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Skeleton Leaves in Taupe

Hi everyone, it’s Holly popping in with a surprise posting this weekend.  Today I am sharing this card called Skeleton Leaves in Taupe.  I’ve been playing with some of the brand new fall-themed stamps that are now available in the Art Neko store.  See those skeleton leaves?  I have fallen in love with these and I can’t stop stamping them on everything!

When I first started playing with these skeleton leaf stamps, I just grabbed the first inkpad I could see, which happened to be a taupe color.  I then decided to make the entire card taupe and white for an elegant clean and simple look.  After I stamped the skeleton leaves, I cut them out with scissors.  I stamped this beautiful ornate frame and the sentiment from the new A415 sheet (Fall Images and Quotes) with the same taupe color and cut them out.  I arranged the leaves on the frame and then placed the sentiment over the ends of the leaves.  For the card base, I wrapped some taupe lace around a white layer before I glued down the framed piece.  Then I glued the whole thing down on some taupe cardstock.

Check out the fabulous new fall themed stamps in the Art Neko store.  There will be a few more new stamps in the coming weeks, so keep checking back.  I’ve provided the links below so you can start shopping.  Have fun!!

A413 Fall Harvest

A415 Fall Images and Quotes

Skeleton Leaves

 

 

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Samurai Cartoon Tiger on the Latch

Hello everyone – it’s Sabrina here this Friday, with a fun latch card using the Samurai Cartoon Tiger set, which includes the little medallion I used for the “latch” and samurai kanji.  The latch card is a fun fold – you can find a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers HERE.

Samurai Cartoon Tiger latch card

 

I started by cutting and scoring my base using kraft card. Then I stamped that irresistible tiger on white card, and coloured him with Polychromos pencils. My brother-in-law teaches Tai Chi and Aikido, and while they are not as warrior-like as the samurai tradition, I’m looking forward to making him a couple of cards using this sweet Samurai Cartoon Tiger.

I also stamped the “Speak softly and carry a tiger” sentiment on white card to use inside, and die-cut it using a Spellbinders label die.I cut the label from black card to create a matting layer, trimming out the stamped sentiment to fit. Last of all I stamped the Samurai medallion on black card with some Encore Gold ink and embossed it with gold embossing powder. I punched it out with a circle punch and layered it onto a slightly larger circle of gold. I layered the image panel onto black and gold to match the medallion.

Samurai Cartoon Tiger and medallion stamps from Art Neko used to create a latch card

 

Inside, I used some tiger pattern cardstock  – a perfect pairing with this and the other more realistic tiger stamps available from Art Neko. I also used a narrow strip of it to decorate the edge of the card beyond the scored lines, which serve to let you latch and unlatch the card without having to bend it; they just add a little flexibility to the back.

Samurai Cartoon Tiger stamp from Art Neko used to create a latch card

 

I hope you like the card – I certainly really enjoyed making it – and thinking about the meaning of the inside sentiment. The best I could find out, it appears to be a variant of a saying attributed to Theodore Roosevelt – speak softly and carry a big stick.

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Summertime Siamese Cat

It’s Sabrina here today, and as we’re in full summer mode, spending more time outdoors, I have a simple project to share today – a Summertime Siamese Cat, using the Siamese Cat with Brushtroke Butterfly and Cat Kanji stamp from Art Neko.  I think this is such a lovely image, I’ve made several cards with it. This one was meant to have the colours of the Irish flag, as I used it for a card swap recently, so I coloured the flower orange, and the grass green, and added some little punched banners in the same colours.

detail shot of Summertime Siamese Cat using a brushstroke image from Art Neko

There’s not much to say about this, other than that I used my old Marvy Markers to colour and stamp the image, huffing after colouring. Then I layered it onto a lacy scalloped square, and popped it up onto a base which was embossed with a polka-dot pattern. I was afraid that the embossing might affect the little Irish banners, so I mounted them onto light cardstock before adding them to the card.

card featuing a Summertime Siamese Cat using brushstroke image from Art Neko

 

 

Since I omitted the butterfly image from the stamp, here’s another butterfly for you instead:  a bookmark for summer holiday reading, made with one the the stamps from the Bookmarks and Sentiments set. Now I can’t remember what I had in mind when I originally started colouring the flowers yellow – by the time I was part way through I decided that it reminded me very much of freemontodendron, California flannel bush. We don’t see a lot of it here, but it does grow well in sheltered places and is such a gorgeous riot of vivid colour on a wall. My image was stamped on white card with Versafine Onyx black, and then coloured with Polychromos pencils. I used Sakura  Stardust pencils to add some sparkle to all the stamens, and a Spectrum Noir glitter pen on the butterfly.

Bookmark from Art Neko's bookmarks and sentiments plate, coloured with pencils

 

A quick summer memory – most of our childhood cats were home-lovers, and someone always was organised to look after them when we went on holidays – the dogs came with us. But, we had a pedigree Siamese who absolutely loved the car and always came along with us, we have quite a few photos and snippets of cine film showing her walking daintily down the track to the beach or across the fields.

 

 

Thanks for coming by the blog this week ! Enjoy your weekend – read a book, create a memory… and make sure to come by again next week for some more creative inspiration from the team.

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Chocolate Flower Squares

 

Hi everyone!  I’m back after a bit of a hiatus from stamping.  My puppy tore her ACL and had to have surgery, so I spent a couple weeks helping her get around during her recovery.  Then I was packing up stuff and I went to a stamping retreat which was a lot of fun.  Here is the aftermath……  LOL

Yes, my studio looks like this right now as I’m typing up this post.  I have a lot of unpacking to do, but I was able to whip up a sweet little chocolate flower card to share with you today.  This card with the chocolate flower squares is a cute little 3×3 notecard, and you can put together a set of these in less than 30 minutes.

I stamped the Peonies Squared from the A281 sheet (Bold Nature Scenes) with some chocolate ink onto some cream colored cardstock.  I trimmed the stamped image out and glued it down onto a chocolate card.

It really helps to have a well-inked inkpad when inking up a solid stamp like this.  If you find that your images are coming out blotchy, try reinking your inkpad first.  You can also make sure you clean your stamp really well – sometimes there is a little residue left on the stamps from the manufacturing process.  Using a stamp positioning tool such as a MISTI is a big help when you need to re-stamp your image.

I’m going to get back to unpacking, so hopefully everything will be put away before my next Art Neko post.  Hee hee hee!  Have a great week!

 

 

 

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Imagination is the highest kite…

Large sentiment stamp from Art Neko, Imagination is the highest kite one can fly

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly – like the sentiment stamp I used last week on my framed shell picture, this too is strong enough to carry a project, and will let your imagination soar.  I can still remember the first kite we had as children – it was one my father had made out of something rather like umbrella ribs for the frame, and plain white nylon, in the classic kite shape that I have used on this card. It might have been very simple and functional, but we loved flying it on the beaches or up in the mountains when we were on holidays. The next kite I can remember was one that was much more fun, if less durable. It was made out of some type of plastic so in the end it ripped, but it was shaped like and printed as a butterfly – our imaginations really did fly high with that one. Now we have a fancy stunt kite, always tossed into the car for holidays. Think of Mary Poppins returning to the children instead of their expected kite, and poor Charlie Brown forever doomed to fail in his attempts to get his to fly. China is considered to be the birthplace of kites, over 2000 years ago – technology may have improved them a little, but the magic remains the same.

I wanted my card to have a feeling of no boundaries, so I masked off the edges with low-tack tape before sponging the cloudy sky using a die-cut scalloped circle and some Weathered Wood distress ink. After removing the tape I stamped the sentiment (and isn’t a beautiful font – my father used to write like that, and his brother too) so that the attribution to Lauren Bacall was in the white margin of the card front.

paper kite using paper with a flying crane pattern

I happen to have a kite die, but it’s such a simple shape that anybody could create a high-flyer! Keeping with the idea of flying and soaring, I used one of the designs from the Collage Sheet of 9 Vintage Kimono Fabrics, which features cranes. The paper the collage sheet is printed on has a beautiful canvas grain.

I lightly sketched in a curved line for the kite string, and then stuck down some gold cord, then added the kite and decorated the cord.

CAS card using the Imagination is the highest kite sentiment from Art Neko,

 

Thank you for coming by the Art Neko blog this week – I’m sure you’ve enjoyed seeing what the team have created. Let your imagination fly  like the highest kite this weekend!

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To Find A Seashell

Text stamp from Art Neko, to find a seashell - on watercolour wash with paper shells

I grew up within earshot of the sea, so when I came across this To Find a Seashell stamp in the store, it was a definite must-have. It brings back memories of many childhood visits to the beach. The North Beach, nearest our house, was very stony, but the South Beach was near where we went to school, and in the summer term we often used to go for a picnic lunch after school and spend the afternoon playing, and that was the beach where we mostly found shells.

 

I’ve made a very simple project using this stamp – just a bit of watercolour wash and a couple of paper shells, set in a plain white frame. It could equally well be made with stamped shells – there are a couple on the Japanese Marine Sheet 1 (which also includes the sentiment stamp), and more on the Japanese Marine Sheet 2. Sheet 2 includes the sentiment “all the way to the blue sky’s edge… low tide”  – I think there’s just as much magic and wonder in that as there is in the one I used.

I bought a white frame in our local €2 store – and did well, I’d been expecting to only find something that I would have had to alter, but this clean white frame was just perfect for what I wanted. The aperture in it is 6″ x 4″, so I cut a piece of card a little larger, and added a wash with some Twinkling H2Os.  When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Ranger’s Archival Black, so that it wouldn’t smudge on the watercolour.

Then I added a couple of paper shells – the photo below shows how I created them. After cutting them, I sponged them with distress inks, and the purple line and splotches on the smaller shell were added with an Inktense pencil. I used one coat of satin varnish on them, just to add to the shell-like appearance.  I learned how to make these some years ago from an upload by Gem35 on Splitcoaststampers, and have made them often since then.

creating small shells by scoring and sponging paper

 

 

And then I simply added the shells into my picture, popping the smaller one up on foam tape.

 

 

Framed picture with text stamp from Art Neko (To find a seashell) and watercolour background

 

Thanks for coming by the blog this week, I hope you’ve been inspired by the creativity the team have shared.  Find a world of imagination this weekend and explore it. Find a seashell, if you’re lucky enough to live near the seaside!

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Follow Your Heart

Happy Friday, everybody – the weekend is almost here and it’s time to forget about work and follow your heart! It’s felt like a very long week here and I’m glad it’s finally Friday – I can follow my heart and find some stamping time. My project today is a CAS (clean and simple) card using the Follow Your Heart sentiment from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, along with a few other bits and pieces from Art Neko.

follow your heart, sentiment from Art Neko's Bookmarks and Sentiments

 

The little heart-shaped tins come in packs of two (currently at $1.00 for the two tins) and are so easy to decorate and alter. I didn’t include a photo of the unaltered tin, as you can see that on the website. In the past I’ve used alcohol inks applied with a felt pad, and I know that this works very well on a tin surface. But I wanted this heart to be uniformly matt and a solid colour, so I used a Sharpie. The photo shows it after one coat – by the time I added a second coat it had a beautiful satin finish which I hope you can see in the final photo.

Little heart-shaped tin from Art Neko, suitable for altering

 

After allowing drying time between each coat, I decorated round the window aperture with some Liquid Pearls, and added a sparkly heart sticker to finish it off.  I filled mine with some little resin hearts for a calorie-free treat, but of course you could use candy – or even some small jewellery as a gift for a special friend. The tins are also suitable for storing small embellishments, because of the window in the lid.

heart-shaped tin from Art Neko

 

Thanks for coming by to check the blog this week. I hope that you find something to do this weekend which will make your heart happy!

Card using Follow Your Heart sentiment from Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, with some simple stencilling and ribbon

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Purple Framed Flowers

 

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing this sweet Purple Framed Flowers card with you.  A friend of mine hurt her back last week. so I popped this card in the mail to her as a virtual hug.

I started by stamping this beautiful framed flower (A408 Geishas and Framed Flowers sheet) with a gray ink onto some white cardstock.  I wanted a softer look, so I used gray ink instead of black.  The image was then colored with Polychromos pencils.  It’s hard to see, but the background between the flowers and the frame is colored with a pale yellow pencil.  I added some White Blizzard Glitter Drops (Nuvo) to the center of the open flower on the left.  Gotta love that glitter!  🙂

I cut out the colored piece and adhered it to a white card with some foam tape.  Some Lilac twine wrapped around the top and tied with a bow completes this clean and simple card.

Check out the gorgeous stamps on the A408 Geishas and Framed Flowers sheet.  The flowers and the geishas are beautiful, and the sentiments are wonderful.  I can’t wait to color up the rest of these stamps!

 

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Sugarplum Valentine Hearts

Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  I’m sharing this sweet CAS (Clean And Simple) Valentine card with these adorable hearts stamped in a sugarplum ink.  Look closely inside the three hearts.  See the tiny little hearts inside the big hearts?  I love that!  It’s so cute!

I found this sweet little heart stamp on the A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet in the Art Neko store.  I stamped it three times with a sugarplum ink and then cut them out with a square die.  I cut out some white squares with a larger square die and matted each of the hearts with foam tape.  I carefully lined up the three heart squares on my card and glued them down across the top.  Then I stamped the sentiment, also from the A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet, with the same sugarplum ink underneath the row of hearts.

Wouldn’t it be fun to make a bunch of these cards in different colors?  You’re not limited to just red or pink.  You could use blue or green or even brown to make this a masculine card, and you could go with bright colors like purple or orange if you wanted to make these for your kids.  You could even have fun making each of the hearts a different color and going with a black ink for the sentiment.  Stamping is all about having fun!

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Thank You Cards with Flowers

 

 

 

Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  I needed some thank you cards for some ladies who sent me some birthday cards a few weeks ago.  After looking through my Art Neko stamps, I found this beautiful reverse silhouette flower from the Flowers and Whimsy sheet.  I stamped this in several different colors just to see how it looked, and I loved them all.  The first one in the picture below is stamped with daffodil yellow ink.  The rest are mint, peach, lagoon, and sugarplum inks.

 

For the “thanks” stamp, I found this one from the Full Sheet of Oriental Images and Text.  I love that it has the tiny bird sitting on the “t” and there is a tiny kanji letter at the end.  This was perfect to stamp near the flower stems on my cards.  I stamped it with a black ink so it would stand out against all the different colors of stamped flower blocks.

I’m going to stamp some more of these cards in a rainbow of colors.  This will be a great addition to my stash for when I need a card in a hurry.  I think I will stamp half of them with a birthday stamp for those times when I need a quick birthday card.  This flower stamp is perfect for any kind of card – birthday, sympathy, thinking of you, and thank you cards.  I hope I’ve inspired you today!  🙂

 

 

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