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January 2010

Stampavie CHA Image Sample- Day 10

It is my turn to host day 10 of the Stampavie 40 Days of Samples. CHA is going strong and we have heard great things from Michelle about the success of the Stampavie booth. She also shared some fun photos as well.

I am sharing a Gillian Roberts project today. It is called In the Park and is a darling little girl on a swing. My favorite stamping technique is watercolor painting using a brush and reinkers mixed with water.  This image  was so much fun to play with. I hand sketched and painted the little tree limb and cut it out to hang the swing from.

In the park

KC Gillian Roberts In The Park CHA

Here is a closer view of this precious little girl. If you look closely you can see the sparkle on her clothing, the flowers  and on the tree limb holding her swing. I love creating very plain frames and card backgrounds that allow the major focus to be placed on the scene and image.

KC Gillian Roberts In The Park CHA close up

The image was stamped once on watercolor paper to create the scene base and again on scrap watercolor paper to be colored, cut out and popped up.  I wanted to show her body popped up to appear sitting on the swing seat.  I used grass sprigs and texture images from my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master to create the little background scene.  The sky was sponged with blue using a small cloud template.  The frame was created using a pair of Nestabilities oval dies.

Hope on over to the Stampavie Design Team Blog to check out all the wonderful samples the team has posted over the last week or so. I hope you have a wonderful day.


A Fun Week of Stamping in Revue

I’ve had a busy work week but still had some time in the evening to play in some of the SCS challenges. I am posting a week in revue to share my projects.

I had a rough time trying my hand in the Technique Lover’s Challenge to create a brick wall effect in my project. I am so challenged when it comes to cutting paper in unique ways.  I messed up my cuts but I had worked too hard on the little scene I created to scrap it.

KC Serene Spring 2

I stamped the image on watercolor paper and painted with a brush and reinkers mixed with water.  When I started my cutting I instantly realized I had cut the first strips wrong but just had to continue.  So…..the middle line of the bricks is perfectly in line instead of being off set.  I sponged each brick around all four sides to give an aged appearance. I decided to use additional brick pieces as a base for my scene.  Note how crooked those bricks are as well!!!  Although this was a bit of a challenge I really enjoyed it and will try my hand at this again.   Stamps:   SU Serene Spring   Coloring Tools:  Reinkers and Brush

The Clean and Simple Challenge this week was a color challenge to use teal and one other single color along with a neutral.  I chose to use brown and white to highlight Rubbernecker’s Garden Angel. 

KC GArden Angel

I stamped the image on watercolor paper, colored with a brush and reinkers and cut out.  I did sneak in a little green for the flowers in her basket but other than that I stuck to the color limitations.  I stamped the angel again on the plain white cardstock base so the feet and branches would show, punched the border and popped up the image. I created a sort of canopy over her head and popped it up and out but that doesn't really show well in the picture.  Stamps:  Rubbernecker Garden Angel   Coloring Tools:  Brushes and Reinkers

The Tuesday Teapot Challenge was based on the Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme.  This challenge is always based on a story by Cindy Motherway (Mothermark) and we can write our part of the story any way we want. You can read my little make believe story here. We could do anything that represented fashion, pampering ourselves, etc.  I chose to play with the Rubbernecker Fashion Icon sets to create a card that represented the type of clothing Audrey Hepburn was famous for wearing.  She was always so perfectly in style.  Just kill me if I had to wear another pair of white gloves.

KC Fashion Icon 456 2

I stamped the images on white cardstock with black craft ink, embossed with clear EP and cut out.  I created the three little panels and punched the eyelet border and pierced the edges with a needle to create eyelet. I mounted everything on a gray designer paper and a gray base card.  I thought the little pink ribbon was a perfect embellishment.   Stamps:  Rubbernecker Fashion Icon 455 and 456

The Inspiration Challenge on Saturday provided a site called Echo for our inspiration.  Here is a link to a scarf that inspired my Easter Bunny project and the colors that I chose.

KC Easter Bunny HoldingTulips

I picked this retired SU designer paper as I thought it perfectly represented the scarf.  I stamped the Easter Bunny on watercolor paper, painted with a brush and reinkers and cut out.  The layering is very simple over the white eyelet and the punched border of green.  I thought the perfect finishing touch was the little multi loop ribbon on the flower pot. Stamps:  Rubbernecker Easter Bunny Holding Tulips from Easter Collection

Karen B Barber was our inspiration artist for the Sunday Featured Stamper Challenge.  She has a gorgeous gallery and I found so much inspiration there.  Here are two projects I created for the challenge.

KC Sunflower

I loved this Rubbernecker Sunflower image from the Bold Florals collection.  It was a treat to color with my brush and reinkers. I tried my hand at shading the image a little with a light gray marker but it didn’t turn out that well.  Luckily, it didn’t detract from the gorgeous image. I sponged a light yellow highlight around the stems to create a glow and to set off the lovely flowers. Stamps:  Rubbernecker Sunflower Bold Florals

My second project yesterday was so much fun.  I used a Stampavie Mo Manning image and combined her with beautiful designer paper by SU, striped grosgrain and a scalloped eyelet border. 

KC Mo M End of Summer

I stamped the image on watercolor paper, painted with a brush and reinkers and sponged in the pale blue sky and green grass. This is very simple and easy but so very sweet.   Stamps:  Stampavie Mo Manning End of Summer

I hope you have a wonderful week.


Stampavie CHA Image Samples and a Weekend of Fun Stamping

Stampavie has over sixty new images to show at CHA next week.  Our design team has had lots of fun over the past few weeks preparing projects to send with Stuart and Heidi.  The team is going to do 40 days of CHA samples and I am excited to show my Tina Wenke projects.

My first project is called “Rabbit in Watering Can”.

KC Tina Wenke Rabbit in Watering Can CHA

Here is a close up view so you can see how the rabbit is tucked into the flowers.

KC Tina Wenke Rabbit in Watering Can CHA close up

I stamped the image on watercolor paper a couple of times, painted and cut out.  I mounted the image on plain white cardstock and then popped up flower blossoms for added dimension.

My second project is called “Easter Parade”.

KC Tina Wenke Easter Parade CHA

Here is a closer view.

KC Tina Wenke Easter Parade CHA close up

I stamped the image on watercolor paper, painted and cut out.  I created a little grass and sky scene on plain white cardstock and popped the image up on mounting tape.  I love to add dimension.

My third project is called “Wish Upon a Star”.

KC Tina Wenke Wish Upon a Star CHA

I stamped this adorable image on watercolor paper and created the blue sky with a brush and reinkers.  I stamped the animal images a second time on scrap paper, painted and cut out to pop up. I love the light blue and how it contrasts with the pale yellow of the stars and the bright green of the blanket and grass.

Here is a closer view.

KC Tina Wenke Wish Upon a Star CHA close up

Weekend Challenges

I had fun playing in the Inspiration challenge on Saturday and enjoyed using this Rubbernecker Daisies image from the Bold Florals collection.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper with versa and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I painted the flowers with a brush and reinkers.  I love the garden trellis feel of the white border.

KC Floral Daisy Bouquet

Sunday’s Featured Stamper Challenge honored Anne Harmon-jdmommy.  Anne loves red and I had great fun time creating two very different projects using her favorite color.

My first is a “blast from the past” using Rubbernecker’s Fabulous Fifty’s images.  Well…don’t pay too much attention that the car image is actually a 1964 Mustang.  It still looks good with the car hop and the old fashioned diner. All images were stamped with black craft ink on watercolor paper, watercolored with a brush and reinkers and cut out to create this fun scene. 

KC Mustang

My second project is a Stampavie Penny Johnson image called Bear Flowers. I think he is so darling carrying his bouquet of roses along the hillside path.  I wish they were coming to me. The image was stamped on watercolor paper, watercolored with reinkers and cut out.  The ground was created by tearing white cardstock, sponging with green and mounting with mounting tape.  I love the dimension it adds.  The green hill behind the image was sponged directly on the main image layer by masking off the ground area with a piece of torn paper and sponging to match the popped up ground layers. The sky was sponged using a scalloped cloud template.

KC Penny Johnson Bear Flowers

I hope you all have a wonderful week.


Challenge Projects

I love playing in challenges.  I say it over and over in my posts.  Participating  in challenges seems to help spur on my imagination and creativity.  Stamping for me is for pleasure and stress relief and challenges help me accomplish both at the same time while growing in my skills and techniques.  Here are projects from this past week.

My first project is for my first time playing in Cindy Motherway’s (Mothermark) Teapot Tuesday Challenge.  Cindy’s challenges are teapot inspired with an ongoing make believe , funny and unbelievable story line. The inspiration this week was a teapot with an apple tree and the story line was based on Annie Mae Appleseed

KC Apple Tree

I hand painted and sponged a little apple tree scene and used the mini fern stamp in my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master to add texture to the tree top and ground area.  The apples were added using a red marker.

KC Iris

This project was for the sketch challenge.  I love the Iris and Butterfly image and thought it was perfect for a clean and simple card.  The image was painted with a brush and reinkers and shaded lightly with a light gray marker. Stamps:  Rubbernecker Stamp Oasis Floral    Paper:  Pink, SU Designer Paper     Ink:  Black Craft, Lemonade, Regal Rose, Scattered Straw    Accessories:  Ribbon, Brushes, Sponges, Marker

I was fortunate to be off work Friday and got to create two projects for the Limited Supply challenge.  The challenge was to make a tiny card and a tiny treat to accompany it.

KC Teatime

KC Teatime Open

My first project combined the card and treat into one by making a teabag holder.  I used the Rubbernecker Tea Time set for the cups, tea bags and sentiment.  I love the tiny scalloped napkins accompanying the tea service. Don’t look to closely at the inside of the holder.  When I went in to the kitchen to get one for my photo I didn’t have any teabags so I had to use a chicken broth envelope for the photo.   Accessories: Blender Pen, Clear EP, Nestabilities, Scalloped Punch, Grosgrain

KC Touch of Nature 7

I fell in love with this little birdhouse template that Nicole Heady offers as a free download on her blog. You can see how tiny it is as it sits by my little 3X3” mini card.  I thought the sweet birdhouse would be perfect combined with the bird image from SU Touch of Nature. I stamped the bird image once on pure white cardstock and again on scrap watercolor paper to paint and cut out. I sponged the yellow background on the white main layer.  I painted and cut out the second image and popped up over the main for added dimension. I used a Martha Stewart leaf punch to create the little green hedge around the house.  I cut out little heart flowers free hand for the front and I attached them all with Mod Podge. The roof was made using a large Nestabilities scalloped die. I love this little set. Stamps:  SU Touch of Nature   Paper:  Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, White, SU Designer Paper    Ink:  Black Craft, Lemonade, Bashful Blue   Accessories:  Nestabilities, Nicole Heady Birdhouse Template (free), Grosgrain, Mod Podge, Brushes, Sponges,


Fishing Bear

The Clean and Simple Challenge (CAS) on SCS was to cut something out.  CAS is not really my forte but I thought it would be fun to paint an image, cut it out and create a simple little scene layered over designer paper.

KC Penny Johnson Fishing Bear

I stamped the Penny Johnson Fishing Bear image on both the watercolor paper and the designer paper. I painted the image with reinkers and a brush and cut out. I stamped and painted an additional head on scrap watercolor paper and popped on to to the original to add just a little extra dimension. I applied Mod Podge on the back of the image and attached over the image on the designer paper.  The image stamped on the DP allowed the thin point of the fishing rod and fishing line to show since it would be too hard to cut out. I love the pop of color the dots and anchors add to scene and layered with red on the plain white cardstock base. This was a fun and fast project but I love the outcome.  That bear’s face is so sweet.  My husband asked me if I had ever seen a hooked fish with a smile on his face.  Well…uh..no…..but it sure works on this card.

Stamps:  Stampavie Penny Johnson Fishing Bear     Paper:  Papertrey DP, Watercolor, White, Red     Ink:  Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, River Rock, Black Craft    Accessories:  Mod Podge, Brushes, Grosgrain