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April 2011

Little Boys And Layers

It is so much fun playing in the Splitcoaststampers challenges.  The Ways to Use It challenge this week was to create cards with little boy themes.  There is no set or image any cuter anywhere than the retired Stampin’ Up! set Little Boys.  The Free For All challenge was to create a card with lots of layers.  I decided to combine the challenges and create a scene around the little boys playing pirates. 

I decided to create my layers from the inside out instead of the other way around. My first layer is the tree and sky, the second is the fence layer that I cut out with a craft knife. The third, fourth and fifth are the three layers of graduated frame and finally the sixth is the little boys playing pirate in the back yard.

KC Little Boys 10 
The tree trunk was sketched on watercolor paper using a waterproof artist pen and the top was sponged on then filled in with my mini fern image from my Outdoor Master. The sky was lightly sponged with blue ink. I sponged in ground area on the second layer of watercolor paper and then I sketched the fence, painted and cut out the fence sections with a craft knife. I wanted the tree and background to show through the fence posts for dimension. I created the frame using three graduated Nestabilities dies. The little boys image was stamped and watercolored with reinkers mixed with water. I love how cute the boys look popped up on the crimped frame and the dimension they create with the scene in behind them.

Here is a closer view of the scene looking straight in.

 KC Little Boys 10 Close

I hope you are having a great weekend.

Stamps: SU Little Boys, Kittie Kits Outdoor Master
Paper: Red, White, Watercolor
Ink: Black Versafine, Fired Brick, Chipped Sapphire, Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, Tea Dye, Cloud Blue
Accessories: Mounting Tape, Crimper, Craft Knife, Nestabilities, Brushes, Sponges, Artist Pen

Sitting In The Garden

I really enjoying creating dimensional scenes around images.  The Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge on Tuesday was to use Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Baja Breeze. The two blues are not colors I would ordinarily mix together so I decided Baja would be used as an accent and Bashful Blue would be the main focus of the card.

KC Please Be Seated 11 
I started the scene by sponging in clouds  on the watercolor paper and then painting a tree on one side. I  punched out several small leaves using a McGill punch and layered them over the branch to create the appearance of a shade tree . I stamped the chair image on watercolor paper, painted and  cut it out. I mounted the frame over the scene and then  attached the tree under the shade tree.  I placed several more leaves and punched pine on both sides of the chair as well as adding tiny springs of pine to the flower pot sitting on the arm of the chair.  I made several tiny flowers with my 3/8'” and 1/8”circle  punches and attached them to the foliage. I added stickles to the flower centers for a little sparkle.  Flowers were created by placing the tiny punch on a mouse pad and squishing it down in the center of the circle using a small stylus point.  Check out my punched flower tutorial if you would like see more about punched flowers.

Here’s a closer look.

KC Please Be Seated 11 close 
Have a great Wednesday.  Where I work Wednesday is referred to as hump day.  I guess it’s the start of rolling down into the weekend.

Stamps: SU Please Be Seated
Ink: Black Versafine, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Adirondack Latte
Paper: SU DP, Bashful Blue, White, Celery, Watercolor
Accessories: MS Pine Punch, McGill Leaf Punch, 3/8 and 1/8" Punches, Snips, Stylus, Piercing Mat, Stickles, Brush, Glossy Accents, Nestabilities, Mounting Tape, Cloud Template, Sponge

One Project for Two Challenges

Good morning.  I hope you had a great start to your week.  I enjoy playing in both  Splitcoaststampers  Technique Lovers and Clean and Simple challenges on Monday’s.  I was able to combine the two challenge into one fun project yesterday.  The TLC challenge was to stamp on a die cut piece while it is still in the die.  The CAS challenge was the Artist’s Rule of Three.  I recently got the Nestabilities Label Seven that looks like an open book.  I thought it would be perfect stamped with a script background and layered with a larger die to look like an open book.  I paired the book with three little paper punched flowers.  I think I have gone totally crazy making these little punched flowers but I can’t seem to help myself.  Check out my punched flower tutorial if you are interested in how I put them together.

 KC French Script

I stamped the Rubbernecker French Script image on vanilla die cut cardstock with antique linen ink and layered over brown cardstock.  The flowers were punched from embossed vanilla cardstock, layered into flowers and sponged lightly with the same ink to lightly age.  I punched several pine sprigs and sponged them as well to match the flowers.  I thought embossing half of the main card base was the perfect touch to go with the book.  The little flowers and pine just finished the piece perfectly.  I added clear stickles to the flower centers and the pine springs for a bit of sparkle.

Here’s a closer the flowers.

KC French Script Close 

Click on the phoost to enlarge for a close up view.. 

Have a great day.

Stamps: Rubbernecker French Script SKU:448
Paper: Papertrey Cream, Brown
Ink: Antique Linen
Accessories: Sizzix and SU Embossing Folders, MS Hydrangea and Pine Punch, Glossy Accents, Paper Piercer and Mat, Stylus, Stickles

Home Made for Spring

Happy Easter to you!.  I have enjoyed myself this morning playing with the Papertrey Home Made templates and matching stamp set.  I wanted to create a light and airy spring home with lots of colorful flowers and greenery in the window boxes.  I have made several of these houses for my mother-in-law and she displays them on her entertainment center year round.  I thought she would enjoy a spring home for her collection. These little houses make wonderful gifts and can be filled with candy or any other type of small gift item. This would be cute filled with Easter eggs. I have pictures from different views to show the whole house. You can click on the photos to get a closer view.

KC Home Made 7 left 

Side and front view.

KC Home MAde 7 front 
Full front view.

KC Home MAde 7 Back 
Back and side view.

I hope you have been enjoying this holiday weekend with family and friends.  Have a great week.

Stamps:  Papertrey Home Made

Paper:  Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana, White

Ink:  White Craft, Adirondack Cloudy Blue

Accessories:  Papertrey Home Made Template, MS Pine and Hydrangea Punches, White Embossing Powder, SU Scalloped Border Punch, Glossy Accents