Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall Still Life Gift Bag

I have never gotten into the digi stamp craze because I haven't figured out how to watercolor these images without smears and smudges. I don't own alcohol ink markers so it has been sort of a lost cause for me until I found this free digital image at the Paper Garden Projects Blog last week. I really liked this image for fall and it is definitely different from all of the Jack O' Lantern images that flood blog pages this time of year. I decided to give it a shot and see what I could do with this. I printed the image on SU! Whisper White CS and then heat set it with my embossing gun. Then I tried my hand at coloring with my SU! markers. I know you are thinking that I don't use markers very much and you're right! I'm so hooked on watercolor that I rarely give my markers a second glance. I stepped out of my comfort zone and this was the result. It turned out well as an experiment and I did sneak in a few strokes with my brayer! LOL! Did you really think I could pass up an image like this and not use a brayer? Yeah, right!
I used the digi image on this gift bag and made a matching card. Doesn't that DP just put you in the mood for a brisk walk and a cup of hot cider? I hear the rustling of leaves on the pavement outside. It must be time for my walk with my walking partner. I can smell leaves burning in the crisp fall air. I'll be back later to sip a little cider and read some of your creative blogs. Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, October 26, 2009

At Last the Presentation of This Old house

Several weeks ago I said I would be back with a new photo of the house. It has been a long time coming with all of the rebuilding and painting of details. The front and west sides of the house are now about 98% complete and the scafolding has finally been removed until next season! I can begin a landscape plan and go to work in that department next. This is the fun part for me! I hope we have enough warm autumn days left to begin this task.
This is what the house looked like when we purchased it in 2007. It doesn't look too bad until you get up close. The poor thing is almost completely white! So many of the details just fade into a sea of white. At some point early in the life of this house, it was painted in similar colors to what we have done today. I do admit that we have added more accent colors to bring out the details more than what had been done in the past but they just don't build houses like this anymore. It was time to celebrate the architecture and bring the eye to the details!This is what the front looked like in the spring of 2008 in mid restoration. We worked, the contractors worked, the sub contractors worked and at times there were 12 sets of hands working inside and out. Keep in mind that there are only 3 main contractors and 3 of our family members working throughout the entire project. If you start at the top and work your way down, these are some of the things that were repaired:
3rd story windows were tacked up so those were repaired and now work properly
3rd story windows were missing/rotted and replaced
Rotted trim was replaced like the original and had to be milled on site. Can't pick that up at Lowe's or Home Depot!
electricity running on exterior of house was moved/replaced to inside walls. Keep in mind that some of the original wiring was still in use and the house had amazingly not caughton fire!
Walls were insulated where possible.
Shingles were deteriorated and removed. New shingles that had to be cut to the same 5 inch width were attached to replace the old.
New balcony floor added so it no longer leaks and slate tile will go down on it next season.
Paint was stripped down to the bare wood or old lap siding removed and turned over.
Porch roof was removed and the metal patches were repaired properly
Porch roof was shored up and jacked up to prevent further sagging.
Section of porch front were removed because of rot and replaced.
Brick supports were removed and rebuilt with brick that is historically more correct.
Plastic lattice was removed. Plastic just doesn't belong on this house!
New flashing and shingles were replaced on the porch roof
Porch ceiling replaced
mish mash of wood that was surrounding the ceiling was removed and new wood milled like the original
Porch floor was repaired, replaced and refinished
Front door stripped but needs to be refinished
Stripped many layers of paint and it took forevah! Primed and painted and painted and painted!

Now for the fun part of decorating the porch! It's an outdoor room of about 660 square feet. Excuse me while I go work on the landscape and contemplate decorating! Thanks for stopping by.
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Sailing Against the Sea

Hey gang! I popped by to show you a brayered card that I created a few months ago. The brayered background was created at the Michelle Zindorf class that I took back in the spring. It was a practice piece and it was too pretty to throw away so I brought it home. We used Adirondack inks but I can't begin to tell you the names of the colors. Anyway, I stamped this sailboat image by Santa Rosa with black stazon ink and began to color the image. I used two colors of blue reinkers to color the sails and they were just too close in color. It didn't look right so I left it lay on my table for weeks until I had the bright idea to sponge some white on two of the four sails. I also added crystal effects to the hull of the boat and that made things look better so I kept going until I ended up with this. The stamp already had waves engraved into it but the black was just too dark so I used a gel pen over the black to create the water. I also added in a few strokes with the gel pen of my own so that the water had more movement.
I decided that this is the perfect card to send to my uncle who is very ill. He loves to fish and spent time in the Navy when he was young. The quote on the inside is by Oliver Wendel Holmes.
"I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor."

Materials List:
Rubber Stampede 2861 Compass Rose
Su! Elegant Greetings Stamp Set
CB Divine Swirls Embossing Folder
5 SU! Black Brads
Crystal Effects
White Gel Pen
Versa Mark watermark ink pad
Assorted Inks
CS-Taken With Teal, White, Black
Nestabilities Labels Four
White Embossing Powder
3/8" Sheer black Ribbon

Thanks for Looking!
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mystery Paper Revealed

Today I thought it would be a good idea to let you in on the little secret about the shiny paper from the last post. First let me tell you a little story.... I read many paper crafting blogs to gain ideas and to keep my creativity going. Well, a few weeks ago I was reading a Blog called Frugal Ideas From the Parsonage and I was very intrigued by the penny pinching ways this crafter had used shiny tissue paper. So I went out and bought some of the same product and gave it a whirl.

This is what I got on the first try with mylar tissue. It isn't quite perfect yet but with a little playing I should be able to get a good image. once it is glued down it won't have so many wrinkles either. I'm thinking Christmas cards for this application. Anyway, this idea got me to thinking of different products I could try and run through my Cuttle Bug. I went to our three different dollar type stores on the lookout for something interesting.

I found a foil type paper that reminded me of this paper that a birthday Wish RAK fairy at SCS sent to me only she used the expensive stuff. Remember the last post with the shiny paper? Ready to find out what it was?
It was a giant 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 foot gift bag that I purchased from a dollar type store for $1.99. First I cut the sides out of the bag because it was the perfect width to cut in half lengthwise and run through an embossing folder. I'll have another birthday card to show you in the near future that uses some of this very bag to add glitz and glamour to an otherwise plain Jane card. In fact you may see several more posts that use this very bag because I am having soooo much fun with it. The holiday gift tags I am making for a swap.... yes indeed, I used this paper.Everyone who sees the finished pieces say that the shiny hollogram paper is really neat. If they only knew........ I'm not going to tell! Just remember that this type of material is not archival safe so don't use it in your scrapbooks. What do you think?
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blue Morning Birthday



I created this simple card for a birthday but with the sentiment and floral motif it could really be a thinking of you or thank you card.
The main stamp set is called Morning Soft from Stampin' Up! The card stock is also from Stampin' Up! except for that shiny paper. I'm not going to tell you about it in this post but I'll show you what it was in a post later this week. Can you guess what it might have been before I put my scissors and Cuttle Bug to it?
Remaining materials List:
Paper Piercing tool
Nestabilities Labels Four
Cuttle Bug Vintage Die
Watercolor Vine Stampin' around wheel
Black Stazon Ink
SU! Watercolor pencils


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Friday, October 16, 2009

Punched Aster

I sit here to compose posts for the week on a cold and rainy day with Irish melodies gently flowing down into the library. My daughter is on the second floor landing playing her Clarke Penny Whistle and it is such a wonderful sound to hear. Lately she has been spending a great deal of time practicing her piano, penny whistle and violin. My husband and I sit back and enjoy. All those years of piano lessons has paid off quite well as our daughter has embraced music. The acoustics in this house are very good so it is a real treat when she begins to play.

Now let's get to the heart of this post. As you can see, I have been on a punch frenzy creating all sorts of flowers lately. I decide one day to see what types of flowers I could come up with and all sorts of ideas came to mind. So many that I didn't have time that day to try everything that I had thought up. Maybe I'll get the chance to try this exercise again in the future. For now take a look at this Aster. I began with a one inch circle as the base and then punched 14 large ovals in rose red CS. I then sponged from the center out with rose red ink and began to glue these down to the center circle and overlapped each petal by about half all the way around. Next I punched 20 small ovals, sponged those and glued them down around the center like the first row. Let that dry and add a 3/4 inch punched circle which has been stamped and a pop dot added as in this post. I gave extra attention to this one and glittered the center with Barbara Trombley's ultra
fine Lemone glitter. This is some of the best glitter I have ever used! The leaves were cut using
my Cuttle Bug and the Sweetest Stem embosslit die from Stampin' Up!
Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Gift card Purse

This little number has been on my desk for months! Okay if truth be known it may actually have been a couple of years ago but I just didn't have the mojo to turn it into something cute until now. You see those burgundy stripes on the purse that are shiny? Well, I used crystal effects to get that shine but I brushed it on and when it dried it was streaked. I applied more crystal effects with a brush and got a better look but it was still a bit streaked. Word to the wise is to pipe that stuff on straight from the bottle and forget about a brush. Live and learn I guess! Anyway, I picked this up and finished it a few weeks ago and I am happy with the results. The materials used were from Stampin' Up! except for the ribbon and some of the card stock and I have had them so long that I have no idea who manufactured anything.
Enjoy!
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Hydrangea Get Well

I created this card for my great aunt Irene who broke her foot a few months ago. It took forever to put this together until I had something that I was pleased with and now I wish I had made more cards like this one. The color scheme is blush blossom, white, sage shadow and almost amethyst.
I used watercolor crayons and pencils from SU! to color the image and then added stickles to the center of the blossoms for a bit of glitter.
Designer paper is Brenda Walton from K & CO.
Versa Mark Watermark pad
Nestabilities Labels Four
Ribbon from Michaels
All other materials were from Stampin' Up!
Enjoy!


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ornament Punch Water Lily


This flower was made using the SU! Ornament Punch. I used a 1 1/4 inch circle as the base and built the flower from there. It is similar to the way I created the Dogwood Blossom in this tutorial. I think it is self explanatory but if you have a question, feel free to ask.
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