Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
An idea for this can of cookies popped into my mind while I was cooking supper one night last week. I emptied 2 cans of tomatoes. The cans had such nice white insides......I had to think of something to do with them.
So, I attached some Christmas paper to the outside, colored the metal rim with a Copic marker and added a button to the lid. I also glued ribbon along the top & bottom edges.
Pretty cute for a tin can!
Yes, I made the cookies, too. Spritz are one of my family's favorite cookies!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This gyspy girl is my favorite of the Fortune Teller stamps. She's so fun to color.
Check out the Artistic Outpost blog for samples using the other new releases: Cutie Pie & Vintage Circus.
I must get working on my Christmas cards........not creating them, just signing, addressing & putting stamps on a few.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Check out the Artistic Outpost blog for more links to other designers projects. There are some really great samples on the blog as well as links to other Guest Designers's blogs.
I colored this image with Copic markers. Then I used Distress inks to age the papers.
I used a piece of acetate from the packaging on some Spellbinders dies for the title. Goin' green! I couldn't bear to just throw it away......
That's it for now......way too tired to write anymore.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
A bit of illusion created with 4 stamps from the new Artistic Outpost Fortune Teller stamp plate.
Here's a brief description of the steps to make this card:
One...I stamped the hand with Memento black ink on white paper. I stamped it again on Eclipse tape to make a mask which I cut out & applied over my stamped image.
Two...I stamped the man over the hand mask again with black Memento ink. (I used Memento ink because it is water based. I planned to color the image with Copic markers which are alcohol based. The water based ink will not smear because alcohol doesn't affect it.) I also stamped him on Eclipse tape to make a mask & put the mask in place.
Three...I stamped the Almanac calendar background, same ink. I removed the masks.....voila, a collage of all 3 images.
Four...I tore all the edges to the size I thought looked best.
Five...Now, for the coloring. I used Copic markers for all the color....no Distress inks. It was a challenge, believe me! I wanted to pull out my Antique Linen & start rubbing it over the image. I resisted.......I wanted to try achieve a similar look with the markers.
Six...I stamped "Illusion" in black ink & embossed it with clear powder. By using clear I kept the fine detail of the word yet added the shine & raised effect of embossing. (I would not have been able to do that over Distress ink until it had dried completely. One advantage of the Copic markers is that they dry very quickly.)
Seven...I matted it to green Bazzill & striped Reminisce paper. Card size is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2". I added some narrow black ribbon at each edge.
I amazed myself with this card. I wasn't too sure where I was going with the design when I started. (That is usually the case when I'm stamping. I may decide colors or stamps but never quite know the design direction until I get going.) I really like the colors & how the collage worked out.
Perhaps, it's the illusion that I'm seeing........
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Can't you just imagine this sleigh full of gifts gliding over the snow?
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Both cards use the same Thomas Kinkade Skater's Pond stamp as well as the same greeting yet they have a totally different look. Both are stamped in black ink: one on kraft color paper & the other on glossy white paper. That's about where the similarity stops....
I used Versafine Black Onyx to stamp the image & added just a touch of color with Copic markers to the ice, sky & windows. Frosted Lace Stickles gives the snowy areas sparkle. The snowflake paper is My Mind's Eye.
I used Distress Inks Antique Linen & Vintage Photo to age the image after stamping it with StazOn ink on glossy paper. The background paper is actually from Cosmo Cricket's Halloween line......the pattern just seemed to fit for this card. I used a Spellbinders die to cut just the ends of the mat & then ran a black marker along the edge. I couldn't find a ribbon to match so.......I colored a black & cream striped ribbon with Distress inks.........not waterproof but just fine for this card.
Make time to create something.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Check them out! They're incredible!
I'm certainly inspired to create something.
Monday, December 1, 2008
...and the countdown to the annual Cookie Walk at our church this Saturday. I'm baking cookies every night after work..........my goal is 50 dozen: 17 done, only 33 to go! The hardest part is giving up my stamping time.......
I went through my collection to find some vintage Santa cards to share with you tonight. These have become keepsakes. I send most of my cards to family & friends but there are a few that I can't seem to part with. All of these Santas are in that category.
I made this Santa 2 years ago.........
........he's colored with Distress inks. The actual stamp is a bit bigger than shown. I cropped it to fit the card. The foil tape was colored with Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks & embossed with QuicKutz embossing dies. The letters for "believe" were cut with QK Frankie.
This was last years card.........
.......created with a Tim Holtz stamp set. I had fun with this card.....lots of products used: Distress Crackle paint, Distress inks, Ranger Paint Dabbers, QuicKutz Abigail for "25" and some hardware.
The 3rd vintage Santa was made this fall............
.........with an Artistic Outpost stamp set called Snowy Woods. I posted this card on the Fond Memories blog and it was also featured on the Artistic Outpost blog. This Santa was colored with Adirondack markers......a switch from Distress inks. I did use Antique Linen over him to make him more vintage. I used 2 Spellbinders square dies to cut the frame, a McGill punch for the branches, a bit of twill tape & some hardware. The papers are by Cosmo Cricket.
Until next time.......keep creating!