Tuesday, September 29, 2009

On Eagles Wings

I almost forgot to show you this card. It has been squirreled away in a drawer for months because I submitted it for publication a while back to CPC. This was the first card that I have ever sent in to be considered for publication and it was actually published in the first issue of the CPC magazine. The on line version has been published and I am waiting for the actual copy of the magazine to cross my hands in the near future. I won't tell you too much about it unless you have a question since all of the details are in the magazine. I used stamp set Marvels of Nature by Innovative Stamp Creations and On Eagles Wings by Our Daily Bread Designs. A little gamsol technique on the eagle, brayered, stamped and sponged back ground and voile! Okay I heat embossed too! Thanks for looking and have a great day!
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Card Parade on You Tube



I have spent enough time with the new video camera and with editing that I have finally put together a simple video. This was just a way to get my feet wet so that I can learn the ropes. This video contains old and new projects. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Blast from the Past -Scallop Envie Tag

Heidi over at SCS is host our annual Christmas Tag Swap again this year and I just wanted to give you a heads up so you can go over there and sign up for the fun! This is a post from our last tag swap to give you an idea of what the swap is all about.
This is what I used:
Card Stock- White, Glorious Green, Patterns pack designer red
Ink- Versa mark Watermark, Garden Green, Glorious Green
Stamps- Punches Three, Winter Post, I Did It
Embellishment- Clear Embossing powder, linen thread
Scallop Envelope Bigz Die

The die cut made an excellent base and all I did was to remove one of the side flaps. How easy is that? The snowflakes were heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
I used a piece of rubber stamp foam as the fastener because I have tons of it left from cutting out my stamps and it was free! I just love free don't you? Thanks for looking and happy stamping.
Now get on over the SCS and sign up!

Monday, September 21, 2009

MIA

I have been Missing In Action around my blog and also in visiting other blogs recently! It wasn't intentional but I did know that this summer and fall would be hectic for me. We have been racing against the rainy weather all summer trying to complete the outside of the house. I was hoping for the exterior to be finished by now but it will be another season before that will happen. One side is nearly completed with two additional sides in mid repair. We are back into rainy weather so it is uncertain how much more will be completed until warm weather next year. My husband has been milling pieces and parts of the exterior that need replacing. Making custom wood trim takes time and we can't exactly go to Lowe's or Home Depot and pick out what we need. The idea is to put the house back as she was built as much as possible. It is a slow process that is frustrating but should be well worth it in the end.
We have also been busy with paperwork attempting to have the house listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We met with the Historic Preservation Review Board at the state level a few weeks ago and they gave us the nod and nominated the house for the National Register. Now we wait to hear from Washington to see if they accept the nomination. In the process, our local paper got wind of the story and wanted to publish an article. I told them that the exterior of the house wasn't quite ready for photos so they published an article without photos. They would like to do another story once the house is on the Register so we will wait and see what the future holds. If it had not rained on Saturday and Sunday, I would have completed photos of the front. We worked on completing the floor of the front porch but were rained out when it came to staining the wood. It rained today and is expected most of the week so who knows when I can finish up.
I have been spending time in the craft room and have lots of things to show you once I sit down long enough to write a few posts. Until then, keep visiting and stay in touch.
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Monday, September 14, 2009

Dogwood Flower Tutorial


I made this flower with punches. Let's begin by pulling the supplies you need to create this Dogwood blossom.
Card Stock-Ultra smooth white, garden green
Scissors
Ink-Creamy Caramel
Markers-SU! Summer Sun, SU! So Saffron
Punches-SU! Ornament, SU! Ticket Corner, 3/4 inch circle
Die Cut- SU! embosslit Sweetest Stem
Stamp Set- SU! Happy Harmony
Glue
Sponge
Punch four images of the ornament punch using Whisper White card stock.Snip off the ornament top and discard the top.Remove the plastic guide from the ticket corner punch.Flip over the punch and insert the ornament so that it makes contact with the punch where you just removed the cap. This will be a flat area. Punch to notch the end of what will be the dogwood petal.Lightly sponge the notch of the petal with creamy caramel ink.Cut two 3/4" circles from white card stock and one 1/4" by 1 1/4" strip. Glue the strip across the circle as shown.Glue down the top and bottom petals to the strip and let the tip of the petals come just over the edge of the circle.Glue down petal 3 as shown and follow with petal 4.Take your second 3/4" circle and stamp randomly with markers. Next ink the stamp with Creamy Caramel and stamp off once before stamping the circle to get a lighter impression. Do this randomly across the circle. Add a dimensionl to the back of the circle and apply to the center of the flower.
Gently bend the petals up using your thumb as a guide to give the flower some dimension.
Cut out leaves with a die cut machine and attach to the back of the flower with glue. Wasn't that simple?
If you use this idea on your project, please link back to this post. You may not copy and paste this material anywhere on the WWW. Please link back to this post. You may not make copies of this material without written consent. You may check back often for additional tutorials on new ways to use punches. Show me what you can do with this idea!
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rose Chintz

I sat down a few weeks ago to create something for a friend whose life has been a struggle recently. I began by coloring this Rose Chintz Stamp from All Night Media, using SU! markers. This is what fell out! Once the image was colored, I decided on the rest of the color choices.
I also used my SU! Delight in Life stamp set and a CB Vintage corner die. The large oval punch was used for the sentiment and then I cut out the pink oval by eye to layer the sentiment image. I finished it off with some crystal stickles by Ranger. You knew I was going to add some glamor didn't you? I took the photo at an angle so the sparkle would show up. Other items use to make this card are...Perfect Plum CS, Blush Blossom CS, lavendar CS that has been in my stash forevah. The DP is called Brocade Basics from SU! Thanks for looking.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Congrats

I made this card front and used it for a birthday card. I started with watercolor paper and stamped the topiaries. It is F661 Topiary from Hero Arts. Next I colored the images. I went over that with my versa mark watermark pen and sprinkled on clear embossing powder. Then I put the old heat gun to work. I took a large post it note and used it as a mask. Next I brayered on SU! Bashful Blue and then a tad of brilliant blue.
I flipped the mask around and began to brayer on the green in old olive and always artichoke. I finished up with adding the rest of the images. They came from Su!-scene in a garden, Congrats and Rubber Stampede. What do you think?

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Grape and Paisley

Yes, I know this is not the best angle to view this card but there is just too much shiny glare when I photograph this the proper way. I don't want to blind anyone and this angle showed some glitz without needing sunglasses! The blog police might ticket me for to much glitz or something!
I have only used this grape stamp a few times and each time I like it more and more! It is an old Stampa Rosa stamp and I used silver embossing powder with it and it really looks like stained glass! I think I might make a whole lot of this one because it's just so pretty.
I used my twinkling H2Os and my Pearl Ex watercolor paint that I made up with gum arabic, water and pearl ex powder. If you click on the pic you can see the shine a bit better. What do you think?
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cupcake Stand Bday

This one is pretty easy to figure out so I won't go into detail unless you have questions. I cut down a white A2 card just a bit so I could back it with Ruby red CS. There were so many layers on the front that the back needed a little extra weight. I really like the way the corner die cuts frame the cupcake stand. Here is the list of supplies used to create this card.
SU! CS- Ruby Red White
Watercolor Paper
SU! DP- Patterns Pack
SU! Ink- Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip
Versa Mark Watermark ink
Su! Gold Detail Embossing Powder
Stamps- SU! Cupcake wheel, SU! Teeny Tiny Wishes, SU! Crazy For Cupcakes
CB Vintage Corner Die
SU! Punches- Small and large oval, scallop oval

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Manhattan birthday

I finally got around to participating in a challenge over at CPC. This was the Color Monday Challenge 19. We were to use black white and one other color so I used pink because it is one of my faves and it goes well with black and white.
I used pink vellum by MS to create the embossed flowers using the Manhattan flower embossing folder from SU! Here is the list of materials.....
CS-SU! Blush Blossom, Black, White and MS pink vellum
Ink- SU! White Craft, Su! Blush Blossom
Stamps- SU! Teeny Tiny Wishes
Word Window Punch
Silver Eyelets
Piercing Tool and SU! Mat Pack
Embossing Folders- SU! Manhattan Flower, SU! Elegant Bouquet
CB Vintage Corner die
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