Monday, August 25, 2008

Toonie Tuesday...all SU!

Here's my weekly round of Toonie Tuesday...and I finally had a little time to do a little inking of some new SU rubbah!!!

Sample One: Beautiful Roses

I thought this new set *Eastern Influences* was just SO classy that I loved it right when I opened the catalogue. And because I love coloring I knew it was a nice combination of stamps for that purpose - or to use without coloring...or to emboss...the possibilities are endless. Emily's color challenge this week is Rose Red, Kraft and Basic Black and the rich boldness of it with the soft Kraft color had me thinking more Asian inspired too.

Here I stamped the birds on the background layer, and over-stamped the birds on the patterned layer. The main image is stamped with Stazon on Kraft, the leaves colored in with a white Prismacolor pencil. The Roses and buds are stamped on watercolor paper and then watercolored with SW markers, cut out and popped up on glue dots. I really love how it looks. Especially with the slight contrast of the white on the Kraft. Asian style to me has a lovely boxy feel so the sentiment is boxed and centered over the satin ribbon. Brads asymetrically placed for accent. Here's more of a close up of the main image.

Sample Two: Beautiful Borders Sympathy

It is difficult for me to write about why I made this card. On Monday I was at a funeral of the husband of one of our elementary school teachers. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack at age 48. He leaves behind two young daughters just older than our daughter. For me it struck so hard. This teacher is especially precious to us, she was our daughter's 5th grade teacher just two Fall's ago. She is an excellent educator, and the kind of teacher that came to our daughter's Christmas play that year at our church - just to show her support. She is also the teacher that walked with us through some tough times. During that year in school my husband was diagnosed with cancer and went through treatment. It hit our daughter really hard, and initally she didn't want anyone at school to know about it. This teacher in her caring way would always check on her and make a way for our daughter to have space and grace without others noticing, and she offered a safe place if our daughter needed to talk. She was really so important to us in the healing to have this happen to her - to see her lose her husband - oh it hits hard for me and my prayers are with her, in the same way as she was there for us - we will now need to be there for her.

I wanted to make a very simple but elegant sympathy card. I loved this set in the catalogue because it is versatile and classic - yet has that simplicity. It has beautiful images and very usable sayings. The main image is clear embossed on Baja Breeze, popped up and layered on another piece of Baja Breeze. I find that the two layers of the same color gives it a pretty classic look. Then a layer of Vanilla with scallops and piercing.

The main card has a scalloped edge with a Vanilla strip and then the top half stamped with Floral background. A Vanilla taffeta ribbon and embossed sentiment and it is simply done. Here is a closeup that shows the embossing better.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back with more later this week as I have a workshop Tuesday and another card almost finished I'll show you when it's completed.

Recipe: Sample One: Stamps: Eastern Influences Ink: Black Stazon, Rose Red Paper: Rose Red, Basic Black, Kraft, Watercolor Paper, Rose Red DSP Prints Accessories: SW Markers, Aqua Pen, Glue Dots, Prismacolor Pencils, Black Brads, Pomegranate Satin Ribbon, Sponge.

Sample Two: Stamps: Floral Background, Beautiful Borders Ink: VersaMark, Baja Breeze Paper: Baja Breeze, Vanilla Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Piercer, Clear Embossing Powder


Tracy said...

Neew catalog time is always so tricky! I just mounted a STACK of stamps and now you make me put more on my list, lol!! Gorgeous samples, Christine. I am hoping to finally put ink to my new stamps later today.

Jerri Kay said...

Both cards are so beautiful Christine! As always, your watercoloring takes my breath away. Simply stunning!

Shannon Erskine aka e3stamper said...

Gorgeous creations Christine! So elegant and classic! Love them!

Rose Ann said...

Your coloring on your rose is so beautiful!! Your sympathy card is lovely with the embossing, and I love the colors!! I'm so sorry for the need to make it, Christine. Hugs!

Kathyc on SCS said...

My 1st visit to your blog and I'm enjoying what I see, especially with all the new stuff! How sad that you had the need for that lovely sympathy card;
I'll be back!