Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gearing Up

This week I am playing around with borders and backgrounds, in preparation for my class this Saturday.  I wanted to use this gear stamp (in orange above) from Stampabilities.  I had this image of large colorful gears arising from the smaller gears in the stamped image.  Alas, no large gear stamp!  No gear chipboard shapes! No gear die or punch!  But wait--I did have a gear die--from Tim Holtz, and it was perfect!  Well, not perfect--it was an on the edge die--I still haven't invested in his larger gear shape (which I do see coming to my craft room soon, along with lots of robot stuff--don't ask me why).  The only problem with this die was that it did not cut out a complete gear shape--only the tops.  I played around with forming a complete gear shape from two cut ones--that didn't look so good.
     But actually, the on the edge die did work, as you see in the project above.  I cut the shape in various primary colors and added them to the card--on the edge!  Success!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Denami Blog Hop: Summer

Welcome to the Summer DeNami Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Lisa's blog at  http://mypapertales.blogspot.com/.  If you get lost during the hop you can always start at the beginning: http://www.denami.blogspot.com/ 

I thought this would make a super "Have a great vacation" card.  I stamped the shirt three times on Basic Grey patterned paper with Colorbox pigment inks in various colors and then heat embossed them.  The palm tree is stamped in green and brown Colorbox and heat embossed then colored in with green and brown pigment inks with the Colorbox stylus and heat embossed again to set the inks.
     The background for the large 5" x 6 1/4" card is covered with square "tiles" of various colors of Basic Grey cardstock.  The tiny tiki hut was stamped with Memento brown ink down the center tiles.  After adhering the shirts and pine tree I computer generated the sentiment and printed it on Basic Grey yellow card, added a tiki hut and a fish brad.
    Are you packed for your vacation yet?

Now it's time to visit Linda at:   http://creatingingodsimage.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Colorful Flamingo

Happy Summer!  And this cute little flamingo is coming your way to help you enjoy the beach, vacation, picnics, ice cream, or whatever helps you beat the heat this summer.  I loved coloring this little guy with my Copic markers.  That's a good thing, since I had to color three or four images of the flamingo to layer it properly!  There are three distinct layers to the flamingo, each one held in place with dimensional tape.   And no, you are not seeing things!  I did "alter" the image by adding a few extra leaves in extra places.  I wanted very lush foliage!  The central flamingo image and green border are cut with Spellbinder's Nestabilities dies.And thank you, my little Cricut!  I cut the white lacy background from the Cricut Paper Lace cartridge.  I think it is called Blossom1, and I cut it at 5 1/4".  I also cut the label for the sentiment from Accent Essentials, altering it in Cricut Craft Room to make it fit the sentiment better.  I added a layered flower and some pearl accents with the Viva Decor Salmon Pearl Pen.  If I can't go to Disney World this summer, I can at least color my world as if I were there!