Saturday, November 24, 2012

You're Fantastic

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now it's officially Christmas. I actually braved the craft stores and went out to Michael's and Hobby Lobby today. But that's about it....I don't want to deal with any other crowds. 

The stamps for this card are from Sparkle N Sprinkle's Japanese Lady stamp set. The sentiment can be purchased separately or part of the set. I used alcohol inks on glossy paper to create the red/gold background. I added some gold mixative but you can't really see it in the picture. Stamped flower with Versamark and embossed with Hit the Beach embossing powder. I used Halo embossing powder on the sentiment. Adhered some gold mesh ribbon with Ultimate Glue. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Deepest Sympathy

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday here in the States. Who has actually braved the stores and is or has already gone shopping? Not I. No thank you. 

I found out last weekend that my Great Uncle passed away. While I still lived in California, my mom stayed out there taking care of him. So, once a month I would drive up for a visit to see my mom and would see him and sometimes his family too. He was 102 years old when he passed. 

I used a new background stamp I purchased recently by Penny Black (Paisley). Clear embossed with Versamark ink. Than used Distress Inks (Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, and Old Paper) over the entire image. Used a Creative Memories corner punch, Spellbinders Labels Eight die for the sentiment which is from K Andrew Designs and some sheer blue ribbon. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Purple Kimono

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. For those that celebrate I'd like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you'll enjoy time with friends/family. And a big welcome to some new followers. I appreciate it. :-)

I love the way this card turned out. Especially the blingy ribbon along the edge. I chose the colors based on traditional colors that Geisha's typically wear, depending on the month. January is sprout green and deep purple.

All stamps are from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I created the background using water stamping technique. The flower stamp is part of the Japanese Lady stamp set.  I used alcohol inks on glossy paper and just swiped the color in a downward motion. Stamped Fan Kimono image with Versamark and used Amethyst Spray embossing powder. I was experimenting with colors and combined Lettuce and Purple Twilight alcohol inks. Thought it was a bit too dark for background but used it to stamp the Kimono again with versamark and used Halo embossing powder just around the circle and cut. The sentiment was embossed with the Amethyst Spray embossing powder. Used purple CS for background and as a border around sentiment. Used mounting tape to add kimono to card. And added wired ribbon along the edge of the background. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Asian Flowers

It's amazing how quickly time flies....Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Wow. I almost forgot to send out my Thanksgiving cards too. LOL.

I have another stamp from an Asian set to show you from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

This double flower stamp is from the Japanese Lady stamp set. I used a Triple Time stamping technique. There is also a different look to this card on the SNS Tips & Techniques site. I used Ranger Distress Markers in Forest Moss, Fired Brick, and Dusty Concord directly onto the stamp and than spritzed with some water. I repeated adding color and spritzing each time I stamped the image. (Make sure you leave room for the sentiment, or stamp it first.) Once I got the darker coverage I wanted I went back and just added lighter colored images in the blank spaces. The Birthday Wishes sentiment is from the Cupcake Happiness Set. I really like the look of the Distress Markers. First time I really used them. 

Over at Sparkle N Sprinkle this month they have a 15% off sale on all AsianDecorative ElementsMedallions, and featured artist Andrea Roberts

Monday, November 19, 2012

Japanese Geisha

Hello. Today I have an Asian themed card. I am not one to gravitate towards this particular theme but actually had alot of fun making it. 

Over at Sparkle N Sprinkle this month they have a 15% off sale on all Asian, Decorative Elements, Medallions, and featured artist Andrea Roberts

For this card, I used Japanese Lady stamp. I also used a little bit of Florida Beach glitter at the end of the hair pins and dangling bits from her flower. I paper pieced some pattern paper for her robe and used Copics on the flowers and face. Stamped image is placed on a Spellbinders Floral Ovals die. The pattern paper is from Echo Park "For The Record" 6X6 pad. Added sheer gold ribbon down the back center along with a bow at the bottom. I used mounting tape to place the floral die onto the card for added dimension. 

I recently bought a Bow Easy to make my bows. Love it!!! Here's a little video to see how it's used in case you never heard of it. :-)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle Winter Wonderland Blog Hop

Hello Everyone! Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Winter Wonderland Blog Hop. My very first blog hop with them. :-)

If you've hopped over from Shanna than you are in the right place. If not, than you might want to start from the beginning to become eligible for 6 fabulous prizes!!! How great is that?! Head on over to the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog so you don't miss out on anything. 

Here's my card using the Holiday Flamingo and Christmas Flamingo stamp set.

Don't you just love all the sparkle?! The background is actually glitter cardstock. I did use Dragonfruit and Peppermint Stick embossing powder along with Starfire glitter. Full instructions can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by and I love and read all comments. Remember, leaving a comment on everyone's blog will make you eligible for those prizes. 

Next up is the super talented Anne. She has made some gorgeous cards from what I have seen since joining.  :-)

Here's the full rotation....

Brigita (that's me)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

WOYWW? #180

Another Wednesday fast approaching and it's time for that weekly snoop at crafter's desks around the globe. What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday is hosted by the wonderful Ms. Julia over at Stamping Ground.

I'll make this quick since I've just recently returned from work and have a short morning before work beckons again. 

For those who saw my desk the last couple weeks it was a mess. I swear, I cleaned it off on Saturday. Even wiped it down with cleaner! Moved the Cricut over to the shelf since I don't use it a whole lot. This weekend was working on some cards for my DT duties. Also playing with some other stuff, like my Dylusion inks. Used my alcohol inks for some projects and even took a stab at paper piecing. It was so much fun!! I also tried my Dreamweaver stencil on some sheets of sticky paper with Velvet Glitter (micro-fine). 

On a side note, I was walking the dogs the other day and found $280 along the side of the road. A bunch of bills just scattered across the road. I'll hang on to it for a bit, but will be giving the money to a friend who is going through some tough times right now. I feel too guilty keeping it!! 

Happy WOYWW!! 

Silver Snowflake

Back in July I went to the Scrapbook Expo and came across a company I had never heard of...Heartfelt Creations. I bought several stamps for Christmas, etc. Here's my first shot at this Christmas one....

I used the Snowflake Medallion set. This is one of the largest stamps. A little bigger than I expected. I also bought the matching Holly Ornament Spellbinders die. Each flake has silver embossing powder so it is sparkly but you can't really tell in the picture. The center bling is from Spare Parts and the background paper is Bella Road. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. I popped up the snowflake with dimensional dots. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Autumn Leaves

It's well into Autumn here and the colors on the trees are just beautiful. I just love this season and am so glad to be living somewhere again where you can enjoy all the beautiful foliage.

Here's a card for Thanksgiving/Autumn that I made a few weeks ago....

The leaf stamps are from Heartfelt Creations. I used the baby wipe reinker technique. However, my stamp isn't solid so you can't see the total effect but I can't wait to try it with a solid stamp. The sentiment is Inky Antics. Tree die is Memory Box and I also used Labels Eight Spellbinders die. Added some stickles in a few colors onto the leaves on the tree and distress inked around the edges. 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges: 

Paper Playtime - Autumn Colors
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes

Although I may be enjoying the season down here in the South, I hope things are making a turn for the better for all those effected in the Northeast from Hurricane Sandy. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WOYWW #179

Good Morning (at lest here on the East Coast in the US it is). Well, another election season is over and Obama once again is President. I thought it would be a much closer race. Anywhooo....

Today's Wednesday so that means it's time to head over to Ms. Julia's blog over at Stamping Ground to have a bit of a snoop at everyone's desks. Why? Because it's fun and interesting to see what everyone is up to!! But before you do, here's mine.....

So my desk is a total disaster area. I haven't worked on it in about 2 weeks. It still has the mess from the week before and now it has added goodies that I bought over the weekend. On the chair in the bag are some items I bought through Stampin' Up. On the desk I won a 1995 PSX Christmas stamp on ebay. I saw a card online that someone had done in ALL pink using this stamp and loved it. Can't believe I found it and won!!. Some distress inks, a bottle of dylusion ink spray (my first!), more stamps. Plus other purchase. :-) Under my desk are two containers full of scraps. I never through away usable pieces. 

Last Saturday I went to a winter copics class at a local stamp store here in Atlanta. Here are the cards we made. Aren't they just too cute. The snowman is popped up on a wobble. I have the cats on order. 

I seriously need to sit down this weekend and WORK on some cards!!!! Just too busy this weekend. 

Have a great week!!! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Coastal Snowman

It's November 1st already (gosh, where does the time fly!) and time for another Sketch Challenge at Sparkle n Sprinkle Creative Challenges BlogThis is my first month participating as one of the new Design Team members for the sketch challenge. :-) and here is the sketch....

For my card I used the Christmas Flamingo stamp set. The snowman is also available as a single stamp. 

I colored the image with watercolor pencils. Also used Florida Beach, Bubblegum, and Starfire glitter. On the clouds I added Twinkling Clouds Sparkle n Soft flocking powder. The green background was created using colored vellum and embossed with snowflakes. 

This challenge runs until November 30 at 8:00 pm EST. The prize is a stamp set of your choice. For all the rules and guidelines head over to the SNS challenge blog