Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tilda with Holly....

This is one of the new stamps in the latest Magnolia collection. I tried coloring the dress several ways - white was too boring, red tot bold for what I wanted to achieve. I really wanted an ivory, but struggled with my Copics trying to achieve that color. This is what I ended up with. Not exactly what I wanted... I went for blonde hair this time, as there was enough brown and I like the red hair bows. After coloring and adding a couple layers, I made a bow with a wonderful crinkle ribbon from Creative Impressions. I LOVE this ribbon. Ties like a dream and is soft as butter! I added another bow from a gold twine from May Arts. This is another product I love to use! Lastly I added a couple gold Dew Drops to the front. Sorry for the posting delay. We've had a couple minor crisis going on and then the holiday. Hopefully things will return to their normal craziness and we'll be back to regular posting. Thanks for your patience!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Cute Christmas Card...

When it comes to cute, there are 2 companies that I tend to turn to...Whippersnapper and Penny Black. Today it is Whippersnapper. Who can resist a cute bear on a hobby horse? Not me! I stamped the image with Momento ink and colored with Copic markers. Cut out with a Spellbinders oval and layered to a scallop oval in red. To make the card, layer the "Peace & Joy" print paper to a red layer, then add the flat ribbon piece. Layer to the base card, then attach the image piece and add the tied bow with a glue dot. Add a couple punched snowflakes layered with a couple colored dots.

Thanks for making us part of your day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chasing Butterflies...

I know that by the calendar, this is a little out of season, but we have been having some unseasonably warm weather here in the northeast - hopefully that will mean a mild winter, but I doubt that the 2 are related. Back to the card...I used a set from My Favorite Things and this is a paper-piecers dream! You start by stamping the image on white cardstock with Momento ink. Then I stamped the dress part of the image on the floral print cardstock and the hair part of the image on a piece of tan cardstock and cut out the dress and her hair. First you attach the dress piece to your white stamped image, and then the hair. I like to use Ranger's Glossy Accents, which is my favorite "small piece adhesive." I use it for big pieces, too, but I LOVE it for the little ones. I also stamped the corner of her dress on pink and cut out the little heart and added that. Now you can color the rest of the image with Copics and the words on a strip of pink Bazzill. The striped DP paper is the reverse side to the floral print that makes up her dress. I added a couple butterflies above her with some pearls and you're done!

Have a great stamping day!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Christmas Silhouette...

This card uses one of the new Christmas sets from Flourishes. The set contains some holiday silhouettes and I really like this one with the kids trimming the tree. I stamped the image with black Versafine ink, cut it out with a Spellbinders circle die, then only colored the skirt of the little girl with red and green Copic markers. You can use Versafine with Copics if you are careful not to run the pen over the ink. In this case, I stamped it a couple days ago, so the ink had completely dried. I would not do any heavy blending with this ink, but I prefer it for stamps like this as I think it gives a superior image. Then I went around the edge with Ranger Wild Honey Distress ink. Wild Honey is truly one of my favorites - I use it a lot. Sometime by itself and sometimes over a brown first layer - as it "warms it up." I stamped the words next, over the distress ink. Then I layered it to a green scallop layer and used a red and kraft harlequin paper from Canvas Corp for the main background layer. Add a red and green ribbon from May Arts and some little red crystals from Memory Box to give it a little bling, and you're done!

Thanks for coming by today!


I'd say we have a bear...

This morning before breakfast we looked out in the back yard and noticed that 2 bird feeder poles were on the ground - the one was a metal pole arrangement, which we have had for years. The other was a 4x4" wood post put into the ground - and he (or she) just pulled that right out of the dirt. Yes, we have had enough rain here, but it still takes some force to get that down. I guess someone was hungry. Time to take the feeders in at night until they start hibernating, I guess. I asked the cats if they heard or saw anything, but they are not talking!

Now we'll return to our regular programming...


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

She's Ready for Christmas!

The cats by Penny Black rubber stamps are some of my favorite images. I guess that is partly because I am a cat fan - especially tabby cats! And this cat is a smart cat and has started her Christmas shopping early! I stamped the image with Versafine ink and colored it with Staedtler watercolor pencils and a Dove blender pen. I layered some blue Bazzil cardstock underneath and stamped some words from Hero Arts. The ribbon bow hides the cardstock line. Layered to some DP and a base card to create a fun holiday card!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Flourishes Waterlily...

I just love Flourishes stamps! Besides the great artwork, the other thing I love about them is the quality of their clear rubber! It is the only company whose clear rubber stamps beautifully the first time, and every time - and gives a result that I cannot distinguish from red rubber. And I am a big fan of natural red rubber, so that is saying a lot! Okay, back to the card. This uses their waterlily set and the waterlily image is stamped with back Momento ink, colored with Copics and cut out. I took a Spellbinders label die and cut and embossed the cardstock. Before removing it from the die, I edged it with Ranger Distress ink. I find the Distress ink is the best ink for this effect. The fact that it stays wet a bit longer seems to allow it to blend over the cardstock easily and gives wonderful results. I stamped the words next, using VersaFine ink. The DP is from BoBunny and I added some crochet ribbon from May Arts with some beige double-face satin over the top tied in a square knot. Add a couple layers, a few pearls and you're done!
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Memory Box Polar Bear Card

We got this cute polar bear card and all the fixin's to make it this week! You have to love the little guy! There is the stamp and a matching die to cut him out if you prefer. The snow globe is also a die cut! Add the north star die and the cute polar bear paper and you have a great card!

Thanks for coming by today!


Winter Seasonal Distress Inks are HERE!

Just IN! The new seasonal Distress inks are here and will be in the shop on Saturday! Come and get them! The colors are gorgeous!

Use "Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries and Iced Spruce" to your holiday creations this year. They are here and when they're gone, they're gone!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hanging out without power...

We keep hoping for power to be restored at our house... No luck yet! You can always stamp - just cannot emboss!

Today's card is a bright and cheery one using the Penten Rose set from Flourishes. I stamped the image on a piece of white cardstock, then cut it out so it was along the edge of the Spellbinders oval die. Then I added the words - to ensure that they fit! Colored with Copic markers and layered up. The green background layer is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I added some May Arts embroidered lace and a pink bow from double-faced satin ribbon. Then I added a couple pearls and voila! A card is born!

Have a great day! If you see a power crew - send them our way!