Sunday, May 25, 2008

Stamped some more, I did!!!

Hello all my stamping friends!!!

What a wonderfully beautiful Memorial Day weekend we are having here in the southeast portion of Michigan!!! It's been quite a few years for us to have sun and warm temps on this holiday weekend as opposed to rain and chilly temps!! I hope all you are having a fabulously beautiful weekend too!

Well, I got some more stamping time in over the past couple of days and I just couldn't wait to show everyone! The newest releases from Treehouse Stamps are just perfect for this time of year with their American Dream set. This set has the adorable little boy and girl and they can be stamped either holding an American flag or sparklers for July 4th. This card I made for the Featured Stamper today on SCS, peanutbee AKA Denise! Check out the FS68 forum here.

On my card here, I have them holding American flags in honor of Memorial Day tomorrow. Sometimes I forget just what an honor and privilege it is to live in a free country and to be able to have the freedom to choose how I want to live my life, how I want to worship and be free from constant struggles just to obtain basic living necessities.

My main image is watercolored with the ink from my SU! stamp pads and a blender pen and aquapainter. I used the aquapainter for the grass and sky, just to keep them soft and not overwhelm the image. I first stamped the kids in black staz-on to keep the lines from bleeding in to the open spaces.

The flags are up on dimensionals, as well as the main image panel.

The changes I made are:
* Stamp set and colors of cardstock

* I added an additional ribbon

* I stamped my saying and placed it in a different spot and only used two crystal embillies

* I used my distressor tool on the edges of the white panel

My second card here uses the oh so adorable Make a Difference set also just released by Treehouse Stamps.

The koala bear is so cute and cuddly how can you not fall in love with him? I used this past week's color and sketch challenges on SCS on this card, which by the way I designed during a conference for work last week!! I had to do something to stay awake in the afternoon!!!

The CC was for Soft Sky, Certainly Celery and Blue Bayou. My neutral is obviously white! I stamped each of the white panels with the fern leaf and then ran through my CB with the Distressted Stripes folder. I also did DTP to the white panels with the Soft Sky. SU!'s tag corner punch was used on all the panels and I distressed the main image Soft Sky panel and used DTP with Blue Bayou.

The koala was colored with my watercolor wonder crayons and the branch/leaves were done with my SU! markers. Then I cut him out!! I wouldn't recommend doing this too often!!

I used the small corner rounder from SU! to make the scallop strip and overstamped the saying in Soft Sky with the fern. The entire main image panel/side panels are up on dimensionals and then the koala is up on more.

Let me know what you think!!

Happy Stamping!!


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Slacker stamper....

Yes I am!!! I must confess though, I have been stamping, but not with enough time to stop and post much on my blog. I started a new job on April 7th, and I have been working my tail off since then!! I come home many nights with enough time eat something and crawl into bed. This is the first weekend I will have the entire weekend off!!!!!! So I am going to stamp, and maybe clean my house, but stamping is a higher priority!!!!

I have three cards to show you, all just released, from Treehouse Stamps!!! They are the cutest new sets with adorable patriotic kids and loveable wildlife.

My first card showcases the kids from American Dream and is so appropriate for Memorial Day as they each hold an American flag. I used my watercolor pencils to color them in and a sponge dauber to shade around the edges.

I combined two weekly SCS challenges together on this card: the color and sketch challenge for this past week. The CC is Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky and Ruby Red. Certainly not a combo I would put together, but they work well!!

The second card uses the same kids, but this time they are celebrating July 4th!! See the sparklers? You can interchange the flags and sparklers! What a neat idea and more bang for your buck!!
On here I used my SU! markers to color them in and for highlighting the girls dress. I used DTP in Brilliant Blue for the shading around the edges. The finished size of this card is 4" x 4".

My third card uses the Make a Difference set which showcases this adorable koala. He is so cute and fun to color. But I have to confess I am not certain what color koala bears actually are!!! But I thought he looked like a brown one. I used my watercolor pencils on here and on the background. After the image was blended, I used my sponge dauber in Bashful Blue around the edges for highlights.

This card uses this week's Ways to Use it challenge on SCS for using inchies. Well, I don't have any inchies so I made my own!! My main image panel is 3" x 3" and then I cut the piece into 1" strips and then into 1" squares. After they were cut I covered them with Versamark and clear embossed them. Next time I will cut them into squares after I emboss!!! I then put him back together and mounted him on cream panel and then the Bashful Blue panel. I used my distressor tool on the blue square and background dp panel.

Let me know what you think!

Happy Stamping!!