Viva Las VegaStamps DT Tryout

I’m trying out to be a part of the Viva Las VegaStamps design team. Viva Las VegaStamps offers a plethora of images that are generally on the realistic or artsy side. I’ve been looking at them for some time, but since none of the stores I frequent sell them, I have yet to try them out. So, I thought if I was part of their design team, I could try them out and, if I like them, which I am 99.9999% sure I will, I can look into bringing them into Capture-A-Memory.

As part of the application process, they asked for three projects that showcase my style. So, I pulled out a few of my favorites to share …

These photos were taken the morning before my son left for Guam. He joined the Navy, and Guam was his first assignment after school. I used several Tim Holtz stamps on this page. I love working with stamps on scrapbook pages. It is always a bit of a challenge to fit stamps often designed for cards onto 12×12 paper, but I enjoy it and I am always pleased with the results. I often use stamps on my journaling blocks or as tiny accents. Background stamps are also great for adding layers without bulk. 

This is one of my favorite cards. It is a stamp from Northwoods, colored with Copic Sketch Markers. A little distressing, some quick stitching on the side and a bit of twine and it is done. Simple, yet beautiful. Exactly my style!

Finally, I am showing this one. I made it for an aunt who was in the hospital. I colored the Magnolia stamp with Copic Sketch Markers and used Distress Ink around the edges. Then, just for a little something special, I added some Liquid Pearls to her sweater to serve as 3D buttons. Cute, eh?

So there you have three of my favorite stamped projects. Wish me luck!


The colors of autumn

I know it’s still summer, technically, but the leaves in my neighborhood are beginning to turn and I couldn’t wait to color this barn scene by Northwoods.

After coloring the image with Copic Sketch Markers, I used Tim Holtz Distress Tool and Distress Inks to add some well-worn “love.”

I added leftover papers and brads. For a finishing touch, I used the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy products to add a bit of stitching to the side. It took a bit of time, but I love the results!

For a friend …

The new CMC Copic Challenge is to create a card showcasing friendship, using Copic to color the embellishments.

As someone relatively new to Copic, I found this challenge to be quite a bit of fun. You should have seen me attempting to color nearly everything that came along. Fortunately my cats stayed out of site, so I still don’t know if it is possible to color a cat with a Copic, but I do know you can color this cat …

This stamp is from Penny Black. I stamped it on Cryogen paper, that I had cut out with a die from Dies Direct. After coloring the image, I added Stickles to the insides of the flowers and the kitty’s nose for a bit of sparkle. Then, I added Distress Ink around the edges to soften the white color.

I layered some papers (from Bo Bunny and Basic Grey) that I had edged in Distress Ink and then the REAL fun began …

I started with a plain white ribbon, which I knew would take the color well, and colored it gray.

Then, I tried Tissue Tape from Tim Holtz. I was thrilled with how well it took the color. (I put a strip on a piece of scrap paper and colored it in long, even strokes. When dry, I gently pulled it up and attached it to the card.)

Finally, I pulled out some white flower-shaped buttons from Pebbles. I colored them in yellow, then edged them in orange. While they colored OK, the color seemed to come off as I worked with them, so I actually colored them again once they were attached to the card. I’ll have to look for some sort of sealer to see if that works …

Anyhow, with the addition of a saying from Northwoods, the Tiny Attachers, floss from We R Memory Keepers and a few Glue Dots, I came up with this …

Check out the other amazing samples from this challenge, here.