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Simply simple…

Posted by Catherine on March 13, 2009

…is SO fun!  And to be honest, kind of hard for this more-is-more kind of girl!  I keep staring at the card holding my hands behind my back because I want to run it back into my scraproom and embellish all over it!  Hahahaha, sorry….sorry, not the greatest visualization.

I did a two birds with one stone – or two “assignments” with one card project today.  I took part in the Clean and Simple 4 challenge using “dots” on SCS and this project is also for my Friday Pez-a-Doodle Design project.  It may look simple, but it can still be shiiiimmery and pretty!

So there is my clean and simple card!  Clean and simple being that there is an optimal amount of white space and not an overload of embellishments, tools or techniques.

Let me see, let me see…for my “dots” aspect, I did some paper piercing for my butterfly fly trail and at some random areas throughout the card.

To satisfy my inner PDD DT Diva , I hauled out some of my faaavourite PDD goodies.  If you’re trying to keep things clean and simple, there’s still a way to make it faaaab-u-LOUS!  And that would be via Perfect Pearls.  I love Perfect Pearls….a scraproom can NOT exist without jars of beeautiful, shimmerylicious Perfect Pearls.  It’s like…tabasco sauce to a food junkie.  Eggs are fine, but they’re WOW with a hit of tabasco sauce, etc., etc.  I mean, your cards are probably fine, but they could be WOW with a hit of Perfect Pearls!  Anywho…after I had assembled my CAS card using my long rectangle Nestabilities and pop-dots (I stamped and pierced first), I took my wooonderful Versamark fine tip marker (YES! I know!  I didn’t know it existed until just a few weeks ago, but it’s so AWESOME!) and traced my sentiment and brushed some Perfect Pearl over it.  I saw how preeetty it looked and ended up dusting Perfect Pearls over my WHOLE project.  To ensure that the shimmer stays on your project, you’re supposed to spray it with a fine mist of water to set the pigment pearls.  I stepped THAT up a knotch by mixing up a batch of Perfect Pearl mist, taking the same Perfect Pearl pigment powder and mixing it in a mini mister with water!  Yeah, how EASY is that?  Just water!  So really, I didn’t break the CAS rule by using too many things…I mean..it’s WATER!  Anywho, to avoid having too much water onto my project (I was worried about the sentiment I had already stamped) so I spritzed it into the air and waved my project into the mist.  Here’s a closer look at the shimmer as best as I could capture it on a photograph:

…I did consider making the project a white on white affair, but I couldn’t resist having it pop a little bit with a soft hint of distressing ink.   And that’s my CAS/PDD project for today!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit, if you’d like, please feel free to drop me a line – I’d love to hear from you!  See you all tomorrow for this first-timer’s attempt at an Etsy inspired challenge!

P.S. I’ve gotten some more peeks at the new developments to come for PDD and *whistles* ooooooo-weee!  I am over the top, off the wall excited!  I don’t even know how to fully emphasize it properly so that you’ll really get how exciting the news is! *wriggles around excitedly*  I’m pretty confident that what’s to come will definitely set Pez-a-Doodle Designs apart and I am actually feeling kinda smug to be a part of it! *LOL* But hey, don’t let me rub it in too much, get those DT call submissions in and find out EXACTLY what I’m talking about before everyone else!   You will not regret it and more DT sisters and friends for me to blog stalk…er….I mean, visit!  HAHAHA…last call for DT submissions is March 15th!  Check out the DT call announcement on my blog or Marti’s for more information!

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

Stamps: Studio G stamp sentiment
Ink(s): Studio G ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Embellishments: 3D stickers, Perfect Pearls, Perfect Pearl Mist
Tools: Mini Mister, Paper Piercer, Versamark marker, Foam ink blending tool

 

CURRENT MOOD: EXCITED CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: THE VOICES IN MY HEAD

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Look Ma, No Coloring OR Stamping!

Posted by Catherine on February 27, 2009

…HAHAHAHA! You’ve got to cut me some slack…if this were ‘Fixing Dinner’ on the Food Network, Thursdays are mine and The Mister’s “Fright Night.”

I was pretty much all over the place yesterday with work and appointments and a mad rush home to get the house clean-looking (notice how I didn’t say CLEAN…*LOL*…just clean-looking!) in time for choir practice. Everytime I think that okay, after this one thing, things will die down…something else happens to replace whatever it is that’s just finishing! I’m trying not to think of how full my plate already is and how much MORE things are being added to it to avoid going crazy and just dropping off the face of the earth again (I’m NOT going to, Marti!*LOL*)

Even though things were hectic, I snuck away from Chewy and The Mister during after-practice cleanup to go play in my scraproom – which has reached DANGEROUSLY high levels of mess…so high, it has never been recorded…ever. I have to put things on my lap while I’m working on them to avoid losing them in the craptastic pile of stuff in front of me!

Apparently I was suffering a mojo meltdown because I couldn’t really find anything that was turning out the way that I wanted to. Ran out of really nice cardstock, so I tried printing on a lesser quality one and found that my COPICs were bleeding all over the place and the image was already so small that I couldn’t even make adjustments to compensate for the bleeding. I tried colouring with Prismas, but I couldn’t find my blending stumps in all the mounds of stuff and my watercolor pencils were in the other room and far be it for me to get up to go get them now that I was already sitting and comfy! Okay, so I figured there’d be no coloring and I’d pretty much used all the stamps that would look good with the no-coloring techniques that I had been playing around with this week. So last resort, there’d be no stamping either!

I poked around my scrap stash and underneath layers of…I wanna say crap…I saw cute little faces staring up at me. I stared at them and they stared back…so I stared some more and an idea started forming while we were having our staring competition. I took out the little cuties and my chalks (whom I’ve been getting along with very well lately!) and got down to business. It always takes a million times longer for an idea to come together, but it only took a few minutes to actually get this card together…



C’mon say it with me, “Awwww!” (I didn’t hear you say it, Marti…HAHAHAHA…). Thank you for those who joined me in my “awww-ing”. I don’t care how bad it sounds, but I am LOVING how this card turned out. As soon as I saw those cute little babies staring up at me (from their holographic backgrounds – ew! I got rid of those as soon as they were out of the packaging!) I knew that I wanted to go for a baby-themed card. With what feels like EVERYONE in my family being pregnant and about to explode, there is definitely going to be a need for some baby-looking cards! Because there were four specific animals I wanted to use on my card, I chose to have it be non-gender specific and I resorted to the four basic baby colours. Baby pink, baby blue, baby yellow and baby green. If I had one more animal, there’d be a baby purple too, but the alligator in the sticker set was a lot longer than the rest, so he would have thrown off my symmetry. Sorry to say he was booted…your time will come, my little alligator friend…your time will come…

Picked out four sponges (in this case, I used makeup sponges. A pack of bajillion for a dollar at the dollar store, you can’t go wrong there!) and loaded each up with my chalk colour choices and started circling away on my cardstock. I randomly circled each colour and then went back and filled out the blank spots with the other colours until I had a nice soft tye-dyed effect. Pop-dotted my little buddies on their own chalk-edged mats and voila!

I ran out of sheer white ribbon and the only thing I had that was close was a white ribbon with some silver threading and the white was just SO white it was contrasting hideously with the background, so I did my next favourite thing to with ink pads besides applying them to stamps. I laid out my ribbon and started swiping with coordinating Studio G ink pads!The Studio G ink pads were PERFECT for this project as the ink on them is a bit chalk-y-like, so the colours definitely worked well on the ribbon. So up there, you can see the white WHITE of the ribbon as it originally was, and with those four little pads, turned it into that rainbow looking swirl of ribbon. I applied the ribbon to the card using the “cheater” method (I also had to finish the inside of the card to cover up all the ribbon taping I did to the inside of the card) and I was done! I considered adding more to it, but I figured since I was doing the no colouring, no stamping technique today, I should also apply the no overdoing of the embellishing technique as well! I did take my Glossy Accents and Stickles and highlighted a few things on my little cuties, otherwise, I reined myself back in to keep the card oh-so-soft and so simple!

Thanks for stopping by today! I know you’re probably ready for the weekend about as much as I am (and believe me, I’ve been ready since last Monday!) Even more fun things to look forward to on this particular weekend as I will be celebrating my first blogaversary this Sunday, March 1st! I hope you’ll be able to stop by and celebrate with me! Stay tuned tomorrow for the giveaway roundup of pictures!

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

Stamp: Zip, zilch, zero, NADA!
Ink: Studio G
Paper: Plain ol’ white cardstock
Embellishments: 3D stickers, ribbon, Glossy Accents
Tools: Chalk, sponge applicators, pop dots

CURRENT MOOD: TIRED CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: AFRICA

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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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Think ink – part two…

Posted by Catherine on October 21, 2008

…so I posted that birthday card I recently made on the Cricut board and a few people mentioned that they were a little bit intimidated of inks.

My only thought was, “Don’t be!” I used to be, too – but you just have to be willing to play around and get dirty (your desk, your papers, your projects, your fingers…LOL…and in my case, the floor and what you’re wearing) and you’ll come up with some pretty fabulous things!

I thought I would put together a few things to show what fun things can be done with ink pads!


Inks pictured: Kaleidacolor, Studio G, Brilliance Dew Drops, Adirondack
Other materials: Glossy cardstock, Rubber Brayer

As always, supplies (unless otherwise stated) are from Marti over at Pez-a-Doodle! (Actually, I’m looking at the picture now and ALL materials are from Pez-a-Doodle! What are you waiting for? Get over there!)

First I just started by playing around with background stamps and glossy cardstock (I heart glossy cardstock!) Take your background stamp and pick a few random ink pad colours. Mix them up, they don’t really need to be all one brand! The only thing to remember though is stamp light colours before stamping on the darker colours – less likely to contaminate a darker coloured ink pad with light colours than it would be the other way around! And voila, you get something like this:


Background Stamp a Pez-a-Doodle exclusive!

Pretty! Just an easy, simple way to dress up a background stamp – rather than have it being one solid colour!

Another way to get some colour on that glossy cardstock:

You can NOT go wrong with multicolour inkpads! I used Kaleidacolor in Fruit Cake and Cappuccino Delight and using a brayer, applied all the bright pretty colour onto my cardstock! The whole technique was so laid back, I didn’t even worry about where the colour was going, I just brayered the whole piece like crazy until I was satisfied with the colour. Decorate to your heart’s desire!

Did these sound easy to do? Well then what are you waiting for? Get out your inks and play!

CURRENT MOOD: CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: MISS INDEPENDENT – NE-YO

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Think ink…

Posted by Catherine on October 20, 2008

…and the rest will fall into place!

I had exactly half an hour to get a card together before I got back in my car with The Mister and headed over to Red Lobster! I have no idea how long my cousin and I have had this tradition going, but every year on her birthday we always go to Red Lobster – and for some funny reason, we always end up in the same section of the restaurant, at pretty much the same table. The people seem to change too, the only people who are in all the pictures throughout the years are her and I. *smiles* Okay, can you tell she’s my most favourite cousin, and one of the most favourite people ever?

So anywho, when I went to the States for my shopping trip we went to a Guess Accessory outlet store and HOLY MOLY, look what shimmied and said, “Yoo-hoo, look at ME!”

…and I said, “Well hel-loooo BEAUTIFUL!”

Can I tell you how much my cousin ADORES all things Guess? So I admired and coveted and thought this would be the perfect gift for her, and “guess” what? it was 50% off! 50 FREAKING percent OFF! Guess how fast these were in my hot little hands, paid for and in the trunk of the car? HAHAHA…I actually bought a second pair in pink for another girlfriend of mine.

Anywho, I’m so digressing. I needed a fabulous card to go along with my FABULOUS gift! Weeeell, imagine how buckling all the pressure was!

I get into my scraproom and wade through all the fun stuff and I stumble across tons and tons of Studio G inks! I figure now is definitely the time to use them and taaaa-daaaa!

Pretty colours! And the perfect way to accent pretty Studio G ink colors was a piece of paper from the Glitter Stack!

Fun little tip – the inks weren’t expensive anyways and I wanted a more colorful approach for the sentiment, so I stamped a bunch of ink colors all over the stamp and voila!

All Studio G inks can be found at http://www.pezadoodle.com.

CURRENT MOOD: CURRENTLY LISTENING TO:

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