Friday, October 31, 2008

Gothic arch

This is a card I made several months ago and thought I had blogged about it already. Ditzy me forgot so I thought I would show it to you now and tell you a bit about it.
Some time ago I started reading Cora's blog and she participates in an on line Gothic Arch challenge. I liked her creations so much that I wanted to give it try. I didn't join in on any of the challenges but I was inspired to create a card with this shape. Since it reminded me of a church window, I decided to cut out openings so it looks like one is inside looking out into nature. I used vellum in the window and covered the brads with another piece of paper.

The branch and bird are stamps from the Stampin' Up! Touch of Nature stamp set that been retired. I used black stazon ink and watercolor crayons to create this very basic image. More branches and maybe the tree trunk in the picture would be a bit more realistic. I can imagine some very pretty options to use in the future if I ever get the time to stamp. This isn't too bad for working up the first proto type to spring board from. I also stamped a verse under the image and this helped ground the image. It just isn't shown in this photo. This isn't the most inspiring work I have done but it has definite possibilities.

If you would like to try the Gothic card, you can download the template from the sidebar of the Gothic Arch web site. They have several to choose from. Happy stamping!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Splitcoast Stampers Blogger Group 2

Hello everyone! I Just wanted to put in a quick note about the new blogger group that I will be a part of. This is a group of splitcoast bloggers who crop and will be connected via our blogs and have a little competition now and again. Just scroll down to the Splitcoast Stampers Blogger Group off to the right side bar and see all of the talent out there. Anne has a wonderful Tea Bag holder that is just adorable. Melyssa has this cute Christmast baby bootie that is fantastic! She has an assortment of holiday booties and they are all cute. Next you can troll on over to Danielle's blog and check out her box tutorial. There are 20 of us altogether so you should never need to go far when you need a little inspiration! I don't have time to discuss each of these crafty ladies so go check out each and every blog! Cheers! Happy trolling!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Evening Christmas Ornament Tag

This is another Christmas Tag that I made for the swaps that I signed on for over at Splitcoast Stampers. I hope to be mailing them out this week. This tag can also be hung on the tree and used as an ornament! I know even a blind squirrel finds an acorn in the woods every once in a while and this is my acorn.
I have shown you the front and back of this tag at the same time so that you may see the whole piece at once. All of the supplies are from Stampin' Up! except for the red glass beads added as ornament embellishments and the use of Nestabilities dies. A brayer was used to create the night sky.

Supply List:
Stamps- Lovely As a Tree, Winter Post, The Snowflake Spot, Best Yet
Ink- Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Garden Green, Brown Stazon, White Signo Gel Pen
Card Stock- White, Brilliant Blue
Dies/Punches- Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Large oval punch, 1 inch circle Punch
Embellishments-Clear embossing powder, White Embossing Powder, Dazzling Diamond, Glitter, Glass Red seed beads, Dental Floss. Yes you read it correctly, I used waxed dental floss as the hanger.
Enjoy! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Joy Tag 2008

It's beginning to look like Christmas in my stamping area because I joined several gift tag swaps over at Split Coast stampers. My little fingers have been busy creating and I wanted to share what I came up with. I participated in a gift tag swap last year and we received some really cool tags. Heidi is hosting the same type of swap as last year. You have time to join in the fun if you sign up by Monday. Check it out here. The other swap I am participating in is this one but it is only for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.
Materials Used:
Card Stock- White, real red, garden green, certainly celery
Ink- Versa mark watermark ink, real red, garden green
Stamps- Illuminations, winter post and baroque border wheel
White embossing powder, dazzling diamonds

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuxedo Light Unto My Path

This is another Faith inspired card that's all dressed up with no place to go. The use of faux stitching and dots are signature Faith and you may see her work on her blog . The card was made with the Stampin' Up! A Light Unto My Path stamp set. Oval Nestabilities and Scallop Oval Nestabilities were utelized along with the D'vine Swirl Cuttle Bug embossing folder. The use of Crystal effects on the waves gives the look of water. This was so easy to do so why not give it a try?

I still have a lot to do on This Old House so this is a short post tonight!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fall House Mouse

Isn't this a cute card! I made it last fall and forgot to write a post about it so I'll try and remember some of the details in case you are interested.

The background paper I made by taking vanilla card stock and then put it down on my giant Big and Juicy stamp pad called foliage. This is a large five color rainbow pad. Next I took some pumpkin images from the Stampin' Up! Give Thanks stamp set and used my watercolor crayons to color them. and popped the center one off of the card with dimensionals. The green card stock is Stampin' Up! Old Olive.

The mouse image is an old House Mouse called Winter Wind. This stamp and the Beleaf stamp were given to me by a friend and are dated 1998 and 1999 respectively.

The small leaves are from a small punch that may be from EK success. It does not have a manufacturers name on it but looks like other EK products that I own.

If you have any questions about this card, I would be happy to try and answer them. I no longer have this card so I have to go off of the photograph. I just can't remember everything! Hope this gives you some inspiration for Fall!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Evening Light

Hey gang! Here is one of my latest creations. It was fun to create and went together so well.

Several other stampers inspired me when I put this together. Faith inspired the stitching and Michelle inspired the way I stamped the lighthouse image. Check out their work if you like this card. The wire embellishment is something that I make on a wire jig. You can check out my post on this one if you would like to make your own. Check out the crystal effects on the beacon of light and the water! Isn’t it cool?

Here is what I used to make this card:

A Light Unto My Path Stamp set

Brilliant Blue CS

White CS

Glossy White CS

Stazon Black ink

Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor inkpad

White Signo gel Pen

Divine swirl Cuttlebug embossing folder

Black Brads

Crystal Effects

Ticket Corner Punch

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Now for a personal update. The house is almost ready to move into although there will still be a great deal to do after we settle in. Hallelujah! Did I say hallelujah already? We hope to be in around Thanksgiving. Ihope to post some new photos on how the house is coming very soon!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Roarin' Red

These little gems were created with some millifiori beads that are just so cute! I have made head pins for the first set and used plain off the shelf head pins for the second. These are sterling silver and were made to support Relay for Life. Notice the type of ear wire is different on each pair. Which ones do you like the best? Enjoy!

Friday, October 3, 2008

What a bargain!

I was recently out trolling through some blog sites andI found Creative Impressions
through Lynn's Blog . This sight has great ribbon and is very inexpensive. They have other cropping supplies besides the ribbon too. You might want to check them out.

I am thinking of beginning a regular post which discusses web sites like this one and also critiques tools and supplies. Would you want to read about this type of information? Do you like this idea?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins

I promise this will be the last card using the Harvest Home stamp set for a while but I wanted to show off some of the versatility with this set. Besides, in my mind the Fall season begins in September and ends in November. That's a long season and we need to have plenty of cards on hand for this time of the year. The pumpkin image was stamped with black stazon ink onto naturals ivory card stock and then colored with Stampin write markers. I thought you might be tired of looking at my work in watercolor crayons. The caryons are really so forgiving that they are the first thing I reach for when I need to fill in an outline stamp.
I used the versatile Best Yet stamp set for the sentiment. Contact me to see how to get this set for FREE! Punch out the sentiment with the scallop square punch. You guessed it, I did use the prints pack designer paper from the last Stampin' Up! catalog. I have gotten a lot of mileage from that pack of paper! It has really come in handy.
The leaves were die cut with the leaf set from Cuttle Bug and colored with markers. I so love to emboss and die cut with my bug! I hope you enjoy this card and if you have any questions, please contact me.


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