Wednesday, October 31, 2007

another holiday card

Another Christmas card. I am thinking about using this card for some of my November workshops. I watercolored the main image using various classic reinkers and an aquapainter.

What I used:
Peace to the World stamp set
Soft Sky and Basic Black card stock
watercolor paper
Wintergreen designer paper
black Stazon ink pad
various classic reinkers

Since today is Halloween and I have children we had to carve pumpkins last nights. Jeff ended up working late because of a long transport run and Daniel was buried in homework so the pumpkin carving duties fell to me this year. I cut all the tops off of the pumpkins so the kids could gut the pumpkins. Ellie did not enjoy that task at all and Manny has always had a hard time touching anything gooey but turns out Jessika is the pumpkin carving queen. She gutted 5 pumpkins in the time it took the other two to each do one and actually finished theirs for them. Then proceeded to carve the faces (using one of those safe carving things) in 4 pumpkins all by herself. Here is Manny in his dinosaur costume.
I made that one years ago for his brother Daniel when he was in Kindergarten too.
Here is Jessika dressed as Jessie the cowgirl from Toy Story 2.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

the search continues...

In my continuing search for the perfect Christmas card, I made this card. And no it is not the perfect card but it now brings my total up to 67 cards so I can't complain.

What I used:
Snow Burst and Many Merry Messages stamp sets
Blue Bayou, Basic Black and Confetti White card stock
Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Basic Black classic ink pads
silver brads, silver cord and blue bayou double stitched grosgrain ribbon
two way glue pen and dazzling diamonds glitter, sponge

What I did:
I started this card by masking off an oval, the mask was cut from a scrap of card stock using my oval coluzzle template and cutter kit. I then sponged inside the mask using soft sky ink. I stamped some snowflakes in soft sky and some in blue bayou ink. I removed the mask and stamped a couple more snowflakes in blue bayou. I stamped "be merry" in basic black ink and added the silver brads. The main image was then layered on basic black and a blue bayou card body. I added blue bayou double stitched ribbon and a little bit of silver cord. And since the card was still missing something I added some glitter to each of the blue bayou snowflakes.

Since I haven't bragged on my kids all week I thought I was due. This weekend was the perfect fall weekend. Sunday was simple gorgeous so we made our annual trip to Tim's pumpkin patch, Anna's greenhouse and Beak&Skiff apple farm.
Jessi found her perfect pumpkin
and Manny found his
Daniel thinks we found way, way, way to many pumpkins!
We always have to visit the animals
The best part about apple picking is eating the apples
but picking them is fun too!
I will be so glad when we manage to adopt Ellie because leaving her out of my bragging is killing me. Hopefully in early December we will have more news on that front and when it is all done I will share a bunch of pictures of her.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Quick, Quick, Quick...

Four millions things I need to get done today so todays card is really just a quick one. Nothing fancy except a little bit of glitter on the small pomegranate flowers

What I used:
Baroque Motifs stamp set
Basic Gray, Whisper White and Purely Pomegranate card stock
Basic Gray, Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky classic ink pads
Soft Sky and Purely Pomegranate double stitched grosgrain ribbon, Basic Gray taffeta ribbon
Scallop punch
two way glue and dazzling diamonds glitter

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I had soooooo much fun...

I had so much fun yesterday when I attended the Splitcoast Stampers Central New York Gathering. I got to meet almost 40 SCS stampers, some of whom I have chatted with before. But my big moment was meeting Michelle (Flaxychick) and finding out that she has moved to within an half and hour of me. I have admired her as a stamper since long before she became a dirty girl. My sister sideline Kim was there and I didn't know she was coming so it was nice to see her. But it shows how little I pay attention that I didn't even recognize her name on the list. Another highlight of the day was meeting a fellow "stalker" (one who chats while waiting for the challenge to post). I had "stalked" with Arin (Arinstamps) several times before and it was wonderful to sit and talk with her, which I did quite a bit since we were at the same table for the morning session. I now have a bunch of faces to connect to screen names and am already looking forward to the next gathering.

Above is the swap I made for the gathering. Now I am not fond of doing swaps. I always put to much into making them, then are disappointed with what I get back. But the swap was mandatory for the gathering so I sucked it up and made a bunch of this card. And I do have to say the swaps I got in return were of a much, much higher quality then I have received in the past. Yeah!!

After I whined to my friends about having to do the swap, Jules suggested that I do the pumpkins because she liked what I had been doing with them. I was hating Jules for a while as I spent 5 hours watercoloring the images but I do have to say I like how they came out. Thank you Jules, you were right and I still love you.

What I used:
Autumn Harvest stamp set, Paisley and Linen background stamp
Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, watercolor paper
Timber Brown Stazon, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie classic ink pads
aqua painter and various reinkers for watercoloring
wide chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon
piercing tool and mat pack, distressing tool from cutter kit, sponge

This card on the left is my shoebox project that I brought to share at the gathering. Really a fairly simple card but I like how it turned out. Nothing really tricky. I made the scalloped edge with the small corner rounder (currently offered by SU) by removing the corner guide from the punch and punching in along the edge of the cardstock. The trick is to just move it enough to catch the edge of the previous punch. The medallion is made by stamping the image several times on difference colors then punching different parts of the image out using different punches then layer together

What I used:
Wanted stamp set
Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Sage Shadow card stock
Outlaw designer paper
wide Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon
hodgepodge hardware, scallop punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, 1/2 circle punch, small corner rounder punch

So I did some fantastic projects, hung out with some cool people, got to stamp a ton of stuff but what one thing did I forget??? To take pictures!!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

just a little bit more boho...

Can you stand one more boho western card? I hope so since that is what I am in the mood for this morning. I actually did a card yesterday that used the same stuff and I forgot to clean up last night so this is what was sitting in front of me. I love the stuff so you are stuck with it.

Nothing fancy on this one. The only tricky thing is how I stamped the horse. I inked the stamp with chocolate chip classic ink. Stamped the horse, lifted up the stamp, moved it over about an 1/8 of an inch and stamped again, then repeated the process 4 more times. I also sponged the edges of everything with chocolate chip ink.

What I used:
Wanted, Much Appreciated stamp sets and Sanded background stamp
Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel and Very Vanilla card stock
Outlaw designer paper
wide chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon
hodgepodge hardware

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

We don't need to carve a pumpkin...

to have a jack-o-lantern this year because Jessi already looks like one. She lost another tooth last night bringing her total on currently missing teeth up to a total of four. She only has the center teeth on the bottom, with gaps on each side and no front teeth on top. Of course today is picture day at school!

think pink...

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we all have either lost a loved one, know a survivor or know someone currently fighting their battle with this disease, I thought I would encourage you all to stamp your heart out with pink today. I made another card this morning to send to lady at my church who is battling breast cancer, while her husband is also struggling to beat his own cancer. Today I think of those in my life who lost their battle and those who won. I pray for those who are fighting their hardest and know that if something doesn't change 1 out of every 8 of us will have to do the same. I will get my annual mamogram done this month. Make your appointment today.

Okay off of my soapbox for now. Do you like it? I redid this card four times so you had better like it! The flower is paper pieced. I stamped the flower 4 times on pretty in pink card stock with the matching craft ink, so I could emboss it with clear embossing powder. I then cut out different pieces of the flower, sponged them with chocolate chip ink, curled the edges of the petals a little bit with my finger nail then layered the pieces together. The flower still looked like it needed something so I stamped and embossed the center of the flower in chocolate chip, on chocolate chip. The greeting and weather background are both stamped in chocolate chip ink but the background I stamped off three times first, since I just needed a subtle bit of color. I sponged around the edges of the background with chocolate chip as well.

What I used:
Fabulous Flowers, Weathered background, Holidays & Wishes
Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip card stock
Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip craft ink, and Chocolate Chip classic ink
Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, sponge, clear embossing powder and heat tool, ticket corner punch

To Colleen who commented yesterday about the cheer competition. Send me a pm over on SCS. We must have sat near each other at the competition since our girls teams were seated right next to each other.

Monday, October 15, 2007

a Halloween treat and some more Monday morning bragging

Todays stamping is something a little different, it is called a treat slider. When you pull the ribbon the treat, in this case microwave popcorn, slides up. These are really easy to make. I just I measured the card stock by wrapping the card stock around the popcorn package. I removed the card stock from the popcorn, then punched a whole through both layers in the top for the ribbon and slid the popcorn right in.

The background is wheeled in whisper white with the whimsy wheel. I created the main image using Autumn Harvest and used a couple of masks when I stamped the images so that they would overlap comfortably. The greeting is from a retired set (sorry) All Year Cheer III but it is the only Halloween greeting I currently have. The main image is watercolored with various reinkers then layered. I added a black vintage brad and did a little paper piercing on the pumpkin pie layer. I added a strip of pumpkin pie and whisper white card stock across the bottom with some black grosgrain ribbon.

Now on to the bragging...
My daughter Jessika was in a cheerleading competition this weekend. At her level there are no winners or losers, it really just about getting out there and giving it their best. Here she is before the competition.
Here is her team out on the floor. She is in the front row, second from the right.
After the competition...

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Basic Rocks!

I am determined to get the new in color River Rock to work for me. What do you think? Did it work? Here it is paired with Basic Black and Basic Gray. I used the stamp set Moose You, the distressing tool from the cutter kit, the piercing tool and mat pack, and double stitched river rock grosgrain ribbon.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Acetate Card

Upfront I need to apologize for the poor quality of todays photo. The kids were home for the holiday today so all the natural daylight was gone before I had time to take this picture. Because the card body is transparent it either disappears into the background or has a glare. Hopefully this is enough to give you a rough idea of what an acetate card looks like.

I have admired the acetate cards over on Splitcoast for ages but I have never taken the time, before now to do one. (See why doing the daily challenges is such a good thing?) The card body is made from half a sheet of transparencies like you use in an over head projector, that I purchased at Walmart. They are available at any office supply store. I stamped the swirls (from Baroque Motifs) with white Stazon ink. You need a quick drying permanent ink like Stazon to stamp on acetate. The verse (from Elegant Inspirations) is stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White then layered on Basic Black and Purely Pomegranate. The medallion (also from Baroque Motifs) was stamped first in basic black and cut out then second in purely pomegranate. Both were cut out, layered together then embellished with a black vintage brad. I attached the verse to the acetate with a small glue dot and the medallion with a dimensional. I tied the black gingham ribbon around the card and added a touch of double stitched purely pomegranate double stitched ribbon.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Quick & Easy

Just a sweet little quick card today. I love taking any scrap of designer paper and a little bit of ribbon and making a quick little card. I had some scraps of cutie pie designer paper left over from another project. I layered them together added a scalloped border and a layered greeting and some ribbon and you have a fantastic card.

What I used:
Think Happy Thoughts stamp set
Cutie Pie designer paper
Purely Pomegranate, Certainly Celery, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock
Purely Pomegranate double stitched grosgrain ribbon
various circle punches, small corner rounder, dimensionals

I need to head off to the grocery store. I have 10 or so teenage boys coming home with my son after school and before they play in the big homecoming football game tonight under the lights. Must go buy massive quantities of food!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Josesph's Coat

I need to teach my stamping club members how to do the Joseph's Coat technique. I was playing around with it this morning for this card. Not completely satisfied so I am going back to the drawing board to come up with something better for them. The card isn't a total waste of paper so I thought I would share it and try to come up with something else to WOW you with later.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

more bragging and a little bit of stampin'

I need a little boy birthday card so I pulled out my Circus Train stamp set and the paisley background stamp. I love this set but never seem to use it enough. I tried a new color combination for this card; Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, Real Red and River Rock. You all know that I have been having a real hard time with River Rock because it just seems too green to me but this color combo really worked. I didn't do anything really fancy for this card but I did extend the smoke stack and smoke above the main panel but layered the main panel as usual. The main image is water colored using classic ink and an aquapainter. The background layers are stamped with the paisley background stamp and embellished with red eyelets and red gingham ribbon. The greeting is from the Hugs & Wishes stamp set.

Now on to the bragging portion of our program today. This weekend we all went down to visit my oldest son at college. He is attending Messiah College which is outside of Harrisburg, PA. We were so glad when he decided that he wanted to attend a Christian University and Messiah was the best fit for him. He has settled in really well. He loves campus life. His classes are interesting and he is doing well in them. He has found a church he likes. It is a mega church which is very different from his home church but he likes it and that is all that matters. He has a job in the student union coffee house.
This is his dorm room and yeah I made his bed but the really scary thing is that he is the neat roommate. The boy whose room was so messy that he used to sleep on the couch, is the neat one!!!The whole family went to see Matt, the kids were sooooo glad to see him.
While we were on campus we visited the Oakes Museum. The three little ones really enjoyed it. Daniel was mostly there to check out the college girls. He has decided that maybe his brother isn't as dumb as he looks since he picked a college that has 2000 girls and only 700 boys.
Manny thought the bear was great!
and the snakes, just a little scary...
Jessi enjoyed the museum treasure hunt
and the challenge of the rock climbing wall
and the slide at the end of the obstacle course they had set up for the kids.
What a great day we had.
Manny was laughing so hard he could barely climb
and so proud of himself at the finish.