Monday, November 30, 2009

Vintage Fleur de Lis Ornament

A different paper ornament.........

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

Holly Foil Card

This is a simple Christmas card I created using a holly 5 x 7" embossing folder from Provo Craft.

I started by embossing a piece of green craft foil. I then trimmed it to this size. It could easily be cut first and placed in the folder to get just this pattern.
To remove the color, I lightly rubbed Ranger's Solvent stamp cleaner over the raised pattern. I swiped the cleaner top on a paper towel occasionally to clear off the color. A word of warning, if too much cleaner gets on the foil it will run into the debossed areas and remove color there as well. By swiping it on a paper towel, it cleans off the color as well as dries the cleaner top slightly. It's a simple technique to try on all colors of foil! There are no scratches as with sanding.
For the card front, I used Core'dinations Whitewash paper. I sanded the color off with a large emory board. I like the subtle holly pattern that accents the foil yet doesn't detract from it.
The foil is layered onto red and white cardstock. A simple knotted ribbon and greeting tag complete the card. The verse is from Hero Arts Holiday Sayings set.
..........hoping to find more time to stamp soon!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving greetings to you all!

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

Fall Harvest

...a very simple layout for this Fall card.

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.

This close up shows the shine on the bow. Not visible is the dimension of the corn. I "puffed" it up by embossing from the back side with a paper stump. It's so easy to know where to emboss because the Copic markers bleed through the paper.
Happy Harvest!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

OWH Blog Hop

Today, I'm participating in Operation Write Home's Blog Hop.
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.
If you just happened to stop here and want to start at the beginning of the Blog Hop, click here for OWH's blog.
My first card is for Any Hero.....sent with a personal message to be given to any service person.
Stamp is from B Line
I had to dig into my stash for this card.....other things took precedence over stamping this week. I didn't have a patriotic card on hand but I know any service person will appreciate a note from "home". I will write a personal note of thanks in this card when I send it to OWH to be sent overseas.
For my Valentine's card, I started with a felt "love" by Creative Impressions.
I embossed the paper behind it with a QK Goosebumpz and over stamped with Penny Black Scrolling Along, a viny pattern with tiny hearts. The red scallop was cut with a MS punch. I added a crumpled vellum heart inked with Distress Vintage Photo. The card front is Graphic 45 paper from their Christmas line. It has lots of tiny hearts in the pattern! I added distressing around the edges. Some brads, bits of ribbon and a piece of lace finish it off.
The stop is Kalo Designs by Stacy! I checked out her website earlier this week. Love the story about her new puppy!

I sure hope you enjoyed stopping! Please stop again!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Year of Fun

A whole year!!! Can you believe it? I've had this blog a whole year. It still seems new. That must be because I enjoy writing and posting photos. It's so fun to share my creations!
A big thanks to all of you who've followed my journey! It's been fun!

I thought I would have time to create something today in honor of this anniversary. It didn't happen. Still, I do have something special to share......
...a new paper ornament!
I've had so much fun making these with folded paper lace!
This center image is from JustRite's "Christmas Treasures". I stamped it with Midnight Blue StazOn on aqua shimmery paper. I cut it out with a Spellbinders circle and added Art Institute Crystal glitter to the stars and border. It's matted on a Petite Scalloped circle cut from deep turquoise Bazzill paper. The lace border was cut with a Martha Stewart punch. Once it was folded and glued to the backing, I sprayed it with Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist. I used another circle of shimmer paper on the back. A narrow ribbon loop forms the hanger.
Thank you for visiting! I hope you've enjoyed your stay!
Smiles to you all!

Happy Birthday, Kathy!

Here's a card in celebration of my sister's birthday...., 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) I'm off from work.

A Day to Celebrate...

......our Veterans! Happy Veterans' Day! sister's birthday! Happy Birthday Kathy! 1 year blog anniversary!
WOW!!! I can hardly believe it! I remember being a bit nervous about getting this started.....mostly about learning how to use Blogger. It seems silly now! How I love writing and posting! It's been a great journey! Thanks to all of you for keeping me inspired!

I have several posts for today......first of all to honor all our veterans.

Thanks to each and every one who have fought for the freedom of this country and who continue to preserve the freedoms we so enjoy!
I created this tag to honor our Veterans using Artistic Outpost stamps from the Hero set.

I first stamped the flags which were inked with Ranger Adirondack Denim and Cranberry. I wiped any ink off the areas that I didn't want to stamp.....I didn't want the border. I gave it a light misting and stamped it on a tag.

From there, I added an Eclipse mask so I could add the background images. I picked and chose how I stamped them repeating parts of the music staffs and printing. I left the mask in
place to add distress inks starting with Antique Linen, then
Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot. In the first photo you
see the mask in place with the edges distressed.

The second photo shows how it looked after I removed the mask. I didn't really like the stark edges of light color around the flag. The 3rd photo shows how I added Distress inks to smooth the
transition around the flags and verse. I left some areas lighter when I distressed to highlight them. To finish it, I added 2 stars near the verse.....these were antique copper which I inked with StazOn Midnight Blue. I used a piece of vintage ribbon with stars at the top. I rubbed some Distress inks over it to "antique" the stars which were white. I tied a tiny navy ribbon around it and added another star. When I use brads in this kind of layout, I cut the fasteners off the back and just mount them with foam tape. It's so much easier to position them especially when deciding where to to put them. It seems if I punch a hole for a brad invariably I want to move it. This way I don't remove the foam backing until I'm sure of where to put them.

Please honor our Veterans today wherever you are. We are so blessed by their dedication to protecting our nation!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Another Paper Lace Ornament

Good Morning All!

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!)
This ornament uses the same technique only the edge is created with a Martha Stewart edge punch. Once the edge is punched, I accordion fold it, glue the ends together and make an ornament......with a few more steps.
The center stamp is from JustRite's "A Merry Little Christmas Set". I stamped it with Versamark and embossed with white.
I left the back side blank so I can use it as a tag for a package..... a tag that is a gift in itself!
I have another class scheduled to make the ornaments shown on my blog post of Oct. 21. It's on Tuesday, November 10th at Fond Memories. If you'd like to attend, please email FM.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Little Christmas Tree

I just posted this card on Artistic Outpost's blog.
The tree and "Merry Christmas" are from AO's Christmas Stories set. I wasn't sure if I liked this little tree....until I stamped it. It's so cute!
I used Memento Cottage Ivy, Cantalope and Rich Cocoa inks to stamp the tree on white paper. I rubbed Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress inks around it. Then I added dots of Gold with a Spica marker for ornaments on the tree.....a little hard to well as to the swirling star. I added tiny dots of Glossy accents over the Spica Gold.....making them dimensional ornaments!
"Merry Christmas" is stamped with Rich Cocoa and clear embossed. The label was cut with a Spellbinders' die. The loops at the ends of it are tucked behind the green dot paper. I used Distress inks and Spica Gold on it, too.
The patterned papers are from Graphic 45.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Bird in a Wreath

Here's a card I created with transparent stamps from " a pear tree" by Penny Black. I stamped the wreath with Memento Bamboo Leaves. I stamped another bird with Cottage Ivy to cut out and mount on foam tape. The bird is colored with Copic BG15. I added a touch of color to the ornaments, too, before adding the Stickles. I added Eucalyptus and Xmas Red Stickles to the leaves and berries. The little red bow is metallic floss. "Joy" is stamped with Rhubarb Stalk with Xmas Red Stickles over the letters. I just cut the tag shape around the word. On the red mat I stamped "joy, peace, noel" repeatedly with Versamark. The edges of the aqua mat are colored with Copic BG15 because I couldn't find a paper color that matched.........a perfect match to the bird.

Here's a closer look at the little bird and the glitter on the leaves and berries.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hurray for Sunshine

What a joy to have sunshine and warm weather!

We have had rain and clouds and below normal temps for most of September and October, even temps in the 20s.
Today, it was 62 degrees! I was almost hot as I worked outside to put some garden things away. Definitely not complaining! It was finally warm enough to roll up my garden hose!

Once I finished my winterizing chores, I grabbed my new camera to capture some of the fall colors. The barberry bushes are so bright out among the brown leaves and tree trunks!

All these photos were taken out in my shade garden usually green with hostas now all frozen and covered with leaves.

This tiny barberry seemed so bright against the old logs, rocks and leaves.

Tiny red berries of this barberry stand out against a Lamium plant (one of the few green plants left).

These purplish blue berries are from a Solomon's Seal plant. They are so striking against the bright barberry leaves.

....a bright lime heuchera still vibrant among the leaves....

Another heuchera with deep pink undersides on it's leaves, almost buried in brown tree leaves.

A few sun garden photos.........

.....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 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.