Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Some Farewell Cards for Coworkers

These three cards were made last night for three consultants who will be leaving us shortly at the office.  Two of them (the sailboat and the train) are retired sets that I haven't been able to part with!  The Time Spent set is still current.  The sailboat uses Watercolor Crayons for colour. The train was antiqued (the cardstock was originally white) with distressing ink, then brushed with translucent gold ink.  The images were stamped with Basic Black craft ink, then embossed using clear embossing powder.  They receive their cards tomorrow, so I hope they like them!!

Colour Combinations for Blushing Bride

These cards were a little tricky to create, since I don't have the ink pads or the card stock yet for the new In Colors.  I do have the markers, so made good use of them!  The first Creative Combination uses Blushing Bride, Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz.  I love this colour coordination! The Fifth Avenue set was used to stamp the flowers. The masking technique prevented one inked flower from overlapping the other. The leaves were punched out using the Two Step Bird punch.  The flowers, stem and the border on the greeting were coloured using the markers.  The flower centres uses Daffodil Delight.  Isn't this a cheerful card?

I had fun trying to pick up the Blushing Bride colour from the marker onto the sponge with this one!  The Sweet Set combination uses Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum and Sahara Sand.  The Versamark Resist technique uses Glossy White cardstock and Versamark for the little flowers from the Vintage Vogue stamp set.  Once you've stamped the flowers where you want them, you sponge your colours onto the glossy cardstock, bringing out the hidden flowers.  The Friends and the larger flower are stamped using Perfect Plum.  The large flower uses the Rock'n Roll technique, with Blushing Bride in the centre and Perfect Plum on the outside. I coloured a piece of Whisper White with Blushing Bride, then punched out a circle using the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, then mounted both the flower and the centre using Dimensionals.  I love the subtle colour combinations. It creates a soft, gentle look.    

Colour Combinations for Rose Red

Now I'm back more in my element!  The Creative Combination (right) puts Rose Red, Not Quite Navy and River Rock together, in a more subtle blend of colours.  The Rose was put through the Big Shot, using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. River Rock was brayered over the finished embossing, to bring a deeper shade to the raised image.  Then, it was put through the Big Shot again, using the Movers and Shapers, to cut the window out.  The greeting comes from the Hostess Set:  Occasional Quotes.  Ribbon is Very Vanilla taffeta.  

The second card is the Sweet Set combination, using Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant and Baja Breeze.  The little flowers from the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set are stamped in the three colours, with an added So Saffron, for interest.  Again, the greeting comes from the new Hostess set: Occasional Quotes.  The grossgrain ribbon is White.  The little hole, punched in the mounted tag, uses the new Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.

Colour Combinations for Pacific Point

This card (left) features the Creative Combination of Pacific Point, Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie, using the Baroque Motifs stamp set. The grosgrain ribbon adds a little feature and helps to tie the colours together. I find that this particular card is too brash for my tastes. I'll have to try something with a little less contrast -- maybe stamping the colours on a neutral would help?
The second card (right) is the Sweet Set combination, using Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry.  The stamp set is Sense of Time and the punched out Cogs come from one of the new punches, introduced in the Summer Mini Catalogue.  Again, the colours are too intense for me.  What do you think?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

New Colour Combinations for Perfect Plum

I've decided to try putting together some of the new colour combinations suggested in the Color Coach. They wouldn't be my first pick, but I like the way they work together.  The Because I Care stamp set uses the Creative Combo: Perfect Plum, Marina Mist and Rose Red. It has some of the smaller butterflies from Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die.  It uses the Marina Mist mini ribbon, introduced in the demonstrator early purchase opportunity.  I didn't find these ribbons in the new catalogue.

The hydrangea flower was coloured using an Aquapainter and the Perfect Plum ink pad. I used the matching marker to bring in some darker shades and the white gel pen to provide detail lost from using the more intense shades. The flower centres use the new Daffodil Delight yellow. The leaves were coloured with the new Wild Wasabi and Old Olive.

The "Bird Watching" scrapbook pages (sorry for the poor quality -- shaking hands) use the Sweet Set combination: Perfect Plum, Riding Hood Red and More Mustard.  Both the 2-Step Bird Extra Large&trade punch and the Sissix Birds and Blooms Sizzlet provide the embellishment. The Simple Alphabet creates the title. This right-hand page uses the mitred-corner wheel effect, along with the Builder Wheels: Bees & Blossoms and Posy Party, with a gap between them.  I love the double row effect!  I think we could also use two different colours of ink, for an even more interesting look.

20100629: Here's an additional card, made from the same colour scheme (Sweet Set):  Using the Glorious and Free (Canadian) stamp set, along with a maple leaf from the Autumn Days set, the More Mustard brads and Scallop Trim Border add an elegance to this colourful card.

I can't wait to try out other combos suggested with the new Color Coach!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kitchen Renovations - Completed

I thought I'd give you a small (somewhat blurry) view to the renovations we've just completed in our kitchen. We replaced the countertop with Canadian granite. The door handles are brushed nickel. 
The island is solid maple (John Boos) with a butcher block cutting board top. I am able to remove almost all the appliances off the counters and store them under the island, keeping the counters looking neat. We mounted a towel rack at the one end of the island (the one you don't see from the entrance).

The sink is a single, large, undermounted stainless steel. The tap matches the door handles. The appliances are all stainless steel, including the stove hood.  We purchased a double stove with one convection oven.  It does a terrific job at both baking and roasting!

Above the desk, we had a custom-made stainless steel microwave shelf installed.  Because of this new shelf, the bulletin board wouldn't fit, so I purchased 2 white board/bulletin board combinations and mounted them side by side.

We piped water to the fridge and now can get filtered water directly from the tap in the fridge, instead of having to have a Brita inside. I can't figure out why we didn't do this years ago!!  Now there's more room in the fridge for food, instead of storing bottles and pitchers of water.  The coffee tastes better too!

We replaced the rectangular kitchen table with a round one with wood and leather chairs. The light above the table was replaced with a brushed nickel one as well, so everything is coordinated!