Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sunburned Olive Card

Well, thanks to our wonderful Blogger, I missed another challenge deadline, but at least I can post the card now.  I made this card for the Michelle Perkett Studio Challenge which called for you to use the colors red, white, pink and kraft.  I love this color combo, so I knew I had to enter this challenge!  Unfortunately, Blogger was doing weird things on Sunday & Monday.  First, it wouldn't let me post.  Then it wouldn't let me add or make any layout changes.  This one was new to me.  When I went to the layout,  there were no add a gadget buttons, no save button, and most of the gadgets were missing.  I couldn't even edit the gadgets on this page or from the main page.  Now it's not letting me change the alignment.  Oh well, that will teach me to get my cards done earlier next time!
Anyhoo, I used Michelle Perkett's digi called Olive for this card.  She was colored with colored pencils and blended with baby oil.  The pail and shovel have Ranger Glossy Accents on them to add some more dimension.  The little crocheted flower is from my stash.  Olive is popped up with some foam adhesives.

The DP is made by The Paper Patch and is called White Summer Dots on Raspberry.  The corrugated paper as well as the solid papers are also from my stash.  The yummy white iridescent paper is from some blog candy I won from the Paper Temptress.  The pearls are from Michael's and that gorgeous butterfly ribbon is more blog candy, but this is from a blogger in Australia!  Isn't it just too darn cute?

Thought you might want to see Olive a bit closer.  Her sunburn still doesn't show up as well as it does in person.  You can see the Glossy Accents on this picture better.  Some of the texture on this gorgeous white Paper Temptress paper shows up better.  I probably should have included the bottom part of this digi showing the sand, but I already cut it off before I tried it on the card.  That poor sand dollar probably wouldn't look so alone with the rest of the image.
~~  Lee  ~~

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Learning Community for Crafters

Do you ever make a card and wish that someone would honestly tell you that something wasn't right?  Have you thought about adding a ribbon or a flower to a certain spot, but thought it might throw the balance of the card off?  Maybe you've forgotten how to use a color wheel and need some help picking the right colors.  I do love getting all of the wonderful comments on my blog about my creations, but where do you go when you really want some constructive criticism about your work?

Now, there's finally a place you can go to that lets you give and receive constructive criticism!  Also, if someone says they like your art, they are asked to be specific about why they like it not just it's gorgeous, or nice work.  Wouldn't you really love to know what you did made your creation stand out?  How would you like to have people tell you honestly that they don't like the position of the bow, but maybe if you made it smaller or centered the bow it wouldn't detract so much from the main image?  What do you think?  Are you ready to check this new site out and try your hand at commenting on some cards to help others out?   

This is what the founder of the Learning Community for Crafters has to say about why she started this new site: 
"When I first started learning to use new products or techniques I had wished I had someone I could ask for advice or get tips on how I could do something better.

I began entering 'challenges' thinking I would get some feedback on my work. However the feedback I received was always positive and upbeat, and really sometimes my project really didn't deserve the comments it was receiving. I just wanted some honest feedback. Tell me how I can improve!

After putting the idea out about how I felt I found other people felt the same way. So I have decided to create this community where we can come together and offer each other 'CONSTRUCTIVE' crticism.

I am setting this up as a learning centre and have some bigger plans for it in the future. I am starting this on NING to begin with and if it grows and you are all finding it is a helpful resource then I will look at expanding it elsewhere.

If you have any suggestions, comments or more ideas please contact me.

Hugs & Take care
Zoe  xxoo"

Enough reading, why don't you pop on over to the Learning Community for Crafters and check it out?  If you're a member of any other Ning network, you will use the same password that you use on sites like Papercraft Planet or SNR Card Universe.  It doesn't cost you anything to look, so why don't you go on over and give it a look!

~~  Lee  ~~

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Blog Candy Winner Announcement!!!

What a great party we had this past weekend for the Operation Write Home Blog Tour!  We got to meet some new people, picked up some free digis from some very generous people and best of all we got to see some more outstanding cards.  If you're just stopping here and don't know what I'm talking about, then hop right on over to the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog HERE to see the cards that were featured this weekend on the Blog Tour.

I've been pretty much MIA since Saturday due to some family committments and my health problems.  Needless to say, I'm sorry I wasn't able to get more cards posted.  I did have my DGS draw a name today from all of the names of commenters and the extra chances for the followers.  I really need to check into the random picker so I'm not spending so much time writting all of the names and then checking to see if any of them were also followers so they could be entered twice in the drawing. 

So, without further delay, the name of my Blog Candy winner is:
Congratulations Dolores for winning a menagerie of assorted embellishments, ribbons, brads and more!!!!! 

For those of you that may recognize the name but can't remember why, you'll be happy to know that she is the mother of the amazing president of OWH, Sandy Allnock!  Dolores is a new cardmaker thanks to the nudging of Sandy, but she certainly didn't need any help with the talent end of cardmaking!  She is also a painter, so thanks to Sandy helping her set up a blog, I'm sure we could all nudge her a little to show us pictures of her work! hint, hint!

 I want to thank all of you that participated in this Blog Tour, and I look forward to hearing from all of you in the future.  If you aren't familiar with Operation Write Home, please take a moment and check out the organization.  We are always looking for more cardmakers or perhaps you'd rather make a contribution to this very worthy tax-deductible organization!
~~  Lee  ~~ 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Goodbye Cornish Heritage Farms!

For those of you that haven't already heard, Cornish Heritage Farms will be closing their doors.  They have decided that now is the time to venture into a new endeavor in Missouri, so they have sold the farm and will be moving in mid to late August.  The business is up for sale, but as of now they still don't have a buyer. 

Orders for stamps will be accepted until July 15th, 2010.  They will then be closed on Friday, July 16th for inventory and will reopen, but they will only be selling the remaining inventory until their last day on Thursday, August 5th, 2010.

Hurry on over to Cornish Heritage Farms and get your stamps while you still can.  Please join me in wishing Liz and Richard your best in their new journey!

~~  Lee  ~~

Saturday, July 3, 2010

OWH Independence Day Blog Tour!

Welcome to another stop on this wonderful Independence Day blog tour sponsored by Operation Write Home!  If you arrived here from anywhere other than the OWH Stars and Stamps Blog, you'll really want to go to their blog after you're done reading my post to see what all the other bloggers have created to feast your eyes on this weekend.  There are all kinds of events planned throughout the weekend as well as lots of blog candy and other fun!

Many of you are already acquainted with Operation Write Home, but if not, you should be!  This organization collects hand-made cards from all over to send to our soldiers that are serving overseas, so the soldiers have something nice to send home to their family and friends.  We always need card makers who can donate a few cards or even fill up a USPS Priority Flat Rate box.  This is an excellent way to get those beautiful cards that you've made out of those stuffy boxes!!!! ;O)  If you are interesting in sending cards, or maybe you want to find out more info about the organization because you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to help with shipping and other costs, then click on Operation Write Home

I'll be posting more cards throughout the weekend, but the first one I've made follows the guidelines to make a red, white and blue birthday card.  I decided to something different and make my own design paper for once.  This happened by accident when I stamped a couple star images from an Art Impressions stamp and decided to continue stamping and see what I got.

The stars were all stamped on the cardstock that I won as blog candy from the last OWH Blog Hop.  I wanted to stay with the theme, so I decided to stamp it in blue ink instead of black.  The background color was added with four different colors of blue colored pencils that were blended with a blending stump dipped in baby oil since I don't have any Gamsol (OMS).  

The trees from Stampscapes were also stamped on the white card stock with the Memories dye ink.  Originally, I was going to stamp the eagle from Mostly Animals onto the cardstock, but I had seen another blogger recently that had stamped directly onto mulberry paper and I liked the effect.  The background was also colored with the colored pencils, and then the highlights were added with a white gel pen.  The stars on the corners aren't brads.  They are small die cuts that I applied Ranger's Glossy Accents to and let them dry so they would look like brads.

Some people have asked me how I got the edges to look frayed when I work with mulberry paper.  It's a real easy technique.  You just take any small paint brush that has been dipped in plain water and make an outline with the wet brush around the stamped image (or the stencil or shape).  Let the water absorb into the paper for about 20 seconds or so and then hold the paper on both sides of water line and gently pull it apart like you would stretch a rubber band.  Make sure you don't tug on the big chunks of fiber that hang out like the piece on the right side of the pictures.  Take some sharp scissors and cut the big pieces at an angle so you're just leaving a tip hang out of the side.  After you have all of the pieces apart, just gently pull the edges out by pulling the fibers between your thumb and pointer finger to make it look hairy.  If the paper has already dried, you can rewet the mulberry paper and try it again.
Next, I wanted to add a slider to the ribbon, but I didn't have any that fit the scene I had stamped.  So I just flipped one of the American Crafts Elements over and added a rub-on that was also from American Crafts.  The scene was double matted and applied on top of the single matted design paper with some Creative Memories tape and was then glued onto a card base.  I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to the ribbon so it would stay secure.  Since the cards are first shipped from us to a shipper, and then unpacked and checked and then repacked for the soldiers, it's very important to make sure any embellishments are secure.  Also, it's very important that you don't use glitter on the cards for the soldier's safety.

I usually stamp a little something in the inside, or you can keep it blank for the soldiers to write to their family or friends.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is made by PSX and was also stamped with the Memories dye ink.  The edges were inked with a dauber like the front of the card and then both of the pieces were matted on more blue card stock from Hobby Lobby.  Star stickers were added to the corners to give a pop of red in the inside.
Well, that was long enough for this post!  Come on back later and see what else I have created for the OWH Independence Day Blog Tour.  You'll also want to know the details about my blog candy!  You'll have to leave a comment to win, and if you would like to become a follower, your name will be entered twice in the random drawing.  I'm working on putting together a bunch of embellishments, papers and ribbons that will work great for your OWH cards!  I'll pick a winner from the hat on Tuesday, July 6th, so make sure to come back & see if you won!  Happy Blog Touring!!!  Click on OWH Stars and Stamps Blog to go back to the tour guide!   Remember not to drink and drive on this holiday weekend!
~~  Lee  ~~


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