Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SCACD BRAVE HEARTS and ECLECTIC 2 RUBBER STAMP RELEASE

SCACD celebrates today the 2 recently released NEW exclusive rubber stamp sets.  They are the Brave Hearts (a group of 4 empowered gals) as well as Eclectic Collection 2 (a combo of 6 steampunk and ethereal stamps).  With the Eclectic 2 collection, if you buy the entire set you get 4 FREE date stamp words.  SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and Susana collaborated on the images and we are so happy to be showcasing them to you now. :D

Now available for purchase in the USA HERE for the Brave Hears and Eclectic 2 sets.

Our International Friends can purchase SCACD rubber stamps at Quixotic Paperie HERE.

SCACD Digital images for USA and International can always be found HERE.

The first piece I am sharing today features the elegant stamp BUTTERFLY CHRYSALIS - CHANGE - one of the stamps in the new ECLECTIC 2 collection recently released.

 
 
The center chrysalis was stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat dried.  The other two were stamped in Memento London Fog ink.  All three were colored with Copic markers.  On the center chrysalis the wing was stamped a second time, colored, cut out and glued down after bending it to give a slight dimensional curve.  Liquid Pearls were added to all three for a finishing touch. 
 
 This piece also uses two of the dies from SCACD -  Classic Corners and Garden Corners.  They are heat embossed in copper and verdigris powders.  The background is colored with Copics, then sponged in Ranger Distress Inks using ColorBox Swirldot and Prima Crackle stencils.  Stickles were added to a few of the background swirl dots.
 
My second piece today features a stamp from the adorable new BRAVE HEARTS collection - BE YOU.
 
 

 
 
This cute girl and the background are both colored with Copic markers.   The background was then sponged a bit with coral and teal inks.  She was first stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The sentiment that comes with the set was stamped in a variety of colors using waterbase markers to color the stamp.  The face and button from the girl's shirt and hat were also colored with waterbase markers and stamped down the side, then colored with Copics.  The die cut corners are SCACD dies - Classic Corners.  They are heat embossed in a coral embossing powder.
 
You should be going next to the talented Jeanne's blog.  If you are lost, then head back to the SCACD Store Blog HERE for the hop list.
 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out all of the fantastic creations today showcasing SCACD's fab new stamps.
Susan

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Published in RubberStampMadness - Artist Profile

Woo Hoo!!!  Exciting news!!!

The Spring 2015 Issue of RubberStampMadness arrived a few days ago.  I have been anxiously waiting for it's arrival, as there is a 5 page Artist Profile article in it with 5 of my pieces!!!

The author of the article, Melanie King, did a wonderful job conveying all of the detailed information included in it. 
 
"One of a Kind" is the featured piece in the article.
 
 
It's actually a good size piece at 8 1/2" x 6".  Fred Mullett's fabulous and fun "Swirl Fish" is stamped 3 times - the 2 outside images are popped up on either side of the center image.   Other stamps in the piece include Judikins - Funky Fish, Third Coast Rubber Stamps - coral, Inkadinkado/EkSuccess - shell swirl.  The lettering is hand drawn. 
 
Two of the pieces in the article are actually 4" x 6" postcards, so they are completely flat for mailing purposes.  They are little scenes - one of my favorite types of stamping - telling a mini story with stamps. 
 
At the Beach
 
I had fun with this piece and added a bit of subtle humor - the man in the chair looks like he's taking a nap, but he's actually checking out the pretty lady walking by.
 
"The Lady With Umbrella and Hat", the man - "Asleep on Brighton Beach", and the "Gang of Gulls" are a few of my favorite stamps from 100 Proof Press.  Other stamps used are: open umbrella, tiny grass - Art Impressions, sandpipers - Stampin' Up!, pilings with grass - Sunnyside Stamps,  sand hills and shoreline - The Stampin' Place, fence, distant gulls - Kitty Kits (Rubbernecker Stamps).
 
 Enchanted Fairy Hello
 
The focal point of this piece that I built the scene around is the cute little Elf with a flower hat from My Paper Moon Stamps.   The fairy door tree trunks are another of my favorite stamps from Lavinia  Stamps. I varied the placement of them in the back of the scene to add the feeling of depth and distance to the scene.  The other stamps used are: stone wall - Outlines Rubber Stamps, tiny pebbles - Kanban Crafts, strips of flowers - Stampendous!, grass with flowers - Magenta, larger stones - Art Impressions, all others - Crafty Secrets.
 
Up, Up and Away
 
A fun mini scene birthday card.  Love this limited edition Girlfriends Up, Up and Away stamp from Art Impressions.  The scenery, clouds and other hot air balloons are from the Stampendous! Air Scapes clear stamp set.  They work perfectly to complete the scene.
 
Last, but definitely not least is a Valentine using another of my favorite stamps from 100 Proof Press as the focal point.
 
 Comida D'Art Dancers
 
The Comida D'Art Dancers and the Small Heart Balloon stamps are both from 100 Proof Press.  The die cut heart is from Memory Box with a harlequin stencil sponged on it.  The tiny hearts embossing folder is from Stampin! Up! and the rays embossing folder is from Sizzix Tim Holtz.  The sentiments on the balloons are hand lettered and the balloon strings hand drawn.   The dancers and large heart are cut out using a technique called Images Beyond the Borders.  Stamp TV has a YouTube video explaining the technique.
 
Thanks for stopping by. 
Hope spring comes soon.  It was 20 below zero here this morning - but the springtime art work in the current Spring RubberStampMadness issue helps me to think spring till then.
Susan 
 


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Holiday Village

A bit late, but I'm finally posting my Christmas card from this last December.



It's a fairly simple card to make.  The shimmer white cardstock makes it look quite elegant, but doesn't show up in the picture.

 ! used Tim Holtz On the Edge Tree Line die cut out in shimmer white cardstock and Cottage Cutz Holiday Village die in Night of Navy cardstock. These were popped up on a Night of Navy background with the Memory Box Star of Wonder also die cut in shimmer white. The rest of the stars were added with a white gel pen. Stickles were added for a finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a nice weekend.
Susan

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Verdigris, Copper, Feathers and Flourish

A turquoise and copper card using a woodgrain background, feathers and a bit of flourish.


This card was actually made last December for a card exchange in a local stamping group I belong to, but I'm just now getting around to posting it.  It has sort of a Southwest flavor to it with the copper and turquoise color scheme.

The background is a Stampin' Up! stamp simply titled Woodgrain.  It is stamped in metallic gold Color Box ink on a piece of 3 3/8" x 5" white cardstock.. This was matted on a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of SU Bermauda Bay cardstock and finally on a 4 1/4" x 5" piece of dark brown shimmer cardstock. This was adhered to a white A2 card base.

The cross section uses Bermuda Bay, text weight metallic copper paper, then dark brown shimmer cardstock.  The button is die cut from a Stampin" Up Embosslit on metallic copper cardstock and the holes are threaded with a piece of brown twine.

The flourish die is Memory Box Gwyneth Flourish cut in copper cardstock.  It was heat embossed with copper embossing powder after randomly dabbing a VersaMark ink pad directly on the die cut.  The feathers are stamped and die cut from the Stampin' Up! Four Feather stamp set and matching Feathers Framelit dies using Bermuda Bay cardstock and copper text weight paper.  They were stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in copper, Verdigris and Woven Tapestry embossing powder.

Have a great rest of the week.
Susan

Hearts and Hedgies Valentine

A Valentine filled with hearts and Penny Black Hedgies - one of my favorite Penny Black, Inc. little characters.

 
 
 

These cute little critters bringing hearts to a Valentine are from the Penny Black, Inc. transparent stamp set "every which way".  They were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink, that was heat set, then colored with Copic markers.  A heart, cut from a Stampin' Up! embosslits die in Real Red cardstock was added at the bottom of the card.  Glossy accents was applied to all four hearts for a finishing touch.

The embossing folder is a Provo Craft Cuttlebug folder called Heart Blocks.  This was matted on Stampin' Up Real Red cardstock then on an A2 white cardstock card base.

Thanks for stopping by.
Susan