Lovely Bamboo & Butterflies

It’s Monday, yep, it sure is. I woke up with a headache (which rarely happens) and it is raining and the headache is still with me despite Advil, coffee and food. So to take my mind off my head I made a card. I used the sketch from 2sketches for you, stamps from About Art Accents and digital papers and accents from Lettering Delights to make this:

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Stamps: About Art Accents, Papers and embellishments (digital): Lettering Delights, Ink SU!

This weeks theme at Oriental Stamp Art is Silk painting so I wanted my stamping to look like soft blurry silk painting, I stamped the butterflies in burgundy ink then while they were wet I used a q-tip to apply blue and caramel ink, I got the soft fuzzy result I wanted. I stamped the frame with olive ink, then masked it with post-its then colored the rubber stamp of the plant with red and green markers and stamped then added the butterfly in the corner. I sponged in some ink before I remove the mask and cut it out. Also I stamped bamboo in the green squares of the card paper.

Stamps: About Art Accents, Ink: SU!, All other Elements: Lettering Delights

This card was easy because I arranged of the paper and embellishments together on my computer before printing. That way I don’t waste any ink or paper and I can save the design to use again later. I mixed paper and elements from several Asian themed kids from Lettering Delights, actually I think the best part of arranging a cad base digitally is not having to clean up bit and scraps of my craft table! Now by now you know that I don’t make a card without an envelope, right? A little stamping dresses up this store-bought envie:

This bamboo stamp is my all time fave, I use it on EVERY Asian card I make, Love it!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Meow!

This weeks challenge in the Oriental stamp art Yahoo group is Oriental brush painting. I did not have a chance to dig out my inks and paints but I had this cute brush style cat stamp from About Art Accents and I quickly made this card:

Stamp: About Art Accents, PAttern PAper: Nicecrane Designs, Clip Art: Lettering Delights, Charm: Around the block, EB folder: Cuttlebug

I had the rubber mouse charm FOREVER it came in a grab bag and I thought I would never use it but couldn’t part with it either so I am glad it has a home now;) The strips of luscious paper is from the Grunge Flowers collage sheet from Nicecrane Designs, I love this sheet, it has 9 beautiful swatches of paper that are ATC size but if you need them a bit larger you can crop the pattern you like and print it larger and it still looks pretty good!

The “fun” tag is from the Garden Meditation set from Lettering Delights, I print up sheets of the clip art at different sizes then cut them out as I need them, they are the perfect touch to ma Asian cards and they go well with the cards made with the PAgoda cricut cartridge because it came from the Lettering Delights font Asian Serenity, unfortunately they removed that font after the cartridge came out (I’m so glad I bought it before that!) They have lots of cut Asian style clipart perfect for cards that you don’t want to miss;)

In additon to the OSA challenge this card also qualifies for: CArdvarks (embossing), Crafty Ann (embossing), Creative Craft (stamping), Flourishes (embossing) and Tuesday Throwdown (dry embossing).

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Quick and Pretty!

Wowza, what a beautiful day, we have sunshine and heat in the northeast and all I can say is Yippee! I have something else to say “Yippee” about, I have been asked to be on the Creative team at Nicecrane Designs!!! They have the most amazing Asian and Vintage collage sheets and papers I have ever seen, best yet they are downloadable so I can have them in my hot little hands in seconds! Look what I made with Japanese Patterns Vol1 CS by Nicecrane Designs:

Asian papers: Nicecrane Designs, Rubber Stamps: About Art Accents, Envelope Templates: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

I used pretty ginko leaf stamps from About Art Accents, I inked up my stamps in plum then rocked the edges in eggplant ink before stamping for a two toned look. If you want to make a quick project choose silhouette style stamps, they pack a punch of color without having to add more color later.

Of course I had to make matching envies! I use the scallop envie template from my Envelope Bonanza kit.

Papers: Nicecrane Designs, Stamps: About Art Accents

I used this weeks sketch at Oriental stamp Art for the above card. This weeks OSA theme is “pearls” so I added a few πŸ™‚ Also “pearls” is the challenge over at Annabelle Stamps. I knew I had to use these yummy Nicecrane Designs papers with this sketch. I used papers from several collage sheets, it was so easy, just print and cut (I didn’t even have to open my image editing software!) The quality of these collage sheets is exquisite! The designs are clean and crisp and the colors are rich! Some of the paper even looks as if it is fleck with metallic gold, I don’t know how because my printer does not have gold ink but the paper almost sparkles!

Stamp: About Art Accents, Papers: Nicecrane, Punch: Fiskars

I’m just thrilled that I get to work with all of the fabulous products that Nicecrane Designs has and that they go perfectly with my stamps from About Art Accents, two great companies! If you want to try Nicecrane Designs products before you buy be sure to visit their blog where you can snag some freebies and be sure to check back often to grab new ones as they are added, you will love the quality!

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

A couple cards for ya!

I did both challenges from Oriental Stamp Art this week!

Stamps: About Art Accents

I decided it was time to lean how to make a crafty video, I first tried with the Neko Cat card, It was pretty good except for the 28 seconds of dead air as I went to the paper trimmer to cut a panel, so I tried to edit it on my camera and ended up cutting out everything BUT the 28 second piece I ment to cut LOL! So I tried again and I made the other sketch challenge card, I did it in one take in 8 minutes! Woohoo, so I went to upload it to u-tube and 20 hours later that video just wouldn’t upload! So maybe some day I will get the hang of it but for now here are the photos:

Stamps: AAA, Punch: SU!, Coloring sheet: http://www.thecoloringcastle.com

Both of these cards use stamps from About Art Accents, aren’t they pretty! I didn’t have a Neko Kitty so I used a coloring sheet from this website, it worked pretty well I think.Β  I printed it on GP cardstock and colored it with my Bics, Prismas and Copics.

This card was done using this weeks sketch at OSA design Challenges, I do love a funky fold!

That is all for today, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Zen Panda

The challenge over at Oriental Stamp Art this week was to use the sketch and Asian stamps to make a valentine. Here is mine, I call it Zen Panda aka Peace, Love and Happiness:

Stamps: Panda (inkadinkado) All others (About Art Accents)

The background and conversation hearts are from About Art Accents. The funny panda isΒ  a clear dollar stamp by inkadinkado I picked up in the dollar bin at Jo-Anns last week, I couldn’t resist πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

You’re My Cup of Tea!

Sometimes you just need to get inky, amΒ  I right? I saw the cutest sketch this week over at Oriental Stamp Art Challenges and I had to give it a go! Best part is that the card only took a few minutes to make, I used doublemates cardstock so when I folded over the circle flat you see both shade of the green paper:

I used a teal, pink, peach and green color combo, sometimes I like to look for colors that seemingly would clash and get them do work together, I like it!

The teapot is from About Art Accents. The set it comes from is called Teapots

This set of 6 large red rubber stamps is only $24!

Isn’t is precious? You can buy any of the stamps individually for $7-$7.50 or get the whole sheet for $24. They have a special on the “Mice” stamps: 3 for $14! I’ve never seen such a cute sale! This is one of my favorite About Art Accents sets πŸ™‚

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Feeling a bit Challenged today…

…but in a good way! I had a chance to play in my studio this morning with my new pile of “rubbah” from About Art Accents (I so needed to get inky) and I got 2 challenges done! The first is this weeks sketch over at 2s4u:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Sketch: 2 sketches 4 you

I know the simple sketch would showcase the beauty of these stamps. Isn’t the bamboo lovely? The rectangle with the blossoms on it is from this plate of lovelies. The bamboo and sentiment is from this plate. You will notice that I cut the english word and bar apart from the calligraphy, that is the cool thing about unmounted stamps (or clear for that matter) you can cut them apart to suit your needs. I will write the meanings of the caligraphy on the back of the stamp (and the orientation) so I don’t forget! All About Art Accents stamps are REAL RED RUBBER so they take ink really well for a perfect impression every time, try them you won’t be disappointed;) They are a good deal too πŸ™‚

Stamps: About Art Accents, Tool: Cricut Die Cutter/SCAL software, Cart: Storybook, Font: DB Asian Serenity

Over at Oriental Stamp Art they challenged us this week to use a panda in out artwork. Can you believe I don’t have a panda stamp? (I probably just need to look harder LOL!) so instead I used my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) software to cut this panda dingbat from the font DB Asian Serenity. I sized the panda to 3″ and cut it in normal mode from black, then cut it from white with the shadow blackout mode on and pieced it together. I love how I can cut the fonts and dingbats on my computer with SCAL, it is perfect when I just need a little something for a card!

The mat is from the Storybook cart, it is a sneaky peeky shape, press the key that says “from” and make sure the accent shadow button is lit up and there it is, I thought it looked Asian πŸ˜‰ This is my first time using this cart as I just bought it on sale for $24 last week, yay me!

All the stamps on tha panda card are from About Art Accents as well. thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

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