Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Flowers Everywhere!

Greetings!  This is my very first card created in my new home, from my new art studio.  I finally found my paper cutter in the middle of the night last night in another room of the house!  It really felt good to get inky again, though a bit uncomfortable as I try to relearn where all my supplies are in my new space.  This card is for the challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu where the challenge theme for the Pink Team is "Flowers."  The flowers can be a focal point, an embellishment, the background, or whatever you like.  I chose to use them as my background.  The large flower is by Paper Artsy and was stamped with Black Archival Ink.  The smaller gold flowers were embossed with Gold Embossing Paste and a stencil, both by Wendy Vecchi.  The focal image by Tim Holtz was stamped several times, trimmed and pieced together using Archival Ink.  The edges were distressed lightly with Distress Ink.  A simple black and white piece of twine was fashioned into a bow at the top of the card. Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your kind comments.  I hope you will stop over to EE to see all the beautiful inspiration pieces by the Pink Team and then share a piece of your own with us.  Best, Yvonne

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Back again with another card I made with some of the new digital images from Gecko Galz announced at the beginning of September. The image of this pony in the vintage color scheme really caught my eye.  What to do with it?  I really liked the sentiment above in another offering by Gecko Galz and paired them both up with digital paper also by Gecko Galz.  A subtle but cheerful card!  

Supplies used:  Gecko Galz Chalkboard Sentiments 2, September Splendor, Marie Laveau from the Coven Paper Pack, scraps of paper, card stock buttons and twine from my stash. 

Just a few more boxes to unpack in my new art studio! I cannot wait to get inky again. Hope you having a great day.  I thank you for stopping by and please know that I cherish every visit and comment.  Hugs, Yvonne

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pumpkin Faces!

Greetings!  Well, we are officially moved!  I am knee deep in boxes and cannot find much of anything.  When we do find something, it is quite a celebration.  The card above was created just before we moved for the roll out of the September release of Gecko Galz digital images.  This specific piece was created for our monthly Cross Promotion with other companies to show you how well their products blend with Gecko Galz.  This month, we are featuring digital art by The Paper Seamstress. To create my card, I followed the instructions below:

Instructions: Create card base form white card (8"x8"). Print background paper from Coven Paper Pack (The Sepreme), trim, mat with black paper and mount to card front.  Print Paper Seamtress (HP15 Bella Front and Back), trim and mount Lizzy Borden and turn key to card front. Print Paper Seamstress (HP15 Other) trim arms, garlic basket and wheels and adhere to card front as shown. Print Gecko Galz Haunted Ephemera 2, trim cat and moon, add wheels and another turn key from Paper Seamstress as shown.  Stamp sentiment onto scrap white card, distress edges with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and mount to card front.  Tie scrap bakers twine into bow and add. 

Supplies:On hand:  white card, bakers twine,Gecko Galz: Haunted Ephemera 2,  Coven Paper Pack (The Sepreme), Paper Seamstress (HP15 Bella) and (HP15 Other). Sentiment by Red Lead Paperworks. Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink.  Black Archival Ink, also by Ranger. 

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Looking forward to getting past the unpacking stage!  Hugs, Yvonne

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Love Rocks.

Greetings!  It's a new month and time for a new challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu!  Our theme for the Pink Team for the month of September is "Hearts."  I immediately think of Valentine's Day, but realize that you can use hearts in your art all year long.  I began by creating a background using Distress Inks and various stencils by Tim Hotlz for Ranger and Rebekah Meier for The Crafters Workshop.  The focal image is by Pam Carriker for Stampington and was also colored with Distress Inks.  The sentiments are by Dina Wakley for Ranger.  I hope you will check out what the rest of the talented Design Team have created to inspire you and then consider sharing a project of your own with us.  Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs, Yvonne

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Anything for a Friend

Greetings! Thank you for dropping by my blog today.  I am a few hours late, but it is time for a new challenge over at Inkspirational! It is a photo challenge this time and isn't it a beauty?  I love all the different approaches the Design Team took on this photo and hope you will take a few minutes to check out their designs!  As most of my art studio is boxed up for our move next Wednesday, I was not able to grab the first image that came to mind to use.  Oh well, I just had to break into my new stash of Oxford Impression images instead!  On my card base, I used Distress Paint to create the sky and grass.  The focal images and sentiment were inked with Ranger Watering Can Archival Ink and water colored with Distress Inks, trimmed and mounted to the card front. A few pearl gems and a seam binding bow complete my card.  We cannot wait to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs, Yvonne

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Very Special Birthday

Greetings!  It is time, once again, for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge!  Our theme this time is to create a card or project for a "Special Birthday."  My son and I both have a birthday during the month of September, so I decided to make a card for him.  I had originally thought I would ink up this gorgeous Paper Artsy stamp for Mother's Day, given the sentiment along the side, but it works for this occasion, as well.  I began by creating my background using various Distress Paints and Distress Inks.  The colors were a bit deeper than I wanted, so I brushed a very light layer of Gesso over the top and it muted it beautifully.  Next using Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks, I stenciled feathers around the edges using a stencil from The Crafters Workshop.  The focal image was stamped with Watering Can Archival Ink.  The sentiment by Artistic Outpost was also stamped with the same ink.  Some black and white twine and vintage buttons complete my card.  I hope you will pop on over to FSC to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you and then we hope you will share one of your own creations with us, as well. Please remember we are a stamping challenge, so no digis.  As always, our sponsor FlonzCraft has a $20 gift voucher for one lucky participant.  Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs, Yvonne

Saturday, August 16, 2014

On a Roll, with Comedy...

Greetings!  The weeks they do fly by, don't they!  It is time for a new challenge over at Inkspirational and this time it is a colour challenge!  A great color combo of Red, Orange and Yellow to be exact.  Please pop over to Inkspirational for the fine details about adding neutrals to your project and to see the WIDE range of projects the Design Team have come up with to Inspire you!

Two posts in a row, I sought comedy for my posts.  How unusual!  I recently acquired some quirky sentiments from Dylusions by Ranger and remembered this focal image by Lost Coast Designs that was begging to be inked up for the first time, and came across when I was considering images for last week's post and everything seem to fall into place. The stencils are from Red Lead Paperworks and were inked with Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks.  I thought they gave the impression of coffee rings!  The focal image was stamped with Archival Ink, trimmed and mounted over the stenciling.  The sentiment was stamped with Black Archival Ink and then trimmed, distressed with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and added to the card front.  I also lightly distressed the edges of the card with  Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  A repurposed sheer red and white dotted ribbon was fashioned into a simple bow and added to the top right corner of my card.  I hope you will get inky and share your own creation with us!  On another note, my husband and I settled on our new home in my home town yesterday!  I have been away for over a decade and am so excited to move back home and be just two miles from all of my children, grandchildren and extended family.  We plan to move in early September.  As you might expect, I am holding out my art supplies to the bitter end for packing! I'll share photos of my new art studio when it is set up! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs, Yvonne