Monday, February 28, 2011

Purple and more purple

This week's Off the Wall Craftiness (OTWC47) challenge was to use purple -- dark purple and light purple -- and white in a card. (See in the inspiration photo at right). I combined that with a VSN challenge to use a background stamp without using the whole stamp. To meet that challenge, I inked a script background in light purple, die cut ovals from it, then added a flower silouette in dark purple.

The layout for this card is based on Card Positioning System's current challenge, CPS207.

Credits: flower stamp by Endless Creations, sentiment by CTMH, script background unknown. Inks are Versamark Petunia and SU Eggplant Envy. Ribbon is Martha Stewart.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


I don't know what it is about brown, but it always looks good on a monochromatic card. Seriously, no one lists brown as their favorite color, but put a bunch of shades of brown together and it looks great.

This card was inspired by this week's Etsy Inspired (EIC127) store, Claylicious. As you'd probably guess from the name, it's a pottery shop. I was inspired by this mug, both for the color and the theme.

This card also qualifies for the Stamping for the Weekend Challenge (SFTW #4) to make a monochromatic card.

Main image by Inkakinkadoo, stamped in Chestnut Roan, with Sand Beige and Creamy Caramel sponged on the edges. Sheet music (source unknown) stamped in Creamy Caramel and sentiment (CTMH) in Chestnut Roan.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sponging up

I don't know why, but I don't do much sponging of ink. I like the way it looks but I guess I'm ususally in too much of a hurry to get the card done. Anyway, the Queen for the Day stamper at SCS this week is a big sponger, and to honor her properly, I had to do some sponging around the main image in this card.

The colors for this card are taken from this week's Off the Wall Craftiness Challenge (OTWC46). You can see the inspiration photo to the right, although, as usual, my colors may be a little more muted.

The giraffe (Rubber Stampede) is stamped in Color Box Chestnut Roan ink and embossed with clear EP. Papers are from Making Memories. I did some piercing in the upper corners, and added a few brads to repeat the diagonal line of the dotted strip. And of course, lots of sponging in SU Bliss Blue and Color Box Cadmium.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

color inspired

Gotta love this week's shop featured by Etsy-Inspired Challenge (EIC126). The owner of Glow Girl is a victim of the recession, a 50+ who lost her job she expected to keep til retirement and had to start fresh. She makes fabric items such as coupon organizers, and this tapestry coupon organizer inspired me to pull out this wonderful K&Co. paper that I have.

The owl was inspired by this week's Teapot Tuesday Challenge at SCS.

The owl stamp is from Hero Art and the sentiment from Impression Obsession. Ink is ColorBox Chalk amber clay. Embellies include a couple of faux gems which I used for the center of the flowers and some piercing. The owl image has a litle flower on her belly, and I had a tiny flower sticker on my table that fit there perfectly.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Vintage -- and organized

This week's Off the Wall Crafitness Challenge (OTWC45) is to do a vintage or heart card. The inspiration photo is at lower right. I decided to go vintage, with this stamp of a vintage dress form, and lace and other Victorian elements. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't show the TONS of sponging around the image panel, the card edges and the lace. It really does look quite vintage.

Dress form stamp is from Lost Coast; sentiment from Endless creations. Faux stitching around main panel. Adhesive lace from K&Co. Sepia ink on Dress form and sentiment.

The layout is this week's Card Positioning System sketch CPS 205. CPS is celebrating its 4th anniversary this week.

Organization is a good thing! Last weekend I organized all my tiny embellies in a bead organizer I had bought about 18 months ago. For once, when I went looking for the tiny buttons, I knew exactly where to look and didn't waste 20 minutes digging through piles of supplies. Why did I wait so long to use that organizer???

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Playing with new toys

The rubber stamp show was in town last week. I only picked up a few things --one was a clear stamp set Impression-Obsession was clearing out. I love this tall, thin base and simple flowers.

The layout is this week's Card Positioning Sketch, CPS 244. The colors come from this week's Off the Wall Craftiness (OTWC44) inspiration photo (at right). And the inspiration comes from this week's Etsy Inspired Challenge (EIC125) shop, Daisy Petal Designs, which is a shop full of cute and girly things, mostly to wear in your hair, although my inspiration piece is a brooch.

Stamps both from the same I-O set, colored with pencils and OMS. The red panel is texturized with the Cuttlebug textile plate. Narrow, sheer ribon completes it. It's quick and simple, but for once I used new stamps without letting them sit for weeks!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's vimful!

The theme for a COTM I'm in this month is "at the movies." Having no appropriate stamps, I did a search for "vintage movie posters" and then searched movies from the 30s at the site I ended up at. I was looking for black and white posters, and figured movies in the 3os were B&W, so posters would be too. Actually, about 99 percent that I found were in full color. This poster for "Putting On the Ritz" was the closest I could find. When I tried changing it to all B&W however, it was really boring, so I printed it out in the original coloration.

(The writer part of me has to point out the wonderful wording on this poster -- "The Idol of Broadway in a tuneful song & dance extravaganza. Dynamic! Vimful! Glorious!" "Vimful" seems to have totally left the lexicon in the past 75 years, if it ever was a common word. "Vim" itself is rarely used, and only as part of the quaint expression "vim and vigor." ) Hmm, I would have guessed the star would be Fred Astaire, too.

Card is made using Card Positioning System Sketch 203 (CPS203). For RESQ68, it has all sorts of lines, including a line of half-pearls, a line of piercing along the edge where the two papers meet, and of course the line of stylized whatever you want to call those deco-style decorations on the paper (from Making Memories).