Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year! Caardvarks Just Rite projects

Happy New Year to You!

I hope that 2010 ends up being the best year you've ever had!
I'm looking forward to some exciting changes (blog-wise, health-wise, life-wise...) ;o) I've been using my down time over the holidays to start working on all those areas, but I've sure missed Ya! Can't wait to get kick off a fresh new year!

Today, a couple-few projects for the latest Caardvarks
challenge sponsored by Just Rite Stampers:

Just two for tea... And tea for two
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The red frame is embossed, Copic coloured & stitched with green thread

The tea cup is embossed (paper pieced & coloured with Copic markers)
[I love that the detail is so crisp on Just Rite stamps,
so you can colour in the tiny border!]
The steam is coloured with Sakura Stardust glitter pen.

The patterned papers are from one sheet of double-sided
My Mind's Eye Bohemia Bliss "Friends" Brocade/Red

The button was a white pearly button; it's coloured with Copics to match

"you're well preserved" (birthday card)
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Just Rite Stampers: Preserves Borders & Centers (round 2-3/8")

The Patterned Papers are hand drawn/painted and scanned

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The jar is embossed in black ink & clear embossing powder on vellum
The wee flowers are beaded with teeny seed beads (stitched on)
The large flowers are digital from Fred She Said here (printed & embossed)

Here's a cheap trick for making a label the Rite size
(printed from your computer) to fit:

A) Print the phrase in 8 point font (Times New Roman)
B) Cut around it in a rectangle (so you can see the image around it)
C) Place it on the stamp & rub a little bit of it to get the shape
(it might need a little moving around to get the phrase straight & even)
D) Cut out inside the raised line that was created by rubbing
E) Colour & distress the label to your liking
F) Stamp the image & adhere the label

"Make it a Grande!" square gift box:
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You can find the free template for my 3.5" square box here, if you like.

Just Rite Stampers: Just a Little Caffeine Borders & Centers (2" round)
Love to cut the edge on the sweet border in this set (just freehand cutting)

The cardstock for the box is from Silver Lustre Paper Temptress (canvas & silk)

And no, you're not seeing double, this is....

...a speedy trick to paper piece with the smallest scraps imaginable:

A) Stamp a rough Just Rite image
B) Cut a wee piece of scrap patterned paper
C) Adhere the scrap over the area you want to paper piece
D) Stamp again (You can use a stamp positioner, of course)
E) Cut out the paper piece section & discard the rest
F) Stamp a fresh image & adhere the fancy bit to it

...and my take on the Sketch:
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(Stitched felt in an embossed square frame)

The black frame & the texture on the bottom (taupe pieces)
are both created with the same Just Rite frame stamp.

How-to make Just Rite square frame into speedy
distressed panels for the bottom section:

A) Stamped them in white pigment ink
B) Heat embossed in clear embossing powder
C) Punched out with a Word Window EK Success punch.
D) Scalloped the bottom of the card with a scallop edge punch
E) Stuck the punched embossed pieces on (they fit perfectly in the scallop)

The flowers
are digital from Fred She Said here (printed & embossed)

Caardvarks Just Rite Square Decorative Frame mel stampz

The frame is from the 2" Square Decorative Frames set (November's Just Rite catalogue.)
"DEAR FRIEND" is stamped using a Just Rite alphabet set (Times New Roman 12)

Hope you can play along!

Clickable Blogger photos:
(for those of you who prefer them) :o)

Thanks so much for taking time
out of your busy day!

P.S. In the next couple of days,
I'll be posting a picorial for this:
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Karen W said...

They are all so pretty!!

Barbara said...

fabulous !!! :*

Eleni said...

Dear Mel,

your ideas are soo wonderful and you put so much thought and love into them that every time I am in awe!! Thank you soooo much for sharing, I wish a happy New Year full of health to you and your loved ones!


Anonymous said...

So much beautiful detail! I love your work and hope your 2010 is filled with smiles!

Diana said...

WOW, these are just spectacular Mel. Thanks for sharing!

kksb said...

Happy New Year Mel!!!

Your projects are wonderful!
I am intrigued by the strip of "patterned paper" that you created for the blue and white flower card. Thanks for sharing your creativity. You are an inspiration to me.


Dawn said...

Happy New Year my friend!! May you have a MUCH healthier year!!

I know your creations will be even more stellar than 09...that's just a given!! lol

love all these projects! LOVE the Copic colored button!!

super hugs from me to you...xoxo

Crissy Armstrong said...

Your artwork is just stunning, Mel. I really love the floral background you drew and painted. You should be snatched up by Basic Gray or KC & Company or someone like that and hired to do that full time! I have a lot of respect for you as a fellow artist!
Hugs and Happy New Year to you!

Jane Wetzel said...

WOW..These are ALL so awesome! :)

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Happy New Year Mel! All of your projects are awesome! I'm a tea lover, so the first one really caught my eye.

Sue from Oregon said...

Outstanding projects for the start of 2010 Mel! They are all just beautiful...but that Hello card is just calling my name! The layout is perfect to show off your wonderful stitching! I hope 2010 finds a better year for your health.

Deb Neerman said...

Whoo-hoo, these are fabu, Mel-A-Licious!!!

Had to walk a-l-l the way over here to wish you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2010. 'Cuz you da bombetta, my friend!

Miss our daily who-da-best-debates and our word and language destruction challenges ... 'cuz'n there's not no one like you Mel-A-Licious!!! LOL!

~Hugs, Mugs, Bugs, & X's, Deb

Eva said...

Mel, these are sooooo incredibly gorgeous!!! I just love everything you create!! Hugs, Eva

Karen said...

Everything you've created Mel is stunning! Love it all! Happy New Year!!


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Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you and yours, love lady

Anonymous said...

You always share such amazing talent, and inspiration... Thank-you so much! I wish you and your family a Healthy Happy New Year!
Hugs, Christina

Elena said...

Fabulous projects, Mel! Your creativity always inspires me!
Happy New Year to you and family!

liannallama said...

amazinng! each project is fantastic and I love the hand stitching!

Lora said...

Happy New Year Mel.
All these projects are just fabulous.
I love how you add so much details to your cards/projects.
Looking forward to lots more inspiration from you in the coming year.
Keep it up girl, you rock :)
Lora x

Anonymous said...

great projects! Happy New Year to you.

Suzi said...

I get tired just seeing all your beautiful accomplishments! Tired, but inspired. TFS!

Joan said...

What fantastic projects. The tea cup reminds me of tea parties with my Grandmother. Thanks for the memories.

Anonymous said...

Amazing as always

Flowers said...

All your card looks awesome. I like the one with flowers. keep up the good work. Have a great New Year.

Cindy Haffner said...

Hey Mel. Love your work so many details, you ROCK!! Happy 2010!!

sonic said...

Bonne année 2010 !
Happy new year !
Monique (from France)

NannyBarbara said...

Prospero Ano Nuevo from Spain. After 3 months without my computer I am pleased to be back and what a feast of ideas and and such great projects you have for us.Thanks so much for sharing. Barbara.

Meda said...

Wow! These cards are sheer beauty! I mostly love the 2 for tea one. U like the colors and vintage appearance! looking forward to seing your clean and simple cards :P

WickedPixie said...

All of your cards are always total eye candy, but I just can't stop staring at your Tea card! It is amazingly beautiful! :-)Traci

Tracey said...

Happy New Year Mel! Thanks for all the inspiration :)