Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lovely Little Lamps

Hi All.  This weekend I worked on something a little different for me, well actually two things.  I made a notecard set and I started on a mini album (only the cover so far). 

I have had my eye on the Decorative Lamp set from Hero Arts for awhile, but have resisted buying it... until now!  I finally dreamed up a project that required me to bring them home with me (that and stamps on sale + a coupon at Michael's).  It took me a little while to be happy with the elements of the cards and get them to look like what was in my head, but after some experimenting I finally figured it out and was really pleased with the finished product. 


 


I had to make the box twice because I forgot to account for the size of the envelopes the first time.  Whoops!  I used the emboss resist technique on all the solid panels.  Embossed the lamps with clear embossing powder then applied Distress Ink.  For the patterned panels I inked up the Hero Arts Envelope Pattern stamp (my new favorite) first with a little bit of the same color that was on the solid piece and then covered the stamp completely with a darker shade Distress Ink.  A few spritz with the mini mister and wha-la!  Then I added some of the lighter ink to the edges to give it some more definition.  The misting was they key.  I was never happy with the background until I added the water to blend the inks and give me some of those bigger splotchier areas.

Here are the colors of distress inks I used for each card (from left to right)
Pink:  Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick
Orange:  Wild Honey & Spiced Marmalade
Yellow:  Scattered Straw & Wild Honey
Green:  Shabby Shutters & Peeled Paint
Blue:  Tumbled Glass & Broken China
Purple:  Milled Lavender & Dusty Concord

Another first for me.  I have a pile of things I have gathered to make a mini album for our honeymoon just sitting on my desk.  I am not a scrapbooker because well a big scrapbook page scares me!  So I thought maybe, just maybe I could handle a mini book.  Needless to say, I haven't done anything with it until now.  I only made the cover so far.  I'm pretty happy with it I think.

  

I used Thickers for the first time...fun!  And about 6 different stamp companies, including the made in Hawaii "Aloha" stamp I picked up while I was there.  Figuring out the layout took me about 2 days so maybe I can get more confident at this and the rest of the book will move along faster.  I will keep you all posted! :)

12 comments:

  1. What a darling set. Love the different colors you used, they are so cheerful and I love the inked edges!

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  2. Adore the little notelets, such beautiful rainbow colours and the mini book looks great fun...definitely not as scary as 12x12 :)
    Jenny x

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  3. OMG!!! I'm squeeling with delight!! 1st of all - the cards are amazing - they are all perfect!!! 2nd - you started your mini!!!! YAY!! It's beautiful so far!!! Can't wait to see more!!!

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  4. LOVE all of the cute cards, and that scrapbook is fabulous! So thrilled that you finally have some DeNami stamps- love seeing them pop up on your blog now! :)

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  5. Love your notecard set - the colours are fabby!
    Rx

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  6. Love this card set! I might have to make one inspired by it. I love the idea of using the same distress ink + a darker one together on each card. Just lovely! Welcome to the thickers addiction, too. When I scrapbook, I use them allll the time for titles on pages. I've been on a card kick lately but am majorly feeling the urge to scrapbook now. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  7. Ooh, these are fantastic! And a mini book too? You are on a roll!

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  8. Your cards are so cute and I love those images. Really like how you put them together.

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  9. These little note cards are ADORABLE and so colorful! Gotta LOVE lamps...what a 'bright' idea LOL! :)

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  10. Your card set is just fantastic!!! I really love distress inks but struggle with ideas.... thank you, these are very inspiring. Thank you for sharing :)

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  11. Chari I love all of this! Don't feel bad about scrapbooking.. I really can't wrap my mind around it either! The only mini scrapbook I ever finished was the one for our wedding (which I'll be sharing Tuesday on my blog as it's our 3 year anniversary!) I love the front cover though, and bet once you get going you'll have it done in no time! =)

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