Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Glorious Monarch

This card was inspired by this month's Unruly PaperArts Reader Art Quest.  The colors and the photo below are the source of inspiration.
The photo of the monarch is a re-purposed index page from a 2013 calendar.  I used an Sizzix embossing folder on the background.  The yellow flowers were created from punches and the orange flowers were cut from an Ellentina die.  You can find the Unruly PaperArt Quest HERE.

This week the Fall foliage color is at peak here in Madison.  The colors are glorious...
Enjoy our beautiful Fall season......Paulette

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I've Been Published in the Latest Stampers' Sampler!!!

 Just got my advance copy of the Oct/Nov/Dec 2014 issue of "the stampers' sampler."  I submitted a series of cards for the angel template challenge.  They published 3 of my cards!

This one is my Steampunk Angel.  I used wire mesh for the wings, a bunch of gears and some embossing folders.  I used a clock stamp by Rubbernecker on the gown.

I called this one "Our Hearts Have Wings."  The paper is from a DCWV and the stamp is by Hampton Arts.  The sentiment was heat-embossed with gold embossing powder.  The head is a pearl and gold button.  The heart is a gold charm and the trim is a gold sticker

This card I called "Words."  I used the same Hampton Arts stamp and embossing technique to stamp the sentiment.  The head is a gold heart charm.  The wings and trim on the gown are German scrap from the Paper Dreams Factory.  The paper is from DCWV.

The photography in this issue of the magazine seems to be rather poor quality---faded or poor lighting.  My photos are not that good either---I had put my camera in a "safe place" and then couldn't remember where it was.  These photos were taken with my phone.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Bird Still Life

I used papers from the DCWV Botanical stack.  I fussy cut the bird and berries from a second sheet of paper and popped them up with dimensional tape.  I added Crystal Effects to the grapes.  The sympathy stamp is from PSX.

Have a great day....................................Paulette

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall-ing for You

The challenge this month on Dies R Us is #10-Fall Festival.  I love this little vintage girl stamp...I borrowed it from a friend so I don't know which stamp co. makes it.  I added some very tiny punched oak leaves to her hat and around the image.  The corner die cuts were made with a Marianne die.  The cascade of different leaves down the left side of the card and on the bottom right corner were all cut from a die by Joy! Crafts.  I also used this die to emboss the veins on the leaves and accent the veins with color pencils.  Several rhinestone maple leaves complete the design.

Peak Color Season is several weeks away...my most favorite time of year!...Enjoy...........Paulette

Saturday, September 13, 2014

By the Light of the Moon

A bit early for Halloween but this scaredy cat is ready for some Trick & Treating.  The cat stamp is from Stampin Up.  The bat paper is by Graphic 45 and the other papers are from DCWV.

This card was designed for this month's Reader's Art Quest over on the Unruly PaperArts blog.  
Thanks for stopping by............................................Paulette

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In Memorium

This week's Ways to Use It challenge is called "Make It Monumental." It commemorates the tragedy of 9-11 and suggests using marble, granite or stone in the design. My card also follows this week's sketch challenge. My background 'paper' is actually from a roll of contact paper I picked up at a local thrift shop. The paper has a series of flowers on a backdrop of marble or stone.

A day to remember the loved ones we have lost and to hug those near and dear to us...Paulette

Monday, September 8, 2014

Taylored Expressions Sketch Selfie Share Challenge

There's a "Triple S Challenge" over on the Taylored Expressions Blog.  I followed the sketch...I took a selfie (yuck) and now I'm sharing here on my blog and over on the TE blog also.

I used Taylored Expressions stamp set entitled "Lani."  She reminds me of my granddaughter, Chelsea, who has been dancing hula since she was 4 years old.  I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils.  The pattern paper is Graphic 45.  I sponged the image and the flower with Ranger TH Distress Inks---wild honey & dried marigold.  The yellow flower was made with a Stampin Up blossom punch.  The leaf was cut from a Ellentina die.  An orange paper flower and a rhinestone were added embellishments.

SSSH!  Chelsea's 17th birthday is next month, this will be her card.
       Much Aloha, Paulette Akagi