Friday, January 31, 2014

Spring Topiary

I am participating in the Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge SC472 and I am still wishing for warmer weather. I continue to delve into my garden and floral stamps to stave off the frigid temperatures outside. This card is so pretty with the pastel shades and it's a bonus that I made it with scraps. For some reason, I find it very gratifying to use up those small bits of paper scraps that I find difficult to throw away.
Another added bonus is that it also counts towards the 100 x 100 challenge as number 25 of 100 projects. Now I know it looks like I am behind on the challenge but I'm not. I am just a bit behind in posting. In the last few weeks, we have had a frozen water pipe (several times), we woke up to no heat on the first floor, on Saturday morning and there have been issues with our "upgraded internet service". Up to five times faster service turned into little or no service. The ISP service man came out yesterday and said things look fine and they have had some sevice issues. Another technician will be out soon to look at the line and I am hoping he can take care of the problem. Hence the reason I have not been able to upload video of my candy jar project! All in due time I guess. I digress and need to get back to this card.
I wish I could tell you about all of the papers that I used but I can't. The scraps don't have any identifying text on them. I do know that the pink paper is from SU! but I do not remember the name of it. The plain card stocks are from my original stash which came from a stationery store in northern Ohio and I have no idea who manufactured it. I have had it for thirteen or fourteen years. This was the time period where I only made cards for my garden club group and resisted the urge to scrapbook. Well we all know that didn't last!

 Here is what I do know:
Card Stock Base- Georgia Pacific
Embossing Folder- Cuttlebug 'Victoria'
Ribbon/Trim- Making Memories {note}worthy
Stamp- 2002 Anitas Sugarloaf Inc. 4872123685
Alcohol Markers- Spectrum Noir DG2, DG3, GB8, BG1, BG2, BG4, IG2, PP1, PP3, PP5
Clear Glitter Glue
Pop Dots

Have a great day!

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Spring Potting Bench

Hello crafters! I'm trying to stay warm during these unseasonably frigid days of winter. I sit here and look out into my garden and wish for the spring thaw. Since I won't be seeing that for weeks, I decided to stamp out my own wishful spring garden onto paper. I used my alcohol ink markers and "went to town". I shaded the sky first and then the other images on the page.

Card stock with stamped images- Beckett Expression  (This can now be found as part of the Strathmore Premium Line). It works wonderfully with alcohol ink and is very smooth. You can still pick this up from Marco's Paper.
Stamps Sets- SU! Scene in a Garden, Rubber Stampede Country Garden
Stamp Pad- Memento Tuxedo Black
Alcohol Markers- Spectrum Noir BT1, TB1, TB2, TB3,TB5, TB6, EB1, EB2, GB8, CR8, DR1, DR3, DR5, TN7, DG2, DG3, DG4, TN2.
Copics C1, C3, C5.
Water Based Dye SU! Markers- Mellow Moss, Sage Shadow, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust. I used these to color the stacked flower pots, the tulips and the tulip leaves.

After my scene was complete, I cropped the image and mounted it to black card stock. The black just makes all of the colors pop and anchors the image to the page. I mounted this onto plain white card stock and called it a day. Now I can look at this while I sit under my full spectrum lighting and pretend it's spring!


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Friday, January 24, 2014

Jan. IAR Challenge

Hello everyone, I have a lot of photos for you today and I think you are going to like them. I was over at the Iamroses challenge blog last week and I thought..."go for it! Try out the challenge!" The challenge theme is 'Anything Goes' and we are to incorporate white flowers. After thinking about it for a bit, I decided to decorate a glass storage jar in my craft room. This is what I came up with.
This is an old candy jar like the one my grandmother kept on her back porch. It was a three season room and she kept desserts/candies out there on an old buffet. I keep flower petals in this one and I wanted to gussie it up a bit. Dusty rose and green has been one of my long time favorite color combinations. The large pink acrylic rose in the center is an Anna Griffin embellishment from the Carolina Collection. All of the other flowers on this piece are from Iamroses. I will be posting a video soon and describe how I put this together.
This is a look at the lid and the front.
A close up of the front.
The rose tipped flowers were made using different petals and glueing them together. I added a glass pearl for the center and colored the tips of the petals with a mix of Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet ink and water.

I even decorated the back of the jar.


This view of the side shows the three different trims that I layered together.
I used the 1" roses, 3/4" roses, 1/2" roses, small ivory crochet flowers, small white curly gardenia petals, mini white hydrangea petals and the pale green leaves. I used my home made glimmer spray to alter the color of the leaves. 

Feel free to leave a comment and thanks for stopping by today!

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thanks to ODBD

I would like to thank Our Daily Bread Designs for the Shining light award and for the fun challenge last week.
This was the card that was chosen.
I have been trying to post the Shining Light widget to my blog and blogger is not working properly for me, at the moment. I suspect it has something to do with updates but who knows for sure. I am also unable to leave comments on your blogs. These things are unresponsive and have been for several days. If you haven't heard from me, this is why. I just wanted to post this today and let you know what is going on. I hope things are resolved soon. Thanks again!
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Double Challenge Card

 Today I have my card for the SCS Featured Stamper FS362 challenge and of course the 100 x 100 2014 challenge+- too. This makes 26 of 100 projects completed. I took a look in rebeccadeeprose's gallery and it didn't take me long to find a card that I could CASE. the things I changed on the card were:
1. I used deeper tones but stayed with the same colorway.
2. I replaced the lace with pearls and a ribbon trim.
3. I used pearls under my sentiment
4. I used a different sentiment and border punch
 The details about this card are at the bottom of the post.
 I used scraps to decorate the inside and to help weight the back. This card is top heavy with all of the flowers and beads.
While I was at it, I made five of them. I think it is such a pretty card that I'll want more than one, in my stash.
Card Base-12 pt C1S white pearlescent cover from Marco's Paper
Teal Paper- DCWV The Mademoiselle Stack
Pink Paper- 6 x 6 Stampin' Up! Pad
Sentiment- Stampin' Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes, Blue Ridge Impressions
Ink- Black Memento
Trims- Hobby Lobby Beaded Trim, ribbon trim from Hobby Lobby or Jo-Ann
Punches/Dies- Stampin' Up! Eyelet border Punch, Quickutz Doily Punches
Flowers- iamroses.com which I hand colored with my homemade glimmer spray
Note- I used one dark berry glimmer spray to tint all of the flowers. I just diluted the spray with water to get three different "tints".
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Never Be Afraid to Trust


 I decided this year would be a year of paper challenges. After burnout from posting so much several years ago, I came to the conclusion that it is more important to create than it is to post about all of the creations. I made many projects for myself and friends and didn't care if I snapped a pic or not. Most of the time, I didn't and that was fine with me. Now that I am refreshed, I am ready to go again!
 As you well know, I will count these cards in the 100 x 100 2014 challenge at Splitcoaststampers and I will join the Our Daily Bread Designs ODBDSLC186 challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge and I added a copy of the sketch below.
Both cards were made using DCWV Luxury Stack Paper, Spellbinders Petite large Oval and the Classic Scallop Oval Large dies. I also used the same ribbon and half back pearls which came from a florist supply and there is not a brand on the package. The card base is Pearlescent Cover 12 pt. C1S White card from Marco's Paper. I stamped the image on Georgia Pacific CS with black Memento ink. This is the stamp set. These cards are very luxurious! I may tuck one of them away for my daughter's graduation.

Now for the flowers. The top card started with a blue Prima flower to which I punched and made a center. The four petal flowers are clay and came from the wedding section at Hobby Lobby. The tiny white rosebuds came from Iamroses.com.

The second card has white rosebuds from Iamroses.com and dark teal ribbon roses which came from a craft store many years ago. The center flower was made by glueing mulberry petals together and adding a half pearl. I think they are American Crafts from six or eight years back.


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Feel Better Soon

I've been needing get well cards especially for men. This one with a vintage feel would serve both men and women. It was created for the 100 x 100 2014 challenge at Splitcoaststampers. I used the JustRite stamp set Chicken Soup Labels Four.

 I used a stamp from the JustRite Get Well Labels Twenty set for the inside sentiment.
While I was at it, I made 6 of them to use up while sheets of 12x12 paper. I started with a white A2 size card base and layered black card stock cut to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Then I used a piece of paper from the DCWV Heirloom Stack for a vintage look. I used up old 6 x 6 paper from Stampin' Up! to create the medallion. The medallion consists of layers from the Spellbinders Labels Four and Labels 11 Dies. Copic and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers were used to color the image. I had so many layers that the cards buckled and I had to place them under a few heavy books, to flatten them back out!
This makes 19 of 100 projects completed for the 100 x 100 2014 challenge.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunflower Pot


I went through my catch all scrap basket and found these sunflowers which I heat embossed a long time ago. They screamed flower pot card so here we have it. The base was left over from the last time I made these too. I colored the flowers with ink using the watercolor technique.  The leaves are from Iamroses and I just colored them using glimmer sprays which I made. The papers were sent to me as a RAK so I am not sure what company they are from. They were cut into quarters when I received them. 
The instructions on how to make these can be found here.  Now is the perfect time to make these if you want to chase away the winter blues! By the way, this makes card number thirteen for the SCS 100 x 100 day challenge.
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Elegant Sympathy

I have six more cards for the SCS 100 x 100 day challenge this puts me at day 12 so I am ahead by one day. I was in dire need of a sympathy cards so I turned to my pinterest card file and cased a card from Paper Daisy Card Design. This is the last card I made and it is my favorite of the six. I added more to the card and it suits me.

The other five cards look like this.

This is the inside.

The whole bunch together.
Here is the list of materials that I used. 
Card Stock- 12 pt WhitePearlescent cover with an embossed linen pattern from Marco's Paper.
                     Su! Shimmery White
                     Georgia Pacific White
Papers- sei White Elegance pearl foil paper pad
             Paper Studio gold vellum
Gold Embossing Powder
Half Pearls
Trims- across the center of card is a Recollections trim and the one at the bottom of the card has been in my stash for a very long time and I do not know the brand.
Stamps-Impression Obsession
             SU! Close as a Memory
Spellbinders Petite Ovals Small Dies
                  Classic Scallop oval Large Dies

I am pleased with the outcome. I hope you like it too! Let me know if you have any questions.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Beary Valentine and a Get Well

I planned ahead and made this Valentine card for my spouse and wouldn't you know that he walks in my craft room and starts talking to me for a while. In the middle of the conversation he says, "Is that a Valentine card?" Any other time he would be oblivious to what I was doing. I think he has radar. Anyway, this was made for the 100 x 100 challenge at SCS.This is Card 5 of 100.

The inside of the card. I may dress it up a bit more later.


 I have had this image on my desk for months so I finally decided to make something with it.This is card 6 of 100 for the SCS 100x100 challenge.I used twinkling H20s and my home made version of H20s to color the image. This poppy is a stamp from the now defunct Scrollsworks Stamp company. The wishing you stamp is a stamp that I masked off from the JustRite Get Well Labels Twenty stamp set and I cut it out with theVintage Label & and Banner Dies which are also from JustRite. The pink die cut is one of the new dies I received for Christmas. It is the Spellbinders Decorative Labels Twenty Two set of dies.

I masked off the other half of the same stamp and used it on the inside of the card. This is another simple card finished and checked off of my long to do list. 

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Justrite Get Well Labels Twenty for the 100 Day Challenge

I have been trying out this Justrite stamp set which I received as a Christmas gift. It's called Get Well Labels Twenty and I like it a lot. I colored this image with alcohol markers (Copics and Spectrum Noir) to look very much like the color image on the package. I am pleased with the way it turned out and I am finally getting the look out of the markers that I have been after for so long. For me, the learning curve has been steep compared to other mediums that I use to color images. This image is so pretty that I didn't add a bunch of layers and die cuts to this 5x7 inch card. I used high quality Strathmore card stock with a gold deckle edge. I then added designer card stock from the DCWV Luxery Stack. The Phrase was colored and popped up for some dimensional foam dots. It's pretty straight forward and simple with a bit of elegance.

I added a layer of card stock to the inside. Doing this gives weight to the back and balances the card.
This is a Stampin' Up! image from the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set. I layered the cupcakes so that the tiers are dimensional as in real life. This meant cutting two additional images and cutting rows of cupcakes away. Notice the shadow under the tray? I wanted the bottom of the stand to be further away than the tray and adding two layers to the bottom row of cupcakes gave me just the right look. The Papers are old and I have no idea where I got them. I was using up old products which have been taking up much needed space. By the way, the image was stamped on watercolor paper with Gold detail embossing powder. 

The birthday poem is a Hambo stamp. It's new to me and I just love it! The ivy stamp may be a PSX stamp. I'm not certain on that one. If you want to know for certain, just shoot me a message and I will find out later. Right now,  I need to dash out and get my daughter back to college. I'm off to the great white north and more snow will be falling soon. I'll talk to you soon, if I don't turn into a snow woman before then! This completes cards for days three and four of the 100 day challenge. Thanks for stopping by!
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Friday, January 3, 2014

Stampscapes Mill 100x100 Challenge Day 1 & 2

Hey stampers, I am participating in the 100x100-2014 challenge at SCS. We have to create 100 items in 100 days and may not purchase anything except for adhesive to complete the 100 projects. Today I bring you a Stampscapes scene. I enjoy these so much and they make excellent cards for men. Here I used 142E- Water Mill, 148F-Waterside Bluff (left), 231C-Water Pattern, 244E-Tree Cluster, 251C- Sedge Filler and 261C-Loons. They are stamped on glossy card stock with black stazon ink using 4.25 x 5 1/2 inch pieces. The inks are a mix of Stampin' Up! inks pads, Ranger Adirondack lights ink pads and Tim Holtz Distress ink pads. I didn't do anything fancy when I colored this image. I just  followed Kevin's technique at the Stampscapes You Tube Channel using the Colorbox Stylus tool.
While I was at it, I made two. It saves time since I already have the inks out and ready to go. A simple black matt and some Su! designer paper finish out the fronts of these 5x7 cards. As Kevin suggests, I sprayed my glossy card stock with a clear coat once my scene was complete. Come back to see the next 98 items I create for this challenge!



Post Christmas Cheer

The other day I finally caught a sunny day where I could take some entry hall pictures of my Christmas decor for 2013. This is what you see upon entering the front door.

 A shot of the banister and hall tree decked out with Christmas Cheer. These are my favorite decorations in the entire house. I think it is because of the live Christmas tree. I love the scent! The rich woodwork with it's character along with the burgundy and gold decor go so well together. The Hall tree has a small collection of wooden nut crackers decorating the table top. One of them is from Germany. It was given as a gift decades ago when my husband's brother was stationed overseas.
Here we have the tin soldiers standing like sentries by the front door, as they watch over the tree.They are fun and very cheery characters.
 I hope and pray you had a Christmas season which brought you many things to be thankful for. Thanks for stopping by!
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