Tuesday, August 28, 2007

sometimes simple is best

You know what? Sometimes simple is best! This stamp set, Sidekick Saying screams for simple and I think this card came out so simple but nice that I will probably use it for my workshops next month.
What I used:
Sidekick Sayings stamp set (hostess)
purely pomegranate, pretty in pink, old olive and whisper white card stock
Petals & Paisley designer paper
Black Stazon stamp pad
Old Olive stamp pad (for watercoloring leaves)
Pretty in Pink stamp pad (for some light sponging)
Purely Pomegranate double stitched grosgrain ribbon

Monday, August 27, 2007

back to stamping again

Hi everybody. Sorry that it has been a week since I posted. It has been kinda crazy around here getting my oldest son ready for college but I made time this morning to stamp even though we need to finish his packing today.

This card combines two techniques together; emboss resist and versamark resist. For this card I used the new Snow Burst stamp set from the Holiday mini and the greeting is from Many Merry Messages. The background of the card is where I did the techniques. The large snow flakes where stamped with Versamark on glossy white card stock then embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I stamped the small snowflakes in Versamark and brayered soft sky ink over the top. Buffed it a little with a paper towel. Layered the background on blue bayou, added the chipboard (smoshed it in a white craft pad to color it), blue bayou double stitched ribbon and cut out snowflakes.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Cami's TriFold card

Today's card is a TriFold card. Cami over on splitcoast originally came up with this design. My card uses the Two Cute stamp set and Cutie Pie designer paper. Instead of explaining how I did it (because my kids are being impossible today, errrr!) I am going to refer you to the tutorial done by Beate Johns linked here. I messed mine up so many time (see previous kid comment) that mine is done slightly differently, read this as "refuses to waste another piece of designer paper, since the first one is now in several small nearly unusable pieces". Okay enough whining.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

my pretties...

Monday I got some new toys from my old demo who is now my upline. One of the things I got was the Pretties Kit. I have been hoarding them, petting them and drooling on them. (Picture me as Golem with his precious) I went so far as to let a friend look at them the other day, but not touch, LOL. So today I decided I needed to just do it and open the box and gasp, use them. Here they are aren't they, well, pretty, my precious, er I mean my pretties?
I really did use some of them. First I put a crystal bead and a white pearl on a hat pin. Then I got all wild and crazy and used my aquapainter and a soft sky reinker to dye a couple of flowers and held them together with a rhinestone brad. What do you think?
And since I was on a roll this morning I got out another new stamp set called Autumn Harvest and played around with it and the distressing tool from the cutter kit. The leaves may be a bit too much, but over all I am pleased with it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

more boho west

I have never been into the whole cowboy thing, thought I do confess a fondness for country music. I live in the middle of farm and apple country in Upstate New York not out west BUT I love this whole new line with Stampin' Up! I have had so much fun with the Outlaw designer paper, Wanted and Illuminations stamp sets as well as the Sanded background. I love, love, love this look, don't you?
What I used:
Illuminations stamp set, Sanded background.
Outlaw designer paper
Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow and Really Rust card stock
Chocolate Chip classic ink pad and Sage Shadow reinker for adding a little bit of color to the swirls
Wide chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, sponge, aquapainter, big eyelet, hemp twine

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

crackled glass

Today's card uses the new hostess stamp set called Oh, So Lovely. This is a really sweet set really meant for pretty cards instead of rustic cards like this one. But I just wasn't in the mood for a pretty card today since there is a problem with my septic system and I have sewage all over my backyard, and 4 of my kids and a couple of the neighborhood kids are here for the day. All day, a really long day! Well stamping will brighten even the worse day. The card it self is pretty simple.
What I used:
Oh, So Lovely and Much Appreciated stamp sets and Sanded background
Blue Bayou, Sahara Sand, and Chocolate Chip card stock
Black Stazon, Versamark, Chocolate Chip and Sahara Sand classic ink
Blue Bayou and Always Artichoke classic ink for watercoloring
aquapainter, sponge and Blue Bayou double stitched grosgrain ribbon, glassy glaze embossing powder, heat tool.
How I did it:
The main image is on sahara sand card stock. First I stamped the background stamp from the set in sahara sand (you can't see it in the picture, it is very subtle) then over it I stamped the berries stamp in black Stazon. I watercolored the image using an aquapainter and blue bayou and always artichoke ink. To do the crackled glass technique I cover the entire piece of card stock in Versamark ink then coated the card stock with glassy glaze embossing powder. Using the heat tool I melted the embossing powder and repeated the process two more times. I then stuck the image in the freezer for 10 minutes or so. When I removed the image from the freezer I cracked it then sponged chocolate chip ink into the cracks. I then layered the main image on blue bayou and chocolate chip card stock. The card body is blue bayou card stock stamped with sanded in chocolate chip. I then added a strip of sahara sand, also stamped with the sanded background (I didn't reink it), layered on chocolate chip and sponged with chocolate chip ink. The "thank you" is from Much Appreciated and is stamped in chocolate chip as well. I then tied a piece of blue bayou double stitched grosgrain around the strip and glued the whole thing together.

Monday, August 13, 2007

holiday samples

Working on my holiday samples. This is what I came up with for these new sets. The first one uses the Peace to the World set. I know the color combination is odd but I really like it; always artichoke, soft sky and sahara sand.The image is watercolored using an aquapainter and reinkers. The star and circle are popped up. The ribbon is the soft sky double stitched grosgrain.The second card uses the new Holy Triptych stamp set from the Holiday Mini. The main image is embossed in black then colored with markers. I need the stamp-a-m-jig to get the holy family stamp lined up just right inside the tag stamp. I got the idea to stamp the gold swirls on the background from a card I saw on SCS made by StampingQueenJAR. The greeting is embossed in black as well and the cord is wrapped around 3 times then tied behind the main image.
The third card uses the new stamp set Snow Burst for the upcoming Holiday Mini. This card is pretty simple but really sparkly in real life. I reverse masked the rectangle and sponged it with bashful blue classic ink. I left the mask on and stamped some of the snowflakes, then removed the mask and stamped more snowflakes. The snowflakes are stamped in brocade blue craft ink then embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder as is the greeting. The ribbon is the new bashful blue taffetta

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Wanted...to thank you

I need a bunch of thank you's so that is what I will be making over the next couple of days. What do you think? For this one I used the Wanted stamp set to make the really cool medallion in the center of the card. I stamped the image twice on chocolate chip, once on really rust and once on confetti cream card stock. I used my brand new scallop circle punch to punch out the bottom chocolate chip layer, the 1 3/8 inch circle punch to punch out the confetti cream layer, the 1 1/4 inch circle punch to punch out the really rust layer and 1/2 circle punch to punch out the last chocolate chip layer. I glued the confetti cream layer and the really rust layer together first then used a foam dimensional to add the top chocolate chip layer. I then attached all the layers to the chocolate chip scalloped circle with foam dimensionals again. The confetti cream background is stamped with the Sanded background stamp in chocolate chip classic ink, stamped off twice first then the edges were sponged with ink. I used the Coluzzle cutting system to cut out the half circle from the Outlaw designer paper.
What I used:
Wanted stamp set, Sanded background stamp
really rust, chocolate chip, confetti cream card stock
Outlaw designer paper
chocolate chip classic ink pad
hodgepodge hardware, wide chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, scallop circle punch
1 3/8, 1 1/4, 1/2 inch circle punches
sponge, foam dimensionals, Coluzzle cutting system

Monday, August 6, 2007

I'm back...

I am back from Indiana and took a little bit of time to stamp. To the right is one of the cards I did Saturday playing around with a couple of the Dare to be Dirty challenges hostessed by current and past Dirty Dozen Design team members. I was kinda bummed to miss a large portion of the challenges. This card was a lot of fun. I took the main image (which is from Blossoms Abound and stamped with Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi, stamped off first on the more solid images) and cut it into three different pieces, the center one is slightly bigger then the other two. I then mounted each of the piece on Basic Black card stock. The strip of Wild Wasabi card stock is also mounted on Basic Black then has a piece of Purely Pomegranate double stitched grosgrain ribbon tied around it. I laid the whole card out, stamped "my friend" in basic black classic ink then adhered the whole thing together. Very simple card but the black really makes it "pop"!


Most of you that read my blog know that the reason I was in Indiana was to bury my husband's half brother Chad. He took his own life. Chad was a young man crying out for help in a world that either couldn't hear him, couldn't help him or just didn't care. He dealt with his problems in a way that evidentially made some sort of sense to him. We had to say good bye to him and pray that he is now at peace. I wanted to share a couple of pictures of him during happier times. These were taken during his last visit with us at our local skate park.