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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Celebrate Summer

A quick card I made to give to one of the other teachers at my son's school. This was a simple card to make but I enjoyed pulling out my watercolors and working with them again. It has been a long time since I've used my Peerless Watercolors and my Twinkling H2Os. I've gotten so focused on my markers in the past months that I'd forgotten how much I enjoy using watercolors. I am a bit out of practice with them, however, so it took me longer to paint this little picture than I expected. Here's the details.

The base card is Yo-Yo Yellow from Stampin' Up and the blue circle is Brilliant Blue from SU. I used watercolor paper for the main focal piece and the patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Lime Rickey paper collection. (If you haven't seen that collection, check it out. The papers are fun and summery!) The main image is from the Gina K. Designs set, "You Are My Sunshine" and the sentiment is from "Lazy Days of Summer" from Gina K. Designs.

** I changed out the photo to this one which is much better than the photo I originally posted. I was finally able to get outside to take this photo. We've had so much rainy, gloomy weather that it has been hard to find a time to take photos outside and since I don't own an OTT light, I can't get very good photos inside.

Have a wonderful, stamping day!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Summertime Card

I made this card last night for my son's teacher. The last day of school is next week so I wanted to have something to give her on the last day. I really enjoyed making this card. It is based on the sketch challenge for this week over at Stamp TV. The sketch was for a longer card, which I'd like to try making but I didn't have envelopes that size so I had to go back to my good ol' standard size card! Making and coloring those little square pictures was a lot of fun -- I think I still have my childhood coloring passion! I knew all that coloring as a child would come in handy some day! LOL!

Here's the details on the card:
Base card is Pure Luxury In the Navy from Gina K. designs. The strip of paper with the stars is an old piece of 12 x12 paper I picked up from a local scrapbook store. I had intended to use it on scrapbook pages for my son (who is now 11) because he had an adorable baby outfit that was navy with stars! Since I still have the paper, you can imagine how far I have gotten with that scrapbook! Terrible mother, I know!
The red squares and red scallop are also Gina K. Pure Luxury Rocket Red (which is a gorgeous red BTW, although my photo doesn't do it justice)
The ribbon is from the new Stamp TV kit, "Eclectic Summer" and the three images are from the One Free with Three set, "Lazy Days of Summer" from Gina K., which I colored with my Copics. The sentiment is from the Gina K. set called You Are My Sunshine and it is stamped with Vivid Dye Ink - Inky Blue that matches the "In the Navy" paper.

Here's hoping that summer has arrived wherever you live! Can you believe it is June?! Where does time go?
Have a wonderful weekend, my stamping friends!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Anniversary Card

Today I'm sharing a card I made for my parents. They are celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary on June 5th. Can you believe that?! 61 years they have been together! I think that is amazing. Not many people see such milestones in their marriages anymore so I'm really proud of them. The cool thing is that they are still happy together and enjoy doing things together.

The card base is Gina K Pure Luxury Ivory base weight and the other small pieces of ivory are the Gina K Pure Luxury layering weight. That gorgeous designer paper is from the digital paper pack designed by Emily Giovanni for Gina K called Rich and Shabby. The red piece in the center is from my scraps but I think it is a piece of Bazzill paper. The red and ivory focal image pieces were cut out using the Labels 1 nesties. That beautiful wreath stamp is from Rupa Shevda's latest creation for Gina K. called With This Ring. It is such a lovely set; not only the images but the sentiments as well. By the way, the sentiment is from the same set as are the two I used inside (sorry I didn't take a picture of the inside to share). I colored the wreath with my new Memento markers. Yes - I finally broke down and bought some of the Memento markers. Since I have the dew drops, I wanted markers to match. I wasn't going to do it but when I couldn't get my SU markers to match, I just 'had' to buy some of the Mementos!
The strip along the bottom was punched on both sides with the scalloped edge punch from Stampin' Up and then pierced in each scallop. I used my Metallic Rub-on paste on the scallops to make it blend with the dp and then tied the ribbon around it. The ribbon is the Riding Hood Red 3/8" taffeta ribbon from Stampin' Up. If you like it, hurry on over to your favorite SU demo or to the SU website. It is part of their In Colors line and they are closing out all of those items in preparation for their new catalog. The ribbon is 25% off right now along with a number of other items.

OK - raise your hands. How many of you went crazy on your order of the new sets and accessories from Gina K.'s latest release?? I wanted everything and while I didn't buy quite everything, I came close! My order came on Monday and the only thing I've been able to play with so far is the set I used for today's card. I can't wait to have some time to cut up the other sets I ordered and make some cards. There are so many fun, summery images that will make really great cards for summer birthdays, teacher end-of-the year cards, etc. The two new Pure Luxury paper colors and the ribbons that go with them are gorgeous. I'm getting excited about making some cards just talking about it! Gosh, I must be coming down with something and probably need to stay home from work so I can stamp . . . I mean recover. LOL! :)

Have a good day everyone!