Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge 3-9-2012

I was feeling inspired this week to start posting to my blog again!  Over on ClubCreatingKeepsakes we have an Issue Challenge and this week we were to scrap an everyday task, moment or event.  I asked my sweet husband to take this picture of me just sitting on my new reclining sofa relaxing with a cup of my favorite coffee.  I also saw an article in the CK magazine about using pigment inks.  I bought some pretty shades of Perfect Pearls and followed the article's idea of using embossing or watermark ink on a stamp.  I stamped the images on the right side of this page with Versamark ink.  Then applied the Perfect Pearls with the smaller round tip brush and then brushed it off with the flat tip brush.  This was an easy technique and I love the turquoise metallic. Then I saw the Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs to use Kraft in your project so I thought it would look good against a two-tone background like my coffee mug has.  I think it all came together beautifully.  The kraft tag is a digital element from the Kraft Party Elements kit at http://www.designhousedigital.com/.  The paper is from my stash, the ribbon is Making Memories.  I used the Gypsy Wanderings font and my Cricut to cut the title and little blue bird die-cuts.  A fun project and I love how the colors match my Artistic Touch nails that I had done last Tuesday!  Guess I'm loving this color right now!  Thanks for visiting today!


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Card using ScrapHappyCrafter Digital Images

I have been wanting to color stamps for so many years now.  I can remember going to a women's retreat about 12 years ago and there was a group of ladies there who were avid stampers.  They were having so much fun.  They decided to opt-out of the basket weaving craft that the retreat organizers had put together and just play and share their stamps instead.  I wish I could have joined them.  But ever since I have had a fascination with rubber stamps.  I'm definitely a perfectionist and up 'til now, was never satisfied with my stamp coloring.  But lately, it has been a lot more fun.  I tried my first Copic marker about five months ago and I love it!  Unfortunately, I can't afford to purchase a whole set of them but back in January I found a less expensive alternative and I could afford a good mix of colors.  These are the Spectrum Noir markers I bought.
The first thing I did was make myself a color chart based on how the colors were grouped together in the packages... that sure has come in handy!

I have been searching the internet for some free digital images especially since I use these for personal use and would rarely do the same image more than once.  And yesterday, I found this wonderful blog...http://www.scraphappypapercrafter.com/ where I found the little shamrock girl on the card below.  The very talented Julie has some really nice images just perfect for coloring on her site.  So SPECIAL THANKS to her for providing this digital stamp.  The other treats I colored on this card are Martha Stewart Valentine's clear stamps and the two larger cupcakes are a rubber stamp by Craft Smart for Michaels stores.  The sentiment is by Stampabilities. 

Here's my finished card for my niece Emily's Birthday (the shamrock girl kind of reminded me of a girl scout and little Ms. Emily loves being a scout!)

Thanks for stopping by today... And thanks to Julie for the inspiration and the image!