August 31, 2010

Christmas tags for the Caardvarks Challenge

Hi, everyone!
 Finally, I finished a few small projects for the Caardvarks August challenge.
I haven't made time for it, though I noticed it at the begining of this month. Literally, I made a small tag and a tag shaped slider card. To tell you the truth, I have to start my work... But the intense heat weather disturbs me. So I played with my stamps tonight, despite I really have troubled that my computers work SLOW.

 Thank you so much Caardvarks for the wonderful challenge to have the opportunity to start thinking about something for this Christmas season!

Here are my tags (3.5"H x 2.25"W), 'Peace on earth'.

This is an extra photo.
 The left one is the slider card to use a Hitch Fastener by Tim Holtz idea-ology. For the right tag, I used a left-over genuine leather for its strap.
The globe graphic was made to use Adobe Illustrator. And, I doodled a holly tree at the upper letter 'P' on each. Really enjoyed making these. :)

Stamp used:
Stampendous stamps (bird, sentiment)
Other supplies:
Bazzill and American Crafts CS, letter paper
Tsukineko Versa Fine / Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
Ranger Distress Ink / Stormy Sky, Liquid Pearl / Baby Blue, Distress Stickles / Picket Fence
Hero Arts Shadow Ink / Soft Pool, Soft Green, Snowflake felt & sequins
Stampendous / Fun Flock, Tim Holtz idea-ology / Hitch Fastener, Cloud 9 Design Metallic eyelet,
Copic Markers, Color pencils, ribbon, genuine leather, button, ball chain

To my dear friends:
 My summer holiday season was already over on my schedule. But it has been intense heat days - it was over 37C (= about 100F) the day before yesterday. Now, it's 32C (11:55PM). Terrible! :(
My computers work really slow and heat dreadfully. The one was broke by its heating... So, I played with my stamps and took pics tonight. The holly tree and the snow shaped lights was prepared for my work to take pics for the Christmas images, and I used them for my tags. Haha.
I came to be better, thank you.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a beautiful week!

August 27, 2010

3 cards (Teatime Silhouette)

Hi, everyone!
 How have you been in these days? We, family have been a bit weak by the abnormal heat since the middle of this month (it's been 35 - 36C for about a month).  I wasn't feel good in a few days, but I came to be a little better today.
 And finally, I made the set of cards for the Hero Arts August Challenge Round 2.

This 'XOXO' card is 1 of 3 cards, a little 3-dimensional.

And here is the photo taken 3 cards all together.

The two at the back are flat cards to have the same layers (except the torchon lace) as the one at the left.
I enjoyed creating with my new these woodblock and cling stamps. Love the nostalgic looks of these so much! :)

Stamp used:
Hero Arts
  Teatime Silhouette / F5408, Cling Ancient Motif / CG186, Manuscript Background / H2141
  Clear Design Thank You Sayings / CL341, Everyday Sayings / CL342(sentiment)
Other supplies:
Bazzill CS, Basic Grey PP(for the tiny tags)
Tsukineko Versa Fine / Vintage Sepia, Crimson Red, Onyx Black
Hero Arts Shadow Ink / Soft Lilac
Ranger Distress Ink / Tea Dye
ribbons, embroidery thread

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a beautiful week!

August 12, 2010

One more card to use Silly Scape, and funny story about my disaster 'distressing?'

Hi, everyone!
 The typhoon was over, though the strong wind sometimes howled while yesterday night. There was no disaster around me, thank you. But it takes a long time to change an extratropical cyclone, and it will hit the Touhoku region, the northern area of Japan again soon. I have some friends met on the internet and had the actual meetings around there. Hope they are in safe!

 Well, today, I posted another card to use the silly scape stamp here again. ;) The fact that I was going to share you with my last card. But I couldn't, since the two kitties (they are originally outside kitties, first three months of life.) broke it into fragments, while quite short time I was away from my desk. It was perfectly finished!
 I had no disaster by the typhoon hit, but I had another disaster before the typhoon was coming! LOL?
I was astounded and very shocked when I found the scene, but I switched my mode soon and looked at their playing with their temporary toy, because they were so adorable! and I found no way to 'rescue' my card... they SCRATCHed it and BIT it A LOT already. They brought my card the fantastic effect of distressing? Oh, no!
 So, I redid it - made new one - yesterday midnight to join the Hero Arts August challenge Round 1.

Here is the card, 'a little greeting to say HELLO'.
 I was going to make 'back to school card' with a school bus and crayons (or pencils - the pencil shaped buildings exsist already in this scape) by the partial use of this stamp. But there's no recievers among my family, relatives and friends. So I finished this card to left my first idea behind.
 I so love the font shape of this sentiment stamp. So I chose it for this card.
And, this time, I didn't color on the stamp image of the silly scape at all, just only stamped with black oil based ink. Added some stitching (both by hand and by machine) and the raised small colorful parts on the white cardstock for its accents.
These embelishments looks like epoxy stickers made by myself to heat-embossed. The heart and the balloon shape were die-cutted to use Quickutz cookie cutter dies.

And this is a partial closeup.

 Click the photos above to see larger and more clear photos!

 The heart shaped embelishment was made by heat-embossed with UTEE clear by Ranger a few times, and then I buried the HA heart shape accent pearl a little before it dried. And I heated it again slightly. No crackles were appeared on the pearl's surface. I was surprised at the result and I recognized again the high quality of the Hero Arts products!

Stamp used:
Hero Arts: Silly Scape / K5425, Holly Bird / A5078, Poly Clear Say Hello / CL378
Other supplies:
Bazzill CS, Kuretake CS, Basic Grey PP
Tsukineko Versa Fine / Onyx Black, Memento / Tuxedo Black
Ranger UTEE embossing powder / Clear
Color pencils, Copic markers, HA Accent pearl Heart, thread, Quickutz cookie cutter dies

And, here is the photo of the kitties broke my card. I took this pic this morning when they were outside.
I thought they were gangs just only in our garden, but I noticed this time that they already came to be the gangs in my room... sigh. They dash into the house when I open the doors or the windows every time.
And they have a brother/sister. The kitty is yet fear to come into indoor. I hope him/her to keep its style! Three invaders? I prefer two than three!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a beautiful week!

August 10, 2010

a window scene card to use Silly Scape

Hi, there! How are you, today?
 Finally I posted a card which finished last weekend. Oh, yes, I played with the Silly Scape stamp yet. Probably the photo wasn't in good condition. (This may appears in strange colors depends on your monitor settings. Sorry!)
I'm going to submit this to the Hero Arts August challenge Round 1.

Here is a window scene card, 'thinking of You'.

Click the photo above to see a larger and more clear photo!

 Wanted to have it a soft look this time. I used color pencils with Copic markers for the buildings' image, though it may look like a watercolor.
Can you see it normal 'city' scape?, not 'silly'? Or, yet silly? *giggle*
 Other colorings were... I used Ranger Distress inks for the tree, and HA Shadow Ink Pool for the sky to use a blending foam. And added the clear and color buttons with hemp cord. Saw many pretty embelishments to use buttons on HA blog last week,so I wanted to take several buttons into my card.
*The blue CS was punched out at the bottom and was just only folded. Because I wanted to add one more motion onto this card as same as the buttons drawing the wave line.
(I was going to post the partial closeup, but I quit it since the photo wasn't good and didn't have time to take its pic again. Sorry!)

Stamp used:
Hero Arts: Silly Scape / K5425, Design Blocks Tree / S5037, Poly Clear Say Hello / CL378 (a tiny bird), Sparkle Clear Simple Messages / CL173
Other supplies:
Bazzill Kraft CS, Kuretake CS
Tsukineko Versa Fine / Onyx Black, Smokey Grey
Hero Arts Shadow Ink / Pool, Ranger Distress Ink / Tea Dye, Shabby Shutters
Color pencils, Copic markers and colorless blender, HA clear and color buttons, hemp cord, EK success punch

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a beautiful week!

August 6, 2010

A night owl (me?) in the silly scape

Hi, everyone!
 I was a bit busy yesterday, but finished a card to join the 'Keeping in touch theme' of the Hero Arts August challenge Round 1, to use my favorite brand new Silly Scape stamp. It was delivered the day before yesterday. I wanted to make a little whimsical card to use it.

 Here is the result, 'A night owl in the silly scape'.
 I so love the silly scape stamp. This reminds me of my birth place, New York city, USA. And also love the tiny owl. This guy is my most favorite at this moment -actually since I saw him on the catalogue- among HA cute owls that I have. :) And I'm really a night owl. Ha!

 I colored the HA notecard with several copic markers for the background, and added the machine stitching a little. And put star shaped gems.
 Moved the second triangular roof partially in the back row from the left to the top of the third building to perch the owl on it. The buildings at the bottom right is 3-dimensional. And actual color of the circle around the sentiment is silver color. A red bow was too big???
 I'm now having a few ideas to use this stamp. I hope finishing them in the near future.

This is a partial closeup.

Stamp used:
Hero Arts Silly Scape / K5425, Poly Clear Say Hello / CL378
Other supplies:
Bazzill CS, Hero Arts notecard
Tsukineko Versa Fine / Onyx Black, Memento / Tuxedo Black, Brilliance / silver
HA star gemstones, eyelets, ribbon, Copic markers

 I inform all the lovely peoples of my father's update. He is going to leave hospital today's afternoon. I'm a bit worrying about taking care of him in this severe weather. - It continues over 35C for about 10 days. By the weather forecast, the burning hot days, the temperature around 35C will continue to 2 more weeks. *sigh*
 And it's no doubt it makes me to take more time to him. And I have to prepare for my work little by little. But I hope him to spend comfortable days at home! - with our cat, Gray, too! Her condition comes to be pretty good - eats enough, sometimes plays, and ocasionally assumes a threat posture to the outside noisy three kitties - they were born in our garden on Mother's day in this May. And their mom is yet with them.
 Thank you so very much for all your so kind words to me to cheer me up! I so appreciate all of you!

Thanks for stopping by! :)
Have a beautiful week and weekend!
Hugs to you all, Tomo

August 2, 2010

a card for Moxie Fab World 'Clean and Graphic Challenge'

 August has just begun! It's burning hot today here. How are you doing?
 Finished a card for the Card Style Clean and Graphic Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
 I happened to know it this morning, when I cleaned up my bookmarks of my internet browser. And I said to myself, 'this was it!' that a few of my friends made lovely cards and shared it/them with us on each blog or Flickr photostream. Oh, my! I'm really slow...
Probably, this is my first entry to the Moxie Fab World. (I added their blog in my bookmarks, since there were some articles or challenges I had interests, I guess.)

Here is my card, 'Thinking of you & Smiling'.
Though I thought whether I should submit this or not for quite a while after finished, I decided to join. Hope this qualifies the requirement.

The flower at the center is a little 3-dimensional. I took a paper-piecing technique slightly off-set.
*I removed the three stems - filled in it with Copic multiliner - from the original stamp image for this card. The black color for this background was also filled with the multiliner.
*You can see a larger photo by clicking the photo above.

UPDATED: August 3rd, 2010
I decided to entry this card to the Hero Arts August challenge Round 1, since very kind lady, Anita told me about it! Thank you, Anita! Her blog is here.

Stamp used:
Hero Arts Cling Poppy Background / CG140
Hero Arts Poly Clear Say Hello / CL378

Bazzill CS, Making Memories PP
Tsukineko Versa Fine / Onyx Black, Memento / Tuxedo Black
Ranger Stickles Diamond, Fruit Punch
Embelishments: HA Pearl, Copic markers and multiliners

Thanks for stopping by! :)
Have a beautiful week!