Sunday, February 24, 2008

Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk
Originally uploaded by Buckeye
I wish I could get a better picture of this, because IRL it is pretty with the soft pastel colors...but my camera isn't cooperating with the green shades and it is time to move onto another project before I begin to resent this one.

This card is my creation after looking at IC116 on SCS. I was drawn to the pillows and selected this never before inked stamp (of which I have way too many of) and used some of the colors in the inspiration piece to color and coordinate this card. Like I said, I like it IRL, it is the photo that is frustrating.

Main image is from Stampa Rosa, stamped with Marvy Dye ink on Sterling Matte Coated paper. I colored the image with Copic markers. Stamped the sentiment with Karen Foster Snap Stamps. On what my camera sees as puke green, I stamped Hero Arts layering circles with Versamark. Took a Signo White pen to do some dotting. Used some scrap patterned paper and adhered some panels with some brads....and there you have it. The ribbon is much softer IRL too.

I used Beatte's Weekend Sketch Challenge, WSC36 for the layout.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry

Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry
Originally uploaded by Buckeye
This is for LSC156 on SCS. The challenge was to use your own handwriting on the card in some way.

I immediately thought of this stamp from Penny Black. I wanted to play around with paper piecing with notebook paper. I did some cutting, and of course, stamped the image with Marvy Dye black on Sterling Matte Coated paper. Colored the mouse with Copic markers. I was thinking about writing, "Just a Note", and then I started to think about the Chicago song, "Hard to Say I'm Sorry", and I ended up with this. I really like the crumbled paper as an embellishment.

The first part of the sentiment was stamped using Karen Foster Snap Stamps (why, oh why did they discontinue these?) and then I wrote "I'm Sorry" on the notebook paper.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Dog Days of Winter

Dog Days of Winter
Originally uploaded by Buckeye
So, it was absolutely amazing and wonderful to have the day off. It is about the only thing Presidents are good for....(just kidding!).

Anyway, it is kinda crazy that yesterday it was 66 degrees and today it is snowing. Only in Ohio.

I thought I'd make one last winter card for the season, since Mother Nature is still thinking winter.

This is from a Fan Club Sketch Challenge on SCS. The dog is from Penny Black. I stamped the image on Sterling Matte Coated paper and colored with Copics. I'm kinda thinking I want to explore watercoloring or other media a bit...but I just can't seem to break away from my comfort zone. Patterned paper, ribbon, snowflake brads and Tulip Puffy paint were also used.

Now....back to spring. Please.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Inspiration Bird

Inspiration Bird
Originally uploaded by Buckeye
This is my take on Inspiration Challenge 115 on SCS. The inspiration piece is from Charley Harper's art. I wasn't really in the mood for lots of pieces, but I wanted to remain true to the theme of birds, so I inked up this never before inked stamp by Stamps Happen. I stamped the main image with Marvy Dye black. I used Sterling Matte Coated paper and colored with Copic Markers. Once again, I find myself layout challenged, but I'm not going to stress to much on this one, as I really just wanted to have the image be the main focal point without lots of distractions. The one piece of beige cardstock helping to frame the main image was stamped repeatedly with a water stamp from A Stamp in Hand with Vivid Dye Taupe ink. I think it accomplished a kind of nesty feel to it. Anyway, I have no idea of what to do with this card, but it reminds me of spring. And this time of year, that's a good thing.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Snow Day First, Birthday Greetings Second

Coffee First
Originally uploaded by Buckeye
I got my wish! A Snow Day on a Tuesday! Just a priceless gift to not have to attend the class from hell.

Anyway, on our Snow Day, one of my co-workers had a birthday. That's quite a birthday gift in itself, don't you think? I had this card ready for her for Tuesday, but given the situation, she didn't mind receiving it today when we all made our way back to school, slipping and sliding on the ice.

Story behind the card...She absolutely needs coffee first thing in the mornings (as I do my Coke Zero). So I made her this card, with the inside saying...Birthday Greetings second. That's the order she would want them first, birthday greetings second.

Anyway the main image is a House Mouse stamp I picked up in Cincinnati. Stamped with Stazon on Bristol vellum and colored with Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment was stamped with Karen Foster Snap Stamps, and the brown patterned paper in the background was stamped randomly with a coffee bean image from Stamps by Judith.

Snow Day First, Birthday Greeting Second.

Monday, February 11, 2008

I Love Having Time

Bears In Love
Originally uploaded by Buckeye
This weekend, I had no commitments. It was awesome. I loved it, and I was able to do what I wanted to do.....STAMP!

I made two Valentines, just for fun. They'll both probably end up going to my parents to wish them a Happy Valentine's Day.

The first card is made with a stamp from Darcie. I stamped the image on Exact Matte Coated paper with Marvy Dye black and colored with Copic markers. The quilt and the bear's ribbon are paper pieced with the patterned paper. The sentiment is spelled with an alphabet set from Impression Obsession, except for the hanging heart, which is a $1 stamp from Michaels.

The second Valentine was made the same way basically. The bear image is from Darcie, and I used Exact Matte Coated paper and colored with Copic markers. The sentiment is a $1 stamp from Michaels.

Thanks for visiting. Hope you had a restful weekend too.
String of Hearts Bear