Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Weather is Not Looking Good...

Here it is 2 days BEFORE Halloween and we have a Nor 'Easter bearing down on us - predicting a substantial snowfall for tonight into tomorrow. This might mean more candy for us, as I am not certain how the trick or treaters are supposed to get around in a bunch of snow. So, today's card, of course, is a snowman, as they might start making an early appearance this year!

The snowman image I chose is from Printworks and he is one of my favorites. Well, honestly, I have a LOT of favorites, as I love snowmen. Starting with the background, this is similar to what I did for the wreath card a couple days ago. I took a lightweight watercolor paper from The Paper Cut and stamped one of the mega background stamps with white embossing ink and then embossed with white embossing powder. Then I took 2 colors of Ranger Distress Stain and covered the piece. Next, I spritzed watered with pearl Perfect Pearls mixed in. I actually prefer this to the pre-mixed variety for this technique, as I can control the "pearliness" and I prefer it a little lighter for this particular technique.

The snowman is stamped with Momento ink and colored with Copic markers. Layer it up and add a white ribbon wrapped bow and you're done!

So, if you're in the path of this winter storm - stay safe and be careful! Hopefully you won't lose power. We have the wood stove ready to go if necessary.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Purple Butterflies...

This a simple card that uses an interesting resist technique. I started with a solid butterfly image from Impression Obsession. I inked the stamp with clear embossing ink and randomly stamped it on a piece of printed paper. Cover with clear embossing powder, shake off the excess and heat emboss. Then I took Dusty Concord Distress ink from Ranger and using a foam applicator, applied the ink over the piece. The embossed images will resist the ink. Take a tissue or paper towel and rub to remove any stray ink off the embossed designs. The words are from Flourishes and I went around the edges of the oval with the Dusty Concord ink, as well. Add some ribbon and layers and you have a great card.

Thanks for making us part of your day today!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

November Calendar Cats

Well, what do we think of when we think of November? Thanksgiving! And what is Thanksgiving all about? Yes, FOOD! So, November's calendar page is the 2 girls with their faces in the food bowl! This is a simple page - the background is a beige cardstock with some Fall leaves stamped on it in brown, then a couple strips of a coordinating cardstock added across it. The picture is cut out with a Spellbinders label die and I added a few gold pearls for accent. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fun Fall Cards...

I love the Fall! The colors can be so stunning, sometimes the trees look like they are on fire. It has not been a stunning year here in the Northeast for foliage, but some of the trees are looking lovely. This card is made using a background technique and a beautiful Lockhart stamp. To make the background piece, I started with lightweight watercolor paper and stamped an Impression Obsession large background stamp with pigment ink and embossed in gold. Then I took some of the Ranger Distress Stains and applied them to the cardstock, then misted with plain water. The water reacts with the stains and blends the colors together. The wreath image was stamped with VersaFine ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils. The ribbon is from May Arts. Simple and lovely.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Bunny Birthday Card...

What is more fun than a cheery bunny birthday greeting? This cute bunny is from The Cat's Pajamas and I love this little guy (or maybe girl). Actually, given the hair bow (no pun intended), I would guess this one is a girl! Anyway, stamped with Momento and colored with Copics. Then cut out. I cut out two Spellbinders labels - one with brown Bazzill cardstock and the other with a BoBunny Double-Dot Designs - of course I had to use BoBunny paper! I went around the border of the smaller piece with a white Viva Pearl Pen. Add some layers and a punched border from an EK border punch and you have a wonderful card!

Sorry for the delay in posting - the days have just snuck away.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Distress Holiday Book

I took a class with Tim Holtz on Monday and this is one of the projects from the class. It is a holiday book - with pocket pages that can be used for keeping mementos and other items for the holidays. It would make a nice gift for something - either empty for them to add their own items, or a special gift for someone where you filled it with various items (mementos and maybe some gifts). To create the book, we utilized some great techniques - the letters on the front are made by applying Ranger's silver paint dauber to black plastic letters, allowing that to dry, then applying Glossy Accents over the paint and allowing that to dry. Easy and inexpensive! It was a lot of distressing and combining, but created quite a unique book when finished.

This is the cover - you can see the tabs on the inside pocket pages sticking out the right edge. The book is held together with an elastic band that wraps around the knob on the front.

The side includes 9 pocket pages, made from Tim's enamel kraft paper - colored with Distress Stains. The tabs are made using one of his Sizzix dies. There are small pages where you could journal, write some inspiration or attach special photos to. the pockets would be perfect for little mementos or something like a gift card!

A fun little project that can be highly customized for any special recipient.

Thanks for making us part of your day today!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Spooky Tree!

This is another fun Penny Black Halloween stamp - a nice spooky tree. I stamped the tree image, then cut the cardstock out with a Spellbinders die. To create the moon, I punched out a circle and placed it in the upper right corner as a mask, then sponged Ranger's Distress ink - Pumice Stone to create a grey sky background. I stamped the tree again on another piece of cardstock and cut out all the little "ornaments" hanging from the tree and colored them with Copic markers. Then they are attached to the card with foam tape to add a little dimension. The base card is an orange Bazzill card with a striped DP at the top and bottom. Lastly I added some crystal Stickles for a little glitz!

Thanks for checking out the blog today!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cupcakes for Halloween!

Cupcakes are all the rage and Halloween is no exception! This card was made with a fun set from Penny Black. The background cardstock is cut with a Spellbinders scallop rectangle die, then the edges are colored with Ranger Distress ink in Frayed Burlap before the cardstock is removed from the die. The base of the cupcake is stamped on the base cardstock. Next you stamp 2 different cupcake tops on a 2nd piece of cardstock and color with a foam dauber and Ranger Distress ink - Orange Marmalade. Cut out and attached over the cupcake base and adorned with the little bats and candy corn. Stamp and cut out the Halloween banner and attach so it looks like it is sticking out of the cupcake. Add that to a couple color layers and you're done!

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

80 Degrees and We're Thinking Snowmen!

This is one of the great images from the "Blizzard Bunch" stamp set from JustRite Stampers. He's stamped with Momento ink and colored with Copic markers. I layered the oval to a Spellbinders Labels Ten die. I used a Tonic holly punch to add a little trim to the design and some gold self-adhesive pearls to the Labels Ten die. The base card is a BoBunny double-dot cardstock, then added the presents paper by Little Yellow Bicycle and trimmed it with some gold cardstock - one edge cut with an EK border punch. Then add some brown lace trim by May Arts and 3 punched snowflakes with a Martha Stewart punch and some red circles added to the center. It's 80 degrees outside right now and it is hard to think about snow, but we all know it is coming!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Miss You A Latte!

This card uses another fun A La Mode set from My Favorite Things! I stamped the image and colored her with Copics. I used a Spellbinders die to create something that kinda looks like a coffee cup lid and stamped that with the "Miss You a Latte" saying - which is part of the stamp set. The DP is from BoBunny. Very cheery paper - which is what we need here in the Northeast, as it continues to rain. We're considering building an ark! I punched a couple different flower punch pieces and layered them together and lastly added a few pink pearls.

Thanks for coming by today!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

New October Release From La-La Land!

These are the new 8 images from La-La Land that will be shipping mid-October! I am taking pre-orders for an order that I will place around October 10th...

I think my favorite is Autumn Marci, but I also really like Lil' Rocker Luka and Angel Marci!

Have a wonderful Autumn day!