Monday, August 31, 2009
Today I have been out shopping with my daughter. She then had us over for dinner. Always nice not to have to cook! Since I have been gone all day, I had to hurry and make a card to post. Tonight I decided to make a "flower" card. I love these sunflowers from the Penny Black "Flower Gallery" stamp set. I got this set from Joan's Gardens. I noticed Joan has some of the new Penny Black Christmas stamps. I love Penny Black stamps and need to get my order in for my new Christmas stamps. The little hedgehogs are so cute and there is also a set with a beautiful angel. Be sure and check them out.
The background paper I used for the above card is from a DCWV "Fun in the Sun" Summer Matstack. The colors were perfect for a Fall card. I stamped three of the flowers with Black Memento ink and colored them with Copic markers. I always like the dimension when I cut out the flowers. It is so easy to place them right where you want them. They were attached with dimensional tape then I stuck in some of the fern type leaves that were punched in So Saffron with a Martha Stewart punch. The border was punched with the lattice Martha Stewart punch then embossed with one of the new Cuttlebug borders.
The verse is also in the Flower Gallery stamp set. It was cut out with Nestabilities and attached with dimensionals. The Kaiser, flat back pearls were also purchased from Joan's Gardens. A small bow was added to complete the card.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I stamped the image using Black Memento Ink then colored using Copic Markers. I chalked behind the design. The Real Red panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug Autumn embossing folder and the black strip embossed with one of the new Cuttlebug border embossing folders. Classic Oval Nestabilities was used for the frames. There is so much embossing on this card I thought the only embellishment should be a red and white plaid bow.
Have you started working on your Fall and Halloween Cards?
Saturday, August 29, 2009
There is not much instruction I can give you on this. It was completed with chalk inks. It took about three hours to complete. There is a lot of blending of colors. I am sure I will get better doing this with some more practice, but for the first card, I think it turned out well enough to post. The whole Kinkade series of stamps are so beautiful. I have the "Make A Wish Cottage" stamp I want to color now. I don't have very many colors in the chalk inks, so need to make a purchase and get lots of colors before I can attempt that one.
What do you think? Have you ever colored any of these stamps? If so, I would love to hear about how you did it. I always love to read your comments.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Friday, August 28, 2009
It is suppose to get very warm today but seems like Fall is on the way. Today's card is made with one of the stamps from the JustRite "Autumn Blessings Set". There are 6 beautiful stamps and 6 different borders so you can mix and match in this set. Joan Fricker at Joan's Gardens has a nice supply of all the JustRite stamps for Fall and Winter. Check them out here.
I used a piece of SU Pumpkin Pie card stock for the background. I ran it through the Cuttlebug pumpkin embossing folder. This background matches this design so well. I used Black Memento ink to stamp the design then colored using Copic markers. The background was lightly chalked with More Mustard chalk. Classic Oval Nestabilities was used for the frames. The scalloped piece was cut out using Gina K's new Pumpkin Spice Luxury Heavy Base Weight card stock. Doesn't this go perfectly with the SU Pumpkin Pie card stock. I used both these colors to blend in the color in the pumpkins.
A piece of ribbon I purchased at Joann's was added as well as two brass self adhesive Nail heads purchased from Gina K Designs.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
To begin I used a piece of SU designer paper for the background. To color the tree I first used a Memento Dew Drop " Bamboo Leaves" ink pad to pat the ink directly to the stamp. I purchased my ink pads from Gina K Designs. Since these little pads have a sharp point at one end, it is really easy to control where you add the ink. I then used a Creamy Caramel marker to add the brown to the trunk and branches. I stamp the design on Vanilla card stock then cut it out using a Classic Square Nestie. Before removing it from the die, I sponged on So Saffron ink with a sponge dauber. To get the arch above, I cut out a circle using Nestablities then cut it in half. While still in the die, I used VersaMark and Detail Gold Embossing Powder to stamp the crackle design. As soon as it cooled, I sponged on So Saffron ink. I glued the two pieces together then cut out the small border using a Martha Stewart punch. The verse was stamped and a small satin bow added to the top.
Well I'm off for a fun day in the Canadian Mountains. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The above picture is of my card closed and after you scroll down, you can see it open.
My base card is made with Basic Black card stock. I decided I wanted to have two wipers on my card and to have it vertical instead of horizontal, which is different than shown in the tutorial. I used a brayer to add different shades of yellows and oranges on a piece of glossy card stock. I started at the top with So Saffron. I stamped the moon from the set on a Post-it note then punched it out and placed it on the yellow before adding different oranges. On the very bottom I used a sponge dauber and Chocolate Chip ink to darken the edges. Different images from the Spooky Silhouettes set were then stamped using Memento black ink on this brayered piece.
The bat and scarecrow were added to the Wipers. I was able to use all the image stamps from this set. SU designer paper was used under the scarecrow and on the two top panels. On the main image, a Martha Stewart punch was used for the fence and a black grosgrain ribbon was added at the top. On the top panel, three star buttons were added with glue dots and an embroidery thread knot added over the holes.
This is what the card looks like when opened. This card fits in an A-2 envelope when closed.
Seems like summer has gone by so fast. The kids all start school tomorrow.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
On StampTV, Melanie is hosting a color challenge to use black, green and white. I decided to use one of the leaves from the last StampTV Kit "Signs of Autumn" for my stamped design. I found this green background paper and went from there. The leaves were stamped using Memento black ink onto Wild Wasabi card stock and sponged with the same ink to give it some highlight. The leaves were then cut out.
The white frame was created by cutting a piece of white card stock 3 inches square then centering one of the Martha Stewart punches on each side to create the lacy border. I also created a strip for the middle of the card using the same punch. This card fits in a business size envelope. Classic square Nestabilities was used to make the three black background frames. They fit perfectly inside the white frames. The leaves were mounted using dimensional tape. Some black rhinestones were added to dress it up a little as well as some paper piercing on each corner.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Edit: I just found out yesterday was my friend's birthday. Happy Belated Birthday Joan.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The flowers are from Gina K's new Showtime Stamp Kit, "Signs of Autumn". I stamped the flowers, two times, onto a piece of Vanilla card stock with Memento black ink then colored with Copic markers. I cut one of them out with Nestabilities Labels. I cut out the flowers from the second image so I could mount them on top to give more dimension. I added some bronze Stickles to the center of the flowers for some glitz.
I used designer papers from SU to create the background. The three panels were mounted onto a piece of More Mustard card stock. The top and bottom back panels have some ribbon added to them. I used a small round punch to make holes to thread the knotted ribbon through then added some copper brads. I used some stick on brads, purchased from Gina K Designs on the back panel of the stamped image. The designed was attached with dimensionals.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The Butterfly was Gold embossed and colored with Copic markers. I matted each of the layers on Pretty in Pink card stock and embossed the Barely Banana piece with the new Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder. Pink brads and pink bow were added for the "bling"
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
For her challenge today, you are to use this technique and glitter your entire main image. I used Gina's "Tropical Windows" set which is a free set when you purchase three. I chose this flower image from the set because I thought it goes so well with the card stock and designer paper that is in the "Signs of Autumn" Showtime kit that just came out on StampTV.
I used the Nestabilities "Labels Four" and "Large Labels" to create the frame. I layered them together on the card stock at the same time then cut them out. Since this is a solid stamp, I used Memento Dew Drop Cantaloupe and Potter's Clay ink pads on the flower and New Sprout and Bamboo Leaves on the leaves and stem. It is easy to do this with the Dew Drop pads because they have a sharp point at one end which allows you to tap the ink into small areas. I purchased these ink pads from the Gina K store. After I had all the ink on the stamp, I spritzed it with water to blend the colors then stamped it on Ivory card stock. After I made sure the design was dry, I used the Stardust pen to give it the glitz and glitter look. On the leaves, instead of coloring the entire leaf, I drew in veins. I cut the flower out to fit under the frame and used dimensional tape to mount it. I forgot to mention that before I mounted the design under the frame, I use a sponge dauber to add Cantaloupe ink around the design.
On each end of the frame, I added a corduroy brad, from SU. The border under the frame was cut on So Saffron card stock using a Martha Stewart punch. The verse is from the Tropical Windows stamp set. I cut it out with Nestabilities tag but couldn't figure out how to layer a tag so I liked it. I decided to cut off the end with the hole and just mount it in the center without a brad.
I used the beautiful green card stock, also from the Signs of Autumn stamp kit and embossed the top piece with the new Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder. I think this design goes so well with this pretty flower. I used one of the new Cuttlebug border embossing folders for the trim on the bottom of the card. I purchased these embossing folders from Joan's Gardens.
I'm off now to upload my card to Gina's challenge. Be sure to check the challenges out on StampTV. Each time you submit a card to a challenge, you are eligible to win any Gina K stamp set valued up to $24.95.
Have a wonderful day.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
She stamped the sea horse using the Kaleidacolor Caribbean Sea ink pad. She cut it out and added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The Inspiration Mosaic was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Detail White Embossing Powder. The greeting is from the same set and was also white embossed.
The sea horse was mounted with dimensional tape. She found some green velvet rick rack and thought it would make good sea weed since I didn't have that kind of stamp. I wasn't sure it would work, but she played with it and I think it looks great. She has a great eye for designing. It was attached with Scor-Tape. The three sea shells and rhinestones were added to complete the card.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Isn't this a cute image! This card was made using the new "Autumn Garden" stamp set from Our Craft Lounge. As soon as I saw this set, I knew I had to have it.
To start with, I stamped the fence on a piece of white card stock. On a scrap, I stamped the scarecrow and cut him out. I used Copic markers to color. The sky and grass were sponged on using ink. The scarecrow is mounted with dimensionals. The flowers are brought to life by adding lavender Flower Soft. I purchased this from Joan's Gardens.
The piece on the upper left hand corner was made by stamping the leaf (from SU) with VersaMark on Glossy card stock then embossed with Detail Clear Embossing Powder. I then used sponge daubers to add fall colors over the piece. The Chocolate Chip background was "half" embossed using the Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder. The main image and the leaf piece were matted with Basic Black card stock.
The Thankful For You verse is from the Autumn Garden set. I used petite oval Nestabilities to cut two scalloped frames. The top piece was pierced in each scallop. The main image was mounted with dimensionals. A yellow Prima Flower and some rhinestones were added to complete the card.
This card makes me smile. I love all the dimension on it.
I wanted to let you know that Shannon's baby card was a very big hit at the baby shower yesterday. Everyone was very impressed with her work.
Have a wonderful day.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I layered red card stock onto the Vanilla card base. I ran the brown card stock through the new Herring Bone Cuttlebug embossing folder I purchased from Joan's Gardens. The frame was cut using the Spellbinders "Frameabilities Classic Frame". I had to cut this twice because I wanted the outside frame to be red and the inside to be brown. I didn't like the plain brown background, so I drew some score lines on it using the ScorPal. I added some brads from the Gina K Kit to each corner of the frame.
The verse is from Gina's Showtime Stamp Kit "Thanks a Million". I used the Memento Cantaloupe ink to lightly stamp the wheat, on Vanilla card stock, then used Versafine "Vintage Sepia" ink to stamp the verse. I cut it out using Petitie Oval Nestabilities then punched holes in each scallop.
The frame, the basket and the verse are all attached on dimensionals. The leaves and wheat where attached with adhesive tape.
For such a little card, it took a lot of steps to complete this card, but I am very pleased with it. It has a lot of texture. Now I will go add it to the StampTV challenge which closes Monday.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Shannon loves Melanie's stamp set "Wee Tees" and asked to use it. I pulled out other baby stamps but she went over and pulled out Melanie's set. She knew I had used that set for my baby card (which I have already posted), but she assured me her card would be different. She knew exactly what she wanted on it. She decided to do paper piecing. She found some designer paper in the color she really liked and made the above card. She is so cute because she is very familiar with my stamp room and started going through all the containers with buttons, brads, and other embellishments. She found the things she liked then looked for a Cuttlebug folder she thought would be good for her baby card. The folder she used is called "With Love". Shannon totally did this card on her own. She is as hooked on the Cuttlebug folders and the Nestabilities as I am. She used the petite oval nestabilities and the petite circle Nesties for the background for the hand. She even embossed the frames. She really wanted something for the lower left and corner. She had a hard time deciding what to do. She found the baby feet punch. She had a hard time getting it to punch out on the Sky Blue card stock. The only thing I did for her was use a sponge dauber and added some SkyBlue ink to a piece of computer paper so the punch would work. She was delighted with that. The reason she has a "C" on the tag is because the baby's name will be "Cooper".
It is always a joy to have Shannon come over to stamp. She is such a neat little girl. She always gets up and puts everything away and leaves my stamp room nice and tidy.
I think she did an excellent job designing and completing this card. I'm sure the new mom will love it. I will be going to the Baby Shower with her tomorrow.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I started out with a piece of card stock from the kit and cut out the center with Nestabilities Labels Four. I embossed it while still in the die. I attached a piece of the designer paper, from the kit, to the back then mounted it to a piece of Gina's Chocolate Kiss luxury weight card stock.
I did something different to color the leaves. I used four colors of the Memento Dew Drop ink pads to color. These are new ink pads I just ordered from Gina K Designs, and I love using them. The pads used are: Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves, Potter's Clay, and Rhubarb Stalk. I gently tapped each pad directly to the rubber in the order listed. I then gave it a couple of spritz of water to blend then stamped and cut them out. I love the colors on the leaves. I then stamped the pumpkins twice and rubbed the Cantaloupe Dew Drop pad all over using mostly the tip of the pad. Using these small pads made it easy to color with them. I cut the smaller pumpkin out of the second stamped image and layered it with dimensional tape. I then stamped the flowers and colored them with Copic Markers and also cut them out. I then layered everything adding a few "fern" type leaves punched with a Martha Stewart punch. A Prima Flower was added at the top with a large gold brad and a gold sticker added inside the frame.
My husband asked me for some Thank You cards and this will be one of them.
The above card was made with one of the new JustRite stamp sets called "Autumn Blessings". This set has 6 stamps plus 6 interchangeable borders. I purchased this set from Joan's Gardens.
I used the Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder for the top portion of the background and a piece of designer paper out of my scrap bin . . . I think it might be SU. I stamped the design using the "Autumn Blessings" border and colored it using Copic markers. I chalked the background with yellow. It was cut out with Classic Oval Nestabilities and mounted on a Real Red scalloped oval. For the border across the middle, I cut a narrow strip of Real Red card stock and scored it a couple of times on my ScorPal. The three leaves are brads and were added to give it a little more feeling of Autumn.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I used the Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder, Vanilla card stock and Sahara Sand ink pad. Gina did this with a small ink pad and I think it would work much better but I didn't have a soft neutral color, in a small pad, so used a regular size pad and a brayer. Don't you love the way this technique brings out the texture of the embossing! I mounted it on Night of Navy card stock.
I stamped the golf bag (retired from SU) with black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. The reason I use Memento ink is because the ink does not smear when using the Copic markers. You can use other inks, but you usually need to heat set them first. I used a silver Copic's glitter pen on the head of the golf clubs to make them look like metal. After getting it colored, I cut the image out. I used the Long Rectangle Nestabilities to cut out a Sahara Sand card stock frame. I mounted that with dimensionals onto a piece of Night of Navy card stock.
The "Happy Birthday" is from SU. I cut it out using a the SU Word Window Punch. I added two brads in the tag and mounted it on dimensionals. The golf club is an embellishment I have had for a while and decided to add it to this card for more dimension. I used Scor-Tape to attach it. I then stamped three golf balls using VersaMark and Detail White Embossing Powder.
The inside of this card holds a gift certificate for him to go play at a very nice golf course he has been wanting to go to. We will be having a special dinner and party tonight.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I am not part of the blog hop but just received my stamp and this is the first card I made using it. This mosaic stamp is going to be really great for making lots of different cards. I can hardly wait to see all the new ideas the designers will have tomorrow. Be sure to click on the top icon in my side bar to join in on The Inspiration Mosaic Blog Hop.
For this card I found a piece of designer paper with a light design then stamped the Mosaic, using Momento Black ink. I love the new set by Nina Brackett "Elegant Post", also available from Gina K Designs and decided to use one of the stamps from that set. The verse is from the Inspiration Mosaic stamp set. Both the birds and the verse were black embossed. The mosaic was then mounted on Real Red card stock before attaching to the white card. A Prima flower was added as well as a few red pearls to complete the card.
This was a very quick and easy card. Be sure and check out Melanie's Blog Hop tomorrow for a lot more ideas.
Thanks for visiting.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Today I received an award from my friend Olga.
Thank you Olga for presenting me with this pretty award. Now this award comes with some conditions. I have to tell you 5 things I like to do then pass this award on to more 5 people.
Here are the 5 things I like to do:
1. I love spending time with my family.
2. I love to spend time stamping/blogging
3. I love to travel
4. I love to visit with friends
5. I love to read
Here are 5 Bloggers I am passing this on to:
I have had some embossing powder, for years, that I have not used. I thought it would be great with this flower pole. It is called "Green Verdigris", which is a mix of green and I think gold and maybe a little black. I decided to use Black pigment ink to stamp the pole, then embossed with the Green Verdigris embossing powder. I tried to emboss with VersaMark and didn't like the coverage so decided to use black pigment ink and it turned out perfect. I stamped the pot of flowers with Black Memento ink on a separate piece of card stock, colored with markers, then cut it out. I didn't put it on dimensionals but it still gives it a little dimension. I used a piercing tool to punch a border then mounted it on Green Galore card stock.
The top piece of background paper is from the Basic Grey "Sultry" Paper Pad and the bottom piece is from the DCWV "Fun in the Sun" Summer Matstack. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the border. In the upper corners I use the Cuttlebug corner die and added some green rhinestones to the center of the flower. I also added a few other rhinestones to complete the card.
The Birthday Wishes is from the Elegant Post stamp set. It was cut out with Petite Oval Nestabilities and attached on dimensional tape.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Since this is a "boy" baby card, I used three retired pieces of SU designer paper in pale blue for the background. The onesie was white embossed and cut out. I used my Peerless Watercolors to achieve a tie-dye look. The little dinosaur was perfect for a little boy card. I mounted the onesie on 3 mats, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, and Barely Banana. I used my rectangle Nestablities for the two top frames. I have had the cute little baby embellishments in my "stash" for years and thought this was the perfect time to use them. I used some celery velvet rick rack across the middle border.
I'm looking forward to going to this baby shower with my granddaughters next weekend.
Today I am going to spend time with my daughter. We are going to a movie then will go shopping. I always love to spend time with her.