Friday, November 30, 2012

Style is Everything

Hello and happy Friday! Today I have a fun card made with a funny Ai "Golden Oldies"  image of two hip women shoppers. I love these two funny women!  They make me smile! I added the Ai sentiment "Style Is Everything" SKU# D3469.  Thought it went perfect with this funny image. The card size is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".

Here are a couple of close-up images of my card. I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ai Challenge #90, Incorporate Newspaper

Hello and happy Thursday!
Today is Challenge 90 over at the Ai Blog today. And the challenge is to incorporate "Newspaper" into your card. Well, it's kinda funny how I came about my card. A couple of weeks ago I received some junk mail in my mail box. It looked like a regular handwritten letter, but inside was a half a page of newspaper about the "Financial Markets". Well since I purchased Ai Slots Jean stamp SKU# 3510 a while back, I thought of combining the newspaper with Slots Jean for this weeks challenge. (Wealth and slot machines, hehe!) I think it turned out! Its kind of fun too!
I used a square 5-1/2"x5-1/2" kraft card base, and layered that with orange SU! cardstock. Then I cut down the newspaper making sure title was showing front and center at the top. I adhered the newspaper to a piece of white cardstock, cut it down so it would fit on top the orange cardstock, and ran it through a spots embossing folder. (I had to run it through twice because it was A2 size folder, and my card is bigger than that size). Then I took my tea dye ink and sponged dye ink all over the entire embossed newspaper image, so you can see the dry embossing better. I love that distressed look. Then I sewed the layers together. I stamped "Slots Jean" SKU# 3510, in black, and colored her in with copic markers. (NOTE: I always pick out my designer paper FIRST and then color my image in according to the colors of the designer paper-that makes it SO MUCH EASIER). Then I layered the colored image onto kraft cardstock, and distressed the edges. I layered "Slots Jean" over the designer paper, and for embellishments I added two color coordinated buttons threaded with natural twine. I decided my card needed a little something more, so I added a strip of red small scallops border

For the inside of my card I stamped the two sentiment images that come in the Slots Jean stamp set,  SKU# 3510. The word "Jackpot" was colored in with a red copic marker. Well that's it for my Ai Challenge #90 post. Please stop by the Art Impressions blog and see what the other Ai design team members have come up with for the newspaper challenge. Play along with us too! You could win a $10.00 Ai stamps certificate! Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Day after Thanksgiving!

Hello and happy "Black Friday". I've only gone shopping once in my life on "the day after Thanksgiving", and lets just say once was enough for me! I'd rather be at home stamping! So without further delay... onto today's creation! I LOVE making Christmas cards! And I absolutely LOVE this super cute Art Impressions stamp of "Decorating Penguins", SKU# T3055. This image just makes me smile. Who doesn't love penguins? And this image was so much fun to color in with alcohol markers. I thought I would give Cryogen Metallic cardstock a try. And let me tell you, I LOVE this paper is all I can say! It is great for alcohol markers, as I used a combination of Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. It is really pretty because there are little metallic flecks in the paper. You can see them in my close up shot.

If you click on the photo you will get a larger view. Cryogen is super smooth for alcohol marker coloring, and the colors blend together like a dream.
I made the base of the card with kraft cardstock. Then used a layer of Real Red cardstock from Stampin Up! Its a really nice bright red for Christmas. Next I chose a really cute Cosmo Cricket 6"x6" Christmas designer paper pad that I purchased last year that I still LOVE. I used three coordinating papers and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink, then sewed them onto the kraft base. I wanted to add some texture to my card, so I embossed a piece of red cardstock with "Petals A Plenty" embossing folder from Stampin Up. For embellishments I added some clear crystals from Hero Arts, and a snowflake I die cut and added a custom colored lilac crystal to.

I stamped the inside with a BRAND new Ai Christmas sentiment stamp, SKU# G4169. Love that sweet and simple sentiment. I added a few snowflakes (very old Hero Arts stamp) in blue dye ink.  I hope you enjoyed this fun Christmas card creation. Thank you for visiting and Happy Stamping!