Tuesday, June 28, 2011

VLV June 2011 Challenge

It's been about 2 years since I played in the Friday VLV Challenge (Verve Stamps). I remember not really playing again because I was sooooo awful! I still have a long way to go, but finally feel like I have it figured out and can get something accomplished a whole lot quicker!!! 

 Love this stamp set every time I use it. Love that there are no faces to color or hair!!! :) Used SU water color paper to stamp the image on. The flower is on grunge board and inked with the refill ink and then a little bit of Paint on it to give it some texture. 

Week 1 
Stamp - Unity Stamps: Rain or Shine
Paper - Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry
Flower - Fun Flowers Die Cut

So Burlap is pretty much my favorite. I bought a light color to dye it with the Tim Holtz Distressed Stains. I love everything about these stains!!! I will own every color one day! 

Week 2 Recipe:
Stamp - Verve Stamps: Blue Skies, Tim Holtz heart stamp
Paper - Rich Razzleberry, Not Quite Navy, 
Burlap - Ranger Distress Stain: Blue Jeans
Butterfly - SU sizzlets

Love this card. Nothing but paint - used a Tim Holtz stamp set, can't find the name of it.... but I just love that this is all me, my art, my take. Just me! Will keep trying to perfect this! 

Week 3 Recipe:
Stamp - Tim Holtz Stamp set
Ink - Ranger Pain Daubers
Paper - Taken with Teal, Early Espresso

So I received my first Verve Stamp Set this week. I have not been a big fan of Acrylic stamps as I find most stamps are not quality and don't leave a clean crisp image. WELL these are just fabulous and work fabulously with all my ink.  I will def. be purchasing more. The flower again is on grunge board and painted with the Ranger dauber, I was impatient and heated it dry and it gave a lot of texture! Love when mistakes work out great!!! 

Week 4 Recipe:
Stamp - Verve Stamp: Blue Skies
Paper - Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy

Leave some love!!!

Colleen G. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Book Covers

I fell in love with this card  from Julee at Poetic Artistry - She then linked a video that she followed which is by JournalArtista - it is a 2 part video - isn't she amazing. So watch both. Which that then inspired me to make these:

Dress form was a foam Stamp by Donna Downey. Flower is die cut from Stampin UP - Used lots of paint and Tim Holtz Distressed Ink and Stains (PS I LOVE the new stains, absolutely fabulous). The plate was in a drawer, I think it came from my sister.

I used the SU word Window punch to to punch out for the date. I used the SMASH stamp. Loving this whole idea of a smash book and journal book. Not sure which will be which or how many more I will make. I am just loving this. This one I Mod Podged everything to seal it.

What are your thoughts? Leave some love.

Colleen G.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

MOJO 195 & a little bitta TIM!

So I am from the suburbs  of Chicago and that makes me spoiled... I can drive to any store I want within 20 minutes... BUT now I am in a small town with 1 craft store, and it's def. not my favorite one. UGH!!! Driving to Louisville is about 45 minute drive and requires planning and seems more like a field trip to find the other stores! :)
Anyway - the store in town just started carrying new FUN products and that makes me have fun!!! :)

Colleen G.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

So here is where I started

So yesterday I started with this card, but wasnt sure and went to bed. Today I did the other card, and then decided I might as well try finishing this. I got the sentiment and then sewed. Yesterday my sewing machine was sewing upside down... like the design was on the bottom I think this was because of the bobbin being upside down? Anyone know if that was right? Anyway, today it worked. Love sewing on cards. But sooo scary to do it and not worry about ruining it!!!

Circle flower under my tutorial tab.

Colleen G.

MOJO194 - woot woot

Beyond stressed! I needed this. I was sitting here today making this card, my kid was finally sleeping... it was calming for me to stamp. This was an outlet of serenity today. He is 3. Need I say more? AAAHHH to MOJO! 

Made this sketch for MOJO194 - you can see all the details here. Just a couple days left to play. I borrowed this stamp from a friend... and I LOVE IT! I want it... maybe I can swap her for it! :) HA!

Stamp: Gifts from the Orient
Paper: So Saffron, Taken with Teal, Choco Chip, Old Olive

Colleen G.
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