Friday, October 31, 2008
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
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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.
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
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.
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
I still have a lot to do on This Old House so this is a short post tonight!
Monday, October 20, 2008
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
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
Glossy White CS
Stazon Black ink
Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor inkpad
White Signo gel Pen
Divine swirl Cuttlebug embossing folder
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
Friday, October 3, 2008
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
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.