Monday, October 24, 2011

Housekeeping Update

Hi All!

Thanks for joining me again. Just some housekeeping news for you, the fall sale in the shop has ended - but you can still save with your code "blogger" at checkout.

I've also added some new vintage rubber stamps to the shop this week. They're pretty cool, so be sure to jump on over to the shop and check 'em out! I'll be adding more as the week progresses, so don't miss out on any of them! Join my facebook page for continual updates and freshly listed items.

New items are in the works!

Xo, Rachael

Thursday, October 20, 2011

In My Studio

Ciao and Welcome Back!
In the last week or so I had run out of supplies, so I have been pretty limited on what I could create. After purchasing new supplies, I've been working on more gnome-themed items.
Also, woodland creatures and items are making their way to the shop as well.

So that's what's happening in the studio right now. :-) Check back soon for more updates.

Xo, Rachael

Friday, October 14, 2011

Wed: In My Studio

Hi All,

I've been getting some messages lately that comments are not available on my blog. OH NO! :P So I have done some fiddling and hopefully the problem is resolved.

I'm absolutely loving my new crafting space! I've got more room to spread out and craft, and I find myself crafting more often. And best yet! I live alone, so I don't have to clean up if I don't want to! (And better STILL - NO ROOMMATES!!!) Not that I ever did before because I crafted in my own room, but now I'm using the space dedicated in my apartment for a dining room as my crafting space, so it's not taking up space in my bedroom. (Just making my apartment look messy - ha!) Where do you craft? I'd love to see your crafting space and how you organize your creative space.

I've started on a new card featuring an image from Anita Be Stampin. I chose Sasha.
First I colored my image with my copic markers. I chose a cool color palette to form a cohesiveness with the entire card.

One of my favorite things about working with Copic markers is that you can get so much dimension from just one shade of marker. Notice Sasha's purple jacket. The lightest areas of color are just a single layer of pigment. After the first layer of color dried, I went back in and layered more ink on top of it where I wanted the darker areas to be to add more depth. Feather strokes work best for me to blend, but some people prefer to blend in circles. Whatever floats your boat. ;) Later,after everything had dried, I went back in with my 'colorless blender' and added highlights. And then I cut her out.

I knew I wanted to use shades of blues in this card because it's going to be a winter card and she's ice skating. So, I dug through my stacks of paper and found a blue checkered paper, a mint colored card stock that has a sheen to it and a darker greenish/bluish light-weight paper that has a sheen to it.

It's difficult to have a light-weight sheet of paper as the base of the card. It simply doesn't hold up! So, I made the darker paper the base and then cut the mint cardstock using a two-piece layered selection from the cricut cartridge Songbird. The heavier weight of the mint cardstock will add strength to the base of the card. Then, I cut the corresponding layering piece from the Songbird cartridge in my blue crosshatched paper.

To give an icey look, I cut the same second layering piece (the same last cut I did with my cricut) on a piece of acetate. I rummaged around in my scrap bits of paper until I found a bit of polka dot paper that I could embelish a swirl or two with.

I decided to go with a snow flake in the lower right corner instead.

I distressed the die cuts and glued down the snow flake under the acetate, then I glued down the skater to the acetate and flipped over the acetate to add glue to the under side of the skater.
I did this because the acetate won't be secured any other place. I didn't want the glue to show, so I hid it under the image. I tied a knot through the button and layered it on top of the acetate after gluing it down to the base of the card. I think it adds more depth. :-)
I would have distressed the other layered die cuts, but sometimes it can be tough to distress papers with a sheen to them and have the ink dry in a timely manner. So, I just left it.

In other projects in the studio, I picked up a folding card that I started a few weeks before I moved. A very pretty card - black and white design. I decided to add hot pink and grey to spice it up.

Yup, there's a bombshell peeking out from behind the L! It's far from finished, but I'll post more pictures as it comes along. ;)

Also started a new summer layout. This layout is a woodland creature/camping layout and I think it's stinkin' CUTE!! Not completed yet, but you get the gist.

Over the last few days I also had a chance to make a sweet little gnome card! HOW CUTE!! I love it! What do YOU think?

Pretty basic and not much layering, but I think it's pretty sweet all the same. :)

As always, find me on facebook, flickr, twitter and etsy.


Xo, Rachael

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday the 10th: New in my Shop

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope your weekend was nice and relaxing. New in my shop today is a sweet little winter-themed card that was posted Saturday.

I decided not to go with a sentiment for this card. I think having a sentiment on cards has a tendency to classify cards too much. At any rate, this card is clean and simple. I used a sheet of acetate to give it a cool glossy effect. This is my first time using acetate on a card that is not a shaker card.
The image is a digital stamp from Anita Be Stampin. By chance, I can't seem to find Anita Be Stampin on facebook, does anybody have their link? Whenever I click the F on their website it just takes me to my own fb site. Weird.

I'm going to be going into detail about how I made this card later in the week. Be sure to check back about that!

Don't forget, I'm having a fall sale in the shop right now! Use coupon code "Fallsale2011" to save some money and get cute greetings. :)

Xo, Rachael

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Welcome back everyone!

I’m really excited because I broke 180 fans on my facebook fan site. Wahoo! I’m still going for 200, so when I reach 200 I think I’ll have a giveaway. What should I give away? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Wow, have I got some great cards to share with you! I’ve been busy stamping and coloring and piecing items together for the upcoming holidays - Halloween and Dia de Los Muerte, which are probably my two favorite holidays of the year. I was so happy with how these cards turned out, I listed them in the shop before posting here about them.

I love this Día de los Muertos because it features one of my favorite sugar skull stamps from Bombshell stamps. It's altered with rhinestones and is handcolored.

I love this card because, again, it features a couple wonderful images from Bombshell stamps, one of my favorite companies, and has been hand-colored. I also used my Tattered Angels glimmer mist for the first time on this card to add glimmer to the first layer of this card before gluing the senora down. The edges have been distressed with multiple colors to give this card an antiqued monotone base, with a pop of color in the middle.
And lastly is this fun Beauty Rest card! Isn't it cute?! I love the playful 50's photo and all the colorful papers paired with the three brads. So cute!

Well I hope you enjoyed these cards. As always, they're available in my etsy shop and come with an envelope appropriate for mailing to your loved ones. If you're a crafter I hope these inspired you a little and gave you ideas for your own creations!

Until next time,

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