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Monday, May 28, 2012

DeNami Sketch Challenge #12

Here is a quick card based on the lastest DeNami Designs Sketch Challenge.  


I used a favorite stamp of mine, Elegant Floral Circle J138, which I colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I added some black glaze pen dots on the outer circle which are hard to see in the photo.  Underneath is a scrap of Paper Parachute paper.  I love their papers so much I don't throw away any scraps.  On the side is Tim Holtz file tab.  I admit I'm a little addicted to Tim's stuff after the classes I attended last weekend.  I know the vintage look doesn't really match the elegant DeNami stamp, but I wanted to use something different than ribbon, so there you go.

The circle is mounted with foam tape to an olive background with A Muse dotted swiss sheer ribbon.  Another thing I've been hanging on to because I love it and can't get it easily.  The card base has the D127 Elegant Floral Leaf Sprig stamped randomly.  I originally stamped it in Versamark ink but it didn't show on this card so I added more with Always Artichoke ink.  

Finally I made a little shrink plastic flower using D128 Elegant Floral Blossom colored with Prismacolor pencils. 

How many of us have some of that plastic stuck away among our treasures and forget to use it?  Again, I just wanted to use something different.  Enjoy looking at all the entries to the challenge.  They are excellent.  Happy Memorial Day.

I'm looking forward to seeing some DeNami addicts at the Springfield stamp expo next week.  Stop by and say hi while you pick up some of the new cling mount stamps and old favorites.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

DeNami Blog Hop-Pretty Pastels

Welcome to the DeNami Designs monthly blog hop.  This month the theme is Pretty Pastels.  What's this blog hop all about?  It's a way to see the work of many artists with one purpose:  to inspire stampers to create pieces using DeNami Designs wonderful products.  You should have arrived from Lani's blog.  If you get lost anywhere along the way, hop back to the DeNami blog and you can hop where you want to be.

Who: Anyone who has a DeNami stamp and incorporates pastels on their card/ project.
When: The blog hop starts on May 20th at 6 AM, PST. However, you have until May 21st, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize)
Why: To be inspired by fun DeNami Design creations and also the chance to win mini shopping sprees on the DeNami Design website!

Prizes: DeNami is giving away THREE $20 gift certificates to our website:  one gift certificate to a random participant (DT members not eligible) and TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop! Be sure to leave lots of coments, especially here!

I have a confession to make about this hop.  I am currently in Massachusetts near Boston to attend a weekend of Tim Holtz classes at a fabulous store called Absolutely Everything.  While it is a wonderful store, they don't have DeNami stamps and my creation for this hop is sitting on my workstation in my studio in Albany, NY.  So I am recylcing a previous post with a pastel card made with a DeNami stamp. 

I made this folder to hold a card and gift for a colleague and his wife when they married. The folder includes beautiful pastel floral papers from Anna Griffith papers. The cover has a silver circle tag with a silver vellum sticker. Inside, I embossed a chipboard heart with silver embossing powder and added a rub on quote that I've always loved: Come grow old with me, the best is yet to be. The tag and pocket were just an embellishment for the side to hold the gift.

The card uses a retired DeNami wedding stamp layered on shimmery papers, silver and ivory plus ivory columns. I've included Memory Box ivory pearl accents and a DeNami sheer white/silver ribbon with a touch of silver cording.

Thanks for understanding about the recycled post.  It was a wonderful project and easy to make.  I'm having a blast in the Tim Holtz classes.  Lots to post later.

Next stop:  Nicki Scheck

Enjoy the hop and don't forget the leave lots of comments.  We LOVE to hear from you and you increase your chance of winning a prize.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Back by demand-Perfect Pearl cards at Michael's July card tricks class

I'll be repeating the Perfect Pearls cards at the July Michael's Card Tricks class.  The samples are listed below.  This is fun class and you'll learn three techniques for using Perfect Pearls.  Sign up at Michael's in Latham.  The cost is $25 for ten cards, two each of the five cards shown.

Creative Keepsakes Convention-Manchester, NH

Just a quick post with a pic of the folks at Kiwi Lane at their booth at the CKC in Manchester, NH.  They were so sweet and it was easy to sell a product I like so much and I love their products.  The booth was busy and customers love the products.  If you aren't familiar with their framing process for scrapbooks and cards, check it out.  They just redesigned the KLD website and the gallery is awesome.

June Michael's Card Tricks featuring Tim Holtz Distress Inks

The June 5th Card Tricks class at Michael's in Latham highlights the Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress inks and features one Tim Holtz stamp set-French Market For the first card I blended various distress inks and them stamped the various images on the inked canvas. This simple collage look is layered on patterned paper.

The second card starts with card stock run through the Big Shot with an embossing folder. The cardstock is then colored with distress inks. The top layer is stamped and then watercolored with a waterbrush and distress inks. Some jute and a metal tag are added to embellish the card. It doesn't show well here but the top layer has a spritz of Perfect Pearls mixed with Distress ink and leaves a fabulous shimmer. I love this look.

This card is also a collage technique. The background is lighter inks and the top stamps the focal image in a darker ink. This is layered on patterned and solid papers. The popped images are with two older Hero Arts travel stamps that I thought go well with these images.
This one I love. It used light colored Archival, or in this case Memento, inks on glossy paper which are heat set then the distress inks are blended on top. The light ink resists the distress ink and then the highlights and focal images are stamped in darker Archival or Memento. Looks so great.Finally, this card features the kraft resist paper which has varnished images (which look like clear embossed images) on top of printed kraft paper. The advantage of the varnish is that it won't be altered by further heat when you work on the paper. I painted this with Picket Fence distress stain, dried it, then added distress inks both to blend and to stamp. It's topped with Tim Holtz printed paper tape and some buttons.

This class is $25 to make two each of five unique cards and learn lots of techniques. If you have a water brush or paint brush it would be helpful but not necessary. We'll have everything else you need. See you there.