Previous month:
May 2010
Next month:
July 2010

June 2010

Queen for the Day and Bright Colors

Please check out this link to the Stampavie Blog post “Kickin’ It” for Michelle to learn how you can help my dear friend and design team mate, Michelle Oatman.

I was on vacation at Cape Hatteras last week for our annual family vacation and while I was gone I was crowned the SCS Queen for the Day by my good friend, Anne Ryan.  Anne also threw in a big birthday wish for me as well as I turn 59 tomorrow.  The gallery of projects entered by my friends casing my work was beautiful. I decided to play along and pulled out two of my oldest and favorite stamp sets and created a bright and cheerful birthday scene for myself.  I love the dogs in Stampin’ Up!’s retired Bow Wow and Loads of Love Accessories sets.  Nothing could be more fun than one of the dogs driving the Loads of Love truck with a pile of dogs in the back as they drive by the Bow Wow’s yard of dogs with a birthday wish.

KC Bow Wow 16

I stamped the main images of the scene on watercolor paper, painted using reinker and water and cut them all out to pop up over the scene.  I sponged in the ground area and used Itty Bitty Backgrounds and the mini fern from my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master to fill in the ground and grass texture. I sponged in the sky using the retired SU cloud template.  I haven’t been able to do much stamping and painting lately so being able to do this project was a fun and relaxing party of “one” just for me.

I got to play last night after work in the SCS Color Challenge and boy were they challenging colors.

Color 277

When I saw them I instantly thought of a beach scene and I pulled out the beach umbrella and Adirondack chair from my Kittie Kits Fun in the Sun set. Here is what I came up with using these bright colors.

KC Fun in the Sun 11

I stamped the images on watercolor paper, painted and cut out.  I created the beach scene by sponging in the sand and then masking the water line across the horizon and sponging it.  I used the SU cloud template to create the sky and an artist pen to sketch in the birds and a marker to sketch in the sea grass.  The sea foam was created by applying liquid appliqué along the water’s edge and then dabbing with my fingers to remove the dreaded bubbles and then heated.  I thought the clouds would be fun to carry over to the background image of the main card base.

My last project was done using Stampavie Penny Johnson’s Rosie Rabbit for the Stampavie Blog challenge on Monday  to use dots.  I loved the Cuttlebug dots folder and thought they were just the perfect element to use this very pink rabbit and red rose.  The image was painted with water and reinkers and cut out to pop up.  This was very simple and quick but I love the simplicity that allows the big rose and rabbit to be the main focal point.

KC Penny Johnson Rosie Rabbit

I hope you all have a wonderful upcoming July 4th holiday weekend. 

“Kickin’ It” for Michelle

smalldonkeys10.JPGDear friends,

We at Stampavie would very much appreciate if you would join us in supporting our US Representative, Design Team member and dear friend, Michelle Oatman.

On Wednesday evening, June 23, Michelle had an accident while tending her beloved donkeys which has left her blind in her right eye. She has shared the news of her accident in her blog post here ( Michelle is an amazing stamper and is eager to be able to start crafting again. But she also has a lot of healing that needs to occur and she needs our support.

We at Stampavie want to help her on her road to recovery. While we all would like nothing more than to support her in person, some things are just not possible. So besides sending cyber-hugs, we are asking for PayPal donations which will be sent directly to Michelle to help “kick” the mounting medical costs associated with her surgeries and also to help her obtain an artificial eye.

To show your support for Michelle, please, please log into your PayPal account and make your donation payment, no matter how small, to the account [email protected].

Tina Wenke kindly produced a digital download (of a donkey, of course!) so please check back here or on the Stampavie DT blog for more details on that. You’ll be able to download it directly from our DT blog, all we ask in return is that you donate $3 to Michelle’s PayPal fund.

KC Tina Wenke Michelle's Little Donkey 
Michelle is a very loving and caring person and we are all lucky to call her “friend”! Michelle says that she is lucky to be married to her best friend. Together, they are parents to their 2 Toy Australian Shepherds, a cat, and their Miniature Donkeys that they raise. The love she gives her animals comes right back, as they keep her busy, entertained and happy. Now, we hope that the love she sends out to the stamping community and beyond will come back as well! Thanks for your help!

*PLEASE copy and paste this to your blogs and help spread the word!

Fishing Bear, An Old Red Barn and Baking a Treat

I had fun stamping this weekend.  It’s been a couple of weeks since I had the opportunity to get inky and it was a pleasure to enjoy the creative process.  I had to clean up my work area before I could even see my desk but it was well worth the work.

Today Jay Jay is hosting a Stampavie Design Team blog challenge with a sketch by Diane.  I don’t do very


well working with so many pieces in a layout so I created my background scene and cut it into tiles matching the layout.  I stamped the Penny Johnson fishing bear, painted and cut out and popped up over the scene to represent the tag area.  It may be a bit of a stretch for the sketch but I had fun making it.  Don’t look too closely or you will see that my SU paper cutter cannot cut straight lines anymore.  Everything is a bit crooked.

KC Penny Johnson Fishing Bear 2

I created this barn scene yesterday and got it totally finished before I realized that I had stamped the barn a little crooked on the oval.  I had so much watercoloring in the sky and ground area and hand painting the trees that I didn’t notice.  After all that work I decided it wouldn’t matter if it was a little wonky.

KC Farm Scene 9

It was my turn to post the Stampavie blog post this week and I chose this sweet little Gillian Roberts Baking a Treat image to work with. I sketched in the floor boards with an artist pen and painted all the bright colors using a brush and reinkers.

KC Gillian Roberts Baking a Treat

I hope you all have a wonderful week.  I am on the final count down to go to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina for our annual family vacation/reunion.

Skateboard Dude

Hi everyone!  It’s my turn to post a card today on the Stampavie Design Team blog.  I love the wonderful children images in the Gillian Roberts collection and Skateboard Dude is one of my favorites. I had visions of him flying off the sidewalk after going over a big rise.

KC Gillian Roberts Skateboard Dude

I sponged in the sidewalk and grass areas and then added texture using a little grass sprig image from my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master.  I added lines in the sidewalk with a gray marker and added grassy spots growing up through the cracks with an olive marker.  I stamped and painted the boy image and cut him out to pop up over the scene.  I stamped and painted a second hat and skateboard to pop up over the main image for dimension.  Skateboard Dude seems to be having a wonderful time.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend and just's a short work week.  Woo Hoo!