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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Gradient Stamping and One More Valentine

Good morning...it's 12:05 AM so I guess that counts as morning...LOL!! I'm still doing some laundry and packing away Christmas decorations. I finally got everything into storage containers but a few ornaments so tomorrow we will get it all out of the house into the outside storage closet....Whoohoo!!! Then it's dust, dust, dust....yuck!!! I'd rather be stamping!!! Anyway....
I made a card for the Ways to Use it challenge on Splitcoast yesterday....the challenge was to use gradient stamping. We could use a gradient ink pad (one that contains more than one color on one pad) or make our own by combining more than one color of ink to the stamps.I used the fish, shell, and underwater background stamps from Rubbernecker and Cool Caribbean, Pear Pizzazz, and Old Olive inks. I did a little sponging on the fish so he would show up. Ribbon with gradient colors, a brad to hold it together, and sewing and distressing on the background finish it off.
Recipe:
Stamps: Rubbernecker Ocean Bottom, Small Queen Angel Fish, Small Scallop Shell, Small Starfish
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, Pear Pizzazz, White, Anna Griffin dp
Ink: Cool Caribbean, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive
Accessories: Ribbon, Brad, Sewing Machine

Now, you know I couldn't go a day without making a Valentine!! I had lots of Bo Bunny Crazy for Love paper left over so I used up some of the scraps. The sticker has been in my scrapping drawer for a year or two and the chipboard heart, lace, rhinestone flourish, ribbon, and felt flowers all came together for a Valentine to give a friend.
Recipe:
Paper: Bo Bunny Crazy for Love
Accessories: Sticker, K&Co. Felt Roses, Lace, Chipboard Heart, Zva Rhinestone Flourish, Regal Rose Ribbon, Martha Stewart Scalloped Punch

It is supposed to be really cold here in the morning....in the 20's!! My blood starts to gel at that temp...I'm just a whimpy Southern girl...LOL!!!!! I guess I'll just have to curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book and a box of bon bons...hope your day is full of joy!!

16 comments:

Charlene said...

Wow, Joan..that gradient stamped card is soooo gorgeous. Love the ribbon too! Great job!!

The second one is pure vintage awesomeness!

Tammy said...

I love the cards but the first only is gorgeous. The purple is the ribbon makes the entire card absolutely striking.

Kathy Braun and Lucky said...

Your cards are beautiful, love the gradient, makes me think of summer and warm. Love the colors. Your valentine's card, is so pretty and elegant. I am with you on the cold, I am from New England and use to be able to handle it, but after living here for about 1 1/2 I am now that southern girl and not liking the cold, not so easy walking Lucky.

Chance said...

OMG, Joan- I am in love with your "sea of blues"...I love it! Your valentine is cool, too. I love the look of vintage, I'm just not great at achieving it.

Dawn Easton said...

Both are BEAUTIFUL Joan! LOVE that big sticker on your second card! Wish I bought things like that more often!

Stampvanwinkle said...

What wonderful cards Joan. I wonder if you made the ocean themed card to stay warm.:)

Hugs,

Deb

*Vicki* said...

Wow girl!! These creations are so gorgeous!! I am loving that nautical theme with the colors!! The Valentine creation is so awesome, I love the heart draped over the main image!! Very creative girl!! TFS! HUGS

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

These are AWESOME Joan! Your embellies on each are totally perfect!!

Carole of Brum said...

Love the gradient stamping, it gives a really nice effect that I don't think I've seen before. And what would your post be without a Valentine card? lol. This one is super, love the chipboard heart casually hanging on the image, looks so good. Wrap up warm Joan and sit out the cold weather, a fire and box of bon bons sounds just perfect :) CoB

The Stamper's Touch said...

Hi Joan, my stampin' friend! How are you? Had to stop by for a dose of inspiration cause I knew I would find it here!!! Your cards are gorgeous!!!! Beautiful gradient stamping, such wonderful colors. And your Valentine, isn't it fun to use up scraps?!! Stay warm!

Linda

Linda Palmer said...

LOVE the gradient card. The colors are wonderful and love everything about it. The vintage card is beautiful. Love all you do.

Mariƫlle said...

WOW!!
Very very nice cards!!
Totally different but beautiful.
Hugs from Holland, Marielle

Becky said...

Wonderful cards. Love the the first card, gorgeous colors.

Jerri Jimenez said...

Both are gorgeous, but that first one speaks to me Joan, I love the colors, so gorgeous!

Rose Ann said...

I love your fabulous cards here, Joan!! Your Sea card is so perfectly distressed and I love the images and colors....and your Valentine is fabulous with pretty papers, sticker, chipboard heart, and flowers!! Love the bling too!

Joanne (jojot) said...

what a gorgeous gradiant creation.....love the sea theme and the distresses look

AND, yep, I LOVE your newest V'day card too.....wild and cool