Monday, July 25, 2011

Happileigh Scrappin Challenge #32 - Special Folds and Shaped Cards

Happi Monday morning - time for another weekly challenge over at Happileigh Scrappin'.   Leigh picked the challenge this week at Happileigh Scrappin' - Special Folds and Shaped Cards. 
We want to see cards that are different in shape than a normal square or rectangle, or projects with multiple folds - easel, gate, boxes , anything that has more than one fold.  You an check out all the fantastic cards our design team made over at the Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge.

For my card, I decided to use Leighs newest image - Court Jester to make a center-step birthday card.

I used Copics to color two Jesters and popped one up over the other to give him dimension.  The Buttons from Babies, Buttons, and Bows Borders and the Birthday Banner are also colored with Copics.  The buttons on the sides are also popped up with dimensional foam tape.  Everything is glued on a checked pale gray-blue design paper then matted on dark and light purple cardstocks. 

We're looking forward to seeing all your fabulous creations for this week's challenge over at Happileigh Scarppin'.

Have a great week.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Happy HOOTERS Birthday!!

I made this card for my son's birthday.  When I saw this girl at Alota Rubber Stamps, I knew it would make a great guy card.  I did make a couple of changes.   I inked the stamp using a black Stampin' Up marker, but did not ink the plate of food the "Hooters Girl" is serving on the original stamp.  Instead I added a birthday cake from the Stampin' Up retired set "Voila".

The sentiments are computer generated and the two owls are Inkadinkado stamps.  I colored the images and sentiments with Copic Markers and popped up the girl and owl in the one sentiment with dimesional foam tape.  I used Spellbinders Nesties for the oval and scalloped oval to frame the girl, then sponged the edges of the oval and card with Faded Jeans distress Ink. 

 I used Stampin' Up Baja Breeze cardstock for the main panel and Not Quite Navy and white cardstock for the mats.  Added yellow, orange and red Stickles to the candle flame and turquoise Stickles to the cake and girl's earring. The metallic turquoise dots are the finishing touch.

Happy Birthday!
Hope it's a HOOT!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge #31 - Make Your Own Embellishment

Good Monday morning!  Monday means it's time for another new challenge over at Happileigh Scrappin'.  This week's challenge is hosted by Starla.  The challenge is to make your own embellishments - ribbons, punches, flowers, buttons, anything you can think of.  Not all of the embellishments need to be hand made, but at least one does. 

I decided to go with a fairytale and steampunk theme so I could use my new Tim Holtz dies - Gadget Gears and Tattered Florals with one of my favorite papers from The Once Upon a Time.DCWV stack.  For my project I used two of  Leigh Grady's Happileigh Scrappin' digis - Water Sprite and this month's freebie with any purchase - Taking Time.

Once Upon a Time

I colored the Water Sprite and two of the Taking Time clocks with Copic Markers and a gold gel pen and cut them out.
Next I die cut the gears and flowers and Stampin' Up's Embosslit - Sweet Buttons using white cardstock.  Then I sponged Distress Inks on them - Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone, Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood, Fired Brick, Spun Sugar.

I sponged Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges of the 8" x 8" Once Upon a Time DCWV design paper, then glued down one of the clocks and the Water Sprite on to the design ppaper. 
After putting the flowers together using dimensional foam tape and the embossed die cut buttons for the flower centers, I attached them and the gears and extra buttons to the bottom left corner, along the bottom and the left side of the design paper.
Using ths second clock, I cut off the rod to the pendulum and glued it over top of the first one. Then I took the clock and base of the pendulum and popped them up with dimensional foam tape over top of the first ones. 
I used Stampin' Up Not Quite Navy and Soft Suede cardstock for a mat under the picture.

You can see the rest of the Happi Sisters Design Team's fabulous creations over at Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge Blog.  You don't have to use a Happileigh Scrappin' image to participate in the challenege, but if you do your project will be entered into a second drawing for just the Happileigh Scrappin' image projects.

Looking forward to seeing your projects in the challenge.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Enjoy the Journey

This card is made using Happileigh Scrappin's free image for July - "Taking Time" and Tim Holtz's stamps "The Journey" by Stampers anonymous. 

  Happileigh Scrappin' - digital Taking Time
Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz The Journey set
Studio 112 - pocket watch

Other Materials:
Ink:  Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone, Old Paper,  Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick

Paper:  Neenah white, GP 110, Stampin' Up Early Espresso, DCWV Textures & Finishes

Other:  Copic Markers, gold gel pen, sponge, Ranger Blending Foam and Ink Applicator, VersaMark Marker, Ranger Extra Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder, dimensional foam tape, Sizzix - Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals & Gadget Gears dies, Sizzix Stampin' Up Embosslit - Sweet Buttons

I started with Leigh Grady's Happileigh Scrappin's Taking Time clock - colored the pendulum with Copics and gold gel pen, then colored with VersaMark Marker and clear heat embossed.

Colored with copics and gold gel pen a slightly large version of the clock, then cut it out.

I sponged Distress Inks on the background around the smaller clock. Using the flowers and gears cut out of Tim Holtz's dies as masks, I sponged over them on the background.  Then I stamped the images on the background also using Distress Inks. 

Next I added the larger clock using dimensional tape on the closk face and the bottom of the pendulum.  I cut off the pendulum rod and glued it directly on to the background.

I sponged Distress Ink on the die cut flower and button and attached them using dimensional foam tape. 

Last, I matted the entire image on Early Espresso cardstock and DCWV design paper.
Dimensions - 5" x 7"

Monday, July 11, 2011

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge #30 - There's a Critter in the House

This week's challenge over at Happileigh Scrappin' is "There's a Critter in the House" hosted by Vicki. "Use critter type images on your project - mice, teddy bears, frogs. etc. " I used three of Happileigh Scrappin's digital images, Bubble Bath (new image last week), Sea Turtle and Terry Toad.
I colored the Terry Toad, Sea Turtle and Bubble Bath digital images with Copic Markers and cut out the turtle and toad, also cutting a slit in the bubbles in the tub. I added the turtle to the slit in the bubbles and the toad on the edge of the tub by gluing down the bottom of the images and popping up the top part of the images with dimensional foam tape. Then I drew the tile floor and wainscoating using a ruler. The wall, tile floor and wainscoating were then colored with Copics. For a final touch, I colored, cut out and added a few extra bubbles. The picture was then matted on Stampin' Up Basic Black and Calypso Coral (new In Color) cardstock.

"Rub-a-Dub, Dub - There's a Turtle in the Tub"

Have a great Monday and a fantastic week.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Teapot Tuesday - Counting on a Sense of Time

On Split Coast Stampers I belong to a group called the Teapotters and we do a Teapot Challenge every Tuesday - Teapot Tuesday Challenge  The idea of the challenge is to make a card based on a teapot and a crazy, mixed up story that Mothermark - our leader in charge - has written.  The theme for the week is based on the interests of someone who could use some cheering up due to a serious mishap or illness or just to send congratulations to someone. We just started a new idea where the last Tuesday of the month is Tickle a Teapotter week and we send our cards randomly to fellow participating Teapotters.  When I say random, I mean what we do is post a comment in a thread when we upload our card and include a number.  Like if I upload my card and post in the thread and the person before me posts number 9 then I am supposed to say I am number 10.  Sounds simple - LOL  You can't believe how much trouble teapotters have counting!!  So after the first week's fiasco, this last week The Mudder had us go back to school and practice counting.  Our cards for the week had to have numbers on them and at least 2 things to count.  Our counting skills were even funnier this week than last week.

For my card that I am sending to a fellow teapotter, I decided to use Roman Numerals.  That may be a bit advanced for us Teapotters, but it sounded good at the time. LOL   I included poppies to count - at least 42,000 poppies.  I figure that should give us plenty of counting practice.  Below is my card for the teaparty.

Counting on a sense of Time

Stamps used:  Stampin' Up - Sense of Time, Magenta - poppy field scene, Penny Black - Letter Background, Stamper's Anonymous - Life's Possibilities, Studio 112 - pocket watch

Paper:  Georgia Pacific 110 white cardstock, Stampin' Up Mellow Moss, black and textured olive cardstock - unknown company

Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Faded Jeans, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Orange Marmalade, Vintage Photo

Other materials: Copic Markers, sponge and Ranger Foam Applicator for ink, Tim Holtz Timeworks Mask, gold gel pen, brad and clock button, dimensional foam tape

The poppy scene is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copics.  The outside of the frame for the scene is colored with a gold gel pen.  The background is made using Tim Holtz Timeworks Mask and sponging with Distress Inks.  The letter background was stamped while the mask was still in place. The other clocks and gears are stamped with Distress Inks as well.  The sentiment was stamped with VersaFine Ink on an extra piece of the background I made.  The side panel was also made with an extra piece of the background.  Last, I matted the poppy scene and background each on black, then olive, then Mellow Moss cardstock. I matted the sentiment on black and olive cardstock, added the brad and button and popped up the sentiment.

Have a great Wednesday.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge #29 - Frame It!

This week's challenge over at Happileigh Scrappin' is hosted by Chris
"FRAME IT!!"  
 Frame your image, Frame your card - It's up to you, as long as something, somewhere on your project is framed.
Here's how it works.
You can use any image of your choice, however you double your chance of winning free images if you use a Happileigh Scrappin' image.  Winners are chosen by a random drawing.
Leigh has several fantastic new images this week and with each purchase you get this great new free image and sentiment during the month of July.

Here's my card for this week's challenge.  For my frame I used the wood log from the Terry Toad set.  I also used the new images Sitting Gnome, Mushroom, and Flower Patch.  The other images I used are Mushroom House and T-O-Y Sign.  I colored the images with Copics.  The sky and grass are sponged with Stampin' Up ink using Post-It Notes and a punched scalloped circle as masks.  The sentiment on the sign is hand lettered by me.

You can see the rest of the fabulous Happi Sisters Design Team cards and join in this week's challenge over at the Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge blog.

Happy Monday and Fourth!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

My First Post - Happy Fourth of July & Welcome to my new blog

This is my first post and my blog is still a work in progress - being new to blogging it will take me a few days to get things sorted out.

I titled my blog "Behind the Scenes - Straits Stamping Studio" because when it comes to stamping my favorite thing to stamp is scenes.  I live in a perfect place to be able to do that with wonderful panoramic vistas all around me at the Straits of Mackinac.  These straits connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron - two of the Great Lakes.  The header picture for my blog was taken by Hilda Ryerse -  a good friend and fellow stamper.  It was taken from the top of the south tower of the Mackinac Bridge looking north across the Straits of Mackinac toward Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  It's a five mile long bridge that is our link between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. 

I have recently joined a couple of design teams for two of my favorite stamp companies.  I am a member of Third Coast Rubber Stamps brand new design team - Third Coast Creative Coterie.  They have pages and pages of fabulous stamps. 

I am also one of the Happi Sisters on Leigh Grady's Happileigh Scrappin' design team. She has the Happileigh Scrappin' Store online, where she sells fabulous digital images that she has drawn.   Each week Leigh has a different challenge that you can participate in..  This last week - the challenge was to make a project using stars and stripes.  Below is my card for this last week's challenge - "Happy Birthday USA" .

Also posted below is a card that I made several of last year for our local stamping group to send to some of the soldiers from our area.  I drew the flag and boots on the front and wrote the poem.  The poem is printed out on vellum in blue ink then clear embossed.  The inside collage pages are all stamped - except that I made copies of a couple of my dear husband's pins and added them to the 2nd inside page.

    Thanks for joining me on my new blog and happy Fourth of July!!