Saturday, October 30, 2010

Send chocolate!

Here's a card for all of you choco-holics out there! The cute little puppy image is by Whippersnapper, colored with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a Dove blender. The ribbon has little paw prints on it - which works well with the dog image. This is a great image that can be used for a lot of things - even the always challenging "man card." The image is stamped and then punch out with a scallop oval, then another scallop oval layered underneath.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Caroling Crew...

This is one of the new holiday images from Penny Black. These mice are wonderful! This artist has been with Penny Black since I first established an account in 1996! They have been refined over the years, but are wonderful and always bring a smile to someone's face.

I colored them with watercolor pencils and a Dove Blender. The DP underneath is some of the 2010 BoBunny holiday paper. I added a little navy grosgrain ribbon in the middle.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cat on a Hot Tin Fence...

This is a tag that I made in a Tim Holtz class last month. The tag is cut from glossy cardstock and then embossed with a spiderweb folder. The tag was then colored with Ranger alcohol inks - I used orange and purple - which created a creepy effect. The fence and cat are die cuts - colored with Ranger paint daubers. The whole tag was then assembled adding the fun little clock - ticking away the time 'til Halloween!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Layered Flowers

Bold stamps sometimes create more of a challenge than outlined images that are colored. With this stamp from Penny Black, I started by inking the entire image with sand beige VersaColor pigment ink and stamping it multiple times to create a soft background. Then I inked it again withe several other colors and stamped it over the beige images. It was layered to a couple layers and gold colored brads added to each corner. The base card is the green - with a leafy image stamped in a similar color for a soft effect. I added a piece of dark pink Bazzill that I ran through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder and layered a strip of gold before attaching it to the top of the green card. The flower image was added on top. The nature quote was stamped with black VersaFine ink over the stems of the flower. The wording stamp is by Printworks.

Have a great Fall day!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fashionable Holiday...

This is one of the new designers from Penny Black - reportedly someone who has drawn for Dior in the past. I can say that this is not your typical holiday card style, but there are some fun images and they are quick and easy to color. I colored her with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a blender pen. The tree was stamped a second time and attached over the top with a glue dot to give it just a little dimension. The May Arts gold cording tied around the left edge adds just a little bling to the card.

As always, thanks for checking out the blog.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Flashback Card...

While digging through a box of cards, I came upon this card, which highlights the use of metal die cuts, colored with Ranger Alcohol Inks and mounted with foam tape. This is a Sissix reindeer die - we cut out 3 from metal (Streuter's foils work wonderfully for this). The piece is then colored with Ranger's Alcohol inks. I used a fine gold twine from May Arts (I love this stuff!) to tie the 3 reindeer together.

Yes, Christmas is coming and it is time to start working on your holiday cards!


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Holiday Mimi!

Wow! Where did the week go? I have seriously fallen off the blogger wagon! And I have stuff to share, just kept forgetting to sign on and post it. Maybe it is the weather here - that Nor 'easter came up the coast and dumped some serious rain and made for some pretty dreary and cold weather. No snow, but 40-degree rain is pretty miserable.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand - card making! This is a cute little card using one of the Mimi stamps from Penny Black. She is a very cute little character and this image with the polar bear is one of my favorites. It's a complex little card. I cut a circle out of the red cardstock with a Spellbinder die. The piece under it is colored with Ranger Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and also stamped with a couple snowflakes out of the same color. Mimi is stamped and colored with Copics, then carefully cut out. The waves are made with a Fiskars border punch and attached below the image, so it looks like they are on an iceberg. I stamped the small piece of green with the harlequin background image from Impression Obsession. For small pieces like this, I simply place the stamp on the table - rubber side up, ink the stamp in this case with a VersaMark pad, and then place the small piece of cardstock on the stamp and rub from behind. Then you just carefully pick it off the stamp. Layer it all up and you have a cute holiday card!

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Turkey Time!

This is a fun card from Hero Arts using some stamps from one of their new Thanksgiving clear sets. We get a lot of people looking for cute stamps to send Thanksgiving cards to kids and it is usually a challenge to find some. The set used to make this card also includes a cute little boy and little girl pilgrim. We have some on order and they should be in the store soon!

Enjoy your Fall day!


Friday, October 8, 2010

Dress Up A Treat!

This is a fun little way to make a candy stick something special! Using one of the small JustRite Stampers designs, some fun snowflake and circle cut-outs, self-adhesive pearls and some ribbon to create a cute little treat! This same concept can be used on small packages, as well. If you have to ship packages for the holidays, you can use adornments like this, as well as attaching stamped images to boxes. These do not crush like a lot of bows and still look great when they arrive at their destination. And it is a great way to use your stamps and supplies for something else.

Have a great stamping day!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fun Flamingos!

I LOVE pink flamingos! This is an image from Great Impressions that I find makes a great design for many, many applications. Here I used it as a birthday card (in an up-right z-fold card format). I colored the flamingos with Copic markers and used some wonderful background paper from BoBunny! I think BoBunny is my favorite paper company. Their designs are wonderful and their color combinations are striking. I like the brown/flamingo color combination on this card - makes it pretty but not too girly!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Honey Girl...

This is a card that I made in a class taught by My Favorite Things at a wholesale show a couple weeks ago. It is using one of their new images from the "Pure Innocence" collection. It also uses a couple of MFT's custom dies - the clouds are cut out of a very nice wool-blend felt and the dies cut them beautifully. There is also the border cut out of a black cardstock. MFT has some great dies, and I ordered a LOT of them at the show, so they should be arriving soon. The dies can be used in all of the major personal die cutting systems out there. Made in the USA, so that is also a bonus!

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Fall Goldfinch...

Yes, for those of us in the northeast, fall is upon us and the little goldfinches are starting to lose their bright yellow color and go into their "winter feathers" which is more yellow-brown for the males and all brown for the females. Another sign that winter is coming!

This card is using one of the images from the Backyard Birds collection by JustRite Stampers. There are 4 bird designs in the collection. This is one of them. I stamped the goldfinch on cardstock, colored and cut out with a Spellbinders circle die. I cut out another circle with the next larger circle die out of dark brown cardstock and layered the finch circle to it. Then I stamped just the border image on a piece of cardstock, colored it and cut that out separately with a SB scallop circle die. The finch layer is attached with foam tape for some pop. The brown layer on the card was scored in a double line pattern with a Scor-Pal. I started in the middle, then worked out side to side to keep the pattern even. I added the ribbon and corner adornments and layered it to a card with a dark brown highlight layer. The corner pieces are what is punched out with one of the EK Success Corner Adorner punches.
Enjoy the Fall!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Groovy Snowman!

This is one of the images from the JustRite "Groovy Snowmen" collection. He is quite a festive lad - all decked out in holiday colors. I colored him with Prismalcolor pencils after stamping the image with Tsukineko VersaFine ink. He's cut out with a circle Spellbinders die and then layered to a red scalloped circle. The bright red ribbon is double-face stain ribbon from Midori. This is just luscious ribbon! There's several layers of designer paper all placed on a dark green base card. Makes for a very happy, cheerful card!

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