Tuesday, December 29, 2009
This is one of the new releases from Penny Black called "nose-kiss". There are 3 new bear stamps.....all so cute!
I used Memento inks as my palette to watercolor the bears. By pressing each color of ink pad that I need onto a non-porous surface.....I use a piece of acrylic packaging or my glass work surface.....I create a palette of dyes to pick up with my waterbrush. I used watercolor paper here but I often use just a good quality paper. Watercolor paper allows more manipulation of the color without shredding the paper. With regular card stock, the color can't be reworked as much nor will it tolerate as much water.
It's a quick way to color.......at least, I think so! The longest part is waiting for the paper to dry.
The daisy background paper is from Imaginisce. I added a touch of glitter to the red mat edges. The heart has glitter glue on it.
I challenge you to get out any water based dye ink.....Memento or Ranger Adirondack inks will work....and try your hand at watercolor!
Have fun - create something!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Late Christmas Day I went outside to check for snow on our satelite dish......internet service was so slow. I thought perhaps the dish had snow on it......no luck, it was clear. Must have been all the other snowed in people surfing the web.....
Friday, December 25, 2009
I hope everyone is enjoying this special day. Here in Minnesota, we're in the middle of a huge snowstorm. It sure changed lots of plans.
I have a gift to share.......
I made several of these to give to special people.
All stamps are from various Tim Holtz holiday stamp sets.
I created the ornament first.......
The Santa face is stamped with Espresso on white card stock. I added Distress inks for color. I stamped "Christmas" from the "Christmas Carols" stamp and embossed it with gold. I used a Ranger Memory 2x2 Frame and glass.
Then I stamped the background to look like branches of a Christmas tree using Pine Needles and Distress EP. Music lines are stamped below the branches and it's all aged with Distress inks. I also added a touch of gold embossing at the corners.
I wanted it to be on the front of a card. Okay, that's pretty dimensional for a card front so that led me to create a box type card.
The cover is held in place with hinges from Judikins. They work so well......the cover opens completely flat. I tried paper hinges but they didn't work as well.
The back of the ornament has another Santa face with "Believe" in gold, also colored with Distress inks.
I added a gold cord hanger and a bow that's distressed a bit to tone down the color.
The ornament is held in place with removable glue dots....easily removed to hang on the tree. Some of the cord is tucked through a hole and looped behind. A simple tug on the knot will release it.
I hope you enjoyed this gift!
May you have a blessed Christmas!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Wow, it has been a looong time!
Believe me I've wanted to post. If only my thoughts could have loaded a photo and written something!
Tonight I have a card I created for Penny Black's newest release of Valentine's and love stamps. You can see all of them here. Check out their home page, too! One of my cards is featured! The teddy bear with a heart box is also one of my cards. How cool is that!
I used the new "the forever dream" stamp for the love birds stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa. I added just a touch of color using these Copic markers: Y32, YG03, W00, E42, YR0000, YR000, E21, 0.
Once I had them colored, I used an Eclipse mask over the birds and then sprayed the background with Pearl Glimmer Mist.
The card front was stamped with "pointelle" (dots stamp) repeatedly with Versamark ink and then embossed with Silver Pearl embossing powder.
I used 2 circle Spellbinders dies for the opening around the birds: one in the card front and second smaller one for the inner border of luster weave paper.
Just part of the verse "full of life" is stamped on the oval, the rest is stamped inside. I used the Rich Cocoa ink and embossed it with clear.
I added a sheer ribbon to complete the design.
Thanks for stopping to look! I promise to have more to share after Christmas!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I simply stamped this image with Memento Rich Cocoa on white card stock. No distressing or coloring! Hard to believe for me!!!
I added some bling with Stickles Aqua and Copper glitter glue and added a turquoise glitter mat. That paper is from American Crafts......lots of different colors and lots of glitter shine.
The stamp is from Penny Black's transparent set "in a pear tree". A fun whimsical set!
I stamped the bird a second time to cut it out. It's mounted on a foam dot.
When I trimmed the glitter mat, I ended up with a few thin strips. They were too pretty to just throw away..........so I added them for a little accent.
"Noel" is stamped and embossed with copper EP.
One more Christmas card to add to my pile. I've been scavenging through all my cards to find all of the Christmas ones. I found enough for about 1/2 my list. Thank goodness......hopefully I can get the rest put together this week. I love making Christmas cards but around this time, other things like shopping, decorating and baking eat into my stamping time.
If you click over to the Penny Black website, check out their new Valentine's release. Just click on the purple heart. I had the opportunity to work with some of those stamps before the release. I'm honored to say that all the card samples shown are my creations. Yep, even the frog! What a thrill to see them in print!
I hope you're keeping cozy and warm. We're recovering from a snowstorm....the season's first blizzard. Along with it came frigid temps.......below 0 tonight. It's not expected to warm up much tomorrow either. Brrrrrr...!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Did you see his blog today? He used alcohol inks to create plaid backgrounds for 2 Christmas tags. I had to try it tonight!
Here's my creation..........
I wanted a subtle blue plaid. My stripes are more visible than the plaid. It's a quick easy technique!
For today's tag, I decided to use a piece of glossy paper the same size as a #8 tag but without a hole or cropped corners.
I stamped the deer with Archival black ink, then embossed it with Ranger Blue Glass EP........very shiny like glass. I masked the deer to stamp the trees, again with Archival Black ink. I added the snowflakes with Distress China Blue and Polysparkle EP.
"Believe" is stamped on glossy paper with Archival Black and embossed with Blue Glass EP. I rounded the corners and added brads. Holographic string is wrapped around the brads and behind the image. I added Polysparkle EP to each brad head.
I added Blue Glass EP to the edges of the dark blue mat. It's all added to the front of an aqua card with snowflakes around the edges stamped with Broken China and embossed with Blue Polysparkle EP.
This photo shows the background before I added any stamping. I used Ranger alcohol inks: Stream, Stonewashed, Denim.
Try this technique. It's so easy!
I hope you enjoyed my take on Tim's technique!
Now, you try it!
Thanks for visiting!
Smiles to you,
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
This ornament was created using Spellbinder Fleur De Lis die. I was inspired by Becca Feeken's ornament. I chose to make mine more vintage looking and this ornament is one sided having a flat back.
I started with 2 of each of the center out of dark green pearlescent paper and 2 big fleur de lis die cuts out of cream cardstock. I also cut a pearlescent dark green circle for the back. You see the color peeking through the cutouts near the edges. I used Antique Linen Distress ink on the edges before folding.
You can follow Becca's tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers for the cutting and folding directions. If you want to make it like mine, only cut 2 of each and add the circle backing.
The antique button that I found in my collection seemed made for the center. I added a touch of green with a Copic marker. The ribbon hanger is glued to the back before adding the backing circle.
I wish I had time to do a step out of all the steps..........too many other committments. Becca's directions are super! I think you'll be able to figure out the changes I made. You may even prefer her ornament. If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment. I'll be happy to answer.
Have a super Monday!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I'm enjoying a day with family. We've got the food prepared and awaiting the turkey which is taking a bit longer than we anticipated. That's good....I'll be more hungry!
Can you believe it? I spent last weekend in sunny Florida! (The photo is the view out our hotel window the first morning.) My youngest daughter competed in a NPC national body building competition. It was huge, 520 athletes! I went with my other daughter to support her and take in the show. She did well finishing 4th in her class! Incredibly good for her first time.
Don't I look pale in this photo next to Sarah? She has multiple layers of spray tan for her competition! We took this photo in the hotel lobby where they had a huge Christmas tree.
I apologize for not having any stamped art to show! I haven't had any stamping time in over a week......major withdrawal. I hope to find time this weekend.
I wish each and every one of you time today to count your blessings and share this Thanksgiving day with family or friends. You are all blessings for which I'm thankful for every day!
Blessings to you!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The image is from JustRite's Autumn Blessings Set. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored it with Copic markers. I added Glossy Accents to the bow....shiny and dimensional.
I stamped the border before I cut the oval using a Spellbinders' die. The border is stamped with Versafine Black Onyx and embossed with clear. The corn image is centered in the oval and fastened to the back, then all glued to a 3 1/4"x 5 3/4" white card.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
OWH sends handmade greeting cards overseas to our service men and women so they can send cards home to their friends and families. It's a great service! Please consider making and donating some cards!!! You'll find more information on the OWH website.
I sure hope you enjoyed stopping! Please stop again!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
.......no, it's not her birthday card! She doesn't have that yet. She's coming to visit so I'll give it to her then. I could hardly show all of you her card before she sees it.........actually she'd see it here, too!
She created this card and sent it to me awhile back. I've enjoyed it setting on a shelf of honor in my stamping room. Now you can enjoy it, too!
The stamps are from Tim Holtz' "Life Adventure". She added some cancelled stamps from a package that I sent her. A great embellishment! The little alphabet letters add a nice touch to the string.
The verse inside says "enjoy the journey". That stamp is from Tim's "Just Thoughts" set. The back of the card has another verse from that set:
"Learn to pause...or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you."
That's what I'm doing today...(besides blogging and creating)....as I'm off from work.
Monday, November 9, 2009
I have another paper lace ornament to share today. Remember the ornaments that I posted on October 21? (just click on the date to take you there!)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Here's a closer look at the little bird and the glitter on the leaves and berries.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
We have had rain and clouds and below normal temps for most of September and October, even temps in the 20s.
All these photos were taken out in my shade garden usually green with hostas now all frozen and covered with leaves.
.....late fall colors of Autumn Joy sedum. I love how this plant holds it's shape all winter.
These 2 mum flowers survived the frost next to the ground......now a flash of color in the drab surroundings.
This is a garlic chives seed head. The flowers are so pretty......very white and airy. I even like the seed heads for winter garden interest but the seeds grow everywhere. Most years I cut them back.......maybe with some nice November weather I'll get that done yet.
I hope you enjoyed this peak at the colors of my fall garden. It was so nice to be outside on this warm November 1st.
.......more stamp art next time....
P.S. Blogger wasn't cooperating with me in lining up these photos.............who knows how it will look when I publish this.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I added a mask over the pumpkins leaving the mask in place over the cat, too, and then created the background with sponged on Distress inks: Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot, Broken China, Faded Jeans. The stars resisted the ink. I added Stardust Stickles to give them sparkle. I also added Stickles to the bat, pumkins, ground and the cat's hat using Black Diamond and Yellow.
Hope your Halloween isn't too scary!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
I have another card featuring him on this post.
I had forgotten about these photos. When I loaded the ornament photos I saw them. Aha! Something to put on the blog!
This is a little notebook and gift card that I made for a special friend.
She took the Copic Certification class this month. This little book is for coloring with her Copics so she can keep notes about which colors work well together, maybe some technique notes, too. Most of the pages are Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock......a great paper for Copic coloring. I included a few sheets of vellum, acetate and Avon Brilliant white card stock. The cover is cut out of USArtQuest mat board. I stamped it with my JustRite Brayton alphabet using Ranger Paint Dabbers. I misted the paint lightly before stamping which is why the letters have a tie-dyed look. Once the paint was dry, I sprayed a glossy clear coat over it so the paint wouldn't rub off. It's not really apparent in the photo but the covers have a nice shiny finish.
Inside the covers is paper from Basic Grey's Lemonade 6x6 paper pad. I used the Bind-It-All to cut the holes in the covers and pages and then attach the wire coil. The ribbon bookmark is tied to the top coil.
Out of my practice stamping for the title, I cut the word "color" to put on a little gift card. I used scraps of BG Lemonade DP and bits of ribbon......a very quick card. The envelope is a library card sleeve with the top edge turned down for a flap. Elizabeth's name is another practice scrap. I stamped her name on the back cover again using JustRite Brayton. The scrap was perfect to add to the envelope.
Just a little bit about Elizabeth.......she's a very talented stamper and paper crafter. We met at Summer CHA a few years ago. She was helping in the Penny Black booth. We each felt an instant bond yet never exchanged information so we could keep in touch. A couple months later, I emailed Penny Black to ask if they could give her my email address hoping she would respond. She did and we've been friends ever since!
Watch for Elizabeth's name in stamping magazines like Scrap & Stamp and Crafts'n'Things. She has stamped cards in both December issues. In fact, she has articles in both magazines! The article in Scrap & Stamp (Dec'09) about water coloring with dye inks is really good. She also designs for Penny Black. Some of her work is on their web page and product packaging.
Elizabeth, you're the best! Smiles to you....
I'll be sure to email her so she doesn't get too surprised by my post......
Have a super Saturday!