Thursday, July 29, 2010

Elizabeth Bell and SCACD Blog Candy

Hi Everyone! Today I am going to post a card using an Elizabeth Bell image which you can get at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, which you can find here. The stamp is called Rian and it is one of the many great images you can find from this artist and this website. This week SCACD is also giving away some great blog candy for the release of the new Victoria Case stamps. She is another great artist I love from this site and you can click here to get to the blog and enter for a chance to win. Even better is that you get two more chances to win. The first you can find at Victoria Case's stamp blog, which you can enter to by clicking here. The second you can find at Quixotic Paperie, which you can enter by clicking here. I know I've entered at all the sites and I am happy for the chance to win.


The image is colored using copic markers and the background is shaded using a light blue stamp pad. I added jewels to her hat and shirt to enhance the look of the image. The die cut shape that the stamp is on is from spellbinders and the sentiment on the side is from Stampin Up. The flowers are Prima flowers which I purchased from Michael's and SCACD. I just love the look of this image and how the card came together!

Thanks for stopping by,
Marlena

Monday, July 26, 2010

Phindy's Place Challenge - Stitched Up

I am entering my second card at Phindy's Place Challenge Blog this week. The challenge was to make a card with real or faux sewing on it. Since sewing is my second crafting love I decided to add some actual sewing touches to my project. After reading the details of the challenge I decided to also add some sewn yo-yo's. I used to make these as a child and they are really easy to do.


The image is called Summer Blossom from Phindy's Place and you can find it here. I colored her using copic markers and shaded the outside using a sponge dauber and stamp pads. The stitching was done with my sewing machine. I made the yo-yo's by hand, they are very simple to make. To start you get some fabric and cut it out in the shape of a circle. Then fold over the end slightly while you gather the edges and pull to the center. Folding the edge will give you a more finished look because you will be hiding any frayed edges. Then just pull the needle to the back and form a knot. I then added flowers to the top of my yo-yo's, which I adhered with thick glue dots. I really love the look this added to my card.

I really like Phindy's images and her summer cuties are hard to resist! If you get a chance you should visit her challenge blog, which you can find here. Digital stamping has found a new place in my heart!
Thanks for stopping by,
Marlena

Friday, July 23, 2010

I absolutely love the look of Magnolia Stamps. This company has so many cute images, including corresponding backgrounds, that you can use to make wonderful cards. You can find Magnolia Stamps here at Magnolia-licious, a North American retailer of these stamps. I made a card for a baby shower using their sitting Tingla stamp and then needed a boy card, so I decided to make the same card using the sitting Alvin stamp.


I colored the Tingla stamp using copic markers. This card was one of my first tries at using these markers. I instantly fell in love with them and currently use them for many of my projects, as you have probably noticed. The dark pink background paper is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, which I used with my original Sizzix machine. I sewed the background embellishment using my sewing machine and cut out the sentiment and the circle background behind Tingla using my Cricut Expressions machine. I wanted Tingla to pop a little so I adhered her to the paper using Scotch mounting tape.


The baby boy card is made a similar way but this time using the sitting Alvin stamped image. I enjoyed making these cards and use stamps from this company often.

There are many wonderful blogs that are geared toward these stamps and you can find a few of them here and here.

Thanks for Dropping by,
Marlena


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Creating a Card with a Male Theme

I've always found that creating a card for my father, husband, or any other male in my life is so difficult. The choice of colors is limited and all those great embellishments I would otherwise use just aren't appropriate. I LOVE my jewels, flowers, and pretty colors. So, it takes a lot more thought and preparation to prepare these cards.

The main card that I am going to share today I created for my husband on Father's Day this year. The image is from Karen's Doodles and is part of a set which you can find here. You get each figure separately and then one of the three of them together. I used the separate figures so I could resize the girl to make her taller since my daughter is older than my son. I did this in PhotoShop. My husband helped me this time, but each time I open that program I get better at figuring out it's features. In fact, I have posted a tutorial on how to make a watermark in PhotoShop in the tutorial section of my blog.


I colored the card using my copic markers and used Ranger glossy accents on all of the eyes. The fish have some distress stickles on them to make their scales sparkle. The fish on the left are cut on my Cricut Expressions machine and I was able to add some jewels to this card for the eyes of the fish. I added the "Happy Father's Day" at the top in PhotoShop as well so it was printed with my image. Below are a couple of other cards I made for Father's Day as well. The images from these are also from Karen's Doodles and Phindy's Place, which you can find here.


This card I made for my dad, I loved this image of the deer in the field.


This image reminded me of a picture of my grandfather on my uncle's motorcycle.


I just loved this image since the moment I saw it and put it on a blue background to make it more masculine.

Thanks for Dropping By,
Marlena

Monday, July 19, 2010

Phindy's Place Challenge Blog

Today's card I'm going to enter in Phindy's Place Challenge Blog. It is the first time I have entered this challenge. The theme of the challenge is all about blue and your card must have the color blue on it. The image I'm using is one of Phindy's digital stamps and is called "Bye Bye Butterfly". You can find this stamp here on the Phindy's Place website.


I think a lot of us have memories of chasing butterflies around in the summer and I absolutely love this image. I colored the stamp using copic markers and shaded the rest of the paper using my bashful blue and soft suede stamp pads, both from Stampin Up. The borders and butterflies are cut using my cricut expression machine and my SCAL software. I also used photoshop custom shapes to create these borders and then imported them into SCAL. I really had a lot of fun playing around and trying to come up with a border I thought would fit this card.

If anyone is interested in checking out Phindy's challenge blog you can click here, or follow the link from the side of my blog.
Thanks for dropping by,
Marlena


Sunday, July 18, 2010

I've recently fallen in love with the look of Butterflies on my projects, I'm not sure why, but I just love the look they often give to cards when you add them. I also like to try and come up with new ideas for using paper instead of always scrap booking or making cards. Although, making cards is most definitely my first love. The project below is a magnetic note holder that I made for my mother.

The note holder itself is just a small clipboard that I added heavy duty magnets to the back of. The butterfly stamps are from the Hero Arts Antique Engraving set. You can find them here. I originally saw this particular set used on another project and searched high and low until I could get them myself. The flourish embellishment is cut from my cricut expressions machine and The circle and scalloped circle are from spellbinders dies. I added some glitter and stickles embellishments to give it that final touch.

On another note I have finally gotten my watermark the way that I want it. It is so difficult to find tutorials out there on how to make a watermark in photoshop using shapes and text. I am going to work on that and upload it to my tutorials section for anyone else who is interested.

Thanks for dropping by,

Thursday, July 15, 2010

So after creating this blog and adding features as I went along, my next hurdle was to tackle watermarking a photo. I had figured out how to put text on a photo, but not how to actually watermark. I visited many different blogs and really liked the professional touch adding a watermark gave a project photo. After much research I was able to get the directions on how to make on watermark in Photo Shop. Even more exciting was when I saw the watermark applied to my photo. I still have some "tweaking" to do to the image so it will look EXACTLY the way I would like. If you want to view the tutorial on how to watermark you can look here.

Below is the first card I was able to watermark. I created the card for a challenge on PCP. The image is a rubber cling stamp, which I ordered from here.


You'll notice that the watermark is on the bottom left-hand corner of the page, I was so excited to see I had accomplished my goal. It took a lot of searching and trial and error to get there. The image on the card is called "A Puppy is Love" and is from the Victoria Case collection. I colored the girl and dogs using copic markers and embellished the edges with flowers, Bella's baubles, ribbon and a charm. Blue is one of my favorite colors and I particularly like this shade of blue and the final look of this card. I'm a cat person myself but this image was too cute to pass up. The jewels added to the flowers are brads from Stampin Up.

Hope everyone is having a great day!
Thanks for stopping by,
Marlena


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Digital stamping is a technique that I just recently discovered through my Internet exploration. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy stamping this way since I truly love traditional stamping, but this technique has grown on me. The nice part of digital stamping is the versatility of your stamp. Your image isn't set to one size, you can enlarge and reduce it as you like to fit the size page you want. Also, with the right program you can combine several images to create a whole new look. There are many companies out there which handle the sale of digital stamps. My particular favorites are Meljen's Designs, Phindy's Place, Karen's Doodles, Mo's Digital Pencil and Wink, Wink, Ink. These are just a few of the many companies out there which handle digital stamps. Most of the companies have an angel policy which allows you to use their images as is, as long as the artist gets credit for the image. Each company usually has their policy posted right on the website.

The image below is called, "The Big Girl Class", and comes from Phindy's Place. I love the art of dance and fell in love with this image instantly.


I colored this image using copic markers and added some pink and white stickles to the girls skirts. The sentiment is a rubber cling stamp from Unity Stamp Company. It is from their May Kit of the Month set. I used a paper with musical notes for the background and sewed some of the borders. Their are crystals on each of the corners.

Thanks for dropping by,
Marlena

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sometimes the most enjoyable part of making a card is designing the card with the personality or interests of the recipient in mind. Knowing they enjoyed the thought that you put into this unique card just for them makes the finished product quite special. Although we can't always make cards specifically designed towards a persons interests, I try to do so whenever possible. The card below is a card that I made for my sister-in-law for her birthday just a few weeks ago. She owns a jewelry design business, which you can find here, and I wanted to make a card that was unique to her. I absolutely love all of her jewelry and designs.


I used Zva Creative self-adhesive jewels to make this card. To get the shape of the necklace I traced an oval at the top and then brought it together freehand on the bottom. The Happy Birthday Stamp is from Stampin Up. The edges are shadowed using blue and black stamp pads and a sponge.

I also made her a gift bag to go along with the cards. The pattern for the bag is from Creations by AR and is titled "Haute tote" I absolutely fell in love with this pattern from the moment I saw it and love the look of the bag. The great part about it is that with the download I got an SVG file and was able to use my SCAL program to cut out the bag pieces on my Cricut Expression.


For this tote I used handmade paper. Since this tends to be a lighter paper I glued it to a heavier card stock to give it the weight and feel I thought it needed. I was able to get a black chain with a black clasp for the small coin purse attachment which I thought added nicely to the look of the bag.

On a different note, for those of you with Facebook accounts Unity Stamp Company is having a giveaway promotion starting tomorrow. If you visit their blog you will get the details. Basically, if you sign up for their fan page then you, and whoever referred you, could win a prize. I LOVE this company, their images, and what they stand for. If you are on Facebook you may want to at least consider dropping by and checking out their page.

Thanks for dropping by,
Marlena

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Today's card is a birthday card I made for my mother this year. The images used for this card are from Unity Stamp Company, which you can find here. I belong to their Kit of the Month Club and this is from their February kit. This is a great club to belong to if you enjoy stamping. The stamps are rubber cling and you get a whole page of great images and sayings for a great price.


I used copic markers to color the birdhouses and then cut them out and adhered them with mounting tape. I prefer scotch brand mounting tape because it is a little firmer than the foam dots and it makes your images a little sturdier. The happy birthday saying is from a Stampin Up kit and I punched out the circles for the smaller bird from my Stampin Up circle and scalloped punches. The label that the birdhouses are on is from the Spellbinders nestibillities set, which you can find here. I also added the smaller bird to the top of the tree branch, which is also from the same stamp kit.

The best part is that my mother really liked the card, which is of course what I hope for when making cards for other people. This card was also a first experiment for me with distress ink, which I purchased at Michael's.
Thanks for stopping by,
Marlena

Friday, July 9, 2010

I love being creative and making cards but my favorite is stamping an image. It is enjoyable to see how many different designs you can make, all from one image. Just changing colors, mediums, or papers could completely change the look of your stamp and your card or project.
The card I am going to share with you today was stamped using the Victoria Case Stamp, Belle, from her Hearts and Hugs Collection. You can find that stamp here at SCACD. I fell in love with this image the first time I saw it. I love to dance and everything about it and made this card for my daughter's dance teachers.
I colored this card using copic markers. I added a little pink to the bodice to give it a slightly different look. The skirt and headpiece have pink stickles added to them. The oval is cut using Spellbinders dies, which you can also find at SCACD, or here, at the Spellbinders website. I use these dies on my original Sizzix die cutting machine. That is the beauty of these, they can be used in several different die cutting machines. I really like their nestibillities dies because you can do so much with them. The jewels on the corner are Bella's Baubles, also from SCACD.
I really love SCACD, this site has so many supplies and you can really get your order fairly quickly. There have been times when my order has even been shipped on the same day, you have to love that!
Thanks for dropping by,
Marlena

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My First Entry

After reading many blogs and navigating paper crafting pages I have decided to start my own blog. I love this craft and enjoy creating new items and viewing projects that others have done. I would like to share my projects and how I was able to create them. Like most of us my time is limited but I sneak in whatever time I can to create, create, create. I find it relaxing and enjoyable and truly love being creative. My parents are both very creative people and I like to think that I inherited some of my creativity from them.

A organized space works best for me and I have designed mine to allow me to use as many of my tools and materials as possible. The better organized I keep my space the more I have the ability to be creative. I have added some photos of my craft space to my photo gallery.

For this card I used Magnolia Stamps which you can get here at the Magnolia-licious store. The images are Kissing Tilda and Kissing Edwin. To make this card I used a masking technique. You can read how to do this in the tutorials section of this blog. The bench is also from this site. I colored the image with copic markers. These markers are wonderful because they are alcohol based and blend together so you can shade your images. They have over 300 colors in their sketch markers and are refillable when they dry out. The colors are very distinctive and just bring out the look of your image. I get my markers from here.

Thanks for dropping by,
Marlena