Monday, November 3, 2008
This card I made would work very well for mass production and features traditional colors. I just embossed one deer and the pinecone on River Rock card stock in burgundy ep. The layers are Bravo Burgundy, Handsom Hunter and Daisy d's decorative paper. To finish it off I added some touches of the Burgundy 1" Satin ribbon we are carrying in our store. I love this ribbon, it is so lush and elegant and really adds alot to your holiday cards. Plus a little bling doesnt hurt either. ;)
Be sure to check out the Design Team's blogs all this week since they are sharing samples of our new sets as well. And while you are there, be sure to write down their exclusive sale code so you can save on your next order. The codes are good until the end of December.
Here is a peek at the new sets:
For more details and pricing, please visit the STORE.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I wish I had some great projects of my own to share today but, as you can probably guess, this has been a busy week for me. So I will post some recent, beautiful work by 2 of our Design team members, Jenn Muraoka and Pam Miller.
I promise to be back by Tuesday with a creation or 2 of my own. Until then, have a great week!
Monday, October 6, 2008
The winner was chosen at random by my 2 birthday kids. Dont forget, since they are celebrating this week, so can you! Our GRAB BAG OFFER is still going...if you place an order of $25 or more between now and October 12th I will add a special grab bag of stamps to your order. This grab bag will include a minimum of 5 unmounted stamps designed by Artful INKables. (See previous post for more details.)
Yvonne W, PLEASE EMAIL ME ASAP with your address and set choice, SO THAT YOU CAN RECEIVE YOUR FREE STAMP SET SOON!!!
My email address is: email@example.com
Thank you all again,
Saturday, October 4, 2008
You have the weekend to post. At noon on Monday the 6th I will randomly choose 1 winner to receive a stamp set of their choice.
ALSO in honor of 2 of my children's birthdays being this week, I will throw in one more offer...if you place an order of $25 or more between now and October 12th (one week) I will add a special grab bag of stamps to your order. This grab bag will include a minimum of 5 unmounted stamps designed by Artful INKables. What stamps will be included? Well, that is a surprise!! But I promise they will be good quality, fun stamps...not tiny throw-aways. Dont worry if your order does not reflect the grab bag, I will manually keep track and be sure that all orders (of $25 or more) placed between Oct 4 and Oct 12 will get a grab bag. Fun, Fun a present for everyone!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Watercolor paper ~ Versa mark ink ~ Clear Embossing Powder ~ 2 or three dye-based re-inkers ~ 2 paint brushes (one small one large/broad) ~ an embossing heat gun ~ 2 sheets of copy paper ~ Iron set on high - no steam ~ and of course some rubber stamps (I used Artful INKables Autumn's Flowers)
Step 1: Stamp your images using versa mark onto your watercolor paper. Apply your clear embossing powder and heat until embossing powder is melted.
Step 2: Fill a cup full of clean water and let your large broad brush soak some up. Liberally brush water all over the embossed piece of watercolor paper...a bit of pooling is fine.
Step 3: Add some drops of your re-inkers to a small paint palette or tray and using your smaller brush, fill it with plenty of pigment and touch it to the water on your watercolor paper. It is kind of fun to watch it diffuse through the water around the embossed images. As the color lightens, add more drops of pigment until you get your desired intensity and coverage. (Color used in sample is soft sky.)
Step 4: Move on to your next color. (I used more mustard.) As you move on to other colors and different areas of the piece of watercolor paper, you may need to add a bit more water so that the pigment still flows freely from your small brush.
Step 5: If you are using a third color, move on to it in the next step. (Ruby red was used here.) Be sure to fill in all white areas of the paper that aren't covered in embossing. Set it aside to dry for a bit.
Step 6: Now place your watercolor paper onto a sheet of your text weight paper (embossed side facing up) and place another on top of your watercolor paper (to protect your iron). Using your iron press the watercolor paper until the embossing is melted and absorbed into the copy paper. You can check to see if it's all done by lifting the copy paper and if you still see shiny embossed areas, keep ironing.
I finished up my card using some yummy ribbon my husband found at a yard sale...of all places! I also layered the quote on More Mustard and Tangerine Tango cs and added a small tag stamped with the acorn and colored with copics.
If you liked this tutorial, please kindly leave me a comment so I can know what you think! Who knows, I may even start doing tutorials more often! :D
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
So I pulled out my charm stash and knew immediately which one I needed to use to coordinate with the 'set of the day', Autumn's Flowers! Isn't that falling leaf charm just perfect? I love how the card came out all light and breezy too even though it is a fall theme card. I used my trusty SU! markers today (decided to give the copics a break, lol) in Old Olive, Really Rust, More Mustard, Ruby Red & Bravo Burgundy. Then I cut the piece to be 1 3/4 inches square and anything outside that area was cut out on the lines. I also stamped an extra leaf which was colored and cut our separately. I picked a small sentiment from our Basic Sentiments set and stamped it in the lower corner and then mounted it all on a 2x2 inch square of Kiwi Kiss with the extra leaf falling off the side. Other papers used are Groovy Guava, Whisper White and Old Olive. The decorative paper is by Bo Bunny and the satin ribbon is by SU! I did score the piece of guava paper vertically to give some texture but it isnt readily apparent in this picture, sorry!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The card I'm sharing today uses elements from Critter Country for the main panel. I masked the fox and added the stump below, so he could get comfortable on his little perch. Another mask was added to the stump so some weeds and grasses could round out the scene. Copics were used to color the card...I had such fun with this!! I just wish I had kept track of all the colors I used - there were just SO many! lol Card stock colors are garden green, tangerine tango and really rust by SU! and white by Georgia Pacific. Black ink is my trusty Stampa Rosa Watercolor pad. I stole a stamp out of my Deer Friends set to stamp the leaf background and tied it all up with some yummy orange satin ribbon.
The Ink Girls (my Design Team) have each been assigned certain sets each day to create projects to inspire you. Today it's me, Julia and Jenn and so be sure to hop on over to their blogs to admire what they have to share. Also, be on the look out for a code they are sharing that will save you money when you order!
* Artful Inkables set names...see our store for images.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The first project I want to share with you uses my favorite of the new sets being released, Butterfly Blessings. The whimsical leaf butterfly can be colored in autumn or springtime colors depending on the look you want. I colored this one using copics (Y38, Y21, E00, E07, T5) with a little pointalistic blending. The autumnal flourish was stamped using Really Rust ink to create the background. The papers used are all SU! in Basic Black, Barely Banana and white. I also used some Prima leaves, some of which I brushed with a bit of ink to highlight them.
Julia and Terri are also showcasing this set today so be sure to hop over to their blogs to check out their projects. They may also have a little code to share the will save you some green on your next order! ;)
Monday, September 22, 2008
My family and I just returned from a relaxing vacation in the northeastern part of Utah and I wanted to take a moment to share some pictures I took. I am in awe of the variety of beautiful landscapes here in Utah! I didn't grow up here, in fact we moved here from Virginia 5 years ago so I'm still exploring the beauty of our adopted home state. This week we camped near Flaming Gorge and took in some beautiful sights there. The kids loved camping and getting dirty and I loved the scenery. The pictures above are of this beautiful canyon with the Green River (yes, it really is a lovely deep blue-green) flowing through it. Apparently then name Flaming Gorge come from the reddish striations in the rock.
Here are a few more shots taken while we were driving through the geological loop. Here we saw many different rock formations, lots of animals and even some spawning salmon!
One of the days we took a trip to the Vernal area of the Green River. My son is a real Dinosaur nut so we wanted to drive through Dinosaur National Monument and go to the museum. It is amazing to me how, just an hour's drive can take us to an area with a completely different type of landscape! Here are some photos.
The one in the center is of most of my family (excluding me and one dog) climbing up a cliff area to look at the cool cliff drawings there.
On the way home we took the scenic route over some mountains and again we had more different landscapes to look at. We stopped to enjoy a 'ghost town' of sorts...an abandoned logging camp with some neat examples of cabins from days gone by. We also had a lovely picnic at Mirror Lake and enjoyed the view of the changing foliage up in the mountains. All in all a great trip!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
So, my plan was to rip out one half of the counter and everything above it and put in a nice desk, some storage and my new craft cabinet from the kids. The removal was fairly simple, but it sure left a mess! I had craft supplies everywhere and I ended up having to paint that wall after removing all the shelves and the cork board.
Then I went on a trip to IKEA! Can I say just how much I really LOVE IKEA? We had one of the first ones in the US when I was growing up in Northern Virginia and I have to say, I was quite spoiled having one so close!! When we moved out here to Utah, 5 years ago, I was very bummed to find out there wasnt even an IKEA anywhere in the whole state!! Luckily they built one just 10 miles from me last year so I can again be spoiled by IKEA's lovely products!! Anyway, during my shopping trip I pick up a great storage unit called an EXPEDIT book case, which can be detailed to your liking with drawer units, doors, boxes and baskets. I also picked up 2 drawer cubes (2 drawers each cube) for the unit, a basket and a few paper storage boxes.
They also have a system for desks called VIKA where you pick what type and shape of desk top you want and choose legs or tresles of different types to hold it up. As you can see in the picture below, I picked one with a curved end and some fairly cheap (but with adjustable height) legs. I also got a 'tote tray' to attach under the desk as an extra drawer and some stackable CD racks to keep all of my Artful INKables stamps in, right next to where I sit. Oh, and speaking of sitting, I chose a small desk chair there too, a JANNE swivel chair, so I can be mobile and zoom around to the things I need without getting up!
Now I can keep all of my 'counter top clutter' (or in other words, things I need all the time) ontop of the bookcase unit so it is in easy reach but not in my way. Above the book case I put the unit my sweet kids got me for mothers day. It was a happy surprise to discover that the front doors are magnetic so I picked up a ton of those magnetic storage containers and filled them with all of my small embellishments. Inside, I have all of my ribbon (YES...all of it can fit in there!) and some lesser used 12x12 paper. Between the old counter top area and the new book case, I placed my paper storage unit within easy reach. My uncle made me this unit by hand, back when I first started this hobby and, though it isnt beautiful, it serves it's purpose well and I couldnt live without it! Above that, I 'artfully arranged' my 3 single stamp display shelves, including a shelf displaying all the stamps from my first plate of AI stamps on wood blocks.
The only change I made to the remaining counter unit was to leave the corner cabinet open as shelves. This keeps my 12 x 12 paper with in easy reach on the stackable trays, along with my coloring and painting cupplies and my big box of paper scraps. I did however, reorganize the cabinet space and drawers, so now I know where everything is!! My cutting station is up here on the cabinet, along with my Portaink pad holder within easy reach from my chair. I am still waiting on the arrival of another unit I ordered to keep all of my other, non-SU! inkpads on.
The only things left unfinished in my opinion, is some wall decor...maybe a hand made Artful INKables sign? And I storage place for my punches. I guess I'll just have to make another trip over to IKEA and pick up some pieces from their KROKEN rail system! LOL
So now, I can sit, stamp, watch TV, reach and find all my supplies and enjoy my view! The only reason to leave is to eat, lol! Maybe I should think about putting in a mini fridge! :D
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I've named today's challenge "The Doodle MASKquerade Challenge"
This technique challenge will require that you use masking and also add some doodling to your card. The doodling can be a doodled border, corners, some swirls or even added grass, a cloud or other hand drawn image. Dont stress over it, it can pretty much be anything! For the masking, stamp an image onto your card stock and then again onto a post it note. Cut it out and 'mask' the stamped image on the card stock. Now you can either work on a background for the image or stamp another image over the masked image. Masking it will make the background or other images look like they are behind the first image.
Here is the card I've created for this challenge:
This card uses the bear from the AI 'Stay Cool' set, which I stamped on plain white card stock and masked. I also masked the area at his feet with a piece of torn post it note. I then sponged on some Almost Amethyst ink around the masked bear and the torn edge. Next I sponged with Going Grey a little further from the image and finally I sponged with Vintage Violet ink...getting darker as I progressed out from the image. I removed the torn 'ground mask', while leaving the bear mask in place, and moved it down a bit. Here, I sponged lightly with Amethyst ink again. This I repeated a few more times until I got the look of an uneven snowy ground. Next, I added my doodles (yes, the bear mask is still in place, lol). I hand drew the swirls randomly using a Milky Way White Galaxy Marker and shadowed the swirls with a grayish violet copic marker (BV25). Finally, I removed the mask over the bear and added some shadows with a toner gray #3 copic marker. To finish off this card, I mounted the bear scene on silver cs and then used dimensionals to put it on the Amethyst card that I had added doodled glitter swirls to. The amethyst organdy ribbon, silver cord and snowflake charm complete this creation.
About Artful INKables bi-weekly challenges:
Every other week My design team and I will post a challenge with rotating themes onto the store blog. We would be so pleased to have you play along! If you should decide to join us, please, include ARTINK (all capitals) in the keywords when you upload on SCS. By having consistent keywords, we will be sure not to miss anyone's wonderful creations! As an alternative, feel free to add a link to your creation in the comments section of this post. All the design team members (aka INK girls) will be participating in these challenges. Please take a minute, if you have the time, to see what they have created. Their links can be found at the top of the column to the right.
Drawing for one free Artful INKables stamp set (of your choice) Prize Info Recap:
* Participate in today's challenge
*Post your entry on SCS using Keyword ARTINK or post a link to your creation in the comments section of this post.
*This is a Non-vendor specific Challenge.
* DEADLINE: Have your post/entry up by noon Mountain Daylight Time on September 18th.
*Prize winner will randomly be chosen to receive one FREE set of his or her choice. I will post the name here on the company blog and the winner must contact me via email to collect their prize.
Good LUCK...and Have fun!!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
That is what I used to create my night sky for this card...polished stone using blue bayou and bashful blue re-inkers from SU! and some silver colorbox metallic ink (along with some good old-fashioned rubbing alcohol). I then stamped my Artful INKables Sea Oats stamp over the polished stone 2 times and colored the open areas in with a black marker. Now since I used polished stone, I couldn't mask out the moon so, I stamped the sea oats image again on white card stock and punched out the area I wanted with a 1 3/8" circle punch and overlayed it in the correct position. To create the shine of the moon's light on the plants, I used a medium white Gelly Roll pen in places that the light might hit...keeping in mind what angle the moon's light was coming from.
Oh, I forgot to mention...for this card I used a wonderful new black pad I bought. It is a Watercolor Black Inkpad by Stampa Rosa. I love that it is a TRUE black...not purple like some, doesn't smear when using water, or markers (or alcohol apparently, since I used it with my polished stone), it dries FAST and for those who like archival...apparently it is that as well. I'm seriously thinking of carrying these pads in my store!!
So, to finish off my card, I stamped the 'Miss You' sentiment from Basic Sentiments in black. mounted the whole piece on black card stock and placed it to the far right of my folded Blue Bayou card. Then...I needed something to embellish the left side. Here, I went back to basics again. No need for fancy glitter jewels, big brads or special rub-on. I just punched 1/2" and 1/4" circles out of heavy white card stock, filed them a bit to smooth and bevel the edges and applied them up the side with glue dots. Then I covered them with a bit of diamond glaze to give them a bit of shine and a more 3D feel. I like the way these pieces reflect the white in the main panel and mirror the shape of the moon. Very graphic! :D
In other news, I have been renovating my craft room. It is almost done so when I get it finished I'll share some before and after images. I'm definitely liking the change already though...all my stuff is much more accessible and I'm feeling much more creative with this new change!