Monday, January 28, 2008

computer troubles!

My router died this morning. Will be back to blogging as soon as possible!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Infinite Goodness

This is another one of my new sets. It is called Infinite Goodness and I have to say it was love at first sight with me for this set. I could immediately see infinite possiblities! I don't think I have used this color combination, Ya wanna know how I came up with it? I had a major color block so I just randomly opened my catalog and used the color combo from that page. Clever huh?

What I used:
Infinite Goodness
Ruby Red, Mellow Moss, So Saffron, Kraft card stock
timber brown Stazon (I know SU doesn't sell it any more, so use Basic Brown instead)
So Saffron classic ink, Ruby Red classic ink for watercoloring, Mellow Moss classic ink for sponging
Mellow Moss and So Saffron Stampin' Write markers, aquapainter
Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon
slit punch to make scalloped edge

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

a Light unto my Path...

Hey everybody my open house order came in and with it a whole bunch of new stamp sets just for me! This stamp set "A Light Unto My Path" was a must have for me. I needed something else to make man cards with and I thought that this set would work well. Not sure if this card is really masculine but I am really happy with how it came out.

What I used:
A Light unto my Path stamp set, Canvas background stamp
Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Real Red and Confetti White card stock
Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Real Red classic stamp pad
"new" striped Real Red grosgrain ribbon, real red eyelets

Thursday, January 17, 2008

another man card...

I needed an encouraging card for a man. Man cards are never, ever easy. I seem to almost always fall back on my old faithful "Noble Deer".

What I used:
Noble Deer stamp set, Weathered and Sanded background stamps, Words of Wisdom (retired)
Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Kraft card stock
Chocolate Chip classic ink (would have been better to use Basic Brown though) and Blue Bayou and Wild Wasabi classic ink for watercoloring.
Sponges and Earth Elements, Not Quite Navy brads

What I did:
I wanted to use an encouraging verse on my card and could not find one in my current word sets so I resorted to using the retired set Words of Wisdom. I stamped the deer and verse in chocolate chip classic ink, but a better choice would have been to use Basic Brown. But when I stamped it I didn't intend to watercolor the image, that idea came later. The main image is sponged around the edges with chocolate chip as well as stamped with the sanded background (stamped off several times first). The main image is then layered on chocolate chip and soft sky matting. The chocolate chip card body is stamped with the sanded background, inked with chocolate chip and the blue bayou background piece is stamped with the weathered background, inked and sponges with chocolate chip ink. Then layerd with soft sky. I don't like to use ribbon on guy cards since it just seems to feminine so I usually resort to hemp, linen thread or brads. This time I chose Not Quite Navy brads from the Earth Elements brad collection.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Today we were challenged to use some form of leather and I really had to think about this one for a while, wasn't sure I had anything that would work. But when I shuffled through all the goodies in my office I found that I had saved a rawhide strip with a copper tag from a pair of jeans. The copper tag was too big for this project the the rawhide was exactly what I needed. Unfortunately I didn't find a big beautiful buckle while searching my office so I set out to make one on my own.

I started with a little piece of chipboard, left over from a center of something or other. I punched two holes in it so I would be able to thread the rawhide strip through it when I was done. I covered the chipboard piece with versamark ink, covered it with gold embossing powder and heated it up with my heat tool. I repeated the process two more time to get a nice thick coat of embossing powder then while it was still hot I stamped into the embossing powder with the medallion stamp ( inked by dipping it in versamark so it wouldn't stick then in chocolate chip classic to give it a distressed look) from the Wanted stamp set. I layered the chipboard "buckle" I made with a stamped medallion (punched out using a scallop punch) and a build a brad using the same medallion stamp, made into a tag using my little scrap of rawhide.

The main image of the card with the running horse is made using the horse from the Wanted stamp set. I inked the horse with chocolate chip ink, stamped, lifted up slightly and moved the stamp about a 1/4 of an inch then stamped again, moved the stamp another 1/4 of an inch and stamped again, I kept repeating this with out reinking the stamp until there was no ink left. I then added the greeting from the Holiday & Wishes stamp set and stamped over the top with the Sanded background stamp that had been stamped off a couple of times first.

The Real Red background is stamped with the Sanded background stamp inked with chocolate chip classic ink. All the edges are sponged with chocolate chip ink as well.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Kick Stand card

Here is todays card, it is a Kick Stand card. What do you think? I find these cards a little hard to balance they always seem to have to much weigh at the bottom but I am pretty happy with this one.

What I used:
Embrace Life
Cameo Coral, River Rock, Whisper White card stock
Ginger Blossom designer paper
Basic Black classic ink pad, Cameo Coral, Ruby Red and River Rock classic ink for watercoloring
double stitched River Rock grosgrain ribbon
Build a Brad kit

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

I'm back...

Back to stamping, finally! It took me a while to get the house back in order after the holidays but it is finally done and now I have time to play again. I started out simple. This stamp set is in the new Spring/Summer Stampin' Up! catalog and it is called "a little birdie told". Very cute, simple and useful for many occasions.
What I used:
A Little Birdie Told Me, Polka Dot background
Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White card stock
Basic Black classic ink pad, Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi and Barely Banana classic ink for watercoloring
Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon
What I did:
The birdie and sayings are stamped in basic black on whisper white then watercolored. The main image is layered on basic black. The cardbody is blue bayou stamped with the polka dot background in blue bayou then layered with a wild wasabi strip trimmed with a little very vanilla grosgrain ribbon.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Retired stamp sets for sale...

Still haven't solved my camera problem but I did add a list to the right of the retired stamp sets that I have for sale.