Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August IHP Design Team Challenge: Inspired by…

This month’s i {heart} papers Design Team challenge was create something inspired by this lovely photo.august DT inspiration These corals and oranges seem to be very popular for the coming season.

I decided to use these colors to design a scrapbook page about my favorite subject: my sweet little granddaughter, Lilia. Fortunately, my son and daughter-in-law keep me well supplied with pictures, and this little triptych is among my current favorites.

IHPaug12dt It was VERY hard to get a good picture of this page. My scanner does not handle 12x12, and just about every photo I took showed either glare or shadow.

All of the patterned papers I used were from the Tangerine 6x6 pad from My Mind’s Eye – even the little word pieces are cut from one of the papers. It’s part of their The Sweetest Thing line, and it’s just gorgeous! I die-cut the letters from the paper, too.  I used two strips of 5/8” pink twill ribbon along the top of the bottom strip.

Those of you with a keen eye will notice that I used 6x6 paper on a 12x12 page. Yeah, that was a bit of a challenge in itself, and I can’t say I’m thrilled with the results. The seams are not invisible, and even my lame attempt to repair the bottom one in Photoshop didn’t help much. Oh well…don’t look at the faults, just look at the adorable baby!

Now go check out what the rest of the design team did with this inspiration challenge.

Happy hopping!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Balloon Boy

Just a quickie. Coloring again. A week ago or so, Amy Rysavy posted this card and video and I was smitten with it! It’s possible I ordered this stamp from Kate simply so I could try the techniques myself. Just saying.

What I used:
Balloon Kiddo (Stampendous), Think Big Favorites #14 (PTI)
Ink: Memento Black, Copic markers
Other: Eclipse masking tape

Off to the movies today. Have a good one!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Long time, no see…

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted to the blog. I sort of have an excuse, though. I’ve been on an amazing Black Sea cruise and was away for almost two weeks! I suppose I could have planned and pre-loaded posts for while I was gone, but frankly, I’m just not that organized. Anyhow, more on my trip in another post; most of you are here to see either cards or cakes!

Today it’s cards. I just got an order from i {heart} papers and couldn’t wait to play with these new stamps from Flourishes. I love Marcella Hawley’s designs, and I’m so glad Kate is carrying these stamps! I decided to use all three of the flower images in the set to make a trio of coordinating cards.

flourishes_flower_trio_gold Here’s the first one, and here’s a closeup of the flowers:

Here’s the second one:
flourishes_flower_trio_navyand a closeup:  flourishes_closeup_navy

And the third:
flourishes_flower_trio_blue and the closeup:
flourishes_closeup_blue I had a lot of fun coloring these. I’m not pretending I have mad coloring skills, but I think I’ve gotten better with practice. As you can see, the layout I used was quite simple. I rummaged through my gazillion paper pads and found coordinating, simple patterns to layer them on, and embellished each with a strip of white lace from my stash. Each image is colored with 6 billion Copic markers, and cut out with a different Nestabilities die.

I do have more things to show you. I’ve actually done quite a bit of creating in the week or so since I’ve been back. Maybe I’ll post another couple of cards tomorrow.

Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend!