Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Brighter Day

The new lightbulb stamps from Maya Road are quickly becoming some of my new favorites. They're full of retro-kitsch fun:

 I stamped the lightbulbs onto kraft cardstock, then sponged around each one with Tea Dye distress ink (leaving the actual stamped images untouched). The result is kind of a "glowy" effect, giving the lightbulbs a subtle pop. For the sentiment, my trusty Dymo labelmaker added the perfect "industrial" touch.

A while back, I mentioned the winter-time sidewalk sweet potato vendors we have here in China. I finally remembered to snap a picture of one:

Basically a 55-gallon drum rigged up with two wheels and a wooden push-handle, with the inside filled with coal for roasting corn and sweet potatoes. On a cold day, the vendors manning the carts are enveloped in clouds of fragrant steam wafting from the piping hot vegetables. Melty-tender, naturally sweet, they're the perfect meal-on-the-go!

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Maya Road "Eureka Lightbulb"; Ink: black pigment, Ranger "Tea Dye" distress ink, Ranger "Walnut Stain" distress ink; Cardstock: kraft; Accessories: Dymo labelmaker, foam dimensionals

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Paper Crafts March 2011 Gallery Challenge

I've got just enough time to squeeze this in before the challenge deadline. I wanted to make a nice, neutral baby card that could work for either a boy or a girl (great to make ahead and keep in your stash),something a little fresh and not too cutesy. Here's the result:

I gave the little eggs a touch of color using a watercolor pencil and a blender pen (lay down colored pencil first, using appropriate shading, then use blender pen to even out and blend color). The rest is just some simple Cuttlebugging and foam tape between layers for texture and dimension. I think this card would also look great in a pale, pale yellow, or celery, or light periwinkle... What do you guys think?

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Studio G; Ink: SEI chalk (Cocoa), ColorBox Pigment (Chestnut); Accessories: Cuttlebug / Rectangle Nestabilities / Forest Branches embossing folder, watercolor pencils, blender pen, foam dimensional tape

Monday, March 28, 2011

Hello Again...

Is anybody still out there? Oh my goodness gracious, where has the time gone? The last few months have been busy, to say the least. Since Christmas, we've had two weeks of Chinese New Year (kind of a big deal around here), a trip to Thailand, house guests, a visit to a friend in Shenzhen, out-of-town business contacts to show around the city, and lots of work stuff for hubby. And it's just going to keep getting busier from there!

I've finally gotten a chance to sit down and craft again; boy have I missed it! I just recently got my hands on some of the new stamp releases from My Mind's Eye, American Crafts, and Maya Road. Can I just say LOVE? I'm glad to finally see some new products in stores. Of course I had to break everything out right away - and here's one of my first creations:

I was inspired by this super-cute Unity stamp (which just might have to find its way into my next shopping cart). In the meantime, I thought this was a pretty good facsimile, no? The "Thickers" were made using adhesive fun foam and a Cuttlebug alpha. 

Well, gotta keep this one short and sweet. More cards coming soon!

Card Supplies:
Stamps: American Crafts "Hello There"; Ink: My Mind's Eye "Sundress" pigment ink palette; Accessories: Cuttlebug / Rectangle Nestabilities / Olivia Alphabet dies / Quickutz Retro Diamonds embossing folder, fun foam, adhesive pearl