Monday, March 31, 2008

Stamping Tutorial by Linda Beeson



As you might know, we have added some new features on Monday each week. This week we have a stamping tutorial by designer Linda Beeson. Linda gives us some insight on how she created her beautiful card this week using the stamps from Gina K Designs.




I imagine the most common color of stamp pad a stamper reaches for when thinking about stamping is probably a black one. There are so many colors available though and so for the Gina K stamps the Design Team is using this week, I wanted to start with something a little different, a color that would more match the color of papers that I planned for my card.
I chose to use a Colorbox Pigment pad in Teal. I decided to stamp the image of this flower on white cardstock and then I can cut it out and make it part of my card. If I had stamped the image directly on my background paper it would have made it harder to color in the image. I picked the PIGMENT type of stamp pad for two reasons. One, these pads come in a huge variety of colors and TWO, the pigment pads make embossing easier because the ink stays wet for awhile giving you time to pour on the embossing powder. When you use colored stamp pads like this, all you need is a bottle of CLEAR embossing powder. I wanted to emboss this image because that just adds a little bit of intensity to the image.
The Gina K stamps are rubber and come in a block of images so all you need to do is cut apart the designs. The rubber is backed with a material that allows it to CLING to an acrylic block, all you do is peel off the paper backing. Each set of designs come in an adorable tin with an index sticker on the outside to remind you what is in each tin, making storage so easy.
I cut out the flower that I wanted to use for this project and attached it to the acrylic block. I like the Cats Eye size of the stamp pads, so I took the pad in my hand and applied ink to the image by tapping the stamp pad to the image. I will often do an experiment stamping first on a scrap piece of paper to make sure I have it inked well and it is stamping properly. I then inked it again and stamped it on my piece of white cardstock. I now poured on the clear embossing powder and poured off the excess powder, putting it back in the jar it came in. I could now use a heat gun to finish the embossing process.



I wanted to color in my image with watercolor crayons. Markers could be used for this part as well as watercolor pencils or colored pencils. I really like the way these watercolor crayons work and the amount of color I get, yet it gives a subtle look. I always use a watercolor brush for this part. What I really like about the watercolor brush that I use most often is it has a barrel attached to it that holds the water supply so you don't even need to get a glass of water. The crayons can be used in a couple different ways, I like to brush the wet, tip of the brush along the tip of the crayon that I want to use. This allows me to "pick up" color. I can keep adding color to the portion of the image I am coloring and I can easily change colors. All you do with this brush is "brush off" the color you have on it on a scrap piece of paper. The tip comes very clean, making it ready for the next color. For both the flower piece and the leaves, I used a few different shades of the colors until I got the look I wanted. When this was dry, I cut out the flower.



When I was stamping and embossing my original image, I did two of them. I wanted to be able to have an extra flower and some extra leaves. I glued my complete colored image to the card front of my card. I can now add the extra pieces to the original image with foam tape. It just adds a bit of interest to have the 3-D element to this simple design.



This set of stamps comes with several great words to use for the greeting. I wanted to use the word "Hope" and I wanted it to be white. I used a white Colorbox pigment stamp pad to ink the word "Hope" and stamped it on my background. I also used white embossing powder on the image. I didn't need to emboss it because it looked good with just the white ink, but the white embossing powder adds a little more intensity to the word and it does add a little bit of dimension.

The final design looks like this:


Hope
Designer Linda Beeson

Materials:
STAMPS COURTESY OF GINA K
Solid Cardstock – Worldwin Papers
Patterned paper – Celebrate Brocade/Confetti/My Mind’s Eye (both sides)
Rhinestones – Darice
Fluid Chalk stamp pad and embossing powder – Clearsnap
Corner rounder punch – Papershapers/EK Success
Diamond Glitter Dimensional Fabric Paint – Tulip
Circle punches
Watercolor crayons and Watercolor brush



Thanks to Linda for that great tutorial! Be watching tomorrow for more cards featuring CPS #58 and Gina K Designs.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

CPS #58 -sponsored by Gina K Designs

This week's CPS is sponsored by Gina K Designs. The CPS designers each had the privilege of using the Spring Blooms set. This is this months "free with three" set that you can get for free when purchasing 3 stamp sets from Gina K Designs.



CPS #58



CPS #58 Designer Ideas


For My Mom
Designer: Laura Williams

Supplies:
patterned cardstock - Fancy Pants
solid cardstock, ink - Close To My Heart
ribbon - Europa Imports
**stamps - Gina K Designs
colored pencils - Prismacolor
buttons - craft supply


For Mom
Designer Sherry Wright

Supplies:
**Gina K Designs stamps
Pazzazzill Bazzill cardstock
Copic markers
McGill circle punch
Clearsnap inks
Offray ribbon
Zip dry adhesive by Beacon



Grandma card
Designer Charity Hassel

Supplies:
cardstock: Bazzill
**stamps:Gina K Designs
colored pencils: crayola
buttons: Scrapmode
twine: Staphanoise


Thanks
Designer Kandis Smith

supplies:
patterned paper: American Crafts, Chatterbox
cardstock: Bazzill
scallop scissors: Provo Craft
corner rounder: EK SUccess
buttons: Blumenthal Lansing Co.
stamps: **Gina K Designs**, Hero Arts
ink: Colorbox
other: Linen string, machine stitching, circle punch

Friday, March 28, 2008

Reader Spotlight & CPS#57 Reader Updates

WOW!!! We have had soooo much response for this last sketch! You (our readers) have really outdone yourself this week! I haven't had time to comment on them all but let me tell you, the ones I say were just GREAT!!! Have fun looking at so many other peoples take on CPS57!

CPS 57

Laura


Deanna

Annie

Pearl

Jeannette

Seedlings Mom


Den

Maren

Jackie G


Mamaluke


Natty

Krista

Regan

Kazzy

Samm

Kaz

Barb

StampQueen


Carmen

Aimee

Kazan

Danni

Rosanne


Jacki

Pamela

Looby

Jilly

CeeCee

Scrap Aloha

Ellie

Jennifer

Dawne 1

Dawne 2

Daniela

Amanda

CPS 56

Carmen

Rachel

Audrey

Jacki


CPS 54

Jo

CPS 53

Jo

CPS 52

Jo

CPS 51

Jo


Thursday, March 27, 2008

CPS 57, Part 3

We also have last week's reader design spotlight today (because I forgot it Saturday, oops!).

The reader spotlight was chosen by Anabelle. Here is what she had to say:

I picked Kazan's beautiful Easter card.
I love the scallops and the way she layered everything. Her cards are always eye candy!

Wonderful job Kazan!

And now for more designer ideas for this week's CPS:


Thank You
Designer Debbie Olson

Stamps: Rose by Wordsworth; Scalloped Lace backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White
Tools: Martha Stewart punch
Accessories: Papertrey Spring Moss Satin ribbon; adhesive pearls


Happy Birthday
Designer Sherry Wright

Supplies:
Basic Grey cupcake papers and stickers
Heidi Swapp rhinestone
McGill circle punch
Zip dry adhesive by Beacon


Thinking of you
Designer Sherry Wright

Supplies:
Collage Press & Prima papers
Fontwerks sticker
Scenic Route rub-on
vintage lace
Creative Crystal stones
Zip dry adhesive by Beacon


"Happy Happy Birthday" Card
Designer: Lea Lawson

Supply List:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Paper: Sassafras Lass
Stickers: Making Memories
Rub-ons: 7Gyspsies
Ribbon: May Arts
Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts
Ink: Clearsnap
Punch: Fiskars
Corner Rounder: EK Success

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

CPS #57, Part 2

More ideas for this week's CPS:


You Make Me Smile
Designer: Anabelle O'Malley

Supplies:
Cardstock-Bazzil
Patterned Paper-Making Memories
Journaling page-Making Memories
Chipboard-Doodlebug
Jewels-Doodlebug
Rubon-Deja Views
Felt-Queen and Company


Hi birdie card.
Designer Charity Hassel

Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Dream Street
Ribbon: Maya Road
Brads: colorbok
Plastic Sequins: Doodlebug Designs.


Happy Easter
Designer Kandis Smith

supplies:
patterned paper: making memories
chipboard: Basic Grey, making memories
buttons: hero arts
flower: Hero Arts
pearl: HEro Arts
stamp: HEro Arts
ink: COlorbox
cardstock: bazzill
eyelet: Doodlebug Designs
other: ricrac, linen string


Have Fun
Designer Tami Mayberry

Supplies:
**Cardstock: Prism Papers (Intense Orange, Cielo, Intense Kiwi, Black, White, Iced Orange, Azzurro)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye
**Stamps: My Favorite Things (main image), Hanna Stamps (greeting)
Ribbon: Creative Impressions
Pearls: Joy Craft (ellenhutson.com)
Uniball White Signo pen
Deco Scissors
Basic Grey notch and die tool

Sunday, March 23, 2008

CPS #57, Part 1

Time for a new CPS sketch and some inspiring ideas from the CPS designers!

CPS #57



CPS Designer Ideas


Congrats
Designer:Kelly Anne Grundhauser

Supplies:
Pattern Paper-Making Memories Funky Vintage Ruby
Paper flowers UrbanLily
Bazzil Cardstock
Vinyl Thickers-American Crafts
Velvet brad-Brown Making Memories
Colorbox Chalk Ink
Beacon adhesive Zip Dry


I ADORE YOU
Designer: Linda Beeson

Supplies:
Solid Cardstock – Worldwin Papers
Patterned paper – Angelic/Blush/BasicGrey
Pink rhinestones – Heidi Swapp
Rub-on letters – Art Warehouse
**Flourish stamp - Crafty Secrets
Fluid Chalk stamp pad – Clearsnap
Ribbon
Corner rounder punch – Papershapers/EK Success


I Love You
Designer Melissa Phillips

Supplies:
Bazzill cardstock
SEI paper and rubon
K&Co. brad
Making Memories trim
Doodlebug glitter
Ranger ink
Flower from craft store


"Owl" Be Yours
Designer: Laura Williams

Supplies:
Patterned paper - Autumn Leaves (Metropolitan)
Solid cardstock - Close To My Heart
Sticker (owl) - Autumn Leaves
Stamp - October Afternoon
Ink - Close To My Heart

CPS Reader Updates

Keri is on vacation and I'm a day late :P Sorry for the delay. Don't forget to leave a link to the post or gallery image of your card. All links posted in the comments of this post or any post this week will be added to next week's reader update.

Look here for more great inspiring ideas for CPS 55 and 55 ;)

Lesley

Heather

Annie

Diane

Kim

Katie


Jackie

Krista

Scrap Aloha

Jane

Susie

DeeDee

Susie

Natty

Sharon

Danni

Kazan

Katie

SmilynStef

Dawne

Maren

Samm

Annette

Maria

Lynda

Lou

Regan

Kim

Jennifer

Jess

Laura

Sharon

Carmen

Rachel

Friday, March 21, 2008

More CPS 56

A couple more designs to close out the week:



Bunny Presents
Designer - Keri Lee Sereika

Supplies:
***Stamps: Bunny Presents, Scripty Words, Wheat - Cornish Heritage Farms
Inks: Smokey Grey Versafine, Pearlescent Thyme Brilliance - Tsukineko
Bisque Fluid Chalk Ink - Clearsnap
***Cardstock: Frosted Yellow, Crabapple Med Prismatics, Green Seaside - Prism
Simply Smooth White - Cornish Heritage Farms
Flower Brads - Creative Impressions
Dies: Standard Oval, Classic Scallop Oval - Nestabilities by Spellbinders
Prisma Colored Pencils and a blending stump


Springtime
Designer Kandis Smith

Supplies:
Patterned paper: Making Memories
glitter paper: DieCuts with a View
chipboard: Making Memories
ribbon: American Crafts
brads: Imaginesce
gems: Hero Arts
paper frills: Doodlebug Designs
other: Machine stitching, lace

Thursday, March 20, 2008

CPS #56, Part 3

Yay! I am finally back up and running. Just in time to share some more amazing card designs for this week's CPS :)



John 3:16

Designer: Stacey Kingman

Supplies:
**Cardstock – Prism
Patterned Paper – Creative Imaginations
Rub-ons – Heidi Grace Designs


"Kiss Me, I'm Irish"
Designer: Lea Lawson

Supply List:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Paper: KI Memories
Glittered Cardstock/Rub-ons/Glitter/Rhinestones: Doodlebug
Stickers: Making Memories (letters)& Darice Inc. (shamrock)
Embossing Template: Cuttlebug
Diecut: Cricut Expression (heart)
Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink (Lipstick Red & Lime Pastel)


Thanks card
Designer Charity Hassel

Patterned Paper: American Crafts
Journaling spot sticker: American Crafts
Letter stickers: Doodlebug Designs
Brads: Colorbox
Plastic Bird: American Crafts

Tip:The clear journaling spot sticker did not stand out enough against the blue and dotted papers so I simply placed the sticker on a piece of plain white paper then cut around the sticker. Adhere to the card using pop dots for more interest.


Celebrate Spring
Designer: Kelly Anne Grundhauser

Supplies:
Paper Trey Ink New pattern papers-Everyday Blessings
**Prism Cardstock
Just Hatched Stamps-Paper Trey Ink
Colorbox chalk Ink
May Arts Ribbon
Bling Rhinestones May Arts


Spring is Here
Designer: Kelly Anne Grundhauser

Supplies:
Pattern paper, tag and glitter Flowers-Making Memories Garden Party
Doodlebug glitter cardstock
Velvet Pink brads-Making Memories
Beacon-Zip Dry Adhesive
Colorbox Fluid Chalk
Heidi Swapp Paper Piercer

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

CPS#56, Part 2

The Girls have been working their magic all week long and here are a few more designs to get you in the Spring mood!


Spring Fever

Designer Melissa Phillips

Supplies:
Bazzill cardstock
Melissa Frances
paper, stamps, and rubon
May Arts ric rac
Foof-a-la chipboard tag
Making Memories velvet trim
Ranger ink
CTMH colored pencils
Doodlebug glitter

Happy Spring
Designer Laura Williams

Supplies:
Cardstock, Ribbon, Ink: Close To My Heart
Bird, eggs, text, branches, and corner stamps: Close To My Heart
Background stamp: Unity Stamp Company (and a pencil eraser)
Glitter glue: Star Writer by Clearsnap (on eggs)
Marker: Tombow
Colored pencils: Prismacolor
Button, brads, easter grass: craft supply


Easter Wishes
Designer - Keri Lee Sereika

Supplies:
Stamps: Modern Lily, Easter Filled With Love, Sophisticated Swirls Backgrounder - Cornish Heritage Farms
Inks: Vintage Sepia Versafine - Tsukineko
Bisque Fluid Chalk Ink - Clearsnap
Bleach
Cardstock: Crabapple Medium, Papaya Puree Light, Birchtone Dark, White Prismatics - Prism
Dies: Standard Oval, Classic Oval Large Nestabilities - Spellbinders
Mocha Gold Pearls, Paper Piercer, Paper Piercing Mat - www.ellenhutson.com


Designer Tip - Use household bleach to stamp your BG images for a neat vintage feel, just be sure to wash your stamp well after you are done stamping!




Designer - Debbie Olson

Stamps: Just Hatched by PaperTrey Ink; Close as a Memory by Stampin' Up
Ink: Versamagic Ocean Depth, Adirondack Aqua, Certainly Celery SU marker
Paper: Two Scoops pad by Basic Grey
Cardstock: Prism Nautical Blue Medium, Neenah Natural White
Accessories: Vanilla Tafetta, ivory pearls, foam tape
Tools: Spellbinders Nestability Classic Plain and Scalloped Oval dies, Sewing machine

Monday, March 17, 2008

oops! Technical difficulties

Sorry that the images from yesterday seemed to disappear. I have been having major internet issues and have not been able to access the blog or anything but email (and only that on occasion) for over a week now. Fortunately, I have some great friends here at CPS and things have been going as planned without me (no surprise there). Please help me send a HUGE thanks to Keri for keeping up with all of the posts for the last week. (Thanks Keri!!!) I am hoping to be back to normal (well as normal as I get) by later in the week. Hopefully you were able to get this week's sketch (hoping it is on the right...I can't see the blog LOL) and get started creating your masterpieces. I will try my best to get the rest of the gorgeous Spring themed cards made by the CPS designers up later in the week. Thanks to all of those who let us know of the missing images and hopefully they are appearing in yesterday's post now.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

CPS#56 - Spring Fling

Spring is just around the corner and so we thought we would usher it in with a few Easter and Spring Designs this week! And here is this weeks sketch!

CPS #56




CPS Designer Ideas


Spring
Designer Sherry Wright

Supplies:
Paper Salon Sorbet papers
MMBI fabric sticker
Petaloo flower
Technique Tuesday chipboard
Doodlebug gems
Vintage lace
Clearsnap inks
Beacon adhesive (Zip dry)



Spring Joy Card
Designer Anabelle O'Malley

Supplies:
Cardstock-The Paper Company
Patterned Paper-Pink Paislee (Spring Fling Line)
Vintage Image-Crafty Secrets
Buttons-Autumn Leaves
Floss-DMC
Ink Ranger



REJOICE card
Designer: Linda Beeson

Materials:
Solid Cardstock – Worldwin Papers
Patterned paper – BasicGrey
Pearl brad – Art Warehouse
Embossing plate – Cuttlebug (the pink flower is cut from a pink piece of paper that was embossed with the same design)
Gloss Finish – Aleene’s Paper Glaze
Oval punch – McGill
Scallop scissors – Family Treasures
Rub-on letters – Making Memories
Fluid Chalk stamp pad - Clearsnap

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Reader Spotlight & Reader Updates

Well it has been a wonderful week of great inspirations and creativity don't you think??
This weeks Reader's Spotlight goes onto Danni! Charity was the lucky designer who got to pick this week and this is what she had to say!

danni's card was fab this week

love the flowers and super details

Well done Danni!!! It really is superb!

CPS#55

Diane

Kazan

Danni

Maren

MamaLuke

Jane


Kathy

Laura

Looby

CA Scrappin

Jacki

Jilly

Lisa

Deanne

Tera

Annie

Sharon

Charrie

ink'n'rubba

Kim (54 &55)

Roseanne

Jennifer

Samm

Krista

Jeannette

DeeDee

Shirley

CPS#54

Susie

Jackie G

Meredith

Friday, March 14, 2008

CPS#55, Part 3 - Brought to you by The Embellishment Studio

Unfortunately due to some major internet issues Tami has not been able to keep up the CPS blog this week...and so it fell to me (Keri) to keep it up...well then my internet went out for two days...LOL So the final CPS#55 is FINALLY HERE!!! And I hope you agree, it was worth the wait! Enjoy!



Take Note

Designer: Stacey Kingman
Supplies:
Ribbon - The Embellishment Studio
**Cardstock – Prism
Patterned Paper - October Afternoon
Chipboard - Scenic Route
Rub-ons - Heidi Grace
Bling - Heidi Swapp
Decorative Scissors – Fiskars
Ink – Ranger
Other - thread, staples


Hello

Designer: Stacey Kingman

Supplies:
Ribbon - The Embellishment Studio
Patterned Paper - October Afternoon, My Mind's Eye
Chipboard - Scenic Route
Bling - Heidi Swapp
Stamps - October Afternoon
Other - thread, staples




Celebrate
Designer Kelly Anne Grundhauser
Supplies:
The Embellishment Studio Lace
Making Memories Pattern diecut papers
DCWV cardstock
Misc. and vintage buttons
Provocraft felt flower
Paper Trey Ink Stamp
Colorbox Ink
3M quick dry adhesive




"Best Wishes" Card
Designer: Lea Lawson

Supply List:
Trim: The Embellishment Studio
Cardstock: Bazzill
Paper: Basic Grey & Chatterbox
Vintage Image: Crafty Secrets
Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts
Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink (Pink Pastel)


Birthday Wishes
Designer Tami Mayberry

Supplies:
**Cardstock: Prism
Patterned Paper: Daisy Ds
Lace: The Embellishment Studio (dyed)
Ranger Alcohol Ink: (Stream)
**Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms
Clearsnap Ancient Page ink
Rub ons: American Crafts
Mini brads: Creative Impressions

Note: Light blue lace was dyed with alcohol ink to match.


Vintage Beauty

Designer - Keri Lee Sereika

Supplies:
Ribbons and Trims - The Embellishment Studio
***Stamps: Bold Curls, Modern Lily - Cornish Heritage Farms
***Cardstock: Espresso, Natural Smooth, Sugar Cream Prismatics, Prism Papers
Ink: Creamy Brown, Dark Brown Fluid Chalk Ink - Clearsnap
Tattered Rose Distress Ink- Ranger
Hardware and Felt Flower - Creative Impressions
Twinkle Sticker - Amuse



Tuesday, March 11, 2008

CPS#55, Part 2 - Brought to you by The Embellishment Studio






Designer: Debbie Olson
Wide pink lace by the Embellishment Studio
Stamps: May You Live by Wordsworth, small sentiment from Out on a Limb by PaperTrey Ink
Ink: Pearlescent Chocolate Brilliance; Antique Linen Distress ink
Cardstock: Ivory Naturals (SU), Basic Grey Blush Collection, Prism Perfect Baby Pink
Embellishments: narrow stitched ribbon from Reasonable Ribbon; mini brads by Making Memories
Tools: Spellbinders Nestability Petite Plain Oval set; sewing machine; tiny pink Primas





MISS YOU card
Designer: Linda Beeson
Materials:
Ribbons & Trims - The Embellishment Studio
Solid Cardstock – Worldwin Papers
Patterned paper and sticker bookplate – Fancy Pants and flourish cut from We R Memory Keepers/White Out
Miss You and Heart stamp – Kim Hughes collection/Cornish Heritage Farms
Clearsnap inks
Rhinestones – Me & My Big Ideas
Gloss Finish – Aleene’s Paper Glaze



Designer: Kandis Smith
Supplies:
Ribbon: The Embellishment Studio
patterned paper: My Mind's Eye
Cardstock: Kraft paper, Hero Arts
buttons: Blumenthal Lansing Co.
ink: Ranger
stamps: Hero Arts
chipboard: Fancy Pants Designs
other: Machine stitching




It's Been A While

Designer - Keri Lee Sereika

Supplies:
Lace for flowers and Ribbon for the Bow - The Embellishment Studio
***Stamps: It's Been A While - Silhouette Blooms II, Bold Curls, Polka Dot Backgrounder - Cornish Heritage Farms
***Cardstock: Espresso, White,Baby Pink Light, Herbal Garden Med and Iced Teal Prismatics - Prism Papers
Inks: Pink Pastel, Warm Red, Creamy Brown Fluid Chalk Ink - Clearsnap
Linen Fine Weave Magic Mesh
Shimmery Yellow and Mini Pink Brads - Creative Impressions
Needle and Thread for creating lace flower blooms