I really like learning to use copics with airbrushing; I have added an air compressor to my wish list.

 I made some time last night after dinner to sit and color an old image from Great Impressions (#H89). I like the pumpkin highlights and the curly hair a lot. I sort of like the dotted ground but am not real happy that I lost my leaf highlights. Sigh! I tried a slightly darker skin, but couldn't get real brave yet; maybe next time.

Pumpkin Girl is stamped on ex-press-it in memento black. The card sketch is MFTWSC9. Nesties were used to cut the circles and scallop circle.  The DP is from BoBunny and called "Apple Cider." The cs is from SU: limeade and chocolate chip, as it the ribbon. Papers are sponged in Distress Ink: brushed corduroy. Inside, older sizzix leaf die cuts were used along with an unidentified verse.

Lots of lovely fall colored copics were used to make her pretty.


Michael and I celebrated our 37th Anniversary and I had to share a picture of the flowers that he sent to me at school because I love the beautiful range of colors that displayed in one of the red roses. I am going to uses this combo in one of my projects.

I also uploaded slide pictures of the Cult's last road trip to Jax for the Scrapbook Expo from the beginning of September on my Friendship page.

Check out the Charm Swap page too for an update on our latest swaps. I added the rest of the vintage charms and two of September's new "Human" charms. This is my contribution; I used a sharpie fine tip pen on a domino. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom, they are really awesome! I can't believe that we only have one swap left - and I don't have any idea what to do for Patriotic!

Monday, September 3, 2012

School is back in session!

Did you miss me? School is back and it's a crazy, busy time. I have lots of students - about 190 daily - and I am not sure how I am going to keep up. They seem like a good bunch, but just keeping up will be a challenge.

It's been only a few fast and easy cards for the last two weeks. I made the first two cards with the "cult" a couple of weeks ago. I used distress stains and perfect pearl mists on watercolor paper to place behind die cut shapes: The flourish is from MFT and the fern is from Memory Box. The words and cs (shimmer, old olive and purple) are from SU. I used the cut outs on the inside along with some older words from my stash. It's an elegant look, but remember to stamp the verse before die cutting and then place this in a safe place away away from the inky mess of the stains. (I guess you can figure out how I know this).

We made this card last week. I copied the card from one that I saw on pinterest and then changed the colors using this color inspiration from design seeds. Be sure to check out my pinterest boards; I love spending time looking at all the wonderful ideas.

The colors didn't photograph very well. I used cs from SU: celery, wasabi, razzleberry and purple. (I know it looks blue, but it's dark purple).  The butterfly punch is a new one from SU; they have been dry embossed and embellished with some bling before being popped up on the 1 1/4" srips. The verse is also from SU and embossed in white. I used the 1/8" corner chomper to round the corners of each strip.

This last card is done for our Cult monthly challenge. This month we used the Mojo Monday Week #107 sketch. I used the SU set: For the Birds. The image is stamped in memento on neenah and colored in copics. I used E40; E31, E33 and E37 for the nest; R20, R22 and R24 for the heart and bird; and the image is outlined in B60. The paper is from My Mind's Eye; Lost and Found: Market Street. SU circle punches and PTI doily die are used for the focal image. Pearls and SU ribbon embellishes the outside; inside the MFT flag die and SU heart border punch are used.