Great friends!

June 30, 2009



Stamp:original(irodori-hanko), Hero Arts
Ink:Espresso(Versa Craft), Jumbo Java(Versa Magic)
Colour:Holbein Artist Colored Pencil, Meltz Pen
Paper:Bazzill, Kaiser
Accessories:Circle Brads(Hero Arts), Pearl(Kaiser), Stripe ribbon(Teraki)
Tools:Nestabilities Label2, Sewing machine

このカードは、3つのチャレンジを組み合わせています。今週のOCCC(スケッチ)、Stamp Something(少なくとも3つのエンベリッシュメントを使う)とStamp with fun#13(ターコイズブルーとブラウン)です。カードのサイズは、約10.5cm×10.5cmです。イメージは、ホルべインアーティスト色鉛筆とメルツペンを使って色を塗りました。クラウンが輝いて見えるように、てっぺんに3つのパールを付け加えました。

I combined 3 challenges in this card, OCCC(sketch challenge), Stamp Something(to use at least 3 embellishments) and Stamp with fun #13(colour combo -turquoise and brown). The card size is approximately 4 1/4" × 4 1/4". The image was coloured with Holbein Artist Coloured Pencils and Meltz pen. I added 3 pearls to the top of the crown to get a brilliant look.

他にも"Great Friends"シリーズとして、いくつかのスタンプを彫りました。こちらは販売用です。今日の午後は、これらに台木を付ける予定です。

I've carved another several stamps of a 'Great Friends' series. These are for sale. I'm going to mount them on wood blocks today's afternoon.


Thank you for looking!


FTTC21 & ABC Challenge

June 26, 2009


昨日、我が家の食器棚の中にあるサラダボウルにヒントを得て、このスタンプを彫りました。花の名前はわかりませんが、まぁ、カードを作るうえでは大した問題ではありません(笑)。
では、今日のカードです。

I carved this stamp getting inspiration from one of the salad bowls in the cupboard of my house yesterday. I don't know the name of this flower, but it isn't a great problem when making a card. lol!
Now, go on to today's card!


Stamp:original,Hero Arts
Ink:Jumbo Java, Hint of Pesto(Versa Magic)
Colour:Distress Inks
Paper:Kuretake, Kaiser, K & Co.
Accessories:Gem Accent Sticker(Kuretake)
Tools:Petit Oval Nestabilities, Corner Rounder

このカードは、FTTC21のスケッチを基にして作りました。イメージは、ディストレスインクで色を付けました。
水色とオリーブグリーンの2色を使っているので、今週のABC Challenge(テーマは「Tは2toneのT」で、カードの余白は色数にカウントされません)にも合っていると思います。 さわやかな仕上がりになって、とっても満足しています。

I based this card on the sketch at FTTC21. The image was coloured with distress inks.
I used 2 colours, sky blue and olive green. So I think it is also qualified for this weeks ABC Challenge(T is for Two tone, excluding card blank). I'm very satisfied with the refreshing finish of this card.

Thank you for looking!

Birthday card for my son

June 24, 2009


Stamp:original(irodori-hanko)
Ink:Soda, Brick(Versa Craft)
Paper:Bazzill, Kaiser, K & Co, Three Bugs in a Rug
Accessories:Circle brads(Kuretake), Cotton tape(stash)
Tool:Circle cutter, Sewing machine

このカードは、息子へのバースデーカードです。このカードでは、2つのチャレンジを組み合わせました。The Pink Elephant #20(スケッチチャレンジ)とOCCC(「星」を使って作品を作る)です。カードのサイズは、4.5インチ×4.5インチです。

This is a birthday card for my son. (He will be 11 years old.) I combined 2 challenges in this card, The Pink Elephant #20(Sketch challenge) and OCCC (to make a project using "Stars").The card size is 4.5" × 4.5".


息子の誕生日は6月30日なので、"0630"のナンバーをつけました。

His birthday is June 30th. So I added this number "0630".


星のスタンプをバーサクラフトのソーダのインクで2回押し、それらを切り取って重ねて貼りつけました。気に入ってもらえますように。

I stamped the star image with Soda ink (Versa Craft) twice. And then, I cut them out and layered them. I hope he likes it!
Thank you for looking!

ABC Challenge ~ S is for Summer ~

June 22, 2009


今週のABC Challengeのテーマは、"S is for Summer"です。このテーマに沿ったカードを作るために、まず朝顔のスタンプを彫ったのですが、あまり良い出来ではありませんでした…(;_;)。そこで改めて、このひまわりのスタンプを彫りました。

This weeks ABC challenge is "S is for Summer". At first, I carved a morning glory stamp to make a card according to the theme. But it wasn't good...So I carved this sunflower stamp again.


Stamp:original(irodori-hanko), Hero Arts
Ink:Espresso(Versa Craft), Umber(Artnic)
Colour:Holbein Artist Coloured Pencil, Distress Ink
Paper: Bazzill, Kuretake, K & Co
Accessories:Pearl(Kaiser), Lace(Teraki), Ribbon(stash)
Tools:Nestabilities Label2, Vintage die, Sewing machine

ついにビッグショットを買ってしまいました!!!そして、さっそくこのカードを作るのに使いましたよー(^^)。特に、コーナーに使ったVintageダイが気に入っています。
イメージは、ホルベインアーティスト色鉛筆とディストレスインクで色を付け、そのまわりにはアンバー(Artnic)のインクをスポンジでのせました。

I've bought Big Shot machine and some dies at last!!! And those were used to make this card right away!:) I especially love the Vintage die I've used on the corners.
The image was coloured with Holbein Artist Coloured Pencils and Distress Inks. And I sponged around the image with umber ink(Artnic/TSUKINEKO). I hope you like it.


Thank you for looking!

Dotted owl

June 19, 2009


Stamp:original, Hero Arts
Ink:Onyx Black(Versa Fine), Cocoa, Cerulean Blue(Versa Craft)
Colour:Neo Piko Marker2, White gel pen
Papaer:Bazzill, Three Bugs in a Rug
Accessories:brads(Kuretake), Flower(kaiser), Ribbon(Teraki)
Tool:Corner rounder punch

このカードは、Mojo Monday#91と、Stamp with fun challenge#11(テーマは"Dot")を組み合わせて作りました。
フクロウのスタンプを3回捺し、ネオピコマーカー2で色を塗りました。それから、白のジェルペンで、羽に小さなドットを付けました。小枝は、ネオピコマーカー2で描いたものです。

I combined Mojo Monday#91 with the Stamp with fun challenge#11(which is "Dots") to make this card.
I stamped the owl image three times, and coloured them with Neo Piko Marker2. And then, I added tiny dots on their wings with white gel pen. The branches were drawn by Neo Piko Maker2. I hope you like it.

Thank you for looking.

ABC Challenge ~ R is for Roses ~

June 16, 2009


Stamp:original(irodori-hanko),Hero Arts
Ink:Onyx Black(Versa Fine)
Colour:Holbein Artist Coloured Pencil, Distress ink
Paper:Kuretake, K & Co
AccessoriesPearls(Kaiser), Lace(Teraki)
Tool:Sewing machine

このカードは、今週のABC challengeのために作りました。テーマは、"R is for Roses"。バラ大好きな私としては、これに参加しないわけにはいきません!(^^)v
バラのイメージは、ホルべインアーティスト色鉛筆と、ディストレスインクを使って色を付けました。

This card is for this weeks the ABC challenge. Their theme is "R is for Roses". Wow!! I can't resist joining in it, because I LOVE roses!!!:)
The image was coloured with Holbein Artist Coloured Pencils and distress inks.


先週の土曜日に、島田市のばらの丘公園に行ってきました。たくさんのきれいなバラが咲いていて、たくさん写真を撮ってきたんですよー。また新しいバラのスタンプを作る時に役立てたいと思っています。

I went to a rose garden (Shimada "Bara No Oka" Park) last Saturday. A lot of beautiful roses were in bloom there, and I was taking many pictures. Those pictures will be helpful to me in making a new rose stamp.


Thank you for looking!

Creative Card Crew #14 - Geometric Patterns -

June 15, 2009


Stamp:Hero Arts
Ink:Cotton White(StazOn opaque)
Paper:Bazzill, Kaiser
Accessories:Flower(Prima),Button,Paper cord(stash)

このカードは、Creative Car Crew Challenge #14で作りました。テーマは、"Geometric Patterns(幾何学模様)"です。テーマを見て、すぐにこのKaiserのペーパーを使うことは決まりました。でも、レイアウトやどのスタンプを使うかがなかなか決められなくて、1時間以上も考えた挙句、このひじょーーにシンプルなカードが出来上がりました。(笑)

This car is for the Creative Card Crew challenge #14. The theme is "Geometric Patterns". When I saw the theme, I immediately decided to use this Kaiser's double sided paper. But it wasn't easy to decide a layout and what stamp I use. After I thought about that for over 1 hour, this very easy and simple card has been finished.lol!

Thank you for looking!

Sunday Sketch & Stamp #4

June 11, 2009


Stamp:original(irodori-hanko)
Ink:Soda, Ninjin (Versa Craft)
Paper:Bazzill,Kuretake
Accessories:Covered button, Ribbon, Cotton tape(stash)

このカードは、Sunday Sketch & Stamp #4のチャレンジで作りました。このカードでは、普段はあまり使わない明るい色の組み合わせを使っています。日本は今梅雨の時期で、毎日のように雨が降り続いています。晴れた日がとても待ち遠しいです!それで、こんな明るい色を使ったというわけです(^^)。

I made this card for Sunday Sketch & Stamp #4. I've used the bright colour combo I don't usually use so much on this card. It's the rainy season in Japan now, so it has been raining like every day. I'm longing for a sunny day very much!! That is the reason I've used these bright colours.


Thanks for looking!

Make your own happiness

June 9, 2009


Stamp:original(irodori-hanko), Hero Arts
Ink:Yozora(Versa Craft)
Colour:Neo Pico Marker2
Paper:Bazzill
Accessories:Stripe ribbon(Teraki), Accent Gem Sticker(Kuretake)

このカードは、最近不運なアクシデントにみまわれた友人のために作りました。彼女が一番好きな色は紺色なので、紺色のカードストックをカードベースとして使い、蝶とセンチメントのスタンプは、バーサクラフトの”よぞら”で捺しました。蝶はNeoPicoマーカーで色を塗り、小さなジェムステッカーを付けました。
彼女がこのカードを気に入ってくれて、彼女自身の力でhappyになれるようにと願っています。

I made this simple card for my dear friend to which an unfortunate accident has happened recently. Her most favourite colour is navy. So I used a navy card stock as a card base, and stamped the butterfly image and sentiment with "Yozora" ink(Versa Craft/TSUKINEKO). ("Yozora" means night sky in Japanese.) I coloured the image by Neo Pico Marker2, and added a little gem sticker.
I hope she will like this card and will be able to make her own happiness by herself.


このカードは、今週のSecret Crafter Saturday Challenge#35にエントリーしたいと思います。テーマは"Bling(光り輝くもの)"です。私が使ったジェムステッカーは、ホントに小さなものなんですが、OKでしょうか?

I'd like to enter this card in this weeks Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #35. The theme is "Bling". The gem sticker I've used is just a little one. Is it OK?

Thank you for looking!


ABC Challenge ~ Q is for Quilted ~

June 7, 2009


Stamp:original(irodori-hanko)
Ink:Espresso(Versa Craft), Bamboo(Artnic)
Colour:Distress Ink, Holbein Artist Coloured Pencil
Paper:Bazzill, Kaiser
Accessories:Flowers(Kaiser, Prima), Pearls(Hero Arts)
Tool:Template for patchworks, Sewing machine

このカードは、今週のABC Challengeのために作りました。テーマは、"Q is for Quilted(QはキルトのQ)"です。引き出しの奥底から、かなり久しぶりにパッチワーク用のテンプレートをひっぱりだしてきましたよ。(笑)
テディベアのスタンプをエスプレッソのインクで押して、ディストレスインクと色鉛筆で塗りました。両面印刷されたデザインペーパーをテンプレートを使って六角形に切り、それらを組み合わせてから、ミシンでステッチしました。フレームは、こげ茶のカードストックと小さく切ったデザインペーパを使って作りました。

I made this card for this weeks ABC Challenge. The theme is "Q is for Quilted". I drew a template for patchworks out from deep inside of my drawer. I don't remember when I used it last time, lol!
I stamped the teddy bear image with Espresso ink, and coloured it with distress inks and coloured pencils. I cut the double sided DP to hexagon using the template and scissors. After I pieced them together, I stitched with sewing machine. The frame was made up with dark brown card stock and some pieces of DP.


Thanks for looking!

Sketch Saturday #53

June 5, 2009


Stamp:original(irodori-hanko)
Ink:Espresso(Versa Craft)
Colour:Holbein Artist Coloured Pencils, Meltz Pen, Distress Ink(Old Paper)
Paper:Bazzill, Mellissa Flances
Accessories:Peals(Kaiser), Lace(Teraki),Ribbon(stash)
Tool:SB Template(Kuretake), Sewing machine

I've carved new rose bouquet stamp. It took about 2 hours to carve it...But I'm very satisfied with the result!
I made this card for the Sketch Saturday Challenge #53. The image was coloured with Holbein Artist Coloured Pencils and Meltz Pen. I did stitching with sewing machine on this card. I was very nervous when I was stiching around the image. It's very difficult for me to sew a curved line though it's easy to sew straight.lol!


Thanks for looking! Have a nice weekend!

About the rubber sheet I use.

Thank you for lovely comments on the last post. I've appreciated all of them.
I've been asked about the rubber sheet I use for making my stamps. It is popularly sold as one of the materials for printmaking in Japan. I usually purchase it at a local stationery shop or at a painting material shop. Click here to see the rubber sheet I use.
I'm so sorry that I don't know if you can get it in your country. I hope you can find good materials for making a stamp.

The process of carving a rubber stamp.

June 4, 2009

Hello everyone! Today I have no cards to share with you. But I will show you the process of carving a rubber stamp. This isn't a tutorial, so my explanation about the process will be a very simple one. And please excuse my poor English as usual. lol!
Well, let's get started!

Here is my original sketch.


Put a piece of tracing paper on the sketch, and trace the image by a mechanical pencil (or a pencil).


Put the tracing paper on a rubber sheet by placing the face down, rub the image by something pointed. You can see the mirror image has been copied on a rubber sheet.


Move a cutter for prescision work along the outline of the image. (Strictly speaking,not a cutter, but a rubber sheet should be moved.)


Peel off the surface of rubber sheet out side the image.



Let's carve the inside in the same way.



Wow! It has been completed!
I stamped this image with Mermaid ink (Versa Craft) and coloured with distress ink. Hope you like it.


I think it is not difficult for you to carve your own stamps. Why don't you try it? :)

Thanks for looking.

OCC sketch challenge

June 1, 2009


昨夜、このスタンプを彫りましたが、御覧の通り、葉っぱがありません。なので、インクとスポンジを使って葉っぱをつけてあげることにしました。

I carved this stamp last night. There are no leaves in these trees as you can see. So I've given them a lot of leaves using some inks and my sponge!



Stamp:original(irodori-hanko)
Ink:Vintage Sepia(Versa Fine),Lime(Artnic),Moss,Sky Blue,Cerulean Blue,Espresso(Versa Craft)
Paper:Bazzill,K & Co
Accessories:Mini circle brads(Kuretake)
Tool:Sewing machine,Corner rounder punch

このカードでは、今週のOur Creative Cornerのスケッチを使いました。
この木は、秋には紅葉するかもしれません。それを見るのが楽しみです。(つまり…このスタンプを使って新しいカードを作らなきゃならないってことですね・笑)

I've used the sketch this weeks Our Creative Corner has provided.
These trees might turn red in autumn. I'm looking forward to see that. (That is...I have to make another new card with this stamp.lol!)


Thanks for looking!