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!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
.........yes, my new release plate of Artistic Outpost stamps arrived on Friday. I wanted to zip the envelope open right away. But as is my usual style, I set it aside until I finished some household chores. I wanted to be able to savor the moment. Besides, I needed an incentive to get some cleaning done. (I'm having Thanksgiving at my house so I have to clean.) Later, I sat down & opened the package. I mounted the stamps to cling foam right away. Sorry, I can't tell you more right now.
So to give you something to look at, I took photos of a mini board book I made awhile back. I must have had more time then.......
I won't list all the products........there's a lot. If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment. I'll be sure to reply.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I taught a class tonight at Fond Memories. We made little paper boxes. The unique thing about the boxes is that the lid & box are all one piece of paper....the lid does not come off, simply lifts & opens. I found the template years ago....don't remember where, probably a magazine. It's a fun box to make out of 2 sided paper. I'll try get some photos taken over the weekend.
Too tired to create tonight......
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Today, I was named a Guest Designer for Artistic Outpost for 2009!
Wow! I'm so excited!
I applied at the beginning of November. I found out I made the team about a week ago. I had to keep it a secret.........how hard was that! I wanted to shout it to the world!
I'll be designing several projects for one of the new stamp plates scheduled to be released in mid December. I hope to receive the stamps this week........ Then, let the creativity begin! Once the stamps are released, I'll post projects here. That is once I get the go ahead from Artistic Outpost.
I created this tag with the Artistic Outpost Bluebird plate for my application for Guest Designer.
I used Distress inks......of course, what else is there?
To create the swallows highlight, I stamped them on white paper with black Versafine ink. I used Adirondack markers, Denim & Butterscotch & Caramel, over the swallows to give them color. The background blue is Broken China rubbed on with Cut N Dry foam. I applied Glossy Accents to a Tim Holtz Fragment (clear acrylic shape) & glued it over the swallows. Once it was dry, I trimmed the paper around the edges. I'm super pleased with how it turned out!
I even distressed the ribbon so it would match. I rubbed Broken China over this wonderful new ribbon from May Arts.......I say new because it's new to Fond Memories, my favorite stamp store in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.
I'm flyin' high tonight......soo excited!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Here's a little sample of my metal embossing. I dressed up the lid of a simple craft pencil box with a piece of embossed foil.
First, I stained & finished the box. Then I cut a piece of chipboard to fit the lid. I traced the chipboard on a piece of aluminum craft foil to define the pattern area. Then I just doodled with my metal tools.......just fun for me. Some of the design is embossed & some is debossed (dented in). That was not by design choice......I wasn't too pleased with myself when I started working on the wrong side of the metal. Rather than start over, I just worked it into the design.
I used acrylic paint rubbed over the design to antique it.....give it an aged metal look. By buffing the metal with paper towel, the paint rubs off the raised areas & remains in the recessed areas. It makes the pattern stand out. I use this box to store some of my metal working tools.
If you're interested in any of the tools, check out Ten Seconds Studio or Mercart. You'll find lots of visual inspiration in their galleries. As always, if you have any questions about my art, please email me.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I created this card using an Artistic Outpost set appropriately called "Bluebird". There are 8 stamps in the set including the "thinking of you" verse, bluebirds, & a nest that I used on this card. I colored the image with Distress inks: Scattered Straw, Broken China, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo & Antique Linen.
Distress inks seem to be my favorite coloring medium right now.......
The pattern on the yellow mat was created by repeatedly stamping the nest using Scattered Straw ink. A gold satin ribbon holds a Spellbinders ribbon slide for the verse.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
A special thank you to my friends who inspire me to create & motivate me to expand my horizons. You keep me smiling!
Here's a glimpse of a card I just posted on the Fond Memories blog.......
This was a fun card I put together with Cloud9Design papers & a coordinating sticker, 4 different Spellbinders dies, a little tag die from Cuttlebug, "Merry Christmas" verse from a tiny Hero Arts set & some needle punching. Amazingly enough......I did not distress it at all! Oh...I did add Stickles glitter glue to the berries.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Besides rubber stamping & paper crafts, I like to work with metal embossing, glass & soldered charms, photography & sewing. A few of those creations may crop up here, too.