Jun 25, 2009

The Journey and Many Wishes...

Good morning!

Well, tonight is the night!! The preview party starts at 7:00 pm CST over in Gina's Forum on SCS. I hope you'll be able to join us for TONS of cards and eyecandy from both Gina's Senior Design Team members and our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team! We'll all so excited to share more projects with you all there! I'll be sharing the rest of my cards that I've made with the new stamp sets over the next week or so on my blog as well.

My first card tonight is made with Asela Hopkin's new stamp set called The Journey. The images in this stamp set are beautiful and just begging to be colored with Copics - or whatever coloring tools you prefer. I stamped the truck in Black Versafine ink and embossed with Clear embossing powder and then colored it in with Copics.

I cut the image out with a Nestability die and free hand cut the 1/8" border around the entire image. I am becoming addicted to using Black cardstock for matting my papers. I think it really helps the images and colors pop!

I tried something a little different with my hardware label. I punched out a piece of patterned paper and glued it behind the label. Then, I covered the entire metal label with a thick layer of Crystal Lacquer and sprinkled some blue seed beads in the corners and added a "F" keyboard letter to highlight the friendship sentiment I included in the focal image.

I wasn't sure about this card, but it must be an okay card because my husband was pretty impressed and loved my card. He's a tough sell - several of the cards I made with the new stamps didn't make his 'cut' ... lol! But, this one did.

He always tells me that he knows I don't want him to be my 'yes' man by telling me all my projects are fabulous... Yeah, right! Of course, I want him to love everything I make! lol! Actually, I value his opinion, but I know that he's a man and doesn't always have the same taste as we women do when it comes to cards... lol!!!

But, it was nice to hear that he like it because he wasn't too crazy about one of the other cards I'm sharing tonight. In case you're wondering which one, it's the shaker card I made with Gina's free stamp set that you'll see as you continue to read my blog post. But, don't be too hard on him, remember my blog post here? See, he's really a good guy! lol!

Anyway, here's the inside of the card...

I have one more card to share with Asela's The Journey stamp set and this time I paired it with some of Nina Bracket's Bug Me Anytime digital papers...

I love the bright colors of this paper pack!! I stamped the chair and sentiment on GinaK's Pure Luxury Cardstock and colored everything with copics. After cutting the main image out with a Nestability die, I again free hand cut the Chocolate mat around it. Then, I took my chalks and shaded the sky a soft blue...

Of course I had to add some glitter, so I used my Quickie Glue pen, traced some of the blades of grass and sprinkled Doodlebug's Green glitters over the glue lines. A few buttons, some twine and Punch Bunch Leaf spring punchouts finished the cardfront off!

Look closely and you can see that I added the new Copper nailheads that Gina will be adding to her store tonight onto the chair. I love those things!

Here's the inside of the card - I was thinking this could be a great card for friend who has had a rough time of it lately 0r even a retirement card... what do you think?

The inside sentiment is from Rupa's 100% Sweet stamp set and worked perfectly with this card!

Finally, we are on to Gina's new Free with Three stamp set for this release called Many Wishes. I love the versatility of this set and thought it would make a fun shaker card...

That's Nina's Bug Me Anytime digital papers again - can you tell how much I love them! I stamped the flowers on white cardstock and punched them out with some scallop circle punches that fit the blossoms - I LOVE it when that works out! Then, I used a variety of pearls and rhinestones to highlight the scallops on the pink cardstock.

For the shaker, I stamped the sentiment in Black Stazon onto Acetate and the flowers in white cardstock layered behind the window. Nestability dies make making shaker cards a breeze!!

I added a variety of pastel seed beads and micro clear beads to the shaker window and glued the entire shaker to the card. The flowers are popped up with dimensional adhesives - I love how they look like they are growing on the card! lol! Shaker cards are so easy to make and so much fun to receive! I've got to make more of them!

Here's the inside of this card...

Now, that you've checked out all my projects for the day hop over to the rest of Gina's Design Team Member's blogs for lots more eyecandy and inspiration this morning!

Gina, Asela, Carolyn, Cathy, Cindy, Donna, Emily, Erika, Joanne, Kurtis, Lee, Lynn, Melanie, and Theresa


Our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team members Selma Stevenson and Pam Imholz are joining us this morning with previews as well!

I hope you can join us tonight for Gina's Release Party! Theresa has written up a very informative post about how the release parties work, so if you're new to all of this be sure to check out her discussion over on StampTV!

See you later tonight!
Jessica

17 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

Jessica, how do you do it?! You are so creative. Stunning coloring!!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

You just blow me away every time!!! Seriously there is no end to your talent!! Someday I AM coming up to take classes from you!!!! I have to CASE that adorable designer label design!!!!

Carolina said...

Jessica you've outdone yourself again with this release - amazing cards and you've managed to capture the spirit of each set - just lovely!!!

Anonymous said...

Great samples Jessica! I love what you've done with the Adirondack chair. The added dimension to the grass and chair are super.
Cynthia (SCS - Stampinak)

Lynn Mercurio said...

You blow my mind, girl. Such a wonderful range of designs and layouts...not to mention your awesome use of color and dimension! These are all BEAUTIFUL creations.

Kylah Marro said...

WOW what a treat this morning! Great cards!!!! Loving all this eye candy!

Dawn said...

Fabulous samples Jessica!!

catdidit said...

Oh I just love all of your creativeness Jessica! The truck, awesome coloring on it and LOVE what you did with the label thingy! MUST try that! And the chair, love how you created the grass on it! AND the shaker card, ok, I wont be hard on your hubby, he must have been sleepy or something not to like this one!! LOL! I LOVE it!!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Such wonderfully creative samples, Jessica! I love all three! The hardware tag on the first card is amazing! Love how you've incorporated the digi-papers, too! Awesome previews!

Carolyn King said...

Amazing cards inside and out! Dont know how you do it---just wonderful girl!

reeree62 said...

Beautiful cards! LOVE what you did with that label!!
I am so inlove with that JOURNEY set!!!!

Jerusha said...

Love your cards! You always have such great inspiration! I just love the one with the big adirondack style chair. It makes me think of my mom since she has one that she just loves. Thanks so much for sharing!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Fantastic samples, as always, Jess! Beautiful coloring, very cool metal tag embellie on the first card, love the sparkly grass on the second, and awesome shaker on the third (even if the hubs doesn't think so!). :)

emilymomto3boys said...

Ok, those are all fabulous - but that chair card just jumps out at me - I love it! Fantastic coloring!

Kay S said...

I like all of these cards even if your husband didn't like the shaker card! I think it is a clever card -- he just didn't like the pink and purple! LOL! The chair card is really lovely and so inviting. I'd like to be relaxing in an adirondack chair right now . . . :)

Melisa Waldorf Angel #4405 said...

Hi Jessica! Love that blue truck and your textured background. Cute cards! I love how you stamped the inside as well!

Nancy said...

I just love this card! You are so creative I can't stand it. LOL! TFS!

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