Saturday, April 25, 2015

Iconic Bouquet

Time for the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop!  This time the challenge was to use navy and shades of pink.  I loved the swiss-dotted vase and luscious floral bouquet in the inspiration picture, and used those elements to create my card.

I used an older PTI set called Iconic Images and stamped the pitcher in Enchanted Evening, hand-cutting around the image.  I stamped the flowers separately in Hibiscus Burst and Simply Chartreuse inks.  After cutting out the flowers, I glued them behind the pitcher.

The swiss-dot pattern comes from one of my favorite Cuttlebug embossing folders called, appropriately, Swiss Dots.  lol  I adhered that panel to an Enchanted Evening card base.  I stamped my sentiment on a strip of Hibiscus Burst cardstock and added the pitcher, raising it up slightly with a bit of cardstock.  Sweet and simple!

Stamps:  Iconic Images (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Enchanted Evening, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Hibiscus Burst, Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  0, C1, C3 (Copic); Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Super Duper

Wow, it's been awhile.  My son got home from a two-year church mission at the end of February, and I haven't been in my studio until this week.  I was soaking up every minute with him and his college sister who was home on break.  Now they're both gone back to school and my house feels very empty.  I miss them terribly.  Cooking for just four people feels a bit strange.

The current Retro Sketches challenge caught my eye and it gave me an excuse to pull out my Speech Trio dies from Mama Elephant.  Once I found the fun star patterned paper in my stash, I knew it was perfect to use with this Elzybells stamp set.

The stars are actually silver foil.  I didn't realize the sun had given them a golden cast until I was editing the picture!  Still works either way.  I've had this paper stack for years, so it's probably not available anymore.  I cut the speech bubble from white cardstock, placed it at the top, and adhered the whole piece to a black card base.

I was sad when Elzybells went out of business.  They had such cute images!  My superhero and stars are from the Hero clear stamp set.  I wanted a larger sentiment to fill the bubble, so I used one from the Tiny Heroes stamp set by Mama Elephant.  I filled in the small stars with Silver Stickles for extra sparkle.

I colored the superhero with a variety of Copic markers and am very pleased with how he turned out.  Maybe I'm not as rusty at making cards as I thought.  :)  I put a cardstock shim layer underneath the superhero to raise him up just slightly from the background.  I wanted to keep the card fairly flat for mailing, so no foam tape this time.

The card turned out super duper in every single way!  (couldn't resist, lol)

Stamps:  Hero (Elzybells); Tiny Heroes (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, True Black (Papertrey Ink); Rockstar stack (DCWV)
Copic:  0, E00, E30, E42, E55, E57, E59, B91, B95, B97, B99, R01, R20, R24, R29, R59, R89
Misc:  Speech Trio die (Mama Elephant); Silver Stickles