Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Now I need to tell 7 things about myself. I guess I can't say "I love to make cards" seven times so here goes....
- I grew up in New England.
- I have been a Carolina girl for over 40 years.
- I have a wonderful husband who encourages my creativity.
- I have 3 beautiful grown daughters that I am ever so proud of.
- I have 4 precious grandchildren.
- I am a retired librarian.
- I am a stampaholic!
OK, now I get to pass this award along to 7 of my favorite bloggers. Emily already gave the award to some of my favorites so here are some more worthy bloggers. Do check out their blogs for some wonderful inspiration.
- Susie of Sharing What I Love has shared life lessons as well as card inspiration.
- Hannah of Sherbetblossom gave me the Blogspotter button last spring and I have enjoyed her cards and interesting tibits since then. She has become a favorite of one of my daughters too.
- Catherine of Catherine Pooler Stamps who shares lots of tips and techniques on her blog.
- Karin of Inspired to Stamp keeps me inspired.
- Judi of paper-rose-petals who does the most incredible watercoloring.
- Debbie at Unfrogettable Stamping gives me Stampin' Up! inspiration.
- Cindy at Stamps, Paper & Ink is last but not least on my list.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I did this card first but I wasn't crazy about it. I love seeing the butterflies. I always feel like I've received a gift when I see one flitting past!
The layout of this card was inspired by a card by ravengirl on SCS. Her card is much prettier (and so is the one I did just like it). This however doesn't give me that yeah! feeling at all.
Stamps: Dreams du Jour, Because I Care
Ink: Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede
Paper: Whisper White
Acc.: Mask, Stampin' Sponge, Soft Suede SU Marker
I hope tomorrow my mojo comes back!
Thanks for the visit.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Now I am inspired to make some cards with some of the paper and I have classes this weekend and next week. I'll be too busy to play.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to play some.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I used the snowflakes from the Northern Hearts set for the One Layer Wednesday challenge on Simplicity. This week's challenge is Three plus One. Do three images plus one sentiment.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I tried to use all the colors and stay with items that are current Stampin' Up! For the first time in my stampin' life, I wanted to use Green Galore, but I used Wild Wasabi instead.
The vase is made from the Designer Label Punch. I held the paper so it didn't quite cut the whole thing.
The flowers are made with the Boho Blossom Punch. The center of the flower is my small scallop punch that I've had for years and don't even remember where I got it!
I used the big Polka Dots from the Apple Blossoms Level 2 Hostess Gift for some interest on the vase. The photo doesn't show it at all. It is very subtle because I stamped it with the Tempting Turquoise on the Turquoise vase.
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Apple Blossoms
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
Acc.: Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Designer Label & Boho Blossom Punches, Daffodil Delight narrow ribbon, Dimensionals
Oh, and we had a good time making cards with Designer Paper this morning. As usual, I got so wrapped up having fun that I didn't get my camera out. There were some really awesome cards too! I did get a couple shots of what I made. I'll share them later.
Hope you had a wonderful day!
Monday, September 13, 2010
We had one young gent come in to see what was going on and he wanted to make a card for his Grandma's birthday. We had so much fun helping him make a card and he really impressed himself! Maybe he will come back next month.
Stamps: Autumn Leaf Prints, Holiday Best (Sorry, both are retired sets and one odd non SU leaf stamp)
Ink: Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy
Paper: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Dusty Durango
Acc.: Hemp twine, SU Markers (Always Artichoke & Cajun Craze)
The hanging leaves were stamped and cut from a piece of sponged paper using the faux polished stone technique. We did this project a couple of years ago and I still have some of the paper left.
Wish I had time to stay longer. I have the Creative Arts group coming in tomorrow and I need to finish getting ready for that. They're going to help me get rid of some decorative paper. I'll try to remember to take some pictures so you can see what we come up with.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Here's a card for the Free for All Challenge on SCS, Rectangles & Circles. It's not like Wendy's card but it has both. And I only used one stamp set.
I used the Bells & Boughs set from the Holiday Mini for this card. I love all the images and they aren't too hard to paint.
I stamped the main imageon Whisper White with Black StazOn. Then I re-inked the center of the image and stamped on a piece of Whisper White scrap paper. Using inkpads & a blender pen, I painted the evergreen & poinsettia. On the second image I just painted the big flower.
The layout is from SC295. I really love this sketch and didn't get to it that week.
The sponging is due to the fact that I got a smudge on the side of the design panel. My Garden Green spot leaked and I forget to check for inky fingers after I use it! I like the sponging though, so it was a good thing.
I still have a few of those little gold seed beads and I used them in the center of the flowers. The beads are really the flower. The red bracts are leaves.
Stamps: Bells & Boughs
Ink: Black StazOn, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Old Olive, Going Gray
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive
Acc.: Blender Pen, Stampin' Sponges, Seed beads, 1 3/8" & 1 1/2" Circle Punches
I like the rectangles & circles together!
Want to try your hand at these challenges? Just click on the links above and follow the directions. I'd love to see what you come up with.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Lovely as a Tree is one of my favorite stamp sets in all seasons but especially in Autumn.
I used the Rock & Roll technique to ink the stamp. I used Close to Cocoa on the trunk then inked the leaves with More Mustard. Using my Stampin' Spots I rocked the pads on the tree working from light to dark. There is a great tutorial on SCS here.
Once I had inked up the stamp, I held it out and spritzed some water over it. (Don't spritz directly on the stamp because it makes it too wet.) Then I stamped it on some watercolor paper. I used a blender pen to fill in the tree trunk and blend the leaves a bit. I also used a blender pen dipped in the corner of the ink spots to make "leaves" on the ground.
My twine is a bit of raffia that was hiding in my ribbon drawer and a piece of hemp twine. I wrapped and tied them together.
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Three Little Words
Ink: Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Early Expresso
Paper: Watercolor, Early Expresso
Acc.: Raffia, Hemp Twine
I know that Fall is around the corner because the days are getting shorter and I can see some changes in the trees. I am really looking forward to some cooler weather to go along with it!
That's all for today. Hope you had a fine day and got to make something pretty!
With inky fingers,
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
This is my set to go to for black & white. I love this feather and the dragonfly in this set.
I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the placement of the feather. Sometimes that little gadget is really handy!
I let the ink dry and put a drop of glue in the center and sprinkled a tiny bit of Olive Fine Supernova glitter. After that dried, I put a little bead of glue around the glitter and sprinkled the Aqua Fine Supernova glitter.
I drew some lines around the design and I was finished! Quick and easy if you don't count the stamping I did first and discarded!
Stamps: Nature's Nest, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White
Acc.: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine Supernova Glitter, Black SU Marker
Now I need to go and clean up my mess! And judging by the time, I need to start some supper.
I had fun today. Hope you did too. Thanks for stopping by. I love hearing what you think.
I inked this little flower from the Friends Never Fade set with SU Markers and stamped then punched the corners. It was looking a little bare, (I think it was a bit small for the size of the square) so I used a clear mount block to guide in drawing a line all around. This always makes me nervous. You can probably see where I got the wobblies!
I used lots of Real Red here. I have some fall birthday girls who like red. I'll save this for one of them.
Stamps: Friends Never Fade, Short & Sweet
Ink: SU Markers, Real Red, More Mustard, Always Artichoke
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red
Acc.: Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Narrow Daffodil Delight ribbon
I'll be back with a card for the One Layer Wednesday challenge. I'm on a roll.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Betty chose all In Colors this week, Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, & Pear Pizzazz. Have I said before that I love these colors? Dessert is to use string.
The Pocket Silhouette stamp set seemed perfect for these Fall colors. I stamped the flowers on a 3 1/8" square of Very Vanilla using all the colors. I tried to visualize it as a garden scene through a window. Judging from the angle it must be a basement window! Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a view like this?
After stamping, I cut the piece into 1 1/2" squares and adhered them to a 3 1/4" piece of Concord Crush.
The butterfly somehow got in the house and is trying to find his way out to the flowers! Did you notice the string body and antennae? It doesn't show up very well in this picture.
My first attempt at these squares are going to make a set of notecards. I need to go put them together.
Card Recipe (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Short & Sweet
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Concord Crush
Acc.: Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Word Window Punch, Linen Thread
Now over to SCS to post and look at all the wonderful inspiration in the galleries.
Hope this inspires you a bit.
I CASEd this card from a card by k dunbrook on SCS. The Creative Arts group is getting together next week to help me use up some decorative paper and I thought this would be fun to do.
I cut 1" squares, cut them in half diagonally, rounded the corners and placed them in a circle. Getting those little pieces cut diagonally and in the punch was a challenge!
You could call this a retirement card. The paper is from Sale-a-bration, the corduroy brads have been discontinued, The card stock & sentiment stamp have gone away. I'm so happy I used up some of this retired stuff! Hope the ladies will help me get rid of some more!
Stamps: Warm Words
Ink: Dusty Durango
Paper: Dusty Durango, White Textured, Welcome Neighbor DSP
Acc.: Scallop Edge Punch, Paper Piercer, Corduroy Brad, SU Markers (Dusty Durango, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay)
If you have some scraps of Decorative Paper hanging around, this is a fun way to use them up!
I'll be back with a challenge card in a bit.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
I had this weeks Sketch Challenge from SCS on my work table and when I saw the Free for All Challenge yesterday, I thought I would try to combine them. The Free for All is to do anything to do with birds and as an added challenge to use a color we don't use.
I love the pheasant from Autumn Days so I decided to use him. He looked kind of lonely so I masked him and stamped another without re-inking. I think I should have stamped her a bit higher, but she'll do. Then I masked both birds and stamped the wheat (So Saffron) and berries (Crumb Cake). I used an eyeshadow sponge with Bashful Blue & So Saffron ink to sponge in the background. The birds are colored with a blender pen and ink.
I stamped the birds in Soft Suede. It's the color I don't use. I never liked it because it reminds me of what we find in Luke's diaper. Ugh! However, now that we don't have Close to Cocoa, I think I am going to have to use this ink more. I also used this unattractive color to do a narrow mat around all the elements.
The leaves are stamped in Cajun Craze on Cajun Craze & I stamped the Sanded background stamp on Bashful Blue with Sahara Sand ink.
Stamps: Autumn Days, Sanded
Ink: Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Bashful Blue, Cajun Craze, Watercolor
Acc.: Gold Brads, Mat Pack & Paper Piercer
Hope you get a chance to stamp this weekend. Inky fingers are the best!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Even dry and flattened, I didn't like it! And, after looking at the Ways to Use It gallery, I realized that I really didn't get the challenge! She said to use one piece of cardstock meaning to take the rest of the piece of cardstock and embellish your card with it. Check out the gallery, I got some awesome ideas!
So I went to work on revamping this card....
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Today, I did a card for Simplicity's One Layer Wednesday challenge to do trees. The Ways to Use It challenge on SCS was to use one piece of cardstock. The challenge police might come after me because I used a little scrap of Real Red cardstock for the apples. Whoops!
Stamps: Season of Friendship, Bird on a Branch (sentiment)
Ink: Soft Suede, Old Olive
Paper: Naturals White, Real Red
Acc.: Whacked Finial Press Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch
Note: I cut the embossing folder into strips with my rubber cutting scissors.
Let me see if I dare post this to the Ways to Use It challenge and take my chances with the Challenge Police.
I did another one that is honestly only one piece of cardstock, but it hasn't dried yet. Once it's dry, I think it's going to need to be flattened. Oh my, what a mess!
See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
These are the designs for the upcoming class.
You can watercolor, blend, stamp, punch & emboss with the Big Shot. All the materials will be provided including embellishments.
I have lots of sentiments so you can choose to make these cards for whatever occasion you need.
Class times are:
Sunday, September 19, from 2:00 -4:00
Monday, September 20 7:00 - 9:00
Tuesday September 21, 10:00 - 12:00.
There's a time here for everyone.
Cost is $15.00. You can choose to do envelope art for an additional $1.00. If you order $25.00 or more, I will give you a $5.00 discount on the class.
E-mail me to save your spot. Class registration closes on September 17 at 11:00 pm.
Hope you can come to have some stampin' fun with me.