Friday, November 22, 2013

Pretty Pin Cushions

I made these little pretties using directions from Bekka Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace. They are made from mini photo frames and then decorated with trims and charms.

This pink one was made with mostly vintage materials. There is a bit more info about these in the short video. Enjoy!




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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Light and Mist Quick and Easy

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I bring you another Stampscapes scene today! Here I used the Light and Mist stamp. I finished the scene out with Cloud Bits and Water Pattern Small. 
Paper-Kromecote 
Sky - Adirondack lights Aqua, SU! Bashful Blue, Adirondack Name This Color, SU! Brocade Blue,                SU! Pretty in Pink, SU! Bordering Blue. 
Water - Adirondack lights Juniper, SU! Certainly Celery, SU! Mellow Moss, SU! Temping Turquois 
Trees - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peeled Paint
SU! Markers were used to color the rocks/ Mountains in pale grays and tans. A bit of blue and tan was used on the lighthouse to finish things out.
A Uniball Signo gel pen was used to add highlight to the water and waves.
This is the quick and easy version because I didn't use white ink to add mist and fog but I think it still looks great as a card front.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Holiday Season 2013


I have a lovely Christmas card for you today. It is made with SU! Rose Red card stock and My Minds Eye 6x6 Christmas paper pad.
1. I stamped on white card stock with SU! Rose Red ink with the joy ornament stamp from SU! Delightful Decorations set. Then I used my ornament punch to cut out the image and used dimensional foam to pop the ornament off of the embossed white card stock. I added a pink seam binding bow.
2. I hand embossed this piece with the Marianne design stencil Mery 006 and used a 1/4 inch quarter rounder on the corners. This piece measures 3"x3".
3.Take a 4 1/2"x4" piece of Rose Red card stock and emboss 3 1/2" of this piece with the Tim Holtz Postcard embossing folder. Make sure to leave the top inch of the card stock smooth and stamp a sentiment in white ink or use a rub on like this one from SU! Season of Cheer. Glue round bling into the o's in holiday and season. Use a corner punch to soften the bottom two corners.
4. Cut the MME paper 5 1/2" wide and cut with the Tim Holtz Baroque on the edge die so that the paper is 5 1/4" long.
5.Cut a piece of Rose Red card stock 5 3/4"x7" and score it at 1/2" and fold down flap so that the card stock now measures 5 3/4"x6 1/2". Cut another piece 5 3/4"x6 1/2". Glue the two pieces together so that the flap piece becomes the front with the flap glued down on the inside top of the back.
6. Lay the card across the on the edge die and tape in place so that when cut, the card is slightly less than 6" in length. Trim away the bottom using a pair of scissors. You will need to cut about 1/4" on each side to remove the bottom from the card.
7. Cut a piece of white card stock to measure 5 1/2"x6" and cut the end with the on the edge die so that the completed piece measures 5 1/2"x5 1/2". Attach this piece to the inside of the card and covering the seam at the top. This now gives you a white base to stamp a sentiment. This also gives some weight to the back of the card so that the card is not top heavy.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Stampscapes Sunset

I have Stampscapes Stamps scenes for you today. Say that three times fast! I have used a few other stamps besides Stampscapes but I shall tell you all about them. I began by stamping the background image with Lakeside Island in black Stazon ink. Next I inked up Fir Tree Large and stamped off before stamping the image on the Kromekote card stock. This gives the appearance that the large trees are off in the distance. I took the water pattern small stamp and added ripples to the water by inking the stamp and then stamping off twice before applying it to the card. Then I decided to color the rocks with dye based Stampin' Up! markers and began laying down a coat of  Lemonade Adirondack Lights ink as the base coat. I then layered on the inks using Stampin' Up! dye ink pads in blush blossom, pumpkin pie, only orange and really rust. I finished things off by stamping the foreground with a juniper stamp by the now defunct Scrollswork Stamp Company and the evergreen trees by Innovative Stamp Creations. All in all, this one turned out pretty well. I just need to learn to keep the center a bit lighter instead of pulling so much of the darker colors through too far to the center.
  
For this one, I used Lakeside Island and 150E Pine Row as the background. I turned Pine Row upside down and added a few more tree reflections. I used the Water Pattern Small stamp again to lightly add texture to the lake. In the foreground I used Man with Walking Staff, Fir Tree Large and Reeds Large. In the sky I place birds with a Scrollswork stamp and then began sponging on the colors. I used Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue, Blush Blossom and Black for the sky. The water has Bashful Blue, Blush Blossom, Black and Adirondack Lights Aqua inks. The greens were Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery and Glorious Green. The rocks were colored with SU! markers and a white gel pen was added for highlights. My critique for this one would be to use blue around the edges and very little black. It came out fine and I am still learning as I go. 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Here's Your Sign

This is my latest project for my house. My spouse has a CNC router (Computer Numerical Control) and I have been putting it to use lately. Eh, what's that you say? Think of it as a router mounted onto its own table and is controlled with software. I have been designing signs for myself and for Christmas presents. In fact, I think I have created more projects with it than my spouse. 
You see, my house sits on an oval and the road runs behind and in front of my house. The good news is that it overlooks our small downtown and the bad news is that you drive up to the rear of the house before you get to the front.  It's a formal house and I would much rather receive guests and packages from the front but most people show up at the back. They don't often realize that the road goes around and there is parking in the front. This creates a problem for me. I always have creative projects going on and they often spill out of the craft room into the family room. I also preserve a lot of food from the garden by canning and when that is happening, my kitchen looks like a disaster with all of the extra equipment sitting out. Hence, I would rather see people at my front door where it is neat and clean all of the time. The packages will also benefit since they will stay much drier on my front porch. This is a photo of the house while it was under rennovation. You can see man of the colors that were used. In the end, there were seven different colors used on the house and it looked like a grand Victorian again.

I designed the sign with a CarveWrite CNC system and a free download. Yes, you read this correctly. I can take many free images from the internet and use them on my signs. It takes a bit of work with the software and getting things just right. In the end, it is so worth it. I painted the sign with colors of my house and I now have a custom sign looking like the Victorian era. This so fits the house. Now I am off to decide where to display the sign so that everyone can easily see it.
If you need a sign for something special, contact me. I may be able to create just what you need.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Vintage meets Artsy

 This sweet little card is an A2 size which came about because of the stamp. I received it through a secret sister swap last December and of course I had to try it out and stamp a few images. Then I colored the image with Su! dye markers. Nothing fancy but it looks good.  By the way, this image is from Outlines stamp company E522. There it sat on my desk for a long time without a home. While in a cleaning mood and looking for a good excuse to craft, I put down my cleaning cloth and went to work. I added a few layers, a spellbinders die cut and ended up with this. The die cut is discontinued paper from Su! and the floral paper is a mystery. You see, I received it it in a swap and there is no info on the back. It's very pretty and added a juxtaposition between the modern clean lines of the stamped image with the old fashion floral print!
I'm off to rearrange some more furniture in my craft space. I am adding some badly needed storage and then I will show you what I did and maybe give you a few ideas for storage and organization. Why do I need more space? After all I dedicated this year to using what I had, with only a few new purchases. Well.......it came to my attention that I should invest in some Spectrum Noir markers instead of slowly collecting Copic markers. I took the plunge and now I need to make room for them, when they arrive.
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Vintage Mini Photo Album



I recently finished this mini with bits and pieces of this and that. Maybe I should call it the hodge podge book instead! You might be surprised how well the papers went together. I think I used 3 different lines of paper but you would never know it by looking. If you would like to see the inside, just watch the video.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Stampscapes

Today I have some stamped images from the Stampscapes Stamp Company. I have been Looking at these stamps for years and finally began collecting the stamps a little here and a little there. I admit that I LOVE making scenes with these. I had to play with them a bit to figure out just how much pressure to apply etc. I had a knack to press too hard when using the water stamp but I figured things out with a little trial and error. If you come from a stamping background, then these are a little different to use. They are also very addictive! I have seen different tutorials posted, on You Tube by some of the stampscapes instructors. I went to watch some videos once my stamps arrived. For some reason, I could no longer find many of the videos that I had seen in the past. I shot Kevin (stampscapes owner) a message asking if he knew why those videos were no longer posted. He wasn't sure what was going on but told me he was planning on posting more videos himself.  Well, it didn't take long for Kevin to begin posting videos. I was thrilled and starting watching videos over and over, as I learned the techniques of how to make these wonderful scenes. Can you say..Addictive! This first scene I stamped and used a color combination that I had seen in a photo or video. I don't remember exactly since I stamped this in January 2013. I used the Lakeside Cabin 147F,  Ledge 054F, Pine Row 150E,  Pine 196F, Water Pattern Small 231C. The grass in the foreground is from Scrollswork Stamps and is now a defunct company.

I think the ideas for this one came from several of Kevin's videos at the Stampscapes You Tube Channel. I don't remember which ones exactly but I made do with what I had on hand so my scene is different. The moon was made using a mask which I made by using a circle punch on a piece of heavy vellum and adding repositional glue to one side of the mask. I like to stamp the images in Stazon ink and then apply water based dye ink to finish the scene. I used stampscapes Pine Row 150E, Pine 196F, Tiny Wolf and scrollswork Juniper stamp which I stamped upside down as the overhanging tree in the top of the scene. Add a little white gel pen for night stars and a bit of white pigment ink to complete the look.


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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Seafoam Lovlies


Several years ago I saw this tutorial on making flower pot cards and made a copy for my projects notebook. I kept thinking I would get around to making these but other projects always took precedence until a few months ago. I saw this card again on the interenet and took a Sunday afternoon to devote to them. I am now addicted to making these flower pot cards in all sorts of color combinations because it is such a cheery type of card. I use them as Birthday, Get Well and even Thinking of You greetings. I use mulberry paper p, fabric and card stock or any combination of these to make the flowers. Here I used white mulberry flowers which I tinted with my homemade glimmer sprays and some fabric flowers which I purchased online. The leaves were cut with a Stampin' Up! die.

 This sweet little card was made using a bunch of scraps from my basket. The card stock was stamped a long time a go when I made some other cards and so was the sage green card stock. I took some small Prima flowers and added some mulberry petals along with some sage green ink. It's an instant hybrid flower. The oval punches are Stampin' Up! and the I used a Spellbinders labels die to layer the sentiment. To finish it off, I added a few half pearls and Voila!
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