Saturday, March 27, 2010

Gingersnap Creations Random Redhead Challenge - Growth

This is a card I created for the Growth challenge at Gingersnap Creations. I love creating acetate cards, but always struggle with photographing them so I hope you can get an overall impressions of it from my photo. The back layer includes the framed border, text paper, the masked and Glimmer Misted page, and the sentiment stamp. Then on the front I added flower stamps and gems in areas to accent the flourish mask. I think one of the things that appeals to me about clear cards is how you can build layers with them creating a cohesive piece when it's all folded. Stamp credits: Prima, Inkadinkado, and SmARTworks.

Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge - Copper, Ginger or Rust

This is my hanging piece for the color challenge at Gingersnap Creations. The color to use was copper, ginger, or rust so I chose to use a piece of copper flashing as my base. I've been seeing some cool metal pieces posted by Hels Sheridan and thought I'd show one. The main image is a photostamp from The Stampsmith - I love using them on metal with StazOn - I think it gives a real old fashioned daguerreotype look. I used a Stampers Anonymous Studio 490 stamp to create a border around it (just acquired the scalloped stitching stamp - it's a great one!) and added some embossing with a stylus and a ball and cup tool. That piece is layered onto a cuttlebug embossed copper piece aged with black paint. Lastly, I added some metal bits altered with copper paint to the lower corner.

Tag Tuesday - Black and White

The theme for Tag Tuesday this week is black and white - just black and white with no extra color - oh how I wanted to add a splash of SOMETHING! I used one of my favorite Oxford Impression stamps for the main image and accented her with script paper, a Stampers Anonymous flourish stamp, black Dresden trim and ribbon, pearls, and some paper flowers folded from a spiral cut of patterned paper.

Mixed Media Monday and Lots To Do

This is an altered book cover I created and it fits for both the Mixed Media Monday theme of Vintage Children and the Lots to Do Challenge theme of Vintage. The book I acquired a long time ago at a library book sale and I used some lines from one of the poems inside called "Teddy Bear". The image is from Paper Whimsy, stamped flourishes - Stampers Anonymous.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Celebrations at Gingersnap Creations and Artistic Outpost

I've created this tag using a cool Artistic Outpost stamp for the challenges at both Gingersnap Creations where they're celebrating a year of challenges, and at Artistic Outpost where they have multiple, talented artists celebrating their birthdays. On this tag I was celebrating the arrival of my new Distress Inks and tried out Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet, but most exciting was that I could finally type out some words on my vintage folding Corona typewriter that I've finally got working!....well, still needs a little bit of coaxing. Isn't it beautiful? From the serial number, I can date it to about 1921. I love the feel of the keys. Can't quite get the capital letters right, so my typewriting is more in an e.e. cummings style!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Gothic Arches Challenge

This sweet photo was given as the challenge for Gothic Arches this week, and I used it in a framed window I created in my arch.

Tag Tuesday - Spring

It's been such a long time since I've posted any of my projects....I hadn't realized it had actually been THAT long - and last week I had to be away, but when I came home I discovered that the crocuses have come up in the front yard! So in contrast with all the dull, blah colors of what Mainers call "Mud Season", I've got beautiful purple flowers. Louise's challenge at Tag Tuesday was to make a tag that represents Spring and my crocuses are the perfect representation to me today. My tag folds, and then when you open it, the folded paper flowers are on a pop-up cut into the tag so they spring out at you. Stamps: Stampers Anonymous and Technique Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Gothic arches - Paris Exposition

This week's Gothic Arches Challenge is Lynn Stevens' theme of Paris Exposition. I created this arch that opens like you are entering the Exposition to see the sites. I based it on the 1889 Paris Exposition that featured the Eiffel Tower - wouldn't it have been fun to stroll around Paris in 1889? Such beautiful clothing from that era! Collage images are from Enchanted Mercantile and Piddix and my stamped images are phrases from the Paris Exposition set from Artistic Outpost.