Monday, February 25, 2013

Kwanza Inspired Four Sisters

Last Monday I used this stamp designed by Dexter Griffin entitled "The Four Sisters" to create a black and white card.  This Monday I used this same stamp available at Stamp N Plus to create a chunky page using a USPS postage stamp as inspiration.  This being the last Monday in February, I wanted to do one more tribute to Black History Month.

A chunky page measures 4" x 4" and I usually swap these with other rubber stamp and paper craft artists.  Chunky pages can have lots of embellishments and things dangling or protruding from the edges with the exception of the left side which is left embellishment free so that the page can be bound into a book if desired.

The image was stamped on 6 different colors of cardstock using the colors on the postage stamp as a guide---white, red, blue, green, yellow and light orange.  Each of the colors were fussy cut and pasted onto the the stamped, white cardstock and then the white cardstock was glued to a black cardstock base.  The postage stamp was matted using various leftover pieces of the colored cardstock.  The postage stamp piece was then attached to the page with a large red brad.  A silver button with an African mask motif was glued next to the brad.  Some fiber trim with beads was then glued across the bottom of the page.
Thanks for stopping by...Paulette Akagi

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mrs. Patmore---Downton Abbey

I love the PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abby.
My favorite character and my favorite quote from Downton Abbey---Mrs. Patmore saying to Carson: "Do I look like a frolicker?" Image from the net, Her apron is embellished with some lavender trim. Baking embellies are buttons with the shanks removed. Some glitzy ribbon and white Dresden trim were used to fashion the curtain on the top.
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Four Sisters

February is Black History Month and the perfect opportunity to showcase one of Stamp N Plus' Heritage Collection stamps by artist Dexter Griffin.  This stamp can be found HERE.  The Heritage Collection contains 23 pages of stamps.  This one is entitled "Four Sisters."

I stamped on white cardstock with Black Stazon ink, added some Prima flowers with black brad centers and black and white leaves punched with a Punch Bunch leaf punch.

Happy Monday---Paulette Akagi

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Let's Face It

Just received my advanced copy of Take Ten Spring 2013 and my card has been chosen to be published in the Design Challenge.  Take Ten cards are only supposed to take 10 min. or less to make so the style of this card is much more simple than my usual style.  The stamps are by Paula Best and the designer paper is from the DCWV Street Lace pack.  Thanks for stopping by and have a nice weekend.
Paulette Akagi

Monday, February 11, 2013

Patti's Kid Valentine

Time for one more Valentine.  This stamp is from the Patti's Kids collection and has been adapted for use as an iris fold stamp.  The stamp can be found on the Stamp N Plus website and is W-IR114.  With the guide for placing the folded strips on the stamp, the iris fold technique is as easy as pie.

I stamped on white cardstock and colored the image.  I cut out the image and then glued it to a piece of light pink cardstock that had been dry embossed with the Cuttlebug dotted swiss folder.  Using a craft knife, I cut out the heart.  Then working from the backside, I taped down the folded strips of foil gift wrap to form the iris fold design on the center of the heart.  This layer was then attached to a slightly larger layer of darker pink cardstock to provide a frame.  A pale pink scalloped rectangle cut from a Spellbinders die was placed at an angle on a white A2 card and the layers completed in Step 1 were glued at an angle to the scalloped layer.  I added some dark pink liquid pearls to Patti's skirt, some silk flowers with yellow Stickle centers, some heart gems and a pale pink ribbon.

Hope you remember someone special this Valentines Day.  Thanks for stopping by. 
 Paulette Akagi

Monday, February 4, 2013

Iris Fold Valentine

Time to feature another Stamp N Plus Valentine stamp.  This stamp is W-IR-155.  I stamped the image on white cardstock and cut out the heart area with a craft knife.  The stamp has a pattern on the open area of the heart that gives you the guide for placing your folded paper strips.  In this card I did not use folded paper---I used the same ribbon that I used as the embellishment.  I cut the ribbon in half lengthwise and the finished edges of the ribbon were placed on the guidelines where you would ordinarily place the folded edge of your paper strips.  The image was colored with Prismacolor pencils and embellished with a rhinestone brad and a fluffy pink feather.  A pink silk flower was added to the side ribbon.  The white cardstock was mounted on a scalloped rectangle that had been  cut with a Spellbinders die and dry embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.   This was mounted on dark pink textured cardstock and then onto a white cardstock base.

Have a great Monday____Paulette Akagi

Friday, February 1, 2013

Valentine Inchies

Another set of inchies for Dena's 100 Inchie swap on Splitcoaststampers.  Most of these were made from the index on the packaging of some K & Co. vintage valentine ephemera.  Have a nice weekend, Paulette Akagi