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Sweets for Sweeties…

Posted by Catherine on March 4, 2009

…I have been toying around with Mojo Monday’s sketch and have come up with a little something.  The sketch is wonderful, but apparently my mojo is severely lacking because I am not liking the results.  *sighs*  You know, some days you just got it…and some days, you don’t.  Unfortunately, it’s one of those days! *LOL* 

 I think there’s just too much white!  I couldn’t think of what else to do with it!  I don’t know…aaah well, we’ll see what else I can do to “tweak” it and maybe it will end up as my submission to Mojo Monday’s prize for the first Monday of the month!  I used my new EK Success edge punch and I doubled up on my ribbon for a nice pink and pink look!  The little dots beside my Studio G sentiment are teeny, tiny little rhinestones!  I used three different Studio G stamp pads for my sentiment so that it would match the main image colours of the card.

But I pulled out my wonderful Penny Black hedgie stamp and I stamped him three times and cut out the flowers and the hands individually and pop-dotted them so IRL, it actually looks like he’s holding my Flower Soft-ed flowers!

But starting today, every Wednesday will be PDD Wednesdays!  Hopefully (*giggles*) I’ll have a PDD project to share with you on Wednesdays to showcase these fabulous stamp sets and products!  This is what I have for you today:

I know the picture is awful – eek!  I couldn’t find anything to stand it up against!  But there’s a little sample of the Easter candy I will be giving to my niece and my little baby cousin!  I didn’t have any candy packaging so I had to improvise and so instead, I used Studio G stamp packaging!  I covered up the flap and used my delicious PDD stamp and the sprinkles background!

That’s it for me for right now as I have *MUCH* more exciting news to share today! 

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Sending My Love
Stamp(s): Penny Black, Studio G
Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black, Studio G
Medium: Watercolor pencils and aquapen
Tools/Embellishments: Flower Soft, EK Success edge punch, ribbon, rhinestones

Easter Candy
Stamp(s): Pez-a-Doodle Sprinkles and Candy
Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black, Studio G
Medium: Copic Markers
Tools/Embellishments: Stickles, ribbon, Studio G packaging

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Sending Flowers…

Posted by Catherine on February 25, 2009

…will never go out of style and now, what makes it even better is that you can send flowers that won’t die and leave a mess to clean up afterwards!

My project for today is a little bit of a double-trouble, two birds with one stone, etc., etc., and so forth…

I wanted to showcase another way to use Flower Soft other than just the normal glue-dab-and-sprinkle technique, so I got out my Flower Soft accessories (ie. wire and vase) and went to work on Mojo Monday’s sketch for the week! Let me just say, although I’m usually a more is more kind of person, I have always had a hard time with layers on my card. I have been improving with practice over time, but I layers have always intimidated me. Maybe because it also involves a knack in coordinating colours and papers and I haven’t really done much of that either. In any case, the Flower Soft project and Mojo Monday has definitely gotten me to step up to a couple of my own personal challenges! I didn’t use as many layers as the sketch suggested. Instead of adding the last layer on top of my base, I got out my mini mister, Perfect Pearls (in heirloom gold) and water and mixed me up some Perfect Pearl mist to give a nice golden, shimmery sheen to the base of the card (my cardstock). Completely matching/coordinating paper without another added layer (I was afraid my card would topple forward when I tried to take a picture of it! *LOL*)

Here’s the sketch for this week:

…and here’s what I came up with:

I was having a really hard time with the flash and the super shimmery paper that I used, so that’s the images there with no flash, and here it is with the flash, just to give you an idea of the shimmery goodness…

Whew! Lots of pictures for one little card, huh?! HAHAHA…that gorgeous paper is my never-fail DCWV Luxury Stack and it’s oh-so-lux-uuuuur-ious! I feel like I can just rip any of the luxury stack papers and smack them down with glue and it would still come out lookin’ nice and fancy. That’s what LUXURY STACK means…*LOL*

Anywho, I actually had a lot of fun with this sketch! Once I finished the actual Flower Soft part (which also didn’t take that long either!) everything came together pretty fast!

I won’t get too into the nitty gritty of everything as Marti will have a complete tutorial of how to get the wire and Flower Soft to co-mingle on her blog >>HERE<<, so I’ll just jump right in. I got my Flower Soft onto the wire and left them to dry while I was working on putting together the rest of the card. Cutting my paper and arranging them into my Mojo layout nice and easily – how did I not get into sketches before, they are SUCH a help – plus the sketch was awesome! I opted out of the optional embellishment as I didn’t want to take anything away from my Flower Soft goodness and the only other embellishment I used was my SugarPops skittle beads! Pretty much the only other little details that give the project that extra oomph is the flourish stamp that I stamped onto the vase and the edging that I got from using my new EK Success edge punch. If you haven’t already noticed, I finished off the inside of the card as well using the extra larger bits of scraps I had left over after all my cutting and trimming. I stamped my sentiment using a Versamagic Dew Drop (creamy and rich and stamped onto my smooth, shimmery paper so nicely). To avoid any oopsies, I heat set the ink.

That’s it for me today! Blogaversary is just around the corner, I’ll be getting my super blogaversary giveaway together into one whole picture just so everyone can get the scope on what’s up for grabs as my big THANK YOU for a faaabulous year! This wouldn’t be any fun if you weren’t around to read it, right? Tune in tomorrow for some more Look Ma, No Coloring! projects and don’t forget to check out my DT leader and DT sister’s blogs for their takes on stamping without colouring! Thanks for dropping by!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are available from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp(s): Butterflies a-Flutter by Pez-a-Doodle Designs, Studio G
Ink: Distress Ink, Versamagic Dew Drop
Paper: DCWV Luxury Stack
Embellishments: Flower Soft kit (Flower Soft, wire, vase), SugarPops by Sugar & Scraps, Perfect Pearls
Tools: Heat Gun, Mini Mister

CURRENT MOOD: CONTENT CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: THE HEATER GOING

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Look Ma, No Coloring…

Posted by Catherine on February 24, 2009

…our own fearless DT leader Marti has definitely set us up with a challenge with our DT assignments this week (or TORTURE considering that I *just* got my COPIC markers…*LOL* however you choose to look at it) our mission: stamp but nooooo colouring! *gasp* I KNOW! How could she DO this to me? Hahahaha…

Actually, my poor neglected COPICs aside (which isn’t that big a deal since I don’t even know to really use them yet!), the challenge was AWESOME! I love how it got me to pull out all the other materials I’ve been hoarding but haven’t really used to their full potential!

So today I am looking at Distress Embossing Powders!

These are the colours that I used for this project:

Dusty Concord Peeled Paint Dried Marigold

The difference between these embossing powders and the other powders that are normally used is that when heat is applied, these don’t melt down into the shiny, raised look that most people associate with heat embossing and powder. These distress powders end up with a rough, gritty feeling and the weather-worn look when heat is applied – just like the packaging says! They also differ from other embossing powders in that they have to be shaken very well first get the “distress” crystals distributed before use. These crystals is what gives the embossing powder their name! Once sprinkled onto a project and heated, when the powder has cooled, you can rub your finger over the area you have just embossed and these crystals will give the project it’s distressed look! I don’t really emboss much or distress enough to really be able to say that the project gets an authentic distressed look, but I *LOVE* using these embossing powders as it definitely lends any projects a totally different look and feel that other regular ol’ embossing powders just don’t do!

Anywho, I used these on my no-colouring project and this is how it turned out:

Can I just say that I *heart* how this turned out!?! So to break it down, I first made sure that I had shaken all my jars of embossing powder that I would be using and had them open, lined up and waiting to be used. Then I stamped my image on the INSIDE of the card with Versamark. While Versamark was still wet, I took a pinch of one colour of powder and sprinkled it over certain areas of the wet stamp and did the same step for the other two colours. Once I had a nice sprinkling in different areas of the colours that I wanted, I held up the card and tapped my fingers underneath the card to make the powder “dance” around. This ensures that all the areas are covered in powder. Then I just dumped the excess powder in the trash…with the colours all mixed up, I knew I wasn’t going to be using it again. But feel free to save it if you think you’d like to use some funky, mixed-up colours to emboss one day. So once I had everything powdered, I applied heat, let it cool and then rubbing the living daylights out of it to distress certain areas. To finish up the card, I pulled out my brand new Oval Nestabilities and punched out an oval at the front for my stamped image to show through.

I also used another no-colour technique for the front of the card…I wonder if that gets me any bonus points with the DT leader! LOL…but for the front of the card, I embellished my oval window with a flourish stamp that I inked using three matching Studio G ink pads. So basically, I attached my clear stamp to the block and went at it with the three different coloured ink pads starting from the lightest to the darkest. When I stamped, all three colours showed through making it nice and multicoloured without me having to bust out any colouring materials! Less the effort but maximum effect! I sure like that equation! I also did the same technique with the Studio G sentiment and finished it all off with coordinating FLOWER SOFT and paper piercing! *swoon*

That’s it for me today, I’m supposed to be lookin’ busy stuffing tax receipts! *giggles*

Thanks for dropping by and visiting!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Marti from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp(s): Butterflies a-Swirl by Pez-a-Doodle Designs, Studio G clear stamps
Ink: Versamark, Studio G ink pads
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder, Flower Soft, rhinestones
Tools: Paper piercer, Oval Nestabilities, Heat gun

CURRENT MOOD: OVERLY CAFFEINATED CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: STUDENT COMPLAINTS

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A year of -isms III

Posted by Catherine on February 23, 2009

“Just now, I asked The Mister if there was any holidays or special occasions coming up where people have to buy me stuff. He said our anniversary and I “Psssssh-ed” it because that’s in September. He said the only thing coming up is Mother’s Day and is it kind of bad that I half-wished I was pregnant so I could demand him to buy me a cart? I would choose New Arrivals of course…”

Hel-looo! Only one more week until my blogaversary! I’m very excited about it…too excited probably by the looks of how the giveaway is growing. I’ve been gathering here and there – some more K&Co. stuff which I am loving and also a couple hand-made kind of things from yours truly! Like this:


GLITTER!

I’m all googly-eyed! Okay, so I didn’t actually MAKE the glitter – I have no idea how that magic happens, but I did make them into all these prettiful colours! I took my jar of plain ol’ white glitter and dyed them a bunch of colours and put them in jars just like that! So in with my giveaways, this set of sugary glitter just for my blogaversary winner!

I hope everyone had a good weekend – we got a lot more snow *makes face* and I’m all bitter now at the cruelness of Mother Nature and how she teases us with nice, warm, spring-like weather only to snatch it back give us more snow instead! BAH! But I did have a little bit of playtime in my scraproom and I got to play with more Flower Soft and to colour my very first Lockhart stamp!

Another plain and simple card so as not to take away from the main focal point of my image! Even though I’ve been all COPIC-crazed right now, I coloured in my image with my watercolor pencils and trimmed the stamped image out (*waves* Thanks fairy craftmother!). I used my oh-so-pretty Flower Soft for the hydrangea’s and a generous sprinkling of fine glitter – yes, I am ALL ABOUT the glitter lately! I used my little bottle of Glossy Accents and randomly dabbed at the berries before sprinkling with the glitter!

Next I used my BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW Oval Nestabilities (*waves* Thanks, Terri!) and used that as my focal image mat. For the rest of the card I just used my Scor-Pal to add detail and some yummily lumpy SugarPops!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll still be adding a little bit more to my blogaversary giveaway so don’t forget to stop by on March 1st to play!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp: Karen Lockhart
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Bo Bunny and plain white cardstock
Tools: Glossy Accents, Watercolor Pencils, Aquapen, Scor-Pal, Oval Nestabilities
Embellishments: Flower Soft, SugarPops, Ribbon

“Sorry the pictures are so far away and blurry, I couldn’t bring myself to care enough to get closer. BWAHAHAHAHAHA…” (Paris Hilton at CHA)

CURRENT MOOD: CALM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: WEIRD RATTLING IN THE OFFICE

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Spring flowers…

Posted by Catherine on February 5, 2009

…am I ever ready to see them! I am so tired of this SNOW!

Maybe that’s why I keep turning to my Flower Soft. It makes it feel just a little bit closer to Spring and warm weather! According to the weather forecast, it’s supposed to go up to plus six (in Celsius) this Friday! I can’t WAIT, so to celebrate the warm weather coming, here’s a little Spring-y looking baby card:

I’m sorry this post is a little on the short side! I’ve got a little puppy who keeps jumping up on me, insisting that I pay attention to him or else he’ll chew up my shoes again!

Materials:
(All products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs unless otherwise stated)
Stamp: Victorian Flower Carriage by Uptown Rubber Stamps (Scribe’s Nook)
Ink: Adirondack black ink
DP: Bo Bunny (Pezzy’s Picks)
Accessories/Embellishments: Flower Soft, chipboard tag (Dollarama), ribbon (Michaels)
Techniques: Coloring with (Reeves) watercolor pencils, water and generic paint brush

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