Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Toonie Tuesday - So Pretty!

Oh I have some pretty things to show you today! A Birthday Ensemble and a Color Challenge Card! Lotsa great pics today.

Today is my MIL's birthday. And YES this will be late, but I made a whole ensemble of things for her. I really hope she likes it.

I started with some pretty colors and sketches, Taylor's TECC55, and Jen's SFYTT.

Here is the whole ensemble, then I'll show you the different pieces: Sorry for the weird light - there was so much sunlight today that I had to close the blinds...and despite using my OTT light - you can see the little holes in the blinds peeking through!


I included a Birthday card, and three gift cards a box and envelopes so that she'll be able to give away some pretty spring cards for Birthday's.

Here is the card we'll give her.



I love this technique and have used it a number of times before. You stamp your flowers with Stazon on cardstock vellum and let dry (because it's vellum drying time is longer), then you sponge color in layers onto the vellum. It takes probably at least 3 coats here and you need to leave it dry about 45 minutes in between layers. So it's often something I do at night and then use it in the morning. It gives you beautiful shaded but transparent color. I added white gel pen accents on the flowers (wow does that make it pop!) and attached them with glue dots (which don't show because of the white gel pen). Smart hey??? :)


See the transparent feel to the flowers? This sketch (Taylor's), gave me SUCH trouble. I spent so much time on it getting it to work. It was the two squares that I must have cut 4 times getting to the right perportion!

Alright here are the gift cards. All are done with the same techniques, watercolor with SW markers this time and then each is sponged. I wanted a very monochromatic feel to each. These use Jen's SFYTT this week, though the Amethyst Delphinium card had to be flipped so it's not quite the sketch. I dyed the ribbons to match the cards with my SW Markers as well.




And look at the pretty texture too...new Texturz plates. :)

And here's the box that will hold it all together. Beate's A2 tutorial over at SCS. I like the eyelet trim on the box too.


ALRIGHT...here's my color challenge card. Sorry, the sunlight was almost too bright today and this one was without the blinds closed.


The colors today were More Mustard, Rose Red and Kiwi Kiss. Really rich colors that have the feel of warmth, so I pulled out my new Le Jardin Botanique and stamped it with brown Stazon on watercolor paper and colored in with reinkers, sort of with a dotted technique to give it the feel of leaves. I added the HPH accent of leaves to give the layout some pop and then can you see the *bark* texture on the Rose Red layer? Texturz plate again :)


Ok...I'm off to my son's field trip this afternoon, he's running with his team of gr 4/5/6's in a city wide event called The Journal Games, he was the only grade 4 boy picked to be on the team, I'm very proud of him. God made that boy to run!

Recipes: Happy Birthday Ensemble: Stamps: 5th Avenue Floral, Beautiful Borders, Echos of Kindness; Ink: Black Stazon, Almost Amethyst, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink; Paper: Cardstock Vellum, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, BB Prints, PP Prints, AA Prints DSP; Accessories: Big Shot, Texturz Templates, Scalloped Circle Bigz Die, White Taffeta Ribbon Stampin' Write Markers, Aqua Painter, Sponge, Corner Rounder, Piercer, White Gel Pen, Brads, Eyelet Border Punch, Dimensionals.

Beautiful Tree: Stamps: Le Jardin Botanique, Three Little Words; Ink: Brown Stazon, More Mustard; Paper: More Mustard, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP, Watercolor; Accessories: Coluzzle Cutter, Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Reinkers, SW Markers, Aqua Painter, Piercer Texturz Plate, Big Shot

15 comments:

Kelly Lunceford said...

wow! I love the colors of your gorgeous ensemble! I am sure she will flip when she receives her gift! This is amazing!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Fabulous gift ensemble. She will love it, its so springy and cheery! I love the fancy lacey edges you added to them. Wonderful CC card also.

Yosha said...

Gorgeous! I especially love the blue and pink cards!

Vera said...

Stunning cards, Christine! I especially love the one with the colored vellum flowers. Just wonderful!

Rose Ann said...

Wow...you've been busy, Christine!! Everything is so very beautiful too!!

Congratulations to your son too!!

Jeannie said...

You always do amazing work, but your beautiful gift sets are truly the best!

Peace and Luv,
Jeannie

Joan said...

Hi - not even sure how I got to your blog but your projects are wonderful. I'm in Alberta too - Fort Saskatchewan. I'm sure your MIL will thoroughly enjoy your gift!

Dawn said...

WOWzers girl... I love all those flowers. Sigh... someday I will stamp them.. LOVE this. So will your MIL. What an awesome gift. My sister's bd is coming up. I think I will case.. I saw that your favorite movie is Gone With The Wind.. Mine too. One of the first movies I saw in a theater. I am trying to find it. My son is studying the Civil War. Okay now that I typed a book I will just say awesome stamping...

Norine said...

these are all so soft & pretty love the colors and your design
Hugs
Norine

Julie Koerber said...

WOW Christine! What a breath of fresh air you are delivering to your MIL! Will you adopt me?? LOL! Thanks for the morning inspiration!

JulieA said...

That set is so wonderful! I love the way you put those colors together. Your MIL is sure to love them

Angela said...

Wow, these colors are so pretty together. Great cards...

Joan Ervin said...

WOWZER, girl, that's some spectacular work!!! The gift set for your MIL is absolutely gorgeous...she is going to love it, for sure!!! The tree and hardware on your cc card are beautiful, too...sooo elegant!!!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

What a fabulous ensemble!! Your coloring is impeccable!! And your sketches, colors, and embellishing are always perfection! Fantastic pieces of art!!

Robin Burgeson said...

You are so clever! I love how you gave the illusion of movement with the motorcycle, and the rich colors of the tree card really call to me.

Robin