Monday, August 30, 2010

Welcome Home

Well I did it. I made my first card using my own digi stamp and I cannot believe it! Like I said, it's been a grueling process -- much harder than I thought. But the good news is once the stamp is done, it's done. I created this stamp based on a house I had stayed at in Vermont a few years ago on vacation. I loved the house and especially remember the cranberry door. I wanted to start making cards with fall colors as my favorite season is quickly approaching so I chose chocolate brown, olive green, goldenrod and cranberry rhubarb DP to complement the colors in the stamp. I added a darker olive green ribbon just to add a little more color and made the embellishments by punching two different sized circles in the green and gold, and adhering a brown pearl to the center of each. The image is of course popped up with foam squares because I'm addicted to those darn things.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Old Hobby Becomes New Muse?

So if anyone's even noticed that I haven't necessarily been around as much lately, here's why. I was cleaning out my craft room a few weeks ago and found some my old sketch books - and it got me thinking. Some of the sketches would make nice digi stamps.

Well then that got me researching. Though I'm pretty good with the computer, terms like "digital altering" have never been in my vocabulary before so learning how to scan my sketches in and turn them into digis has been somewhat frustrating. However, this past week or so, I've managed to get a good chunk of my sketches transferred into digital format and started yet another blog to put some of them up so I'll continue to do that in the next few weeks. I have absolutely no idea if anyone else would even enjoy these or have any use for them, but much like Tami, I'll never know until I try.

If anyone wants to check out the new site, you can visit it here:  Starry Nights Studio Digi Shop

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Seriously is this the cutest digi stamp you've ever seen or what? Once again, Mo had me falling in love with one of her new adorable stamps and I couldn't be happier. Before I even started coloring her, I knew that I wanted to use my Pocket Full of Posies stack (my favorite) because it has the most gorgeous colors, so I quickly picked out some of my favorite patterns that had more muted tones to now drown her out, and went from there. She's colored with Prismas and chalked at the edges with a little touch of fuscia. Looking back, I don't even think it needed the extra color, but it's too late now! The flower embellishments were punched with 3 different sized flowers and given dimension with some pearl adhesives. The image, as well as the flowers, are popped up with some foam squares for dimension.

Stamp: "Balloons!" - Mo's Digital Pencil
Ink: Prismas and Chalks
Embellishments: Flower punches and self adhesive pearls

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Jaden Get Well

I made this card for the Stamps R Us Challenge #3 and I was soooo excited to have Sew Many Cards as the sponsor. Our challenge this week is to create a project that was designed with stitches, and I lucked out that the paper I chose to use ended up having stitches on it already, saving me a ton of time!

I chose Jaden Get Well as my digi stamp from Sew Many Cards and colored him with my Prismacolor Pencil and chalk combo. The edges on the image, as well as the edges of the sentiment were chalked with a little "blue sky" to make it stand out from the brown background. The sentiment needed a little more so I added a couple chocolate self-adhesive pearls. The DP, I believe, was in a paper stack I had collected ahile back. The nice thing about paper stacks is that they give you coordinating options and the stripes and polka dots went nicely together for this card. Other than that, it was a pretty basic card centered around an adorable focal image.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Golfer

Being home these last two days has been a wonderful way for me to get a little alone time in my craft studio. And I really needed it! Today I made this quick and easy golfer card with an image I had colored about a week ago. The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil and I colored it with Prismas and chalks. I then ink-sponged the edges and then cut the corners to add the small pearl adhesives. When I colored the image, I was at my parent's house and really had to take a leap of faith that I had DP that would match. Fortunately, I did so everything worked out. I embossed some white cardstock for the large circle to give it a little texture and voila! Quick and easy card.

Make sure you check out page 36 of this month's Paper Crafts magazine. My Stamps R Us buddy, Carrie, is featured!

And don't forget to play with us at the Stamps R Us Challenge Blog!

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Handmade Greeting Card Layouts

Due to popular demand, I was asked to write another hub about card sketches. Here are some more of my layouts. Share with friends!

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

King of the Grill

I made this card for the Stamps R Us Challenge #2.  For the next two weeks, the ladies of Stamps R Us are challenging everyone to design cards and altered items designed around an all male theme. For this card, I used the "Big Man Grilling" digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil, and colored it with chalks and Prismas. I went with an abstract sketch to try to pull in a lot of accent colors in the DP, and created embellishments using the same paper. The embellies are popped up with foam squares for dimension.  The only thing I somewhat regret is the semi-girly scalloped green striped DP. Oh well.... :)

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Baby Boy & Girl Cards

I was just asked today to make two more of my New Baby Boy and New Baby Girl cards (so much for one-of-a-kind), and realized I've never posted them on my blog. These are the first cards I had ever made and though I'm glad they're so popular, I find it kind of strange. Really, there's nothing special about them, although I do like the stamp -- maybe that's what it is. Actually, come to think of it, this stamp is one of the first rubber stamps I ever purchased, too. It makes me realize how much my style has changed since then. The first change is the fact that I'm really riding the digi stamp wave. I just find them to be so much more convenient and useful. The second big change is the fact that I use to color mostly watercolors and markers and now I find I'm happiest with my Prismas and chalks. Makes me wonder what my next style change will be... :)  Anyways, just though I'd share. Don't forget to play the Stamps R Us challenge this week.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

HapBEE-lated Birthday

I made this card for the Etsy Inspired Challenge this week. The challenge was to create a project using something from Becky Kazana's Etsy shop for inspiration. I chose her Bee Mine Behive Wedding Cake topper because it's just so absolutely creative and clever.

For the image, I used another Jessica Lynn Original Brentwood stamp. I love how cute her little Brentwood Owl is! The DP is some old old old DP I have had since I started scrapbooking years ago. The funny part is I used this paper because it had bees in the background, and I ended up covering all of them up with all of the embellishments. I swear they're in there! :)

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