Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

Remember - I told you I'm on a sketch challenge roll! Here is another one! This one comes from Karen's blog. I tell you what - she does amazing work. I admire her clean and simple style and the way she can use colors so well together.

Here is the card that I came up with:

I was really in a spring fever mode when I made this. The sun was shining, but the air was really chilly! So, warm days I was wishing for! I'm becoming fond of Cameo Coral too - it's a bit out of my realm - but it's just screaming spring to me! I also used the new stamp set, Scene from A Garden, from the Occasions Mini Catalog that is brand new April 1st! I just love the grouping of mud boots in this set (I only inked up two of the pair of boots for this card tho) - it's a scene that is often seen at our house. Daddy mud boots, Mommy mud boots, and little boy mud boots. However, ours usually have plenty of actual mud on them. I also used a technique with vellum on this card. I ran it through the Big Shot with the Stampin' Up! Texturz Plate, then used my Stampin' Up! Markers and colored the individual flowers from the backside. It gives a nice subtle wash of color to the vellum, and makes the pattern stand out. Pretty cool - huh!

I used a blender pen dipped into the bottom of my watercolor crayons to do the watercolor the image. What do you think?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekend Sketch Challenge and Please VOTE!

This month my stamp club is going to be working with vellum and window sheets. So, I've combined some sketch challenges with this months projects. And, I need your help! Please let me know which of these cards you like best, and let me know why. Just leave a comment below.
Here is the sketch I used - found at Beate's blog and her weekend sketch challenge. Which was actually hosted by Charmaine on her blog!

Here is card #1 - Sorry about the blurry picture - I must have bumped my camera - who knows. I hope you get the jist of it tho. Stamped the bold flowers on the vellum and overlaid it on the Urban Garden DSP....

Here is card #2: Better picture this time! I was afraid that the daisies weren't going to show up well enough, but I think they are okay....

My other feeling is that maybe the flower on the sentiment are just too, umm, maybe delicate for the stamped flowers I chose? The bold flowers and the daisies? Remember - I'm not a big flower person, so am quite limited as far as stamps go in that department! Anyway, if you would please let me know which one you like the best, I would greatly appreciate it! (As I typed that, a British accent came through my head...I must have watched Will's Lassie movie one too many times...)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Taylored Expessions Cupcake Challenge

I'm on a sketch challenge roll here! It sure helps the ceative juices flow a little more fluidly. Gives me something to go off of and just play. I've admired Taylor's blog for quite some time. She IS a fellow Iowan after all! I decided to give her challenge a whirl. Here's the sketch:
And here's my card:

You'll notice I turned it kitty-whompass. I knew when I saw the sketch, that I wanted to use balloons to take the place of the flower. You know, I don't always do well with flowery type things! I like the colors, the brightness, the fun that this card evokes. What do you think?
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Paper: Pacific Point, Taste of Textiles (printed vellum), watercolor paper
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Markers, blender pen, Pig tails Ribbon

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Here is a card recently made at a workshop I did. I have fallen in LOVE with the birds. I think I like them because they can be used in a magnitude of ways. I'll be able to use them on scrapbook pages for the boys and on cards. But also, I can easily change the mood of them just by changing my colors. This card seems more bright and cheery in person. I used the Good Morning Sunshine DSP - and I really like that paper. It reminds me of the song "Rockin' Robin". Yeah - you'll be singing that the rest of the day now!

I really like these buttons from Button Latte. Too cute!

Stamps: Cheep Talk
Paper: So Saffron, Choc. Chip, Good Morning Sunshine DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Choc. Chip
Accessories: Button Latte (go ahead *gasp* NO RIBBON!)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mark(er) me on your Calendar!

You'd LOVE to own your own complete set of Stampin' Up! Markers - right? Who wouldn't. You get every Stampin' Up! color in a handy box with a carrying handle. They allow you to color your stamps to acheive multiple colors in one shot. They simply are MARVELOUS!
During the months of April and May, I am going to give you the opportunity to WIN your own set of markers. Exciting right! Here's the details:
To get your name entered, you need to get your name on my calendar by hosting your own workshop or submittng a hostess quaifying order. This workshop can be held by:
  • Host a workshop in your own home. Learn about exciting new Stampin' Up! products, make a couple of make and takes and earn other great hostess benefits too!
  • Host a book party. Show your friends, neighbors and relatives the fun things that they can make with Stampin' Up! products, gather their orders, and earn free hostess benefits!
  • Submit a hostess qualifying order on my Stampin' Up! Website: http://www.jenarkfeld.stampinup.net/ Combine orders with friends if you want to, but only YOUR name will be entered in the drawing.
  • FYI - a qualifying hostess order is one that is $150 or more.

Right now, I have a few dates open for in home workshops. Contact me to find out if you can get your name on my calendar! Drawing will be held on June 1st! You don't want to miss out on this one!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #10 via Karen Giron!

I've wanted to do Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for a while now...and I finally had some time to do this one. Funny - this sketch is very similar to the cards that I have been doing at my workshops this month. I love it!

I did go out of my league tho and used Lovely Lilac paper. I NEVER use purple on anything...guess what! I really like this card - and I like the purple. Gives a good contrast with the other colors I used. I actually picked the Lilac paper and then was stuck. So I pulled out the Color Coach (aka life saver) and found that Summer Sun was a contrasting color - since it was so bright, I used it sparingly. I had pulled the other colors that coordinated according to the coach, but they just weren't going where I wanted to go. I had a scrap of Old Olive DSP sitting on top of my desk, and thought, wow - look at that. Looks pretty good. Oh, the evolution of a card can surprise me.

I used my water color paper to stamp the cupcake tower on. It makes for much easier coloring with markers, and you can actually blend your markers with a blender pen then too!

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Summer Sun, Old Olive DSP
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Versamark
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Markers, Blender Pen, Fresh Favorites II Buttons

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I had told you that my Stamp Clubs did a faux metal technique this month. We used the Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Polka Dot Punches. This set reminds me of the embossed tin that would have been on a ceiling in an old merchantile. This is one of the projects that we did:

An up close look of the "o".

Isn't that an awesome look. Have you tried this technique before? Would you like step by step directions? This is a perk of being a member of my stamp clubs. I'm working on setting up my fourth stamp club - if you are interested contact me.

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches
Paper: Delicate Dots DSP, So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Baha Breeze, VersaMark
Accesories: Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Brad, Certainly Celery Poly-twil ribbon

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sale-A-Brate! With Botanical Blooms

We made this card a couple of weeks ago at a workshop. The hostess wanted something with flowers. I had the Botanical Blooms stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catty, but hadn't even mounted. I wasn't even sure that I would mount it. You see, I'm not a huge floral person. I have 2 boys, well, three if you include my husband. We don't have much for flowers around the house. Except on the outside. Aaaaanyway! So, the hostess loves flowers. I mounted the set and decided to give it a whirl....you know what? I loved it! This set is so stinkin' cute, and this card I came up with is too! I may not be able to use this set for the boys' scrapbook pages, but it was so nice to get in touch with my inner feminine side. Here's the card:

I really am in love with these new cordorouy buttons(this going gray color will soon be released). Did you know, if you use a mini glue dot to adhere the button to your card (or scrapbook page) the likelihood of the button coming off are very slim. Even when you send it thru the mail.

And I actually used pink on a card too! Can you believe it? AND NO RIBBON!!! *gasp* I think I was running a fever or something when I did this one! Cute - eh?
Stamps: Botanical Blooms
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Urban Garden DSP
Ink: Baha Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouhette
Accessories: Going Gray Cordorouy Buttons (coming soon), hemp twine

Monday, March 16, 2009

I've been blown away - by my

embossing tool! Really - I'm sure you're tired of looking at the same old blog page now for a week - and I have been creating - lots and lots with my heat embossing tool. This month my stamp clubs did a faux metal technique. This was so much fun - and was my first try at it too. We had a great time in both clubs - and I learned some things myself! Like how to tie a really pretty bow, thanks to Bonnie. And I did pass that info onto the other club, btw - and I did give you credit Bonnie!!! :) Anyway, while practicing the technique, this is one of the cards that I came up with.

I REALLY am loving this card. YILM (yes, I love myself! [phrase coined by Jan Tink]) I love the retro fan, the retro looking DSP - the colors...the new hardware that's about to come out - I love it all.

Isn't that just awesome - you simply heat up 4 layers of embossing powder - one at a time, moving very quickly so that the layers stay hot while you dust with more powder. When you have a nice thick layer of embossing powder heated up, you press your stamp into it and viola! Instant metal....
Tell me what you think! Leave me a comment please! Inquiring minds want to know - is this something that you would like to learn??
Paper: Baja Breeze, Going Gray, Urban Oasis DSP
Stamps: Puns from the Past
Accessories: Basic Jumbo Grommets (black), Valet Ribbon Originals, Tag Punch, Silver Embossing powder

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Power of Stazon Cleaner!

At the workshop I did on Sunday, one of the gals there mentioned how much she loved her Stazon Cleaner. She said that it would get any stain off of a stamp... And I've used the Stazon Cleaner several times to get my stamps clean, and can wholeheartedly agree that it works miracles. Last night I was using my Big Deal Alphabet, and saw that one of the stamps was badly stained. So, I thought, what a good time to show all of you how well this stuff does work...

Can you see how this stamp is stained? Before I even snapped this photo, I tried to clean it with my regular Stampin' Mist cleaner. It is still in sad shape. Now, don't get me wrong. 9 times out of 10 I'm using the Stampin' Mist to clean my stamps with. It's my go to cleaner, but when I need some reinforcements...out comes the Stazon Cleaner!

So, I dab on the cleaner and let it set for just a little bit. I can actually see it breaking down the ink that has stained my stamp. Amazing!

Then, I rub it on my Stampin' Scrub pad, and VIOLA! Clean as it was brand new. How about that!

If you would like to give this product a try, give me a call, or send me an email. I can get one on the way to you...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Newsletter, Newsletter, who wants a newsletter??

Would you like to receive my free newsletter? I send out a newsletter monthly, sometimes bi-monthly. It's packed with news you can use, and tips and tricks for you. Want to be on my mailing list? Send me an email, and I'll be glad to get you added!

Monday, March 2, 2009

KWerner Color Challenge

Really FAST post - I gave KWerner's Color Inspiration a try again. But, I'm at the end of my rope as far as time goes, so I'm just gonna post it and tell you about it later!!! SORRY!

I used the Good Friend set again - which I am in love with. I need to come up with a decent sentiment for the card yet. Will (my 3 year old) has put dibs on this card. He wants to send it to his Aunt Elizabeth. So, that's what we will do!