Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Back to Stamping . . .

I woke up really early this morning (5:30 am) because my cute little boy was awake. He quietly played toys in his room with afforded me some quality stamping time. I am so glad I made use of my early wake up.

This first card was an effort to use some of my gorgeous stamps from Skipping Stones Design. I recently got this set called "Beautiful Blocks" which features all sorts of cool strip patterns like the swirl, as well as a few backgrounds. I really like this set. In this card, I stamped the swirls tone on tone on the apricot card stock, and then pierced along the stamped lines. I love how it turned out. I think it looks so neat. Bella was watercolored in and her pants/hat were made by stamping on my designer paper and cutting them out and applying them to the image.
The brads in the corners are by Little Black Dress Designs and are called Fastenations. Ribbon is some that I got at Michaels. Sentiment is using my Karen Foster snap stamps again - says "wish." I am absolutely in love with these snap stamps and have seriously considered purchasing another set in another font because I love and use them so often.

This second card I was playing around with my ink refills and alcohol inks. I put the inks on using cotton soaked in alcohol, dabbed them until I got a look I liked, but instead of just letting them dry, I wiped them off the glossy card stock and I got a much more muted look. It worked perfectly for the butterfly. Butterfly image is by Lockhart Stamp Co. They have such a beautiful line of stamps and I love that the image is printed right on the wood block. Their images stamp really crisply too! Pierced flight trail was traced in white gel pen. Sentiment is stamped with Karen Foster Snap Stamps and reads "friend." Ribbon is Dots, Dashes and Checks from Michaels Inc. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Hope these cards inkspire you or make you smile!

8 comments:

Dorinda said...

Very well done! I love the softness of the butterfly!
Great idea with peircing the stamped swirls love it!

Karen said...

Very cute Amanda! Love Bellas pants!

Sharon said...

Very pretty!

Quilt Nut said...

great cards. love the paper piecing on the Bella

Mercy said...

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Vicki said...

Love both your cards and that bella card is fantastic!! :)

The BlogHore said...

Those are both great. I especially love the background on the butterfly one. Nice work!

Sara said...

What beautiful cards Amanda, you do such amazing work