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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Nibbles the mouse says: From the heart, Merry Christmas!

This cute little mouse was fun to color. I used pastels this time. I would have rather used Copics, but don't quite have my collection full of all the colors I want yet. (I'm a long ways from complete, but did pick colors I love and little by little can add to it.)
The challenge this week was to use metallic colors, which was my choice. I scored the front of the card to open like a book and used 3-D tape under it. A different technique for me which was super easy. Below is the 'recipe' for the card. Be sure to check out the other awesome designers I have had the pleasure to design with for the last 6 months at  The challenge is to get others to use metallic colors in their card. Enter for a chance at a prize at Dolce Stamps & Cards. This is my last card required for the design team, but I hope to participate as a guest designer now and then, or perhaps as a contest participant :-)

Stamp(s): Impression Obsession, D4597 (My friend Jim named him Nibbles ;-), SU greeting
Paper: Wild Cherry, Hero Arts Pine Layering, White cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other Color: pastels/chalk, red marker
Embellishments: Candi (paper brads), Flower Soft Polar White 'snow', Elizabeth Craft Designs Christmas tree sticker
Tools: Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities Curved Rectangles S5-006

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Joyful Holiday Wishes

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Wreath with Bells', Stampin Up greeting
Paper: Wild Cherry red cardstock, designer paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Various Copic markers, metallic watercolor paint
Tools: Spellbinders Circles, Paper trimmer, Big Shot, Heat gun
Accessories: White Organza ribbon, Glitter Ritz Silver Glitter, Candi paper 'brads', 3-D tape, Candi 3-D adhesive, Tombo adhesive

The challenge this time was to do a center-step card. I've never done a center step card, so I was happy it turned out on my first try. There was a great tutorial on SCS which helped a lot. The image itself took about an hour and a half for me to color. First I embossed it. Then I colored it. The silver on the bells is a metallic watercolor paint I found, which I love, but it takes quite a few layers to make it a solid color. If you just want it for an accent, you can color with something else and then just brush one layer on. I used Candi paper brads (really just colored circles) that I thought would work well for the bells. I like how it turned out since it's a different color than what I used on the bell itself. Kinda funky! I'm usually really conservative with my colors and matching.A final touch was the silver Glitter Ritz glitter on the greeting. I love, love, love this glitter! It is truly microfine and after you apply it to a strong double sided adhesive, you burnish it in to brighten in. Just be sure not to touch the adhesive so that it stays clean. I bought 6 jars of this stuff and each jar will probably last me a lifetime! A little goes a long way!

Snowy Mittens

Stamps: Impression Obsession: Mittens, 'Snow Happy'

Paper: Smooth White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Summer Sky, Tim Holtz Fired Brick, Distress Ink, Versamark, Memento 'Lady Bug' red marker

Tools: Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Large, Spellbinders Curved Rectangles, Detail Scissors, Big Shot, Tim Holtz Inkssentials Blending Tool, Heat Gun

Accessories: Flower Soft Polar White, Crystal Stickers Rhinestones, Light Blue & Red ribbon, 3-D tape, Silver embossing powder

This card was a lot of fun to make. The challenge this time was to use your main image to make your own background paper, or at least part of the image. I got some pointers from Sandra, the owner of Dolce Stamps. She showed me how to blend color into the paper by starting off the page, so it starts lighter and not so intense on the edges. I used the tool from Tim Holtz. It looks like a little hand stamper and is really handy. It's hard to tell, but the background has a faint blue tint to it pulled in from the edges about 1/3 of the way in or so. I really like how you can make the embossed image pop off the page by using this technique.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tabitha the Witch

I finally made a big purchase of Copics a couple weeks back. I think I have a new addiction. I have about 24 colors so far, including the colorless blender, which is a lifesaver for little mistakes.
This set is from Taylored Expressions. I love their Moka line. Happy Halloween!

Get Well

A simple, but bright and cheery card for anyone not feeling well. Tis the season unfortunately. The strip in the middle is made of tiny micro beads. I love the copper cardstock!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Give thanks

Designed for: Dolce Stamps and Cards
Artist: Tara Williams
Title: Give Thanks
Stamp(s): Stampendous (couldn't find on site Sandy), SU Fancy flexible phrases
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, various Copics, Copics colorless blender
Paper: Hopsock Land, Copper cardstock
Accessorries: Ribbon, Brads, 3D adhesive
Tools: Bigshot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, circle punch, scallop punch, 1/16 hole punch

I always love this time of the year. The leaves are turning amazing colors in the Seattle area and the air gets a bite to it, which means, I have more time inside to craft some more cards. It also means I get to start thinking about the holidays and all the fun cards and projects that come with stamping. My favorite pieces on this card are the diecut, which I think makes it so fancy looking. Then the copper cardstock gives it that pop that is so lovely. Please take a few minutes to look through my amazing design team members blogs and SCS sites. Their work is absolutely amazing! for the other design team's gorgeous work

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy Haunting

This card was super fun to make because I LOVE Halloween! I just attended my first costume party last night. I dressed as 'Malice in Wonderland'. It's the darker version of Alice. I pulled off a jet black wig. It was lots of fun! 

This card needed faux stitching on it.I embossed the witch in black detail.I want to make a second card as I originally had forgotten about the stitching, so I had to throw it on in a hurry to get to Dolce, and it is a little 'off'.