Friday, June 11, 2010

Stampin’ Addicts “Last Chance” Mega Hop

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Welcome to Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Sets Mega Hop.  We’ve all been busy playing with a few of the stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! has announced will no longer be for sale as of July 1st, 2010.  I’m so glad you decided to stop by and see what wonderful creations this group of gals … oh, and even 1 guy … have designed to share with you.  

If you started this tour from the beginning you came upon my blog after drooling over the beautiful creations Jennifer made with the Garden Whimsy set.  If you're starting the tour at my website, follow the link at the bottom of this post to continue on your journey.  If you get lost along the way, you can always jump back on the tour bus by visiting Stampin' Addicts for the complete list of participants.  This tour will run through Sunday evening (June 13) ... so sit back, relax, enjoy and come back often!!!

I have chosen to share with you a few samples I made with the stamp set “Le Jardin Botanique” and maybe … just maybe … convince you that you can’t live without it!  (giggle)

I recently splurged and took brayer classes offered by the “famous-to-the-stamping-community” Michelle Zindorf, and thought this set would be perfect for me to practice my newly learned technique on.  Remember … I’m a beginner so please be gentle with me!  In this first project I decided to make a 5 1/2” square card and try my hand at a landscape type artwork.  I’m definitely NOT a botanist, have no clue as to what kind of flowers, berries, whatever I am using – so just went with my imagination.  I thought those little berry leaves would make a fun “bush” (of sorts), nestled on a hill with a lonely tree and a bunch of random wildflowers.  After this project was completed, I proudly showed it to my daughter who lovingly told me it was beautiful and looked like a fantasy picture.  I’m hoping she meant that in a good way.  What do you think?

Le Jardin Botanique landscape

I enjoy creating different sized cards than the standard, so once again chose a larger 6 1/4” x 4 1/2” size to focus on the floral image from this set.  Le Jardin Botanique floralSince my brayer was still sitting on my desk, I thought it would be fun to play with it once more … this time brayering at an angle and only about 2/3 of the way up the main image panel (I’m definitely getting better at this!). 

I embossed the image to make it pop a bit, colored the blooms, highlighted a few petals and the stem with a white gel pen – then stamped a few random leaves on the lower corner.  Then I had to do it all over again because I “somehow” managed to drop the inked up brayer on the completed image.  <sigh>

Did you notice the fun corner treatment I used on the Really Rust background panel?  CURLY LABEL CORNERI used the very edge of the curly label punch and snipped off the corners of the paper … just enough to form that cute shape and let the designer paper peek through.  How fun is this! 

If you want a larger view of any of the images, just click on the photo.

 
Ok, so I’ve put away my brayer and taken out my spritz bottles for a change of pace … added some water and a few drops of re-inker and sprayed away on some whisper white card stock which had already been adhered to a heavy duty magnet sheet and run through the big shot.  I used 3 colors for this process, but the photo isn’t showing it well.  After it was dry, I stamped the images and colored the tree with an aqua painter.  I really like the effect of this technique.  This would make a quick, easy and useful gift for anyone … who doesn’t love magnets!

Le Jardin Botanique Magnets
Thanks so much for joining me on the tour bus, I hope you enjoyed what I shared with you!  Please continue on the journey by visiting Krystal who will be showcasing some fun ideas using the Good Friends set.

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21 comments:

KelliStamps4U said...

Gorgeous, Joyce! Your brayer skills are killer. I anticipate a CASE as usual :)

RhondaG -the stampin' bunny said...

So pretty Joyce! LOVE your really rust stem!

Yapha said...

Wow! Your brayering is just spectacular! Great cards!

jengd said...

That 2nd card is gorgeous and I agree with your daughter- the first is like a fantasy scene and I definitely mean that in a good way! :)

Tinkerin In Ink said...

Beautiful brayer work! And I agree beautiful fantasy scene!

Heidi Baks said...

Wow, great job brayering! And extra practice on the 2nd one, huh? I love the corner treatment too!

Cindy said...

Beautiful brayering! I still need a lot of practice, but you are doing wonderfully well! Love the corner treatment on the second card, too. (Note to self: remember for future use!)

WebDeb said...

You caught my attention with these cards! Something as "minor" as highlighting the side of the stem with the Sign Gel Pen -- genius!

jackielwatson said...

Gorgeous card and your use of the brayer is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Sara Mattson-Blume said...

Wow! the brayer really adds a new dimension to your cards. They are all beautiful!

Betty said...

Inspring cards! I love how you used the berries for bushes- very creative!

mitz said...

...ohhhhhh so stunning.. great job...
( mitz_zee@yahoodotcom)

Adriana Benitez said...

Very pretty - your background color on these projects is just amazing!

Lisa N said...

Very pretty and great brayering.

Holly/Catrules said...

Very pretty! Amazing coloring. Love your color combos and the corner on the second card cool! Great job!

HeathersHobby said...

Great brayering! I'm going to have to work on that!

michelle said...

gorgeous! love the colors!

Kim said...

Beautiful brayering! Love the magnet idea.

Melissa said...

Very pretty, Joyce! You're awesome at brayering! What happened to your second card sounds like something I do often, LOL.

Carmen said...

WOW Joyce!! These came out great!! Wish I could figure out how to brayer!

Linda said...

Joyce, These are beautiful works of art!

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